Exotic petting zoo, game show night part of expanded Milbridge Days

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Two anonymous donors have made it possible to bring an exotic petting zoo to this year’s Milbridge Days, set to take place this weekend, July 28-29. The zoo’s visit ties into this year’s Milbridge Days theme, “Animal Kingdom - Welcome to the Jungle.”

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Machias Wild Blueberry Run set for August 19

Healthy Acadia will sponsor the 2017 Machias Wild Blueberry 5-Mile Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run to be held on Saturday, August 19.The Wild Blueberry Run serves as the kick-off to the annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, which features hundreds of craft and food vendors, exhibits, and fun, family-friendly activities. Teams must pre-register by 4 p.m. on August 16. Pre-register by August 10 to reserve your “Wild Blueberry Run” T-shirtOnline registration closes at 7 p.m. On August 18.

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J-B superintendent and joint school board part ways

by Nancy Beal

In a Jonesport Elementary School board meeting July 12, a letter of resignation from Principal Debra Lay was accepted with regret, but was neither presented nor read, as is usual, by Superintendent Beth Anne Lorigan. Board members knew what was in the letter, however, because Lay had sent copies to them. In broad strokes and without giving specifics, Lay pointedly criticized Lorigan and targeted the superintendent as her reason for leaving (see MVNO, July 19).

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Blueberry Rakers’ Center to open in Washington County

With the blueberry harvest set to begin the first week in August, Maine Department of Labor staff are again partnering with other governmental and community service organizations to host the Rakers’ Center in Washington County. The official opening is July 30 and the hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with hours of operation varying over the following week and a half. The center will close on August 11.

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Town News Steuben, Columbia, Harrington, Wesley

Wesley

Phylis Dennison had her sister from Milbridge, Vonalee Huckins, visiting with her and Tinker for a few days last week. They took her home on Friday. Tinker also brought me some blueberry muffins that Phylis made.  Thank you.

Linda got lobster for Ron’s  birthday and got three for me so Dianne and I could have a special treat. The ducks are also having a great time in their pond.

Thank you to the Johnsons from Bog Lake for leaving bottles here for the Wesley Historical Society.

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Addison Planning Board issues permits

The Addison Planning Board met at 6 p.m. on July 12 at the Addison Town Hall and issued the following permits:

#8-2017 (Map 18 Lot 97) to James Alley to construct a 10’x18’ addition to existing camp and a 26’x28” attached single story garage. The 10’x18’ addition will be a two-story addition at 1205 Windward Way, subject to no conditions. Vote passed 4/0.

#9-2017 (Map 1 Lot 38) to Kathryn Ryner to build a 12’x10’ mudroom addition to existing house at 225 Water Street subject to payment of $120 fees. CEO has inspected and approved location.Vote passed 4/0.

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  • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun
  • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun
  • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun
  • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun

Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Free program – And Down Came a Spider: Myths, Facts and Urban Legends, 6 p.m. July 27 at Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben. Presented by Dr. Kefyn Catley, professor of biology at Western Carolina University. FMI: email office@eaglehill.us or call 207-546-2821.

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Quartet to perform program of water-themed pieces in Milbridge, Eastport

On Friday, August 4, the audience at the Eastport Arts Center’s (EAC) Concert Series will hear a water-themed program of classical songs and chamber music, performed by soprano Danielle Woerner and pianist Susan Aceto, with violinist Jonathan Aceto and cellist Joachim Woitun.

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Castlebay returns to Peabody Library music series

by Nancy Beal

Maine vocalists and musicians Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have been weaving the musical

heritage of New England and Celtic lands since 1987 and, as Castlebay, they are a familiar duo in Jonesport. On Wednesday, August 6 at 2 p.m. they will bring their distinctive Celtic flair back to The Peabody Memorial Library’s summer series Music in the Library for the series’ final concert of the season and their eighth appearance since the series began.

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La Farge watercolor exhibition at UMM opens Aug. 16

An exhibition of watercolor paintings by Machias-based artist Margaret La Farge will be on display Aug. 16 through Sept. 29 at the University of Maine at Machias.

An opening reception for the exhibition, “Interior Spaces — The Meaning of Home,” will be held 5–7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Powers Hall Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

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David Mallett performs at Triangle Park

The cool breezes of Maine’s northlands have flowed through the songs of David Mallett for more than four decades. His latest, Greenin Up, is a compilation of some re-recordings of his finest work. Greenin’ Up is the culmination of a musical career that began when Mallett was eleven years old, playing in a country and folk duo.

