1. The Nature of Phenology: Deer flies

    by Joseph Horn

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  2. DECH reports productive year and new corporators, thanks employees

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Kathryn Land, new chair of the Down East Community Hospital Board, called the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Corporators to order via a conference call.

    Citing this new way to meet due to the coronavirus, she mentioned that she missed all the faces and the delicious hors d’oeuvres, but this was the best option during these times.

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  3. MIlbridge doctor cleared by state

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The state board of licensure has ended a consent agreement with Milbridge physician Dr. Cathleen London, signaling London’s completion of all requirements issued in a disciplinary action taken August 2018.

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  4. Aviators gauge interest in Machias Flying Club

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Pilot Timothy Hernandez, Machias Valley Municipal Airport Committee Chairman Michael Radeka, and other local pilots are gauging the region’s interest in forming a Machias Flying Club.

    Flying clubs have been around as long as aviation itself, says Hernandez, and are designed to provide members with affordable access to aircraft.

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  5. Machiasport adopts budget at town meeting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machiasport voters adopted 45 articles including the municipal and school budgets at their annual town meeting held Monday, June 29.  All questions passed, and roughly 35 attendees voted to approve a budget which keeps the town’s tax commitment flat.

    “It was an extremely quiet meeting, there were probably no more than three or four questions,” said selectman Mike Hinerman. “It went very well.”

    For the year ending in June, the town reported $2,407,134 in total expenditures and $2,579,513 in revenues.

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  6. Wash. Co. volunteers recognized for their service

    by Nancy Beal

    Seventeen residents from 14 Washington County towns were recognized by Volunteer Maine recently for performing between 500 and 3,500 hours of volunteer service in 2019. Four of the 17 had logged more than 1,000 hours of service. A Volunteer Roll of Honor with their names and hours of service was published in the June 23 edition of the Bangor Daily News. Each received a Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism.

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  7. Imagine a revolution

    In late March as the corona lockdowns and legislative abdications to “science” directed Democratic anti-Trump Governors commenced, “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot organized a group of international left-wing celebrities to sing a socially distanced cover of John Lennon’s 1971 “Imagine”. In Lennon’s socialist dream utopian religion, countries, borders, war, private property, capitalism, greed and hunger would all disappear.

     

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  8. Veteran pilot will always dream of flying

    Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bruce W. Benson thinks fondly of his childhood spent with younger brother, Daniel and older brother, Edward, Jr. Bruce looked up to Edward and describes him as a “leader, great baseball player and a fantastic guy.” Edward was a paratrooper in the Army during World War II and was killed during combat in France.

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  9. Virtual film series program at Porter Memorial Library

    This summer, Porter Memorial Library presents a virtual film series: Mr. Coperthwaite: A Life in the Maine Woods, a film in four parts by Anna Grimshaw. These four films, completed in 2013, chart the homesteading life of local pioneer in yurt building, Bill Coperthwaite, as it unfolded through the seasons. The filmmaker, Anna Grimshaw, a visual anthropologist and professor for Emory University, is a resident of Machiasport. The film series will begin on Friday, July 10 with the first film in the series.

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  10. Maureen Dow Smith

    Maureen D. Smith "Moe", 67, of Bowker Street, Machias, Maine, passed on to her Lord, Saturday, June 27, 2020.

    Maureen was at home with her family and friends, as she wanted. The courage and strength to beat an incurable disease proved true. The battles were accepted as a challenge for life.

    Moe always strived for the best endings of success for everybody in her life. She was very talented and mysteriously clever.

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  11. Funky fly rods

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    Fly fishing for trout – any trout, big or small - is my thing. You would think that after more than 50 years of indulging my passion that  1) my gearbox would runneth over with top shelf, big-name fly rods, and 2) my casting ability would be up there with the top ten.

