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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Nature of Phenology: Birch seeds

by Joseph Horn

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