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*~'***"~'**~ALL FOR ADC g80 SMALL TOWN PAPERS ~ O C/O STEPHANIE WARE 217 WOOTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 .li,i li.llhli,lhhlh.li llli.llUi.lili,i lh illil. Vol. 50, No. ost as,erly ews a er ublished in ,he ni,ed S,a,es IIU ll![!! n9 PM40021969 6 Published the 2nd & 4th Fridays of each month Friday, February 9, 2018 Second class postage paid at Eastport, Maine, & St. Stephen, N.B. $1.50 a copy e in by Edward French Most area school districts received some good news with the release of pre- liminary state subsidy amounts on Janu- ary 31. The subsidies are based on $1.1 billion in funding allocated to education in the 2018/19 state budget that was en- acted last year by the legislature, and a 3% increase for school districts' essential pro- grams and services has resulted in over $42 million in additional funding for edu- cation. The budget also included a num- ber of changes in the funding formula. "The overall news is good for the AOS," says AOS 77 Superintendent Ken Johnson of the state subsidies for the nine municipalities in the administrative unit, including Eastport and.Lubec. However, he notes, "Some towns may see a net loss because their valuation increased or they lost students." He says those towns can either cut their budgets and reduce their additional local funding or use more car- ryover funds that the districts have in their budgets. Johnson points out that the required lo- cal share has increased in some towns, particularly Eastport, Lubec, Alexander and Perry. Eastport is projected to receive $32,461 more in state subsidy, to a total of $167,407. However, the required local share is increasing by nearly $47,000, to a total of $1,049,871. Johnson says the re- Continued on page 11 Three islands rely on backup power after cable damage by Arlene Benham For a couple of weeks, Grand Manan, Campobello and White Head islands were powered by the Grand Manan generating station after damage to the undersea cable occurred on January 17. The cable casing was breached, possibly by a scallop drag- ger. The casing is filled with nitrogen as an insulator, and gauges showed a drop in pressure and more nitrogen being used. The power cable was shut down, and cus- tomers were transferred to the island gen- erating station. Outages on Grand Manan and White Head lasted between one and three hours as the transfer was effected. "It's fairly straightforward," says NB Power Media Relations spokesman Marc Belliveau and not as complicated as other outages they have had, although they were surprised to have a problem with the "very reliable" cable, which was installed in 1978 and has had "very little problem in all the time it's been there." He says they have seen footage of anchors snagging the cable without damage. NB Power enlisted the help of Univer- sity of New Brunswick engineers, Cana- dian Seabed Research, subsea cable experts, the Fundy North Fishermen's As- Continued on page 33 ONE OF FIVE FISHERMEN who spent up to three-quarters of an hour in the waters of Cobscook Bay after their skiff overturned is carried up at the Eastport breakwater to an awaiting ambulance. (Edward French photo) Five scallop fishermen rescued after skiff overturns off Eastport by Edward French and David Francis, all from Sipayik, and Five fisherman survived being in the Benjamin Neptune of Indian Township. 39,degree waters of Cobscook Bay for The wind was blowing into the cove up to three-quarters of an hour after with gusts up to 30 knots or more at the their skiff overturned in Deep Cove, time. Newell relates, "We hit one wave Eastport, on January 30. After one of that broke over the front of the boat, the fishermen swam to shore to get help, and water started coming in." After the other four were rescued by the U.S. slowing down the outboard he told ev- Coast Guard, with help from a Cooke eryone to get to the stem of the skiff, but Aquaculture crew. the shifting of the weight submerged the Following a morning of scalloping boat, throwing them all into the water. aboard the Princess Deanna, the five They were over 300 yards from shore fishermen were coming ashore in a 14- and were trying to figure out how to get foot aluminum skiff when the incident on top of the overturned skiff when occurred shortly after 12 noon. In the Neptune decided to swim for shore, skiff were Adam Newell, owner of the since the boat started sinking when he dragger, Anthony Stanley, Abby Gabriel Continued on page 2 Valentines share their love stories by Susan Esposito The couple met when Sandra was a Valentine's Day is a reminder of the junior at Dennysville High School and importance of having someone to love was walking home after cheering prac- and of having someone love you, and tice. Russell stopped his truck to ask if three Quoddy area couples reveal what he could buy gas in town. "He was from has helped keep their marriages long Machias, and I think he was going hunt- and happy, ing in Marion." "About three weeks later he came Marriage is 57 years strong back for some reason," Sandra recalls. Sandra Gamett of Dennysville says "He did know my parents, John and the secret to the success of her 57-year Kathleen Hallowell." marriage to Russell may be advice giv- Russell was five years older than San- en to them by their pastor on the cou- dra, and as they got to know each other, pie' s wedding day. "Reverend Hans she learned that he was "a nice and qui- Schillen told us to never go to bed an- et man." And despite all of the times gry, and it struck a chord," she recalls she-told her mother that she didn't want with a chuckle. "It was one bit of sage a husband who hunted and fished all of advi'ce that stuck with us." Continued on page 1 9 e by Lora Whelan The fightlo keep the Downeast Correc- tional Facility (DCF) prison operating will be a long road, says Rep. Wall Tuell of East Machias. He, Senator Joyce Maker of Calais, Rep. Robert Alley of Beals, Rep. Anne Perry of Calais and other legislators have sponsored a bill, LD 1704, that would fund the Machiasport prison through 2019 and would require a detailed report including the related impact of clo- sure on other correctional facilities and an economic and community impact analy- sis. If the bill is enacted, the facility would remain open until the report is completed and the legislature has the opportunity to decide whether it should remain open. DCF is a minimum-security, 149-bed state prison with from 49 to 55 employees that readies inmates for transition back into society with vocational training, work-release employment and communi- ty service. A public hearing on the bill was held on January 29, and a week later Tuell reports the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 11-1-1 to support the bill. Tuell says, "I think we have a battle ahead of us. We have a lot of hoops to jump through, but we are still in this and will most likely still be in it right up till the legislature closes up shop in late April." Continued on page 15 restructuring proposal considers closing county jail by Lora Whelan The just released proposal by the Maine Department of Corrections (DOC) to re- structure the state' s county jail system did not come out of the blue, but nonetheless Washington County Commission Chair Chris Gardner says that he's surprised they "took this route." The county, still reeling from the DOC's plan to close the Downcast Correctional Facility in Machi- asport, now has to contend with the pros- pect of the "county's jail closing as well. "It's absolute foolishness when you look at it with the lens of reality," he adds suc- cinctly. While the latest DOC plan doesn't ex- pressly state which county jails might be Continued on page 15 Inside The Tides Page Eider orphan issues outlined. 12 Arts and entertainment 24-27 Area athletes compete at Winter Special Olympics 30 University students coming to learn about Campobello 34