Could water end the world as we know it?

By Ruth Leubecker

Long recognized for his outrageous predictions, Jeff Goodell’s latest -- The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World -- is unsettling at best, terrifying at worst.

The author and contributing editor to Rolling Stone has habitually fixated on how to cool the planet, big coal, cities overtaken by the elements and human apathy. But it’s the facts that cause one to increasingly ponder his subject matter. 

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Letter to the Editor - Big business wins

The United States House of Representatives recently passed a 440-page bill, in just two weeks, with the support of Representative Bruce Poliquin.  The November 16th issue of the Washington Post stated:

 “Big businesses win. The House bill cuts the top rate that large corporations pay from 35 percent to 20 percent, the biggest one-time drop in the big-business tax rate ever. It is a permanent change that does not expire.”

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Letter to the Editor - MMHS Alumni Assoc. needs volunteers to survive

The Machias Memorial High School Alumni Association has been in existence for many years, but now is faltering due to lack of persons willing or able to serve as officers of the organization.

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Downeast scallop fleet at the ready

Scallop boats from out of town join the Jonesport fleet, moored here in Sawyers Cove awaiting a legal dragging day. Per the agreed upon three-year rotation, Chandlers Bay is open this year, but harvesting days are limited. Photo by Nancy Beal

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Opinion - Collins has a decision to make

While the House and Senate reconcile their separate tax bills into a final version that Mainers will live with, the GOP repeatedly claims that large corporate and super-wealthy beneficiaries will reinvest their considerable tax savings in business expansions and increased job creation. Never in the history of our country have tax breaks led to the kind of economic expansion and job growth1 that Mr. Trump and the GOP imagine. 

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Maine Veterans Project completes 12 roofs in 12 months

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Just in time for the first big snow Downeast, a Wesley veteran received a new roof that will put an end to the leaks creating mold damage inside his home. 

On Friday, Dec. 8 crews from Williams Roofing, students from Washington Academy and the Maine Veterans Project (MVP) put in the first of two long days reroofing the single family home. The project was paid for through MVP and the in-kind labor donations of Williams Roofing, Inc. of Brewer. 

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DEHV to host National Living with Grief Program

For more than a decade, the Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) educational events have been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care.

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Dressed in holiday style

A collection of festive caroling dolls stand atop a piano inside the Bluebird Family Ranch Restaurant. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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First snowfall blankets Downeast

It looks just like a picture print from Currier & Ives, but this beautiful scene of East Machias covered in snow is a photograph taken in 1976 by Ken Tudor. Last week the area was blanketed in the first substantial snow of the season. Area children made snowmen and Christmas spirits were lifted. But will it last until Santa comes to town? Photo courtesy Ken Tudor

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The Editor's Desk

My pro-snow tendencies are not a hit with everyone. When I start wishing for a winter storm, there are always one or two people who threaten to hold me personally accountable if that wish comes true. But I can’t help it, I absolutely love snow, and I will go on record now praying for a white Christmas. In my opinion, two green Christmases in a row are all we should have to endure here on the northeastern tip of the country. I’m counting on a couple of new storms to backfill this one so Santa has somewhere to set down his sleigh.

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More interesting people buried in the Court St. Cemetery

The oldest burial in the cemetery is for Rebecca Crocker, born March 13, 1752 and died Feb. 5, 1799. Rebecca was the wife of General George Stillman. He was born at Hartford, Connecticut on March 7, 1751 and died at Machias on Nov. 4, 1804. 

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Could Maine offer universal health care?

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Recently, members of the Machias Rotary club debated the pros and cons of a single payer health care system during a presentation by Moira O’Neill, given at their meeting held Tuesday, Nov. 17. O’Neill works with the University of Maine on rural nursing programs, and also serves on the board of directors for Maine Allcare, a nonprofit dedicated to working toward affordable health care for all Mainers.

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Georgie Kendall recalls holiday traditions

 

by Ruth Leubecker

Remembered for her Red Sleigh venture and always known for her eclectic forays into the community, Georgie Kendall last week reminisced about Christmases past. 

‘Tis the season for conjuring up those special times. “I used to help Gram Kendall gather brush and pine cones for wreaths,” she says. “Then we’d put the pine cones on a tinfoil pie plate under the woodstove to open them up. Gram would make and decorate those wreaths and send them to family and close friends from Maryland to Washington and Florida.”

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East Machias home invasion leads to Machiasport standoff, shooting

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Washington County Sheriff’s office reported that on Saturday, Dec. 9 the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) received a 911 call from a woman in East Machias reporting a home invasion.

