Beehive brings BAR boxcar to Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Online shopping sometimes takes a funny turn. Just when you’re ready to checkout, savvy websites bombard you with product suggestions chosen just for you, and those suggestions are often uncanny.  

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Honoring our ancestors

The Daughters of the American Revolution Hannah Weston Chapter gathered together last month to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Rim. From left: Barbara Maloy, Arlene Hutnik,  Roberta Hammond, Mary Alice Look, and Valdine Atwood. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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New drug recovery center to open in Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The opioid addiction epidemic has hit Washington County hard. According to a report from the University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, last year Washington County suffered the most drug deaths per capita of any county in the state, with 20 deaths in 2016. 

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Labor of love at cemetery reveals helpers

 

by Ruth Leubecker

Maurice Lund is almost certainly smiling down on what’s happening at the Jacksonville cemetery. 

For decades the site of his many labors, this caretaking now spans generations with Jo Nathan (aka Jonathan) Bragg, 15, and Nathan Pennell taking charge. The two are firmly in sync, sharing the same birthday, favorite TV shows, a love of the outdoors, the Nathan name and an abiding bent for cemetery work. 

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Family Futures Downeast helps two generations succeed at once

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It isn’t every day that a preschooler walks across a university stage to receive a diploma. But that was the case for several Washington County children, some young enough to be carried, during a graduation ceremony held in Machias last month.

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Tiffany windows return

 

Once restoration is complete, the windows will be lit from behind during evening hours. The windows are made from a palette of blues, fitting for the church that created and runs the area’s beloved Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. Once complete, the church plans to move on with the restoration of the other eight stained glass windows, all done in the Tiffany style. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Open Lighthouse Day comes with free admission Sept. 9

Open Lighthouse Day comes with free admission Sept. 9

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Fundraising for Jonesport’s landmark spire begins

 

by Laura Mazza-Dixon

As anyone who goes out lobstering, fishing, boating or sailing around Moose-a-Bec Reach can tell you, the spire that has graced Jonesport’s harbor for 130 years has been removed. 

Traditionally kept lighted at night by the members of the congregation in memory of their loved ones, the steeple of the white church on the hill on Sawyer Square has been a familiar landmark by both day and night for generations of sailors and fishermen.

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Nursing care, safe drinking water bills survive veto cycle

by Sen. Joyce Maker

Earlier this month, the Legislature reconvened for the final day of the first session for a “veto day” to take action on two dozen bills that had been returned by the governor, and to address all outstanding business. This proved to be another long day in Augusta, but I’m glad to finally be back in the district to enjoy the rest of the summer, attend events and meet with constituents. 

 Two of the bills voted on were measures that I sponsored, and I am glad to say that both were overridden with healthy margins.

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Editors Desk

One of my favorite authors is fond of saying that September is the other January. Even if you’re not going back to school, there’s something about September that feels like a fresh beginning. I’m looking forward to the change of the season.

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