Verizon Wireless disconnects Downeast

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Two years after Verizon Wireless announced its expansion into eastern Hancock and Washington Counties, Downeast customers received letters stating that their Verizon contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. 

Downeast customers are not the only ones receiving these notices. According to Verizon spokesperson David Weissman, 213 customers and 455 lines have been cut here in Washington County this month, but a total of 8,500 consumers in 13 states will also lose their Verizon service—19,000 lines in all.

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Small aircraft crashes at Machias Valley Municipal Airport

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 

A 1973 Beechcraft Sundowner C23 lost power during its approach to the Machias Valley Municipal Airport on Thursday, Sept. 14. The Machias Fire Department was called to the scene of the ensuing crash, which did not injure the pilot. There were no passengers.

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Memories of the British occupation of Machias in 1814 The British are coming Part 2

The following is a first person account of what happened during those trying times as recorded by Lydia Whitney Sherman, wife of Aaron Sherman a local carpenter who is most noted for building the Ruggles House at Columbia Falls, and daughter of Colonel Jeremiah O’Brien. She remembers distinctly the British occupation of Machias in 1814, then a girl of eleven years. When in her nineties her remembrances were recorded by her son George W. Sherman, who sent them to George Drisko, who printed her story in the March 9, 1897 issue of the Machias Union – as follows.

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Seal fatalities

Three dead seals in three weeks have local marine scientists scratching their heads. Last weekend former University of Maine at Machias (UMM) marine biology student Marielle Thomas worked with UMM professor Gayle Krauss to examine the seal. Photo courtesy Aura Moore

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DMR announces presence of brain-damaging biotoxin

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is in the process of recalling mussels harvested from Frenchman Bay due to elevated levels of domoic acid, the biotoxin that causes Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP). The recall follows a closure implemented yesterday of the area between East Point on MDI and Cranberry Point in Gouldsboro to the harvest of mussels, clams, oysters and whelks (carnivorous snails).

 In mammals, including humans, domoic acid acts as a neurotoxin, causing permanent short-term memory loss, brain damage, and death in severe cases.

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Machias’ Annual Harvest Fair, Wine and Beer Festival set for Sept. 23

The 2017 Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce Fifth  Annual Harvest Fair and Wine and Beer Tasting Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23. It is sponsored by the Chamber, Machias River Brewing Company and The French Cellar.

The full day of fun begins with a Color Dash sponsored by Healthy  Acadia. Registration is preferred in advance but can be made on the day of the event at 8 a.m. The dash begins at 9 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, contact Angela Fochesato at Healthy Acadia, 255.3741.

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Beals Elementary School students in grades 5

Beals Elementary School students in grades 5 through 8 trek through the woods of The Nature Conservancy’s Great Wass Island Preserve as part of a two-day field trip last week under the auspices of the Maine Outdoor School. Photo courtesy Suzanne Carver. Story found on page 10.

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‘Downeast Cowboy’ named finalist in outdoor adventure film contest

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

James Hubisz and Kelly Hinkle are the men behind the mask of Downeast Cowboy, an online filmmaking venture that has grown in popularity since 2011 when they made their first video showcasing Washington County. 

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Authors Cass and Smith to give readings at Merrill Library

University of Maine at Machias will host two authors, Megan Cass and Erin Smith. Both will read from their creative works on Friday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Merrill Library.  The event is free and open to the public. Both authors will read for approximately 20 minutes and will have copies of their works available for sale. The library will provide light refreshments. 

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SCRATCH computer coding at Porter Memorial Library

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and 4-H will offer a six-week Scratch computer coding course to be held at Porter Memorial Library. Beginning Oct. 4, the course will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library, 92 Court Street, Machias, and is designed for children ages 10 to 14. The Scratch computer coding course is one of many different SPIN Club (Special Interest Club) subjects for kids to explore through 4-H.

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Weekly drawing group welcomes beginners and experienced artists

The Drawing Workshop at Eastport Arts Center has resumed weekly meetings and offers a session each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. The workshop will include a combination of life drawing, facial studies and drawing the clothed figure. The group’s emphasis is to offer a learning experience for beginners and, for more experienced artists, an opportunity to hone their drawing skills. No prior experience is necessary. Participants may either pay $12 per session on a drop-in basis or just $40 for four sessions (preregistered).

