Letters to the Editor - Save the Children Maternity Residence

Save the Children Maternity Residence 

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you to solicit your endorsement and financial support for a proposal to create a non-profit maternity residence for pregnant young women for our Lewiston-Auburn area. The pro-life movement and anti-abortion campaigns have reduced the number of abortions; however, there is more to be done.

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Two honored at Washington Academy trustee tea

by Ruth Leubecker

Washington Academy’s annual trustee tea was held this past Saturday on the school grounds. Harland Hitchings received this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Ralph Mahar was the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award.

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Shadowed by 50 countries that don’t exist

Geographers can be a distinctive group of scholars, but I had never thought them too scintillating until I picked up An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist.

Mere pages into this book, one is pondering the definition of country, the viability of travel documents issued by national governments and really, the shifting, slippery existence of borders. 

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King announces support for Family and Medical Leave legislation

At a press conference last week at the Lamey Wellehan location in Auburn, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support for the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY) Act, paid family and medical leave legislation that underscores the importance of comprehensive family leave policies to support working parents and family caregivers in Maine. 

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AARP warns of subscription scam

Be on the lookout out for phony subscription invoices this month. If you receive an offer or renewal for magazines and newspapers that sound too good to be true, don’t make any payments! Be sure to call the publisher and verify that it is legitimate before giving any personal or credit card information. Take the time to double check, and you can beat the scammers at their own game.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

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Jacksonville cemetery news

A very successful public supper was held recently to help raise funding for our new black steel fence.  Thanks to everyone who came and those who helped out.  We are planning a Tupperware Party soon to also help.  People interested in this should contact Anne at 255-8496.  Our next meeting is 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Grange Hall in Jacksonville.  Refreshments will be served.

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Columbia News

I am still working on painting my deck and in hopes to get it finished in the coming week. This has been a big job to do, but I am gaining on it when the sun is shining. Of course it might help that I don’t plan other activities while doing this, but most activities are at night anyway.

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Where will Jonesport-Beals bridge workers live and eat?

 

Parking for fishermen at the Jonesport marina is at the breaking point for fishermen who have no place to tie up their skiffs and outboard boats. A committee is looking into alternate sites and funding, but so far little progress has been made. Photo by Nancy Beal.

by Nancy Beal

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Beating the heat

 

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Enhance your health with Tai Chi: Healthy Acadia offers four free courses

We all know life can be hectic, juggling work, family and social obligations. Why should you consider adding Tai Chi to your busy schedule? To help create balance. Tai chi is the perfect antidote to our fast-paced modern culture; it is an ancient Chinese practice that incorporates slow, gentle and controlled movement to improve relaxation, flexibility, concentration, and muscle strength.

 Healthy Acadia is pleased to offer eight-week “Tai Chi for Health” sessions in four locations:  Brooksville, Ellsworth, Machias, and Stonington, beginning in August. 

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Machias solar eclipse picnic scheduled for August 21

STEM Guides Downeast and Downeast Amateur Astronomers are offering a Solar Eclipse Picnic on Monday, August 21, from noon–4 p.m. at Middle River Park in Machias. There will be activities and solar telescopes on display to view the eclipse (we will also have glasses available for viewing) as well as an eclipse presentation for the attendees. 

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Community Calendar for August 16, 2017

Upcoming events

CHICKEN B-B-Q Supper, Sat., Aug. 19, at 5 p.m., parish hall, Dennysville; chicken, baked potato, veggies, desserts, etc.  All are welcome!

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Chicken B-B-Q Supper, Sat., Aug. 19 @ 5 p.m.; Parish Hall (Route 86), Dennysville; chicken, potatoes, veggies, cole slaw, rolls, cakes

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Indian River Grange Yard and Bake Sale  August 19-  9 a.m. -1 p.m. 

1439 Indian River Road. Rain or shine.Hot dogs available.

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Collins remembers Campbell for Alzheimer’s advocacy

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, issued this statement upon the passing of country music singer Glen Campbell following his battle with Alzheimer’s disease:

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The Editor’s Desk

Here we are about to crest the peak of the Machias summer season—the 42nd Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. I have heard the comment enough times to suspect I’m not the only one to wonder, where did the summer go? 

This year’s Blueberry Festival promises to be bigger than ever before, with so many new additions it’s hard to keep track of them all—a beer garden served up by the Machias River Brewing Company, dozens of vendors marketing all day Friday on the Centre Street Church green, and a comedian to emcee all of Saturday’s church step events. 

