by Michael Morse
In spite of the ice, snow and wind, an attentive group came to hear from the crew for United
States Coast Guard Station Eastport on January 15th. Crew members from the Station included
Officer in Charge Mindy Rivello, Second in Command Petty Officer Regan, 2nd Class Wergin, 3rd
Class Sumans, 3rd Class Henderson, 3rd Class Brocon and Seaman Reed. These Crew members
have come from all over the country including California, Florida, Wisconsin and several from
here in Maine.
The primary tasks of the Coast Guard include Search and Rescue (SARS), Maritime Law
Enforcement, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety and Maintenance of Aids to Navigation.
Because of the Station’s location close to the Canadian border, Eastport’s crew works closely
with both Canadian Coast Guard and RCMP and they often hold combined rescue and
enforcement exercises. The Station has a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and 29-foot Response Boat.
The Station’s responsibilities range spans from the mouth of the St. Croix River to Cutler
Harbor. It is the goal of the entire response team to become certified in driving each of the
vessels. Other, larger Coast Guard vessels patrol deeper waters along the Grand Manan Channel
and all along the coast of Maine.
In 1873 the Station we have here now was originally located in Lubec. It moved to the third
floor of the Post Office building in Eastport in 1970. In 2005 the new building by the
Breakwater was completed and it became their new home.
It was evident that there was a sense of camaraderie among the crew of Station Eastport. There
are 24 total members of the Station. The Coast Guard’s service motto is Semper Paratus – Always
Ready. They are on duty 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Station Eastport’s local slogan is
Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. It is important for each crew member to feel a sense of
community and to be able to rely on each other, especially in emergency situations. The crew
here exemplifies this team effort. The Coast Guard has the highest retention rate of any all of
the military branches.
We are fortunate to have members of the United States Coast Guard here in our small city and
we are a better community because they here both on and off the water.
Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center programs are held in Eastport Arts Center’s cozy downstairs Washington Street Gallery, amidst rotating exhibitions. Admission is by voluntary donation; proceeds are shared equally between the presenters and EAC constituent group The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
Find the full 2023 schedule and more posts about upcoming and past programs here: https://eastportartscenter.org/constituent-groups/the-concert-series/.