Jonesporters approve elementary school budget; elementary school boards OK four policies

by Nancy Beal

In about a half-hour, 14 Jonesporters approved a total budget of $1,966,081 to operate their elementary school next year. The responsibility of taxpayers will be reduced by a carried forward balance ($250,000) and by state subsidy ($231,068), leaving a total local share of $1,485,008.

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Machias voters adopt 2022-23 schools budget

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Guided by moderator Toff Toffolon and sped along by Joyce Fragale’s motion to combine 10 articles into one vote, last week 15 residents adopted the 2022-23 Machias Schools Budget in 12 minutes flat.

This year’s school budget includes a spending increase of nearly $1 million over the previous fiscal year but raises taxation by a much lower number of $67,441.46, or 4.42 percent. 

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State approves Machiasport purchase through Land for Maine Futures

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machiasport voters last year authorized the sale of town land abutting the Fort O’Brien State Historic Site, provided the sale price was equal to or greater than the assessed value.

According to town clerk Marcia Hayward, the six-acre parcel near the Fort O’Brien School has only been accessible through the land of abutters or by sea. 

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The 2019 Project

One of the questions people ask me when they find out I am retiring is what are you going to do next? I have talked about continuing to write my column and aggravate leftists (usually a two for one), but nothing particularly specific.

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Author Linda Greenlaw to speak in Milbridge July 14

Gateway Milbridge and Petit Manan Yacht Club will host Linda Greenlaw for a free, public speaking engagement at the Milbridge Elementary School on Thursday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m.

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Noah Carver featured in EAC Senior Recital

Eastport Arts Center will present a senior recital by 2022 Washington Academy graduate Noah Carver, winner of a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award ‘for extraordinary young musicians’ from NPR’s From the Top, on Tuesday, June 28 at 7 pm. The young singer will be accompanied by pianist John Newell. A student of voice teacher Gary Magby, pianist Paul Sullivan, and music teacher Bonnie Atkinson, Noah will begin his undergraduate studies in vocal performance at the Eastman School of Music in the fall. 

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The Nature of Phenology: Atlantic salmon returning

by Joseph Horn

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Clam conservation efforts draw record participation in Machiasport, one of Maine’s top clam towns

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machiasport is once again one of the state’s top clamming towns and the most productive in Washington County. 

Machiasport is Maine’s fifth-most productive softshell clam port behind Brunswick, Waldoboro, Freeport, and Scarborough, with 453,661 pounds of softshell clams landed at a value of $1.462 million, according to 2021 landings data — the pounds caught and dollar value of a fishery.

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Downeast Maine National Heritage Area approved by Congress; money and management plan next

by Nancy Beal

Early last month, the federal congressional Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Angus King and Rep. Jared Golden to name all of Washington and Hancock Counties a “Downeast Maine National Heritage Area.” Rep. Chellie Pingree and Sen. Susan Collins co-sponsored the measure. The approval came after two years of meetings and the creation of a 200-page color glossy feasibility study prepared by the Sunrise County Economic Council. Approval and funding by the full Congress lie ahead. 

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UMaine Cooperative Extension continues to offer tick testing

by Jayna Smith

With more time spent outdoors, it is a good time to get into the habit of checking for ticks, those small bloodsucking parasites, many of which transmit diseases to animals and people.

According to Griffin Dill, pest management specialist for UMaine’s Cooperative Extension, ticks typically spend the winter months in a state of dormancy among the leaf litter under the snow.  Now with warmer temperatures, the risk of Lyme disease is great.

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