Maine Blackfly Breeders Association once again donating to area nonprofits

The Maine Blackfly Breeders are pleased to report that they were able to resume donations to area nonprofits this fall, thanks to sales at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival in August. The festival, which was on hold for two years because of Covid-19, is the MBBA’s principal fundraising venue, and this year’s sales allowed the blackfly’s most ardent champions to help local organizations. 

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Apple & Arts Day returns to Cobscook Oct. 22

Cobscook Institute is excited to announce the return of Apple & Arts Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Originally launched in 2019, this free arts, heritage food, and harvest-focused family event will take place rain or shine on Cobscook Institute’s charming  Trescott campus. Highlights of the day include live music featuring four local acts, as well as all-ages arts workshops with the Tides Institute and Museum of Art.  

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The Nature of Phenology: Crickets chirping

by Joseph Horn

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DOT plans Route 1 repairs in Machias, Columbia Falls through Jonesboro

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The worst of Machias’s Route 1 potholes were patched earlier this year by the Maine Department of Transportation, with asphalt covering more than half of the north and southbound lanes. 

Today, Downeast drivers do their best to keep all four wheels on those smooth parts of the road, but their lane navigation skills will no longer be necessary by 2023-24 when the DOT plans to complete a full rehabilitation of Route 1 through Machias. 

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Jonesport planning board, Kingfish pause, await answers from Maine DEP

by Nancy Beal

The Jonesport planning board and Kingfish, the aquaculture company that wants to build a $110 million land-based fish farm on 94 acres on Chandler Bay, cut short their review of the project on September 29, ongoing since August, while all hands await answers to questions asked by the town board of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) two weeks ago (see MVNO, September 28). 

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Recycling open to all at Machias Bay Area Transfer Station; bag and scale prices change

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After years of uncertainty nationwide, the Machias Bay Area Transfer Station can now accept four household materials for recycling: corrugated cardboard, #2 colored and clear plastics, magazines, and newspapers. 

“The market has come back a little bit,” says Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen. “Three years ago, the bottom fell out, China just stopped taking recycling, and everything went away.”

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Wild blueberry harvest suffered in this year’s drought

by Joyce Kryszak, Maine Monitor

Cool sea breezes off Englishman Bay graced the fields of Welch Farm on a piercing blue, mid-September day, revealing nothing of the heaving, dry summer months before. It was the third straight season of drought for the state’s midcoast and Down East coastal region — wild blueberry country. With the mighty harvester resting in the field, 52-year-old farm owner Lisa Hanscom drops into a chair in the boxing room, allowing herself a pause to consider the bleak tally of this year’s harvest. 

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DCP hires new supportive services director

Downeast Community Partners announces the hiring of Tawney Jacobs as the Director of Supportive Services. A lifelong resident of the Schoodic Peninsula, Jacobs is a graduate of Sumer Memorial High School, holds a bachelor’s in Food Science and Nutrition, with a minor in Child Development, from the University of Maine, and a Master of Public Health from UNE. “I am thrilled to be at DCP, an agency with which I feel a deep affinity. My family knows the power of the supportive services DCP offers.

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Conservative wrongthink

by Jonathan Reisman

 

Some “Bad conservative” recent reactions to the legacy media narrative:

Italian and Swedish elections

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The Nature of Phenology: Maine bats

by Hazel Stark

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