Silent night

Candles shine through Downeast windowpanes during the darkest weeks of the year. Photo by RJ Heller

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Sportsmanship, coaches and transfers

by Phil Stuart

There is a lot more to the game of basketball than the actual game itself. Things change every year, such as coaches, players and fans. If you are lucky enough to get a dedicated coach that is willing to put the time and effort into building a program, it is important that the school and community is behind him or her.

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1968 Machias Area Little League Cardinals

Front row left to right: Wallace Alvin-Hall, Brian Nault, Dana Kilton, Mitch Geel, Gary Hooper, Kevin Maker and Scott Maker.

Middle row left to right:  Curt Porter, Myron Davis, Tommy Bridges, Teddie St.Pierre, Sadie St.Pierre, Gary Magee, Kerry Geel and Jeff Davis.

Back row: Coaches Verkab “Hunky” Porter and Roger Davis. photo courtesy of Machias Area Little League

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Hoops For Health a great success

by Phil Stuart

The Hoops for Health basketball tournament was another huge success for the second year in a row.

The two-day tournament held on Dec. 1-2 featured the boys and girls teams from Narraguagus High School, Jonesport-Beals High School, Machias Memorial High School and Washington Academy. The tourney featured four games on both Friday and Saturday with excellent attendance.

The tournament raised $13,000 dollars for the Downeast Community Hospital’s Obstetrics Department.

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WA Varsity Girls Swim

Though Washington Academy’s Girls’ Varsity Swim Team did not prevail over the visiting Brewer Witches, they did put up a solid fight. Swimmer Ava Emery won first place in both of the events she competed in, and qualified for the state finals. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

WA Raiders trump Brewer Witches

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Sunday, December 24 at 4:30 p.m. - East Machias Congregational Church. Pastor Edwin Randall, Special Vocalist/Suprano Jennifer Randall. All are welcome. 

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Please post the the Marshfield Congregational Church Christmas Eve service will be at 6 p.m., December 24 at the church on Church Lane in Marshfield.

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2018 Maine Literary Awards open for nominations

The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Maine Literary Awards are now open for nominations. Entries will be accepted until February 1, 2018 and the winners will be revealed live on June 14, 2018.

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New Beehive letterpress poster series

Next up on the drawing table of the Beehive Design Collective is a new print called Wreathmaker’s Hands, scheduled to coming out in the new year. The Beehive Design Collective printed extra posters of earlier prints in the series, and gave out free copies to local patrons who wanted to give the print to someone who digs clams for a living.

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Fulford leads pledge to reject corporate PAC and dark money in 2nd CD election

Jonathan Fulford, Maine carpenter and builder running for Congress in Maine’s 2nd congressional district, called on his fellow candidates to reject corporate and lobbyist money in their campaigns. Joined by supporters in front of Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s district office, Fulford denounced our broken campaign finance system that has allowed the wealthiest to have an outsized influence in lawmaking while working class Mainers pay the price.

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Attorney General Janet Mills to FCC: delay rulemaking for Net Neutrality

Attorney General Janet Mills and 17 other Attorneys General wrote to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking the Commission to delay its rulemaking deadline because of falsified comments made to the FCC. “A careful review of the publicly available information revealed a pattern of fake submissions using the names of real people. In fact, there may be over one million fake submissions from across the country. This is akin to identity theft on a massive scale - and theft of someone’s voice in a democracy is particularly concerning,” wrote the Attorneys General.

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International dancers add second weekly meeting

Eastport Arts Center’s International Dance group will hail the new year with the addition of a second weekly meeting, and starting January 2 will meet both Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m. at the center. The group is open to everyone, including beginners, and features traditional dance from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Israel. 

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UMM Clipper ladies drop three

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias women’s basketball team has gotten into the competitive part of their schedule and have now lost their last four contests since edging the University of Maine at Presque Isle on November 19th.

On November 28th, Troy Alley’s club journeyed to Augusta for a match-up with the talented Lady Moose. The hosts got out in front early and never looked back.

UMA led 43-26 at the break and went on to post an 80-50 win.

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Machias JHS Basketball in action shots

Pictured with Coach is the Machias JHS girls’ basketball team. Members include left - right : Jaida Case, Mileena Sylvia, Jaydin Anderson, Desaraye Beal, and Kaitlyn Guptill.

Pass inside by Jaida Case for Machias.

After getting the board, Jaydin Anderson takes the ball out the endline.

