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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Maine Maritime Security Team runs training op to prepare for threats-at-sea

 

The Maine Maritime Security Team, including the Maine Marine Patrol, Maine State Police Tactical Team and the US Coast Guard, took part in a training exercise Thursday, May 10 in Bar Harbor to prepare for potential security threats-at-sea.

Different scenarios, including a hostage situation, an active shooter and an improvised explosive device carried by a passenger were the basis of the day’s training exercise.

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Machias veterinarian operating without license

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The state suspended Dr. Cynthia Teer’s veterinary license effective Jan. 24, 2018, but the doctor continues to see patients in her Machias Animal Hospital office.

The Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation confirmed that Dr. Teer’s license was suspended on the evening of Jan. 23. The agency did not specify the reason for the license suspension, saying only that she can no longer see patients or write prescriptions. 

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PRSWDD towns mull waste disposal options

by Nancy Beal

Jonesport has long chafed under its share of costs at Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District, the Route 1 transfer station in Columbia Falls to which it and five other neighboring towns take their household waste, recyclables and demolition debris. (In addition to Jonesport, PRSWDD is made up of Addison, Beals Columbia, Columbia Falls and Jonesboro.) Several years ago, a move to withdraw from that trash cooperative was defeated at Jonesport’s town meeting. Another choice to stay or leave could be in the near future.

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Collins zeroes in on elder fraud, negotiating prescription costs

by Ruth Leubecker

As seniors struggle and veterans needs go unmet, Sen. Susan Collins continues to join forces with fellow senators in major efforts to achieve fairness on the playing field.

“Seniors who need assistance in managing their affairs should never be exploited and left destitute by an individual a court has appointed to protect them,” said Collins in a recent address on the abuse of power that guardians and others have over the elderly.

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Auschwitz survivor speaks at WA’s Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The juniors and seniors of Washington Academy’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies class organized the school’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony held Tuesday, May 15. Older students from the Elm Street School in East Machias attended the event along with all of Washington Academy’s students and some members of the public.

In the darkened gymnasium, students lit candles for those who survived and those who were murdered in the Holocaust. 

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Matching jobs to workers a mounting challenge in 2018

In 1918 Washington County flourished with an enterprising workforce set against a humming economic landscape, the entire picture maximizing the area’s natural-resource-based economy.

Not so in 2018. A century later technology, outsourcing and robots infiltrating the workplace have transformed that landscape into something headed toward downright alien. Those days of graduating from high school and finding a first-class job -- one that would support a household and finance a great life right here at home in rural Maine -- are long gone.

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Nancy Rose Tancredi - White Plains, New York,

Nancy Rose Tancredi, beloved mother, cherished grandmother, loyal sister-in-law and dear friend, died unexpectedly following surgery in White Plains, New York, on May 12, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was 71 years old. 

She leaves behind by her three children, Robert Sapiro and his wife Eleanor Mitten of Eliot, Emily Tancredi-Brice Agbenyega and her husband Tsiri of Pelham Manor, New York, and Constance Girvan and her husband Andrew of Edinburgh, Scotland. She also leaves behind an adopted daughter, Brittney Sampson of Boston, Massachusetts.

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The black bear problem

by  V. Paul Reynolds

“Paul, come down stairs quick,” Diane half-whispered and half-yelled at me.

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Narraguagus Jr/Sr high school honor parts

Principal Lucille Willey is pleased to announce the honor parts for the Class of 2018 at Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School in Harrington. Co-Valedictorians are Sophia DeSchiffart, daughter of Timothy & Joanna DeSchiffart of Cherryfield and River Fenton, son of Chadwick Fenton & Christina Willey of Harrington. Salutatorian is Mary Hammond, daughter of Darin & Jasmine Hammond of Harrington and Michelle Hammond of Milbridge.

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JOY for Porter Memorial Library

 

Students of Machias Memorial High School’s JMG class awarded a $1,000 JOY grant to Porter Memorial Library (PML) in Machias during their closing ceremonies held Thursday, May 17. JOY stands for “Jumpstart our Youth,” a statewide philanthropic initiative that teaches the next generation how to solve local problems through well-researched philanthropy.

The MMHS JMG (Jobs for Maine Graduates) class chose to consider nonprofits that serve Machias-area children, in many cases venturing out to see the nonprofits for themselves.

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Spring concert celebrates the arts at WA

 

On Tuesday, May 15, Washington Academy hosted the school’s annual Spring Concert.

The concert featured dances from our Contemporary Dance and Creative Movement Class and after- school ballet class, as well as a performances by our Jazz Band, A cappella, Solo Artists, and more! Our guests were also greeted by a display of student artwork as they entered the building. Bravo to all of our talented students who participated! 

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Susan A. Hawkins - Cutler

Susan Amelia (Foss) Hawkins, 84, passed unexpectedly on May 13, 2018 at her home. She was born in Machias June 12, 1933 the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Foss.

She enjoyed reading and doing puzzles, listening to country and western music, and in her earlier years going fishing. She especially enjoyed being a mother and grandmother and time spent with her family.

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Lighthouses lure romantics to Maine

Embedded in literature, folklore and history, Maine’s lighthouses are a lightning rod, baiting authors, summer folk and young and old alike, espe summer.

