1. Retiring from the academic fray

    by Jonathan Reisman

    A number of readers have commented on recent columns and my impending retirement. Several have asked how and/or why I survived in the liberal academic environment for almost forty years. At least one is very pleased with my departure, having recently threatened to write to the University of Maine System Chancellor and UM/UMM President demanding my immediate termination (I sent them the necessary e-mail addresses and told them to get in line). 

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  2. Homecoming festival Street Fair promises something for everyone

    by Jayna Smith

    Saturday of the International Homecoming Festival each year brings hundreds to downtown Calais.  Typically, in addition to enjoying the many vendors of the street fair, all enjoy the grand parade.  This year, however, due to restrictions at the border crossing resulting from the global pandemic, there will be no international parade.  Instead, the highlight of the day will be the huge street fair, set to be bigger than ever in recent years.

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  3. EAC invites community to gather in remembrance of Wilhelm and Weber

    Eastport Arts Center will host a special gathering from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, to celebrate the lives of Jean Wilhelm and Joyce Weber, whose artistic passions joined at the Arts Center. Cake, fruit, wine, and coffee will be offered, and there will be time for all to honor each of the ‘J.W.’s’. Community members are invited to come tell a favorite Joyce or Jean story, or if unable to attend, to please send their story by email or post to [email protected], or P.O. Box 153, Eastport, ME 04631.

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  4. The Nature of Phenology: Katydids

    by Joseph Horn

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  5. Fochesato moves from Healthy Acadia Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center

    by Nancy Beal

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  6. Husband-wife team expand Machias Dental practice

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Dr. Jim Sparaga’s Machias Dental practice has just expanded with the addition of two key people. Dr. Wyatt Jones, a dentist, and Hannah Jones, a dental hygienist, are now practicing in Machias.

    “They’ve come to us from Oklahoma and have started working here for at least the coming year,” said Sparaga. “He’s just graduated from school and we’re developing a patient roster for him so that he can expand on his in-depth knowledge from the University of Oklahoma dental school.”

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  7. Hodgson representing Maine in Mrs. International Pageant

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Locally famous for her twin passions of fighting cancer and rejuvenating the Jonesboro Grange, this week Rebekah Hodgson is taking her “Crush Cancer” message to a national audience at the 2022 Mrs. International Pageant.

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  8. ‘Notes on a Lost Flute’ offers history lessons for modern life: author Kerry Hardy to speak in Machias this week

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Kerry Hardy traces the beginnings of his interest in Native American lifeways back to the fields and woods surrounding his childhood home in Lincolnville, where he and his sister spent thousands of hours playing.

    “If you’re a kid growing up in rural Maine, the idea of living in the woods, hunting, and fishing, or making a birchbark canoe is the stuff of dreams,” writes Hardy. “My childhood was filled with dismal attempts at snaring rabbits or making “pemmican” — the Indian journey food — with bitter acorns and insipid berries.” 

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  9. DECH Auxiliary aids monarch butterflies

    The Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary has adopted a new project — gardening.

    Last year the auxiliary took on a new task. Members of the Gardening Committee are very hands-on in the hospital courtyard garden. This well-kept secret was in need of some loving care, and the members of the committee came to the rescue.

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  10. Brandon!

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    Branded was a mid-1960s TV western starring Chuck Connors as US Army cavalry captain Jason McCord who is court-martialed and cashiered for cowardice. McCord is innocent but maintains silence to protect the reputation of his mentor and commanding officer, and to prevent corrupt Washington elites from launching another genocidal war against Native Americans. McCord travels around the 1880s west trying to prove he is not a coward, protect the innocent and punish the guilty.

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  11. Concert series celebrates with 80th Birthday Show

    EAC’s Concert Series continues at 7 p.m., Friday, July 29, with a special family concert by Paul Biss, violin/viola, Miriam Fried Biss, violin, and Gregory Biss, piano, in celebration of the latter’s 80th birthday. The brothers Biss and sister-in-law Fried will play the Duo for Violin and Viola, K423, by Mozart; 10 Duos for Two Violins by Bartok; and the Sonata in C major for Piano and Violin, K296, by Mozart.

