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Page 22 THE QUODDY TIDES 9 February, 2018 " the by Edward French The graying of Maine's population and the hollowing out of rural areas are clearly illustrated in the move by Codyville Plan- tation to reorganize. The residents of the 55-square-mile plantation, nestled be- tween Vanceboro and Topsfield in north- em Washington County, have already approved a deorganization procedure, with an effective date of July 1, 2019. Three of the residents - nearly a third of the population - planned to make the three-hour drive to attend a heating by the legislature's State and Local Government Committee on January 24 on a bill spon- sored by Rep. Beth Turner of Burlington to authorize the deorganization. Resident Alice McClintick, in her testi- mony, notes that only eight of the 12 hous- es in Codyville are being lived in, with four of the eight being single widows on fixed incomes. There are no school-age children, and all services are being pro- vided by other towns. Another resident, Eveonne White, com- mented in her testimony, "Since I moved here many years ago, Codyville has al- ways been a quiet town consisting mostly of acres of timber and land management companies. This is not a bad thing; it is reality. One drives through Codyville to get to Vanceboro and the Canadian bor- der. We have a post office; stores are just around the comer. We do our registrations and vote through the Town of Topsfield." She adds, "For the past 10-plus years we few residents of Codyville have watched as people have left town. We have end a plantation not had children of school age for five years, and slowly our older residents are passing away. Currently we count our res- idents at 11, and the youngest is over 55 - not very encouraging statistics." White states that residents have met several times and have agreed that "the best course of action for Codyville is to deorganize and become part of the unor- ganized territories." Washington County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald noted that the county commis- sioners "applauded the three assessors they appointed for stepping forward to as- sist their municipality in moving in a di- rection that would not doom the town but instead would serve to make it a viable portion of the unorganized territories." The county's unorganized territories su- pervisor has explained to residents that they would not lose any services and in fact some might be improved. Concerns were expressed about solid waste disposal and care of cemeteries, and those con- ceres were addressed. Fitzgerald notes that the residents of Codyville "are proud, independent, con- cemed about their neighbors, supportive of each other, and have wicked senses of humor. They have fought the good fight for their town. On behalf of the Washing- ton County commissioners, I can say with- out doubt that the deorganization of Codyville Plantation is supported as the path forward." Following the heating, the committee gave the bill an "ought to pass" recom- mendation. Calais police issue report for January The Calais Police Department report for ating after suspension. January includes the following charges. On January 8 a warrant Was issued for On January 5 Michael Vanderbusch, Ingrid Subialdea, 20, of Norfolk, Va for 31, of Vanceboro was charged with oper- failure to appear. On January 9 a warrant was issued for R Darren Daylight, 50, of Old Town for a epublican caucus probationviolation. DI On January 11 Travis Kerr, 35, of Cal- anned in Calais ais was charged with theft. I1 The 2018 Republican caucus for Alex- On January 11 Roger Ranney, 29, of ander, Baileyville, Bating, Calais, Char- Calais was charged with assault. lotte, Cooper, Crawford, Meddybemps On January 16 Latoya Mahoney-Smith, and Robbinston will be held at Washing- 43, of Miami, Fla was charged with be- ton County Community College (WCCC) ing a fugitive from justice. gym in Calais on Saturday, February 24, On January 19 Katie Smith, 31, of Cal- from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. The caucus is ais was charged with theft and violation of being held prior to the 2018 November conditions of release. election. Many candidates running for lo- On January 19 Donald Holmes, 56, of cal, statewide elected offices will be in Calais was charged with violation of con- attendance to address the caucus. Attend- ditions of release. ees will be electing members to their mu- On January 26 Eric Greenier, 35, of Cal- nicipal committees and electing delegates ais was charged with criminal mischief. to the State Republican Convention on The Calais Police Department respond- May 4 and 5. All Republicans are eligible ed to 189 incidents in January, including to participate. 166 calls for service and 15 accidents. Peterson honored with Rising Star award The economic challenges of Washing- come from. 