AARP warns of Make-a-Wish scam

Scams in the name of charities are particularly shameful. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that imposters, claiming to be with the FTC, are calling people and claiming they have won a major sweepstakes with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. All the ‘winner’ has to do is pay thousands of dollars for taxes or insurance on the prize. The target wires the money or shares banking account information, and then never sees that money again. If you encounter this or other scams, report it to the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP or ftc.gov/complaint.

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Columbia

On Sunday, August 20, I spent most of the day at the Tracy’s Reunion in Gouldsboro. It was great talking with the folks that attended. Those that signed the guest book numbered about 40 and we feel that there were others that forgot to sign in.  Hopefully someone added their names to the list. It was a great day to be out and about with family and friends.

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Lewiston Rep. Jared Golden announces candidacy for Congress

 

Jared Golden, a Lewiston-area native, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and current Democratic Assistant Majority Leader in the Maine House of Representatives, announced today that he is running for Congress to replace Republican Bruce Poliquin.

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Honoring our ancestors

The Daughters of the American Revolution Hannah Weston Chapter gathered together last month to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Rim. From left: Barbara Maloy, Arlene Hutnik,  Roberta Hammond, Mary Alice Look, and Valdine Atwood. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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King issues statement on President’s Afghanistan strategy

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s announcement on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan:

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Healthcare debacle dodges sure solution

Costly medications continue to spiral out of control -- but it’s not just the price of drugs that jeopardizes care for a growing number of families across America.

Administrative costs, the price of procedures and simply the price tag of slipping into that hospital bed are way, way out of line. A recent editorial in The Portland Press Herald tells us that on average in this country an MRI costs $1,119. But an Australian pays $215 for the same exact scan.

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Letters to the Editor

Appreciation for accessible festival parking

 

My wife and I attended the Machias Blueberry Festival on Sunday, Aug. 20 and were delighted that the organizers had arranged to have a handicapped parking section in a convenient location. 

 

Thanks also to the pleasant young man who volunteered to monitor the area and be of assistance if needed.

 

Doug Richardson

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Editors Desk

One of my favorite authors is fond of saying that September is the other January. Even if you’re not going back to school, there’s something about September that feels like a fresh beginning. I’m looking forward to the change of the season.

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Nursing care, safe drinking water bills survive veto cycle

by Sen. Joyce Maker

Earlier this month, the Legislature reconvened for the final day of the first session for a “veto day” to take action on two dozen bills that had been returned by the governor, and to address all outstanding business. This proved to be another long day in Augusta, but I’m glad to finally be back in the district to enjoy the rest of the summer, attend events and meet with constituents. 

 Two of the bills voted on were measures that I sponsored, and I am glad to say that both were overridden with healthy margins.

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Fundraising for Jonesport’s landmark spire begins

 

by Laura Mazza-Dixon

As anyone who goes out lobstering, fishing, boating or sailing around Moose-a-Bec Reach can tell you, the spire that has graced Jonesport’s harbor for 130 years has been removed. 

Traditionally kept lighted at night by the members of the congregation in memory of their loved ones, the steeple of the white church on the hill on Sawyer Square has been a familiar landmark by both day and night for generations of sailors and fishermen.

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New drug recovery center to open in Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The opioid addiction epidemic has hit Washington County hard. According to a report from the University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, last year Washington County suffered the most drug deaths per capita of any county in the state, with 20 deaths in 2016. 

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Labor of love at cemetery reveals helpers

 

by Ruth Leubecker

Maurice Lund is almost certainly smiling down on what’s happening at the Jacksonville cemetery. 

For decades the site of his many labors, this caretaking now spans generations with Jo Nathan (aka Jonathan) Bragg, 15, and Nathan Pennell taking charge. The two are firmly in sync, sharing the same birthday, favorite TV shows, a love of the outdoors, the Nathan name and an abiding bent for cemetery work. 

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Family Futures Downeast helps two generations succeed at once

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It isn’t every day that a preschooler walks across a university stage to receive a diploma. But that was the case for several Washington County children, some young enough to be carried, during a graduation ceremony held in Machias last month.

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Beehive brings BAR boxcar to Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Online shopping sometimes takes a funny turn. Just when you’re ready to checkout, savvy websites bombard you with product suggestions chosen just for you, and those suggestions are often uncanny.  

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Tiffany windows return

 

Once restoration is complete, the windows will be lit from behind during evening hours. The windows are made from a palette of blues, fitting for the church that created and runs the area’s beloved Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. Once complete, the church plans to move on with the restoration of the other eight stained glass windows, all done in the Tiffany style. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Open Lighthouse Day comes with free admission Sept. 9

Open Lighthouse Day comes with free admission Sept. 9

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Upswing in baseball

by Phil Stuart

Baseball is a sport that seems to be on a downward spiral in many areas, especially at the high school level.