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The grandeur of Petit Manan

The saying goes that good things come in small packages—but what about petit ones? One can find the answer to this question down Route 1 in Steuben. The peninsula of Petit Manan is one of Maine’s many “fingers” that extend into the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. While some of the refuge is private property, its Hollingsworth Trail offers quick and easy access to the natural paradise of the peninsula.

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UMM Dean’s List

The following students from Washington County achieved the distinction of being on the Dean’s List at the University of Maine at Machias in the Spring 2017 semester:

Robbinston: Brent Arthur Lyons, Dara Wesley Turner.

Pembroke: Miranda Lynn Mahar.

Dennysville: Alayna B. Caricofe.

Jonesport: Loretta Jean Robinson, Kali Elizabeth Alley, Meagan Elizabeth Alley.

Jonesboro: Kristin Alice King, Nadine Baker

Machias: Ty Steven Richards, James Christopher Dolan.

Machiasport: Kellie J. Sawyer.

Whiting: Virginia Jean Majka.

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Machias debates mobile vending ordinance, fire department consolidation

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

During a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Machias Selectboard gathered feedback on a proposed mobile vending ordinance which could give the town the ability to regulate vendors who sell on public property. 

The ordinance was proposed in response to some difficulties reported on the Machias dike, located between Helen’s and Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 1, which is often full of mobile vendors. Reported issues include territorial vendors arguing with other merchants, and abuse of the garbage receptacles.

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Action shots of Narraguagus Knights Soccer

See full photo spread in September 20 issue on newsstands now or download the Digital Version.  See pages 16-17.

Brantley Kane controls the ball for Narraguagus.

An agile Colby Poirier takes the action sharply left.

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Mugford captures tourney win

by Phil Stuart

Nate Mugford of Bucks Harbor recently captured the Annual Jim Merrill Tournament at Barren View Golf Club in Jonesboro with a low gross score of 72. Mugford won by five strokes over by runner-up Lenny Espling of Jonesboro.

Harry Beal of Columbia Falls supplemented his income with a big payday finishing with a low gross score of 59 and a two stroke advantage over Cooper’s Tom Viselli.

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Races galore in the fall

by Phil Stuart

Although there are not too many local road races Downeast in the fall, they are pretty abundant in other areas.

The Suddy 5K will be held in Eastport Saturday, Sept. 9. The one - mile Fun Run will start at Shead High School at 8:45 a.m. The 5K is slated to start at 9 a.m. The starting line is down over the hill from Shead High School. The race goes down through the South end before doing a loop back to Shead High by way of Water Street and Clark Street.

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Cards-Bruins in 1965 final

by Phil Stuart

The top seeded Cutler Cardinals and the second seeded Machias Bruins squared off in the 1965 Quoddy Base League final after semi-final wins over Pleasant Point and Bucks Harbor Air Base. Cutler finished the regular season with 10-2 record followed by Machias 9-3, Pleasant Point 9-3 and Bucks Harbor Air Force 7-5. Cutler journeyed to Pleasant Point to start the 1965 playoffs with a double header against the Indians.

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Acadia Brain Care offers alternative approach to learning difficulties

by Lura Jackson

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Penobscot Fly Fishers

By V. Paul Reynolds

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Groups drug recovery center opens

A new outpatient drug recovery center opened its doors in Machias this month. Groups is a clinic which uses a combination of group therapy and Suboxone to help people struggling with opiate addiction. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

The Project Canopy Tree Planting will continue at 9 a.m. on Tuesday Sept 19th. Please join us at the Water Street parking lot.

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Open to the public - Wed., Sept. 20 5 p.m. Monthly meeting of the Porter Memorial Library board of trustees, 92 Court St., Machias. 

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Dinner served at 5:30 (Doors open at 5:00). This month’s Pleasant River Garden Club meeting will take place 

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Positive youth development focus of Oct. 13 workshop

The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) in partnership with the River Coalition, Wabanaki Public Health, Healthy Acadia and Penobscot Job Corps Center, is partnering to host a free workshop that offers adults who work with youth effective tools, resources and strategies for building successful youth-adult partnerships.  “Creating Successful Youth/Adult Partnerships” will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penobscot Job Corps Center, 1375 Union St. Bangor, Maine 04401.

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Clipper squads open season

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias men’s and women’s soccer squads opened their 2017 season on Sept. 2 at home against the Central Maine Community College Mustangs while the volleyball squad traveled to Bangor for a match-up with the College of St. Joseph’s at Newman Gym on the Husson University campus.

