1. Letter to the Editor - Press should stand against racist, bullying language

    Press should stand against racist, bullying language

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  2. Letter to the Editor - Post Office urges proper dog care

    Post Office urges proper dog care

     We would  like Machias and surrounding area pet owners to take a moment and look at the world through their dog’s eyes.  Eating, sleeping and playing take up most of their day.  The one job they do have, at least in their minds, is protecting their turf and their family.

     “It’s OK, he won’t bite you” is a phrase heard often by letter carriers.  But the truth is that ALL dogs will bite if they feel their territory or family is being threatened. 

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  3. Letter of the Editor - Poliquin is in it for himself

    Poliquin is in it for himself

    Did you know Bruce Poliquin’s net financial worth is $12,183, 007? Do you know Poliquin ranks 17th in wealth among U.S. House of Representatives?

    Did you know Poliquin voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act six months ago, threatening the health care of 100,00 residents of Maine?  Poliquin also voted for the House version of the GOP tax bill.   Did you know this tax bill included $25,000,000,000 cuts to Medicare annually.  This would have impacted greater than 300,000 Maine seniors.

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  4. Mayhew’s bid for Blaine House

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Mary Mayhew is the youngest of four children, raised in Pittsfield by parents who were Democrats. Today, she’s working to become the next Republican governor of Maine.

    “If my Dad was alive today, I doubt very much he would be a Democrat [anymore],” said Mayhew. “They were both very fiscally and socially conservative. So the party left them, left me.”

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  5. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

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    Domestic Violence-Training is free of charge

    Thursday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. –  4 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Bangor 703 Essex St

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    Sunday Afternoons at the EAC presents “Sailing to the End of the World: Tales from South America and the Antarctic by Jerry & David Oja,” free, Eastport Arts Center. April 15, 3 p.m., 

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  6. Cherryfield and Milbridge news

    Owen Beal, 77, of Milbridge, started lobster fishing with his father, baiting bait bags and measuring lobsters when he was just a teenager. The air outside had a chill to it as I got to Beal’s house for an interview. I walked in as dogs barked. One of his daughters, Mary, was cooking a steak. I could hear the steak splattering while it was cooking in the pan. I felt like I was in some steakhouse.The smell was breathtaking. I turned my attention to Beal whose face was raw and worked. He was happy. I could see the years on the water hadn’t caught up to him quite yet.

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  7. Columbia

     

     

    Another week started out slow, but the need for bus drivers to drive students to and from their activities have kept me quite busy.  Students were bussed to the high school on Wednesday for  the “Hoops for Heart,” fundraiser.

    The Pee Wee ball games are coming to an end this coming week with play offs.

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  8. Wesley

    There is a can in the entryway at Wesley Elementary School for Box Tops for School Education. If you have any to donate, you can drop them off any time school is in session or when the town office is open. Thank you!

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  9. Whitneyville Library news

    Our April 7 public turkey dinner was a great success. It was so nice to see our library friends and supporters come out and enjoy some good company and a great meal. May 5 will be our famous pot roast public dinner. Pot roast with mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, cucumber salad, Janet’s rolls along with homemade cakes and pies will be on the menu. As always, the suppers begin at 5 p.m. and are held at the Hillgrove Community Center in Whitneyville. If you haven’t been to one you’ll have mark the date of your calendar and join us. Construction of the library has begun with the placement of the foundation and now begins the framing in of the library. With the funding secured to build the library, the Friends of the Library are now working on funding for new bookcases and furniture for the library and the craft shop. With more space for both the library and the craft shop, the library will be able to host events during the year and the craft shop can feature more new crafters. This week Patricia Brightly is visiting Rose M. Gaffney and Jonesboro Elementary School with books and will read aloud to five classrooms. The children look forward to Whitneyville Library Day and love the stories that are read aloud. This service began in 1972 and continues today. The library is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. We have two computers for public internet use and have Wi-Fi for those with laptops. We offer interlibrary loan at no cost and there has never been a fee for a library card. All readers from surrounding towns are welcome to join the library. You can visit the library at: www.whitneyville.lib.me.us and don’t forget to like us on Facebook.
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  10. Easter bunny visits Bay Ridge

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  11. Jonesport to hold special town meeting on school loan, hearing on Ice Hill South, review of Jonesport Ave building permit

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Jonesporters will be asked their views on a variety of subjects in the coming days, ranging from allowing the school department to borrow from the town’s surplus fund to reviewing a controversial building permit. A hearing at 5:30 p.m. and a special town meeting afterward are slated for today (April 11) in the town office, while the planning board will revisit a permit it issued last fall for a fisherman’s workshop.

