1. First snowfall blankets Downeast

    It looks just like a picture print from Currier & Ives, but this beautiful scene of East Machias covered in snow is a photograph taken in 1976 by Ken Tudor. Last week the area was blanketed in the first substantial snow of the season. Area children made snowmen and Christmas spirits were lifted. But will it last until Santa comes to town? Photo courtesy Ken Tudor

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  2. Machias voters, selectboard green light recreation area

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A special town meeting was held Wednesday, Dec. 6 to gain voter approval for a grant application and expenditure of funds to improve the Machias Recreation Area, located at the crossroads of Fremont, Grove, Harwood and Salem Streets, between Route 1 and the Machias River. The facility currently includes tennis and basketball courts in need of repair, and the grant would allow the town to add a public playground. 

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  3. Could Maine offer universal health care?

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Recently, members of the Machias Rotary club debated the pros and cons of a single payer health care system during a presentation by Moira O’Neill, given at their meeting held Tuesday, Nov. 17. O’Neill works with the University of Maine on rural nursing programs, and also serves on the board of directors for Maine Allcare, a nonprofit dedicated to working toward affordable health care for all Mainers.

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  4. Georgie Kendall recalls holiday traditions

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Remembered for her Red Sleigh venture and always known for her eclectic forays into the community, Georgie Kendall last week reminisced about Christmases past. 

    ‘Tis the season for conjuring up those special times. “I used to help Gram Kendall gather brush and pine cones for wreaths,” she says. “Then we’d put the pine cones on a tinfoil pie plate under the woodstove to open them up. Gram would make and decorate those wreaths and send them to family and close friends from Maryland to Washington and Florida.”

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  5. East Machias home invasion leads to Machiasport standoff, shooting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Washington County Sheriff’s office reported that on Saturday, Dec. 9 the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) received a 911 call from a woman in East Machias reporting a home invasion.

    The woman said that a man had entered her home brandishing a weapon and demanding money. The suspect left on foot, and the RCC dispatched deputies to the scene. The deputies were assisted by the Machias Police Department, Maine State Police and Maine Marine Patrol.

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  6. Center Street Church sets Christmas Services

    Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in downtown Machias is planning a number of services to observe and celebrate Christmas. 

    During the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 24, the Advent journey will be completed. That night, the traditional 7 p.m. service will conclude with a candlelight singing of “Silent Night.” An 11 p.m. service will consist of readings from around the globe, Christmas carols, and the ringing of the church’s Paul Revere bell at midnight to welcome Christmas Day.

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  7. DECH Births Notices

    Baby Boy

    Oliver James Hallet

    Parents: Stephanie & Matthew Hallett

    Birth Date: December 7, 2017

    Weight: 8 lb 10 oz

    Length: 22 inches

    Baileyville

    Baby Boy

    Logan Gregory Roy Landeen

    Parents: Desirae Fickett & Heath Landeen

    Birth Date: December 6, 2017

    Weight: 9 lb

    Length: 22 inches

    Jonesport

    Baby Girl

    Malavna Motehsan Matthews

    Parents: Mary J.A. Jenkins & Markeece M. Matthews

    Birth Date: December 7, 2017

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  8. Porter Memorial Library news

    Porter Memorial Library is fortunate to be the official host of the Machias Valley Film Society, an group committed to bringing great films to local audiences. This Friday, Dec. 15, MVFS will be showing “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The event begins at 6 p.m. As always, all events held at Porter Memorial Library are free. 

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  9. Dressed in holiday style

    Real snow fell in front of the snowy treescape decorating the windows of Machias’ French Cellar last Saturday.

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  10. Care & Comfort honored with Silver Collar Award

     

    Care & Comfort, a leading provider of home health and behavioral healthcare, was recently recognized as one of Maine’s best employers for workers over the age of 50 for 2017 by the Maine State Workforce Investment Board’s Older Workers Committee.

     The Silver Collar Employers Award honors Maine employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, valuing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility, and enthusiasm.

