1. The educrats are all in on CRT

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

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  2. Celebrate DCC’s newest preserve Aug. 28

    by Natalie Boomer 

    Join Downeast Coastal Conservancy in a celebration of its newest preserve, the Vining Lake Community Preserve in Cooper, Cathance Township!

    All are welcome to go check out the new lakeside trail on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. 

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  3. Island Institute launches new podcast

    In addition to rolling out fresh new content, the Island Institute is spiffing up our podcast with a new name and logo: From the Sea Up. To kick things off, we're diving in with a six-part series focusing on the topic of sustainable seafood in Maine! We'll explore the diverse array of seafood that makes up our coastal economy and supports Maine's fishermen, aquaculturists, sea-farmers, and working waterfront businesses.

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  4. Downeast driver trying to change direction on I-95 causes serious crash

    On Saturday, Aug. 14, at approximately 8:45 a.m. State Troopers from Troop C responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on I-95 in the town of Pittsfield. The preliminary investigation reveals that a 2005 Nissan Altima driven by 28-year-old Kaitlyn Hawkes of Eastport and her passenger, 33-year-old Tiffany Bowen of Pembroke were southbound in the travel lane when Hawkes tried to change directions north. Hawkes attempted to use the crossover and entered the passing lane to do so.

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  5. The Nature of Phenology: Ebony jewelwings

    by Hazel Stark

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  6. Wild blueberries: On the verge of a breakthrough milestone?

    by Ruth Leubecker 

    Wild blueberries, a cultural tradition lately facing tough options and even tougher obstacles, may just be embarking on a new chapter in their lengthy, historic life.

    Ironically, even though the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival has been absent for two years, this celebrated tiny iconic fruit is not slipping into the background of life, commercial or otherwise. 

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  7. Aug. 21 filled with blueberry excitement

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    If you’re a fan of wild blueberries, community spirit, or both, you’d better clear your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 21. Plan to be busy from dawn to dusk, and from Jonesboro to Machias.

    In Machias, a pancake breakfast, an all-day craft fair, and an evening of dancing are planned.

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  8. Public invited to watch Battle of Rim reenactment Aug. 21

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Revolutionary War Reenactors of Downeast Maine have battled the British several times over the years, and that’s just one of many things they have in common with the original Machias patriots who battled the Royal Navy three times in three years.  

    “Even the local people here don’t realize there were three battles,” said reenactor leader Joseph McBrine.

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  9. Area schools say indoor masking will not be mandatory

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Area school boards last week voted against making indoor masking mandatory when schools resume instruction next month. Masking will remain mandatory on all school transportation following a federal requirement.

    Schools in Machias, Machiasport, East Machias, Whiting, Cutler, Jonesboro, and Wesley announced their decision after the U.S. Center for Disease Control released guidance recommending universal indoor masking for all people age 2 and older, a position the CDC attributes to the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.

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  10. Cherryfield man honored in Bangor retirement ceremony

    by Peter Duston

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  11. Freedom in jeopardy

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

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  12. Concert series ends with two nights of chamber music

    EAC’s Concert Series will continue Friday, Aug. 20 at 7 p,m,, with Chamber Music of Bach, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Biss by Anna Maria Baeza, clarinet, Joachim Woitun, cello; and Gregory Biss, piano. The series will conclude with Chamber Music, including Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio and Dvorak’s “Dumky” trio by Noreen Silver, cello, Phillip Silver, piano, and Trond Saeverud, violin, on August 27. 

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  13. Roque Bluffs prepares to celebrate 100th anniversary of historic community center Aug. 21

    At their June 14 regular monthly meeting, the Board of Directors of the Roque Bluffs Community Center voted to hold a COVID-19-delayed 100 Year Anniversary Celebration of their historic building from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday,  Aug. 21,  with supper to follow in the Roque Bluffs fire station.

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  14. The Nature of Phenology: Lobster mushrooms

    by Hazel Stark

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  15. Appropriations approves $3.625M in earmarks for Washington County projects

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced today that she successfully secured all six of the congressionally directed spending requests, or earmarks, that she submitted for the fiscal year 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Bill and the Fiscal Year 2022 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill. 

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  16. Last officer resigns from Machias PD

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The four-position Machias Police Department now has four vacant positions with the departure of officer Tyler Dunbar, who last week submitted his resignation. 

    “He would like to be put on the reserve roster, and will probably be looking to return November, December,” said interim town manager Bill Kitchen. “That currently leaves us without any full-time officers.”

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  17. East Machias Church game plan boosted by ideas, enthusiastic talent

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Close on the heels of a first meeting, a second gathering at the First Congregational Church in East Machias included discussion for application of a 501(3)(c), selection of officers and necessary next steps.

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  18. Religious and philosophical vaccine waivers end Sept. 1

    by Jayna Smith

    When Maine students return to public schools this fall, all will be required to have their required vaccines, unless they have a medical exemption.