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Grieving Camron

Our communities showed their colors last week in remembrance of Camron Roberts, 18, who lost his life in a car accident on Monday, Aug. 7. Thousands of white and yellow balloons, chosen to represent healing and remembrance, were seen tethered across Washington County in a show of support for Camron’s family.  Photo by Bill Kitchen 

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Machias adopts food sovereignty, gives Blueberry Festival green lights

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At a special town meeting held last Wednesday, Aug. 9, Machias residents voted 8-1 to adopt a local food sovereignty ordinance. 

The ordinance makes it legal for home food producers to sell direct to consumers without government licensing or inspection. Machias Selectman Bill Kitchen said that the board moved quickly to adopt the ordinance in order to allow local producers to capture as much of the summer harvest and tourist seasons as possible.

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How a farmer’s union, a Beehive and a candymaker gave Machias the Blackfly Ball

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

For most of the year, the waterfalls that drop through the heart of downtown Machias are beneath the town’s notice, literally. Positioned below a bridge that spans the Machias River, the Bad Little Falls are difficult to glimpse from Main Street. 

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Universal health coverage builds base in coastal Maine

by Ruth Leubecker

Medicare for all is a bipartisan effort gaining steam throughout Maine. Although the Downeast chapter of Maine AllCare is in Blue Hill, Downeast could achieve new meaning as the movement for universal healthcare inches eastward.

“We’re going to have a table at the Wild Blueberry Festival,” says Phil Caper, founding board member of Maine AllCare and for years a universal health care advocate. “Spreading the word is what it takes. This fight about health care is 100 years old. And I mean Teddy Roosevelt, not FDR.”

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DAR uses bequest to beautify historic Burnham Tavern

by Valdine Atwood

The historic Burnham Tavern Museum has a new look. After the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution received a bequest from a member, the late Elizabeth DeShon Tibbetts  it was decided to purchase the former Machias Cleaners building, remove it and then develop a landscape plan for the area. 

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Previous blueberry quilts sought for festival display

If you’ve been lucky enough to win one of the handmade quilts from past Blueberry Festivals, please consider lending it to be part of the festival’s display this Saturday, August 19. During the festival each year, as many quilts as possible are gathered and displayed in the sanctuary of Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in downtown Machias. The church is the home of the festival, now in its 42nd year.

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SIEGE OF MACHIAS – August 1777

Compiled and edited  by: Valdine C. Atwood

Between June 1775 and 1777 the British were not happy with the “Pirates at Machias” or the “Hotbed of Rebels at Machias” and soon made plans to punish the settlers at Machias. On Aug. 13, four British ships under the command of Sir George Collier, came into Machias Bay with orders to launch an attack on the “Rebel Nest at Machias”.

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Whitneyville Library News

The Friends of the Whitneyville last week helped the Jacksonville Cemetery raise money for new fencing.  The members of the Jacksonville Cemetery put on a baked beans and casserole public supper on August 5 that was held at the Elm Street School.  Many turned out to raise money.  It’s all about giving back and doing something to help where help is needed.

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Poliquin: ACA repeal without replacement will not work

by Rep. Bruce Poliquin

 As the U.S. Senate began debate on health care in the last week of July, Congressman Poliquin announced he would not support a repeal of the ACA, the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare, without a viable alternative, a legislative path that was considered.

 Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:

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Scenic flights at airport Open House

The Machias Valley Airport will host an Open House and Fly-In this Saturday, August 19th from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., which is free for all ages and open to the public. A variety of aircraft will be on display including a Maine Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter, a Maine Forest Service helicopter, and Civil Air Patrol aircraft between 10 and 2, along with a variety of private planes. There will also be scenic and orientation flights available, along with morning and afternoon food and concessions.

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Celebrated Vocalist Thea Lobo and Pianist Sylvia Berry to Perform in Machias

 

Mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo. Submitted photo.

On Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present a concert featuring fêted mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo and piano/pianoforte virtuoso Sylvia Berry. Their program will include Frauenliebe und -leben by Robert Schumann, as well as various Lieder by Schumann and Franz Schubert.  This will be the final concert of MBCC’s 2017 Season.

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Machiasport appoints new town clerk

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Subsequent to last month’s firing of town clerk, Donna-Jean Metta, and the resignation of the town’s deputy town clerk, the Machiasport Selectboard conducted interviews to fill the vacant positions. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 7 Marcia Hayward was sworn in as town clerk, deputy tax collector, registrar of voters, and town treasurer. 

