1. Bad Little Brewing fulfills CDBG grant, reflects on nine months open

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Bad Little Brewing Company (BLB) in Machias has successfully met the conditions of its $180,000 Community Block Development Grant, according to Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development. 

    The grant’s successful completion means neither the town of Machias nor business owners Sean Lent and Kathryn Toppan are liable for repayment of the grant, funds from which helped to open one of the shiretown’s newest eateries.

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  2. CCC’s 4th Annual Harvest Meal open to all this Friday in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    All are invited to enjoy a harvest dinner together this Friday, Oct. 28, when the Community Caring Collaborative’s Annual Family Harvest Meal returns for its fourth year. The dinner will take place at the Lee Pellon Center, Route 1, Machias, from 4 to 6 p.m.

    “We love to have this event that helps get a really healthy meal out to families when so many families are already in town,” said Community Caring Collaborative Executive Director Charley Martin-Berry. 

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  3. Local ghost stories provide ample goosebumps for Halloween

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Mention the Black’s Woods road to a group of locals, and without fail, someone will warn you not to cross it at night. True, Route 182 twists and winds its way up and down a steep mountain before curving around Fox Pond, just inches from the water.  

    But it’s not the terrain they’re warning you about. It’s the ghost.

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  4. Jonesport planning board, Kingfish tackle water quality; shoreland zoning rules ‘met;’ final vote expected Nov. 3

    by Nancy Beal 

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  5. UMaine Machias junior receives the John Lewis Youth Leadership Award

    Machias, Maine — Kiesha Scott of Islesboro, a junior majoring in elementary education, with an elementary education concentration and a minor in psychology at the University of Maine at Machias, is the recipient of a 2022 John Lewis Youth Leadership Award.

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  6. A Matter of Trust- Billy Joel and the Voters on November 8

    by Jonathan Reisman

    The legislative candidates who hope to represent Cooper were invited to a forum at the Cooper Community Center (formerly the Grange) by the Select Board. On a rainy Tuesday evening, House District 10 Candidates Kenneth “Bucket” Davis (R-East Machias) and Melissa Hinerman (U-Machiasport) were joined by Senator Marianne Moore (R-Calais). Jonathan Goble (D-Cherryfield) did not respond to the invitation.

    I e-mailed all the candidates the following:

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  7. Latest from EAC Video features Pembroke artists

    Eastport Arts Center hosted Barbara Toothpick and Alan HorseRadish in a concert titled "Kitchen Songs" on Sept. 16. Anne Moody and Helen Swallow were producers of the show; Bernie Cecire did lighting and sound and produced a video recording of the show, now viewable on the EAC site and YouTube channel.  

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  8. WA Boys Varsity Soccer ends regular season undefeated, and with the most goals in Maine

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Washington Academy Boys Varsity soccer has ended its regular season play ranked second in Class C North with an undefeated 14-0 record. Local sports fans can support the team as they advance to their first quarterfinals game, to be held at home in East Machias on Wednesday, Oct. 26. As of press time, the time has not been set. See the website schedule link below for the most updated information.

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  9. The Nature of Phenology: Leaves changing

    by Zabet NeuCollins

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  10. Machias Savings Bank makes $250k donation to support Maine’s lobster industry

    Machias Savings Bank (MSB) announced today that it will donate $250,000 to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s (MLA) Save Maine Lobstermen campaign. The donation comes after a federal appeals court granted a motion to expedite the MLA’s appeal of a decision in its lawsuit against National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The MLA seeks to reverse what it calls a scientifically flawed federal whale plan that will cripple Maine’s lobster industry and negatively impact the economy of Maine and our coastal communities.

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  11. Jonesport’s Florence Smith honored on 100th birthday

    by Nancy Beal 

    Florence Smith was born on September 28, 1922. Ninety-nine years and 364 days later, she stayed up until midnight with family members, and when the clock struck midnight, the celebration of her centennial began. It would culminate four days later in a huge “birthday bash,” as she styled it, at which she was honored for both her personal and professional life.

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  12. Columbia Falls begins to plan for a big development — or none at all

    by David Dahl, Maine Monitor

    Town officials in Columbia Falls are discussing a moratorium on big projects like the proposed $1 billion Flagpole of Freedom Park and have also passed a resolution asking the developer to set aside $150,000 with the town for costs associated with its planning.

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  13. Narraguagus goes medieval at this weekend’s Renaissance Faire

    by Hailey Wood

    On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Knights of Narraguagus Jr/Sr High will don their historical costumes and host the first Renaissance Faire of the school’s history. 

    Other than the Margaretta Days in Machias and Pirate Festival held in Eastport, Washington County has never seen an event quite like the traditional Renaissance Faire. 

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  14. Jonesport planning board review of Kingfish plan, public comment done; deliberations begin this week

    by Nancy Beal 

    Last week, the Jonesport planning board wrapped up its examination of the application from Kingfish Maine, a subsidiary of a Dutch firm that wants to build a $110 million land-based fish farm on 94 acres adjacent to Chandler Bay. By unanimous vote, the panel also declared the Oct. 13 session — the seventh since early August--to be the last at which oral public comment would be taken.