Many small schools have all they can do to field a team and many of those that do play only to participate so the school can continue offering the sport.

Very few kids are seen playing catch in their backyard, and even fewer are having pick up games at a local ball field.

This really shows up when they get into a real game. The fundamentals just aren’t there.

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Espling aces at Barren View

by Phil Stuart

Lenny Espling of Jonesboro, the manager at Barren View Golf Club, recorded a hole-in-one on the par 3 pin #5 at Barren View Golf Club on Aug.  7.

Espling used a 7 iron to make his 143-yard ace which was witnessed by Nate Mugford and Bernie Matthews.

Berenice Fedder own the women’s club championship with a gross score of 157 on august 13th. Hazel Carter was second at 198, while Nancy Cunliffe came in third at 212.

Laura Bagley of Back Bay had the low net score of the day with a 131. She was followed by Jeanine Wright at 139.

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Merchant wins at Veazie

by Phil Stuart

Jonesport-Beals High School junior Evan Merchant of Beals, the defending Downeast Athletic Conference champion, averaged 5.47 a mile and led 68 runners across the finish line on August 12th to win the first VZ 5K Road Race in Veazie.

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Lubec’s Appalachian Trail connection

by Phil Stuart

Several area residents have hiked the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain Georgia, the southern most terminus, to Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, the northernmost terminus, or vice versa.

This two-thousand mile journey on the country’s most famous continuous foot path might not have been possible without the efforts of a North Lubec native by the name of Myron H. Avery.

The idea of building the Appalachian Trail was conceived in the early 1920’s, but things really took off in 1927.

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Washington County Community Cafe and Meals on Wheels menu for Sept. 2017

Washington County Community Cafe and Meals on Wheels menu for Sept. 2017

Friday, Sept. 1; Chicken pot pie, broccoli cuts, wheat bread, dessert. 

Monday, Sept. 4; Sweet and sour meatballs, sesame vegetable rice, green beans, wheat bread, dessert

Tuesday, Sept. 5; Cheese and beef macaroni, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, dessert.

Wednesday, Sept. 6; Pineapple teriyaki chicken, brown rice, peas, carrots, dessert. 

Thursday, Sept. 7; Creamy chicken, wild rice casserole, carrots and broccoli, wheat bread, dessert.

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US Cellular seeking Most Valuable Coach nominations

Today, U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach program returns to honor high school coaches who lead by example, strengthen their teams and give back to their communities. The winning coach will receive a $50,000 donation to the charitable organization of their choosing or their high school athletic department, a trip to Orlando, Fla., and on-field recognition at the Under Armour High School All-America Game.

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Free healthy cooking class series offered in Eastport and Calais

Healthy Acadia, in partnership with the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, is excited to offer “Cooking Matters,” a free, six-session healthy cooking class series, in Calais and Eastport this fall. The series is specially designed for those struggling with a tight food budget while living with cancer. Classes are also great for those living with diabetes and chronic disease. If space allows, members of the public not experiencing chronic disease are most welcome to participate.

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Allen R Devericks Machias

Allen R Devericks, 48, of Machias, owner of newly opened local business “Al’s Cycle Services”, a lifelong dream of his, and sergeant of Downeast Correctional Facility for 20 years, passed away unexpectedly on August 16, 2017. Allen was a man of many talents with a thirst for adventure. Always busy, never idle, he was a skilled handyman, a loving father, and an inspiration and role model to many.

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Enhance your Health with Tai Chi: Healthy Acadia offers free courses

We all know life can be hectic, juggling work, family and social obligations. Why should you consider adding Tai Chi to your busy schedule? To help create balance. Tai chi is the perfect antidote to our fast-paced modern culture; it is an ancient Chinese practice that incorporates slow, gentle and controlled movement to improve relaxation, flexibility, concentration, and muscle strength.

