Whitneyville fire death ruled homicide

 

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Fire Department responded to a call for a possible structure fire at 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. “When we arrived, the back part of the trailer was fully involved,” said Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison. The fire took place at 54 Middle Street in Whitneyville.

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Library to host free movie Oct. 27

The Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben will be showing the movie “Hotel Transylvania 2” 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

Now that Dracula has opened the Hotel Transylvania’s doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a monster-in-training boot camp. But things really get batty when Drac’s cantankerous, old-school dad pays an unexpected visit.  

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Machias’ Trick or Treat on Main Street set for Oct. 27

The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has organized Machias’ annual Trick or Treat on Main Street, scheduled to take place from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

The Defenders, a law enforcement motorcycle club, will be providing security again this year. “They’ll make sure the little ones get across the street safely,” said Chamber director Sharon Mack.

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Beginning food business workshop in Machias

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop on Nov. 9, designed for people considering a small-scale food business. Recipe to Market: Is It for Me? will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, at the UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias. 

The workshop will introduce participants to topics including opportunities and challenges of being a food entrepreneur, the specialty food industry, business basics, an overview of the product development process, licensing and regulations, and food safety. 

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Steuben library to host open mic event

Come share your musical talents during the open mic event at the H.D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

The event is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Musicians, bands and singers are all are welcome. Bring your friends and families for this fun afternoon. 

Admission is by donation. Beverages and goodies will be served.

For information, email Vicki at lutzsteubenme@gmail.com.

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CCLC hosts spooky Haunted Trail event Oct. 30

Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott will host a Haunted Trail walk on Monday, Oct. 30th.

Cobscook Experiential Program students are putting this on to raise money to build electric guitars.

It will be spooky! It will be fun! It will be little-kid friendly from 4 - 6 pm, and a little creepier till 8 p.m. Donations welcome, refreshments available for purchase. 

For more information, call 207-733-2233.

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UMM hosts annual Haunted Forest Oct. 26 - 27

Float on down to the University of Maine at Machias for a night of terror in this year’s Stephen King-themed haunted forest, with scares inspired by “It”, “The Mist and Pet Sematary.” 

For younger children, the thrills are muted to be age-appropriate. Ages four to nine attend between 6 and 7 p.m.

Ages 10 and up attend between 7 and 8 p.m. Minimal entry fees charged.

The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 27. For more information, call 255-1200.

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Low-cost spay and neuter clinic coming to Machias Nov. 6 - 7

The Conway Area Humane Society and The Cleo Fund are bringing a lost-cost spay and neuter clinic to Machias on Nov. 6-7. The event will be held in the Holy Name Parish Hall at 45 Broadway, Machias.

The $30 service is offered to low-income Washington County residents and will include: a physical exam, the spay or neuter surgery, nail trim, ear cleaning, a Capstar flea pill, and a rabies vaccine for cats over 12 weeks.

Space is limited so appointments are necessary. Call 603-447-5955 ext. 3 to reserve your place.

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Machias Valley Film Society screens ‘Little Shop’ Oct. 27

Feed me, Seymour! The Little Shop of Horrors is easily one of the best horror comedy musicals ever made. Maybe that doesn’t say much, but this is a one of a kind film — even though it’s a remake — that everyone should see at least once. Filled with fun guest appearances, surprisingly catchy musical performances, and enough campy horror to make this film an instant cult-classic, nothing comes close to mimicking this film’s quirky charm.

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Public invited to Downeast Feast potluck in Machias Oct. 26

October’s Downeast Feast public supper will be held at Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias and is sponsored by the Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) 7th and 8th grade students.

The Downeast Feast is a shared, free community meal held the fourth Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. The location varies. Feasts are potluck-style meals so bring some food to share. If you can’t bring any, please come anyway! 

In light of the season, this month’s theme is autumn soups and bread. 

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Local birding expert presents on neighborhood birds

Attention all birders and plant loving people! On Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at Porter Memorial Library, Anne Archie, well-known local birder will be presenting “Berried Treasure.” Her talk will include a power point for visual enjoyment. 

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Addison haunted house tradition continues

Addison’s Tuscan Lodge 106 will put on its traditional haunted house on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28. The lodge uses the event as a fundraiser to raise money for its community projects.

The event will run from 6 p.m. until the last survivor leaves the building. Individual and family rates available, located at 325 Water Street, Addison. 

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Volunteer firefighters contain Marshfield forest fire

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Midday reports of smoke in a Marshfield forest led area fire departments to investigate on the ground while the Maine Forest Service investigated from the air. The fire was located on a section of land operated by Wagner Forest Management, and spread to cover roughly six acres. Marshfield Fire Chief Daniel Bowker said the fire was caused by a logging operation.

