1. The Nature of Phenology: Blue flag iris

    by Joseph Horn

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  2. President Trump tells Gov. Mills to Reopen State

    Jayna Smith

    President Donald Trump paid Maine a visit last Friday to see Puritan Medical Products in Guilford.  The company is one of only two major companies that manufacture medical swabs needed for coronavirus testing. The other is in Italy.

    The Trump administration is providing $75.5 million through the Defense Production Act for Puritan to double production up to 40 million swabs per month.  It currently employees fewer than 400 people, but a second production site by the company is set to open by July 1.

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  3. Narraguagus Class of 2020 celebrates graduation as ‘family’

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Narraguagus Jr./Sr. High Class of 2020 marched into their graduation ceremony on Friday, June 5 wearing matching face masks printed in their school colors, one of many concessions this class has made to the coronavirus pandemic. Crafting an in-person graduation ceremony was a challenge, but Principal MaryEllen Day said it was important to preserve as much normalcy as possible.

    “They’re the 52nd group to graduate from this school, and they’re going to do it in a very similar fashion, minus the crowds,” said Day.

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  4. PRSWDD responds to withdrawal proposal

    by Nancy Beal

    After more than two months since Jonesport and Columbia Falls formally proposed withdrawal agreements from the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD), the two towns have finally received a response from the district. In money matters — satisfaction of the withdrawing towns’ financial obligations — the two sides are close together. On distribution of the equity if the district totally dissolves, however, the two parties are at odds.

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  5. Food pantries benefit from bountiful bread deliveries

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Partnerships are alive and well in Downeast Maine — many of them now expanding to drive a route in benevolent journeys to deliver bread to food pantries.
    “I started three or four weeks ago, doing a pick-up in Wells, and taking it half the way to Newport,” says Tom Foss of Foss Trucking in East Machias. “Then I might bring the other half to Wyman’s in Jonesboro, where they’d freeze it for other pantries.”

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  6. COVID-19 update: Wash. Co. case count decreases, testing supplies moving freely, zip code data released

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Maine’s rate of testing for COVID-19 increased almost 20 percent last week, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah. “We’ve still got more work to do ahead of us, but if we take a look at what we saw in those tests done in the past week we see that we are heading in the right direction,” said Shah.

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  7. Teen training program offered

    Despite making the difficult choice to suspend summer camp programs this year, Camp Beech Cliff, with the generous support of Healthy Acadia, is offering a free one-week virtual certificate training program for high school-aged teenagers in Hancock and Washington counties. Focused on youth leadership and development, the program will also address safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  8. Black Lives Matter march draws crowds to Machias, critics to Facebook

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Most dressed in black and many carried signs to the Black Lives Matter march held Sunday, June 7, which drew almost 100 participants to downtown Machias. Co-organizer River Fenton publicized and explained the event through social media.

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  9. PFC Moores honored with motorcade

    PFC Ethan Moores was honored with a motorcade on Friday, June 5, when his body was transported from Bangor International Airport to Lubec. Moores, 18, died during training at the U.S. Marines Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. His motorcade was led by a Maine State Police Honor Guard and followed by other official vehicles including the Maine Forest Service, and also the truck of local veteran Raymond Phillips, which flew the American flag.

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  10. Ukulele man

    by Wayne Smith

    In a moment’s time, like a flashbulb going off, I watched Daroll Whitney play his ukulele in Steuben. He loved playing it soft and sweet with a lot of life. Whitney controlled the ukulele with such a rhythm and so relaxed. His voice told the whole story. He had dress pants on. He wore sneakers. Whitney was up for the challenge to entertain. He was a showman and he played three songs that afternoon. Whitney, of Winter Harbor, loves open mic events.

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  11. The Nature of Phenology: Swallowtail butterflies

    by Hazel Stark

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  12. PFC Ethan M. Moores

    PFC Ethan M. Moores

     

    Trescott at U.S. Marine Corps Camp Lejeune, NC

     

    PFC Ethan M. Moores, 18, died unexpectedly May 27, 2020, at U.S. Marine Corps Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, joining his mother Danielle D. Moores, and infant brother Waylon in Heaven. He was born June 4, 2001, in Machias, to Matthew and Danielle Moores.

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  13. Washington Academy graduation will honor ‘tenacious’ Class of 2020

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Modern technology and lots of safety precautions will make possible the Washington Academy Class of 2020 graduation ceremony, to be held on June 13 in East Machias. With more than 80 graduating seniors, the school batted around ideas for how to honor the graduating class and still abide by state coronavirus guidelines, especially the one that caps public gatherings at 50 people or less.

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  14. Domestic violence awareness exhibit comes to Machias

    by Nancy Beal

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  15. Gateway Milbridge summer project will celebrate Maine

    by Ruth Leubecker

    After last year’s resounding success story, Gateway Milbridge is announcing this season’s fundraising efforts for bringing back the Milbridge Theatre.