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  15. Machias Animal Control Officer has tips for pet owners, and some good stories, too

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Jessica Lewis has served as the Machias, Northfield, and UT Animal Control Officer for three years now, and that’s long enough to have collected a few good stories. For instance, there was that time she was called to check on someone who was housing two cows in a minivan.

    “They had taken out the seats in the back and had hay in there,” recalls Lewis. When the cows weren’t in their minivan, they were often on neighboring lawns.

    “I had at least three neighbors wrangling the cows and calling me,” said Lewis.

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  16. Machias Bench of Honor dedicated

    Members of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, gathered recently to remember several members who, through their untiring efforts

    have supported not only the local Hannah Weston Chapter but the Maine State DAR and the National Society DAR through their outstanding service and dedication.

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  17. ‘Goodbye Columbus’

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    With Indigenous Peoples Day replacing Columbus Day, Goodbye, Columbus seemed a natural, but I realized that most folks under 50 would not get the reference. Goodbye, Columbus is a 1959 novella by Phillip Roth that was made into a 1969 movie starring Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw. It was Macgraw’s debut just before Love Story in 1970 rocketed her to fame. Goodbye Columbus is also the desired woke outcome of Indigenous Peoples Day.

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  18. Golfer Carson Prout, 16, ranks third statewide after strong season for WA team

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Washington Academy Junior Carson Prout, 16, is now the third highest-ranking Maine Class C golfer following an excellent season for both Prout and the WA golf team, according to WA Golf Coach A.J. Carter. 

    “It was a strong year by all this season, with every player contributing,” said Carter. “In high school golf, the top four scores are counted for each team, and all of our golfers made it into the top four at some point during the year. Quite impressive.”

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  19. The Nature of Phenology: Nannyberry

    by Joseph Horn

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  20. Washington County candidate forum set for tonight, Oct. 19, in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Washington County Commissioners will host a candidate forum in Machias. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium of the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias.

    In-person and mail-in absentee voting is currently underway in Maine. Election Day will be Tuesday, Nov. 8. For more information on this region's candidates, pick up a copy of this week's Machias Valley News Observer or Calais Advertiser for our 10-page 2022 Voter's Guide.

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  21. Machias Coffee + Crisp Cafe opens at center of future you-pick fruit farm

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias has a new breakfast and lunch spot on its menu. The Coffee + Crisp Cafe is already serving diners on the grounds of West Branch Farm in Kennebec and will hold its grand opening next Saturday, Oct. 15. 

    Farm Project Manager Josh Meroff says the Machias cafe is based on the coffee shops his father, Chris Meroff, started in Texas with the same name, with one key difference.

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  22. On-premise liquor consumption goes before Jonesport voters next month

    by Nancy Beal

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  23. Washington County Cancer Conference to be held this week

    by Nancy Beal

    The Beth C. Wright Cancer Support Center, together with the Christine B. Foundation, will host the Washington County Cancer Conference this week, Friday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Pellon Center near the dyke in Machias.

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  24. Spirits high at Machias Food Pantry groundbreaking

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After autumn rains postponed the first groundbreaking ceremony, a happy crowd of volunteers and supporters were blessed with a spring-like afternoon last Wednesday, Oct. 5, to break ground on the new Machias Food Pantry.

    “I just want to acknowledge the people who have helped along the way and the volunteers,” said Machias Food Pantry Interim Board President Lynn Gibson. “I appreciate everyone coming today, and we’re thankful for all of the donors who have helped us raise money.”

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  25. Walsh named UMaine Machias dean and campus director

    Megan Walsh, a professor of English and administrative leader at St. Bonaventure University, has been named dean and campus director of the University of Maine at Machias, effective Dec. 19, and will join the University of Maine President’s Cabinet.

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  26. Heritage Perfidy

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

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  27. Maine Blackfly Breeders Association once again donating to area nonprofits

    The Maine Blackfly Breeders are pleased to report that they were able to resume donations to area nonprofits this fall, thanks to sales at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival in August. The festival, which was on hold for two years because of Covid-19, is the MBBA’s principal fundraising venue, and this year’s sales allowed the blackfly’s most ardent champions to help local organizations. 

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  28. Apple & Arts Day returns to Cobscook Oct. 22

    Cobscook Institute is excited to announce the return of Apple & Arts Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Originally launched in 2019, this free arts, heritage food, and harvest-focused family event will take place rain or shine on Cobscook Institute’s charming  Trescott campus. Highlights of the day include live music featuring four local acts, as well as all-ages arts workshops with the Tides Institute and Museum of Art.  

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  29. The Nature of Phenology: Crickets chirping

    by Joseph Horn

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  30. No injuries, historic home damaged in early morning Bucks Harbor house fire

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    An early morning house fire that started before 6 a.m. did significant damage to a Bucks Harbor, Machiasport home on Saturday, Oct. 8.  

    Machiasport, Machias, East Machias, Marshfield, and Jonesboro/Roque Bluffs fire departments rendered mutual aid.

