Nutcracker to be performed at University of Maine

The Robinson Ballet Company of Bangor will bring Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, to Downeast Maine with a pair of performances on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the University of Maine at Machias.  Performances will stage at the university’s Performing Arts Center at 3 and 7 p.m. 

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MSB community grant winners

Standing left to right; Phil Mantis - Immigrant Legal Advocacy Program, Laurie Miller - Housing Authority of the City of Old Town, Sean Douglas - Immigrant Legal Advocacy Program, Catherine Labree - Housing Authority of the City of Old Town, Troy Turner - Housing Authority of the City of Old Town, Sam Belknap - Herring Gut Learning Center, Christy Daggett - Aroostook County Action Program, Dawn Coffin - Families First Community Center, James Maycomber - MaineStream Finance, Wes Todd - MCH, Inc.

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Investing in community

Last month Machias Savings Bank recognized the work of eleven Maine-based nonprofits for  their exceptional community-focused efforts and advancement, bestowing them with the bank’s annual Community Reinvestment Development Grant Awards. 

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Jonesport planners to meet

by Nancy Beal

The Jonesport Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the town office to consider applications from Daryl Young and Carol and Daniel Colby to renew a permit issued October 18, 2016 for work on the Fire Road, and from Brian Hoops, represented by Jim Carver, for a house and garage attached by a breezeway on Flake Point Bar Road.

The town office will close at noon on Wednesday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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A strange burial

Perhaps one of the strangest stories about a cemetery was found in a little booklet entitled “A Brief History of Cutler and Some Interesting Incidents,” written in 1976 by the late Jasper Cates and Arlene Dennison.

Hidden, almost forgotten, in this record on a gravestone in the old Cutler cemetery is one of the strangest and most touching events in Cutler’s history.

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Veterans Day, all year long

by  Ruth Moore

As an honorably discharged veteran, I will have seen 30 years of Veterans Days come and go this year, and one thought has always been in the back of my mind — why do we need a special day to remember our military service and sacrifices for our country? Shouldn’t our service be celebrated every day for the freedoms and liberties that our country’s citizens enjoy?  

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The Editor’s Desk

Last week was full of patriotic activity as people came together to celebrate the service of our local veterans. According to the Veterans Administration, Maine, Alaska and Montana are tied for the highest amount of veterans per capita, at one in 10. Veterans were feted and thanked with school breakfasts, luncheons, music and community suppers. I observe that Washington County has an incredibly strong service ethic, and so it comes as no surprise that we know how to revere it when we see it.

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Letter to the Editor - We need honest information from an honest lawmaker

 As of Thursday, Nov. 9, neither of Bruce Poliquin’s workers in his D.C. or his Bangor office knew what Poliquin’s position on the estate tax is.

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Public invited to Gates House Annual Christmas Party

The Machiasport Historical Society invites the public to join us in our traditional 1800s style celebration with mulled cider, holiday treats, music and carol singing. This is a family fun celebration to kick off the Christmas Season!

The party is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gates House, 344 Port Road/Rt. 92, Machiasport. Call Barbara Maloy at 255-8860 for more information.

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Library to show “Wonder Woman”

The public is invited to a showing of the new “Wonder Woman”  movie at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

 The movie will be shown 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, which is a change from the usual Friday night time.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. 

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Celebrating Robert Coles’ service

WW2 veteran, Pearl Harbor hero, and hometown celebrity Robert P. Coles, Jr. was celebrated last Friday, fittingly on the observation of Veterans Day. He was 93. A remembrance service took place at Machias Memorial High School, followed by a full military honors interment at Longfellow Cemetery in Machias. See more photos on page 7. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Local legislators gear up for Medicaid expansion battle

by Ruth Leubecker

Maine made history last week, becoming the first state in the nation to pass Medicaid expansion by citizen referendum. 

Gov. Paul LePage, who has vetoed Medicaid expansion five times, vows to stall this win at the polls by mandating the legislature to find the funding before he will allow implementation. 

The fight to give health-care coverage to over 70,000 uninsured Mainers has been a lengthy and bitter battle, marked with heart-breaking stories and the fierce needs of many deprived daily of care.

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AOS 96 seeks to remove non-consolidation penalties

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In the final hours of Maine’s 2018-19 budget negotiations, the governor’s office inserted language into the biennial budget  that would reduce funding to schools which do not consolidate into one of nine to twelve new School Management and Leadership Centers (SMLCs). 

