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Aubrey Herbert Carter Ellsworth

Aubrey Herbert Carter, 89, left this earth to begin eternal life with his heavenly father on December 30, 2017 after a long period of declining health. He was born in Ellsworth on September 8, 1928 to Ralph H. Carter and Helen (Card) Carter.

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Carla Anthony White Florida

Born January 26, 1959 in Machias, Maine, the daughter of Joan Libby and Earl Anthony passed away unexpectedly December 1, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.  

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Wesley News

Met up with Clint and Karen a week ago at the grocery store in Machias before the big storm. Clint was crazy as ever but in a good way and Karen looked great. I have one snow bird hanging around the bird feeders with all the other birds. Even had a few redpolls the other day, they really are hungry. 

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Senate leaders warn of widespread flu activity

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, are warning older Americans about this very active flu season. During a telephone briefing today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in the first week of January 2018, every state in the continental United States was listed as having “widespread” influenza activity… that’s the first time this has occurred in 13 years.  In addition, the CDC reports that currently the highest rates of influenza hospitalizations are for those aged 65 and above.

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King, colleagues urge administration to renew the opioid public health emergency declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 10 of his colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump, urging him to renew the opioid public health emergency declaration. 

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WA Raiders varsity swim defeats GSA Eagles

Washington Academy varsity boys’ swim team defeated the George Stevens Academy (GSA) Eagles during a meet held at the University of Maine at Machias on Friday, Jan. 12. The score was WA boys 62, GSA boys 42. 

 

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Cherryfield and Milbridge news

Kevin Pinkham of Milbridge has been selling smelts for 15 years and as the new season starts up, I had a chance to catch up with him. “People are happy to see them again. They haven’t seen them for three years. The smelts come out in the wintertime and maybe the first days of spring. That’s the only way you can catch them, through the ice. Not in brooks or streams, as they stay in the larger bodies of water,” he said. “When I caught my first smelt of the night, I hollered to my son in his shack.

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Whitneyville Library news

Last week librarian Patricia Brightly shared over 200 books with Rose M. Gaffney and Jonesboro Elementary School teachers. Patrick Yee’s Winter Rabbit was read aloud to 6 classrooms.  Every two weeks Patricia visits these schools sharing books with 14 classrooms and reading aloud. This service began in 1972 and is still going strong.

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Columbia News

What a week we have had with the temperature first being below zero and then as high as 50 degrees above. We just don’t know what we will get from one day to another; but at least we know how to survive when we have snow, rain and wind coming at us. We just hunker down and keep the wood stove burning for whatever may come to us.

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Whitneyville news

A special Town Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 to approve the transfer of funds to clean up the town’s trailer debris on Middle Street.

Dog licenses are available at the Town Office or by contacting the Town Clerk.

Maine state law requires all dogs receive a rabies vaccination and be licensed.

All residents in the Dan Hill Brook neighborhood should be aware that there have been two dog bite incidents requiring medical attention and a dog has been killing neighbors’ livestock there as well.

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Paul M Johnson Machiasport

Paul M. Johnson, 65, of Machiasport passed away in the care of hospice at Eastern Maine Medical Center January 7, 2018 after a long illness.

Paul was gentle and generous to a fault, the person who offered you the shirt off his back, always concerned for the welfare of others. He was a student of history and loved to immerse himself in the Sunday NY Times.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

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COLD WEATHER – WARM WATER

Songs for Sailing from Cold Ports to Warm Seaperformed by: Jim Sherman & Kris Paprock, Wednesday, January 17 at  6:30 p.m. Pembroke Library 221 Old County Road, Pembroke, Maine. INFORMATION: Pembroke Library 207-726-474 or  kwpaprocki@gmail.com

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Tiny Yogis  January 18 and 25, 9:30-10:15 a.m,, a free children’s yoga class, Eastport Arts Center.

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Moosehead Lake Togue Derby

by V. Paul Reynolds

Cabin fever? An ice fishing derby can bring your temperature down.

 There are a number of popular derbies that take place annually throughout Maine. Fishing and fellowship, the hallmark of these winter events, mixed with friendly competition to snag the biggest fish – and the biggest prize- make for a fun time.

