1. DECH Auxiliary aids monarch butterflies

    The Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary has adopted a new project — gardening.

    Last year the auxiliary took on a new task. Members of the Gardening Committee are very hands-on in the hospital courtyard garden. This well-kept secret was in need of some loving care, and the members of the committee came to the rescue.

    Read More
  2. Brandon!

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    Branded was a mid-1960s TV western starring Chuck Connors as US Army cavalry captain Jason McCord who is court-martialed and cashiered for cowardice. McCord is innocent but maintains silence to protect the reputation of his mentor and commanding officer, and to prevent corrupt Washington elites from launching another genocidal war against Native Americans. McCord travels around the 1880s west trying to prove he is not a coward, protect the innocent and punish the guilty.

    Read More
  3. Concert series celebrates with 80th Birthday Show

    EAC’s Concert Series continues at 7 p.m., Friday, July 29, with a special family concert by Paul Biss, violin/viola, Miriam Fried Biss, violin, and Gregory Biss, piano, in celebration of the latter’s 80th birthday. The brothers Biss and sister-in-law Fried will play the Duo for Violin and Viola, K423, by Mozart; 10 Duos for Two Violins by Bartok; and the Sonata in C major for Piano and Violin, K296, by Mozart.

    Read More
  4. The Nature of Phenology: Hummingbird moths

    by Hazel Stark

    Read More
  5. Rock Paper Scissors event will blend fun and fundraising for vets

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

    What started as a way to have fun at work has grown into an impressive veterans fundraising event, and it all began in the kitchen of Dunkin’ in Machias, where Evan Kopf and Tyler Matthews like to keep the mood light.

    Read More
  6. bluShift Aerospace lands in Steuben

    by Nancy Beal

    The Brunswick rocket company that wants to send small satellites into space for scientific and business purposes says it has found a home. By press release on June 30, bluShift Aerospace announced that its intentions had been welcomed by the town of Steuben and that plans were going forward to construct a command-and-control center and a manufacturing plant within the borders of that western Washington County town of 1,200.

    Read More
  7. Kingfish Maine expected to draw crowds to next Jonesport meeting

    by Nancy Beal

    The expectation of a large crowd has prompted the Jonesport planning board to move its regular monthly meeting from the town office to the high school gym. The larger-than-usual audience, Chairman Frank Smith told selectmen last week, is expected to be made up of area residents concerned about an application from Kingfish Maine, a Dutch-owned company that, starting in November 2019, has proposed to build a $100 million dollar land-based fish farm on the property known as Dun Garvin north of Greenwood Cemetery on Chandler Bay.

    Read More
  8. Local police train using latest VR technology

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A Washington County Deputy walks slowly into the classroom of a high school cafeteria where injured people lie on white linoleum. The AR-15 in her hands feels the same as the AR-15 in her cruiser, and when a shooter jumps out and fires, she fires back, but none of it is real. It’s a training simulation taking place in the conference room of the Machias Police Department, using state-of-the-art virtual reality technology called Milo Range.

    Read More
  9. Climate crapola

    I try not to be triggered by climate agitprop, but the combination of an MVNO reprint of a Maine Beacon (the Maine Peoples Alliance Progressive Rag) piece blasting the SCOTUS West Virginia vs. EPA decision reigning in unlawful climate apocalypse eco-fascism coupled with a smiling photo of climate alarmist Gov. Janet Mills and useful climate dupe Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen sent me to the keyboard. 

    Read More
  10. Emmy award-winning PBS series to feature Machias-area history

    A Taste of History is an Emmy Award-winning television series that recreates culinary heritage by cooking spectacular historic recipes at original locations across the globe. The show is one-part cooking, one-part history with a dash of humor and a whole lot of personality and appeals to cooks, history lovers, travelers, and anyone who loves watching an adventure. The show broadcasts on PBS stations and streams on Amazon Prime and the Hungry Channel on Apple TV and Roku devices.

    Read More
  11. EAC to host Paul Sullivan July 22

    EAC’s Concert Series continues with pianist and composer Paul Sullivan on Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. Sullivan will engage audiences with a diverse program including many of his own compositions, old and new, as well as excursions into Debussy, Chopin, and Art Tatum, interspersed with stories and comments about his music and life.

