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U.S. Senate Candidate Shenna Bellows Visits Machias Rotary By Gwen Clark

Tuesday March 18th U.S. Senate Candidate Shenna Bellows visited the Machias Rotary for their meeting at the Bluebird Restaurant. Shenna is running against incumbent Republican Susan Collins. She grew up in Hancock just outside of Ellsworth and attended Ellsworth High School. She shared with the group her family’s work ethics with hard working parents and herself working in High School and college, waiting tables, making sandwiches, and kitchen work at a Lobster Pound. She states: "My story is the story of a lot of young people because of the support of my community." She was the recipient of the Ellsworth Rotary Scholarship and numerous other community scholarships such as Veterans of Foreign Wars, scholarship funds and student loans to attend College where she attended Middlebury College in Vermont. Bellows recalls her experience: "Student loan interest rates were a lot lower twenty years ago and unemployment was a lot lower, when I graduated with my degree in International Politics and Economics it was easy to find a job in the field of my choice." She began working in an Economics Consulting Firm and then entered into the Peace Corps to work in Panama, working with rural artisans in a microlending project. She moved to Nashville Tennessee to work with youth in one of Nashville's largest public housing projects on issues of economic and educational development. It was there that she developed an interest in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and was hired by the National Civil Liberties Union, a nationwide non-profit organization whose mission statement is the protection of the Bill of Rights

and the Constitution. Bellows was assigned to the Washington DC Legislative office where she worked to bring groups to the Capitol to lobby their issues concerning infringement of their rights and the Protection of the Constitution. The first order of business for Bellows was working on the Patriot Act. Gun Owners of America and the American Library Association were two organizations that she was working with in a common cause in defense of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Citing a primary reasons for running for office Bellows says: "The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are an incredible part of American history. Documents that unite us. Shared values that unite us across background, ideology, across party, across geography, bringing Americans together." She feels that the loss in Washington over the past decade is regards for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. "Congress has slowly chipped away at our fundamental civil liberties; with the passage of measures like the U. S. Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act. With the expansion of programs like the NSA Domestic Spying Program and more recently the decision by the Federal Aviation Administration to allow domestic drone surveillance. These programs undermine our individual liberties but also community trust in government. Because when the Government is spying on ordinary Americans, wasting billions of taxpayer dollars, to conduct surveillance on you and me; then it is very difficult to trust in that Governments interest in we the people." Bellows states: "I am running to restore our Constitutional Freedoms, to protect individual liberty, and restore com-

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munity trust in Government again. I'm running to repeal the USA Patriot Act, to stop the NSA Domestic spying on ordinary Americans and to restore these liberties. I'm also running because I'm passionate about economic opportunity." She has travelled Statewide and it is her fourth visit in Washington County. With 504 towns, cities and unorganized territories in the State she has set a goal to visit all of them. She has heard stories from a large amount so far of Maine families that are struggling. Approximately 96.000 Mainers are earning less than $10.10 per hour making it extremely difficult for them to pay bills, put food on the table and heat their homes especially through this hard winter. While visiting the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Lewiston that services about 600 plus food pantries in Maine she was told that "Hunger in Maine has grown into an epidemic; from an occasional to a chronic situation. That 1 in 4 Maine children are food insecure and they are starting school Food pantries to send kids home with food in their backpacks in order for them to get a hot meal over the weekend." Bellows says: "This is wrong, its shortsighted and it shows that Washington has the wrong priorities. We have spent over two trillion dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have spent billions on these domestic surveillance programs over the last decade and we are cutting basic funding for our communities. Basic funding like economic development and funding in the social safety net. I think we need to get back to our communities with the local focus on our communities." With serious Economic challenges ahead Bellows has a plan, to put people back to work, to create jobs and to promote economic development. She shares the plan

U.S. Senate Candidate Shenna Bellows speaks to Machias Rotarians on March 18. (Photo by Gwen Clark).

as follows: "First, I think we need to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. I think that we need to invest in community development, we need to invest in local infrastructure, in roads, and bridges but also technology infrastructure." To this, Bellows believes that all homes should have broadband or access to it. She also talks about the future of Maine. "Think about economy in the future." Solar, tidal and wind energy as investable energy for Maine. Conservation and weatherization as environmental mainstays. The question is, she asks: What are we leaving for our next generation?" She answered various questions from the public in attendance concerning the types of

energy, education, legislation, budget items, and economy in the State. She was asked about the Legislature and its record and one comment that she expressed concerned about and said: "To cut veterans benefits was unconscionable." Bellows also cited Collins record of voting consistently for the Patriot Act, which she is against. The Machias Rotary provided an excellent opportunity in inviting Shenna Bellows as a guest speaker and assured that there would be a variety of more speakers to follow. We will be looking forward to hearing from others. Senator Susan Collins has been invited to speak but at this time her office has yet to respond to the Rotary.





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ORPC Kicks Off RivGen® Power System Commercialization Project With Successful Test in Maine Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) successfully completed tow testing of its RivGen® turbine generator unit (TGU) in Eastport, Maine, in collaboration with Maine Maritime Academy and the Eastport Port Authority. Results indicate the re-designed proprietary river power system has improved reliability and durability and is now ready for its first commercial-scale demonstration planned for this summer in Alaska. “The collaboration between Maine-based organizations that made this successful test possible illustrates our state’s globallycompetitive technical expertise in developing, testing and commercializing ocean energy power systems,” said Chris Sauer, ORPC's President and CEO. “It also highlights the multi-faceted tidal energy supply chain and infrastructure we routinely mobilize from our Eastport operations center including experienced contractors like Capt. Jerry Morrison and Morrison Manufacturing, Eastport Port Authority assets, and waterfront access.” "The vessel used to test the RivGen® System, the Energy Tide 2, was recently purchased by Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) from the Eastport Port Authority using funds provided by the Maine Technology Institute, and is vital infrastructure for MMA’s ocean energy initiatives, including marine hydrokinetic research conducted by our faculty and students," said Robert J. Peacock II, Chair of the MMA Board of Trustees. "The RivGen® System test shows how Maine Maritime Academy’s ocean energy expertise is growing and

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can make a difference to Maine's economy." "The Eastport Port Authority is proud to have provided ORPC with vessels, personnel, and other assets in support of its tidal energy development efforts since 2007," said Port Authority Executive Director Chris Gardner. "In return, ORPC has been a tremendous addition to the community, and provided the Port with opportunities to broaden our range of expertise to the ocean energy sector." ORPC will soon ship the RivGen® TGU to the southwestern Alaska village of Igiugig on Lake Iliamna at the mouth of the Kvichak

River. There, it will be mated with the system's specially-designed pontoon support structure, power electronics and cabling, forming a complete RivGen® Power System. In partnership with the Igiugig Village Council, the system will be installed in the Kvichak River for several months of operation this summer. This will be the first commercial-scale demonstration of the power system to demonstrate its effectiveness in addressing the issues of high electricity cost, reliance on diesel fueled generators, fossil fuel supply interruption, and environmental liability in remote communities.