New UMM men’s soccer coach picked up his first win coaching the Clippers on opening day when his team hosted the Central Maine Community College Mustangs of Auburn.

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Join the fight to lower taxes and help Maine families prosper

by Governor Paul LePage

It is so refreshing to have a president in the White House who truly understands what it takes to create jobs and grow the economy.

From his long and successful career in business, President Trump knows firsthand that a burdensome tax code doesn’t create jobs, it kills them. When he outlined his vision for tax reform last week, I was pleased to see it will help Maine families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.

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Editors Desk

We’ve had a busy week here in Washington County.

All the high school and college sports teams are back at it, and Phil Stuart has those stories for you in our Sports section. 

We had a small plane crash at the Machias Valley Municipal Airport, which the pilot walked away from just fine. It meant a long day for him and for the Machias Fire Department, and heaven knows that plane will never be the same. But as they say, a good landing is any landing that you walk away from. We have that story for you on page 1.

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UMaine Extension offers Venison 101

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a day-long workshop on deer health in Maine and the safe processing of venison on Sept. 30, 8:45 a.m.– 4 p.m., at the University of Maine’s J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center, 160 University Farm Road, Old Town.

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Fall yard work that yields springtime benefits

Lots of people think that their family yards need less attention in the fall, but autumn is no time to ignore your lawn and landscape.

 “What you do now will determine the quality of your family yard next spring and summer,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. 

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Hearing from people across Maine guides my work in Washington

by Sen. Angus King

 During my time in Maine this summer, I visited all of the 16 counties in our state, hearing feedback from Maine people about the issues important to them, their families and their communities. My stops throughout the state once again reminded me that Maine is a big small town with very long streets – we care about each other and our friends and neighbors. Listening to people from Sanford to Fort Fairfield – and everywhere in between – is a breath of fresh air and helps guide my work in Washington.

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Candidate Fulford says hurricanes issue climate change ‘wake-up call’

by Jonathan Fulford

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Wesley News

Phyllis Dennison’s daughter, Valerie, up here visiting from Bradington, Florida. She is here for a couple of weeks. Brother Charlie and Gail came to visit and have supper with all of them.​

Joe and Anthony, father and son from New Jersey, were here for bear hunting for the second week. Other than seeing bear cubs, which they didn’t get, they went to Marshfield and went home with a cub. Shepherd pup. The cutest thing you ever saw. They were happy.

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Harrington News

Another week has passed by so quickly.  Friends and family attended the funeral For Dorothy “Dottie” Plummer this week.  Dottie was the widow of Captain Ralph Plummer of Harrington.  Dottie was a lovely lady and will be missed by many.  She traveled extensively with her husband.  They lived all over the United States and other countries. She had a great personality and was loved by many.  Happy reunion with “Bud”, Dottie.

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Columbia News

The Milbridge Historical Society speaker for Tuesday evening was Doug Kell speaking on how he came to Milbridge and started his business Kelco Industries in the old Milbridge High School building. This was our last program for the year.

The chicken pot pie supper at the congregational church in Cherryfield on Wednesday Sept. 13, was delicious with many folks out for it. I enjoyed sitting at the table with Joe, Anne, Ruth, Jean, Louise, Ben and his mother. The next and last supper for the season will be Wednesday, Oct. 11 with a turkey dinner.

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Whitneyville Library news

It is an exciting time for the library as we prepare for the groundbreaking for the new library. The new site of the library, which is located on Cross Street in Whitneyville, will be the center of attention on Sept. 23 at noon.  

All of our patrons and library friends are invited to attend.  Following the groundbreaking ceremony the Friends of the Whitneyville Library invite everyone to the Hillgrove Community Building for light refreshments. This is a wonderful and exciting moment in the library’s history that we want to share with all our library friends.

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Maine Outdoor School teaches Beals students on Great Wass Island

Beals Elementary students did not stay inside to read about science on Sept.14-15; Maine Outdoor School took Beals students in grades K-8 to the Great Wass Island Nature Preserve to learn geology and natural history through games, acting, exploration, and observation. On the first day, students in grades 5-8 focused on geology by identifying rock and mineral types along the trail. On the second day those 5th-8th graders teamed up with students in grades K-4 to share what they learned and to build new natural history knowledge together.

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UMM Alumni Association holds annual meeting

by Mary McFadden

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Machiasport teen builds toward Eagle Scout rank

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Before earning their rank, aspiring Eagle Scouts must accomplish a project that both demonstrates their leadership and serves the community. For his final service project, 17 year-old Caleb Norton chose to build a new greenhouse for the Fort O’Brien Elementary School in Machiasport. 

