Maine families urged to apply for Federal Pell Grants starting Oct. 1

According to Nerdwallet.com, Maine students left more than $11 million in Federal Pell Grants (federal grants that don’t need to be repaid) on the table for the 2014-2015 academic year (the most recent year for which data is available) because they did not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Each year in Maine, only 60% of Maine high school seniors complete the FAFSA, the federal application that college, universities, and trade schools use to determine student eligibility for federal financial aid, according to the Finance

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Verizon extends deadline, signals more cuts

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Responding to public and government pressure, last week Verizon said that it has pushed out the termination deadline for 8,500 nationwide rural customers from Oct. 17 to Dec. 1. They also said they will continue to offer service to terminated customers who have “no alternative provider”. 

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Whitney’s brings Machias Glassworks into fold

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

No one who drives through Machias can miss Whitney’s Tri-Town Marine situated on the river at the bottom of College Hill. Today, the building is flanked by modern boats of all shapes and sizes, and a custom glass delivery van labeled Machias Glassworks. 

But its signature Quonset-hut roofline has greeted Route 1 travelers since 1951, when Millard and Dorothy Whitney filled in a piece of marshy, riverside land and built themselves a Chrysler dealership.

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Tuell proposes emergency prison bill

by Ruth Leubecker

Washington County’s beleaguered prison is once again in the limelight -- this time as the target of emergency legislation.

Although off session, Rep. Will Tuell has proposed a bill that would keep the Downeast Correctional Facility open through January 1, 2020. Referring to the move in his newsletter as “emergency legislation,” the East Machias legislator cites the uncertainty of corrections proposals elsewhere in the state.

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Whitneyville Library breaks new ground

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Eleven years of fundraising efforts by the Friends of Whitneyville Library culminated in a groundbreaking ceremony held last Saturday, Sept. 23. More than 30 attendees watched as trowels of earth were moved where the new 4,000 square foot library will stand as early as May 2018.

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2nd Annual MVM Airport Fly-in

The Machias Valley Airport held its second annual open house & Fly-In last weekend, hosting over a dozen aircraft, and dozens of kids of all ages. Maine Forest Service Rangers Ben Goodwin and Chris Blackie brought their helicopter. See more on page  28.  Photo by Bill Kitchen

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East Machias’ Jacksonville Bridge to be dedicated Oct. 12

The Town of East Machias will be holding a bridge dedication ceremony in honor of longtime resident and town official Norman Bagley this October. Bagley, who served as a town selectman, and member of the town’s planning board for over 20 years, passed away in 2015. 

“Mr. Bagley was a well respected member of the community,” Selectman Bucket Davis said. “A neighbor and family friend came to us last year with the idea to name the Jacksonville bridge after him, but didn’t know what we would have to do to make that happen.” 

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Natural market owners ready for Whole Life change

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When Patti Sansing posted that she was listing Whole Life Natural Market & Cafe for sale, Facebook users around Machias could sense a disturbance in the Force. 

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Lady Bullgof Volleyball captured in Action Shots

Back over the net by Rebecca Burgess for Machias.

Jasmine Bell controls the service at Woodland High School.

Destiny Look works hard to keep the service in play.

 

 

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2nd Annual Machias Valley Municipal Airport Fly-in

The airport committee is also in the midst of a fundraising drive, selling raffle tickets for a “Scenic Autumn Flight For Two”, to be awarded during peak leaf-peeper season. Tickets are available from committee members and by calling 207-255-6671. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Zoe Armstrong to be featured artist in Steuben

Zoe Armstrong will be the October featured Artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. The show will be available for viewing during library hours with an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2. 

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The highs of Grand Manan

Drive an hour north of Machias and enter into Canada. Travel over hills and next to forests and pass through the small town of Blacks Harbour. Amidst the morning fog, board the massive ferry that takes you through the wild Bay of Fundy. The journey here is half of the adventure. Stand on the passenger deck and feel invigorated by the brisk gusts that run through your hair. Sail past islands, playful porpoises, or even a distant whale. An hour and a half later you arrive on a new land. You are on Grand Manan.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Ham supper — Saturday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m., Christian Temple Church, Lubec.

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Maine Science Festival announces headliner for 4th Annual Maine Science Festival

The Maine Science Festival (MSF) is thrilled to announce the 2018 headliner for the 4th annual Maine Science Festival: Robert Krulwich, from Radiolab.

 Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning program about ‘big ideas’ now one of public radio’s most popular shows. It is carried on more than 500 radio stations and its podcasts are downloaded over 7 million times each month. “There’s nothing like it on the radio,” says Ira Glass of This American Life. “It’s an act of crazy genius.”

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The British are coming!

