1. Poliquin constituents want more accessibility

    by Ruth Leubecker

    From the beginning he’s been criticized for not taking a stand on the issues, but Rep. Bruce Poliquin has only lately been charged with his lack of accessibility.

    As representative of the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi, Poliquin deals with a variety of critical issues affecting the elderly and the poor, and can often be seen Downeast. He was in Eastport for the Fourth of July where he also attended the breakwater terminal dedication. And he visited Machias several weeks before Independence Day.

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  2. Downeast Dealer game bids, bargains, and Roque Bluffs

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Cousins Rob Olson and Jesse Harding spent their childhood summers together in Roque Bluffs. “We spent most of the summer playing cards and board games,” said Harding, who now works as a graphic designer in Omaha, Nebraska. “We never had TV and internet.”

    Both Harding and Olson said that fond memories of family game nights in Maine played a role in the creation of their card game “Downeast Dealer: Bid, Bargain and Bluff”.

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  3. Building a bigger, better Bold Sea & Sky Coast Festival

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In the festival-free period between June’s Margaretta Days and August’s Blueberry Festival, a group of Machias volunteers saw an opportunity to create a new tradition for the community. “We wanted to bring more people into town, but the question was, how were we going to keep them here?” said Bill Burke, who owns Pat’s Pizza in Machias. The answer came in the form of The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival, and it happens this weekend.

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  4. Machias PD makes arrest in Machias stabbing

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Police Department arrested Columbia Falls resident Dennis Figueroa-Santos in connection with a home invasion and stabbing that took place in Machias during the early hours of Monday, July 10. 

    Figueroa-Santos, age 33,  was arrested on the day of the incident. 

    “Figueroa-Santos has been before the court,” said Machias PD Chief Grady Dwelley. “He’s been held in lieu of $15k cash bail.”

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  5. Jonesboro head-on collision under investigation

    On July 14 at approximately 6:32 a.m. the Washington County Regional Communications Center (WCRCC) received a 911 call to report a head-on collision on Rt 1 in Jonesboro near the Blue Bird Ranch.  The caller reported a dump truck and a car were involved, with two people injured, one seriously and trapped in the car.  The WCRCC dispatched police units, area fire departments and an ambulance to the scene. 

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  6. Road issues continue to occupy Jonesport selectmen

    by Nancy Beal

    At their July 12 meeting, Jonesport selectmen discussed road repair. Local contractor Jim Carver has prioritized the roads that need repair and resurfacing, and marked on the ground where potholes need to be filled and culverts replaced before paving begins. Selectmen agreed to solicit bids for the repair work, with a bid opening date scheduled for August 2.

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  7. Sebastien Belle named to NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

    U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce that it has appointed Sebastian Belle, Executive Director of the Maine Aquaculture Association, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). As a member of the advisory committee, Belle will advise the Secretary of Commerce and NOAA on all issues related to living marine resources that fall under the purview of the Department of Commerce.

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  8. JES principal resigns, differences with superintendent

    by Nancy Beal

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  9. Progressive rock band Kansas to headline Balsam Valley Amphitheater

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Rich Williams said he got his first guitar when he was a sophomore in high school. “I was kind of a late starter, actually. I learned a few chords, then sat around with my friends making some noise,” he said. “It wasn’t too long before I was in my first band, and that was with Phil Ehart.” 

    That was 1967, and for most of the years since high school, Ehart and Williams have been playing together as two members of the band Kansas. On Saturday, July 29  they’ll perform at the Balsam Valley Amphitheater in Columbia Falls.

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  10. Letter to the Editor - A new threat to ocean health 

    A new threat to ocean health 

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  11. Editor's Desk

    I’ve always enjoyed the contrast between the rural, small-town nature of Washington County and the hustle and bustle of activity that takes place just below its surface. Visitors often miss it if they don’t know where to look. Locals can miss it, too.

    Myriad sites on Facebook work to keep those of us on social media up-to-speed on events. And of course, this paper aims to keep us all informed as well. Until I worked here, I don’t think I fully appreciated how much music happens in Washington County.