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Hire-A-Vet Campaign offers employers veteran recruitment, retention training

Maine’s Hire-A-Vet Campaign is offering businesses attendance at Military Culture 202, a no-cost training seminar to help employers recruit and retain veterans to their workforce. A panel of employers, including IDEXX, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) and the State of Maine, will also share their best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans during the seminar. Two dates are available: Jan. 25 at Bangor Savings Bank, 5 Senator Way in Augusta, and February 1 at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd. in Portland, each from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Court News

Sarah Fredericks of Baileyville, Maine: Theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on 6/12/2015 in Baileyville.  SNTC date 11/08/2017, Fine $150, Restitution $90.  GLTY

Jason J. French of Harrington, Maine:  Operating after habitual offender revocation on 2/25/2016 in Harrington.  SNTC date 11/6/2017, Washington County Jail 7 months, 25 days, probation revoked.  PV

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BHS recipient of Davis Family Foundations grant

The Beals Historical Society Executive Board is happy to announce receiving a grant award from the Davis Family Foundation (DFF). The grant funds will be used to complete the electrical work at the new “Cold Storage Area” building. The DFF is the society’s largest contributor and we much appreciate their continued support and trust in our most worthy cause.

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New year, no debt: Tips to manage and pay down your debt faster

Millions of Americans are struggling to overcome personal debts, which can have a ripple effect in many other facets of their lives. From meeting monthly bills to dream vacations to homeownership, debt can stall many life goals.

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Royal squads topple Machias

by Phil Stuart 

Both the Jonesport-Beals Royalettes and Royal basketball teams were victorious over the visiting Machias High School Bulldogs Friday, Jan. 5 in Jonesport.

The Royalettes upped their season record to 5-3 with a 43-19 victory over Logan Wood’s club.

Roger Beal’s Royalettes got off to a good start and led the Lady Bulldogs 12-5 after the first eight minutes of play.

A 15-3 second quarter run put the hosts up 27-8 at the halftime break.

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Blowouts way too common

by Phil Stuart

In recent seasons, there seems to be too many lopsided scores in girls’ basketball and this season is no exception.

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, four Washington County schools were involved in such games.

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Two more casualties

by Phil Stuart

Basketball is by far the most popular of all high school sports in Washington County, but some schools are finding if it more and more difficult to build a program.

Just recently the Shead High School boys and Jonesport-Beals girls dropped their junior varsity programs, which isn’t a good sign for the future.

One would never expect this to happen when you look at the numbers playing in the junior high system for most schools, but a large majority don’t seem to play at the next level.

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Royals and Dragons are major contenders

by Phil Stuart

With the season half over for many teams, early indications might suggest that the Royals of Jonesport-Beals and the Woodland Dragons could be the favorites in northern Maine Class D.

Defending state champ Machias got wiped out by graduation and transfers. Southern Aroostook and Easton got hit hard by graduation and Central Aroostook moved  up to Class C.

Last year, Jonesport-Beals and Woodland both had young teams and this year they are ready to take the next step.

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Narraguagus Knights in action shots at UMM

Lawrence Merritt powering it to the hoop.

Josiah Couture goes in for a lay-up

Soft shot out front by Guagus Knight senior Kegin Schoppee.

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$1M pledged to create longest trail in the world

by  Lura Jackson

In a momentous occasion for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant announced on January 3rd at the Garcelon Civic Center in St. Stephen that the province is committing $1 million to connecting St. Stephen with the Trans Canada trailhead in St. John. The connection is a key part of a larger vision that will see the Trans Canada Trail connected with the East Coast Greenway, thereby creating the longest trail in the world.

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Harrington News

This has been a lovely day, warm and all.  I hope it stays nice before the snow comes again. It is hard to believe this is January.

There are still a few lobster boats not hauled up yet.  I will stop worrying when they are.

Ronie Strout just stopped by for a visit.  She was showing me photos of different places around here in earlier days.  It sure brings back memories.

It is unbelievable how the snow disappeared  after the rain. The weatherman is predicting more snow this week.

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Porter Memorial Library news

The winter months are perfect for cozying up in a snug stone library, which is why we make sure to keep our winter calendar as active as our summer calendar. Nothing beats cabin fever like the company of others, and winter is a great time to tuck into learning, too.

This month our resident computer expert, John Michell, is busy helping people with their nagging computer questions every Wednesday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. Because of the popularity of this service, it’s suggested that you call ahead to sign up, 255-3933.

