News from VFW Auxiliary Post 11553

On Tuesday, April 10, the VFW Auxiliary met for its monthly meeting.  After the meeting we held elections of officers.  Officers for 2018-2019 are:

President - Barbara Tibbetts

Senior Vice - Ann Merchant

Junior Vice - Addie Alley

Treasurer - Sonya Grant

Secretary - Ann Merchant

Chaplain - Peggy Warden

Conductress - Sharon Tibbetts

Patriotic Instructor - Laura Merrill

Grand - Jeannette Perry

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Cherryfield and Milbridge

The Downeast Table of Plenty, located in Cherryfield, is a place where families and friends can come together and have a free meal on Sundays.

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Columbia

 

The Spring Shop-A-Palooza held Sunday, May 6, at the Harrington Elementary School was a success. There were a lot of nice items to be had, and I was able to get a couple of birthday presents while I was there. Another one will be held in the fall for your Christmas shopping.

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Wesley

Carola got home on May 6 from visiting with family. She was able to take the cast off her elbow while she was gone, and she has a doctor’s appointment to check on her rehab.

Barbara had a great weekend with grandson Ayden in his wheelchair. He’s doing really well with his recovery from a broken leg.

Saw my first hummingbird at Mcleods in Crawford on Tuesday. Phylis had her first hummingbird on Monday the 7th. My first was at Fox Hill Farm on Wednesday morning and Wednesday night. 

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Pembroke Historical Society resumes monthly chantey sing

Monday, May 21, will mark the start of the Pembroke Historical Society’s 2018 monthly program series. Combined with the Pembroke Library’s monthly “Chantey Sing,” the event will feature Jim Sherman’s presentation “Where River Meets the Rail: Lumbering, River Driving and Railroading on the Machias River.” Jim, who is active with the Machiasport Historical Society and UMM’s Sunrise Senior College, will tell the history of logging and river log driving on the Machias River, and the operation of the Whitneyville & Machiasport Railroad.

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Local author to give talk for widows

Author and personal coach Lucille Ann Meltz of Lubec will discuss The Elder Widow’s Walk and sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 at Porter Memorial Library. Meltz’ insightful story, subtitled A Personal Inner Journey and Guide for Bereaved Widows 65 and Beyond, is based on her own experience with grief following the death of her husband. She writes “This book is my foremost attempt to reach a larger group, to offer any wisdom that I have gained to help other elder widows find their own renewal.

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Performances at Obadiah’s Bohemian Cafe May 22

The first event of the season at Obadiah’s Cafe will take place on Tuesday, May 22, from 5-8 p.m.  The festivities will feature musical performance art by international touring artist Id M Theft Able, as well as Aldrich & Norton and local presenter Duane Ingalls. There will be refreshments and dinner items, including comp-curry popcorn, trenchers, sweets, and an array of beverages.

This is the onset of Theftable‘s northern seasonal tour into Canada and beyond.

His unique act involves voice and a set-up of amazing audio/visual devices. Aldrich 

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‘Pin Ups on Tour’ brings 1940s variety show to Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A variety and burlesque show designed to capture the mood of the 1940s will take place in Machias on Sunday, May 20 at the Lee Pellon Center.

“Pin Ups on Tour” recreates the energy of a USO show with the music, singing and dancing of WWII. In keeping with their theme, the group always offers free admission to veterans and active-duty military personnel. Those tickets must be picked up in advance online, at the Legion in Machias, or at Skywalker’s Bar and Grille.

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Church Services

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church,  36 Dublin Hill, Machias. Services, 9 a.m. April through November; 9:30 a.m. December through March. Rev. Lynn Rutledge FMI: 207-214-7548 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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Dale S. Coffin - December 8, 2017

A memorial service for Dale S. Coffin who died on December 8, 2017 will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Bucks Harbor on Saturday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. William Holmes will be officiating. Lunch may be purchased during a 1 p.m. gathering of family and friends at the Bluebird Restaurant following the graveside service.

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Memorial Service for Wayne Errol Davis - January 5, 1941 - January 30, 2018

Nicole (Davis) Dubay and Clark Davis would like to invite you to a graveside service on Saturday, June 2  at 1 p.m. in the Longfellow Cemetery in Machias. Please join us the following day, June 3, at the Best Western White House Inn in Bangor to celebrate and honor the life of their beloved father. You may arrive any time between 2 and 7 p.m. 

