1. Machias area prepares for Halloween monsters, candy, frights and fun

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Working together, multiple Machias-area organizations have created a wealth of fun Halloween activities for both children and adults, most queued up to take place on the weekend before Halloween.

    Trick or Treat Main Street occupies the flagship event position for children, ranking second only to Christmas in the Machias Kids’ Calendar of Fun.

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  2. Commerce Dept gives Axiom Ed $1.5M vote of confidence

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    It isn’t often that statements from the U.S. Department of Commerce contain the word “Machias,” but that was the case on Sept. 27 when an email from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the Economic Development Administration has awarded a $1.53 million grant to the Axiom Education & Training Center in Machias, Maine.

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  3. PRSWDD cuts back on recycling, towns in negotiations

    by Nancy Beal

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  4. New Columbia vocational education center progresses toward reality

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A Career and Technical Education (CTE) training center slated for the former 4 Corners Shop & Save location in Columbia is one step closer to becoming reality. Superintendent Donald Ramsay said that the sale of the building closed on Thursday, Oct. 10.

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  5. Public invited to meet new Machias police chief Oct. 25

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The town of Machias has hired a new police chief and the public is invited to attend an open house to meet Chief Todd Hand and make him feel welcome to the area.
    Light refreshments will be served.

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  6. Machias Valley News Observer takes home 9 awards from Maine Press Association

    At its annual state conference held Oct. 19, the Maine Press Association recognized the Machias Valley News Observer with nine writing and photography awards. MVNO sister paper, the Calais Advertiser, won four awards, including one for General Excellence in Advertising.

    The awards were presented Saturday night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Portland, concluding a day of workshops and networking for reporters and photographers, journalists, advertising staff, and designers throughout the state.

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  7. DEP fines Cooke Aquaculture, funds set to aid Atlantic salmon restocking in the Machias River

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined salmon company Cooke Aquaculture $156,213 for 11 violations of its state permit. Cooke is the only sea-based salmon aquaculture firm in Maine, with pen farms in Washington and Hancock counties, as well as a hatchery on Gardner Lake in East Machias and a fish processing facility in Machiasport.

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  8. Two imprisoned, but protecting children still a challenge for Maine

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Child abuse and neglect have undoubtedly always been a sad fact of life. But in 2019 two individuals brought the crime front and center. Each is now serving lengthy prison sentences as Maine’s child welfare system reels from its revealed crisis in operation.

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  9. Book Reviews: "The Eastern; The Early Years" By Deborah Gould

    It has been said that people can make the place, or the place can make the person. The book, The Eastern: The Early Years captures the impact that place and person have on each other. The storied chapters exquisitely follow the path of a town’s development and its people living along the Eastern River in Pittstown, Maine, back in the 1800s.

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  10. Former J-B superintendent returns to share his cross-USA trek with students

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  11. State revokes license of Machias veterinarian

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A Decision and Order released by the Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday, Oct. 16, announced that the veterinary license of Dr. Cynthia Teer has been revoked.

    The 14-page legal document was produced after a hearing held Sept. 25 in Augusta and states that Teer continued to practice veterinary medicine on a regular basis between January 24, 2018, and May 22, 2019, in spite of the fact that her license was suspended. 

    Teer is the sole veterinarian in the Machias Animal Hospital practice.

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  12. Blueberry growers and others explore National Heritage Area status

    by Nancy Beal

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  13. Hungry seniors struggle as safety net frays for many

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Maine’s food-insecure elderly have more than doubled in number since 2010.

    Even more ominous, as the baby boomer generation hovers in the wings, by 2025 when the youngest of that generation reaches 60, the number of food-insecure seniors is projected to increase by 50 percent.

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  14. Machias talks riverwalk, live streams and water wheels

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias Board of Selectmen Chairman Joshua Rolfe opened last week’s bi-monthly meeting by calling to open bids for a new school stove. Town manager Christina Therrien’s response moved the meeting quickly onto item number two.

    “There were no bids received,” she said.

    Dr. Mark Brown returned to the board to offer a suggestion for how the town can generate electricity to light downtown public areas, especially Bad Little Falls Park, while adding historic character to the Machias riverfront.

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  15. Eastport Council approves airport grant

    by Kaileigh Deacon

    The Eastport City Council met on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to consider and vote on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant of $5.2 million. The matter was before the council at the previous meeting, but with a councilor missing the vote was tied at 2-2, thus sending the matter back before the council.

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  16. Machiasport Fire Department has new truck, seeks new firefighters, too

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    For the fourth time in almost 25 years, Mike Burke of Northern Fire Equipment handed a set of keys over to the Machiasport Fire Department.

