1. Homecoming celebration

    Washington Academy celebrated homecoming last Friday, Oct. 13 with a field day, parade, football game and bonfire. The school’s cross country team took a much-deserved seat during the parade. For more homecoming photos, see p. 14. Photo courtesy Hannah Sprague

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  2. Machias Selectboard grapples with deer overpopulation, town bids

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Selectman Joshua Rolfe opened last Wednesday’s meeting with a request to limit conversations during meetings. “I think we’re missing stuff, there’s a lot of side conversations,” he said. 

    “I think we should try to be more structured and make sure that everybody, when speaking, addresses the chairman.”

    Board Chairman Warren Gay agreed. “We will stop it, cause we got the hammer under here,” he quipped. “I’m going to start using it.”

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  3. DMR prepares for new scallop season, moves toward limited entry

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    As fishermen and foodies countdown to the opening of Maine’s scallop season in December,  the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) prepared by collecting feedback from fishermen.  Fishermen commented on proposed changes to the 2017-18 calendar, and the controversial question of how to let new fishermen into the lucrative fishery. 

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  4. Online blueberry museum predicted for ‘18 opening

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Dozens of interviews will ultimately provide the core of a wild blueberry museum primed to bring new recognition to Washington County.

    “For a long time I’d been looking for a way to help my state prosper,” says Joline Blais. “Blueberries pull a lot of threads together. And they’re wild. Who doesn’t like something wild?!”

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  5. Check your meds at Senior Health & Safety Expo Oct. 21

    This Saturday, Oct. 21, is the inauguration of National Check Your Meds Day, “designed to encourage consumers to bring their prescription medications and supplements to their local pharmacies for brown bag medication reviews,” according to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). 

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  6. Machias’ Trick or Treat on Main Street set for Oct. 27

    The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has organized Machias’ annual Trick or Treat on Main Street, scheduled to take place from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

    The Defenders, a law enforcement motorcycle club, will be providing security again this year. “They’ll make sure the little ones get across the street safely,” said Chamber director Sharon Mack.

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  7. Time to plan Community Christmas

    It’s time to begin planning for Machias’ amazing Community Christmas!! Last year we had more than a dozen businesses and more than two dozen individuals help plan and execute the Voice of Downeast, Santa’s visit, crafts and activities, the Community Christmas Parade, Community Tree Lighting and caroling. It was a terrific success. This is a true COMMUNITY based event with townspeople taking  charge! 

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  8. When you build that first fire

    As the days and nights grow chilly, wood stoves get fired up. Make sure yours is installed correctly, and that burnable items are kept away from it. Make sure your chimney is clean. If your wood is green, take special care to check chimneys and stovepipes to make sure they don’t get choked with creosote. Check with your local fire department for more tips on operating wood stoves safely.

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  9. More than 550 WaCo educators attend UMM’s ‘Harvest of Ideas’

     

    On Oct. 10, the University of Maine in Machias (UMM) hosted the 2017 Harvest of Ideas for more than 550 Washington County educators.  Participants selected workshops from over 30 sessions led by presenters from across the State, including specialists from Maine’s Department of Education, instructors from UMaine Machias and University of Southern Maine, GEAR UP Maine, Maine-Wabanaki REACH, several social services agencies, as well as educators from RSU #2, Washington Academy, and Steuben Elementary School.

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  10. Public invited to WaCo Food Council meeting Oct. 25

    Are you interested in local food systems? Are you interested in increasing access to local food? 

    Want to learn more? Come to the fall meeting of the Washington County Food Council.

    The food council is a networking group that connects stakeholders from around the county in order to better inform our work to increase healthy food access and support stronger agricultural and fishing infrastructures in Washington County.

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  11. Little Hands of Hope children’s home fundraiser update

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In August, we reported on the Machias-based charity, Little Hands of Hope, started by Kristen Johnson. The charity feeds and cares for street children in the town of Nyendo, Uganda. 

    “Most of them are AIDS orphans,” said Johnson. Right now the organization provides food for anywhere from 40-100 children every night of the week.” In July, the charity completed construction of a building to house the children in the small village of Bulando, located approximately 7 miles from Nyendo. The home sits on 5 acres of land. 

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    • East Machias dedicates Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge

    East Machias dedicates Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Blue skies and brilliant foliage were the backdrop for the dedication of the Jacksonville Bridge last Thursday, Oct. 12. 

