1. CDC warns of unlicensed tattoo artist in East Machias

    If you received a tattoo at the location, the CDC recommend you get tested for Hep C, Hep B and HIV immediately.

    The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has become aware of an unlicensed tattoo artist working out of their home in East Machias. The home is located at 16 Cove Road in East Machias. The CDC said they are not releasing a name of the individual because they believe the person has been operating under multiple aliases. 

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  2. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

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    Celtic Concert: Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher, Eastport Arts Center. March 31, 7 p.m.

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    The Beal Family will present an Easter benefit concert titled “O What a Savior” at Faith Bible Fellowship in Milbridge.  Love offering will be taken to benefit Randy Beal. Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

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    Red Cross Blood Drive, Wednesday, April 4, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Regional Medical Center Lubec, 43 South Lubec Road, Lubec.

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  3. Machias Wild Blueberry Festival T-Shirt Contest deadline announced

    Organizers of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival want to remind everyone that May 1 is the submission deadline to enter your design in the 2018 Machias Wild Blueberry Festival T-shirt Contest. The winner’s design will be used on T-shirts made for this year’s festival, August 17 – 19. Every year a different design is featured on the T-shirts, which are sold to hundreds of festival goers. Co-chair Nancy Lewis said that it’s always exciting to see so many colorful, creative designs.

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  4. Rhythms of the Heart film presentation

    Honoring the life of Passamaquoddy craftsman David Moses Bridges

    The Grand Theatre, in partnership with the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center and the Abbe Museum, is proud to present “Rhythms of the Heart”, a film by Maine filmmaker Thom Willey. This is the story of David Moses Bridges, a Passamaquoddy craftsman who specialized in birch bark canoe making and basketry. David balanced his family life, artwork, and culture while undergoing treatment for cancer. His legacy is one of perseverance, tradition, and passion.

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  5. Music producer to present Judy Garland’s place in the Great American Songbook

    Lawrence Schulman

    Award-winning music producer, critic and translator Lawrence Schulman will give a talk on Judy Garland entitled “Moments of Magic,” at the Porter Memorial Library in Machias, Maine on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.. Admission is free. The talk will examine Judy Garland’s life and career and will feature nine audio-video clips, to be followed by a question and answer session. Schulman will endeavor to answer the question: “If I had about one hour to convince you of Judy Garland’s place in classic American popular music, what film and television performances would I choose?” 

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  6. Library to preview ‘Bill Nye: Science Guy’

    Preview the PBS documentary “Bill Nye: Science Guy” at Porter Memorial Library on Friday, April 6. Photo courtesy PBS POV Community Network

    Come to Porter Memorial Library on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. for a preview of Public Broadcasting System (PBS) documentary “Bill Nye: Science Guy”. In the 90-minute film by filmmakers David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, Bill Nye explains his mission to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking. Well-known as the star of a popular 1990’s children’s TV show, Nye now poses important questions to grownups about the role of evidence-based science education in public life.  Discussion to follow the film will be led by Dr. Mark Brown of Machias.

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  7. Teresa Charlene (Gray) Norman Jayess, - Mississippi

    Teresa Charlene (Gray) Norman, age 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Jayess, Mississippi February 28, 2018. She was born in Jacksonville, Maine on July 21, 1927 to Grace D.Gray and Maxwell E. Gray. They preceded her in death as well as her husband William Randolph Norman, sister and brother-in-law Gwendolyn and Bruce Trenholm, sister-in-law Roseanne Gray, step-mother Phyllis Gray and step-brother Joe Morrill and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

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  8. Blood donors urged to help restock Red Cross shelves after severe winter storms

    Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.

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  9. Happy endings in Hermon

    by Phil Stuart

    Athletes transfer to other schools for a variety of reasons. In today’s world the term school loyalty does not exist. An athlete can grow up in a community and play with a group of teammates from elementary school into high school.

    Today athletes don’t hesitate to transfer if the right opportunity arises.

    When an athlete transfers, it isn’t for academic reasons. Normally he or she feels that the school they are going to has a better chance of succeeding than the one they are currently attending.

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  10. Umpires needed

    by Phil Stuart

    The Downeast Board of Approved Umpires will be holding their weekly meetings and are in need of new umpires to officiate both baseball and softball games.

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  11. Tourney records downeast

    by Phil Stuart

    Over the years, Bob Butler of York, Maine had been compiling tournament records for all classes of high school boys and girls that took place in the Northern and Southern Maine tournaments.