The RivGen® Power System is a submersible hydrokinetic system designed for smaller river applications in water depths of 15 feet or more, including those in remote, off-grid or micro-grid communities. The product will provide a new energy source for rural river communities around the globe. In 2012 ORPC made history by starting operation of the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project, the first commercial, grid-connected hydrokinetic tidal energy project in North America utilizing the company's proprietary TidGen® Power System. ORPC is currently evaluating system components,

Bringing you our best. Allow me to introduce myself and welcome you to our practice at Down East Community. I am in the ENT Clinic at the Reid Emery Building on Main Street in Machias. After graduating from Yale University in 1966, I received my MD degree from Tufts in Boston in 1970. I did a year of internal medicine at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN followed by two Otolaryngologist (ENT) years as a Marine Corps doctor with the US Navy, and another year of internal medicine at Vanderbilt. Switching Thomas Holzen, MD specialties, I did two years of general surgery followed by three years of Otolaryngology (ENT) training at the practices in the Reid University of Texas in San Antonio, and opened my practice Emery Building in in Nashville in 1979. I practiced there until June 2012, interrupted only by taking a fellowship in Facial Plastic Machias Surgery. No longer wanting to work full time, I began part time work in Belfast, ME and then the opportunity opened up to come to Washington County. I enjoy, and am comfortable with, patients of all ages from infants to the elderly. In more than 30 years of practice, I have seen all the common illnesses and most of the unusual ones in my specialty. I am excited to continue to bring this specialty to this area reducing wait times and long travel times for the people of Washington County.

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identifying enhancements and redesigning the TidGen® System. Environmental data gathered continues to indicate no observed, adverse interaction with the marine environment. Later this year, ORPC will use its licensed site in Cobscook Bay to test a prototype mooring and anchoring system that will comprise a next generation bottom support structure for ORPC’s power systems. Established in 2004, ORPC is a privately-held world leader in river, tidal and deep-water ocean current power generation systems and projects. ORPC’s hub at Eastport and Lubec, Maine, has become an internationally recognized center for river and tidal energy development. The RivGen® Power System Commercialization Project is funded in part by the Denali Commission and its partner the Alaska Energy Authority, the U.S. Department of Energy, and private investors. For more information, visit

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will receive $11,420,465 million in excise tax revenues to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing a record $760.9 million through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration program and $325.7 million through Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration program. Revenues come from excise taxes generated by the sale of sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and tackle, and electric outboard motors. Recreational boaters also contribute to the program through fuel taxes on motorboats and small engines. “Maine has a long and proud history of responsible outdoor recreation,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “These funds help promise the longevity of that tradition by further preserving and protecting the integrity of Maine’s natural resources for future generations.” The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs have generated a total of more than $15 billion since their inception – in 1937 in the case of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program, and 1950 for the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Program – to conserve fish and wildlife resources. The recipient fish and wildlife agencies have matched these program funds with more than $5 billion. This funding is critical to sustaining healthy fish and wildlife populations and providing opportunities for all to connect with nature.

Registration Open for Special Olympics Spring Games Special Olympians from throughout the region are invited to register for the Washington County Special Olympics Spring Games, to be held Friday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Maine at Machias. This year’s event will include a softball throw, standing long jump, 25-meter walk, 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, indoor wheelchair races, and bocce. There will also be recreational activities and games for athletes to enjoy between events and during the after party with food, music, and fun. To register for the Washington County Special Olympics Spring Games, contact Jo-Ellen Scribner at 255-1228 or All Olympians must have a current medical release from their physician in order to participate in the games.

State Representative Joyce Maker with Emmitt, Regan, and Madolyn Gardner, children of Chris and Amanda Gardner of Edmunds and Rylynn Clark granddaughter of Gwen Clark of Baileyville at the State House Of Representatives in Augusta on Monday March 24. Madolyn sang the National Anthem to open the House and along with the three other youngsters served as Honorary Pages for the morning. (Photo by Gwen Clark).

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Despite the ridiculous weather, we see signs of spring everywhere. From photos submitted to the paper for our photo contest, to the all the upcoming events that are happening, Machias is starting to come alive with activity. It's also been so nice hearing from many of you. I do take your suggestions to heart, and am committed to making this a community paper that you want

to read. So, thanks, and keep the emails coming. Don't forget to let us know about upcoming events for our Community Calendar, and let us know of anything you would like to have covered by a reporter. Send any suggestions or comments editor@ Warmly, Amy Jeanroy

To The Editor: Summits, conferences, and meetings aplenty. Yet no overall plan has emerged to ensure Washington County’s people have enough food. Getting food to the needy currently depends mostly on volunteers, who do yeoman's work to feed those in need. But their efforts are, unfortunately, insufficient for the need. Plenty of grant money is available for talk-a-thons, but action proposals get a cold reception, “There’s no money for that.” In other words, talk all you want, just don’t ask for funds to help people help themselves. Here’s an action plan I’ve proposed before and will again to the Washington County Commissioners.

The TIF monies the Commissioners receive annually from sharing Northern Washington County’s windmills’ tax breaks (aka corporate welfare) are only to be spent in the Unorganized Territories. But there is need beyond the UTs. The Legislature can change that Rule. Once released from that Rule, TIF money can be spent to build raised-bed gardens in people’s own yards throughout Washington County. No matter how many farms we have, some people still can’t afford to buy the food they need. If we give people the means to grow their own food - a hand-up towards self-sufficiency - they won’t have to spend money driving into town to food shop or go to food banks, which, in any case, often run out

of food nowadays. Growing their own food, or a significant portion of it, each year will allow people to have both heating fuel and food next winter and all the winters thereafter. Why raised-bed gardens? Because many people, especially elderly and disabled, cannot crawl around on the ground anymore. We need to make it as simple as possible to ensure people can maintain their gardens.

