1. Calais toddler burned in campfire

     

    The Maine State Police have released the following statement.

    The State Fire Marshal's Office says an 18-month-old Calais boy was seriously burned Wednesday, June 12,  when a flammable liquid was poured on a campfire.   Wyatt Chandler is being treated for burns to 60% of his body at Mass General in Boston.

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  2. Jackson elected to Machias Board of Selectmen

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     

    Jim Jackson was elected to the Machias Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, June 11 with 50 votes. Jackson was the only candidate on the Machias ballot, having completed the town's election paperwork earlier in the spring. Both Ed Pellon and Bruce Smith ran write-in campaigns for the position. Pellon received 29 votes and Smith received 25 votes.

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  3. ‘Beyond Acadia’ charts beauty of Washington County’s Bold Coast

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Becky Bard used to attend the Margaretta Days Festival each year with her small children, but this year she’ll be at the festival tending something altogether different — her husband’s first book, which is also the very first guide book ever written exclusively about Washington County.

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  4. Moosabec teachers, school board approach new contract agreement

     

    by Nancy Beal

    The Moose-A-Bec Teachers Association (MTA) and the Union 103 school board (which oversees matters pertaining to all three schools in Jonesport and Beals) have been in contracts talks for over a year. Negotiating teams from each side have been through various levels of discussions — all unsuccessful — including a three-person fact-finding panel whose recommendations, delivered last month, favored the teachers but were rejected by the school board. Last week, it appeared that the two sides were approaching a compromise.

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  5. Artist to presidents, Princess Diana, at home in Jonesboro

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Yogi Morgan is a woman of many talents, contradictions and surprises.

    She was born 68 years ago in Louisville, Kentucky, though her family never lived there. Years ago she left her home in Presque Isle to accidentally find her life’s work in Chicago. She lived in more than 50 places before settling in Jonesboro, Maine.

    And the list goes on. Hers has been a peripatetic life, with an astounding number of experiences integrated into the entire process. Understandably, her parents did not name their infant daughter Yogi …

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  6. Margaretta Days Festival brings history to life in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    This weekend Machias will celebrate its Revolutionary War history in a way no other town in the nation can.

    “What a treasure we have here. So many of our historic reenactors, as well as many of the Wabanaki reenactors, are direct descendants of the actual heroes!” said Carlene Holmes. “Where else can you find such a historical reenactment? Williamsburg or Gettysburg, Plymouth?”

    No.

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  7. Countywide crime spree ends in arrest

     

    by Jayna Smith

    A day that included three structure fires, a home invasion and auto theft started early in Princeton on Sunday, June 9 and ended late the same day in Trenton after drawing multiple law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency dispatchers into its wake.

    It all started at dawn when Princeton Fire Chief Tony Ramsdell said a call came in at 4:29 a.m. and “was dispatched as a double structure fire.” Six area fire departments responded to two early morning structure fires in Princeton.

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  8. New owners invite you to linger at Whole Life Natural Market

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When Patti Sansing opened Whole Life Natural Market in 2003 it checked two boxes for her: it allowed Sansing and her family to move closer to their extended family, and it allowed her to share her knowledge of natural healing through the store’s products.

    “I was studying to be a holistic nutritionist, but my family is from here so we used to come here all the time for vacations,” said Sansing. When the previous owner put the store up for sale, Sansing and her husband purchased it and moved to Machias.

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  9. Machias River General Store plans to sweeten up a Main Street favorite

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Three generations of the Hoyt family owned and operated the Machias Hardware Co., the shopping centerpiece of Main Street, Machias. Now, two new families will continue in their tradition when they reopen as the Machias River General Store.

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  10. Expressions builds on 76 years of tradition in Machias

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    It was hot that June, more than 75 years ago. A young woman was about to graduate from Machias Memorial High School, so she and her two sisters made the long drive to Ellsworth for celebratory flowers. By the time they arrived back in Machias, all of their flowers were wilted. Having no other florist nearby, they asked their parents for help.

    “Mr. and Mrs. Parlin had beautiful gardens, so they went to them and asked them if they could have some for graduation,” said Rhonda Reynolds.

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  11. Farm tidbits, part two

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  12. Out and about in Columbia

    One more week and school will be out for the summer break. I know the kids are looking forward to having some fun this summer. Hopefully, they will be busy and not too bored. I am looking forward to doing some fun things myself and going places.

    Carroll and I were in Ellsworth on Tuesday for his appointment; it was a quick trip but we did enjoy a meal at Governor’s before returning home.

    On Thursday I met up with Nancy Pike and her mother Jeannette Smith at 44 Degrees North Restaurant in Milbridge for a nice meal. A pleasant way to spend an evening with great company.

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  13. Congratulations Washington Academy Class of 2019

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  14. John H. Ahlin and Norman Nelson scholarships awarded

    The John H. Ahlin Scholarship and Norman Nelson Scholarship have been awarded to four graduating high school seniors from Washington Academy in East Machias. The John H. Ahlin Scholarship, each in the amount of $500, has been awarded to Devyn Seeley and Donald Soctomah. The Norman Nelson Scholarship, also in the amount of $500 each, has been awarded to Cole Avery and Josiah Brown.