The woman said that a man had entered her home brandishing a weapon and demanding money. The suspect left on foot, and the RCC dispatched deputies to the scene. The deputies were assisted by the Machias Police Department, Maine State Police and Maine Marine Patrol.

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Center Street Church sets Christmas Services

Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in downtown Machias is planning a number of services to observe and celebrate Christmas. 

During the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 24, the Advent journey will be completed. That night, the traditional 7 p.m. service will conclude with a candlelight singing of “Silent Night.” An 11 p.m. service will consist of readings from around the globe, Christmas carols, and the ringing of the church’s Paul Revere bell at midnight to welcome Christmas Day.

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DECH Births Notices

Baby Boy

Oliver James Hallet

Parents: Stephanie & Matthew Hallett

Birth Date: December 7, 2017

Weight: 8 lb 10 oz

Length: 22 inches

Baileyville

Baby Boy

Logan Gregory Roy Landeen

Parents: Desirae Fickett & Heath Landeen

Birth Date: December 6, 2017

Weight: 9 lb

Length: 22 inches

Jonesport

Baby Girl

Malavna Motehsan Matthews

Parents: Mary J.A. Jenkins & Markeece M. Matthews

Birth Date: December 7, 2017

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Porter Memorial Library news

Porter Memorial Library is fortunate to be the official host of the Machias Valley Film Society, an group committed to bringing great films to local audiences. This Friday, Dec. 15, MVFS will be showing “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The event begins at 6 p.m. As always, all events held at Porter Memorial Library are free. 

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Machias voters, selectboard green light recreation area

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A special town meeting was held Wednesday, Dec. 6 to gain voter approval for a grant application and expenditure of funds to improve the Machias Recreation Area, located at the crossroads of Fremont, Grove, Harwood and Salem Streets, between Route 1 and the Machias River. The facility currently includes tennis and basketball courts in need of repair, and the grant would allow the town to add a public playground. 

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Care & Comfort honored with Silver Collar Award

 

Care & Comfort, a leading provider of home health and behavioral healthcare, was recently recognized as one of Maine’s best employers for workers over the age of 50 for 2017 by the Maine State Workforce Investment Board’s Older Workers Committee.

 The Silver Collar Employers Award honors Maine employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, valuing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility, and enthusiasm.

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Dressed in holiday style

Real snow fell in front of the snowy treescape decorating the windows of Machias’ French Cellar last Saturday.

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Thanksgiving at the Bluffs

by Phil Stuart

Other than Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day is the second busiest day of the year for road races.

Many people use turkey day as a motivation to get some exercise before enjoying their traditional feast with family and friends.

For the past six years, the town of Roque Bluffs has hosted a running event on Thanksgiving day.

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Officials ready to go

by Phil Stuart

The Downeast Board of Basketball officials representing Washington County, had their annual fall clinic and exam at Shead High School in Eastport on Sunday, Nov. 26.

The Downeast board assigns and officiates games for all eight high schools in Washington County which include East Grand of Danforth, Woodland, Calais, Shead, Washington Academy, Machias, Jonesport-Beals and Narraguagus.

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Soccer all-stars selected

by Phil Stuart

The Downeast Athletic Conference with member schools from Calais, Woodland, Shead, Narraguagus, Jonesport-Beals and Sumner has chosen its 2017 conference all-stars for boys’ and girls’ soccer.

In boys’ soccer, Todd Alley of Jonesport-Beals was selected as Coach of the Year after leading the Royals to a 11-2-1 regular season record including a victory over Woodland. The Royals also won this year’s sportsmanship Award and seniors Joe Guptill and Austin Grant were chosen for the Stalwart all-star squad.

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Dining at D.W. Merritt

Arianna and Ashley Alley enjoyed the annual D.W. Merritt School fall family lunch on Nov. 30. Submitted photo

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Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute expands at CHS

by Lura Jackson

Last year, Calais High School became the first school in Washington County to host the Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute, a program specifically designed to develop the qualities of leadership and confidence in high school girls. The program, which is designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, began in Calais at the sophomore level with a cohort of five students; this year, as those students moved to the junior level, a second cohort of five students was added.

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Warren Alden Colbeth, Jr. - Machiasport

Warren Alden Colbeth, 56, passed away after a brief illness on December 2, 2017 at his home. He was born in Bangor on Oct. 25, 1961, the son of the late Madeleine (Huntley) and Warren Alden Colbeth, Sr.