Part 3 Lydia Whitney Sherman  Heroine and Interesting Incidents in War of 1812 As told, in part, by her son, Rev. Andrew M. Sherman

On the month of September, 1814, (during the war of 1812) the British landed a force on the Maine coast, marched overland to Machiasport, (some four miles South-east from Machias) and, early on the morning of the 11th of the above-mentioned month, surprised the American fort at that place with a superior force, from which the small garrison precipitately fled, hastening by the way of Machias, Westward, toward Columbia Falls. 

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Merchant wins Wilbur’s run

by Phil Stuart

Jonesport-Beals High School junior and defending Downeast Athletic Conference cross-country champ, Evan Merchant, ran a very fast time of 17:44 at the Wilburs 5K Sept. 2, to take first place honors.

Merchant was the only runner from Washington County to run in the Blue Hill event and finished 44 seconds ahead of Ellsworth’s Robbie Shea. Sid Broadworth of Blue Hill was 3rd in 19:51, while Mike Moon of Brooklin and Buster Brown of Ellsworth rounded out the top five with times of 20:47 and 20:50.

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Mauricette/Mulcahy Suddy Champs

by Phil Stuart

The Sunrise County’s fastest male and female was crowned champions at the 12th Annual Suddy 5K in Eastport on Sept. 19.

The Suddy 5K was established in Boston in honor of 1991 Shead High School graduate Joy Suddy who was killed in an auto accident while working in Boston.

The race was started in Boston after Suddy’s death and after five years in the Bay State, it was moved to Suddy’s home town of Eastport in 2011.

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Second week sports section

by Phil Stuart

The Washington Academy Raider soccer team upped its winning streak to 38 games as it opened its season with a 7-0 win over Mount Desert Island and a 10-0 win over Belfast’s Lions.

After posting a losing record for the first 30-plus seasons in boys’ soccer, things turned around in 2002 and since that time, with international students on the roster, no team in the county can come close to matching their record for the past 15 years. The Raiders are able to reload year after year and haven’t missed a beat since moving up to Class B.

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Riots dominate at Bucksport

by Phil Stuart

The Orono Red Riot varsity boys, varsity girls and junior varsity girls dominated the Bucksport Invitational cross country race Sept. 9 in Bucksport.

The Red Riot girls posted a score of 22 to 51 for George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill.

Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln was 3rd at 77 followed by Narraguagus with 91.

Eliza Broughton of George Stevens Academy took first place honors with a time of 19:51 over the 3.0 mile course.

Orono took the next four spots, giving them four runners in the top five.

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First week in school sports

by Phil Stuart

The high school sports season got under way before the regular school year even began and several teams got into action early.

The Washington Academy Raider football team snapped a long losing streak and opened their 2017 season against the Orono Red Riots in Orono. Jared Talbot ran for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns carrying the ball 21 times in a 32 - 0 victory over the Riots in Orono.

Finn Furth added 42 yards rushing for the 1-0 Raiders. Joe Paul led the Riots with 35 yards rushing.

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Barbara Mae Farnsworth Bell - Waterville

Barbara, age 96, died May 17, 2017 in Waterville, Maine.  She was born November 1st, 1920 in Machias, Maine, daughter of Colon Isaac and Frances V. Foss Farnsworth.  She graduated from Machias High School in 1938.  She married her husband, Ellis Bell, in 1955 and moved to Winslow.  Barbara was a member of Winslow Congregational Church and served as Financial Secretary and Secretary of the Memorial Committee.  She was a Life Member and Past Matron of Machias Chapter # 83, Order of the Eastern Star.  

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Shawn Philip Bagley - East Machias

Shawn Philip Bagley of East Machias died peacefully at his Bag End home on September 10, 2017. Shawn was born in Lubec on June 18, 1950 the son of the late Walter R. and Martha A. Bagley.  A 1968 graduate of Machias Memorial High School, he also graduated at the top of his class from the New England School of Broadcasting in Bangor, Maine. Shawn had many things that he held dear, but none as much as his children, Cedar and Sage, of whom he was extremely proud.  He enjoyed attending their events and supporting their interests.

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How to stop unwanted junk mail and guard against mail fraud

Dear Savvy Senior, 

My elderly father gets over 100 pieces of junk mail every week, and I just discovered that he’s given away nearly $5,000 over the past few months to many of the solicitors that mail him this junk. Can you offer any tips on how can I stop this?

Irritated Son

Dear Irritated,

Millions of older Americans get bombarded with unwanted junk mail these days, including “mail fraud” schemes that you and your dad need to be particularly careful of. Here’s are some tips that may help.

