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July 14, 2017
U.S.S. Lassen Eastport Maine
HONOR THOSE WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY was the theme for the Eastport Fourth of July celebration’s Grand Independence Day Parade. Sailors from the U.S.S. Lassen march in the parade and capture strings of beads tossed from a downtown balcony after the parade. WWII veteran Hollis Matthews and Korean War veteran J. Roland Mitchell ride on a parade float with U.S. Air Force Captain Kathy Martin. (Don Dunbar and Edward French photos)
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Eastport, Maine 4th of July 2017
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Front Page Stories

Tribe planning not to harvest blueberry crop
by Edward French

The current glut of wild blueberries in the market has not only depressed prices significantly but is leaving some growers, including the Passamaquoddy Tribe, with no place to sell their berries. With the season set to begin in a couple of weeks, the tribe has decided not to harvest over 1,000 acres of fields centered around Columbia Falls, leaving rakers without that extra income that they depend on every year..

Senator hears healthcare fears
by Lora Whelan

Over 20 Downeast healthcare organization leaders and providers met with U.S. Senator Angus King at Eastport Health Care (EHC) on the morning of July 5 to voice their concerns about the Senate's proposed legislation that would replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With many of the providers involved with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the county, King was particularly interested in what they had to say. "If it weren't for FQHCs in Maine, we'd be sunk," he told them. FQHC organizations qualify for enhanced reimbursement of Medicaid and Medicare funds and provide service regardless of ability to pay.

Campobello man dies saving whale
by JD Rule

The community of Campobello is mourning the loss of Joseph Howlett, the lobsterman with a passion for rescuing whales, who died in a freak entanglement accident on July 10 about 20 miles off the coast of New Brunswick in the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Howlett, who co-founded the Campobello Whale Rescue Team in 2002 and has helped rescue about two dozen whales over the past 15 years, was working to free a North Atlantic right whale that had become entangled in fishing lines.

City’s breakwater celebrated amidst sea of red, white, blue
by Edward French

Cradled between "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and other patriotic songs played by the Maine Army National Guard band on the deck of the Eastport Port Authority office and the non-stop booming, brilliant flashes of the Eastport Fourth of July's fantastic fireworks display over the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Lassen, the rededication ceremony for the new $15 million Eastport breakwater on July 4 was surrounded in a sea of red, white and blue. The event drew three-quarters of the state's congressional delegation, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol, state, county and local officials.


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