    “Last year’s lighthouse art project auction raised $9,640 for us, and the Friday Night Live Concerts raised another $6,835,” says Richard Bondurant, Gateway Milbridge chair. “The building campaign for the exterior of the building is now complete. We’re now focusing on the campaign for the interior of the building -- stage, seats, lighting, sound equipment.”

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  16. Two safely pulled from St. Croix River

    by Jayna Smith

    On Tuesday, May 26, rescue personnel received reports of two people in the St. Croix River and in need of aid.  

    According to Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh from New Brunswick RCMP, the two Canadian residents were fishing “at a location where it’s known for good fishing,” when the inflatable raft they were on flipped over.

    Cpl. Rogers-Marsh said, “Both individuals were able to swim to a rock where they were rescued.”  She added that St. Stephen Fire Department was on the scene for the rescue.

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  17. Famous movie truck leaves Calais bound for England

    by Jayna Smith

    Those familiar with the 1986 movie Big Trouble in Little China, starring Kurt Russell, are likely familiar with “Pork Chop Express,” the 1985 Freightliner FLC-120 driven by Russell in the film.  What some may not know is that that truck made Calais its home in 2006.  

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  18. Cherryfield’s own Daniel Boone

    by Wayne Smith

    This is a story about one man's love of the outdoors: fishing, hunting, working and playing baseball, with the cheer of the crowds and the honking of the horns. Gage Smith of Cherryfield loves the outdoors. His stories are unique, simple and right to the point. Smith doesn’t leave anything out from his early years in Cherryfield from playing little league and later on in life playing basketball and soccer. Smith admits he adores everything about Cherryfield. And I have the pleasure of telling his story

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  19. Online concert to benefit gleaning initiative

    Portland-based Maine indie-folk band GoldenOak is once again partnering with Healthy Acadia to help raise funds for the nonprofit organization’s Downeast Gleaning Initiative. This year, they are partnering with theaters and arts organizations from across the region to host a virtual concert on June 12, 2020, that will be live-streamed on Facebook.

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  20. The Nature of Phenology: Gray tree frogs

    by Hazel Stark

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  21. Machias Class of 2020 to be honored in unprecedented graduation ceremony

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias Memorial High School’s seniors have weathered the coronavirus pandemic with a resilient, positive attitude, says principal Brian Leavitt, and it’s those qualities the school will celebrate with an unprecedented graduation ceremony set for June 7.

    “The way they’re handling this whole shutdown has been great,” said Leavitt. “They’ve been really understanding, just really good to work with as a graduating class.”

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  22. Plans for entrepreneurship center gather momentum in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A vacant space on Main Street will become a hub of activity when the Machias Valley Center For Entrepreneurship opens its doors next year in Machias.

    The center will aim to help small Downeast businesses thrive by offering training, access to business advisors, shared workspaces, mentorship, conference rooms, fiber optic internet, and printers among other things. Membership in the center will be sold as a monthly subscription with day and week passes available.

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  23. Close call spurs Lubec man to give others trifold advice

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Following a near brush with death, George Eaton remains shaken but motivated to tell his story so that others might learn from his harrowing experience.

    “On May 8 about 2:30 in the afternoon, my friend Craig McCaslin and I decided to go four-wheeling at Jameson Place in Whiting,” he explains. “Anyway, Craig’s carburetor blew up so he went to Gardner’s Lake to get it fixed. So I went on alone, and I made two mistakes right then. I went alone, and I didn’t wear a helmet.”

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  24. Historical society seeks to save the stories of Roque Bluffs

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Roque Bluffs is known today for its charming town center, picturesque cottages, and sweeping sandy beaches. But in another age, it was known for its farms, for its fishing, and for its canneries, including an early predecessor to B&M Baked Beans.

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  25. After the fire, the story of Liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien

    by Valdine Atwood

    Upon hearing the news of a fire at San Francisco’s Pier 45, many area residents were filled with fear for the safety of the WWII Liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien but were relieved to learn that more than 150 San Francisco firefighters had saved the historic vessel. But why would Machias residents, living across the country from that California city, be so interested in what had happened to a vessel so far away?

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  26. Maine press pressures state for local COVID-19 case data

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Maine newspapers have filed multiple requests asking the state to release the de-identified location data of its positive COVID-19 cases. Currently, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports positive case data only at the county level, making Maine an outlier in New England where all other states report cases by town or zip code.

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  27. CDC urges precautions against tickborne diseases

    The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) urges Maine people to take precautions against ticks during May, Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

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  28. Get your browse back on! With Porter's curbside pickup

    Porter Memorial Library invites you to join us as we reopen to the public. Now's the time to Get Your Browse Back On! with Porter Memorial Library's new curbside pickup service, new relaxed membership and return policies, and a socially-safe pop-up used book sale.

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  29. The Nature of Phenology: Hawthorn blossoms

    by Joseph Horn

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  30. MSB investment brings ‘world class’ internet to downtown Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Downtown Machias will soon have access to fiber optic high-speed internet thanks to a partnership between two mainstay Main Street businesses.

