Machias airport receives $270k for new terminal, road reconstruction

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced this month that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved $3.3M in funding for 10 airports in Maine, which includes $270k earmarked for the Machias Valley Airport. “Maine’s regional airports are vital pieces of our transportation system that help bolster the tourism industry and support jobs across our state,” said the senators in a joint statement.  

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Ultramarathon runners start their race at the West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec

Jennifer Weaver of Machias crossed the half marathon finish line last Sunday with a time of 2:15. Weaver, age 20, has run all three of the half marathons offered at the Washington County race event. The half, full marathon and ultramarathon runners start their race at the West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec, and follow a course that leads them onto Campobello Island. This year’s race drew more than 650 race participants, and more than 1,300 visitors to the region. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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The distinctive graphics of the Bay of Fundy International Marathon

The distinctive graphics of the Bay of Fundy International Marathon were created by local artist Jon Stence, and depict the unique “lighthouse to lighthouse” nature of the cross-border race. Campobello Island’s East Quoddy Light shows the length of a marathon in kilometers, and Lubec’s West Quoddy Light shows the length of a marathon in miles. 

Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Celebrating the vagaries of summer

by Ruth Leubecker

More than once we thought it was doomed. And there were more than a few times that we thought it might have passed us by altogether. But last week summer in all its warmth and anticipated glory actually came to town. 

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Cutler announces holiday weekend schedule

The town of Cutler is renowned for the charm and patriotic spirit of its 4th of July festivities, and this year will be no exception. Please see below for the full schedule. 

Sunday, July 2nd 

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Borrowing a cup of sugar

Machias Savings Bank President and CEO Larry Barker stands with the bank’s new neighbor, Sandi J. Bee, in front of the historic Nash building on Main Street in Machias. Bee owns and operates the Bags o’ Rags Thrift store and also owns two other Main Street properties, making her the Nash building’s neighbor to the right and to the left. Last week Machias Savings Bank announced it had purchased the Nash building and plans to use it toward community revitalization.

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Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

 Jonesport selectmen discussed the cost of clam licenses at their June 21 meeting. Presently, resident diggers pay $80 for the privilege, while non-residents, who obtain licenses through a lottery system, pay twice that. Although the authority to set license fees rests with the town’s Shellfish Conservation Committee, selectmen, noting the gap between revenue and costs of running that committee, weighed in last week.

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New marine patrol officer assigned

Jonathan Varnum, from Oakland, Maine will serve in the Gouldsboro area after completing Marine Patrol’s nine-week Full Time Officer Training Program and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s 18 week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. A graduate of Beal College’s Conservation Law program, and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Law Enforcement Pre-Service Course, Officer Varnum is an experienced outdoorsman, having worked for guide services in central and northern Maine.

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Rides & Grooms

As the local ATV season finally gets underway, the Downeast Trail Riders Association would like to thank all the sponsors of the groomer program, and remind everyone that safety and conservation are their goals, as well as to share our trails with walkers, runners, and cyclists. Last winter’s snowmobile season wasn’t lengthy, but DETR was able to replace one of their groomers. They also built a third blazer from scratch, a project that they started in the spring of 2016 and completed this March.

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Church family

 Sharon and John Church with their daughters Elizabeth Parker (left) and Sarah Alley at a welcome home party held June 22 at Jonesport’s Community of Christ church. In late April, Sharon sustained a serious leg injury from an accident while the couple was cycling in Bermuda on a 40th wedding anniversary vacation. She was flown to Florida and eventually reached Portland by air ambulance, where she underwent multiple surgeries. She recently arrived home in Jonesport and was greeted by scores of well wishers last week with a buffet supper in the church she pastors.

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Pembroke resident promoted to colonel

 

Brig. Gen. Hugh T. Corbett, assistant adjutant general, Maine Army National Guard, promoted Lt. Col. Dean A. Preston to the rank of colonel in front of family, friends, and service members at Camp Keyes on Monday, June 12. Preston is a 27 year veteran having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, respectively.

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Running for the border

Healthy Acadia Director Elsie Flemings shopped for race t-shirts last Saturday in Lubec. In keeping with its green philosophy, the marathon orders all of its race shirts from Brunswick-based company Atayne, which manufactures athletic shirts made from recycled water bottles. Flemings said she came from Bar Harbor to participate in the Bay of Fundy Fun Run with her daughters, Sylvia and Fiona. Healthy Acadia also set up a table for the marathon’s Saturday Expo, held in the Lubec High School gymnasium. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Letter to the Editor - Commissioners explore prison legal action

 On Thursday, June 8 the Washington County Commissioners held a special meeting to discuss the ongoing situation surrounding the Downeast Correctional Facility. Obviously the threatened closure of the facility has weighed heavily on the hearts and minds of the people of the county, a county that has long fought to grow and keep every employment opportunity it has. 

