Whitneyville Library News

Pot roast with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, carrots, cucumber salad, Janet's rolls and biscuits, homemade pies and cake will be on the menu for our September 5th public supper that will be held at the Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville. The supper begins at 5 p.m.  

Following COVID-19 rules and regulations, we still can only seat 50 people but takeout is also available by reservation. To reserve your takeout you can call the library at 255-8077 Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations for takeout will be taken until Friday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.

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Machias selectboard news: executive sessions ongoing, town manager on personal leave

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Board of Selectmen stayed in executive session for over 90 minutes Monday morning in a meeting attended by the full, five-person selectboard and town attorney Sarah Newell of Eaton Peabody.

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McDonald’s reopens with donation to local school

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

As a way of giving back to a profession that helped him, Peter Napoli’s restaurants celebrate big occasions with donations to local schools. Last week Napoli, his son Sal Napoli, Machias McDonald’s General Manager Kim Godfrey and other executives presented Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School with a check for $1,000 to mark the stores reopening after extensive remodeling. Napoli said it’s his family’s way of honoring one special teacher who made a difference for him.

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See you in September?

This week marks the beginning of my 37th year at UMM and my 47th consecutive September on a New England college campus. The times, they are a-changing.

American higher education is on the cusp of a financial, cultural and political reckoning that will leave it smaller, poorer, less popular, less powerful and decidedly diminished. Those changes, as deserved as they may well be, will probably not be accompanied by any recognizable change in attitude, humility, leftist indoctrination practices or self-regard and esteem.

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Welcome Back! to Porter Memorial Library

After 11 weeks of total shutdown due to COVID-19 and another 12 weeks of curbside service to provide a safe alternative for library borrowing during the pandemic, Porter Memorial Library reopened to the public on August 27.

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Jonesboro Craft Fair and the Chandler River

by Wayne Smith

Rebekah Cox talked about the Jonesboro Craft Fair and about her father, John Cox, and how he influenced clam and lobster fishing down the Chandler River in Jonesboro as she was growing up as a child.

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Ark Animal Shelter celebrates pups with Fall ‘20 Dog Day

by Natalie Boomer

The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield will be hosting its annual Fall ‘20 Dog Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.

“The event is completely by donation, and they are highly appreciated. This event is for everyone including people with no pets, looking to adopt, as well as owners with well-behaved furbabies. This will be an outside event on a huge piece of land so furbabies can roam free, unleashed if well-behaved,” said Vanessa Coolen of the Ark Animal Shelter. “All proceeds benefit the Ark Animal Shelter!”

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Lobster campaign tills new ground in marketing strategy

by Ruth Leubecker

As two of its largest markets struggle mightily, the lobster industry is striking new inroads to broaden its consumer base.

With restaurants running at reduced capacity and cruise ships shut down, lobster processors are campaigning to attract markets closer to home -- and that would be home cooks.

“With the pandemic, everyone’s already cooking at home,” says Marianne LaCroix, executive director of the Maine Lobster awe want them to be cooking lobster.”

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Beaches, bridges and bridal bells discussed in Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

The mini-bridge on the Kelley Point Road over Stillman Dyer Brook absorbed selectmen’s attention at their August 26 meeting. The previous week, while opening bids on the placing of a small bridge over the stream that they fear is in danger of washing out the road if either of two beaver dams upstream should fail, Selectmen Dwight Alley and Harry Fish realized that the combined proceeds of a small streams grant ($68,000) and the town’s appropriation ($20,000) was not enough to fund the project.

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Acadia National Cemetery dedicated in reverential weekend ceremony

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Heavy rains held off just long enough to allow a solemn ceremony dedicating Acadia National Cemetery, which took place on Saturday, Aug. 30. In keeping with coronavirus restrictions, a small group was invited to hear remarks from Sen. Susan Collins, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves, and Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie. Music was provided by Maine National Guard’s 195th Army Band.

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Navy to test wells near Cutler for toxic PFAS chemicals

The Navy is seeking to sample private drinking water wells in a designated sampling area near the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Cutler Fire Station, Cutler, Maine. These free tests are to determine whether certain chemicals (commonly and collectively referred to as PFAS) used by the Navy in its activities at NSA Cutler Fire Station may have migrated through groundwater to private drinking water wells at levels greater than U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) health advisory levels.