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DMR finalizes 2017-18 scallop season, new licenses on horizon

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After the Nov. 8 meeting of the Scallop Advisory Council, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) announced its final calendar for the 2017-18 fishing season, set to kick off on Dec. 4.

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Art to honor veterans

Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School art teacher Becky Lee worked with Machias students to create one entire wall of patriotic artwork which was displayed during last week’s Veterans Day breakfast at the school. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Machias gunshot victim recovering

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A Machias man was shot with a rifle through an exterior wall late on Oct. 8. Machias Police are not releasing the identity of the victim at this time. 

The victim was taken to Down East Community Hospital in Machias where he was stabilized, then taken by Lifeflight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. “He seems to be recovering quite well,” said Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley.

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Centre Street’s Living Nativity dates announced

Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, announces the dates for its annual gift of a Living Nativity to the community. This outdoor live tableau, accompanied by narration and Christmas music, will be on display from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 15.

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An elder service navigator is here for you

by  Natalie Boomer

Food, fuel, transportation, home repairs, utilities, money matters, healthcare and insurance can be stressful to figure out all on your own. Nevertheless, it is a situation many elderly community members find themselves in. Lisa Suarez is here to help with that. 

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Letter to the Editor - Mobile spay neuter clinics new to Machias. 

The recent Nov 5,6,7  first time, cats only event for Machias area residents was originally scheduled for two days. However, because it booked up within a few days, a third day was added. The overwhelming response resulted in a waiting list.

In the end 95 animals, a mix of pets and community cats both stray and feral, were seen. They ranged from super cute two-pound kittens to a 16 pound very unappreciative tom cat.

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Letter to the Editor - A lifetime of service

A lifetime of service

Last Friday we said goodbye, and thank you to WW2 Veteran and Pearl Harbor hero, Robert P. Coles, Jr. He was one of our greatest community treasures. But notably, he was also everything we could have hoped for, and asked for in that role.

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Studying the local economy: 36 years and counting

On December 29, 1981, Gov. Joseph Brennan signed an executive order establishing a “Governor’s Task Force on the Washington County Economy.”

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State Runner-up Lady Raider Volleyball in action shots

Time-out, as Coach Schwinn gives direction to his team.

Good hustle from Jinny Davis getting to the ball at WA.

Teeya Harmon delivers a solid service. Teeya connected for 18/19 serves at the States in MDI, while earning 3-aces.

 

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Ethel Quackenbush Jonesport

Ethel Quackenbush, 97, mother of Connie Wiggin of Jonesport, died November 3, 2017, in Ashland, Kentucky, following a long illness.  She was one of five daughters of Ada Rollins Massacar and Clarion Rand Massacar.   She grew up in Hamburg, New York, and graduated from Devilbis High School in Toledo, Ohio.   

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Robert Palmer Coles Jr Machias

Robert Palmer Coles, Jr, 93, died November 4, 2017 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born December 21, 1923 in Bronx, New York, the son of the late Robert Palmer Coles, Sr. and Martha Surburt.

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Juanita Crosby Choukas Hanover, New Hampshire

Juanita (Nita) Crosby Choukas, 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Hanover, New Hampshire on November 11, 2017, surrounded in her final days by her beloved husband of 66 years, Michael Choukas, Jr, her three children, her ten grandchildren, and several of her great grandchildren. 

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Four finalists named for vice president at the University of Maine at Machias

Four finalists have been named for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Head of Campus at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM). Between Nov. 16 and Dec. 6, the candidates will visit both the University of Maine at Machias and the University of Maine campuses.

The search, which has been under way since June, generated over 100 applications. Candidates selected for campus visits, including interviews, presentations, and meetings with campus leaders, community members and students, are:

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Court News

Ryan M. Grant of East Machias, Maine: Operate while license suspended or revoked, prior on June 30, 2017 in Cherryfield. SNTC Date 8/8//2017, Fine $500. GLTY.

Channon J. Jones of Trescott TWP, Maine: Possessing lobster beyond minimum or maximum on June 22, 2017 in Lubec. SNTC Date: 8/2/2017, Fine $2,200. GLTY.

Dennis W. Sargent Jr. of Steuben, Maine: Burning prohibited material on June 5, 2017 in Steuben. SNTC Date: 8/8/2017, Fine $250. GLTY.