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Machias JHS Basketball in action shots

Pictured is the Machias JHS boys’ basketball team. – Members include front l-r: Brady Hatt, Gaven Bixler, Ethan Libby, Alex Cox, and Andon Wood. Back left - right: Coach Bob Sinford, Gavin Reece, Jayden Rhodes, Ethan Foss, Kyle Anderson, Jackson Bunker, and Brandon Godfrey.

Andon Wood uses a nice head fake to beat the defense

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The Baitfish Bugaboo

by  V. Paul Reynolds

The tired old joke goes like this: “How can you tell the difference between a partridge and a grouse?” You know the answer, right? If it’s shot on the ground, it’s a partridge; if it is shot on the wing, it is a  grouse.

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Court News

Eric H. Hoche of Dennysville, Maine: Operate ATV on public way on May 20, 2017 in Dennysville. SNTC Date 8/18/2017, Fine $100. OFC.

Robbie Smith Webber of Orono, Maine: Violating municipal shellfish ordinance on July 5, 2017 in Harrington. SNTC Date 8/8/2017, Fine $300. OFC.

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Stage East to mount one night show for New Year’s

Stage East will once again present an evening of short comedies as part of the Eastport New Year’s Eve festivities. “Mismatched Pairs” is a collection of two person comedies by five different authors. The evening will be filled with secret agents, an excruciatingly honest first date, a picnic, some passive-aggressive bureaucracy and a giant talking shellfish. Directed by Brian Schuth, “Mismatched Pairs” features both familiar Stage East faces and some new acquaintances: Laura Baker, Kathleen Dunbar, Celeste DiPietro, Barbara Smith, Caitlyn Stellrecht, Lindy Weston and Dalton Young.

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Farming in new weather reality focus of panel discussion

All farmers are invited to a panel discussion and networking event about farming in a new weather reality 1:50–4 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Hancock Room of the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive.

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Funding Medicaid expansion requires tough choices to avoid the pitfalls of the past

by Gov. Paul LePage

I have laid out four basic principles to guide the Legislature’s decision on how to pay for Medicaid expansion. We must maintain the state’s long-term fiscal health and avoid the budget disasters of the past.

 DHHS estimates the cost of Medicaid expansion will be about $63 million in fiscal year 2019 and $82 million in 2020. It will rise to $97 million in 2021, then jump to more than $100 million every year after that — and the price tag will continue to grow.

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Sherry Ann (Theriault) Mills - Marshfield and North Haven

Sherry A. Mills 78,went to be with her Lord on December 11, 2017. She passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side. She was born in Trescott, May 21, 1939, the daughter of Adelbert, Sr. and Esther (Laslie) Theriault. 

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Financial help for grandparents raising grandchildren

Dear Savvy Senior,

Are there any financial assistance programs that can help grandparents who are raising their grandkids? I’m raising two grandchildren and could use some help. 

Struggling Grandma

Dear Struggling,

Money is often an issue for the millions of U.S. grandparents who are raising their grandchildren today. To help with the day-to-day expenses, there are a variety of government programs and tax benefits that can make a big difference in stretching your budget. Here’s where to look for help. 

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Dale Sidney Coffin - Machias

Dale Sidney Coffin, 53, passed away December 8 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was born September 28, 1964.

A good soul with a kind spirit, Dale was a beloved member of his community. He had a deep connection to the ocean and worked on the stern of many boats from Bucks Harbor. He had a passion for freshwater fishing and ice fishing and had many stories to share about his adventures. He was funny and strong and his jovial aspect will be greatly missed.

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Jean Marie (Clark) Richardson - East Machias

Heaven gained a special angel as her blue eyes closed. Jean Marie (Clark) Richardson of East Machias passed away on Dec. 14,2017 after a courageous fight with lung cancer. She was born on July 15, 1952 in Machias, Maine the daughter of John & Gertrude (Mayhew) Clark. Jean graduated from high school at Washington Academy in 1970 and in 1973 she married Dale Richardson and together they owned Dale Richardson & Son Concrete. Jean also was a homemaker and mother to their loving son Ryan. Jean enjoyed having friends and family with her always, and everyone loved to go “Jean’s Beach”.

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Christmas Church Services

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church,  Dublin Hill, Machias. Services, 9 a.m. April through November; 9:30 a.m. December through March. FMI: 207-259-3328 or staidansmachias.org.

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Beals Wesleyan Church, Elm Street, Beals. 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship; 6 p.m. evangelistic hour. Wednesday 6 p.m. prayer time. Pastor Nick Wilson, 207-497-2262 or 207-530-0567.