COVID-19 concerns

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Porter library opens The Last Page Honesty Bookstore

Everyone has a story about doing the COVID pivot. Highly improvisational, the COVID pivot is fueled by equal parts desperation and hope, thrown together with anything from a sledgehammer to a feather duster. The purpose of the “pivot” is to solve a problem you didn’t have prior to the pandemic.

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Machias voters go to polls and town meeting

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Twenty-three Machias voters took their carefully spaced seats at the Machias town meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 2. Normally held in June, the municipal elections, school budget referendum, and town meeting were all delayed due to the coronavirus lockdowns.

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Union 103 schools to open Sept 14; sports in doubt

by Nancy Beal

At three separate meetings and by unanimous votes on September 2, the school boards governing Jonesport-Beals High School, Jonesport Elementary and Beals Elementary Schools — the three schools that comprise Union 103 — voted to move up a previously set opening date of Sept. 28 to Sept. 14. The votes followed the specter of students going to school into next July after Superintendent Lewis Collins told them that the Maine Department of Education (DOE) would grant no waivers from the 175-school day mandate until January.

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Delegation requests racism investigation; WA responds to ‘petition for positive change’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Five members of the Washington County legislative delegation have requested an independent investigation into allegations of racism at Washington Academy (WA), citing a report of racial verbal attacks and threats toward minorities, including a noose left in one teacher’s classroom.

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Next Step Domestic Violence Project adapting new ways to help amid pandemic

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Calls to Maine domestic violence hotlines went up 20 percent between April and June, a number only slightly more worrisome than what happened in March, when they went down.

“It was so quiet it was eerie,” said Dorathy Martel, executive director of the Next Step Domestic Violence Project. “I think it's because people hadn’t worked out how to reach out when the person abusing them was at home.”

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Runners get ready for 2020 Bad Little Trail Run

by Natalie Boomer

The second annual 2020 Bad Little Trail Run is set to take place on Sunday, October 4.

The Downeast Coastal Conservancy and the Bold Coast Runners will be hosting these 2.5 and seven-mile races through the Machias River Preserve. Racers will run the Sunrise Trail and cross the Machias River on the Old Railroad Bridge, beginning and ending in Whitneyville.

The Passamaquoddy meaning for Machias is bad little falls in reference to the falls on the Machias River which gives this race its name.  

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Whitneyville Public Library delivers comfort with community suppers

by Natalie Boomer

The Whitneyville Public Library has decided to host another public supper on Saturday, Oct. 3, after a successful supper on Sept. 4.

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Homelessness a hidden reality in Washington County

by Ruth Leubecker

Besieged by a shortage of resources, the hovering presence of COVID-19 and approaching cold weather, rural homelessness remains dangerously entrenched.

Several new surveys show urgent challenges in helping the homeless during the pandemic. The massive human and financial impacts of living without reliable shelter are far-reaching, affecting many others in the process of just getting by.

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Looking back at Cutler Navy basketball: 55 points and the evolution of a knucklehead

by Dan Ryan

I was lucky enough to spend four years in the U.S. Navy, from, 1977-81.  Two of those years were spent at the Cutler Navy Base, and last month I was lucky enough to visit Machias and Cutler again after 40 years away.

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Systemic racism racket gets Trumped

by Jonathan Reisman

 

The Systemic Racism Industry has had its sweet multimillion consulting racket exposed and trumped. The President has used his “pen and phone” to order the critical race theory hustle out of the federal bureaucracy. The shrieks and howls from the incredibly undiverse set of pricey diversity “consultants” kicked off the taxpayer dime can be heard in HR departments and Democratic covens across the country.

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Downeast Community Partners hosts virtual auction to help elderly

by Natalie Boomer

For the past seven years, Downeast Community Partners has hosted a tennis round robin to raise money for the At Home program, a nonprofit that provides services to the elderly to help them continue living in their own homes.

“Every year the At Home program has a tennis round-robin at the Blue Hill Country Club. This year COVID rained on our parade and we could not have it,” said Rose Honders, Director of At Home elder services at Downeast Community Partners.