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Pleasant River Historical Society annual meeting set for Oct. 8

Pleasant River Historical Society annual meeting is set for Oct. 8

The annual meeting of the Pleasant River Historical Society will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8  at the Mayhew Library in Addison.

This annual meeting satisfies the IRS 501(c)3 and State of Maine non-profit regulations and will involve the election of officers to fill all vacancies. For voting purposes there will be a table from 1:30-2 p.m. to take new memberships. All area persons interested in the historical resources of the Pleasant River area are invited to attend.

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Late night Machias raid leads to 3 arrests

A Connecticut man wanted on drug charges in Maine and a number of other felonies from Connecticut, was taken into custody late last night in Machias.  Rafael Santiago-Salazar aka: “Chico” was charged in February for selling heroin and crack cocaine, following a joint investigation by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  Following his arrest, Santiago-Salazar,  posted bail but never showed up for his court appearances in Maine. 

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Verizon Wireless quietly backing out of Downeast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

This week, Downeast customers of Verizon Wireless received letters stating that their cellular service contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. The letters were titled “Important information regarding interruption to your service.”

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Overview of 2017, January - June overdose data

 • Most (79%) drug deaths were caused by two or more drugs. The average cause of death involved three drugs.

• The vast majority of overdoses (84%) were caused by at least one opioid, including both pharmaceutical and illicit (non-pharmaceutical) opioid drugs.

• Fentanyl (and/or its analogs) caused 61% of deaths, alone or in combination with other drugs, up from 52% in 2016. 

• Heroin caused 22% of deaths, alone or in combination with other drugs, down from 32% in 2016.

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On the Greatness of Great Wass Island

Past the bobbing fishing boats of Jonesport and endless stacked lobster traps of Beals, Great Wass Island stands proudly in the Eastern Bay, accessed by the winding Black Duck Cove Road. Several miles down the road lies a small gravel parking lot for the Great Wass Island Preserve, a marker signifying the start of one of Downeast Maine’s beautiful wooded hikes. 

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Preparing for winter

The East Machias sliding hill is sporting a clean new haircut in anticipation of winter weather. After being purchased by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the hill was turned over to the town of East Machias earlier this year to be used by the community. In years past the hill was not mowed before winter and the tall grasses stuck through the snow, preventing would-be sled racers from achieving maximum speed. Not so, this winter. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Axiom aims at closing the ‘digital divide’

The Axiom Education & Training Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its new flagship program, the “National Digital Equity Center” (NDEC).

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4-H Summer of Science brings STEM learning to Machias, Lubec

This summer in 16 communities statewide, more than 2,000 youths ages 8-13 participated in the Maine 4-H Summer of Science, which provided hands-on STEM learning activities in areas ranging from animal adaptation and bioremediation to chromatography and engineering design.

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Columbia News

The first week of school has come and gone, where does the time go? All of the kiddos are happy to be back with their friends. Some of our buses were acting up as if they did not want to get back to work either but we soon straightened them out.

I was blessed again with more beans to can this past week, and with the corn that I got when we traveled to Bangor on Labor Day I was able to put that up, too. I don’t think I will go hungry this coming winter as I will eat out of my larder.  

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Wesley News

Karen made it to her cousin’s wedding in New Hampshire with Lisa and Dorothy for company. Great pictures and a great time was had by all.

Karen thanks everyone for their prayers. She has been having hard times with her chemo but she’s tough and makes it through.

Thanking Wendy for helping at Bear Camp in Karen’s place when she’s not up to it.

Andy and a couple of his good friends showed up and split all my firewood by hand, no splitter. Thank you. guys.

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Whitneyville Library to begin construction of new library

The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library along with Librarian Patricia Brightly are pleased to announce that construction of the new library will be begin on Sept. 23 with a ground breaking ceremony. It is a momentous step in the library’s next chapter and marks a glorious milestone.

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Harrington News

The hurricane in St. Petersburg, Florida is scary. Many of us have family and friends living there. I am praying for their safety. Our son, Roger, and his wife, Susan, and their basset hounds have hunkered down with friends in Rog’s wife’s beauty salon. It is a cement building. By the time you read this, they should all be safe!

Julie and Elliot Noyes just moved back to Harrington a short time ago. They still have two sons and their families. We are praying for everyone’s safety.

