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March 24, 2017

Maple Lane Sugary

SUGARING OFF — A SWEET RITE OF SPRING. With steam billowing out from the boiling down of the sap, Howard Duvall stands outside the sugarhouse at Maple Lane Sugary in Robbinston. The sugarhouse boast a new, more-efficient evaporator this year. The Duvalls have 330 buckets on their trees and hope to make about 75 gallons of maple syrup during the season. (Edward French photo)

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Richard Keyser bronze mermaid eastport Maine
ILLUMINATING NERIDA, Richard Klyver’s bronze mermaid on the Eastport seawall, are ice sculptures made by Drew Proctor that are lit by candlelight. (Robin Farrin photo)

Front Page Stories

UT parents and administrators spar at hearing
by Edward French

A legislative hearing to provide school choice for students living in the unorganized territories (UT) pitched state administrators against local parents over who is looking out for the best interests of their children. The legislation aims to address the controversy that erupted last spring about where students living in area unorganized territories attend elementary school. Parents were shocked when they were told by the state that their children would have to attend the      Education in the Unorganized Territories (EUT) school in Edmunds instead of other area elementary schools.

Decision favoring landowners in rockweed case to be appealed
by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After their March 2 hearing in Washington County Superior Court, the opposing parties of the Ross v. Acadian Seaplants lawsuit shook hands and left Machias, expecting to wait a month or more for the verdict. However, the ruling came in only 12 days.

LGBTQ conference aims for compassion, equity
by Lora Whelan

Wayne Maines is the father of identical twins: a boy and a girl. They are young adults now, navigating their paths toward college and careers, but it hasn't been an easy path for any of them. The twins were born as boys, Wyatt and Jonas. At age 2, Wyatt insisted that she was a girl. Over the course of a journey that would involve classrooms, courtrooms and turmoil in their own home, Wyatt became Nicole, twin sister to her brother.

New home slated for day treatment program in Calais
by Lura Jackson

 Following a flurry of meetings among administrators, school trustees and city councillors, the Calais school system has made a bold move toward purchasing the Hight building on South Street, the former home of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services office. If the purchase is completed -- and indications are that it will be -- the building will be the site of a revamped version of the Calais Day Treatment Program.

Disputes over elver fishery trigger suits by tribal fishermen
by Edward French

Passamaquoddy tribal members have filed two lawsuits over the elver fishery, stemming from disputes over late filings of landing reports from last year. The Joint Tribal Council had decided last month to impose a penalty on those who filed their reports past the deadline, but one of the lawsuits maintains that the council cannot impose a punishment after the fact.


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