1. East Machias preserves history and alewives at riverside smokehouse

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    “I started doing it in the 70s.” said Bucket Davis. “Used to be alewife stands all up and down the river, there was all kinds of smoke shacks. I think I’m about the only one left in the state that still smokes.” 

    The town of East Machias owns the smokehouse along the banks of its namesake river, and it’s there that Davis leads local students in the Downeast springtime tradition of smoking alewives. Davis also serves as an East Machias Selectman.

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  2. Gubernatorial hopeful Diane Russell speaks to WaCo Democrats

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Diane Russell of Bryant Pond, one of seven candidates vying in the June 12 primary for the right to carry the Democratic banner into the gubernatorial race next fall, visited the Washington County Democrats May 6 and, in a no-holds-barred presentation, delivered her message and asked for at least a “second place vote.”

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  3. Clock running on session stalemate, prison closure

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Prospects diminish daily for rejuvenating Washington County’s Downeast Correctional Facility.

    Already saved by the bell more times than reasonable, the facility now awaits a closure date of June 30 when its funding runs out. Maine’s legislature, having walked off the job at the end of the session, left hundreds of bills and innumerable issues unsettled, the DCF being but one of them.

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  4. Children’s chorus to perform spring concert before international ‘trip of a lifetime’

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Members of the Washington County Children’s Chorus have been rehearsing together — in both French and English — for more than two years, and on Sunday, May 20, they’ll deliver their bilingual springtime concert in Machias. 

    Then only weeks later a group of musicians, chaperones and 31 youth choristers from all over Washington County will depart Boston, stopping in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Geneva, Switzerland before reaching Burgundy, France — three passport stamps in one fell swoop.

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  5. Historic diorama at Machias train station, reception May 23

    Twelve members of a Museum Management Class at the University of Maine at Machias, led by Professor Bernie Vinzani, have created an exact scale diorama of Machias’ historic train station. The 120-year-old station was built in 1898 and the diorama illustrates the time period of 1950.

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  6. MMHS Boosters and PAWS sponsor Chinese auction

    The Machias Memorial High School Boosters are working hand in hand with Rose M. Gaffney PAWS to raise the full amount needed to purchase an amazing digital sign! This will be a joint sign shared with the High School. RMG PAWS President, Nadine Preston states; “These amazing Boosters are pushing to help us complete the fundraising for this project. Together with Boosters President Anita McCurdy and her team of high school parents, we hope to make this event the deal breaker that reaches the financial goal for the sign, we are hoping for the best.

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  7. Enhancing Fish Habitat Workshop for landowners and foresters

    Attention landowners and foresters!  Do you have a stream crossing in your forest or woodlot? Here is a great opportunity.  There will be a free workshop on Tuesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. to get more information and the opportunity  for financial and technical assistance to enhance fish habitat and improve access to your land.  This workshop will be at the Hillgrove Community Hall at 42 South Main Street in the village of Whitneyville.

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  8. Machias Valley News Observer, May 14, 1930

    Maurice L. Caler expects to complete his spring pack of clams this week and will close the factory until the opening of the blueberry season.

    The warm days of the past week have started farming operations and every available team is now plowing or otherwise preparing the land for planting.

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  9. At the Machias ballot box - Meet Dr. James Whalen

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Editor’s note: This is the second in our series introducing voters to the four candidates running for two seats on the Machias Selectboard. The town will vote on Tuesday, June 12. See our issue dated May 2 for the first article in the series.

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  10. Tax bill protesters speak out after guilty sentence

    Jessica Stewart, Ridgely Fuller and Sharon Dean of East Machias were convicted last week in Federal Court and sentenced to one day in jail for failing to obey a lawful order. The three refused to leave Senator Collins’ Bangor office on December 19, 2017 calling on her to vote against the tax plan. Sharon Dean traveled to Washington, D.C. in December with Mainers for Accountable Leadership and met with Senator Collins, Ady Barkan and Marie Follayttar Smith. 

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  11. Desk of the Editor

    Early Saturday morning I happened to look out my back window and see a heavy frost on my strawberry plants, early enough to hose them down. Being a spring plant, strawberries likely have what it takes to survive a frost. But being an overeager gardener, I wasn’t willing to take that chance. Hosing the plants down before the sun rises and bursts their frozen cells is one way to save them from frost. Checking the forecast and covering them the night before is one step better.

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  12. Accountability, sadly, resembles a lot of Jello, if that

    Accountability is a much-bandied-about word in 2018. 

    It sounds good and in practice it’s even better, but it remain an elusive thing to grab onto, and to maintain a hold is actually -- apparently -- next to impossible. At the State House, especially during the recent leave-taking of this 128th session, accountability was nowhere in sight.  