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Court News

Jessica A. Bailey of Calais, Maine: Unlawful Trafficking in Scheduled Drug on December 1, 2016 in Calais. (SNTC Date 7/19/2017, Fine $400, Department of Corrections 5 Years all but 10 Months Suspended, Probation 3 years). GLTY

Brian Earl Denbow of Perry, Maine: 1-Operating While License Suspended or Revoked on December 23, 2016 in Whiting. (SNTC Date 7/18/2017, Fine $500). 2-Failing to Notify of Motor Vehicle Accident on December 23, 2016 in Whiting. (SNTC Date 7/18/2017, Fine $200). GLTY

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Land Transfers by deed August 11 through August 24, 2017

Land Transfers by Deed from August 11, 2017 through August 24, 2017

Brandon H. Parker of Jonesboro to Alan L. Curtis and Ashley Whitman Curtis of Wesley a certain lot orparcel of land in Wesley (Being lots # 11 and # 12 as shown on a plan entitled “Final Plan of Dream

Catcher Shores II Subdivision Property of Hawkins Wood Harvesting Services, Inc.”

Williams H. Kennedy and Linda D. Kennedy of Jonesboro to David James Slein and Paula Kay Slein of

Cumming, Georgia a certain lot or parcel of land together with the improvements thereon situate in

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Fall Game Bird Outlook

by V. Paul Reynolds

Truth be known, the bloom is off the rose for me when it comes to upland bird hunting. It just isn’t the same when your favorite gun dog is no longer of this earth. But my memory still works, and the intense pleasure of breathing cool fall air against a color-coated  autumn backdrop, while watching my Sally on point, is never forgotten.

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UMM Action shots of Washington Academy Boys

WA Raider driving past the defense into the paint.

Taking the baseline against the Bulldogs.

Driving strong down the lane.

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Annual youth showcase a musical highlight of Labor Day weekend

 

On Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m., the Eastport Art Center’s 2017 Concert Series will conclude with the annual Young Persons’ Concert. A tradition of more than 20 years, the concert features talented young performers from all over Washington County in a program that is an engaging mix of genres, instrumentation and styles. Each year, attendees come away delighted with the inspiring display of young talent, and these emerging musicians have an opportunity to build their poise on the EAC stage with a warm and friendly house of fans. 

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Gauguin’s influence precipitates new exhibition

“Gauguin and Me,” a show of works by Elizabeth Ostrander, sculptor and mixed media painter, will be on view at the Eastport Gallery through Sept. 1. The artist describes rekindling her interest in the French post-Impressionist by a surprise gift of a book on his ceramic works by her friend Lois Smith.

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Roque Bluffs Gallery to host ‘Black and White’ exhibit

The Roque Bluffs Art Gallery and Learning Center will be holding its third art exhibit of the season Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The theme of this art showing is “Simply Black and White”, and nine artists will display their black and white creations. Whether it’s photography, paintings, sketching, or glass art, it has to be in a black and white format.  

“We have a fantastic lineup of very talented artists and I know we will have something for everyone’s taste” said Bob McCollum, the organizer.

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Wesley

Andy got my firewood all cut up with the chainsaw. Not too many pieces needed to be split. Ron & Linda have started cutting up their wood and Richard Z. is hard at work cutting his. Eric and RA just got their pile of wood delivered. That time of year.

Karen wood got her hair shaved off at the Legion. She looks great with or without hair and that smile of hers. A bunch of guys and one woman also had their heads shaved.

Dan Schall will be at the Wesley Community Church for a music concert at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13. Mark this date on your calendar.

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Harrington

Patty and Al Howland  have been doing a lot of traveling. They took their granddaughter, Brittany, to Bucksport to visit Fort Knox and the Observatory tower.  They went into town for the 225th anniversary of the city. They had a wonderful day seeing the sights.

Patty and Al went to Bangor and stopped by Linda and Dick Mahan’s for a visit.

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Little red open house

The dollhouse-like Little Free Library even has window boxes full of flowers hanging below its double-hung windows, which were made by Stephanie Heller. Anyone may stop by the kiosk and borrow a book, or replace a book at any time. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

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“Dear Flory”

 A peep at Perry’s society life through letters to Florence Lyman.

Think of a television drama filled with the wealthy society ladies on summer retreat. You would expect it to be set in Newport or the Hamptons. But it’s not on TV. It’s live, and in person, at the Pembroke Historical Society on Monday evening, Sept. 18.

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30th Annual Salmon Festival offers fine food, music, and more

 

by Lura Jackson

What began as a simple way to celebrate one of the major fishing industries in the Passamaquoddy region has evolved into a major foodie event featuring fine dining, local music, arts and crafts, and more. The 30th annual Salmon Festival in Eastport promises to wow its attendees with its artisanal theme and a wide range of new and returning offerings during the two days of events on Sept. 2-3.

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Jonesport to consider food sovereignty ordinance

 

by Nancy Beal

When next a town meeting is held in Jonesport—whether special or annual next March—voters will be asked to vote on a food sovereignty ordinance. Such a town law, if passed, would give individuals the right to sell agricultural products they produce at home that are not inspected for or subject to state licensing requirements. Such transactions would be legal between the producer/processor and a buyer when the product is sold for home consumption and not for resale.