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The trail food search

by V. Paul Reynolds

Author’s note: This is part two of a three part column series about my fall elk hunt to Colorado.

Over the years, in pursuit of elk, my sons and I have made a number of backpacking hunts into the Routt National Forest in Western Colorado.

There is a lot of careful preparation for trips of this sort. The central challenge, as you might guess, is to keep the pack weights manageable without leaving behind critical gear.

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Voting results from Nov. 7 Maine Referendum Election

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Maine voters went to the polls to consider four ballot measures. The first question asked voters to approve a license for a casino in York County, which failed statewide. The second question asked voters to approve expansion of Medicaid to give medical coverage to residents earning between 100 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level, and it passed. Question 3 asked voters to approve a $105 million bond for infrastructure, it passed.

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UMM volleyball season over

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers volleyball team recently completed its 2017 season.

Amy Fritz’s squad compiled an overall record of 8-16 while they fared better in the Yankee Small College Conference with a 6-4 mark.

The team started off with a 3-2 win over Unity at Husson University before dropping three straight to open the season at 1-3.

UMM would win two out its next three matches to improve to 3-4, but non-league back-to- back losses against Fort Kent lowered their record to 3-6.

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Quoddy league fall baseball

by Phil Stuart

Back in the days of the Quoddy Baseball League, it was not uncommon for the league playoffs to take place in September and some years they even stretched into October.

Recently a teammate of mine on the Machias Bruins for ten years, Dickie Norton, dropped off a photo of the 1970 Machias Bruins baseball team. Dickie was a great teammate and one of the best clutch hitters that I had the privilege of playing with in my ten years as a member of the Machias Bruins.

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To the Editor: Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Open Enrollment

If you do not have health care coverage through an employer or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, the time to review and purchase health insurance is here.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Open Enrollment period is now underway and this is the only time of year when Mainers who purchase their health insurance on the open market can make changes to their coverage.  Mainers from Madawaska to Kittery only have a few weeks to take advantage of this opportunity as ACA Open Enrollment ends on December 15th. 

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Columbia News

The weather has changed again with the colder weather this week, I guess winter has come. I imagine the cooler weather is better for the hunters.

Congratulations to my grandson Konner Strout of Harrington in getting his first bear on Saturday the 11th. Maybe next week he will get his deer.

Carroll and I both were at the doctor on Monday and I found out I had bronchitis after all and got some medication to get me on my feet again. I think I am now on the mend.

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Machiasport School Board discusses EasyCBM, state budget

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Fort O’Brien Elementary School Principal Sue Almendinger opened last week’s meeting of the Machiasport School Board with updates on a new venture to increase collaboration between teachers and parents. “We held a planning night for parents to come in and join us in an EasyCBM partnership,” she said. “Parents come in to learn how to read data, and what they can do about it.”

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Harrington News

Do you smell it?  Yes, the beautiful aroma of the brush going into the wreaths.That means Christmas is very close. I hope Santa is resting up for his trip this year!

Mike and Tracey are buying tips to make their wreaths! Time sure does pass by fast when you are having fun.

It is really lovely to see the lights on at Joan and Dick Meserve’s home now.  They were wintering in Florida. I for one missed them. Welcome home!

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Church Bazaar, Cherryfield Congregational Church, River Road, Cherryfield on Saturday November 18 from 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. Crafters, Christmas items, baked goods including a cookie table, and white elephant table.   

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Haddock Chowder lunch served at 11 a.m. with biscuit or cornbread, beverage and dessert bar for $6 .

Sauerkraut Workshop with Anne Hopkins, November 19, 1 p.m., Eastport Arts Center

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Immigrants in Maine: A demographic and economic profile

The American Immigration Council released data on Maine’s immigrant population and their contributions to the state. The Maine state fact sheet includes data on population size, educational and citizenship attainment, English proficiency levels, and data on undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the state.

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Senate Aging Committee warns of scams targeting veterans

Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor the sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans and their families. Yet, there are scam artists who target these men and women as potential victims and who try to capitalize on patriotism to rob all Americans of their hard-earned money.

As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), have made fighting fraud against older Americans a top priority.

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Clippers end regular season

by Phil Stuart

The  University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers men’s soccer team ended it’s regular season at home Oct. 21 against the powerful University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals.

