Flora M. ( Penny ) Beal Rockland

Flora ( Penny ) M. Beal, 74,  our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and  great-grandmother  passed away unexpectedly in Lebanon, New Hampshire on October 9, 2017.  Penny was born November 21, 1942 to Vinton L. and Rose M. Beal in Rockland, Maine.

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Mid-season sports update

by Phil Stuart

The 2017 High School sports season is now in the second half and so far there are not many surprises.

The soccer season is going pretty much as expected for the boys. Pre-season favorite Washington Academy hasn’t missed a step since moving up to Class B. 

The scores are much closer since moving up a class, but  they have far superior talent than all the other schools and it will take a huge effort to end their winning streak which has been going on for over two and one half seasons.

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Pride record falls

by Phil Stuart

Jonesport-Beals junior Evan Merchant of Beals shaved 20 seconds off the course record of 18:15 set by Jacob Godfrey of Machias in 2016.

The Bulldog Pride 5K was established in 2013 as part of the Bulldog Pride weekend which includes sporting events like soccer and volleyball in addition to alumni game.

Jay Beal of Marion ran bare footed to win the inaugural race in 2013 with a time of 21:11 while his sister Clara was the female winner in 21:13.

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Carter indispensable to Downeast running

by Phil Stuart

Those of us that have participated in Washington County road races know that most of them are certified and the distance that we run is accurate.

Mike Carter, president and CEO of Northfield’s Carter Calibrations has certified ninety percent of all the areas race courses.

Over the years, Carter has sacrificed his own running career to a large extent for the benefit of others.

The cones that you see at cross country races and road races and the mile markers painted on the road just didn’t get there by accident.

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Clipper sports action

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clipper’s men soccer and girls soccer and volleyball squads have been busy as of late with the season approximately at the halfway mark.

On Sept. 22 and 23, the men’s soccer squad headed north to play a pair of games.

On Sept. 22, the Clippers played the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls in the Star City.

The Clippers fell behind early in the first half as Brandon Danforth of the Owls scored unassisted at the 8:03 mark to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

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DAC Golf championship photos

 

See all photos on page 16-17 in this week's issue or on the Digitial Version here.

Pictured left - right is the Machias Bulldog golf team. Members include: Coach Tony Roy, Jacob Sinford, Evan Sinford, and Blake Barabe.

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Washington Academy’s Homecoming game

Washington Academy was defeated 12-30 Photo courtesy Hannah Sprague

Friday night’s lights shined down on the varsity Washington Academy Raiders during their Oct. 13 game against Houlton. photo by Sarah Craighead Dedman

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Washington Academy Homecoming

WA’s cheerleaders dressed warmly and kept the crowds warmed up during the homecoming game last Friday, Oct. 13.

Some of WA’s Girls Soccer Team line up before the homecoming parade.

Girls’ Volleyball team show school spirit. 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Buffet Dinner - Nook and Cranny proceeds to benefit Downeast Hospice Volunteers. Friday, October 20.open @ 5:30 p.m. – dinner @ 6 p.m.

space limited, resercations necessary, call 454-7521 ext 126, or Art Carter at 454-8238

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“I Hear Washington County Singing” Songs, poems, and historic music of Washington County

Woodsmen, fishermen, sailors, farmers, hunters, poaches, and Puritans: all from Downeast Maine. Our ancestors, varied as they were, had at least one thing in common: They all sang “with open mouths and strong melodious songs.” On Monday, Oct. 23 Kris Paprocki, music teacher at Pembroke, Perry, and Charlotte Elementary Schools, will present the historic music of Washington County, most of it written by the men and women who lived here. 

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Suspended driver involved in Addison fatality

On Friday Oct. 13 at 5:06 p.m., the Washington County Regional Communications Center received a call of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on the East Side Road in Addison. Deputies and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene. 

Through the course of the investigation it was determined that Trissa Donovan, age 42 of Harrington and Mandy Kane age 37 of Addison were walking south on the East Side Road in Addison when they were struck from behind by a red Dodge pickup driven by Kayla East, age 23 of Addison.  

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Tigers, Devils cross-country winners

 

by Phil Stuart

The Shead High School Tigers and Calais High School Blue Devils were the team winners at the Annual Calais High School Cross Country Invitation at Moosehorn Refuge on Sept. 26.

The Shead girls edged the Narraguagus Knights by the narrowest of margins 35 to 36 while Washington Academy finished a distant 3rd at 72 followed by Machias at 103. Calais and Jonesport-Beals had no team scores.

Sophia McVicar of Calais took individual honors with a winning time of 19:28 as she led a field of 21 runners over the 2.9 mile course.