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  12. The Nature of Phenology: Evening primrose

    by Hazel Stark

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  13. 2nd CD, RCV and me

    by Jonathan Reisman

    Three Republicans are vying for the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. Jared Golden in Maine’s Second Congressional District. The District has been represented by Olympia Snowe (R, 16 years), John Baldacci (D, eight years), Mike Michaud (R, 12 years), Bruce Poliquin (R,  four years) and Golden (D,  two years). The District voted for President Trump and against ranked-choice voting in 2016.  In 2018, ranked-choice voting installed Rep. Golden despite Rep. Poliquin’s initial plurality. In other words, votes from the 1st Congressional District in 2016 determined who “won” the 2nd Congressional District in 2018. The League of Women Voters call it “Democracy”; I call it colonialism. I would remind the LWV that we supposedly live in a Republic, not a democracy, and for good reason, but it would just be a waste of time.

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  14. Incredible Edible grows again with greenhouse donation

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Free, pick-your-own summer veggies will soon be available in spring and autumn, too, thanks to a five-figure donation to Incredible Edible Milbridge.

    A 16-by-24 foot greenhouse will be constructed behind Women for Healthy Rural Living’s (WHRL) new Main Street location, thanks to a donation from Wyman’s, the nationally-known berry company headquartered in Milbridge. An anonymous donor working with the Maine Community Foundation has given money to pay for site preparation, too.

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  15. Popular Beals takeout closes

    by Nancy Beal

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  16. Collins, King weigh in on controversial Heroes Act

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Last week’s phone-calling campaign from area teachers pleaded to Mainers for help in passing the Heroes Act, a $3 trillion relief bill now before the Maine Senate.

    Maine’s teachers not only face the uncertainty of schools reopening, but are burdened with funding shortages due to the pandemic and sharing relief dollars with other departments facing deficits.

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  17. Baking with Rebecca’s custom cakes amaze, delight

    by Natalie Boomer

    Rebecca Robicheau of Wesley has started her very own baking business, Baking with Rebecca, creating custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and more.

    “I officially launched Baking with Rebecca about six months ago. I have been floored by the amount of feedback and business I have received so far. I am really grateful to my community who has shared my work,” said Robicheau.

    Although she hasn’t been in the business very long, she started baking at a very young age and never stopped.

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  18. Countywide Fourth of July parade to honor first responders

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A series of Independence Day cancellations led Rep. Will Tuell to wonder if, despite coronavirus restrictions, there might a creative way for Washington County to celebrate the Fourth of July together. The result will be an unprecedented parade that will begin in Steuben and follow Route 1 all the way to Indian Township.

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  19. Budgets approved for Moosabec elementary schools

    by Nancy Beal

    The towns of Beals and Jonesport held separate, consecutive town meetings June 17 to act on budgets for their respective elementary schools. In both cases, the budgets prepared by Superintendent Lewis Collins and the school committees were accepted by the public.

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  20. Beals town meeting brings forth new faces

    by Nancy Beal

    A COVID-19-postponed town meeting took place in the Beals Elementary School gymnasium on June 23 with 20 attendees seated six feet apart throughout the room. While there were no significant changes in money matters from last year, three new faces emerged from the election of officers.

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  21. Machias talks clean energy, school custodians and recreation area improvements

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Under the ruse of discussing the upcoming election, the Machias Board of Selectmen invited select board candidate Les Haynes to their meeting held June 24. Then, they presented him with a certificate to honor his decades of work in the Machias Ambulance Service, and a gift certificate to Haynes’ favorite campground.

    “We really appreciate everything that you’ve done for the town,” said town manager Christina Therrien.

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  22. Out and About in Columbia

    by Ronie Strout

     

    I have been busy trying out new recipes this week. So far I have made rose petal jelly, pink and red peony jelly, and on top of that, I made a raspberry shrub this week to try. I am enjoying finding what is around me that I can actually use from my yard.

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  23. The Nature of Phenology: Loons

    by Hazel Stark

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  24. RMG, Machias PD team up for fun summer meal deliveries

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Area students are getting their summer meal delivery with a little side of excitement, courtesy of the Machias Police Department. Two days a week, Machias police officers collect meals from the kitchen of Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School (RMG) and deliver them to local families, much to the delight of the young people who will be eating them.

    The blue delivery service started when Machias officer Wayde Carter learned the school could not offer delivery to people who cannot pick up meals during the summer months.