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Terry E. Sanborn - Machias

Terry E. Sanborn, 60, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Eastern Maine Medical Center with family by her side. She was born on March 31, 1958 in Castine to the parents of Herbert and Nancy Sanborn. Terry was a graduate of Machias Memorial High School and attended Husson University from which she graduated in 1978. She worked at Washington County Children’s Program for 8 years and Child Development Services for 31 years as an Office Administrator. She was the chairperson of the Machias School Committee for 13 years and the AOS 96 Joint Board for 6 years.

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East Machias preserves history and alewives at riverside smokehouse

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

“I started doing it in the 70s.” said Bucket Davis. “Used to be alewife stands all up and down the river, there was all kinds of smoke shacks. I think I’m about the only one left in the state that still smokes.” 

The town of East Machias owns the smokehouse along the banks of its namesake river, and it’s there that Davis leads local students in the Downeast springtime tradition of smoking alewives. Davis also serves as an East Machias Selectman.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

KinderArts with Tarah Waters, Thursdays,  May 17, 24 and 31, 9:30-10:15 am, for children up to age 5 with caregivers, free, Eastport Arts Center.

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May 18 at 7 pm & May 20 at 3 p.m., Quoddy Voices spring concerts, ‘Something About Love, Eastport Arts Center.

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Congressional hopeful Lucas St. Clair visits Washington County Democrats

by Nancy Beal

Lucas St. Clair, one of three Democrats vying in next month’s primary election for a chance to go up against Bruce Poliquin for Maine’s second congressional seat in Washington, addressed Washington County Democrats in East Machias May 6. During his hour-long presentation and while answering questions that followed, he talked about climate change, infrastructure and the economy, farming, health care (including opioids) and his mother.

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Gubernatorial hopeful Diane Russell speaks to WaCo Democrats

 

by Nancy Beal

Diane Russell of Bryant Pond, one of seven candidates vying in the June 12 primary for the right to carry the Democratic banner into the gubernatorial race next fall, visited the Washington County Democrats May 6 and, in a no-holds-barred presentation, delivered her message and asked for at least a “second place vote.”

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Clock running on session stalemate, prison closure

by Ruth Leubecker

Prospects diminish daily for rejuvenating Washington County’s Downeast Correctional Facility.

Already saved by the bell more times than reasonable, the facility now awaits a closure date of June 30 when its funding runs out. Maine’s legislature, having walked off the job at the end of the session, left hundreds of bills and innumerable issues unsettled, the DCF being but one of them.

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Children’s chorus to perform spring concert before international ‘trip of a lifetime’

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Members of the Washington County Children’s Chorus have been rehearsing together — in both French and English — for more than two years, and on Sunday, May 20, they’ll deliver their bilingual springtime concert in Machias. 

Then only weeks later a group of musicians, chaperones and 31 youth choristers from all over Washington County will depart Boston, stopping in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Geneva, Switzerland before reaching Burgundy, France — three passport stamps in one fell swoop.

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Historic diorama at Machias train station, reception May 23

Twelve members of a Museum Management Class at the University of Maine at Machias, led by Professor Bernie Vinzani, have created an exact scale diorama of Machias’ historic train station. The 120-year-old station was built in 1898 and the diorama illustrates the time period of 1950.

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MMHS Boosters and PAWS sponsor Chinese auction

The Machias Memorial High School Boosters are working hand in hand with Rose M. Gaffney PAWS to raise the full amount needed to purchase an amazing digital sign! This will be a joint sign shared with the High School. RMG PAWS President, Nadine Preston states; “These amazing Boosters are pushing to help us complete the fundraising for this project. Together with Boosters President Anita McCurdy and her team of high school parents, we hope to make this event the deal breaker that reaches the financial goal for the sign, we are hoping for the best.

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Enhancing Fish Habitat Workshop for landowners and foresters

Attention landowners and foresters!  Do you have a stream crossing in your forest or woodlot? Here is a great opportunity.  There will be a free workshop on Tuesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. to get more information and the opportunity  for financial and technical assistance to enhance fish habitat and improve access to your land.  This workshop will be at the Hillgrove Community Hall at 42 South Main Street in the village of Whitneyville.

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Machias Valley News Observer, May 14, 1930

Maurice L. Caler expects to complete his spring pack of clams this week and will close the factory until the opening of the blueberry season.

The warm days of the past week have started farming operations and every available team is now plowing or otherwise preparing the land for planting.

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At the Machias ballot box - Meet Dr. James Whalen

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Editor’s note: This is the second in our series introducing voters to the four candidates running for two seats on the Machias Selectboard. The town will vote on Tuesday, June 12. See our issue dated May 2 for the first article in the series.

