In Cutler: Maine’s last cannery wins ‘Ocean Champion’ award

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Bar Harbor Foods’ products are distributed from three U.S. warehouses, sold in 10 countries and 25,000 stores, but they’re all packed in one cannery that stands between Holmes Bay and the Cutler Road. In fact, it’s the last cannery on the coast of Maine, in operation for more than 104 years.

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East Machias Town Meeting reports lowered net budget

by Ruth Leubecker

Not prime time for an annual town meeting, but at 9 am on Saturday, townspeople and officials gathered to decide on the school budget, the town budget and 42 warrant articles.

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Eastport readies for Fourth of July celebration

by Jayna Smith

Organizers of Eastport’s Fourth of July celebration have been hard at work for weeks, planning and scheduling events, with considerations made due to the COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines set at the state level.  

This year, the easternmost city will kick off the weekend with a family-friendly street dance happening Friday, July 2 at Overlook Park beginning at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4 full of events throughout the days.  

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J-BHS, Beals Elementary budgets approved

by Nancy Beal

The budgets for two of the three schools in the Moosabec area were approved last week by small bodies of voters who challenged none of the figures put before them. A total of $1,709,874 was authorized for Jonesport-Beals High School June 15, down a bit from last year’s $1,777,973. The state’s contribution to that amount was presented as $388,554, a bit over $35,000 less than last year. Taxpayers will be expected to pay $546,227 (last year it was about $21,000 less).

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Ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect July 1

by Jayna Smith

Starting on July 1, Walmart customers will no longer cart their groceries and other goods out of the store using those familiar gray plastic Walmart bags. July 1 is when the ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect in Maine.

Customers will need to bring their own reusable bag or container when shopping at Walmart. The chain will have reusable bags for sale at the registers and throughout the store starting at a price of 50¢.

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Coming to Washington County

by Jonathan Reisman

 

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Fourth of July events are back with a bang in Lubec

by Jayna Smith

A fun-filled weekend is planned in Lubec to celebrate Independence Day, starting Thursday, July 1st with a barbecue dinner at 5 p.m., hosted by the Masons.  

Beginning Friday, July 2 and throughout the weekend, take a drive around Lubec to see homes all over town decorated for the holiday as each homeowner vies for cash prizes in the fun decorating contest.  

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Tall ships set sail in the Penobscot River July 9-18

The Penobscot Maritime Heritage Association is celebrating Maine’s 200th birthday with a big splash. Tall ships and schooners will ply the waters of the mighty Penobscot River for the first time in 40 years! Historic seafaring vessels will visit various ports in the lower Penobscot River basin from July 9-18, 2021. They will be honoring Maine’s rich maritime past in the waterfront towns that anchor the geographic area known as the 4-Port Loop. This year, the anchors are Bangor, Bucksport, Orrington, and Searsport. The 4-Port Loop celebration is proudly presented by Bangor Savings Bank.

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Driftwood art washes up next for workshop series

Eastport Arts Center’s Summer Workshop Series continues Tuesday, July 13, with Driftwood Art. Geared for ages 12 and up, the found object sculpture workshop will be taught by artist Michael Morse from 1:30-3:30 pm. Morse will give attendees tips and ideas for beach combing, proper cleaning and other techniques for working with driftwood. Using some of the beach gleanings provided, or their own finds, participants will make small seaside assemblages of their own design.

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The Nature of Phenology: Bracken fern

by Hazel Stark

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