The Maine Island Trail motors up the Bold Coast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Most Downeasters know of the Sunrise Trail that cuts a 90-mile path through our woods and along our rivers. But fewer know that America’s first water trail passes right by our doorstep, too, offering boaters a way to explore the length of Maine by island-hopping its coast. 

National Geographic Adventure named the Maine Island Trail one of America’s “50 Best Adventures” and Outside Magazine called it “America’s best sea kayaking trail,” though it isn’t just for kayaks. 

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Trump tariffs not critical factor in Downeast lobster market

by Ruth Leubecker

While years of a thriving China lobster market have now ended for some Maine live lobster dealers, China’s import tax in retaliation to US tariffs remains narrow in scope.

“I think it’s all about perspective,” says Matt Jacobson, executive director, Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. “Five years ago we didn’t do anything in China. Today, out of 315 licensed dealers, we only have about six doing business with China.”

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Machias Valley Municipal Airport to close for runway reconstruction

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The runway at the Machias Valley Municipal (MVM) airport will shut down for a reconstruction project beginning Monday, Aug. 13. The majority of the work is expected to be completed by Nov. 16, but the airport will likely remain closed until December. Stantec performed engineering for the project and construction will be handled by Lane Construction Corporation.

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Author talk at Porter Memorial Library

Porter Memorial Library is happy to have Ruth Fenton come and talk about her new book — It’s 3 a.m. on Friday, August 10 starting at 6 p.m. The book is a collection of poems, lyrics, anecdotes, letters to the editor and something we all have, random thoughts. Alternating between whimsical and profound, Ruth’s voice is both intensely personal and universal. Come and hear Ruth read from her book and share her thoughts on the writing process. No doubt, some of the stories from the book you’ll find there are your stories, too.

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It’s almost time to go wild for Blueberries!

Organizers of the 43rd Machias Wild Blueberry Festival say this year’s event, running from Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19, is a blueberry extravaganza not to be missed.  Throughout Machias there will be over 200 crafters, artisans, food vendors, new live entertainment and a host of blueberry activities, including the blueberry pie-eating contest, the blueberry pancake breakfast, the blueberry cooking contest, the blueberry farm tour, and, of course — the ever-popular Blueberry Musical!

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DEI acquires Jonesport-Beals art collection

The Downeast Institute (DEI) has acquired fifteen paintings depicting the people, places and occupations of Jonesport and Beals by renowned artist Robert Beck. The Jonesport-Beals Collection will be on permanent display in the Downeast Institute’s new conference room.

DEI’s Director of Research Dr. Brian Beal says Beck’s paintings of local trade, people and events are an honest and caring depiction of life in our downeast coastal communities.

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Construction cancels October’s Blackfly Ball

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Beehive Design Collective has announced that they will not be able to host their annual Blackfly Ball, previously scheduled for Oct. 6, due to major construction work in Bad Little Falls park in Machias. 

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Artisan baskets, handmade at the hardware store

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Michael Hoyt’s earliest efforts at teaching himself basketmaking stand by the door of the Machias Hardware Co., ready for incoming shoppers. Those small traditional baskets are just the right size for holding bags of the many spices that fill one wall of the store his family has owned and operated on Main Street in Machias since 1951.

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Redcoats, Chief Neptune to meet again on the Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Saturday, Aug. 18, drivers on Route 1 will get more than a pastoral view of the Machias River. Instead of the odd seagull and the reflection of spruce trees, they’ll see five redcoats paddling upriver in a two-masted boat, reenacting a British attempt to lay siege to Machias. The redcoats will be met by a crowd of armed patriots, including Will Neptune, whose ninth great-grandfather, Chief Joseph Neptune, took the famous ‘long shot’ that killed a British soldier and turned the British running away from Machias, again. 

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Harrington grad honored with Red Sox Service Scholarship at Fenway Park

 River Fenton of Harrington was recognized as a recipient of the Maine Red Sox Service Scholarship during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Minnesota Twins game on Sunday, July 29. The program awarded students from public high schools across Maine with $1,000 scholarships towards their college education based on academic performance, financial aid eligibility, and demonstrated community service.

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The Siege of Machias – August 1777

There are several surviving accounts of the events that took place in Machias during August of 1777 when the British returned with orders “To Destroy the Hotbed of Rebels.” This in retaliation of the capture of the armed vessel Margaretta in June 1775 and several other grievances they perceived of the settlers of Machias. The following account was written in his journal by Colonial John Allan.

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Columbia

by Ronie Strout

I am on the road again.  This time I am traveling to Boston on the bus and then flying to Minnesota with my daughter Diadem and her family on Monday, August 6th for a two-week visit with my grandchildren Oliver and Gavin Strout and their mother Molly Strout.  My son Zebadiah will not be home as he is still in China on a ship. The cousins, Asa, Mabel, Oliver and Gavin have gotten to know each other this week. 

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Wesley

by Camille Hawkins

The Grand Lake Stream Festival the weekend of the 28th and 29th of July was a blast.  I had a great time meeting new friends and seeing old friends that came to the festival.

Sandy and Steve Copel-Parsons from Little Seavey Lake in Wesley were our neighbors in their booth, The Sleeping Dog Studio. They kept people laughing and talking by wearing a dog head mask at times. They even had a golden retriever barking at the dog head when it was sitting on a table. What fun even though it was very hot.  Lots of people had fans in their booths.

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Machiasport lobster lunch set for Aug. 25

Machiasport Historical Society will be celebrating their 35th Annual Lobster Lunch, Saturday, August 25th, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., behind The Gates House Museum by the river. Local lobsters from Bucks Harbor and Carolyn Johnson's world famous fish chowder will be served along with corn on the cob, salad, rolls, blueberry cake and beverages.  A suggested donation will be requested for this community summer tradition and feast. Come join us at 344 Port Rd./Rte. 92.  (207-255-8860/207-271-0682)

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Hyssongs bring gospel music to Bucks Harbor

Dell, Susan and Richard Hyssong travel full-time as the award-winning Hyssongs.  Their energetic ministry combines family vocal harmony, humor and brass instruments (trumpet and trombone) to delight audiences with their Christ-centered message, shared through the powerful medium of music. The family’s classical music background, along with their harmony and specific chord structures, lend them a unique sound that has made quite an impact on audiences.  

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Desk of the Editor -- #Freepress

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Boston Globe has invited newspapers across the nation to stand in support of the First Amendment with comments in their editorials this week.

It may not surprise you to hear the Machias Valley News Observer falls somewhat below the radar of any nationwide attacks on the press. That is not to say, however, that we are unaffected by what is happening in our nation.

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