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Axiom offers Business of Writing Workshop

You leap out of bed with inspiration, wrestle the words onto the page, then in the light of day, hone it into a masterpiece. Your writing is now ready to send out to the world. Where will you send it? There are thousands of literary markets out there, how do you select the best place to present your work? What is the best way to format submissions?  What do you need to know about copyright?  How do you write a bio? A cover letter?  What are the best tools to manage your submissions? What about literary contests?  Does self-publicity work? How do you market yourself as a writer?

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Public Pot Roast Supper —Saturday Sept. 2 @ 5 p.m. Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Peas, Carrots, Janet’s rolls, homemade

pies and cakes. Money raised to benefit the Whitneyville Library

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Rockgrounds Gem and Mineral Show — National Guard Armory, Western Ave., Augusta Sat. Sept. 2. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 3 - Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dealers and information 207-873-6270. 

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Axiom offers ‘Downeast Goes 4 Star’ cooking class

 

Axiom Education & Training Center in Machias will offer a 12-week cooking class, Downeast Goes 4 Star: Cooking with Phil Brehmer starting Wednesday, Sept. 13 and running until December 19. The class will meet from 5–8 p.m., in the Culinary Arts kitchen at Machias High School.

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3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers released

Resolute Bear Press announces the release of “3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers.” While much attention is focused on the border between Mexico and the United States, this book looks at the northeast, where Canada and New England share borders, boundaries, blood, and heritage. Some of the world’s highest tides surge in and out every day where successive waves of people have come and gone. Native and First Nations people have lived here for ten thousand years or more.

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Dardis to be featured artist

Kathleen “Kathy” Dardis will be the September featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben.

The show will be available for viewing during library hours during the month of September and at an artist reception 6-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

Dardis, now a resident of Milbridge, first visited Steuben around 1975 with her husband, Chuck, at his family vacation home on Petit Manan Point.

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Bear season now underway in Maine

 

Maine’s bear season began on Monday, August 28 throughout the state of Maine. Last year, 10,936 hunters purchased a permit to hunt bear, with 2,859 hunters harvesting a bear for a success rate of 26%.

“Conditions look promising for hunters to have a better year than last year, but just how successful hunters are depends on the abundance of natural foods and how long those natural foods remain available” said IFW Bear Biologist Jen Vashon.

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Machiasport’s Gates House to host 34th Annual Lobster Lunch Aug. 26

Machiasport Historical Society will be serving their 34th Annual Lobster Lunch, Saturday, Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m., behind the Gates House by the river.  Bucks Harbor’s best lobsters and Carolyn Johnson’s famous fish chowder will be served along with corn on the cob, salad, rolls, blueberry cake and beverages. Proceeds from this key fundraiser will go to maintain the two museum buildings & their collections. (344 Port Rd (Rt 92)) 255-8461, 255-8860 or 271-0682. 

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A worthy watchdog gets no time out

For years Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services has had a deplorable track record when it comes to doing its job. 

It all began with that huge computer glitch that turned into a catastrophe when it was discovered the state had purchased two computer systems that could not interface with each other. It cost the state many thousands of dollars because DHHS couldn’t make its billing match up to its accounts.  

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Columbia News

 

Another week has gone by and I finally got the deck and back steps completely done. I am now working on some other items that need to be painted. I have them primed and ready to paint as soon as the sun comes out this coming week.

here were not many that attended the selectmen’s meeting Monday night in Addison. It was quickly over with the few items that were on the agenda.

On Tuesday, Debbie Tracy Winters came to visit and we work on genealogy for the whole afternoon. It was a fun day and I hope she learned something while she was here.

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Wesley News

Dot Baker is having one side of her log home redone because logs were no good. It took a couple of days to close up the opening. 

I went with Ruth Ann and Eric to Karen Wood’s benefit supper at the Legion in Machias last Friday. We went early but there was standing room only, but we didn’t stay but dropped off a cake. I wouldn’t have been able to stand long on crutches. I would have loved to have seen Karen. There is only two weeks left with cast. Then I’ll be able to see Karen at work at Bear Camp and be able to drive again.

