1. Joseph W. Ellsmore Machias

    Joseph W. Ellsmore, 83, passed away unexpectedly in Zephyrhills Florida on February 5, 2018 after cardiac surgery.  He was born in Machias on February 14, 1934 to Herbert and Beatrice Ellsmore. 

    He lived and worked in Machias and in his retirement years he enjoyed spending the cold winter months in Zephyrhills.  

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  3. Jonesport-Beals schools take STEM to elementary kids

    by Steve Colhoun

       With the growth of knowledge, there are always changes to education, in both content and methods. Yet because of the rapid advances in technology in recent years, the teaching profession has struggled to adapt, as we witness ongoing teacher shortages along with the evolution of STEM curricula. The importance of science, technology, engineering and math  in school is unquestionable, but how to apply class time, and at what age, is still developing.

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  4. Balloons, drones, and rockets in Milbridge

    Kidz radioActive, a group based out of Milbridge, is planning a “Sky’s The Limit” project for the Downeast region to be held this summer. The group’s president, Phil Duggan, said that the project is intended to pique kids’ interest in science and technology and to get them outside and having fun.

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  5. Take the February #ReadtoME Challenge

    The Maine Department of Education is sponsoring the #ReadtoME challenge for the month of February to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood literacy.

     Reading aloud to children not only provides a bonding experience with caring adults, but the simple act of reading aloud to a child 15 minutes a day for five years results in 27,375 minutes of language exposure which can put children on the path to high literacy achievement. 

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  6. Washington Academy Raiders in action photos

    Pictured are the Washington Academy Raiders. Members include front left-right: Kyle Case, Micah Vose, Jim Lin, Ryan Easton, Nathan Lund, Nevin Rhodes, and Jeffrey Graham. Back left-right: Donald Soctomah, Brandon Allard, Joe Bragg, Marek Veal, Daniel Agyemang, Tihomir Babic, Milan Filipovich, and Coach Barry Terrill.

     

    Team Captains Kyle Case and Jim Lin are pictured with Coach Terrill.

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  7. Tourney contenders Downeast

    by Phil Stuart

    This year, as usual, several Downeast area high school teams are well qualified for the the postseason. But how many will actually set foot on the Cross Insurance Center floor and win a game or two? That will depend on how well they play the rest of the season and whether they can survive a preliminary round. 

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  8. Raiders improve to 11-5

    by Phil Stuart

    With recent victories over the Orono Red Riots and Calais Blue Devils, the Washington Academy Raider boys are currently 11-5 with road games remaining at Old Town and John Bapst. 

    On Jan. 25 Barry Terrell’s Raiders hosted the Orono Red Riots at Gardner Gym in East Machias which resulted in a great fourth quarter Raider comeback to pull out a win.

    Orono held a 14-10 first quarter lead and a 34-27 half-time.

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  9. Royal Boys sweep Tigers

    by Phil Stuart

    The Jonesport-Beals boys upped their regular season record to 12-2 with victories over the Shead Tiger’s on Jan. 25 in Eastport and Jan. 29 in Jonesport. On Jan. 25 the Royals and Shead switched home dates and played their first matchup of the season in the port city. This was a rough and physical foul plagued contest throughout but the Royals were able to survive. 

    The contest was relatively close the majority of the game but the superior depth of the Royals prevailed which resulted in a 66-56 win over Skip Alley’s club. 

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  10. Machias Memorial High School news

    The power of positivity and the power of PAWSitivity are the foundation for People Acting Wicked Super (P.A.W.S.), MMHS’s rewarding and fun system of ‘catching students doing something right’.  Staff give students a PAWSitivity PAW when they show acts of respect, responsibility and rapport.  Examples of behaviors that can earn a PAW include: showing acts of unity, kindness, inclusion and acceptance; being polite and considerate; volunteering;  being a positive team/club member; and helping others. When a large number of PAWS are earned, everyone gets to enjoy a PAWSitivity Pizza Party!