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Maine overdose deaths keep steady pace into 2017

 Maine’s rate of drug overdose deaths is keeping pace with last year.  Through the first six months of 2017 the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner recorded 185 deaths attributable to drug overdose, according to Dr. Marcella Sorg of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center who analyzes overdose deaths for the Office of the Attorney General.  Doubled, that would be 370 compared to 376 in 2016, or more than one drug overdose a day.

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Letter to the Editor - The Pandora’s pot of Maine’s marijuana legalization 

 

Dear Editor,

I am writing as one of the 375,668 “No” voters, asking our legislators, the 17 members of the Joint Select Committee on Medical Marijuana Legalization Implementation and fellow citizens to reflect upon the Pandora’s box that commercialized pot will open in our beautiful state. I’ve been a property owner in Maine since 1988 and year-round resident since 2011.

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Downeast Salmon Federation announces Sept. events

Maine’s Arctic Char - Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. – DSF at 13 Willow Street, East Machias – Join Downeast Salmon Federation and the Native Fish Coalition of Maine to learn about one of the rarest salmonids east of the Rocky Mountains, found only in Maine. Presentation will include historical information about this fascinating fish, population status and threats, conservation efforts and fishing. Presented by Bob Mallard, Northeast Regional Editor and Publisher of Fly Fish America, Registered Maine Guide, writer, author of “50 Best Places Fly Fishing the Northeast,” and native fish advocate.

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Community mobilizes to help Machias woman save eyesight

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Shelbie Ross will be traveling to New York City this month for a six-hour surgery to remove a tumor that is sitting on her right optic nerve. Now, friends, family and neighbors are mobilizing to help Ross cover the costs she will encounter as a result of the brain tumor, called a Suprasellar Meningioma. Doctors expect the tumor to be non-cancerous, but if it is not removed quickly Ross could lose her vision. 

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50 any-deer permits to be issued in coastal District 27

 

by Nancy Beal

When deer hunting begins in Maine next month, for the first time in over 30 years it will be lawful to shoot a female. In a drawing held last week (Sept. 8), 50 names were plucked and issued any-deer permits for Maine Department of Inland Fish and Game Wildlife Management District 27. WMD 27, often called the Downeast District, stretches from Gouldsboro to Calais and includes the 733 square miles south of the former Maine Central Railroad, now the Sunrise Trail. Tom Schaeffer is its regional biologist.

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Maine Veterans Project pioneers new ground through skydiving

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME02) recently appointed Shawn “Doc” Goodwin to his Veterans Advisory Panel as the representative for Washington and Hancock counties. “Doc is a great example of one of these terrific Maine veterans who really understands the issues on the ground,” said Poliquin. 

Goodwin earned that understanding working in service to the vets of Washington County as the president of the Maine Veterans Project (MVP), a nonprofit he founded in 2015 to prevent veteran suicide.

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DEI’s Tilton talks shellfish research, economic development at Rotary Club

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Diane Tilton told the Machias Rotary Club an anecdote that illustrates why the Downeast Institute (DEI) is positioned to become an international destination for scientific research. 

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Volunteers gather to paint Jonesboro vet’s home

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After they were married, Dwight Whitney’s parents received a house and some land as a gift from his grandfather. The only hitch was that the house and land were separated by one third of a mile and a large hill.

Whitney’s grandfather said, “It’s no problem, I’ll move the house up for you.” He used a team of oxen, rolling skids, rope and a large set of blocks. After a few days he had relocated the home, chimney and all. “You tell somebody to do that today, they’d say it can’t be done,” said Whitney. 

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Weathervane restoration

Washington Academy (WA) restores the weathervane atop the Old Academy (OA). The OA, built in 1823, was the first building erected on campus, 30 years after the charter was signed in 1792.  The new weathervane is replicated very closely to the original.  Replacing the weathervane is a fitting way to celebrate WA’s 225th anniversary.  Submitted photo

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You are the help until help arrives

by Susan Faloon

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The Editor’s Desk

This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Shelbie Ross, a young woman who is preparing to undergo brain surgery to save her vision. I was impressed by her determination to take care of herself, even though it meant reaching out to doctors a plane ride away, we should all be so focused. No doubt her grit and wry sense of humor will serve her well in the months following her surgery. You’ll find her story and ways in which the community hopes to help on page 1.