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  13. Letter for the Editor - Let’s talk trash

    Editor’s note: This letter originally ran in our March 28 edition, but we reprint it here this week  to freshen readers’ memories when they read  the response from the PRSWDD Board of Directors below. 

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  14. Letter for the Editor - PRSWDD responds to ‘Let’s talk trash’

    The Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) is a quasi-municipal, nonprofit organization that was formed more than 20 years ago because towns were under a State mandate to recycle.  PRSWDD, governed by a board of directors, with representatives appointed by the Selectmen of each participating town (Addison, Beals Island, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Jonesboro and Jonesport has been committed to transparency for more than 20 years. Monthly financials and minutes of all Board meetings are sent to member towns and are available to the public. 

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  15. Congressional hopeful Lucas St. Clair visits Washington County Democrats

    by Nancy Beal

    Lucas St. Clair, one of three Democrats vying in next month’s primary election for a chance to go up against Bruce Poliquin for Maine’s second congressional seat in Washington, addressed Washington County Democrats in East Machias May 6. During his hour-long presentation and while answering questions that followed, he talked about climate change, infrastructure and the economy, farming, health care (including opioids) and his mother.

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  16. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    KinderArts with Tarah Waters, Thursdays,  May 17, 24 and 31, 9:30-10:15 am, for children up to age 5 with caregivers, free, Eastport Arts Center.

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    May 18 at 7 pm & May 20 at 3 p.m., Quoddy Voices spring concerts, ‘Something About Love, Eastport Arts Center.

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  17. Cherryfield and Milbridge

    The Downeast Table of Plenty, located in Cherryfield, is a place where families and friends can come together and have a free meal on Sundays.

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  18. Columbia

     

    The Spring Shop-A-Palooza held Sunday, May 6, at the Harrington Elementary School was a success. There were a lot of nice items to be had, and I was able to get a couple of birthday presents while I was there. Another one will be held in the fall for your Christmas shopping.

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  19. News from VFW Auxiliary Post 11553

    On Tuesday, April 10, the VFW Auxiliary met for its monthly meeting.  After the meeting we held elections of officers.  Officers for 2018-2019 are:

    President - Barbara Tibbetts

    Senior Vice - Ann Merchant

    Junior Vice - Addie Alley

    Treasurer - Sonya Grant

    Secretary - Ann Merchant

    Chaplain - Peggy Warden

    Conductress - Sharon Tibbetts

    Patriotic Instructor - Laura Merrill

    Grand - Jeannette Perry

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  20. Wesley

    Carola got home on May 6 from visiting with family. She was able to take the cast off her elbow while she was gone, and she has a doctor’s appointment to check on her rehab.

    Barbara had a great weekend with grandson Ayden in his wheelchair. He’s doing really well with his recovery from a broken leg.

    Saw my first hummingbird at Mcleods in Crawford on Tuesday. Phylis had her first hummingbird on Monday the 7th. My first was at Fox Hill Farm on Wednesday morning and Wednesday night. 

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  21. Pembroke Historical Society resumes monthly chantey sing

    Monday, May 21, will mark the start of the Pembroke Historical Society’s 2018 monthly program series. Combined with the Pembroke Library’s monthly “Chantey Sing,” the event will feature Jim Sherman’s presentation “Where River Meets the Rail: Lumbering, River Driving and Railroading on the Machias River.” Jim, who is active with the Machiasport Historical Society and UMM’s Sunrise Senior College, will tell the history of logging and river log driving on the Machias River, and the operation of the Whitneyville & Machiasport Railroad.

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  22. Local author to give talk for widows

    Author and personal coach Lucille Ann Meltz of Lubec will discuss The Elder Widow’s Walk and sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 at Porter Memorial Library. Meltz’ insightful story, subtitled A Personal Inner Journey and Guide for Bereaved Widows 65 and Beyond, is based on her own experience with grief following the death of her husband. She writes “This book is my foremost attempt to reach a larger group, to offer any wisdom that I have gained to help other elder widows find their own renewal.

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  23. Performances at Obadiah’s Bohemian Cafe May 22

    The first event of the season at Obadiah’s Cafe will take place on Tuesday, May 22, from 5-8 p.m.  The festivities will feature musical performance art by international touring artist Id M Theft Able, as well as Aldrich & Norton and local presenter Duane Ingalls. There will be refreshments and dinner items, including comp-curry popcorn, trenchers, sweets, and an array of beverages.

    This is the onset of Theftable‘s northern seasonal tour into Canada and beyond.