Mail Fraud Alert

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Narraguagus Coach Thompson could win $50k for school

U.S. Cellular has announced the Top 50 nominees for its Most Valuable Coach program, and Heather Thompson from Narraguagus Junior/Senior High School in Harrington is among them. After thousands of nominations were submitted, these Top 50 coaches are now listed on TheMostValuableCoach.com. At the end of the program, 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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Bush Pilot Envy

by V. Paul Reynolds

Grandiose delusions are not unknown to me. As a young man the challenges of a Navy carrier pilot  appealed to me – until I joined the Navy and saw how inherently dangerous it is to land a jet aircraft on the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier on a dark and stormy night. No thank you.

Later, as a civilian private pilot who owned and flew an antique airplane, I set out to be a high-time bush pilot. Then I had a taste of Maine bush flying in marginal weather.  From my book, Backtrack.:

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Advance film screening at Porter Memorial Library

Porter Memorial Library with Machias Valley Film Society will screen “The Islands and the Whales” on Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The film is part of the POV (point of view) documentary series from PBS. Porter Memorial Library’s presentation is an advance opportunity to see the film, which does not premier on PBS until later in the week.

The Islands and the Whales is an independent film by Mike Day that explores the tradition of whale hunting, and its social impact in the remote Faroe Islands, a self-governing region of Denmark. 

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Young philanthropist gives to DECH Emergency Department

Down East Community Hospital (DECH) was delighted to be approached by 8 - year old Mia Mills who wanted to know how she could give to the Emergency Department. Mia, accompanied by her mother, Monique Mills, came to DECH on Sept. 20 to donate to the emergency department. Mia had earned the money lobster fishing with her dad, Jason Mills. Mia presented the donation in an envelope covered with multi-colored hearts, to DECH CEO, Dennis Welsh in the new Emergency Department.

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Governor LePage announces judicial nominees

Governor Paul R. LePage announced today five judicial nominations, all of which are re-appointments to the Maine Superior Court or the District Court.

LePage has nominated Superior Court Justices Robert E. Murray, Jr., MaryGay Kennedy and Ann M. Murray for reappointment.

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The Editor’s Desk

For the past week, Washington County has been the subject of discussion all over Maine and down to Washington, DC, as our local and national delegations, attorney general, public advocate, and private citizens struggle to make sense of Verizon’s abrupt service terminations issued to a portion of its nationwide customer base. 

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INTERNITY sponsors 1st annual hike to combat veteran suicide

On average, 22 veterans/ active duty service members commit suicide on a daily basis across the United States. 

In order to help fight to bring these suicide numbers down, INTERNITY will be sponsoring its 1st Annual INTERNITY/ D.E.S.T RuckMe 22, Oct. 20-22.

During these three days, members of INTERNITY Veterans Resource Center, along with members of Fire and Iron Athletics, will be hiking 22 miles of Washington County’s beautiful Sunrise Trail from Harrington to Machias in honor of our fallen Veterans and Active Duty Military Members. 

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Marijuana bill still in draft stages

by Sen. Joyce Maker

In a few days’ time, the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee, a bipartisan 17-member committee on which I serve, will hold a public hearing on LR 2395, “An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act.” 

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Connecticut fugitive arrested in Machias

A Connecticut man wanted on drug charges in Maine and a number of other felonies from Connecticut, was taken into custody late last Tuesday night in Machias.  Rafael Santiago-Salazar aka “Chico” was charged in February for selling heroin and crack cocaine, following a joint investigation by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Following his arrest, Santiago-Salazar posted bail and never showed up for his court appearances in Maine. 

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Next Step Project invites all to first annual Shine a Light tree lighting

With support from hundreds of individuals and businesses committed to ending domestic abuse, Next Step Domestic Violence Project will hold tree-lighting ceremonies simultaneously in Calais, Machias, Ellsworth, and Deer Isle/Stonington on Saturday, Oct. 3. The lights represent the approximately 1,000 people who have used Next Step services over the past year. The tree will stay lit each night for the month of October, which is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Meals on Wheels menu

Washington County Community Café and Meals on Wheels menu for October. 

Mon., Oct. 2,  Pulled Pork, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Corn, Wheat Bread, Dessert. 

Tues., Oct. 3,  Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole, Carrots and Broccoli, Wheat Bread, Dessert. 

Wed., Oct. 4,  Cheese and Beef Macaroni, Mixed Vegetables, Wheat Bread, Dessert. 

Thurs., Oct. 5,  Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken, Brown Rice, Peas, Carrots, Dessert.

Fri., Oct. 6,  Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Sesame Vegetable Rice, Green Beans, Wheat Bread, Dessert.

