Whitneyville Library news

The Friends of the Whitneyville Library want to thank everyone that came to the Oct. 21 craft fair at the Parish Hall and supported the library by buying candy or crafts. It was a fun day for the Friends of the Library.

Don’t forget our Nov. 4 pork roast supper.  Pork roast with mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and carrots along with Janet’s rolls and biscuits will be served.  Homemade pies and cakes are also on the menu.

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Machias businesses celebrate Halloween

It’s a Halloween Thing…as Maggie Allen, Sofia and Renee St. Pierre, Dusty and Olivia Korasadowicz, and Rocky, all of Machias pay homage to Dr. Suess.

Home Deer was the order of the day as Scott, Chelsie, Madison, Lauren, Emersyn and Griffin Gordon of Machias were hunting for treats.

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Harrington students live the fire truck dream

On Oct. 11, the Harrington Elementary lower grade students were visited by the Harrington Volunteer Fire Department for Fire Safety Week. Students enjoyed a presentation by Chief Dave Baldwin, Dave Ramsdell, and Jasmine Hammond. Our students toured the fire truck and learned about the equipment used by the fire fighters. A drawing was held for grades one, two, and three for a Ride to School in a Fire Truck! A winner from each grade was drawn. Karsyn Burgess, grade 1, Brody Robertson, grade 2, and Kayden Dake, grade 3, were the excited winners! 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Annual Holiday Fair Saturday Nov. 4, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church in Jonesport

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Stress Release Workshop -- Saturday, November 4 at Peaceful Postures Yoga and Wellness, 263 North Street, Calais from 10:30 a.m. - noon

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Holiday Fair, Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church, Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Crafters, Bake Sale, Chinese Auction, White Elephant,

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Downeast Cowboy winding up for second film contest

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Last month we reported that the local film duo, Downeast Cowboy, were finalists in a statewide outdoor adventure film contest called Broke and Stoked (MVNO Sept. 20). “We didn’t win,” said Kelly Hinkle, one half of Downeast Cowboy, “but we are inspired and will be taking on some new challenges and producing a higher quality short film documentary next year.”

Hinkle said that he and his filmmaking partner James Hubisz are already focusing on the subject for the next summer film, but have something in mind before then, too.

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The Eastport Gallery exhibition moved to Eastport Art Center

The Eastport Gallery on Water Street has closed for the season, and gallery members have moved their work to Washington Street Arts Center Gallery, where it will remain for the winter season. A collection of works by Alice Chen, Judy Clendenning, Nicols Fox, Dominic Noe, Elizabeth Ostrander, Joyce Weber, Shelley Weber and Lora Whelan is currently on view. Washington Street Arts Center Gallery is on the first floor at Eastport Arts Center, 36 Washington Street, Eastport. The gallery is open during EAC events, or by chance or appointment. 

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Axiom offers hide tanning workshop

After years of tanning pelted hides by various methods, Faeterri Silver learned how to use basic inexpensive ingredients for tanning hides that worked long term. This class explores the process of tanning hides, be they small or large, using ordinary kitchen ingredients such as oil, salt and vinegar, and simple tools.

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Clark and Kulig newest UMM Hall of Fame inductees

by Phil Stuart

Arnold Clark of Calais and Katherine Kulig of Ludlow, Massachusetts are the latest University of Maine at Machias (UMM) athletes to be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held at the Reynolds Center on Oct.16.

Clark and Kulig join a list of former inductees that include Fred Reynolds, Tracy Keishner, Rich Larson, Elsie Larson, Drew Meredith, Barry Shrambam, Fran Plunkett-Robinson, Ordie Alley, Carol Lahaye, Dwight Ferry, Ralph Beal, Becky Tower and Billy Ashley.

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High school sports season winding down

by Phil Stuart

In volleyball the 2017 high school sports season is winding down with several school teams qualifying for post-season play.

Woodland High School currently holds down the top spot with a 12-1 record with recent victories over Washington Academy (WA) 3-2, George Stevens Academy 3-0, and Lee Academy 3-0.

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Clippers battle SeaWolves

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clipper Mens’ and womens’ soccer  squads traveled to South Portland on Oct. 14 to play Yankee Small College Conference rival Southern Maine Community College.

The women came home with a 1-0 decision while the men had to settle for a 1-1 tie.

The Clipper men came out of the Southern Maine Community College game with a 6-7-2 overall mark and a 4-2-2 record in the Yankee Small College Conference.

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Jonesport - Beals Royals soccer in action photos

Ryan Alley to drive the ball for the Royals 

Reed Willette hustles to the ball in Class D soccer action. 

Adam Robinson controls the ball for J-B.

