Jonesport Elementary Board Working on Budget

By Nancy Beal

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Downeast Maine Ushers in Holy Week

By Will Tuell

As winter gives way to spring -- at least on paper -- Downeasters are preparing to celebrate Holy Week, the time of year when Christians around the world mark the final moments of Christ’s life, as well as his crucifixion and resurrection. While many churches will hold special services commemorating the events leading up to Easter or Resurrection Sunday, community groups around the county are offering a range of secular activities such as Easter egg hunts, basket raffles, and such that the community can also participate in. 

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Downeasters Prep for April 8 Solar Eclipse

By Wayne Smith

People across Washington County are getting ready for the solar eclipse occurring on April 8. Here are some of their thoughts and reactions as the eclipse is less than two weeks away. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing it,” Jeanne Ireland said. 

“I’ve seen one back when I was a kid,” said John Brooks Jr. “It was pretty cool.”

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Feds Designate 2 Million Acres for Offshore Wind, Spare Maine’s Prime Fishing Grounds

By Will Tuell

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Championship Volleyball Team Honored at State House

By Will Tuell

Senator Marianne Moore (R-Calais) and Representative Tiffany Strout (R-Harrington) honored the Class C Volleyball State Champion Narraguagus Lady Knights at the State House in Augusta last week. The team, which defeated the Calais Blue Devils for the title last October in the state championship game, finished the season with only one loss -- to volleyball powerhouse and Class B runners-up, Washington Academy. 

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Washington County LEGO Robotics Team Heads to International Competition in Texas

The Fellowship LEGO Robotics Team, part of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Cobscook Currents 4-H Club in Washington County, was one of 25 teams to compete in the state’s first LEGO League Challenge.

The team won the Champions Award and an invitation to represent Maine in the first Championship World Festival in Houston, Texas, in April. That event will feature 160 LEGO League teams from all 50 states and 66 other countries.

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Volleyball Tournament Raises $4,000 For Faith-Based Rehab

By Will Tuell

Final figures are in for the annual Rise Above volleyball tournament organized by Steven and Britannia Balyint, and the charitable event has raised over $4,000 for Arise Addiction Recovery in Machias. 

The event was held the weekend of March 8-10 and featured some fourteen pick-up volleyball teams from Downeast and beyond. Arise merchandise, concessions, and sweets were available for purchase as well. 

All told, the weekend generated $4,200 in donations, the Balyints said via the “Rise Above” volleyball tournament Facebook page. 

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Children’s Opera to Reach Students of 15 Area Schools, Conclude with Public Performance

You Can’t Sit Here, an original children’s opera from Eastport Arts Center’s Music for Children project, will be presented for 5th through 8th grade students from 15 local schools at the end of this month, followed by an evening performance for the public, Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m., at Eastport Arts Center. The characters are students at a small elementary school who experience loneliness, anger, and frustration in reaction to bullying, isolation, loss of status, and school mores. 

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Jonesporters Re-elect Fish, Pass Comprehensive Plan, Working Waterfront Article at March 11 Town Meeting

By Nancy Beal

Nearly 150 Jonesporters gathered in their high school gym on March 11 and, in under three hours, kept their budget under $1 million, approved a comprehensive plan, dedicated a future marine site to working waterfront, returned their top selectman to office, and voted two new faces onto the town and CSD school boards. In addition to the usual motions and votes, the session exhibited a bit of campaigning, fears of sanctuary city status, and opinions on a future fish farm. There were no changes to suggested money items in the municipal budget.

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Washington Academy Students Honored at State House

By Will Tuell

Two Washington Academy seniors -- Dakoda Davis of East Machias and Emerson Morris of Charlotte -- were honored at the State House in Augusta on March 14 after being named the school’s valedictorian and salutatorian. The pair received legislative sentiments from Davis’s grandfather, State Representative Kenneth “Bucket” Davis (R-East Machias), and State Senator Marianne Moore (R-Calais), highlighting their academic accomplishments over the past four years. 

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