1. Allagash author Tim Caverly to present for kids and adults Aug. 18

    Author Tim Caverly will give two presentations at Porter Memorial Library in Machias on Thursday, August 18. Both events are free and open to the public.

    The first program at 2 p.m. is for children. Depending on the ages in the audience at 2 p.m. that day, Caverly will present either his 30-minute “Andy’s Surprise” for ages pre-K to 1st grade; or a 45-minute virtual canoe trip, “Allagash-New England’s Wild River” for all school-age children.

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  2. Jonesport board tackles Kingfish building permit

    by Nancy Beal

    The Jonesport planning board began considering the most extensive and complicated building application in its history last week (August 2), when members opened their binders on a bid from Kingfish Maine to erect a $110 million land-based fish growing plant on 94 acres on Chandler Bay north of Greenwood Cemetery.

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  3. New music studio to open in Machias

    by Hailey Wood

    Chris Berry will be opening the doors of Expressions Music Studio at 25 Main Street Unit 1 in Machias on Thursday, Aug. 18 for her first group voice lesson, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Berry says that this will be the first community introduction to Expressions Music Studio and an opportunity for anyone interested to see how she teaches. 

    Berry spent 15 years teaching at music stores throughout Connecticut, eventually opening her own store, Expressions Music Studio, in Woodstock, Connecticut, where she built up a team of five other teachers.

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  4. Jasper Beach rock art created during family reunion

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    This month, anyone climbing the stones of Jasper Beach will first catch sight of the wide Atlantic, then, below them, a lobster — a 25-foot lobster framed by white stones, to be exact. The temporary artwork is drawing appreciation from the locals, from across the internet, and from the many visitors who travel to Bucks Harbor to see Jasper Beach each year.

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  5. Addison house added to national register of historic places

    The David and Hadassah Wass House in Addison has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places, according to Kirk F. Mohney, Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. This designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated, and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

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  6. Dystopia

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    A Few Choice Orwell Quotes:

    “There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language.”

    “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

    “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

    THE PRINCIPLES OF NEWSPEAK

    (Appendix to 1984)

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  7. Ostrander to teach workshop series finale

    EAC’s summer workshop series will conclude with a special two-day workshop, Figurative Ceramic Sculpture with Elizabeth Ostrander on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Participants will learn to use traditional hand-building techniques and the plasticity of clay to create a large scale work. This accumulative process creates exciting juxtaposed surface textures, allowing the work to have personality, gesture, and expression. The workshop is intended for participants ages 12 and up.

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  8. Artist Ellie Carbone at Machiasport’s Gates House Museum Aug. 22

    Accomplished watercolor artist Ellie Carbone will present at Machiasport’s Gates House Museum at 4 p.m. on Monday. Aug. 22, following a brief Machiasport Historical Society Meeting. 

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  9. Past century of climate warming reverses 900 years of cooling in the Gulf of Maine, study shows

    The rapid warming of the 20th century has reversed 900 years of cooling in the Gulf of Maine, according to a new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, co-authored by the University of Maine, and funded by the National Science Foundation. 

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  10. The Nature of Phenology: Hermit thrushes on their nests

    by Joseph Horn

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  11. Machias board schedules referendum on high school expansion

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At their bi-monthly meeting held Wednesday, July 13, the Machias Board of Selectmen heard from local school officials A.O.S. Superintendent Scott Porter, and Machias Memorial High School Principal Nicole Case, who asked the board to approve a referendum vote in support of new classroom construction.

    “The Maine Department of Education requires a town referendum vote if we build new classrooms greater than 600 square feet in total footage,” said Porter. 

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  12. Long-time administrator Tim Reynolds retires from Washington Academy

    At the Washington Academy Class of 2022 commencement ceremony, Head of School Judson McBrine and Board of Trustees President Mike Hennessey presented a retirement gift to Associate Head of School Tim Reynolds, honoring his last year with the school. Mr. McBrine prefaced the gift presentation by stating, "I am about to make a presentation that I don't want to do." He then told students and guests how the best decision he had made in his career was asking Tim to join him as his associate head of school at Washington Academy in 2009.

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  13. After national pageant, Rebekah Hodgson looks ahead

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Returning home from the Mrs. International pageant, Rebekah Hodgson of Jonesboro was given a hero’s welcome at the Jonesboro Grange, an organization and structure she has poured so much into over the past two years. On Thursday, July 28, Hodgson was greeted by fire trucks and well-wishers. 