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  11. More interesting people buried in the Court St. Cemetery

    The oldest burial in the cemetery is for Rebecca Crocker, born March 13, 1752 and died Feb. 5, 1799. Rebecca was the wife of General George Stillman. He was born at Hartford, Connecticut on March 7, 1751 and died at Machias on Nov. 4, 1804. 

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  12. The Editor's Desk

    My pro-snow tendencies are not a hit with everyone. When I start wishing for a winter storm, there are always one or two people who threaten to hold me personally accountable if that wish comes true. But I can’t help it, I absolutely love snow, and I will go on record now praying for a white Christmas. In my opinion, two green Christmases in a row are all we should have to endure here on the northeastern tip of the country. I’m counting on a couple of new storms to backfill this one so Santa has somewhere to set down his sleigh.

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  13. Guest Voice - Alcohol-impaired driving is on the rise; here’s what we can do about It

    by James Eberspacher

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  14. Letter to the Editor - Big business wins

    The United States House of Representatives recently passed a 440-page bill, in just two weeks, with the support of Representative Bruce Poliquin.  The November 16th issue of the Washington Post stated:

     “Big businesses win. The House bill cuts the top rate that large corporations pay from 35 percent to 20 percent, the biggest one-time drop in the big-business tax rate ever. It is a permanent change that does not expire.”

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  15. Could water end the world as we know it?

    By Ruth Leubecker

    Long recognized for his outrageous predictions, Jeff Goodell’s latest -- The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World -- is unsettling at best, terrifying at worst.

    The author and contributing editor to Rolling Stone has habitually fixated on how to cool the planet, big coal, cities overtaken by the elements and human apathy. But it’s the facts that cause one to increasingly ponder his subject matter. 

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  16. Letter to the Editor - MMHS Alumni Assoc. needs volunteers to survive

    The Machias Memorial High School Alumni Association has been in existence for many years, but now is faltering due to lack of persons willing or able to serve as officers of the organization.

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  17. Downeast scallop fleet at the ready

    Scallop boats from out of town join the Jonesport fleet, moored here in Sawyers Cove awaiting a legal dragging day. Per the agreed upon three-year rotation, Chandlers Bay is open this year, but harvesting days are limited. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  18. Opinion - Collins has a decision to make

    While the House and Senate reconcile their separate tax bills into a final version that Mainers will live with, the GOP repeatedly claims that large corporate and super-wealthy beneficiaries will reinvest their considerable tax savings in business expansions and increased job creation. Never in the history of our country have tax breaks led to the kind of economic expansion and job growth1 that Mr. Trump and the GOP imagine. 

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  19. Maine Veterans Project completes 12 roofs in 12 months

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Just in time for the first big snow Downeast, a Wesley veteran received a new roof that will put an end to the leaks creating mold damage inside his home. 

    On Friday, Dec. 8 crews from Williams Roofing, students from Washington Academy and the Maine Veterans Project (MVP) put in the first of two long days reroofing the single family home. The project was paid for through MVP and the in-kind labor donations of Williams Roofing, Inc. of Brewer. 

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  20. DEHV to host National Living with Grief Program

    For more than a decade, the Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) educational events have been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care.

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  21. Dressed in holiday style

    A collection of festive caroling dolls stand atop a piano inside the Bluebird Family Ranch Restaurant. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  22. Christmas spirit

    A charming window display offers pedestrians a chance to pause in front of the Machias Hardware Co. Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  23. Wesley’s Festival of Trees ‘exceeded all expectations’

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Pellon Center was buzzing all weekend long as hopeful ticket holders filtered through in support of the Wesley Foundation’s second annual holiday fundraiser. Participants took their chances to win one of 50 different trees, each decorated with hundreds of dollars of prizes. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to enrich local youth activities. Board member Dean McGuire said that the event exceeded all of their expectations.  

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  24. Students receive visit from legislator

    RMG Middle School students in Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) also spent time visiting with Rep. Tuell. Photos courtesy Rep. Will Tuell

     

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  25. Governor sends letter outlining principles of Medicaid Expansion

    On Monday, Dec. 11 Governor Paul R. LePage sent a letter to the leadership of Maine’s legislature outlining the principles he will follow in the expansion of Medicaid as passed by the voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

    “The Legislature must now step up and identify a way to fund this, and it is their duty to the people of Maine to identify a way to pay for expansion that is both fiscally prudent and sustainable,” stated the Governor.

