1. Look’s Gourmet nationwide, looking to expand home base

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Since the early days of a small family factory, Look’s Gourmet Food Company, after several giant growing steps, is looking to expand its warehouse space in Cutler.

    “We’re looking for more space. Even prior to this year, we’re shipping orders out as fast as we can,” says Mike Sansing, general manager of the Whiting firm. “We currently have 33 employees. The main facility is 99 percent production. The old base is presently our warehouse, and we’re looking to double that space.”

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  2. PRSWDD board mulls loss of Columbia, addresses scales and wall, eyes money woes at disposal site

    by Nancy Beal

    The Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District board of directors met in person at the Jonesboro town hall on June 15. Present were station manager Fran Havey, supervisor Tom Batson, and board members Mike Schoppee of Jonesboro, Mariner Bunker of Beals and Keith Newman of Addison. Joan McMurray of Columbia was unable to attend because of an out-of-town medical appointment. It was the first meeting since the June 8 vote by Columbia to withdraw from the original six-town transfer station,

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  3. Cherryfield Academy’s Class of 1950 reunion cancellation disappoints the seven survivors

    by Peter Duston

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  4. DECH welcomes new CNO

    Down East Community Hospital welcomes Sharla Moretti, RN, MSM. Sharla is the Vice President of Patient Care Services as well as our Chief Nursing Officer.  She is a nursing administrator with 18 years of diverse experience.  Her background includes experience with perioperative services, specialty and provider clinics, and infusion/oncology centers in multi-organizational systems as well as leadership and clinical expertise in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

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  5. Just CAZ (Critter Autonomous Zone)

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    Seattle might have its neo-anarchist/hipster/summer of love/ Capitol Hill Occupy Protest (CHOP), but it pales in police-free borderless entertainment value to the Critter Autonomous Zone in Cooper and Cathance Township.

    The Raven Raucous Caucus

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  6. Out and About in Columbia

    by Ronie Strout

     

    Where have the days gone? It seems that they fly by quickly as I get older. I even have to check my calendar to see what the day is, and then I am not sure I am right.

    The first day of summer has arrived as well as Father’s Day with the temperature in the high 90’s. I try to get my outside work done before noon now and rest the rest of the day.

    This past week I had two appointments in Ellsworth, so I made the most of it by getting a few other errands done while I was in the area.

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  7. Lubec readies for Independence Day celebration

    by Jayna Smith

    Lubec, America, known for its welcoming people, great eateries, wonderful views, and for being the easternmost town in the U.S.A., has released its Fourth of July Celebration schedule, and it certainly does not disappoint.

    According to Wanda Matthews, one of the festival committee members, the committee is sponsoring some traditional events for Independence Day, but with strict guidelines with regards to COVID-19.  This includes social distancing and mask-wearing for those able to when social distancing is not possible.

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  8. EAC presents Annual Fine Arts Awards to graduating high school seniors

    Each year, during the graduation ceremonies at area high schools, EAC honors seniors who have excelled in music, theater or the visual arts.  Nominated by their dedicated teachers, the students have been chosen based on their commitment and contribution to the fine arts at their school and community.  

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  9. Bruins’ last title

    by Phil Stuart

    The Machias Bruins baseball team won four Quoddy League championships over an eight-year span stretching from 1965 to 1972. After the 1972 season, the Bruins disbanded, and some of the players went on to play with other teams.

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  10. The Nature of Phenology: Mayflies

    by Joseph Horn

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  11. Truth, systemic racism, and black flies

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    As the nation writhes under a leftist/media assault charging white privilege and systemic racism and advocating for defunding the police, silencing/deplatforming/canceling anyone who dares to disagree and demanding they kneel and apologize for voting for Trump and more, I’ve watched in horror as a woke leftist Jacobin mob has decided that we need to destroy the village in order to save it.

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  12. Ike Hubbard ships Downeast quality all around the world

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Ike Hubbard’s father moved him out of Jonesport in 1952, but he made his way back as soon as he could. Since 1988, Hubbard has been the mastermind behind the Hubbard Rake Company, a Jonesport-based business that ships handcrafted harvesting rakes all over the world. After Hubbard purchased his aunt and uncle’s strawberry farm, he built his business there.

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  13. Elm Street 7th grader wins statewide writing award

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Grace Dennison, East Machias student and resident, has received statewide recognition for her recently published thoughts on how citizens should contribute to community.