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Our community shows its colors

Marshfield resident Camron Roberts, 18, passed away last week after a tragic car accident. Roberts was a 2017 graduate of Washington Academy in East Machias.

The employees of Bella Vita Salon in Machias came up with the idea of showing support for the people who loved him by flying white and yellow balloons, and the wider community quickly joined in. Shayna Ramsdell works at Bella Vita, and said that the color white signifies sympathy and condolence, and yellow signifies healing. Photos by Bill Kitchen.

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Camron Lee Roberts - Marshfield

Camron Lee Roberts, 18, of Marshfield, died unexpectedly on August 7, 2017  following a day doing what he loved, aboard the F/V Never Enough with his brother and sternman, Connor. The beloved son of Jamie and Shelley, Camron was born on November 4, 1998 in Ellsworth, Maine. Camron was a proud Jonesboro Jet, participating in basketball, baseball, and youth football. He graduated from Washington Academy in June of 2017 with honors.

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Kurt Potter - Whiting

Kurt Potter of Whiting, Maine passed away suddenly at home on August 7, 2017, with Angelika Potter, his wife of 50 years, at his side.

Kurt was born in Bremen, Germany on October 19, 1938, and was raised by Heinrich and Hilda Grewe. In 1966 Kurt moved to Toronto, Ontario and subsequently to Baltimore, Maryland to marry Angelika. Kurt lived in Tulsa and Mannford, Oklahoma for 40 years working in book and record sales. He and Angelika relocated to the Cutler-Whiting-Machias area in 2011. Kurt found the climate of coastal Maine reminded him of northern Germany.

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Ivan Leroy Alley - Jonesport

Ivan Leroy Alley, 62, passed away unexpectedly at his home on August 7, 2017. He was born on January 22, 1955. The son of Morrill E. Alley and Rosalie W. Smith. Ivan was known and will be remembered for his kind heart, contagious smile, and love for New York Yankees baseball - a love passed down from generation to generation. 

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Standing with Charlottesville

 

The Machias counter-protestors carried signs that read “Love Lives Here” and “All Are Welcome”. NPR reported that more than 500 similar events took place across the nation on Sunday. Photo courtesy Alan Kryszak.

 

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Auction of Afternoons sequel coming soon

 

Eastport Arts Center’s Development Committee hosted the second annual Auction of Afternoons on Saturday, July 22. Raising nearly $2,000 for EAC general operating support, the event was a great time for participants and featured one of Board member Jon Calame’s memorable auctioneer performances. 

Community members who still would like to get involved will have a chance as a sequel to the event is coming soon in the form of an online auction featuring more afternoons of learning and exploring in the Eastport area. 

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“Les Miserables” Grand matinee

The Grand announces the next film in its Musical Grand Matinees series: “Les Miserables.” On Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. The Grand’s brand new digital cinema projection system will make it possible to see on the giant Coastal Eye Care screen, and as it was made to be seen, the Broadway hit re-imagined for the silver screen. As with “Les Miserables,” Musical Grand Matinees screen on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

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Land Transfers by deed July 28 through August 10, 2017

Kelly Barnes of East Machias acting Personal Representative of the Estate of Nancy Lee Roberts to Albert J. Nehrings and Lori H. Nehrings of Whitneyville a certain lot or parcel of land with the buildings thereon on the westerly side of State Route No. 192 in Whitneyville beginning at an iron pipe marking the southeasterly corner of a parcel of land conveyed by Everett L. McLain and Willis Mae McLain to Charles E. Roberts, Jr. and Nancy L. Roberts by deed dated October 3, 1973

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Blueberry Run turns 42

by Phil Stuart

On August 19, the Machias Blueberry Run turns 42 years old, making it the second oldest running event in Washington County behind the Perry to Eastport seven-miler which is held on Fourth of July weekend.

The Blueberry Run does have the distinction of holding the title of most consecutive races because Hurricane Arthur wiped out the 2014 Perry to Eastport 7 to go.

This year’s Blueberry Run will be held on the third weekend in August and is expected to draw a decent field of runners once again.

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Cake, Tardy Milbridge winners

by Phil Stuart

Jud Cake of Bar Harbor and Tia Tardy of Hancock were the overall male and female winners at the Annual Milbridge Days 5k on July 29.

