1. Upcoming live music events around the county

    Bad Little Falls “Sounds Like This” Summer Concert Series will happen every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday beginning this Thursday, July 6, with an opening performance by The Filthy Casuals. The following performances are July 13, Cook ‘n’ Lamb, featuring Alan Cook and Gary Lamb (www.cooknlamb.com); July 20, The Steele Hill Band; July 27, The Milk & Honey Rebellion; Aug. 3, Heavenly Hash; Aug. 10, The Stillwater Band; Aug. 17, The Lamplighters; and Aug. 24, The Drisko Street Barn Band & The Crows. 

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  2. Famous blueberry-shaped building opening doors for 2023 season

    The famous blueberry-blue dome in Downeast Maine, home to the beloved Wild Blueberry Land bakery and gift shop for over 20 years, opened for the summer as the Wild Blueberry Heritage Center on June 29. Guests can shop wild blueberry-themed items, purchase wild blueberry baked goods, and learn about the tiny but mighty wild fruit from exciting exhibits.

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  3. The Nature of Phenology: Fishing spiders

    by Joseph Horn

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  4. County commissioners select Davis Gray as new county manager

    by Will Tuell

    At their June 23 meeting, Washington County Commissioners Vinton Cassidy (R-Calais), John Crowley Sr. (R-Addison), and Chris Gardner (R-Edmunds) have selected Lubec Town Manager Renée Davis Gray as their new county manager beginning in January 2024. In the meantime, Davis Gray will serve as Deputy County Manager, working under longtime manager Betsy Fitzgerald who announced earlier this year that she would be scaling back her duties over the summer with the goal of retiring by year’s end. 

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  5. New Machiasport harbor master to take helm July 1

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    For decades David Cale has made his living on and under the water as a clammer, fisherman, and commercial diver. Now, beginning next month, he’ll take on a new role as the harbor master of Bucks Harbor, responsible for enforcing the rules of the waterways, and not only inside the harbor.

    “It’s also managing 85 miles of shoreline,” says Cale.

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  6. Jonesporters approve solar, revised land ordinances

    by Nancy Beal

    Following their approval of the elementary school budget on June 21 (see related article), Jonesporters turned their attention to two ordinances and some funding that was needed after last March’s town meeting. The ordinances in question were a new, proposed commercial solar ordinance and a revised land use ordinance.

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  7. Machias All-Stars off to fast start in Little League playoffs

    by Will Tuell

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  8. Moosabec voters approve school budgets totaling $4.3M

    by Nancy Beal

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  9. Pine Tree Power and ‘The President’s Analyst’: climate alarmist plot

    by Jonathan Reisman

    When I was a kid, Bell Telephone (or Ma Bell), had a near-total monopoly on telephone service and equipment. You could have any kind of phone you wanted, as long as it was a rotary dial black number, and you had to rent, not buy, it from Ma Bell. The phone company was a convenient and reviled villain.

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  10. Picnic and chantey sing July 15

    The Jonesboro Union Church is hosting a community assistance outreach event beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. Join us for an evening of boisterous singing as we sing along to sailors’ work songs (chanteys) from the Great Age of Sail. The chanteys will be led by Stephen Sanfilippo of Pembroke, and Jim Sherman, of Machiasport, who have been performing together for 20 years and have been singing historic songs of the sea for 50 years.  They have performed throughout Maine and other parts of New England, New York, and the Maritime Provinces.  

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  11. Upcoming live music events

    Bad Little Falls “Sounds Like This” Summer Concert Series will happen every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday beginning on Thursday, July 6, with an opening performance by The Filthy Casuals. The following performances are July 13, Cook ‘n’ Lamb, featuring Alan Cook and Gary Lamb (www.cooknlamb.com); July 20, The Steele Hill Band; July 27, The Milk & Honey Rebellion; Aug. 3, Heavenly Hash; Aug. 10, The Stillwater Band; Aug. 17, The Lamplighters; and Aug. 24, The Drisko Street Barn Band & The Crows. 

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  12. The Nature of Phenology: White skimmer dragonfly

    by Joseph Horn

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  13. Magical Machias crowned softball champs in a late-inning rally

    by Will Tuell

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  14. Lobstermen prevail in U.S. appeals court; whale rules on hold pending 2028 dictum

    by Nancy Beal

    Maine lobstermen notched a huge win over the federal government last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found in favor of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association in its challenge to federal fishing regulations that most fishermen fear would put them out of business.

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  15. Coastal Aesthetics Boutique opens doors in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

    After the birth of her third child and more than 10 years working as a registered nurse, Shannon Dennison was ready to take a different route. That route led to the opening of Coastal Aesthetics Boutique, where clients can receive Botox and similar cosmetic injections in Machias.

