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Left-Wing Environmentalist Group Takes Steps to Throttle Down Maine’s Lobster Industry

Governor Janet Mills Feigns Concern

By:  David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, November 30, 2022

 

   Now that the Left has been successful at getting Maine’s Democrat governor, Janet “Big Sister” Mills across the finish line for a second term, moves are now underway that will severely limit Maine’s lobster industry to continue to be profitable, much less survive, in the foreseeable future  - a move that could ultimately clear the way for the Democrats’ “Green Energy” pipe dream of placing off-shore wind generators along the coast of Maine, unfettered by what they perceive to be intrusive lobstermen.

   The most recent blow to the Maine lobster industry was a decertification by the London-based left wing environmentalist group, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), who withdrew their certification of Maine’s lobster industry because they were not in compliance with U.S. federal law designed to protect whales and other marine animals—specifically the right whale—even though there has never been a right whale death attributed to Maine lobstering gear.

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Local Task Force Develops Temporary Warming Shelter for Aroostook County to Address Rise in Systemic Homelessness

By:  David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, November 30, 2022

   A homelessness task force for Aroostook County was created by the board of directors of the Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) in September.  The goal of the task force was to explore options for additional emergency sheltering of a growing population of individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Aroostook County.

   Trey Stewart, from Presque Isle was appointed the chair of the task force which included a number of people across Aroostook County, agencies and organizations such as: ACAP staff and board members, Homeless Services of Aroostook (HSA) staff and board members; the County Commissioner's office; City of Presque Isle leaders and the city council; Parish of the Precious Blood; Northern Light Health; Cary Medical Center; and the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging. 

   “Our focus was on keeping Aroostook's homeless population safe and warm during the winter months and the task force itself explored over twenty vacant facilities and spaces since its convening,” said Stewart.  “We had discussions with municipal leaders, zoning officers, the governor's office, Maine housing, and the State Fire Marshall's office and identified options to consider in choosing a space.”

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Fort Fairfield Taking Drastic Steps to Cut Town Expenses

 

Librarian and Some Library Hours the First to Go

By:  David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, November 30, 2022

   The town of Fort Fairfield is grappling with around $1 million in outstanding debt and a budget that has seen payroll increase over half a million dollars in just two years - along with a property tax increase of 30% over last year's.  This is not a good position for a bedroom community of around 3,600 people - mostly retirees, and an increasing population of homeless people being imported from southern Maine - to be in.

   At the Fort Fairfield town council's November meeting, Gary Sirois spoke during the public comment period to provide an overview of the recently released town audit. “Having taken the time to review the audit report there were some things that really didn't surprise me because we were looking at them for the past year and a half.”

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Fall Fun Fest, held in Fort Fairfield on October 29 featured one of the largest costume parades in its history.   Photo/David Deschesne

 

Maine Democrats Vote to Continue Policy of Misery, Poverty and Victimhood By Re-Electing Mills and Other Democrats

 

Inflation, Open Borders, Increased Crime, Homelessness

and Drug Addiction Approved by Dem Voters

By:  David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, November 16, 2022

   The Democratic party, which is inarguably the master of messaging in the art of political propaganda, was able to successfully dupe Maine voters into accepting record high inflation rates at the grocery store; record high gasoline, diesel and heating oil prices; rampant homelessness; an invasion of illegal immigrants; an epidemic of illegal drug abuse/overdoses and crushing COVID mandates designed to bankrupt businesses and disrupt the lives of everyone in Maine as completely okay and acceptable.  Nothing to see here folks, move along.

   On Twitter, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry summed it up by writing, “I guess the big takeaway is libs want this.  Crime, inflation, runaway homelessness & drug addiction, replacement migration.  We all sort of assumed they would recoil at the brink.  But no, they were like, ‘Yes, this is what I voted for.’”

   With Maine’s Democrat Governor, Janet “Big Sister” Mills winning re-election, she now surely believes her reckless, authoritarian COVID response has been vindicated by the voters as she looks forward to forcing her green energy pipe dreams on Maine in the upcoming years; dreams that could very likely see sales of new gasoline powered automobiles outlawed (as in California, by 2035), along with gas furnaces, cooking stoves and water heaters (as in California by 2030) and perhaps even heating oil furnaces, wood and pellet stoves. 

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Female Fertility Rates Decline In Countries With High COVID ‘vaccination’

By:  David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, November 30, 2022

   Australia’s birth rates for 2021, and their December 2021 statistics show that births dropped 72% over the previous December average for the past six years.