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Golf news - Arnold Memorial Medical Building Society

The Arnold Memorial Medical Building Society is a non-profit organization that was formed to provide a building whereby area residents can receive good health care.  Over the past 15 years the organization has given $1,000 scholarships to first year college students that were pursuing an education in a health related field.  Scholarships are given out at Narraguagus, WA and Jonesport Beal’s every year.  This was the Society’s 20th annual tournament – fantastic job! This year’s champions were the team of Nate Mugford, Ben Mugford, and Zach Fenton shooting a superb 14-under par.

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Charge of the Kite Brigade

Saturday’s Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival drew families out to enjoy free festivities in Machias. The festival, which featured kite flying on the riverside hill of Schoppee Farm, was sponsored by Pat’s Pizza, the Machias Rotary Club, and other local businesses. See p. 10 & 11. Photo by Bill Kitchen.

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Fundraiser for Perry family declared success

by Ann Carter

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Washington County walks on the wild side

by Ruth Leubecker

Thirty-two years of wild blueberry field days have brought a growing number of stakeholders together -- all in the name of nurturing this indigenous little berry.

While everyone agreed last Wednesday at the annual picnic that this year’s crop would be a little below average, it was the price debacle that had small growers more than a little uneasy. “The present pricing makes me hope a big old hail storm will come through,” said one such grower. “Then I won’t have to harvest them.”

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Letter to the Editor - Pembroke Historical Society requests help with sardine history project

 Dear Editor,

     I’m writing as program coordinator for the Pembroke Historical Society to ask the folks in our communities for information of any kind about the West Sunset Packing Company sardine cannery that operated many years ago in West Pembroke, or about the sardine fishery on upper Cobscook Bay. The Society is gathering information for a program on Pembroke’s sardine history to be presented to the public in mid-October. 

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Opioid crisis slipped as legislative priority

by Ruth Leubecker

Although legislators pledged early on that the opioid crisis would be a top priority when the 128th Legislature convened, somehow it lost ground dramatically practically from the  beginning of the session.

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Balsam Valley welcomes oldest US Army unit, rock band Kansas to Columbia Falls

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The classic progressive rock band, Kansas, will headline a day of events geared toward remembering and celebrating the contributions of the U.S. armed services. 

The festivities are sponsored by Wreaths Across America (WAA), a local nonprofit which works to lay balsam wreaths on the graves of soldiers on cemeteries in all 50 states, most notably in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Cherryfield body identified, ruled homicide

State Police Detectives of the Major Crimes Unit North are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on the side of the road in Cherryfield as a homicide. After an autopsy and investigative efforts, the woman has been identified as Sally Shaw, 55. Detectives are urging anyone from the public who may have had contact with Sally to contact them.

In the early morning of July 19, Maine State Police were called to Route 193 in Cherryfield because of a report of a deceased woman located on the side of the road.

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Town Clerk placed on leave

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machiasport Selectboard has placed Donna-Jean Metta on paid administrative leave, according to Metta, who said she was informed of the action after the monthly selectboard meeting on Monday, July 17.

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Quilted Blueberry Festival tradition ready to raffle

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Lobstermen’s relief fund benefit set for August 13

In July last year, 28-year-old Jon Popham, a Machiasport lobsterman, died when he was pulled overboard after getting tangled in a line on board his lobster boat. Maine’s fishing community promptly extended financial and emotional support to Popham’s widow and 2-year-old son. The Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission includes charitable support for distressed fishing families, did just a little bit more.

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Collins, King introduce resolution to designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day

U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins today introduced a resolution that would designate September 25, 2017, as “National Lobster Day.” Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also sponsored the resolution, which recognizes the historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States.

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Deer permit lottery now open

Hunters may apply to enter into the Maine Any Deer Permit Lottery by visiting this website: www.maine.gov/online/nedeer. 

From the list of lottery applicants, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will administer a chance drawing to select winners for a Maine Any Deer Hunting Permit. To hunt Any Deer in Maine, hunters must have one of these special Any Deer Hunting Permits.

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WaCo hospitals working to bridge OB/GYN care for Calais patients

Shortly before the public announcement that Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) planned to close its obstetrics program by January 2018 or sooner, Rod Boula, CEO of CRH reached out to Dennis Welsh, CEO of Down East Community Hospital (DECH) to explore what possibilities exist for DECH to provide OB patients in the Calais area with high quality OB and delivery services. 

