Bike Maine tour returns to Machias this weekend

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Bike Maine Weekend Tour will return to Washington County this weekend, pedaling into the Machias area from Sept. 10 to 12 and giving 250 cyclists the opportunity to enjoy some of Maine’s most scenic bike routes, including the popular Bold Coast Scenic Bikeway.

The annual event is sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a nonprofit that seeks to expand biking in Maine, improve bike and pedestrian safety, pass bike and pedestrian-friendly legislation, and spread a love of cycling. 

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Climate alarmism redux

by Jonathan Reisman

 

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Youth theater session a success; fall program planned

EAC’s inaugural summer session of Children’s Theater Workshop provided participants from near and far with introductory theater training and plenty of fun. The program, which ran in July and August, was led by new EAC hire Mark Macey, who recently concluded service with the center through the Island Institute, and who’ll now serve both as Artistic Director of Stage East, and as EAC’s Creative Development Director. Macey was joined in the weekly sessions by co-leader Lauren “L.” Elwood, the Center’s intern.

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The ‘Worlds Most Dangerous Journey” subject of Pembroke Historical Society presentation

"Cape Horn marks the spot where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet in one writhing mass. The weather is usually atrocious." That's how maritime historian and diver Charles Lagerbom describes the waters off the southern tip of South America. He knows from experience. He's been to the Horn studying shipwrecks. Among his many interests are Maine-built ships and Maine seafarers who doubled the Horn, or were lost battling the Horn, taking a prominent place in the maritime history of Maine, the nation, and the world.

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The Nature of Phenology: Seaside goldenrod

by Hazel Stark

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University of Maine at Machias professors honored by school, warden service

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Professors Kay Kimball, Gene Nichols, and Gayle Kraus were celebrated at a University of Maine at Machias reception held in the Merrill Library on Aug. 16.

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At meeting, Jonesport adopts recreational marijuana ordinance

by Nancy Beal

A special town meeting was held in Jonesport last week (August 25) to consider an ordinance regulating marijuana for recreational use (or “adult use” in legal parlance). The proposed ordinance was approved by a vote of 8-0 — the eight being the town’s three selectmen, two of its office employees, and two members of the public.

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Amber’s Best brings farm to market

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A family walks away smiling, one person carrying blueberries, another a bag of potatoes. A couple strolls back to their truck with an armful of gladiolas and two bags of dried beans. A woman climbs down from an 18-wheeler and walks purposefully toward the tables loaded with baskets of food. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there’s a happy buzz of customers around Amber’s Best farm stand.

It seems no one can resist Richard Merrill’s farm-fresh produce. 

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Machias child donates to local holiday charities

by Natalie Boomer

A young boy from Machias is on a mission to help those in need during the upcoming holiday season. 

Six-year-old Jase Stevens has a goal to collect 100 items to donate to local Christmas charities, like the  Community Christmas Giving Tree, by Oct. 15.

Charities such as this one ensure that children, teens, and even adults receive a gift on Christmas.

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Pioneering ‘home run’ network takes giant step Downeast

by Ruth Leubecker

“We believe this network model could be a blueprint for fiber networks across Maine,” says Dan Sullivan of his brainchild, Downeast Broadband Utility. “The state of broadband in Maine has been horrible for 20 years. Now we’ve turned a little bit of a corner.”

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