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  12. Tuell comments on defeat of fishermen’s 30% tax hike

    While much of the post-shutdown chatter centered around a 1.5% tax hike on lodging – that was scrapped in the final product – Maine fishermen also saw a huge tax on their livelihood stuffed into the proverbial bait pocket.

     “Our fishermen work extremely hard to provide for their families,” Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias) said. “Whether they dig clams, scallop, lobster, wrinkle or urchin, the men and women who depend on our marine resources for their livelihoods have to be extremely thankful that they will not be seeing a sharp increase in their license fees this year.”

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  13. Remembering wordniks of decades past

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Forty years has wrought much change in language usage and words in general. Just looking at this little red squiggly line under “wordniks” tells me it’s probably not even recognized as a word any more. But it sure was 40 years ago when this writer loved the words of William Safire.

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  14. Eves announces run for governor

    Mark Eves has officially declared his candidacy for governor of Maine in the 2018 election.

     Eves made the announcement in a broadcast on Facebook from a backyard BBQ at his home in North Berwick, where he was joined by more than 150 family members, friends, and supporters.

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  15. Rep. Tuell Looks Back at Busy Year in Marine Resources Committee

    With the first regular session of the 128th Legislature coming to a close in the very near future, Representative Will Tuell (R-East Machias) took a few minutes last week to review some of the issues he and fellow Washington County legislators on the Marine Resources Committee dealt with this past winter and spring.

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  16. Town News Columbia, Harrington, Wesley, Whitneyville Library, Columbia

    Harrington

    We have been over to Ralph’s to give him some trout. I tried to get pictures of his beautiful garden.  The sun was so bright, but we got at least two. One is Ralph standing the rows.This is the only time I wished it to be cloudy.  His garden is so beautiful, and he does all the planting, weeding, and watering if needed.  He uses horse manure from here and says that is why he had such good luck. He is a wonderful friend and gardener.

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  17. Machiasport Historical Society presents concert

    The July 24 meeting of the Machiasport Historical Society will feature a concert by “From Away Down East”, America’s easternmost sea chantey group.  The group will present a program of historic songs about Maine Woods and Waters: songs about lumbermen, river drives, fishing and working and sailing on the coastal waters. 

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  18. Photographs dominate new art show at Jonesport library

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Nichole Gulowsen is the featured artist in the latest art show at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library entitled “Artists of the Moosabec,” which opened July 15. Gulowsen is the daughter of art committee chairman and Charlene Nelson, a renowned Jonesport bird carver whose late husband, Robert, introduced Nichole to bird carving at the age of 10 after which she went on to win numerous awards for her carvings.

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  19. Jonesboro senior sews heartfelt comfort for sick children

    Annie B. White, a native of Jonesboro who now resides at Changing Tides Residential Care Facility in Harrington, has been busy sewing and stuffing felt “Bridges” hearts. 

    The Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center is a pediatric hospital located in Tacoma, Washington where the red velvet hearts were originally handed out to children in the cardiac support group. Over the years, this practice has expanded to include many hospitals worldwide. 

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  20. Fallen US Marine remembered in Operation 22 hike up Katahdin

    In March, the life of United States Marine Corps SGT. James “Jimmy” LaPrade was cut short as he was making the transition from military life to civilian life. Ruth Moore (USN) learned that he had a personal goal in life—to climb to the summit of Mount Katahdin. Moore is the founder of the Washington County veteran services organization, INTERNITY.

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  21. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    The Annual Meeting of the Porter Memorial Library Association will be held at the Library at 92 Court Street, Machias on Wednesday, July 19 at 5 p.m.  Interested persons may join the Association at this meeting upon payment of the annual dues.

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    Whitneyville Planning Board will be meeting at the Town Office/Hill Grove Building on Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m. to discuss one building permit.

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  22. Exhibition tackles emotional reality of displaced people

    “Refugees,” an exhibition of large-scale works in oil and graphite by Joyce Weber, will be on view at the Eastport Gallery July 15 to August 4. A reception for the show will be offered from 5-7 pm, Saturday, July 22. Weber created the works as a way to express her empathy and concern for the people facing turmoil, separation, heartache and fear in the Middle East. “Families are being separated” said Weber.  “These people had stable homes and good lives, and now these are being torn apart.  I just wanted to acknowledge that.” The largest of the pieces is 7x4-feet.