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Thoughts on keeping abreast in October

As the leaves drop from the trees and the firewood gets stacked for the season, it’s that time of year when thoughts of all shapes and sizes become aimed toward breast cancer awareness.

Right up there with so many maladies of the age, we all owe it to ourselves to learn more about the cancer that will see one in eight women diagnosed with it in 2017. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Time to encourage all women -- especially your friends between 40 and 49 -- to get those mammograms. Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in claiming the lives of women. 

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1st Annual Maine Gleaning Week will spotlight farm surplus rescue efforts

Healthy Acadia and the Maine Gleaning Network are thrilled to announce the first annual Maine Gleaning Week - Oct. 7-16. Maine Gleaning Week will feature a collection of gleaning events - farm surplus rescue efforts that will gather crops and food that might otherwise be left in the fields or go to waste - from farms, community gardens, and farmers’ markets; engaging communities in resourceful and equitable food system activities that help to provide healthy, fresh, local food for Mainers in need. 

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King writes letter in support of lobster emoji

 U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today wrote to the Unicode Consortium requesting it include a new lobster emoji in the 2018 release of its standard character set. The new emoji would be available for use on social media platforms and smartphones. Currently, emoji exist for crabs, shrimp, fish, and other marine animals, but not lobsters. A lobster emoji, however, is currently short-listed to be added in, subject to approval by the Consortium’s Technical Committee at its quarterly meeting in October.

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Jonesport still dealing with illegal junk yard

 

by Nancy Beal

For nearly a year, Jonesport officials have been engaged in cleaning up an unlicensed junkyard on the Fire Road, where derelict motor vehicles, bathroom fixtures and other debris has spread from the owner’s land onto his neighbors’ and into the road. The problem landed on the selectmen’s desk last October when the elementary school principal complained that the school bus was not able to navigate the road between Greenwood Cemetery and the coast guard housing complex.

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Beals Heritage Center addition finished, 1901 Maurice Dow-built gas-powered lobster sloop unveiled

 

by Nancy Beal

The Beals Historical Society took a significant step forward last summer, when carpenters completed an addition to its Heritage Center, a 38-by-40-foot area destined to be what BHS President Carol Davis calls a cold storage building. The barn-like structure is built over a cement slab attached to the display hall, and will house “anything that doesn’t need heat,” says Davis. It cost $34,415 and was funded with a $28,000 grant, a few smaller donations, and BHS fundraising.

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Jacksonville Cemetery News

The new steel fence installed on Monday Sept. 25 along Route 191 at the Jacksonville Cemetery will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 30.  The cemetery association encourages all to visit and view this great accomplishment.  Now is the time to remove the old decorations and put on the new fall decorations.  There are trash barrels for this purpose at the crypt.  Any items that can be composted should be placed on the ground by the trash barrels.  For more information please contact Nate at 255-8230 or nate.pennell@myfairpoint.net

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Welsey News

Alvah Hawkins has a new grandson, Xander Harris born Monday, Sept. 18 around 9 in the morning, weighing in at 8 lbs. 12 oz. and 22 inches long. Mom and dad, Kimberly and Victor are very happy.

Linda has been making about three batches of soap every day, getting ready for all the craft fairs coming this fall. Judy has been sewing like crazy. Their first one on Oct. 7 is the Perry Harvest Fair. Hope to see you there.

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Columbia News

Out and About

The Adult Education classes have begun at the High School in Harrington, it may not be too late to join. Call Dawn 483-2746 at the High School to register. The Genealogy class has started on Monday nights, always room for more to come. I can help you dig up your ancestors.

The Phys Ed Class on Tuesday last week enjoyed hiking in Pigeon Hill and Marshville during their classes.

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Book Bus stop

Bess the Book Bus made her annual stop at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library last week. Jennifer Frances, who drives the bus from Florida and manages the mobile literacy outreach program, greeted area children and urged them to select free books. Also present were personnel from Axiom Technologies’ STEM program demonstrating robotics, and members of PML’s Friends of the Library recruiting members for the group that finances the library’s children’s programs. Bangor Savings Bank provided ice cream. Photo by Nancy Beal

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Candidate’s statement on Graham-Cassidy legislation

by Jonathan Fulford

Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who refused to face constituents after voting for Speaker Ryan’s Obamacare Repeal, continues to remain silent as the devastating facts regarding Graham-Cassidy come to light. One study by Avalere Health found that Maine would lose $1 billion in Medicaid funding over the next decade, and $17 billion in reduced Medicaid funding and health insurance grants over the next 20 years.

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Officials offer advice on avoiding flood-damaged cars

In light of the anticipated high volume of flood-damaged automobiles in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap recommend that consumers inform themselves about their rights before purchasing a used vehicle.