    Butler is a former Machias Bulldog and Machias native who graduated from Machias Memorial High School in 1941.

    Several tournament records are currently held by players from Washington County teams and several Washington County teams have established records as well.

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  12. RMG Principal’s Message

    by  Joyce Fragale

    We continue to work to complete our State Assessments for grades 3-8.  Grades 3, 7, and 8 will be testing during the upcoming week.  Your classroom teacher will notify you of testing dates for your child’s grade.  Please make sure that students are well rested, and have a good breakfast so that they are able to do their best work.  

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  13. Explore WA Day set for April 5

    Local eighth graders are invited to learn more about Washington Academy on Thursday, April 5.

    Starting at 7:45 a.m. students will explore the WA campus, meet teachers, and learn what to expect from high school at WA. 

    In the evening at 5 p.m. prospective students and their families are invited to an open house.Dinner will be served, and attendees will  hear presentations about WA’s many programs, meet the faculty and administration and tour the school. Call 255-8301, x.210 for more information.

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  14. Centre Street marks Holy Week

    Everyone is invited to participate in the events marking Holy Week with the faith community of Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Machias this week. 

    Maundy Thursday will be marked with a foot-washing service at 7 p.m., March 29, in the church vestry.

    The sanctuary of Centre Street Church will be open for reflection on Good Friday, March 30. Drop by anytime between 2 and 7 p.m. and walk around to different Stations of the Cross, taking the time to meditate on what each one means to you.

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  15. Reed Pond charr restored

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    The American Fisheries Society recently presented the fisheries division of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W) with a national award for cutting-edge work in the restoration of the native Arctic charr to Big Reed Pond in Piscataquis County.

    Although the project was the work of many biologists and funded by a wide array of grant partners, northern Maine state fisheries biologist Frank Frost was singled out in the award for his dedication and diligent work on this fish restoration project.

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  16. Towering over history

    The Clark Perry House, seen here c. 1890,  is an elaborate Victorian home built by lumber baron Clark Perry in 1868. Perry was known for his love of horses, and the majority of the block where his former home stands was originally his horse track. The home was later owned by Emma Means, proprietress of the Machias Colonial Theater. U.S. Cellular plans to construct a 100’ cell tower next to the 48’ home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy Beehive Design Collective

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  17. Time to PLAY BALL!

    The Camron Roberts Memorial PeeWee Basketball Tournament raised $6,560 to donate toward the Machias Area Little League (MALL). Here, Cam’s Crew presents the funds to Corey Schwinn, MALL president. From left to right: Corey Schwinn, Jamie, Shelley and Connor Roberts and Camron’s girlfriend, Rylea Steeves. Photo courtesy Shelley Roberts.

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  18. Therrien enters Senate race

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien has announced her campaign for the District 6 senate seat soon to be vacated by Republican Joyce Maker. In January Maker announced she would not seek reelection. 

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  19. MaineCare expansion heats up, but DHHS mum

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although MaineCare expansion remains firmly entrenched in the public eye, official reactions from other quarters signify foot-dragging and procrastination.

    Medicaid (known in Maine as MaineCare) expansion was resoundingly affirmed by voters in November. Yet months after the fact, 80,000 Mainers are still waiting for their insurance coverage. 

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  20. Machias entertains special amusement permits

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    An all-male revue and a forgotten town ordinance made for colorful conversation at the Machias Board of Selectmen meeting held Wednesday, March 14. 

    A question received by the Machias Town Office caused town manager Christina Therrien to look into the books concerning the legality of Skywalker’s Bar and Grille Magic Mike tribute show, scheduled for March 16. “Magic Mike” is a 2012 movie about a group of male strippers.

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  21. DCF ruling deemed a ‘victory’

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The statewide media and Downeast internet forums were on fire Thursday morning, March 15, with news that a superior court justice ordered the Department of Corrections (DOC) to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF). 

    In a television interview on Thursday afternoon, Governor LePage said he was unaware of any news relating to DCF. “No, you guys know about it,” said LePage. “I don’t know a thing about it.” His office did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday or Friday.

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  22. Jonesporters vote 2-1 to buy campground

    by Nancy Beal

    At Jonesport’s town meeting March 12, the article that generated most discussion was the proposed purchase of a seven-acre spit of land on the southeast side of Sawyer’s Cove where, for over 100 years, the owners have allowed the town to operate a campground.