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Machias students step out with Healthy Acadia

Students in Machias schools were encouraged to walk to school on Friday, Oct. 20 as part of Healthy Acadia’s annual Walk to School program. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

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Shortened open enrollment for health insurance begins Nov. 1

by Lura Jackson

Those who are in need of health insurance for the coming year will have half as much time to enroll in coverage through the federal government’s Health Insurance Marketplace than in previous years. Open enrollment this year will begin on Nov. 1 and continue until Dec. 15. Regardless of what changes are enacted to the Affordable Care Act in 2018, anyone who signs up for health insurance during open enrollment will have coverage all year.

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Legislators grapple with diverse, controversial issues

by Ruth Leubecker

Last week’s special session of the Maine Legislature faced a myriad of conflicts, ranging from the taxation of legalized marijuana to the ramifications of ranked-choice voting.

Labeled a one-day special session, the subject matter was never to be constrained to one day. “Marijuana is one topic, as is funding the state mapping office, food sovereignty and another go-around with ranked-choice voting,” said Rep. Will Tuell a week before the session was to convene. 

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Peaked

A bench alongside the University of Maine at Machias’ gardens is perfectly positioned beneath a beautiful maple tree in full color. The leaves in eastern Maine have passed their peak now, but some magnificent specimens are still holding onto their color. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Lovers of soup and poetry to gather at the Calais Free Library

The Friends of the Calais Free Library are pleased to be able to offer again the popular Soup & Poetry evening in the lovely old library building’s Children’s Room, where the children’s shelves will be rolled aside to make room for cozy tables and chairs for the attendees.  Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 - 8 p.m., will be an evening that begins with enjoying various soups, breads, & cookies with coffee, cider, or water on the side.  There will be room for all at the tables for four set up around the room with seasonal decorations and possibly some seasonal poetry, too.  

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Making apple cider in Wesley

These folks were hard at work making apple cider at Fox Hill Farm. The apples were waiting to be chopped on Oct. 15.   Photo by Camile Hawkins

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Harrington News

As we can all see, the beautiful fall leaves are becoming a memory.  Can winter be far behind?

Chuck and Bonnie’s garage is coming along nicely.  When the snow flies, their vehicles will be under cover.  Autumn will have her own personal basketball court, also.

I now have my own personal driver when I need to go to my doctors appointments. My grand daughter Kristine is my new taxi.  She can back up much better than me and helps Charlie so he won’t have to come early to take me.

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Wesley News

 

I got some silkie chicks last week thanks to Rob at EBS. I haven’t had chickens for over three years. I also got a new chimney brush and lightweight poles.

I went to a craft show at Columbia Falls with Judy and Linda last weekend. It was a small show but people were steady coming in and they both did  well. All I bought was food.

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Whitneyville Library news

It’s Pot Roast for our Nov. 4 public supper.  Pot roast, mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, green beans, apple sauce, Janet’s Rolls and biscuits along with homemade cakes and pies are on the menu.  The supper which begins at 5 p.m. at the Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville is one of the six that the Friends of the Whitneyville Library do during the year.

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Clipper ladies back even

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Lady Clippers soccer team have won four out of their last five contests and are now at the 500 mark 5-5-1 and 3-2-1 in the Yankee Small College Conference.

On Sept. 27, the Clippers avenged a 1-0 loss to Unity nine days earlier by defeating the Rams at home 1-0.

Megan Fromwillei of UMM scored unassisted 7.32 into the game which was the only offense by either team.

Aisling Farragher-Gemma made 4 saves for UMM

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UMO alum takes Grand Willey 10K

by Phil Stuart

On September 23rd, several area runners entered either the 10K or the 5K at the Grand Willey Road Race in Ellsworth.

The 10K race overall winner was former UMO basketball star Tracy Guerette who ran an excellent time of 37:39.

Tony Santiago finished 10th overall with a time of 48:52. Other local runners and their times were Ashley Santerre of Columbia Falls 51:47, Tim Formby of Steuben 53:31 and Andi Miner of Machias 1.17.59

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Barrenview happenings

by Phil Stuart

The golf season is rapidly winding down as the middle of October is upon us.

There has been a rush of activity at Barrenview Golf Course in Jonesboro the past couple of weeks.

On Sept. 27 at the Senior Scramble, it took a putt-off for Jeanine Wright, Norm Lezy, Chuck Nevala and Frankie Gatcomb to edge out Lynn King, Dennis Lewey, Burnie Matthews and Don Portous as both teams finished at -4.

Six teams finished with a -3 but Ralph Backman, Britt Worner, Steve Beauregard and Bob Loud won by a blind draw.

