Storm of the Century Devastates Chipman’s Wharf, Kelley’s Lobster Pound

By Wayne Smith

I caught up with Amity Chipman of Chipman’s Wharf in Milbridge and Charles Kelley of Kelley’s Lobster Pound in Steuben last week, and their stories of the Jan. 10 storm illustrate just how bad it was in our area. They tell the story of heartache and survival, of picking up the pieces and going forward, as it had a direct impact on their businesses.  

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Meet the Administrator of Maine Veterans’ Homes: Machias, Arlena Fickett

By Wayne Smith

I recently caught up with Arlena Fickett, the Administrator of Maine Veterans’ Homes: Machias. She had quite a bit to say about life after the pandemic, getting residents back into the community, and the home’s philosophy of caring for its residents and their families. 

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Last Saturday Contra Dance Planned for Jan. 27

Eastport Arts Center will host a Contra Dance with the Moose Island Contra Etc. (MICE) band, on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 6-9 p.m. Band members are Alice Schuth on fiddle, Susan Luthin on octave mandolin and whistle, Joan Lowden on bass, Kara McCrimmon on piano accordion, guitar, and Irish whistle, and Jim O’Neil on banjo, button accordion, and guitar. Eustacia Landrum will grace the hall as caller. All dances will be taught, and everyone of all ages and abilities is welcome.

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Fort O’Brien Elementary School Announces First ‘Star Student’ Recipients

Fort O’Brien Elementary School in Machiasport has begun a new program to recognize students at the school who truly shine like stars as peer role models for other students at the school to aspire to. In fact, the school is even calling it the “Star Students” program.

“Students were chosen based on academic performance, kindness, and willingness to help in their own classroom and in the school,” said Suzanne Reynolds, who teaches combined first and second grades at Fort O’Brien. “These students are all ‘well rounded’ and show excellence in all aspects of school and community.”

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February StoryWalk® at Porter Memorial Library will Feature a Children’s Winter Favorite

The February 2024 StoryWalk® at Porter Memorial Library in Machias will feature the beloved children’s book The Mitten by Jan Brett. This charming children's book tells the story of a lost mitten that becomes a cozy shelter for various woodland animals. As the mitten stretches to accommodate more creatures, the tale explores themes of kindness, sharing, and the interconnectedness of nature in a delightful and visually rich narrative. 

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Twin Storms Bash Downeast Closing Dike Bridge, Destroying Chipman’s Wharf

By Paul Sylvain

When you think of winter storms in Downeast Maine, most people think of a good, old-fashioned nor'easter with a foot or two of snow and telephone pole-high drifts. But as Mother Nature proved last week, the destructive might and power of winter storms can come in many different forms.

The Washington County coast was assaulted last week by the full brunt of two such storms three days apart. The first arrived on Jan. 10 and the second on Jan. 13. They could have been named Winter Storm “Peat” and “Repeat”. 

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Roots Run Deep in Downeast Maine’s Often Overlooked Scallop Industry

By Will Tuell

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Steuben Man Raises $3,700 for Machias Veterans Home

By Wayne Smith

Johnny Brooks Jr. of Steuben brought some of the best musical talent to the stage at The Franklin Vets Club recently to raise $3,700 for the Machias Veterans Home activities fund. The music was amazing, and for many, including several residents from the home itself, the “Johnny Dream Show” came true. 

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SCEC Launches Recovery Friendly Workplace Network, Linking Employers with Recovering Addicts

by Nancy Beal

An effort to bring together and benefit people recovering from substance use disorder and folks willing to hire them will soon be launched in Washington County. The effort, led by the Sunrise County Economic Council, will be known as the Recovery Friendly Workplace Network. It is designed to benefit prospective employees, their employers, and, by extension, the community beyond.

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Cooperation, Respect Mark New Era in Machias PD-Selectboard Relations

By Paul Sylvain

It wasn’t that long ago that the working relationship between the Machias Police Department and town officials was contentious at best. Selectboard meetings with past police chiefs and former board members were often confrontational and punctuated by fiery exchanges between both sides.

The Machias community at large was usually supportive of whoever the chief and the department’s officers were at the time; however, the same could not be said of the selectmen. 

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