    One week earlier Hodgson and her husband Garrett were in Kingsport, Tennessee, where Hodgson, Mrs. Maine International, joined women from all over the nation for the annual Mrs. International pageant. 

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  14. Moosabec CSD to adopt policies on student discipline, dress and cell phone usage

    by Nancy Beal

    The boards that govern the Moosabec area’s three schools met jointly on July 26 and were introduced to three proposed policies: Student Discipline Procedures, Student Dress, and Rules for Student Use of Cellular Telephones. The members discussed them briefly and will study them in the intervening weeks before formally voting on them late next month.

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  15. DECH sponsors the Roque Bluffs Community Center’s fundraiser for the Machias Food Pantry Aug. 13

    Down East Community Hospital CEO Steve Lail presents fundraisers Arline Smith and Tammi Aiello with $1,500.00 for the Roque Bluffs Community Center’s August event to raise funds for the Machias Area Food Pantry.

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  16. Climate Crapola II

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    One front of the climate alarmist war on fossil fuels, freedom and prosperity is the effort to force companies to state the financial “risks” the climate “crisis” presents. This mischief has taken place not in rulemaking at the Environmental Protection Agency, but rather at the Securities and Exchange Commission and in political lawsuits filed by virtue signaling leftist Democratic State Attorneys General (like Janet Mills she was running for Governor) and green partisan warriors like the Sierra Club and 350.org.

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  17. Guitarist and composer to take concert series stage Aug. 12

    EAC’s Concert Series continues at 7 pm, Friday, Aug. 12 with popular returning performer, Tim Pence, guitar. Pence will perform works by Anton Diabelli, Napoleon Coste, Jacques Cerf, Augustin Barrios as well as selections from his own project, The Ultra-Praxis. 

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  18. ‘Authors at The Last Page’ events to continue this fall

    Porter Memorial Library is pleased to announce its new event series called Authors at The Last Page, which had its inaugural event last week with a presentation from ecologist and author Kerry Hardy, will continue this fall.

    Authors at The Last Page is meant to spark transformative thought by means of a book discussion group prior to a guest author’s presentation in Machias. The inaugural 2022 season explores how different perceptions of history affect equity and inclusion. The series is made possible by a grant from Maine Public Library Fund. 

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  19. Sunrise All Star Baseball Team District 1 Champions!

     This year the Sunrise All Star team has again won the District 1 Championship. The only other time they have won the district championship was in 2003 when Eric Beal was the coach.

    With Blake Smith coach and assistant coach Robbie Worcester these ball players that make this Sunrise All Star team comes from Milbridge, Steuben, Franklin, Cherryfield, Harrington, Columbia, Columbia Falls and Addison.

     It all begins in March when there is a sign-up sheet for players to sign up. This includes teams for T-ball up to 12-year-olds.  

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  20. Stone lobster created during family reunion visit to Jasper Beach

     

    The build video can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/shorts/jKgN-QvYJ_I?feature=share

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  21. LePage talks political priorities during campaign visit Downeast

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Supporters gathered last Thursday when the two-term former governor and current gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage brought his campaign to Washington County. In Machias, LePage spoke at Whitney’s Tri-Town Marine, joined by fellow Republican candidates Sen. Marianne Moore (R-Washington) and Tiffany Strout, running for House District 11.

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  22. Lubec farm raises bison for breeding

    by Hailey Wood

    On the Kel-Daley Farm in West Lubec, Dan Daley and his wife Danielle Daley raise genetically tested, 100 percent bison. The bison they own are plains animals, as opposed to species that prefer the woods. 

    The Daleys’ journey into bison farming began when Dan bought four bison from a former sergeant major in Danforth, whom he used to help guide hunts. 

    “I was an avid archery hunter out west, and I would chase elk and deer, all with a bow, and would have my share of run-ins with bison over the years,” said Dan.

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  23. Jonesporters reject aquaculture moratorium 2-1; Kingfish Maine decision in hands of planning board

    by Nancy Beal

    By a vote of 201 to 91, voters in Jonesport on July 20 rejected a six-month moratorium on commercial aquaculture facilities that would have stalled, if not killed, a plan by Kingfish Maine to build and operate a $100 million land-based fish-growing facility on the town’s eastern shore. The moratorium was backed by a small but vocal group of fishermen, environmentalists, and lobbyists backed by the family corporation that owns the Roque Island group in Chandler Bay east of the proposed fish plant.