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Whitneyville Library News

Mark your calendars for the next public supper that will be held on October 3 at 5 p.m. at the Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville.  It will be a New England boiled dinner with corned beef and ham, rolls, biscuits, homemade cakes and pies. We still have limited eat-in seating of 50 people, but you can also call to reserve a takeout dinner by calling the library at 255-8077 Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Reservations for takeout dinners will be taken until Friday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m.

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Landowner appreciation day cleans up to give back

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

As a show of gratitude for allowing outdoor recreation on private lands, dozens of Mainers fanned out to clean up the woods last weekend on Landowner Appreciation Day, a years-long tradition coordinated by the Maine Warden Service.

Corporal Rick LaFlamme, landowner relations manager for the warden service, says 94 percent of Maine’s land is privately owned.

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Jonesboro woman honors her father by walking for cancer

by Nancy Beal

Rebecca Cox, 30, of Jonesboro is a runner who likes to participate in group runs. She missed this year’s Race for the Cure, which Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center sponsors annually in connection with the annual Bangor craft fair. As she was looking for another event to join, she learned about the annual Walk for Life put on in Addison by the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.

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Two die in Machias fire, three saved by good samaritan

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Fire has claimed two lives and destroyed two mobile homes in a Machias trailer park.

According to Sergeant Mary MacMaster of the state fire marshal’s office, the cause of the fire is not yet known and the identities of the two deceased individuals, who lived together in one of the two homes, have not yet been confirmed. The fire started sometime before 3 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21.

“They’re just starting to go in now,” said MacMaster. Three state investigators will be on the scene today. 

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Wesley News

by Camille Hawkins

 

Ron and Lyn Hawkins have a new grandson born on September 11, 2020, at 11:19 p.m. in Machias. Proud parents Chelsie and Chris Wallace have a healthy 9-pound baby boy named Luke William Wallace.

I got my firewood delivered on Tuesday afternoon. It's a big pile that looks like it will last a couple of winters. Thanks, Ron.

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Peace and the resistance

by Jonathan Reisman

 

“If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”- Moshe Dayan
“You can only end a negotiation for peace if you begin it”- Benjamin Netanyahu
“It’s a distraction”- Nancy Pelosi

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Wildfire smoke changes appearance of Maine’s sky

by Jayna Smith

Many in the area may have noticed a difference in the look to the sky last week, specifically on Tuesday, as smoke from the California and Oregon wildfires blew across the country, leaving a haze up above.

According to Michael Clair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in southern Maine, the smoke was definitely visible when it was present over the state. “The sky was much more of a milky gray in appearance, rather than blue, even when there were no clouds present,” he said.

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UMaine marine geologist archives nearly four decades of history, change in Maine landscapes

Every year since 1982, Joseph Kelley captured photos of the fastest deteriorating portion of Maine’s coast, located in Camp Ellis, for use in his work as a state marine geologist, and research and teaching at the University of Maine.

Later this fall, the public will have the opportunity to view decades of geologic transformation captured in the images taken of the Saco-area shoreline as well as thousands of others depicting dramatic changes in Maine’s coastal vistas.

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Jonesport’s Kelly Point Road bridge a go

by Nancy Beal

 On August 19, when Jonesport selectmen opened construction bids on a small bridge that would replace a culvert that shuttles the Stillman Dyer Stream, they were dismayed to learn that the money with which they had planned to finance the project was about $40,000 short of the lowest bid. Hanscom Construction of Machias had bid $69,000 for the project and Carver Construction of Jonesport had bid $116,450.

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Candidate Crafts meets with local law enforcement

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Republican candidate for congress Dale Crafts spoke to local law enforcement officers Sept. 16 at a luncheon organized by Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis.

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We Care baby center makes permanent home in Machias

by Natalie Boomer

The We Care Community Baby Center has worked out of its Machias location for many years helping the Washington County community with children’s items such as clothes, toys, books, diapers, and more.

This year, the building on 5 Water Street in Machias became the We Care Community Baby Center’s permanent home.

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Machias and partners launch work plan, age-friendly strategies

by Ruth Leubecker

Delayed by the restrictions of COVID and hampered by diminished resources, Machias and its age-friendly goals have nonetheless persevered over the past months.

Since receiving its age-friendly certificate months ago, the town has moved forward in developing strategies that would key on projects that would make the town invitingly livable for people of all ages.

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