Cake, one of the premier runners in Eastern Maine and the course record holder at the Cobscook Bay 10k in Pembroke, led a field of 65 runners down to the end of Fickett’s Point and back and a fast time of 16:20.

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Local granddaughter to be featured in NYC’s Times Square video

Hadley Davis, 9, of Silver Ridge, Maine will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 16, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

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Crow Town Gallery’s last show

Crow Town Gallery of Lubec announces its last show of the 2017 season, which will feature four artists— Bonnie Beard, Shanna Wheelock, Kathrin Hilten, and Sheryl Denbo— whose work celebrates the beauty of Downeast Maine. The show will run from August 17 to September 3

Bonnie Beard, the proprietor of the Crow Town Gallery in Lubec, is a landscape painter specializing in the natural beauty around her home. Bonnie works both in her studio above the gallery which overlooks the magnificent marshes of South Lubec and throughout Lubec’s coastline. Bonnie’s mediums are oil and charcoal.

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Mad about blue

 

The giant blueberry was hoisted up to the church’s steeple, and “dropped” after Sunday morning services, signifying the start of Blueberry Festival week in Machias. Photo by Bill Kitchen.

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Eastport Art Center presents pianist Mira Gill

The Concert Series at the Eastport Arts Center is thrilled to welcome back world-class concert pianist Mira Armij Gill on Friday, August 25 at 7 p.m. Gill’s program will include works of Rameau, Beethoven, Granados, Moszkowski and Chopin.

A reception will follow the concert with refreshments courtesy of Moose Island Bakery. Many will remember Gill’s memorable performances over the past decade in Lubec, Eastport, and Saint Andrews. 

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National Barrel Horse Association Action shots by John Rogers

Madison Brown riding Annie

Jenna Koehne riding Salty DeFrost

Milt Porter riding Angel

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Ryder Cup and more

by Phil Stuart

The Barren View Golf Course in Jonesboro has been a hub of activity lately with two tournaments and a senior scramble within a week’s time frame.

On July 25, Barren View hosted a two-person Ryder Cup Tourney.

Laura Bagley and Bernice Fedder took top honors in gross play with a score of 73, and held a three-stroke lead over Ralph Backman and Tom Viselli. Third place honors went to Wayne Smith and Jim Goliffe, who compiled a score of 80.

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A dynasty is born

by Phil Stuart

The two-year reign of the Dennysville AA in the Quoddy Baseball League ended at the conclusion of the 1961 season and it was time for another team to step up.

The Cutler Cardinals, under Neil Corbett, had fielded teams for years but hadn’t had much success against the likes of Dixie, Jonesboro and Eastport.

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The Editor's Desk

Many year round residents have a standing rule that they do not leave the state of Maine in August. One look around our area this month, and no one could question their wisdom. Where else could anyone wish to be? Lobster, blueberries, beaches, sunshine (finally), music, great food, author readings, history, hiking... the list goes on. There are dozens of reasons our roads, hotels and pullout couches are brimming with out-of-state visitors right now. 

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Public comment period open for referendum questions

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap  is now accepting comments on the proposed wording of the two citizens’ initiative questions that will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 Referendum Election ballot. Below is the title of each initiative, as it is drafted to appear on the ballot:

An act to allow slot machines or a Casino in York County. “Do you want to allow a certain out-of-state company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to specific programs?”

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LePage vetoes potentially hurt communities

Twenty-seven gubernatorial turndowns have slammed into rural Maine, once again causing Mainers to speculate about the rationale that drives this state’s leader.

Twenty-seven vetoes saying no to everything from phoning while driving to selling flame-retardant furniture gummed up the wheels of decision-making in Augusta.

While Gov. Paul LePage spews forth a hefty stream of bombastic dialogue on a daily basis he seems to have added a new twist lately with his concern over “social engineering.”

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Secretary Dunlap denies commission’s second request for voter data

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap  is standing by his decision to deny the voter data request of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

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Northfield collision kills one, injures two

On August 7 at approximately 2:13 p.m. the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC)  received a 911 call from an off-duty Deputy that had come upon a serious two-vehicle crash on Rt 192 in Northfield in the vicinity of mailbox 1580. The RCC dispatched the Machias ambulance, Machias Fire Department as well as additional Deputies to the scene.

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Wesley News

Dianne and Maddy left on July 27 and headed for Watertown, New York. They ran into a lot of construction in New York, so didn’t get to Chris and Carrie’s until after 7 p.m. It was a long day but made it safely. 

