‘Goodbye Columbus’

by Jonathan Reisman

 

With Indigenous Peoples Day replacing Columbus Day, Goodbye, Columbus seemed a natural, but I realized that most folks under 50 would not get the reference. Goodbye, Columbus is a 1959 novella by Phillip Roth that was made into a 1969 movie starring Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw. It was Macgraw’s debut just before Love Story in 1970 rocketed her to fame. Goodbye Columbus is also the desired woke outcome of Indigenous Peoples Day.

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Golfer Carson Prout, 16, ranks third statewide after strong season for WA team

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Washington Academy Junior Carson Prout, 16, is now the third highest-ranking Maine Class C golfer following an excellent season for both Prout and the WA golf team, according to WA Golf Coach A.J. Carter. 

“It was a strong year by all this season, with every player contributing,” said Carter. “In high school golf, the top four scores are counted for each team, and all of our golfers made it into the top four at some point during the year. Quite impressive.”

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The Nature of Phenology: Nannyberry

by Joseph Horn

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Washington County candidate forum set for tonight, Oct. 19, in Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Washington County Commissioners will host a candidate forum in Machias. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium of the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias.

In-person and mail-in absentee voting is currently underway in Maine. Election Day will be Tuesday, Nov. 8. For more information on this region's candidates, pick up a copy of this week's Machias Valley News Observer or Calais Advertiser for our 10-page 2022 Voter's Guide.

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Machias Coffee + Crisp Cafe opens at center of future you-pick fruit farm

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias has a new breakfast and lunch spot on its menu. The Coffee + Crisp Cafe is already serving diners on the grounds of West Branch Farm in Kennebec and will hold its grand opening next Saturday, Oct. 15. 

Farm Project Manager Josh Meroff says the Machias cafe is based on the coffee shops his father, Chris Meroff, started in Texas with the same name, with one key difference.

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On-premise liquor consumption goes before Jonesport voters next month

by Nancy Beal

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Washington County Cancer Conference to be held this week

by Nancy Beal

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Support Center, together with the Christine B. Foundation, will host the Washington County Cancer Conference this week, Friday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Pellon Center near the dyke in Machias.

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Spirits high at Machias Food Pantry groundbreaking

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After autumn rains postponed the first groundbreaking ceremony, a happy crowd of volunteers and supporters were blessed with a spring-like afternoon last Wednesday, Oct. 5, to break ground on the new Machias Food Pantry.

“I just want to acknowledge the people who have helped along the way and the volunteers,” said Machias Food Pantry Interim Board President Lynn Gibson. “I appreciate everyone coming today, and we’re thankful for all of the donors who have helped us raise money.”

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Walsh named UMaine Machias dean and campus director

Megan Walsh, a professor of English and administrative leader at St. Bonaventure University, has been named dean and campus director of the University of Maine at Machias, effective Dec. 19, and will join the University of Maine President’s Cabinet.

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Heritage Perfidy

by Jonathan Reisman

 

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