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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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