Caution: fill raised-beds with soil from people’s own yards. Some “compost” or “soil” sold is really dried sewer sludge (called “biosolids”), definitely not suitable for a food garden. Read labels or ask what’s in these products. I’ll be bringing this proposal to the county commissioners again next month. Then we’ll ask our Legislative delegation to get the UT-only Rule changed, specifically to fund the building of raised-bed

food gardens throughout Washington County for those in need. It’s the same idea as “Give a man a fish and you feed him for one day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Many Washington County people would rather do for themselves than ask for help, so let’s help them help themselves. Nancy Oden, Jonesboro

MDOT Projects Will Benefit Local Economy By Dorothy Johnson

The State of Maine is set to get a $2.02 billion dollar infusion to its economy if the funds come together for infrastructure construction as envisioned by the Maine DOT 2014-2016 Work Plan released last January by David Bernhardt, Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner. The plan lists more than 1600 transportation jobs (bridges, highways, airports, railroad reconstruction, seaports and ferry terminals, etc) scheduled to be completed 2014 through 2016. The plan enumerates all of

Maine’s DOT projects, not just capital investments. This includes 600 miles of light paving of minor roads ($27 million), 73 miles of state roads ($68 million), 258 miles of preservation paving on high priority roads ($2 million), 54 bridges ($190 million) and several airport and railroad projects ($69 million) as well as reconstruction of the Eastport Breakwater ($11 million). In Washington County, the state will replace “The Singing Bridge” (Tide Mill Bridge #2 on Route 1 in Edmunds Township ($2.1 million) and rebuild approximately 5 and a third miles from the bridge to Whiting Village ($8.9 million). The state

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will also build 3 miles of Route 1A in Jonesboro and Whitneyville ($3.5 million). In Machias four projects are planned for 2015-2016. Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Machias Valley Airport will include design of runway construction and lighting and actual runway construction and installation of lighting for a total of $4.3 million. Two other projects are also planned: bridge construction over Dyke Bridge on Route 1 over Middle River ($250,000) and drainage improvements beginning at Center Street and extending .34 of a mile to Main Street (($50,000). In East Machias five projects have been planned for a total of $4.2 million. In 2014 MDOT has a job to replace and seal bridge joint,

and seal the deck of Rim Memorial Bridge which carries Rim Road over the Machias River. List work is located 0.6 of a mile north of Route 92. Also planned for 2014 is a job on Route 1 to repair catch basins, replace 200 feet of outlet pipe and add some porous fill in old culvert where it goes under the Post Office. For the 2015-2016 period three projects have been proposed: the first and cheapest ($6500) is a bicycle/pedestrian sidewalk beginning at the Hadley Lake Road to Elm Street School, the second is work on the Jacksonville Bridge which is located on Route 191 over the East Machias River ($1.5 million), and the last job is an estimated $2.6 million project beginning at Pope Memorial Bridge

over the East Machias River and extending northerly 1.8 miles on Route 1. An estimated $2.6 million project has been planned for bridge construction of the Englishman River Bridge on the Johnson Road located at 0.3 of a mile southeast of the Shoppe Point Road. According to the commissioner, construction schedules and funds are already aligned and contracts will be awarded this spring. MDOT officials are expecting that these projects will benefit the local area as construction companies and related businesses begin to hire for their many positions. (All figures and projects may be found at Maine DOT work plan.)

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How to Make Newspaper Pots A reader asked for a better explanation for making newspaper pots. It’s such a great way to make an endless supply, and recycle your newspapers. Also, earthworms love composted paper, so this technique benefits everyone. Here's How: Tear a sheet of newspaper in half if you are using a full spread piece. Skip this step if you are using a single sheet of paper, with only a front/back. Tear the sheet of newspaper into 6 inch strips, going left to right, in the direction of the newsprint. Lay your strip of paper flat on a hard surface. Place a cylinder

shaped object onto the strip, so that the bottom of the cylinder is on the strip about 4 inches, with two inches of the strip below the bottom of the cylinder. Roll the strip of paper around the cylinder, until the entire piece of newspaper it wound around it. Hold the end of the newspaper with your fingers to keep it from unrolling. Turn the cylinder upright, and fold the part of the newspaper that hangs over, towards the center of the cylinder. Press and crease all the way around. Place the newspaper wrapped cylinder onto the hard surface and

press with a heavy hand. This flattens the bottom tightly, so it won't unroll. Tips: Be sure to fill pots, leaving about 1/4 empty, to allow for water expansion. Place pots tightly together, to keep them upright. Be sure to use newspaper, not shiny ad pages. Make a set to give to an elderly gardening neighbor. (Photo Flickr user Snowmentality)

Smokey Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup 1 clove garlic minced salt/pepper to taste In a heavy soup pot, saute sliced sausage and chopped onion, until onion is clear and sausage is slightly browned around the edges of each slice. Remove sausage and cooked onions from pan, clean pan of excess grease and return sausage/ onion to pot, on medium heat.

Add broth, drained beans, minced garlic, and salt/pepper if desired. Heat to simmering and cover. Cook 15 minutes, or until kale is wilted as much as you like. Serve. This tastes better the next day, and would be wonderful warmed on low in the crock pot all day.

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For some reason, when bad weather is on the way, I feel compelled to cook. It's been that way as long as I can remember, and my family takes full advantage of this. For the sort of storm that we just had, soup seems the logical choice. It is filing and can stay warm for a long time, even if the power goes out. I like to make it in the pressure cooker, since it has an automatic warm feature, but it works just as well in the crock

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PBSO Begins Rehearsals for Spring 2014 Performances The Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO) will begin rehearsing for an exciting new program on Thursday, March 27th at the Eastport Arts Center. During this spring rehearsal season, Conductor Trond Saeverud and co-conductor Greg Biss will lead and inspire PBSO musicians to master Dvorak’s 7th Symphony, as well as works by Mozart, Bedrich Smetana, and Bach. The PBSO members would like to extend an invitation to area musicians to join this enthusiastic and hard-working team. The Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra has been delighting audiences with quality symphonic music since 2008. Along with delighting the audience, the orchestra also provides an otherwise unavailable resource to local amateur musicians. The PBSO gives musicians the chance to expand their knowledge and play

with a group of diverse, animated individuals. The orchestra is composed of musicians that range in age from 16 to 75 and come from as far away as Campobello, Bangor, Houlton, Princeton, and St. Andrews. More experience players are always available to encourage and help less experienced orchestra members to become confident ensemble performers. Everybody is part of the team! Trond Saeverud, PBSO’s tireless conductor, is a world-class violinist and concertmaster for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. He also recently became the Conductor of the Galveston (Texas) Symphony Orchestra. PBSO is very happy that he will continue to guide, conduct, and inspire us throughout this spring season! His enthusiasm and encouragement are contagious. Trond says, “If the musicians are not having fun, this is not what I want to be doing.”