He was a 25-year member of the Local 1377 Union. He worked for many years as a lobster fisherman. He loved hunting and fishing. He was very dedicated to his family, and enjoyed taking care of them and spending time with them.

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Asia Wells - East Machias

Asia L. Well,  26, was tragically taken from us too soon on November 26, 2017 when she was involved in a motor vehicle accident on her way home to East Machias from spending time with her family in Vermont. 

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Shriner’s Hold first International Feztival of Trees

by Kaileigh Deacon

For the first year the Anah Shriners held their International Feztival of Trees in Calais at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The event is a huge hit in Bangor and the first year in Calais has proved to be a huge hit as well. The event was weekend long from Friday December 1 through Sunday December 3. 

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Donna L. Williamson - East Machias

Donna L. Williamson, 77, passed away peacefully November 30, 2017 at her home. She was born in Machiasport on April 11, 1940 the daughter of the late Morna (Foss) and Herbert Wood, Sr.

She was a graduate of the Washington Academy class of 1958. Along with her husband Bruce, they owned and operated the Margaretta Motel in Machias for over 40 years. She enjoyed her flower gardens, collecting Beanie Babies and Boyd Bears. She loved her time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

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Barbara E. Beal Perry - Addison

Barbara E. Beal Perry passed away December 3, 2017. She was born December 13, 1941 in Milbridge, the daughter of Curtis and Lavine Tracy Beal. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Carroll L. Perry, Sr., one sister Lorita Beal Tucker, four sons; Robert, Leslie, Randy, and Carroll Jr., daughters Robin Perry Prout and Stacey Perry Oudheusden and their spouses, 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents and brothers Roger and Curtis Beal, sisters Pauline Beal and Irene Beal Dow and grandson Randy P. Perry Jr.

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Gloria Adell Hayward Columbia Falls

Born October 3, 1927 in Columbia Falls, the daughter of Austin C. and Laura (Gilman) Allen.

She attended Columbia Falls schools and graduated in the class of 1945 from Columbia Falls High School.  She attended and graduated from Washington State Normal School and U.M.M. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Columbia Falls.

She taught in Centerville, Columbia Falls, East Corinth, and Machias.  She retired as supervisor of the business department of a Milbridge nursing home.  

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As the Crow Town flies

Recently, Bonnie Beard announced that she has turned Crow Town Gallery in Lubec over to artist Shanna Wheelock.

“Shanna has been a supporter of the gallery since the first show, raised the energy level at most of the dances, and given her time energy and talent generously when we ran it collectively with Kathrin Hilten and Sheryl Denbo,” said Beard. “I am now excited to see where her vision takes the gallery.Photos by Lisa Dellwo

 

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Good Read

 

by Charles W. Lightner, Friend of Porter Memorial Library

One Christmas in Washington: The secret meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill that changed the world 

 By David J. Bercuson and Holger Herwig, 2005.  

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Simple home modifications that can help seniors age in place

Dear Savvy Senior,

What tips can you recommend to help make a home safer for aging-in-place? My 76-year-old mother wants to stay living in her own home for as long as possible, but she doesn’t have the money for any big renovations. 

Concerned Son

Dear Concerned,

There are dozens of small adjustments and simple modifications you can do to help make your mom’s home safer and more fit for aging-in-place, that won’t cost her much if anything at all. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

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The ice before the snow

Winter finally came to the Moosabec area as evidenced by the ice around the stream running into Sawyers Cove.

Photo by Nancy Beal 

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Quebec Caribou hunts closed down

Given the fact that the native communities in Quebec and Labrador apparently have not had their caribou harvest quotas decreased by government closures, some are questioning whether the sport hunting ban is as much political as it is biological.

by  V. Paul Reynolds

Starting the first of next year, the sport hunting of migratory caribou will be indefinitely suspended in Quebec and Labrador. This measure was announced by Quebec’s minister of forests, who cited “sustainability of the species” as the reason for the hunt closure.

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ at The Grand

The Grand continues its fine tradition of live community theater with its new production of the theatrical adaptation of the “American Christmas Carol”, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, live on the Stanley Subaru Stage. The play, sponsored by Seaboard Federal Credit Union, runs the weekend of December 15th through the 17th. Tickets are on sale now at the box office, by phone, or online at grandonline.org. Ticket prices for reserved seating are $20 for Adults/Seniors, $18 for Grand Members/Military and $10 for students (17 and under.)

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Basketball getting underway

by Phil Stuart

The most popular sports season in Downeast Maine is upon us once again.

