Group offers free tablets to seniors

by Ruth Leubecker

For seniors sheltering in place minus any internet connection at home, a Machias business is offering a tablet with the capability to connect online.

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What do computer chips, pressure-treated wood, respiratory problems and water have in common?

by Jim Lenke

With so much information about COVID-19, growth curves, and transmission rates blasted at us non-stop for months, every single person paying attention should have a degree in public health by now. So, let’s find out how knowledgeable we are about the dangerous players in our corner of Downeast Maine.

Which is worse? Consider being given two glasses of water, one with lead and the other with arsenic and being told you had to drink one or the other, which would you pick?

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When O-So Grape soda was made O-So Good in Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Area children might be disappointed to know they missed the era of Machias-made soda. It’s not quite like losing the chocolate factory to Charlie, but close.

“They were very good soft drinks, I had all I wanted of them,” said John Sprague of Marshfield. “They were in big vats upstairs, vats big enough so that they would put a big bag of sugar in them to mix it.” Sprague’s uncles Quentin “Spike” Sprague and Roland Sprague owned part of the business with Peter Palmer.

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Baileyville man rebuilds cars for fun

by Natalie Boomer

Bruce White of Baileyville has been using his time while socially distancing the same as he would on any other occasion. Taking old things apart to make them new again.

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Jonesport campground opening on hold

by Nancy Beal

The Jonesport selectmen continue to meet weekly via Zoom and teleconferencing. On April 22, they agreed to postpone the opening of the Henry Point Campground until at least June 1, and then review state coronavirus guidelines regarding such facilities. According to the measures issued by Gov. Janet Mills last week (April 28), lodging and campgrounds could open June 1 for Maine residents and for those who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement.

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Teen camp plans virtual spaghetti dinner May 21

Come together — virtually — as a community to celebrate and support our youth and the DownEast Teen Leadership Camp (DETLC). We are currently entering DETLC's 20th year!

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Cherryfield Food Pantry giving back

by Wayne Smith

Cherryfield Food Pantry brings smiles and a warm glow to a community when it needs it the most. A place that lights up every Tuesday and Thursday that brings a purpose. It’s an institution where people can get food when they are in need. A place where there is caring, hope and prosperity all mixed in one. And it’s a place where a person can forget the coronavirus for just a minute. People can put two feet on the ground at the same time and get ahead of the game.

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Bridge repairs begin this week

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Repairs will begin this week on three bridges known collectively as the Jeremiah O’Brien Memorial Bridge, which spans Bad Little Falls at the base of College Hill in Machias.

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Organizers announce cancellation of Machias Wild Blueberry Festival

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 

Co-organizers Ellen Farnsworth and Nancy Lewis yesterday announced the formal cancellation of what would have been the 45th Machias Wild Blueberry Festival.

"It is with a heavy heart that we are letting you know that we have decided, along with Governor Mills "Stay Safer at Home Order" that we have to cancel...," wrote Farnsworth and Lewis. "COVID-19 has turned our world upside down, and believe me, while we are saddened that this is the outcome, we also believe it is the responsible thing to do."

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Machias land donation sets stage for historic ‘Liberty Village’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A group of local historians plans to build a living history village that will transport visitors into 18th century Machias. The Revolutionary War Reenactors of Downeast Maine and Machias Historical Society recently received a 75+-acre land donation from Dr. Gayle Kraus, who says she is “totally enthusiastic” about the project, called “Liberty Village”.

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