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  12. The Nature of Phenology: Hummingbird moths

    by Hazel Stark

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  13. Rock Paper Scissors event will blend fun and fundraising for vets

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

    What started as a way to have fun at work has grown into an impressive veterans fundraising event, and it all began in the kitchen of Dunkin’ in Machias, where Evan Kopf and Tyler Matthews like to keep the mood light.

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  14. bluShift Aerospace lands in Steuben

    by Nancy Beal

    The Brunswick rocket company that wants to send small satellites into space for scientific and business purposes says it has found a home. By press release on June 30, bluShift Aerospace announced that its intentions had been welcomed by the town of Steuben and that plans were going forward to construct a command-and-control center and a manufacturing plant within the borders of that western Washington County town of 1,200.

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  15. Kingfish Maine expected to draw crowds to next Jonesport meeting

    by Nancy Beal

    The expectation of a large crowd has prompted the Jonesport planning board to move its regular monthly meeting from the town office to the high school gym. The larger-than-usual audience, Chairman Frank Smith told selectmen last week, is expected to be made up of area residents concerned about an application from Kingfish Maine, a Dutch-owned company that, starting in November 2019, has proposed to build a $100 million dollar land-based fish farm on the property known as Dun Garvin north of Greenwood Cemetery on Chandler Bay.

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  16. Local police train using latest VR technology

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A Washington County Deputy walks slowly into the classroom of a high school cafeteria where injured people lie on white linoleum. The AR-15 in her hands feels the same as the AR-15 in her cruiser, and when a shooter jumps out and fires, she fires back, but none of it is real. It’s a training simulation taking place in the conference room of the Machias Police Department, using state-of-the-art virtual reality technology called Milo Range.

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  17. Climate crapola

    I try not to be triggered by climate agitprop, but the combination of an MVNO reprint of a Maine Beacon (the Maine Peoples Alliance Progressive Rag) piece blasting the SCOTUS West Virginia vs. EPA decision reigning in unlawful climate apocalypse eco-fascism coupled with a smiling photo of climate alarmist Gov. Janet Mills and useful climate dupe Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen sent me to the keyboard. 

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  18. Emmy award-winning PBS series to feature Machias-area history

    A Taste of History is an Emmy Award-winning television series that recreates culinary heritage by cooking spectacular historic recipes at original locations across the globe. The show is one-part cooking, one-part history with a dash of humor and a whole lot of personality and appeals to cooks, history lovers, travelers, and anyone who loves watching an adventure. The show broadcasts on PBS stations and streams on Amazon Prime and the Hungry Channel on Apple TV and Roku devices.

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  19. EAC to host Paul Sullivan July 22

    EAC’s Concert Series continues with pianist and composer Paul Sullivan on Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. Sullivan will engage audiences with a diverse program including many of his own compositions, old and new, as well as excursions into Debussy, Chopin, and Art Tatum, interspersed with stories and comments about his music and life.

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  20. Students invited to archeological project July 15

    On Friday, July 15, from 8 to 10 a.m., students and the public are invited to visit Tide Mill Farm on Tide Mill Road in Edmunds to view a team of archeologists studying the 18th-century tide mill for which the farm is named. Visitors will see the archaeologists at work where the exposed mill remains and learn how the mill worked and its place in the Washington County economy.

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  21. Ferguson awarded 2022 Tommy Thompson Trophy

    Presentation of the 2022 Tommy Thompson Trophy to Brady Fergerson by Machias Rotary Club president, Paul Gaddis.  The Tommy Thompson is an award voted by the players' peers. All 12-year-old Machias Area Little League Players have a vote. The criteria for the award are leadership, communication, helping others, and athletic ability. To help make the selection process more personal, players are often told before the vote to consider,  "If you could pick one person to be your teammate, who would it be?"

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  22. The Nature of Phenology: Ghost pipes

    by Joseph Horn

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  23. Community invited to connect with UMaine Machias at July 12 public meeting

    The public is invited to connect with UMaine Machias at the annual meeting of the University of Maine at Machias Board of Visitors (BOV), to be held July 12 at Bad Little Falls Park. The event will be hosted by University of Maine and UMaine Machias President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen. 