PBSO currently is comprised of approximately 40 musicians who come primarily from communities around Passamaquoddy Bay in Washington County, Maine and Charlotte County, New Brunswick. Musicians are of all ages. (Photo courtesy of PBSO’s website,

Co-conducting with Trond, will be Greg Biss, a local composer and pianist who is always willing to motivate and help the orchestra reach its goals. Rehearsals are held weekly at the Eastport Arts Center on Thursdays from 7PM to 9:30PM, starting on March 27th. The Spring Con-

certs will be held on Friday, June 13th, in Machias; Saturday, June 14th, in Eastport; and Sunday, June 15th, in Calais. Carpooling to rehearsals and concerts is available in some locations. If you are interested in playing with the PBSO, please contact us with the information below or attend

the first rehearsal on Thursday, March 27th. For more information, call 207263-4982 (Maine), 506-529-8278 (New Brunswick), or e-mail You can also visit PBSO’s website at:

great North American continental ice sheet and coincides with many Downeast tourist attractions. The Maine Ice Age Trail map is sold through the University of Maine bookstore is also available for free download on the website. Lighthouses and Lobsters – A brochure created by Downeast Acadia Regional Tourism provides information about the 27 light-

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Regional Trails - Themed, Self-Guided Trails available on-line and formal tours are independently organized. The project is supported through donations from the local communities, general fundraising, grants, and in kind support. Nine sculptures are located along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway, and several of these are also Downeast Fisheries Trail sites. The sculptures integrate art, culture, history, and location. Opportunities exist for collaboration on interpretive signage and mapping. Scenic Byway communities with current or intended sculpture sites include: Steuben Milbridge

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Pictured above are the senior participants in the DAC Senior Classic at the University of Maine at Machias. Members are front l-r: Travis Alley, Cole Beal, John Cushing, Sam Lyons, Patrick Merchant, Luke Hatch, Matthew Payne, Damon Lincoln, and Tyler Fenderson. Back l-r has: Coach James Getchell, John Batson, Devon Schoppee, Justin Paddock, Nick Bradbury, Spencer Thompson, Tyler Cochran, Toby Tomah, and Coach Darrean Constant. (Photo by John Rogers).

Down East Athletic Conference Winter All-Stars Cheering All-Stars Machias: Ciara Schoppee Karigan Scanlon Brooke Beal Lorena Mattox Jonesport-Beals Carlye Looke Kayla Farnsworth Woodland: Reanna Crowe Ingrid Subialdea Kylee Caruso Narraguagus: Emily Grant Jenny Mathews Bayley Ray-Smith Coach of the Year: Michelle Libby-JB DAC CHAMPS: Narraguagus Sportsmanship: Jonesport-Beals Girls Basketball Machias: Tate Dolley Kate Whitney Angelina Lyons Makayla Prout Jonesport-Beals: Kali Alley Woodland: Courtney James Shead: Holly Preston Cierra Seeley Narraguagus: Anna Ramsay Kelli Kennedy Carly Ann Young Karmen Kennedy Coach of the Year: Sara Moore-Shead Sportsmanship: Jonesport-Beals Boys Basketball Machias: Logan Wood Justin Paddock Jonesport-Beals: Cole Beal Sam Lyons Woodland: Damon Lincoln Tyler Cochran Toby Tomah Shead: Mark Clossey Nic Bradbury John Cushing Narraguagus: Spencer Thompson John Batson Coach of the Year: Darrin Constant-Shead DAC CHAMPS: N/A Sportsmanship: Jonesport-Beals

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Cole Beal (J-B) splits the middle between Luke Hatch (Machias) and John Batson (Narraguagus). (Photo by John Rogers).

Paddock (Machias) and Beal (J-B) go up together for the rebound. (Photo by John Rogers).

Royal veteran Sam Lyons works the ball around the perimeter. (Photo by John Rogers).

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Seniors Play At UMM Final Get Together Enjoys Second Season The DAC held their second annual senior classic basketball game at UMM when conference seniors were divided among four teams and had a final opportunity to play each other in basketball. In the opening game the ladies played a thriller that went back and forth over the 32-minutes of action with the visiting team nipping the hosts 39-35. The leaders in their finale were Amanda Preston and Anna Ramsey with 14-each, Brianna Cirone scoring 12, Kristina Jamieson 10, Karmen Kennedy 9, Jenna Demolet 8, and Kasey Smith 5. The men’s contest, although not close, was a pleasure to watch with great shooting and a number of “fun” dunks during the four periods of play. While on the floor Toby Tomah had a career night scoring 30-bigpoints for the home team. Sam Lyons with 10, Spencer Thompson 8, and Tyler Cochran at 7 rounded out the winners scoring. Damon Lincoln paced the guests with 11-points, Nick Bradbury hit 10, John Batson 10, and Justin Paddock 6. Thanks are extended from the DAC to coaches Sara Moore, Chris Burke, Darrean Constant, and James Getchell. Also, much appreciation is sent to volunteer officials Donnie Beal, Laura Bagley, and Peter Joyce. The DAC would also send their sincere thanks to UMM for being the host of this special event.

John Batson (Narraguagus) splits the defenders in the Senior Classic at UMM. (Photo by John Rogers).

Set for a three-pointer is Royals’ Patrick Merchant. (Photo by John Rogers).

Luke Hatch (Machias) handles the ball up-top. (Photo by John Rogers).

It’s an easy two for Knight Devin Schoppee on the UMM floor. (Photo by John Rogers).

Bulldog Justin Paddock rips down the offensive board. (Photo by John Rogers).