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Church community garden flourishes

Machias’ Holy Name Catholic Church started a community vegetable garden this year with the help of a grant, donated materials, and volunteer labor. Located in the field behind the church and Porter Memorial Library, the garden appeared to be thriving during last weekend’s blueberry festivities. The church intends to use its garden produce to contribute to local food pantries. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors builds new deck for INTERNITY

 

Over the last couple of weeks, INTERNITY Veterans Center on 12 School Street in Machias has taken a drastic change of looks on the outside. From July 31- Aug. 4, a group of teenagers and aduls from Neighbors Helping Neighbors out of Massachusetts arrived at INTERNITY with a mission. That mission was to make sure that this nonprofit veteran’s organization had a working deck with wheelchair capabilities. The hard work and the can-do attitude of these young adults was greatly welcomed and appreciated.   

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Letter to the Editor - Teaching our children

Teaching our children

Can I do anything meaningful, helpful? At 56 years old, I am raising a child again. She is 7. I am a full-time, stay-at-home mom and homemaker. It is my job to take care of my child’s basic needs such as roof, food, clothes, health care. But since I am her mother and not her babysitter, it is also my responsibility to show and teach her kindness, tolerance, self-control and critical thinking. Is it enough? Am I doing my part to make the world a better place? To stand up against injustice?

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The Editor’s Desk

It seems as though everyone I know spent days, if not weeks, working on some aspect of last weekend’s Blueberry Festival. I think half of Washington County is due a nice, long nap this week.

From my festival vantage point at Porter Memorial Library, I marveled at the dozens of people who came out to shop for used books during the pouring rain that fell on Saturday morning. They wore raincoats and balanced umbrellas while lifting the plastic coverings that lay on the book tables, in order to peek at the titles without dampening the books. 

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Jacksonville cemetery news

The Jacksonville Cemetery Association met recently to review the West Side Project and the East Side Project.  Current work includes filling sunken graves, troublesome valleys, and bare soil areas.  The town of East Machias has provided a truck load of screened loam for this work. 

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Blueberry festival hailed as sunny, soggy success

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It was the first time in recent memory that heavy rain fell on Blueberry Festival weekend, but organizers and vendors alike expressed amazement at how little the showers dampened spirits or festival attendance.

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Court documents show victim spent final hours in Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One of two people charged in the murder of Sally Shaw is currently being held at the Washington County Jail in Machias. Quaneysha Greeley, 19, was extradited from New York to Maine earlier this month.

Carrine “T” or “Terror” Reeves, 37, was also arrested in Queens, New York, on July 26 for the murder of Shaw, but is being held there on charges related to a different assault earlier this year. Greeley and Reeves were together at the time of their arrest.

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WaCo grows as ‘adventure cycling’ destination

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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‘I ran away and bought an inn’

by Ruth Leubecker

“When my husband died I said what am I going to do? My kids said you always wanted ; to run a B&B, so go find one.”

So said Cynthia McDonough last week. Since June, 1 as the happy, proud owner of the Riverside Inn in East Machias, the move has been an eye-opening experience. Mostly since she has been by herself since the beginning and readily admits she has no experience in running such an establishment. 

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State urges hunters to download—not print—Maine Hunting Guide

Printed copies of the Maine Hunting Guide will be out soon, but the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is urging as many hunters as possible to download the PDF version instead. Here’s why:

 1.       It’s convenient. Even without cell or internet service, smartphone users can access their pre-downloaded law book to check a technical rule, confirm legal hunting times, etc. If you always keep your phone on you (and charged) to take photos or use the GPS, this is a no-brainer.

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Guest Voice - Tobacco 21 bill will save lives

by Julie Daigle

 Healthy Acadia is thrilled that the recently enacted Tobacco 21 bill, which makes Maine the fourth state in the US to raise the minimum legal age of sale for tobacco products to 21, puts Maine at the forefront of saving people’s lives. Thank you to our legislators and to the people of Maine who supported this.

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Calais teams dominate

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) concluded its six-week high school summer basketball league on July 27, with Calais High School winning three out of the four titles.

In junior varsity girls basketball, Calais had a huge advantage because most of their varsity players were used due to a lack of numbers.

Calais finished on top of the regular season standings with an 8-0 record followed by Narraguagus 3-5, Woodland 2-6, and East Grand 2-8.

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Higher education initiative offers $100 toward WaCo college accounts

The children in our community truly are the future faces of Washington County; we can and should do all that we can to help them succeed. Future success is more possible – and children have more options open to them – when young people continue their education after high school. Several partners have come forward to help give the youth of Washington County a boost in planning for higher education – whether it be college, trade school or a certificate program.

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Cutler News

by  Dee Wheeler 

The students’ first day of school at Bay Ridge Elementary will be Tuesday, September 5.