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Freeport firm low-bids Beals bridge project

by Nancy Beal

Although the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) website did not show an award for bids on the Beals Island bridge replacement at the end of last week, information on the site indicated that the Freeport firm of CPM Constructors was the low bidder on that project. The state opened the bidding in Augusta on July 12. On the same day during the weekly selectmen’s meeting, Selectman Billy Milliken said that he had already been contacted by the job supervisor in connection with hiring local labor and housing for out-of- town labor.

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2nd Annual Bold Coast Triathlon a riverside success

The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival Unconventional Sprint Triathlon was successfully held on Saturday, July 22. The race opened with a 12K paddling leg where participants used canoes and kayaks. The 20 K bike leg came second, and the athletes finished with a beautiful 5K run along the sunrise trail. Race organizers want to offer congratulations to all of the participants.

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Fulford announces run for Congress

Jonathan Fulford from Monroe is running for Congress in the 2nd Congressional district. He released the following statement:

I am running for Congress because it is time for an economy that works for everyone.

It is time for government to invest in the well being of its citizens and build a fair and prosperous economy with jobs that pay enough to live on. We need more freedom and more opportunity to support ourselves, raise our families, and live together in peace and prosperity in our communities.  

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Editors Desk

This week Governor LePage will consider whether or not to sign legislation that would make Maine the fourth state to raise its smoking age from 18 to 21. Last week, New Jersey joined California and  Hawaii in raising the legal smoking age. Should the legislation succeed in Maine, 18-20 year-old smokers will still be allowed to purchase cigarettes under a grandfather clause. 

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WA dedicates field to Adien & Leon Look, hosts alumni game

The Adien & Leon Look Field Dedication was held at Washington Academy (WA) in East Machias on Saturday, July 15. More than 100 WA alumni, friends and family members came out to support a seven-inning baseball game comprised of players from six decades of Washington Academy teams.

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Quoddy waters

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Bay’s end

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Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering

Tim Beal demonstrates his axe skills at the 3rd Annual Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering at the Pleasant River Fish & Game Conservation Association (PRFGCA) in Columbia, Maine. The event showcased many primitive skills through hands-on demonstrations and discussion groups during the entire weekend. Photo by RJ Heller.

 

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Quoddy League remembered

by Phil Stuart

Memories from the once popular Quoddy Baseball League are gradually fading away as the years fly by.

The 1950s might have been the best decade for men’s town team baseball following the war years.

During that decade, the Dixie Eagles, Jonesboro Jets and Eastport Lobsters were the three most competitive teams.

Lubec was once the baseball capital of Washington County.

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Land Transfers by Deed June 30, 2017 through July 13, 2017

Pamela Johnson f/k/a Pamela B. Taylor of Beals to Pamela Johnson and Dwayne C. Johnson of Beals two certain lots or parcels of land together with any buildings and improvements situated in Beals (Lot One beginning at a rock on the Town Road and running southwesterly to A. Lenfesty’s southeast corner of field; Lot Two located on the west side of the Town Road leading to the Flying Place so-called)

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Washington County retired teachers learn lighthouse history

by Mary McFadden

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St. Aidan’s to host music for Sacred Spaces on July 30

Composer, teacher and musician Stephen Wiggin will perform selections of sacred music on Sunday, July 30 at 3 p.m. Members of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Machias, where Wiggin serves as musical director,  said they feel fortunate to have such an extraordinary musician as their musical director.  Wiggin was a long-time summer resident of Jonesport, and served as St.

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Healthy Acadia and Riverside Take-Out partner to challenge cancer

On Sunday, July 30, you can dine out to support cancer services in Washington and Hancock counties. Riverside Take-Out will be generously donating 20% of proceeds from sales on Sunday, July 30. The funds raised will support Healthy Acadia and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center’s cancer prevention, education, and treatment services. This partnership is part of Healthy Acadia’s Hungry for Health 2017 campaign to Challenge Cancer Downeast. This is the second year of the annual “Hungry for Health” campaign, which addresses a critical community health need each year.

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Mauricette wins at Grand Lake

by Phil Stuart

Local runner, Eric Mauricette of Grand Lake Stream, ran away from the rest of the field to win the 8th annual Fourth of July race for Grand Lake Stream.

Mauricette led a small field of 45 runners and walkers over the three mile route from Big Lake to Grand Lake Stream Village in a time of 18 minutes flat.