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Washington County Sheriff’s Office Weekly Report March 7 – 13, 2014 During this time the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to 50 calls for service. Several bail checks were done by the deputies during this time. Notable complaints are listed below: Deputy Gregory Sawyer responded to a theft of oil complaint from a camp at Grand Lake Stream. Deputy Sawyer will conduct a further investigation. Deputy Christopher Donahue ar-

rested an individual in Topsfield for operating under the influence. Deputy Dennis Worcester investigated an alleged violation of protection order. The protected party was receiving calls from the person he was not to have any contact. Investigation continues. Deputy Dennis Worcester responded to a domestic disturbance in Lubec. A male who was allegedly intoxicated tried to run over his girlfriend. No charges at this

time. Lt Travis Willey responded to a report of sexual assault in Milbridge. Investigation continues. Deputy Gregory Sawyer investigated a report of harassment in East Machias. An attorney reported being harassed by his client’s ex-husband. A verbal warning was issued. Lt Travis Willey and Deputy Dennis Worcester responded to a sexual assault in Machiasport.

A female reported 2 men had entered her residence and sexual assaulted her. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Maine State police. The investigation is ongoing. Deputy Gregory Sawyer arrested an individual near Baileyville for operating under the influence. Sgt Ralph Pineo assisted DHHS with the removal of children in East Machias. Sgt Ralph Pineo assisted Ma-

chias Police Department with a report of an attempted home invasion in Machias. The intruders had left the residence before the officers arrived. The investigation continues. Deputy Christopher Donahue investigated a report of harassment in Waite. Text messages were being exchanged between parties. Verbal warnings were issued.

trespass incident in Cherryfield. The property owner reported that the door of the abandoned residence had been kicked in. Investigation continues. Trooper Bryan Creamer summonsed Walter Alexander Mazariego Rivera, 32, of Hancock for operating without a license as the result of a traffic stop on Route 1 in Sullivan.

Trooper Kim Sawyer received a complaint in Perry that someone stole medications. Investigation continues. Trooper Cliff Peterson received a report of harassment in Surry. The person was served a written harassment notice. 3-20-14 Trooper Cliff Peterson summonsed Randy Swindell, 48, of

Addison for Fictitious Display of Inspection Sticker as a result of a traffic stop in Addison. 3-22-14 Trooper Bryan Creamer summonsed Patrick Shepard, 26, of Surry for operating an unregistered ATV after he was stopped on the Toddy Pond Road in Surry. 3-23-14 Trooper Andrew Foss responded to a theft complaint in Charlotte where heating oil was reported

stolen from the Charlotte Baptist Church. Investigation continues. Trooper Bryan Creamer summonsed Michael Hughes, 48, of Orono for OAS after he was stopped for speeding on Route 9 in Amherst. Trooper Kim Sawyer received a complaint that someone attempted to break into a camp in Robbinston. The suspects did not gain entry, investigation continues.

Troop J Report This week Troop J responded to 111 calls for service. The following are noteworthy complaints: 3-19-14 Trooper Chris Smith summonsed Joshua Scoville, 19, of Machias for criminal speed as the result of a traffic stop in Township 22 on Route 9. Trooper Chris Smith investigated a criminal mischief and criminal

Kickstart to Fitness Course with Samantha Williams at the CCLC Got started on your New Year’s resolution to exercise more and need a class to keep going? Try “Kickstart to Fitness,” a six-week fitness course with Samantha Williams on Wednesdays, March 19 through April 23, 11:00am-12:00pm, at the Cobscook Community Learning Center. This course will help you burn calories, build muscle with resistance training, improve balance and flexibility, and strengthen your core! Can’t get enough? Join Samantha on Mondays from 5:00-6:00pm for Zumba and Mindful Movement on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm. Rounding out our fitness classes is Yoga with Judy Hanscom on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00pm. Instructor Samantha Williams has been an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Group Exercise Instructor since 2011, received Zumba certification in 2012, and completed YogaFit Level 1 in 2013. Samantha has been instructing Mindful Movement and Zumba at the CCLC and Women on Weights at the University of Maine Machias since 2012. Visit Samantha's website: Participants are asked to bring a towel, water and a set of 3-8 lb. handweights. There are some weights and mats available for use at the CCLC. The Cobscook Community Learning Center is located at 10 Commissary Point Rd in Trescott. For more information or to register for the course, contact Valerie Lawson, 733-2233, email valerie@ or visit our website to register online:

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Cain Applauds Efforts to Raise Minimum Wage State Senator Emily Cain, Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, is applauding efforts to call attention to the need to raise the minimum wage. She said that events like the "Give America a Raise" bus tour, which kicked off this morning in Bangor before making its way through ten states, shine a spotlight on the issue, and give hardworking people a louder voice in the ongoing debate in Washington. “Too many Maine families work multiple jobs and more than forty hours each week only to earn a paycheck that doesn’t even cover the basics," said Cain. "This is unacceptable to me and it should be unacceptable to every member of Congress. Maine workers stood up today at events in Bangor and Portland and said what a minimum wage raise would mean to them, their families and our state’s economy. I hear them and will continue to support raising the minimum wage.” Cain has supported four efforts to raise Maine's minimum wage during her 10 years in the Legislature. The most recent effort was last year, a proposal to increase it to $9 an hour. After passing in both the House and the Senate, Governor LePage vetoed the legislation. Maine's current minimum wage is $7.50 an hour. Over time, as the minimum wage has not increased to follow the value of the dollar, Americans' wages have essentially decreased. In fact, the current minimum wage is more than two dollars less in real wages than it was in 1968. There are proposals making their way through Congress that will raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in $0.95 increments, tied to inflation. President Obama issued an Executive Order earlier this year that will raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour. Cain supports both wage increases. "While the middle class continues to struggle, Congress continues to do nothing," said Cain. "Real stories like those put forward today make it clear: the minimum wage must be raised. I support raising the federal minimum wage because I support the working women and men of Maine." Online:

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Each March these birds return to the Machias Area, this photo was taken in front of Bar Harbor Bank on Main Street Machias on March 17, 2013. (Photo by Wendy Sawyer).