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DECH auxiliary tea

The Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary sponsored its annual employee tea during hospital week. Auxiliary members served fruits, vegetable and homemade desserts to employees at the hospital and the Reid Emery building in Machias. They also honored employees at Arnold Memorial Medical Center and Sunrise Care Facility in Jonesport and the Milbridge Medical Center.

This long time tradition is the auxiliary’s way of showing appreciation to the dedicated employees of the DECH family.                                            Submitted photo

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Health care mired in politics, yet remains crucial unknown

by Ruth Leubecker

As legislators sidestep the issue and a leading Maine expert demands congressional attention, whether at the state or federal level, health care planning is notably absent from the table.

“It has unanimous support from the committee, but we don’t know what’s going to happen to it,” says Joe Lendvai, Maine AllCare Downeast chapter leader-advocate of LD 1274, the bill to promote universal health care.

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Hungry for lobster? Hold on to your wallet!

by Nancy Beal

As that herald of summer, July 4, nears, many of the folks who come to Maine for vacation will be looking for lobster, boiled and dipped in butter, skewered and slathered for the grill, or as the chief ingredient in other dishes popular with tourists and locals. Perhaps most notable of the latter is the lobster roll, a feature of most summer take-out eateries.

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Machias attorney Rebecca Irving receives Glassman Award

by Nancy Beal

When members of the Maine State Bar Association came together for their annual meeting last week at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, Machias attorney Rebecca Irving was honored with the group’s award Glassman Award, given for “demonstrated excellence” in advancing the position of women in the legal profession and for acting as a role model for younger or less experienced women attorneys. Caroline Duby Glassman was a pioneer in Maine legal history who capped a stellar career as the first woman appointed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

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Affordable health screenings coming to Machias

Residents living in and around the Machias, Maine can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.  The Lee Pellon Center will host this community event on July 18, 2017.  The site is located at 90 Main St. in Machias. Screenings can check for: The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.

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Water they doing?

Lindsay McMahon, head coach of the Machias Valley Swim Club and assistant director of the Murdock Fitness Center in Machias stands with UMM professor Tessa Mellas and Washington Academy student Zain Fitzsimmons in the not-quite-warm waters of Whiting’s Indian Lake. The Machias Valley Swim Club offers year-round swim instruction and competitive swim training at the Murdock Fitness Center during the fall and winter, and in any given Washington County lake or ocean in the summer. 

Photo courtesy Bobbi-Jo Bordeau.

 

 

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Lubec potter carves art from nature

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Artist Shanna Wheelock said that she looks to nature for inspiration when she designs awards for the Bay of Fundy International Marathon race events. “The subjects I have chosen, so far, have all come from the inspiration that I receive from the marine environment which surrounds us in Lubec and Campobello,” she said. 

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Bold Coast Yoga schedules summer workshops

Samantha Williams, a native of Charlotte and owner of Bold Coast Yoga, will offer a series of ten yoga workshops this summer at West Quoddy Station in Lubec. The workshops, which range from three hours to a day in length, are designed for beginners as well as experienced yoga students looking to develop and expand their practice. Workshops include: “Yoga for Beginners,” “Unruffled—Yoga for Resiliency,” and “Practicing Yoga in the Office.” Pre-registration is required at www.boldcoastyoga.com or 214-6516.

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Machiasport celebrates return of civil war cannon

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Fort O’Brien State Historic Site in Machiasport takes its name from a fortification built there after the Battle of Machias in 1775.  However, that fort was burned down by the British, who occupied the area during the War of 1812. According to a history soon to be published by the Machiasport Historical Society, five British men-of-war ships and 900 British soldiers captured Fort O’Brien and burnt the barracks in 1814. Cannon that were taken then were returned to Machias in 1818. 

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Bill to Bring Back Tip Credit Clears House, Senate

On Thursday, the House and Senate finalized legislation bringing back the tipped wage credit at the urging of thousands of servers, and hundreds of eateries statewide. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Roger Katz (R-Augusta) has been sent to the Governor’s desk, and will, if signed, go into effect 90 days after this year’s legislative session wraps up.

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History repeats itself

The Burnham Tavern opened its doors for the first time earlier this month and allowed a reenactment to take place in recognition of the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Rim. Descendants of the original battle participants met in Machias earlier this month to reenact the events leading up to the historic fight against the British, also called the Siege on Machias. 