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WA to host Father Daughter Dance Feb. 10

Fathers and daughters are invited to attend Washington Academy’s annual Father Daughter Dance, scheduled this year for Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m in the Washington Academy Cafe.

Pre-sale tickets are available at a reduced rate. Tickets can be purchased at Washington Academy.

If Dad can’t make it, a dad, uncle, older brother (18 or older) or another special someone would make a wonderful dance partner. There is no age limit this year.

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CDC confirms case of feline rabies in East Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 Dale Miller was keeping an eye on a cat that had taken up residence in her barn when she noticed it limping after a snowstorm.  “I decided to bring him in after Christmas. He was very pleasant, very sweet,” she said. “That was when I knew he had belonged to somebody, because he used a litter box.”  Miller later discovered that the cat belonged to a neighbor, but roamed for weeks at a time.

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Police charge Pembroke Dollar Store robber who escaped by bicycle

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported that on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at approximately 4:45 p.m. a 911 call came in from the Dollar General Store located at 481 Route 1 in Pembroke, reporting an armed robbery. A white male subject, 6’1 to 6’2, wearing a white jacket, a black hat and a black face mask covering part of his face displayed a handgun at the clerk and took cash from the drawer and fled on foot from the store, running towards Route 1.

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PRSWDD to adopt semi-weighted voting

by Nancy Beal

Harry Fish Jr., a Jonesport selectman who recently took on the role of his town’s representative to the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District’s board of directors, told his fellow selectmen January 10 that he had persuaded the board to change its way of voting.

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Why do these New Year’s resolutions always mean restrictions?

by Ruth Leubecker

Last week following unanimous passage by both the House and the Senate, the RAISE Family Caregivers Act next landed on Pres. Donald Trump’s desk, soon to be signed into law.

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Lubec’s controversial brining shed draws attention of international press

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A headline in last Sunday’s Wall Street Journal reads, “On This Border, The Problem Is a Shed, Not a Wall,” referring to Lubec’s wayward brining shed. After a fierce storm hit Downeast on Thursday, Jan. 4, the historic shed collapsed, then drifted to the shores of Campobello Island where it has been lodged ever since. The shed was once the first place where incoming sardines were unloaded to begin their path through the McCurdy Smokehouse complex built along Lubec’s Water Street.

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Special commissioners’ meeting addresses rise in crime, drop in police officers

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

County commissioner Chris Gardner led a special commissioners’ meeting at the Washington County Courthouse on Monday, Jan. 8 to discuss the escalating impacts of crime in Washington County. Despite slippery roads and a prior weather cancellation, courtroom number one was filled with local law enforcement, selectboard members and concerned citizens.

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Fire and ice

While above-freezing temperatures were welcome at a house fire on Kennebec Road in Machias on Thursday, Jan. 11, water sprayed on the icy ground was challenging and dangerous for crews fighting the blaze. The house was saved, as was what was described as a “herd” of family cats. Responding departments included Machias, Marshfield, East Machias, Machiasport, Roque Bluffs, and Jonesport. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Help with home-care bills

Dear Savvy Senior,

Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother’s home-care bills? Mom is recovering from a stroke and needs in-home care, but I understand Medicare doesn’t cover it, and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance.

Stressed-Out Daughter

Dear Stressed-Out,

Depending on your mom’s circumstances, there are a number of government and not-for-profit programs can that either subsidize or pay for your mom’s home care or offer aid in other ways. Here’s where to look for help.

Medicare Coverage

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Middle River Dyke, Machias - Part 1

The need for a shorter way to travel from Machias to points east had always been on the minds of Machias residents. Travelers had to go by the road up around the settlement of Marshfield, some 5 miles, instead of being able to cross the several hundred yards across the river.  First mention of constructing a dyke over the Middle River appears in the Machias Town Records in 1832. An 1835 map shows a toll bridge, privately owned by the ‘Proprietors of the Machias Bridge’ which had been incorporated February 5, 1822 by act of the Maine Legislature.

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Rain defrosts the deep freeze

Heavy amounts of rain flooded many roads in Washington County last week, loosening up the ice and pushing the large chunks onto the banks of our local rivers and ocean shores. 