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Cookies with GG

Izyck Archer decorates cookies with his great grandmother Donna Kilton, just as his mother used to do when she was growing up. Photo courtesy Alison Archer.

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Earn your Ham Radio license this January

Licensed amateur (HAM) radio operators can talk with astronauts on the

International Space Station, use the latest digital communication modes, bounce signals off of the Moon, and chat with other hams on the other side of the world without having to use the Internet. Even though Morse code is no longer required, many new and seasoned hams still favor that oldest of ham radio modes. Did you know that the amateur radio community even has a fleet of communications satellites in orbit? It is true.

There is still time to study for the entry-level examination called the

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Teaching lechery and getting lechers - Opinion

by Everett Piper

Reprinted with  permission, originally published in the Washington Times, Nov. 29.

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Sens. Collins and King participate in Wreaths Across America ceremony at US Capitol

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King participated in the Wreaths Across America capitol wreath laying ceremony this morning in Washington. Beginning in 2007, and each December since, wreaths Across America, based out of Columbia Falls, Maine, has placed a remembrance Wreath at the U.S. Capitol Building. The wreath laid at the U.S. Capitol is adorned with flags representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and POWs/MIAs, and it is decorated with a red bow.

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Holiday memories

‘Twas the night before Christmas

Izyck and Blake Archer of Dennysville sit in front of their family’s Christmas tree every year for the family tradition of reading Twas the Night Before Christmas aloud. Photo courtesy Alison Archer. 

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Sullivan waitress receives $500 tip

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Trisha Murphy works as a waitress at Denny’s in Ellsworth, and this week she received a tip that raised her eyebrows. She told her story on Facebook in a post which has gone viral around the region with more than 437 shares in the first 24 hours, a number which will surely climb.

When Murphy granted permission to reprint her story, she said she wishes she could find the customer’s name. “I’d love to make him famous for literally saving my Christmas!” she said.

Here is the story, in her words.

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Beals Island trap tree

In 2010, the Moosabec Summerfest committee constructed a 50-foot lobster trap tree on Perio Point, Beals Island. The tree took 1,000 lobster traps to build. Photo by Nancy Beal

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Fa la la la la

Beals Elementary School students put on their annual Christmas concert Dec. 14, ending with an audience sing-along that got both singers and teachers dancing. The program was directed by BES music teacher Elizabeth Goodliff. Photo by Nancy Beal

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Rose M. Gaffney student dies in car crash

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A fatal motor crash on Route 191 took the life of an 11-year-old Rose M. Gaffney student on the night of Thursday, Dec. 14. The Machias schools started one hour late the next day in response to the tragic news.

Christopher Stevenson, age 45, of Roque Bluffs was southbound on Rt 191 when his 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis went off the roadway striking a tree.

Stevenson’s daughter, age 11, was a passenger in the vehicle and died at the scene.

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Machias schools grapple with bomb threats, fatalities

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, Dec. 14, phones rang and text messages beeped notifying Machias families that school was cancelled due to another threat against the elementary and high school campus. It was the fourth school day lost to threats since October.

“My first 13 years in Machias, we didn’t have any. Not one,” said Superintendent Scott Porter. “It just started up last year and this year.”

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Legislature under the gun for action in opioid crisis

by Ruth Leubecker

After years of discussion and debate over Maine’s escalating opioid epidemic, Mainers are demanding that lawmakers take aggressive action when the legislature convenes.

While the Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis includes specific recommendations, even the legislators themselves have questioned that immediacy is lacking in the equation.

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An old-fashioned island Christmas

by Nancy Beal

Beals Island had no bridge to the mainland until 1958, so for four sisters born in the 1940s, Christmas was not about department stores, cultivated trees, or fancy light displays. It was simple, family-oriented and religious. “We were taught that it was Jesus’ birthday,” says Vanessa, next to the oldest. The family started the day by going to church and taking part in the traditional Christmas concert, singing noels and speaking their “pieces.”

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Honoring veterans in Harrington

Konner Strout, seen here laying a wreath on the grave of veteran Paul Ramsdell, was one of many Harrington students who laid wreaths on graves at the Foresthill Cemetery last week. Photo courtesy of Michelle McLaughlin

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The Editor’s Desk

Last week I had the pleasure of eavesdropping on a group of local high school freshmen who were discussing the day’s current events. The chief topic of conversation was the repeal of net neutrality, accomplished by a vote of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last Thursday. Not only were the students broadly informed on the issue — a complex one even by adult standards — some of them had taken action to voice their concern over the repeal via calls and emails to representatives in Washington, D.C. And think of it —  teens socializing by discussing current events! 

