1. Open for emergencies

    Despite being armed with scissors and not a scalpel, Down East Community Hospital CEO Dennis Welsh cut the ribbon with surgical precision, capping the end of a historic community-driven capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art emergency department. David Whitney, board of directors chair, stood at the far right and anchored the event.  Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  2. High court to debate rockweed

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Ross v. Acadian Seaplants had its day in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday, Nov. 14, when oral arguments were heard in Portland. 

    Originally filed in Machias, the outcome of the case will determine whether rockweed — Ascophyllum nodosum — is the private property of coastal landowners or a marine resource held in the public trust. The case is the first in more than 100 years that seeks to settle the question of who owns the rockweed that grows in Maine’s intertidal zone.

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  3. Career centers to stay open, but funds blocked

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although a lawsuit against the LePage administration has jeopardized funding for training centers, the state’s Department of Labor says its career centers will not close.

    “We’re in the middle of the Coastal Counties lawsuit,” said Laura Hudson, director of communications for the Department of Labor, “but the career centers are not closing.”

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  4. Machias Memorial High’s Model State students

    Representing Machias Memorial High School at this year’s Model State event were Hannah Faulkingham, Matti Conlin, Cami Pennell, Farrow McKenna, Kassie Cox, Kendra Johnson, Megan Jordan, Ying-Chieh Chou, Tyler Demerest, Leif McKenna, and Jason Weaver. Congratulations to Matti Conlin on getting her bill passed! Photo courtesy Brian Leavitt

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  5. Machiasport gets green light to purchase Bucks Head acreage

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A property which has not changed hands since 1805 will soon become public land in Machiasport. At a special town meeting held on Nov. 6, residents voted to move forward with the purchase of the 23 acres on Bucks Head. The selectboard received notice last week that Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) awarded a $160,000 grant — half the cost of the land — to Machiasport.

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  6. Chamber invites public to Business After Hours Dec. 7

    The Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce announces a Business After Hours celebration and ribbon cutting for two of our newest members: Merrimack Mortgage and Fedcap, both located in the US Post Office building at Machias. The dual event will be held from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. All are invited, especially local businesses who will find a Business After Hours is a great networking opportunity. Come help the Chamber welcome these two new businesses to Machias.

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  7. Get ready for the 2nd Annual Hoops for Health

    The second annual Down East Community Hospital Hoops for Health is scheduled for Dec. 1-2 at the University of Maine Machias (UMM) gymnasium.  Come watch the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams from Machias Memorial High School (MMHS), Washington Academy (WA), Narraguagus High School (NHS) and Jonesport Beals High School (JBHS) and get your pre-season preview of Washington County High School Hoops! 

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  8. DECH’s Gift Shop, 46th Annual Holiday Fair provide local shopping choices

    The Down East Community Hospital (DECH) Auxiliary has provided the service of a gift shop since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. The auxiliary’s “shop” began as a gift case, built for the auxiliary by Middle River Mill of Marshfield and located in the hospital lobby. The case has recently been updated and is still in use today, across from the lab, not far from its original location.

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  9. Public invited to Gates House Annual Christmas Party

    The Machiasport Historical Society invites the public to join us in our traditional 1800s style celebration, with mulled cider, holiday treats, music, and carol singing. This is a family fun celebration to kick off the Christmas Season!

    The party is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gates House, 344 Port Road/Rt. 92, Machiasport. Call Barbara Maloy 

    The historic Gates House will be decorated in balsam and candles for the Machiasport Historical Society’s Annual Christmas Party. Submitted photo

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  10. Lobster season winding down

    Traps of lobstermen who fish in coastal waters are starting to hit the bank, as inside fishing dries up. Offshore fishermen are still going, hoping for a late spurt to make up for a disappointing year. Despite the low volume, boat prices have been depressed, as the American market is challenged by a Canadian no-tariff policy with the European Union, formerly a consumer of 20 million pounds of U.S. product. Pictured above: the Beals town landing. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  11. DMR reopens lucrative elver lottery

    Starting Nov. 15, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will be implementing a lottery to allow at least seven new licenses to be issued for the 2018 season, which starts March 22, 2018.

    The lottery, authorized during the past legislative session, is available to Maine residents who are at least 15 years of age by the start of the 2018 season, and who are eligible to purchase an elver license in 2018 because they have not had their right to obtain an elver license suspended. 

