1. Elm Street School students enjoy saltwater fishing

    Earlier this month, a group of recently graduated eighth graders from Elm Street School had the chance to go mackerel fishing in the Bay of Fundy, thanks to a unique partnership between local school officials and the business community. 

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  2. Windle returns to win again

    by Phil Stuart

    The Blueberry Run 5-miler began in 1976 and turned 47 this year if you count the virtual runs in 2020 and 2021. The last year it ran with actual participants was in 2019, when Tom Windle and Dara Knapp were the winners.

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  3. The Nature of Phenology: Arrowhead flowering

    by Hazel Stark

    While Maine doesn’t boast the longest or most intense summer season, we sure do have a pleasing variety of outdoor recreational opportunities that satisfy, regardless of the weather. Chilly morning? Hike a mountain to warm up. Hot and humid? Head to a lake or ocean beach to cool off on a swim. Warm and still? Head out for a mellow paddle by canoe or kayak and take in the sights you wouldn’t normally see on foot. Right now, a freshwater paddle in shallow water may reward you with a glimpse of the flowers of a unique and useful plant: arrowhead. 

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  4. Organizers proclaim 45th Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival a sunny success

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Gayle and Gary Nochajski paused for a moment to stick a pin in the U.S. map hanging outside Centre Street Congregational Church, marking their hometown of North Collins, New York. A friendly stranger from South Addison said they should visit the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival on their visit Downeast, and they were glad they did.

    “People are great here. They’re so open and friendly,” said Gary Nochajski. “It’s been fantastic, what a great trip.”

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  5. Use of Jonesport beach challenged

    by Nancy Beal

    Last week Jonesport selectmen turned their attention to where it has usually gone in August in the past decade: to the half-mile long sand beach between Route 187 and Chandler Bay in the (appropriately named) Sandy River Beach region northeast of town just north of what locals call “the Washout.”

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  6. Versant removing unsightly substation from Bad Little Falls

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Happy trails to the Machias Bad Little Falls substation, which has begun to be dismantled by Versant Power, the local electricity distributor. All of the equipment will be removed beginning this week, and a Versant spokesperson says that includes fencing, electrical equipment, and steel structures, which have long blocked the view of Bad Little Falls.

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  7. ‘Swarm’ of earthquakes felt in central Washington County

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Five more small earthquakes have been reported in central Washington County, bringing August’s total to 13, which constitutes a “swarm,” according to Maine Geological Survey’s Henry Berry. [See previous earthquake story in the Aug. 17 edition of MVNO]

    Local lore says the earthquakes are caused by a fault line running under Centerville, but that’s only partially true, says Berry.  

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  8. Remembrance and reenactment honor 1777 battle

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

    It's been 245 years since the British invaded Machias for the third time, attacking and burning their way up the Machias River in 1777, and meeting with defeat at the end of Passamaquoddy Chief Francis Joseph Neptune’s gun. When the British came up the Machias River, they were met by dozens of Machias-area woodsmen and farmers and just as many members of the tribe. Then, Neptune took his “long shot,” reportedly killing a British officer, and sending the redcoats running.  

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  9. Gardner named to board of Maine Veterans Home

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Washington County Commissioner Chairman Chris Gardner has been appointed to the Maine Veterans Homes Board of Trustees, according to a Monday release from the office of Governor Janet Mills.

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  10. Won’t get fooled again?

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    “What Difference at this point does it make?”- Former Secretary of State, feminist icon, and serial liar Hillary Clinton in Congressional testimony on Benghazi misinformation she and Susan Rice propagated to protect and ensure the reelection of Barack Obama in 2012

    Mr. Scott: “There's an old, old saying on earth, Mr. Sulu: "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

    Mr. Chekov: “I know this saying. It was invented in Russia.” - From Star Trek, Fridays Child (1967)

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  11. Portraits via Zoom at Lubec Landmarks

    How do portrait artists accustomed to working with live models deal with pandemic restrictions? Like everyone else:  Zoom!

    Lubec Landmarks presents the work of a community of portrait artists who meet weekly via Zoom, each in turn posing for no more than 15 minutes. 

    Portraits Via Zoom will be at Lubec Landmarks on 50 Water Street from September 3-14, with an opening reception on September 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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  12. The Nature of Phenology: Pearly everlasting blooming

    by Hazel Stark

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  13. Women First Machias brings health and birth services to Main Street

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Soon, Washington County’s newest citizens will have a new place to enter the world. Certified Nurse Midwife Bjarni Thomas is now seeing patients at her new practice, Women First Machias, located in the heart of Machias at 89 Main Street. Later this year, she’ll begin offering birth center services there, too. 

    The road to opening her own birth center has taken Thomas from her hometown of Farmington in western Maine to West Virginia to Machias, where she arrived four years ago and where she feels perfectly at home.

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  14. Six small earthquakes rattle Washington County towns

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Many residents of central Washington County reported feeling an earthquake on Thursday, Aug. 11, and it was only one of six earthquakes recorded here last week. 