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High school sports roundup

by Phil Stuart

The local high schools are winding down their fall sports seasons in soccer, volleyball, cross country and football.

At the present time, Woodland has a sizable lead in Class C volleyball with a 9-1 record. The Dragons are 9-1 with Washington Academy a distant second with a 5-4 mark. Look for the Raiders to come on strong and win Class C. They have played a tougher schedule and should be prime. Calais High School is third with an 8-3 mark. The Devils handed Woodland their only loss by beating the Dragons in straight sets October 2nd.

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Two trail races scheduled for Oct. 29

by Phil Stuart

If you liked the Downeast Coastal Conservancy’s Bad Little Trail Run in Whitneyfille, you might want to try  one or two upcoming trail runs in Orland and Sullivan.

These two trail runs go hand in hand and are called the Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge.

On Oct 29, the Great Pond Mountain Conservancy Trust will host a two mile trail run and a 6.3 mile challenge.

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Clipper men 6-7-1

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers mens’ soccer team has compiled a 6-7-1 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in the Yankee Small College Conference as they enter the final stage of the regular season.

On September 27th, the Clippers hosted the Unity Rams, a team they had tied 2-2 nine days earlier.

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In it to win it

The combined Jonesport-Beals High School and Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) cross-country teams posed for this group photo last month. MMHS Coach Cindy Moore-Rossi trains both teams together, and then on race days the teams compete in their own colors. They call themselves the Royal Bulldogs, as a combination of their school team names. “We are one team wearing two uniforms,” said Moore-Rossi. Photo courtesy Anita McCurdy

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Rose M. Gaffney principal’s update

by Joyce Fragale

We had a wonderful brisk autumn morning for our “Walk to School” day last Friday.  Everyone was respectful, safe, and looked as though they were having a wonderful time.  A big thank you to Terri Woodruff from Healthy Acadia for helping organize this event, our own Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) Cross Country Team, and our Machias Fire Department, for keeping our students safe during our walk.

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Shead Tigers in soccer action photos

Please see photo spread on page 16-17 or view on the Digital Version here.

Jacob Fredette stops an incoming ball on the Tiger defense.

Austin Ashby gets a foot inside to control the ball.

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Columbia News

 

Another nice week of weather. Carroll mowed the lawn for the last time for the season, I hope. I have been diligently working outside to get it looking good before we get bad weather.

Bus evacuations have been held in the district this past week. The weather has been great in doing them. We hope in the event of an accident the students will know what to do.

 The Phys. Ed. Class has had two great days of hiking this past week. The weather has been great.

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Healthy Acadia helps students get moving

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Students in Machias schools were encouraged to walk to school on Friday, Oct. 20 as part of Healthy Acadia’s Walk to School Day. In years past, the event has included biking and walking. In some communities where walking is difficult, schools have participated by taking students on small hikes, or out to the playground for other kinds of activity. 

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Machias schools raise bullying awareness with ‘Unity Day’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) and Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School (RMG) in Machias are drawing attention to the cause by celebrating Unity Day on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

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Down East Hospice Volunteers host ‘Celebration of Remembrance’ Nov. 4

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and Down East Hospice Volunteers (DEHV)  invite all who have lost a loved one, friend or neighbor to attend their annual Celebration of Remembrance to be held Saturday, Nov. 4. 

Hospice organizations provide specialized end-of-life care to people with life-limiting illnesses, and also to their family caregivers. Hospice care typically takes place within the patient’s home, or a home-like setting.

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Downeast Yesterdays - Stories from the past...

Compiled and edited by: Valdine C. Atwood

I have a fascination with cemeteries. It might sound strange, but they are a wonderful place to wander around, wondering and learning about the extraordinary people that lay in their final rest and of the many the stories that they could tell.

The Court Street Cemetery here in Machias is a great place to explore because of the many, many tales that can be told of the people that are buried there. Let us examine the life of Jacob Longfellow, and the extraordinary feat taken by him and his mother Margaret (Bigelow) Longfellow. 