The Clippers took a quick 1-0 lead over Billy Ashby’s Bengals when Lorenzo Segura scored at 6:38 on a Rudy Hassen assist.

The lead was short lived as the Bengals would score five unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead into the halftime break.

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Downeast Trio Wins Tourney

by Phil Stuart

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Raiders clinch top volleyball spot

by Phil Stuart

The Washington Academy (WA) Raiders Volleyball squad virtually assured themselves of a spot in the first ever Class C state championship game with a 3-2 Oct. 17 win over Woodland on the Dragons’ home court.

Woodland, Calais and Washington Academy were the only three schools with a realistic chance of going deep into the playoffs and with the win, WA should be able to coast into the title game with a Woodland, Calais showdown in the semi-finals.

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Machias Memorial High School is the proud recipient of the MPA State Class D Boys Soccer banner. 

From left - right: Tyler Wentzel, Matt Gardner, Naveah Skinner, Dallas Moody, Head coach Ty Richards.

Congratulations Bulldogs!

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Rough times for Machias Bulldogs

 

by Phil Stuart

For many years, Machias High School and Van Buren High School stood alone as the dominant teams in Eastern Maine Class D boys’ soccer.

Van Buren fell first and several years later Machias followed suit giving way to Bangor Christian who has had an incredible run over the last decade.

Since 1965, the Machias program has been the class of boys’ soccer in Washington County and have way more games, more conference championships and more trips to the state title game than any other school.

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First Annual Milbridge “Lit-Fest” continues with haiku, author readings

The Sunrise County Arts Institute (SCAI) continues the “First Annual Milbridge Lit-Fest,” its celebration of writers, good writing, and delicious reading.

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Pembroke Library presents songs and stories for a sea-gazed wanderer

On Wednesday evening, Nov. 8, the Pembroke Library will present Stephen Sanfilippo in a concert of chanteys, ditties, ballads, Gospel songs, hymns, poems and stories that capture the romance of the sea without hiding the hardship its hardships. Stephen has collected and performed traditional maritime songs since the early 1970s, blending his interests in history, hard knocks workers’ songs, and dreamy ballads that carry the singer to faraway places and long ago times. A U.S.

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Lewis Carroll’s Alice: Down the Rabbit Hole

The Grand continues its tradition of live community theater with a new piece based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” stories- Alice: Down the Rabbit Hole. The play will run one weekend only —  Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19, 2017. Tickets are on sale now at the box office.

For more information on the production, or to become a member of The Grand call the box office at 207-667-9500. 

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Drawing workshop continues in new venue

Eastport Arts Center’s weekly Drawing Workshop  has moved to a new venue, workshop leader Joyce Weber’s Eastport studio. The group will continue to meet on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm. The workshop includes a combination of life drawing, facial studies and drawing the clothed figure, and offers 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 

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PBSO brings Broadway Downeast

The Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO) is 10 years old! To celebrate this milestone, the orchestra is delighted to present its first-ever Broadway Pops concert on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Eastport at the Arts Center; on Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in Machias at the Centre Street Congregational Church; and on Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Calais Congregational Church.

Receptions will follow each performance. The reception following the Machias concert will be provided by Pat’s Pizza. 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

The Women’s Health Resource Library (WHRL): Poets and publishers Valerie Lawson and Michael Brown, of Resolute Bear Press in Robbinston, will host a reading and book-signing for the “Three Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers,” joined by several of the poets, essayists and short story writers who contributed to this acclaimed new volume. Friday, November 10, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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Bridge beginnings from Beals to Jonesport

The new bridge to Beals began last week with work on the approaches. Here, earth was removed on the Beals side to replace the 90 degree turn off the old bridge with an angle much less acute for the many tractor trailer trucks that come from the mainland. On the Jonesport side, the old house that Eddie Hagan used as a wreath shop was torn down to widen Bridge Street and provide room for power lines.

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Personal property in Jonesport: to tax or not?

by Nancy Beal

Jonesport selectmen returned to the subject of taxing personal property at their Nov. 1 meeting. Last month, they had listened to a presentation by business tax exemption specialist Joe Salley from Bangor, who explained ways in which personal property — lobster traps, equipment and machinery — could be taxed without adverse financial effects on either taxpayers or the town. Currently, Jonesport does not tax personal property.