    Read More
  12. Students invited to archeological project July 15

    On Friday, July 15, from 8 to 10 a.m., students and the public are invited to visit Tide Mill Farm on Tide Mill Road in Edmunds to view a team of archeologists studying the 18th-century tide mill for which the farm is named. Visitors will see the archaeologists at work where the exposed mill remains and learn how the mill worked and its place in the Washington County economy.

    Read More
  13. Ferguson awarded 2022 Tommy Thompson Trophy

    Presentation of the 2022 Tommy Thompson Trophy to Brady Fergerson by Machias Rotary Club president, Paul Gaddis.  The Tommy Thompson is an award voted by the players' peers. All 12-year-old Machias Area Little League Players have a vote. The criteria for the award are leadership, communication, helping others, and athletic ability. To help make the selection process more personal, players are often told before the vote to consider,  "If you could pick one person to be your teammate, who would it be?"

    Read More
  14. The Nature of Phenology: Ghost pipes

    by Joseph Horn

    Read More
  15. Community invited to connect with UMaine Machias at July 12 public meeting

    The public is invited to connect with UMaine Machias at the annual meeting of the University of Maine at Machias Board of Visitors (BOV), to be held July 12 at Bad Little Falls Park. The event will be hosted by University of Maine and UMaine Machias President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen. 

    Read More
  16. State police make arrest in February murder of Pembroke woman

    The Maine State Police have announced that today, July 6, at approximately 3:00 p.m. 42-year-old Rebecca Moores, of Robbinston, was arrested without incident on an outstanding warrant for Murder by the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit- North. The arrest occurred during a traffic stop on Hardy Point Road in Pembroke, with assistance from the Pleasant Point Police Department.

    Read More
  17. DOT hears from community at Machias dike meeting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    More than 100 people attended last week’s public meeting with the Maine Department of Transportation, held in the gymnasium of Machias Memorial High School on Tuesday, June 28. The public was invited to give feedback on the DOT’s recent announcement that it has named a bridge as its “preferred alternative” to replace the aging Machias dike.

    Read More
  18. Records fall at Crush Cancer 2

    by Phil Stuart

    This year’s Crush Cancer 5K saw both course records fall, and the number of participants increased substantially. When you put on a quality event, runners will show up along with those who are there to support such a worthy cause.

    Rebekah has a ton of energy. And as a former race director, I know what it is like to put on a road race. It can become a nightmare! And that is why so few are willing to step up to the plate and take on such a task. She has a great group of volunteers, and Sunday’s race was another masterpiece.

    Read More
  19. Machias approves brewery events and marijuana farming

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After a public hearing held Wednesday, June 22, the Machias Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve an events permit for Bad Little Brewing Company. 

    Read More
  20. Jonesport town meeting to take up aquaculture moratorium, aerospace ordinance, change to recall law

    by Nancy Beal

    Jonesporters will come together in a special town meeting soon to voice their views on a new aerospace ordinance, on a revision of the existing town law governing the recall of elected officials, and on a moratorium on commercial aquaculture. The meeting, which will also take up three money matters, is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 20 in the high school gymnasium.

    Read More
  21. UMaine Extension 4-H club on nature, photography starts July 26

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a six-session 4-H Nature in Focus SPIN Club for Washington County youth ages 9 –18 beginning July 26 from 4–5:30 p.m. at Downeast Coastal Conservency's Middle River Park, Machias.  Remaining dates are Aug. 2, 9, 16, 25, and 30.  

    Participants will explore the outdoors through photography, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and creative expression. Each session will begin with a photography lesson followed by a hike with a chance to practice new skills.

    Read More
  22. Jonesport church seeks organist

    by Nancy Beal

    Jonesport’s Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church is looking for an organist. Over the past decade, that job was enthusiastically filled by Leon Crowley, retired principal of Beals Elementary School, lifelong musician, and organist in area churches for over 60 of his 78 years of life, which ended last March. While missing him and his cheerful service, the SMCC flock is looking for his successor.

    Read More
  23. Public invited to help with rockweed science

    Schoodic Institute scientists invite the public to join them in the intertidal zone to collect data about rockweed while exploring the beauty of the rocky coast between the tides.

    Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) is the dominant algae or seaweed in most of the rocky intertidal zone of Maine and provides habitat for animals living in and visiting this dynamic ecosystem. 

    Read More
  24. The Nature of Phenology: Sheep Laurel blooming

    by Hazel Stark

    Read More
  25. Pembroke juvenile's death under investigation

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On Tuesday, June 28, local law enforcement responded to a home in Pembroke where a juvenile was reported dead.