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Speaker visits Machias

Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (foreground), seated with District 138 Rep. Robert Alley of Beals and his wife Hazel, spoke to Washington County Democrats on October 15. She talked about the past legislature’s successes and failures, referendum issues, including recreational marijuana which will be discussed at this week’s special session, and answered questions on broadband expansion, health care, roads and renewal resources. Photo by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport’s beacon bell and belfry restoration

Work on Jonesport’s Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church 100+-year-old steeple continues. Last week, Phase 2 was completed with the removal of the belfry and clock. The bell and remains of the belfry will be capped to keep out the weather while fundraising for a fiberglass replacement continues. A Christmas craft fair is planned for November 4, with a fish chowder/beef stew lunch, silent auction, white elephant sale, hourly door prizes and a grand prize (turkey dinner) drawing at 1 p.m. Photos by Nancy Beal

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PAWS for a cause

Nadine Preston, president of the Rose M. Gaffney elementary school parent-teacher organization PAWS, ran the checkout at last week’s Scholastic book sale in Machias. The proceeds from the sale will allow the school’s library to purchase new books. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Passing the tax burden to the next generation

 by Sen. Angus King 

 Shortly after President George W. Bush signed the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, just as the “Bush tax cuts” were kicking in for many Americans, I took a trip to a hardware store in Brunswick. I can’t remember the exact year (likely 2003 or 2004), and I can’t remember the purchase that prompted the trip. But what I do remember - like it was yesterday - is the conversation I had with the clerk who rang me up.

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The Editor’s Desk

Monday, Oct. 23 was the fourth day of work for area volunteer firefighters and Maine Forest Service battling a fire in the woods of Marshfield. The men and women firefighters have gone back day after day, exhausted but still lugging thousands of pounds of hoses and gear through the forest and up hilly terrain. The sheer physicality of the work is amazing. We thank them for their service, and have that full story on page 1. The National Weather Service is predicting a heavy, soaking rain for us this week, and we are in sore need of it.

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Letter to the Editor - INTERNITY attorney issues clarification

Dear Editor,

I serve as legal counsel for INTERNITY, an organization dedicated to and advocating for Maine’s veterans. I am writing to clear up some misperceptions about our organization’s former relationship with Maine Veteran’s Project. It seems that there are a few misconceptions which are being fostered in the community, and speaking for the Board and the founder of INTERNITY, I want to help allay these misperceptions.

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George Magoon, notorious poacher of salty tales

Hunting season brings forth a handful of the old woodsy tales of yore, always embellished and involving a game warden or two.

None are as embedded in folklore or repeated as often as the experiences of George Magoon, immortalized in Edward Ives’ history George Magoon and the Down East Game War.

To any Jacksonville native, just to turn that first page or two and see a book dedicated to Lewis Lund and Clarence Berry causes a significant pause to ponder about exactly what comes next.

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DYSA celebrates four years of youth soccer Downeast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When Kevin and Jeanne McEwan relocated to Machias last year, one of the first things they did was scout out the local soccer programs. “We raised three boys in Utah that were very involved in soccer,” said Kevin McEwan. “We thought, we couldn’t live without soccer!”  

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Porter Memorial Library Board of Trustees Meeting—Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m. on 92 Court Street, Machias ME 04654

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Milkweed for monarchs

A row of milkweed plants forms a lovely and fitting border along the front of the Machias Valley Grange. The Grange is maintained by the Beehive Design Collective, and milkweed is a critical component in the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly, an important North American pollinator. Monarchs have become increasingly rare due to the destruction of their southern habitat and destruction of milkweed plants, once considered a spreading nuisance in fields and gardens.

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Registration open for 77th Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Please join the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry at the Augusta Civic Center, January 9 - 11, 2018, as we celebrate year 77 of the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Our 2018 show title “Maine Agriculture: Exploring Connections”  emphasizes the growth of our local markets, quality of our farms and products, and the value we place in sustainability for the future of Maine agriculture. The Agricultural Trades Show is an educational experience and the place to connect and build opportunities.

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Letter to the Editor - 2018 Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare’s Open Enrollment period is now underway and it is important to remember that this is the only time of year when Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their coverage.  The Medicare Open Enrollment period began on October 15th and Mainers currently on Medicare have until December 7th to add, drop or change prescription drug and health care plans for 2018.  It is a good idea for all Medicare beneficiaries to review their options each year during open enrollment. 

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Letter to the Editor - Cobscook Friends endorse Medicaid Expansion

Cobscook Friends Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) endorses the effort to extend Medicaid more than 70,000 low income Maine citizens who do not have health coverage.

We believe that it is our responsibility, as a caring nation, to provide access to adequate health care for the poor and sick among us. Over 66,000 Maine registered voters petitioned to have Medicaid Expansion on the Nov. 7 ballot.

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The Moose Hunt

By V. Paul Reynolds

For many Maine moose hunters lucky enough to get drawn, a moose permit is a once-in-a-lifetime affair. Such was the case with my middle-aged friend Greg Goodman, who has been trying for that permit since he was a young man. Knowing that I had had some experience in the moose woods ( and perhaps that I owned a big tent and a chainsaw winch), Greg invited me along as his subpermittee.