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  24. State police make arrest in February murder of Pembroke woman

    The Maine State Police have announced that today, July 6, at approximately 3:00 p.m. 42-year-old Rebecca Moores, of Robbinston, was arrested without incident on an outstanding warrant for Murder by the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit- North. The arrest occurred during a traffic stop on Hardy Point Road in Pembroke, with assistance from the Pleasant Point Police Department.

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  25. DOT hears from community at Machias dike meeting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    More than 100 people attended last week’s public meeting with the Maine Department of Transportation, held in the gymnasium of Machias Memorial High School on Tuesday, June 28. The public was invited to give feedback on the DOT’s recent announcement that it has named a bridge as its “preferred alternative” to replace the aging Machias dike.

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  26. Records fall at Crush Cancer 2

    by Phil Stuart

    This year’s Crush Cancer 5K saw both course records fall, and the number of participants increased substantially. When you put on a quality event, runners will show up along with those who are there to support such a worthy cause.

    Rebekah has a ton of energy. And as a former race director, I know what it is like to put on a road race. It can become a nightmare! And that is why so few are willing to step up to the plate and take on such a task. She has a great group of volunteers, and Sunday’s race was another masterpiece.

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  27. Machias approves brewery events and marijuana farming

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After a public hearing held Wednesday, June 22, the Machias Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve an events permit for Bad Little Brewing Company. 

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  28. Jonesport town meeting to take up aquaculture moratorium, aerospace ordinance, change to recall law

    by Nancy Beal

    Jonesporters will come together in a special town meeting soon to voice their views on a new aerospace ordinance, on a revision of the existing town law governing the recall of elected officials, and on a moratorium on commercial aquaculture. The meeting, which will also take up three money matters, is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 20 in the high school gymnasium.

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  29. UMaine Extension 4-H club on nature, photography starts July 26

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a six-session 4-H Nature in Focus SPIN Club for Washington County youth ages 9 –18 beginning July 26 from 4–5:30 p.m. at Downeast Coastal Conservency's Middle River Park, Machias.  Remaining dates are Aug. 2, 9, 16, 25, and 30.  

    Participants will explore the outdoors through photography, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and creative expression. Each session will begin with a photography lesson followed by a hike with a chance to practice new skills.

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  30. Jonesport church seeks organist

    by Nancy Beal

    Jonesport’s Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church is looking for an organist. Over the past decade, that job was enthusiastically filled by Leon Crowley, retired principal of Beals Elementary School, lifelong musician, and organist in area churches for over 60 of his 78 years of life, which ended last March. While missing him and his cheerful service, the SMCC flock is looking for his successor.

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  31. Public invited to help with rockweed science

    Schoodic Institute scientists invite the public to join them in the intertidal zone to collect data about rockweed while exploring the beauty of the rocky coast between the tides.

    Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) is the dominant algae or seaweed in most of the rocky intertidal zone of Maine and provides habitat for animals living in and visiting this dynamic ecosystem. 

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  32. The Nature of Phenology: Sheep Laurel blooming

    by Hazel Stark

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  33. Pembroke juvenile's death under investigation

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On Tuesday, June 28, local law enforcement responded to a home in Pembroke where a juvenile was reported dead.

    The Washington County Sheriff's Office, together with Maine State Police, is conducting an investigation.

    Anyone with information related to the death is urged to contact either Detective Travis Willey or Detective William White of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, 255-4422.

    This is an active investigation, more details will be released as it develops.

     

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  34. Treatment and Recovery court offers ‘helping hand instead of handcuffs’

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

    Sara and Tristen Nelson of Roque Bluffs have enjoyed a string of happy life events. Married in 2018, they welcomed their daughter Ava Grace later that year, and then in 2021, they bought their first home. Sara and Tristen are thriving today, and their present happiness has its roots in a time when each faced a life-altering decision — go to jail, or go to Treatment and Recovery Court.

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  35. Chef Seaver returns to Jonesport with his seafood-centric message

    by Nancy Beal

    One of the highlights of last year’s July 4th celebration in Jonesport was the appearance of Barton Seaver, a world-renowned chef who has imparted an “Eat More Fish!” message from a variety of places and positions. An award-winning chef in Washington, D. C. whom Esquire named chef of the year in 2009, he left the restaurant life to travel the world with the National Geographic Society, returning home to become a leader in the area of sustainable seafood.