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Verizon extends deadline, signals more cuts

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Responding to public and government pressure, last week Verizon said that it has pushed out the termination deadline for 8,500 nationwide rural customers from Oct. 17 to Dec. 1. They also said they will continue to offer service to terminated customers who have “no alternative provider”.

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Small aircraft crashes at Machias Valley Municipal Airport

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 

A 1973 Beechcraft Sundowner C23 lost power during its approach to the Machias Valley Municipal Airport on Thursday, Sept. 14. The Machias Fire Department was called to the scene of the ensuing crash, which did not injure the pilot. There were no passengers.

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Memories of the British occupation of Machias in 1814 The British are coming Part 2

The following is a first person account of what happened during those trying times as recorded by Lydia Whitney Sherman, wife of Aaron Sherman a local carpenter who is most noted for building the Ruggles House at Columbia Falls, and daughter of Colonel Jeremiah O’Brien. She remembers distinctly the British occupation of Machias in 1814, then a girl of eleven years. When in her nineties her remembrances were recorded by her son George W. Sherman, who sent them to George Drisko, who printed her story in the March 9, 1897 issue of the Machias Union – as follows.

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Seal fatalities

Three dead seals in three weeks have local marine scientists scratching their heads. Last weekend former University of Maine at Machias (UMM) marine biology student Marielle Thomas worked with UMM professor Gayle Krauss to examine the seal. Photo courtesy Aura Moore

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DMR announces presence of brain-damaging biotoxin

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is in the process of recalling mussels harvested from Frenchman Bay due to elevated levels of domoic acid, the biotoxin that causes Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP). The recall follows a closure implemented yesterday of the area between East Point on MDI and Cranberry Point in Gouldsboro to the harvest of mussels, clams, oysters and whelks (carnivorous snails).

 In mammals, including humans, domoic acid acts as a neurotoxin, causing permanent short-term memory loss, brain damage, and death in severe cases.

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Machias’ Annual Harvest Fair, Wine and Beer Festival set for Sept. 23

The 2017 Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce Fifth  Annual Harvest Fair and Wine and Beer Tasting Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23. It is sponsored by the Chamber, Machias River Brewing Company and The French Cellar.

The full day of fun begins with a Color Dash sponsored by Healthy  Acadia. Registration is preferred in advance but can be made on the day of the event at 8 a.m. The dash begins at 9 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, contact Angela Fochesato at Healthy Acadia, 255.3741.

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Beals Elementary School students in grades 5

Beals Elementary School students in grades 5 through 8 trek through the woods of The Nature Conservancy’s Great Wass Island Preserve as part of a two-day field trip last week under the auspices of the Maine Outdoor School. Photo courtesy Suzanne Carver. Story found on page 10.

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‘Downeast Cowboy’ named finalist in outdoor adventure film contest

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

James Hubisz and Kelly Hinkle are the men behind the mask of Downeast Cowboy, an online filmmaking venture that has grown in popularity since 2011 when they made their first video showcasing Washington County. 

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Verizon Wireless disconnects Downeast

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Two years after Verizon Wireless announced its expansion into eastern Hancock and Washington Counties, Downeast customers received letters stating that their Verizon contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. 

Downeast customers are not the only ones receiving these notices. According to Verizon spokesperson David Weissman, 213 customers and 455 lines have been cut here in Washington County this month, but a total of 8,500 consumers in 13 states will also lose their Verizon service—19,000 lines in all.

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Authors Cass and Smith to give readings at Merrill Library

University of Maine at Machias will host two authors, Megan Cass and Erin Smith. Both will read from their creative works on Friday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Merrill Library.  The event is free and open to the public. Both authors will read for approximately 20 minutes and will have copies of their works available for sale. The library will provide light refreshments. 

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SCRATCH computer coding at Porter Memorial Library

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and 4-H will offer a six-week Scratch computer coding course to be held at Porter Memorial Library. Beginning Oct. 4, the course will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library, 92 Court Street, Machias, and is designed for children ages 10 to 14. The Scratch computer coding course is one of many different SPIN Club (Special Interest Club) subjects for kids to explore through 4-H.

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Weekly drawing group welcomes beginners and experienced artists

The Drawing Workshop at Eastport Arts Center has resumed weekly meetings and offers a session each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. The workshop will include a combination of life drawing, facial studies and drawing the clothed figure. The group’s emphasis is to offer a learning experience for beginners and, for more experienced artists, an opportunity to hone their drawing skills. No prior experience is necessary. Participants may either pay $12 per session on a drop-in basis or just $40 for four sessions (preregistered).