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Maine joins $120m ignition switch settlement with General Motors

Attorney General Janet Mills today announced that Maine has participated in a nationwide $120 million settlement with General Motors Company (GM) over allegations that GM concealed safety issues related to ignition-switch defects in GM vehicles.

 The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia and General Motors Company, concludes a multistate investigation into the auto manufacturer’s failure to timely disclose safety defects in ignition-switches in certain GM vehicles.

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UMM among campuses launching student debt reduction plans in 2018

Grants will completely offset tuition and fees for eligible new students

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Jonesport plow contractor: rock work makes Ice Hill South unplowable

by Nancy Beal

The CEO of Jonesport’s plow contracting company says newly installed rock work on Ice Hill South will make it impossible for him to plow the narrow lane “unless something is done.” There was no place to turn around or deposit plowed snow, wrote William “Bimbo” Look, whose company, Sid’s Inc., holds Jonesport’s plow contract.

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Flu shots for seniors

Dear Savvy Senior,

What can you tell me about the flu shots made for seniors? I got sick last winter after getting a standard flu shot, and am wandering if the flu vaccine for older adults would provide me better protection this year.

Almost 70

 Dear Almost,

There are actually two different flu shots – the Fluzone High Dose and FLUAD – that are designed specifically for people age 65 and older (you only need to get one of them).

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Trissa Marie Donovan Harrington

Trissa Marie Donovan died unexpectedly October 13, 2017. She was born to the late Maureen Donovan and Murray Seavey, Jr. September 18, 1975.  Trissa is survived by her father, Virgil Torrey and wife Becky of Harrington; grandmother Alice Torrey DeLong of Harrington; children, Kelley Robinson of South West Harbor, Kyle Schoppee and Kameron Giger, both of Cherryfield; brother, Justin Torrey and his wife, Jennifer of Corinth; brother, Andrew Brady and his wife, Jenna of California; sister, Carolyn Smith of Cherryfield; and one beautiful granddaughter, Karter Robinson, whom she adored.

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Randy S. Blackwood “The Duke” - Jonesport

Randy S. Blackwood, 63, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 after a long illness, surrounded by his family.  He was born June 5, 1954 in Jonesport, the son of Alfred A. “Sonny” and Rosalie E. (Palmer) Blackwood, Jr.

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Down East Credit Union named 4th Best Place to Work in Maine

 

by Lura Jackson

It isn’t easy being named as one of the “Best Places to Work in Maine”, an honorific that was bestowed upon a total of 80 companies in the state back in August. Not only did Down East Credit Union [DECU] achieve that title, but the company was recognized at an awards banquet on Oct. 10 for placing fourth out of 41 in the medium-sized business category.

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Pride record falls

by Phil Stuart

Jonesport-Beals junior Evan Merchant of Beals shaved 20 seconds off the course record of 18:15 set by Jacob Godfrey of Machias in 2016.

The Bulldog Pride 5K was established in 2013 as part of the Bulldog Pride weekend which includes sporting events like soccer and volleyball in addition to alumni game.

Jay Beal of Marion ran bare footed to win the inaugural race in 2013 with a time of 21:11 while his sister Clara was the female winner in 21:13.

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Carter indispensable to Downeast running

by Phil Stuart

Those of us that have participated in Washington County road races know that most of them are certified and the distance that we run is accurate.

Mike Carter, president and CEO of Northfield’s Carter Calibrations has certified ninety percent of all the areas race courses.

Over the years, Carter has sacrificed his own running career to a large extent for the benefit of others.

The cones that you see at cross country races and road races and the mile markers painted on the road just didn’t get there by accident.

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Clipper sports action

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clipper’s men soccer and girls soccer and volleyball squads have been busy as of late with the season approximately at the halfway mark.

On Sept. 22 and 23, the men’s soccer squad headed north to play a pair of games.

On Sept. 22, the Clippers played the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls in the Star City.

The Clippers fell behind early in the first half as Brandon Danforth of the Owls scored unassisted at the 8:03 mark to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

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DAC Golf championship photos

 

See all photos on page 16-17 in this week's issue or on the Digitial Version here.

Pictured left - right is the Machias Bulldog golf team. Members include: Coach Tony Roy, Jacob Sinford, Evan Sinford, and Blake Barabe.

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Washington Academy’s Homecoming game

Washington Academy was defeated 12-30 Photo courtesy Hannah Sprague

Friday night’s lights shined down on the varsity Washington Academy Raiders during their Oct. 13 game against Houlton. photo by Sarah Craighead Dedman

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Washington Academy Homecoming

WA’s cheerleaders dressed warmly and kept the crowds warmed up during the homecoming game last Friday, Oct. 13.

