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July 28, 2017
Eastport Maine
AN ELEGANT SUMMER WEDDING. Enjoying a ride through downtown Eastport in a horse-drawn carriage, driven by Ron Kilby of Sunny Dell Acres of Edmunds, is a wedding party on July 22. Four weddings were held in the area that day. (Robin Farrin photo)
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Eastport Maine -- Don Dunbar
TWO IN ONE SWOOP! An eagle flies off with a mackerel in each talon in Head Harbour Passage. The avian fisherman was spotted from Eastport Windjammers’ boat Pier Pressure. (Don Dunbar photo)

Front Page Stories

Timeline for Sipayik school delayed a year
by Edward French

After some frustrating delays, plans for the new school at Sipayik appear now to be on a more definite timeline, with the building expected to be ready to welcome school children in the fall of 2019. Previously, it had been hoped that the building would be ready a year earlier.

CRH board accepts city’s plea for public input, transparency
by Lura Jackson

Tensions ran high periodically throughout a meeting between the Calais City Council and Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) on Thursday, July 13, but, after both parties had the opportunity to present their situation, a mutual agreement to work toward transparency was reached. The meeting, held at St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse, was made open to the public, but no public input was permitted.

Campobello motel owners in immigration limbo
by Lora Whelan

Changing Canadian immigration laws have placed the owners of the Whale Watch Inn on Campobello Island in a precarious position that may force them to sell or shutter the inn and move back to the United States in March 2018. U.S. citizens Jim and Fran Lagerfeld had owned a residence on the island since 2005, and when they were ready to retire in 2010 their plans included purchasing the Whale Watch Inn and moving to the island permanently, which they did in 2012. But in the two years that they were negotiating the purchase, immigration laws changed.

Passamaquoddy aims to reclaim role of two-spirit people
by Lura Jackson

It takes a particular kind of strength to live in a world where one's culture has been violently oppressed and the remnants of that oppression are visible on a daily basis. It takes more strength still to embrace aspects of oneself that are even more counter to the dominant culture. As a two‑spirit Passamaquoddy who has recently made the decision to be openly transgender in honor of a nearly‑lost tribal tradition, Geo Soctomah Neptune is a person who embodies profound personal strength.

Eastport’s deer hunt could see option to donate to pantries
by Lora Whelan
The 2017 special deer hunt planned in the City of Eastport includes a number of changes from last year's hunt, all to help facilitate the efficient culling of the city's burgeoning deer population. At a special meeting and public hearing held on July 24, the Eastport City Council approved the application submitted to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by the city's deer committee. Deer committee Chair Chris Bartlett expects that the city will hear back from the department by the end of September.

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