Flash flood event rips out area roads, devastates Duck Cove

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On any normal day, a stream runs behind Danny Bunker’s property in Roque Bluffs, something he describes as a “trickle.” But in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 9, that trickle became something else altogether.

“That stream was 100 feet wide,” said Bunker. “It was like a river.”

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MBACC still struggling as COVID clobbers fundraising

by Ruth Leubecker

Sharon Mack, who had been the face of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce for years, now exemplifies the face of the nonprofit itself.
“I’ve been furloughed since a year ago last March,” she says. “And this is our second summer without a fundraiser. Our membership never kept us afloat. We needed those fundraisers.”

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School budget decisions face Moosabeckers

by Nancy Beal

Union 103 in Beals and Jonesport is comprised of three schools—two elementary schools and a combined high school—each of which has a separate school board and separate budget. This is the time of year that those budgets are presented to the public for approval. The Beals Elementary School and Jonesport-Beals High School budget votes were held earlier this week (see next week’s MVNO for details), and the Jonesport Elementary School budget will face voters at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 23 in the school’s all-purpose room.

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Wallet found during renovation reveals clues to 1880s Calais

by Jayna Smith

Anyone who has renovated one of the many old homes in Calais knows that task can sometimes unearth some sort of token from years past. Such was the case last week for Charles Lewis and his wife Ginger when Charles opened a wall at their Main Street home.

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The dangers of brown tail moth caterpillars

by Natalie Boomer

Brown tail moth caterpillars have been spotted in Washington County throughout the past few weeks.

Although these small creatures may look harmless, they can actually cause severe reactions.

If you see a brown caterpillar with a broken white stripe on each side and two red/orange spots on the tail end, steer clear.

They have tiny poisonous hairs that can cause a skin rash that is similar to poison ivy. They can also cause breathing issues and other respiratory problems.

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Generosity means more fresh food for families

In May 2021, Downeast Community Partners (DCP) received word that the Good Shepherd Food Bank (GSFB) awarded DCP’s Nutritional Services $15,800 for capacity building. Heather Barton-Lindloff, Nutritional Services, manager says, “The funding of this project means that we can improve and expand existing services, in turn this means promoting a healthier community.”

As families’ needs increased during COVID-19, DCP expanded food related programs; however, those changes were met with limitations.

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Augusta supports Critical Race Theory (CRT) indoctrination

by Jonathan Reisman

 

Shocker: Dems support it, GOP (mostly) opposes

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Machias Wild Blueberry Festival organizers plan for 2022 event: ‘bigger and better than ever’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Following the cancelation of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival for the second year in a row, many have feared the iconic harvest festival might never return. But never fear, says festival director Ellen Farnsworth. The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival will be back in 2022, and better than before.

“I’m getting contacted three and four times per week from new vendors that want to be a part of the 2022 festival,” said Farnsworth. “So that’s exciting, we’ll probably see lots of new faces next year.”

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The Nature of Phenology: Labrador tea blossoms

by Joseph Horn

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Unanimous Judiciary vote pushes disputed DA bill forward

by Ruth Leubecker

Better access to justice in Washington County, says Rep. Will Tuell, means Downeast Mane needs two district attorneys.

A years-long debate has hinged on the issue that Washington and Hancock counties, having long shared a DA, now each need their own. “I’m thrilled with the support,” says Tuell, sponsor of LD 272, An Act to Establish Separate Prosecutorial Districts in Downeast Maine. “We  could elect our own district attorney in November 2022.”

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