East Machias Voters Act on 43-Article Warrant in 30-Minute Town Meeting

Becomes Latest Town to Adopt Home-Grown Solar Ordinance

By Paul Sylvain

In about the time it takes to brew some coffee and scramble up some eggs and lobster, around 40 East Machias residents met and quickly passed the town’s 43-article annual town meeting warrant June 29.

The meeting moved swiftly toward adjournment some 34 minutes after it started, thanks to consolidating into single votes the bulk of the school, and later town, budgets.

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Surging Machias All Stars Win Little League Championships

By Will Tuell

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Bad Little Falls Park Summer Concert Series Returns July 11 with Hot Velvet

By Paul Sylvain

The outdoor stage overlooking the series of rapids and falls from which Machias earned its Abenaki name comes alive with nine weeks of smokin’ hot bands and cool tunes beginning with Hot Velvet on July 11.

Yes, the Bad Little Falls Park Summer Concert Series is back and better than ever for its fourth straight year. From rock and blues to Americana, folk, and more, the lineup for 2024 features a broad variety of musical styles and genres. 

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David Cale and ‘Fire Dog’ Petey Respond to Marshfield Fire

By Will Tuell

When last readers heard from Machiasport’s David Cale, the affable harbormaster, clam-digger, and commercial diver had enlisted with the town’s volunteer fire department and was learning the basics of fire protection as part of a regional training program several area departments were involved with. 

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Volunteers Feted for Ridding Hadley Lake of Floating Camp

By Paul Sylvain

A group of volunteers, who earlier this year gave of their time and equipment to resolve a problem 11 years in the making, were honored at a June 25 ceremony at West Branch Farms in Machias. 

“I just wanted this group to get some much-deserved recognition,” Maine Game Warden Joe McBrine explained after the ceremony. “They should be proud of what they did, and I am sure our community will appreciate hearing about it.”

One of those volunteers was Justin Albee, who explained it best.

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Groundwork Progresses on King Construction’s Newest Apartment Project

By Paul Sylvain

Groundwork on what will be a new four-unit apartment building on King Avenue in Machias entered the next phase on June 28 with the pouring of the building’s foundation.

The project began on May 15 with work crews clearing trees and brush from the site, located behind King’s existing two-story, eight-unit apartment building at 10 King Ave. In the six weeks since work began, fill was brought in, the site leveled, and the foundation’s form set.

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Chen-Blake Featured Artist at Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben This Month

Sandy Chen-Blake is the July Featured Artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. A native of Taiwan and naturalized US citizen, Sandy enjoys oil painting and Chinese calligraphy. She is a part-time summer Steuben resident along with her husband Richard. Her flair for calligraphy stems from childhood from her talented father's tutoring, who migrated with Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan.

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A Band from Spain Coming to Milbridge

By Wayne Smith

On July 18 at 7 p.m., the Milbridge Theatre will be bringing Sam Lardiner and the Group Barcelona all the way from Barcelona, Spain, to town. 

“The concert is at the Milbridge Theatre & Community Arts Center Auditorium and will be our first time hosting an international group,” Richard Bondurant said. “Sam and his group are like James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Lyle Lovett meet the Gypsy Kings, and they all go for a musical joyride.” 

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Bees, Bats, and Moths — Oh, My! Porter Library Summer Program ‘Pollinating’ Young Minds

By Paul Sylvain

Besides bees, butterflies, and moths, you may want to include Porter Memorial Library in Machias as one of The Mighty Pollinators children learned about there on June 25.

The book with that title, written by Helen Frost and featuring incredible photography by Rick Lieder, was the featured selection for last week’s Summer Reading Program session. This year’s program began June 18 and continues at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 27.

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Always ‘Mission Ready’ Currier Prepares for Next Chapter after 32 Years as Forest Ranger

By Will Tuell

After 32 years wearing a uniform for the Maine Forest Service, rising from a field Ranger to one of the highest-ranking officers in the 66-man agency and becoming one of a handful of individuals around the country certified to manage air responses to some of the biggest wildfires and natural disasters across the country, Marion Township’s Jeff Currier signed off for the last time June 28. 

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