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--'!7 -,:/CC~T ~. :~T i, Vol. 50, No. 5 Published ost as,erly ews a er u lished in ,he ni,ed *,a,es IIIU lr!!!!!llf PM4002 i 969 the 2nd & 4th Fridays of each month Friday, January 26, 2018 Second class postage paid at Eastport, Maine, & St. Stephen, N.B. $1.50 a copy RESCUE AT SEA. Owen Moody is transported up to a Downeast EMS ambulance by U.S. Coast Guard personnel at the Eastport breakwater~ after he and his son Shawn were rescued when their scallop dragger, Bum Again, sank. (Edward French photo) by Edward French Two fishermen from Roque Bluffs were fortunate to sur- vive when their scallop dragger sank in Cobscook Bay around noon on Tuesday, January 23. The 32-foot dragger Born Again went down quickly after its drag caught on bottom between Razor and Red islands off the end of Seward's Neck, North Lubec. Owen Moody and his son Shawn were quickly rescued by other local fisherrden and have since recovered following their close call. After a number of years with- out having any draggers sink while fish- ing in the Cobscook Bay area, the incident again places a focus on fishing safety measures that could help prevent possible tragedies. According to Jesse Moody of Jonesboro, who owns the vessel, the Born Again was towing with the tide in an area where there was a lot of current. When the drag caught on bottom, water came in through the scuppers and the boat was filling up, so the two fishermen were letting out more of the wire cable that's attached to the drag. Moody says the boat went down when there was just one wrap of cable remaining on the drum, after which the boat would have been freed from the drag that was taking down the stem. At the same time, Frank Miliano and crew members Pus Bassett and Richard Bassett Sr all of Sipayik, were drag- ging near Birch Point aboard the Alexis Shay. The Born Again was over toward Razor Island, and Miliano and his crew noticed that the stem of the boat was low in the water. As water started going over the stem, Mil- iano saw the deckhand waving to them. "They were taking on water fast," says Miliano, as he headed their dragger over. "We told them to jump onto our boat," but Miliano says the Continued on page 2 "I don't know how that older man got out of that boat. It was really scary." Fisherman Frank IVliliano Canadian scallop fishery ends in week by Arlene Benham Bad weather hampered two Grand Manan fisheries recently, resulting in a delay of the scallop season opening. Frig- id cold and high winds around Christmas kept many fishermen from taking up lob- ster traps in areas that would become scal- lop fishing areas in January. Grand Manan Fishermen's Association (GMFA) Program Coordinator Bonnie Morse says, "There was a request from Fundy North Fishermen's Association, and Grand Manan supported it," to delay the season opening from January 9 to 15, to give them time to pick up or move traps Continued on page 29 mayor ta by Susan Coopersmith Community spirit was apparent at an event to benefit the Eastport Arts Center (EAC) on January 13 when a capacity crowd filled EAC's theater to hear an in- formal talk by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Following his talk, "The State of Democracy in America," de Blasio en- gaged with the audience in a question- and-answer session. Vibrant community is one of two social indicators de Blasio pointed to as a sign that democracy is working despite other indicators - corporations' growing power, consolidation of the media, the wealthy 1% - that suggest the state of democracy in America "could be in peril." There is a "deep interconnection between communi- ty and democracy. Democracy is stronger when people have a sense of community," de Blasio said. He believes community is not a thing of the past and that people always have had the "impulse to commu- nity." During his visits to Eastport, de Blasio has observed strong community and sug- gests "what is happening in Eastport is part of the solution to what is happening in our country." He held up the EAC as an example of "community being built" and congratulated their leadership for creating "something powerful artistically and cul- turally." Continued on page 10 e expan, e services to e e by RJ Heller Drug-related deaths continue to make headlines each day in the largest of urban areas and are having an even deadlier im- pact on small, rural populations. While drug abuse has saturated the landscape in Washington County, Arise Addiction Re- covery (AAR), a faith-based organization based in Machias that started in 2015, is on the front lines and has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people needing help. The statistics are startling. In 2016 Maine averaged one death by heroin over- dose a day. Today, in Washington County the drug overdose death rate is three times the state average. Paul and Lindsay Trovarello, the founders of Arise Addiction Recovery, both know firsthand the physical and men- tal dependency drugs have on the user and the family. They also acknowledge the burden it places on a community. "Lind- say and I both have a history of drug ad- diction that almost destroyed our lives," says Paul. "We were introduced to free- Continued on page 14 Four more deputies sought to combat drug-related crime by Lora Whelan Washington County is seeing a game- changing shift in drug-related crimes that are being driven by a change in drug deal- er make-up. At the second special meet- ing held by the Washington County commissioners to tackle the rising rate of drug-related crimes on January 23, Chief Deputy Mike Crabtree of the Washington County Sheriff's Office explained how the addict dealer, dealing to support their hab- it, has been changing to the dealer who is in the business to make money. "We've always had crime, but what's changed is the frequency, and it's the drug pipeline that has changed the game," Crabtree said. Drug dealers from out-of-state are increas- ingly entering the county to sell drugs, he explained. And with those dealers now supplying heroin and cocaine, the next logical drug to enter the pipeline will be methamphetamine. "When that happens we're going to beg for our opiate prob- lem," he said grimly. Continued on page 15 Inside The Tides Page Bullying expert stresses community effort at talk 8 Brining shed returns to Lubec. 13 Sipayik skating party held 19 Calais to join opioid lawsuit. 21 Arts and entertainment 22-25