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  25. Look’s Gourmet nationwide, looking to expand home base

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Since the early days of a small family factory, Look’s Gourmet Food Company, after several giant growing steps, is looking to expand its warehouse space in Cutler.

    “We’re looking for more space. Even prior to this year, we’re shipping orders out as fast as we can,” says Mike Sansing, general manager of the Whiting firm. “We currently have 33 employees. The main facility is 99 percent production. The old base is presently our warehouse, and we’re looking to double that space.”

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  26. PRSWDD board mulls loss of Columbia, addresses scales and wall, eyes money woes at disposal site

    by Nancy Beal

    The Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District board of directors met in person at the Jonesboro town hall on June 15. Present were station manager Fran Havey, supervisor Tom Batson, and board members Mike Schoppee of Jonesboro, Mariner Bunker of Beals and Keith Newman of Addison. Joan McMurray of Columbia was unable to attend because of an out-of-town medical appointment. It was the first meeting since the June 8 vote by Columbia to withdraw from the original six-town transfer station,

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  27. Cherryfield Academy’s Class of 1950 reunion cancellation disappoints the seven survivors

    by Peter Duston

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  28. DECH welcomes new CNO

    Down East Community Hospital welcomes Sharla Moretti, RN, MSM. Sharla is the Vice President of Patient Care Services as well as our Chief Nursing Officer.  She is a nursing administrator with 18 years of diverse experience.  Her background includes experience with perioperative services, specialty and provider clinics, and infusion/oncology centers in multi-organizational systems as well as leadership and clinical expertise in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

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  29. Just CAZ (Critter Autonomous Zone)

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    Seattle might have its neo-anarchist/hipster/summer of love/ Capitol Hill Occupy Protest (CHOP), but it pales in police-free borderless entertainment value to the Critter Autonomous Zone in Cooper and Cathance Township.

    The Raven Raucous Caucus

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  30. Out and About in Columbia

    by Ronie Strout

     

    Where have the days gone? It seems that they fly by quickly as I get older. I even have to check my calendar to see what the day is, and then I am not sure I am right.

    The first day of summer has arrived as well as Father’s Day with the temperature in the high 90’s. I try to get my outside work done before noon now and rest the rest of the day.

    This past week I had two appointments in Ellsworth, so I made the most of it by getting a few other errands done while I was in the area.

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  31. Lubec readies for Independence Day celebration

    by Jayna Smith

    Lubec, America, known for its welcoming people, great eateries, wonderful views, and for being the easternmost town in the U.S.A., has released its Fourth of July Celebration schedule, and it certainly does not disappoint.

    According to Wanda Matthews, one of the festival committee members, the committee is sponsoring some traditional events for Independence Day, but with strict guidelines with regards to COVID-19.  This includes social distancing and mask-wearing for those able to when social distancing is not possible.

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  32. EAC presents Annual Fine Arts Awards to graduating high school seniors

    Each year, during the graduation ceremonies at area high schools, EAC honors seniors who have excelled in music, theater or the visual arts.  Nominated by their dedicated teachers, the students have been chosen based on their commitment and contribution to the fine arts at their school and community.  

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  33. Bruins’ last title

    by Phil Stuart

    The Machias Bruins baseball team won four Quoddy League championships over an eight-year span stretching from 1965 to 1972. After the 1972 season, the Bruins disbanded, and some of the players went on to play with other teams.

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  34. The Nature of Phenology: Mayflies

    by Joseph Horn

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  35. Truth, systemic racism, and black flies

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    As the nation writhes under a leftist/media assault charging white privilege and systemic racism and advocating for defunding the police, silencing/deplatforming/canceling anyone who dares to disagree and demanding they kneel and apologize for voting for Trump and more, I’ve watched in horror as a woke leftist Jacobin mob has decided that we need to destroy the village in order to save it.

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  36. Ike Hubbard ships Downeast quality all around the world

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Ike Hubbard’s father moved him out of Jonesport in 1952, but he made his way back as soon as he could. Since 1988, Hubbard has been the mastermind behind the Hubbard Rake Company, a Jonesport-based business that ships handcrafted harvesting rakes all over the world. After Hubbard purchased his aunt and uncle’s strawberry farm, he built his business there.

