Flags and banners—not either-or—in Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

The recent appearance of patriotic banners on Jonesport’s utility poles prompted a minor flap on social media from citizens who erroneously thought they had supplanted the American flags that traditionally graced the town at the Fourth of July. In truth, the flags were put up, but moved to locations that were “safer for the flags,” in the words of Sue Mills, secretary/treasurer of the town’s July 4th committee.

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Survey reveals top five phone scams used in Maine

With 89% of people in Maine receiving between five and 30 nuisance calls per week, telephone scams are still causing major problems for consumers. The issue has become so widespread that almost a fifth of Maine adults admit they have been a victim of a telephone scam.

 The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call Blocker,  also revealed the top five scams people are falling victim to in Maine:  

• Internal Revenue scam

• Credit/loan scam

• Robocall/automated messages scam

• Lottery/sweepstake scam

• Missed call scam

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Library to host traditional family Contra Dance

Porter Memorial Library is sponsoring a family contra dance and potluck at Lubec Grange on July 15 as part of the library’s summer reading program.

This special event is open to the public, especially to families with children, and features a traditional New England contra dance band from Newport, New Hampshire called The Sugar River Band.

During the evening’s festivities, a self-serve potluck buffet will be available on side tables in the dance hall for the enjoyment of participants. Attendees are invited to bring something to add to the table. 

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Land transfers by deed June 16, 2017 through June 29, 2017 (Cont. from last week)

Allen W. Hall and Roberta R. Hall of Zephyrhills, Florida to Holly Kilton of East Machias certain lots or parcels of land with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Machiasport (Lot one beginning at a corner by the highway leading into said Machiasport and running westerly along the line of land of the late Fairfield Trafton; Lot Two beginning on the road leading to Machiasport Village at the northeast corner of the Abram L. Cummings land and running westerly by the said land to a wire fence)

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Barren View member-guest Duane Smith/Mark Smith card net 45

This weekend Duane Smith and Mark Smith paired to shoot the low round on Saturday in the annual Member/Guest tournament at Barren View carding a 44. In this net event Lenny Espling and Cory Brooks were the next best posted net score with a 45. The two low gross rounds for the day were earned by Jack Clay/John Clay and John Smith/John Rogers both at 63 or 7-under. Following are all the top scores in the event.

 

1ST DIVISION: GROSS NET

Lester Vanderbilt/Bob Hale 66 50

Jack Clay/John Clay 63 51

John Smith/John Rogers 63 53

 

2ND DIVISION:

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Grand Theater presents “A United Kingdom”

 “A United Kingdom” is the next film in The Grand’s series of great recent movies. See this absorbing look at a historic, true-life love story the way the director made it to be seen—through a brand-new digital projection system—on Tuesday, July 18.

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Calais Celtic Concerts welcomes return of RUNA

Calais Celtic Concerts will once again present the popular Irish Celtic Group, RUNA, at the Calais High School on Friday July 14, at 7 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. AST. 

RUNA’s performances have something for everyone: beautiful singing, exciting and driving Celtic Instrumentals, and Irish step-dancing.

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Machias Rotary at it again

In 2015, members of the Machias Rotary Club donated their time and hard work to reclaim the beauty that once was the Down East Community Hospital (DECH) courtyard. They weeded, cut back old growth and then planted hundreds of tulip bulbs.  Since then Master Gardener Susan Carlton has added her expertise, along with many plants.  

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Historical & Genealogical Society meeting scheduled for Saturday

A meeting of the Washington Co. Historical & Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 15 in the Emergency Management Room, 28 Center Street in Machias.

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FairPoint acquisition complete, no change for Washington County

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced last week that it has completed its acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRP), in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion including debt and based on present equity value.  The merger further positions the company as a leading broadband and business service provider across a 24-state service area.  

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Machias PD investigates stabbing

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In the early morning hours of July 10 the Machias Police Department responded to a call reporting a stabbing victim. Chief Grady Dwelley said that the call came in between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m. and the stabbing occurred in a trailer on Sprague Way in Machias. A K9 unit was called to the scene, but its search was unproductive.

“The victim was removed by the Machias ambulance service alive and reasonably well and taken to the Down East Community Hospital,” said Dwelley. 