    The bridge is now renamed in honor of Norman E. Bagley, who served the town of East Machias for 26 years as an assessor, planning board member and selectman. He also served in the Army during the Korean War. 

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  12. Why I’m voting no on Medicaid expansion

    by Rep. Will Tuell

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  13. Homecoming celebration

    The freshman class decorated the Washington Academy bus to use as a float in the parade.Photo Courtesy Hannah Sprague

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  14. Editors Desk

    Kristen Johnson is a stay-at-home mom living in Machias. She and her husband have a daughter here, and hundreds of children they also love in Uganda. Following her faith, Kristen started the charity Little Hands of Hope, which is now the only thing standing between hundreds of Ugandan orphans and starvation. We first reported on her story in August.

    From our small town, Kirsten has created something that is making a life-and-death difference to hundreds of children on the other side of the world. I am so moved by her service, we have the update to her story on page 4.

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  15. Remembering the presence of Norman

    He might’ve been called Mr. Jacksonville, so when the Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge was dedicated last week it was most fitting and special.

    Flags and firetrucks and a handful of local officials marked the occasion, and a very poignant YouTube of the bridge itself is really remarkable.

    Norman gave many years to East Machias as a selectman, and he assumed many other roles as needed. His ready grin and friendly demeanor were recognized all over town.

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  16. Gov. sends letter regarding attorney general’s use of settlement funds

    Governor Paul R. LePage sent a letter to Senate and House leadership today advising them that he has directed the Office of the State Controller to transfer more than $10 million out of a fiduciary account under the discretion of the Attorney General into an Other Special Revenue account as required by 5 MRS §203-A. The funds are the results of legal settlements the State of Maine received from the Volkswagen and Moody’s litigation.

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  17. Homeland Security grants to continue accepting Maine licenses

    The Department of Homeland Security has extended a grace period for the State of Maine’s REAL ID Act compliance, which will allow federal agencies to continue to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from Maine.

    The Department of Homeland security issued a compliance waiver to the State of Maine on June 15, 2017, which expired at midnight on Oct. 10, 2017. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap submitted a request for a one-year renewal on Sept. 15, 2017.

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  18. Affordable Health Care open enrollment begins Nov. 1

    Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa has an urgent message for Maine residents who purchase their health insurance coverage on the Individual Market: “Take the time to compare your options, and do it before Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 15.” 

    “As most people are well aware, there has been quite a bit of turmoil in the insurance market this year. This has resulted in higher rates, and also in fewer choices,” Cioppa stated.

    Just two insurers selling marketplace plans

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  19. Bad Little Trail Run

    The Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) held its inaugural Bad Little Trail Run Oct. 1 as 69 runners and walkers participated in a 2.7 mile and a 7 mile course. A team of more than 30 volunteers made the event possible. This was DCC’s first ever trail run, which they hope to make an annual event. Photo By Bill Kitchen

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  20. Columbia News

    The Pleasant River Historical Society held their annual meeting on Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Mayhew Library with seven members present: myself, Mary and Tim Thompson, Cathy Fonda, Richard Paul, Sheri Thaxter and Grace Falzarano. Officers elected for the ensuring year are:

    Grace Falzarano President, Ronie Strout Vice President, Shelby Greene Secretary, Cathy Fonda Treasury. Welcome to the new slate of officers and we are looking forward to having another great year in 2018.

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  21. Wesley News

    James Cox from Jonesboro donated pumpkins to the Wesley school kids for decorating for an art project.

    Perry Harvest Day Craft Show was a  great day for Linda and Judy. There were a lot of people all day long. They did very well. Sandy and Steve Parson from Little Seavey Lake were also there with the 4H program.

    Andy was over on Wednesday and helped clean up the garage to get ready to press apples on Sunday. Have a crew coming to press cider.  There will be plenty to give away.

    George and Patti were back to Baileyville for a wedding with Hannah and Jordan.

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  22. Whitneyville Library news

    The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library will be at the Oct. 21 Craft Fair which is being held at the Parish Hall on Broadway in Machias. Their signature homemade chocolates will be for sale as well as handmade crafts. Check out what we have and indulge in some homemade chocolates.