    His unique act involves voice and a set-up of amazing audio/visual devices. Aldrich 

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  24. Margaretta featured in 2018 Maine contest

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  25. ‘Pin Ups on Tour’ brings 1940s variety show to Machias

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A variety and burlesque show designed to capture the mood of the 1940s will take place in Machias on Sunday, May 20 at the Lee Pellon Center.

    “Pin Ups on Tour” recreates the energy of a USO show with the music, singing and dancing of WWII. In keeping with their theme, the group always offers free admission to veterans and active-duty military personnel. Those tickets must be picked up in advance online, at the Legion in Machias, or at Skywalker’s Bar and Grille.

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  26. Church Services

    St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church,  36 Dublin Hill, Machias. Services, 9 a.m. April through November; 9:30 a.m. December through March. Rev. Lynn Rutledge FMI: 207-214-7548 or staidansmachias.org.

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    Beals Wesleyan Church, Elm Street, Beals. 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship; 6 p.m. evangelistic hour. Wednesday 6 p.m. prayer time. Pastor Nick Wilson, 207-497-2262 or 207-530-0567.

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  27. Dale S. Coffin - December 8, 2017

    A memorial service for Dale S. Coffin who died on December 8, 2017 will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Bucks Harbor on Saturday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. William Holmes will be officiating. Lunch may be purchased during a 1 p.m. gathering of family and friends at the Bluebird Restaurant following the graveside service.

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  28. Memorial Service for Wayne Errol Davis - January 5, 1941 - January 30, 2018

    Nicole (Davis) Dubay and Clark Davis would like to invite you to a graveside service on Saturday, June 2  at 1 p.m. in the Longfellow Cemetery in Machias. Please join us the following day, June 3, at the Best Western White House Inn in Bangor to celebrate and honor the life of their beloved father. You may arrive any time between 2 and 7 p.m. 

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  29. Terry E. Sanborn - Machias

    Terry E. Sanborn, 60, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Eastern Maine Medical Center with family by her side. She was born on March 31, 1958 in Castine to the parents of Herbert and Nancy Sanborn. Terry was a graduate of Machias Memorial High School and attended Husson University from which she graduated in 1978. She worked at Washington County Children’s Program for 8 years and Child Development Services for 31 years as an Office Administrator. She was the chairperson of the Machias School Committee for 13 years and the AOS 96 Joint Board for 6 years.

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  30. Constance Jane (Sinclair) Drongowski - Machias

    Constance Jane (Sinclair) Drongowski, 73, passed away May 6, 2018 at Narraguagus Bay Healthcare. She was born August 30, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late Reginald and Kathryn (Magee) Sinclair. Her family returned to Machias when Connie was two years old.

    She attended schools in Machias, and graduated from M.M.H.S. At age nineteen she moved to Michigan where she resided for 43 years, before returning to Maine, to the smell and sound of the ocean, which she loved so much.

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  31. Rashel Genevieve Ellsmore

    Rashel Genevieve Ellsmore, 85, passed away on March 30, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. She was surrounded by her loving family. Rashel was born Feb 6, 1933 to Abe and Pearl Waisman in New York. She graduated from Hunter College, New York and went on to teach K-12 in Maine where she lived for many years before moving to Tallahassee. She later received her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Rashel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; her son, Stefan; and brother, Warner. 

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  32. Lottiemae Margaret (Durrett) Mattes - Cutler

    Lottiemae Margaret (Durrett) Mattes, 82, passed away May 8, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 11, 1935 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Capt. Alfred William Durrett, Sr. and Dolores Mae (Schock) Durrett.

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  33. Rae Ann Oakes - East Machias

    Rae Ann Oakes, 64, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend was called to Heaven as she was surrounded by her family on Monday, May 7th, 2018.

    She was born June 2, 1953, the daughter of Raymond and Ethel Ramsey. Rae Ann attended schools in Orono.

    Rae Ann was married to Peter Oakes for 45 years and had two children, Travis and Tina.

    Rae Ann was a mom, nannie and auntie to many of those who met and loved her. She has touched many lives and will forever be loved and missed.

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  34. Machias Memorial High School news

    During Teacher Appreciation Week last week the MMHS Student Council celebrated our teachers and staff with cupcakes and personal notes of thanks from students.  Our administration also honored them with a tray of sweets, donuts, lunch and a freshly cleaned and decorated teachers’ room! Here are a few of the teachers honored; Mrs. Case, 

    Mrs. Hampson and Mrs. Corrigan as well as Mr. Henry and Mrs. Getchell. 

    Guen Corrigan teaches English, grades 11 and 12.