Clayton Socabasin of Indian Township was a distant second and five minutes behind the winner.

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Machias squads in finals

by Phil Stuart

Both Machias Area Little League teams—the 9-10 year olds and 11-12 year olds—have made it to the District I finals.

The minor district playoffs began on June 26 with Machias shutting out Ellsworth 10-0.

Two games were played on June 28 at Calais. Machias improved to 2-0 with a 17-5 win in the Border City while Acadian of Bar Harbor got by Ellsworth at Demeyer Field by a score of 6-4.

Machias advanced in the winner’s bracket in a game played at Bar Harbor.

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Summer ladies in action at UMM

Nice floating one-hander by Skylar Soule for Sumner.

Sierra Andrews takes the action along the sideline.

Emma Bunch penetrates the top of the key at UMM.

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Downeast Dealer game bids, bargains, and Roque Bluffs

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Cousins Rob Olson and Jesse Harding spent their childhood summers together in Roque Bluffs. “We spent most of the summer playing cards and board games,” said Harding, who now works as a graphic designer in Omaha, Nebraska. “We never had TV and internet.”

Both Harding and Olson said that fond memories of family game nights in Maine played a role in the creation of their card game “Downeast Dealer: Bid, Bargain and Bluff”.

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Poliquin constituents want more accessibility

by Ruth Leubecker

From the beginning he’s been criticized for not taking a stand on the issues, but Rep. Bruce Poliquin has only lately been charged with his lack of accessibility.

As representative of the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi, Poliquin deals with a variety of critical issues affecting the elderly and the poor, and can often be seen Downeast. He was in Eastport for the Fourth of July where he also attended the breakwater terminal dedication. And he visited Machias several weeks before Independence Day.

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Melissa S. Beal Latimer-Gardner - Machias

Melissa S. Beal Latimer- Gardner, 50, of Machias, went to be with her Lord on July 9,2017 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Maine after a long battle with COPD, with her youngest daughter and husband by her side.

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Sharon Myers Stanhope - Machias

Sharon Stanhope, 70, widow of Dale Stanhope, died Dec. 22, 2016.  She was born Oct. 4, 1946 to Edgar and Margaret Myers.

She is survived by Susan Stanhope, Teddy Stanhope, Christian Stanhope, Stacey Ramsey, Kathleen Trueworthy, Cynthia Philbrook, a brother, Gregory Myers, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by her granddaughter, Brittany.

She is also survived by in-laws Annie Colby, Kate Lawrence, Richard Stanhope, Louise Sinclair, Judy Spencer, and Beverly Elwell.

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Ashby three-time winner in International Marathon

by Phil Stuart

Former Eastport resident and Shead High School cross-country runner, Robert Ashby of Brunswick, won the Bay of Fundy International Marathon for the third year in a row with a time of 2:49:03. Ashby won by two minutes over runner-up Sam Goldberg, whose finishing time was 2:51:23.

Gary Krugger came in 3rd place in 2:56:29, while John Brun and Gabriel Andrews rounded out this year’s top five with times of 3:24:30 and 3:24:37.

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Self checkouts now at Hannaford Supermarket

Hannaford Supermarket installed state-of-the-art self checkout stations in its Machias store last weekend. The new terminals allow the store to add more checkout options into its existing space. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Machias Little League victorious

 

by Phil Stuart

The Machias area Little League 9-10 year-old baseball All Stars opened tournament play with a pair of victories last week. On June 25, Machias traveled to Bucksport and defeated their hosts by a score of 10-0 in four innings, due to the run rule. 

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Jonesport- Beal Royalettes participate in Summer UMM hoop league

Alexis Sprowl earns the rebound and starts the break down the floor at UMM summer action.

Battle for the rebound in Machias.

Royalette Kaylee Ireland penetrates the defense.

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Fun with Lubec outreach center

 

 

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Fun in the Howard Fox Memorial pool

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In Loving Memory James Norton Robinson Sr. (Jimmy) - Jonesport

James N. Robinson Sr., 71 passed away at home with his family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer. 

He was born June 26, 1946 in Jonesport. The son of Arthur N. Robinson Sr. and Arlene M. Robinson. Jimmy served in the United States Army, loved hunting, camping, drag racing, lobster fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

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Nalda Jean Bergeron - Cutler

Nalda Jean Bergeron, 79,  passed away peacefully on July 8, 2017 at the Marshall Health Care Facility in Machias. She was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on May 22, 1938, the daughter of James and Dorothy (Gilpin) Littrell.