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Marijuana bill gives control, dollars to municipalities

by Sen. Joyce Maker

Things are usually quiet during this time of the year at the State House, but last Monday was different as we all returned to Augusta once more to convene for a special session.

Although the special session was called by the governor to address the new food sovereignty law and correct a specific drafting error in the biennial budget, much of our time and effort was spent passing an important ranked-choice voting delay bill and debating LD 1650, “An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act.”

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Art in Peabody Memorial Library

Wildlife artist Fred Hartman is the featured artist at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library in a show that opened Oct. 14. A retired wildlife biologist whose career took him from Pennsylvania to Maine, he has been involved in wildlife management along the eastern seaboard and with Ducks Unlimited since 1974. He and his photographer wife Patty own and operate DownEast Drawings in Whiting. The show is up through January 3. 

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Voter’s quick guide to the Nov. 7 referendum election

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Tuesday, Nov. 7 Maine voters will go to the polls to cast their vote on four ballot measures. Unregistered voters may register to vote right up until they vote on election day. Two of this year’s questions are citizen initiatives, which means they came to the ballot by way of petition, a process permitted in only 23 other states.

For additional information, visit www.maine.gov and search for the Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election.

Gambling in York County

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Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat...

Volunteers came together last week to plan the Machias Community Christmas, scheduled to take place on Saturday, Dec. 2. Committees were formed to handle the annual parade, Voice of Downeast singing contest, decorations, children’s activities and more. Frosty the Snowman was also on hand, one of a dozen Christmas inflatables purchased in memory of Danny Manchester. The illuminated decorations will form Danny’s Village, which will surround the Machias town Christmas tree near Station 1898.

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Trick or Treat Machias

More than 800 children made their way through Machias last Friday as part of Trick or Treat on Main Street. One young trick-or-treater was very pleased to be near the fire trucks. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Proposed Emera rate hike spurs heated comments

by Ruth Leubecker

Emera Maine, seeking to build a substation to service island communities, has requested a rate hike likely to add $3.60 to the average electric bill.

The Bangor-based company has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to grant a 12 percent increase on its customers’ distribution rates. This could amount to an overall increase of 5 percent on all residential bills, which would mean a revenue increase of 12 percent to Emera Maine.

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Jonesport to explore using eminent domain

 

by Nancy Beal

The process of taking private land to enable emergency vehicles to respond and turn around in a congested private lane off of Jonesport’s Main Street began Oct. 25, when selectmen voted to hire an engineer to look at and design a solution for the tight quarters at the end of Ice Hill South on the banks of Moosabec Reach.

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Seeking safer harbor

Fishing boats from Machiasport’s Bucks Harbor were moved to calmer waters on Bucks Creek in advance of Monday’s storm. The National Weather Service warned of winds predicted to gust as high as 75 miles per hour. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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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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Larrabee Baptist Church preservation

Built between 1880 and 1890, the Larrabee Baptist Church in Machiasport was in need of some tender loving care. As part of an ongoing restoration, one wall of the church has had its corner, sill, insulation, siding and windows replaced. The restoration was performed by Tim Ketchen of Cooper. Pastor Bill Holmes said that the church plans to complete the same work on the other three sides of the building as they are able to raise funds. To donate, or for more information, call 207-255-6363. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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UMM showing SEED: The Untold Story Nov. 8

On Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m., the Psychology and Community Studies Department at the University of Maine at Machias will host a screening of the documentary film SEED: The Untold Story. The film will be followed by a discussion with two renowned Maine food sovereignty activists, Jim Gerritson and Will Bonsell. Supported by funds from the Libra Foundation, the event is free and open to the public and will take place in the performing arts center.

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Preview screening of PBS documentary ‘Almost Sunrise’ Nov. 10

Porter Memorial Library and the Machias Valley Film Society will screen the POV Documentary “Almost Sunrise” on Friday, Nov. 10 starting at 7 p.m. This is a special preview screening, several days before the film is broadcast nation-wide on PBS.

“Almost Sunrise” is a verite film--candid and realistic--with a message of hope for those who suffer a mortall injury. The film follows two Iraq veterans who are haunted by combat experience, as they walk 2,700 miles from Wisconsin to California.

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University of Maine SAIL hosts Despicable Me 3 Nov. 10

University of Maine at Machias’ student activities organization, SAIL, will host two showings of the movie Despicable Me 3 on campus. SAIL stands for Student Activities Involvement and Leadership, and the organization hosts events throughout the academic year for students and community members. Despicable Me 3 will show in the Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $2 for community members and free for UMM students, staff, faculty and their immediate family members.

