1. The Miraculous Survival of President Trump in Pennsylvania

    Editorial by Pierre Little

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  2. Sheriff Turns to Pennsylvania for New Cruisers as Automakers Close Maine Dealers Refusing to Sell Electric Vehicles

    By Paul Sylvain

    A discussion at the regular meeting of Washington County commissioners on July 11 has brought to light a troubling trend facing the county’s sheriff’s office and perhaps law enforcement agencies around the state when looking to purchase new cruisers.

    “We have a slight problem as far as trying to purchase vehicles,” Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis told commissioners. “We sent out all that paperwork, and nobody responded from all over the state.”

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  3. Remembering Les Haynes as Machias Mourns the Passing of a True Community ‘Spirit’

    By Paul Sylvain

    Few people have left such an indelible mark on the community they loved and faithfully served as Leslie “Les” Haynes.

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  4. Currier Leads Miracle Comeback as Machias 10U Softball Clinches District 1 Championship

    By Will Tuell

    Audrey Currier and the Machias Area Little League 10U softball squad dug themselves a hole in the District 1 Little League tournament two weeks ago, losing 9-3 against Ellsworth, before going on a historic do-or-die run that saw the underdog Shiretown girls win back-to-back-to-back games -- including two against their Hancock County nemesis in stunning, nail-biting fashion last Tuesday to punch their ticket to the state tourney which began this past weekend. 

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  5. NMDC Buys Back Former Bad Little Brewery Property at Auction

    By Paul Sylvain

    Already on the hook for $221,880 on a failed loan it financed in 2021, Caribou-based Northern Maine Development Commission, at a June 25 auction, essentially bought back the 101 Court St. property with a winning bid of $400,000. 

    However, NMDC was, in fact, the sole bidder on the property and now is in it for at least $621,880, between the loan balance and the winning bid. Known as the Clark Perry House, the home’s barn into the Bad Little Brewery, which operated from there until closing permanently in December 2022.

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  6. Longtime Dispatcher Retires after 15 Years

    By Will Tuell

    Longtime dispatcher Karen Redman of Marshfield retired from the Washington County Regional Communications Center in Machias on July 6 after fifteen years of sending out police, fire, and ambulance services to emergencies across the Sunrise County on a full-time basis. 

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  7. Sound and Fury

    by Jonathan Reisman

    Americans are grappling with an unappealing Presidential choice, an underperforming economy, an untrustworthy media, and an unclear path forward. Early summer has brought fog, thunderstorms, and drama to our political community theatre.

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  8. Beals Selectmen Told Eastern Bay Salmon Deaths were Due to Algae Bloom, not Disease

    By Nancy Beal

    A recent die-off of penned salmon in Eastern Bay, the body of water between the islands that make up the town of Beals to the west and Jonesport’s Head Harbor Island to the east, became the immediate topic of conversation among the towns’ lobstermen, for whom the bay is a popular fishing ground, when it began June 20. At the Beals selectmen’s July 9 meeting, Glenda Beal reported on the inquiries that she had made of the parties involved.

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  9. So Many Goodies, So Little Time at Sugar & Crumbs Bakery

    By Paul Sylvain

    Tucked away on the right side of Kennedy Highway/Route 1A, a little over a mile east of downtown Milbridge is one of the sweetest places you’ll find in Washington County. However, if you’re not careful and blink too fast, you might just miss the tempting goodies within.

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  10. East Machias Voters Act on 43-Article Warrant in 30-Minute Town Meeting

    Becomes Latest Town to Adopt Home-Grown Solar Ordinance

    By Paul Sylvain

    In about the time it takes to brew some coffee and scramble up some eggs and lobster, around 40 East Machias residents met and quickly passed the town’s 43-article annual town meeting warrant June 29.

    The meeting moved swiftly toward adjournment some 34 minutes after it started, thanks to consolidating into single votes the bulk of the school, and later town, budgets.

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  11. Surging Machias All Stars Win Little League Championships

    By Will Tuell

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  12. Bad Little Falls Park Summer Concert Series Returns July 11 with Hot Velvet

    By Paul Sylvain

    The outdoor stage overlooking the series of rapids and falls from which Machias earned its Abenaki name comes alive with nine weeks of smokin’ hot bands and cool tunes beginning with Hot Velvet on July 11.

    Yes, the Bad Little Falls Park Summer Concert Series is back and better than ever for its fourth straight year. From rock and blues to Americana, folk, and more, the lineup for 2024 features a broad variety of musical styles and genres. 

