Paula (Bridges) and Dean Flaherty’s funeral services

Family and friends are invited to attend Paula (Bridges) and Dean Flaherty’s funeral services on July 24, 2021, at 2 pm at the Whitneyville Congregational Church. There will be a reception for refreshments immediately after. Graveside service will follow at 5pm in Harrington at Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Whitneyville Congregational Church- 31 S. Main St Whitneyville, ME 04654

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Drones will survey for Machias dike as replacement planning moves ahead

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A plan to fix the aging Machias dike will take another step forward when Maine Department of Transportation drones will survey the Middle River and its adjoining properties beginning next week. DOT Chief Engineer Joyce Taylor said the DOT chose drones as a way to survey without entering private land.

“We’re looking at getting elevation levels so that when we assess the alternatives [for] the Machias dike project, we’ll know what might actually get flooded with each alternative,” said Taylor.

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Child abuse under oversight scrutiny

by Ruth Leubecker

With child endangerment numbers outpacing the national average, Maine is looking to improve its outcomes and the future of child welfare throughout the state.

“The Government Oversight Committee has never really let go of this since the Kennedy-Chick deaths, but now we have a renewed request,” said Rep. Genevieve McDonald (D-Stonington), House chair of the GOC. “We have no timeline at this point, and there will be another review.”

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Cooper Robicheau invites area youth to sell lemonade July 24

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Cooper Robicheau started raising money for charity when he was only 8 years old. Now 16, he wants to help other youths learn how to raise money, and hopes they’ll also learn something else in the process.

“I would encourage them to use some of it in some charitable way,” said Cooper.

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$500k EPA grant will restore Cutler recreation center

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

According to authority chairman Betsy Fitzgerald, the Washington County Development Authority has been awarded a $500,000 grant to decontaminate and restore a recreation center on the decommissioned Cutler Naval Base. 

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At family farm, life comes full circle for Navy veteran

Glen Dinsmore grew up on his family’s more than 100-year-old farm in Downeast, Maine. He and his brother, Dwight, worked on the farm in Trescott, but as they got older, the family leased the property for others to use as farmland.

Glen attended Washington Academy in East Machias and graduated with the class of 1949. That same year, he met Joyce Durgan, who would later become his wife. She went to Lubec High School and was crowned Prom Queen her senior year while Glen was elected Prom King at his school — it was a match that was meant to be.

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Two wild blueberry ‘greats’ inducted to Hall of Honor

Wild blueberries have been part of the Washington County fabric for generations. But something new for the traditional agricultural sector got added to its culture last week: the Maine Wild Blueberry Hall of Honor.

 

Respected for their decades-long roles in local blueberry history, two men were inducted as the first cohort: Dr. John Gaddis of East Machias, and the late Francis Nicholas, of Pleasant Point.

 

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Left attacks freedom

by Jonathan Reisman

 

Teachers union embraces Critical Race Theory (CRT), climate alarmists call for China appeasement

 

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Eastport Arts Center announces children’s theater summer session

Eastport Arts Center embarks on its first-ever summer session of Children’s Theater Workshop on Wednesday, July 14 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Each week through August 18, participants from ages 7 to 18* can join in to play theater games, build skills on stage, and learn the ins and outs of improvisation and sketch comedy. The workshop will culminate in a short performance for participants’ families during the final class. 

 

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The Nature of Phenology: Common valerian flowering

by Hazel Stark

 

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