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Guest Voice - Opinion

 Last Wednesday, the Maine Senate and House of Representatives dealt with over two dozen vetoes from Governor Paul LePage, sent two bond issues and a constitutional amendment back to their policy committees, and set the stage for a return in the fall when another committee charged with implementing the state’s marijuana legalization act completes its work on a bill to implement the new law.

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‘Little’ Machias charity makes big impact in Uganda

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Kristen Johnson said that a chance meeting with a stranger led her to create a charity that cares for Ugandan street children. “It’s a strange story. I actually met a person that became a very dear friend of mine on Facebook, he lives in Africa,” she said. “His name is Moses and his parents had died, and left him to care for his younger brothers and sisters when he was only 14.”

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Skate party “crushes” Whitneyville

 

by Bill Kitchen

Machias native and San Francisco firefighter and EMT, Rob Collinson, returned home for a few weeks this summer and revived the now mythic ROBSTOCK skate fest in Whitneyville last weekend. Collinson is also the founder and publisher of LOWCARD Magazine, a noted skater publication launched in 2003, which was one of the event’s sponsors.

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Machias races to join food sovereignty movement

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At a public hearing attended by three residents last week, the Machias Selectboard discussed the Machias Local Food and Community Self Governance Ordinance proposed at an earlier meeting in July. The ordinance will be put to a town vote during a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 9.

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Session adjourns with turmoil, much undecided

by Ruth Leubecker

Amid a storm of overriding controversy, the 128th session of the Maine Legislature ended last week with the certainty of reconvening to address many of the same issues.

“It was a difficult session,” said Sen. Paul Davis (R-Sangerville). “We had so many different issues, and so many vetoes. That takes a lot of time, and it’s frustrating. Some wanted to change their vote, and that’s more time and more discussion.”

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Fire and rescue respond to hiker’s emergency call on Bold Coast Trail

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Sunday, August  6, the Cutler Fire Department responded to a call from a hiker along the Bold Coast Trail in Cutler. 

Cutler Fire Chief Wayne Dennison said that the hiker was approximately three miles down the Bold Coast Trail when she was stung by bees, which she is allergic. The hiker began to go into anaphylactic shock and called for help.

“Before they got to her, she had taken some Benadryl, and didn’t need any help,” said Dennison.

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Blueberry Fest expanding in every direction

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Last year, volunteers at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival information booth noticed that there were a lot of visitors walking around town on the Friday of festival weekend, a day traditionally thin on activities. So this year, they’ve expanded Friday’s schedule to include a full day of live music and more than 50 vendors who will set up on the green space by Centre Street Congregational Church.

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Tibbetts low - bids Jonesport road work

 

by Nancy Beal

At their August 2 meeting, Jonesport selectmen opened bids on work needed on portions of town towards that had been identified, marked and listed by Jonesport contractor Jim Carver. Old House Point Road he called “one of the worst in town.” Others on the list included Beal and Bluenose Streets, Ice Hill North, Moosabec/View and Ledge Streets and Rockwell Lane. For each, he indicated the type of work needed: ditching, shoulder work, bush hogging and, paving.

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Mozart concert scheduled for Eastport’s North Church

Mozart at North Church is a full concert of music by Mozart performed by a quintet of experienced professional musicians and sponsored by the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA). The quintet will rehearse at TIMA’s 1819 North Church Project Space, 82 High Street, Eastport, throughout the week prior to the concert.

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Renowned organist to play in Perry

The Nash-Wolfe Concert, featuring renowned Down East organist Kevin Birch from Bangor, will be presented on the David Wallace organ at the Perry Congregational Church on Sunday, August 22 at 4 p.m.  Playing familiar hymns and classical pieces from the organ repertoire, Kevin is well known for his skill and ability in making fine music accessible to the public.  There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be received to help cover the costs of this special occasion.

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Community Calendar August 9, 2017

Upcoming events

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Savory beef  church supper  - Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall (River Road, Cherryfield), August 9,. Dinner served at 5:30 - Doors open at 5:p.m..