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Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick Viking, 2006

Certainly you remember — don’t you? Your teacher sitting you down on the day before Thanksgiving vacation and having you go through the lovely thoughts about the first Thanksgiving — which were so far from reality that author Nathaniel Philbrick wants to put us all ship-shape! And he will with his many-paged notes, bibliography and index. Truth is, we all need to get a grip on our actual early history. It was and is not an always easily or happily told tale. Take a look!

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When will medicaid pay for nursing home care?

Dear Savvy Senior,

What are the eligibility requirements to get Medicaid coverage for nursing home care? 

Caregiving Daughter

Dear Caregiving,

The rules and requirements for Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care are complicated and will vary according to the state where your parent lives. With that said, here’s a general, simplified rundown of what it takes to qualify.

Medicaid Eligibility 

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New Marine Patrol Officers to Serve in Kittery, Tenants Harbor and Lubec

Three new Marine Patrol Officers have recently been sworn in and will be serving in Kittery, Tenants Harbor and Lubec.

Matthew Carter of Marshfield, Maine will serve in the Lubec patrol. A former Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy, Carter is also a native of Washington County, having grown up in the Machias area and graduated from Washington Academy. Carter is also currently a Military Police Officer in the Maine Army National Guard.

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Hillary: the horse with attitude

by V. Paul Reynolds

Half way down the mountain a creek crosses the road. Approaching the creek, I could tell that the dirt-covered ice was making this horse skittish. At the creek’s edge, Hillary put on the brakes.

Author’s note :This is part one of a three-part column series about my recent elk hunt in Colorado.

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Court News

Gloria Bragg of East Machias, Maine: Criminal trespass on June 28, 2017. SNTC Date 8/8/2017, Fine $150. GLTY.

Dillon Dowling of Machias, Maine: Disorderly conduct, loud noise, private place. SNTC Date 8/7/2017, Fine $500. GLTY.

Joshua L. Dube of Milbridge, Maine: Operate vehicle without license on June 29, 2017 in Milbridge. SNTC Date 8/8/2017, Fine $100. GLTY.

Michael J. Soule of Sullivan, Maine: Operating while license suspended or revoked on June 28, 2017 in Machias. DISE.

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CRHH and DECH partnering to bring OB/GYN care to Calais

Staff from both Calais Regional Hospital and Down East Community Hospital in Machias have been working on a plan to provide quality OB/GYN services locally in Calais.  Rod Boula, CRH CEO, and Dennis Welsh, DECH CEO, began discussions with the announcement that delivery services would be ending at CRH.  With all of the logistics of such an endeavor finally worked out, it is exciting to announce that DECH providers Kara Dwight, MD and Christian Inegbenijie, MD will provide office visits in Calais one day a week once clinic licensure is obtained. Dr. Inegbenijie and Dr.

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Aquarium’s right whale team addresses grave concerns for species

Following a harrowing summer when an unprecedented 15 North Atlantic right whales died in Canada and the US, a team of long-serving and dedicated scientists from the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium headed to Canada last weekend to discuss the status and future of the most endangered large whale species in the Atlantic.

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Louise Emerson Columbia Falls

Louise Emerson, 89, passed away November 4, 2017.  She was born March 13, 1928 to Hanford and Edith Grant of Columbia Falls, the third of their four children.  She married Henry Emerson in 1945 and raised three children, Lenora, James and David.  She was a very hard worker, capable, determined, and feisty.  She had many jobs including making wreaths, packing sardines, cooking at Helen’s Restaurant, the Columbia Falls Grammar School, Pleasant River Drive In, and Narraguagus Estates, as a migrant bus driver, and she loved raking blueberries.  Her daughter considered that a form of mental illn

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Milton “Milt” Fuller Machias

Milton “Milt” Fuller lived the life that many people dream to live.  He was blessed with true love, a devoted family, living in Maine (the way life should be), traveling the world, and lifetime friends.  Milton died peacefully on November 1, 2017 in Machias, Maine at the age of 92.

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Ramona G. Emerson Jonesport

Ramona G. Emerson of Jonesport passed away September 27, 2017. She was born December 12, 1943, the daughter of Laurence and Hazel (Carter) Tucker.

She is survived by her sister, Kathleen Call and husband Fred of Harrington, and brother Glenwood Tucker and wife Charlotte of Ellsworth. She is also survived by her sons Michael Emerson, and Dana Emerson and wife April, both of Jonesport, and daughters Crystal Emerson of Jonesport, and Lori Ann Farnsworth and husband Nathaniel of Addison.