    “There were no injuries, and the departments did a great job saving the structure,” said Machiasport Fire Chief Dave Nielsen. 

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  31. DOT plans Route 1 repairs in Machias, Columbia Falls through Jonesboro

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The worst of Machias’s Route 1 potholes were patched earlier this year by the Maine Department of Transportation, with asphalt covering more than half of the north and southbound lanes. 

    Today, Downeast drivers do their best to keep all four wheels on those smooth parts of the road, but their lane navigation skills will no longer be necessary by 2023-24 when the DOT plans to complete a full rehabilitation of Route 1 through Machias. 

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  32. Jonesport planning board, Kingfish pause, await answers from Maine DEP

    by Nancy Beal

    The Jonesport planning board and Kingfish, the aquaculture company that wants to build a $110 million land-based fish farm on 94 acres on Chandler Bay, cut short their review of the project on September 29, ongoing since August, while all hands await answers to questions asked by the town board of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) two weeks ago (see MVNO, September 28). 

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  33. Recycling open to all at Machias Bay Area Transfer Station; bag and scale prices change

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After years of uncertainty nationwide, the Machias Bay Area Transfer Station can now accept four household materials for recycling: corrugated cardboard, #2 colored and clear plastics, magazines, and newspapers. 

    “The market has come back a little bit,” says Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen. “Three years ago, the bottom fell out, China just stopped taking recycling, and everything went away.”

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  34. Wild blueberry harvest suffered in this year’s drought

    by Joyce Kryszak, Maine Monitor

    Cool sea breezes off Englishman Bay graced the fields of Welch Farm on a piercing blue, mid-September day, revealing nothing of the heaving, dry summer months before. It was the third straight season of drought for the state’s midcoast and Down East coastal region — wild blueberry country. With the mighty harvester resting in the field, 52-year-old farm owner Lisa Hanscom drops into a chair in the boxing room, allowing herself a pause to consider the bleak tally of this year’s harvest. 

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  35. DCP hires new supportive services director

    Downeast Community Partners announces the hiring of Tawney Jacobs as the Director of Supportive Services. A lifelong resident of the Schoodic Peninsula, Jacobs is a graduate of Sumer Memorial High School, holds a bachelor’s in Food Science and Nutrition, with a minor in Child Development, from the University of Maine, and a Master of Public Health from UNE. “I am thrilled to be at DCP, an agency with which I feel a deep affinity. My family knows the power of the supportive services DCP offers.

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  36. Conservative wrongthink

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    Some “Bad conservative” recent reactions to the legacy media narrative:

    Italian and Swedish elections

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  37. The Nature of Phenology: Maine bats

    by Hazel Stark

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  38. Eastport Health Care expanding in Machias; accepting new patients now

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At one time a pharmacy, then a dollar store, 160 Dublin Street will soon house a state-of-the-art medical center as part of Eastport Health Care’s expansion in Machias. 

    EHC CEO Ellen Krajewski says her organization purchased the property in July.

    “We have a design, and we hope to be moved in by the end of September 2023,” said Krajewski.

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  39. Machias FD scores heavy rescue truck

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In spite of the nationwide equipment shortage and after more than a year of searching, the Machias Fire Department has scored a new-to-Machias heavy rescue truck, winning a competitive bid sent out by the town of Windham.

    “We looked at numerous trucks all over the country, we probably have looked at 30 or so, but nothing would meet what we were looking for price-wise,” said Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison. 

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  40. Everyone can go back to school with Wash. Co. Adult and Community Ed

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Most of us are familiar with the concept of adult education and probably associate it with the old GED given to people who left high school early but still wanted a diploma. 

    Today, it’s no longer called a GED, it’s a HiSET (High School Equivalency Test), and that isn’t all that’s changed. Washington County Adult and Community Education (WCACE) helps students of all ages with everything from getting a high school diploma to resume writing to learning how to play the ukulele. 

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  41. Kingfish and its opponents continue at odds; Jonesport Planning Board queries Maine DEP

    by Nancy Beal

    At the fifth appearance of Kingfish Maine before the Jonesport planning board Sept. 22, the company’s spokesmen and their opponents continued to accuse and defend the effect on water quality of the proposed $110 million land-based fish farm that the American subsidiary of a Dutch company plans to build on 94 acres adjacent to Jonesport’s Chandler Bay.

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  42. Spectrum pitches cable deal to Jonesport

    by Nancy Beal

    Representatives of Charter Communications, parent company of Spectrum, came to Jonesport last week to pitch a plan that would bring internet to all households in town. The company had been invited by selectmen, who have been exploring ways to use the American Rescuer Plan Act (ARPA) money that communities received during the Covid-19 pandemic to help with municipal expenses. Broadband build-out is one of the allowable expenditures. Jonesport received $369,000.

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  43. On Lobsters, Right Whales and the Endangered Species Act

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

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  44. Whiting man to be remembered for his role in Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum organization will travel to Whiting next week to place a marker on the grave of Brigadier General John Crane for his service during the Boston Tea Party.

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  45. The Nature of Phenology: Milkweed seeds

    by Joseph Horn

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