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  24. At public meeting, UMaine Machias answers questions about enrollment, fitness center

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The University of Maine at Machias Board of Visitors held their annual meeting on Tuesday, July 12, giving more than 50 Machias and university community members a chance to ask questions about the local institution. The meeting was held on the deck of Bad Little Falls Park and attended by UMaine Machias, UMaine Cooperative Extension, and UMaine officials, including President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, who has responsibility for both the Orono and Machias campuses.  

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  25. Retiring from the academic fray

    by Jonathan Reisman

    A number of readers have commented on recent columns and my impending retirement. Several have asked how and/or why I survived in the liberal academic environment for almost forty years. At least one is very pleased with my departure, having recently threatened to write to the University of Maine System Chancellor and UM/UMM President demanding my immediate termination (I sent them the necessary e-mail addresses and told them to get in line). 

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  26. Homecoming festival Street Fair promises something for everyone

    by Jayna Smith

    Saturday of the International Homecoming Festival each year brings hundreds to downtown Calais.  Typically, in addition to enjoying the many vendors of the street fair, all enjoy the grand parade.  This year, however, due to restrictions at the border crossing resulting from the global pandemic, there will be no international parade.  Instead, the highlight of the day will be the huge street fair, set to be bigger than ever in recent years.

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  27. EAC invites community to gather in remembrance of Wilhelm and Weber

    Eastport Arts Center will host a special gathering from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, to celebrate the lives of Jean Wilhelm and Joyce Weber, whose artistic passions joined at the Arts Center. Cake, fruit, wine, and coffee will be offered, and there will be time for all to honor each of the ‘J.W.’s’. Community members are invited to come tell a favorite Joyce or Jean story, or if unable to attend, to please send their story by email or post to [email protected], or P.O. Box 153, Eastport, ME 04631.

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  28. The Nature of Phenology: Katydids

    by Joseph Horn

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  29. Fochesato moves from Healthy Acadia Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center

    by Nancy Beal

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  30. Husband-wife team expand Machias Dental practice

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Dr. Jim Sparaga’s Machias Dental practice has just expanded with the addition of two key people. Dr. Wyatt Jones, a dentist, and Hannah Jones, a dental hygienist, are now practicing in Machias.

    “They’ve come to us from Oklahoma and have started working here for at least the coming year,” said Sparaga. “He’s just graduated from school and we’re developing a patient roster for him so that he can expand on his in-depth knowledge from the University of Oklahoma dental school.”

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  31. Hodgson representing Maine in Mrs. International Pageant

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Locally famous for her twin passions of fighting cancer and rejuvenating the Jonesboro Grange, this week Rebekah Hodgson is taking her “Crush Cancer” message to a national audience at the 2022 Mrs. International Pageant.

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  32. ‘Notes on a Lost Flute’ offers history lessons for modern life: author Kerry Hardy to speak in Machias this week

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Kerry Hardy traces the beginnings of his interest in Native American lifeways back to the fields and woods surrounding his childhood home in Lincolnville, where he and his sister spent thousands of hours playing.

    “If you’re a kid growing up in rural Maine, the idea of living in the woods, hunting, and fishing, or making a birchbark canoe is the stuff of dreams,” writes Hardy. “My childhood was filled with dismal attempts at snaring rabbits or making “pemmican” — the Indian journey food — with bitter acorns and insipid berries.” 

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  33. DECH Auxiliary aids monarch butterflies

    The Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary has adopted a new project — gardening.

    Last year the auxiliary took on a new task. Members of the Gardening Committee are very hands-on in the hospital courtyard garden. This well-kept secret was in need of some loving care, and the members of the committee came to the rescue.

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  34. Brandon!

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    Branded was a mid-1960s TV western starring Chuck Connors as US Army cavalry captain Jason McCord who is court-martialed and cashiered for cowardice. McCord is innocent but maintains silence to protect the reputation of his mentor and commanding officer, and to prevent corrupt Washington elites from launching another genocidal war against Native Americans. McCord travels around the 1880s west trying to prove he is not a coward, protect the innocent and punish the guilty.

