1. Celebrating Robert Coles’ service

    WW2 veteran, Pearl Harbor hero, and hometown celebrity Robert P. Coles, Jr. was celebrated last Friday, fittingly on the observation of Veterans Day. He was 93. A remembrance service took place at Machias Memorial High School, followed by a full military honors interment at Longfellow Cemetery in Machias. See more photos on page 7. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  2. Local legislators gear up for Medicaid expansion battle

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Maine made history last week, becoming the first state in the nation to pass Medicaid expansion by citizen referendum. 

    Gov. Paul LePage, who has vetoed Medicaid expansion five times, vows to stall this win at the polls by mandating the legislature to find the funding before he will allow implementation. 

    The fight to give health-care coverage to over 70,000 uninsured Mainers has been a lengthy and bitter battle, marked with heart-breaking stories and the fierce needs of many deprived daily of care.

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  3. AOS 96 seeks to remove non-consolidation penalties

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In the final hours of Maine’s 2018-19 budget negotiations, the governor’s office inserted language into the biennial budget  that would reduce funding to schools which do not consolidate into one of nine to twelve new School Management and Leadership Centers (SMLCs). 

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  4. DMR finalizes 2017-18 scallop season, new licenses on horizon

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After the Nov. 8 meeting of the Scallop Advisory Council, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) announced its final calendar for the 2017-18 fishing season, set to kick off on Dec. 4.

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  5. Art to honor veterans

    Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School art teacher Becky Lee worked with Machias students to create one entire wall of patriotic artwork which was displayed during last week’s Veterans Day breakfast at the school. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  6. Machias gunshot victim recovering

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A Machias man was shot with a rifle through an exterior wall late on Oct. 8. Machias Police are not releasing the identity of the victim at this time. 

    The victim was taken to Down East Community Hospital in Machias where he was stabilized, then taken by Lifeflight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. “He seems to be recovering quite well,” said Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley.

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  7. Centre Street’s Living Nativity dates announced

    Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, announces the dates for its annual gift of a Living Nativity to the community. This outdoor live tableau, accompanied by narration and Christmas music, will be on display from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 15.

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  8. An elder service navigator is here for you

    by  Natalie Boomer

    Food, fuel, transportation, home repairs, utilities, money matters, healthcare and insurance can be stressful to figure out all on your own. Nevertheless, it is a situation many elderly community members find themselves in. Lisa Suarez is here to help with that. 

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  9. Library to show “Wonder Woman”

    The public is invited to a showing of the new “Wonder Woman”  movie at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

     The movie will be shown 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, which is a change from the usual Friday night time.

    Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. 

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  10. Public invited to Gates House Annual Christmas Party

    The Machiasport Historical Society invites the public to join us in our traditional 1800s style celebration with mulled cider, holiday treats, music and carol singing. This is a family fun celebration to kick off the Christmas Season!

    The party is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gates House, 344 Port Road/Rt. 92, Machiasport. Call Barbara Maloy at 255-8860 for more information.

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  11. Nutcracker to be performed at University of Maine

    The Robinson Ballet Company of Bangor will bring Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, to Downeast Maine with a pair of performances on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the University of Maine at Machias.  Performances will stage at the university’s Performing Arts Center at 3 and 7 p.m. 

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  12. MSB community grant winners

    Standing left to right; Phil Mantis - Immigrant Legal Advocacy Program, Laurie Miller - Housing Authority of the City of Old Town, Sean Douglas - Immigrant Legal Advocacy Program, Catherine Labree - Housing Authority of the City of Old Town, Troy Turner - Housing Authority of the City of Old Town, Sam Belknap - Herring Gut Learning Center, Christy Daggett - Aroostook County Action Program, Dawn Coffin - Families First Community Center, James Maycomber - MaineStream Finance, Wes Todd - MCH, Inc.

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  13. Investing in community

    Last month Machias Savings Bank recognized the work of eleven Maine-based nonprofits for  their exceptional community-focused efforts and advancement, bestowing them with the bank’s annual Community Reinvestment Development Grant Awards. 

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  14. Jonesport planners to meet

    by Nancy Beal

    The Jonesport Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the town office to consider applications from Daryl Young and Carol and Daniel Colby to renew a permit issued October 18, 2016 for work on the Fire Road, and from Brian Hoops, represented by Jim Carver, for a house and garage attached by a breezeway on Flake Point Bar Road.

    The town office will close at noon on Wednesday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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  15. A strange burial

    Perhaps one of the strangest stories about a cemetery was found in a little booklet entitled “A Brief History of Cutler and Some Interesting Incidents,” written in 1976 by the late Jasper Cates and Arlene Dennison.

    Hidden, almost forgotten, in this record on a gravestone in the old Cutler cemetery is one of the strangest and most touching events in Cutler’s history.

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  16. Veterans Day, all year long

    by  Ruth Moore

    As an honorably discharged veteran, I will have seen 30 years of Veterans Days come and go this year, and one thought has always been in the back of my mind — why do we need a special day to remember our military service and sacrifices for our country? Shouldn’t our service be celebrated every day for the freedoms and liberties that our country’s citizens enjoy?  

