$1.5 for J’pt marina makes Collins’ earmarks list

by Nancy Beal

Jonesport selectmen announced last week that they had received word from Sen. Susan Collins’ office that she had included $1.5 million for Jonesport’s proposed Henry Point marina in her wish list of projects to be funded by Congress in 2023. Requests for money for special projects, known as earmarks, were common practice years ago but one that, until recently, had been suspended for the past couple of decades.

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Community gathers for ATV Jamboree, seed and seedling sale, and Wesley’s 5K and Fun Run

by Hailey Wood

Downtown was buzzing last Saturday with the excitement of many community events. The warm weather and sun made June 11 a great day for the outdoor events happening in Machias and East Machias. 

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. craft fair vendors sold their wares at the Lee Pellon Center alongside the first ATV Jamboree hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, happening on the Sunrise Trail. The event also featured live music performed by the Steele Hill Band. 

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Citizen input sought for Moosabec economy project

by Nancy Beal

Town leaders from Jonesport and Beals gathered at the Down East Institute for Applied Marine Research on Beals’ Great Wass Island last March to brainstorm about the local economy.  The project billed as “Jonesport and Beals Local Economy Project” was sparked by work done by Kristen Grant of Maine Sea Grant and UM Cooperative and Megan Bailey of UMO and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

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Down East National Heritage Initiative: Serfdom Beckons

by Jonathan Reisman

 

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.”- Ronald Reagan

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Eastport Arts Center’s Workshop Series invites all to create

EAC’s Summer Workshop Series will run from June 28 to August 28, and include sessions for a variety of arts and crafts for all ages. Workshops include the following Tuesday sessions, which start at 1:30 p.m. and run for two or three hours: Photography with Leslie Bowman, June 28; Upcycled Mosaic Frames with Meri Fern, July 5; Joy of Acrylics with Anne Black, July 19; Paper Flowers with Jennifer Maffett, July 26; Block-printed Wearables with Susan Lehnen, August 2; Decoupage Bottle Candles with Sue Riddle, August 9; Henna Tattoos with Ashley Dhakal, August 16.

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The Nature of Phenology: Nighthawks booming

by Hazel Stark

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Maine DOT names bridge as ‘preferred alternative’ to replace Machias Dike

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

This afternoon, the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) announced a bridge span as the preferred alternative to replace the existing four box culverts on the Machias Dike Bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Middle River in the Machias.

The current structure dates to the Civil War era and is deteriorating.

A public meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on June 28 at Machias Memorial High School to discuss the process that led to this decision and DOT’s next steps.

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Machias considers adult-use marijuana cultivation ordinance

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At their May 25 meeting, the Machias Board of Selectmen revised a proposed ordinance that, if approved by voters, would allow the cultivation, manufacturing, and testing of adult-use marijuana in Machias. 

The ordinance would not allow adult-use marijuana retail stores.

“I made the decision not to present a retail storefront as part of this, at this juncture,” said Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen. “I didn’t feel like it was the right time.”

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Machias youth, 13, donates basketball hoop to town park

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Sam Allen enjoyed bouncing a basketball in his driveway but recently told his mom he would like to have a basketball hoop, too. Soon, a family friend found a second-hand hoop and gifted it to Sam. 

That’s when Sam had another idea. 

“He said, ‘Let’s put it somewhere that everyone can use it,’” recalls Sam’s mother, Katie Sell. 

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Something for everyone at ATV Jamboree & Craft Fair

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Four hundred ATVs are expected to attend the ATV Jamboree and Craft Fair, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Sixty craft fair vendors will be set up at the Lee Pellon Center and on the lawn of Station 1898, where visitors can shop for local crafts and other specialties. Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Director Sharon Mack says a lot of ATV clubs are expected to attend.

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