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  23. Harrington News

    Today was a lovely day for celebration. Our friends, Ny and Bill Kearns celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with many friends and family in Winter Harbor. Charlie and I went over and it was lovely. It is so great to see couples stay married this length of time!

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  24. Addison Planning Board meeting highlights

    The Addison Planning Board met on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and issued the following permits:

    #15-2017 to Daniel Colby representative of Joyce and Gren Blackall to build two duel story decks-one (16’x13’) being located on their garage and one (14’x38’ in an L shape) on their house with no concrete pour subject to no conditions at 88 Carver Lane Addison Map 18 Lot 39. All fees paid.

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  25. Never too young

    No one’s too young to learn that firefighters are your friend, and that big trucks and big men and women in oversize suits and breathing apparatus are nothing to be afraid of. Such were the fun lessons when Lieutenants Andrew Mulholland and Andy McKenna, volunteers with the Machias Fire Department, stopped by to visit with the children of Anita McCurdy’s Daycare in Machias, part of National Fire Prevention Week. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  26. Suspended driver involved in Addison fatality

    On Friday Oct. 13 at 5:06 p.m., the Washington County Regional Communications Center received a call of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on the East Side Road in Addison. Deputies and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene. 

    Through the course of the investigation it was determined that Trissa Donovan, age 42 of Harrington and Mandy Kane age 37 of Addison were walking south on the East Side Road in Addison when they were struck from behind by a red Dodge pickup driven by Kayla East, age 23 of Addison.  

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  27. “I Hear Washington County Singing” Songs, poems, and historic music of Washington County

    Woodsmen, fishermen, sailors, farmers, hunters, poaches, and Puritans: all from Downeast Maine. Our ancestors, varied as they were, had at least one thing in common: They all sang “with open mouths and strong melodious songs.” On Monday, Oct. 23 Kris Paprocki, music teacher at Pembroke, Perry, and Charlotte Elementary Schools, will present the historic music of Washington County, most of it written by the men and women who lived here. 

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  28. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Buffet Dinner - Nook and Cranny proceeds to benefit Downeast Hospice Volunteers. Friday, October 20.open @ 5:30 p.m. – dinner @ 6 p.m.

    space limited, resercations necessary, call 454-7521 ext 126, or Art Carter at 454-8238

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  29. Washington Academy Homecoming

    WA’s cheerleaders dressed warmly and kept the crowds warmed up during the homecoming game last Friday, Oct. 13.

    Some of WA’s Girls Soccer Team line up before the homecoming parade.

    Girls’ Volleyball team show school spirit. 

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  30. Washington Academy’s Homecoming game

    Washington Academy was defeated 12-30 Photo courtesy Hannah Sprague

    Friday night’s lights shined down on the varsity Washington Academy Raiders during their Oct. 13 game against Houlton. photo by Sarah Craighead Dedman

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  31. DAC Golf championship photos

     

    See all photos on page 16-17 in this week's issue or on the Digitial Version here.

    Pictured left - right is the Machias Bulldog golf team. Members include: Coach Tony Roy, Jacob Sinford, Evan Sinford, and Blake Barabe.

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  32. Clipper sports action

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clipper’s men soccer and girls soccer and volleyball squads have been busy as of late with the season approximately at the halfway mark.

    On Sept. 22 and 23, the men’s soccer squad headed north to play a pair of games.

    On Sept. 22, the Clippers played the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls in the Star City.

    The Clippers fell behind early in the first half as Brandon Danforth of the Owls scored unassisted at the 8:03 mark to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

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  33. Carter indispensable to Downeast running

    by Phil Stuart

    Those of us that have participated in Washington County road races know that most of them are certified and the distance that we run is accurate.

    Mike Carter, president and CEO of Northfield’s Carter Calibrations has certified ninety percent of all the areas race courses.

    Over the years, Carter has sacrificed his own running career to a large extent for the benefit of others.

    The cones that you see at cross country races and road races and the mile markers painted on the road just didn’t get there by accident.

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  34. Pride record falls

    by Phil Stuart

    Jonesport-Beals junior Evan Merchant of Beals shaved 20 seconds off the course record of 18:15 set by Jacob Godfrey of Machias in 2016.

    The Bulldog Pride 5K was established in 2013 as part of the Bulldog Pride weekend which includes sporting events like soccer and volleyball in addition to alumni game.

