Former Bad Little Brewing Company Location on the Auction Block

By Will Tuell

The former location of a once-promising Machias brewpub will be up for auction next month per a listing with Tranzon Auction Properties. Located at 101 Court Street in Machias, the Clark Perry House, which served as the home of the Bad Little Brewing Company from Jan. 31 to Dec. 22, 2022, will be auctioned off June 25 at 1 p.m. 

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King Construction Services Settles In at New Location

By Paul Sylvain

King Construction Services and IMK Properties have moved from their former, more cramped, and noisy College Hill offices on Dublin Street to more spacious and modern quarters on Outer Dublin Street/Route 1, near the Machias-Whitneyville town line.

In the coming weeks, expect to see landscaping, paving, and a big, shiny, new roadside sign at his new location. Receptionist Amy Hall will be the first to tell you there are a lot fewer distractions and much less noise at their new location.

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Third Annual Rhubarb Festival Celebrates Local Art, Food, and Fun

The countdown has begun for the much-anticipated third annual Rhubarb Festival, set to take place on June 1, from 12-5 p.m. at Kendall Farm in Perry. This spring event promises a day filled with vibrant art, delicious rhubarb creations, live music, and family-friendly activities.

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No Hitters, Rallies, Perfect Games Highlight Exciting Week of Baseball, Softball at WA

By Will Tuell

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Catching up with Cale: Putting Out Fires with Machiasport’s Harbormaster

By Will Tuell

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Sunrise Trail Opens for ATV Use

By Will Tuell

In yet another sure sign of spring, state officials have opened the Down East Sunrise Trail to ATV use. Game Warden Joe McBrine of the Maine Warden Service said in a message prior to the trail’s reopening that, despite severe flooding in January which caused extensive damage to the throughway, ATVers could expect things to be fully back to normal by early-to-mid summer. 

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Feds Identify 100 Illegal Marijuana Growing Operations in Maine

By Jayna Smith

An extensive investigation conducted by various levels of law enforcement, including local, state, and federal agencies, has uncovered approximately 100 illegal marijuana growing operations in Maine.  While federal authorities are exploring potential links to organized crime, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maine has clarified that there is no indication of illegal immigration or human trafficking involvement in these illicit activities.

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JBHS Board Talks Auditor, Teachers, Coaches

By Nancy Beal

Conversation (and disagreement) recently reported about Union 103 (Jonesport-Beals High School and the Beals and Jonesport elementary schools) and the auditor who reviews its books was prompted by a decision by the superintendent, not by the high school board, as reported in these pages last week (see “Jonesport Selectmen Disagree with High School’s Auditor Change,” Machias Valley News Observer, May 8, 2024). 

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May is a Busy Month at Beals Elementary

By Nancy Beal

May is a busy month for students and teachers at Beals Elementary School. There are only 38 pupils in the pre-K-through-grade 8 island school (next year 45 are expected), but Principal Christopher Crowley and his staff make sure they get exposed to the same range of studies and activities as students in larger schools.

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Elm Street Students Perform ‘The Curse of the Frog Prince’

By Will Tuell

After months of practice, students from Elm Street School in East Machias (and the surrounding homeschool community) regaled audiences last week with “The Curse of the Frog Prince” -- an adaption of the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale published in the early 1800s that follows a spoiled princess, a cursed frog prince, and their efforts to reverse the curse. The performance was directed by Melina Neilson and produced by Eustacia Landrum.

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