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The Editor’s Desk

Senator Angus King spent a day in Washington County last week. After touring the Eastport Health Care Clinic, he came to Machias for lunch at Helen’s and a visit to the Down East Community Hospital. I had a chance to sit down with him between his appointments, and that story is on our front page. 

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Letter to the Editor - New state budget slashes preventative public health services

 As many of you may be aware, the biennial state budget that was passed last week included a cut of $5 million per year to the Fund for a Healthy Maine’s allocation for prevention services aimed at improving public health.

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USDA to purchase $10 million in Maine blueberries

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin announced last week that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $10 million to purchase Maine wild blueberries after the Delegation requested the Department take action earlier this year. Bonus buys help protect American farmers from unexpected market conditions by purchasing surplus goods and distributing them to food banks and other charitable institutions.

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Prison much more than a local problem

by Ruth Leubecker

Although the Downeast Correctional Facility has been funded for another year, due to the dogged, unrelenting efforts of Sen. Joyce Maker and Rep. Will Tuell, years of heavy-duty fighting to keep this prison operating tells us we’ve only been granted a temporary reprieve.

During this past session, Tuell, forever tenacious, said, “This is much more than a Washington County problem. We will not give up hope. Closing the prison means losing the bed space systemwide. There isn’t enough statewide bed space to throw 100-plus beds away.”

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Attorney General Janet Mills to run for governor

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced July 10 that she is running for Governor.

“In Maine, when something’s not working, we don’t wait around for someone to come along and take care of it for us; we roll up our sleeves and fix it ourselves,” Mills said. “Well, it’s pretty clear that our government is broken, and there’s no way I’m going to stand on the sidelines and not fight to put it back together.”

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Paul Sullivan performs for Machias Bay Chamber Concerts

On Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present “An Evening with Paul Sullivan”, the Grammy Award-Winning pianist and composer. The concert will be held in Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias.

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Steuben library features art of Nancy McGinnis

Photo 1: “Life is how you frame it,” said McGinnis, a creative photographer and writer. Her art reflects her Maine adventures, her sense of humor and inspiration “that can be found everyday if you look for it.” McGinnis’ art will be on display all month at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. Submitted photo.

Photo 2: The work of artist Nancy McGinnis is on display all month at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. Submitted photo.

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Weekly Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Machias Bay Chamber Concerts is excited to announce the 2017 summer series. July 11th— Gregory Bliss - paino, Trond Saeverud - violin, Anna Maria Baeza - clarinet, Joachim Woltun. 

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Magic show — 10 a.m. July 12 at the H.D. Moore Library in Steuben. Conjuring Caroll will present children’s show called Building Blocks. Free. FMI: 207-546-7301 or email jbenedict@msln.net.

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Fourth of July in Machias

People began lining the Machias parade route more than two hours before kickoff on July 4. Photo courtesy Casey Kilton.

This aerial view of the Machias dike shows cars lining the roadside at dusk in order to secure the best seats in the house for the Machias fireworks. Photo courtesy Casey Kilton.

 

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Property manager helps local charities through tourism

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When Maria Lamb wanted her business to do more than help vacationers discover the beauty of Downeast Maine, she turned to a global nonprofit. Maria Lamb, owner of Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals in Machiasport, joined Pack for a Purpose, which encourages travelers to use their luggage to carry supplies to donate in their destination community. 

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Peanut butter jelly time

Each year, following the month long Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive, bank staff deliver PB&J to food pantries and other hunger relief organizations throughout Maine. More than 1,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly were distributed in Washington County, with stops at the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias and the Jonesport Food Pantry at Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church. The 2017 Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive collected more than 12,000 jars of PB&J. Photos courtesy Bangor Savings Bank

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Pembroke Library presents “Maine woods - Maine waters”

Whether you are a true “Downeaster,” a transplant “from away,” a “summer person” or a tourist who is just passing through,” you will have a chance to hear a musical tribute to Maine’s historic and heroic outdoor workers. The Pembroke Library presents “Maine Woods – Maine Waters” on Wednesday evening, July 19. Songs of working “in the woods,” “driving” logs down flooded rivers, watching the coastline, harvesting the fish of Maine’s waters and Maine ships sailing to and from far away places can be heard at the Pembroke Library Chantey Sing.