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  23. Nuttall, Muzijevic Costanza and Smith to Perform in Machias

    On Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present a performance by violinist Geoff Nuttall, pianist Pedja Muzijevic, cellist Christopher Costanza, and oboist James Austin Smith. 

    The concert will be held at Centre Street Congregational Church, and the program will include: Mozart’s Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 305; Saint-Saens’ Oboe Sonata, Op. 166; Debussy’s Cello Sonata in D minor; and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66.

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  24. Fun in the Howard Fox Memorial pool

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  25. Fun with Lubec outreach center

     

     

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  26. Jonesport- Beal Royalettes participate in Summer UMM hoop league

    Alexis Sprowl earns the rebound and starts the break down the floor at UMM summer action.

    Battle for the rebound in Machias.

    Royalette Kaylee Ireland penetrates the defense.

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  27. Machias Little League victorious

     

    by Phil Stuart

    The Machias area Little League 9-10 year-old baseball All Stars opened tournament play with a pair of victories last week. On June 25, Machias traveled to Bucksport and defeated their hosts by a score of 10-0 in four innings, due to the run rule. 

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  28. Self checkouts now at Hannaford Supermarket

    Hannaford Supermarket installed state-of-the-art self checkout stations in its Machias store last weekend. The new terminals allow the store to add more checkout options into its existing space. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  29. Ashby three-time winner in International Marathon

    by Phil Stuart

    Former Eastport resident and Shead High School cross-country runner, Robert Ashby of Brunswick, won the Bay of Fundy International Marathon for the third year in a row with a time of 2:49:03. Ashby won by two minutes over runner-up Sam Goldberg, whose finishing time was 2:51:23.

    Gary Krugger came in 3rd place in 2:56:29, while John Brun and Gabriel Andrews rounded out this year’s top five with times of 3:24:30 and 3:24:37.

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  30. Sharon Myers Stanhope - Machias

    Sharon Stanhope, 70, widow of Dale Stanhope, died Dec. 22, 2016.  She was born Oct. 4, 1946 to Edgar and Margaret Myers.

    She is survived by Susan Stanhope, Teddy Stanhope, Christian Stanhope, Stacey Ramsey, Kathleen Trueworthy, Cynthia Philbrook, a brother, Gregory Myers, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by her granddaughter, Brittany.

    She is also survived by in-laws Annie Colby, Kate Lawrence, Richard Stanhope, Louise Sinclair, Judy Spencer, and Beverly Elwell.

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  31. Melissa S. Beal Latimer-Gardner - Machias

    Melissa S. Beal Latimer- Gardner, 50, of Machias, went to be with her Lord on July 9,2017 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Maine after a long battle with COPD, with her youngest daughter and husband by her side.

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  32. In Loving Memory James Norton Robinson Sr. (Jimmy) - Jonesport

    James N. Robinson Sr., 71 passed away at home with his family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer. 

    He was born June 26, 1946 in Jonesport. The son of Arthur N. Robinson Sr. and Arlene M. Robinson. Jimmy served in the United States Army, loved hunting, camping, drag racing, lobster fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

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  33. Nalda Jean Bergeron - Cutler

    Nalda Jean Bergeron, 79,  passed away peacefully on July 8, 2017 at the Marshall Health Care Facility in Machias. She was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on May 22, 1938, the daughter of James and Dorothy (Gilpin) Littrell.

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  34. Charlie R. Farnsworth - Addison

    EMCS Charlie R. Farnsworth Ret. Coast Guard, passed away June 25, 2017 in Ellsworth, Maine. He was predeceased by his parents Charlie and May (West) Farnsworth of Addison. He married Lois Wass on June 22, 1957. 

    His survivors included his wife of 60 years, his daughter and son-in-law Bonita and Juan Martinez of Irving, TX, and three sons; Charles Farnsworth, Nathaniel and his wife Lori Farnsworth, and Jerry Farnsworth of Addison.. 

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  35. Fiora brand paper products made locally and sold nationally

     

    by  Lura Jackson

    In a time of prodigious importing–when the products that we buy on a daily basis here in Eastern Maine are made all over the world – there’s a feeling of pride that emerges whenever we come across a brand or item that is made locally. One such brand is Fiora, makers of bath tissue, paper towels, and facial tissues. The parent rolls that create Fiora’s wide range of nationally-available products are all produced at St. Croix Tissue in Baileyville. 