    “I started thinking about this five years ago,” Dennison said. “The clients that come in are so happy and thankful, and the schedule is incredibly flexible. It just pulled me in.”

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  16. Jamboree will bring music, vendors, and ATVs to Machias this weekend

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Hundreds of miles of recreational trails intersect in Machias, making it the perfect location for Machias’s 2nd Annual ATV Jamboree, set to kick off Friday, June 23, with a 7 p.m. twilight ATV trail ride led by the Machias Ridge Riders Trail Club. 

    You don’t need an ATV to enjoy the weekend’s festivities, including live music, games, raffles, scavenger hunts, and a parade. But if you want to bring an ATV but don’t have one, you’re in luck. 

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  17. Hospital CEO tackles Med-Surg/OB Merger, COVID fallout, nursing shortage

    by Will Tuell

    Down East Community Hospital CEO Steve Lail confronted a host of issues on the minds of local residents in a recent interview. Amongst them are the hospital’s plans to combine two key departments – Medical Surgeries and Obstetrics – which Lail sees as vital to the hospital’s long-term financial health, the continuing fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the hospital’s ability to address a worker shortage that has plagued the healthcare field. 

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  18. Feedback

    by Jonathan Reisman

    I do not get (or give) a huge amount of feedback, but I appreciate it. Criticisms, praise and suggestions are delivered via e-mail, snail mail, in grocery store aisles and by the side of the road. Praise is good for the ego, but criticism is better for the product for fifty years, the Beatles and The Prince have both battled and stayed with me. Niccolo Machiavelli counseled that it is better to be feared than loved; John Lennon countered that all you need is love.

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  19. Machias elects new selectmen, school board members

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias voters elected two selectmen and two school board members on election day, Tuesday, June 13. 

    Eighty-seven voters visited the polls.

    Two candidates submitted papers to run for two Machias selectboard seats vacated by outgoing chairwoman Paula Johnson-Rolfe and veteran selectman Les Haynes.

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  20. Scouts and Memorial Day

    Scouts from Pack 125 in the Machias area assisted the Bay View Cemetery Association of Larrabee in honoring veterans this year. The scouts placed flags on the grave sites of veterans and helped place memorial flowers.

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  21. The Nature of Phenology: Common yellow wood sorrel

    by Joseph Horn

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  22. Machias Lady Bulldogs through to Class D regional final in wild week of action

    by Will Tuell

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  23. Machias high graduates 43 seniors at annual commencement service

    by Will Tuell

    Machias Memorial High School bid adieu to the school’s forty-three graduating seniors on Sunday, June 4, as family, friends, and the school’s faculty watched on from a packed gymnasium for the annual rite of passage. Graduates spoke to the challenges of going to high school in the COVID era, the hands-on education they received while at Machias, and the enduring nature of friendships they have formed as they head into the world as adults. 

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  24. Jonesport Elementary School budget ready; votes sought on funding, solar ordinance

    by Nancy Beal

    The Jonesport Elementary School school board met June 7 and finalized the budget for 2023-24. The total is $2,046,280, which is an increase of $80,199 over last year’s bottom line. The total local appropriation will be $1,581,130, which is $96,123 (6.47 percent) higher than last year’s amount. State subsidy is expected to be $215,144. The budget will go before voters at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, in the JES gymnasium following a public hearing on a proposed solar panel farm ordinance, to be acted upon later in the budget meeting.

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  25. Elm Street Elementary School honors 8th graders, awards posthumous diploma

    by Will Tuell

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  26. Beals voters approve school budget, fill empty offices, appropriate $26K

    by Nancy Beal

    Approximately 20 Beals Islanders came out for a special town meeting June 6 to consider a budget for Beals Elementary School brought by the school committee. In 18 articles, they approved $1,224,233, an amount that is $226,250 more than last year’s budget. The first payment on the recent energy overhaul of the school’s heating, ventilation, insulation systems and other improvements accounted for much of the increase. That payment--the second of 13--was $124,629. All but $13,703 of last year’s payment was paid out of Covid relief funds.

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  27. Kilowatt Killers II

    by Jonathan Reisman

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  28. Second Annual Festival Celebrating All Things Rhubarb Hailed a Success

    by Jayna Smith

    Rhubarb is for Lovers was the theme of this year’s Rhubarb Festival, and it proved just that, with well over 300 people coming through the gates, according to organizer Georgie Kendall, despite the low temperatures in the mid-40s the drizzly day brought.

