Bruins’ last title

by Phil Stuart

The Machias Bruins baseball team won four Quoddy League championships over an eight-year span stretching from 1965 to 1972. After the 1972 season, the Bruins disbanded, and some of the players went on to play with other teams.

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The Nature of Phenology: Mayflies

by Joseph Horn

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Truth, systemic racism, and black flies

by Jonathan Reisman

 

As the nation writhes under a leftist/media assault charging white privilege and systemic racism and advocating for defunding the police, silencing/deplatforming/canceling anyone who dares to disagree and demanding they kneel and apologize for voting for Trump and more, I’ve watched in horror as a woke leftist Jacobin mob has decided that we need to destroy the village in order to save it.

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Ike Hubbard ships Downeast quality all around the world

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Ike Hubbard’s father moved him out of Jonesport in 1952, but he made his way back as soon as he could. Since 1988, Hubbard has been the mastermind behind the Hubbard Rake Company, a Jonesport-based business that ships handcrafted harvesting rakes all over the world. After Hubbard purchased his aunt and uncle’s strawberry farm, he built his business there.

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Elm Street 7th grader wins statewide writing award

by Ruth Leubecker

Grace Dennison, East Machias student and resident, has received statewide recognition for her recently published thoughts on how citizens should contribute to community.

Sponsored by the Maine Municipal Association, the competing essays had to show an understanding of local government, clarity of thought and originality. Essays could be typed or handwritten, but had to focus on “If I led my community …”

Dennison was one of four Maine seventh-graders chosen, and the only one from Washington County to capture top honors.

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Columbia votes to withdraw from PRSWDD

by Nancy Beal

In a 14-8 vote June 8, the town of Columbia voted to withdraw from the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD). The move puts Columbia in company with Jonesport and Columbia Falls, which began the process a year ago with similar town meeting votes, and represents the loss of 10.3 percent of PRSWDD’s operating revenue. When completed, the withdrawal of the three towns will leave Addison, Beals and Jonesboro as the sole members of the disposal district.

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New nutrition shop shakes open for business in Machias

by Natalie Boomer

The Den-DownEast Nutrition is open for business! The grand opening took place on Saturday, June 6 at the new Machias location.

Rosie and Danny Griffith opened their first nutrition shop, Unleashed Nutrition, in Calais in the fall of last year. Their success came quickly, and they decided to open more shops in different areas in Washington County.

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Cutler’s Porter meets with Trump in Bangor

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Maine Lobstermen’s Association President and Cutler fisherman Kristan Porter was one of a select few invited to meet with President Donald Trump during his recent trip to Maine. The president flew into Bangor on Friday, June 5, meeting there with fishing industry stakeholders before traveling to Guilford where he toured the Puritan Medical Products swab factory.

“The hardest part was not telling anybody,” said Porter, who was not allowed to discuss the presidential meeting, or its purpose, in advance.

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Laurea Ann Ingalls

Laurea Ann Ingalls
December 16, 1945 - June 3, 2020

 

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Machias Water Co. rate hike negotiations hit an impasse

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

An attempt to negotiate a settlement between the town of Machias and the Machias Water Company has failed. Machias officials last week expressed frustration that the water company responded to their request to reduce a 25 percent proposed rate hike with a reduction of 1.5 percent, taking the total rate decrease to 23.5 percent.

“As a 49 percent owner and the only customer they have, we have zero say,” said Machias Board of Selectpersons Vice Chairman Bill Kitchen. “Our input is irrelevant.”

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