This photo was taken in downtown Columbia Falls on Point Street on Pleasant River. Photo courtesy of Leslie Howe

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Leading Maine progressives endorse Jonathan Fulford for Congress

Several key Maine leaders are among those endorsing Jonathan Fulford, Democratic candidate for Congress in Maine’s 2nd District:

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Exclusive interview with Lubec’s brining shed

After collapsing off its pilings during a storm on Jan. 4, the Lubec brining shed sailed itself under the International Bridge to land on Campobello Island, where it rests today.  The event has sparked strong emotion and controversy on both sides of the border.

Once we learned that we could speak directly to the Lubec brining shed via its Facebook page, we submitted a formal interview request. Though the shed went to pieces over the weekend, it found time to respond to our query.

What was life like when you were a young brining shed?

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Eastport Arts Center features historical music, Winter Sea Birds of Passamaquoddy Bay

The Sunday afternoons  series, a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center, will feature local music educator and musician Kris Paprocki on Jan. 21. Historical and traditional music of Downeast Maine is the focus of Paprocki’s presentation, titled “I Hear Washington County Singing.” In the past, working men and women wrote, sang, and recited songs and poems describing their everyday lives. Paprocki has researched extensively to find songs and poems written in Washington County.

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Cobscook Outing Club starts Sunday, Jan. 28

Know a high school student interested in learning more about ways to explore the outdoors during winter? Curious about how to get into rock climbing? Wanting to give sea kayaking a try? The Cobscook Experiential Program has just the opportunity.

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Guest Voice - Results of Machias Area Fishermen’s Survey

by Rep. Will Tuell

At long last, here are the results of my fishermen’s survey. I had planned to do an analysis of every question, but this cold has kind of gummed up the works, so I’m going to try and hit on a few things here.

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Collins, King support for bill to protect net neutrality

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today released a joint statement outlining their support for a bipartisan Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to restore net neutrality, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed in December:

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Why do these New Year’s resolutions always mean restrictions?

When each new year rolls around it brings a slew of resolutions -- almost always destined to fail and almost always designed to be a lifestyle subtraction. Taking off pounds or giving up drinking probably head most of these vows for the coming year -- but whatever the resolution, why a negative, why is something being taken away? 

Why not promise to be kinder, pay it forward, do something good for somebody else, if not daily, weekly? Why not a positive, which these resolutions never seem to be.

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Letter to the Editor - Medical expense deduction

Recently, Americans who had high healthcare costs faced a big tax increase just because of their medical expenses. Senator Susan Collins was one of several leaders in Congress who fought back against the measure. She and her colleagues helped to ensure the medical expense deduction was maintained, including restoring a 7.5 percent income threshold for two years.  This allows families to deduct large expenses like wheelchairs, prescription drugs and home care costs.

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Letter to the Editor - RAISE Family Caregivers Act

On behalf of the 178,000 unpaid family caregivers who reside in our state, AARP Maine applauds Senator Susan Collins for her leadership in sponsoring the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act.  AARP was pleased to endorse this important legislation and we thank Senator Collins for her efforts to work on a bipartisan basis to support family caregivers here in Maine and across the country. 

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Editor's Desk

During the large storm that hit our region on Thursday, Jan. 4, the Lubec brining shed collapsed and the Machias River climbed high into the parking lot between Helen’s Restaurant and the town dock. In recent months, we’ve seen that water come up and over the dike frequently, and according to Professor Tora Johnson at the University of Maine at Machias, these events will increase in frequency as time goes on. 

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Sit and Knit group starts in Machias

A new community group is forming in January that will give knitters of all levels a chance to gather, learn, help each other and socialize in an informal, fun atmosphere.

Sit and Knit will hold its first gathering at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce train station. Snow date is Jan. 23. There is a nominal fee.

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Clam shells may give Atlantic salmon a boost

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A public meeting scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13 will give the community a chance to learn how the lowly clam shell could help save the endangered Atlantic salmon.

Hosted by the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF), the hearing will be facilitated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The DSF will be filing an application with the DEP for an experimental acid rain mitigation plan on a tributary of the East Machias River. 

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Plowmen working overtime

It was a rough week for snowmen and plowboys, as the second storm of the season slammed the entire east coast and the Bold Coast was treated to a winter wonderland. For the second time however, we were spared the full Bombogenesis that was predicted, yet below zero temperatures have seemingly become the norm, with a brief respite this week. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Ice Hill South on hold in Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

A promised public meeting on Jonesport’s Ice Hill South has been postponed pending the collection of further information, according to Selectman Harry Fish Jr. Contacted by telephone, Fish said that at their January 3 meeting the selectmen decided to contact all five landowners on the lane to see if they would waive payment for any decrease in their property values if the town discontinued the road.