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  36. Maine CDC urges precautions during mosquito season

    Summer is here, which means the arrival of mosquito season in Maine. Following recent identification of a case of Jamestown Canyon virus in the state, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) wants to raise awareness about arboviral diseases, including Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and West Nile virus (WNV), which are serious infections that are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.  Although rare, these diseases have potentially severe and even fatal consequences for those who contract them. 

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  37. Concert include jazz, classical and traditional music

    Next up in Eastport Arts Center’s annual Concert Series is the Halcyon Duo on Sunday, July 16 at 7 p.m. A reception provided by The Commons Eastport will follow the concert. The wife-and-husband duo of Eve Friedman, flutist, and Roberto Pace, pianist, will perform Bach’s Sonata in A Major, Walter Piston’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, and Schubert’s Introduction and Variations on a Theme from Müllerlieder.

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  38. Jane Ross Fallon to perform at Jonesport library

    by Nancy Beal

    Singer-songwriter Jane Ross Fallon will be the Peabody Memorial Library’s fifth featured artist in its summer series, styled Music in the Library, on July 29. Accompanying herself on guitar, she will sing her own compositions which include threads of folk, country, pop and other genres of the music with which she has surrounded herself throughout her life.

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  39. Timber Creek to perform concert

    For all who enjoy bluegrass, country, and gospel music, the Perry Congregational Church is the place to be on Saturday, July 22.  The Timber Creek band is known for its soft sound, gentle harmonies, and memorable tunes. Frank Seger of Perry on the mandolin is the leader, and he is joined by John Viselli of Cooper on guitar and banjo, Dr. Tom Holzen of Machias and Tennessee on rhythm guitar, and Jim O’Neil of Lubec playing a variety of instruments. With the audience tapping or clapping along, they have been known to make the floor rock. 

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  40. Next Film Society Screening at Library on July 22

    Next Film Society Screening at Library on July 22

    The next film screening of Machias Valley Film Society (MVFS) will take place at Porter Memorial Library on Saturday, July 22  from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The film is open to the public and free of charge. MVFS is a new non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating American and International Film Art and Culture. MVFS Group founder, and Lecturer of Education at University of Maine at Machias, Garret Lee, moderates a brief discussion at each film screening, and shares his wide understanding and enthusiasm for cinema. 

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  41. Land Transfers by Deed June 30, 2017 through July 13, 2017

    Bonnie K. Longo of Ventura, California to Anthony P. Longo and Anthony J. Longo of El Paso, Colorado Map WA 024, Plan 02 Lot 8 T 10 R-3 NBBB Washington County (a certain piece or parcel of real estate situated in Plantation # 10 Range 3-Lot Numbered 5)

    Alden F. Bunker and Marion K. Bunker of Franklin to Michael L. Mellott and Bonnie L. Mellott of Carmel a certain lot or parcel of land together with any buildings thereon situated in Beddington (Lot # 21 as shown on the survey entitled “Pleasant River Lake Properties [now designated as Map 9 Lot 28] in Beddington”)

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  42. Knitting podcast host spins annual retreat in Machiasport Starboard

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    For the third year in a row, the creator of a knitting podcast and a Bangor fiber studio owner brought a group of fourteen women to Machiasport’s Starboard village for a seaside knitting and spinning retreat.

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  43. King talks health care, North Korea in Machias

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In advance of the Senate’s vote on its replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) spent time in Washington County touring health care facilities and talking with local care providers. 

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  44. Uneven playing field jeopardizes wild blueberry future

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Tariffs, shrinking profits and inflationary subsidies all contribute to a shifting, unbalanced wild blueberry market coming to a head on the Washington County, Maine-Canadian border.

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  45. State budget offers year-long reprieve for prison

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After a three-day government shutdown that kept legislators in Augusta into the early hours of July 4, the Maine legislature adopted a biennial budget that guarantees one year of funding for the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF). The low-security state prison, located in the Bucks Harbor village of Machiasport, provides more than 45 jobs to the local economy.

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