This sport is top dog. It doesn’t matter how many cross country, cheering, soccer, baseball or softball championships a school wins,  they don’t compare to basketball. Ten years after and sometimes less, after a school wins a title in those other sports, most area people wouldn’t even remember the players on the team. In basketball, people seem to remember who the players were on a state championship team 50 years ago.

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Machias coach Rossi wins 16th award

by Phil Stuart

Machias Bulldog cross country coach, Cindy Rossi, was recently selected as Downeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the 16th time since she took over the Bulldog program in 1997.

In her 21 years of promoting the sport at Machias High School, only five others have received the award.

Greg Maker of Lubec won in 1998, Frank Johnson of Washington Academy in 2002, Paul Theriault of Shead in 2003, Dick Ford of Calais in 2011 and Laura Osgood of Narraguagus of 2012.

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Basketball getting underway

by Phil Stuart

The most popular sports season in Downeast Maine is upon us once again.

This sport is top dog. It doesn’t matter how many cross country, cheering, soccer, baseball or softball championships a school wins,  they don’t compare to basketball. Ten years after and sometimes less, after a school wins a title in those other sports, most area people wouldn’t even remember the players on the team. In basketball, people seem to remember who the players were on a state championship team 50 years ago.

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Christmas spirit

A charming window display offers pedestrians a chance to pause in front of the Machias Hardware Co. Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Wesley’s Festival of Trees ‘exceeded all expectations’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Pellon Center was buzzing all weekend long as hopeful ticket holders filtered through in support of the Wesley Foundation’s second annual holiday fundraiser. Participants took their chances to win one of 50 different trees, each decorated with hundreds of dollars of prizes. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to enrich local youth activities. Board member Dean McGuire said that the event exceeded all of their expectations.  

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Students receive visit from legislator

RMG Middle School students in Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) also spent time visiting with Rep. Tuell. Photos courtesy Rep. Will Tuell

 

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Governor sends letter outlining principles of Medicaid Expansion

On Monday, Dec. 11 Governor Paul R. LePage sent a letter to the leadership of Maine’s legislature outlining the principles he will follow in the expansion of Medicaid as passed by the voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

“The Legislature must now step up and identify a way to fund this, and it is their duty to the people of Maine to identify a way to pay for expansion that is both fiscally prudent and sustainable,” stated the Governor.

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Wesley News

Thank you Herb Hanscom for donating to Wesley Cemetery wreaths for veterans’ graves and Memorial Park. Linda T. just happened to be in Machias and picked up wreaths and I got them on Tuesday and put them at the cemeteries. I need to get four bows for the National Park wreaths. I hope to have them on Thursday afternoon. Thank you Linda for helping.

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Whitneyville Library news

About 200 Christmas books are being shared with 13 classrooms at Rose M. Gaffney, Jonesboro Elementary and Wesley Elementary School last week.  Children’s Librarian Patricia Brightly read aloud Cynthia Rylant’s Christmas in the Country to selected classrooms that receive the read aloud service provided by the Whitneyville Public Library.  For 41 years the Whitneyville Public Library has been sharing their Christmas books and other books with these local schools and providing a story teller service.

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Columbia News

Another week has flown by, it never ceases to amaze me that when I was a child the days and weeks were very long; now they just fly right on by.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, I took the math team to Calais for their meet. Thank goodness the weather was good. I so hate driving in a snow storm.

Thursday evening I was able to go to Cherryfield to see the Christmas trees at the VFW Hall. Cheryl Brown puts a lot of work into organizing this event every year.

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Steuben Library news

Holiday concert with Ruby Morrow

After moving to Maine in 1980 and settling in Steuben, Ruby Morrow performed up and down the coast at cafes, bars, fairs, concert halls and churches. She used her talent to help raise funds for The Ark Animal Shelter for many years by holding Christmas concerts at the Milbridge Congregational Church. 

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Down East Community Hospital earns national award for quality

 

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Down East Community Hospital was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

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Hoops raises $13,000 for DECH Obstetrics

The 2nd Annual Hoops for Health Basketball Tournament raised $13,000 for DECH Obstetrics Department.  The tournament took place on December 1st and 2nd at the UMM gymnasium. 