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Town News Harrington, Wesley, Whitneyville Library, Columbia, Jonesboro

Welsey

Andy and I helped George and Patti pack up and move to Chelsea last Sunday, July 2. They left a lot of things for Wesley Historical Yard Sale planned for Saturday, July 22. Also got a couple of boxes from Dotty Baker for yard sales, plus Dotty donated a few things to the Historical building.

Leo Hayward has been donating his time at the Wesley Historical building on Saturday from noon- 4 p.m. through July. If you see the “Open” flag, stop in  and have a look around. There are a lot of pictures and reading to do and a lot of old tools from this area.

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The Editor’s Desk

July in Washington County disproves the theory summer is full of lazy days. In this week’s paper alone you’ll find news of something fascinating, enriching, musical or physical to do nearly every day of the month. 

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Letter to the Editor - Nature got it right

Nature got it right

Summer’s wild blueberry creations become autumn’s scenery -- grand beyond conception. Maine’s wild blueberries are different because nature got it right!

Our unique and special wild lowbush blueberries grow on plants that Mother Nature gives us from underground vines (rhizomes), and their above-ground fruit-bearing low bushes four to 10 inches tall.

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Celebrating 241 years of freedom

by Ruth Leubecker

The Fourth of July aka Independence Day is etched into America’s playbook as a day of phenomenal thankfulness. As well it should be.

The Continental Congress 241 years ago declared that 13 struggling American colonies were a new nation -- the United States of America -- and no longer under the direction and dictates of the British Empire.

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Cat got your goat?

This little goat ushered in a new category at the 4th Annual Moosabec Pet Show—small farm animals sampling everything that might be edible and engaging a large cat. Photo by Nancy Beal

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Historic Nash building, grandfather to Main Street

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 Long before Machias’ Nash Building became a local symbol of Main Street decline and revitalization, it held a fruit and confectionary store operated by Italian immigrants. 

 Joseph Toschi came to Machias in the late 1800’s with his children and son-in-law, Ernest Mugnai. According to Mugnai’s great-grandson, Michael Hoyt, Mugnai imported fruit and candy by train from Boston to sell in his Machias fruit store.

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Machiasport voters say no to marijuana, yes to exploring Bucks Head

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machiasport voters approved 49 articles in 51 minutes at the annual town meeting last Monday night, including one which establishes Machiasport as a dry town for marijuana. 

Maine voters approved a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21 during last November’s elections. The state then placed a moratorium delaying the sale of recreational marijuana until February 2018. 

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Historical Society presents King’s broad arrow

This mark, known as “The King’s Broad Arrow,” was placed onto the tallest, straightest white pine of colonial Maine. Anyone cutting a tree so marked risked serious punishment. These trees were reserved for use as masts and spars of His Majesty’s Navy. If Britannia truly “ruled the waves,” it did so through harnessing the wind into sails held in place by wood taken from the forests of Maine.

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Ideas meet needs in revitalizing rural Maine

by Ruth Leubecker

A variety of ventures, often inching forward one step at a time, are responding to the variegated urgent needs in Washington County.

COMMENTARY

It didn’t happen overnight, and many of these enterprises are dedicated to staying, albeit facing a challenging survival. The Machias Marketplace, with its mantra of “local food for local people,” is now 12 years old. After a rocky start followed by seven years under Machias Hardware, it now has a new location adjacent to Posh and across from True Value. 

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Yankee names Quoddy Bay lobster rolls No. 3 in nation

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 Food editor Amy Traverso put her family in a small RV last summer and left Massachusetts to drive the length of the Maine coast. Her mission? To find the best lobster roll in Maine, “...which, accounting for geography and the fact that these are the freshest, sweetest lobsters you’ll find, makes it reasonable to then declare it the best in New England, and thus in the country,” she wrote.

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Machias selectboard debates recreational marijuana, food ordinance

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 Machias selectman Warren Gay proposed a town moratorium on recreational marijuana sales at the selectboard meeting last Wednesday evening. “Medical marijuana, I go along with one-hundred percent. But, I go along with having a moratorium on the recreational side,” he said. “I’m against [recreational marijuana] because I know what it does.”

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WA field dedication

All are invited to Washington Academy’s Adien and Leon Look field dedication on July 15 at 1 p.m. Join the festivities, including an alumni baseball game, free hot dogs and music. If you are a WA alum and are interested in participating, please contact the WA Development Office, 255-8301, ext. 220, or developmentoffice@raider4life.org.

