‘Hungry Now’ documentary will have local premiere this Friday at UMM

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

You won’t hear documentary filmmaker Alan Kryszak’s voice in his fifth film, “Hungry Now”, which will have its regional premiere at UMaine Machias at 7 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 2. Instead, audiences will hear directly from the film’s subjects — people talking about or living with poverty, hunger, and homelessness, like Suzie, an adult student at UMaine Machias.

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Medical office opens in Jonesport

by Nancy Beal 

For about a month, folks in the extended Moosabec area have had a new option when seeking medical treatment. At the end of October, BreAnna Libby opened Moosabec Medical Family Practice in Jonesport, across Main Street from the Jonesport Shipyard, in the little building behind the original (now vacant) Moosabec Video structure that once housed the school superintendent’s office.

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County says no to four deputies, approves one deputy citing rising cost of everything

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will hire one new deputy in 2023, not four, as requested by Sheriff Barry Curtis, following a vigorous debate and a 5 to 3 vote from the county budget advisory committee (BAC) on Monday, Nov. 21. 

With the additional deputy, the 2022-23 county budget will total $13,429,218.50 (including just over $3 million in restricted federal ARPA funds), an expenditure increase of $962,343 over the prior year, and a net increase to taxation of $674,902.27, or 10.24 percent. 

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Washington Academy detects unsafe levels of PFAS in school water supply

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

This month, Washington Academy Head of School Judson McBrine notified students and parents that the school’s water supply has tested above safe limits for Per-and Polyfluorinated Substances, known more commonly as PFAS or “Forever Chemicals.”

“Today [Nov. 17] we received water test results that showed that we had 21.9 parts PFAS per trillion parts water, which is above the state’s threshold of 20 parts per trillion,” wrote McBrine. “The federal threshold is 70 parts per trillion.”

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How you can reduce your PFAS body burden

by Marina Schauffler, Maine Monitor

Limiting new sources of exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can gradually lower your accumulated chemical load, aptly known as your body burden. PFAS compounds can linger in bodies for decades, with concentrations in blood plasma taking up to eight years to decline by half. Growing scientific evidence suggests that even low levels of PFAS can disrupt hormonal, immune, and reproductive systems and can increase the risk of various cancers. 

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Mill workers prepare to strike if agreement cannot be reached, Union says

USW Local 27 members at Woodland Pulp are on the verge of a “strike vote,” according to a press release from a spokesperson at Maine AFL-CIO on Thursday, November 17. 

The workers are “demanding that the company present a contract offer that provides high enough wage increases to keep up with the cost of living.”  

Union members are scheduled to take a vote on whether to strike or accept the company’s final offer after their bargaining session with the company on Monday, November 28.

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Game Theory Rx: Tit for Tat

by Jonathan Reisman

 

Elections have Consequences- Barack Obama

The House Republican majority is slim and potentially fragile. The surest way to assure that it will not last long is to heed the advice of Democrats and moderates and not respond to the ruthless partisan hackery of the past four years in kind. To do otherwise will assure that Democrats will repeat the behavior in the future. The GOP House majority should:

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KinderArts Party offered Dec. 8 at EAC

Eastport Arts Center will offer a special session of KinderArts featuring music and crafts on Thursday, December 8 from 10-11 a.m. Children up to age 4 are invited to attend, with a parent or caregiver. Popular EAC instructors Caroline Coleman and Sue Riddle will lead the activities, which will include Riddle’s toddler paint craft, and Coleman’s irresistible children’s yoga and music. The morning will conclude with snacks and free play.

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Roque Bluffs Turkey Trot 2022 recap

by Amy Dowley

Reporting out on another successful Roque Bluffs Turkey Trot. Thirty-four participants strong, we raised $600 towards the Roque Bluffs Education Fund, which gives $500 to every Roque Bluffs student upon their high school graduation.

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The Nature of Phenology: Bruce spanworm moth

by Joseph Horn

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