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The life story of Robert Hall

 

by  Olivia G. McBrine

On July 26, 1937, Robert W. Hall was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the eldest child to William and Ruth Hall. Growing up, Robert remembers his family spending many months of the year in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he spent a great deal of his time striper fishing and hunting with his cousin. Robert attended school at Milton Elementary School until the eighth grade when he then graduated and began school at Milton High School. 

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Taking Action For Health: workshop series begins Oct. 26

In Machias , Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Downeast Community Hospital, will offer a free, six-week “Taking Action for Health” workshop series in the conference room of Downeast Community Hospital, 11 Hospital Drive, Machias.  Classes will meet weekly on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 26 and continuing through Dec. 7 (no class on Nov. 23).

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Rosetta Antoinette Gove Reynolds Machias

Rosetta Antoinette Gove Reynolds passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in Orono, Maine. She was born on January 31, 1937 in Paget, Bermuda to the late Eugene and Verona (Lawrence) Gove. She came to the United States in 1944 with her father and sisters. Soon after, her father met and married Almeda Pettigrew and moved his family to her hometown of Bucks Harbor. She spent her childhood there until she married Lester Reynolds. They moved to Jonesboro where they raised their children.

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Elanson “Lanny” Ward Davis - Addison

Elanson Ward Davis, 83, born September 30, 1934 in Addison, Maine went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 8, 2017 surrounded by his family and friends.

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How to search for forgotten 401(k) money

Dear Savvy Senior,

How do I find an old 401(k) that I think I contributed money to at a former employer?

Approaching Retirement

 Dear Approaching,

If you think you may have lost track of a 401(k) retirement account, you aren’t alone. As Americans jump from job to job, many leave scraps of their company sponsored 401(k) plans behind, believing they’ll deal with it later, but never do. To help you look for an old 401(k), here are some suggestions along with some free resources that can help you search.

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Graveside Service

A graveside service for Ivan Graham will be held on Saturday, October 21, at 1:00 at the Jacksonville Cemetery in East Machias.

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Merrimack Mortgage Company opens Machias Branch

Merrimack Mortgage Company, LLC, a HarborOne Bank Company, is pleased to announce they have opened a new branch office in Machias, Maine, NMLS ID: 1665468. This is Merrimack Mortgage Company’s fourth branch in Maine; current branches include Kennebunk, Augusta and Camden.  Joining the company at this new location is Branch Manager and Loan Officer Steve Richardson, NMLS ID: 889047.  

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Machias Savings awards $5,000 to Families First

Families First Community Center was awarded a $5,000 grant this week by Machias Savings Bank that nearly completes the goal toward their property purchase and renovations.

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Healthy Acadia welcomes new board members

Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington counties, is thrilled to welcome Patrick Lyons and Bob Fitzsimmons as new members to the organization’s Board of Directors. “We’re so honored to have Bob and Patrick join our team,” stated Elsie Flemings, Healthy Acadia’s Executive Director. “They are dynamic community leaders, and each brings his own unique experience, insight, passion and expertise, which will help to guide our work and enhance our effectiveness in building healthier communities.” 

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‘Blues Giant’ Whelan is Eastport-bound

The Eastport Arts Center is excited to announce a concert by blues-inspired Americana guitarist and songwriter Sid Whelan on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Known for well-crafted lyrics and harmonically-rich guitar voicings, Whelan, a songwriting student of Steve Earle, writes songs which tackle difficult themes of contemporary American life. For his Eastport show, Whelan will perform songs in his signature style from his three albums: 2013’s “Flood Waters Rising,”  2015’s “The Story of Ike Dupree,” 2018’s upcoming “Waiting for Payday,” as well as classics from the American blues canon. 

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Women entrepreneurs invited to join Rising Tide Network

by  Lura Jackson

There’s an interesting phenomenon happening in Maine, and it’s directly related to women and their success at operating businesses here. In the past ten years, the revenue made by women business owners in the state has increased by 214 percent, according to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. This increase is the highest in the country, indicating that women in Maine are clearly doing something right.

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Jonesport explores ocean access at marina, campground

 

by Nancy Beal

Access to working waterfront has been front and center in the minds of Jonesport mariners and officials for many years. Three years ago, an ambitious plan to expand the marina in a three-way purchase fell through, and a committee has been working ever since to enable the fishermen who are the backbone of the town’s workforce to get to the water.