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The grandeur of Petit Manan

The saying goes that good things come in small packages—but what about petit ones? One can find the answer to this question down Route 1 in Steuben. The peninsula of Petit Manan is one of Maine’s many “fingers” that extend into the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. While some of the refuge is private property, its Hollingsworth Trail offers quick and easy access to the natural paradise of the peninsula.

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Machias debates mobile vending ordinance, fire department consolidation

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

During a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Machias Selectboard gathered feedback on a proposed mobile vending ordinance which could give the town the ability to regulate vendors who sell on public property. 

The ordinance was proposed in response to some difficulties reported on the Machias dike, located between Helen’s and Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 1, which is often full of mobile vendors. Reported issues include territorial vendors arguing with other merchants, and abuse of the garbage receptacles.

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Action shots of Narraguagus Knights Soccer

See full photo spread in September 20 issue on newsstands now or download the Digital Version.  See pages 16-17.

Brantley Kane controls the ball for Narraguagus.

An agile Colby Poirier takes the action sharply left.

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Clipper squads open season

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias men’s and women’s soccer squads opened their 2017 season on Sept. 2 at home against the Central Maine Community College Mustangs while the volleyball squad traveled to Bangor for a match-up with the College of St. Joseph’s at Newman Gym on the Husson University campus.

New UMM men’s soccer coach picked up his first win coaching the Clippers on opening day when his team hosted the Central Maine Community College Mustangs of Auburn.

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Mugford captures tourney win

by Phil Stuart

Nate Mugford of Bucks Harbor recently captured the Annual Jim Merrill Tournament at Barren View Golf Club in Jonesboro with a low gross score of 72. Mugford won by five strokes over by runner-up Lenny Espling of Jonesboro.

Harry Beal of Columbia Falls supplemented his income with a big payday finishing with a low gross score of 59 and a two stroke advantage over Cooper’s Tom Viselli.

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Races galore in the fall

by Phil Stuart

Although there are not too many local road races Downeast in the fall, they are pretty abundant in other areas.

The Suddy 5K will be held in Eastport Saturday, Sept. 9. The one - mile Fun Run will start at Shead High School at 8:45 a.m. The 5K is slated to start at 9 a.m. The starting line is down over the hill from Shead High School. The race goes down through the South end before doing a loop back to Shead High by way of Water Street and Clark Street.

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Cards-Bruins in 1965 final

by Phil Stuart

The top seeded Cutler Cardinals and the second seeded Machias Bruins squared off in the 1965 Quoddy Base League final after semi-final wins over Pleasant Point and Bucks Harbor Air Base. Cutler finished the regular season with 10-2 record followed by Machias 9-3, Pleasant Point 9-3 and Bucks Harbor Air Force 7-5. Cutler journeyed to Pleasant Point to start the 1965 playoffs with a double header against the Indians.

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Penobscot Fly Fishers

By V. Paul Reynolds

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Groups drug recovery center opens

A new outpatient drug recovery center opened its doors in Machias this month. Groups is a clinic which uses a combination of group therapy and Suboxone to help people struggling with opiate addiction. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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UMM Dean’s List

The following students from Washington County achieved the distinction of being on the Dean’s List at the University of Maine at Machias in the Spring 2017 semester:

Robbinston: Brent Arthur Lyons, Dara Wesley Turner.

Pembroke: Miranda Lynn Mahar.

Dennysville: Alayna B. Caricofe.

Jonesport: Loretta Jean Robinson, Kali Elizabeth Alley, Meagan Elizabeth Alley.

Jonesboro: Kristin Alice King, Nadine Baker

Machias: Ty Steven Richards, James Christopher Dolan.

Machiasport: Kellie J. Sawyer.

Whiting: Virginia Jean Majka.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

The Project Canopy Tree Planting will continue at 9 a.m. on Tuesday Sept 19th. Please join us at the Water Street parking lot.

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Open to the public - Wed., Sept. 20 5 p.m. Monthly meeting of the Porter Memorial Library board of trustees, 92 Court St., Machias. 

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Dinner served at 5:30 (Doors open at 5:00). This month’s Pleasant River Garden Club meeting will take place 

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Editors Desk

We’ve had a busy week here in Washington County.

All the high school and college sports teams are back at it, and Phil Stuart has those stories for you in our Sports section. 

We had a small plane crash at the Machias Valley Municipal Airport, which the pilot walked away from just fine. It meant a long day for him and for the Machias Fire Department, and heaven knows that plane will never be the same. But as they say, a good landing is any landing that you walk away from. We have that story for you on page 1.

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UMaine Extension offers Venison 101

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a day-long workshop on deer health in Maine and the safe processing of venison on Sept. 30, 8:45 a.m.– 4 p.m., at the University of Maine’s J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center, 160 University Farm Road, Old Town.