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Charlie R. Farnsworth - Addison

EMCS Charlie R. Farnsworth Ret. Coast Guard, passed away June 25, 2017 in Ellsworth, Maine. He was predeceased by his parents Charlie and May (West) Farnsworth of Addison. He married Lois Wass on June 22, 1957. 

His survivors included his wife of 60 years, his daughter and son-in-law Bonita and Juan Martinez of Irving, TX, and three sons; Charles Farnsworth, Nathaniel and his wife Lori Farnsworth, and Jerry Farnsworth of Addison.. 

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Knitting podcast host spins annual retreat in Machiasport Starboard

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

For the third year in a row, the creator of a knitting podcast and a Bangor fiber studio owner brought a group of fourteen women to Machiasport’s Starboard village for a seaside knitting and spinning retreat.

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Land Transfers by Deed June 30, 2017 through July 13, 2017

Bonnie K. Longo of Ventura, California to Anthony P. Longo and Anthony J. Longo of El Paso, Colorado Map WA 024, Plan 02 Lot 8 T 10 R-3 NBBB Washington County (a certain piece or parcel of real estate situated in Plantation # 10 Range 3-Lot Numbered 5)

Alden F. Bunker and Marion K. Bunker of Franklin to Michael L. Mellott and Bonnie L. Mellott of Carmel a certain lot or parcel of land together with any buildings thereon situated in Beddington (Lot # 21 as shown on the survey entitled “Pleasant River Lake Properties [now designated as Map 9 Lot 28] in Beddington”)

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Next Film Society Screening at Library on July 22

Next Film Society Screening at Library on July 22

The next film screening of Machias Valley Film Society (MVFS) will take place at Porter Memorial Library on Saturday, July 22  from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The film is open to the public and free of charge. MVFS is a new non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating American and International Film Art and Culture. MVFS Group founder, and Lecturer of Education at University of Maine at Machias, Garret Lee, moderates a brief discussion at each film screening, and shares his wide understanding and enthusiasm for cinema. 

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Timber Creek to perform concert

For all who enjoy bluegrass, country, and gospel music, the Perry Congregational Church is the place to be on Saturday, July 22.  The Timber Creek band is known for its soft sound, gentle harmonies, and memorable tunes. Frank Seger of Perry on the mandolin is the leader, and he is joined by John Viselli of Cooper on guitar and banjo, Dr. Tom Holzen of Machias and Tennessee on rhythm guitar, and Jim O’Neil of Lubec playing a variety of instruments. With the audience tapping or clapping along, they have been known to make the floor rock. 

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Jane Ross Fallon to perform at Jonesport library

by Nancy Beal

Singer-songwriter Jane Ross Fallon will be the Peabody Memorial Library’s fifth featured artist in its summer series, styled Music in the Library, on July 29. Accompanying herself on guitar, she will sing her own compositions which include threads of folk, country, pop and other genres of the music with which she has surrounded herself throughout her life.

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Concert include jazz, classical and traditional music

Next up in Eastport Arts Center’s annual Concert Series is the Halcyon Duo on Sunday, July 16 at 7 p.m. A reception provided by The Commons Eastport will follow the concert. The wife-and-husband duo of Eve Friedman, flutist, and Roberto Pace, pianist, will perform Bach’s Sonata in A Major, Walter Piston’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, and Schubert’s Introduction and Variations on a Theme from Müllerlieder.

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Maine CDC urges precautions during mosquito season

Summer is here, which means the arrival of mosquito season in Maine. Following recent identification of a case of Jamestown Canyon virus in the state, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) wants to raise awareness about arboviral diseases, including Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and West Nile virus (WNV), which are serious infections that are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.  Although rare, these diseases have potentially severe and even fatal consequences for those who contract them. 

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Fiora brand paper products made locally and sold nationally

 

by  Lura Jackson

In a time of prodigious importing–when the products that we buy on a daily basis here in Eastern Maine are made all over the world – there’s a feeling of pride that emerges whenever we come across a brand or item that is made locally. One such brand is Fiora, makers of bath tissue, paper towels, and facial tissues. The parent rolls that create Fiora’s wide range of nationally-available products are all produced at St. Croix Tissue in Baileyville. 

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Nuttall, Muzijevic Costanza and Smith to Perform in Machias

On Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present a performance by violinist Geoff Nuttall, pianist Pedja Muzijevic, cellist Christopher Costanza, and oboist James Austin Smith. 