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  35. Concert series celebrates with 80th Birthday Show

    EAC’s Concert Series continues at 7 p.m., Friday, July 29, with a special family concert by Paul Biss, violin/viola, Miriam Fried Biss, violin, and Gregory Biss, piano, in celebration of the latter’s 80th birthday. The brothers Biss and sister-in-law Fried will play the Duo for Violin and Viola, K423, by Mozart; 10 Duos for Two Violins by Bartok; and the Sonata in C major for Piano and Violin, K296, by Mozart.

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  36. The Nature of Phenology: Hummingbird moths

    by Hazel Stark

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  37. Rock Paper Scissors event will blend fun and fundraising for vets

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

    What started as a way to have fun at work has grown into an impressive veterans fundraising event, and it all began in the kitchen of Dunkin’ in Machias, where Evan Kopf and Tyler Matthews like to keep the mood light.

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  38. bluShift Aerospace lands in Steuben

    by Nancy Beal

    The Brunswick rocket company that wants to send small satellites into space for scientific and business purposes says it has found a home. By press release on June 30, bluShift Aerospace announced that its intentions had been welcomed by the town of Steuben and that plans were going forward to construct a command-and-control center and a manufacturing plant within the borders of that western Washington County town of 1,200.

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  39. Kingfish Maine expected to draw crowds to next Jonesport meeting

    by Nancy Beal

    The expectation of a large crowd has prompted the Jonesport planning board to move its regular monthly meeting from the town office to the high school gym. The larger-than-usual audience, Chairman Frank Smith told selectmen last week, is expected to be made up of area residents concerned about an application from Kingfish Maine, a Dutch-owned company that, starting in November 2019, has proposed to build a $100 million dollar land-based fish farm on the property known as Dun Garvin north of Greenwood Cemetery on Chandler Bay.

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  40. Local police train using latest VR technology

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A Washington County Deputy walks slowly into the classroom of a high school cafeteria where injured people lie on white linoleum. The AR-15 in her hands feels the same as the AR-15 in her cruiser, and when a shooter jumps out and fires, she fires back, but none of it is real. It’s a training simulation taking place in the conference room of the Machias Police Department, using state-of-the-art virtual reality technology called Milo Range.

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  41. Climate crapola

    I try not to be triggered by climate agitprop, but the combination of an MVNO reprint of a Maine Beacon (the Maine Peoples Alliance Progressive Rag) piece blasting the SCOTUS West Virginia vs. EPA decision reigning in unlawful climate apocalypse eco-fascism coupled with a smiling photo of climate alarmist Gov. Janet Mills and useful climate dupe Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen sent me to the keyboard. 

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  42. Emmy award-winning PBS series to feature Machias-area history

    A Taste of History is an Emmy Award-winning television series that recreates culinary heritage by cooking spectacular historic recipes at original locations across the globe. The show is one-part cooking, one-part history with a dash of humor and a whole lot of personality and appeals to cooks, history lovers, travelers, and anyone who loves watching an adventure. The show broadcasts on PBS stations and streams on Amazon Prime and the Hungry Channel on Apple TV and Roku devices.

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  43. EAC to host Paul Sullivan July 22

    EAC’s Concert Series continues with pianist and composer Paul Sullivan on Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. Sullivan will engage audiences with a diverse program including many of his own compositions, old and new, as well as excursions into Debussy, Chopin, and Art Tatum, interspersed with stories and comments about his music and life.

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  44. Students invited to archeological project July 15

    On Friday, July 15, from 8 to 10 a.m., students and the public are invited to visit Tide Mill Farm on Tide Mill Road in Edmunds to view a team of archeologists studying the 18th-century tide mill for which the farm is named. Visitors will see the archaeologists at work where the exposed mill remains and learn how the mill worked and its place in the Washington County economy.

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  45. Ferguson awarded 2022 Tommy Thompson Trophy

    Presentation of the 2022 Tommy Thompson Trophy to Brady Fergerson by Machias Rotary Club president, Paul Gaddis.  The Tommy Thompson is an award voted by the players' peers. All 12-year-old Machias Area Little League Players have a vote. The criteria for the award are leadership, communication, helping others, and athletic ability. To help make the selection process more personal, players are often told before the vote to consider,  "If you could pick one person to be your teammate, who would it be?"

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