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The Editor’s Desk

The Bay of Fundy International Marathon took place this weekend, drawing more than 1,000 visitors to Washington County and putting 650 runners on the roads of Lubec and Campobello. This year marked the 5th year of the race, which is put on entirely by local volunteers. For me, the marathon and the community spirit evident on race weekend is one of the highlights of the summer, and I don’t even run toward chocolate.  

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Machias’ unofficial Botanical Gardens

One of the loveliest flower beds in Washington county sits on Court Street in front of the Machias Post Office. This week you’ll see white peonies, purple lupine, orange poppies and white iris alongside the brick building across from the library. More spectacular perennials will present themselves as the season moves on. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Action photos of the talented Washington Academy Raiders

Finn Furth controls the outfield action up the middle for the Raiders

Second baseman Caden Steeves handles the play at first.

Lady Raider senior Rylea Steeves connects for a home run over the right-center field fence against George Stevens Academy.

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SummerKeys to host celebratory concert in Lubec

Photo: SummerKeys’ next concert will feature Bruce Potterton, the founder and director of the SummerKeys music vacation program which takes place every summer in Lubec. All concerts are free, and are held at the Congregational Christian Church in Lubec.  Submitted photo

The Mary Potterton Memorial Concert scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, features Mr. Bruce Potterton, the founder and director of “SummerKeys, a Music Vacation” – an annual summer immersion music program that serves adults from all over the world, and which is held in Lubec. 

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Watercolor artist Ellie Carbone set to exhibit in Machias

Photo: Local artist Ellie Carbone’s work will be on exhibit at Expressions Gallery & Studio in Machias, with an opening reception scheduled for Friday, June 23. “I find boundless opportunities and adventure as a watercolor artist, painting places. I’m able to spend my days doing the thing I really love to do,” said Carbone.

Watercolor artist Ellie Carbone set to exhibit in Machias 

Expressions Gallery & Studio in Machias hosted the first reception of the 2017 summer season 5:30 p.m. on June 23. 

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Voices and funds raised

 The Washington County Children’s Chorus performed its annual spring concert in Jonesport last Sunday. The concert was a fundraiser for the chorus’ planned trip to France in June, 2018. Chorus musical director Christine Guy led the children through a program that included the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise”, and four other pieces performed in French. For their next fundraiser, the chorus will be selling lobster rolls and dessert at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, scheduled for August 18-20. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Folk musicians Simons and Goodwin Return to perform at Peabody Library

by Nancy Beal

 Bob Simons and Renee Goodwin are folk guitarists who have been friends since the 1960s and who merged their singing and instrumental talents in 2006. In the past eight years, as a duo they call simply Simons and Goodwin, they have entertained audiences in various settings: pubs, coffeehouses, outdoor and indoor concerts and private parties. Next week (2 p.m., Saturday, July 8), they will bring their songs back to Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library in a repeat of a popular performance of last August.

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Leave fireworks to the professionals!

June 26, 2017 – Independence Day and fireworks go hand in hand, but fireworks shouldn’t go in consumers’ hands. That’s the message the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reinforcing this Fourth of July. Fireworks annually cause devastating burns, injuries, fires, and even death, making them too dangerous to be used safely by consumers.

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Eagle Hill Institute announces July lectures

Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben invites the public to attend free lecture programs during the month of July.

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Land Transfers by Deed June 1, 2017 through June15, 2017 (continued from last week)

Charles W. Bevier III and Rebecca A Bevier of East Machias to Richard E. Page, Jr. and Paula M. Page of Methuen, Massachusetts a certain lot or parcel of land together with the buildings and improvements thereon situated in Machiasport beginning at a stake on the southerly side of State Route 191 leading from East Machias to Cutler

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Virginia Beal. Jonesboro

Virginia Carol (White) Beal, 82, passed peacefully June 9, 2017.

She was born July 2, 1934, the daughter of Clarence & Martha (Watts) White. She attended schools in Masons Bay and Jonesport and graduated from Jonesport High School Class of 1952. Later that month on June 26, 1952, she married Frederick Beal and they began their life as a US Coast Guard family.  In later years, Virginia has enjoyed time out with her sister Helen, socializing with friends at local eateries & church suppers.

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Permilla F. de Rochemont - Harrington

 Permilla F. de Rochemont, 91, died Tuesday, June 13, at the Sussman House.  Pam, as she was known to her family and friends, was born in Greenville in 1925, the youngest child of Ida and William Fraser.  After William’s early death the family moved to Harrington to be near Ida’s family.  Pam raked blueberries to earn money, played on the school basketball team, and graduated as valedictorian from Harrington High School.  She moved to Gardner, MA after high school to live with relatives and work at the Franklin Stove Company.  