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Leroy Truman Tibbetts Jonesport

Leroy Truman Tibbetts, 58, passed away at the Down East Community Hospital October 20, 2017, after a brief illness of pancreatic cancer. He was born May 12, 1959 in Jonesport, the son of Truman and Marion (Church) Tibbetts. He lived most of his life in Addison. Leroy will be remembered for riding his four-wheeler around the Basin Road, stopping by to visit with friends.

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Wayne S. Foss December 18, 1968 - October 28, 2017

Wayne S. Foss, 48, of Whitneyville, a loving father of three and beloved husband, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 28, 2017. He was born December 18, 1968 in Danbury, Connecticut, to Esten Foss and Mildred Reynolds. Wayne graduated from Machias Memorial High School and went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Kim Foss, married for 26 years and together for 29. 

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John P. Gray Machias

John Perl Gray, 39, passed away unexpectedly October 29, 2017 in Lewiston. He was born September 22, 1978 in Machias the son of Perley R. Gray and Valerie (Schencks) Look. 

He attended Machias schools, and went on to work in the family concrete business. He loved spending time with family, especially with his children, John Justin and Sabrina Rose.

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AARP warns of Medicare scams

Medicare Open Enrollment runs through Dec. 7, and it’s a banner time for Medicare fraud. Beware of ads that promise medical equipment covered 100% by Medicare. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. Don’t share your personal information from someone claiming to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), calling to “verify” your information. Need help with Medicare Open Enrollment? Contact your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-877-353-3771 for free assistance.

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Narraguagus Lady Knights, Calais Blue Devils advance in cross country

by Phil Stuart

The Narraguagus Lady Knights and the Calais High School Blue Devil boys both finished 5th in the Northern Regional Cross Country Championships at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast on Oct. 21.

Those two teams and ten individual runners will advance to the state meet.

In boys Class C, the Orono Red Riots showed their dominance with a low score of 19. The Riots had three of the top five places and five of the top eleven.

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Community grieves Downeast Pearl Harbor survivor

WWII and Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles passed away at age 93 on Saturday, Nov. 4. Coles was a beloved local figure and revered for his heroic role in a game-changing battle. This photo was taken during the Fourth of July Celebrations at Cutler’s Little River Lighthouse in 2015. Photo by RJ Heller

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Gov. LePage urges support for Hunters for the Hungry Program

With the 2017 hunting season underway, Governor Paul R. LePage is again urging Maine hunters to consider supporting the Hunters for the Hungry Program by donating all or part of their harvest to feed families in need. The popular program provides a means for Maine hunters, as well as hunters from other states, to donate harvested game to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

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Machias music man wins big in Maine

Gene Nichols, Downeast Maine’s versatile musician and player of all things remotely musical -- was recently honored as tops in the state when presented with the Maine Music Educator Award. 

UMM’s professor of music lightens the evening for many Mainers and summertime visitors with his Wild Blueberry Festival introduction to the musical main event; years ago revived the popular ukulele club; and got his start many moons ago as a circus performer. 

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Letter to the Editor - Is the Doctor In? Ask Bruce Poliquin

If you were born after December of 1964 you have never known a time when Machias did not have a modern hospital with a trained 24- hour Emergency Department. While we can be proud and thankful for its founders’ wisdom, the hospital can only operate if it is financially supported on a yearly basis.

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Editors Desk

Last year our pediatrician advised us that warming winters mean we should expect to encounter active ticks 12 months out of the year. I had seen the truth of this years earlier when I found a deer tick walking on my son after a hike through snow-packed woods. But even with the evidence in front of me, I confess I’ve grown lax about performing daily tick checks as the days have grown shorter and (somewhat) colder.

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Reports of the ACA’s death have been greatly exaggerated

by Sen. Angus King

With the holiday season approaching, I know that many of us are starting to shop for friends and family. But I want to highlight another type of shopping that could have a profound impact on your wellbeing: health care.

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DEI experiments to conserve the future of clamming

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One grey afternoon in May, two scientists and a band of commercial clam harvesters trudged into Machiasport’s Larrabee Cove carrying yards of netting, a cooler of juvenile clams and stakes to mark their experiment. 