Some of WA’s Girls Soccer Team line up before the homecoming parade.

Girls’ Volleyball team show school spirit. 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Buffet Dinner - Nook and Cranny proceeds to benefit Downeast Hospice Volunteers. Friday, October 20.open @ 5:30 p.m. – dinner @ 6 p.m.

space limited, resercations necessary, call 454-7521 ext 126, or Art Carter at 454-8238

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“I Hear Washington County Singing” Songs, poems, and historic music of Washington County

Woodsmen, fishermen, sailors, farmers, hunters, poaches, and Puritans: all from Downeast Maine. Our ancestors, varied as they were, had at least one thing in common: They all sang “with open mouths and strong melodious songs.” On Monday, Oct. 23 Kris Paprocki, music teacher at Pembroke, Perry, and Charlotte Elementary Schools, will present the historic music of Washington County, most of it written by the men and women who lived here. 

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Suspended driver involved in Addison fatality

On Friday Oct. 13 at 5:06 p.m., the Washington County Regional Communications Center received a call of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on the East Side Road in Addison. Deputies and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene. 

Through the course of the investigation it was determined that Trissa Donovan, age 42 of Harrington and Mandy Kane age 37 of Addison were walking south on the East Side Road in Addison when they were struck from behind by a red Dodge pickup driven by Kayla East, age 23 of Addison.  

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Never too young

No one’s too young to learn that firefighters are your friend, and that big trucks and big men and women in oversize suits and breathing apparatus are nothing to be afraid of. Such were the fun lessons when Lieutenants Andrew Mulholland and Andy McKenna, volunteers with the Machias Fire Department, stopped by to visit with the children of Anita McCurdy’s Daycare in Machias, part of National Fire Prevention Week. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Mid-season sports update

by Phil Stuart

The 2017 High School sports season is now in the second half and so far there are not many surprises.

The soccer season is going pretty much as expected for the boys. Pre-season favorite Washington Academy hasn’t missed a step since moving up to Class B. 

The scores are much closer since moving up a class, but  they have far superior talent than all the other schools and it will take a huge effort to end their winning streak which has been going on for over two and one half seasons.

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Tigers, Devils cross-country winners

 

by Phil Stuart

The Shead High School Tigers and Calais High School Blue Devils were the team winners at the Annual Calais High School Cross Country Invitation at Moosehorn Refuge on Sept. 26.

The Shead girls edged the Narraguagus Knights by the narrowest of margins 35 to 36 while Washington Academy finished a distant 3rd at 72 followed by Machias at 103. Calais and Jonesport-Beals had no team scores.

Sophia McVicar of Calais took individual honors with a winning time of 19:28 as she led a field of 21 runners over the 2.9 mile course.

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How to search for forgotten 401(k) money

Dear Savvy Senior,

How do I find an old 401(k) that I think I contributed money to at a former employer?

Approaching Retirement

 Dear Approaching,

If you think you may have lost track of a 401(k) retirement account, you aren’t alone. As Americans jump from job to job, many leave scraps of their company sponsored 401(k) plans behind, believing they’ll deal with it later, but never do. To help you look for an old 401(k), here are some suggestions along with some free resources that can help you search.

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Graveside Service

A graveside service for Ivan Graham will be held on Saturday, October 21, at 1:00 at the Jacksonville Cemetery in East Machias.

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Merrimack Mortgage Company opens Machias Branch

Merrimack Mortgage Company, LLC, a HarborOne Bank Company, is pleased to announce they have opened a new branch office in Machias, Maine, NMLS ID: 1665468. This is Merrimack Mortgage Company’s fourth branch in Maine; current branches include Kennebunk, Augusta and Camden.  Joining the company at this new location is Branch Manager and Loan Officer Steve Richardson, NMLS ID: 889047.  

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Machias Savings awards $5,000 to Families First

Families First Community Center was awarded a $5,000 grant this week by Machias Savings Bank that nearly completes the goal toward their property purchase and renovations.

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Healthy Acadia welcomes new board members

Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving Hancock and Washington counties, is thrilled to welcome Patrick Lyons and Bob Fitzsimmons as new members to the organization’s Board of Directors. “We’re so honored to have Bob and Patrick join our team,” stated Elsie Flemings, Healthy Acadia’s Executive Director. “They are dynamic community leaders, and each brings his own unique experience, insight, passion and expertise, which will help to guide our work and enhance our effectiveness in building healthier communities.” 

