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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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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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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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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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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Editors Desk

I was raised in a community the size of Machias, and I love my hometown. But I will say this — it doesn’t have one-tenth the community spirit we have here. This weekend I had the good fortune to spend most of my Saturday at one or another of the many holiday events taking place around Machias. It was a beautiful thing to see hundreds of people out enjoying themselves, and the evening’s parade was phenomenal. You’ll find that story on page one.

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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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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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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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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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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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Substance Use Issues 101: training for businesses

Following up on requests made at the Summer Addiction, Recovery & the Work Force Summit, Sunrise County Economic Council is hosting an important training for business owners and HR personnel on December 12th from 9 a.m. to noon at their offices at 7 Ames Way in Machias, What Employers Need to Know: Substance Use Issues 101.  This free training presented by Marjorie F. Withers, LCPC, will lay the foundation for understanding substances and their impact on employees, and how to support them in recovery.  To register, email Amy or call 255-0983.

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The true meaning of Christmas

It seems every year about this time before Christmas I start to think back to times long ago when our lack of technology and the slower pace of life seemed to draw us closer to the true Christmas spirit. Take for example the era that was illustrated in the paintings of Norman  Rockwell, a time before television, and rotary telephones and radios were all they had then and many children were probably waiting for a new Radio Flyer sled for Christmas. The evenings for many in the community, young and old, often were taken up in the winter with ice skating on the local rink.

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Wise winter weather tips for your family yard

When Old Man Winter comes calling, homeowners need to keep everyone in the family—including your pets – safe. Follow these wise winter weather tips from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and TurfMutt.

 Bring Pets Inside – Dogs and cats should be kept inside during cold weather months. Wipe their paws and bellies after they’ve been outside, and check for ice accumulation between paw pads. If you’re using a de-icing agent, remove that salt and other agents, too.

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Maine Attorney General seeks volunteer consumer mediators

Are you interested in helping Maine consumers resolve disputes with businesses? The Attorney General’s Office is recruiting volunteer mediators for the Consumer Mediation Service, with the next training scheduled for January 29-31 in Augusta. For more than 30 years the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office has offered a free and voluntary complaint resolution program for Maine consumers, staffed by trained volunteers and overseen by full-time staff.

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King bills take tactical aim, but gaps persist

Believing that Maine’s rural population should be able to access basic health care close to home, Sen. Angus King has supported bipartisan legislation designed to do exactly that.

The Preserve Access to Medical Rural Home Health Services Act, the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act and the Rural Hospital Access Act are also designed to help rural facilities maintain their financial stability while providing the care already available to urban Mainers.

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Santa spreading Christmas cheer

Though he has his sister Emma’s hand for comfort, 11-month-old Braden Mallar kept a close and cautious eye on the man in red during Machias’ Community Christmas festivities on Saturday, Dec. 2. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Governor LePage names Holly Lusk deputy chief of staff

Governor Paul R. LePage has appointed Holly Lusk to be his deputy chief of staff and legislative policy director. She will replace Kathleen Newman who stepped down in October after seven years of service to the administration.

 “Holly previously served as my Senior Advisor for Health Policy, and I am pleased to welcome her back to my staff,” stated Governor Paul R. LePage.

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Slow down and get there faster

According to the Maine State Police, excessive speed is one of the major factors in winter driving accidents. Getting there a few minutes earlier is not worth risking your safety or your family’s. Leave a few minutes earlier, slow down, and enjoy the sights (including all those Christmas lights).

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Letter to the Editor - latest version of the Senate Tax Bill

On behalf of 230,000 AARP members in the state of Maine, I am writing with great concern regarding the latest version of the Senate Tax Bill.  Congressional leaders are trying to rush this bill into law and there are several aspects of the bill which would have dire consequences for millions of Americans including thousands in the state of Maine.

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Controlling winter moths across New England

Entomologists at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service (MFS) are gearing up for winter moth with two initiatives. On Nov. 29 they settled out parasitic flies (Cyzenis albicans) in South Portland as part of a biocontrol project to control the invasive winter moth (Operophtera brumata). The MFS is also encouraging the public to report a winter moth sighting through an online survey: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/wintermothsurvey. 

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Weavers, birchbark artists to gather Dec. 9 at Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market

Jason Brown of Penobscot Nation infuses his contemporary handcrafted jewelry with positive ancestral energy. Brown, who formed Decontie & Brown with wife and partner Donna Decontie-Brown, says it’s gratifying to see people wear their innovative Wabanaki-inspired jewelry and clothing — including leggings, dresses, hoodies and haute couture gowns.

“Unfortunately, some people think of us (Native Americans) as being in the past. This places us in the modern world,” he says.

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Axiom offers plant-based nutrition course with Faeterri Silver

Get your year started right with an international culinary adventure as we learn to prepare affordable wholesome plant based nutritionally rich meals. Recipes included.

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. Additionally she is a fermentista, a no-till organic gardener, seedsaver, wild plant identifier, nutritionist, and more. She has been a wellness practitioner for more than 35 years.

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Library presents songs of ‘Old Christmas in New England’

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., the Pembroke Library will present Ally Talbot and Kris Paprocki in a musical program they are calling “Old Christmas in New England.” The duet’s performance will include songs and fiddle tunes spanning the celebration of Christmas from early pagan roots to Victorian nostalgia, including historic and traditional music of New England. 

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Celebrating a community Christmas

Kira Mcmahon, age five, appears to have a fan watching her as she colors at the Machias Community Christmas celebration.

The Down East Community Hospital float featured an arctic theme and won third place overall. Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 

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A success story

by V. Paul Reynolds

When it comes to the quality of the sport fishery, once-fabled fishing lakes like Branch Lake, Green Lake and Beech Hill Pond have had their ups and downs. When I was a kid, Branch Lake was a red hot game fishery. Beech Hill gave up a record lake trout that has never been bested.  In those days, Hanson’s Landing kept a big chalk board near the dock.  It was a fish tally board. It told a story every spring of lunker Lake Trout and jaw-dropping Brown Trout. Names of the proud anglers were chalked in beside their catches.

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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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