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Online burn permit system should be safe, free and accessible to everyone - Opinion

It may be difficult to appreciate the need for the Maine Legislature to address the online burn permit system in these cold and snowy months. Nevertheless, wildfires will reoccur in Maine with the start of spring. In fact, Maine averages 500 wildfires each year and issues over 100,000 fire permits.

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Editor's Desk

The blizzard that hit the northeast on Thursday, Jan. 4 cancelled one and a half days of school for local children, and also delayed the Washington County Commissioners meeting previously scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5. That meeting, set to discuss the issue of a recent crime increase, took place on Monday, Jan. 8 and we will have the full story for you in our next issue.

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Woman arrested for role in attempted murder

According to the Calais Police Department, Brittany Wescott has been arrested on charges of aggravated attempted murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs following the incident that took place in Calais on Dec.  27. Wescott turned herself in to the Washington County Jail at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Jan  3.

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‘Cold weather, warm water’

Songs for sailing from cold ports to warm seas

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Dr. Lisa R. Funte sworn in as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner

 Attorney General Janet Mills swore in Dr. Lisa R Funte as Maine’s Deputy Chief Medical Examiner at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Wednesday, January 3.

 Dr. Funte most recently served as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in Mississippi for 5 years and has worked as a medical examiner since 2006. She has also taught undergraduates and medical students in biology and pathology for 30 years.

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Beals Heritage Center Movie Night

The public is invited to attend movie night at Beals Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 16  at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s movies will consist of interviews of Isaac and Eva Beal and Tecky and Etta Drisko. 

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Brief power outage affected 950 around Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A spokesperson for Emera Maine confirmed that roughly 950 residents around the Machias area awoke to no electricity on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 30.

Emera was able to reroute service immediately to restore power to half of the downed homes, and then sent crews to the area to conduct the repair. They discovered that a line had broken close to a pole, likely due to age and the extremely low temperatures. 

Power was restored to all affected homes within four hours.

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Machias PD searching for New Year’s Eve robber

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley confirmed that a robbery took place on Sunday, Dec. 31 in Machias. An unidentified person made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the Machias River Inn.

The robbery took place at approximately 7 p.m., but the gender of the thief could not be determined from witness descriptions.  Dwelley declined to comment on the use of a weapon. 

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School and community show support with ‘Bulldog Strong’ message

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After a semester characterized by loss, fear and heartache, Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) students wanted to create something positive to stand above the negativity. The concept of “Bulldog Strong” was born after Rose M. Gaffney (RMG) fifth grader Keagan Stevenson was killed in a car accident on Dec. 14. [ See “Machias schools grapple with bomb threats, fatalities,” MVNO Dec. 20.]

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3rd Annual Lobstah drop a success

The 3 rd  Annual Downeast Lobstah Drop was again challenged by frigid temperatures and blustery winds, causing the cancellation of the bonfire and fireworks. Unhampered, the New Year’s Eve events, held at Washington Academy this year, went off without a hitch. The star attraction was once again Audio Body, shown here with kids from the audience playing their roles as human electronic instruments, and closing the show with a surprisingly low-tech but mesmerizing day-glo rope display. Photos by Bill Kitchen

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Task force report to pave way for opioid bill

by Ruth Leubecker

Focused on urgency and bipartisanship, this upcoming legislative session is predicted to come up with a new bill that will incorporate the findings of its task force.

The Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis was appointed in March 2017 and given one year to study and make recommendations for aggressively tackling the unprecedented epidemic that continues to ravage Maine. “This new report is the possible basis for a new bill,” said Rep. Will Tuell last week.

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Letter to the Editor - the federal government is going against the will of the voters

Once again, the federal government is going against the will of the voters. Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy and going against the states that have legalized marijuana. I am not on a rant about marijuana. I am tired of our elected officials running their own agenda. This also goes for state officials. We vote in a ballot initiative and our governor refused to release the money. I have voted every chance I got for the last 47 years and now I just feel it is a waste of time. Our government is broken, they do what money boys want.