School starts at 8:15 a.m. with dismissal at 2:45 p.m.  Students should bring a snack for recess.  Breakfast and lunch will be served starting on September 5th.  Registration packets will be given to each child on the first day of school.

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Washington County Retired Teachers news

by Mary McFadden

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Leo L Simmons

“Together Again” Leo L Simmons, 85, passed away peacefully, on August 3, 2017, at home with his daughter Norma and her husband Allen by his side. Born in Portland, ME to the late Newell and Edith Simmons, he resided in Addison. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife, partner and friend of 39 years, Mary Simmons, in February, 2017.

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Court News

July 1-July 31, 2017

Burton G. Poole, of Calais, Maine: criminal mischief on October 2, 2015 in Calais. DISP

Jeffrey Morrison, of Eastport, Maine: 1-Arson, 2-Arson, 3-Criminal Conspiracy, 4-Theft by Insurance Deception on April 26, 2014 in Perry, Maine. DISP

Scott MacNichol of Perry, Maine: 1-Arson, 2-Arson, 3-Criminal Conspiracy on April 26, 2014 in Perry, Maine. DISP

Timothy Edward Watkins, of Harrington, Maine: Harassment by Telephone on February 5, 2016 in Harrington. DISE

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Land Transfers by deed July 28 through August 10, 2017

Joseph J. Abbott of Sanford to Tucker E. Hill of Lisbon a certain lot or parcel of land in Cherryfield (Lot 41 as shown on the plan entitled “Narraguagus North Half, survey of Lots 41-45, 48 and 49, Cherryfield, Maine”)

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Deer: the pre-baiting issue

by V. Paul Reynolds

Maine outdoor writer Steve Carpenteri, in a recent article in the Northwoods Sporting Journal, posed a number of questions related to the baiting of deer by hunters. He then answered those questions in an informative and useful way. While many states allow the hunting of deer over unnatural bait, including neighboring New Hampshire, Maine is not one of them. Here, hunting deer over unnatural bait is illegal.

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Sol Searching

Beals and Peabodys watching the solar eclipse from Beals Island on August 21. Photo by Nancy Beal.

Axiom organized an eclipse viewing picnic at Machias’ Middle River Park on Monday. Attendees were given appropriate eye gear to view the eclipse safety, and children stared skyward. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Bruins out of hibernation

by Phil Stuart

The Machias Bruins men’s baseball team had been in hibernation for a decade and a half which would change in 1965.

The Bruins always had a team represented in the Quoddy League but it had been years since they were competitive. They weren’t in the class of the East Lobsters, Dixie Eagles and Jonesboro Jets in the fifties or the Dennysville AA or Cutler Cardinals in the early sixties.

In 1964, the Bruins were knocking on the door but got eliminated by the Jonesport Eagles in the semi-finals.

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Shrine Club Tourney results

by Phil Stuart

The Washington County Shrine Club held their annual golf tourney at Barren View Golf Club on July 30.

The event, also known as the Melrose Beal Tourney was won by Nate Mugford, Shane Alley and Zach Fenton.

The trio won low gross with a score of 70, and a four stroke lead over Brad Prout, Steve Trimm and Charlie Pray with 74. Third place went to Lester Vandergriff, Sid Vandergriff and Bob Hale who also carded a 74. Fourth place honors with a score of 81 went to Earl Tracy, Craig Pulkkinen and Lennie Espling.

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Four new faces at Jonesport Elementary School

by Nancy Beal

A flurry of resignations at Jonesport Elementary School last spring—the principal and three classroom teachers—has caused the board to scramble this summer to fill four empty positions. This was done at their August 16 meeting.

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2017 Eastport Pirate Festival Announced

The Eastport Pirate Festival Committee has announced that the easternmost city in the USA will once again host the largest Pirate Festival in Northern New England and Atlantic Canada. Starting September 8th and continuing through Sunday, September 10th, your favorite pirate characters will once again descend on Eastport for a weekend of swashbuckling fun. As always, the festival sponsored events are free to the public.

The Festival Committee is sponsoring a number of contests to celebrate the occasion.

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Machias veterans centers to host lobster dinner Aug. 26

INTERNITY Veterans Resource Center would like to announce the 1st annual INTERNITY Lobster Dinner / Chinese Auction which will be located at the East Machias Municipal Building on August 26 from 2-5 p.m. All proceeds will go to veterans programs here in Washington County. 

Tickets are currently located at the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Office, the East Machias Town Office, Archibald’s One Stop, The American Legion Post #9, Bold Coast Cannabis, and Smitty’s Trading Post; or you can call 546-1405 to pre-buy tickets.  