    “Religious or philosophical” exemptions to refuse the required vaccines will no longer be honored.  All of the required vaccines have been required “for years,” according to Chief Health Improvement Officer for Maine Health Dr. Dora Mills.  “These are not new vaccines at all.”

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  19. Machiasport seeks volunteers to blaze new trails Aug. 14

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Sturdy backs and friendly neighbors are asked to lend a hand at Machiasport’s Trailblazing Blitz, a trail-breaking work session scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 14. Town clerk Marcia Hayward says the town is ready to move forward on the project, which was originally planned for 2020 in honor of Maine’s bicentennial celebration. 

    Once completed, the work will add extensive walking and biking trails to 27 acres of town property near the municipal center.

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  20. Rescued bald eagle released after rehab

    by Jayna Smith

    Back in mid-June, Keith Ramos, of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, was notified of a possible injured eagle near the corner of Route 1 and Charlotte Road. The bird was on the road and not flying. 

    Shortly after hearing of the eagle, Ramos’ wife Tabitha, who is also a volunteer at the refuge, also noticed the bird. She got it away from the road into the grass until biologist Ray Brown could arrive to capture it.

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  21. Follow the political science

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    President Biden, Governor Mills and Democratic tyrants across the country moved towards the permanent pandemic state last week with mask mandates for the vaccinated, vaccine mandates, and mandated obeisance to the “science” they selectively cherry picked. However, the “science” mask slipped off when Presidential spokesliar Jen Psaki explained that the reason for the making supposedly well protected and safe vaccinated people mask up was because she said so.

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  22. EAC Concert Series kicks off Aug. 6

    EAC’s Concert Series begins on Friday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m., with Trond Saeverud, violin, and Gregory Biss, piano, performing a program of Beethoven, Brahms, Saeverud, and Biss.

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  23. ‘Downeast’ author to speak at Porter Memorial Library Aug. 7

    Gigi Georges, author of the recent bestseller Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America will speak at Porter Memorial Library in Machias on Saturday, Aug. 7.

    Based on five years of intimate reporting, Downeast follows five young women as they come of age in stunning but challenged Washington County, Maine — the northernmost county on the Maine coast.  All five girls know the pain and joy of life in an area whose rugged beauty and stoicism mask dwindling populations, vanishing job opportunities, and pervasive opioid addiction.

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  24. The Nature of Phenology: Jewelweed blossoms

    by Joseph Horn

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  25. Supporters stunned as popular county DA bill tabled in senate

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Local stakeholders say they’re shocked that a bill to give Washington County its own district attorney did not move forward last week despite passing the judiciary committee with a unanimous vote, passing the House 136-1, and passing the Senate “under the hammer.”

    “That means everybody just agreed to let it go forward, there was no issue, nobody had a problem with it,” said Rep. Will Tuell, who sponsored LD 272, “An Act To Establish Separate Prosecutorial Districts in Downeast Maine.” 

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  26. Jonesport updating its comprehensive plan

    by Nancy Beal

    Recently, Jonesport town fathers became aware that their ability to apply for most grants would be hampered by the absence of an up-to-date comprehensive plan. Over a decade ago—and after going through several versions—the town adopted one, but it was not renewed after its statutory 10-year life expired. This week, the first step in updating and amending that plan will happen, as residents pull a community public survey from their mailboxes.

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  27. Maine wild blueberry weekend will open two farms Downeast Aug. 7-8

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Maine’s nutritious, delicious, and iconic wild blueberry will be the focus of the 1st Annual Maine Wild Blueberry Weekend, which will open farms across the state on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8. Governor Janet Mills last week issued a formal proclamation declaring the event.

    “I encourage all people to recognize the vital contributions made by the state’s wild blueberry growers and businesses to our economy, and to participate in activities that celebrate and honor the wild Maine blueberry,” wrote Mills.

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  28. Stakeholders grapple with future of East Machias church

    by Ruth Leubecker

    “What drives us today is this is a very serious problem, and a dangerous one to solve,” said Brian Pfeiffer, an independent architectural historian. “The church doesn’t have enough people or resources to maintain it, so the question is is there a group, or groups, that would recognize a shared community problem.”

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  29. Machias board talks concerts, police department issues

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At their regularly scheduled meeting held July 14, the Machias Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to establish a new bank account to receive and disburse funds related to the Bad Little Falls “Sounds Like This” summer concert series, taking place every Thursday this summer from 5-7 p.m.

    “I’ve heard nothing but absolutely wonderful comments from all over,” said board chairwoman Paula Johnson-Rolfe, speaking of the concerts. Last week’s event drew roughly 250 people.

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  30. Down East Cruisers to host classic cars show Aug. 7

    by Kaileigh Deacon

    Classic cars and trucks are often a source of pride for those who own them, especially those vehicles that are truly well-maintained. What better place to showcase them all together than at a car show. Attendees of the upcoming Down East Cruisers Car Show will certainly be impressed with what they see.

