1. Where Jonesport’s $100K anti-drug money went—or didn’t

    by Nancy Beal

    At their March 2017 town meeting, prompted by drug activity in the Moosabec area and more than one overdose death, Jonesporters authorized their selectmen to draw up to $100,000 from the surplus fund to secretly combat the problem. The town officials were not obliged to report how the money was used or how successfully until July 1, 2018. On July 25, 2018, Jonesport newcomer Barbara Malcarne, who with her husband, Bill, often attends weekly selectmen’s meetings, asked how the money was used.

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  2. Sheriff Curtis speaks at Machias Rotary Club

     

    by Reagan Davenport

    The Machias Rotary club meeting was packed on Tuesday, July 24 at the Bluebird Ranch Restaurant as Barry Curtis presented to the group, showcasing his campaign promises, his intentions to run for office and what he stands for. Curtis has already served as Washington County Sheriff for nearly four years. He is seeking reelection in November for another four-year term, and is running unopposed.

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  3. ‘The Greatest Showman’ wraps up summer movie series

    The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will show “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams.

    The musical tells the story of PT Barnum’s creation of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

    All boxcar movies are free and take place on the lawn of Station 1898 on Route 1 in Machias. The movies are projected onto a historic boxcar and begin at dusk. Sunset is at 7:30, so plan to arrive around that time. Bring blankets chairs and snacks!

    For more information, contact the Chamber by calling 255-4402.

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  4. Reenactors draw crowds to Battle of the Rim

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A thin orange strip of tape on Machias’ White’s Point separated 2018 from 1777 last Sunday when the Machias Committee of Safety once again stood shoulder to shoulder with the Passamaquoddy, exchanging fire with a British ship on the Machias. Hundreds of people attended the reenactment, even after it was rescheduled once due to stormy weather. The parking lot was full, and pedestrians lined the dike’s guardrail to get a better view.

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  5. Milbridge Days goes out with a bang, part two

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  6. Machiasport artist studies seabirds with National Geographic

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  7. Old School Pizza bus brings New York Pizza to Machias

    The pair constructed a brick, wood-fired pizza oven inside the bus and would like to continue serving their pizza in Machias through the winter.  Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  9. 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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  10. Bringing in the harvest

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Are you a resident, parent, or property owner in Machias?

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Beach owners, Jonesport selectmen discuss signs

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Moose on the loose

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  29. Downeast moves onto drought map

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  30. Volunteerism in bloom

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  31. Machias home lights up skies in training burn

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Cars lined both sides of Route 1 last Friday night to watch as crews from five fire departments set fire to the home on the former Jordan Gardens property. Acquired last year by the owner of Pineo’s True Value, the home is locally remembered as the residence of Irene Hibbs, who reputedly took meticulous care of the property.

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  32. From Key West to Fort Kent, trio walks for overdose awareness

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After losing his sister Brittany to an opioid overdose, Brett Bramble walked from Delaware to San Francisco to raise awareness about opioid overdose deaths. “It engaged with quite a lot of people,” said Bramble. “When I got back home to Atlanta it was only a couple of months before I was planning the next one.” 

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  33. Relations still chilly on Jonesport’s Ice Hill South

     

    by Nancy Beal

    As part of the legal process that towns must go through to abandon or discontinue municipal services on a public way, Jonesport selectmen held a public hearing July 25 on removing Ice Hill South from the list of town roads. Expectations were that, based on past conversations with the stakeholders, the hearing would reveal that all were in agreement with the planned discontinuance and that a formal special town meeting would follow, confirming and memorializing the abandonment of that lane.

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  34. Lubec widow blazes trail with self-help book

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    As an older widow facing the initial trauma of life alone, Lucille Ann Meltz came to grips with her future while embarking on a mission to help others. 

    “This is a personal story,” says Meltz of her book, The Elder Widow’s Walk. “My husband and I were married for 47 years. He was ill for a very long time. It seemed like I should be ready. I wasn’t.”

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  35. “Peter Rabbit” next in free boxcar movie series

     

    Watching movies outdoors might be a thing of the past in some places, but the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has made it a regular occurence in Machias. Every other Saturday night families can stretch out in front of historic Station 1898 and watch current movies projected onto a real boxcar.

    On Saturday, Aug. 4, MBACC will be showing 2018’s family film “Peter Rabbit” at dusk, as soon as it’s dark enough to project the movie. Sunset is at 7 p.m. that day, making start time approximately 7:30 p.m.

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  36. Grier arraigned in district court

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias’ Kehben Grier appeared in Washington County District Court on Tuesday, July 24 to enter a plea of not guilty in the matter of State vs. Kimberly E. Grier, her legal name. The charges of Aggravated Criminal Mischief, Criminal Mischief and Theft by Unauthorized Taking stem from an April 5 event in which Grier is accused of breaking the window of the Downeast Smoke and Vape Shop, a medical marijuana outlet, using a baseball bat. The shop is located at 25 Main Street in the Machias Hardware Co. building.

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  37. Eastport Bay Day offers wide range of activities

    by Lura Jackson

    If you’re looking for any good reason to go to Eastport and appreciate its cooling ocean breezes and casual seaside beauty, you’re in luck: Eastport Bay Day has several. Now in its fourth year, the event has steadily expanded to encompass a variety of activities that promise to attract visitors of all ages.

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  38. The Green Team

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  39. Quoddy Tides founder honored in MPA Hall of Fame

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The most easterly paper published in the U.S. just turned 50, and for its birthday The Quoddy Tides founder is being inducted into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. 

    Winifred French started The Quoddy Tides in 1968, and the twice-monthly newspaper continues today under the stewardship of her son, Edward French.

    “It really started around our dining room table at our house,” said Edward. “She would do the layouts there and eventually moved to a building downtown.” 

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  40. Library director featured artist at Henry D. Moore

     

    Library Director Jeanne Benedict will be the August Featured Artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. The show will be available for viewing during library hours for the month with an opening reception on Monday, Aug. 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. Jeanne’s work includes counted cross stitch pictures, crocheted baby-blankets and lap blankets, and other smaller knit, crocheted and cross stitched items. www.moorelibrary.org

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  41. ‘Low-lying’ Machias seeks options for flood protection

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A joint project of the Town of Machias, the University of Maine at Machias (UMM), and the Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG) hopes to protect downtown Machias from increasing flood events. At a June 27 presentation, members of the public learned about the Machias Waterfront Resilience & Renewal Study.

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  42. Machias Bay Chamber seeks feedback

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In many towns the Chamber of Commerce works directly with businesses and rarely crosses paths with residents, but the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) takes a different approach.

    “We serve the businesses, but we serve them best by serving the people who live here and visit here,” said MBACC Executive Director Sharon Mack. 

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  43. Welsh resigns from DECH

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Following three years of renewed stability and capital improvements, Dennis Welsh, Down East Community Hospital CEO, has announced his plans to leave the Machias hospital in January, 2019.

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  44. Jonesport’s Sandy River Beach cottage owners seek signage

    by Nancy Beal

    Public or private? Right or privilege? These questions have arisen in Jonesport’s Sandy River Beach District for the past five years, after the town purchased property in the area to guarantee its citizens the ability to access the mile-long sandy strand as they had done for the past century. Last week, after cottage owners said they experienced violations of decorum on the beach, the issues came back to selectmen again.

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  45. Music shines in Milbridge

     

    by Wayne Smith

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