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Never too young

No one’s too young to learn that firefighters are your friend, and that big trucks and big men and women in oversize suits and breathing apparatus are nothing to be afraid of. Such were the fun lessons when Lieutenants Andrew Mulholland and Andy McKenna, volunteers with the Machias Fire Department, stopped by to visit with the children of Anita McCurdy’s Daycare in Machias, part of National Fire Prevention Week. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Addison Planning Board meeting highlights

The Addison Planning Board met on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and issued the following permits:

#15-2017 to Daniel Colby representative of Joyce and Gren Blackall to build two duel story decks-one (16’x13’) being located on their garage and one (14’x38’ in an L shape) on their house with no concrete pour subject to no conditions at 88 Carver Lane Addison Map 18 Lot 39. All fees paid.

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Little Hands of Hope children’s home fundraiser update

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In August, we reported on the Machias-based charity, Little Hands of Hope, started by Kristen Johnson. The charity feeds and cares for street children in the town of Nyendo, Uganda. 

“Most of them are AIDS orphans,” said Johnson. Right now the organization provides food for anywhere from 40-100 children every night of the week.” In July, the charity completed construction of a building to house the children in the small village of Bulando, located approximately 7 miles from Nyendo. The home sits on 5 acres of land. 

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Public invited to WaCo Food Council meeting Oct. 25

Are you interested in local food systems? Are you interested in increasing access to local food? 

Want to learn more? Come to the fall meeting of the Washington County Food Council.

The food council is a networking group that connects stakeholders from around the county in order to better inform our work to increase healthy food access and support stronger agricultural and fishing infrastructures in Washington County.

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More than 550 WaCo educators attend UMM’s ‘Harvest of Ideas’

 

On Oct. 10, the University of Maine in Machias (UMM) hosted the 2017 Harvest of Ideas for more than 550 Washington County educators.  Participants selected workshops from over 30 sessions led by presenters from across the State, including specialists from Maine’s Department of Education, instructors from UMaine Machias and University of Southern Maine, GEAR UP Maine, Maine-Wabanaki REACH, several social services agencies, as well as educators from RSU #2, Washington Academy, and Steuben Elementary School.

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When you build that first fire

As the days and nights grow chilly, wood stoves get fired up. Make sure yours is installed correctly, and that burnable items are kept away from it. Make sure your chimney is clean. If your wood is green, take special care to check chimneys and stovepipes to make sure they don’t get choked with creosote. Check with your local fire department for more tips on operating wood stoves safely.

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Time to plan Community Christmas

It’s time to begin planning for Machias’ amazing Community Christmas!! Last year we had more than a dozen businesses and more than two dozen individuals help plan and execute the Voice of Downeast, Santa’s visit, crafts and activities, the Community Christmas Parade, Community Tree Lighting and caroling. It was a terrific success. This is a true COMMUNITY based event with townspeople taking  charge! 

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Machias’ Trick or Treat on Main Street set for Oct. 27

The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has organized Machias’ annual Trick or Treat on Main Street, scheduled to take place from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

The Defenders, a law enforcement motorcycle club, will be providing security again this year. “They’ll make sure the little ones get across the street safely,” said Chamber director Sharon Mack.

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Check your meds at Senior Health & Safety Expo Oct. 21

This Saturday, Oct. 21, is the inauguration of National Check Your Meds Day, “designed to encourage consumers to bring their prescription medications and supplements to their local pharmacies for brown bag medication reviews,” according to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). 

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Online blueberry museum predicted for ‘18 opening

by Ruth Leubecker

Dozens of interviews will ultimately provide the core of a wild blueberry museum primed to bring new recognition to Washington County.

“For a long time I’d been looking for a way to help my state prosper,” says Joline Blais. “Blueberries pull a lot of threads together. And they’re wild. Who doesn’t like something wild?!”

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DMR prepares for new scallop season, moves toward limited entry

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

As fishermen and foodies countdown to the opening of Maine’s scallop season in December,  the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) prepared by collecting feedback from fishermen.  Fishermen commented on proposed changes to the 2017-18 calendar, and the controversial question of how to let new fishermen into the lucrative fishery. 

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Machias Selectboard grapples with deer overpopulation, town bids

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Selectman Joshua Rolfe opened last Wednesday’s meeting with a request to limit conversations during meetings. “I think we’re missing stuff, there’s a lot of side conversations,” he said. 

“I think we should try to be more structured and make sure that everybody, when speaking, addresses the chairman.”

Board Chairman Warren Gay agreed. “We will stop it, cause we got the hammer under here,” he quipped. “I’m going to start using it.”