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Dewey Sheehan earns degree

Dewey Sheehan of Pembroke graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration during commencement ceremonies on May 21, 2017, at the University of Vermont.

The university conferred degrees this year on an estimated 3,228 graduates, including 2,620 bachelor’s, 386 master’s, 106 doctoral and 116 medical degree recipients. Among degree recipients are students from 40 states and 97 international students from 21 foreign countries. Approximately 1,116 graduates are from Vermont.

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Husson University announces spring 2017 president’s list

Husson University is pleased to share their Spring 2017 President’s List. Students who earn President’s List honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of between 3.80 to 4.0 during the period. Weston Ranalli of Big Lake Twp, ME is a senior who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Laura Barnett of Calais, ME is a senior who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.

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Lovie B. Maker Machiasport

Lovie B. Maker, 99, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at a Machias nursing home. She was born in West Lubec, October 20, 1917 the daughter of the late Arthur and Emily (Taylor) Batron.

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Ty Openshaw to perform at Addison Days

Ty Openshaw is an American musician and singer-songwriter born and raised in Downeast Maine. His popularity began during his middle school years as he supported touring bands that traveled near his home town. At a young age Ty began creating a guitar/vocal wall of sound using these two instruments in combination with mesmerizing electronics. With a voice that is raw, soulful and speaking emotional truth, Ty Openshaw engages listeners and encourages them to lose themselves in the melodic message he delivers.

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Food Mobile to bring emergency food to Machias

  Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Food Mobile will be distributing food, including fresh produce, perishable and non-perishable items to people in need in the Machias area.

  Anyone in need of emergency food assistance in Machias and the surrounding area is welcome to attend. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and will be held in the Pellon Center parking lot, 90 Main Street,  Machias.

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Putt Off decides scramble

by Phil Stuart

 June 7th Senior Scrambles at Barren View Golf Course in Jonesboro was decided by a putt-off.

The first three teams all recorded -4 while the 4th, 5th and 6th place teams recorded a -2.

 Julien Whitney teamed up with Fred Morgan, Jim Golike and Nancy Cunliffe to take home the big prize money. Last week’s winners were Jane Hooper, Stan Fitzhenry, Clint Libby and Gary Willey grabbed second place. The mayor of Bach Bay—Wayne Smith—together with Gail Berry, Ed Boland and Gordie Faulkingham finished 3rd.

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Outdoor track athletes honored

by Phil Stuart

Several outdoor track athletes from Washington Academy and Narraguagus were recently selected to All Conference first and second teams by the Penobscot Valley Conference.

The big name on the list was Michaila Robinson of Washington Academy. Robinson was a first team selection in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dash. Robinson was a state title winner in the 200 and 400 and runner-up in the 100. Robinson was also a first team selection in the 4x400 meter relay along with teammate Sean Seavey, Garrett Channell and Colby Cates Wright.

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Fish and Game funds Machias River camp scholarship

The Pleasant River Fish and Game Conservation Association (PRFGCA) has just gifted a donation of $750 toward the Machias River Conservation Camp youth scholarship fund. This is the second year in a row that the PRFGCA has donated toward the scholarship fund.

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Crate Expectations

The unrivaled king of the crates was Sean Griffith, who skipped across all 50 crates strung out for the Moosabec Summerfest lobster crate race June 30. The Virginia youngster was ferried back to the launching platform and ran 41 more crates before plunging into the sub-60 degree waters of the Carver lobster pound on Beals’ Perio Point. Photo by Nancy Beal.

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More Spring DAC All-Stars

Boys tennis All-Starsfor this year include: CHS, Christian Emery, Gavin Altvater; SHS, Brandon Grinnan; Shead, Sam Tracy, Matt Harris; and WHS, Gabe Hunnewell, Charles Newman.

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All lined up

Painting trucks were a familiar sight in downtown Machias last week as the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) put the finishing touches on newly resurfaced roads like Free Street, Court Street and Broadway. The Machias Selectboard discussed the work at their meeting last Wednesday night. They said the MDOT has informed them that a crosswalk cannot be repainted on Court Street between Porter Memorial Library and the US Post Office because regulations require there to be no parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk.