    “When was the first time we bought a truck from you?” asked Machiasport Selectman and Firefighter Mike Hinerman.

    “It was 1995,” said Burke, who made the delivery from his company’s headquarters in Watertown, New York.

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  17. VA names Jonesboro cemetery ‘Acadia National Cemetery’

     

     The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the name Acadia National Cemetery for the new national cemetery in Jonesboro.

    "We are pleased to expand burial service to veterans and their families in Maine," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "This cemetery will help us reach veterans in rural parts of the state who have not previously had reasonable access to a national or state cemetery."

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  18. Out and About in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

    On Sunday, October 6th I ventured forth to Ellsworth early in the morning to take the Chainsaw Safety Course at the Great Maine Lumberjack Show on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton, taught by Timber Tina and Michelle M. Braley. Ten ladies were there to take this course, and we learned a lot. We learned how to take the saw apart and take the chain off and put it back on, we learned how to sharpen the chain and to make sure it was tight enough and not loose.

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  19. Wedding bells on Columbus Day

    by Wayne Smith

    It was 56 years ago this week that my parents got married. It was a cool autumn day when the leaves were slowly blowing off the trees. The trees turned into all different colors: yellow, orange and red. Hunting season was right around the corner. The World Series was viewed on most television sets- for the ones that had television. All the radios crackled in stores, houses and barbershops.

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  20. Library art show to feature Downeast photographers

     

    The Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport will host a Down East Photography Group (DEPG) photo exhibition that will run during the month of October.

    The Down East Photography Group was founded by a half dozen local photographers interested in creating a supportive environment for sharing knowledge and networking for all photographers, regardless of skill level and experience.

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  21. The Nature of Phenology: Landlocked salmon

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  22. Palliative care focus of 12th Wash. Co. Cancer Conference

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Palliative care, a medical specialty that focuses on improving the quality of life for those with serious illnesses, was the subject of the twelfth annual Washington County Cancer Conference held in Machias on October 4. According to the definition presented by conference speakers, palliative care “emphasizes pain and symptom management, counseling for patients and families, support for patients making decisions about their treatment and goals of care, and care coordination.”

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  23. Celebrating 5 years of an Olympian vision of women’s leadership

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    When Sen. Olympia Snowe retired from the Senate, stating that she could no longer function amidst such dysfunction, many Americans debated her leavetaking and the loss of her presence.

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  24. In Machias, Child and Family Director Landry talks abuse prevention and mental health

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Maine newcomer Dr. Todd Landry has weathered the transition from southern summers to northern winters before. His 20-plus year career working with children and families has taken him in and out of Texas several times, including two years spent as the head of Nebraska’s Division of Children and Family Services.

    “A few folks have asked, ‘Are you sure about winters in Maine?’’ said Landry. “But my wife and I joke that we know the first winter is usually the hardest, then it gets better after that.”

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  25. Women’s worldwide motorcycle relay starts US leg in Calais

     

    by Kaileigh Deacon

    When most people think of bikers, people who ride motorcycles, they think of middle-aged white men, but while that may be the perception it is not in fact the reality. For years the number of women riders has been steadily growing but motorcycle companies have yet to catch up with the shifting trends.

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  26. 57th Annual International Scout Camporee draws crowds Downeast

     

    by Peter Duston

    Scouting proved alive and well at the 57th International Camporee held at Cobscook State Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, when 130 scouts and leaders from the United States and Canada gathered, camped, played, and demonstrated outdoor skills under the open skies of Downeast Maine.

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  27. University of Maine at Machias and Downeast Salmon Federation sign partnership agreement

     

    The University of Maine at Machias and the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 2 that formalized the growing partnership between the two organizations.

    “Partnering with DSF both broadens and strengthens the STEM programs that the university can offer students,” said Daniel Qualls, head of campus at UMM. “We can get our students out in the field doing real science.”

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  28. Steuben’s own animal farm

     

    by Wayne Smith

    Ida McGee and her husband David have had a farm in Steuben for 13 years. This is a story of devotion and love for a dream. After they retired, they bought a farm. Maybe they didn’t know what they were getting themselves into. Every day is a new adventure; just getting up in the morning can be a chore. It’s a story about grinding things out from one day to the next. Every day is different. Every day can bring challenges. Every day is new and unique. And I kind of got an idea of what that was like when I sat down and talked to Ida McGee.

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  29. Dennysville pastor publishes new book

     

    The Rev. Dr. Alan Andraeas of Holy Trinity Chapel, Dennysville, holds a new copy of Sacred House in his hands. “The feeling is hard to describe when you see something with your name on the cover,” he explains. “It has been a long time in the making and it’s so good to see it in its final version.”