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Letter for the Editor - PRSWDD responds to ‘Let’s talk trash’

The Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) is a quasi-municipal, nonprofit organization that was formed more than 20 years ago because towns were under a State mandate to recycle.  PRSWDD, governed by a board of directors, with representatives appointed by the Selectmen of each participating town (Addison, Beals Island, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Jonesboro and Jonesport has been committed to transparency for more than 20 years. Monthly financials and minutes of all Board meetings are sent to member towns and are available to the public. 

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Letter for the Editor - Let’s talk trash

Editor’s note: This letter originally ran in our March 28 edition, but we reprint it here this week  to freshen readers’ memories when they read  the response from the PRSWDD Board of Directors below. 

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Accountability, sadly, resembles a lot of Jello, if that

Accountability is a much-bandied-about word in 2018. 

It sounds good and in practice it’s even better, but it remain an elusive thing to grab onto, and to maintain a hold is actually -- apparently -- next to impossible. At the State House, especially during the recent leave-taking of this 128th session, accountability was nowhere in sight.  

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Desk of the Editor

Early Saturday morning I happened to look out my back window and see a heavy frost on my strawberry plants, early enough to hose them down. Being a spring plant, strawberries likely have what it takes to survive a frost. But being an overeager gardener, I wasn’t willing to take that chance. Hosing the plants down before the sun rises and bursts their frozen cells is one way to save them from frost. Checking the forecast and covering them the night before is one step better.

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Tax bill protesters speak out after guilty sentence

Jessica Stewart, Ridgely Fuller and Sharon Dean of East Machias were convicted last week in Federal Court and sentenced to one day in jail for failing to obey a lawful order. The three refused to leave Senator Collins’ Bangor office on December 19, 2017 calling on her to vote against the tax plan. Sharon Dean traveled to Washington, D.C. in December with Mainers for Accountable Leadership and met with Senator Collins, Ady Barkan and Marie Follayttar Smith. 

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Guagus girls softball undefeated

by Phil Stuart

In order to have a chance to win a regional or a state title in softball, a team has to have a quality pitcher.

Pitching can win the majority of the games, and with a quality defense and a couple of bats in the line-up, the victories will start to add up.

Narraguagus is now midway through the third year of the Lanie Perry era, and once again the victories are adding up.

Currently, the Knights are 7-0 and have only been tested in one contest.

In those seven contests, the Knights have outscored their opponents 70-9.

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The 1948 Jonesboro Jets

by Phil Stuart

Local baseball certainly isn’t what it used to be.

At one time it was a very popular sport at the high school level.

Jonesboro has had a proud tradition of home grown baseball talent and some of that still exists today. After players graduated from high school, many stayed close to home and continued to play on the local town team.

The 1948 Jonesboro Jets town team proved to be a very talented group and were led by left-handed pitcher Cony Feeney who once had a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Lisee wins Elaine Hill 5K

by Phil Stuart

Jeremy Lisee of Milbridge has been on the road race circuit for two and a half decades and has been one of the area’s best over that period of time.

Lisee picks and chooses a few races each year but never overloads.

On April 21 Lisee won the 11th  Annual Jerry Kaufman 5K in Ellsworth with a time of 17.58. Two weeks later he ran on his home turf going by his home twice on the Fickett’s Point Road in Milbridge to win the Annual Elaine Hill Memorial 5K in a time of 17.39.

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New shingles vaccine provides better protection

Dear Savvy Senior,

A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I? 

Suspicious Susan

Dear Susan,

Yes! If you’re 50 or older, there’s a new shingles vaccine on the market that’s far superior to the older vaccine, so now is a great time to get inoculated. Here’s what you should know. 

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Court News

Nicholas J. Dana, Jr. of Perry, Maine:  Theft of services on 10/16/2017 in Pleasant Point.  SNTC date 1/16/2018, fine $150, restitution $35.96.  GLTY

Michael B. Vanderbusch of Calais, Maine:  Operate vehicle without license on 1/5/2018 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/8/2018, Washington County Jail 48 hours.  GLTY

Dayton A. Schiff of Calais, Maine:  Passing stopped school bus on 12/8/2017 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/29/2018, fine $250.  GLTY

Shirley McDonald of Machias, Maine:  Harassment by interference with taking on 11/24/2016 in East Machias.  NADJ

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DMR monitoring shellfish safety for warmer months

DMR is actively monitoring biotoxins throughout the coast.  The annual, routine regional closures primarily for mussels, European oysters and carnivorous snails have gone into effect as a precautionary measure. 