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Homecoming celebration

Washington Academy celebrated homecoming last Friday, Oct. 13 with a field day, parade, football game and bonfire. The school’s cross country team took a much-deserved seat during the parade. For more homecoming photos, see p. 14. Photo courtesy Hannah Sprague

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  • East Machias dedicates Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge

East Machias dedicates Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Blue skies and brilliant foliage were the backdrop for the dedication of the Jacksonville Bridge last Thursday, Oct. 12. 

The bridge is now renamed in honor of Norman E. Bagley, who served the town of East Machias for 26 years as an assessor, planning board member and selectman. He also served in the Army during the Korean War. 

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Why I’m voting no on Medicaid expansion

by Rep. Will Tuell

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Harrington News

Today was a lovely day for celebration. Our friends, Ny and Bill Kearns celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with many friends and family in Winter Harbor. Charlie and I went over and it was lovely. It is so great to see couples stay married this length of time!

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Whitneyville Library news

The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library will be at the Oct. 21 Craft Fair which is being held at the Parish Hall on Broadway in Machias. Their signature homemade chocolates will be for sale as well as handmade crafts. Check out what we have and indulge in some homemade chocolates.

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Wesley News

James Cox from Jonesboro donated pumpkins to the Wesley school kids for decorating for an art project.

Perry Harvest Day Craft Show was a  great day for Linda and Judy. There were a lot of people all day long. They did very well. Sandy and Steve Parson from Little Seavey Lake were also there with the 4H program.

Andy was over on Wednesday and helped clean up the garage to get ready to press apples on Sunday. Have a crew coming to press cider.  There will be plenty to give away.

George and Patti were back to Baileyville for a wedding with Hannah and Jordan.

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Columbia News

The Pleasant River Historical Society held their annual meeting on Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Mayhew Library with seven members present: myself, Mary and Tim Thompson, Cathy Fonda, Richard Paul, Sheri Thaxter and Grace Falzarano. Officers elected for the ensuring year are:

Grace Falzarano President, Ronie Strout Vice President, Shelby Greene Secretary, Cathy Fonda Treasury. Welcome to the new slate of officers and we are looking forward to having another great year in 2018.

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Bad Little Trail Run

The Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) held its inaugural Bad Little Trail Run Oct. 1 as 69 runners and walkers participated in a 2.7 mile and a 7 mile course. A team of more than 30 volunteers made the event possible. This was DCC’s first ever trail run, which they hope to make an annual event. Photo By Bill Kitchen

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Affordable Health Care open enrollment begins Nov. 1

Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa has an urgent message for Maine residents who purchase their health insurance coverage on the Individual Market: “Take the time to compare your options, and do it before Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 15.” 

“As most people are well aware, there has been quite a bit of turmoil in the insurance market this year. This has resulted in higher rates, and also in fewer choices,” Cioppa stated.

Just two insurers selling marketplace plans

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Homeland Security grants to continue accepting Maine licenses

The Department of Homeland Security has extended a grace period for the State of Maine’s REAL ID Act compliance, which will allow federal agencies to continue to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from Maine.

The Department of Homeland security issued a compliance waiver to the State of Maine on June 15, 2017, which expired at midnight on Oct. 10, 2017. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap submitted a request for a one-year renewal on Sept. 15, 2017.

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Gov. sends letter regarding attorney general’s use of settlement funds

Governor Paul R. LePage sent a letter to Senate and House leadership today advising them that he has directed the Office of the State Controller to transfer more than $10 million out of a fiduciary account under the discretion of the Attorney General into an Other Special Revenue account as required by 5 MRS §203-A. The funds are the results of legal settlements the State of Maine received from the Volkswagen and Moody’s litigation.

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Remembering the presence of Norman

He might’ve been called Mr. Jacksonville, so when the Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge was dedicated last week it was most fitting and special.

Flags and firetrucks and a handful of local officials marked the occasion, and a very poignant YouTube of the bridge itself is really remarkable.

Norman gave many years to East Machias as a selectman, and he assumed many other roles as needed. His ready grin and friendly demeanor were recognized all over town.

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Editors Desk

Kristen Johnson is a stay-at-home mom living in Machias. She and her husband have a daughter here, and hundreds of children they also love in Uganda. Following her faith, Kristen started the charity Little Hands of Hope, which is now the only thing standing between hundreds of Ugandan orphans and starvation. We first reported on her story in August.

From our small town, Kirsten has created something that is making a life-and-death difference to hundreds of children on the other side of the world. I am so moved by her service, we have the update to her story on page 4.

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Homecoming celebration

The freshman class decorated the Washington Academy bus to use as a float in the parade.Photo Courtesy Hannah Sprague

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October events highlight lessons from 1947 fire

1947 has been called “The Year Maine Burned.” A series of events is being offered this October to highlight what happened and how we prepare for wildfire today.