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  31. Mid-summer notes

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    Classes start in five weeks, and as our typically foggy July ends, some mid-summer, late (?) pandemic notes:

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  32. Quoddy Voices' latest, 'Sing Gently’, illustrated by EAC Video

    The finale project of Quoddy Voices Spring 2021 Virtual Choir season is here—"Sing Gently." Recorded by Quoddy Voices members participating from their homes in the Zoom-based season and edited together by director John Newell, the choir's rendition of Eric Whitacre's song has been illustrated by EAC Video's Lauren Koss, using a mix of footage created over the past two months with singers from the group.

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  33. Street fair, live auction, and pizza-eating contest set for Saturday at St. Croix Homecoming Festival in Calais

    by Jayna Smith

    Saturday of St. Croix Homecoming Festival, to be held Aug. 5-7 in Calais, promises to be a fun one, with many events scheduled downtown throughout the day. In fact, nearly all events that are normally held in Calais on the Saturday of the International Homecoming Festival are back, with the exception of the international parade.

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  34. The Nature of Phenology: Harbor porpoises

    by Joseph Horn

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  35. Machias police chief resigns

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In a letter addressed to interim town manager Bill Kitchen, Machias Police Chief Todd Hand resigned his position on July 13, effective Sunday, July 18. Hand assumed the position in January 2020.

    Kitchen read Hand’s resignation letter aloud to the Machias Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting held Wednesday, July 14. When asked by selectman Carole Porcher if he had tried to dissuade Hand from resigning, Kitchen said that during his short tenure as interim manager, the chief and Kitchen had numerous conversations.

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  36. Maine leads nation in shifting recycling costs from taxpayers

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Signing a controversial bill that would shift packaging costs of products from taxpayers to product producers, Gov. Janet Mills has spawned a flux of mixed reactions.

    The primary question hovering over the bill: Won’t it eventually be paid for by consumers? 

    LD 1541, An Act to Support and Improve Municipal Recycling Programs and Save Taxpayers Money, is facing a profusion of contradictory opinions.

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  37. Bad Little Studio artist takes inspiration from local color

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In her early years, artist Sharon Mack painted in watercolors. Then, two people she loved inspired her to a bold and colorful new style.

    “One of my sisters and one of my brothers is legally blind, and my sister said, ‘I can’t see it. Will you paint something I can see?’ says Mack. “That’s how I got this particular style, I took my glasses off and painted without my glasses.”

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  38. Maine chef brings yellowtail, fish advocacy Downeast

    by Nancy Beal

    For professional chef and educator Barton Seaver, the three “S”es of public health are “Don’t Smoke,” “Fasten your Seat belt,” and “Eat Seafood.” That, and many other bits of wisdom, were shared June 30 on the lawn of Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library by Seaver, who was introduced to the Moosabec area by Kingfish Maine, a Dutch company that intends to establish a $100 million land-based yellowtail fish farm on Jonesport’s Chandler Bay. He brought wisdom—and food.

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  39. Entry into Canada by vaccinated U.S. citizens allowed on Aug. 9

    by Jayna Smith

    Finally, it seems there is a light at the end of the tunnel surrounding the border closure—or reopening—with Canada.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week the border could open by mid-August to Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19, then on Monday, July 19, his administration provided an Aug. 9, 2021 date for reopening.

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  40. A more comfortable mammography experience at DECH

    Here are a few words that rarely go together: relaxed, comfortable, and mammogram. After all, having your breasts compressed tightly between two firm surfaces while you stand there awkwardly half clothed is certainly not the most pleasant of experiences. Down East Community Hospital is now offering our patients a new option in mammograms: the Senographe Pristina™. Designed from the ground up with the input from women, it is the first mammography system to provide women with the “three Cs”: comfort, confidence, and clarity. 

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  41. Back to the ’70s

    by Jonathan Reisman

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  42. Storytelling workshop, ‘Canned Sardine’ returns July 24

    The Canned Sardine, Stage East’s storytelling event, returns to the Sutherland Amphitheater on Saturday, July 24 at 4 p.m. Storytellers of all stripes are encouraged to come share their tall tales, myths, autobiographies, or gut-busters with audience members as a part of the Eastport ArtWalk’s Passport Weekend. 

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  43. Auxiliary honors DECH ED

    Down East Community Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) is a level III, 10-bed emergency department. The ED is staffed with emergency physicians, mid-level providers, and registered nurses providing services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    On-call providers are available for specialty services in orthopedics, gynecology, urology, general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and otolaryngology (ENT).

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  44. The Nature of Phenology: Rose pogonia in bloom

    by Joseph Horn

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  45. Paula (Bridges) and Dean Flaherty’s funeral services

    Family and friends are invited to attend Paula (Bridges) and Dean Flaherty’s funeral services on July 24, 2021, at 2 pm at the Whitneyville Congregational Church. There will be a reception for refreshments immediately after. Graveside service will follow at 5pm in Harrington at Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Whitneyville Congregational Church- 31 S. Main St Whitneyville, ME 04654

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