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Land Transfers by Deed June 16, 2017 through June 29, 2017

The Inhabitants of Jonesport to Devere V. Carney, Jr. of Florida and Kathleen Carney Arman (n/k/a Kathleen Carney Page) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina a certain parcel of land with buildings thereon located in the Town of Jonesport (Map 1, Section 12, Lot 39C)

Yoho Head, LLC of Ellsworth to Myron A. Rife, Jr. of Marion, Ohio a certain lot or parcel of land together with buildings thereon situated in Machiasport (Lot No. 20 of the Yoho Head Subdivision)

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Maine AARP opposes Senate health care act

After working behind closed doors, Senate leadership finally released their health care bill - The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – on June 22nd.  It is now clear why the Senate bill was crafted in secret. This legislation could make adequate health insurance coverage unaffordable for millions of older Americans and would be a travesty for Maine.  Mainers have a right to know what is included in this proposal.

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Washington Academy 4th quarter honor roll

Judson L. McBrine, Head of School at Washington Academy in East Machias, has announced the fourth-quarter honor roll for the 2016/2017 year as follows:

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Fort O’ Brien School honor roll

Grade 3: High honors: Maya Henderson, Kieli Smith. Honors: Dawson Fielder. 

Grade 4: High honors: Thaddeus Bridges, Ava Fitzhenry, Chloe Gibson, Kaiden Wood. 

Grade 5: High honors: Austin Fitzhenry, Harland Inglis. Honors: Naomi Lauze. 

Grade 6: High honors: Ryley Ingrish, Jonathan O’Donnell, Garrett Sprague, Eli Tremblay. Honors: Lacy Gibson. 

Grade 7: High honors: Aviva Bridges, Elesia Berry. Honors: Caitlyn Link. Grade 8: High Honors - Caleb Sawyer. Honors - Blaze Luna.

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WA alum takes Husson honors

 

Matthew Plaisted was recently honored at the Husson University School of Education Awards Ceremony as the recipient of the 2017 Watch Award.  The Watch Award is presented each year to the student with the highest GPA (Grade Point Average) in the School of Education.

 During his years as a student at Husson, Matthew was employed by the Husson Financial Aid Office, United Cerebral Palsy of Maine and, most recently, the Suzanne M. Smith Elementary School in Levant.

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Critical Language Scholarship awarded

Kierstin Brewton, of Eastport, a major in the University of Vermont Class has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese in Tainan, Taiwan during the summer of 2017.

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University of Maine announces spring 2017 Dean’s List

The University of Maine recognized 2,303 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the spring 2017 semester. Of the students who made the Dean’s List, 1,727 are from Maine, 533 are from 29 other states and 43 are from 22 countries other than the U.S.Listed below are students who received Dean’s List honors for spring 2017, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Please note that some students have requested that their information not be released; therefore, their names are not included.

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Tigers lose in semifinals

by Phil Stuart

 The Shead High School Tigers turned the table on the Mars Hill Club this year, after getting eliminated in a prelim game 2-1 a year ago,.

Central Aroostook a 2-0 lead in their June 6th game at Davis Field in Eastport.

The Tigers tied it in the bottom of the third before the Panthers went ahead 3-2 in the fourth.

Shead answered with two of their own in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.

After a scoreless 5th, Central Aroostook tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth.

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Guagus top softball story downeast

by Phil Stuart

 The 2017 high school year is officially over and Downeast Maine and the Narraguagus Lady Knights had the most successful post-season out of the eight Washington County teams.

The Lady Knights weren’t as successful during the regular season as a year ago, when they went 16-0.

A year ago, the Knight’s undefeated record was misleading because of their weak regular season schedule, they ended up getting eliminated in the quarter final.

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Spring DAC All-Stars

Baseball All-Stars for this year include: Shead, Matt Harris, Ethan Lank, Riley Demolet, Noah Curtis; WHS, Luke McDonald, Matt Miller, Alex Morrison; NHS, Blaine Curtis, Drew Fletcher; CHS, Jacob Hornbrook, Brandon Gillespie; SHS, Issiac Christiansen; MHS, Noah Albert; and J-B, Kaiden Crowley. Team Sportsmanship Award: Calais High School

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Hit parade

During the Moosabec Summerfest mini-parade which took place on June 30, local youngsters competed for most patriotic, most original and most humorous titles. Photos by Nancy Beal.