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  11. Machias Memorial High School news

    The power of positivity and the power of PAWSitivity are the foundation for People Acting Wicked Super (P.A.W.S.), MMHS’s rewarding and fun system of ‘catching students doing something right’.  Staff give students a PAWSitivity PAW when they show acts of respect, responsibility and rapport.  Examples of behaviors that can earn a PAW include: showing acts of unity, kindness, inclusion and acceptance; being polite and considerate; volunteering;  being a positive team/club member; and helping others. When a large number of PAWS are earned, everyone gets to enjoy a PAWSitivity Pizza Party!

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  12. Paper Orchestra offered for preschoolers

    The Paper Orchestra program, led by Alice St. Clair, director of Eastport Strings, will be the Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts offering for February. The hands-on program is designed to engage younger children in the magic of music making, and will introduce stringed instruments and include singing, movement and crafting with the help of caregivers. The creativity based curriculum will help children begin to find their musical voice while starting the process of being instrument-ready.

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  13. Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School Second Quarter Honor Roll

    Grade 12: High Honors: Elizabeth Chartrand, Brittney Church, Emma Denbow, Sophia DeSchiffart, Mary Hammond. Honors:  Angel Alley, Shalynne Barbee Bamford, Tiah Bickford, Joshua Brooks, Taylor Colbeth, Sasha Crowley, River Fenton, Madison Leighton, Kegin Schoppee, Emily Williams. Grade 11: High Honors: Gabriel Blomgren, Kajsa Brown Morrison, Breanna Smith.

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  14. Washington County Gem and Mineral Society invites area rockhounds to join

     

    by Lura Jackson

    If you have ever found yourself scouring the ground for interesting rocks, then a newly-formed group may suit your fancy. The Washington County Gem and Minerals Society is looking for anyone with an interest in rockhounding or sharing specimens in group settings. The group held its first meeting at Washington County Community College at the end of January, and it will be meeting again on February 17th at the Cobscook Community Learning Center.

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  15. Three ways to cut hearing aid costs

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    I’ve heard that hearing aids will soon be available over-the-counter and will be much cheaper than they currently are. What can you tell me about this? My husband desperately needs hearing aids but we simply can’t afford them. 

                       Searching Spouse

    Dear Searching,

    Unfortunately, for many years the high cost of hearing aids has kept millions of Americans with hearing loss from getting hearing aids because they can’t afford them. 

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  16. Campground reservations opening for Maine State Parks

    The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands announced that campground reservations for the 2018 season will open for Sebago State Park on Feb. 1 and for all state parks on Feb. 5. 

    The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands reservations system and call center will be open for Sebago Lake State Park campground reservations only on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. and for all state park campgrounds at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5.

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  17. The longest paddle

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) winds from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine. Established in 2000, it is the longest mapped inland paddling route in the country: 740 miles.

    How would you like to paddle that? No thanks. The NFCT is the canoeist’s version of the Appalachian Trail,  another intimidating outdoor challenge that has never been on my bucket list, even though I enjoy hiking and paddling in small doses.

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  18. Scouts pack the Sheriff’s Office

    The Tigers and Lions from Pack 125 were given a tour of the Washington County Jail and the Machias Courthouse as part of their program to earn belt loops. The tour was guided by Sheriff Barry Curtis and Captain Rich Rolfe. The boys had lots of questions about what it takes to become a Police Officer; how do they arrest people, how they get them to jail and many others. The boys were accompanied the local Cub master and several parents. At the end of the tour the boys were given challenge coins from Sheriff Barry Curtis. 

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  19. Moose lottery application process now open

     

    Dreaming of the hunt of a lifetime? The 2018 Maine moose permit lottery application process is now open.

     Applications for the 2018 Maine moose permit lottery will be accepted online only.

    The online application process is fast and simple and you receive instant confirmation that you have successfully entered the lottery. 

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  20. Machias Bulldogs defending state champs

    The Machias Memorial High School varsity boys basketball team hopes to advance to the preliminary playoffs after their final home game in Machias on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Pick up our next issue dated Feb. 14 for our annual local basketball insert for all the local pre-playoffs basketball news. Front row from left to right: Jordan Grant, Noah Albert, Alex Wentzell, Dallas Moody, Reece Alley, Alex Marotta, Mark Merserean. Back row from left to right: Coach Jimmy Getchell, Jacob Holland, Evan Dray, Russell Hanscom, Alex Look, Tyler Wentzell, Josh Archer, Carl Bragg, Dustin Getchell.