   The massive drop in births comes barely nine months after the experimental COVID gene therapy injections were rolled out to the general population of Australia.

   Previously, Brisbane-based fertility specialist Dr Luke McLindon, who works with women who have fertility issues, had reported a jump in miscarriages from the ordinary 12 to 15 per cent rate in his cohort of patients, to a whopping 74 per cent amongst his ‘vaccinated’ patients.

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Maine State Police Investigate Home Invasion and Homicide in Washington County

CHERRYFIELD, Maine - On Thursday, November 17, 2022 at approximately 9:17 pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on Tenan lane in Cherryfield for reports of a home invasion. When Deputies arrived they discovered an adult female with serious injuries, an adult male with minor injuries and an adult male who was deceased. The female was transported to a local hospital. At this time her injuries do not appear to be life threatening. Maine State Police Detectives from Major Crimes Unit North and members of the Evidence Response Team were called to assist in the investigation. The deceased, 36-year-old Matthew Adams from Whitneyville was transported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta where an autopsy was performed Friday morning. His death has been ruled a homicide.

   The State Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death and home invasion. Police do not believe there is an ongoing public safety risk. No other information is available at this time.

   If anyone has pertinent information, please call the State Police at 207-973-3700.

 

 

 

 

 

P.I. Rotary Club Gears Up for the Holidays

 

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine–Members of the Presque Isle Rotary Club are ready to share their holiday spirit with the community in two upcoming events. The first “Here We Come A Caroling” event is planned for December 5th.  Join Rotarians at the University of Maine Presque Isle’s Gentile Hall at 5pm for a group sing. Then board one of the two buses to visit various stops throughout town to sing popular holiday songs  The buses will visit the PI Nursing Home, PI Housing Authority, Northern Maine Community College, Academy Park Apartments, Northland Park Apartments on Dyer Street, Leisure Gardens and Leisure Village, Hub Coffee, Governors, the Northeastland Hotel and more before walking downtown Main Street for the caroling grand finale.  The event will wrap up at the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging with light refreshments. Community members are invited to hop on one of the buses for the full event or meet up at one of the stops and follow along in their personal vehicle.

   “This is the first time our club has hosted an event like this," says Jordyn Madore, club Vice President. "Our initial promotions have shown really positive responses from the community.  I think people are really excited to come together in a new and interactive way and hopefully we will fill the streets with music!"

   Rotarians will also be collaborating with the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, and local municipalities and businesses to host the second round of the Safe Steps: Sand and Salt for Seniors program. 

   “While the towns have piles of sand and salt mixture for residents to access either free or for a small fee to fill 5-gallon buckets to use on their walkways and steps, it is difficult for an older person or a homebound resident to access these resources, much less lift a heavy bucket,” shared Rotarian and event organizer Ginny Joles.  “Requests began flooding in the day after our original event announcement in October along with offers from local businesses and organizations to donate supplies and money. The overwhelming support and community need has prompted Presque Isle Rotarians and community volunteers to offer a second round.”  Buckets are scheduled to be delivered to pre-registered older adults residing in the afore-mentioned communities on Friday afternoon, December 9, 2022. To request a sand/salt bucket or to volunteer to assist with bucket deliveries, call Ginny Joles 207-762-8461 before Monday noon, December 5, 2022.  Available while supplies last. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fort Fairfield to Host its Own Holiday Light Parade on Dec. 11

 

   Fort Fairfield’s first ever Holiday Light Parade will be held on Sunday, December 11 at 4:30pm.  The parade will start at Forest Avenue, progress down Main Street and end at the Fort Fairfield Community Center.

   The parade is part of this year’s Holiday Fest 2022 in Fort Fairfield.   

   Organizing the event is Fort Fairfield Police Chief, Matt Cummings who says after the parade, there will be various kid-related events at the Community Center. “After the parade we will have a tree lighting ceremony followed by a visit with Santa, arts and crafts by the NHS and music by the UMPI Alumni Band. There will be hot cocoa and baked goodies on site for all to enjoy.”

   The event is sponsored by Fort Fairfield High School National Honor Society, Fort Fairfield Quality of Place Council, UMPI Alumni Band, and Fort Fairfield Police, Fire/Rescue and Recreation Departments.

   Chief Cummings says he has registered thirteen parade entries so far.  Those who are interested in placing an entry in the parade are encouraged to contact the chief via email:

policechief@fortfairfield.org

   “Let’s make this event a success and bring some holiday joy to all.” 

 

 

 

National News

 

“Green Energy” Dreams Causing Diesel, Gas and Heating Oil Shortages in U.S.