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Machias’ DECH Emergency Department ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 15

The Emergency Department expansion and renovation is near completion.  To officially mark that milestone, Down East Community Hospital will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The ribbon cutting will take place in front of the new emergency department at 11 Hospital Way on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. Representatives from the USDA, the Legislature, Down East Community Hospital, and other key stakeholders will be present to celebrate completion of the project.

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Jonesboro Harvest Craft Fair slated for Saturday, Nov. 11

On Saturday, Nov. 11 the ladies of the Jonesboro Union Church Auxiliary are holding the Annual Jonesboro Harvest Craft Fair. This year the harvest fair is held at the Chandler River Community Center (next to the Jonesboro Union Church) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair features local crafters with unique, high quality items for early Christmas shopping. Coffee and homemade donuts are available in the morning. Chili, American chop suey, chili dogs or good ole’ steamed hot dogs and chips are being served for lunch. The church ladies’ baked goods and fudge are available.

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News of the Hannah Weston chapter, DAR

Members of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution have set aside the month of November to recognize and honor both Active Duty Servicemen and Women and Veterans. First they will recognize our veterans by having as a guest of honor a representative from the Machias Veterans Home during their 11 a.m. meeting and Dutch Treat luncheon to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Bluebird Restaurant in Machias.

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Downeast nonprofit uses archaeology, technology to foster love of books

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Recently students from Pembroke, Perry, Lubec and Whiting took a field trip on the Downeast Ice Age Trail for some firsthand experience of archaeology. The trip blended the old and new as students followed the trail to a place where they could dig for fossils, using the Ice Age Trail’s iPad app to guide them.

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WBANA aims ‘to turn ship around for growers’

by Ruth Leubecker

As area blueberry growers struggle with the realities of supply and demand, Maine’s official commission this week pledged renewed support.

“We’re absolutely talking about how we can improve things for growers,” said Nancy McBrady, executive director of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. “We’ve got to turn this ship around.”

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Machias updates traffic ordinance, emergency plans

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias traffic ordinance written in 1971 is slated to receive some updates from the current selectboard. During their Oct. 18 meeting, the board discussed redefining the town’s parking zones. Part of the effort will involve taking measurements and GPS coordinates from landmarks likely to last, such as the bridge, because the existing ordinance defines parking in relation to local businesses, such as Johnson’s Jewelry Store, which are no longer present.

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SNAP recipients may qualify for replacement benefits

Current recipients of Food Supplement benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may be able to get help with food lost following this week’s storm.

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ASMFC reviews eel population, sets Maine’s 2018 quota

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) American Eel Management Board reviewed the results of the 2017 American Eel Stock Assessment Update, which indicates the resource remains depleted. The assessment updates the 2012 American Eel Benchmark Stock Assessment with data from 2010-2016. Trend analyses of abundance indices indicated large declines in abundance of yellow eels during the 1980s through the early 1990s, with primarily neutral or stable abundance from the mid-1990s through 2016. Total landings remain low but stable.

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Rollover

A flatbed 18-wheeler carrying slabs of concrete rolled over while navigating the steep corner where Route 1 passes Route 191 in East Machias. No one was injured. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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New bus to BES

The Beals and Jonesport school system took delivery of a new bus last week. Jonesporters approved a three-year, one percent loan of the purchase price of $83,873 from their surplus. The 77-passenger Thomas bus will be parked at Beals Elementary School, whose student body proudly posed with it on delivery day.  Photo courtesy of George Crawford

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Activity at Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church

Steeplejacks were still working on the 100+year-old spire of Jonesport’s Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church last week, removing old wood before capping it for the winter. The bell is stored in a nearby barn. Last Saturday, church volunteers put on a craft fair and luncheon to boost the belfry fund.

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Wesley News

Ron T. has been seeing deer in their fields. Andrea and Stan K. put up new posts and fencing around their garden of winter rye but they had a moose take down most of it when it walked through.

We took a ride into Chain Lake but had to pull a tree out of the road with a rope. 

The camps were fine but a tree came down by Blaisdell’s house and tore the electric box off the house. Our power just blinked off and on a couple of times. We were lucky.

Linda and I took Halloween candy to school for the kids’ party.

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Harrington News

Lobster fishermen are taking in their traps now.  The season is coming to a close.  It was a fast season, not quite as good as last year.