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Letters to the Editor

With the recent additions of Old Orchard Beach and Stonington, Maine boasts a total of 40 towns and communities to have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC).  In fact, Maine leads the nation in the number of towns, large and small, that are making a difference in the lives of residents of all ages through creative and collaborative efforts.

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Jonesport and Beals school news

by Nancy Beal

At their Sept. 5 meetings, the school committees for Beals (BES) and Jonesport Elementary Schools (JES) dealt with resignations, hirings, coaches, and the borrowing of eighth graders for the high school volleyball program.

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Constitution Week observed Sept. 17 to 23

Constitution Week, September 17-23, commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States. The first plan of national government the United States had was called Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, quickly shortened to the Articles of Confederation by most people. The Confederation was a loosely joined group of states that gives only limited powers to the central government. The Articles were drawn up in 1777 and went out of existence when the Constitution was adopted in 1789.  Of the written national constitutions, the U.S.

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Obeline Crowley turns 100

 

by Lisa Cirone

Obeline Crowley, originally from Beals, resides at Sunrise Care Facility in Jonesport. On Aug. 29 Obeline turned 100. Here at Sunrise we had an open house, where family, friends and other residents gathered to celebrate this wonderful lady’s milestone. She received cards, gifts, phone calls with 2 special letters from Governor LePage and President Trump. She was presented a cane for being the oldest person living from Beals Island. There was lots of laughter and memories that filled the room at Sunrise Care Facility.

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Fall sports season starting

by Phil Stuart

The 2017-2018 high school sports season is upon us which includes cross country, golf, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer and volleyball.

Cross country is hard to predict but it would be fairly safe to say that Evan Merchant of Jonesport-Beals would be favored to win the DAC championship and that WA, Machias and Narraguagus would be the only schools capable of fielding fall teams.

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Action shots of Washington Academy Lady Raiders Soccer

All photos by  John Rogers.  See full photo spread in this week's issue pages 16-17.  Digital version here.

Hailey Wood gets the pass to a leading teammate.

Made Tanggahma battling a Lady Dragon the possession of the ball.

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Former Beddington resident publishes late husband’s mystery series

 

by  Isabelle Hallé 

Writing was always part of Edward’s and Louise’s relationship. It still keeps the two close, even though he is no longer by her side.

Edward and Louise met in kindergarten and started dating as teenagers. Edward wrote poems to Louise during his service in the Air National Guard. He continued his writing after they married in 1969, and, in her spare time, Louise edited and typed his work.

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Bangor restaurant invites King fans to dine on “It” themed menu

Oriental Jade, a Bangor restaurant serving Chinese and Asian cuisine, is credited as the inspiration for the “Jade of the Orient” restaurant in Stephen King’s #1 best selling novel “It”. The Jade of the Orient was the scene of a rather pivotal moment in the book, where the members of the “The Losers’ Club” gathered and eventually realized that evil clown Pennywise seemed to be everywhere, including sending the group messages through fortune cookies through objects like eyeballs inside the cookies.

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Artist of the Week - Gillyin Gatto

 

by Jessica Griffin - Brown 

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Community turns out for emergency department tour

More than 150 community members came out to view the new Emergency Department at Down East Community Hospital last week. 

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Book bus to visit Milbridge

Bess the Book Bus will returns to Camden National Bank in Milbridge 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.

Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy outreach dedicated to building home libraries for children and families that otherwise may not have the opportunity to own books. Area children can visit the bus and pick out a free book to take home. Books in both English and Spanish will be available.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

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Movie - Friday, Sept. 15 - 6 p.m. - Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Henry D. Moore Library - free admission - refreshments by donation 207-546-7301

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Bean Supper - Sept 16. West Lubec Methodist Church, 5 p.m. 

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Jonesport’s Sunrise Care manager receives award

Sunrise Care Facility is pleased to announce that Julia Alley, business office manager, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Maine Health Care Association Celebrating Excellence in Caregiving Award.  Julia has been employed at Sunrise Care Facility for 23 years.  Throughout her many years of service, she has served as a C.N.A., a C.N.A.-M., the Dietary Manager and in her current role as the Business Office Manager. 

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Gov. LePage Appoints Steven McGrath To Director of Energy Office

Governor Paul R. LePage announced today he has hired Steven McGrath to serve as the Director of the Governor’s Energy Office.

“Steve’s experience in the energy industry will help us move Maine forward,” said Governor LePage. “I am pleased he has joined my administration, and I look forward to his insight into this vital policy area.” 