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Fall yard work that yields springtime benefits

Lots of people think that their family yards need less attention in the fall, but autumn is no time to ignore your lawn and landscape.

 “What you do now will determine the quality of your family yard next spring and summer,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. 

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Hearing from people across Maine guides my work in Washington

by Sen. Angus King

 During my time in Maine this summer, I visited all of the 16 counties in our state, hearing feedback from Maine people about the issues important to them, their families and their communities. My stops throughout the state once again reminded me that Maine is a big small town with very long streets – we care about each other and our friends and neighbors. Listening to people from Sanford to Fort Fairfield – and everywhere in between – is a breath of fresh air and helps guide my work in Washington.

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Wesley News

Phyllis Dennison’s daughter, Valerie, up here visiting from Bradington, Florida. She is here for a couple of weeks. Brother Charlie and Gail came to visit and have supper with all of them.​

Joe and Anthony, father and son from New Jersey, were here for bear hunting for the second week. Other than seeing bear cubs, which they didn’t get, they went to Marshfield and went home with a cub. Shepherd pup. The cutest thing you ever saw. They were happy.

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Harrington News

Another week has passed by so quickly.  Friends and family attended the funeral For Dorothy “Dottie” Plummer this week.  Dottie was the widow of Captain Ralph Plummer of Harrington.  Dottie was a lovely lady and will be missed by many.  She traveled extensively with her husband.  They lived all over the United States and other countries. She had a great personality and was loved by many.  Happy reunion with “Bud”, Dottie.

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Columbia News

The Milbridge Historical Society speaker for Tuesday evening was Doug Kell speaking on how he came to Milbridge and started his business Kelco Industries in the old Milbridge High School building. This was our last program for the year.

The chicken pot pie supper at the congregational church in Cherryfield on Wednesday Sept. 13, was delicious with many folks out for it. I enjoyed sitting at the table with Joe, Anne, Ruth, Jean, Louise, Ben and his mother. The next and last supper for the season will be Wednesday, Oct. 11 with a turkey dinner.

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Whitneyville Library news

It is an exciting time for the library as we prepare for the groundbreaking for the new library. The new site of the library, which is located on Cross Street in Whitneyville, will be the center of attention on Sept. 23 at noon.  

All of our patrons and library friends are invited to attend.  Following the groundbreaking ceremony the Friends of the Whitneyville Library invite everyone to the Hillgrove Community Building for light refreshments. This is a wonderful and exciting moment in the library’s history that we want to share with all our library friends.

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Maine Outdoor School teaches Beals students on Great Wass Island

Beals Elementary students did not stay inside to read about science on Sept.14-15; Maine Outdoor School took Beals students in grades K-8 to the Great Wass Island Nature Preserve to learn geology and natural history through games, acting, exploration, and observation. On the first day, students in grades 5-8 focused on geology by identifying rock and mineral types along the trail. On the second day those 5th-8th graders teamed up with students in grades K-4 to share what they learned and to build new natural history knowledge together.

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Machiasport teen builds toward Eagle Scout rank

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Before earning their rank, aspiring Eagle Scouts must accomplish a project that both demonstrates their leadership and serves the community. For his final service project, 17 year-old Caleb Norton chose to build a new greenhouse for the Fort O’Brien Elementary School in Machiasport. 

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Pleasant River Historical Society annual meeting set for Oct. 8

Pleasant River Historical Society annual meeting is set for Oct. 8

The annual meeting of the Pleasant River Historical Society will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8  at the Mayhew Library in Addison.

This annual meeting satisfies the IRS 501(c)3 and State of Maine non-profit regulations and will involve the election of officers to fill all vacancies. For voting purposes there will be a table from 1:30-2 p.m. to take new memberships. All area persons interested in the historical resources of the Pleasant River area are invited to attend.

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Positive youth development focus of Oct. 13 workshop

The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) in partnership with the River Coalition, Wabanaki Public Health, Healthy Acadia and Penobscot Job Corps Center, is partnering to host a free workshop that offers adults who work with youth effective tools, resources and strategies for building successful youth-adult partnerships.  “Creating Successful Youth/Adult Partnerships” will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penobscot Job Corps Center, 1375 Union St. Bangor, Maine 04401.

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Join the fight to lower taxes and help Maine families prosper

by Governor Paul LePage

It is so refreshing to have a president in the White House who truly understands what it takes to create jobs and grow the economy.

From his long and successful career in business, President Trump knows firsthand that a burdensome tax code doesn’t create jobs, it kills them. When he outlined his vision for tax reform last week, I was pleased to see it will help Maine families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.