    The Rhubarb Festival, now an annual event hosted by Kendall Farm in Perry, took place on Saturday, June 3, with a line-up chock-full of activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

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  29. CCH introduces new 3D mammography machine

    A new, state-of-the-art Senographe Pristina 3D mammography machine is the most recent addition to the Calais Community Hospital radiology department.

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  30. The Nature of Phenology: Blackflies

    by Hazel Stark

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  31. Trooper Jeff Ingemi retires from Maine State Police after 25 Years

    by Will Tuell

    Months after the retirement of beloved state trooper Andy Foss, Washington County is losing another seasoned law enforcement officer. Jeff Ingemi, who came to Maine to attend one of two conservation law college courses in the nation at the time of his arrival – officially retired from the Maine State Police after twenty-five years of service May 31. 

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  32. Local high school baseball, softball teams compete in playoffs this week

    by Will Tuell

    As the school year winds to a close, several schoolboy baseball and schoolgirl softball teams will be taking the field in playoff action this week with an eye toward regional and state championships later this month. 

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  33. JBHS budget ready for voters; principal post still unfilled

    by Nancy Beal

    The members of the Moosabec CSD board that governs Jonesport-Beals High School met last week (May 30). There were four substantive items on the agenda, including a final vote on next year’s budget. A personnel issue to be taken up in executive session was the fourth. On a motion from Renèe Jordan-Chandler, the personnel issue was taken out of order, and the nearly 20 members of the public who had come for the public part of the meeting filed out of the school library and across the hall into a classroom.

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  34. Health and Human Services Committee gives nod to four Moore bills

    by Will Tuell

    Senator Marianne Moore (R-Calais) has seen three of her bills garner unanimous support of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee in recent weeks, with a fourth unanimously rejected by the committee, and a fifth positioned for floor debates once it comes to the floor later this month. The bills range from increasing reimbursement rates for municipal general assistance to providing additional oversight of the state’s beleaguered child and family services agencies. 

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  35. Especially in June, Machias history is all around us

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Take a book and sit by the old stone fireplace of Porter Memorial Library, and you’re sitting just feet away from the work of the Machias woodsmen who had just stolen a British Royal Navy warship. 

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  36. Kilowatt killers: Blame the climate cultists

    by Jonathan Reisman

    Five thoughts as summer blackouts loom:

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  37. DECH Auxiliary donates $1000 to Safe Sleep Initiative

    Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary President Pat Hennessey presented CNO John Marshall and OB Nurse Sarah Tustian, RN, with a $1,000 check for the Down Eash Community Hospital Safe Sleep Initiative.  DECH is a Safe Sleep Certified Hospital through the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program.

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  38. Strout bill to stop offshore wind in Gulf stalls

    by Will Tuell

    Representative Tiffany Strout’s (R-Harrington) bill to stop the development of offshore wind power in the Gulf of Maine was rejected by an 8-5 margin in the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities, and Technology committee on May 25, with Democrats voting to kill the bill while minority Republicans sought to keep it alive. 

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  39. The Nature of Phenology: Asters

    by Hazel Stark

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  40. County manager Betsy Fitzgerald to retire after 13 years in post

    by Will Tuell

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  41. Beals to hold special meeting on school budget, election of officers

    by Nancy Beal

    The Beals Elementary School board finalized its budget for the island school early last month, and June 6 has been set as the date for a town meeting to consider it. The total cost after subtracting a balance from previous years is $1,049.233. Taxpayers will shoulder $988,855 of that amount, an increase of $175,759, or 21.6 percent, over last year.

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  42. Machias ambulance elects Maker new chief as longtime director steps down

    by Will Tuell

    After forty years, Lois Libby, a name that has become synonymous with the Machias Ambulance Service, has retired as the organization’s director – effective immediately. In a statement released by the ambulance, crew members have elected paramedic Ryan Maker of East Machias as their new Chief and Libby’s successor, though Libby will continue as a “per diem” employee of the ambulance service on a limited basis.

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  43. Machias receives $786k grant to complete pump station siphon

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Thanks to a sizable grant, Machias has moved one large step closer to finishing its sewer reconstruction project, which began before the pandemic but stalled due to an increase in the cost of materials.

    The grant of $786,440 will not require a matching payment from the town, and adds to more than $2 million in funds already set aside for the project.

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  44. Get ready to 18th-century dance the night away at the first ever Machias Liberty Ball

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Historical Society wanted to expand events around its annual celebration of the Battle of Machias, the first naval battle of the American Revolution, which took place in Machias on June 11-12, 1775. 

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  45. Defying DEI

    by Jonathan Reisman

    “Two wrongs don’t make a right”- philosophy proverb 

    “Yes they do “- DEI and anti-racism advocates

    “DEI stands for Discrimination, Exclusion and Indoctrination”- Ron DeSantis

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