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  37. Elm Street 7th grader wins statewide writing award

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Grace Dennison, East Machias student and resident, has received statewide recognition for her recently published thoughts on how citizens should contribute to community.

    Sponsored by the Maine Municipal Association, the competing essays had to show an understanding of local government, clarity of thought and originality. Essays could be typed or handwritten, but had to focus on “If I led my community …”

    Dennison was one of four Maine seventh-graders chosen, and the only one from Washington County to capture top honors.

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  38. Columbia votes to withdraw from PRSWDD

    by Nancy Beal

    In a 14-8 vote June 8, the town of Columbia voted to withdraw from the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD). The move puts Columbia in company with Jonesport and Columbia Falls, which began the process a year ago with similar town meeting votes, and represents the loss of 10.3 percent of PRSWDD’s operating revenue. When completed, the withdrawal of the three towns will leave Addison, Beals and Jonesboro as the sole members of the disposal district.

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  39. New nutrition shop shakes open for business in Machias

    by Natalie Boomer

    The Den-DownEast Nutrition is open for business! The grand opening took place on Saturday, June 6 at the new Machias location.

    Rosie and Danny Griffith opened their first nutrition shop, Unleashed Nutrition, in Calais in the fall of last year. Their success came quickly, and they decided to open more shops in different areas in Washington County.

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  40. Cutler’s Porter meets with Trump in Bangor

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Maine Lobstermen’s Association President and Cutler fisherman Kristan Porter was one of a select few invited to meet with President Donald Trump during his recent trip to Maine. The president flew into Bangor on Friday, June 5, meeting there with fishing industry stakeholders before traveling to Guilford where he toured the Puritan Medical Products swab factory.

    “The hardest part was not telling anybody,” said Porter, who was not allowed to discuss the presidential meeting, or its purpose, in advance.

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  41. Laurea Ann Ingalls

    Laurea Ann Ingalls
    December 16, 1945 - June 3, 2020

     

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  42. Machias Water Co. rate hike negotiations hit an impasse

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    An attempt to negotiate a settlement between the town of Machias and the Machias Water Company has failed. Machias officials last week expressed frustration that the water company responded to their request to reduce a 25 percent proposed rate hike with a reduction of 1.5 percent, taking the total rate decrease to 23.5 percent.

    “As a 49 percent owner and the only customer they have, we have zero say,” said Machias Board of Selectpersons Vice Chairman Bill Kitchen. “Our input is irrelevant.”

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  43. J-BHS budget OK’d; BES and JES votes this week

    by Nancy Beal

    Approximately two dozen citizens from Beals and Jonesport, most of them teachers and school board members, gathered June 10 in the Jonesport-Beals High School gymnasium on chairs placed six feet apart to act on the 2020-21 high school budget. In about a half-hour, by a vote of 17-4, they approved $1,777,934, a figure that is $125,990 more than the bottom line a year ago. Part of the increase is from nearly $40,000 to establish an aquaculture program, for which grant money is being sought.

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  44. Lubec shop celebrates 30 years

    by Natalie Boomer

    The easternmost gift shop in the United States, West Quoddy Gifts in Lubec, is celebrating a big milestone.

    “This is our 30th year! Our son was six months old when we opened in June of 1990,” said owner, Junia Lehman.

    Steve and Junia Lehman met while serving in the United States Airforce. Soon after, Steve began creating wooden clocks with laser-engraved numbers and artwork of West Quoddy Head, East Quoddy Head, puffins, and whales, so they took the money they had saved up and opened West Quoddy Gifts.

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  45. Community comes together to make gowns for DECH

    In mid-March, Down East Community Hospital’s VP of Quality, Monique Mills, asked the DECH Auxiliary if they could provide the hospital with 50 handmade isolation gowns to be used as a backup to our personal protective equipment inventory.   The hospital and the Auxiliary agreed to split the cost of the supplies.  Per Kathy Land, Auxilian and Board Member, on the project, “After reviewing CDC guidelines and some discussion, we agreed to order our fabric and other supplies online from JoAnn fabrics or from Amazon.  That turned out to be easier said than done as fabric and other supplies were

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