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  13. David Cale and ‘Fire Dog’ Petey Respond to Marshfield Fire

    By Will Tuell

    When last readers heard from Machiasport’s David Cale, the affable harbormaster, clam-digger, and commercial diver had enlisted with the town’s volunteer fire department and was learning the basics of fire protection as part of a regional training program several area departments were involved with. 

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  14. Volunteers Feted for Ridding Hadley Lake of Floating Camp

    By Paul Sylvain

    A group of volunteers, who earlier this year gave of their time and equipment to resolve a problem 11 years in the making, were honored at a June 25 ceremony at West Branch Farms in Machias. 

    “I just wanted this group to get some much-deserved recognition,” Maine Game Warden Joe McBrine explained after the ceremony. “They should be proud of what they did, and I am sure our community will appreciate hearing about it.”

    One of those volunteers was Justin Albee, who explained it best.

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  15. Groundwork Progresses on King Construction’s Newest Apartment Project

    By Paul Sylvain

    Groundwork on what will be a new four-unit apartment building on King Avenue in Machias entered the next phase on June 28 with the pouring of the building’s foundation.

    The project began on May 15 with work crews clearing trees and brush from the site, located behind King’s existing two-story, eight-unit apartment building at 10 King Ave. In the six weeks since work began, fill was brought in, the site leveled, and the foundation’s form set.

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  16. E Pluribus Unum

    by Jonathan Reisman

    I spent our 248th birthday in Cooper, eschewing parades and politics to marinate in memories, both happy and haunting. This past year of personal bereavement, filial weddings, and political angst has left me both pensive and emotional, occasionally even teary-eyed. I cycled through many years of July 4th memories, searching for solace and optimism.

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  17. Chen-Blake Featured Artist at Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben This Month

    Sandy Chen-Blake is the July Featured Artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. A native of Taiwan and naturalized US citizen, Sandy enjoys oil painting and Chinese calligraphy. She is a part-time summer Steuben resident along with her husband Richard. Her flair for calligraphy stems from childhood from her talented father's tutoring, who migrated with Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan.

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  18. A Band from Spain Coming to Milbridge

    By Wayne Smith

    On July 18 at 7 p.m., the Milbridge Theatre will be bringing Sam Lardiner and the Group Barcelona all the way from Barcelona, Spain, to town. 

    “The concert is at the Milbridge Theatre & Community Arts Center Auditorium and will be our first time hosting an international group,” Richard Bondurant said. “Sam and his group are like James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Lyle Lovett meet the Gypsy Kings, and they all go for a musical joyride.” 

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  19. Bees, Bats, and Moths — Oh, My! Porter Library Summer Program ‘Pollinating’ Young Minds

    By Paul Sylvain

    Besides bees, butterflies, and moths, you may want to include Porter Memorial Library in Machias as one of The Mighty Pollinators children learned about there on June 25.

    The book with that title, written by Helen Frost and featuring incredible photography by Rick Lieder, was the featured selection for last week’s Summer Reading Program session. This year’s program began June 18 and continues at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 27.

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  20. Always ‘Mission Ready’ Currier Prepares for Next Chapter after 32 Years as Forest Ranger

    By Will Tuell

    After 32 years wearing a uniform for the Maine Forest Service, rising from a field Ranger to one of the highest-ranking officers in the 66-man agency and becoming one of a handful of individuals around the country certified to manage air responses to some of the biggest wildfires and natural disasters across the country, Marion Township’s Jeff Currier signed off for the last time June 28. 

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  21. Happy Trails! Free-Wheelin’ ATVers Rock Machias Jamboree

    By Paul Sylvain

    For one weekend this year, an assortment of three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and even a dirt bike or two outnumbered black flies and ‘skeeters in the Shiretown, as scores of ATV enthusiasts turned out for the second annual Machias ATV Jamboree June 28-29.

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  22. People ‘All Fired Up’ for Cherryfield Days

    By Wayne Smith

    Cherryfield Days is this Friday and Saturday (July 5-6), and I could tell that a lot of people had the fever for it ahead of time and wanted to talk about some of their favorite memories about the town’s annual celebration. Cherryfield is a town with a lot of spirit and pride, that came through loud and clear when I spoke with people about it. This is some of what they had to say. 

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  23. $8.4 Million Machias School District Budget Passes in 14 Minutes

    By Paul Sylvain

    It took just 14 minutes for less than two dozen voting residents of Machias to quickly dispense with an 18-article warrant and pass an $8.4 million school budget for fiscal year 2024-25.