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Final wording of November referendums announced

  Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has finalized the 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 and the final question that will appear on the ballot:

**QUESTION 1: An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County.** “Do you want to allow a certain 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 the specific programs described in the initiative?”

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Land Transfers by deed August 11 through August 24, 2017

Helene Dilks of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the United States of America of Warwick, Rhode Island a

certain lot or parcel of land together with any buildings and improvements thereon situated in

Harrington (The United States Coast Guard-34.1 acres more or less on the Narraguagus River)

Warren M. Orcutt, Sr. and Velma L. Orcutt of Steuben to Warren M. Orcutt, Jr. of Steuben, Warren M.

Orcutt, Sr. and Velma L. Orcutt of Steuben a certain lot or parcel of land situated in Township No. 18, M.

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UMM recognizes dedicated staff, key initiatives as fall semester begins

 

UMM’s leadership team attended, as did leadership from the University of Maine System and the University of Maine, including President Susan Hunter.

 More than fifty UMM faculty and staff members were present to honor each other, the beginning of the partnership with UMaine, and significant UMM achievements and initiatives.

 UMM Head of Campus Kay Kimball described the university community as a group of people here by choice. 

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Free “Repair & Winterize My Home” workshop offered in East Machias

The Washington County Thriving in Place Initiative invites you to “Repair & Winterize My Home,” a free informational session on Sept. 26 from noon to 3 p.m. at the East Machias Community Center, located in the Firehouse building across Route 1 from the East Machias Post Office.  

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The Quoddy League in 1965

by Phil Stuart

The Quoddy Baseball League in 1965 featured seven teams, which included the Beals Braves, Campobello Islanders, Cutler  Naval Base, Bucks Harbor Air Base, Cutler Cardinals, Machias Bruins and  Pleasant Point Indians.

The Indians got off to their best start ever that year with aging veteran Bobby Wade on the mound and some solid hitters like Jiggs Mitchell, Tim Newel, Red Sapiel, Billy Altvator, Togue Small and Bill Holman.

The Indians got off to an  8-0 start and would try to win number 9 on August 10 at Machias against the Bruins.

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Great hiking in the fall

 

by Phil Stuart

The months of September and October are probably the best two hiking months of the year whether you are on your way up Mt. Katahdin or doing the Machias River Trail.

Maine offers hikes of all degrees of difficulty, but you won’t find that situation in Downeast Maine.

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Grandparents Day at BES

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Harvey brings Maine to Texas

Ashmore posted video updates of his journey from Maine to Texas onto the ”Downeast MAINE helping flood victims in TEXAS” Facebook page. He was met in Texas by a group of volunteers who helped sort and unload the goods.

Photo courtesy Fred Ashmore

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Heavy Weather

By V. Paul Reynolds

How does that saying go? “Fool me once shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me?”  Why is it that some of us never learn from our mistakes?

In my book, “Backtrack,” chapter four is titled The Lightning Thing. Here is an excerpt:

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Maine joins $3.5M multistate settlement with Lenovo

Attorney General Janet Mills today announced that Maine has joined 31 other states in a settlement with technology company Lenovo Inc. to resolve allegations that the company violated state consumer protection laws by pre-installing software on laptop computers sold to Maine consumers that made consumers’ personal information vulnerable to hackers. The settlement was negotiated and finalized in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission.

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Court News

Burton G. Poole of Calais: 1-Disorderly Conduct, Loud Unreasonable Noise on July 30, 2017 in Calais. (SNTC Date 7/31/2017, Washington County Jail 30 Days). 2-Criminal Mischief on July 20, 2017 in Calais. GLTY, DISP

Maine Trucking LT Inc. of Machiasport, Maine: 7 Counts Rule Violations, Compliance Review on February 22, 2017 in Machiasport. (SNTC Date 7/18/2017, Fine $6,494 for each). ADJ. 7 Counts Rule Violations, Compliance Review on February 22, 2017 in Machiasport. DISP

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New Fall library programs with Beau the Dog

This fall, Porter Memorial Library will offer two new children’s programs – “Dog Days at the Library”, and “Kids’ Story Hour” - led by library volunteer Diane Parker with her certified Pet Therapy Dog, Beau. Dog Days at the Library will meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 11 a.m., beginning September 23. The first session is a meet-and-greet event featuring Beau, a black Labrador retriever. Children of all ages are invited to read to Beau, who listens without saying a word while kids practice their reading skills.