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  12. Interest in Downeast tourism spikes

    by  Lura Jackson

    Just in time for the approaching tourism season, interest in the Downeast region is picking up in large part thanks to the efforts of recently released promotional publications. The early results indicate that effective marketing and outreach will have a potentially significant impact on attracting visitors.

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  13. Celtic Concert in Calais this Saturday

     

    Calais Celtic Concerts will present the multi-award winning and Irish step champions, “The Gothard Sisters”, at the Calais High School, at 34 Blue Devil Hill, Calais ME., on Saturday, April 14. Concert starts at 7 p.m., the doors open at 6 p.m.

      The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic all-female Irish music and dance group from the Pacific Northwest USA. The three girls (who are truly sisters) perform and record new Celtic arrangements of well-known traditional tunes and songs, as well as their own original compositions from their six recorded studio albums.

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  14. Break week camp features Polynesia-themed activities

     

    EAC offers their popular April Vacation Arts Camp April 17-19, 10 a.m. - noon. Inspired by the culture and landscape of Polynesia, the camp features themed activities such as ti leaf leis, tribal tattoo art posters, shadow puppet folk tales, ukulele fun and more. Instructors include music educator Alison Brennan and Tarah Waters, who has recently returned from Hawaiian travels. The two will be joined by visiting artists Chris Grannis (puppetry) and Lauren Koss (music). 

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  15. Serving up daily helpings of community, one idea at a time

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Bethany Sue Prout Foss never thought her life would revolve around a restaurant.

    But here she is, now 22 years in, the moving force behind the Blue Bird in Machias. “I fell into it with my mother,” she laughs. “My father thought we ought to run a restaurant.”

    It remains a joint mother/daughter enterprise, with Hope Prout returning for the season from her California home in May.

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  16. Obamacare struggling upstream, needs bipartisan input

    Health care nationwide continues to flounder under broken policies, ridiculous rhetoric and selfish inattention.

    In Maine it’s a sore subject because of so many deprived elderly and poor, exacerbated by a governor who has repeatedly vetoed the will of the people. Medicaid expansion remains a nightmare to fight for and an elusive necessity denied.

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  17. DSF hosts Annual Smelt Fry in Columbia Falls on April 21

     

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  18. BES students recreate, exhibit Wyeth scenes

     

    by Nancy Beal

    “Wyeth Interpretations,” an art exhibit featuring paintings by Beals Elementary School seventh and eighth graders modeled on works by Andrew Wyeth, his father N.C. Wyeth and his son Jamie, opened last week at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library with a well attended reception in the community room.

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  19. “Wonder” plays at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben

    The movie “Wonder” will be shown on the big screen 6 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

    Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

    Admission is free and refreshments are sold by donation.

    For more information, visit www.moorelibrary.org.

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  20. Robert John “Bob” Simon Machias

    Robert John “Bob” Simon, 84, of Machias peacefully passed away on April 5, 2018, at EMMC, surrounded by his family.

    Bob was born on August 28, 1933 in Buffalo, New York  He was the son of the late Ross & Florence Simon.

    Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950, proudly serving his country until his retirement in 1970.  He then owned and operated Simon Electric in Machias for over 30 years.

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  21. Philip Richard Dodge Machias

    Philip Richard Dodge, 92, of Machias, passed away on Easter morning, April 1, 2018, attended by his wife, Dolores and the supportive staff at Marshall Healthcare in Machias. He was born on January 16, 1926 on Fremont Street in Machias, on what was then known as Dodge Hill.

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  22. Lennox Crosby Ramsay - Addison

    Lennox Crosby Ramsay, 90, of Addison, died March 28, 2018, at the Down East Community Hospital.

    He was born on April 27, 1927, to Florence May Ramsay and Walter Robert Ramsay in Bear River, Nova Scotia.