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  17. The Editor’s Desk

    Last week was full of patriotic activity as people came together to celebrate the service of our local veterans. According to the Veterans Administration, Maine, Alaska and Montana are tied for the highest amount of veterans per capita, at one in 10. Veterans were feted and thanked with school breakfasts, luncheons, music and community suppers. I observe that Washington County has an incredibly strong service ethic, and so it comes as no surprise that we know how to revere it when we see it.

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  18. Letter to the Editor - We need honest information from an honest lawmaker

     As of Thursday, Nov. 9, neither of Bruce Poliquin’s workers in his D.C. or his Bangor office knew what Poliquin’s position on the estate tax is.

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  19. Letter to the Editor - Mobile spay neuter clinics new to Machias. 

    The recent Nov 5,6,7  first time, cats only event for Machias area residents was originally scheduled for two days. However, because it booked up within a few days, a third day was added. The overwhelming response resulted in a waiting list.

    In the end 95 animals, a mix of pets and community cats both stray and feral, were seen. They ranged from super cute two-pound kittens to a 16 pound very unappreciative tom cat.

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  20. Letter to the Editor - A lifetime of service

    A lifetime of service

    Last Friday we said goodbye, and thank you to WW2 Veteran and Pearl Harbor hero, Robert P. Coles, Jr. He was one of our greatest community treasures. But notably, he was also everything we could have hoped for, and asked for in that role.

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  21. Studying the local economy: 36 years and counting

    On December 29, 1981, Gov. Joseph Brennan signed an executive order establishing a “Governor’s Task Force on the Washington County Economy.”

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  22. To the Editor: Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Open Enrollment

    If you do not have health care coverage through an employer or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, the time to review and purchase health insurance is here.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Open Enrollment period is now underway and this is the only time of year when Mainers who purchase their health insurance on the open market can make changes to their coverage.  Mainers from Madawaska to Kittery only have a few weeks to take advantage of this opportunity as ACA Open Enrollment ends on December 15th. 

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  23. Columbia News

    The weather has changed again with the colder weather this week, I guess winter has come. I imagine the cooler weather is better for the hunters.

    Congratulations to my grandson Konner Strout of Harrington in getting his first bear on Saturday the 11th. Maybe next week he will get his deer.

    Carroll and I both were at the doctor on Monday and I found out I had bronchitis after all and got some medication to get me on my feet again. I think I am now on the mend.

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  24. Machiasport School Board discusses EasyCBM, state budget

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Fort O’Brien Elementary School Principal Sue Almendinger opened last week’s meeting of the Machiasport School Board with updates on a new venture to increase collaboration between teachers and parents. “We held a planning night for parents to come in and join us in an EasyCBM partnership,” she said. “Parents come in to learn how to read data, and what they can do about it.”

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  25. Harrington News

    Do you smell it?  Yes, the beautiful aroma of the brush going into the wreaths.That means Christmas is very close. I hope Santa is resting up for his trip this year!

    Mike and Tracey are buying tips to make their wreaths! Time sure does pass by fast when you are having fun.

    It is really lovely to see the lights on at Joan and Dick Meserve’s home now.  They were wintering in Florida. I for one missed them. Welcome home!

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  26. Island Readers & Writers brings Megan Frazer Blakemore to BES

    by Nancy Beal

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  27. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Church Bazaar, Cherryfield Congregational Church, River Road, Cherryfield on Saturday November 18 from 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. Crafters, Christmas items, baked goods including a cookie table, and white elephant table.   

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    Haddock Chowder lunch served at 11 a.m. with biscuit or cornbread, beverage and dessert bar for $6 .

    Sauerkraut Workshop with Anne Hopkins, November 19, 1 p.m., Eastport Arts Center

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  28. Immigrants in Maine: A demographic and economic profile

    The American Immigration Council released data on Maine’s immigrant population and their contributions to the state. The Maine state fact sheet includes data on population size, educational and citizenship attainment, English proficiency levels, and data on undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the state.

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  29. Senate Aging Committee warns of scams targeting veterans

    Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor the sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans and their families. Yet, there are scam artists who target these men and women as potential victims and who try to capitalize on patriotism to rob all Americans of their hard-earned money.

    As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), have made fighting fraud against older Americans a top priority.

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  30. Rose M. Gaffney principal’s update

    by Joyce Fragale

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  31. Quoddy league fall baseball

    by Phil Stuart

    Back in the days of the Quoddy Baseball League, it was not uncommon for the league playoffs to take place in September and some years they even stretched into October.

    Recently a teammate of mine on the Machias Bruins for ten years, Dickie Norton, dropped off a photo of the 1970 Machias Bruins baseball team. Dickie was a great teammate and one of the best clutch hitters that I had the privilege of playing with in my ten years as a member of the Machias Bruins.

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  32. UMM volleyball season over

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers volleyball team recently completed its 2017 season.

    Amy Fritz’s squad compiled an overall record of 8-16 while they fared better in the Yankee Small College Conference with a 6-4 mark.

