Four Machias Valley Women Honored for Keeping Local History Alive with Commemorative Coin

By Will Tuell

Four generations of Downeast women credited with keeping the Machias area’s rich Revolutionary War-era history alive are being immortalized on a coin designed by artist Tom Brennan, which the Downeast Revolutionary War Reenactors are selling as part of an annual fundraiser to help preserve local history. The women include Rose Hall, Michelle Stanhope, Heather Vose, and a woman widely regarded as the “Matriarch of Machias History,” former reporter and lifelong historian Valdine Atwood, now in her early 90s. 

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Locals Say Total Solar Eclipse ‘A Once in a Lifetime Event’

By Wayne Smith

Looking up at the total solar eclipse was an experience I will never forget. It was breathtaking, even with the glasses and all of that, because Robin and I watched the sky come to life right here in Milbridge, America, on April 8. I even caught up with a few people on the street during and after the eclipse and got their take. 

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Beals School Board OKs 2024-25 Budget Increase of 2.7%

By Nancy Beal

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Wrangling over Public Access to Starboard, Point of Maine Headed to Court

By Will Tuell

In the six weeks since Machiasport voters flocked to the polls in support of the town’s proposal to take portions of two properties along Port Road needed to preserve access to outlying islands, the town and landowners appear to be locked in a tense legal struggle that could take years to play out. 

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Machiasport Seeking Input on Commercial Solar Ordinance

By Will Tuell

The Town of Machiasport is seeking the public’s feedback on a draft commercial solar ordinance, Town Clerk Marcia Hayward said in an interview on April 9. The fourteen-page document applies to commercial-scale solar projects only -- and not residential or rooftop solar -- Hayward said. 

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New Tire Shop Open for Business in Harrington

By Wayne Smith

I caught up with Lauren Bunker, the new owner of North Star Tire Shop in Harrington, last week. Bunker, like her father, was a truck driver but jumped at the chance to buy the shop when she learned it was for sale. She’s been in business officially since January. 

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Edmunds Couple Honored for Lifetime of Service

By Will Tuell

Wayne and Roberta Seeley of Edmunds have been synonymous with the Dennys River Ambulance service since the mid-70s and are widely credited with keeping one of the state’s last remaining volunteer EMS services running despite being in their late 70s. That commitment to the community did not go unnoticed as the Seeleys were honored with a “Spirit of America” award earlier this year and went to the State House to receive recognition for it on April 10. 

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Jazz Concert at UMaine Machias April 19

Miguel Zenón and Luis Perdomo just won a GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album, now they're performing live on Thursday, April 18, at the UMaine Machias Performing Arts Center and on Friday, April 19, at Minsky Recital Hall, UMaine, Orono at 7:30 p.m. on both nights. Admission is $30 for the Orono concert; in Machias, voluntary contributions will be collected. K-12 free with an accompanying adult.

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Student-Produced Film to Emphasize Machias’s Rich History

Re-enactors Plan Patriot’s Day Events

By Will Tuell

A group of middle and high school age students from Waldo County are coming to Machias this week to learn about the area’s rich Revolutionary War era history, Stephanie Larrabee of the Machias Historical Society said in an email last week. They are part of the “I Know Me” (or Maine) program which studies Maine’s history, geography, government, economy, and ideas, and learn about the challenges and rewards of growing up in The Pine Tree State. 

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Bruce Bridgham: Jonesboro’s Mystery Runner

By Phil Stuart

Washington County has produced many outstanding runners over the years.  Most runners would probably agree that Jonesboro’s mystery runner, Bruce Bridgham, would be at the top of the list.

Bruce has been dealing with some medical issues recently, and a neighbor and friend reached out to the MVNO and asked if we might do an article on the former King of the Roads.

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