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Vacation Bible School, August 7, 8, 9, 10 West Lubec Methodist Church, 9 a.m. – 11:15AM  Ages 4 – grade 8. Bible stories, snacks, crafts, rockin’ music, and Samaritan’s Purse mission. All welcome. FMI 733-2210

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Caking history

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Pisces propels Fishes to another sailing trophy

by Nancy Beal

The 2017 Port and Starboard Yacht Club sailing race in Jonesport’s Chandler Bay took place July 29. There were four entries this year. Perennial winner Harry Fish in his 20-foot Atlantic Class Pisces was challenged by three Cape Dory 25s: the Irene piloted by Bernie Sund, the Mimi with Dana DeVos at the helm, and the Harmony commanded by newcomers Joe and Nancy Bell of Beals.

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Machias High graduate prepares to teach in Japan

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Emily Morse of Machias was named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the fall semester ending in April 2017. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.71 or higher.

 Morse, the daughter of Catherine M. Morse of Machias, Maine, is a 2013 graduate of Machias Memorial High School (MMHS). She majored in East Asian studies at Bates, which is located in Lewiston and is internationally recognized as one of the “little ivy league” schools, renowned for its liberal arts program.

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Unique trail run experience along the Machias River this fall

 

An exciting, new trail run is coming to the area this fall. Hosted by Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC), the Bad Little Trail Run will be held on October 1 and the course will weave through the Machias River Preserve. This inaugural event celebrates the organization’s 30 years of conservation in Washington county and will introduce participants from across the region to the scenic beauty of the Machias River.

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Downeast Native American series to explore first contact Aug. 11

Pleasant River Historical Society is continuing its Summer Series concentrating on Native people who may have inhabited the Downeast area with Dr. Ed Jessiman, retired professor of Sociology at UMM, who will be speaking on the cultural distinctions between traditional Native cultures and those of the early Europeans’ and how both cultures changed on contact. This program will be held at Church on the Hill in Addison on Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m. All are welcome! The free program will be preceded by a brief business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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Update from the Addison Board

by Mary Thompson

The Addison Planning Board met on Wednesday, August  2 and issued the following permits:

#11-2017 to Betram Merchant at Map 4, Lot 24-1 at 378 Ridge Road to erect a 10’x24’ deck and bring in a 10’x55’ storage unit (trailer), both items already in place. No concrete pour on either. CEO has inspected and approved locations. All fees ($120 plus the after-the-fact fee) have been paid. Permit issued subject to no conditions. Vote 4/0.

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Jonesport’s Kelley’s Point Cemetery gets attention

by Nancy Beal

Jody Alley came to the July 26 Jonesport selectmen’s meeting to raise the possibility of reviving a small cemetery on Kelley’s Point. He told selectmen that it was weed choked and that the fence needed replacing. He wanted to know if there was money available to “make it look respectable.”

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Columbia News

 

This week I have been busy painting my deck, I have worked on it for three days straight. I still have a lot more to do before I can say it is completely done.

Friday evening, Aug. 4,  about thirty folks gathered to attend the performance The Wild Goose Chase dance -Measuring Time – a work evolving… at the Union Hall in Columbia Falls.

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Harrington News

Mike and Tracey Peterson are making headway on their house lot. It is going to be so nice. Jannie and Junior Caler were up to visit on Saturday.

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Governor LePage announces Maine’s participation in FirstNet project

Governor Paul R. LePage signed a letter last week indicating his decision to have Maine participate in the national FirstNet project. FirstNet is an independent authority within the Department of Commerce to develop, build and operate a nationwide, broadband network dedicated for use by emergency first responders throughout the United States and participating territories.

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Artist of the Week

 

by Jessica Griffin-Brown

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Plein air in Lubec

Robin Rier, plein air artist of Jonesport will be exhibiting her paintings at the Mulholland Market Gallery in Lubec,  Aug. 16 - 29. Opening reception Saturday, Aug. 19, 5-7 p.m. All are invited to see beautiful paintings and enjoy beautiful downtown Lubec. Photo courtesy Robin Rier.

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Bulldogs in Action at Summer UMM League

 

Andon Wood gets a step on a defender at UMM.

Alex Wentzell brings the fast break down the court for Machias.

Machias Bulldog Tyler Wentzell positions himself for the rebound.

 

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Mary Potterton Memorial Concerts welcomes Maurer and McIntyre

Back again at SummerKeys, flutist Andrea Maurer, accompanied by Richard McIntyre, piano will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 16 in Lubec. Ms. Maurer has a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Rice University. She has played in the Pasadena Woodwind Quintet, Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic and the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony. Mr. McIntyre has worked almost continuously as a church musician since the age of 16 and has served parishes in Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is currently the organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pittstown, NJ.