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  21. Struggle intensifies for closing prison

    by Ruth Leubecker

    An uphill battle to keep the doors open at the Downeast Correctional Facility has only intensified following a hearing with all factions weighing in.

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  22. Machias switches transfer station contract, accepts riverfront bid

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When the town’s contract with the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company (PERC) expires at the end of March, Machias plans to switch transfer station services to a company based in New Brunswick. 

    Machias town manager Christina Therrien said that she visited the company’s facility last month. “It is cheaper and it is closer,” said Therrien. “I believe we’re going to save in transportation, and we’re going to save in disposal costs.”

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  23. Businesses learn how to bring cyclist dollars Downeast

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Cyclists are unlike any other kind of tourist, and not only because they’re come in on two wheels. They spend 20 percent more per day than the average tourist, they’re out for adventure, and they want to absorb the local culture just as it is. “They’re very low impact,” said Kim Roos of the Maine Bicycle Coalition. “They want to become part of the community for the time that they’re here.” 

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  24. Dry dock

    Waiting out winter in Alleys Bay, Beals Island. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  25. Groups drug recovery centers to accept MaineCare

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    For many addicts, the cost of treatment is yet one more barrier to sobriety.  Beginning March 21, the Groups outpatient drug recovery centers located in Machias and Calais will be able to accept MaineCare, removing that barrier for many. 

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  26. Four chaplains to be remembered at Balsam Valley Chapel

    Wreaths Across America will host a special service of remembrance in honor of the four chaplains who gave their lives to save others when the U.S.A.T Dorchester sunk on the night of Feb. 3, 1943. The ship was struck by a submarine’s torpedo. 

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  27. Porter Memorial Library news

     

    If you’re a gardener, then chances are you’re already dreaming your way through seed catalogs. You’ll be happy to know that Gordie the Groundhog is back at Porter Memorial Library to pull you closer to spring with our annual Fedco seed sale fundraiser. Stop in anytime before March 1 to collect your order forms. Help a Maine seed seller, your local library and your garden all in one fell swoop!

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  28. PRSWDD releases scale weight figures, sets 2018 budget

    by Nancy Beal

    Totals from the six towns that make up the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District indicating how much trash their townsmen deposited on scales at the Columbia Falls Route 1 facility were shared by Jonesport Selectman Harry Fish with his colleagues at their weekly meeting last week. Scales at PRSWDD include a large truck scale and a small scale in the office for trash brought in that is not in the designated bags sold at PRWSDD and from town offices.

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  29. Clams on ice

    Despite ice and cold, a handful of clammers brave the elements on the flats of Beals Island daily. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  30. Sad gnome

    Despite gnome’s enthusiastic display of team spirit at Helen’s Restaurant in Machias, the New England Patriots could not defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl held Sunday, Feb. 4.  Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  31. Guest Voice - US needs a national paid leave

    by Debra L. Ness 

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  32. Editor's Desk - commercials aired during last Sunday’s Super Bowl

    In one of the more amusing commercials aired during last Sunday’s Super Bowl a priest, a rabbi, an imam and a buddhist monk get into a truck to go to a football game. The spot is part of a series of commercials based on the old jokes, and takes aim at religious intolerance through humor. Toyota calls the series “One Team.”

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  33. Trump immigration policy protest in Portland

    Portland Jetport: Taking a knee for identity politics Bangor International Airport: Troop greeters. Can’t make the difference between the 1st and 2nd congressional districts and Chellie Pingree vs. Bruce Poliquin any clearer.

    Jon Reismann

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  34. Time to get age-friendly is overdue in Washington County

    Although Maine outnumbers every other state with its number of age-friendly communities that officially claim this status, only one in Washington County fits the bill—Eastport.

    Towns like Raymond and Jackman, Old Orchard Beach and Stonington number among Maine’s 45 towns and cities, but here we lag behind. Sharon Mack, MBACC director, says there aren’t even any applications to be considered.

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  35. Committee shows overwhelming support for prison

    by  Rep. Will Tuell

    I am happy to report that the Criminal Justice committee overwhelmingly passed our bill to keep Downeast Correctional Facility open. I believe the vote was 11-1-1, but the two 1’s were for slightly different versions of the bill. All three versions make it clear that the legislature wants to keep DCF open, sees a value in the facility, and doesn’t have any other option but to keep it open for at least one more year.