The concert will be held at Centre Street Congregational Church, and the program will include: Mozart’s Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 305; Saint-Saens’ Oboe Sonata, Op. 166; Debussy’s Cello Sonata in D minor; and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66.

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Exhibition tackles emotional reality of displaced people

“Refugees,” an exhibition of large-scale works in oil and graphite by Joyce Weber, will be on view at the Eastport Gallery July 15 to August 4. A reception for the show will be offered from 5-7 pm, Saturday, July 22. Weber created the works as a way to express her empathy and concern for the people facing turmoil, separation, heartache and fear in the Middle East. “Families are being separated” said Weber.  “These people had stable homes and good lives, and now these are being torn apart.  I just wanted to acknowledge that.” The largest of the pieces is 7x4-feet.

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Editor's Desk

I’ve always enjoyed the contrast between the rural, small-town nature of Washington County and the hustle and bustle of activity that takes place just below its surface. Visitors often miss it if they don’t know where to look. Locals can miss it, too.

Myriad sites on Facebook work to keep those of us on social media up-to-speed on events. And of course, this paper aims to keep us all informed as well. Until I worked here, I don’t think I fully appreciated how much music happens in Washington County.

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Letter to the Editor - A new threat to ocean health 

A new threat to ocean health 

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Progressive rock band Kansas to headline Balsam Valley Amphitheater

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Rich Williams said he got his first guitar when he was a sophomore in high school. “I was kind of a late starter, actually. I learned a few chords, then sat around with my friends making some noise,” he said. “It wasn’t too long before I was in my first band, and that was with Phil Ehart.” 

That was 1967, and for most of the years since high school, Ehart and Williams have been playing together as two members of the band Kansas. On Saturday, July 29  they’ll perform at the Balsam Valley Amphitheater in Columbia Falls.

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JES principal resigns, differences with superintendent

by Nancy Beal

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Sebastien Belle named to NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce that it has appointed Sebastian Belle, Executive Director of the Maine Aquaculture Association, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). As a member of the advisory committee, Belle will advise the Secretary of Commerce and NOAA on all issues related to living marine resources that fall under the purview of the Department of Commerce.

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Road issues continue to occupy Jonesport selectmen

by Nancy Beal

At their July 12 meeting, Jonesport selectmen discussed road repair. Local contractor Jim Carver has prioritized the roads that need repair and resurfacing, and marked on the ground where potholes need to be filled and culverts replaced before paving begins. Selectmen agreed to solicit bids for the repair work, with a bid opening date scheduled for August 2.

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Jonesboro head-on collision under investigation

On July 14 at approximately 6:32 a.m. the Washington County Regional Communications Center (WCRCC) received a 911 call to report a head-on collision on Rt 1 in Jonesboro near the Blue Bird Ranch.  The caller reported a dump truck and a car were involved, with two people injured, one seriously and trapped in the car.  The WCRCC dispatched police units, area fire departments and an ambulance to the scene. 

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Machias PD makes arrest in Machias stabbing

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Police Department arrested Columbia Falls resident Dennis Figueroa-Santos in connection with a home invasion and stabbing that took place in Machias during the early hours of Monday, July 10. 

Figueroa-Santos, age 33,  was arrested on the day of the incident. 

“Figueroa-Santos has been before the court,” said Machias PD Chief Grady Dwelley. “He’s been held in lieu of $15k cash bail.”

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Building a bigger, better Bold Sea & Sky Coast Festival

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In the festival-free period between June’s Margaretta Days and August’s Blueberry Festival, a group of Machias volunteers saw an opportunity to create a new tradition for the community. “We wanted to bring more people into town, but the question was, how were we going to keep them here?” said Bill Burke, who owns Pat’s Pizza in Machias. The answer came in the form of The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival, and it happens this weekend.

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Tuell comments on defeat of fishermen’s 30% tax hike

While much of the post-shutdown chatter centered around a 1.5% tax hike on lodging – that was scrapped in the final product – Maine fishermen also saw a huge tax on their livelihood stuffed into the proverbial bait pocket.

 “Our fishermen work extremely hard to provide for their families,” Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias) said. “Whether they dig clams, scallop, lobster, wrinkle or urchin, the men and women who depend on our marine resources for their livelihoods have to be extremely thankful that they will not be seeing a sharp increase in their license fees this year.”