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Frosty comes to town

Golden retrievers Chloe and Clifford seem just as interested in the snowstorm as their boy, Webster Case. Photo courtesy Bill Case

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Peabody Memorial Library nominated for BSB public service grant, awarded Maine Public Library grant

 

by Nancy Beal

When members of Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library board of directors met Dec. 4, they already knew that the facility had been nominated for a Community Matters More grant given by Bangor Savings Bank (BSB). The next day, they received an email from Librarian Heidi Hinkley informing them that a $500 grant for children’s programmable robots was on its way from the Maine Public Library Fund.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

The Bay Ridge students will present their annual Christmas Program on December 12, Tues. at 6 p.m. at Thurs., December 14. Santa will be here.

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The annual Christmas tree lighting at the Whitneyville Congregational Church. Sat., December 16, 5 p.m.

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FEDCAP finds jobs for impoverished parents

by Lura Jackson

Being in poverty is a sadly familiar situation for many families in Washington County. Economically speaking, the area has long been challenged to provide its residents with steady, reliable work, particularly in recent decades when the structure of families and the available resources have been changing and the cost of living has been increasing. Not having consistent income can be devastating physically and psychologically for parents who are seeking to raise their children in a stable environment. 

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MVFS shows holiday favorite at Porter Memorial

The Machias Valley Film Society will show “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Friday, Dec. 15. For many, this film is a Christmas tradition and one of the most beloved holiday films of all time. The story of how it became so ubiquitous is equally as entertaining, and adds to the unique charm of this Frank Capra classic. 

As always, thanks to the Porter Memorial Library, this film screening is free and open to the public. The film will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at Porter Memorial Library, 92 Court Street, Machias. For more information, call 255-3933.

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Jonesport-Beals High School 1st quarter honor roll

Michael Kelley, Principal of Jonesport-Beals High School, announces the honor roll for the first ranking period:

 Grade 12- High Honors: Rachel Phillips, Ivy Robinson, Carol Smith

Honors: J-Lynn Beal, Austin Grant, Josef Guptill, Rana Turchi, Luke Wilson

Grade 11- High Honors: Judson Carver,  Stephen Cirone

Honors: Tyler Childers. Jasmine Floyd, Shawn Johnson, Jr., Evan Merchant, Mitch White, Reed Willette

Grade 10- High Honors: Ryan Alley, Kaylee Ireland, Lindsey Wilson

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D.W. Merritt news

D.W. Merritt School student council members Emma Whitmore and Karli Alley are decorating the hat and mitten tree for those that need warm winter wear.  Many of these hats and mittens were generously donated by Tuscan Lodge 106. Submitted photo

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Rehabilitation department receives generous gift for equipment

 

The Down East Community Hospital Rehabilitation Department was recently the recipient of a generous donation $8,800. An anonymous donor provided the funding that enabled the department to purchase two new pieces of equipment for their gym. The items purchased were a total body ergometer and a recumbent stepper. This new equipment will assist therapists in providing treatment to patients with multitude of diagnoses, while also allowing them the opportunity to expand the practice and services offered to the residents of Washington County. Rehabilitation

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East Machias home invasion leads to Machiasport standoff

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Washington County Sheriff's office reported that on Saturday, Dec. 9 the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) received a 911 call from a woman in East Machias reporting a home invasion.

The woman said that a man had entered her home brandishing a weapon and demanding money. The suspect left on foot, and the RCC dispatched deputies to the scene. The deputies were assisted by the Machias Police Department, Maine State Police and Maine Marine Patrol.

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East Machias home invasion

The Washington County Sheriff's office reported that on Saturday, Dec. 9 the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) received a 911 call from a woman in East Machias reporting a home invasion.

The woman said that a man had entered her home brandishing a weapon and demanding money. The suspect left on foot, and the RCC dispatched deputies to the scene. The deputies were assisted by the Machias Police Department, Maine State Police and Maine Marine Patrol.

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Local woman becomes international best-selling author

 

by Lura Jackson

While Maine is well-known for producing talented writers, not many international best-sellers hail from Washington County itself. Bucking that trend – and perhaps starting a new one – is Lanette Pottle, who recently co-authored “Success University for Women in Leadership.” The book is a compilation of chapters written by twenty women from six countries, each of whom shared their own take on what it means to be a leader.

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Jonesporters reject money for Ice Hill South study

by Nancy Beal

Forty-eight people turned up at a special town meeting in the Jonesport town office Monday, Nov. 27 to act on the expenditure of town funds for an engineering study at the foot of Ice Hill South, a short, steep side road from Main Street leading to four houses, three of which are located on the bank of Moosabec Reach.

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Traditional Christmas service at Roque Bluffs Community Chapel

Come join us for a traditional service to celebrate Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m.  The service, led by Rev. Jan Rhenow, pastor of Columbia Falls and Jacksonville United Methodist Churches, will include reading of the lessons, carol singing, special music by the Oceanaires under the direction of Gary Magby, and candle lighting.

