Maine lobstermen respond to feds’ whale plan

by Nancy Beal

Lobstermen on the coast of Maine got the chance last week to express their displeasure with proposed federal guidelines that would impose expensive gear changes, limit fishing practices and territories, and potentially threaten the industry’s existence and the viability of the communities they live in.

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Pat’s Pizza partners to prevent underage drinking

by Natalie Boomer

Last time you picked up a pizza from Pat’s Pizza in Machias did you notice a new sticker on the box?

Pat’s has teamed up with Healthy Acadia to prevent underage drinking and reduce the use of tobacco products.

“Parents who host, lose the most” is the saying on the stickers going out to customers at the local restaurant.   

According to the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey of 2019, 1 in 4 high school students in Washington County reported that they had consumed alcohol within the preceding 30 days.

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Elm Street School’s Tony Maker talks teaching in 2021

by Praise Moore

Tony Maker, principal of Elm Street School, started teaching in 1989. When asked what the most challenging thing about teaching is, he replied, “If we could pretend the whole COVID situation didn’t exist, even in a normal classroom setting, the challenge with kids is to keep their attention,” says Maker. Those challenges are more pronounced today, especially, he says. There are so many things demanding student’s attention that having kids sit, listen, and discuss is difficult and according to Maker, even more difficult in an online classroom.

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Mills’ address hails panoply of spending, towing the line

by Ruth Leubecker

After a year like no other and a bottom line marked with unknowns, Gov. Janet Mills last week delivered her State of the Budget with optimism and promise.

“We, like the rest of the nation, were dealt a bad hand last year,” said Mills, referring to the year of COVID, a crippled economy, evictions, severe isolation and ensuing fear. “But we are pushing through. We will get to that other side. We will not only survive, but rise a better, greater state for all that we have endured, all that we have learned, all whom we have saved.”

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More ages eligible as state changes COVID-19 vaccine strategy

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Maine has moved from a vaccine schedule based on age, occupation, and health conditions to one based strictly on age. Governor Janet Mills announced the change on Friday, Feb. 26 to take effect this week.

“A review of recent data by the Maine CDC indicates that age is a significant predictor of whether someone will become seriously sick or is more likely to die if they contract COVID-19,” said Mills in a written statement.

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Heavens to Murgatroyd!

The 1960’s Hanna-Barbara cartoon character Snagglepuss had several trademark lines. “Heavens to Murgatroyd”, which traces to medieval England, Gilbert and Sullivan, and MGM actor Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz), was used to express the proto Pink Panther’s disbelief or utter bewilderment.

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OWL: Outdoor Women Lead expands to include an outing club and summer day camp

Women for Healthy Rural Living (WHRL) and Maine Outdoor School, L3C have expanded their OWL: Outdoor Women Lead offerings. A free women’s outing club will begin this spring and a free day camp for girls will occur twice this summer.

OWL started in 2020 as a series of videos, blog posts, and interactive activities that taught outdoor and naturalist skills. The goal of OWL is to strengthen women and girls’ confidence outside because everyone deserves to feel comfortable and empowered in the outdoors.

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Sunrise Senior College course: All the King's Men

by Joan Miller

This spring semester course will begin on March 8 and will continue for seven more weeks, on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Celebrating before the pandemic

by Wayne Smith

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The Nature of Phenology: Winter cutworms

by Joseph Horn

Winter is a lot of things for a lot of different people. For some, it is an opportunity for outdoor recreation, from skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and ice fishing to snowmobiling. For others, it is an opportunity to hunker down with a pile of good books next to a roaring woodstove and take a respite from the hustle and bustle of the short northern summer months. And for still others, winter and its constant battle of ice, snow, and keeping warm cannot end soon enough.

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