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  12. Fr. Gaudreau appointed to St. Peter the Fisherman Parish

    Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced the following priest assignment with effective date noted.

    Effective January 1, 2018, Fr. Robert Gaudreau has been appointed temporary pastoral administrator of St. Peter the Fisherman Parish which includes the Holy Name Church, Machias; Sacred Heart Church, Lubec and St. Michael Church, Cherryfield. Service to this parish also includes St. Timothy Church, Campobello, New Brunswick.

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  13. Traffic jam

    Beals can now claim the only traffic light between Ellsworth and Calais, after a complex of three was installed on the old bridge and the Beals approach. Last week, work crews tore up the tar on the northbound lane of the Beals end and sent earth moving equipment onto the beach at low tide to shore up the rock bound approach. Traffic at the Beals end of the old bridge is limited to one lane, so travelers will need to add a couple of minutes to their travel time while work progresses. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  14. ‘The opposite of addiction is engagement’

    by Cathleen London, M.D.

    Addiction. It is plaguing our nation. For some it is their dirty secret. For others they scurry away  - not in my town.  Yet these same people do not acknowledge their own struggles. Addiction is not just drugs and alcohol. We are a nation addicted. Just look at our epidemic of obesity. That is food addiction. Look at the number of sexual predators – at least look at the victims – men and women – you have evidence of addiction everywhere.

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  15. Editors Desk

    For the third year in a row, the Bluebird Ranch Family Restaurant in Machias is opening its doors on Thanksgiving Day for a communal holiday supper. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted and will go directly to the Machias Food Pantry. Between 300 and 400 people attended last year. The meal will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 23.

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  16. Farmers need support, not more obstruction

    by Jonathan Fulford

     Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd District, Jonathan Fulford, released the following statement regarding a delay in an important policy for farmers:

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  17. MaineGrown by Vets label first in nation

    The United Farmer Veterans of Maine is honored to announce an agreement between our organization and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to promote and market Maine veteran grown agricultural products. The agreement signifies mutual marketing efforts to promote a new “MaineGrown by Vets” label. The label will offer all Maine veterans the opportunity to showcase their products as a veteran-produced product off a veteran-owned farm in Maine.  

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  18. Celebrating Thanksgiving 2017

    Power restored for many and giving thanks for families and togetherness are a few recent things at the head of the thankfulness list in 2017.

    But Thanksgiving 2017 is indeed an ominous occasion as everything from health care to taxes looms uncertainly and unsolved ahead. Thanksgiving, especially for those waiting for the food pantry to open, is always a time to realize that it can be tough in the months ahead to focus on giving thanks.

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  19. Ignoring the voters on Medicaid is perilous for Augusta

    by  Alan Caron 

    Maine voters sent some loud and clear messages on Election Day this year.

    First, they sent a clear message on the York County casino vote, which ought to send a message to every self-serving millionaire that thinks he can buy special privileges in Maine with a slick, deceptive campaign. 

    Then they sent Paul LePage another loud and clear message by making Maine the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid by popular vote.

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  20. Aging gracefully: The importance of home care and hospice

    by  Sen. Angus King

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  21. Participate in the true meaning of Christmas

    Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ presents its annual gift of a living nativity scene. This outdoor live tableau, accompanied by narration and Christmas music is displayed from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 15.

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  22. Machias Community Christmas Giving Tree

    The new Dollar General Store in Machias has chosen The Community Christmas Giving Tree as its charity to support this Christmas season. Here are a couple employees showing off the collection box for donated items. Don’t Abigail Chadbourne and Denise Sprowl look excited for our program! Submitted photo.

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  23. Rep. Tuell to poll fishermen on issues facing industry

    Representative Will Tuell (R-East Machias) is seeking input from area fishermen on a host of topics that could impact the industry in the years to come.

     “I have done my best to serve fishermen since I won a seat in the Legislature,” Tuell said. “Whether you haul traps, dig clams, drag for scallops, or work on the water in some other way, this is your industry, and I need to know what you want in order to best serve our Down East fishing communities, and this survey is the best way I can reach the most fishermen at any one time.”

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  24. Addison announces Quarter one honor roll.

    Mrs. Greene of Daniel W. Merritt School in Addison is proud to announce the Honor Roll for the first quarter. Students making the honor roll achieved all A’s and B’s. Students making high honor roll achieved straight A’s.

     Third grade honors: Autumn Schrader and Carson Bickford.

