University truths

by Jonathan Reisman

 

Several years ago I was at a Washington County Republican meeting, which has not been a particularly common occurrence. I introduced myself to another attendee, and when he heard that I was a University Professor, the look on his face was one of horror and suspicion. He might as well have reached for some garlic and a crucifix to protect himself. His assumption that I was likely a left wing socialist plant sent to study aliens was not accurate, but would have been for the overwhelming majority of University faculty.

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Summer fun and learning at Roque Bluffs Community Center

The Roque Bluffs Community Center on Saturday, May 28, will kick off a number of classes with A Nature Walk with Carol. The class instructor will be Carol Muth, and it will be an exploration of the signs of late spring, including bird songs, emerging plant life, and the insects of the day. Roque Bluffs State Park will be the classroom.  It is recommended that people participating in the walk provide their best tick protection, i.e., heavy socks with long pants tucked in. Only a small group of 8 to 10 people can do the walk each time so sign up early.

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The Nature of Phenology: Northern parula warblers

by Hazel Stark

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Versant announces Machias service interruptions May 18; Bad Little Falls substation's days are numbered

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Plans to decommission and remove an aging electrical substation will move one step closer to reality on Wednesday, May 18, when Versant Power begins transitioning some Machias electricity customers onto new power circuits.

Ultimately, says Versant Communications Specialist Marissa Minor, the project will move customers on the southern side of the Machias River onto an entirely new substation.

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Kingfish Maine hosts meeting to answer Moosabec challengers

by Nancy Beal

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At rally, LePage echoes issues shared at last fall’s visit Downeast

by Jayna Smith

 At a Republican convention in Augusta this past weekend, former Gov. Paul LePage told the crowd he would “fix the broken budget” if he wins the election in November. 

LePage is rallying for his third term as governor.

If he does win the bid for governor, it would be the first time since 1966 that an incumbent governor was ousted.  

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Expansion planned as Machias schools budget and enrollment grows

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Schools 2022-23 budget plans a spending increase of nearly $1 million over the previous fiscal year but will raise taxation by a much lower number of $67,441.46, or 4.42 percent.

Some of the next year’s budget increases are in response to a surge in enrollment at Machias Memorial High School, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in decades.

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Beals okays salmon aquaculture moratorium; Jonesport’s on hold

by Nancy Beal

By a vote of 23-0 on May 2, Beals voters opted to put a six-month hold on new or renewed aquaculture projects designed to grow salmon in their waters. In Jonesport two days later, selectmen rejected a petition for a similar pause on all commercial aquaculture activity, citing legal advice that the petition, signed by 74 townspeople, was not accompanied by the required sworn statements from its circulators. 

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Local triple homicide trial to begin this month in Belfast

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Jury selection for the trial of Thomas Bonfanti of Northfield is set to begin May 23 in Belfast. 

“We’re anticipating three to four days to pick a jury and up to two weeks for the trial,” said Bonfanti’s attorney Jeffry Toothaker, who was appointed to the case on April 8. 

Bonfanti has entered a plea of not guilty, and earlier this year requested his trial be held in another county to avoid possible tainting of the jury pool by pre-trial publicity.

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Mistress of truth

by Jonathan Reisman

 

Almost immediately after rogue oligarch Elon Musk took Twitter away from the conservative censoring wokerati, thereby causing a panic attack amongst the free speech hating left that they might not be able to control the narrative and what people think, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas announced amidst a Congressional grilling that a new Government Disinformation Board, promptly dubbed the Ministry of Truth, would be established, headed by noted musical theater songstress and lyricist Nina Janowicz.

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