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Harrington honor roll

Grade 3 - high honors: Halle Beal, Anabella Cirone, Derek MacLeod, Cameron Morris, Natalie Stanwood. Grade 3 honors Ayla Bagley, William Doloqueist, Angelita Gamez, Natalie Grant, Mark Hulbert, Anthony Ippolito, Sophie Stoddard, Ripley Strout, Fatima Zamora. Grade 4 - high honors Matthew Brooks, Abigail Holubrinkle, Hannah Roeber, Konner Strout. Honors - Kiara Alicea, Riley Cramer, Hailey Derby, Lainie Dorr, Allison Fraser, Carlito Gamez, Jenny Garcia, McKade Robertson, Logan Stubbs. Grade 5 - high honors - Camdyn Colwell, Daniel Ledford.

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Free health series in Princeton

Healthy Acadia, in partnership with St. Croix Regional Family Health Center, will offer a free, six-week “Taking Action for Health” workshop series at St. Croix Regional Family Health Center, 136 Mill Street, Princeton.  Classes will meet weekly on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3:30pm beginning July 5 and continuing through August 9, 2017.

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Rose Gaffney School honor roll

Grade 4 - high honors:   Izebelle Blyther, Luke Ingalls, Tyler Pottle and Ashton Whitney. Grade 4 - honors: Emmanuel Albee, Madison Albert, Sean Bennett, Andrew Fletcher,  William Good, Hannah Harmon, Lily Jacques,  Sethlen Lester, Taylor MacDonald, Maleah Rhodes, Lucas Robicheau, Brystin Rudge, Olivia Sokoloski, Elayna Van Ormer, Nora Vicaire, and Lauren Wood.

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WA senior points worthy

by Phil Stuart

 Washington Academy senior Micharah Robinson has been a major force for the Raiders outdoor track squad this season.

Robinson racked up 28 individual point with a first place finish in the 200 and 400-meter runs, a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash and ran the third leg of 4x400-meter relay to help his team finish second at the state Class C Championship at Foxcroft Academy on June 3rd.

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Williams wins at Cobscook

by Phil Stuart

Former Lubec High cross country runner Pete Williams of West Lubec picked up his 3rd win of the season by winning the 26th annual Cobscook Bay 10K on June 3rd in Pembroke.

Williams, a first time winner at Cobscook, led a field of 55 from the Triangle Mall to Reversing Falls Park in a time 39:48.

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Top seed eliminated Raiders

by Phil Stuart

 The Washington Academy girls softball teams finished the regular season at 8-8 and entered the postseason in ninth place with a 8-8 record.

The 8-8 record produced victories against teams seeded lower so they had to settle for 9th place in the heal point standings. That meant a long trip to the St. John Valley to face the 8th-seeded Fort Kent Warriors.

The Warriors compiled a sub par 4-10 record but finished 11 points higher due to their strength in schedule.

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Jonesport-Beals honor roll

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

Grade 12 high honors: Linda Johnson, Joseph McDonald and Tyler Sprowl. Grade 12 honors: Jadah Alley, Georgia Backman, Sidney Merchant and Krysten Robinson. Grade 11 high honors: Rachel Phillips and Ivy Robinson. Grade 11 honors: Jordyn Alley and Austin Grant.

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2017 Athlete of the year

Chad Perry and Kayla Toppin of Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School were nominated 2017 Athlete of the Year.     Submitted photo

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Letter to the Editor - Adult river herring attempting to migrate downstream

 Since at least Saturday, June 3 thousands of adult river herring attempting to migrate downstream after spawning in the Union River have been killed or injured while passing through Brookfield Energy’s Leonard Lake Dam in downtown Ellsworth.  Community members have reported seeing hundreds of dead fish floating down stream below the dam and the Route 1 bridge on multiple occasions over the past 12 days.  Dead fish have been seen as far downstream as the City’s Harbor Park.

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Machias voters say no to cutting fire department, police

Photo: Almost every one of the 170 voters present at last week’s annual town meeting in Machias raised their hands to defeat Article 5 of the town warrant. The article proposed cutting two driver-dispatcher positions from the Machias Fire Department budget, for a tax savings of $81,585, and prompted extensive voter discussion.

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Owen R. Taylor Lubec

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Music in the (Peabody) Library presents Alan Cook, Duane Ingalls

Machias musician Alan Cook performed at the first of Peabody Library’s “Music in the Library” on June 17. The next concert is scheduled for Sunday, June 25 and features another Machias musician, Duane Ingalls. Photo by Nancy Beal.
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