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  23. Armed robbery in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On the afternoon of Monday, March 12, a man armed with a weapon robbed another man outside of the Dollar Tree store on Route 1 in Machias. The victim was not physically harmed, and the robber escaped the scene.

    The Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School notified parents that the school was put on a “soft lockdown” after the event occurred out of an abundance of caution. Though the regular school day had ended, students were still on the premises for afterschool activities.

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  24. Dental clinic returns to Machias

    NYU Dentistry and Washington County Children’s Program (WCCP), a program of Sunrise Opportunities, continues to partner to bring no-cost dental care to Downeast Maine. The 11th Dental Outreach in Machias will take place April 9 – April 13 (closed Thursday, April 12) at the Lee Pellon Event Center located at 90 Main Street, behind the Subway Restaurant.

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  25. G.L.O. Volleyball Tournament returns to UMM

    G.L.O (get lit on) Volleyball night will take place from 5 – 10 p.m. at the University of Maine at Machias on Saturday, March 24.  Organized by University of Maine at Machias senior Samantha Penn, the event is a fundraiser for The Next Step Domestic Violence Project. Teams comprising UMM students and people from the community will compete against each other in this family-friendly event. To add to the fun, the event will be held under black lights, and the equipment and players will glow in the dark. 

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  26. Machias Area Little League registration closing March 24

    Don’t forget to register for the upcoming little league baseball season. Visit us today at www.machiasarealittleleague.com to register. New and returning players must be registered no later than Saturday, March 24. New major baseball players must attend tryouts on Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m. at Machias High School Gym.T-Ball, minor and softball registration closes on Monday, March 26.

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  27. Art of local students featured at Eastport Arts Center

    Washington Street Gallery at Eastport Arts Center is pleased to present the fourth annual Celebrating March as Youth Art Month Exhibit. A reception to honor the young artists will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 2-4 p.m.

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  28. Downeast Community Hospital welcomes nurse-midwife

    Dr. Dwight, Dr. Inegbenijie and the whole Machias OB/GYN team would like you to join them in welcoming Bjarni Thomas, CNM.  Bjarni is a certified nurse midwife who will see patients at the Down East Community private practice in Calais and at the Women’s Center on the DECH campus in Machias.  Bjarni has already begun to see patients at the Women’s Center and she will start seeing patients in Calais at 43 Palmer Street later this month. 

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  29. Kristan Porter of Cutler elected MLA President

     

    At the 64th annual meeting of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) on March 2, long-time president David Cousens stepped down from his position as MLA president and Kristan Porter of Cutler was elected by the MLA board of directors to the post. Porter, 47, was one of the MLA’s two vice-presidents.

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  30. Harriet’s story

     

    by Sherry Rier

    Editor’s note: This is the third in our four-part series telling the story of author Sherry Rier’s grandmother, Harriet Means Johnson and her 1908 elopement.  To read more of Rier’s work, visit voicesofancestors.wordpress.com. 

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  31. Honoring 25 years of family leave, but looking for a better solution

    by Sen. Angus King

    I’m often asked why I’ve elected to run for public office as an independent rather than as a member of a political party. For me, the answer is simple: I believe that good ideas come from both the sides of the aisle, and prefer a path that allows me to focus on the people of Maine rather than a singular political party. When faced with two options that don’t reflect my perspective, I seek a third approach.

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  32. Fraud watch network warns of IRS payment scam

    As tax filing season rolls on, be on the lookout for the IRS imposter scam. Someone claiming to be from the IRS may call saying you owe a specific amount in taxes and may threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay immediately. Know the IRS will never call and demand immediate payment without first sending a notice through the mail. Nor will the IRS ever ask for credit or debit cards over the phone or threaten you with arrest. If you get a call like this, hang up. If you are concerned that you may owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.

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  33. The Editor’s Desk

    Without question, the best parts of this job are the people I meet.

    Though I only heard of Little Hands of Hope in 2017, Kristen Johnson had already been hard at work for many years. Her work on behalf of Ugandan AIDS orphans started by scrimping on her grocery budget until she managed to save $50 to send to a Ugandan friend. She felt sheepish about the small sum (by American standards), but her friend exclaimed, “Do you KNOW how many orphans $50 can feed?”

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  34. Washington County goes to Augusta

    In late January members of local town governments visited Rep. Will Tuell (R-E. Machias) at the state house in Augusta. Bucket Davis of East Machias, Tanya Brazil of East Machias and Machiasport’s Marcia Hayward were on hand to testify on a bill with Rep. Tuell. Photo courtesy Will Tuell

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  35. Letter to the Editor - Letter to DOC commissioner from MHS 

    The Machiasport Historical Society reaffirms its support for the re-opening and continued operation, at full capacity, of the Downeast Correctional Facility located in the Bucks Harbor village of Machiasport. 