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Lubec concert series closes with Lewy and McIntyre

The SummerKeys concert series in Lubec will conclude this season on Wednesday August 30 and will feature Peter Lewy on cello accompanied by Richard McIntyre on piano. SummerKeys teacher and performer Mr. Lewy, who resides and teaches in New York City, will be back on stage by popular demand!

Dr. McIntyre has worked almost continuously as a church musician since the age of 16 and has served parishes in Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is currently the organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pittstown, NJ.

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Community Calendar for August 23, 2017

Upcoming events

SEQUELA at Faith UMC, Columbia on August 25 at 7 p.m.  All welcome.  Lots of singing and Worship.

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 INTERNITY will be holding a Benefit Lobster Dinner and Chinese Auction on August 26 at the East Machias Fire Department to help raise money for Veterans Programs in Washington County.  Tickets are available at the MBACC office, the East Machias Town Office, Archibald’s, the American Legion, and Bold Coast Cannabis; or people can call 546-1405 to buy pre-buy tickets.

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Public invited to tour new DECH Emergency Department

A community open house will take place at the new Emergency Department at Down East Community Hospital on August 31 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  Stop by and take this opportunity to see the state-of-the-art facility that was built to give you and your family more privacy and comfort for your emergency medical care needs. 

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Blueberry Festival

 

 

For all the photos, please get your Digital Copy and go to page 14 and 15.

Doug Guy manned the grill at the Washington County Children’s Chorus food tent, where fairgoers could find everything from hamburgers to oysters on the half shell. Photo courtesy Joshua Maker

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UMM Action shots of Narraguagus Boys

At UMM summer league Trevor Fenderson secures a rebound.

Nice shot inside over the defense by Zane Strout.

Zac Smith elevates for two in summer basketball action at Machias

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Early fall running options

by Phil Stuart

The fall is regarded by many veteran runners as the best season to get into a road race. In Washington County there are a few spring races, a large number in the summer and another few in the fall. There are other options if you are willing to drive a few miles, but the fall offers a lot of races for area runners to compete.

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AARP warns of subscription scam

Be on the lookout out for phony subscription invoices this month. If you receive an offer or renewal for magazines and newspapers that sound too good to be true, don’t make any payments! Be sure to call the publisher and verify that it is legitimate before giving any personal or credit card information. Take the time to double check, and you can beat the scammers at their own game.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

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King announces support for Family and Medical Leave legislation

At a press conference last week at the Lamey Wellehan location in Auburn, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support for the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY) Act, paid family and medical leave legislation that underscores the importance of comprehensive family leave policies to support working parents and family caregivers in Maine. 

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Letters to the Editor - Save the Children Maternity Residence

Save the Children Maternity Residence 

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you to solicit your endorsement and financial support for a proposal to create a non-profit maternity residence for pregnant young women for our Lewiston-Auburn area. The pro-life movement and anti-abortion campaigns have reduced the number of abortions; however, there is more to be done.

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Shadowed by 50 countries that don’t exist

Geographers can be a distinctive group of scholars, but I had never thought them too scintillating until I picked up An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist.

Mere pages into this book, one is pondering the definition of country, the viability of travel documents issued by national governments and really, the shifting, slippery existence of borders. 

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Two honored at Washington Academy trustee tea

by Ruth Leubecker

Washington Academy’s annual trustee tea was held this past Saturday on the school grounds. Harland Hitchings received this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Ralph Mahar was the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award.

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Jacksonville cemetery news

A very successful public supper was held recently to help raise funding for our new black steel fence.  Thanks to everyone who came and those who helped out.  We are planning a Tupperware Party soon to also help.  People interested in this should contact Anne at 255-8496.  Our next meeting is 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Grange Hall in Jacksonville.  Refreshments will be served.

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Columbia News

I am still working on painting my deck and in hopes to get it finished in the coming week. This has been a big job to do, but I am gaining on it when the sun is shining. Of course it might help that I don’t plan other activities while doing this, but most activities are at night anyway.

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Where will Jonesport-Beals bridge workers live and eat?

 

Parking for fishermen at the Jonesport marina is at the breaking point for fishermen who have no place to tie up their skiffs and outboard boats. A committee is looking into alternate sites and funding, but so far little progress has been made. Photo by Nancy Beal.

by Nancy Beal

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Beating the heat

 

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Enhance your health with Tai Chi: Healthy Acadia offers four free courses

We all know life can be hectic, juggling work, family and social obligations. Why should you consider adding Tai Chi to your busy schedule? To help create balance. Tai chi is the perfect antidote to our fast-paced modern culture; it is an ancient Chinese practice that incorporates slow, gentle and controlled movement to improve relaxation, flexibility, concentration, and muscle strength.