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Spring forward for fossil free

350 Downeast (www.350Maine.org/downeast) is hosting a Spring Forward for Fossil Free organizational meeting for all citizens concerned with climate change.  This is part of a global initiative by 350.org to create a grassroots movement for a just and equitable transition to a world free from fossil fuels through action at the local government level.  We are pursuing 3 demands:  100% renewable energy for all; no new coal, oil or gas projects; and not a penny more for dirty energy.  Reducing carbon dioxide in the air is necessary for reducing the

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Bye bye, “Boy” Scouts

by V. Paul Reynolds

In the twilight of my life, the Boys Scouts of America – its teachings, its values, and the fun of it all – still evoke a warm glow in my overflowing storehouse of special memories. 

Everything about the scouting experience left me the better for it. We wore the uniform proudly, as we did the merit badges and the patches that symbolized our achievements and advancement in the scout hierarchy. Under it all, there was a sense or organization and self-discipline that was not unpleasant.

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Constance Jane (Sinclair) Drongowski - Machias

Constance Jane (Sinclair) Drongowski, 73, passed away May 6, 2018 at Narraguagus Bay Healthcare. She was born August 30, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late Reginald and Kathryn (Magee) Sinclair. Her family returned to Machias when Connie was two years old.

She attended schools in Machias, and graduated from M.M.H.S. At age nineteen she moved to Michigan where she resided for 43 years, before returning to Maine, to the smell and sound of the ocean, which she loved so much.

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Lubec Hornets win basketball title

by Phil Stuart

The Lubec junior high and elementary basketball teams have continued their run of remarkable success with the Junior High School Pine Tree League win over Perry in the title contest. The Lubec school has won three championships since last fall.

The Lubec junior high girls won the Downeast Junior High School league title in February. The elementary girls extended their winning streak to eighty games by winning the Downeast Basketball Association title on April 9 and the junior high school girls won the Pine Tree League title on April 11.

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Thompson Award turns 56

by Phil Stuart

The Machias Area Little League is over 60 years old now, and a lot of things have changed during that time including the playing fields, number of teams, the addition of girls’ softball, minor league ball, T-ball and much more.

It is hard to believe that Clarence “Tommy” Thompson has been gone since 1961.

Tommy was the man that got little league baseball started in the Machias area in the mid-fifties. Thompson was a member of the Machias Rotary Club and coach of the Orioles back when the league first started.

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Rashel Genevieve Ellsmore

Rashel Genevieve Ellsmore, 85, passed away on March 30, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. She was surrounded by her loving family. Rashel was born Feb 6, 1933 to Abe and Pearl Waisman in New York. She graduated from Hunter College, New York and went on to teach K-12 in Maine where she lived for many years before moving to Tallahassee. She later received her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Rashel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; her son, Stefan; and brother, Warner. 

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Lottiemae Margaret (Durrett) Mattes - Cutler

Lottiemae Margaret (Durrett) Mattes, 82, passed away May 8, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 11, 1935 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Capt. Alfred William Durrett, Sr. and Dolores Mae (Schock) Durrett.

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Rae Ann Oakes - East Machias

Rae Ann Oakes, 64, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend was called to Heaven as she was surrounded by her family on Monday, May 7th, 2018.

She was born June 2, 1953, the daughter of Raymond and Ethel Ramsey. Rae Ann attended schools in Orono.

Rae Ann was married to Peter Oakes for 45 years and had two children, Travis and Tina.

Rae Ann was a mom, nannie and auntie to many of those who met and loved her. She has touched many lives and will forever be loved and missed.

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Machias Memorial High School news

During Teacher Appreciation Week last week the MMHS Student Council celebrated our teachers and staff with cupcakes and personal notes of thanks from students.  Our administration also honored them with a tray of sweets, donuts, lunch and a freshly cleaned and decorated teachers’ room! Here are a few of the teachers honored; Mrs. Case, 

Mrs. Hampson and Mrs. Corrigan as well as Mr. Henry and Mrs. Getchell. 

Guen Corrigan teaches English, grades 11 and 12.

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Narraguagus 3rd quarter Honor Roll

Grade 12: High Honors: Shalynne Barbee Bamford, Taylor Colbeth, Josiah Couture, Emma Denbow, Sophia DeSchiffart, River Fenton, Mary Hammond. Honors: Tiah Bickford, Elizabeth Chartrand, Brittney Church, Sasha Crowley, Madison Leighton, Agustin Lizcano Echavarria, Shannon Rood, Emily Williams

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UMM presents over $71,000 in scholarship awards at honors convocation

 

The University of Maine at Machias held its annual Honors Convocation on April 25 and presented more than $71,000 in scholarships and awards. The event was held in the campus Performing Arts Center and featured a welcome message from Susan Hunter, President of University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias.

