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Vol. 50, No. 17 Published os, aster y News a er u lished in the nited S a es 811 1!!!!!111 PM40021969 the 2nd & 4th Fridays of each month Friday, July 27, 2018 Second class postage paid at Eastport, Maine, & St. Stephen, N.B. $1.50 a copy THE RUNNING OF THE BOLS. The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival in Machias provided plenty of opportunity for youth to test their skill and speed at Middle River Park. A bol is a spinning basket kite which is pulled downhill in a race to the finish line. See page 19for more coverage of the festival. (RJ Heller photo) Steps to combat scams are outlined rocery ta commu ,mpact by Susan Coppersmith On behalf of Eastport's Age Friendly by Lura Jackson United States establishing a 25% tariff on Action Committee, committee chair Mary The post-colonial community of the St. steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum begin- Repole, Eastport Police Chief Mike Dona- Croix Valley has always been an interna- ning in March. The estimated cost to Can- he and Eastport City Manager Elaine Ab- tional one; it is a relationship long embod- ada of the steel and aluminum tariffs is butt presented a program at Shead High ied by Calais and St. Stephen in particular, approximately $12.8 billion. In retaliation, School on July 18 designed to alert people The twin communities grew up together, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's adminis- about scams and frauds and to suggest residents were hum on either side depend- tration established the so-called "grocery methods to protect oneself from becom- ing on the availability of medical facili- tariff," valued at $16.6 billion Canadian. ing a victim. Abbott, who attended an ties, and modern-day consumers have While the steel and aluminum tariffs AARP Fraud Watch Network workshop benefitted from comparison shopping over largely impact industrial buyers, the gro- earlier this year in Brewer, offered a video the border. In recent decades, cross-bur- cery tariff affects consumer products that presentation from that event, der shopping has been steadily decreas- would be commonly transported over the "Every two seconds someone in the ing, and now, in the wake of a retaliatory border between Calais and St. Stephen. United States falls prey to fraud," Abbott "grocery tariff' established by the Cana- The list includes yogurt, coffee, ketchup, warned. One of the scammer's favorite dian government, residents are concerned pizza, maple syrup, cucumbers, orange tools, Abbott explained, is the telephone, that the international nature of the St. Cro- juice, soy sauce, mayonnaise, soups and A computer, often showing up as a local ix Valley is becoming a remnant of the broths, and mixed condiments and mixed number on caller IDs, dials through lists past. seasonings, among many others. Food of phone numbers. As soon as a person The new Canadian-imposed tariff went items are not the only type of goods af- Continued on page 14 into effect on July 1 in response to the Continued on page 26 uate eyes @ by Edward French rean leader Kim Jong-un and the inter- bination of Forrest Gump and Dumb and A 1989 Shead High School graduate is Korean summit in April, Cowles has set Dumber so as to stay away from anyJJa ing hoping that his trip around the Korean his sights on finishing his trip by rowing political that would obstruct efforts," says Peninsula in a rowboat built at the Boat the North Korean coast. Cowles. He says he had appealed directly School in Eastport can help focus atten- "Rowing a diplomatic boat along the to then President Roh Moo-hyun, who had tion on resolving the current standoff be- coast with a Korean team was meant to "adopted the project behind the scenes, tween North and South Korea. project the very best diplomatic and states- though I still had to row every mile." Fifteen years ago, former Eastporter man-like qualities of-America to be seen Then in 2004 he primarily authored and Jonathan Cowles, who now lives in Ip- and heard by the people of Korea," says also delivered a proposed sister-city rela- swich, Mass finished rowing 2,000 miles Cowles. "I wanted to show rowboat diplo- tionship between Honolulu and the North along the South Korean coast in a 14' 9" macy rather than gunboat diplomacy." Korean capital of Pyongyang "to help Whitehall boat named Spirit of Hawaii as Cowles relates that he had been inspired bridge the trust gap and break stalled six- a citizen diplomatic initiative meant to en- to row the Korean coast after two girls nation talks." In 2003 and 2004 discus- courage trust to help break the impasse, were accidentally run over by a U.S. Army sions began with a number of North With the possible thawing of relations vehicle in 2002, which had sparked pro- Korean offices to continue the rowboat among North and South Korea and the tests across South Korea. "Much of the project along the coast of North Korea. U.S as evidenced by the June summit trip was disguised as a simple rowing trip, Plans were developed to have border cer- between President Trump and North Ko- and my teammate and I acted like a com- Continued on page 15 by Edward French The lack of the seasonal ferry service between Deer Island and Campobello so far this year is having a significant impact on the number of visitors to Campobelto and also on its residents, as the ferry had eliminated the need to cross the border to reach the Canadian island, which is only accessible by land from the U.S. While East Coast Ferries of Deer Island, which operates the ferry service, has been de- layed in constructing a new barge for the ferry, the private company hopes to start up the run within a couple of weeks. Frances Langerfeld of the Campobello Whale Watch Motel reports that, as of July 24, she has had over 40 cancellations from people once they realized the ferry is not running. In addition, regular custom- ers who know the ferry isn't operating, including those who like to play at the Herring Cove Golf Course, haven't called to book rooms this year. She notes that she notified all of her customers with res- ervations that the ferry has not been run- ning. Continued on page 40 Coast Guard plan for housing in Perry generates concerns by Edward French A proposal to establish housing for Coast Guard personnel stationed in East- port on property in Perry generated some concerns at the July 11 meeting of the Perry Planning Board. The Coast Guard is looking to purchase the 75-acre parcel on the Shore Road owned by Fred and Andrea Barstow, who operated First Light Farm there. The pro- posal calls for five or six houses, with the Coast Guard believing the land could han- dle up to 12 houses. Currently the Coast Guard only has funding to purchase the property and is hoping to obtain more funding for constructing the houses. Karen Raye, chair of the Perry Select Board, who attended the meeting, says the proposal does not require any approval from the town. "They're just trying to be good neighbors and want people to know what they're doing." The Coast Guard had asked the town's code enforcement offic- er about Perry's subdivision ordinance, Continued on page 22 Inside The Tides Page Perry bicentennial schedule 22 Sipayik Indian Day schedule. 24 Arts and entertainment 30-35 Fogfest, Folk Art, Chocolate, Homecoming Festivals. 36-37 Rotary Festival events 41