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Remembering wordniks of decades past

by Ruth Leubecker

Forty years has wrought much change in language usage and words in general. Just looking at this little red squiggly line under “wordniks” tells me it’s probably not even recognized as a word any more. But it sure was 40 years ago when this writer loved the words of William Safire.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

The Annual Meeting of the Porter Memorial Library Association will be held at the Library at 92 Court Street, Machias on Wednesday, July 19 at 5 p.m.  Interested persons may join the Association at this meeting upon payment of the annual dues.

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Whitneyville Planning Board will be meeting at the Town Office/Hill Grove Building on Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m. to discuss one building permit.

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Fallen US Marine remembered in Operation 22 hike up Katahdin

In March, the life of United States Marine Corps SGT. James “Jimmy” LaPrade was cut short as he was making the transition from military life to civilian life. Ruth Moore (USN) learned that he had a personal goal in life—to climb to the summit of Mount Katahdin. Moore is the founder of the Washington County veteran services organization, INTERNITY.

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Jonesboro senior sews heartfelt comfort for sick children

Annie B. White, a native of Jonesboro who now resides at Changing Tides Residential Care Facility in Harrington, has been busy sewing and stuffing felt “Bridges” hearts. 

The Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center is a pediatric hospital located in Tacoma, Washington where the red velvet hearts were originally handed out to children in the cardiac support group. Over the years, this practice has expanded to include many hospitals worldwide. 

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Photographs dominate new art show at Jonesport library

 

by Nancy Beal

Nichole Gulowsen is the featured artist in the latest art show at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library entitled “Artists of the Moosabec,” which opened July 15. Gulowsen is the daughter of art committee chairman and Charlene Nelson, a renowned Jonesport bird carver whose late husband, Robert, introduced Nichole to bird carving at the age of 10 after which she went on to win numerous awards for her carvings.

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Machiasport Historical Society presents concert

The July 24 meeting of the Machiasport Historical Society will feature a concert by “From Away Down East”, America’s easternmost sea chantey group.  The group will present a program of historic songs about Maine Woods and Waters: songs about lumbermen, river drives, fishing and working and sailing on the coastal waters. 

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Town News Columbia, Harrington, Wesley, Whitneyville Library, Columbia

Harrington

We have been over to Ralph’s to give him some trout. I tried to get pictures of his beautiful garden.  The sun was so bright, but we got at least two. One is Ralph standing the rows.This is the only time I wished it to be cloudy.  His garden is so beautiful, and he does all the planting, weeding, and watering if needed.  He uses horse manure from here and says that is why he had such good luck. He is a wonderful friend and gardener.

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Rep. Tuell Looks Back at Busy Year in Marine Resources Committee

With the first regular session of the 128th Legislature coming to a close in the very near future, Representative Will Tuell (R-East Machias) took a few minutes last week to review some of the issues he and fellow Washington County legislators on the Marine Resources Committee dealt with this past winter and spring.

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Eves announces run for governor

Mark Eves has officially declared his candidacy for governor of Maine in the 2018 election.

 Eves made the announcement in a broadcast on Facebook from a backyard BBQ at his home in North Berwick, where he was joined by more than 150 family members, friends, and supporters.

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State budget offers year-long reprieve for prison

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After a three-day government shutdown that kept legislators in Augusta into the early hours of July 4, the Maine legislature adopted a biennial budget that guarantees one year of funding for the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF). The low-security state prison, located in the Bucks Harbor village of Machiasport, provides more than 45 jobs to the local economy.

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King talks health care, North Korea in Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In advance of the Senate’s vote on its replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) spent time in Washington County touring health care facilities and talking with local care providers. 

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Uneven playing field jeopardizes wild blueberry future

by Ruth Leubecker

Tariffs, shrinking profits and inflationary subsidies all contribute to a shifting, unbalanced wild blueberry market coming to a head on the Washington County, Maine-Canadian border.

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UMM High School Summer League under way

by Phil Stuart

 The University of Maine at Machias High School summer league for boys and girls got under way June 19th with varsity and junior varsity girls action.

UMM varsity mens’ and womens’ coach Troy Alley is once again the league’s director.

Varsity girls teams entered this year are Shead, Woodland, Washington Academy (WA), Narraguagus, Calais, Jonesport-Beals and Sumner.

The junior varsity teams; Woodland, Narraguagus, Calais and East Grand of Danforth.

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Coastal scenery takes center stage at Bold Coast Sea & Sky triathlon

The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival will host its second annual unconventional Sprint Triathlon at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 22. This race will be an opportunity for athletes, and their supporters to experience beautiful Downeast scenery, the world’s biggest tides and, if they are lucky, bald eagles. This is an excellent course with no traffic lights and no crowding.

