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Old 11-03-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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THANK YOU EVERYONE !!! I really appreciate the info and perspective. I feel better about the ladies moving. Mabey I'll come too. They called yesterday evening and were raving about the area. Said they would spend all day in Eastport today. It already sounds like a place I would love.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Only thing to think about when considering retiring to this area is access to quality medical care. I'm thinking that Calais is probably the closest hospital, and a couple friends of mine that live there don't have a lot good to say about it. If it were me, I'd be looking at something closer to Bangor/Belfast/Elsworth.

I've been to Calais a few times, from cuts, gouges, and a couple more critical (or so the wife thought at the time) incidents. I've not had a problem with them and neither have quite a lot of my friends and neighbors who have used them. I think they do an excellent job. Good crew from doctors on down and good equipment and even life flight if you need Bangor in a hurry. They even have the machine that goes "ping" (Python fans will get it.). I wouldn't base my opinion on a few people. However there are more hospital and doctor choices in Bangor. Even more in Portland.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Subscribe to The Quoddy Tides. Many local contractors advertise there. Keep asking questions. There are plenty of Eastport people on here will to share their experiences.
I find that the town office staff to be a great source for referrals in small towns. These people usually have lived in town for a long time and know everyone in town. I've gotten great referrals for people to snowplow, plumbers and carpenters.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Cooper Maine
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Perceptual thing, taxes. Eastport: 3.5 sq miles of land and bldgs assets, tax rate $24/$1,000. Lubec: 33.3 sq miles of assets, tax rate $19.50/$1,000. What was the towns budget in Lubec? I think ours was $2.6 million.

Both places are good and taxes are high in both depending on your income. Still, a lower tax rate than Calais. But they are quite low compared to Mendicino Cal., Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth. At least that is what folks from these places tell me.
Easy in Eastport the town owns the waterfront and will not sell to private folks who pay taxes.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:00 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Easy in Eastport the town owns the waterfront and will not sell to private folks who pay taxes.
As far as I know around 90% of the waterfront here is in private ownership. And it's all on the tax rolls. Eastport owns very little including the Port Authority. Don't know where you got the idea it was city owned.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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While in Eastport, don't miss the Chowder and Diesel place near the ferry landing. They actually sell both chowder and Diesel fuel. They serve great seafood. I was there last month. There are many such emporiums in Maine like one bait shop and real estate business or the famous gun shop and bridal dress business on Route 1A between Brewer and Ellsworth. Yes, they sell shotguns with white stocks.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:51 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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While in Eastport, don't miss the Chowder and Diesel place near the ferry landing. They actually sell both chowder and Diesel fuel. They serve great seafood. I was there last month. There are many such emporiums in Maine like one bait shop and real estate business or the famous gun shop and bridal dress business on Route 1A between Brewer and Ellsworth. Yes, they sell shotguns with white stocks.
THe Chowder House (I still call it The Cannery) is closed for the season now. It is a great place to eat. We go almost every Sunday after church with family and friends. The food and service (waitresse are great) add immensly to the meal. You can buy lobster, clams, and fish on the wharf too. Fresh off the boat. The guy that owns this place just re-opened the Wa-Co. He did a great job on the renovations. Last owners damng near destroyed it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Glad to hear the WaCo has reopened. Will it be open all winter?
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Glad to hear the WaCo has reopened. Will it be open all winter?
Yes, 6 am to 2 pm now but I believe he's staying open longer now that the Cannery is closed for the season.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Cooper Maine
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As far as I know around 90% of the waterfront here is in private ownership. And it's all on the tax rolls. Eastport owns very little including the Port Authority. Don't know where you got the idea it was city owned.
Go to the town office and ask for a list of ALL the property the town of Eastport owns. Then ask why there mill rate is double to triple the surrounding areas.
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