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  15. The Nature of Phenology: Phoebes

     

    by Hazel Stark

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  16. Blueberry power struggles to take center stage at field day

    by Ruth Leubecker

    As the wild blueberry industry continues to combat a severe economic downturn, a recent bill for expanding and diversifying the Wild Blueberry Commission offers hope for change.

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  17. Candidate Jackson celebrates history, bright future of Machias

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Jim Jackson wants to serve the town of Machias as a selectman, so he’s running for office again.

    “I wanted it the first time and I didn’t get, but that’s no reason to stop and just give up,” said Jackson, who ran in the Feb. 26 election and lost by two votes to Glenn Davis, who was elected in February to finish a term ending in June. Davis announced he would not run again shortly after taking office.

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  18. 12 Machias voters adopt $5.3M school budget

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Twelve Machias voters attended the town meeting held Tuesday, May 28, and approved a 2019/20 school budget of $5,302,588.68, an increase of $161,964.43, or 3.13 percent, over last year’s budget.

    In the coming year, $2,090,708.57 in revenue will be contributed toward that budget via state subsidy, and $1,301,838.00 is projected in revenue from tuition students.

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  19. Shuttleworth hiking cross country on behalf of veterans

    by Nancy Beal

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  20. What to expect at the Annual Machias Town Meeting June 12

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    This year’s edition of the Town of Machias Annual Report begins with a dedication to Warren Gay, Machias Board of Selectmen Chairman who died last year. The report speaks of Gay fondly, and recalls his 13 years of service on the board. “He could often be seen socializing on official business at the town office, riding his scooter through town, or working on vehicles for friends, family, or even strangers.”

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  21. Congressman Jared Golden visits Washington County Democrats

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Maine 2nd Congressional District Representative Jared Golden was the featured speaker at the Washington County Democrats’ Norman Nelson Dinner in Machias May 18. The dinner was held to present the group’s community service award (it went to Fred and Linda Gralenski of Pembroke), and Golden echoed the theme of the evening in his remarks.

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  22. Search continues for former Princeton resident

     

    by Jayna Smith

    Police in Massachusetts are searching for a former Princeton, Maine woman.  Jacqueline “Jackie” Coutinho, age 53, was last seen on the morning of Wednesday, May 15 in Hinsdale, Massachusetts.  She had been spending time there with her sister for the last month.

    Coutinho is described as a white female, approximately 5’ 6”, 130 pounds, with blonde and gray hair.  She was last seen wearing a purple and red sweater, blue jeans, and white sneakers.

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  23. Veterans’ emergency financial assistance available

    The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services (MBVS) is pleased to announce that the American Legion and Easterseals Maine will be points of contact for distribution of Veterans’ Emergency Financial Assistance (VEFA), which is the result of the passage of LD 1736 in the 128th Maine State Legislature, a bill that was originally sponsored by Representative Louis Luchini of Ellsworth and Representative Bradlee Farrin of Norridgewock.

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  24. Farm tidbits

     

    by Wayne Smith

    My father started dairy farming at his house in Jonesboro with about nine cows back in the 50s. He used stainless steel machines and put the milk in milk cans, and he had a cooler with water in it so that the milk wouldn't curdle. Every day, Shoppe’s Dairy in Machias would pick up the milk and bottle it over there. When he went in the service for two years, my grandfather and grandmother milked the cows. Every night, my grandmother washed the dishes.

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  25. Castlebay returns to Jonesport’s PML Music Series

     

    By Nancy Beal

    Maine vocalists and musicians Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have been weaving the musical heritage of New England and Celtic lands since 1987 and, as Castlebay, they are a familiar duo in Jonesport. On Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m., they will bring their distinctive Celtic flair back to the Peabody Memorial Library’s summer series Music in the Library for the series’ opening concert of the season and Castlebay’s ninth appearance since the series began.

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  26. The Nature of Phenology: Nutrient cycling

    by Joseph Horn

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  27. Governor Mills directs flags lowered immediately in honor of Virginia Beach victims

    In accordance with a directive from the President, Governor Janet Mills directed that the United States and State of Maine flags be flown at half-staff statewide immediately until sunset on Tuesday, June 4, in honor of the victims of a Friday shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia and issued the following statement: "Maine grieves with Virginia for the lives lost Friday in a devastating, senseless act of violence," said Governor Mills.

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  28. Machias School Budget Referendum vote, Tuesday, May 28

    Machias residents will vote on the 2019/20 school budget referendum on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School gymnasium. 

     

     

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  29. Teachers, board clash face-to-face over ongoing salary negotiations

     

    by Nancy Beal

    School board meetings in Union 103 (Beals and Jonesport) are usually low-key affairs that rarely draw the public out. Last week, the May 23 meeting of the joint committee that oversees issues affecting all three district schools attracted over 20 teachers and community members looking to challenge the board on its refusal to accept the salary recommendations of a fact-finding panel. That panel supported the teachers’ request to change the number of steps on the salary scale and to increase the step monetary raise.