 Healthy Acadia is pleased to offer eight-week “Tai Chi for Health” sessions in four locations:  Brooksville, Ellsworth, Machias, and Stonington, beginning in August. 

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Machias solar eclipse picnic scheduled for August 21

STEM Guides Downeast and Downeast Amateur Astronomers are offering a Solar Eclipse Picnic on Monday, August 21, from noon–4 p.m. at Middle River Park in Machias. There will be activities and solar telescopes on display to view the eclipse (we will also have glasses available for viewing) as well as an eclipse presentation for the attendees. 

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Community Calendar for August 16, 2017

Upcoming events

CHICKEN B-B-Q Supper, Sat., Aug. 19, at 5 p.m., parish hall, Dennysville; chicken, baked potato, veggies, desserts, etc.  All are welcome!

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Chicken B-B-Q Supper, Sat., Aug. 19 @ 5 p.m.; Parish Hall (Route 86), Dennysville; chicken, potatoes, veggies, cole slaw, rolls, cakes

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Indian River Grange Yard and Bake Sale  August 19-  9 a.m. -1 p.m. 

1439 Indian River Road. Rain or shine.Hot dogs available.

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Collins remembers Campbell for Alzheimer’s advocacy

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, issued this statement upon the passing of country music singer Glen Campbell following his battle with Alzheimer’s disease:

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The Editor’s Desk

Here we are about to crest the peak of the Machias summer season—the 42nd Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. I have heard the comment enough times to suspect I’m not the only one to wonder, where did the summer go? 

This year’s Blueberry Festival promises to be bigger than ever before, with so many new additions it’s hard to keep track of them all—a beer garden served up by the Machias River Brewing Company, dozens of vendors marketing all day Friday on the Centre Street Church green, and a comedian to emcee all of Saturday’s church step events. 

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Whitneyville Library News

The Friends of the Whitneyville last week helped the Jacksonville Cemetery raise money for new fencing.  The members of the Jacksonville Cemetery put on a baked beans and casserole public supper on August 5 that was held at the Elm Street School.  Many turned out to raise money.  It’s all about giving back and doing something to help where help is needed.

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Grieving Camron

Our communities showed their colors last week in remembrance of Camron Roberts, 18, who lost his life in a car accident on Monday, Aug. 7. Thousands of white and yellow balloons, chosen to represent healing and remembrance, were seen tethered across Washington County in a show of support for Camron’s family.  Photo by Bill Kitchen 

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Machias adopts food sovereignty, gives Blueberry Festival green lights

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At a special town meeting held last Wednesday, Aug. 9, Machias residents voted 8-1 to adopt a local food sovereignty ordinance. 

The ordinance makes it legal for home food producers to sell direct to consumers without government licensing or inspection. Machias Selectman Bill Kitchen said that the board moved quickly to adopt the ordinance in order to allow local producers to capture as much of the summer harvest and tourist seasons as possible.

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How a farmer’s union, a Beehive and a candymaker gave Machias the Blackfly Ball

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

For most of the year, the waterfalls that drop through the heart of downtown Machias are beneath the town’s notice, literally. Positioned below a bridge that spans the Machias River, the Bad Little Falls are difficult to glimpse from Main Street. 

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Universal health coverage builds base in coastal Maine

by Ruth Leubecker

Medicare for all is a bipartisan effort gaining steam throughout Maine. Although the Downeast chapter of Maine AllCare is in Blue Hill, Downeast could achieve new meaning as the movement for universal healthcare inches eastward.

“We’re going to have a table at the Wild Blueberry Festival,” says Phil Caper, founding board member of Maine AllCare and for years a universal health care advocate. “Spreading the word is what it takes. This fight about health care is 100 years old. And I mean Teddy Roosevelt, not FDR.”

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DAR uses bequest to beautify historic Burnham Tavern

by Valdine Atwood

The historic Burnham Tavern Museum has a new look. After the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution received a bequest from a member, the late Elizabeth DeShon Tibbetts  it was decided to purchase the former Machias Cleaners building, remove it and then develop a landscape plan for the area. 

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Previous blueberry quilts sought for festival display

If you’ve been lucky enough to win one of the handmade quilts from past Blueberry Festivals, please consider lending it to be part of the festival’s display this Saturday, August 19. During the festival each year, as many quilts as possible are gathered and displayed in the sanctuary of Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in downtown Machias. The church is the home of the festival, now in its 42nd year.

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