1. Moosehead Lake Togue Derby

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    Cabin fever? An ice fishing derby can bring your temperature down.

     There are a number of popular derbies that take place annually throughout Maine. Fishing and fellowship, the hallmark of these winter events, mixed with friendly competition to snag the biggest fish – and the biggest prize- make for a fun time.

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  2. $1M pledged to create longest trail in the world

    by  Lura Jackson

    In a momentous occasion for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant announced on January 3rd at the Garcelon Civic Center in St. Stephen that the province is committing $1 million to connecting St. Stephen with the Trans Canada trailhead in St. John. The connection is a key part of a larger vision that will see the Trans Canada Trail connected with the East Coast Greenway, thereby creating the longest trail in the world.

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  3. Lubec’s brining shed collapses, sails to Campobello Island

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    One of Lubec’s most prominent landmarks has fallen into the sea, and then set sail upon it.

    The brining shed, part of the McCurdy Smokehouse complex on Water Street, collapsed during the blizzard of Thursday, Jan. 4. 

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  4. Task force report to pave way for opioid bill

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Focused on urgency and bipartisanship, this upcoming legislative session is predicted to come up with a new bill that will incorporate the findings of its task force.

    The Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis was appointed in March 2017 and given one year to study and make recommendations for aggressively tackling the unprecedented epidemic that continues to ravage Maine. “This new report is the possible basis for a new bill,” said Rep. Will Tuell last week.

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  5. 3rd Annual Lobstah drop a success

    The 3 rd  Annual Downeast Lobstah Drop was again challenged by frigid temperatures and blustery winds, causing the cancellation of the bonfire and fireworks. Unhampered, the New Year’s Eve events, held at Washington Academy this year, went off without a hitch. The star attraction was once again Audio Body, shown here with kids from the audience playing their roles as human electronic instruments, and closing the show with a surprisingly low-tech but mesmerizing day-glo rope display. Photos by Bill Kitchen

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  6. School and community show support with ‘Bulldog Strong’ message

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After a semester characterized by loss, fear and heartache, Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) students wanted to create something positive to stand above the negativity. The concept of “Bulldog Strong” was born after Rose M. Gaffney (RMG) fifth grader Keagan Stevenson was killed in a car accident on Dec. 14. [ See “Machias schools grapple with bomb threats, fatalities,” MVNO Dec. 20.]

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  7. Machias PD searching for New Year’s Eve robber

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley confirmed that a robbery took place on Sunday, Dec. 31 in Machias. An unidentified person made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the Machias River Inn.

    The robbery took place at approximately 7 p.m., but the gender of the thief could not be determined from witness descriptions.  Dwelley declined to comment on the use of a weapon. 

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  8. Brief power outage affected 950 around Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A spokesperson for Emera Maine confirmed that roughly 950 residents around the Machias area awoke to no electricity on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 30.

    Emera was able to reroute service immediately to restore power to half of the downed homes, and then sent crews to the area to conduct the repair. They discovered that a line had broken close to a pole, likely due to age and the extremely low temperatures. 

    Power was restored to all affected homes within four hours.

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  9. Beals Heritage Center Movie Night

    The public is invited to attend movie night at Beals Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 16  at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s movies will consist of interviews of Isaac and Eva Beal and Tecky and Etta Drisko. 

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  10. Dr. Lisa R. Funte sworn in as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner

     Attorney General Janet Mills swore in Dr. Lisa R Funte as Maine’s Deputy Chief Medical Examiner at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Wednesday, January 3.

     Dr. Funte most recently served as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in Mississippi for 5 years and has worked as a medical examiner since 2006. She has also taught undergraduates and medical students in biology and pathology for 30 years.

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  11. ‘Cold weather, warm water’

    Songs for sailing from cold ports to warm seas

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  12. Woman arrested for role in attempted murder

    According to the Calais Police Department, Brittany Wescott has been arrested on charges of aggravated attempted murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs following the incident that took place in Calais on Dec.  27. Wescott turned herself in to the Washington County Jail at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Jan  3.