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Scramble #1 in the books

by Phil Stuart

The Barren View Golf Course in Jonesboro held its first Wednesday Senior Scramble on April 26.

Stevie Cates got off to a good start picking up a big paycheck along with Bobby Cates and Mike Clark as the trio took top honors with a minus three.

They had to hold off a late surge by Harry Beal, Jim Golike, Kennie Smith, and Frankie Gatcomb who finished a stroke back at -2.

Third place went to Shrine photographer Dickie Kilton, Chuck Nevala, Gordie Faulkingham and Ron Carpenter.

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AARP warns of Western Union refund scam

Last year, the federal government entered into a settlement with Western Union to help recover losses by victims of scams who used Western Union wire transfers. Now scammers are jumping on the refund program to scam more people. Reports to the Federal Trade Commission indicate that consumers are receiving official-looking emails about the program, asking for transaction information and your name and address. These emails are scams – you cannot submit a claim by email. For information about the refund process, visit www.ftc.gov/wu.

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King highlights implications of Net Neutrality repeal

On Friday, May 4, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) met with Maine business owners, innovators, and entrepreneurs to discuss the implications a repeal of net neutrality could have on startups, job creators, and Maine’s statewide economy.

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Emera Maine customer attend three rate hike hearings

On May 1, more than 80 Emera Maine customers voiced their opposition to the utility giant’s latest request for a rake hike at public hearings held simultaneously at the University of Maine in Machias, Orono and Presque Isle.  The hearings were teleconferenced, and all attendees watched and heard each testimony at each hearing.  Each hearing was staffed by a stenographer, Maine Public Utilities Commissioners and staff attorneys, the Office of the Public Advocate, Emera Maine, and staff and volunteers from AARP Maine.

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50 of Maine’s simplest pleasures hard to beat anywhere

You have to love water and trees and islands and two seasons (winter and August) to love Maine. The largest of the New England states, though short on people and heavy on trees, really offers a wide range of adventures and sights that any Mainer will tell you if you haven’t imbibed fully, you just haven’t embraced the entire Maine experience.

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UMM to hold 107th commencement ceremony

The University of Maine at Machias will hold its 107th Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the Reynolds Center gymnasium. One hundred and three students will graduate with degrees or program certificates.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Announcing the Beals Historical Society’s Annual Talent/Variety Show to be held on Saturday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. featuring all types of genre from awesome local singing talent. Please join us at the Beals gym for a great night of cheap, live entertainment! Plus we will be selling delicious mouth watering food! Your support is greatly appreciated.  Admission for children is free. 

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Cherryfield and Milbridge - Mother’s Day memories

My mother would sit watching soap operas while I played with trucks or hollered at my brothers and sisters, while I was still in diapers, bouncing off the walls of the house. She often fed me ravioli for lunch, heating it up on the stove and putting it in a dish. I played with it more than I ate it, like a typical youngster. 

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Whitneyville Library news

On April 10 the first nail was hammered as construction began on the building that will become the new Whitneyville Public Library. Three and a half weeks later the walls and the roof trusses were put up and the outer walls were enclosed. Pipes for plumbing were installed by Allan Huntley Plumbing and Heating as the floor was then prepped for the foam board and mesh as the tubing for the radiant heat was taking shape. The metal roof was put on and is almost finished. The new Whitneyville Library has taken shape.

 

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Wesley

Chelsie Hawkins had a great bridal shower on Saturday the 28th at the Wesley Church. Her mother Lyn, Aunt Barb, and mother-in-law- to-be, Mrs. Wallace, did a great job decorating. There were around 45 ladies there to celebrate the happy occasion. The theme was “let them eat pie” instead of the “let them eat cake”. There were so many different kinds of pies it was hard to choose. The wedding will be in Calais, June 2nd, to Chris Wallace. Congratulations to Chris and Chelsie. 

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Columbia

On Sunday April 29, Carroll and I took a ride down to Jasper Beach just to get out and enjoy the good day. If you have not been there yet this year, check it out as the road and parking area has been renovated.

Don’t forget to apply for your moose permit, only a few more days till the May 15  deadline to apply.

On Monday, April 30, Dawn Bragg of Columbia Falls ran into a traveler (he was walking across the country pushing a small carriage type rig with all his gear) at Columbia Falls Post Office. He got permission to pitch his tent at the town landing that evening.