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‘Blues Giant’ Whelan is Eastport-bound

The Eastport Arts Center is excited to announce a concert by blues-inspired Americana guitarist and songwriter Sid Whelan on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Known for well-crafted lyrics and harmonically-rich guitar voicings, Whelan, a songwriting student of Steve Earle, writes songs which tackle difficult themes of contemporary American life. For his Eastport show, Whelan will perform songs in his signature style from his three albums: 2013’s “Flood Waters Rising,”  2015’s “The Story of Ike Dupree,” 2018’s upcoming “Waiting for Payday,” as well as classics from the American blues canon. 

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Women entrepreneurs invited to join Rising Tide Network

by  Lura Jackson

There’s an interesting phenomenon happening in Maine, and it’s directly related to women and their success at operating businesses here. In the past ten years, the revenue made by women business owners in the state has increased by 214 percent, according to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. This increase is the highest in the country, indicating that women in Maine are clearly doing something right.

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Jonesport explores ocean access at marina, campground

 

by Nancy Beal

Access to working waterfront has been front and center in the minds of Jonesport mariners and officials for many years. Three years ago, an ambitious plan to expand the marina in a three-way purchase fell through, and a committee has been working ever since to enable the fishermen who are the backbone of the town’s workforce to get to the water.

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Taking Action For Health: workshop series begins Oct. 26

In Machias , Healthy Acadia, in partnership with Downeast Community Hospital, will offer a free, six-week “Taking Action for Health” workshop series in the conference room of Downeast Community Hospital, 11 Hospital Drive, Machias.  Classes will meet weekly on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 26 and continuing through Dec. 7 (no class on Nov. 23).

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The life story of Robert Hall

 

by  Olivia G. McBrine

On July 26, 1937, Robert W. Hall was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the eldest child to William and Ruth Hall. Growing up, Robert remembers his family spending many months of the year in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he spent a great deal of his time striper fishing and hunting with his cousin. Robert attended school at Milton Elementary School until the eighth grade when he then graduated and began school at Milton High School. 

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Addison Planning Board meeting highlights

The Addison Planning Board met on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and issued the following permits:

#15-2017 to Daniel Colby representative of Joyce and Gren Blackall to build two duel story decks-one (16’x13’) being located on their garage and one (14’x38’ in an L shape) on their house with no concrete pour subject to no conditions at 88 Carver Lane Addison Map 18 Lot 39. All fees paid.

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Harrington News

Today was a lovely day for celebration. Our friends, Ny and Bill Kearns celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with many friends and family in Winter Harbor. Charlie and I went over and it was lovely. It is so great to see couples stay married this length of time!

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Public invited to WaCo Food Council meeting Oct. 25

Are you interested in local food systems? Are you interested in increasing access to local food? 

Want to learn more? Come to the fall meeting of the Washington County Food Council.

The food council is a networking group that connects stakeholders from around the county in order to better inform our work to increase healthy food access and support stronger agricultural and fishing infrastructures in Washington County.

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More than 550 WaCo educators attend UMM’s ‘Harvest of Ideas’

 

On Oct. 10, the University of Maine in Machias (UMM) hosted the 2017 Harvest of Ideas for more than 550 Washington County educators.  Participants selected workshops from over 30 sessions led by presenters from across the State, including specialists from Maine’s Department of Education, instructors from UMaine Machias and University of Southern Maine, GEAR UP Maine, Maine-Wabanaki REACH, several social services agencies, as well as educators from RSU #2, Washington Academy, and Steuben Elementary School.

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When you build that first fire

As the days and nights grow chilly, wood stoves get fired up. Make sure yours is installed correctly, and that burnable items are kept away from it. Make sure your chimney is clean. If your wood is green, take special care to check chimneys and stovepipes to make sure they don’t get choked with creosote. Check with your local fire department for more tips on operating wood stoves safely.

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Time to plan Community Christmas

It’s time to begin planning for Machias’ amazing Community Christmas!! Last year we had more than a dozen businesses and more than two dozen individuals help plan and execute the Voice of Downeast, Santa’s visit, crafts and activities, the Community Christmas Parade, Community Tree Lighting and caroling. It was a terrific success. This is a true COMMUNITY based event with townspeople taking  charge! 

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Machias’ Trick or Treat on Main Street set for Oct. 27

The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has organized Machias’ annual Trick or Treat on Main Street, scheduled to take place from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

The Defenders, a law enforcement motorcycle club, will be providing security again this year. “They’ll make sure the little ones get across the street safely,” said Chamber director Sharon Mack.

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Check your meds at Senior Health & Safety Expo Oct. 21

This Saturday, Oct. 21, is the inauguration of National Check Your Meds Day, “designed to encourage consumers to bring their prescription medications and supplements to their local pharmacies for brown bag medication reviews,” according to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). 