Some still function as navigational beacons, some are totally inaccessible, a few are clustered and a few others stand like solitary sentries. But it all doesn’t matter in the scheme of things, because all 65 are shrouded in a rich mysterious heritage that is uniquely Maine.

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Letter for the Editor - More trash talk

More trash talk

The real difference between Mark Wright’s garbage business and the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD, a transfer station) is that Wright’s is private for his personal profit, while PRSWDD is public, owned by the six towns, and run openly for the benefit of those towns.

Mark Wright wants to own the entire garbage business in the region, but when there’s a monopoly, guess what would happen to the cost of garbage disposal?

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News shorts

Stevenson at court on charges of manslaughter, OUI

Christopher Stevenson of Roque Bluffs was in Washington County District Court on Tuesday, May 22 for his dispositional conference. 

Stevenson has been charged with five crimes: manslaughter, operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol resulting in death, domestic violence reckless conduct, endangering the welfare of a child and operating while license is suspended or revoked.

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At the Machias ballot box - Meet candidate Les Haynes

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Leslie Haynes has served on the Machias Selectboard for six years. “I just enjoy the people,” he said. Haynes was raised in East Machias and couldn’t wait to get back home after serving in the Army for a tour in Vietnam. “I had never ever seen anything like that in my life. In 1968 I was right in the middle of that big Tet Offensive over there,” he said.

“When I came home I looked at my commanding officer and said, ‘You’ve got 12 hours to get my discharge papers ready. I’m going to Maine where it’s nice and peaceful.’”

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In service to veterans

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Candidates race to preserve legacy, promote rural focus

by Ruth Leubecker

The race to the Blaine House, while gaining steam, remains multi-directional, offering few specifics and even fewer individual plans of any contender.

The field so far is crowded, with Republicans appearing to be wary of deviating too far from Gov. Paul LePage’s actions on the issues. On some level there even appears an effort to preserve his legacy. By all accounts bombastic and controversial, Maine’s governor has nonetheless achieved results in lowering taxes and making things happen.

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Calais talk to explore a ‘more just relationship’ with Wabanaki peoples

by Lura Jackson

The importance of recognizing the past and present relationship between colonizing Christian powers and the Wabanaki people – and particularly the Passamaquoddy tribe – will be the focus of a special presentation at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Calais on Sunday, June 3. The talk will be delivered by John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations. 

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Lack of markets forces PRSWDD recycling to shut out plastic, mixed paper

 

by Nancy Beal

Two weeks ago at their May 14 meeting, the board of directors of the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District voted to stop taking plastic, glass and mixed paper as part of their recycling program. The reason: there is no market for glass, the various types of plastic, or the office paper, cereal boxes and other types of printed material that made up the mixed paper category.

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Daryl Eugene McCurdy Lubec

Daryl Eugene McCurdy (Tim) passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 surrounded by his family, after a long battle with cancer.  He was born in Lubec on October 12, 1941, son of the late Bernard and Muriel McCurdy. Daryl graduated from Lubec High School in 1961. Throughout the years he worked at Carlton Corey’s garage, Milliken Textile Mill, was owner and operator of “The Spruce” fishing vessel, and most recently worked and retired from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Margaretta Days celebrates revolutionary history Downeast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Festival chair Carlene Holmes said she is often asked why the mid-June event is called Margaretta Days when it only occupies one day? 

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Blackfly Ball moves to new October date

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Kehben Grier of Machias’ Beehive Design Collective announced last week that the Blackfly Ball will move from its traditional Blueberry Festival August time frame to October 6. The Blackfly Ball has become a fixture of summer in Machias, historically taking place on the Saturday night of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival and drawing large crowds to Bad Little Falls park to hear multiple bands for free.

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Four WCCC students named to All-Maine Academic Team

The All-Maine Academic Team is composed of the high achieving students in the Maine Community College System, with selections picked from each school. Unlike in previous years, when only two students from each school were named, the team has been expanded this year to include students that are in both the “transfer” pathway – meaning they are planning to continue in their academic careers – and in the “career” pathway – meaning they will be going directly into the workforce upon graduation. Every student named to the team received a $500 scholarship.

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Washington Academy’s 2018 Academic Awards

 

Seniors who have been on the honor roll every quarter for all four years (14 consecutive quarters) pose here with their Headmaster’s Golden Apple Award. Congratulations to all award recipients. Photo courtesy Hannah Sprague

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Passages to graduate more than twenty teen parents this year; accepting applications for new school year

This June, Wayfinder Schools’ Passages Program will graduate more than twenty teen parents who have worked hard to earn their high school diplomas while raising their young children. Founded in 1994, Passages is a home-based high school diploma program for young parents living in Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc and Washington Counties. 

This year’s Washington County graduates are Isaac J. Collins, Jr. of Robbinston, Daneishalys Fontanez of Machias, Cheyenne Maheu of Lubec, Jessica Milliken of Jonesport and Monica Moffett of Eastport.

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Maine Veterans’ salutes lost loved ones at annual remembrance ceremony

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Maine Veterans’ Homes (MVH) in Machias hosted its ninth Annual Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday, May 23, this year in honor of U.S. Navy veterans Roland Cheney, Marjorie Morrison and David Phaneuf. All three passed away in the last year.

The Presentation of the Colors was done by the American Legion Post #65 and bagpipes were played by the Anah Highlanders. 

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