    “To me, the earthquake sounded like a distant muffled explosion followed quickly by my house shaking,” says Charlie Foster of Columbia Falls. “My stone foundation couldn't take many of those!”

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  15. Hubbard blueberry rakes shipped worldwide, and for surprising uses

    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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  16. The history of Wild Blueberry Land and how it will help preserve wild blueberry heritage

    by Nancy Beal

    The blueberry-blue domed food and gift shop at the corner of Routes 1 and 187 South in Columbia Falls is a popular stopping place for tourists traveling east of Acadia. There is usually a line at the checkout desk of folks waiting to pay for the knick-knacks, jams, jellies, and sundry blueberry-related items they picked up from the crowded shelves encircling the kitchen portion of the circular building.

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  17. Machias Wild Blueberry Festival fun back in a big way

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    There are days when Machias feels like a bustling small town, days when Machias feels like a sleepy small town, and then there are the three days of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, when Machias feels like the center of the summer fun universe. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, festival organizers say people are ready to celebrate. This year’s festival kicks off this Friday, Aug. 19, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 21.  

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  18. Trump raid tea leaves

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    The unprecedented August 8th raid on former President Trump’s Florida home has loosed the whirlwind (to reference Senator Schumer’s public threats to Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Coney Barrett). Like Fort Sumter, it will be noted in history as the action signifying the formal start of the second American Civil War, although the roots and divisions go back many years. They just cannot be papered over anymore, even though the legacy media and our own Bangor Daily News will do their best (see the August 10 editorial).

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  19. Soctomah and Jordan honored at 25th Annual Washington Academy Trustee Tea in East Machias

    Each summer, the Washington Academy Board of Trustees hosts an afternoon to gather and offer celebration and honor to two individuals who have shown their commitment, sincerity, and grace to our community.

    This year’s 25th Annual Trustee Tea was held on Saturday, August 6, on the lawn of the Old Academy at Washington Academy in E.Machias.

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  20. Youth concert is series finale

    EAC’s Concert Series will conclude Friday, September 2, at 7 p.m., with the Young Persons’ Concert. A tradition of more than 20 years, the concert features talented young performers from all over Washington County in a program that is an engaging mix of genres, instrumentation, and styles. Each year, attendees come away delighted with the inspiring display of young talent, and these emerging musicians have an opportunity to build their poise on the EAC stage with a warm and friendly house of fans.

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  21. The Nature of Phenology: Arrowhead flowering

    by Hazel Stark

    While Maine doesn’t boast the longest or most intense summer season, we sure do have a pleasing variety of outdoor recreational opportunities that satisfy, regardless of the weather. Chilly morning? Hike a mountain to warm up. Hot and humid? Head to a lake or ocean beach to cool off on a swim. Warm and still? Head out for a mellow paddle by canoe or kayak and take in the sights you wouldn’t normally see on foot. Right now, a freshwater paddle in shallow water may reward you with a glimpse of the flowers of a unique and useful plant: the arrowhead.

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. The Nature of Phenology: Hermit thrushes on their nests

    by Joseph Horn

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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. ‘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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. LePage talks political priorities during campaign visit Downeast

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Supporters gathered last Thursday when the two-term former governor and current gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage brought his campaign to Washington County. In Machias, LePage spoke at Whitney’s Tri-Town Marine, joined by fellow Republican candidates Sen. Marianne Moore (R-Washington) and Tiffany Strout, running for House District 11.

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  43. Lubec farm raises bison for breeding

    by Hailey Wood

    On the Kel-Daley Farm in West Lubec, Dan Daley and his wife Danielle Daley raise genetically tested, 100 percent bison. The bison they own are plains animals, as opposed to species that prefer the woods. 

    The Daleys’ journey into bison farming began when Dan bought four bison from a former sergeant major in Danforth, whom he used to help guide hunts. 

    “I was an avid archery hunter out west, and I would chase elk and deer, all with a bow, and would have my share of run-ins with bison over the years,” said Dan.

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  44. Jonesporters reject aquaculture moratorium 2-1; Kingfish Maine decision in hands of planning board

    by Nancy Beal

    By a vote of 201 to 91, voters in Jonesport on July 20 rejected a six-month moratorium on commercial aquaculture facilities that would have stalled, if not killed, a plan by Kingfish Maine to build and operate a $100 million land-based fish-growing facility on the town’s eastern shore. The moratorium was backed by a small but vocal group of fishermen, environmentalists, and lobbyists backed by the family corporation that owns the Roque Island group in Chandler Bay east of the proposed fish plant.

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  45. At public meeting, UMaine Machias answers questions about enrollment, fitness center

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The University of Maine at Machias Board of Visitors held their annual meeting on Tuesday, July 12, giving more than 50 Machias and university community members a chance to ask questions about the local institution. The meeting was held on the deck of Bad Little Falls Park and attended by UMaine Machias, UMaine Cooperative Extension, and UMaine officials, including President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, who has responsibility for both the Orono and Machias campuses.  

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