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  30. Bargaining stalled, but vigil draws crowd in support of Calais nurses

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although over 100 turned out for a vigil in community support for Calais nurses and technicians, negotiations between employees and Calais Regional Hospital persist in a stalemate.

    “There are dozens of openings at the hospital right now that management cannot fill,” said Alison Monaghan, RN, after the vigil. “If there aren’t enough employees, then this hospital cannot function properly, and that’s just not acceptable for our patients.”

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  31. Machiasport votes to purchase Pettegrow Point property

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A heated issue many months in the making came to a partial conclusion at a special town meeting held Monday, May 13, when Machiasport residents authorized the town to purchase 37 acres of shorefront land in Bucks Harbor.

    The town originally voted to purchase the property in 2017, and constructed a deal with Land for Maine Futures (LMF) who proposed paying half of the estimated $275,000 cost from its public access fund in order to expand and ensure public access to Bucks Harbor in perpetuity.

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  32. Speaking out about life with learning disabilities

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Despite lifelong struggles with reading, Shannon Davenport just wrote an essay on what it’s like to live with a learning disability.

    “It just came to mind, writing about it. It just came to me,” said Davenport. “I could see the words on the paper, and that just helped.”

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  33. Living and having a learning disability

    by Shannon Davenport

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  34. Teachers unhappy with board’s rejection of recommendation

    by Nancy Beal

    Sixteen teachers from the three schools in the Moosabec area’s Union 103 district gathered in the art room at Jonesport Elementary School May 14 to air their grievances and plan their next step. They have been working without a contract for over a year during which time the negotiating teams from their union, the Moose-A-Bec Teachers Association (MAT), and the school board have been unable to reach an agreement on a new three-year contract.

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  35. Margaretta Days Festival right around the corner, June 14-15

    Mark your calendars for the 19th Annual Margaretta Days Festival and Crafts Fair, which will take place June 14-15 on the lawn of the University of Maine at Machias.

    The festival celebrates the “Lexington of the Sea,” the first naval battle of the American Revolution, fought — and won — by Machias patriots in June 1775.

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  36. Moosabec Ambulance Service honors its own during EMS Week

     

    by Nancy Beal

    The Moosabec Ambulance Service (MAS) took part in EMS Week (Emergency Medical Services) last week with a service award luncheon at its hangar on Jonesport’s Main Street, where members of the MAS crew were recognized for their years of service. The event was organized by MAS service chief Renée Gray, a homemaker, Lubec town manager and a 20-year veteran of the ambulance service.

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  37. Right from the barber’s chair

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  38. Preseason benefit to support landmark 50th season of Machias Bay Chamber Concerts

     

    The Machias Bay Chamber Concerts will present a fundraising pre-season piano show on Sunday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias. This concert will feature local pianists who perform in a variety of styles, including classical, jazz, blues, and experimental. There will be a mid-show intermission with refreshments, as well as a visual-art display. This presentation will benefit this 50th season of the series, and we’re asking a minimum $5 admission for this amazing evening. Here’s a preview of the musicians for this night:

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  39. PBSO presents spring concert series

     

    The Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra concludes its spring season with three performances on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center; Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias; and Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. at the Calais Congregational Church.

    The program includes Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischutz Overture, Paul Hindemith’s Metamorphosis and two works for orchestra and cello, Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei and David Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody.

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  40. The Nature of Phenology: American Shad

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  41. Machias Memorial Day Parade

     The American Legion Post #9 will lead a Memorial Day ceremony at Longfellow Cemetery on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. Longfellow Cemetery is located on Court Street on beyond the hospital, heading toward Whitneyville. Then the Memorial Day parade will line up at Machias Memorial High School at 10:30 a.m., and march at 11 a.m. down Court Street.

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  42. Democratic Party controlled House and Senate pass taxpayer funding for abortion

    by Pravda Gladio

    For the first time in Maine, on May 16, Democrats controlling both the House and Senate in Augusta have passed taxpayer-supported abortion services under LD 820.

    Many Mainers who objected to the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion attended the Committee Hearings in April and gave testimony.  Mainers testified that they did not want their tax dollars being used to fund abortion, which is an elective procedure 99% of the time.

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  43. Reduced tonnage could cost towns planning withdrawal from PRSWDD

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  44. Stevenson sentenced, receives 30 days jail time, four years probation

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Christopher Stevenson of Roque Bluffs pleaded nolo contendere to charges of operating after suspension, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and manslaughter for an accident that took the life of his 11-year-old daughter on the night of Dec. 14, 2017. An earlier charge of operating under the influence was dismissed.

    Stevenson was sentenced to 30 days in jail and four years probation. His daughter, Keagan Stevenson, was a student in the 5th grade at Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias.

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  45. CRH nurses: ‘We’re fighting to keep this hospital alive’

    by Ruth Leubecker

    With negotiations ended and issues unsettled, Calais Regional Hospital nurses are asking the community to turn out for a vigil to marshall support for their jobs.

    “I negotiated their last contract in 2015, and with good results,” says Todd Ricker, Maine Nurses Association labor representative, “but since then, the administration has changed. My idea is the CEO decided to take an aggressive stance against the nurses.”

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