On Oct. 17, 1947, a fire started in Bar Harbor, Maine, that spread through the town and Acadia National Park. Meanwhile, wildfires sprang up across the drought-stricken Northeast, posing unprecedented challenges.

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Careless Bird Hunters

By V. Paul Reynolds

It probably should please me that in more than 50 years of upland bird hunting and big game hunting, I have been shot only twice: once, long ago, while duck hunting at Merrymeeting Bay, I took a BB shower from another hunter across the water; later, while fussing with my lawnmower behind my Hampden home in October, a grouse hunter sent some BBs my way from across the brook.

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What the summer leaves behind

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Land Transfers by deed August 11 - August 24, 2017

KAC Investments LLC of Franklin, Kentucky to Jean P. Conley of Oakland a certain lot or parcel of land together with the buildings thereon situated in Jonesport bounded westerly by the George Farnsworth

Lot and southerly by Moosebec Road

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Court News

Chad Hanning of Addison, Maine: 1.) Domestic violence assault on November 29, 2016 in Steuben. DISO. 2.) Domestic violence assault on November 29, 2016 in Steuben. DISO.

Adam Flint Harriman II of Bangor, Maine: Theft by receiving stolen property on October 10, 2015 in Topsfield. SNTC Date 8/23/2017, Washington County Jail 1 year all but 14 days suspended, stayed 8/25/2017, probation 1 year. Restitution $748. GLTY.

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Letter to the Editor

Frustrated with health care

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Legion makes history, first woman commander visits Maine

Denise Rohan is no stranger to discrimination. But in a giant step forward for every American she has become the first woman to assume national command of the American Legion. 

Recently she made her first official trip to Maine dropping in on American Legion posts in the Pine Tree State. Unfortunately, she confined her visits to southern Maine. Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, York, Kezar Falls, Berwick and Sanford were graced with her memorable presence. 

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Gov. directs flags to half-staff for fallen firefighters and fire prevention

In commemoration of the 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend and Fire Prevention Week (October 8-14), Governor Paul R. LePage has ordered flags on all public buildings and grounds to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Oct. 8.

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Candidate Fulford statement on Rep. Poliquin and the NRA

Hopes and prayers are not enough 

Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd District, Jonathan Fulford, released the following statement regarding Rep. Poliquin’s National Rifle Association (NRA) ‘standing’:

 “I am a gun owner and I understand the appropriate use of firearms. I also support common sense regulations that safeguard our citizens. I will not accept ‘dark money’ or corporate lobbyist funding and be dictated by them. I will work to represent the people of CD2 and not be in hock to those representing corporate interests that are not the people’s interests.”

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A memorable moose hunt

 

by Rep. Will Tuell

The moose hunt is over, but the echoes of a 308 booming in the early morning sunrise fifteen miles down a winding dirt road off another winding dirt road are ones I’ll not soon forget.

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Columbia News

 Tomatoes, tomatoes is what is ripening at my house, I have been putting up more and more as they ripen. Thank goodness to the folks who have shared their bounty with me. I definitely won’t be going hungry for a long while.

The weather has been good for all the school activities that have been happening. Soccer and volleyball games, and cross country meets have all been held this week.

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Wesley News

I went to Penobscot for the weekend with the dog. Maddy played volleyball all day Saturday, varsity and junior varsity. Bucksport won 3 and 3. I saw George and Patti on Sunday in Chelsea. Had a nice visit. Nine of us did a corn maze, hay ride and got free pumpkins. 

On my way home on Monday morning, there was a bad accident on Rt. 9 about six miles from the snack bar on the Bangor side. A paneled truck went through the guard rails on one side of the road and a car on the opposite side.

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Beals Planning Board to meet

by Nancy Beal

The Beals Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 19 in the town office to consider applications from Nancy and Vinyl Crowley for a double-wide home on Hard Head Road in Alleys Bay, and Robert and Shirley Beal to enlarge an existing workshop on Bridgeview Road to 16-by-18 feet. Representatives from Nancy Sullivan and Steve Kent’s subdivision at Seaduck Point will also attend to discuss the progress of that subdivision.

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Editors Desk

Last week’s news from Las Vegas had a profound impact on almost everyone I know—59 concert attendees murdered in cold blood. 

But for Washington County parents, that horrible event 2,000 miles away was made more personal by a threat much closer to home. Machias schools closed on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and every school in A.O.S. 96 followed suit on Wednesday, Oct. 4, on reports of emailed threats to students. The Machias Police Department was able to make an arrest by the end of Wednesday. We have that story for you on page three.