    The meeting was held on June 25 at the Rose M. Gaffney School gymnasium.

    After electing attorney Toff Toffolon as the meeting’s moderator, a motion was made to consolidate Articles 2 through 11, so that all ten of those funding articles would be voted up or down in a single vote without individual readings. 

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  24. Truckin’ to the Debate

    by Jonathan Reisman

    I stayed up way past my usual bedtime to watch the Presidential debate and take in the reaction and the spin.  One good friend, aware of my angst over this election and the polarized state of the country, asked me as the debate concluded, “Were you impressed?” to which I responded, “Not with anyone there actually.” Perhaps that was a little (but only a little) bit unfair. They all actually exceeded my low expectations.

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  25. WindowDressers is Coming Back to Machias

    Are your heating costs out of control?  Are you not able to be warm in your own home?  Well, you are in luck.  WindowDressers is coming back to Machias to build custom fit window inserts to keep you warm and save money at the same time.

    Thanks to the initiative of Machias Area Community Action Workers (MACAW) a new WindowDressers Community Build will take place in Machias Nov. 8-15, 2024, after a hiatus of several years.  Again, we are partnering with the Machias Savings Bank to host this event at the Edward L. Hennessey Building, 1 Colonial Way in Machias.

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  26. 40-Year Retrospective of Dennysville-Born Artist at EAC

    Eastport Arts Center’s Washington Street Gallery will feature S.A. Weir: A Retrospective, July 2-30, featuring 40 years of artwork in four mediums: watercolor, pastel, oil, and acrylic. A reception with the artist will be held on Sunday, July 7, from 2-4 p.m. 

    A native of Dennysville, Weir lived on her grandparent’s farm until her parents moved to coastal Beverly, Massachusetts, where she currently resides. She spends her summers in Perry. 

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  27. Excitement Builds as Currier, Davis, Shimabukuro Lead Machias All-Stars in Tourney Play

    By Will Tuell

    Fans of Machias Area Little League’s 10U baseball, 10U softball, and 12U baseball teams had a lot to cheer about last week whether it was back-to-back 1-hitters against Coastal and Ellsworth in the 12U baseball tourney to start off the week, Audrey Currier’s immaculate inning in 10U softball, or Jake Shimabukuro’s no-hitter against Ellsworth to put the 10U baseball squad in the driver’s seat during district championship play this week. 

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  28. Davis Out, Dedmon In: Machiasporters Vote to Change Direction on Selectboard at Town Meeting

    School Funding, Solar Ordinance Pass; Aquaculture Ordinance Rejected by Residents

    By Paul Sylvain

    It could have been a long evening, but in the end some 75 Machiasport residents breezed through a hefty 46-article warrant, passing all except a proposed commercial aquaculture ordinance in a meeting lasting around two hours and 15 minutes.

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  29. Lubec to Host Week-Long Fourth of July Celebration

    By Will Tuell

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  30. ATV Enthusiasts Set to Rock, Roll, and Ride at Annual Machias Jamboree June 28-29

    By Paul Sylvain

    Machias is no stranger to all-terrain vehicles. ATVs of all sizes and shapes can be found most anytime at local eateries, including Dunkin’s, Pat’s Pizza, Mason’s Downeast, Helen's Restaurant, and River’s Edge takeout. But since 2022, a dedicated group of local ATV enthusiasts has been mustering annually at a jamboree dedicated to their off-road trail machines.

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  31. Sanctuary Status Still a Hot Topic in Jonesport

    By Nancy Beal

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  32. Downeasters Drawn in Annual Moose Permit Lottery

    By Will Tuell

    While many dream of having their lucky numbers pulled whenever the next big jackpot comes along, roughly 70,000 souls from Maine and across the country are equally excited when the state’s annual moose lottery rolls around every June. That’s because, unlike deer, bear, or even partridge, the only way the vast majority of hunters can legally claim a moose is if their name is one of 4,000 or so drawn during the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s (IFW) moose lottery, which took place June 15 in Fort Kent. 

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  33. New Barber Shop Opens in Columbia Falls

    By Wayne Smith

    I caught up with Matty Galbraith, owner of Matty’s Barber Shop in Columbia Falls, recently, and he talked about barbering and his hobby of playing music from behind the barber’s chair during our chat. 