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Tuell previews bill to keep Bucks Harbor prison open

Earlier this week, Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias) previewed his bill to keep the Downeast Correctional Facility in Buck’s Harbor open for at least one more year.

 “Things are moving forward,” Tuell said. “Several of us will be meeting with the prison’s Board of Visitors later this week to discuss the case for keeping DCF open. And Monday I’ll be going to Augusta for bill signing day. That’s when I’ll be asking other legislators to sign on to the prison bill and formally submitting it for next session.”

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Beginning beekeeping with UMaine Extension offered in Calais, Machias

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering beginning beekeeping courses in Calais, beginning Jan. 23, and in Machias on Jan. 24. The Calais session will be held at Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, 6:30-8:30 p.m., through Feb. 20. The Machias session will be held at University of Maine at Machias,

​9 O’Brien Avenue, from 7-9 p.m., through Feb. 21.

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Columbia News

 

Carroll has been moved to Courtland Nursing Home in Ellsworth so he can get physical therapy to be able to come home. He thinks he will be able to come home this coming week.

The bus drivers of SAD #37 had their Christmas Gathering on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Lori Mathews’ home in Cherryfield.

Congratulations to my granddaughter Jasmine St. Pierre on her recent engagement to Matt Hanson.

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Whitneyville Library news

As Jimmy Stewart said “It’s A Wonderful Life”...and this year at the Whitneyville Public Library it sure is a wonderful life.  2017 has been a year of wonderful surprises as dreams have be realized.  As we celebrate the wonderful holidays we give thanks to everyone that helped support us in all that we do and will continue to do in 2018.

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Harrington News

Winter seems to be upon us.  It seems to be quite cold now. What do I expect?  Florida weather?  It would be nice, but Maine is wonderful.

Tim is doing urchins now.  That is a cold job.  Nothing summer-like here until next June.

Seeing the news report on the “Wreaths Across America” makes us all feel so proud of the volunteers delivering the wreaths to put on Veterans’ graves.  Worcester Wreath is doing a wonderful job!

Our granddaughter had a slight car accident in Cherryfield.  It was a door bender. We have to get a new door. No one was hurt.

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Wesley News

The Memorial Park looks good with the wreaths on stones for veterans for the holidays.

Washington Academy students helped Maine Veterans Project and Wallboard Supply Co. replace a roof for Byron Norton in Wesley on Friday, Dec. 8. They were able to finish the roof on Monday.

Snow started here in Wesley at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The first snow of the season, about six inches.

Maddy and Jenn were in Ellsworth in both their vehicles to get their oil changed before the snow started there.

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Jonesport’s Ice Hill South still a slippery slope

by Nancy Beal

The first Downeast snowstorm has come and gone and the issue of who will plow a side road in Jonesport leading from Main Street to Moosabec Reach is still unresolved. David Wardwell, the only year-round resident of five who have houses on Ice Hill South has asked the town to settle a dispute in the area arising from some decorative granite boulders that the town’s snow plow contractor says prohibits him from plowing the congested neighborhood.

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Dear Cat Lady is here to help our local cats.

Over the last year more than 100 stray cats were spayed with the efforts of former Animal Control Officer Bob Seelye, myself and other concerned Machias residents.

Most of these cats were not wild, but simply former pets trying to survive on the streets after whatever sad story left them there. 

So why are there so many stray cats in Machias? Folks are not getting their cats spayed and neutered.

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Sweet Christmas memories

Kendall Archer  and her cousin Kendall worked very carefully to decorate their family’s Christmas tree. Kendall’s mother Alison said that holiday traditions are very important in the Archer family. Photo courtesy Alison Archer

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A Christmas story

One father’s letter to his daughter

Dear Tracy,

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Candidate Thibodeau visits Downeast

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Michael Thibodeau has a lot to think about this time of year. His family business is the only producer of snow shovels in Maine, so he keeps an optimistic eye on the weather. “Get on down to Pineo’s, because Snowmageddon is on the way,” he said, laughing. 

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Christmas joy is all around, help yourself

Wafting wood smoke and soft snow falling signal this special time of year. And if you’re lucky enough to have big windows looking out on birches and deer, you’re lucky enough.

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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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