    Lennox moved with his family from Canada to Addison, Maine when he was seven years old. He made Addison his home for the rest of his life. 

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  23. Court News

    Martha J. Matthews of Lubec, Maine:  OUI (Alcohol) 1 prior on 7/29/2017 in Lubec.  DISC

    Richard Faas of Machias, Maine:  Theft of services on 7/9/2017 in Jonesport.  SNTC date 1/16/2018, fine $150, restitution $100.  GLTY

    Hardy Preston of Edmunds, Maine:  OUI (Alcohol) in Perry on 7/29/2017.  NG

    Emily L. Bosley of Milbridge, Maine:  OUI (Alcohol) on 8/13/2017 in Machias.  SNTC date 1/16/2018, fine $500, Washington County Jail 30 days all suspended, probation 1 year, license suspended 150 days, community service 25 hours.  GLTY

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  24. How to write a will

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Though it may seem hard to believe, at age 65, I never have gotten around to making a will, but I’d like to now. My question is: Do I need to hire a lawyer to write my will, or can I do it myself? I want to get my affairs in order, but I hate paying an attorney fee if I don’t have to. 

    Getting Organized

    Dear Getting,

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  25. Cole Museum instrumental to Machias

    Machias Music Director Nadine Baker leads both the elementary and high school bands in a medley of musical numbers at a program recognizing the generosity of the Cole Family Foundation in donating musical instruments to the music department.  “This is such a thrill to be recognized and receive a gift of this magnitude,” said Baker. Photo by RJ Heller

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  26. Maine awarded NOAA grant to improve whale protection data

    The Maine Department of Marine Resources has been awarded a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to improve the data used to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.

    The $714,245 grant is funded through the Section 6 Species Recovery Grants to States Program administered by NOAA. The three-year project, which begins in the summer of 2018, will support work that improves and adds data on fishing gear that can inform future whale protection regulations.

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  27. The boat life

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    The sun-drenched Florida Keys with its cobalt skies, swaying palm fronds and gliding pelicans got under my skin more than 40 years ago. As a Maine Naval Reservist, official orders sent me down there more than once for a two-week training tour at the Key West Naval Air Station. 

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  28. Job Notice

    The Machias Valley News Observer is looking for a motivated sales person to handle full-time ad sales in Washington County.

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  29. Blueberry crisp

    It was a hot time on the old town last Saturday night when the Machias Fire Department led a controlled training burn on the Cherryfield Foods blueberry warehouse. The parking lot of the adjoining Pellon Center began filling with carloads of onlookers one hour before the spectacular blaze took hold. Machias was assisted by Marshfield and East Machias fire departments. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  30. Indie film streams Moose Peak Light worldwide

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    It’s been nearly four years since New York-based director/actor Erica Fae packed up her lights, cameras and crew to finish production on her film “To Keep the Light.” 

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  31. Partners join forces to combat domestic violence

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Accustomed to a shortage of resources, area stakeholders remain buoyed by a network of help within their ranks when tackling domestic violence.

    “It seems like the numbers are fairly stable when talking about domestic violence, but it’s complicated today by aging, substance abuse and a lack of affordable housing,” explains Dorathy Martel, Next Step executive director. “We face particular issues in Washington County because it’s so rural, and it’s hard to keep confidentiality because everyone knows everyone else.”

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  32. Schulman to present Garland, beyond the yellow brick road

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Most of us remember Judy Garland for her role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. We know she’s Liza Minnelli’s mother, and that she died young after a public struggle with addiction. But music producer Lawrence Schulman has a unique perspective on Garland’s place in history. 

    “There are all kinds of things you can talk about, but I talk about the music,” said Schulman. “For me, that’s the key.” And, says Schulman, there’s a whole catalog of music besides “Over the Rainbow.”

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  33. Pee Wee tourney champs

    The Beals Elementary School boys came out of the losers’ bracket to defeat the Cutler Wildcats 29-26 and 23-22 in back-to-back games and claim the championship in last weekend’s pee wee tourney at BES. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  34. Not quite

    The spring sports season started on March 19 but the Machias Memorial High School softball and baseball teams are still waiting to see some grass on the fields!  Photo courtesy Renne Noyes Look

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  35. ‘Rent Smart’ renter’s class offered in Washington County

    Downeast Community Partners (DCP) and Next Step Domestic Violence Project are collaborating to offer a renter’s education class in Machias this spring. “Rent Smart” focuses on the knowledge and skills essential for a successful renting experience. It challenges participants to know and understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, and to know and understand the rights and responsibilities of their landlord. Emphasis is on forming a strong partnership between tenant and landlord.