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  26. Wesley News

    Thank you Herb Hanscom for donating to Wesley Cemetery wreaths for veterans’ graves and Memorial Park. Linda T. just happened to be in Machias and picked up wreaths and I got them on Tuesday and put them at the cemeteries. I need to get four bows for the National Park wreaths. I hope to have them on Thursday afternoon. Thank you Linda for helping.

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  27. Whitneyville Library news

    About 200 Christmas books are being shared with 13 classrooms at Rose M. Gaffney, Jonesboro Elementary and Wesley Elementary School last week.  Children’s Librarian Patricia Brightly read aloud Cynthia Rylant’s Christmas in the Country to selected classrooms that receive the read aloud service provided by the Whitneyville Public Library.  For 41 years the Whitneyville Public Library has been sharing their Christmas books and other books with these local schools and providing a story teller service.

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  28. Columbia News

    Another week has flown by, it never ceases to amaze me that when I was a child the days and weeks were very long; now they just fly right on by.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 6, I took the math team to Calais for their meet. Thank goodness the weather was good. I so hate driving in a snow storm.

    Thursday evening I was able to go to Cherryfield to see the Christmas trees at the VFW Hall. Cheryl Brown puts a lot of work into organizing this event every year.

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  29. D.W. Merritt news

    D.W. Merritt School student council members Emma Whitmore and Karli Alley are decorating the hat and mitten tree for those that need warm winter wear.  Many of these hats and mittens were generously donated by Tuscan Lodge 106. Submitted photo

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  30. Steuben Library news

    Holiday concert with Ruby Morrow

    After moving to Maine in 1980 and settling in Steuben, Ruby Morrow performed up and down the coast at cafes, bars, fairs, concert halls and churches. She used her talent to help raise funds for The Ark Animal Shelter for many years by holding Christmas concerts at the Milbridge Congregational Church. 

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  31. Down East Community Hospital earns national award for quality

     

    Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Down East Community Hospital was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

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  32. Hoops raises $13,000 for DECH Obstetrics

    The 2nd Annual Hoops for Health Basketball Tournament raised $13,000 for DECH Obstetrics Department.  The tournament took place on December 1st and 2nd at the UMM gymnasium. 

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  33. Frosty comes to town

    Golden retrievers Chloe and Clifford seem just as interested in the snowstorm as their boy, Webster Case. Photo courtesy Bill Case

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  34. Peabody Memorial Library nominated for BSB public service grant, awarded Maine Public Library grant

     

    by Nancy Beal

    When members of Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library board of directors met Dec. 4, they already knew that the facility had been nominated for a Community Matters More grant given by Bangor Savings Bank (BSB). The next day, they received an email from Librarian Heidi Hinkley informing them that a $500 grant for children’s programmable robots was on its way from the Maine Public Library Fund.

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  35. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    The Bay Ridge students will present their annual Christmas Program on December 12, Tues. at 6 p.m. at Thurs., December 14. Santa will be here.

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    The annual Christmas tree lighting at the Whitneyville Congregational Church. Sat., December 16, 5 p.m.

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  36. FEDCAP finds jobs for impoverished parents

    by Lura Jackson

    Being in poverty is a sadly familiar situation for many families in Washington County. Economically speaking, the area has long been challenged to provide its residents with steady, reliable work, particularly in recent decades when the structure of families and the available resources have been changing and the cost of living has been increasing. Not having consistent income can be devastating physically and psychologically for parents who are seeking to raise their children in a stable environment. 

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  37. MVFS shows holiday favorite at Porter Memorial

    The Machias Valley Film Society will show “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Friday, Dec. 15. For many, this film is a Christmas tradition and one of the most beloved holiday films of all time. The story of how it became so ubiquitous is equally as entertaining, and adds to the unique charm of this Frank Capra classic. 