    The team started off with a 3-2 win over Unity at Husson University before dropping three straight to open the season at 1-3.

    UMM would win two out its next three matches to improve to 3-4, but non-league back-to- back losses against Fort Kent lowered their record to 3-6.

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  33. State Runner-up Lady Raider Volleyball in action shots

    Time-out, as Coach Schwinn gives direction to his team.

    Good hustle from Jinny Davis getting to the ball at WA.

    Teeya Harmon delivers a solid service. Teeya connected for 18/19 serves at the States in MDI, while earning 3-aces.

     

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  34. Ethel Quackenbush Jonesport

    Ethel Quackenbush, 97, mother of Connie Wiggin of Jonesport, died November 3, 2017, in Ashland, Kentucky, following a long illness.  She was one of five daughters of Ada Rollins Massacar and Clarion Rand Massacar.   She grew up in Hamburg, New York, and graduated from Devilbis High School in Toledo, Ohio.   

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  35. Robert Palmer Coles Jr Machias

    Robert Palmer Coles, Jr, 93, died November 4, 2017 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born December 21, 1923 in Bronx, New York, the son of the late Robert Palmer Coles, Sr. and Martha Surburt.

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  36. Juanita Crosby Choukas Hanover, New Hampshire

    Juanita (Nita) Crosby Choukas, 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Hanover, New Hampshire on November 11, 2017, surrounded in her final days by her beloved husband of 66 years, Michael Choukas, Jr, her three children, her ten grandchildren, and several of her great grandchildren. 

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  37. Four finalists named for vice president at the University of Maine at Machias

    Four finalists have been named for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Head of Campus at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM). Between Nov. 16 and Dec. 6, the candidates will visit both the University of Maine at Machias and the University of Maine campuses.

    The search, which has been under way since June, generated over 100 applications. Candidates selected for campus visits, including interviews, presentations, and meetings with campus leaders, community members and students, are:

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  38. Court News

    Ryan M. Grant of East Machias, Maine: Operate while license suspended or revoked, prior on June 30, 2017 in Cherryfield. SNTC Date 8/8//2017, Fine $500. GLTY.

    Channon J. Jones of Trescott TWP, Maine: Possessing lobster beyond minimum or maximum on June 22, 2017 in Lubec. SNTC Date: 8/2/2017, Fine $2,200. GLTY.

    Dennis W. Sargent Jr. of Steuben, Maine: Burning prohibited material on June 5, 2017 in Steuben. SNTC Date: 8/8/2017, Fine $250. GLTY.

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  39. The trail food search

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    Author’s note: This is part two of a three part column series about my fall elk hunt to Colorado.

    Over the years, in pursuit of elk, my sons and I have made a number of backpacking hunts into the Routt National Forest in Western Colorado.

    There is a lot of careful preparation for trips of this sort. The central challenge, as you might guess, is to keep the pack weights manageable without leaving behind critical gear.

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  40. Voting results from Nov. 7 Maine Referendum Election

    On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Maine voters went to the polls to consider four ballot measures. The first question asked voters to approve a license for a casino in York County, which failed statewide. The second question asked voters to approve expansion of Medicaid to give medical coverage to residents earning between 100 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level, and it passed. Question 3 asked voters to approve a $105 million bond for infrastructure, it passed.

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  41. Community grieves Downeast Pearl Harbor survivor

    WWII and Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles passed away at age 93 on Saturday, Nov. 4. Coles was a beloved local figure and revered for his heroic role in a game-changing battle. This photo was taken during the Fourth of July Celebrations at Cutler’s Little River Lighthouse in 2015. Photo by RJ Heller

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  42. Machias updates traffic ordinance, emergency plans

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias traffic ordinance written in 1971 is slated to receive some updates from the current selectboard. During their Oct. 18 meeting, the board discussed redefining the town’s parking zones. Part of the effort will involve taking measurements and GPS coordinates from landmarks likely to last, such as the bridge, because the existing ordinance defines parking in relation to local businesses, such as Johnson’s Jewelry Store, which are no longer present.

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  43. WBANA aims ‘to turn ship around for growers’

    by Ruth Leubecker

    As area blueberry growers struggle with the realities of supply and demand, Maine’s official commission this week pledged renewed support.

    “We’re absolutely talking about how we can improve things for growers,” said Nancy McBrady, executive director of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. “We’ve got to turn this ship around.”

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  44. Downeast nonprofit uses archaeology, technology to foster love of books

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Recently students from Pembroke, Perry, Lubec and Whiting took a field trip on the Downeast Ice Age Trail for some firsthand experience of archaeology. The trip blended the old and new as students followed the trail to a place where they could dig for fossils, using the Ice Age Trail’s iPad app to guide them.

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  45. News of the Hannah Weston chapter, DAR

    Members of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution have set aside the month of November to recognize and honor both Active Duty Servicemen and Women and Veterans. First they will recognize our veterans by having as a guest of honor a representative from the Machias Veterans Home during their 11 a.m. meeting and Dutch Treat luncheon to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Bluebird Restaurant in Machias.

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