'Re students that I see every ton County can occasionally produce in- day work hard to overcome tremendous dividuals who are capable of significant obstacles," she says, "Their circumstances resourcefulness and determination as they should not dictate whether or not they are grow throughout their lives. Such is the deserving Of a quality education." case for- and the belief of- Tiffany Peter- The MEOA Rising Star award "recog- son, who recently received the Maine Ed- nizes people just beginning to make an ucational Opportunity Association's impact in their careers and communities (MEOA) Rising Star award for her stead- and honors emerging leaders who strive fast work in Washington County Commu- toward the highest levels of personal and nity College's (WCCC) TRIO department, professional accomplishment." As a long- Peterson grew up in a low-income fam- time participant of Upward Bound cur- ily with neither parent having attended rently working in the field, Peterson was a college. She graduated from Woodland prime candidate for the award. High School in 201 and enrolled in the Creating an environment of equal op- study of women and gender at Smith Col- portunity is very important to Peterson, lege in Massachusetts. While at Woodland particularly in Washington County. "We High School, she participated in the Up- don't have the same resources that many ward Bound program at Bowdoin College, large cities have in the southern part of the and she continued her involvement with the state," Peterson says, noting the aging program when she worked for them for a population of the area and how that af- summer. "That experience was my first taste fects the options in the area. of work for a program that fights for equal Being named a recipient of the award opportunity in education," Peterson says. came as a surprise to Peterson, who says "From that point on, I was determined to she was well aware of the competition she continue fighting for students from under- was facing. "It's further validation that served backgrounds so that they too could I've benefited from TRIO programs and reach their personal and academic goals." that people from Washington County can After graduating from Smith, Peterson do great things and not necessarily be lim- returned to Downeast Maine, taking a po- Red by their geographic location." Peter- sition as the administrative specialist in son plans to continue providing support to the TRIO program. Being able to assist the student body of WCCC in her various students who come from Washington capacities while she pursues a master's County is a continual joy for Peterson, degree in adult and higher education who understands the background that they through the University of Southern Maine. King invites Maker to State of the Union Maine State Senator Joyce Maker of as a college administrator and her contin- Calais attended the State of the Union ad- ued community engagement, to her service dress by President Donald Trump on Janu- in the Maine State House, Joyce has dis- ary 27 as a guest of U.S. Senator Angus played dedication to improving our state for King. Senator Maker was elected in 2016 to all who are lucky enough to call it home." represent District 6 in the Maine State Sen- In addition to her time at the State ate; where she chairs the Marine Resources House, Senator Maker has a long history Committee and sits on the Education and of public service in Maine. She is a retired Cultural Affairs Committee. Prior to being college administrator at Washington elected to the State Senate, she served three County Community College, currently terms in the House of Representatives. serves as a Calais Regional Hospital trust- "Joyce Maker is a truly fine public ser- ee and was previously a member of both vant and an excellent representative of the Calais City Council and the Calais Maine," says Senator King. "From her work School Committee. Woman sentenced for stealing SSI benefits Amy Lynn Holmes, 46, of Calais was sentenced on January 30 in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. to two months in prison and three years of supervised release for stealing over $96,000 in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Holmes was also ordered to pay $33,821 in restitution. She pleaded guilty on August 29, 2017. Court records reveal that between Feb- mary 2004 and May 2016 Holmes falsely represented to the Social Security Admin- istration (SSA) that she was living alone and not receiving help or money from any person. In fact, she was living with her husband, who was providing her with fi- nancial assistance, Florida vacations and vehicles. She told investigators that she knew that she would have been ineligible for SSI if she had disclosed her husband's income and that they were living together. "This is a good example of the ongoing efforts by the federal government to deter fraud against social security programs," says U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank. "We hope that this prosecution and others like it will discourage people who are tempted to steal government benefits." The case was investigated by the SSA, Office of the Inspector General. ';CRH has been here for me on many occasions, from birth to broken bones, stiches, pneumonia and anything else I have needed, The care is extraordinary and I'm always treated with kindness and compassion." -~Bob Fitzsimmons, Calais This is #myCRH - Quality Healthcare Close to Home Calais Regional Hospital - 24 Hospita! Lane; Calais ME 04619 - 20,454.75,=.1 - CRH is an equal opportunity organzation. Business class opens store for students St. Croix Regional Technical Center's business studies class has opened a school store called the Commons. Business stud- ies instructor Katie Grass and her students have been diligently working to open the store for students of Calais, Eastport and Woodland. The Commons offers coffee, tea, chapstick with each of the three schools' mascots on the label, school sup- plies and much more. The store is run by the students. The Skills USA spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction were a huge success. The school is grateful to the community mem- bers who come to eat and those who do- nated to the cause.