By:  David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, November 16, 2022

   The production of diesel continues to face challenges as the U.S. supply hovers between 25 to 27 days’ worth of the fuel on hand.  According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), as of October 21, 2022 there were 106.4 million barrels of diesel fuel all processed and ready for delivery.  A week later, on October 28, that amount had only slightly increased to 106.8 million barrels.  This is the lowest the diesel stocks have been in forty years.

   The EIA reports that on October 28, 15.8 million barrels of crude were processed at U.S. refineries, which was 406,000 barrels per day more than the previous week’s average, with refineries operating at 90.6% capacity.

   While claims of “pumping more oil” may help to alleviate the pricing problem by bringing down the overall price of crude oil by a nominal amount, the real problem is in the ability to refine the raw crude into useable fuels such as gasoline, home heating oil and diesel fuels.  With the political impetus toward so-called “green energy” platforms such as wind and solar, investors are no longer interested in investing money in new refineries or even upgrading the older ones—some of which have been in service for more than 65 years.

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Maine News

 

DV ARREST

LEBANON - On Saturday, November 12, 2022 at approximately 7:50 pm, Maine State Police Troopers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance call at 34 Wiswell Lane in Lebanon. The caller reported her husband, 41-year-old Maxime Sainteloi, was armed with a bladed weapon and was threatening his family. Sainteloi left the home before Troopers arrived. At approximately 9:21 pm, Sainteloi was located at Cumberland Farms on 28 Levesque Dr in Elliot. He was arrested and charged with Reckless Conduct with a Dangerous Weapon and transported to the York County Jail.

 

DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES

ADDISON - On Saturday, November 19, 2022 at approximately 10:00 am, while investigating the Cherryfield homicide investigation, the Maine State Police searched a home located at 65 East Side Road in Addison.  During the search several destructive devices were located.  The Maine State Police Bomb Team, the Bangor Police Department Bomb Team and the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene. The devices were rendered safe without incident. There is no ongoing threat to the public and the investigation continues.  The Maine State Police would like to thank the Bangor Police Department, the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Addison Fire Department for their assistance.

 

DRUG ARRESTS

SULLIVAN - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, along with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office have arrested three men in the town of Sullivan and charged them with the most serious drug trafficking offenses after a weeks long investigation involving the importation of fentanyl and other drugs into Hancock County,

   Early last month, investigators assigned to MDEA’s Down East Task Force covering Hancock County, opened an investigation into the suspected trafficking of fentanyl from a home in Sullivan. MDEA was assisted extensively by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office during the investigation which included the undercover purchase of fentanyl from the home which is located on the Morancy Road.

   On Monday, November 21, 2022 at approximately 8:00 pm, MDEA agents, along with assistance from the Maine State Police Tactical Team, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, and the FBI executed a search warrant on the Morancy Road home of Christopher Smith.

   Seized during the search was approximately 330 grams of suspected fentanyl, 35 grams of cocaine, $3,700 in suspected drug proceeds, along with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun. The estimated street value of the drugs seized is approximately $55,000.

 

   Arrested and charged thus far in connection with this investigation were:

 

 

 

 

   All subjects were held with no bail and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in your community, you are urged to contact the Maine Drug Enforcement office closest to you or by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411) or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 1-800-452-6457.

 

MURDER ARREST

POLAND - On Thursday, November 24, 2022, shortly after 10:30 a.m., the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of 14 Poplar Drive for a disturbance complaint. During their investigation Deputies located a deceased male at 14 Poplar Drive.  The victim was transported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta (OCME).The OCME conducted an autopsy Friday morning, November 25, 2022, and ruled the death a homicide. This victim has been identified as 38-year-old Gabriel Damour of Poland.  Major Crimes Unit Detectives and members of the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team were on scene all day Thursday interviewing witnesses and processing the scene.

   On late Thursday, November 24, 2022, investigators with the Maine State Police arrested and charged Damour’s brother 34-year-old Justin Butterfield of Poland with murder.  Butterfield will be held without bail at the Androscoggin Country Jail until his initial appearance in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

 

ICY ROADS FATALITY

WATERVILLE - On November 25, 2022 at approximately 7:19 pm, the Augusta Regional Communications Center received numerous calls reporting multi-vehicle crashes in both the north and southbound lanes of I-95 in Waterville due to icy roadways on the Messalonskee bridge.  As the bridge became congested on the northbound lane, numerous secondary crashes occurred. 59-year-old Michelle Demchak of Madison was driving a Ford Escape and stopped to render aid to the occupant of a 2014 Hyundai Accent sedan that had crashed into the bridge barrier. 39-year-old Bradford Enos of Atkinson was driving a 2015 Ford F-150, towing a car carrier when he entered the crash area struck the Hyundai and hit Demchak who was standing near the car.  Demchak was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.

