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February 10, 2017


MAKING VALENTINES for the February 14 holiday at an Eastport Arts Center card-making party is five-year-old Raven Berry of East Machias. (Robin Farrin photo)

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HOLLY PRESTON of the Shead Tigerettes
HOLLY PRESTON of the Shead Tigerettes takes a shot from outside to score her 1,000th point in high school basketball on January 31. The senior co-captain is a strong leader for the team, which is headed to the Bangor tournament in second place in Class D North. (Don Dunbar photo)

Front Page Stories

Wind energy project eyed for Columbia area
by Lora Whelan

A new wind energy project could mean 30 wind turbines placed over a 9,000‑acre spread in the Columbia, Cherryfield and townships 18 and 19 area of Washington County. Downeast Wind, a subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy of Virginia, is exploring a wind energy project, with company representative Paul Williamson expected to attend the February 9 Washington County commissioners' meeting to discuss the project scope.

Studies weigh fate of Whiting Mill Pond dam
by Lora Whelan

While tensions have risen at times over conflicting points of view belonging to various stakeholders, options to consider for the Whiting Mill Pond dam's future are being gathered as part of the process undertaken by Downeast Salmon Federation as the site's new owner. Preliminary engineering studies conducted on the three dams located at Whiting Mill Pond, the former Lubec Water and Electric Light Company site at the Orange River flowage and at Rocky Lake were presented and discussed at a meeting held at the Whiting Town Office on February 2. About 30 people were present, with about a third representing the study's sponsor, Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF), as well as its partner organization, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT).

Valentine couples share how to remain sweethearts for life
by Susan Esposito

Valentine's Day is a reminder of the importance of having someone to love and of having someone love you, and three Quoddy area couples agree that patience, love and respect have helped keep their marriages long and happy.

Passamaquoddy immersion classes aim to revive language
by Edward French

“Woli'spasuwiw!” the teachers and young students greet each other, as they say "Good morning" at the start of their Passamaquoddy language immersion class. Then they sing, "Woli spasuwihpultine," or "Let us have a good breakfast."

Area schools fear proposed changes to funding formula
by Lura Jackson

The preparation of the Calais school system budget for the coming year has been met with delay as a result of a failure on the part of the state to provide projected state revenue by the end of January. Calais Superintendent Ron Jenkins spoke about the challenges caused by the delay at a school committee meeting on January 31, along with other funding concerns that could soon be faced by municipalities as a result of proposed changes at the state level.

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