New president visits University of Maine at Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One day after news broke that Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy will be the 21st president of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias (UMM), she was  enjoying an afternoon reception with UMM personnel and students in Machias. Ferrini-Mundy will begin her term as president of both campuses on July 1.

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Dinner with a Vue raises funds for Ugandan orphans

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Riverside Inn owner Cynthia McDonough attended a concert at the University of Maine at Machias sponsored by the local charity Little Hands of Hope. She said she was moved after hearing Kristen Johnson speak about the orphans her charity cares for in Africa. Two weeks later the pair were at another fundraiser together, this time as co-hosts.

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Spring voices raised in song  

UMM’s Community Chorale under the direction of Prof. Gene Nichols will present their spring concert on May 1 in the Performing Arts Center. Accompanied by pianist Lee Downing, the program will include the works of Bach, Billings Orff, Brahms and an original piece, “Winter in Maine,” written by Judy Armstrong of Machias. Members of the chorale are Marge Ahlin, Judy Armstrong, Kate Atkinson, Brian Beal, Gloria Bodman, Gerr Durant, Chris Guy, Doug Guy, Beth Goodliff, Kate Jumper, George McBride, Lora Mills, Joy Richardson, Joseph Shaw and Bill Wadsworth.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

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April Vacation Arts Camp, ‘Escape to Polynesia,’ April 17-19, 10 a.m.-noon, for ages 6-13. Space limited, email alison@eastportartscenter.org. Eastport Arts Center.

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“Vermicomposting at Home” Build a small-scale worm garage! Ages 6-12. Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. - noon. Please pre-register with Tara at 207-255-3345 to reserve a spot.

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Seen in the Rose M. Gaffney sharking lot

Living near the ocean can be harrowing at times, none more so than when you find yourself parking next to a shark at the local elementary school. Shark experts suggest avoiding eye contact and parking very slowly.

Rose M. Gaffney second-grader and resident shark expert Sam Allen (pictured) said that his favorite kind of shark is the megalodon. Fortunately for local drivers, megalodons are notoriously difficult to fit into sedans.  Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Bold Coast Sea & Sky seeks volunteers for 2018 festival

 

Nothing succeeds like success. The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Planning Committee is looking for more volunteers for its July 20 and 21 festival. Last year saw almost a doubling of the participants in the festival over the opening year in 2016.

The festival, entering its third year, is getting its start through the inspiration of Bill Burke, owner of the Pat’s Pizza restaurant here in Machias. The Rotary Club of Machias is a co-organizer. 

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Arise Annual Dinner Auction set for May 5

A dinner followed by a dessert auction to benefit Arise Addiction Recovery will be held on Saturday, May 5. 

Donations for admission will benefit the Machias-based men’s residential recovery center. The event will be held at Elm Street School in East Machias from 5-7 p.m.

We hope you will join us and consider making a dessert to be auctioned. Contact Jen and Wayne Wood, 263-7891. It is always a good time!

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18th Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration to be held Sat.

Mark your calendars and join the Downeast Salmon Federation for a day of fisheries fun!  Over the years, these festivities have grown from a small community potluck centered on the commercial smelt harvest to a well-known regional event serving 500+ guests. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Throughout downtown Columbia Falls, there will be activities and displays that feature the inspiring fisheries and conservation work of DSF and their partners.

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Earth Day events to be held in Machias on April 21

A free public Earth Day celebration will be held in the Performing Arts Center at the

University of Maine at Machias on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will begin with an opening lecture by Dr. David Goodrich, a retired distinguished climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration (NOAA) and Director of the United Nations Global Climate Observing System.

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News Shorts

Machias selectboard ballot finalized

The deadline to declare candidacy for a seat on the Machias Selectboard passed on Friday, April 13, and four candidates have their hats in the ring for two seats. Selectboard vice chairman Joshua Rolfe is running as an incumbent, as is selectman Leslie Haynes. Former selectman Dr. James Whalen has declared his candidacy, as has Nicholas “Crowsneck” Boutin of Machias.

Summer-long road project commences on Elm Street

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