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  13. Sit and Knit group starts in Machias

    A new community group is forming in January that will give knitters of all levels a chance to gather, learn, help each other and socialize in an informal, fun atmosphere.

    Sit and Knit will hold its first gathering at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce train station. Snow date is Jan. 23. There is a nominal fee.

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  14. Clam shells may give Atlantic salmon a boost

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A public meeting scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13 will give the community a chance to learn how the lowly clam shell could help save the endangered Atlantic salmon.

    Hosted by the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF), the hearing will be facilitated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The DSF will be filing an application with the DEP for an experimental acid rain mitigation plan on a tributary of the East Machias River. 

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  15. Plowmen working overtime

    It was a rough week for snowmen and plowboys, as the second storm of the season slammed the entire east coast and the Bold Coast was treated to a winter wonderland. For the second time however, we were spared the full Bombogenesis that was predicted, yet below zero temperatures have seemingly become the norm, with a brief respite this week. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  16. Ice Hill South on hold in Jonesport

    by Nancy Beal

    A promised public meeting on Jonesport’s Ice Hill South has been postponed pending the collection of further information, according to Selectman Harry Fish Jr. Contacted by telephone, Fish said that at their January 3 meeting the selectmen decided to contact all five landowners on the lane to see if they would waive payment for any decrease in their property values if the town discontinued the road.

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  17. Online burn permit system should be safe, free and accessible to everyone - Opinion

    It may be difficult to appreciate the need for the Maine Legislature to address the online burn permit system in these cold and snowy months. Nevertheless, wildfires will reoccur in Maine with the start of spring. In fact, Maine averages 500 wildfires each year and issues over 100,000 fire permits.

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  18. Editor's Desk

    The blizzard that hit the northeast on Thursday, Jan. 4 cancelled one and a half days of school for local children, and also delayed the Washington County Commissioners meeting previously scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5. That meeting, set to discuss the issue of a recent crime increase, took place on Monday, Jan. 8 and we will have the full story for you in our next issue.

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  19. Letter to the Editor - Net neutrality

    Net neutrality

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  20. Letter to the Editor - the federal government is going against the will of the voters

    Once again, the federal government is going against the will of the voters. Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy and going against the states that have legalized marijuana. I am not on a rant about marijuana. I am tired of our elected officials running their own agenda. This also goes for state officials. We vote in a ballot initiative and our governor refused to release the money. I have voted every chance I got for the last 47 years and now I just feel it is a waste of time. Our government is broken, they do what money boys want.

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  21. Maine’s shining star on loan to the nation

    During a torrential afternoon rainstorm in 1994, I looked up from my desk in the Bagley Building and here was this totally bedraggled dripping wet woman with an outstretched hand. “Hi, I’m Susan Collins and I’m running for governor of Maine,” she said.

    Twenty-three years later, alternately praised and criticized from both sides of the political aisle, Susan Collins is a household word operating on a national stage. She dominates the political landscape with unprecedented courage and unswerving loyalty to a constituency uniquely her own. 

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  22. Marianne Moore to seek Senate District 6 seat

    by Senator Joyce Maker vacating seat

    Having served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives and one term in the Maine Senate, Senator Joyce Maker (R-Washington) has decided not to run for reelection in November 2018.

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  23. Committee for RCV opposes LD 1726 - Opinion

    Our constitutional right to direct democracy is under attack in Maine.  This year, our Legislature has overthrown the results of a free and fair election by blocking all four of the November 2016 citizen-approved referenda in one way or another.  Now with this latest bill, they are trying to stop the people from exercising our right to petition our government by blocking our access to the polls.  

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  24. Chorus presents Winter Follies Revue

    Quoddy Voices, Eastport Arts Center’s international community chorus, will present a Winter Follies show on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The show will be a welcome diversion from the icy doldrums of midwinter and a showcase for the myriad talents of the musicians who are part of the Quoddy Voices fold. 

    The audience will be treated to musical performances of all kinds, ranging from chanteys to show tunes, as well as comical skits. Dalton Young will preside as master of ceremonies. There will also be the opportunity to socialize with choir members and friends after the show. 

