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May 12, 2017
Children's Theater Workshop
DURING THE CHILDREN’S THEATER WORKSHOP’S premiere of their original play, The Curse of the Mona Lisa, Katie Bartlett (from left), as a Parisian customs official, is overwhelmed by an unruly entourage, including Elsa Thompson as Jabberwookie, Emerson Morris as Rev. Green, Kieran Weston as Colonel Mustard, Cadence Nickerson as Marie Antoinette, Cora Zipperer-Sanchez as Miss Scarlett, Roy Duffy as Miss White and Siobhan Duffy as Miss Peacock.  (Robin Farrin photo)

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Atlantic Daisy & Coast Guard
THE ATLANTIC DAISY loaded wood pulp at the Port of Eastport on May 7 as Coast Guard Station Eastport’s response boat heads by on Johnson’s Bay. (Chessie Crowe photo)

Front Page Stories

Tribal forest project helps slow climate change, generates revenue
by Edward French

The Passamaquoddy Tribe is now using most of its land in Maine that it acquired through funding from the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act both to slow the rate of climate change and to generate millions in revenue by offsetting emissions from polluters on the other side of the country. The revenue from the sale of carbon offset credits, in turn, will help the tribe grow its businesses, leading to greater tribal self-determination.

Legislative panel opposes UT school choice, transparency bills
by Edward French

Trescott and other area unorganized territory parents who were hanging their hats on a possible legislative remedy to the school choice issue will be disappointed in the votes taken by the legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Committee members on May 5. Two legislative bills sponsored by Rep. Will Tuell of East Machias, to provide school choice for students living in the unorganized territories and to provide transparency in Education in the Unorganized Territories (EUT) administration, received little support from the committee. The bills sought to address the controversy that erupted last spring about where students living in area unorganized territories attend elementary school. Parents had been shocked when they were told by the state that their children would have to attend the EUT school in Edmunds instead of the other area elementary schools that they had been attending.

Proposed funding cuts concern libraries in area
by Lora Whelan

Inter‑library loan, WiFi and high‑speed broadband access, the MaineInfoNet database and Maine Download Library and services for the those with disabilities or the home‑bound, such as talking books, descriptive videos, large print, books‑by‑mail and more, are library services that are being threatened by federal and state budget negotiations and reductions in funding streams.

Coast Guard rescues kayaker on a mission
by Edward French

A kayaker who is heading from West Quoddy Head, Lubec, to Key West, Fla., on a mission is lucky to be alive after spending nearly an hour in the water when his kayak flipped over off Bailey's Mistake, Lubec, on Sunday, April 30. Joseph Mullin, 66, of Wareham, Mass., was rescued by Coast Guard Station Eastport, suffering from mild hypothermia, and has since started his journey down the entire Atlantic coast of the U.S. again.

Calais panel eyes potential to open new nursing home
by Lura Jackson

The prospect of reopening a nursing home in Calais is inching forward, although how to obtain the rights to the limited number of beds in the state is still a major stumbling block. The topic, along with the development of an alternative ATV trail that would bypass the railway bed, was discussed at a Calais Economic and Community Development Committee meeting on May 5.


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