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November 13, 2015

AN AUTUMN RITUAL. Jumping into a large pile of leaves during a recent fall day in Eastport are Ellis Zipperer-Sanchez and Jesse Calame. (Edward French photo)

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HEADING OUT at the break of dawn on the first day of the lobster season on November 10 is a fleet of boats at Ingalls Head, Grand Manan. All involved were thankful for the excellent weather. (Arlene Benham photo)


Front Page Stories

by Susan Esposito

A Washington County grand jury has indicted a 39-year-old Eastport man for manslaughter in the September 10 death of Maurice Allen Harris of Eastport, finding there is sufficient evidence to charge Hazen MuDugald with "recklessly or with criminal negligence" causing Harris' death. On November 5, the grand jury also indicted McDugald on a charge of aggravated assault against Harris and violation of conditions of release. He had previously been arrested and charged only with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the death and one count of violating bail.

New school seeks to keep language alive
by Edward French

“Our number one goal is to create new speakers," says Donald Soctomah, the project administrator for a new language immersion school to teach the Passamaquoddy language to children ages 3 to 5. The tribe recently was awarded a three-year $750,000 grant for the program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Native Americans.

Experiences and hardships of war recalled by area veterans
by Susan Esposito

November 11 was observed as Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States. It is a time to look back on the sacrifices of military veterans on both sides of the international border.

Calais considering project to expand fiber optic network
by Lura Jackson

With an infrastructure of dark fiber Internet cable now running through part of Calais, the city is considering the option of facilitating its expansion to provide homes and businesses with fiber optic speeds. The Economic and Community Development Committee met on October 30 to discuss the possibility. Committee members were joined by Andrew Tickle of Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative, who shared his expertise on the subject.

Downtown revitalization funding at risk
by Lora Whelan

The communities of Calais, Eastport and Machias -- as well as another 27 around the state -- may be affected by the proposed elimination of the Department of Economic and Community Development's (DECD) funding to the Maine Downtown Center (MDC). The three Washington County communities are part of the MDC Downtown Network program that guides downtown revitalization using the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Main Street approach, a model with 35 years of success.

Sipayik government turmoil continues with recall petitions
by Edward French

The turmoil in the Sipayik tribal government is continuing, with efforts to recall the vice chief and a tribal councillor, as well as allegations of bullying and intimidation by supporters of the chief. Reasons for the tribal council's decision last month to suspend Chief Fred Moore III from his administrative duties have now been outlined and include the allegation of using tribal government funds for personal gain. Moore denies the charges, though, and says the council is violating the Sipayik Constitution.


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