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  25. Fort O’Brien School to perform Midsummer Dream

    One of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedies comes to life on stage on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Children’s Stage Adventures’ new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Dream.

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  26. NYC’s Mayor de Blasio to speak at EAC

    The Eastport Arts Center (EAC) is excited to announce the appearance of Bill de Blasio,  the mayor of New York City, on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. Mayor de Blasio will give an informal talk on “The State of Democracy in America” and take questions afterwards. EAC is particularly proud to present a nationally recognized politician in a rare visit to rural Maine. This event is a special benefit for the arts center, in support of its many programs.

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  27. Airline rest stop scheduled for closure

    by Lura Jackson

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  28. Wesley News

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Aubrey Carter on Dec. 30 in the early morning at Machias Hospital. Condolences to his wife Jean and the rest of the family. Aubrey and Jean were the best neighbors when they lived on the hill in Wesley. I miss visiting them and having tea. He will be missed by all the friends and neighbors in Wesley.

    Ruth Ann and Eric went to Falmouth to have a late Christmas brunch with family last weekend. They had a great time visiting both families.

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  29. Columbia News

    Happy New Year! It does not seem possible that another year has arrived; hopefully this year will bring better health to my household. 

    Well, we made it through the first blizzard in the new year with no power outage. Looks like we will continue to have the cold weather stay with us. There was no school on the fourth and then we had a two-hour delay on Friday, Jan. 5.

    The road to Woodland on Friday evening with the Narraguagus Knights wasn’t great but we made it to and from without incident. Let’s just say I was glad to get back in my driveway that evening.

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  30. The first blizzard of the year

    Tanya Ruscosky of Addison and her dogs ventured out into the storm that hit all of the northeast on Thursday, Jan. 4. Snowfall totals Downeast came in significantly lower than predicted, but rainfall and icing made travel treacherous. Photo courtesy Tanya Ruscosky.

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  31. Steuben Library News

    Library to host first winter concert

    Victor “Vic” Kunitsky and Vicki Lutz will perform from  2-4 p.m. at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben during the first of the library’s winter concerts.

    Kunitsky, a country/Americana singer and songwriter, will perform music from his 2017 CD release, “The Shores of My Youth,” along with select cover songs. Lutz will sing a few duets with him.

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  32. Cherryfield and Milbridge news

    I was recently told about a heart-warming, miraculous story with a message about never giving up hope. It has been a three year journey for “Cinda”, Laura Merrill’s cat. She had been missing from her Milbridge home for three years and has now returned.

    Merrill talked about the fall day when the cat went missing. “Cinda went outside with the other cats and she didn’t come back. I looked up and down the road. She might have gone in the woods. I called her for a week afterwards but never saw her again.” 

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  33. Harrington News

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  The Peterson’s had a lovely one.

    Welcome to 2018!  How many times will we mistakenly write 2017?  We will see.  2017 went out leaving us with frigid temperatures! Stay in and keep warm!

    Happy belated birthday to Katrina Hatt.  Mike and Tracey Peterson are having cake and ice cream at their new home in Harrington.

    Now that hunting season is over, deer, turkeys, and other wild creatures are frequenting the feeding stations thoughtful people set out for them.

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  34. Christmas STEM

    Students in Ms. Lichtenger’s grades 2 and 3 classroom were up to a STEM challenge before Christmas break.  The students were given toothpicks and gumdrops and were told to build the tallest Christmas tree possible.  The winning tree, which was 12 inches tall, was constructed by Matt B., Linus P. and Breonna C.  All of the teams liked doing this challenge.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Photo courtesy D. Wheeler

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  35. Emily van Duyvendijk Ginsberg Corea

    Emily van Duyvendijk Ginsberg of the Gouldsboro village of Corea died Saturday, December 16, 2017 at a Portland hospital after a brief illness. She was 73.

     At the time of her death, Emily worked in Ellsworth as a family and individual counselor with the Bangor-based Community Health and Counseling agency, bringing to that job in 2008 some 40 years of experience of assisting individuals, families and small groups in dealing with domestic violence, child neglect issues and sexual assault.