Whitney Corporation’s Downeast Packaging Solutions Hires New Director of Business Development Whitney Corporation (Whitney Corp) is a family of Downeast Maine companies with the bestknown brands in the region for holiday wreaths, blueberries, boats and boating supplies, rental equipment and event supplies. And now, Whitney Corp has hired Rick Heller as Director of Business Development for its fulfillment and packaging company, Downeast Packaging Solutions (DPS). Heller will be charged with creating and growing the capabilities of DPS, which provides U.S. and Canadian companies with a packaging partner on the East Coast. Downeast Packaging Solutions offers cost effective solutions for all packaging, fulfillment, and logistical needs. Their services include,

but are not limited to: Contract Packaging Product & Packaging Design Variety Pack Builds (MultiPacks) Warehousing & Distribution Shrink Wrap & Labeling Pick & Pack Fulfillment Pallet Builds (PDM & POP Type) Domestic & Off Shore Sourcing Orders Direct to Customer EDI & Order Processing Capable Turnkey Packaging & Manufacturing (A complete product built and supplied to forecast) About Heller Rick has been a leader in the packaging industry for over 30 years. His skills were first honed af-

ter graduating from West Chester University. His first post-grad job introduced him to the world of local/ corporate support via packaging projects. This is where his vision for starting his own company, The Resource Group, was born. After starting The Resource Group, Inc. in 1991, he grew sales from $1 million in revenue the first year to $15 million by 2005. Since then, he has been providing business development and packaging logistic knowledge to a number of companies in the industry. His experience includes expertise in Business Development, Project Management, Offshore Procurement, Logistics, and Product & Packaging Development. Rick likes to enjoy the outdoors

Raye Files Nomination Petitions Raye becomes first Republican candidate for Congress to make it on the ballot EASTPORT, ME – Former Maine Senate President Kevin Raye on Friday morning became the first Republican candidate to file the certified nomination petitions necessary to be placed on the June Primary ballot. A representative of the Raye campaign delivered the petitions to the Secretary of State’s office at 9:00 a.m. “I am thankful for all of the volunteer supporters who helped collect signatures around the district,” said Raye. “The work of grassroots volunteers made it possible, and I am excited to continue to bring my positive message to the voters of the 2nd District.”

A poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies in November showed Raye holding a commanding lead in the GOP Primary and a double-digit lead over both major Democrats in a General Election match-up. Raye led Sen. Emily Cain (D-Orono) 45%-31% and led Sen. Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) 45%-30%. The poll showed that Raye’s primary opponent trails both Democrats. In addition, Raye recently received the endorsement of the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), representing the support of a wide cross-section of American business. BIPAC is

considered the “gold standard” endorsement by the nation’s business community. Kevin Raye and his wife Karen own and operate Raye’s Mustard Mill in Eastport, a fourth-generation small family business. He served four terms in the Maine Senate, where he was elected first as Senate Republican Leader and then as President of the Senate. Previously, he ran Congresswoman Olympia Snowe’s offices across the Second Congressional District and went on to serve as Snowe’s Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate.

by hiking and kayaking. He is also a published author. Rick lives with his wife of 33 years, Stephanie, in Machiasport Maine. They have two children and spend time visiting them in PA and TN. To learn how Downeast Pack-

aging Solutions can meet your company’s needs, contact Rick at or by phone at either 484.464.1874 (direct line) or 800.562.7963 (corporate line.)

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Youth Entrepreneurship Program Piloted at Two Washington County High Schools Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) and Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA) are piloting a youth entrepreneurship course in two Washington County high schools – the Cobscook Community Learning Center High School Program in Trescott and Shead High School in Eastport – this semester. According to instructor Roland Bechard, who also offers classes to adult businesspeople through the Incubator Without Walls program, Entrepreneurship for Enterprising Youth (EEY) offers “comprehensive instruction, training, and the knowledge needed for success in the business world.” “We’ve got a great group of kids with a lot of energy and enthusiasm for starting their own businesses,” Bechard said. “I think it’s important that as young people begin to plan for life after high school, they know entrepreneurship is an option;

they have the skills, knowledge and awareness to get started; and they have help connecting the dots. Young people are going to be our future business leaders, and they need our support in order to be successful.” Bechard went on to say that students are learning many different skills as part of EEY, including business planning and development; marketing; management; bookkeeping, accounting and budgeting; and basic business law. Each student also has one-on-one access to business counseling resources that they can use long after they graduate from high school. “Each of these kids is creative, independent, and resourceful,” he said. “They’re not just learning about entrepreneurship, they’re learning practical skills – balancing a budget, developing good workplace habits, learning how

to communicate their ideas, and working in groups to solve complex problems. Even if these kids don’t go right out and open up shop, they’re developing the skills they’ll be using in the real world for decades to come.” Students in the Cobscook Community High School class include Autumn Francis, Kyle Francis, Augustus Look, Sean Maher, Purple McCabe, Kayla Robinson, and Cyrus Vigil. Shead High School students include Isiah Chevrier, Mariah Chevrier, Sarah Curioli, Timothy Davis, Riley DeMolet, Matthew Harris, Nikee Mitchell, and Kneviah Newcomb. EEY is supported through a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Opportunity Grant in conjunction with SCEC and WHCA at no cost to the school. For more information contact Bechard at 214-2192 or by email at

Senator Collins Named One Of Washington's Most Powerful Women Senator Susan Collins has been named to ELLE Magazine's Washington's 2014 Power List.' Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" today to officially unveil the list, ELLE editor-in-chief Robbie Myers said Senator Collins "is just such an interesting person… but also really fundamental in helping break up the gridlock in Washington, D.C., around the shutdown." In October 2013, Senator Collins organized a bipartisan group of 14 Senators, called the "Common Sense Coalition," and developed a plan to end the government shutdown, prevent our nation from defaulting on its obligations, and charge the Senate and House Budget Committees with developing a longer-term fiscal plan for our nation. This compromise helped lay the foundation for the compromise that reopened the government. The list of D.C.'s ten most powerful women will appear in the April edition of ELLE and also includes Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; CNN chief Congressional correspondent Dana Bash; former U.S. chief of protocol Capricia Marshall; D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier; Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI); Kim Kinglsey, COO of Politico; NARAL president Ilyse Hogue; Cheryl Mills, adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress. Just last week, Senator Collins' bipartisan leadership and record of accomplishment were also recognized by the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress when she was presented with its prestigious Publius Award.