    Jay Beal of Marion ran bare footed to win the inaugural race in 2013 with a time of 21:11 while his sister Clara was the female winner in 21:13.

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  35. Mid-season sports update

    by Phil Stuart

    The 2017 High School sports season is now in the second half and so far there are not many surprises.

    The soccer season is going pretty much as expected for the boys. Pre-season favorite Washington Academy hasn’t missed a step since moving up to Class B. 

    The scores are much closer since moving up a class, but  they have far superior talent than all the other schools and it will take a huge effort to end their winning streak which has been going on for over two and one half seasons.

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  36. Tigers, Devils cross-country winners

     

    by Phil Stuart

    The Shead High School Tigers and Calais High School Blue Devils were the team winners at the Annual Calais High School Cross Country Invitation at Moosehorn Refuge on Sept. 26.

    The Shead girls edged the Narraguagus Knights by the narrowest of margins 35 to 36 while Washington Academy finished a distant 3rd at 72 followed by Machias at 103. Calais and Jonesport-Beals had no team scores.

    Sophia McVicar of Calais took individual honors with a winning time of 19:28 as she led a field of 21 runners over the 2.9 mile course.

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  37. The life story of Robert Hall

     

    by  Olivia G. McBrine

    On July 26, 1937, Robert W. Hall was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the eldest child to William and Ruth Hall. Growing up, Robert remembers his family spending many months of the year in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he spent a great deal of his time striper fishing and hunting with his cousin. Robert attended school at Milton Elementary School until the eighth grade when he then graduated and began school at Milton High School. 

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  38. Taking Action For Health: workshop series begins Oct. 26

    In Machias , Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Downeast Community Hospital, will offer a free, six-week “Taking Action for Health” workshop series in the conference room of Downeast Community Hospital, 11 Hospital Drive, Machias.  Classes will meet weekly on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 26 and continuing through Dec. 7 (no class on Nov. 23).

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  39. Jonesport explores ocean access at marina, campground

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Access to working waterfront has been front and center in the minds of Jonesport mariners and officials for many years. Three years ago, an ambitious plan to expand the marina in a three-way purchase fell through, and a committee has been working ever since to enable the fishermen who are the backbone of the town’s workforce to get to the water.

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  40. Women entrepreneurs invited to join Rising Tide Network

    by  Lura Jackson

    There’s an interesting phenomenon happening in Maine, and it’s directly related to women and their success at operating businesses here. In the past ten years, the revenue made by women business owners in the state has increased by 214 percent, according to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. This increase is the highest in the country, indicating that women in Maine are clearly doing something right.

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  41. ‘Blues Giant’ Whelan is Eastport-bound

    The Eastport Arts Center is excited to announce a concert by blues-inspired Americana guitarist and songwriter Sid Whelan on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Known for well-crafted lyrics and harmonically-rich guitar voicings, Whelan, a songwriting student of Steve Earle, writes songs which tackle difficult themes of contemporary American life. For his Eastport show, Whelan will perform songs in his signature style from his three albums: 2013’s “Flood Waters Rising,”  2015’s “The Story of Ike Dupree,” 2018’s upcoming “Waiting for Payday,” as well as classics from the American blues canon. 

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  42. Healthy Acadia welcomes new board members

    Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington counties, is thrilled to welcome Patrick Lyons and Bob Fitzsimmons as new members to the organization’s Board of Directors. “We’re so honored to have Bob and Patrick join our team,” stated Elsie Flemings, Healthy Acadia’s Executive Director. “They are dynamic community leaders, and each brings his own unique experience, insight, passion and expertise, which will help to guide our work and enhance our effectiveness in building healthier communities.” 

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  43. Machias Savings awards $5,000 to Families First

    Families First Community Center was awarded a $5,000 grant this week by Machias Savings Bank that nearly completes the goal toward their property purchase and renovations.

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  44. Merrimack Mortgage Company opens Machias Branch

    Merrimack Mortgage Company, LLC, a HarborOne Bank Company, is pleased to announce they have opened a new branch office in Machias, Maine, NMLS ID: 1665468. This is Merrimack Mortgage Company’s fourth branch in Maine; current branches include Kennebunk, Augusta and Camden.  Joining the company at this new location is Branch Manager and Loan Officer Steve Richardson, NMLS ID: 889047.  

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