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  36. George J. Fallon - Trescott Township

    George J. Fallon of Trescott Township, Maine passed away at his home the evening of December 26, 2017. George was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, February 20, 1934. Later his family moved to Worcester, Massachusetts. George graduated from Wilbraham Academy in 1952 and then attended Ohio Wesleyan University. He served three years in the Army stationed in Puerto Rico. George moved to Maine in the 1950’s and called Maine his home for the rest of his life. George studied for the ministry for some years at Boston University and graduated from University of Maine at Presque Isle. 

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  37. Don’t eat this if you’re taking that

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    If the prescription label says “take with meals,” does it matter what you eat? I currently take eight different medications for various health problems and would like to know if there are any foods I need to avoid.

    Over Medicated

    Dear Over,

    It depends on the medication. Many meds should be taken with food – any food – to increase their absorption and reduce the risk of side effects. But some foods and medications can interact, reducing the medications’ effectiveness or increasing the risk of harmful side effects. 

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  38. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Quoddy Voices Winter Follies, January 12 -  7 p.m., show tunes to chanteys, skits and more, by $10 suggested donation, Eastport Arts Center. 

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    NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on ’The State of Democracy in America,’ a special benefit for Eastport Arts Center. January 13, 3 p.m., Admission by $25 to $100 donation at the door or at  www.eastportartscenter.org.

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  39. Machias Lady Bulldogs in action shots

    Nice job boxing out by senior Amber Heath.

    Jasmine Bell hustling the ball down the floor.

    Machias senior Lady Bulldog Kassandra Cox taking the ball into the lane.

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  40. 500 Victory Club

    by Phil Stuart

    The coaching profession today isn’t what it once was. In the old days a coach for the most part taught at the school and he or she coached at. Lots of schools hire a health and physical education teacher or someone else in the school system. In many cases today a school’s basketball coach has no affiliation with the school and in many cases a lot of coaches don’t seem to last more than a few years. 

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  41. UMM Clipper squads on break

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers men and women’s basketball squads made a two-day trip to New York to play Berkeley College of Brooklyn and the State University of New York at Delhi prior to going on their holiday break. 

    On Dec. 17 Troy Alley’s club faced the powerful Berkeley Knights at Brooklyn. The Knights pretty much had their own way with the Clippers and got ahead early before going into the halftime break on top 51-21. 

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  42. Long year for Lady Bulldogs and Raiders

    by Phil Stuart

    With the 2017/2018 high school basketball season approaching the halfway point, two local high school girls’ teams are experiencing losing seasons which may not produce a win.

    The Machias Lady Bulldogs and Washington Academy Raiders have yet to win a game, and lopsided losses have become a common theme for both squads.

    There are different reasons for each school to be competitive in Class D for Machias, and Class B for the Raiders.

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  43. Raider boys back on track

    by Phil Stuart

    After back-to-back losses to Hermon and Mount Desert Island, the Washington Academy (WA) Raiders boys are back on track with consecutive victories over Waterville, John Bapst, and Caribou which gives them a 5-2 record.

    On Dec. 27 the Raiders hosted the John Bapst Regional High School Crusaders of Bangor at Gardner gym in East Machias.

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  44. ‘Guagus boys defeat Shead

    by Phil Stuart

    The Narraguagus boys’ team got wiped out by graduation last year and had to go into the 2017-18 basketball season facing a very demanding schedule against some of the top teams in northern Maine Class D, C and B.

    Ryan Fletcher’s Knights picked up their first victory of the season on Dec. 19 when they hosted the Shead Tigers of Eastport at Harrington.

    The host Knights got off to a great start against Nick Bradbury’s Tigers. ‘Gugagus outscored the Tigers 18-0 in the first eight minutes and held a the edge at the halftime break.

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  45. The Old Ski-Doo

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    There was a day when Ski-Doo was simply a generic name for a snowmobile. Early on, as I recall, Ski-Doo was the only game in town. In the early 1960s you went “ski-dooing,” not snowmobiling. The machines were the invention of Canadian Joseph-Armand Bombardier. Although the inventor worked many years trying to come up with a snow-going machine, the Ski-Doo didn’t hit the commercial U.S. market until 1959. 

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