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A look ahead APRIL 2: Grow your own organic garden at the CCLC from 6:oo p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Presented by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners. APRIL 4: Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Auction at the Lee Pellon Center, 90 Main St., Machias. Beginning At 5:00 PM at Lee Pellon Center Machias. $25.00/person after 3/7/2014. APRIL 10: DHHS monthly public meeting on providing foster and adoptive care in Washington County. DHHS office, 38 Prescott Drive, Machias. Appt. call 2552043. APRIL 14: The Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will meet in the EMA Conference room at 28 Center Street in Machias at 6:30 PM. The LEPC is responsible for implementing the provisions of the Federal Chemical Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. The public is invited to attend and participate. All are welcome. For further information contact Mike Hinerman at 255-3931 or 263-5990. ONGOING: Meets once a week in Machias: Downeast Sexual Assault Services offers a self-help

support group to sexual assault survivors. No cost. FMI call 1-800-492-5550, ext. 258. -2nd Monday of the Month: East Machias Selectmen meet at 6:00 p.m. All invited. -3rd Tuesday of the Month: East Machias Planning Board meet at 6:00 p.m. -2nd & 4th Wednesday of the Month: Machias Selectmen meet at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Office. -1st Wednesday of the Month: Machias Planning Board meets at 7:00 p.m. at the town office. -1st Wednesday of the Month: Machias Valley Sportsmen’s Club meets at Six Mile Lake Clubhouse in Marshfield at 6:30 p.m. -1st Thursday of the Month: Ridge Riders Trail Club meets at Whitney’s Tool Shed at 7:00 p.m. Members and non-members. -3rd Wednesday of the Month: Washington County Fish and Wildlife Conservation Association meets at Washington Academy. FMI call 255-0928. -1st and 3rd Friday of the Month: Committee to Save our Hospital meets at the Bluebird Restaurant at 8:00 a.m. -2nd, 4th and 5th Monday: Every month at 7:00 p.m. the Monday Night Music Circle

Machias Christian Fellowship, outreach of Calvary Chapel, Machias: Sunday services at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Thursday: Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. All services: Children’s Ministry. Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias: Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. Cherryfield First Congregational Church: Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Faith United Methodist Church, Columbia: Sunday service and Sunday school at 10:45 a.m.

at CCLC. Bring an instrument or come and listen! -Tuesdays & Thursdays: Piano and music lessons with John Newell at CCLC. FMI call 207-733-2233. -First Tuesday of every month: Death Cafe at CCLC. Understanding of death and wonder of life. Light refreshments. FMI call 207-733-4844. -Tuesdays: TOPS, Machias meets. Weigh in from 10:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Meeting 11:00 a.m. to noon at Fitness Center at UMM. -Wednesdays: Meals on Wheels for Washington County seniors, 60+. Community Cafe, Centre Street Congregational Church, area seniors, $4. -Fridays: Caregiver Support group at Machias Veterans’ Home meets first Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Contact Lisa at 255-0162 FMI. -Saturdays: Shape-Note singing at the Cobscook Community Learning Center, first Saturday of every month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Potluck supper after. All levels of experience welcome. -Saturdays: Outdoor Adventure Club at the CCLC from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For

youth age 8-12, all skill levels. FMI call 207733-2233. 1st Thursday of the Month: WCDA will meet at the Machias CareerCenter and by video-conference at WCCC President’s Conference Room from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 1st Monday of the Month: Caregiver Support Group meets at the Maine Seacoast Mission in Cherryfield at 2:00 p.m. Contact number is 546-4456. 1st Friday of every Month: Foster/Adoptive/Kinship support group meeting at the Rose M. Gaffney Elem. School in Machias from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. RSVP required, contact Mindy Cane (CHCS) at 263-2014 or email -Every Friday and Sunday: The Down East Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Community of Christ Church on North Street in Machias. -Once a Week: Downeast Sexual Assault Services offers support groups to sexual assault survivors. Group meets once a week in Machias from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call 1-800-492-5550.

Machias Valley Baptist Church: Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school at 9:25 a.m. Machiasport Congregational Church: Sunday worship at 11:00 a.m. Marshfield Congregational Church: Sunday worship at 8:00 a.m. Larrabee Baptist Church, Machiasport: Sunday service at 11:00 a.m. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Small group studies at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening. Mid week prayer at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.

First Baptist Church of East Machias: Sunday service at 10:30 a.m.

St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church, Machias: Sunday service at 9:30 a.m.

First Congregational Church of East Machias: Sunday service at 9:00 a.m.

Downeast Baptist Church, Machias: Sunday service at 9:15 a.m. DBC prayer time 9:45 a.m. Sunday school at 11:00 a.m. Worship service at 6:00 p.m. Wednesdays.

Holmes Bay Baptist Church, Machiasport: Sunday service & Sunday school at 9:00 a.m.

Lifespring Chapel Church of God, East Machias: Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Machias: 10:00 a.m. Sunday service. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Machias: Open house on April 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. River of God, Machias: Sunday worship at 10:00 a.m. Bible Study Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

United Pentecostal Church, Jonesport: Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Pentecostal Lighthouse, Machias: Sunday worship and Sunday school at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Submit your church worship times to

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April 4: 3rd Annual UMM Caregivers Conference, 8:00 AM, Performing Arts Center April 1: Beekeepers Course -5:00 PM, Science Building, Room 102, UMaine Cooperative Extension (Call 255-3345 to register) April 4: Bangor Savings Bank Town Hall Meeting, 10:30 AM, Torrey Hall Room 230

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UMaine Extension Kicks Off New Diabetes Program Machias, Maine — A new free program, Dining with Diabetes Down East, is being launched in Washington County for people with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, their family members and caregivers. In the program led by University of Maine Cooperative Extension registered dietitian Alan Majka, participants will meet once a week for four weeks to learn how to plan and cook meals appropriate for people with diabetes and prediabetes. In addition, there will opportunities to taste a variety of main and side dishes, and desserts. According to the U. S. CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, in recent years the prevalence of diabetes in Maine has tripled and more than 10 percent of Washington County adults have been diagnosed with the condition. An estimated 3 percent more have diabetes and don’t yet know it. Most people with the disease have Type 2 diabetes, formerly known as adult onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes. In addition to those who already have diabetes, experts suspect up to 35 percent of adults have a condition known as prediabetes that can eventually lead to diabetes. If not properly managed, diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, amputations and many other major health problems. To manage the condition, individuals and their families must learn many new skills, including how to eat to help control blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. If you are interested in participating in this program and would like more information, or to request a disability accommodation, please call 207.255.3345 or 800.287.1542 (toll free in Maine), or complete our confidential online survey ( This program is being offered with support from Healthy Acadia, the Downeast Community Transformation Collaborative and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read Across America Day

Brianna Jack celebrates Read Across America Day dressed as Dr. Seuss, with the children at Harrington Head Start. (Photo courtesy of Maine Books for Maine Kids Facebook).

