1. Machiasport prison rebuild triggers dormant water pipeline project

    by Ruth Leubecker

    For decades Machiasport residents have been plagued by contaminated water due to chemicals released into the groundwater during the 27 years the Air Force maintained its presence in Bucks Harbor.

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  2. Beals, Jonesport officials discuss COVID-19 policy

    by Nancy Beal

    How should the Moosabec community prepare to alert its citizens of a positive case of the pandemic coronavirus? That was the question newly elected Beals selectman Paula McCormack posed to elected officials, first responders and others from Beals, Jonesport and Addison whom she invited to a meeting in the Beals town office July 16.

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  3. Machias dispatchers suspended with pay

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Both employees of the Machias dispatch center have been suspended with pay effective July 15, according to Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien. After the suspension was enacted, all calls for Machias emergency services were rerouted to the Washington County Regional Communications Center which handles 911 traffic for the county, dispatching fire, ambulance and police calls.

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the town with its investigation into what Therrien described as a personnel matter.

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  4. Down East Community Hospital pays tribute to their volunteers

    Down East Community Hospital was unable to hold our volunteer appreciation event this year, but that doesn’t mean that we value our precious volunteers any less.

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  5. New champs crowned in the '60s

    by Phil Stuart

    The '50s saw baseball return in full force following the end of World War II, and it might have been the best decade for Quoddy League Baseball.

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  6. Catching up with Abe Alley

    by Wayne Smith

    I met up with Abraham Alley at the pig roast in Harrington. It was a party of sorts. He was DJing the event and I told jokes. Alley was on the stage that was made out of cheap boards. The theme of the pig roast was cowboys and cowgirls. As I looked out into almost total darkness, people were spread out everywhere in a great big field. The jokes and music filtered out into the crowd on that warm, September night. The pig roast brought high entertainment and fun to the area. Alley played his music when the band took a break, and I told jokes.

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  7. EAC to offer mindful drawing workshop

    EAC’s Summer Workshop Series will offer Zentangle: A Mindful Approach to Creativity and Flow, from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28. Instructor Ann Cannizzaro will teach participants about the inspiring and mindful drawing practice called Zentangle. This popular drawing method is for everyone and anyone. The eight-step process will lead participants to create miniature masterpieces while learning about ‘tangles’, ‘tiles’, and ‘strings’.  Attendees will learn and practice everything they need to know to begin their own journeys of discovery and creative flow through drawing.

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  8. Porter library reopening soon

    Porter Memorial Library will reopen to the public—in a limited fashion—before the end of the summer. Details about the library’s new hours and operating routines will be announced soon on the library website at http://porter.lib.me.us, on the library Facebook page, and in the local press. Please be assured that pandemic protocols may reduce our flexibility to offer service, but will in no way affect our goodwill and desire to carry out our library mission in Washington County.

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  9. Historic McGlashan-Nickerson House still offered for lease

    by Jayna Smith

    Once considered for demolition by the National Park Service, the historic McGlashan-Nickerson House in Calais is still being offered for long-term lease of up to 60 years on favorable terms to someone who would rehabilitate and preserve it.

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  10. The Nature of Phenology: Wild Maine blueberries

    by Joseph Horn

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  11. AG rules officer acted in self-defense during Machiasport standoff

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Maine Marine Patrol Officer Matthew Carter acted in self-defense and in defense of third parties when he applied deadly force during a 2017 Machiasport encounter, according to Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey, who today issued his summary and findings on the case.

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  12. Alice A. Polley Celebration of Life

    Alice A Polley, 11/25/1931 - 3/30/2020, at Jacksonville Cemetery on July 25th at 1 p.m. with a Celebration of Life to be held immediately after at her house on Court Street in Machias where there will be a tent set up for refreshments and visiting.  Please join us.

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  13. New Machias recovery center to welcome women, children

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A Machias home will soon open its doors as a women’s recovery residence, the first of its kind in Washington County.

    Located on Elm Street, the sober-living facility will offer affordable, safe housing to women in recovery. But most uniquely, says Marshall Mercer, the home will welcome women and their children, too.

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  14. Proposed Jonesport fish farm goes for wastewater discharge permit

    by Nancy Beal

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  15. Aging forum to key on mental health in wake of COVID

    by Ruth Leubecker

    “As far as I’m concerned the most critical challenge during this time is to try and strengthen and support connections,” said Dr. Lenard Kaye, in assessing the needs of the elderly during the pandemic.

    The director of the University of Maine’s Center on Aging was primarily considering the elderly demographic of Washington County, adding, “We know already that there’s a lot of isolation and depression.”

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  16. PRSWDD to consider town withdrawal offers

    by Nancy Beal

    The Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) board of directors met late Monday, July 13 and had in hand the latest withdrawal proposal from two towns that are opting to bow out of the six-town trash cooperative formed in the 1990s after state regulations outlawed municipal landfills. The withdrawing towns are Jonesport and Columbia Falls. Still active in PRSWDD are Addison, Beals and Jonesboro. Columbia voted last month to get out, but formal negotiations around that move are pending.

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  17. Library celebrates Maine’s bicentennial with two youth summer reading programs

    by Natalie Boomer

    Porter Memorial Library has kicked off the first of two bicentennial reading programs this month.

    The first program encourages bicentennial reading across all age groups. Children can meet their summer reading goals by reading Maine themed books, books about Maine, and books written by Maine authors.

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  18. Paula McCormack assumes mantle in Beals

    by Nancy Beal

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  19. 155 years of Campmeeting Week tradition continues at Jacksonville Campground

    There have been questions about whether or not Campmeeting Week will happen this year at the Jacksonville Campground in East Machias.  After prayer, discernment, and research, the group has decided that yes, Campmeeting Week will be held every night from Sunday, July 19 – through Friday, July 24. Preachers will include Lori Lynch, Aaron Dudley, Jesse Davis,  Susie Maxwell,  and  Adam Wolfgang.

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  20. Cancel culture karma

    As a long-time supporter of the First Amendment and the value of free and open inquiry, leftist cancel culture efforts to silence, deplatform, censor and otherwise stifle speakers and viewpoints they disagree with has angered and repelled me. As a young professor, I naively believed the academy shared those sentiments, but I have been disabused of that notion over the last twenty years.

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  21. Artwork on display at Whitneyville Library

    In the early 1980s the Whitneyville Public Library, under the direction of John Bodger, received a grant to have UMM art teacher Frank Hambe depict the history of the Whitneyville to Machiasport Railroad through his talented artwork.

    These 11 panels of artwork have been in storage at the University of Maine at Machias and when the new library building opened in October of 2018 the artwork was brought home to the Whitneyville Public Library and has been on display ever since.

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  22. The Nature of Phenology: Deer flies

    by Joseph Horn

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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.

     

    Imagine
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. The Nature of Phenology: Evening primrose

    by Hazel Stark

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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. Popular Beals takeout closes

    by Nancy Beal

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. The Nature of Phenology: Loons

    by Hazel Stark

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  45. 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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