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Late night Machias raid leads to 3 arrests

A Connecticut man wanted on drug charges in Maine and a number of other felonies from Connecticut, was taken into custody late last night in Machias.  Rafael Santiago-Salazar aka: “Chico” was charged in February for selling heroin and crack cocaine, following a joint investigation by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  Following his arrest, Santiago-Salazar,  posted bail but never showed up for his court appearances in Maine. 

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Verizon Wireless quietly backing out of Downeast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

This week, Downeast customers of Verizon Wireless received letters stating that their cellular service contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. The letters were titled “Important information regarding interruption to your service.”

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Fall sports season starting

by Phil Stuart

The 2017-2018 high school sports season is upon us which includes cross country, golf, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer and volleyball.

Cross country is hard to predict but it would be fairly safe to say that Evan Merchant of Jonesport-Beals would be favored to win the DAC championship and that WA, Machias and Narraguagus would be the only schools capable of fielding fall teams.

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Columbia News

The first week of school has come and gone, where does the time go? All of the kiddos are happy to be back with their friends. Some of our buses were acting up as if they did not want to get back to work either but we soon straightened them out.

I was blessed again with more beans to can this past week, and with the corn that I got when we traveled to Bangor on Labor Day I was able to put that up, too. I don’t think I will go hungry this coming winter as I will eat out of my larder.  

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Wesley News

Karen made it to her cousin’s wedding in New Hampshire with Lisa and Dorothy for company. Great pictures and a great time was had by all.

Karen thanks everyone for their prayers. She has been having hard times with her chemo but she’s tough and makes it through.

Thanking Wendy for helping at Bear Camp in Karen’s place when she’s not up to it.

Andy and a couple of his good friends showed up and split all my firewood by hand, no splitter. Thank you. guys.

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Whitneyville Library to begin construction of new library

The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library along with Librarian Patricia Brightly are pleased to announce that construction of the new library will be begin on Sept. 23 with a ground breaking ceremony. It is a momentous step in the library’s next chapter and marks a glorious milestone.

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Harrington News

The hurricane in St. Petersburg, Florida is scary. Many of us have family and friends living there. I am praying for their safety. Our son, Roger, and his wife, Susan, and their basset hounds have hunkered down with friends in Rog’s wife’s beauty salon. It is a cement building. By the time you read this, they should all be safe!

Julie and Elliot Noyes just moved back to Harrington a short time ago. They still have two sons and their families. We are praying for everyone’s safety.

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Jonesport and Beals school news

by Nancy Beal

At their Sept. 5 meetings, the school committees for Beals (BES) and Jonesport Elementary Schools (JES) dealt with resignations, hirings, coaches, and the borrowing of eighth graders for the high school volleyball program.

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Constitution Week observed Sept. 17 to 23

Constitution Week, September 17-23, commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States. The first plan of national government the United States had was called Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, quickly shortened to the Articles of Confederation by most people. The Confederation was a loosely joined group of states that gives only limited powers to the central government. The Articles were drawn up in 1777 and went out of existence when the Constitution was adopted in 1789.  Of the written national constitutions, the U.S.

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Obeline Crowley turns 100

 

by Lisa Cirone

Obeline Crowley, originally from Beals, resides at Sunrise Care Facility in Jonesport. On Aug. 29 Obeline turned 100. Here at Sunrise we had an open house, where family, friends and other residents gathered to celebrate this wonderful lady’s milestone. She received cards, gifts, phone calls with 2 special letters from Governor LePage and President Trump. She was presented a cane for being the oldest person living from Beals Island. There was lots of laughter and memories that filled the room at Sunrise Care Facility.

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Jonesport’s Sunrise Care manager receives award

Sunrise Care Facility is pleased to announce that Julia Alley, business office manager, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Maine Health Care Association Celebrating Excellence in Caregiving Award.  Julia has been employed at Sunrise Care Facility for 23 years.  Throughout her many years of service, she has served as a C.N.A., a C.N.A.-M., the Dietary Manager and in her current role as the Business Office Manager. 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

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Movie - Friday, Sept. 15 - 6 p.m. - Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Henry D. Moore Library - free admission - refreshments by donation 207-546-7301

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Bean Supper - Sept 16. West Lubec Methodist Church, 5 p.m. 

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Book bus to visit Milbridge

Bess the Book Bus will returns to Camden National Bank in Milbridge 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.

Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy outreach dedicated to building home libraries for children and families that otherwise may not have the opportunity to own books. Area children can visit the bus and pick out a free book to take home. Books in both English and Spanish will be available.

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Community turns out for emergency department tour

More than 150 community members came out to view the new Emergency Department at Down East Community Hospital last week. 

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