    Machias Savings Bank (MSB) has paid for the installation of fiber optic cable which will allow many downtown businesses and residents to tie into the fastest available internet in the nation, with symmetrical upload and download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. The network will be built and managed by Axiom Technologies, a Machias-based internet service provider.

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  31. Hunger pains increase as needs mount

    by Ruth Leunecker

    Partnering to end hunger has always been the standard mode of operation in Maine. But in these days of COVID-19, distribution has become as vital an operation as the partnerships.

    Food banks, food pantries and meal sites have gone into overdrive, daily meeting more obstacles and varied challenges. At the same time, they are uniquely positioned to distribute tens of millions of pounds of food. But in these months of 2020 fewer people have the money for gas or the jobs they desperately need. The impact has encroached on the wellbeing of many families.

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  32. Firefighters say ‘thank you’ for cancer prevention gear

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After two years of fundraising, area fire departments can now safely remove carcinogens from their turnout gear using a new industrial-grade washing machine and dryer. Marshfield Fire Chief Daniel Bowker said he washed three sets of gear last week and the results were astounding.

    “The water that came out of the extractor...was horrendously black, it was some of the dirtiest water I think I’ve ever seen,” said Bowker.

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  33. Machias talks traffic stops, sidewalks, and COVID-19

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A stop sign proposal drew a chilly reception from the Machias Board of Selectmen, who discussed the matter at their bi-monthly meeting held online Wednesday, May 13.

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  34. Jonesport news: nuisance bear, speed trailer, library curbside service, sidewalk cleanup

    by Nancy Beal

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  35. City council says, ‘Calais is open for business’

    by Jayna Smith

    The Calais City Council voted last Thursday to declare all businesses can open as they so choose, citing the City cannot tell a person how to make a living. The decision comes despite statewide restrictions still in place by Gov. Janet Mills due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  36. Scrubs Softball: nothing like it

    by Wayne Smith

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  37. Marc Michaud receives Maine Principals’ Association Award

    Machias Memorial High School Principal Brian Leavitt has announced that Marc Michaud will receive the Class of 2020 MPA Principals’ Award.  The honor includes a $2,000 MELMAC Scholarship to be awarded in the second semester of college.    

    “Since coming to Machias Memorial High School, Marc has been a top academic student and an asset to his school community” states Leavitt.  “In addition, he has a great personality, high level of personal character, and passion for science and visual arts.  I’m very proud of Marc and all he has accomplished.”

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  38. Jonesport-Beals High School Class of 2020 Honor Parts

    The Faculty and Administration of Jonesport-Beals High School proudly announce the class parts for the school year 2019-20.

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  39. The Nature of Phenology: Rhodora

    by Hazel Stark

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  40. Trescott drug raid nabs three

    State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland released the following information this afternoon.

    Maine Drug Enforcement (MDEA) says three men were arrested on drug charges in the Washington County Town of Trescott overnight that evolved into a police standoff. As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, MDEA and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies served a search warrant at the home of Mark Fields on County Road in Trescott Wednesday evening

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  41. 101st Air Refueling flyover to honor Machias frontline personnel May 14

     Officials with the 101st Air Refueling Wing announced today the rescheduling of the second half of Maine's Operation American Resolve flyover for Thursday, May 14. The event, which began with a flyover route on May 12, is being conducted as a salute to all of Maine's front line healthcare workers and essential personnel across the state.

    The flyovers are intended to lift morale in cities across America due to the severe health and economic impacts that have resulted from the coronavirus.

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  42. Father and son team up at Wayne’s Barber Shop

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When the state said barbershops could reopen May 1, Wayne Wood expected some pent-up demand for haircuts. He left for work at 5:30 a.m. that day, and found one customer sleeping in the parking lot so they could be first in line.

    “Had I thought sooner I would have opened at midnight,” said Wood, who shut the doors on Wayne’s Barber Shop in early March, ahead of state-imposed closures.

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  43. Moosabec July 4th fest canceled; boat races, fireworks may go on

    by Nancy Beal

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  44. Mills announces testing breakthrough amid crisis

    by Ruth Leubecker

    “I thank IDEXX for their generosity and partnership with us,” announced Gov. Janet Mills in her Thursday midday briefing to Mainers. “This will allow the state to administer more universal testing.”

    “We now have more than triple the capacity we have had,” said Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director who shares the spotlight, six feet apart, with Mills.

    The Westbrook-based IDEXX has produced the diagnostic test that can provide results in under three hours, according to a recent news release.

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  45. Machias intervenes in water company rate increase

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Water Company has filed a request to increase water rates by 25 percent, a move Machias officials fear will create too much financial strain on an already-burdened local economy.

    “I don’t know how many of these individual businesses know that the increase of 25 percent is being proposed, and I’m scared that we will come out of this COVID-19 shut down and then they’ll get slammed with this,” said Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien.

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