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Maine’s shining star on loan to the nation

During a torrential afternoon rainstorm in 1994, I looked up from my desk in the Bagley Building and here was this totally bedraggled dripping wet woman with an outstretched hand. “Hi, I’m Susan Collins and I’m running for governor of Maine,” she said.

Twenty-three years later, alternately praised and criticized from both sides of the political aisle, Susan Collins is a household word operating on a national stage. She dominates the political landscape with unprecedented courage and unswerving loyalty to a constituency uniquely her own. 

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Lubec’s brining shed collapses, sails to Campobello Island

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One of Lubec’s most prominent landmarks has fallen into the sea, and then set sail upon it.

The brining shed, part of the McCurdy Smokehouse complex on Water Street, collapsed during the blizzard of Thursday, Jan. 4. 

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Harrington News

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  The Peterson’s had a lovely one.

Welcome to 2018!  How many times will we mistakenly write 2017?  We will see.  2017 went out leaving us with frigid temperatures! Stay in and keep warm!

Happy belated birthday to Katrina Hatt.  Mike and Tracey Peterson are having cake and ice cream at their new home in Harrington.

Now that hunting season is over, deer, turkeys, and other wild creatures are frequenting the feeding stations thoughtful people set out for them.

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Cherryfield and Milbridge news

I was recently told about a heart-warming, miraculous story with a message about never giving up hope. It has been a three year journey for “Cinda”, Laura Merrill’s cat. She had been missing from her Milbridge home for three years and has now returned.

Merrill talked about the fall day when the cat went missing. “Cinda went outside with the other cats and she didn’t come back. I looked up and down the road. She might have gone in the woods. I called her for a week afterwards but never saw her again.” 

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Steuben Library News

Library to host first winter concert

Victor “Vic” Kunitsky and Vicki Lutz will perform from  2-4 p.m. at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben during the first of the library’s winter concerts.

Kunitsky, a country/Americana singer and songwriter, will perform music from his 2017 CD release, “The Shores of My Youth,” along with select cover songs. Lutz will sing a few duets with him.

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The first blizzard of the year

Tanya Ruscosky of Addison and her dogs ventured out into the storm that hit all of the northeast on Thursday, Jan. 4. Snowfall totals Downeast came in significantly lower than predicted, but rainfall and icing made travel treacherous. Photo courtesy Tanya Ruscosky.

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Columbia News

Happy New Year! It does not seem possible that another year has arrived; hopefully this year will bring better health to my household. 

Well, we made it through the first blizzard in the new year with no power outage. Looks like we will continue to have the cold weather stay with us. There was no school on the fourth and then we had a two-hour delay on Friday, Jan. 5.

The road to Woodland on Friday evening with the Narraguagus Knights wasn’t great but we made it to and from without incident. Let’s just say I was glad to get back in my driveway that evening.

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Wesley News

Sorry to hear about the passing of Aubrey Carter on Dec. 30 in the early morning at Machias Hospital. Condolences to his wife Jean and the rest of the family. Aubrey and Jean were the best neighbors when they lived on the hill in Wesley. I miss visiting them and having tea. He will be missed by all the friends and neighbors in Wesley.

Ruth Ann and Eric went to Falmouth to have a late Christmas brunch with family last weekend. They had a great time visiting both families.

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Marianne Moore to seek Senate District 6 seat

by Senator Joyce Maker vacating seat

Having served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives and one term in the Maine Senate, Senator Joyce Maker (R-Washington) has decided not to run for reelection in November 2018.

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Committee for RCV opposes LD 1726 - Opinion

Our constitutional right to direct democracy is under attack in Maine.  This year, our Legislature has overthrown the results of a free and fair election by blocking all four of the November 2016 citizen-approved referenda in one way or another.  Now with this latest bill, they are trying to stop the people from exercising our right to petition our government by blocking our access to the polls.  

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Chorus presents Winter Follies Revue

Quoddy Voices, Eastport Arts Center’s international community chorus, will present a Winter Follies show on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The show will be a welcome diversion from the icy doldrums of midwinter and a showcase for the myriad talents of the musicians who are part of the Quoddy Voices fold. 

The audience will be treated to musical performances of all kinds, ranging from chanteys to show tunes, as well as comical skits. Dalton Young will preside as master of ceremonies. There will also be the opportunity to socialize with choir members and friends after the show. 

