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Page 12 THi~. QUODDY TIDES 27 July, 2018 New floats to be installed in six weeks A FULL MOON shines on the mermaid on the Eastport seawall. (Edward French photo) Bay Day celebration Eastport' s fourth annual Bay Day, a cel- ebration of life on Passamaquoddy Bay, will take place this year on Saturday, Au- gust 4, and will offer a fun-filled day of free activities for children and their fami- lies. The day begins at 9 a.m. with the East- port Rocks Great Golden Rock Hunt. Par- ticipants will meet under the tents by the fisherman statue to receive an illustrated key to aid in their hunt for the 100 golden rocks that will be hidden throughout the city Local businesses have contributed prizes that are printed on these special golden rocks. Each participant can redeem two :ock prize~ Also at 9 a.m. is a walking tour of East- port's trees led by Paula Kovecses of TWIG. Those interested should meet by the fisherman ~,tame. A Quoddy Village Community Art Prolect will be ongoing throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome to contribute to a mural representing all things Eastport. Paint and brushes will be supplied. The Bazaar will provide free hot dog and hamburgers for lunch. The first annual home and garden tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fifteen homes and four gardens will be showcased. Tickets are $20 and will be available under the tents, or pre-purchase tickets starting July 28 at Sweeties Downeast, The Commons, Moose Island Bakery and Without a Paddle, The Christ Episcopal Church Blueberr, Did you know Did you know that, according to a sur- vey by the National Newspaper Associa- tion. 78% of The Quoddy Tides" readers read almost the entire newspaper? Good to the last page! planned in Festival can be enjoyed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Key Street and includes a cook- out, bake sale Chinese auction and local crafters. Stroll along the sea walk and pe- ruse the craft and antique vendors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tails of Quoddy Bay, an original puppet show, will be performed three times at the Sutherland Amphitheater at 11 a.m 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Eastport Senior Cen- ter fundraiser, which will feature crab rolls and chocolate cherry cheesecake bites for sale, will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. An Eastport book showcase will be on- going under the tents from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Local authors will be on hand to showcase their works, including Sarah Graves from I i a.m. to noon with her book Death by Chocot, aw Cherry Chee:~- cake. Also at the showcase will be Kath- leen and Don Dun0ar xwith their book The Adventures of Murph tthe Happy Snail and Cathy Cook with Ha~antmgs from East- port and Beyond. The Tides Institute & Museum of Art will offer presaies of East- port Architecture by Thaddeus HolownId and John Leroux Live music under the tents, sponsored by the Eastport Area Chamber of Com- merce, will be from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and feature Colic Brice and the Fieldstones Tours of USCG Station Eastport will be offered on the hour from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Also from noon to 4 p.m. are psychic readings on the sea walk with medium Annette Parlm Evening events include Eastport Pride Happy Hour sponsored by Water Street Gallery. DJ Fab from Boston will be spin- ning on the pier at the Chowder House. At dusk, around 7:45 p.m Moonlight Mov- ies will present The Guardian, sponsored by the City of Eastport, at the Sutherland Amphitheater by Edward French should not be launched around low water. The floats on the north side of the new Gilbert Murphy, who serves both on the Eastport breakwater should all be installed port authority board and is the city coun- within six weeks and an 80-foot attenua- cil president, said the city had already paid tor was added on that side on July 23, for the dredging that was done. "It is what providing a total of 240 feet of berthing it is, and we're not paying any more mon- now, it was reported at the meeting of the ey." he flatly stated Eastport Port Authority board tha~ It was then agreed that the port authori- evening ty would handle fixing the issues that had Chris Gardner. execunve director of the arisen out of the city' s pr01ec'z~ port authority, stated that it was unfortu- Gardner reviewed several issues that nate that the floats were not installed m have come up with the breakwater design. time for the summer boating season, as The face of the breakwater will need some they provide the main berthing at the adjustment so that ships are not hitting the breakwater for recreational and transient pier when they are tied up there. Also, the boaters. While some boats have been bases for the two cranes on the breakwater turned away because of the lack of ber- will need anchors added so that a crane thing, he did note that the contractor for does not pull out of the base when lifting building and installing the floats, Morri- heavy loads. The utility trench covers that son Manufacturing Inc. (MMI) of Perry, are losing their lamination will be re- "has remained responsive and committed placed, and security cameras will be rein- to trying to get these in the water as soon stalled on the breakwater, with new as possible." cameras. Jerry Morrison of MMI told the board The port authority's second-quarter that numerous change orders, beginning budget adjustment reflects that Fulghum in February 2017, had caused the delay in Fibres will be ending, after the first six the project's completion. Also, the corn- months of this year, its lease option at the pany had taken on a job to rebuild a barge port terminal to allow for the shipping of for Cooke Aquaculture and the dredging wood pellets through the port. The port work in the breakwater' s inner basin, be- authority will no longer have that $48,000 lieving then that there was sufficient time a year revenue stream, so budget adjust- to complete the floats. However, having ments were made to make up for that in- to rebuild some floats units and having to come loss. do additional piling work, among other The cruise ship Grande Caribe tied up issues that developed, had delayed the on the north side of the breakwater on float construction work. July 13 and 14, with the new berthing Gardner noted that an inquiry has been space working well and the breakwater received about providing berthing for a serving as a better staging area than the flotilla of 40 vessels in August, and he fish pier for cruise ships. says the port authority is actively working Federal Marine Terminals General Man- on how to accommodate them. ager Tom Critchley noted that the ship- in other business, Gardner raise0 tht- ping company G2 Ocean will st~f: issue of problems with the dredging worl~ carrying freight from North America t~, that the city had clone in the section ol the China next year, so it's uncertam who will breakwater's inner basra extending ou De the carrier for shipment~ to the ~a; trom the boal ramp On low-draining Eas tides, boats have a hard time getting ou ~Fhe port authority will place Its Count? from the boat ramp or the finger pier~, Road property out to bid again, this tnnc Also, there is a steep drop-off at the end oi with a minimum bid amount of $10,000 the boat ramp. which means tha~ boa~:, mstead of $20,00!; Sheriffs' association meets in Eastport Sheriffs representing 12 of Maine's 1~ over to Lubec so they could visit and shop counties held their annual Maine Sheriffs there, We like to spread out the wealth, Association summer retreat in Eastport o~ and everyone had a good time." He adds, July 18, !9 and 20. The association i~- "My gracious wife took the other wive:~ committed to preserve and strengthen the out to look at the shops while their hus- constitutional office of the sheriff: protect bands were here." all citizens' rights; promote professional- "We are grateful to the association fo~ ism, leadership and integrity: and perform wanting to come to Eastport," stresse~ all duties statutorily bestowed upon the Crabtree. "We had them here for the first sheriff, time last year, and we were very, ver x "We had over 30 in attendance," reports lucky. The weather was 85 degrees, st~ Washington County Chief Deputy Mike they wanted to come back. We've been Crabtree, who, along with Sheriff Barry lucky with the weather again this year" Curtis, was instrumental in arranging the "I enjoy introducing them to our neck conference. "They stayed all over town, of the woods, and they've learned how fat" and on Thursday we took them by water it is for us to travel south!"