Machias adopts food sovereignty, gives Blueberry Festival green lights

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At a special town meeting held last Wednesday, Aug. 9, Machias residents voted 8-1 to adopt a local food sovereignty ordinance. 

The ordinance makes it legal for home food producers to sell direct to consumers without government licensing or inspection. Machias Selectman Bill Kitchen said that the board moved quickly to adopt the ordinance in order to allow local producers to capture as much of the summer harvest and tourist seasons as possible.

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Community Calendar for August 16, 2017

Upcoming events

CHICKEN B-B-Q Supper, Sat., Aug. 19, at 5 p.m., parish hall, Dennysville; chicken, baked potato, veggies, desserts, etc.  All are welcome!

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Chicken B-B-Q Supper, Sat., Aug. 19 @ 5 p.m.; Parish Hall (Route 86), Dennysville; chicken, potatoes, veggies, cole slaw, rolls, cakes

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Indian River Grange Yard and Bake Sale  August 19-  9 a.m. -1 p.m. 

1439 Indian River Road. Rain or shine.Hot dogs available.

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Land Transfers by deed July 28 through August 10, 2017

Kelly Barnes of East Machias acting Personal Representative of the Estate of Nancy Lee Roberts to Albert J. Nehrings and Lori H. Nehrings of Whitneyville a certain lot or parcel of land with the buildings thereon on the westerly side of State Route No. 192 in Whitneyville beginning at an iron pipe marking the southeasterly corner of a parcel of land conveyed by Everett L. McLain and Willis Mae McLain to Charles E. Roberts, Jr. and Nancy L. Roberts by deed dated October 3, 1973

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The Editor's Desk

Many year round residents have a standing rule that they do not leave the state of Maine in August. One look around our area this month, and no one could question their wisdom. Where else could anyone wish to be? Lobster, blueberries, beaches, sunshine (finally), music, great food, author readings, history, hiking... the list goes on. There are dozens of reasons our roads, hotels and pullout couches are brimming with out-of-state visitors right now. 

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Community Calendar August 2, 2017

Upcoming events

Public Pot Luck Supper 5 p.m. Aug. 5,  Elm Street School, East Machias. 50/50 raffle to benefit the Jacksonville Cemetery Association New Fence Project. If you would like to make a donation or cook a dish please contact Nate Pennell 254-8230 or Anne Pennell at 255-8496.

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Opioid crisis slipped as legislative priority

by Ruth Leubecker

Although legislators pledged early on that the opioid crisis would be a top priority when the 128th Legislature convened, somehow it lost ground dramatically practically from the  beginning of the session.

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Cherryfield body identified, ruled homicide

State Police Detectives of the Major Crimes Unit North are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on the side of the road in Cherryfield as a homicide. After an autopsy and investigative efforts, the woman has been identified as Sally Shaw, 55. Detectives are urging anyone from the public who may have had contact with Sally to contact them.

In the early morning of July 19, Maine State Police were called to Route 193 in Cherryfield because of a report of a deceased woman located on the side of the road.

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Town News Steuben, Columbia, Harrington, Wesley

Wesley

Phylis Dennison had her sister from Milbridge, Vonalee Huckins, visiting with her and Tinker for a few days last week. They took her home on Friday. Tinker also brought me some blueberry muffins that Phylis made.  Thank you.

Linda got lobster for Ron’s  birthday and got three for me so Dianne and I could have a special treat. The ducks are also having a great time in their pond.

Thank you to the Johnsons from Bog Lake for leaving bottles here for the Wesley Historical Society.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Free program – And Down Came a Spider: Myths, Facts and Urban Legends, 6 p.m. July 27 at Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben. Presented by Dr. Kefyn Catley, professor of biology at Western Carolina University. FMI: email office@eaglehill.us or call 207-546-2821.

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Letter to the Editor - A new threat to ocean health 

A new threat to ocean health 

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