Jane Elizabeth Frye Lancaster - California

Born July 21, 1951 to John Perley Hayward, Jr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Schoppee) Hayward in Machias, Maine. Jane passed away at home on June 18 in the loving presence of her dearest family and friends.

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SNAP access has shaky presence in farmers’ markets

by Ruth Leubecker

Many rural farmers’ markets have stopped food stamp access -- or never had it -- due to increasing challenges in handling the SNAP program.

“Some of the markets don’t carry SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aka food stamps). Part of this has to do with cell phone access,” explains Lee Hallett, executive director, Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets. “Then it’s so expensive to have a machine. And the machine requires a lot of care and feeding.”

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Selectboard ties up loose ends before close of fiscal year

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Selectboard could not review bids for the new Machias Memorial High School gymnasium roof at their meeting last week because no bids were received. Three companies visited the facility to take a mandatory walk-through, but did not follow-up with timely bid proposals.

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Promising futures

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Moosabec school budgets passed

by Nancy Beal

Budgets for the 2018-19 school year for Beals and Jonesport Elementary Schools and Jonesport-Beals High School passed last month with little fanfare. On June 13, approximately 20 citizens from the two towns gathered in the high school gymnasium and approved a total of $1,710,598 for the joint high school. The towns will pay $887,116 of that amount—up $35,563, or 4.18 percent over last year. Beals will be responsible for 24.94 percent of the cost, and Jonesport 75.06 percent. 

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Food Recovery Network taking local action against hunger

 

by Reagan Davenport

The Machias chapter of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) was established by Linda Barsanti as a senior project in 2015. Barsanti studied at the University of Maine at Machias and saw that more than 15 percent of Washington County households don’t have enough to eat, yet thousands of dollars worth of food from farms, restaurants and grocery stores is thrown away each year.

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Her signature sneaked onto the Declaration of Independence

Cookouts, parades and rambunctious family get-togethers have traditionally marked the Fourth of July. But underneath all these delightful traditions is the earliest history of potential treason, an undercurrent of divisive controversy … and Mary Katherine Goddard. 

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Banking On Future Promises

 

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Biss Duo to bring popular French repertoire to Machias

 

On Tuesday, July 10, Machias Bay Chamber Concerts is proud to announce that Downeast favorites Trond Saeverud (violin) and Gregory Biss (piano) will begin performing at 7 p.m. at the Centre Street Church, UCC, in Machias. The concert features a vast repertoire of compositions from French composers including Chausson, Debussy, Sur, Satie and Ravel.

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Alan Cook to perform at Peabody Memorial Library July 15

 

by Nancy Beal

Washington County’s own Alan Cook will be the featured artist at the third concert of Music in the Library, sponsored by Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library. The master of many instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and fiddle, the Machias musician and teacher draws from a repertoire of American folk and rock music that extends back 100 years. He delivers the music of artists and songwriters from the American Roots period of the 1920s to the 1960s, including Ledbelly, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Johnny Cash.

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Norm Famous - Machiasport (1948 – 2018)

Famous of Machiasport and Augusta, was born November 12, 1948, baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, attending Interboro High School. From his earliest years exploring nature with his mother along the woods and waterways of Delaware County and the Delaware Water Gap, Norm had almost unlimited enthusiasm for the natural world. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Space Sciences from Millersville State University in Pennsylvania, double majoring in geology and biology.

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Richard Arthur Purington - East Machias

Richard Arthur Purington, 73, beloved husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, cousin​ and friend passed away on ​June 23, 2018 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor. He was born at home in East Machias on May 18, 1945 to Raymond and Carrie (Elder) Purington. He ​attended grade school in East Machias and ​graduated from Washington Academy. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Vietnam War. After his years of service, he married his high school sweetheart, Judy Hanson, in 1970 and they enjoyed 48 years of marriage together.

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Columbia news

 

by Ronie Strout

On Saturday, July 7 the Hannah Weston Chapter of DAR held their meeting at the Gates House in Machiasport. Bob Hammond of Harrington was the guest speaker for the day, he spoke on local history and ship building of the area. Eighteen members attended and two guests.

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Bold Coast Sea & Sky Fest brings family fun to Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

For the third year in a row the Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival will bring a weekend’s worth of family fun to Machias, and this year promises to be the biggest festival yet.

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‘Artists of the Moosabec’ opens in Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

The mid-summer offering of Art in the Library at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library, entitled “Artists of the Moosabec,” opened with a reception last weekend featuring artists native to Beals and Jonesport, and some who have made the area their second or retirement home.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Concert and Dance Party with Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band from Baltimore. July 20, 7 p.m., Eastport Arts Center.

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Growing up picking Blueberries

by Wayne Smith

At the end of July, my family would get ready to pick blueberries for my grandfather. My aunt and uncle, my grandmother, my mother, my two brothers and my sister all joined in. It was a lot of fun. And we have memories that will not be forgotten. These are some of the good times that we had that I thought I would share with you.

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World-renowned DaPonte String Quartet brings "Summer Goulash" to Machias

On Tuesday, July 24 the Machias Bay Chamber Concerts Board is proud to announce the DaPonte String Quartet's 7 p.m. performance at the Centre Street Church in Machias. The group will be performing stellar string quartet repertoire from their "Summer Goulash" program of Haydn, Bartok and Brahms.

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Congratulations to Maine’s Major League District Champions

Beginning Friday, July 20 Maine’s six Little League District Champions will compete in the Major League State Tournament hosted by the Machias Area Little League. For updated information on games and scores, follow MALL at www.facebook.com/MachiasAreaLittleLeague/

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