A time of fellowship will follow the service.  Bring a favorite Christmas treat to share with all.

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Whitneyville Library news

It’s chowders, soups and stews on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville.  Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library are getting ready for the last public supper of the 2017 season.  If you love chowders, stews and soups then put December 9th on your calendar.  Homemade pies and cakes will also be on the menu with Janet’s rolls.  So come out and enjoy some great company and good food.

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Columbia News

Carroll is still in the hospital in Eastern Maine and doing better every day, he may be home soon.

I finished up the 10-week genealogy course on Monday, Nov. 21, so now I can get busy with getting things ready for Christmas.

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Harrington News

Get well wishes to Carroll Strout who is a patient in the Eastern Maine Medical Center  in Bangor. Cards would be great!

Kristine Peterson was in an accident in Cherryfield.  She was not hurt, luckily, but the car needs a new door. Accidents can happen in a split second. Drive with care.

Charlie has brought all of his lobster traps home for the winter. Next his boat will be here next spring.  Chuck and Tim are still fishing theirs for a while longer.

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Wesley News

Black ice is starting to show up when you least expect it. On Nov. 22 it was a brisk 41 degrees here on Fox Hill, but traffic was crawling. When I headed out, the road was surprisingly shiny and showing a fresh coat of sand. Side roads were white with frost. Accidents were reported in Whiting and Harrington. Careful driving out there everyone - Winter has arrived!

Tinker and Phylis went to her sister’s in Milbridge for Thanksgiving. Carola’s granddaughter and husband came from Hermon to share Thanksgiving dinner with her.  I had the kids and grandkids here.

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Library a treasured hub in East Machias

 

by Ruth Leubecker

For well over a century, the Florence Sturdivant Public Library in East Machias, stalwart, unassuming and generally under-used, has nonetheless persevered as a pivotal presence in the community. 

But as 2017 comes to a close, some impressive changes are bringing the library new recognition. “We’ve done a lot downstairs,” says Margaret Gardner, who has been a board member for 40-plus years. “The children’s table has been moved downstairs, and we have more children’s books.”

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Holiday Spirit Tree helps Christmas dreams come true

Community members and patients of Machias Dental are invited to keep the magic in the holidays by purchasing a gift for a Washington County child whose family will struggle to afford the luxury of gifts this season.  For the 22nd year, the Holiday Spirit Tree at Machias Dental is bedecked with paper ornaments that bear the age, gender, and wish list of a local child.  You can provide a bright spot for a Washington County child by stopping at the dental office located on U.S.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Gingerbread House Decorating Party, December 7,  3 p.m., Eastport Arts Center. Space limited; please reserve your house: chris@eastportartscenter.org or 853-4650.

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8th Annual Festival of Trees, a festive silent auction of beautifully decorated tabletop trees to benefit EAC’s year-round programming, Sat., December 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Eastport Arts Center

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Hillgrove Community Building

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Island schools have success offshore

by Phil Stuart

Every year during the Rotary Festival on Grand Manan Island an alumni basketball game is held at the islands’ consolidated school. 

The island of Grand Manan is roughly 15 miles long and has a population of around 2,500. Their high school sometimes has an enrollment of 60 or 70 students that come from the island communities of North Head, Castalia Ingalls Head and Grand Harbour Seal Cove, Woodward’s Cove and the neighboring island of White Head.

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Meals on Wheels continued menu

Thurs., Dec. 14: Shells and cheese, peas, california vegetable blend, wheat bread, dessert. 

Fri., Dec. 15: Chicken Florentine, orange flavored rice, carrots and zucchini, wheat bread, dessert. 

Mon., Dec. 18: Spaghetti with Italian turkey sausage, sliced zucchini and spinach, wheat bread, dessert. 

Tues., Dec. 19: Orange glazed chicken, fried rice, peas and cauliflower, wheat bread, dessert. 

Wed., Dec. 20: Pork with apple onion sauce, cranberry and lentil rice, Caribbean blend vegetables, wheat bread, dessert. 

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Colby Hilman Kilton, Sr. - East Machias, ME

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Colby Hilman Kilton, Sr., 68, on November 25, 2017.

Colby was predeceased by his father Gerald, mother Louise, papa Barton, brother Gerald Jr., and sister Carolyn.

Colby is survived by his sons C.J. and Joseph, who gave him much pride, by his sisters, Jo Ann and Patti, many nieces, nephews, cousins and his friend, Carla.