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  36. Healthy Acadia raises $5K for cancer

    Healthy Acadia’s second annual “Hungry for Health” 2017 campaign has come to a close, and the nonprofit community health organization would like to thank the eleven restaurants across Hancock and Washington counties who partnered to raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention and treatment access. 

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  37. We must act to save girls from horrific child abuse

    by Gov. Paul LePage

    There’s a horrific type of child abuse happening right here in Maine, and we must stop it. It is graphic and disturbing.

    No child should ever be subjected to violence, especially when it leaves them permanently disfigured and interferes with normal bodily functions.

    But young girls in Maine are being forced to undergo a procedure called “female genital mutilation,” and hundreds more are at risk.

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  38. L. Vance Davis - Cutler

    L. Vance Davis passed away in Jonesport on January 13, 2018 with his family at his side.  He was born in Cutler, Maine on March 30, 1939, the son of Roy and Attie Dudley Davis.  

    Vance, also known as Lem, loved his hometown of Cutler.  Born at home on a large peninsula of land which later became the Cutler Naval Base, he was the youngest of seven siblings.  He enjoyed duck hunting with his favorite dog, Bounce, and deer hunting with “the boys”.

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  39. Kenneth J. Leighton Maynard, - Massachusetts

    Kenneth J. Leighton, age 76, of Maynard, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 28, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.  He was the husband of fifty-four years to Carol M. (Nelson) Leighton.  

     Born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 23, 1941, he was the son of the late John W. Jr. and Gunvor (Borgeson) Leighton.  Ken graduated from Newton High School, class of 1959.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1959-1963.  

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  40. How to find volunteer opportunities in retirement

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I’ve been doing some volunteer work but most of the opportunities I’ve tried haven’t been very satisfying.

    Unsatisfied Volunteer

    Dear Volunteer,

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  41. Columbia News

     January flew right by, where does the time go? It seems like I did not get a thing done that I wanted to do. I guess with the cold temperatures outside I did not feel like doing anything major. I did get some genealogy done and then I caught the crud and was down for the count for four days. I missed two days of work because of it. Hopefully I won’t get this again this year.

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  42. Harrington News

    Winter seems to not want to give up snowing.  We feel we have had enough snow.  It snows, then the sun comes out, and then it rains. It cannot make up its mind.

    Today was a beautiful day to go to Ellsworth. The sun was shining and it was warm!

    Happy belated birthday to Mark Strout! I hope he had enough air to blow out all those candles.

    Kathy Caler has decided to close up her travel agency. She said most people set up their trips on their own. At least she tried.

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  43. Winter carnival scheduled for UMM

    On Saturday, Feb. 10, the University of Maine at Machias will hold a campus-wide winter carnival for people of all ages. Events include: a snowball fight, snowshoe and cross-country skiing lessons, carriage rides, snow painting, igloo building, a paint ‘n sip, and indoor mini golf. The day will also include a free showing of Thor Rangarok at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Activities will take place at various locations on campus, and a schedule and map will be provided to attendees. All events are free of charge. For more information, visit: machias.edu/news. 

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  44. Honorees

    Washington Academy played its last home boys’ basketball game of the season on Monday, Jan. 29 and honored Dick Gardner and his wife Margaret Gardner during halftime.

    Dick Gardner recently retired from the Washington Academy Board of Trustees after 55 years of service to the school first as a student and athlete, then as a coach, athletic director, parent, WA board member, WA board president, and friend of the school.The pair were presented with a banner which now hangs in the Gardner gymnasium and commemorates his service. Photo courtesy Hannah Sprague

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  45. Library’s ‘To the Top’ $10,000 match met

    In September 2017, H.D. Moore Library and Community Center patrons and supporters Edward Atkinson and Brenda Koskinen offered a $10,000 challenge match to benefit the Moore for the Future Endowment Fund. 

    Library officials are pleased to report the required $10,000 in donations have been received and matched, adding $20,000 to the endowment fund goal of $250,000. 

    Now, at $235,000, the endowment fund goal is within reach. The library hopes to meet it by this summer and honor the many donors with a celebration.

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