1. Machias charity prepares to open Ugandan orphanage

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A charity formed by the faith of one Machias woman has fed dozens of Ugandan street orphans every night for the past eight years. In that time Little Hands of Hope has also provided those orphans with medical care, clothing, vocational training, constructed wells to provide the community with clean drinking water, and built a brand new orphanage, too.

    Now founder and Director Kristen Johnson says years of working with local government regulations have led to her happiest announcement yet.  

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  2. Moosabec schools mull expensive repairs

    by Nancy Beal

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  3. Biden time

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    In a couple of months, the Biden crime family will move into the White House and commence an effort to reverse and erase as much of the Trump years as executive orders, media sycophancy and deep state and judicial co-conspiracy can accomplish.

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  4. Cherryfield Fire Department gears up to host holiday events

    by Natalie Boomer

    The Cherryfield Fire Department is hosting a “Light Up the Night” holiday light parade on Saturday, Dec, 12, at 4:30 p.m.

    Community members are invited to decorate floats or their vehicles and light up the streets of Cherryfield to celebrate the holiday season.

    “It will be a vehicle, any type, and float parade, only with a longer parade route, which will be down Main Street and back up River Road,” said Mariah Curtis of the CFD. “We encourage anyone to participate and bring holiday cheer to town.”

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  5. The Nature of Phenology: Orion

    by Joseph Horn

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  6. Parade organizers determined to bring Christmas fun to area children Dec. 10

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A weekend of torrential rain and wind canceled last Saturday’s Machias Parade of Lights, but its organizers are not quick to accept defeat. Instead, they have turned on a dime to plan a drive-through parade and toy giveaway for Thursday, Dec. 10.

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  7. Downeast nursing homes in prime spot on COVID-free list

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although many of Maine’s nursing homes have achieved deplorable status in keeping COVID-19 out of their facilities, Marshall Healthcare and Long Point, two area facilities, have remained COVID-free.

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  8. Blueberry commission fields resistance from Canada on federal import probe

    by Nancy Beal

    The date for wild blueberry growers and processors to complete and return lengthy questionnaires into their businesses was extended from its original Nov. 16 deadline, but not much information was being sent at last month’s end. This was the signal according to Addison grower Marie Emerson, one of four new members on the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine (WBC) that monitors and advises the activities of Maine’s wild blueberry industry.

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  9. WHRL Christmas Tree Festival and auction goes virtual

    by Natalie Boomer

    The annual Christmas Tree Festival and Auction held by the Women for Healthy Rural Living will still be taking place this holiday season, but not in person. The entire event will be going virtual.

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  10. Lubec legion to host children’s drive-thru Christmas

    by Natalie Boomer

    The Stuart-Green American Legion Auxiliary in Lubec will be hosting its third annual Children’s Drive-thru Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 5.

    “Our third annual kids Christmas party is still being held this year, but it’s going to be a bit different,” said auxiliary officer Shona Feltner.

    To ensure social distancing, certain precautions and CDC guidelines will be followed.

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  11. New ACO, new dispatchers top Machias agenda

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In her first meeting since returning from medical leave, Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien asked the Machias Board of Selectmen if they wanted to sponsor the Deck the Falls decorating event.

    “It’s an event where we encourage local residents and businesses to get into the spirit of the holidays and decorate,” said Therrien during the board’s Zoom meeting held Nov. 18. “This does cost us roughly $500 in prizes that we generally pay from the selectboard contingency fund.”

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  12. Walgreens offers rapid COVID-19 testing

    by Jayna Smith

    The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recently partnered with some Walgreens locations across the state to offer free drive-through rapid COVID-19 antigen testing. This includes the Calais and Machias Walgreens locations.

    The Calais Walgreens was one of the first ten to initially have the testing available. Machias was added late last month, bringing the total of Maine Walgreens locations offering the testing to 65.

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  13. Community plans to come together to celebrate young girl’s birthday

    by Natalie Boomer

    Like many others, a young girl's birthday party was suddenly canceled after Governor Janet Mills urged Mainers to avoid gatherings and unnecessary travel to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

    Although Sutton Farmer won’t be able to have all of her friends at her sixth birthday, her close family friend Terri Beam thought of a different way to celebrate.

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  14. With climate policy central to the incoming presidential administration, Maine can expect more federal support to implement its new Climate Action Plan

    by Marina Schauffler

    Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission of the Maine Monitor. The Maine Climate Council is submitting its Climate Action Plan to the Legislature on Dec. 1. Topics related to the plan have been covered this fall in a Maine Monitor series of columns called Sea Change.

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  15. Giving thanks

    Thanksgiving this year was unique and I hope it will not be the new normal, but the tradition of acknowledging my blessings and expressing gratitude remains.