 

 

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Fourth America

Donny Alley dressed up his rental in the old Jonesport System Store and took first place in decorated businesses.

Photo by Nancy Beal

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Evan Merchant: a Beals boy with “Happy Feet”

by Nancy Beal

Evan Merchant, the Beals Island high school junior who outpaced more than 100 runners to win the Bay of Fundy 10-kilometer race in Lubec, was a month from finishing the fourth grade in 2010 when he entered his first road race. It wasn’t billed as a race, but rather the tenth annual Walk for Life, a fundraiser for a cancer support group started by one of his neighbors. Although the other participants walked the course from Addison’s town hall to Route 1 and back, Merchant and a school friend elected to run it.

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Scottish Bagpipe Bands Return to Fort Knox

Scottish Bagpipe Bands Return to Fort Knox

Friends of Fort Knox in Prospect and the St. Andrew’s Society of Maine present the annual, Scottish Tattoo on Saturday, July 8 at Fort Knox in Bucksport. The event features two marching bagpipe bands performing a “Scottish Tattoo”. The event takes place on the Fort Knox parade ground and begins at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 8.  Tickets are only $10 for adults and five dollars for children under $12. Tickets may be purchased at Friend of Fort Knox gift shop or by calling 469-6553 or at Fort Knox the night of the concert.

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Machiasport’s Bucks Harbor on the weekend before the 4th of July

A large quantity of boats rested in Machiasport’s Bucks Harbor on the weekend before the 4th of July. Behind them and to the right, Bucks Head is visible, probably named for Captain Thomas Buck of Plymouth, Massachusetts who carried the first settlers to Machias in 1763. Bucks Head was a subject of discussion at the most recent town meeting, when Machiasport voters authorized selectmen to investigate the possible purchase of 23 acres there, which include one-half mile of shoreline, provided the purchase does not increase taxes. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Porter Memorial Library news

Summer Reading Program begins at Porter Memorial Library 

When summer rolls around, Porter Memorial Library does its best to make reading even more fun than ever. During a month-long Summer Reading Program in July, the library will feature book displays and reading lists of titles that can be found in the library collection; and also sponsors at least one cultural and learning event for families.

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News of the Hannah Weston chapter, DAR

Members of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will gather for their annual picnic meeting to be held at the Gates House, home of the Machiasport Historical Society on Rt. 92 in Machiasport, at 11 a.m. Sat., July 8.  Members attending are asked to bring a sandwich. Dessert and beverage will be provided.  The speaker for the afternoon will be Valdine Atwood who will discuss DAR Insignia and Protocol.

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Sugar River band to play contra dance at Lubec grange

Porter Memorial Library in Machias is excited to announce a rare local appearance by a traditional New England contra dance band, The Sugar River Band, from Newport, New Hampshire. The Sugar River Band will perform at a Family Contra Dance and Potluck scheduled for Saturday, July 15 and sponsored by Porter Memorial Library as part of its 2017 Summer Reading Program. The July 15 dance and potluck supper will be held at the former Lubec Grange Hall in Lubec, now Artworksofmaine, located at 10 North Lubec Road across from McFadden’s Gulf Station on Route 189.

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Crow town gallery opens season with Bay of Fundy artists

Lubec’s Crow Town Gallery’s first show of the 2017 season features three artists with distinctly unique visions of The Bay of Fundy and its surrounds; Shanna Wheelock, Kathrin Hilten, and Richard Van Buren. The show runs from June 29 to July 16, with the opening reception on July 6,  at 7 p.m. 

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  • Fall DAC All-Stars - Special Recognitions
  • Fall DAC All-Stars - Special Recognitions
  • Fall DAC All-Stars - Special Recognitions

Fall DAC All-Stars - Special Recognitions

Photo 1: Calais High School Athletic Director Randy Morrison presents Greg Smith the 20+ Year Coaching Achievement Award for his tremendous dedication to athletes from Calais High School. Fantastic job Coach Smith!

Photo 2: Narraguagus High School Athletic Director John Daley presents Butch Hall the very special Richard Gardner Distinguished Service Award for his many contributions to schools and communities of the Downeast Athletic Conference. Thank you Butch!

