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August 26, 2016

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TUTUWAS, or the Pine Needle Dance, is performed by Passamaquoddy women during the ceremonial dances held on Sunday, August 14, as part of the Indian Day celebration at Sipayik. (Edward French photo)

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Lost Fishermen's Memorial Lubec Maine
PARTICIPANTS at the Lubec Lost Fishermen’s Memorial Association’s dedication ceremony heard speakers tell of losses and recovery. (J.D. Rule photo)

Front Page Stories

FERC dismissal ends debate on LNG plans
by Edward French

Lasting longer than the Pittston oil refinery debate in the 1970s and ’80s, the 12-year controversy over three proposals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals on Passamaquoddy Bay finally appears to have ended. The last LNG man standing -- Downeast LNG -- was knocked out earlier this month when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) dismissed the company's application for a terminal in Robbinston, which had been before the federal agency for 10 years.

Emotions run high at dedication for memorial to lost fishermen
by JD Rule

In Lubec, the day started out overcast and foggy, so much so that many participants at the Lost Fishermen's Memorial Association's (LFMA) public dedication ceremony on August 21 were overdressed. Shortly before the start, the clouds departed and the fog burned off, providing a perfect summer day. "We set out a hundred chairs," said LFMA President Shelly Tinker, "but we've got at least double that."


Eastport to serve up two fun celebrations

Tasty seafood to be savored
by Susan Esposito

For almost 30 years the end of summer in Eastport has been celebrated with a festival paying homage to the Atlantic salmon and other delicious seafood found in local waters. The 2016 Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival will be held on September 3 and 4 of Labor Day weekend and include lots of art, crafts, history, races and the delicious salmon dinner.

Swashbuckling pirates to swarm
by Susan Esposito

The easternmost city in the U.S. will once again host the largest pirate festival in northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes. The festivities for the 11th annual Eastport Pirate Festival will begin on Friday, September 9, and continue through Sunday, September 11, for three adventure-filled days of swashbuckling family fun. Pirates of all ages will descend upon the island in their favorite pirate garb to watch or take part in many of the events. All festival sponsored events are free to the public.

Calais challenges DHHS office closure
by Lura Jackson

The pending closure of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) office in Calais was the primary topic discussed at a city council meeting held on August 11. The decision to close the office was announced on July 29, giving workers and clients 90 days to adjust to the change.

Council supports deer hunt proposal
by Lora Whelan

At a special public hearing and meeting held on August 24, the Eastport City Council voted four to one in favor of sending a plan for a special archery hunt for antlerless deer to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIF&W). The meeting was attended by about 20 landowners, with members of the city's deer committee and state biologist Tom Schaeffer present.


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