   Maine State Police shut down both the north and southbound lanes and diverted traffic into Waterville for approximately 2.5 hours.  Several area agencies responded to the crashes to include the Maine Warden Service, Waterville PD, Fairfield PD and Clinton PD.  Waterville and Winslow Fire Departments responded and Delta Ambulance provided emergency medical aid to victims of all the crashes. Three people were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The Maine Department of Transportation helped coordinate the cleanup with local wreckers from Blanchard’s and Carroll’s Towing Services.     

   Overall, 10 crashes were reported between the north and southbound lanes. State Troopers and the Crash Reconstruction Team are investigating the fatal crash.  Preliminary information suggests that imprudent speed during inclement road conditions appear to be contributing factors in all of the crashes. 

 

 

 

 

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Past Stories

July 27, 2022 - Radical Transgender Group Writing Sexual Curriculum for Maine Schools, Targeting Children in Kindergarten

July 27, 2022 - Dorsey Sarcastically Congratulates Town Council, Manager for Passing a Budget That Suffers With a $1.2 Million Deficit

May 18, 2022 - Kennebunk Public School Students Choke on Woke

May 4, 2022 - Fort Fairfield Faces a $2.2 Million Shortfall With 22/23 Budget

January 26, 2022 - Fort Fairfield Town Council Considers Proposed Town Budget Committee Formation

November 17, 2021 - Private Membership Associations are the Solution to Dangerous Government Mandates

November 17, 2021 - Reflecter Telescope "Goliath" Finally in Place at New Science Center Observatory

November 17, 2021 - Local Amish Community Hosts Burn & Wound Seminar

September 22, 2021 - Fort Fairfield Solar Project Receives NB Power Approval

August 25, 2021 - Presque Isle Health Care Workers Express Their Concern Over Governor’s Mandate to Force Them Into COVID Gene Therapy Medical Experiment

August 25, 2021 - Governor Mills Mandates Health Care Workers Must Participate in COVID 'vaccine' Medical Experiments

June 30, 2021 - Fort Fairfield Town Council Passes Budget for 21/22

June 2, 2021 - Fort Fairfield Town Council Discusses Budget at May Meeting; Budget Deficit Reduced to $472,126

May 5, 2021 - Fort Fairfield Reveals Budget for FY 21-22

April 21, 2021 - Town Council Chair Squelches Taxpayer Outcry on Reval

April 21, 2021 - Lawyer Seeks Maine's PCR Test Cycle Threshold Data in Federal Lawsuit Against Gov. Mills & Dr. Shah

April 7, 2021 - Freedom Rally Held in Augusta

March 24, 2021 - Taxes and Reval Still Hot Topi at Fort Fairfield Town Council Meeting

March 24, 2021 - Pro Freedom Group Holds Covert St. Patrick's Day Party In Augusta

March 10, 2021 - Citizens Tax Group Calls for 25% Reduction of Taxes in Fort Fairfield

March 10, 2021 - Town Councilor Speaks Out About Fort Fairfield's New Property Taxes and Budget

February 24, 2021 - BioFuel Rocket Launched at Loring Runway

February 24, 2021 - Strong Turnout for Property Tax Discussion at Town Council Meeting

February 10, 2021 - Fort Fairfield Adopts 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Policy

February 10, 2021 - Fort Fairfield Property Owners Voice Concerns Over Town's Increased Property Taxes

January 27, 2021 - Not a "Happy New Year" for Taxpayers in Fort Fairfield

December 16, 2020 - Potato Blossom Festival Receives Grant Money: Plans for 2021 Festival in July

October 21, 2020 - Is Rep. John Martin Making This Money for Nothing?

September 23, 2020 - Fort Fairfield Property Value Increased, Property Taxes to "Decrease"...Sort of

July 15, 2020 - New Sawmill Open in Fort Fairfield

July 1, 2020 - Global Economic Collapse Began in Fall, 2019

June 17, 2020 - Ed & Elaine Brown Update - Letter to the Editor from Ed

June 3, 2020 - Forget COVID-19; Could the Coming Solar Minimum Have an Even Worse Effect on Life?

January 29, 2020 - Social Media Magnifies Errors in Recent Fort Fairfield Fires

 

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