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The Editor’s Desk

Machias’ Trick or Treat on Main Street was another outstanding success. One count estimated more than 800 children in attendance, as compared with 650 last year. The streets were crowded, and the daylight lets you appreciate all of the creative costumes. My personal favorite was a family that dressed as characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The father was Willy Wonka himself, the mother was Violet Beauregarde after she turned into a blueberry, and their child was an oompa loompa, complete with orange makeup and cute white knee pants. 

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Union veterans of Civil War

Help is currently being sought in finding the grave site of the last Civil War Soldier to pass away and is buried in Washington County. Perhaps members of the several Washington County historical societies might have the answer. Or perhaps a descendant of a Civil War Soldier might know just where that person might be buried.

 “The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War ( SUVCW) is seeking community help to identify the name of the last surviving veteran of the Civil War in each county of every state.”

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State Police ask for help to ID body found 27 years ago

State Police, working with the State Medical Examiner’s Office and the Maine Marine Patrol, are appealing again to the public for help in identifying a man found floating off the Maine coast in 1990. The body was found eight miles south of Schoodic Point and eight miles east of Baker Island by a pleasure boat on August 9, 1990. Previous efforts over the past 27 years to identify him have not been successful. 

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United Way works to assess eastern Maine’s greatest needs

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Which comes first—poverty or drug addiction? Drug addiction or homelessness? When you’re spending money to improve Washington County’s well being, where does a dollar go the farthest?  And how do you measure success?

These were some of the ideas considered by attendees in a discussion sponsored by the United Way of Eastern Maine (UWEM) on Oct. 17 at the Calais Motor Inn. 

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MMHS students participate in annual Community Service Day

Friday, Oct. 20 saw the students of Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) dispersed across Machias and surrounding communities working on service projects to better the region. MMHS holds its Community Service Day annually each autumn, and also encourages community service by requiring students to complete 10 hours per year to graduate.

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Ark Animal Shelter seeking pet supply donations in Machias

The IT eBay Store in Machias is now an approved drop-off site for donations to the Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield. Currently the shelter is seeking donations of dog food, cat food, cat litter, treats, bedding and toys.

The Ark is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the care of homeless, unwanted or displaced animals. The Ark provides shelter and care to all admitted animals until appropriate placement can be made, and does not euthanize unless a serious medical or behavioral problem exists.

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Court News

Chad Hanning of Addison, Maine: 1.) Domestic violence assault on November 29, 2016 in Steuben. DISO. 2.) Domestic violence assault on November 29, 2016 in Steuben. DISO.

Adam Flint Harriman II of Bangor, Maine: Theft by receiving stolen property on October 10, 2015 in Topsfield. SNTC Date 8/23/2017, Washington County Jail 1 year all but 14 days suspended, stayed 8/25/2017, probation 1 year. Restitution $748. GLTY.

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Vendors sought for EAC annual Holiday Market

The Eastport Arts Center is currently taking registrations for tables for their annual Holiday Market,which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are first come, first served; fee charged for an 8-foot table. Youth vendors can reserve a small space (size to be determined by need). All vendors should contact Chris Grannis to reserve their space by November 17: email chris@eastportartscenter.org, or call (207) 853-4650.

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DownEast Acadia holds 3rd Annual Tourism Symposium and Awards

DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism will hold their 3rd Annual Tourism Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Thursday Nov 9. This year’s event, held in downtown Bucksport at the Alamo Theatre and the newly opened Lighthouse Arts Center, will focus on supporting the regional economy through promotion of local producers. The event is open for registration to the general public.

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Frances J. Plunkett Robinson - Monson

Frances J. Plunkett Robinson, 82, passed away October 20, 2017, at Hibbard Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. She was born September 8, 1935, in Cass County, Missouri, the daughter of Evelyn (Lapsley) and Walter Plunkett.

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Dolly Elaine Farnsworth Addison

Dolly Elaine Farnsworth went home to the lord on October 18, 2017 at Narraguagus Bay Health Care Facility . She was born September 9, 1946 in Addison to Charlie and May Farnsworth (both deceased). She had five children; Angel Gaspar and husband Bill Gaspar of Blue Hill, Darin Burgess and wife Karen Burgess of Milbridge, Enoch Burgess and wife Stacey Burgess of Columbia, Tarra Merchant and husband Timothy R. Merchant of Addison and Jason Burgess and wife Tammy Burgess of Milbridge.

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Shirlie Faye Magee Davidson - Virginia

Shirlie Faye Magee Davidson passed away peacefully on October 19, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Shirlie was born February 18, 1927 in Holyoke, MA. 

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Nine Mile Bridge

by V. Paul Reynolds

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Solo travel savings tips for retirees

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you recommend some good travel companies that offer good deals for single travelers? I’ve taken a couple tours since I retired a few years ago, but the single-supplement fee really cuts into my budget.

Solo Sally 

 Dear Sally,

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