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Senior DAC all - Academic All-Stars

Senior AcademicAll-Stars for this year include: NHS, Kayla Toppin, Blaine Grant, Hannah Bennett, John Paul Snider, Nicholas Willey, Caitlin Reynolds, Hayden Pineo; SHS, Issiac Christiansen, Noah Goldfarb, Margaret Perry, Anna Young; J-B, Georgia Backman, Jadah Alley, Douglas Hinkley, Joe McDonald; Shead, Matt Harris, Katelyn Mitchell, Holly Preston; MHS, Regan Bragg, Jonathan Massaad; CHS, Katie Cavanaugh, Koby Gillespie, Jack Lander, and WHS, Gabe Hunnewell.

 

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  • Winter DAC All-Stars
  • Winter DAC All-Stars

Winter DAC All-Stars

Photo 1: Boys Basketball All-Stars for this year include: J-B, Isaiah Faulkingham, Ryan Alley, Adam Robinson; MHS, James Mersereau, Jacob Godfrey, Jordan Grant, John Massaad; NHS, Brettin Dinsmore, Cameron Rumery; WHS, Drew Hayward, Riley Russell; CHS, Addison Coty, Brandon Gillespie; and Shead, Matt Harris.

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  • Fall DAC All-Stars
  • Fall DAC All-Stars

Fall DAC All-Stars

Photo 1: Volleyball All-Stars for this year include: CHS, Kelly Delaney, Kylie Donovan, Kayli Doten, Abby Condon; WHS, Sophia McDonald, Shawna Monk, Shaye Beers; NHS, Kayla Thompson, Madison Leighton; and MHS, Kelcy Miller, Regan Bragg; J-B

Photo 2: Girls Soccer All-Stars for this year include: CHS, Emily Mitchell, Katie Cavanaugh, Sydney Farrar; WHS, Paige Fitch, Jennie Cox, Anna Johnson, Sadie Smith; NHS, Kylee Joyce, Lance Perry, Diana Parades; Shead, Keisha Scott, Jacqueline Cook; and SHS, Gabby Richardson.

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  • More Fall DAC All-Stars
  • More Fall DAC All-Stars
  • More Fall DAC All-Stars
  • More Fall DAC All-Stars

More Fall DAC All-Stars

Photo 1: Cheerleading All-Stars for this year include: WHS, Mackenzie Campbell, Halie Smith, Taylor Lane, Makayla Overlock; MHS, Ava Dray, Dani Vazquez, Taya Wood, Cam Leavitt, and Cross Country boys All-stars for this year include: J CHS, Kendra Parks, Payton Lozier, Mackenzie Bennett, Ivy McLellan.

Photo 2: Cross Country boys All-Stars for this year include: J-B, Evan Merchant; Machias, Jacob Godfrey, Cameron Leavitt, Jakob Holland, CHS, Addison Coty, Kyle Richard; NHS, JP Snider, Blaine Grant, Kyle Davis; and SHS, Dylan Bernaquer, Nicholas Kimball.

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Pete Kilpatrick returns to PML’s music in the Library

by Nancy Beal

Singer-guitarist Pete Kilpatrick is the featured artist at the fourth in Peabody Memorial Library’s slate of summer concerts, billed as “Music in the Library,” slated for 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 14. 

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Machias Bay Chamber concerts kicks Off 2017 summer season

On Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present the first of six exclusive summer concerts at the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias. 

 The opening concert will feature violinist Trond Saeverud, cellist Joachim Woitun, clarinetist Anna Maria Baeza, and pianist Gregory Biss. The program will include: Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (in a reduction by Stravinsky), Bela Bartok’s Contrasts, Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor (Op. 49), and a Cello Suite by J. S. Bach (TBA).

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‘Coastal Frontier’ show to feature artist of Downeast

Prominent local artists present multi-faceted show in Lubec 

The beauty, ruggedness—and uniqueness—of America’s last coastal frontier will be featured in a multi-faceted exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and photography of Downeast Maine opening Wednesday, June 28 at the Lubec Landmarks Mulholland Market Gallery.

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Tea and history

The Machiasport Historical Society hosted an early summer tea last Saturday June 24th, at the Gates House. Sandra Campbell, a talented local artist and member, was responsible for setting the stage for our Oriental themed Early Summer Tea; including the authentic Chinese music playing in the background.  Photos courtesy Shar Landers

 

 

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