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Lubec photo workshop show to feature dramatic photos of Down East

Lubec Photo Workshop show to feature dramatic photos of Down East

Dramatic scenes from Down East Maine—from landscape to beautiful closeup—will be featured in the 6th annual Lubec Photo Workshop show, running July 12-25 at the Lubec Landmarks Mulholland Market Gallery on Water Street, Lubec.

The opening reception, free and open to all, will be Saturday July 15 from 5-7p.m.

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Sport Coaching Awards 2017

 

Congratulations to Machias Cross Country Coach Cindy Rossi for being selected by her peers as the 2016 Coach of the Year!

Congratulations to Machias Cheerleading Coach Michelle Wood for being selected by her peers as the 2016-17 Coach of the Year!

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Lady Knights lose heartbreaker

by Phil Stuart

The Narraguagus Lady Knights came about as close to upending the top seed and advancing to a regional final as a team could do.

The Knights got a superb no-hit pitching performance from sophomore Lanie Perry in their semi-final match up at Lincoln against the undefeated and top seeded Mattanawcook Academy Lynx.

Luck was not on the Knight’s side as the Lynx scored a first inning, unearned run and pitcher Haley McLaughlin was able to make it stand up.

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Machias Little League 1963

by Phil Stuart

The Machias Area Little League was established in the mid fifties and is now over 60 years old. The league services players from Jonesboro in the west, to Whiting in the east, and all points in between. Several outstanding players have started their baseball careers with this fine organization.

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Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School fourth quarter honor roll

Seniors - High Honors: Robin Fay Brown,  Morrison,  Blaine Grant, Dakota McGuire, Rosemary Nguyen, Kayla Toppin, Dexter Wright. Honors: Destiny Belanger, Hannah Bennett, Juan Jose Castillo Perez, Jisselle Curtis, Kyle Davis, Josie Kinane, Hayden Pineo, Noah Ramsdell, Thomas Ray-Smith, Caitlin Reynolds, Cameron Rumery, John Paul “JP” Snider, Logan Staples, Philip Taylor, Nicolas “Cole” Willey. Juniors: High Honors: Taylor Colbeth, Sophia DeSchiffart, River Fenton, Mary Hammond.

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Challenge cancer with Pat’s Pizza

Machias’ Pat’s Pizza will be donating the proceeds from any Fresh Veggie Pizza sold on Tuesday, July 18 to support Healthy Acadia and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center’s cancer prevention, education, and treatment services in Washington and Hancock counties. The restaurant hosted similar events in May and June. The partnership is part of Healthy Acadia’s Hungry for Health 2017 campaign to “Challenge Cancer Downeast”. This is the second year of the annual “Hungry for Health” campaign, which addresses a critical community health need each year.

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Joseph Waag - Cutler

Joseph P. Waag of Cutler  died peacefully on June 27th, 2017,  at Down East Community Hospital. He was 96 years old. 

He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, his brother Charles of Long Island, NY, his children Christine Laurel and Anneke Waag of Cutler, Erica Marine of Rhinebeck, NY, and Robert Brandt and his wife Barbara of Brewster, NY. He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Samantha, Trevor and Andrew Marine, and Colleen, Christopher and Carolyn Brandt.

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Critical blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant drawdown of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

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SummerKeys welcomes back cabaret duo Alpher & Litt

The SummerKeys Music School for adults in Lubec continues to expand the world of art, music and photography to the hundreds of students who flock from near and far to the rocky Downeast coast for a “Music Vacation”. This summer we again enthusiastically welcome Jennie Litt and David Alpher as instructors and performers of cabaret, “an intimate musical art form in which the performers put their personal stamp on a song through honest interpretation of the lyrics”.

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Changing lanes

The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) has been busy repaving and painting roads in and around Machias. The unusual line configurations painted onto Free Street, shown here, and on the short one-way stretch of Broadway have raised eyebrows. Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien said that the state has recently taken over responsibility for both stretches of road because they are essential connectors to Route 192 and Route 1.

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No race like home

A much-watched race was the one between Jonesport brothers Oscar and Derek Beal who both captain Wayne Beal 36-footers powered by 500 hp engines. Oscar’s Papa’s Pride outdistanced Derek’s Miss Badonkadonk. Photo by Nancy Beal.

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