    The Washington County Sheriff's Office, together with Maine State Police, is conducting an investigation.

    Anyone with information related to the death is urged to contact either Detective Travis Willey or Detective William White of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, 255-4422.

    This is an active investigation, more details will be released as it develops.

     

    Read More
  26. Treatment and Recovery court offers ‘helping hand instead of handcuffs’

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

    Sara and Tristen Nelson of Roque Bluffs have enjoyed a string of happy life events. Married in 2018, they welcomed their daughter Ava Grace later that year, and then in 2021, they bought their first home. Sara and Tristen are thriving today, and their present happiness has its roots in a time when each faced a life-altering decision — go to jail, or go to Treatment and Recovery Court.

    Read More
  27. Chef Seaver returns to Jonesport with his seafood-centric message

    by Nancy Beal

    One of the highlights of last year’s July 4th celebration in Jonesport was the appearance of Barton Seaver, a world-renowned chef who has imparted an “Eat More Fish!” message from a variety of places and positions. An award-winning chef in Washington, D. C. whom Esquire named chef of the year in 2009, he left the restaurant life to travel the world with the National Geographic Society, returning home to become a leader in the area of sustainable seafood.

    Read More
  28. Winter Harbor fiber art exhibit showcases Addison island sheep

    by Nancy Beal

    Most people who have lived in Addison and surrounding towns for the past 40 years know about Jenny Cirone and the herds of sheep she ran on Nash Island, where she grew up under the watchful eye of her lightkeeper father. Before she passed on, Jenny entrusted her flock to Alfred “Alfie” Wakeman, who has managed it since her death.

    Read More
  29. Bad Little Falls concert series kicks off July 7

    by Hailey Wood

    Beginning a new tradition, the Bad Little Falls “Sounds Like This” concert series will take place again this summer, starting on Thursday, July 7, with a performance by The Filthy Casuals.

    The Filthy Casuals is composed of lead singer Hailey Bryand, her husband, and the lead guitarist, Kelly Bryand. Macky Hood is the saxophonist, Aaron Ackley plays the drums, and Darren Gardner plays the bass. 

    Read More
  30. Four local baseball standouts play in state all-star game

    by Jayna Smith

    Four local athletes played last week in the 2022 Class C/D North vs. South Senior Baseball Game, which took place on Wednesday, June 22, at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.  

    Calais Blue Devil Kobe Saunders and Machias Bulldogs Jayden Rhoades, Kashman Feeney, and Kyle Anderson were among those invited to a trio of games at the college.  The games included the Class C/D Senior All-Star Game, the Class A/B Senior All-Star Game, and an underclassmen game. All played on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

    Read More
  31. Second Amendment notes

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    As the summer started, a complex melody of second Amendment notes was played.

    Read More
  32. Pauline Wood wins ‘Best In Show’ in Roque Bluffs

    “Best in Show” is a title many crafters hope to achieve. On Saturday, July 25, Pauline Wood claimed that honor at the Roque Bluffs Art Gallery and Learning Center’s first-ever Quilting Show in Roque Bluffs.

    On the winning quilt, the embroidered butterflies were done by Fay Hawkins, the pieced and hand quilted by her daughter, Pauline Wood. The story behind the quilt started after the passing of Mrs. Hawkins and the discovery of her many beautiful hand-embroidered butterfly squares.

    Read More
  33. DCC appoints new executive director

    Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Colin Brown.  Colin comes to DCC after spending six years with Downeast Lakes Land Trust in Grand Lake Stream, most recently as Development and Outreach Manager, focusing on grant writing and fundraising for the organization.

    Read More
  34. The Nature of Phenology: Atlantic salmon returning

    by Joseph Horn

    Read More
  35. Machias dike discussions heat up in advance of June 28 public meeting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In 1868, Machias replaced a bridge with a dike to carry travelers across the Machias and Middle Rivers. This month, plans appear to be moving in the opposite direction, following Maine Department of Transportation’s (DOT) June 9 announcement that a bridge is the “preferred alternative” to replace the Machias dike and causeway.

    DOT will host a meeting about the dike replacement project at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Machias Memorial High School Gymnasium. A large turnout is expected. 