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Strengthening the future of Maine’s manufacturing industry

by Sen. Angus King

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Machias juvenile arrested for threats against area schools

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Emailed threats to local students led to the closure of the Machias schools on Tuesday, Oct. 3 and all A.O.S 96 schools plus Washington Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 4. 

 “We got some email threats that a person or persons unknown may try to cause harm to the students at Machias High,” said Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley. 

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Cherryfield murder suspect pleads not guilty

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One of two people charged with the murder of Sally Shaw was arraigned at the Washington County Courthouse in Machias on Friday, Oct. 6. 

Quaneysha Greeley, 19, entered the courtroom in handcuffs and stood with her attorneys, Jeff Davidson and Nathan Hodgkins. She entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of intentional or knowing murder. 

Shaw’s body was found on the side of the road in Cherryfield on the morning of July 19. The autopsy report said that Shaw died of a single gunshot to the head. 

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Nemitz speaks at WaCo Cancer Conference

 

by Nancy Beal

When Bill Nemitz opened his remarks at the 10th Annual Washington County Cancer Conference in Machias last week with the familiar “It’s great to be here today,” he added the word “cosmically” since, for nearly 15 years and critically in the last two, he has been living in a universe where cancer has threatened his existence. Nemitz lives by his pen—he is an award-winning journalist for the Portland Press Herald—but it was an oral accounting of his journey through cancer that brought him to the Pellon Center as the keynote speaker October 6.

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Posh consignment shop serves up style with a purpose

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After an appointment in Bangor, Andrea Guerra had an epiphany. “My guys took me to a store I hadn’t been in,” she said. It was a consignment boutique, and when they left Guerra’s son Brandon said to her, “Mom, you would rock that out.” 

“That Sunday at family dinner I just announced that I was going to start a consignment shop,” said Guerra. Posh: The Frugal Fashionista is the Machias-based shop born of that announcement, and it just celebrated its third anniversary. 

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Students learn ATV safety

Sixty nine students and adults attended an ATV Safety Course sponsored by the Down East Trail Riders on Oct. 1.  Thanks to the East Machias Selectmen, the course was held at the East Municipal Building.  Passing the course allows students age 10-18 to drive an ATV on all Maine Trails.

 The lead instructor was Charles Corliss, Recreational Trail Coordinator at Maine Dept. of Transportation.  Jon Southern, Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and Joe McBrine, Maine Game Warden, also provided instruction on ATV Trail Safety, Map Reading and Maine State ATV laws.

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A humorous goodbye

In keeping with its custom of whimsical puns, Machias nursery Jordan Gardens posted a humorous farewell last week, having closed its doors for good last spring. A public auction for the property is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. The business includes 11 acres of land. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Special Olympics swim program opens at University Maine Machias

The Washington County Special Olympics swim program will begin its third season on Thursday, October 12 from 10 – 11 am at the UMM pool. Special Olympians of all ages are encouraged to participate. The first session will include a skills assessment, so participants should come prepared to get in the pool. Practices will take place every Thursday (excluding holidays and weather closures) until the spring regional meets, usually held in April.

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The Witches at Steuben library

The Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center will be showing the movie  “The Witches” on Friday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. 

While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother Helga, young Luke inadvertently spies on a convention of witches. The Grand High Witch reveals a plan to turn all children into mice through a magical formula. When they find that Luke has overheard, the witches test the formula on him. Now, with the help of Helga and the hotel manager, Mr. Stringer, Luke the mouse must fight back against the witches.  Come enjoy the movie on our big screen.  

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Wonder Woman movie at UMM

University of Maine at Machias’ student activities organization, SAIL, will host two showings of the movie Wonder Woman on campus. SAIL stands for Student Activities Involvement and Leadership, and the organization hosts events throughout the academic year for students and community members. Wonder Woman will show in the Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $2 for community members and free for UMM students, staff, faculty, and their immediate family members.

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Whitneyville Library News

Saturday, Sept. 23 was a wonderful day for the Whitneyville Public Library as over 30 friends helped us celebrate as we broke ground for the new library.  After the groundbreaking ceremony friends were invited to the Hillgrove Community Building for light refreshments and to have a look at the construction plans for the library.  The day was made even more special as one of the founding members ,Dorothy Bridges Bodger, was on hand to celebrate with us.  Thank you to everyone that supported us and helped bring us to this special day.

