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August 8,  2014

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A BIG HIT with youngsters at the recent Grand Manan Rotary Festival were the giant water balls. (Arlene Benham photo)

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CLIMBING TO THE TOP. Working on the steeple of the former North Baptist/Christian Church building in Eastport are John Nicholas and Sam Gilbert of Ryan Newell Construction. The building was recently acquired by the Tides Institute & Museum of Art in order to preserve the historic structure, which was built in 1819. (Edward French photo)

by Lora Whelan

On the evening of August 4 the Robbinston school board struggled to come up with $67,933 in cuts to the school system budget. The board was required to do so by the town's voters at the July 28 budget referendum vote that saw townspeople uphold the budget that had been reduced in contradiction to the school committee's recommendation. A total of 110 residents turned out for the referendum, with 70 of those voting for and 40 against the reduced school budget. The specific decrease affected the regular education line item, the only area of the budget the committee could reduce the different educational categories by more than 5%.

Lubec residents disagree over budget and fireworks funding
by JD Rule

During the annual town business meeting conducted Tuesday, August 5, 78 of Lubec's 1,043 registered voters determined the town's course for the next 12 months, approving the warrant's 48 articles in the three-hour meeting held in the school cafetorium. Moderator Harold Bailey opened the meeting shortly after 7 p.m. by quipping, "I guess I'm not paying enough for you to elect someone else to do this."

Longhouse to be built to help community heal
by Edward French
The recent presence of drug gangs in the area has spurred on an effort at Pleasant Point to openly discuss drug and alcohol abuse among tribal members and to bring back the Passamaquoddy Tribe's traditions and cultural values to help address the social challenges. The building of a traditional longhouse will be the first step in that process.
Strong threads run through guild of St. Anne’s quilters
by Dr. Maureen Jones-Ryan

Strong is the thread running through the history of the oldest continuously functioning hand‑quilting guild in North America. Since 1872, when Sister Portia Robinson Owen founded the Women's Guild at St. Anne's Anglican Church on Campobello Island, generations of Campobello girls and womyn have been united by the ancient art of hand-quilting. While much of the world appears to be intent on the rending, for the past 142 years the womyn of St. Anne's Guild have steadfastly focused on "a time to sew."

Large-scale water extraction subject of hearing in Perry
by Lora Whelan

The Town of Perry has developed two ordinances that were scheduled to be the subject of a public hearing on the evening of Thursday, August 7. Both ordinances are unanimously supported by the town's selectmen. The two ordinances, Large Scale Water Extraction Ordinance and Building and Site Review Ordinance, are explained by Perry Select Board Chair Karen Raye as being the logical outcome of a large-scale water extraction moratorium put in place because of well testing that took place last fall in the town.


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