The Nature of Phenology: Loons

by Hazel Stark

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RMG, Machias PD team up for fun summer meal deliveries

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Area students are getting their summer meal delivery with a little side of excitement, courtesy of the Machias Police Department. Two days a week, Machias police officers collect meals from the kitchen of Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School (RMG) and deliver them to local families, much to the delight of the young people who will be eating them.

The blue delivery service started when Machias officer Wayde Carter learned the school could not offer delivery to people who cannot pick up meals during the summer months.

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Look’s Gourmet nationwide, looking to expand home base

by Ruth Leubecker

Since the early days of a small family factory, Look’s Gourmet Food Company, after several giant growing steps, is looking to expand its warehouse space in Cutler.

“We’re looking for more space. Even prior to this year, we’re shipping orders out as fast as we can,” says Mike Sansing, general manager of the Whiting firm. “We currently have 33 employees. The main facility is 99 percent production. The old base is presently our warehouse, and we’re looking to double that space.”

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PRSWDD board mulls loss of Columbia, addresses scales and wall, eyes money woes at disposal site

by Nancy Beal

The Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District board of directors met in person at the Jonesboro town hall on June 15. Present were station manager Fran Havey, supervisor Tom Batson, and board members Mike Schoppee of Jonesboro, Mariner Bunker of Beals and Keith Newman of Addison. Joan McMurray of Columbia was unable to attend because of an out-of-town medical appointment. It was the first meeting since the June 8 vote by Columbia to withdraw from the original six-town transfer station,

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Cherryfield Academy’s Class of 1950 reunion cancellation disappoints the seven survivors

by Peter Duston

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DECH welcomes new CNO

Down East Community Hospital welcomes Sharla Moretti, RN, MSM. Sharla is the Vice President of Patient Care Services as well as our Chief Nursing Officer.  She is a nursing administrator with 18 years of diverse experience.  Her background includes experience with perioperative services, specialty and provider clinics, and infusion/oncology centers in multi-organizational systems as well as leadership and clinical expertise in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

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Just CAZ (Critter Autonomous Zone)

by Jonathan Reisman


Seattle might have its neo-anarchist/hipster/summer of love/ Capitol Hill Occupy Protest (CHOP), but it pales in police-free borderless entertainment value to the Critter Autonomous Zone in Cooper and Cathance Township.

The Raven Raucous Caucus

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Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout


Where have the days gone? It seems that they fly by quickly as I get older. I even have to check my calendar to see what the day is, and then I am not sure I am right.

The first day of summer has arrived as well as Father’s Day with the temperature in the high 90’s. I try to get my outside work done before noon now and rest the rest of the day.

This past week I had two appointments in Ellsworth, so I made the most of it by getting a few other errands done while I was in the area.

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Lubec readies for Independence Day celebration

by Jayna Smith

Lubec, America, known for its welcoming people, great eateries, wonderful views, and for being the easternmost town in the U.S.A., has released its Fourth of July Celebration schedule, and it certainly does not disappoint.

According to Wanda Matthews, one of the festival committee members, the committee is sponsoring some traditional events for Independence Day, but with strict guidelines with regards to COVID-19.  This includes social distancing and mask-wearing for those able to when social distancing is not possible.

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EAC presents Annual Fine Arts Awards to graduating high school seniors

Each year, during the graduation ceremonies at area high schools, EAC honors seniors who have excelled in music, theater or the visual arts.  Nominated by their dedicated teachers, the students have been chosen based on their commitment and contribution to the fine arts at their school and community.  

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