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Online blueberry museum predicted for ‘18 opening

by Ruth Leubecker

Dozens of interviews will ultimately provide the core of a wild blueberry museum primed to bring new recognition to Washington County.

“For a long time I’d been looking for a way to help my state prosper,” says Joline Blais. “Blueberries pull a lot of threads together. And they’re wild. Who doesn’t like something wild?!”

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DMR prepares for new scallop season, moves toward limited entry

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

As fishermen and foodies countdown to the opening of Maine’s scallop season in December,  the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) prepared by collecting feedback from fishermen.  Fishermen commented on proposed changes to the 2017-18 calendar, and the controversial question of how to let new fishermen into the lucrative fishery. 

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Machias Selectboard grapples with deer overpopulation, town bids

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Selectman Joshua Rolfe opened last Wednesday’s meeting with a request to limit conversations during meetings. “I think we’re missing stuff, there’s a lot of side conversations,” he said. 

“I think we should try to be more structured and make sure that everybody, when speaking, addresses the chairman.”

Board Chairman Warren Gay agreed. “We will stop it, cause we got the hammer under here,” he quipped. “I’m going to start using it.”

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Little Hands of Hope children’s home fundraiser update

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In August, we reported on the Machias-based charity, Little Hands of Hope, started by Kristen Johnson. The charity feeds and cares for street children in the town of Nyendo, Uganda. 

“Most of them are AIDS orphans,” said Johnson. Right now the organization provides food for anywhere from 40-100 children every night of the week.” In July, the charity completed construction of a building to house the children in the small village of Bulando, located approximately 7 miles from Nyendo. The home sits on 5 acres of land. 

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  • East Machias dedicates Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge

East Machias dedicates Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Blue skies and brilliant foliage were the backdrop for the dedication of the Jacksonville Bridge last Thursday, Oct. 12. 

The bridge is now renamed in honor of Norman E. Bagley, who served the town of East Machias for 26 years as an assessor, planning board member and selectman. He also served in the Army during the Korean War. 

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Whitneyville Library news

The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library will be at the Oct. 21 Craft Fair which is being held at the Parish Hall on Broadway in Machias. Their signature homemade chocolates will be for sale as well as handmade crafts. Check out what we have and indulge in some homemade chocolates.

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Wesley News

James Cox from Jonesboro donated pumpkins to the Wesley school kids for decorating for an art project.

Perry Harvest Day Craft Show was a  great day for Linda and Judy. There were a lot of people all day long. They did very well. Sandy and Steve Parson from Little Seavey Lake were also there with the 4H program.

Andy was over on Wednesday and helped clean up the garage to get ready to press apples on Sunday. Have a crew coming to press cider.  There will be plenty to give away.

George and Patti were back to Baileyville for a wedding with Hannah and Jordan.

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Bad Little Trail Run

The Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) held its inaugural Bad Little Trail Run Oct. 1 as 69 runners and walkers participated in a 2.7 mile and a 7 mile course. A team of more than 30 volunteers made the event possible. This was DCC’s first ever trail run, which they hope to make an annual event. Photo By Bill Kitchen

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Affordable Health Care open enrollment begins Nov. 1

Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa has an urgent message for Maine residents who purchase their health insurance coverage on the Individual Market: “Take the time to compare your options, and do it before Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 15.” 

“As most people are well aware, there has been quite a bit of turmoil in the insurance market this year. This has resulted in higher rates, and also in fewer choices,” Cioppa stated.

Just two insurers selling marketplace plans

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Homeland Security grants to continue accepting Maine licenses

The Department of Homeland Security has extended a grace period for the State of Maine’s REAL ID Act compliance, which will allow federal agencies to continue to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from Maine.

The Department of Homeland security issued a compliance waiver to the State of Maine on June 15, 2017, which expired at midnight on Oct. 10, 2017. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap submitted a request for a one-year renewal on Sept. 15, 2017.

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Gov. sends letter regarding attorney general’s use of settlement funds

Governor Paul R. LePage sent a letter to Senate and House leadership today advising them that he has directed the Office of the State Controller to transfer more than $10 million out of a fiduciary account under the discretion of the Attorney General into an Other Special Revenue account as required by 5 MRS §203-A. The funds are the results of legal settlements the State of Maine received from the Volkswagen and Moody’s litigation.

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Remembering the presence of Norman

He might’ve been called Mr. Jacksonville, so when the Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge was dedicated last week it was most fitting and special.

Flags and firetrucks and a handful of local officials marked the occasion, and a very poignant YouTube of the bridge itself is really remarkable.

Norman gave many years to East Machias as a selectman, and he assumed many other roles as needed. His ready grin and friendly demeanor were recognized all over town.

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