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Fort O’Brien School to perform Midsummer Dream

One of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedies comes to life on stage on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Children’s Stage Adventures’ new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Dream.

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NYC’s Mayor de Blasio to speak at EAC

The Eastport Arts Center (EAC) is excited to announce the appearance of Bill de Blasio,  the mayor of New York City, on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. Mayor de Blasio will give an informal talk on “The State of Democracy in America” and take questions afterwards. EAC is particularly proud to present a nationally recognized politician in a rare visit to rural Maine. This event is a special benefit for the arts center, in support of its many programs.

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Bomb cyclone high tide

The convergence of an extremely high tide with last Thursday’s snow event caused flooding alongside Helen’s Restaurant and the dike in Machias. Photo courtesy Peter Scoville

The Machias River, seen here above Bad Little Falls, put on some ice but continued to flow despite record-breaking cold temperatures in the region. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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The Old Ski-Doo

by V. Paul Reynolds

There was a day when Ski-Doo was simply a generic name for a snowmobile. Early on, as I recall, Ski-Doo was the only game in town. In the early 1960s you went “ski-dooing,” not snowmobiling. The machines were the invention of Canadian Joseph-Armand Bombardier. Although the inventor worked many years trying to come up with a snow-going machine, the Ski-Doo didn’t hit the commercial U.S. market until 1959. 

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‘Guagus boys defeat Shead

by Phil Stuart

The Narraguagus boys’ team got wiped out by graduation last year and had to go into the 2017-18 basketball season facing a very demanding schedule against some of the top teams in northern Maine Class D, C and B.

Ryan Fletcher’s Knights picked up their first victory of the season on Dec. 19 when they hosted the Shead Tigers of Eastport at Harrington.

The host Knights got off to a great start against Nick Bradbury’s Tigers. ‘Gugagus outscored the Tigers 18-0 in the first eight minutes and held a the edge at the halftime break.

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Raider boys back on track

by Phil Stuart

After back-to-back losses to Hermon and Mount Desert Island, the Washington Academy (WA) Raiders boys are back on track with consecutive victories over Waterville, John Bapst, and Caribou which gives them a 5-2 record.

On Dec. 27 the Raiders hosted the John Bapst Regional High School Crusaders of Bangor at Gardner gym in East Machias.

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Long year for Lady Bulldogs and Raiders

by Phil Stuart

With the 2017/2018 high school basketball season approaching the halfway point, two local high school girls’ teams are experiencing losing seasons which may not produce a win.

The Machias Lady Bulldogs and Washington Academy Raiders have yet to win a game, and lopsided losses have become a common theme for both squads.

There are different reasons for each school to be competitive in Class D for Machias, and Class B for the Raiders.

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UMM Clipper squads on break

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers men and women’s basketball squads made a two-day trip to New York to play Berkeley College of Brooklyn and the State University of New York at Delhi prior to going on their holiday break. 

On Dec. 17 Troy Alley’s club faced the powerful Berkeley Knights at Brooklyn. The Knights pretty much had their own way with the Clippers and got ahead early before going into the halftime break on top 51-21. 

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500 Victory Club

by Phil Stuart

The coaching profession today isn’t what it once was. In the old days a coach for the most part taught at the school and he or she coached at. Lots of schools hire a health and physical education teacher or someone else in the school system. In many cases today a school’s basketball coach has no affiliation with the school and in many cases a lot of coaches don’t seem to last more than a few years. 

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Machias Lady Bulldogs in action shots

Nice job boxing out by senior Amber Heath.

Jasmine Bell hustling the ball down the floor.

Machias senior Lady Bulldog Kassandra Cox taking the ball into the lane.

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Christmas STEM

Students in Ms. Lichtenger’s grades 2 and 3 classroom were up to a STEM challenge before Christmas break.  The students were given toothpicks and gumdrops and were told to build the tallest Christmas tree possible.  The winning tree, which was 12 inches tall, was constructed by Matt B., Linus P. and Breonna C.  All of the teams liked doing this challenge.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Photo courtesy D. Wheeler

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George J. Fallon - Trescott Township

George J. Fallon of Trescott Township, Maine passed away at his home the evening of December 26, 2017. George was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, February 20, 1934. Later his family moved to Worcester, Massachusetts. George graduated from Wilbraham Academy in 1952 and then attended Ohio Wesleyan University. He served three years in the Army stationed in Puerto Rico. George moved to Maine in the 1950’s and called Maine his home for the rest of his life. George studied for the ministry for some years at Boston University and graduated from University of Maine at Presque Isle. 