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Moosabec planners to meet

by Nancy Beal

The Jonesport planning board will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 15 in the town office to consider applications from Aaron Dennis for a 14-by-14-foot sunroom on a deck at his property on Makers Point Road, and from Madelene Peabody to replace an existing trailer on a different footprint on the Fire Road.

The Beals planning board will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 17 in the town office to review an application from the Downeast Institute for a one-story, 40-by-70-foot boat storage and fabrication shop on their property at Black Duck Cove.

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Harrington News

Lobster fishermen and lady fishermen are starting out the new lobster season. It seems last year’s season just ended and now it is starting up again. They like it on the water. Hopefully it will be a good year.

Janie Caler spent the weekend in Bangor attending the graduation ceremony of Rosemarie Downing at the Cross Center. She graduated with a Masters Degree in psychology. Congratulations to you, Rosemarie!! We are all very proud of you and your accomplishments! 

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Letter for the Editor - Fossil-free Downeast

 

Climate change is happening worldwide and is affecting Downeast Maine.  Fact: our average temperatures are getting warmer.  Fact: ice-fishing season is shorter.  Fact: winter timber harvesting season is getting shorter.  Fact: ticks and tick-borne diseases are increasing.  Fact: the temperature of the Gulf of Maine is rising faster than almost every other body of water on Earth.  Fact: the dike on the Middle River in Machias is threatened with frequent flooding.  Fact: the local economy based on fisheries, tourism, and forests is threatened.

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Letter for the Editor - Letter from candidate Fulford on campaign withdrawal

The pressures of the campaign on my family and myself have been substantial, and I am therefore withdrawing from the campaign [for Congress].  I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone who has supported the campaign, in so many ways. I will always be grateful to you. Running for office has never been about personal ambition, but rather a belief I still hold, that we can build a better future, together.  

Thank you very much, 

Jonathan Fulford

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Public weighs in against Emera Maine’s rate hike

 

by Nancy Beal

The state’s second largest electric company, Emera Maine (formerly Bangor Hydro-Electric Company) brought its request for the third rate increase in five years to Eastern Maine last week (May 1) in three hearings that were linked by simulcast between Machias, Presque Isle and Orono. Each attracted one of the three Public Utilities Commission (PUC) commissioners who will act on the rate hike request next month.

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Machias adopts moratorium in hopes of blocking downtown tower

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias residents enacted a 180-day moratorium ordinance banning new construction of radio, TV, telephone towers and antennas over 35’ within the town’s limits. 

The vote took place at an April 30 town meeting which lasted only 15 minutes and was moderated by Betsy Fitzgerald.

A co-pastor of the Community of Christ Church on North Street in Machias spoke in favor of the tower, saying it would be a 125’ stainless steel tower without any guidelines or flashing beacons. 

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Final session ends in divisive stalemate

by Ruth Leubecker

With hundreds of bills on the table and funding hanging in the balance, the 128th Legislature went home, having not done their job and leaving Mainers at a critical impasse.

“I was very upset and bothered that we didn’t finish the work,”  said Rep. Will Tuell. “I think we will go back and finish. It has to be finished by May 30 or the prison won’t happen. We’ll be going back for veto day on Wednesday.”  

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Love of the Maine Wilderness guides Machias River Brewing Company

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Opening a small business is a risk anywhere you do it, but opening a restaurant in Washington County  — at the end of tourist season, no less — takes nerves of steel.

Fortunately, John and Danielle Parker are in possession of those steely nerves and so later this year they’ll raise a glass to the five-year anniversary of their joint venture, Skywalker’s Bar & Grille. 

And what will be in those glasses? Their very own microbrew beer, of course.

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Machias takes next step toward ‘adult use marijuana’ ordinance

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Fifteen residents and business  owners came out for the Machias Selectboard’s second marijuana workshop on the rainy night of Thursday, May 3. The board is drafting an adult use marijuana ordinance that will eventually be voted on by the town, though it will not be completed in time for the June town meeting. “Adult use marijuana” is the state’s new term to replace “recreational marijuana.”

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Celebration of moms at Steuben library

To celebrate Moms, the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben is hosting a special event 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12.

Sons and daughters of all ages are invited to bring Mom for Muffins With Mom. The library will have a craft activity, a variety of beverages and, of course, muffins. 

Admission is free. For more information, visit www.moorelibrary.org.

 Steuben library to show “Ferdinand” The movie “Ferdinand” will be shown 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

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Walk for Life Cancer Fundraiser in Addison May 19

The 18th annual Walk for Life, a major fundraiser for the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, is ready to take off from the Addison town hall Saturday, May 19. As in years past, the event will offer walkers or runners a 1-, 2- or 5-mile route from the center of Addison Village to Route 1 and back to the starting point.

