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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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The Nature of Phenology: Hairy woodpecker nestlings

by Joseph Horn

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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. 

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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.  

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