A celebration of Colby’s life will be held at a later date.

Colby will always be remembered and sadly missed by those who loved him.

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Millard E. Davis Jr. - Machias

Millard Estin Davis Jr, 96, passed away November 21, 2017 at the hospital in Machias. He was born in Machias on May 21, 1921 the son of the late Mildred C. (Johnson) and Millard E. Davis Sr.

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How to protect yourself from peripheral artery disease

Dear Savvy Senior,

For the last six months or so, I’ve been having problems with my hips and legs cramping when I walk, although they feel better once I stop. I thought it was just because I’m getting old, but my friend was telling me about a leg vein disease called PAD and thinks I may have it. What can you tell me about this condition? 

Limping at 60

Dear Limping,

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Action shots of the Jonesport - Beals Royalettes

Royalette senior captains Jordyn Alley, Ivy Robinson, Reanna Smith, and J-Lynn Beal are pictured with Coach Roger Beal.

Senior Jordyn Alley positions against WA for the rebound.

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Lubec girls dominate at Bulldog Blitz

by Phil Stuart

The Lubec Junior High School Lady Hornets, as expected, dominated play in the Annual Bulldog Blitz Basketball Tournament on Nov. 17 and 18 at the Rose M. Gaffney School gym in Machias.

Lubec posted a 4-0 mark in the two-day event and outscored their four opponents 105-74. Union 134 finished second at 3-4 followed by Elm Street Elementary School 1-2, Patriots 1-2, Calais 0-2, and Rose Gaffney 0-2.

Lubec opened the tourney Nov. 17 against Union 134.

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Clippers get by UMPI

by Phil Stuart

The  University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clipper women upped their record to 4-2 with a home victory over the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) Owls on Nov. 19.

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Washington Academy 1st Quarter Honor Roll

Judson L. McBrine, Head of School at Washington Academy in East Machias, has announced the first-quarter honor roll for the 2017-18 year as follows:

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Addison honor roll

Mrs. Greene of Daniel W. Merritt School is proud to announce the honor roll for the first quarter. Students making high honor roll have achieved straight As. Students making honor roll have achieved all As and Bs.

Grade three honor roll: Autumn Schrader and Carson Bickford.

Grade four high honor roll: Naomi Eyerman. honor roll: Lucus Grant, Sarah Kidder, Mercy Machado, Lukas Pounder, Nickson Rusecky, Bayleigh Thompson, Chase Wright.

Grade five high honor roll: Karli Alley. honor roll: Jennifer Kowalsky, Dylan Lovejoy, Brayden Kane, Emma Whitmore, Briana Willson.

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Machias Memorial High School helpers

The Community Christmas Giving Tree elves got a big helping hand setting up the storefront from “elves for the day” from Machias Memorial High School.  They helped move boxes, set up tables and clothing racks -- quickly and cheerfully.  A big THANK YOU to all of them! Submitted photos.

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Veterans helping veterans

The John E. Williams Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11553 and Auxiliary is proud to present a check for $1,200 to the Machias Maine Veterans’ Home. These funds will go into their activities fund to help pay for any number of things the residents enjoy.

The money was raised from the post’s Harrington Bingo games held every Thursday night at 6 p.m. When the Thursday night players were informed where the money would be going they responded with a resounding cheer and applause.

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Wreaths Across America announces the 2017 escort to Arlington event itinerary

\The Wreaths Across America escort of handmade, balsam wreaths heading to Arlington National Cemetery from Maine has become known as the country’s longest veterans parade, and this year, the weeklong journey kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 9. 

 Grand Marshals – Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient, Colonel Roger Donlon, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired) and his wife, Norma, a Vietnam-era Gold Star wife – will lead the caravan as it travels down the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials and other locations along the way to spread the mission to REMEMBER,HONOR and TEACH.

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Birth Announcement

Baby Boy

Hunter Chase Greenlaw

Parents: Dory & Melbourne Greenlaw

Birth Date: November 29, 2017

Weight: 7 lb 5 oz

Length: 19.5 inches

Machias

Baby Boy

Alexander Piero Johnson

Parents: Piera & Kenneth Johnson

Birth Date: November 28, 2017

Weight: 10 lb 5 oz

Length: 21.5 inches

Beals Island

Baby Boy

Landon Phillip Raye Matthews

Parents: Betty Silver & Sean Matthews

Birth Date: December 1, 2017

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Submit nominations for 2017 Red Cross local heroes

The American Red Cross of Maine recognizes individuals and groups who have made a difference in the lives of our neighbors with the Real Heroes Award. These people – teachers, military personnel, first responders, everyday citizens – demonstrate heroism, courage, kindness, and unselfish character in service to others.