    Fourth grade high honors: Naomi Eyerman. Honors: Lucus Grant, Sarah Kidder, Mercy Machado, Lukas Pounder, Nickson Rusecky,  Bayleigh Thompson and Chase Wright.

     Fifth Grade high honors: Karli Alley. Honors:  Jennifer Kowalsky,  Dylan Lovejoy, Brayden Kane, Emma Whitmore and Briana Willson

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  25. Machias Memorial High School announces quarter one honor roll

    Principal Leavitt and the faculty of Machias Memorial High School proudly presents the Quarter 1 Honor Roll for academic excellence.  The following students have earned the distinction of being recognized as achieving high honors or honors.

    High Honors

    Seniors: Meagan Jordan and Farrow McKenna.

    Juniors: Madison Conlin and Keely Tibbetts.

    Honors 

    Seniors: Kaylee Alley, Mckenzie Antil, Jordan Donovan, Amber Heath, Emily Mattox, Katy Nicely, Georgie-Anna Pemberton, Camryn Pennell, Jacob Schors, and Tyler Wentzell. 

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  26. Whitneyville Library news

    It has been an exciting month at the library with the ground work and prepping for the new library beginning.  The ground work is almost complete with the frost wall up and curing and the drainage going in. It won’t be long and the construction of library will begin with the framing in of the building which, if on schedule, will begin the first week of December. It is a new chapter in the history of the library and one we know John Bodger would be so pleased to see happening.

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  27. Columbia News

    The genealogy class held on Monday night had a very interesting conversation where you might find some information, the two folks that were there enjoyed the unusual information. I never know how the evening class will go, just depends on who happens to be there.

    The bus drivers of the district had their recertification CPR Class on Wednesday evening Nov. 15 at the Narraguagus High School with Sue Dow. It is always nice to be updated on any changes that may have come up.

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  28. Wesley News

    New people have moved into town on Fox Hill at Dakota Norton’s house. His sister Chandra and kids have moved into the house. Welcome back to town Chandra. 

    May Kay also has a couple sharing her house in Day Black Township

    Wesley had a big turnout at voting day Nov. 7, got to visit with people I haven’t seen for awhile. Even felt a little chilly that day, I guess winter has arrived except for the white stuff. Which I’m sure everyone would like to wait awhile longer for that to show up. 

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  29. Narraguagus celebrates civil rights

    The Civil Rights Team at Narraguagus had a We Are All Human 2017 Tolerance Day display in the front lobby on Thursday November 16, 2017.  If you believed in the following: ‘I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity, or other characteristic are different from my own’ you were given a tag  saying ‘We are Human’  and signed a large poster in the cafeteria that you took the pledge.   

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  30. Personnel changes at PRSWDD transfer station

    by Nancy Beal

    The staff of the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) has experienced several changes lately. The Route 1 transfer station in Columbia Falls is the recipient of household trash and recyclables from Addison, Beals, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Jonesboro and Jonesport. According to meeting minutes, it also receives significant cardboard from Cherryfield, Milbridge, Steuben, and from Wyman’s blueberry business in Cherryfield and Manaford’s grocery store in Jonesport.

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  31. UMM’s Nichols wins Maine Music Educator of the Year Award

    “Teaching,” says long-time University of Maine (UMM) music instructor Gene Nichols, “is mostly planting seeds and not knowing when or where they might sprout.” 

    One of Nichols’ seeds was planted in the mind of Jeff Shaw, a UMM alum who graduated in 2000 with a IFA/BA with a music concentration. “Over seventeen years ago, Gene Nichols and I had a conversation in Machias,” says Shaw, now Executive Director of Maine Academy of Modern Music, “and it started all this.” 

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  32. Maine Alliance for Arts Education met at the EAC

    On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Eastport Arts Center was the host for a Maine Alliance for Arts Education Open House and Conversation with Susan Potters, executive director.  

    Parents, students, teachers and community members from Calais to Jonesboro expressed their support of arts in the schools. Student musicians Cora and Ellis Zipperer-Sánchez from Eastport and Cassidy Carr from Calais entertained the guests as they enjoyed an exhibition of student artwork from Calais, Eastport and Perry. 