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  35. Narraguagus 3rd quarter Honor Roll

    Grade 12: High Honors: Shalynne Barbee Bamford, Taylor Colbeth, Josiah Couture, Emma Denbow, Sophia DeSchiffart, River Fenton, Mary Hammond. Honors: Tiah Bickford, Elizabeth Chartrand, Brittney Church, Sasha Crowley, Madison Leighton, Agustin Lizcano Echavarria, Shannon Rood, Emily Williams

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  36. UMM presents over $71,000 in scholarship awards at honors convocation

     

    The University of Maine at Machias held its annual Honors Convocation on April 25 and presented more than $71,000 in scholarships and awards. The event was held in the campus Performing Arts Center and featured a welcome message from Susan Hunter, President of University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias.

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  37. Scramble #1 in the books

    by Phil Stuart

    The Barren View Golf Course in Jonesboro held its first Wednesday Senior Scramble on April 26.

    Stevie Cates got off to a good start picking up a big paycheck along with Bobby Cates and Mike Clark as the trio took top honors with a minus three.

    They had to hold off a late surge by Harry Beal, Jim Golike, Kennie Smith, and Frankie Gatcomb who finished a stroke back at -2.

    Third place went to Shrine photographer Dickie Kilton, Chuck Nevala, Gordie Faulkingham and Ron Carpenter.

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  38. Lubec Hornets win basketball title

    by Phil Stuart

    The Lubec junior high and elementary basketball teams have continued their run of remarkable success with the Junior High School Pine Tree League win over Perry in the title contest. The Lubec school has won three championships since last fall.

    The Lubec junior high girls won the Downeast Junior High School league title in February. The elementary girls extended their winning streak to eighty games by winning the Downeast Basketball Association title on April 9 and the junior high school girls won the Pine Tree League title on April 11.

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  39. Thompson Award turns 56

    by Phil Stuart

    The Machias Area Little League is over 60 years old now, and a lot of things have changed during that time including the playing fields, number of teams, the addition of girls’ softball, minor league ball, T-ball and much more.

    It is hard to believe that Clarence “Tommy” Thompson has been gone since 1961.

    Tommy was the man that got little league baseball started in the Machias area in the mid-fifties. Thompson was a member of the Machias Rotary Club and coach of the Orioles back when the league first started.

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  40. Guagus girls softball undefeated

    by Phil Stuart

    In order to have a chance to win a regional or a state title in softball, a team has to have a quality pitcher.

    Pitching can win the majority of the games, and with a quality defense and a couple of bats in the line-up, the victories will start to add up.

    Narraguagus is now midway through the third year of the Lanie Perry era, and once again the victories are adding up.

    Currently, the Knights are 7-0 and have only been tested in one contest.

    In those seven contests, the Knights have outscored their opponents 70-9.

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  41. The 1948 Jonesboro Jets

    by Phil Stuart

    Local baseball certainly isn’t what it used to be.

    At one time it was a very popular sport at the high school level.

    Jonesboro has had a proud tradition of home grown baseball talent and some of that still exists today. After players graduated from high school, many stayed close to home and continued to play on the local town team.

    The 1948 Jonesboro Jets town team proved to be a very talented group and were led by left-handed pitcher Cony Feeney who once had a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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  42. Lisee wins Elaine Hill 5K

    by Phil Stuart

    Jeremy Lisee of Milbridge has been on the road race circuit for two and a half decades and has been one of the area’s best over that period of time.

    Lisee picks and chooses a few races each year but never overloads.

    On April 21 Lisee won the 11th  Annual Jerry Kaufman 5K in Ellsworth with a time of 17.58. Two weeks later he ran on his home turf going by his home twice on the Fickett’s Point Road in Milbridge to win the Annual Elaine Hill Memorial 5K in a time of 17.39.

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  43. New shingles vaccine provides better protection

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I? 

    Suspicious Susan

    Dear Susan,

    Yes! If you’re 50 or older, there’s a new shingles vaccine on the market that’s far superior to the older vaccine, so now is a great time to get inoculated. Here’s what you should know. 

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  44. Court News

    Nicholas J. Dana, Jr. of Perry, Maine:  Theft of services on 10/16/2017 in Pleasant Point.  SNTC date 1/16/2018, fine $150, restitution $35.96.  GLTY

    Michael B. Vanderbusch of Calais, Maine:  Operate vehicle without license on 1/5/2018 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/8/2018, Washington County Jail 48 hours.  GLTY

    Dayton A. Schiff of Calais, Maine:  Passing stopped school bus on 12/8/2017 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/29/2018, fine $250.  GLTY

    Shirley McDonald of Machias, Maine:  Harassment by interference with taking on 11/24/2016 in East Machias.  NADJ

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  45. DMR monitoring shellfish safety for warmer months

    DMR is actively monitoring biotoxins throughout the coast.  The annual, routine regional closures primarily for mussels, European oysters and carnivorous snails have gone into effect as a precautionary measure. 

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