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Emily van Duyvendijk Ginsberg Corea

Emily van Duyvendijk Ginsberg of the Gouldsboro village of Corea died Saturday, December 16, 2017 at a Portland hospital after a brief illness. She was 73.

 At the time of her death, Emily worked in Ellsworth as a family and individual counselor with the Bangor-based Community Health and Counseling agency, bringing to that job in 2008 some 40 years of experience of assisting individuals, families and small groups in dealing with domestic violence, child neglect issues and sexual assault.

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Don’t eat this if you’re taking that

Dear Savvy Senior,

If the prescription label says “take with meals,” does it matter what you eat? I currently take eight different medications for various health problems and would like to know if there are any foods I need to avoid.

Over Medicated

Dear Over,

It depends on the medication. Many meds should be taken with food – any food – to increase their absorption and reduce the risk of side effects. But some foods and medications can interact, reducing the medications’ effectiveness or increasing the risk of harmful side effects. 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Quoddy Voices Winter Follies, January 12 -  7 p.m., show tunes to chanteys, skits and more, by $10 suggested donation, Eastport Arts Center. 

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on ’The State of Democracy in America,’ a special benefit for Eastport Arts Center. January 13, 3 p.m., Admission by $25 to $100 donation at the door or at  www.eastportartscenter.org.

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Defending state champs Machias Bulldogs at 3-2

by Phil Stuart

The defending state class D champion Machias Bulldogs have gone into their holiday break with a 3-2 record with road makeup games to be played at Greenville and Bangor Christian.

On Dec. 18 the Bulldogs journeyed up to East Millinocket for the first ever regular season game against the Schenck High School Wolverines.

The host Wolverines led all the way in that one after dropping down from class C to class D.

Schenck led 15-8 after a quarter and 28-22 at the break.

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The Cross experience

by Phil Stuart

For the last few seasons the northern Maine boy and girl basketball tournaments have been held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor after the old Bangor Auditorium was torn down.

For the past three seasons Narraguagus High School had the opportunity to play one regular season contest there for both girls and boy varsity and junior varsity.

For the first two years the Knights teamed up with Summer High School of East Sullivan to play a regular season contest there.

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Raiders basketball in full swing

by Phil Stuart

After getting off to a 2-0 start with a come-from-behind victory over the Presque Isle Wildcats, an easy road win at Calais, following a home loss to highly-rated Hermon and a lopsided defeat on the road at MDI, Barry Terrell’s Raiders hosted the purple Panthers of Waterville in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Normally the Washington Academy Raiders (WA) play schools from the Penobscot Valley conference in the Big East League, but this year the schools have added a team from the Kennebec Valley conference.

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Christmas kitten

Dear Cat Lady, 

Pebbles the kitten we got the kids for Christmas is hiding. What can we do? 

Signed, 

Kathy 

Machias

Poor Pebbles. First let’s make her feel safe.

Christmas is generally is a busy and noisy time with lots hazards , not the best time to bring a new family member into house.

Give Pebbles a quiet, out of the way place with her litter pan, food, water, and maybe even a stuffed toy for her to snuggle. This would be an excellent start. 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library will hold a Cabin Fever Craft Fair that will be held at the Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville on Saturday February 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Snow date is set for Saturday February 17. 

Recurring events

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Whitneyville Library news

Happy New Year! With school back in session children’s librarian Patricia Brightly will be once again sharing books and reading aloud to the classroom’s at Rose M. Gaffney and Jonesboro Elementary School.  She will also be sharing books with Wesley Elementary.

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Cherryfield and Milbridge news

by Wayne Smith

Growing up on a Cherryfield dairy farm made for some challenges, but it was all in good fun. It went from having a little fun off the farm such as playing in a local snowball tournament, to my father clearing snow out using a bucket tractor, and everything in between. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and join me on my snowy journey back in time.

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Columbia News

Where has the year gone? It does not seem possible that we will be entering into a new year. I am looking forward to health and happiness in the coming months.

Christmas has come and gone; now the decorations will come down and packed away till next December. The celebration of the holidays goes to fast and January is usually a cold month with no holidays to decorate for.

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