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  36. Letter to the Editor - Laws were already in place

    The weak and defenseless turn to the government for help. How is that working out for them? The boy that is accused of the shooting in Florida was reported to the FBI and nothing was done. The plight of the ten-year-old girl that was beaten to death was reported many times. How did that work out? The BDN reported that she fell through the cracks. Not true. The system was in place to help that young girl, but it appears to me they did not do their job. There are many laws on the books that could have prevented the school shooting.

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  37. Towns named Santa Claus, and guess where cows outnumber people …

    Downeast Maine is distinctively its own place but — guess what, folks — some recent reading has uncovered a lot of other places that are simply off the charts.

    Some little-known facts have to do with how uniquely weird we are as a country. Like, did you know that in more than half of all the states in the nation, the highest paid public employee is a football coach?  Or that Apple has more cash than the US Treasury? Or that Montana has three times as many cows as it does people?

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  38. Governor LePage issues statement on DCF

    After a court order recognized the Maine Department of Corrections has the authority to operate Downeast Correctional Facility as it deems appropriate, the department is adjusting operations at the facility.

    “I met with Commissioner Fitzpatrick this morning,” stated Governor LePage. “He has informed me that he will comply with the court’s order and will do so in the most fiscally responsible manner by the end of the week.”

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  39. Maine drug overdose deaths increased in 2017, rate of increase slows

    The State of Maine saw 418 drug-induced deaths in 2017, according to figures released today by Attorney General Janet Mills. Drug overdose deaths increased by 11 percent  in 2017 over the previous year. The data was collected and analyzed by Marcella H. Sorg, PhD, of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, under a contract with the Office of the Attorney General.

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  40. Employees ‘treated like prisoners’

    Chris Marshall was working the gate at DCF in the early morning hours of Feb. 9 when state police came to supervise the removal of the prisoners. “They acted aggressively, I don’t  know if they were under [LePage’s] orders to do so. But, my officers and I were treated like prisoners ourselves,” said Marshall . “We were put in a room and told to shut up and stay there. This guy didn’t just close the facility, he treated the state workers like scum.” Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  41. Prison employees ask union to fight for back pay and benefits

    John Mills, center, worked at DCF for more than 19 years. “We want to correct the injustice that has been done to us,” said Mills, pointing out that DCF is fully funded until June 30. “What we want is a minimum — and we think only fair out of common decency — put us back on pay status until this is settled. We’ve got families, we’ve got bills, we’ve got babies to support,” said Mills. “We didn’t walk off our jobs. We were forced off.” Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     

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  42. Employees picking up the pieces from closure

    Alan Gardner of Machiasport turned out to support friends and neighbors at a Monday morning meeting organized to bring together former employees and staff of the Downeast Correctional Facility. Scott Guerra of East Machias and David Garrison of East Machias, both longtime employees of DCF,  also attended to strategize with union representation and coworkers.Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  43. Jonesporters gather for annual town meeting

    by Nancy Beal

    Over 100 Jonesporters gathered for their annual town meeting in the high school gym March 12 and spent five hours dispensing with 38 articles before adjourning at 8:45 p.m.  The issues acted upon included purchase of land for commercial waterfront (see related article), a food sovereignty ordinance, a century-old town clock and the reduction of taxes by tapping the rainy day fund. Following the meeting, there was a discussion on crime in Washington County and a plan to combat it.

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  44. Columbia News

    Again we lost a day of school on Wednesday the 14th; we received two feet of snow here on the Ridge. I think everyone is looking forward to green grass now even though we can get many more storms before that happens. The snow is very pretty when I look out my dining room window, it does cover up the brown grass. Of course you know when we get that green grass everyone will be complaining of the black flies and that they have to mow their lawns. I guess what every season it is most of us can find something to complain about; it is either too cold or too hot, or too rainy.

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  45. Wesley News

     

    Our pot luck supper was cancelled because of the storm but is rescheduled for Wednesday, April 4th at 6 p.m. I think most people are tired of winter snow right now. I have more snow in the door yard now than all winter.

    The dog and I played in the snow yesterday. I made mounds of snow and put glow sticks in for eyes. The ice is out on Chain Lake and is starting to leave Bog Lake.  Ice fishing is done early.

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