    Matty said that he started barber school when he was sixteen. He got his license thirty years ago and started cutting hair in a family-run barbershop that opened in the 1950s.

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  34. Control and the Outer Limits

    by Jonathan Reisman

    In the early sixties, I watched a Cold War pseudo-sci-fi drama series on our black-and-white TV. The Outer Limits opened with the following: 

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  35. Officer Tim Mace Becomes MPD’s First-Ever Lieutenant, Second-in-Command

    By Paul Sylvain

    There’s a new lieutenant in town, thanks to approval by the Machias selectboard on June 12 to promote Machias Patrol Officer Tim Mace to that position.

    Mace began his law enforcement career with the Machias Police Department in 2013.  He left the MPD to join the Washington County Sheriff’s Dept. in 2016 but returned to the Machias PD as a patrol officer in 2021.

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  36. Wild Blueberry Dome Opening Doors for 2024 Season

    Now known as the Wild Blueberry Heritage Center, the iconic “blueberry dome” of Downeast Maine is opening its doors for the season on Thursday, June 27. Owners and wild blueberry growers Dell and Marie Emerson founded the 501c3 nonprofit in 2017 with the mission to provide a deeper understanding of the history, science, and culture of Maine’s 10,000-year-old wild blueberry ecosystem. 

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  37. Groundbreaking Held for New Washington County Sheriff’s Office

    County Expects Completion Under Budget in March 2025

    By Paul Sylvain

    County officials and elected representatives gathered June 13 at the Court Street site of the future Washington County Safety Building to formally break ground on the $5.5 million project. 

    Funding for the project is coming from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) signed by President Joe Biden in 2021, as part of a COVID stimulus deal.

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  38. Victory Smells Like Campfires, Gunsmoke, and Bacon at 2024 Margaretta Days Celebration

    By Paul Sylvain

    Rebellion, in the name of independence, doesn’t wait for perfect weather. And cloudy skies and a little drizzle or rain was not going to prevent Margaretta Days festivities from taking place June 14 and 15 in and around the shire town.

    The annual celebration honors events that culminated on the morning of June 12, 1775, with the Battle of the Margaretta, months after the more famous battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, which are widely considered to be the start of the Revolutionary War. 

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  39. New Pet Store Opens in Milbridge

    By Wayne Smith

    A new pet store aptly named Maine’s Best Friend has opened up in Milbridge at 1 Main Street. It has been open for nearly a month. I caught up with owner Heather Albright and her daughter Maya and found out all about their new store. 

    “I always wanted to open up a pet store,” said Heather Albright, of Milbridge. “It has been my dream for a long time. I saw there was a need. I couldn't even get a cat pan. I had to go all the way to Ellsworth. Maybe my dream could happen here. I always wanted to be a part of the community.”

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  40. Washington Academy Celebrates Class of 2024

    By Will Tuell

    Over a thousand family, friends, and community members gathered in Washington Academy’s Gardner gym on Sunday, June 9, to honor the school’s class of 72 graduates. While weather may have interfered with original plans to hold the ceremony outside on the school’s football field, enthusiasm was high as faculty and students paid tribute to WA’s Class of 2024. 

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  41. Beals Selectmen Deal with Marina, Other Issues

    By Nancy Beal

    The Beals selectmen who were unexpectedly thrust into office in late April following the resignation of their predecessors, continue to get a handle on the town’s business, meeting recently on May 28 and June 11.

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  42. Elm Street Eighth Graders Hailed as ‘Exceptional, Fantastic Group’ in Send-Off Ceremony

    By Will Tuell

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  43. Post Primary Musings

    by Jonathan Reisman

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  44. MMHS Students Come to the Aid of Former Principal

    One time Machias Memorial High School Principal Bill Prescott received some much-needed help recently in the form of home repairs following a March storm that did extensive damage to his Machiasport home. Prescott, whom his wife Sandra says has gone through numerous health issues in recent years and is unable to get around like he used to, received an unexpected boost from the students, who set to work repairing his home earlier this spring. 

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  45. ‘JEOPARODY!’ is the Name of the Game as Rehearsals Begin for This Year’s BB Festival Musical

    By Paul Sylvain

    When it comes to a play on names, puns, and assorted musical mayhem in the key of whatever, look no further than former UMM music professor Gene Nichols of Machiasport. 

    As he did last year, Nichols is once again directing the annual Machias Blueberry Festival musical, which this year is titled JEOPARODY! No, your eyes are not deceiving you and that is not a typo.

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