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  36. Dog Comedy Show at UMM

    Johnny Peers plays the straight man to a comedy troupe of dogs, and will take the stage at UMM on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. 

    This is a slapstick comedy act unlike any other. They have appeared in Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus and David Letterman. Peers leads over a dozen dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks. Fun for everyone. 

    Tickets are available for purchase at the door for community members and are free for UMM students and employees. 

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  37. Machias JMG takes ribbons in Waterville

    Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) participated in JMG’s Annual Career Development Conference at Thomas College in Waterville on Tuesday, March 27. MMHS JMG members, along with their JMG Specialist, Faye Mack, represented MMHS extremely well, bringing home two trophies;  2nd Place Group Challenge and 3rd Place Rat Race Maze.  Team Members:  Ardriana Mahar, Amber Heath, Tyler Faulkingham, Ashley Norman, Jasmine Bell, Kaylee Alley, Tyler Wentzel, Nick Mallar and Faye Mack, JMG Specialist. Submitted photo

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  38. Maine Seacoast Mission President C. Scott Planting retiring

     

    Maine Seacoast Mission President C. Scott Planting is retiring. President Scott Planting’s announcement came in a  letter to Seacoast Mission supporters in which he thanked them for the opportunity to serve and for their help in building a secure financial base so the Mission’s programs and services on land and sea will continue.

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  39. Tourney Fun

    The Beals Elementary School girls prevailed in last weekend’s basketball tourney at BES to claim the winner’s trophy. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  40. Democratic gubernatorial candidates Cote and Dion visit Washington County Dems

    by Nancy Beal

    Visits from two Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls — Adam Cote and Mark Dion — highlighted the March 11 meeting of the Washington County Democrats in the meeting room of the East Machias fire station.

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  41. Editor's Desk

    Last Saturday morning the steps of Porter Memorial Library were stacked shoulder to shoulder with children waiting patiently for the library doors to open. There wasn’t a massive internet outage, and they weren’t there for a Harry Potter book release party. They came with their families for the library’s first annual Easter Egg Hunt.

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  42. USDA accepting best practices online to address opioid crisis

    Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has unveiled a new interactive feature on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) rural opioid misuse webpage. Now, webpage visitors can tell USDA what prevention, treatment and recovery actions have been effective in addressing the opioid epidemic in their rural communities. USDA is collecting this information as part of an ongoing effort to identify best practices and effective strategies for addressing rural opioid misuse.

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  43. Today hypes wild blueberries for tomorrow

    by Ruth Leubecker

    It may have been only a snippet at the tail end of a two-hour show, but it was morning prime time and a marketer’s dream come true. Featuring Maine wild blueberries right up front in all their antioxidant glory, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb hit the high points about today’s super fruit. 

    A parallel message was to eat Wyman’s blueberries for a healthy life. “We’re wild about wild blueberries, and this could be the greatest chance to living longer,” an excited Guthrie told viewers. 

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  44. Sen. Thibodeau withdraws from gubernatorial race

    Senate President Mike Thibodeau (R-Winterport) released this statement on Monday, March 26.

    Life is about setting priorities. My service to Waldo County, fulfilling my role as Senate President, being leader of the Senate Republican caucus, and running my business are all priorities I take very seriously. Over the last few months, I’ve come to realize there just isn’t time to do all of these things and run for governor at the same time.

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  45. Letter to the Editor - CFPB is the progressive deep state creation

    I read with interest Ellen Farnsworth’s attack on Representative Poliquin, Wall Street, “Big” Banks, President Trump and the “wealthy”, as well as her defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

    The CFPB is the progressive deep state creation of Senator Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (D-MA). If the Democratic candidates Ms. Farnsworth is touting are supporting Senator Warren and her identity politics/ class warfare agenda, I’ll find it very easy to enthusiastically support Representative Poliquin. 

    Jon Reisman 

    Cooper

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