    Read More
  36. Candidate Sam Hunkler aspires to be voice of the middle majority

    by Nancy Beal

    Beals family physician, Sam Hunkler, has made his home in Beals on the shores of Great Wass Island for the past 30 years, but he has traveled and worked all over the world before and during that time. After retiring last year, he turned the broad perspective he had developed in those years on Maine’s political scene. A lifelong Independent, he was dismayed when the gubernatorial race produced two political party-backed choices: Democrat (incumbent) Gov. Janet Mills and Republican (former) Gov. Paul LePage.

    Read More
  37. Father-daughter duo spins and fires handmade pottery out of Beals Island

    by Hailey Wood

    Broderick Alley and Jennifer Ciappetta, the father-daughter duo behind The Fisherman’s Pottery and Gifts, make pottery out of their studio on Beals Island.

    Their passion began in the Fall of 2018 when they took their first adult-ed pottery class, taught by Narraguagus Pottery at Narraguagus Highschool.

    Initially, Ciappetta’s mother convinced her to take the class with her. In the end, she found it was too messy a hobby for her, but Ciappetta was hooked. 

    Read More
  38. Machiasport, Cutler to consider industrial aquaculture moratoriums

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At their town meetings on June 27, residents of Machiasport and Cutler will consider placing a 180-day moratorium on industrial-scale aquaculture developments, in order to then consider the creation of municipal aquaculture ordinances.

    Crystal Canney of Protect Maine’s Fishing Heritage Foundation spoke to Machiasport residents at their June 16 public hearing, which was moderated by Betsy Fitzgerald.

    Read More
  39. American dystopia is a progressive policy choice

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    2022 America is a product of deliberate progressive policy choices. It’s tempting in watching Brandon, Kamala and the clown show- including AOC and the Squad, Bernie, Pocahontas, Mayor Pete, Janet “Mistaken” Yellen, Hillary Hack/Iran Appeaser Sullivan, and the rest of the sorry lot- to conclude our woes are a consequence of incompetence and stupidity, but that would be wrong. Every dystopic feature of 2022 America is a result of policy choices that Brandon and his progressive puppet masters have deliberately chosen.

    Read More
  40. Raider girls state tennis champs

    by Phil Stuart

    The Washington Academy girls tennis team accomplished something no Washington County team has ever been able to do, and only two other northern Maine schools have done since the MPA sanctioned tennis in 1995.

    On July 11, Woodie Moulton’s Raider girls journeyed to South Portland to take on the Flyers of Waynflete High School for the state Class C tennis championship. WA this year was the beneficiary of three international players who were all contributing factors, but sometimes there's a downside to that benefit.

    Read More
  41. Biss and friends to open Eastport concert series July 1

    A concert with Gregory Biss and friends will open EAC’s annual Concert Series at 7 p.m. on July 1. The program will include piano music by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Glass & Biss. One of Biss’ compositions on the program, “Routes”, was written more than 50 years ago and features piano and trombone, both of which are manipulated electronically in live time. Jane Lanctot, piano, and Gene Nichols, trombone, will join Biss for this piece.

    Read More
  42. Zoe Reynolds of J-BHS awarded Mainely Character scholarship

    Zoe Reynolds, a Jonesport-Beals High School senior, was awarded a Mainely Character Scholarship for $5000. These are awarded annually to Maine high school seniors who demonstrate exemplary concern for others, responsibility, integrity, and courage. Zoe was selected from 375 scholarship applicants statewide; her scholarship is sponsored by Richard and Anne Cass of Cape Elizabeth and Machias Savings Bank. 

    Read More
  43. The Nature of Phenology: Hairy woodpecker nestlings

    by Joseph Horn

    Read More
  44. Margaretta Days Festival & Craft Fair will bring history to life in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After a two-year hiatus, the Margaretta Days Festival & Craft Fair will return to Machias this weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 17-18. 

    The festival is organized by the Machias Historical Society and celebrates the first naval battle of the American Revolution, as well as the victorious actions of local 18th-century patriots and Passamaquoddy tribal members in defeating the British redcoats. 

    Read More
  45. Machias JMG students fill school plates with fresh salad

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias elementary school students recently enjoyed chef salads made in part with their own fresh, school-grown lettuces. Students in the Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) program harvested the lettuce, but that’s not all. They also wrote the grant that paid for the raised beds, soil, and seeds that grew the lettuce that fed their classmates at lunchtime.

    “After they approved the grant, we did a Zoom presentation showing them what we planned to do with the money, our budget, and our timeline,” said eighth-grader Ben Mubang.  

    Read More

Pages

Pages