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Cod fishing documentary at Reel Pizza

Reel Pizza Cinerama, located at 33 Kennebec Place in Bar Harbor will present a screening of Sacred Cod on Sunday, August 13 at 2 p.m.

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Where every day is Tuesday...

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Project Canopy plantings underway

There will be a Green Space meeting held at noon on Aug. 10 at the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Station 1898, 2 Kilton Lane, Machias. The purpose of the meeting is to determine what types of trees will be planted where next. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

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Land Transfers by deed July 14 through July 27, 2017 (Cont.from last week)

Richard G. Axelrod of Brooklyn, New York as Trustee of the Simon and Jean H. Locke Charitable Remainder UniTrust To Worcester Holdings, Inc. of Columbia Falls land and buildings in Addison (Parcel one a certain lot or parcel of land situated in Addison beginning at the high water mark of Cape Split Harbor so-called; Parcel Two as appurtenant to the premises in Addison described in the deed from the Harbor Land Company; Parcel Three a certain lot or parcel of land with the buildings thereon situated in Pleasant River Bay an island known as Norton’s Island)

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Nonprofit trains to work with disabled vets in wilderness

On July 22-23 and 29-30 Ruth Moore, the founder of INTERNITY, travelled to Danbury, NH to attend a four-day, intensive Wilderness Medicine Training Module for Medical Providers. This course was offered by The Kane Schools of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine out of Fryburg, ME; and focused on Back Country Rescues, Advanced Life Support, Various Trauma Situations, Wilderness Improvisation for Medical Emergencies, Planning for Environmental Injuries, and then studying the Anatomy of Mountain Rescues and how to adapt the Federal Incident Command Structure to rescue teams.

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Missing: The Deer Man

by  V. Paul Reynolds

Make no mistake about it. When it comes to Maine’s most important wildlife game species, our whitetail deer are at the very top of the list. There are a number of reasons, not the least of which is the enormous impact that deer have on Maine’s overall economy, as well as the budget and income at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Signs of summer

The Machias Farmer’s Market and dike are full of vendors and shoppers as the region moves into the final month of high tourist season. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Larry Worcester Beal Milbridge

Larry Worcester Beal, 78, of Milbridge Maine passed away peacefully and quietly at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital on July 28, 2017.

Larry was educated in the Milbridge school system and graduated from Milbridge High School.

He worked his entire life at a variety of jobs. Two of his favorite jobs were being a lobster fisherman with his dad, and the manager of the International Paper Company wood yard in Cherryfield. Larry was a hard worker, who loved his family, a good story, and a good laugh. He was also a lifelong member of the Harrington Advent Christian Church.

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Lovina L. Crowley Beals

Lovina L. Crowley, 80, left her earthly home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 29, 2017 at the Down East Community Hospital. She was born on Beals, October 1, 1936 the third child of the late Vinal and Kathleen (Alley) Beal . She grew up on Beals Island, where she married her loving husband Philmore on Dec. 16, 1953. She was a devoted wife and mother, and loved by all who knew her .

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Julian Merrill Ross Lubec

Julian Merrill Ross passed away in Machias on July 24, 2017 with his children by his side. He was 72.

Julian was born on June 15, 1945 in Lubec, Maine to Bernard Merrill Ross and Marion Elaine Newman. He graduated from Lubec High School in 1963. After high school, Julian joined the United States Army. Julian then owned and operated his own satellite business, Colby Co. Satellite. Later in life he did computer repair on the side. 

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Great races in August

by Phil Stuart

Two of Washington County’s oldest road races will be held in the month of August.

Johnson’s True Value International Road Race, a 5-miler, will be held on August 12.

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Changing of the guard

by Phil Stuart

After a decade of baseball in the fifties featuring premier teams like the Dixie Eagles, Jonesboro Jets and Eastport Lobsters, it was time for other teams to share the spotlight.

Dixie, Jonesboro and Eastport either disbanded or were unable to keep a roster full of quality players.

After Dixie’s Eagles won for the last time in 1959, a Dennysville squad coached by Alton Bell had a two-year run.

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Streak ended at Jonesport

by Phil Stuart

A running streak, which is believed to be a Washington County record, is officially over as of July 1.

For the past 35 years Dave Alley of Kelley’s Point has held a five kilometer road race on Fourth of July weekend.

For the first 34 years, Dana Urquhart of Jonesboro, known as the “Station Road Streaker” has been a part of the annual Jonesport race.

