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January 22, 2015

St. Andrews Prime Minister

SHAKING HANDS with area veterans as local MP Karen Ludwig (center) and Minister of Environment Catherine McKenna  (right) look on is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his working visit to St. Andrews. (Robin Farrin photo)
 

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Miss Tess Perry Maine
RAISING THE MISS TESS, a 34-foot fishing boat owned by Justin McPhail of Perry, are two barges from Cooke Aquaculture. Also helping out to raise the boat was diver Scott MacNichol, and McPhail is also appreciative of his family’s assistance. The vessel sank during the night of January 17 while moored off Prince’s Cove, Eastport. McPhail reports that the packing let go in the stuffing box around the propeller shaft and the boat’s batteries had died. He expected to get the boat going again on January 20. (Edward French photo)

 

Front Page Stories

by Lora Whelan

About 2,500 jobs statewide, with a number of those in Washington County, will be affected by the closure of the two Covanta Energy biomass power plants located in Jonesboro and West Enfield, according to the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC). The two plants employ 44 people, with 20 of those jobs located at the Jonesboro site.

 
Prime minister charms St. Andrews
by Susan Esposito

The mood in St. Andrews was one of jubilation and a bit of disbelief after the recent three-day working visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his full cabinet. "We were singled out for a unique opportunity for the world to see us," says St. Andrews Mayor Stan Choptiany of the January 17 to 19 meeting. "That's as big as it gets." He adds, "It was a wonderful experience and so positive to have the new government coming here."

 
Boatbuilder chastises councillors, says rumors about firm unfounded
by Lora Whelan

Chastising the Eastport city councillors at the January 13 council meeting for releasing information about the $25,000 he owes in back rent was Millennium Marine owner Cory Guimond. Standing before the sparse audience and the council, he said that he had hoped there would be more people present, including some of his employees, to hear him dispel "rumors" that had been circulating while he was away during the Christmas holiday.

 
State, tribe working on elver agreement
by Edward French

A possible agreement between the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the state to resolve the dispute over management of the elver fishery was outlined by Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher at a hearing on a legislative bill concerning the fishery on January 13. Last spring the ongoing dispute between the tribe and the state had escalated when the Pleasant Point tribal government issued sustenance fishery permits that allowed for the use of fyke nets, which can catch significantly more elvers than a dip net. Keliher had then issued an emergency rule banning the use of fyke nets except under the state's management plan for the fishery.

 

Lubec Community Food Pantry now open

by JD Rule

About 25 volunteers braved chilly weather on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to help prepare to inaugurate the new Lubec Community Food Pantry. The first distribution was scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, at the Lubec Community Outreach Center (LCOC) facility located in the former high school wing. The group plans to make deliveries on the third Wednesday of each month.

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