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  16. The Nature of Phenology: Red vs. gray foxes

    by Hazel Stark

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  17. Targeting free speech

    by Jonathan Reisman

    Ending freedom of speech is on the agenda for the Harris-Biden crime family, the Democratic Party and the left.  Joined by Big Tech, the legacy media and the League of Women Voters, our progressive betters will continue their hypocrisy of wailing about evil corporate political spending and dark money even while extensively utilizing them in Maine, Georgia and across the nation. If they are successful in gaining control of the Senate, freedom of speech will be severely curtailed.

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  18. To protect land access, wardens urge ethical hunting practices

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Tanya Millay was alarmed last week when she left to drive her daughter to school. There, crawling slowly past her Machiasport neighborhood, was a line of hunters in their trucks, all watching a buck on someone’s lawn. Some of the hunters had scopes and shotguns with them, and one had a bow and arrow.

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  19. UMM steps up to offer COVID testing on campus

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Because COVID testing in Calais was too far away for many trying to hold down a job in the Machias area, the University of Maine at Machias (UMM) has stepped up to the plate to offer the service.

    “I am really glad that UMM will be able to provide this much-needed service to the community,” Daniel Qualls, head of campus, said last week.

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  20. High COVID-19 case count keeps Moosabec schools remote

    by Nancy Beal

    Jonesport’s number of positive Covid-19 cases reached the Maine Center for Disease and Prevention’s (MECDC) second category of case numbers within a zip code at the beginning of the week of November 9, and school nurse Holly Swillo confirmed that there was community spread in the Moosabec area. (The MECDC defines community transmission as existing when the are at least 10 confirmed cases and that at least 25 percent of those cases are not connected to either known cases or travel.)

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  21. Sign offers reminder that cornerstone American principles still persist

    by Jayna Smith

    In a time of great political divide and amidst a pandemic, when we are told to keep six feet apart, the distance between Americans, metaphorically speaking, has become miles longer. Tensions are high and fear has intensified. But for one Calais couple, a simple yard sign gives a much-needed reminder that compassion and cornerstones of American life are still in existence.  

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  22. Volunteers needed to set up inflatable Christmas village

    by Natalie Boomer

    Kickoff the holiday season by lending a helping hand and setting up Danny’s Inflatable Christmas Village in Machias.

    “This is the project's third year and it has grown larger and larger,” said Sharon Mack, previous executive director of the village.

    Mack is looking for 10 to 12 volunteers to attach the blowup decorations to the fence and pallets by the boxcars in downtown Machias on Saturday, November 28th.

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  23. Border to remain closed for at least another month

    by Jayna Smith

    As many likely expected, travel restrictions between Canada and the United States have been extended until Dec. 21 in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, “We’ve extended the current border measures by another 30 days.  Non-essential travel between our two countries remains restricted until at least Dec. 21.”  

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  24. Lobster tales and lobster facts featured in two new books

    Lobsters and lobstering connect two new books from Penobscot Books of Stonington this holiday season.

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  25. Festival of Ornaments' Workshop Trio invites all to join from home

    EAC’s ‘Festival of Ornaments,’ a trio of Zoom-based workshops for all ages, is being offered in the spirit of the center’s annual Festival of Trees, with deluxe materials kits available for participants, or detailed information available for those who’ll use their own materials from home.

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  26. Santa letters, Christmas gift bags at Jonesport library

    by Nancy Beal

    Peabody Memorial Library has placed a dropbox for letters to Santa Claus at its main entrance on the road to the Ball Diamond. Children may place their letters to Santa in the special box through December 19. Letter writers are reminded to include their return address so that Santa will know where to reply.

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  27. The Nature of Phenology: Porcupines mating

    by Hazel Stark

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  28. Warm sendoff in the works for local music man Gene Nichols

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When word spread that music professor Gene Nichols’ position was eliminated, a sharp cry rose up across Washington County. Through more than 35 years of teaching, Nichols has become a household name and a colorful Downeast advocate for the joy of music-making. Last month his position was cut through retrenchment, or reduction in staff, at the University of Maine at Machias.

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  29. Wild blueberry market captures specialty crop block grants

    by Ruth Leubecker

    As agricultural businesses flounder in today’s tenuous business climate, crops in Maine are getting a beneficial hand up in response to the damaging effects of the coronavirus.

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  30. State acknowledges local testing ‘gap in the map’’

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The state of Maine expanded access to COVID-19 testing in June, setting up free testing without a doctor’s order through a “swab and send” program that established easy testing within 30 minutes of most Mainers. Today, Machias area residents must drive 60 miles for asymptomatic testing, to either Calais or Ellsworth, a distance some locals say they cannot manage.

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  31. Virtual craft fair offers safe local shopping option

    by Natalie Boomer

    A local young lady has created the Facebook group “Washington County Virtual Holiday Craft Fair 2020” for those who wish to participate in craft fairs this holiday season, but are unable due to coronavirus concerns.