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Harrington News

The Oktoberfest was a complete success this year.  I watched the parade out on my ramp, David McLaughlin was  the Grand Marshal.  He drove his very nice looking wrecker. There were many vendors at the Bigelow Park.  The children enjoyed the slide and the bounce house.  There was the traditional train giving the children rides around the festivities. There was music to make the day a success.  At nine o’clock the dance started. The music was supplied by the band, Driven. Every thing was a success. Thank you to all the people that helped get everything all together.

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Two Maine high speed internet companies merge

Bill Varney, CEO of Premium Choice Broadband and Andy Hinkley, President of Cornerstone Communications d/b/a MaineStream Internet, have announced the acquisition of Cornerstone and their interest in North Country Broadband by Premium Choice Broadband.  

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Raiders streak hits 41

by Phil Stuart

The Washington Academy boys’ soccer team’s consecutive win streak reached 41 as the third week of the 2017 fall sports season ended.

On Sept. 16, the Raiders traveled to Old Town to face the 2-1-1 Coyotes.

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Bruins win 1965 crown

by Phil Stuart

The Machias Bruins ended a three-year championship run by the Cutler Cardinals to win the 1965 Quoddy League Baseball Crown.

To reach the finals, top seeded Cutler defeated the Pleasant Point Indians in their best of three series 6-2 and 4-0 while second seeded Machias took out Bucks Harbor Air Base 5-0 and 8-4.

This set up a best of three match-up between the league’s two top seeds starting with a twin gill at Willie Corbett Field in Cutler on Sept. 11.

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Week four sports roundup

by Phil Stuart

The Calais High School boys have come on in cross country with a full squad that includes Addison Coty, Justice Bassett and Kyle Richard, all who placed in the top 10 at the recent Seacoast Invitational at Sumner High School which the Blue Devils won.

Matyas Machtiagall of Washington Academy (WA), Evan Merchant of Jonesport-Beals and Addison Coty of Calais are the area’s top runners.

The WA Raiders pushed their record to 3-1 in football as they defeated the Telstar Rebels of Bethel 58 - 49.

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Margaret Sara Williams - Addison

Margaret Sara Williams passed away on September 29, 2017.  She was born March 3, 1951.She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Michael Williams of Addison, ME; her mother, Doris Prince and the late Leo Prince of Duxbury, MA; her brother Leo Prince Jr. and his wife Sarah of Milton, NH; her sisters-Mary Camara and her husband Paul and Janet Collins and her husband David, both of Kingston, MA; she leaves several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 

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Court News

Monique J. St. Pierre of Bangor, Maine: 1.) OUI (alcohol), 2 priors on August 13, 2016. DISP. 2.) Assault on August 13, 2016. DISP. 3.) Refusing to submit to arrest or detent, physical force on August 13, 2016. DISP. 4.) Violation conditions of release on August 13, 2016. DISP. SNTC Date 8/31/2017, Washington County Jail 48 hours. GLTY. 5.) Operate vehicle without license-cond/restrict on August 13, 2016. SNTC Date 8/31/2017, Washington County Jail 48 hours. GLTY. 6.) OUI (alcohol) on August 13, 2016.

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Boarstone Mountain

by V. Paul Reynolds

“You wimp,” Diane said. “I don’t believe this. The summit is just over that pile of rocks. I’m telling you the view is 360 degrees. It’s fantastic.”

“Nope,” I said with conviction. “This is far enough. I ain’t goin.”

“But we have come all this way,” she said, more pleadingly than with scorn.

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Caution

A new sign erected next to the Machias boat ramp on Route 1 warns drivers of imminent danger should they proceed toward the river. Poor visibility can often mask water until it’s too late, making signs like this a necessity. In 2013, two local women lost their lives after making a wrong turn on a foggy night and driving into the ocean in Roque Bluffs. On Sept. 27, a New York couple drove their car into Bass Harbor after making a wrong turn on a foggy night. The couple was rescued unharmed. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Crane sightings in Jonesport

CPM Constructors, the Freeport firm chosen to build the Beals Island bridge replacement, has set up a launching area in Jonesport’s Stevens Creek. Photo by Nancy Beal

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Breathing at the Bog Finding sanctuary at Bog Lake

After exploring the far reaches of our Downeast home, from Petit Manan in the west to Grand Manan in the east, the time has come to take a breather. As a hometown tourist, it is invigorating to take an adventure to places that are lesser known, but nothing is as fulfilling and comforting as being close to home. Imagine a place where the skies are blue, only to be occupied by eagles and puffy white clouds. Imagine a place where crisp, cool waters rejuvenate your being. Imagine a place that heals with each echoing loon song. Imagine no longer: Bog Lake is near. 