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  36. Winter Harbor fiber art exhibit showcases Addison island sheep

    by Nancy Beal

    Most people who have lived in Addison and surrounding towns for the past 40 years know about Jenny Cirone and the herds of sheep she ran on Nash Island, where she grew up under the watchful eye of her lightkeeper father. Before she passed on, Jenny entrusted her flock to Alfred “Alfie” Wakeman, who has managed it since her death.

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  37. Bad Little Falls concert series kicks off July 7

    by Hailey Wood

    Beginning a new tradition, the Bad Little Falls “Sounds Like This” concert series will take place again this summer, starting on Thursday, July 7, with a performance by The Filthy Casuals.

    The Filthy Casuals is composed of lead singer Hailey Bryand, her husband, and the lead guitarist, Kelly Bryand. Macky Hood is the saxophonist, Aaron Ackley plays the drums, and Darren Gardner plays the bass. 

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  38. Four local baseball standouts play in state all-star game

    by Jayna Smith

    Four local athletes played last week in the 2022 Class C/D North vs. South Senior Baseball Game, which took place on Wednesday, June 22, at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.  

    Calais Blue Devil Kobe Saunders and Machias Bulldogs Jayden Rhoades, Kashman Feeney, and Kyle Anderson were among those invited to a trio of games at the college.  The games included the Class C/D Senior All-Star Game, the Class A/B Senior All-Star Game, and an underclassmen game. All played on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

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  39. Second Amendment notes

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    As the summer started, a complex melody of second Amendment notes was played.

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  40. Pauline Wood wins ‘Best In Show’ in Roque Bluffs

    “Best in Show” is a title many crafters hope to achieve. On Saturday, July 25, Pauline Wood claimed that honor at the Roque Bluffs Art Gallery and Learning Center’s first-ever Quilting Show in Roque Bluffs.

    On the winning quilt, the embroidered butterflies were done by Fay Hawkins, the pieced and hand quilted by her daughter, Pauline Wood. The story behind the quilt started after the passing of Mrs. Hawkins and the discovery of her many beautiful hand-embroidered butterfly squares.

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  41. DCC appoints new executive director

    Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Colin Brown.  Colin comes to DCC after spending six years with Downeast Lakes Land Trust in Grand Lake Stream, most recently as Development and Outreach Manager, focusing on grant writing and fundraising for the organization.

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  42. The Nature of Phenology: Atlantic salmon returning

    by Joseph Horn

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  43. Machias dike discussions heat up in advance of June 28 public meeting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In 1868, Machias replaced a bridge with a dike to carry travelers across the Machias and Middle Rivers. This month, plans appear to be moving in the opposite direction, following Maine Department of Transportation’s (DOT) June 9 announcement that a bridge is the “preferred alternative” to replace the Machias dike and causeway.

    DOT will host a meeting about the dike replacement project at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Machias Memorial High School Gymnasium. A large turnout is expected. 

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  44. Candidate Sam Hunkler aspires to be voice of the middle majority

    by Nancy Beal

    Beals family physician, Sam Hunkler, has made his home in Beals on the shores of Great Wass Island for the past 30 years, but he has traveled and worked all over the world before and during that time. After retiring last year, he turned the broad perspective he had developed in those years on Maine’s political scene. A lifelong Independent, he was dismayed when the gubernatorial race produced two political party-backed choices: Democrat (incumbent) Gov. Janet Mills and Republican (former) Gov. Paul LePage.

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  45. Father-daughter duo spins and fires handmade pottery out of Beals Island

    by Hailey Wood

    Broderick Alley and Jennifer Ciappetta, the father-daughter duo behind The Fisherman’s Pottery and Gifts, make pottery out of their studio on Beals Island.

    Their passion began in the Fall of 2018 when they took their first adult-ed pottery class, taught by Narraguagus Pottery at Narraguagus Highschool.

    Initially, Ciappetta’s mother convinced her to take the class with her. In the end, she found it was too messy a hobby for her, but Ciappetta was hooked. 

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