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Holocaust survivor to speak to WA Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

Juniors and seniors at Washington Academy will host a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday, May 15 at noon in the school gymnasium. 

All of Washington Academy, plus the eighth grade class from the Elm Street School, will attend the assembly put on by students in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies class.

The ceremony will include a candle lighting and a reading of the names of victims and survivors. 

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Machias blood drive May 12

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located at 180 Court Street. Machias. 

Call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: Church of LDS Machias to schedule an appointment.

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Mrs. Annie White to discuss teaching school in Washington County

A meeting of the Washington Co. Historical & Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. Sat., May 19th\ in the Emergency Management Room, 28 Center Street in Machias. Speaker for the afternoon will be Mrs. Annie White, age 97, who will discuss “Teaching School in Washington County, 1944 to 1977.”

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Letter for the Editor - Angus King: wrong on Iran

When the Iran deal was brought forward in August of 2015, Senator Angus King called a snap meeting in Portland to push it (although not for constitutionally required Senate ratification). The USM forum included only supporters of the agreement on the stage, and it effectively drove public opinion in the direction President Obama, Secretary Kerry and Senator King desired.

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How to find great volunteer vacations

Dear Savvy Senior,

My husband and I are approaching retirement and are interested in learning more about volunteer vacations. Can you give us some information on this travel option, and refer us to some good organizations that offer these types of trips.

Love to Travel

Dear Love,

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Ganiel’s athletic achievements stand unequaled

by Phil Stuart

Gladys Ganiel of Harrington and a 1995 graduate of Narraguagus High School, without a doubt, is Washington County’s most accomplished athlete. Ganiel excelled not just in athletics but also in the classroom.

In 1995 she was the valedictorian of her class and received the Maine Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence and Citizenship.

The list of athletic accomplishments both as an individual and team member for her four years as a member of the cross country, girls’ basketball team and track teams are nothing short of mind boggling.

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Softball history Downeast

by Phil Stuart

Over the years, Downeast softball has lagged behind other areas of the state. There have been some outstanding teams but very few have excelled much beyond the season. Since 1976, only 12 teams from Washington County have made it to a state championship game in Class C or Class D.

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1948 Jonesboro Jets

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Ashby among the very best

by Phil Stuart

Washington County has had its share of outstanding coaches over the years. Many have left their mark at schools within the county while other have taken their talents elsewhere.

I.J. Pinkham of Milbridge is the winningest boys’ basketball coach in the state of Maine. Pinkham has over 620 victories, all at Boothbay Region High School.

Ordie Alley of Beals amassed over 500 career victories while coaching at Beals High School and Jonesport-Beals High School.

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Lubec Hornet streak reaches 80

by Phil Stuart

All winning streaks eventually come to an end, but after four years, one in eastern Washington County is still alive.

For the past four years the Lubec Elementary School Pee Wee team for grades six and under have been undefeated. They have won four consecutive Downeast Basketball Association championships plus several invitational tournaments. During this incredible run the young Hornets have been coached by Shawn Tinker of Crowsneck and Jordi Tinker of East Trescott.

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Second season officially over

by Phil Stuart

The “mud season” of basketball is officially over by the time spring vacation starts in early April.

Once the high school basketball tournaments are over, junior high and elementary school teams play for another six weeks until spring break. These teams play a regular season of 10 to 12 games plus many go to weekend tournaments and play sometimes 12 to 15 more games.

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University of Maine at Machias student fundraising for Food Recovery Network

 

When her classmates put on their caps and gowns to march in commencement on Sunday, May 13, KwiNam Park will not be with them. Instead, she will lace up her shoes and run her twentieth marathon. Her goal is to raise money for food security in Downeast Maine. 

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Volunteers help veterans at Cabin in the Woods

Maine’s motto is “The Way Life Should Be”, but unfortunately that is not always the case for Maine veterans. Hundreds of veterans, our hometown heroes who served this country, live on the street or in shelters. For some veterans who are homeless, their life is a struggle - to find a job, maintain family connections and to find permanent housing.

Volunteers of America Northern New England has been working to change that.

In addition to the transitional living services provided to male and female veterans, we are building permanent homes called Cabin in the Woods.

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UMM student Whittaker honored as 2018 Maine Policy Scholar

The 2018 class of Maine Policy Scholars (MPS) was recently honored during a special graduation ceremony in the Bangor Room in the Memorial Union on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

One student from six of the seven campuses of the University of Maine system pursued a year-long program of applied research in the area of Maine public policy. Issues addressed included care of mentally ill inmates in Maine prisons; how public policy can support literacy promotion for school-aged youth; and increasing recycling in rural Maine.