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  30. Retired school teacher is latest inductee to University of Maine at Machias Clipper Hall of Fame

     

    The University of Maine at Machias Clipper Athletics Hall of Fame hosted its annual induction ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 5, in conjunction with the university’s homecoming festivities.

    Mike Merritt, a graduate of the UMM class of 1971, is the newest member of the Clipper Hall of Fame. Inductees are nominated for their athletic achievements and for positively representing the university after graduation, and are voted on by a committee.

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  31. The Nature of Phenology: Leaf change

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  32. University of Maine at Machias and Downeast Salmon Federation sign partnership agreement

     The University of Maine at Machias and the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 2 that formalized the growing partnership between the two organizations.

    “Partnering with DSF both broadens and strengthens the STEM programs that the university can offer students,” said Daniel Qualls, head of campus at UMM. “We can get our students out in the field doing real science.”

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  33. Rural initiative places Maine’s 2nd national cemetery in Jonesboro

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A process begun in 2015 will culminate next year when a new national cemetery opens alongside Route 1 in Jonesboro. The new veterans cemetery will be only the second of its kind in Maine, after Togus National Cemetery in Kennebec County. Togus has been closed to new veteran interments since the 1960s.     

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  34. DECH opts for new ED service

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although several vendors were considered in the selection process, Down East Community Hospital recently settled on Envision Physician Services to provide Emergency Department services.

    “After an in-depth review and discussion, Envision best met our needs and requirements,” said Steve Lail, hospital CEO. “The decision to change service providers will keep the same access to service, but be more financially sustainable over time.”

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  35. Machias veterinarian’s license issues persist

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At its regular monthly meeting held in Augusta last week, the state Board of Veterinary Medicine took up the matter of Dr. Cynthia Teer, whose license to practice veterinary medicine has been suspended for most of the last 20 months. Teer is the sole veterinarian at the Machias Animal Hospital, and also the only veterinarian in Machias.

    According to one meeting attendee, Dr. Teer arrived at the Sept. 25 meeting after it had begun, staying for only a few moments before stepping out. She did not return.

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  36. IGA utility shed under repair, Swett house to be razed

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  37. American Idol contestant David Francisco visits Machias Memorial High School

     

    by McKenna Harriman

    On Tuesday, Sept. 24, American Idol contestant and spinal cord injury survivor David Francisco paid a visit to Machias Memorial High School to tell his story. The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety and Choices Matter sponsored his visit, which included activities for students to participate in after Francisco’s talk.

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  38. Civil Air Patrol at home at Machias airport

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. you’ll see lights on in the old terminal at Machias Valley Municipal Airport. That’s because it’s now the permanent home of the ME075 Machias Valley Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), an organization that has been introducing Washington County youth to the joys of aviation for more than 30 years.

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  39. Music alive and well in Columbia Falls

     

    by Wayne Smith

    People don’t have to go to Bangor or further to see a good show anymore. The old saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.” The Balsam Valley Amphitheater, carved out of the backwoods of Columbia Falls, has served up concerts since early 2010 on a silver platter. It’s a place where veterans and active service members get into the concerts for nothing, a way Wreaths Across America can pay it back.

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  40. Wesley News

    by Camille Hawkins

     

    Jewel has a new job training a new mustang addition to their farm.  I will have to go out and get a look-see.

    Karen has been working on her woodpile and also starting to move into the remodeled house.

    I also worked all day Monday on my wood supply. I worked with the wood splitter and also put a few loads in under cover. I think we slept good that night.

    Linda and I cleaned up from bear camp and got everything packed up for next year.

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  41. Out and About in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

     

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  42. Calais Celtic Concerts presents The Trials of Cato

     

    Calais Celtic Concerts will present the hottest group in folk music out of Wales this year. The Trials of Cato will perform at a special show on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at The Calais High School. The group has won the 2019 Best Emerging Artist Award, at the Wales Folk Award ceremony this year and is up for two more BBC Awards this November. They are only in the states for a short, two-week stint, as they continue with their world tour.  

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  43. The Nature of Phenology: Sunchokes

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  44. DECH CEO statement on Calais Regional Hospital bankruptcy filing

    by Dominic Gayton

    On September 17, Calais Regional Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a tumultuous period financially. Down East Community Hospital CEO Steve Lail made the following statement to The Calais Advertiser on the subject:

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  45. Calais Mayor weighs in on Calais Hospital bankruptcy filing

    by Dominic Gayton

    Calais Regional Hospital announced on September 17, 2019, that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine. The hospital insists it will remain open and will continue to employ its 275 employees during the interim.

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