    As always, thanks to the Porter Memorial Library, this film screening is free and open to the public. The film will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at Porter Memorial Library, 92 Court Street, Machias. For more information, call 255-3933.

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  38. Jonesport-Beals High School 1st quarter honor roll

    Michael Kelley, Principal of Jonesport-Beals High School, announces the honor roll for the first ranking period:

     Grade 12- High Honors: Rachel Phillips, Ivy Robinson, Carol Smith

    Honors: J-Lynn Beal, Austin Grant, Josef Guptill, Rana Turchi, Luke Wilson

    Grade 11- High Honors: Judson Carver,  Stephen Cirone

    Honors: Tyler Childers. Jasmine Floyd, Shawn Johnson, Jr., Evan Merchant, Mitch White, Reed Willette

    Grade 10- High Honors: Ryan Alley, Kaylee Ireland, Lindsey Wilson

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  39. Basketball getting underway

    by Phil Stuart

    The most popular sports season in Downeast Maine is upon us once again.

    This sport is top dog. It doesn’t matter how many cross country, cheering, soccer, baseball or softball championships a school wins,  they don’t compare to basketball. Ten years after and sometimes less, after a school wins a title in those other sports, most area people wouldn’t even remember the players on the team. In basketball, people seem to remember who the players were on a state championship team 50 years ago.

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  40. Machias coach Rossi wins 16th award

    by Phil Stuart

    Machias Bulldog cross country coach, Cindy Rossi, was recently selected as Downeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the 16th time since she took over the Bulldog program in 1997.

    In her 21 years of promoting the sport at Machias High School, only five others have received the award.

    Greg Maker of Lubec won in 1998, Frank Johnson of Washington Academy in 2002, Paul Theriault of Shead in 2003, Dick Ford of Calais in 2011 and Laura Osgood of Narraguagus of 2012.

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  41. Basketball getting underway

    by Phil Stuart

    The most popular sports season in Downeast Maine is upon us once again.

    This sport is top dog. It doesn’t matter how many cross country, cheering, soccer, baseball or softball championships a school wins,  they don’t compare to basketball. Ten years after and sometimes less, after a school wins a title in those other sports, most area people wouldn’t even remember the players on the team. In basketball, people seem to remember who the players were on a state championship team 50 years ago.

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  42. Soccer all-stars selected

    by Phil Stuart

    The Downeast Athletic Conference with member schools from Calais, Woodland, Shead, Narraguagus, Jonesport-Beals and Sumner has chosen its 2017 conference all-stars for boys’ and girls’ soccer.

    In boys’ soccer, Todd Alley of Jonesport-Beals was selected as Coach of the Year after leading the Royals to a 11-2-1 regular season record including a victory over Woodland. The Royals also won this year’s sportsmanship Award and seniors Joe Guptill and Austin Grant were chosen for the Stalwart all-star squad.

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  43. Thanksgiving at the Bluffs

    by Phil Stuart

    Other than Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day is the second busiest day of the year for road races.

    Many people use turkey day as a motivation to get some exercise before enjoying their traditional feast with family and friends.

    For the past six years, the town of Roque Bluffs has hosted a running event on Thanksgiving day.

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  44. Officials ready to go

    by Phil Stuart

    The Downeast Board of Basketball officials representing Washington County, had their annual fall clinic and exam at Shead High School in Eastport on Sunday, Nov. 26.

    The Downeast board assigns and officiates games for all eight high schools in Washington County which include East Grand of Danforth, Woodland, Calais, Shead, Washington Academy, Machias, Jonesport-Beals and Narraguagus.

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  45. Rehabilitation department receives generous gift for equipment

     

    The Down East Community Hospital Rehabilitation Department was recently the recipient of a generous donation $8,800. An anonymous donor provided the funding that enabled the department to purchase two new pieces of equipment for their gym. The items purchased were a total body ergometer and a recumbent stepper. This new equipment will assist therapists in providing treatment to patients with multitude of diagnoses, while also allowing them the opportunity to expand the practice and services offered to the residents of Washington County. Rehabilitation

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