 Awards will be presented at one of four events around the state.

Central and Mid Coast Maine: March 13 in Lewiston

Greater Bangor Area: March 21 in Brewer

Southern Maine: April 19 in Portland

Aroostook County: May 18 in Presque Isle

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Town offices work together in ‘Warm Winter Wear’ clothing drive

Four local town offices are working together to collect warm winter clothing which will then be distributed by local food pantries. East Machias, Lubec, Machias and Machiasport town offices are all participating.

Items requested include clean coats, hats, mittens, scarves, ski pants, and boots that are in good repair. 

Clean out your closets for a good cause! Call one of the above town offices for their hours of operation, and drop off your gently used warm winter wear.

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Casual for a Cause for Christmas

Here are many of the employees of the Machias Savings Bank Branch in Machias presenting a check to Deb Eckart of the Community Christmas Giving Tree Program.  As part of their “Casual for a Cause Program,” employees pay to dress down on Fridays and they then decide each year where to donate their accumulated funds.  This year, the Machias Branch and departments chose to make a generous donation to the Community Christmas Giving Tree Program.  Submitted photo

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Eastport Art Center’s Festival of Trees set for December 9

The Eastport Arts Center’s 8th Annual Festival of Trees, a silent auction of lovingly decorated table-top trees which benefits the center’s programming, will take place on Saturday, December 9 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy wandering through the magical forest of sparkling trees while nibbling festive treats passed by young volunteers and listening to live music played by members of the arts center community. This is when the silent bids are filled in by those dreaming of one of these delightful trees in their home.

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Axiom Education offers ‘Introduction to Massage’ class

This two-hour workshop covers what massage is and its benefits, basic techniques, and information about schools and programs in the area. Handout materials and healthy snacks will be provided.

New to DownEast Maine, Faeterri Silver brings with her a wealth of knowledge as the owner and instructor of The Vermont School of Professional Massage (500-765 hour program,1989-2006).  Additionally she is a fermentista, a no-till organic gardener, seed saver, wild plant identifier, nutritionist, and more.  She has been a wellness practitioner for over 35 years.

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East Machias Selectboard discusses school consolidation threat, sewer easements

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Language slipped into the state budget during the final hours of July’s government shutdown could signal a move toward statewide school consolidation, something the East Machias Selectboard has lobbied against once before.

“I think that in the end, this is just a bigger shot at what [Governor] Baldacci had when he was in,” said Bucket Davis, chairman of the East Machias Selectboard. “The people really want to have their eyes open for this.”

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Scallop Opening day

Captain Ben Crocker Jr. assists as sternmen Steven Decatur and Tim Rogers of Machiasport pull in the drag on Maine’s first day of scallop dragging for the 2017-18 season. The crew of the F/V Clean Sweep spent opening day in Jonesport’s Sand Bay. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Wesley Foundation serves youth with 2nd Annual Festival of Trees

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The 2016 Festival of Trees held by the Wesley Foundation was such a success that the local nonprofit  had to change venues this year.  “We had 28 or 29 trees [last year], and we raised over $30,000,” said Wesley Foundation Board Member Dean McGuire. This year the event will showcase 50 decorated trees, and will be held at the Pellon Center in Machias starting Friday, Dec. 8 and ending Sunday, Dec. 10.

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Crowds come out to celebrate community Christmas in Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On a weekend packed with festive events all across Washington County, crowds of people found time to spend in Machias for a daylong celebration of the season. The weekend kicked off Friday, Dec. 1 with the 2nd Annual Hoops for Health tournament, held to benefit the Down East Community Hospital which recently completed an expansion of its emergency department. 

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Engagement Announcement

Broderick and Dwina Alley of Beals are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Louella Alley to Jesse Jerimiah Ciappetta, son of Joseph and Ilene Ciappetta of Jonesport. Jennifer is self-employed. She owns and operates the F/V Bigfoot & Carissa. Jesse is employed by the U. S. Postal Service.

The couple are planning a May 26, 2018 wedding. They will reside in Beals.

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Let’s make sure gun control laws already on the books are working

by Gov. Paul LePage

The federal government must do a better job to provide adequate resources for background checks on people purchasing firearms.

 Horrific mass killings remind us of how fragile life is. When killers have a history of violence or mental illness, they should not be able to buy a gun.

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