This year, Urquhart’s streak ended when he failed to enter race number 35.

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Dericksons still on top

by Phil Stuart

The Machias husband and wife combination of Gary and Sue Derickson have maintained their first place grip on the earnings leader board at Barren View Golf Course Wednesday morning senior scrambles.

Last year the couple took a cross country trip with their Barren View earnings and this year they should be able to reach Alaska.

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Washington County running course records pretty secure

by Phil Stuart

Washington County has seven road races that have been going continuously for 25 years or more and runners can count on them being the same weekend each year.

Running has changed over the years. The times are not as fast and there is not a deep field of runners. There might be a fast runner or two at the head of the pack, but it usually drops off fast after that.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the elite runners were all running 100-mile weeks. today very few runners hit the 50 mile limit.

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Golf - Allingham and Kay win 2-person scramble

In the 4th Annual Roosevelt Cup, Brendan Allingham and Gordon Kay of St. Stephen were the 2017 champions in the 2-person scramble held at Herring Cove on Saturday, Aug. 4.

 1st Men’s Division

 1st place = James Macdonald & Toby Cole (68)

2nd place = Brett Hooper & Michael Hooper (70)

3rd place = Kevin Farmer & Tom Hendershot (72)

4th place = Galen Alley & Rocky Alley (75)

 2nd Men’s Division

 1st place = Cody Morton & Justin Searles (72)

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Golf - Fourth Annual Roosevelt cup at Herring Cove

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Marshall Healthcare earns national quality award

Machias’ Marshall Healthcare Facility has been recognized as a 2017 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award recipient by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which was established in 1996 and spotlights providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for residents and patients in long term and post-acute care centers and communities.

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Secretary Dunlap reviewing Kobach’s second request for private data

The Maine Department of the Secretary of State received a second letter from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Wednesday, July 26, requesting voter data from the States for the use of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity at https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/07/13/presidential-advisory-commiss... . Kobach is the vice chairman of the commission, on which Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap also serves.

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Phil Alley 14-foot Cora donated to Jonesport Historical Society

by Nancy Beal

Phil Alley died at the age of 88 nearly 15 years ago, but those who knew him still speak of what a “good guy” he was. At the end of his life, he was known for the model boats that came out of his Jonesport workshop, but today a full-size vessel will be preserved, thanks to the generosity of two summer residents and the facilities at the Jonesport Historical Society.

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Food mobile in Machias Aug. 2

The Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine Food Mobile is free for anyone in need of food assistance.

It will be parked in Machias on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Pellon Center parking lot on Route 1 next to the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Station 1898.

Bring your own bags or boxes. Questions? Call Susie Maxwell 255-6665

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Machias’ Robish earns Master of Arts

Jennifer Robish of Machias has received her Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary

Education (K-8) from Western Governors University (WGU). 

The university held its 33rd semi-annual commencement ceremony at the Salt Palace

Convention Center in Salt Lake City on July 15 and celebrated the graduation of more than 10,000 graduates.

Robish said that she student taught at the Rose M. Gaffney School in Machias, and plans to teach 4th grade at the Beatrice Rafferty School in Perry thi s year.

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King Cosponsors Bill for military members seeking commercial driver’s licenses

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support for the Jobs for Our Heroes Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would exempt qualified active-duty military members and reservists from certain requirements to obtain a state commercial driver’s license (CDL) if they have the proper military experience.

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Wesley News

Linda and Ron’s garden is producing nicely. The cabbages are huge. Karen and Ruthie and family have been enjoying the greens and Linda has been enjoying green beans and potatoes. Linda has also been making all kinds of her goat milk lotions and soaps this week getting ready for Grand Lake Stream Festival this past weekend in July. I hope to spend at least Saturday with her there selling. Linda is a people person and a great friend.

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Dennysville exhibition explores local connections

This summer’s exhibition at the Academy /Vestry Museum,  “Audubon: Down East to Labrador,” continues to welcome visitors on Saturday afternoons, from 1 to 4 p.m., and at other times by prior arrangement with Dennys River Historical Society. Call 726-3905 or email drhs@myfairpoint.net for a tour of this visually rich presentation of John James Audubon’s famous 1833 birding trip to Labrador, when he was accompanied by several young men from the Eastport, Dennysville and Lubec area.

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Whitneyville Library news

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay My, oh, my, what a wonderful day...Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way...Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay! Summer winds have brought beautiful days once again. The Friends of the Whitneyville Public

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