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GROWL YOU MAY – but – GO YOU MUST

Chanteys & ditties of Jack Tar

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Axiom offers Mosaic classes

Axiom Education & Training Center in Machias will offer several Mosaic Classes, for kids and adults with Meri Levesque in September and October. On September 23, there will be two workshops, one for kids in the morning from 9:00am – 12:00pm, and another for adults from 1:00 – 4:00pm. There will also be a one-session workshop for kids on Saturday, October 21, 9:00am – 12:00pm and a four-session workshop for adults on Tuesdays, October 5 – 26, 5:30 – 7:30pm. All classes will be held at Washington Academy, 66 Cutler Rd, East Machias.

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Wildfire in Columbia Falls

Fire broke out on the land of Worcester Wreaths in Columbia Falls on Thursday, Aug. 31. The Maine Forest Rangers responded with helicopters, bulldozers, and firefighters on foot. Photo courtesy Maine Forest Rangers

 

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Jewels of Trescott

Getting acquainted with Moose Cove

The Ridge Trail in Moose Cove is an unspoiled, beautiful stretch of terrain that occupies the Bog Brook Preserve in the rural township of Trescott. While traveling on Route 191 north east of Cutler, it may be tricky catching a glimpse of the sign alerting motorists to Moose Cove, as one notes the thick forests and bogs of either side of the road. But once you locate the entrance, you will be treated to a peaceful wooded hike complete with some stunning views. 

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Local WWII vet praised for service to sinking aircraft carrier

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Local WWII Navy veteran Mac McKean will receive a citation of recognition for his service from the USS Wasp Association later this month. 

This month Mac McKean will receive a citation for service from the USS WASP Association. Photo courtesy Mac McKean

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Superintendent urges Mainers to talk with agents about flood insurance

Superintendent urges Mainers to talk with agents about flood insurance

Exact percentages vary, but news from Texas consistently paints a bleak picture regarding the number of homes protected by flood insurance - with the vast number of homes impacted by Hurricane Harvey reportedly uninsured. 

“Many people assume incorrectly that their basic homeowners insurance policy will cover damage from flooding,” Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa stated. “Flood coverage must be purchased separately. Talk with your agent about whether you need flood insurance.”

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DECH hosts open house for donors

by Ruth Leubecker

Dozens of donors, invited to a weekend preview of the new emergency department at Down East Community Hospital, poured into the new patient-friendly facility.

“I think about Washington County and how people rally,” said David Whitney, board chair, to those assembled. “If there’s a need people step up to the plate. It was just incredible, the ease that allowed us to do our job. We reached out to a lot of people, and only one person said no!”

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Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host family picnic at Machiasport’s Long Point

 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host family picnic at Long Point

 On Sunday, September 17, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) will host a picnic from noon– 2:30 p.m. at the Long Point Preserve, East Side Road, in Machiasport. This event is free and open to the public.

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A Dash of Color 5k set for Sept. 23

Machias. Healthy Acadia will host its annual “A Dash of Color” 5K Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 23. The non-competitive run / walk will start and finish at the University of Maine at Machias Murdock Fitness and Aquatics Center, 116 O-Brien Avenue, Machias.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 8:45 a.m.; the run will start promptly at 9 a.m. Event proceeds will benefit Healthy Acadia’s DownEast Teen Leadership Camp and community initiatives focused on substance education, prevention, support and recovery in Washington County.

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Waters of Island Institute to resume work in Eastport

 

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Editors Desk

As a general rule, people rarely visit the tourist sites closest to home, and we are no exception here in Washington County. Now that the weather is getting cooler and the bugs are slowing down, it’s the perfect time to seek out the attractions in your own backyard.

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Avis C. Manchester Machias

Avis C. Manchester, 81, died August 27, 2017 in Machias following a short illness. She was born July 5, 1936 in the Kennebec district of Machias, the daughter of the late Clyde O. and Phoebe (Foss) Manchester. 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

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Artist Reception - Monday Sept.11 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Meet September artist Kathy Dardis - Henry D. Moore Library 207-546-7301

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Movie - Friday, Sept. 15 - 6 p.m. - Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Henry D. Moore Library - free admission - refreshments by donation 207-546-7301

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Visiting French family shares perception of Americans

 

by Lura Jackson

When living in a society, it can be difficult to consider what that society is like until one has the opportunity to share in an external perspective. That opportunity arose recently when a French family visited America, making their way up from New York City to Big Lake in Princeton to spend a week with the Nichols family. 

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