Medicaid Debate: New Twist, Same Result By Senator David Burns

In Augusta, the debate rages on over whether to increase the number of people on Maine’s welfare rolls by at least 70,000 by expanding the state’s Medicaid program. The Maine Legislature has given its approval to this expansion, mostly along party lines, but it faces a certain veto by Governor Paul LePage. Health care is an inherently complicated topic, but it’s important for members of the public to understand which Mainers would be covered under this expansion. We are not talking about the elderly or disabled. The Medicaid expansion being discussed in Augusta would provide taxpayer- funded insurance to healthy Mainers who are currently in or capable of joining the workforce. Like current MaineCare (Medicaid) recipients, their out-of-pocket costs for this care would be zero. They would not pay any premiums. And when they visit their doctor or emergency room, they would not even have to come up with a co-payment. Maine is already very generous with its government-funded healthcare. We are third in the nation when it comes to individual states’ percentage of budget spent on Medicaid. We expanded our Medicaid program more than a decade ago. The result was higher than expected enrollment as those who were eligible ditched their private insurance plans to take advantage of the government subsidized health care. That, in turn, led to the state accumulating more than $700 million in debt to hospitals that provided services for Medicaid recipients without reimbursement, a debt that we were just recently able to retire. Now some in the Legislature want to expand our Medicaid

program by a third and start that cycle of unsustainable debt all over again. Medicaid in Maine already comes at a tremendous cost to other state services. Every year, the Legislature is forced to find ways to cover budget shortfalls that are created by cost overruns in our Medicaid program. Recently, commissioners of Maine state agencies spoke at a news conference about how their departments are chronically underfunded because of the impact Medicaid spending has on their own budgets. As a result, teacher and state trooper positions go unfilled. Efforts to protect Maine’s precious natural resources are put on hold. In our own Washington County, we have had our nursing home in Calais close and two more in jeopardy of closing because of underfunding and reimbursement rates for those senior citizens on MaineCare. Our state has more than 30,000 physically or mentally disabled individuals on waiting lists that cannot receive the support they need to stay in their homes or have community support. These folks deserve to have our support. I believe we need to make them a priority before we expand MaineCare for those able to sustain themselves. Last year, a similar Medicaid expansion bill took a track that resembles the one the current bill is taking. It, too, was passed by the Legislature, vetoed by the Governor; and that veto was upheld by the Legislature. Rules of the Legislature would normally not allow a defeated bill to come back again in the same term; however, the majority Democrats changed the rules and brought it back this session. The Medicaid expansion bill currently in front of us, LD 1487,

comes with a new twist. It calls for enrolling Medicaid recipients into “managed care” programs administered by health care providers, with the goal of reducing costs. While that may be a worthy goal, it doesn’t change the facts about Medicaid expansion: It will cost the State of Maine an estimated $800 million over the next 10 years to fund the expansion. That is state – not federal – dollars taxpayers will have to come up with, on top of what we already spend on Medicaid to fund the expansion. Funding for the ever-growing Medicaid program will continue to take away from other vital govern-

ment services. The Legislature has before it many very important bills that require funding, but they will likely not survive because of the budget shortfalls we now have from current Medicaid spending. Finally, I would like to point out that inexpensive health insurance is already available to low income Mainers. Most of those who would be covered under the proposed expansion are eligible for subsidies on the federal exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare. In many cases, the subsidies would allow them to purchase private health insurance plans for $5 to $10 per month. For the record, I am

not a big fan of the ACA because I do not believe it is sustainable at the national level. But I would rather have Mainers access the exchanges than ask our taxpayers for even more of their money to fund another unaffordable expansion of Medicaid. I cannot support this expansion of Medicaid for one simple reason: we can’t afford it. That is why I am voting no. Senator David Burns (R-Washington) serves on the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Government Oversight Committees.

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Contestants Sought for Prestigious Miss Eastern Maine Pageant ages 5-8; Junior Miss Eastern Maine, ages 9-13; Teen Miss Eastern Maine, ages 14-18 and still in high school; Miss Eastern Maine, ages 18-26 and Elite Ms. Eastern Maine, ages 18 and older, of any marital status, with or without children. All contestants participate in three events: interview, on-stage introduction, and formal wear. Everyone who competes is recognized onstage at the end of evening with a participation trophy. Then, a pageant queen for each age division receives a beautiful crown, an embroidered satin sash, and a grand trophy, along with the opportunity to represent eastern Maine at events and festivals throughout the year. Teen Miss Eastern Maine and Miss Eastern Maine also receive full entry paid to the Maine Academic Scholar-

ship Pageant. Runners up in each division receive trophies. Eastern Maine Pageant contestants have the option of participating in talent, modeling, and photogenic competitions, if they choose. A queen is chosen from each age category for each of the three optional competitions. She will receive a beautiful tiara, an embroidered satin sash, and a large trophy. In total, 20 different Eastern Maine titles will be awarded. The 2014 Eastern Maine Pageant will be held April 12th at Woodland Elementary School in Baileyville. Interested parties can inquire by emailing For more information visit Eastern Maine Pageant on Facebook.


THE TV CROSSWORD by Jacqueline E. Mathews

The 2013 Eastern Maine Queens will soon hand over their titles to new queens being chosen on April 12th. (Submitted photo).

The search is on for girls and women to compete for prestigious titles in the ninth annual Eastern Maine Pageant. Applications are now being accepted through April 1st. Eligible Eastern Maine contestants must live or be currently enrolled in a school in a Maine County of Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, or Washington.

The pageant prides itself on empowering girls and women to have a voice and enhance their public speaking and interview skills, to express their talents, to be of service to others and to reach a new level of confidence. The high standards and exciting opportunities offered through the Eastern Maine Pageant attract the highest caliber of talented girls and women

from across Eastern Maine. The pageant is also a preliminary for the Maine Academic Scholarship Pageants, which awards scholarships while providing opportunities for personal growth, community service and academic achievement. Eastern Maine Contestants compete in five different age groups: Little Miss Eastern Maine,

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Vol. 1 - MARCH 17, 2014


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MVA March 31, 2014 Issue 3  

March 31- April 14

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