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Cross Country runners in action photos

View more photos on pages 16 & 17 or view on the Digital Version here

 Narraguagus girls team won the 2017 championship with 19-points, beating second place Machias at 37. Elizabeth Bitar took the individual honors in a time of 22:49 for Calais. The Lady Knights Sophia DeSchiffart earned second place with a 22:55. Unfortunately, three runners ran off-course in the event and had to be disqualified.

 

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Cross Country runners in action photos - Narraguagus Knights Cross Country team

Downeast Athletic Conference X-C Champion  - Boys’ Blue Devils Girls’ Lady Knights Win Team Titles

View more photos on pages 16 & 17 or view on the Digital Version here

Boys DAC Final results

1. Evan Merchant, Jonesport-Beals 17:11 - Champions New Course Record

2. Addison Coty, Calais 17:39

3. Justice Bassett, Calais 18:27

4.Travis Hunt, Narraguagus, 18:30

5. Luke Barnes, Sumner 18:47

6. Jason Weaver, Machias 19:08

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Spaghetti and pie

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Oldtimers recall the great fires that ravaged Maine

by Ruth Leubecker

Little did firefighters realize that when a fire started in a cranberry bog near Hulls Cove on MDI that it was only the beginning.

It was October 17, 1947. Unbeknownst to all at that point, a standout warm spring with snow melting early had set the stage for the greatest conflagration to ever ravage Maine. A succession of fires would sweep across Maine over the next several weeks,  most notably leveling many of the storybook mansions of Bar Harbor and massively damaging the Jackson Laboratory, only 18 years old.

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‘Very successful season’ for Mission Housing Rehabilitation Program

 

Mission Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Scott Shaw recently outlined for President Scott Planting and the Mission Board of Directors a summary of the Program’s 2017 season.

Scott Shaw said this year’s “very successful season” involved 15 volunteer crews totaling 214 volunteers, who worked on 20 homes and three non-profit local community outreach facilities.

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Celebrating our veterans: Fred Lund – Korean War

 

by  Lura Jackson

It’s never easy to see unpleasant history repeated, and with so much of the country’s attention now focused on the Korean peninsula, the thoughts of many have turned six decades back to the Korean War. For some in the region, including Fred Lund of Pembroke, the Korean War remains a vivid memory punctuated by the chronic pain of injuries sustained in combat.

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Featured Artist

by Jessica Griffin-Brown

The Crown Vics, a band known for their high-octane mix of vintage rock, country, and rebel soul, are stopping in Lubec on their 2017 tour. They will be performing from their new album, “HELL YEAH”,  Oct. 21 at the Lubec Legion. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Diane Tyler. 

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Pembroke Library hosts monthly chantey sing Oct. 25

 

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Book reading slated for Nov. 1 at UMM

Poet Emma Sovich will read from her work at 6 p.m. on November 1 at Merrill Library at the University of Maine at Machias. 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Church Supper — Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall (River Road, Cherryfield), October 11. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.).

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Traditional New England Contra and square dance — Saturday, October 14 at 6 p.m. Music by O’McCrelli, pot luck refreshments. Crow Town Gallery, 406 South Lubec Road, Lubec. Call A. Briggs at 733-228- for more information.

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Chili Cook-off in Calais

 Who makes the best chili in the region? Here’s your chance to find out. Everyone is invited to cook up his or her favorite chili recipe and submit it for this fabulous Cook-Off to be held Oct. 28, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Artemis’s Attic on Main Street.  This event is part of the downtown Scarecrow Fest sponsored by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC). Anyone can participate: organizations, churches, individuals, school classes, businesses, and even restaurants. There is no fee for the chili makers.

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Too-soon rebel’s death spawns a legend

by Ruth Leubecker

In the years of my youth, there is no movie that stands out as poignantly and thought-provoking as Rebel Without a Cause

My sister and I were among a record crowd of young teenagers -- mostly girls -- excitedly jammed into Emma’s Colonial Theatre at the head of Main Street in Machias. I can still remember the shouting, screaming and many flashes going off as we all tried to capture Dean at his slouchiest, brooding best on our cameras. 

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Free car seat safety check event in Machias

As parents and grandparents, we know that car seat safety is a top priority for families, yet four out of five car seats are used incorrectly.  That’s an incredibly high percentage of misuse, especially when 96 percent of parents surveyed believe they have installed their child’s seat safely and correctly.  

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There’s a nip in the air, check your woodstove for safety

Now is the time to make sure that everything about your woodstove is operating properly. Clear away all those newspapers and other flammable things that have piled up around the stove over the summer. Get your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. If you are installing or using a wood stove for the first time, do all these things plus talk with your local fire department to make sure your stove meets installation codes.

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