Sincere condolences to the family of Louise Emerson.  She was a lovely lady and will be missed.

Wreath-making season is upon us. There have been many loads of brush being delivered to Worcester Wreath in town. Winter is not far behind.

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Columbia News

This past week I have not been out  much except to drive the bus. On the half day of school I got to visit with Hulda Peterson in Harrington; it was a nice visit and we almost got caught up on news in the area.

Everyone was out due to illness on Monday night’s genealogy class so I got the chance to visit the knitting class for a bit before returning home. It probably was a good thing as I was coming down with this cold that is going around. Both of us here have it, I just wish those kids of mine on the bus had not given it to me.

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Whitneyville Library news

It’s been an exciting week as groundwork for the new library has begun.  The land is being prepped for the next phase of the project.  Architectural plans for the library have been finalized and the land work can now begin.  The building which will be 4,000 sq. ft. in size will house the Whitneyville Public Library and the library’s Whatnot Craft Shop. Completion of the project will be sometime in spring/summer of 2018.

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Installation of live nativity

The Living Nativity was installed November 5 for its 5th Christmas Season on the steps at Centre Street Congregational Church UCC in Machias. Installers this year were Harper Dean, Jim Jackson, Thornton Land,  Greg Maxwell,  Stuart Swain and Lin Warren. This annual gift from the church to the community is increasingly popular.  It will be “live” for 2 early evenings in December.  There will soon be a sign on the church and the Nativity which tell which dates it will be live.

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CDC urges cautions with power outages, generators

With widespread power outages expected to last a few days following the recent storm, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding residents how to safely use portable gas-powered generators and providing food safety tips.

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Book boxing for charity

Two Mormon missionaries joined many Porter Memorial Library volunteers last Saturday for a group book-boxing party. The books, left over from the library’s annual August book sale event, will be taken by nonprofit Better World Books. Library director Lee Downing said that new donations are already coming in for next year’s summer sale, which typically contains more than 10,000 volumes. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Bay Ridge Student Council at work

Mrs. Lemieux, Student Council Advisor at Bay Ridge Elementary, lends a hand as Student Council members add more sand to the sandbox on the lower end. Submitted photo

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UMM welcomes new athletic director

 

by Ben Ferrandi

Christopher Hart’s sports background is impressive. He holds a B.S. in Athletic Administration from Endicott College, has experience with the Hartford Wolf Pack, “... a semi-pro hockey team in Hartford Connecticut,” he said, and in June he began as the new athletic director for University of Maine at Machias (UMM).  

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Bill to fund Bucks Harbor prison moves forward

On Thursday, Oct. 26 a 10-member panel of legislative leaders allowed a bill to keep Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) in Bucks Harbor open an extra 18 months to move forward in January. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias), would provide additional funding to the beleaguered prison while policymakers develop a long term solution.

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Cutler students invite veterans to school Nov. 9

The students at Bay Ridge Elementary invite all area veterans and their guests to our annual Veterans’ Day Program and Dinner on Nov. 9 starting at 10:30 a.m.  Please call the school at 259-3347 if you and your guests plan to attend.  We look forward to presenting a program in your honor followed by a special dinner.

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Harrington News

As I write this, we are anticipating a wind storm.  Some of the fishermen have brought their lobster boats ashore. By the time you read this, it should be over.

Chuck and Bonnie Peterson attended the Clint Black concert in Bar Harbor on Friday night.  It was a really good show.

Mike and Tracey Peterson’s new home was delivered this week. The rain was not helping, but it is set up.  It is really beautiful. Congratulations Petersons.

We have been given more apples. Hopefully someone will get a deer so we can make mince meat.  Yum!!

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Wesley

Craft fair at the Parish Hall in Machias last Saturday, Oct. 21 started slow but then was steady all day. Erin Guptill was set up right beside Linda and we got to help with Wyatt. We had a great time. Jack August was helping in the kitchen and he made the best hot dog with fried onion I’ve had in a long time.

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Columbia News

This past week has gone really fast, and of course it would when you have your grandbabies visiting. Our son Zebadiah and his wife Molly along with their two boys Oliver and Gavin and their dog Silva, arrived on Friday morning, Oct. 20 from their home in Orono, Minnesota. They traveled right through without stopping.             The boys have grown since I visited with them last spring. Both Carroll and I have enjoyed having them here this past week.

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