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  33. The Catch literary journal seeks submissions

    Writers inspired by the coastal heritage of Downeast Maine and beyond are encouraged to submit their work to The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine. Submissions of poetry, fiction, essay, and other prose are welcome from new and established writers, as well as from high school and college students. Writers whose work has been published in previous volumes include Ray Beal, Chris Crittendon, Robert Froese, Elizabeth Garber, Valerie Lawson, Carl Little, Carolyn Locke, Paul Molyneaux, Patricia Ranzoni, and Baron Wormser.

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  34. Route One Project to feature musicians of northeast Maine

    by Lura Jackson

    Even growing up in Northeastern Maine, it can be difficult to appreciate how much musical history and energy is associated with this region. For Chuck White, a musicologist that recently finished an eight-week, sixteen city tour along all of Route One, the significance of Northeastern Maine was evident when he arrived here.

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  35. Annual holiday market boasts talented vendors

    Eastport Arts Center’s 6th Annual Holiday Market, a shopping wonderland complete with diverse, high-quality goods and homemade hot lunches, will be held on Saturday, November 25 from 10 am to 2 p.m. Merchandise available will include folk art, mosaics, jewelry, carved wooden signs, books, seaglass, rustic home decor, stained glass, beaded earrings, pottery, arts, crafts, sewing and more.

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  36. Auditions to be held for New Year’s show

    Stage East, the community theater of Eastport and eastern Washington County, is asking actors interested in appearing in the New Year’s Eve 2017 production to come to an audition/reading on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center. 

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  37. New yoga classes being offered at EAC

    Katie Wilson will be teaching yoga classes at the EAC in November and December. November offerings are on Tuesday mornings and include a Mindful Flow class from 8-9 am and Gentle Yoga from 9:30-10:30 am. Starting in December, Gentle Flow class will be held on Saturday mornings from 8:30-9:30. 

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  38. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Annual Holiday Market - November 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Eastport Art Center

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    Auditions for Stage East New Year’s show, November 28, 7 p.m., Eastport Arts Center. Questions: brian@schuth.com.

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  39. Machias School Board discusses tuition budget, school activities

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A.O.S. 96 Superintendent Scott Porter updated the Machias School Board that he is waiting to hear the new state tuition rates, set to come out in December, which will give them a better idea of how the school is performing to budget. For the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias, the district forecasted 95 tuition students — students who attend from towns outside of Machias — but currently has 109. For Machias Memorial High School, the budget for tuition students anticipated 67, and attendance is currently at 65.

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  40. VFW Auxiliary Post 11553 news

    by Ann Merchant

    On Sept. 11, VFW Auxiliary Post 11553 in Harrington held a small reception to welcome National Auxiliary President Dee Guillory from Virginia.  She is making all her visits throughout all the VFW Auxiliaries all through the United States.

    Also with Dee were Nellie Farris, who is Maine State Auxiliary President from Belfast, Kim Baldwin, who is past State of Maine President from Franklin,  and Lynn Dunton, State of Maine Chief of Staff, from Livermore, and Kathy Woodward, also past State of Maine President, from Machiasport.

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  41. Strong start for Lady Clippers basketball

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Lady Clippers basketball squad has gotten off to a 3-1 start in regulation play.

    Coach Troy Alley’s club played three exhibition contests in Fredericton, NB against the host St. Thomas University Tommies, the Mount Allison Mounties of Sackville, NB, and the Mt. Vincent Mystics of Halifax, Nova Scotia prior to the start of regular season play.

    The Lady Clippers hosted the University of New Brunswick Lady Seawolves in a non-conference match-up Oct. 27 at the Reynolds Center.

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  42. Washington County leads in Maine volleyball

    by Phil Stuart

    Volleyball has been played in Washington County since the seventies, but the Maine Principals Association didn’t sanction the sport until 1997.

    Volleyball was primarily a sport played by Downeast Athletic Conference teams and it took several years before it started to grow on a statewide basis.

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  43. Sumner wins DAC Soccer Championship at UMM

    Brandon Grinnan heads the ball up the field in DAC title play. 

    Silas Goldfarb looks for an open teammate while dribbling on the sideline.

     

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  44. Action shots of Jonesport - Beals Royalette Volleyball

    Royalette Reanna Smith digs the service for J-B.

    Strong service from Kaylee Ireland.

     

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  45. CDC encourages screening during Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    As the nation recognizes November as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages current and former smokers who are at high risk of developing lung cancer to talk with a health care provider about being screened for the disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in Maine, and in 2013, nearly 30 percent of all cancer deaths in Maine were due to lung cancer.

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