Washington County Children’s Chorus to resume rehearsals

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Washington County Children’s Chorus will resume rehearsals from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias.

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Quoddy Voices to present concerts this month

After a two-year hiatus from gathering ‘in person,’ Quoddy Voices members are proud and excited to present their Spring 2022 Concerts, ‘Coming Back’, on Friday, May 27 at 7 pm, and Sunday, May 29, at 3 pm, at Eastport Arts Center. 

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The Nature of Phenology: Bearberry blooming

by Hazel Stark

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Maine’s next game wardens attend training in Washington County

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The road to becoming a Maine Game Warden drives new recruits through 14 weeks of training and into five regions of Maine, too, including Machias where last month trainees practiced crime scene management during a storm that dropped five inches of rain in a single day.

“The rain definitely added an extra element to things,” said Warden Josh Beal, who worked with the new wardens during their week in Washington County. 

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Jonesport looking at broadband

by Nancy Beal

The town of Jonesport has $139,000 in federal relief money that is expandable as a contribution to a broadband system that reaches all of its citizens. For weeks, the selectmen’s assistant, Irene Rogers, has been collecting information from broadband companies about what they offer. Last week, Melinda Kinney of Spectrum (under its corporate name Charter Communications) joined the selectmen’s meeting by zoom and began laying out what her company could offer.

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Senior nursing student pursues her passion at UMaine Machias and UMaine

by Hailey Wood

Lydia Sprague of Marshfield will graduate in May from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She spent her first two years at the University of Maine at Machias completing her prerequisites, then finished her last two years at UMaine.

Her clinical experience solidified her interest in pursuing a career in labor and delivery, or in pediatrics.

“Ever since I was really little, I had an absolute love for the pediatric population — kids, babies, all of that,” Sprague said. “My dream was always to be a nurse.”

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Air of celebration at DCF reopening

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Spirits were high Friday, April 22, as local, county, and state officials joined members of the wider Washington County community to celebrate the reopening of the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) in Bucks Harbor, Machiasport. 

A glossy white tent shielded guests from most of the spring winds and showers as they dined on an elegant buffet provided by the kitchens of Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston, before assembling near a podium in front of the new DCF, its roof almost entirely covered with solar panels.

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First National Bank donates to the CCC

First National Bank recently announced a $3,000 donation to the Community Caring Collaborative towards The Joy Fund. 

Established in March 2022, The Joy Fund assists first-time home buyers in Washington County make the transition to homeownership by providing funds for home inspections related to a home purchase.  Georgiana (Georgie) Kendall, a 5th generation Downeaster, started this fund to support folks who would like to live, work and play here in Washington County. 

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Young artists shine at Roque Bluffs Art show

On Saturday, April 23, 18 young artists showed their talents at the Roque Bluffs Art Gallery & Learning Center's annual Youth Art Show. 

The Center’s first art show of the 2022 season had a full range of public school and home-schooled students covering ages from five to 16 years old. 

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Washington Academy inducts National Honor Society members

On Thursday, April 28, the Washington Academy National Honor Society (NHS) held its annual induction ceremony in the Gardner Gymnasium. The ceremony began with a welcome speech from NHS President Kaitlyn Smith and a traditional review of the new inductees' qualities established by the Society, including scholarship, service, leadership, and character. 

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