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  32. Moosabec Ambulance Service absorbs former filling station/eatery

    by Nancy Beal

    Jonesport’s old Pit Stop filling station, later the Lighthouse Café, has been purchased by its next door neighbor, Moosabec Ambulance Service (MAS) and is being remade as an adjunct to the garage that currently houses the ambulance on a tiny lot to the east on Main Street.

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  33. Georgia on my mind

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    “Now we take Georgia, then we change America.” - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer

    I hope everybody moves to Georgia in the next month or two and registers to vote and votes for these two Democratic senators.” - New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman

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  34. EAC’s free kids’ workshops continue

    Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program, which launched a ‘craft-along’ video series last month, continues with ‘Finger Print Art’, set to be released on Nov. 13 (and viewable at any time ever after). Geared towards children 3-8 years of age, the project lets kids have a little messy fun using their fingerprints as the basis of some easy drawings. Free materials kits are available from EAC, or participants can easily assemble the necessary supplies at home.

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  35. Community Chorus presents first ‘virtual’ performance

    Quoddy Voices, which resumed its work together in September for a ‘virtual’ season, recently presented its first choral video. The community choir’s director, John Newell, guided the singers through each step of the new musical process, which centered around Monday evening rehearsals via Zoom. To aid singers in recording their voices, Newell made guide track videos in which they heard their part played against the other voice parts’ lines and watched Newell conduct the time and cutoffs.

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  36. The American dream is not lost, it is remembered

    by WAA Staff Sean Sullivan and Amber Caron

    Pierre Claeyssens, who was rescued by U.S. Forces in Belgium, said, “To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen…to be forgotten is the worst.”

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  37. The Nature of Phenology: Birch seeds

    by Joseph Horn

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  38. Federal stimulus money has blunted COVID’s local economic impact, so far

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    More than $90 million in federal stimulus funds came into Washington County between April and August of this year, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC). That money has reduced the pandemic’s negative economic impact, at least for now.

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  39. COVID-19 cases climbing quickly in rural Washington County

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Like a child arriving late at the party, Washington County has struck an ominous numerical presence with its climbing cases of COVID-19.

    With the recent outbreak of 10 cases at Calais Regional Hospital following the outbreak at the Woodland Pulp mill, Washington County can no longer, with some amount of pride at the time, refer to its low numbers when compared with its more populated county peers.

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  40. UMM students design art gallery for museum class

    by Natalie Boomer

    Student-designed and named, “Works by Maine Artists from the University of Maine at Machias Permanent Collection: Celebrating 200 Years of Maine Statehood,” is the center for the visual arts in the Down East region of Maine.

    The John C. and Norma B. Marin Foundation donated the works of John Martin, Lyones Feininger, Reuben Tam, William Zorach, Paul Jenkins, Oscar Bleumner, and William Kienbusch to the art gallery’s permanent collection back in 1972.

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  41. Locals rally to assist veteran before winter closes in

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A former Marine who survived a tour in Afghanistan and a battle with cancer recently moved to Cherryfield where she is living in a camper. Sarah Strout of Harrington met her through her work at Hammond Lumber in Cherryfield, where the veteran would come to refill small propane tanks.

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  42. Washington County goes for Republicans, mostly

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, only one other county (Somerset) supported President Trump more than Washington County, which tied with Aroostook, giving Trump 59.1 percent of its vote. Statewide, Vice President Joe Biden won 55.3 percent, or 428,232 votes to Trump’s 44.2 percent, or 356,673 votes.

    Congressional District 2 (CD2), Maine’s more rural district and where Washington County is located, supported Trump to the tune of 52.4 percent, delivering him one of the state’s four electoral college votes.

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  43. Election codas

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    After three restless nights, it is past time to conclude this election, but the blue wave faux narrative prelude and the red mirage “there’s no corruption” here counting performance suggest that this reality show finale will leave the country in gridlock. That might not be a bad thing, but it will certainly not result in a unified nation or any reduction in civil unrest.

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  44. EAC video profiles local COVID mask maker

    The latest from Eastport Arts Center’s Studio Visit series is a chat with Sally DeCicco, a sewing enthusiast, upcycle, and maker of 800 face masks (and counting!), which she has provided, by donation, to the communities of her two hometowns, Montpelier, Vermont and Eastport, Maine. Sally reflects in the video on finding meaningful action during the pandemic time, and about her lifelong passion for sewing (with a lot of laughs along the way). A longtime EAC volunteer, Sally has been active with the center’s annual Moose Island Follies shows and as a costume-maker for Stage East productions.

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  45. My life with Carlton Willey

    by Wayne Smith  

    Fred Kneeland and Carlton Willey are both from Cherryfield. They also both pitched in professional baseball. Kneeland was influenced by Willey. Kneeland was like a second son to Willey. Kneeland talked about his professional baseball career. He talked about Willey often in the interview. They had a bond together right until the end of Willey's life. This is a story of friendship and a story about baseball from Kneeland’s Pony League to his professional career. Kneeland gets candid and upfront with his answers.

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