    Sponsored by the Maine Municipal Association, the competing essays had to show an understanding of local government, clarity of thought and originality. Essays could be typed or handwritten, but had to focus on “If I led my community …”

    Dennison was one of four Maine seventh-graders chosen, and the only one from Washington County to capture top honors.

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  14. Columbia votes to withdraw from PRSWDD

    by Nancy Beal

    In a 14-8 vote June 8, the town of Columbia voted to withdraw from the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD). The move puts Columbia in company with Jonesport and Columbia Falls, which began the process a year ago with similar town meeting votes, and represents the loss of 10.3 percent of PRSWDD’s operating revenue. When completed, the withdrawal of the three towns will leave Addison, Beals and Jonesboro as the sole members of the disposal district.

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  15. New nutrition shop shakes open for business in Machias

    by Natalie Boomer

    The Den-DownEast Nutrition is open for business! The grand opening took place on Saturday, June 6 at the new Machias location.

    Rosie and Danny Griffith opened their first nutrition shop, Unleashed Nutrition, in Calais in the fall of last year. Their success came quickly, and they decided to open more shops in different areas in Washington County.

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  16. Cutler’s Porter meets with Trump in Bangor

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Maine Lobstermen’s Association President and Cutler fisherman Kristan Porter was one of a select few invited to meet with President Donald Trump during his recent trip to Maine. The president flew into Bangor on Friday, June 5, meeting there with fishing industry stakeholders before traveling to Guilford where he toured the Puritan Medical Products swab factory.

    “The hardest part was not telling anybody,” said Porter, who was not allowed to discuss the presidential meeting, or its purpose, in advance.

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  17. Laurea Ann Ingalls

    Laurea Ann Ingalls
    December 16, 1945 - June 3, 2020

     

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  18. Machias Water Co. rate hike negotiations hit an impasse

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    An attempt to negotiate a settlement between the town of Machias and the Machias Water Company has failed. Machias officials last week expressed frustration that the water company responded to their request to reduce a 25 percent proposed rate hike with a reduction of 1.5 percent, taking the total rate decrease to 23.5 percent.

    “As a 49 percent owner and the only customer they have, we have zero say,” said Machias Board of Selectpersons Vice Chairman Bill Kitchen. “Our input is irrelevant.”

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  19. J-BHS budget OK’d; BES and JES votes this week

    by Nancy Beal

    Approximately two dozen citizens from Beals and Jonesport, most of them teachers and school board members, gathered June 10 in the Jonesport-Beals High School gymnasium on chairs placed six feet apart to act on the 2020-21 high school budget. In about a half-hour, by a vote of 17-4, they approved $1,777,934, a figure that is $125,990 more than the bottom line a year ago. Part of the increase is from nearly $40,000 to establish an aquaculture program, for which grant money is being sought.

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  20. Lubec shop celebrates 30 years

    by Natalie Boomer

    The easternmost gift shop in the United States, West Quoddy Gifts in Lubec, is celebrating a big milestone.

    “This is our 30th year! Our son was six months old when we opened in June of 1990,” said owner, Junia Lehman.

    Steve and Junia Lehman met while serving in the United States Airforce. Soon after, Steve began creating wooden clocks with laser-engraved numbers and artwork of West Quoddy Head, East Quoddy Head, puffins, and whales, so they took the money they had saved up and opened West Quoddy Gifts.

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  21. Community comes together to make gowns for DECH

    In mid-March, Down East Community Hospital’s VP of Quality, Monique Mills, asked the DECH Auxiliary if they could provide the hospital with 50 handmade isolation gowns to be used as a backup to our personal protective equipment inventory.   The hospital and the Auxiliary agreed to split the cost of the supplies.  Per Kathy Land, Auxilian and Board Member, on the project, “After reviewing CDC guidelines and some discussion, we agreed to order our fabric and other supplies online from JoAnn fabrics or from Amazon.  That turned out to be easier said than done as fabric and other supplies were

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  22. The Nature of Phenology: Blue flag iris

    by Joseph Horn

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. The Nature of Phenology: Swallowtail butterflies

    by Hazel Stark

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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Domestic violence awareness exhibit comes to Machias

    by Nancy Beal

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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. The Nature of Phenology: Gray tree frogs

    by Hazel Stark

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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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