Blueberry festival hailed as sunny, soggy success

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It was the first time in recent memory that heavy rain fell on Blueberry Festival weekend, but organizers and vendors alike expressed amazement at how little the showers dampened spirits or festival attendance.

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Court documents show victim spent final hours in Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One of two people charged in the murder of Sally Shaw is currently being held at the Washington County Jail in Machias. Quaneysha Greeley, 19, was extradited from New York to Maine earlier this month.

Carrine “T” or “Terror” Reeves, 37, was also arrested in Queens, New York, on July 26 for the murder of Shaw, but is being held there on charges related to a different assault earlier this year. Greeley and Reeves were together at the time of their arrest.

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WaCo grows as ‘adventure cycling’ destination

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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‘I ran away and bought an inn’

by Ruth Leubecker

“When my husband died I said what am I going to do? My kids said you always wanted ; to run a B&B, so go find one.”

So said Cynthia McDonough last week. Since June, 1 as the happy, proud owner of the Riverside Inn in East Machias, the move has been an eye-opening experience. Mostly since she has been by herself since the beginning and readily admits she has no experience in running such an establishment. 

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State urges hunters to download—not print—Maine Hunting Guide

Printed copies of the Maine Hunting Guide will be out soon, but the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is urging as many hunters as possible to download the PDF version instead. Here’s why:

 1.       It’s convenient. Even without cell or internet service, smartphone users can access their pre-downloaded law book to check a technical rule, confirm legal hunting times, etc. If you always keep your phone on you (and charged) to take photos or use the GPS, this is a no-brainer.

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Guest Voice - Tobacco 21 bill will save lives

by Julie Daigle

 Healthy Acadia is thrilled that the recently enacted Tobacco 21 bill, which makes Maine the fourth state in the US to raise the minimum legal age of sale for tobacco products to 21, puts Maine at the forefront of saving people’s lives. Thank you to our legislators and to the people of Maine who supported this.

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The Editor’s Desk

It seems as though everyone I know spent days, if not weeks, working on some aspect of last weekend’s Blueberry Festival. I think half of Washington County is due a nice, long nap this week.

From my festival vantage point at Porter Memorial Library, I marveled at the dozens of people who came out to shop for used books during the pouring rain that fell on Saturday morning. They wore raincoats and balanced umbrellas while lifting the plastic coverings that lay on the book tables, in order to peek at the titles without dampening the books. 

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Letter to the Editor - Teaching our children

Teaching our children

Can I do anything meaningful, helpful? At 56 years old, I am raising a child again. She is 7. I am a full-time, stay-at-home mom and homemaker. It is my job to take care of my child’s basic needs such as roof, food, clothes, health care. But since I am her mother and not her babysitter, it is also my responsibility to show and teach her kindness, tolerance, self-control and critical thinking. Is it enough? Am I doing my part to make the world a better place? To stand up against injustice?

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Machiasport’s Gates House to host 34th Annual Lobster Lunch Aug. 26

Machiasport Historical Society will be serving their 34th Annual Lobster Lunch, Saturday, Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m., behind the Gates House by the river.  Bucks Harbor’s best lobsters and Carolyn Johnson’s famous fish chowder will be served along with corn on the cob, salad, rolls, blueberry cake and beverages. Proceeds from this key fundraiser will go to maintain the two museum buildings & their collections. (344 Port Rd (Rt 92)) 255-8461, 255-8860 or 271-0682. 

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A worthy watchdog gets no time out

For years Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services has had a deplorable track record when it comes to doing its job. 

It all began with that huge computer glitch that turned into a catastrophe when it was discovered the state had purchased two computer systems that could not interface with each other. It cost the state many thousands of dollars because DHHS couldn’t make its billing match up to its accounts.  

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