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Margaretta Days Festival seeks crafters

The 2018 Margaretta Days Festival & Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias. Activities during the day will include colonial reenactors, live music, storytelling, games, period food, a children’s play area, plus live demonstrations of colonial occupations. Adding to the festivities of the day will be a variety of crafters who will be on hand displaying a selling their wares. Last year there were over 25 crafter and artists ranging from original watercolors and jewelry to rugs and doll clothes.

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The Ellsworth Public Library brings MPBN’s “The Great American Read”

The Grand screens on the giant Coastal Eye Care Screen the first part of MPBN’s new series “The Great American Read” on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7 p.m., presented by The Ellsworth Public Library. Tickets for this General Admission presentation are free for everyone.

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BSO offers free concert May 11 Rose M. Gaffney

As part of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Meet the Music Maker program, the Acadia Brass

Ensemble of the BSO will perform a free concert of American music at the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School on Friday, May 11, at 4 p.m. They will also be visiting the school during the day to perform for the students and run some brass workshops.

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EAC A n n u a l F o l l i es Revue seeking talent

Auditions are ongoing for Eastport Arts Center’s 14th Annual Moose Island Follies, to be held as two performances, 4 and 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 3, as city-wide Fourth of July festivities are coming to a peak. This year we are excited to have Maine humorist Tim Sample emcee the show. Acts should be two-to-eight minutes in length and may consist of any type of performance—music, dance, physical stunts/comedy, theatrical scenes or skits, recitation, vaudevillian arts—truly, anything goes.

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International chorus sings of love

Quoddy Voices will present its spring concerts on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m., at the Eastport Arts Center. Our program, “Something About Love,” will explore the many different aspects of love and romance. It begins with three classic English madrigals filled with heartfelt adoration and humor, as well as the sorrow of rejection.  

In Gustav Holst’s setting of the Cornish folk tune, “I Love My Love,” we learn of the return of the lover from the sea to rescue his maiden; and spring is certainly in the air with John Clements’ “Flower of Beauty.” 

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Church Services

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church,  36 Dublin Hill, Machias. Services, 9 a.m. April through November; 9:30 a.m. December through March. Rev. Lynn Rutledge FMI: 207-214-7548 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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Kenneth L. Thompson - Addison

Kenny Thompson, 96, had his prayers answered as he passed away “to be with my wife, Gen, in heaven” on April 12, 2018.

Ken was born on Cape Split, Addison, Maine on November 7, 1921 to William and Susie (Wass) Thompson.  He was one of six children.

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Lula A. Faulkingham - Beals

Lula A. Faulkingham, 95, passed away on April 27, 2018, at the Downeast Community Hospital in Machias. She was born on January 12, 1923, in Beals, the daughter of Herman and Phena (Alley) Beal. Lula enjoyed her family and her grandchildren, friends, and especially telling little jokes.

Lula attended the Beals Wesleyan Church for many years.

She had worked at the Middle Factory where she was a sardine packer. She had also worked at Carver’s Shop and she also cleaned homes for local people. Lula enjoyed knitting, crocheting and drawing.

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Lewis Wood, Sr. - Machiasport, ME

Lewis Wood, Sr., 80, died on April 27, 2018 at Down East Community Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was born to Arthur and Vaughn Wood in Machias on November 19, 1937.

He worked as an ironworker most of his life. He also worked on the water; lobstering, scalloping, cohoging and clamming. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family.

Lewis was predeceased by his wife Nancy (Reeves) Wood; parents, Arthur and Vaughn Wood; brother, Arthur (Punk) Wood, Jr.; and son-in-law, Joseph Berry.

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Fort O’Brien School announces 3rd Quarter honor roll

3rd Grade; Honors- Aiden Espling, Abby Gagne; 4th Grade; Honors- Maya Henderson, Kieli Smith; 5th Grade; Honors- Thaddius Bridges,Ava Fitzhenry High Honors- Zoe Mercer, Kaiden Wood;6th Grade; Honors- Naomi Lauze; High Honors- Austin Fitzhenry, Harley Ingrish; 7th Grade; Honors- Jonathan O’Donnell; High Honors- Cameron Boynton, Eli Tremblay; 8th Grade; Honors- Elesia Berry, Gracie Guptill, Natasha Kilton, Caitlyn Link, Dalton Mercer; High Honors- Aviva Bridges

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