1. Seeking safer harbor

    Fishing boats from Machiasport’s Bucks Harbor were moved to calmer waters on Bucks Creek in advance of Monday’s storm. The National Weather Service warned of winds predicted to gust as high as 75 miles per hour. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  2. Whitneyville fire death ruled homicide

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Fire Department responded to a call for a possible structure fire at 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. “When we arrived, the back part of the trailer was fully involved,” said Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison. The fire took place at 54 Middle Street in Whitneyville.

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  3. Larrabee Baptist Church preservation

    Built between 1880 and 1890, the Larrabee Baptist Church in Machiasport was in need of some tender loving care. As part of an ongoing restoration, one wall of the church has had its corner, sill, insulation, siding and windows replaced. The restoration was performed by Tim Ketchen of Cooper. Pastor Bill Holmes said that the church plans to complete the same work on the other three sides of the building as they are able to raise funds. To donate, or for more information, call 207-255-6363. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  4. UMM showing SEED: The Untold Story Nov. 8

    On Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m., the Psychology and Community Studies Department at the University of Maine at Machias will host a screening of the documentary film SEED: The Untold Story. The film will be followed by a discussion with two renowned Maine food sovereignty activists, Jim Gerritson and Will Bonsell. Supported by funds from the Libra Foundation, the event is free and open to the public and will take place in the performing arts center.

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  5. Preview screening of PBS documentary ‘Almost Sunrise’ Nov. 10

    Porter Memorial Library and the Machias Valley Film Society will screen the POV Documentary “Almost Sunrise” on Friday, Nov. 10 starting at 7 p.m. This is a special preview screening, several days before the film is broadcast nation-wide on PBS.

    “Almost Sunrise” is a verite film--candid and realistic--with a message of hope for those who suffer a mortall injury. The film follows two Iraq veterans who are haunted by combat experience, as they walk 2,700 miles from Wisconsin to California.

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  6. University of Maine SAIL hosts Despicable Me 3 Nov. 10

    University of Maine at Machias’ student activities organization, SAIL, will host two showings of the movie Despicable Me 3 on campus. SAIL stands for Student Activities Involvement and Leadership, and the organization hosts events throughout the academic year for students and community members. Despicable Me 3 will show in the Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $2 for community members and free for UMM students, staff, faculty and their immediate family members.

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  7. Ark Animal Shelter seeking pet supply donations in Machias

    The IT eBay Store in Machias is now an approved drop-off site for donations to the Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield. Currently the shelter is seeking donations of dog food, cat food, cat litter, treats, bedding and toys.

    The Ark is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the care of homeless, unwanted or displaced animals. The Ark provides shelter and care to all admitted animals until appropriate placement can be made, and does not euthanize unless a serious medical or behavioral problem exists.

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  8. MMHS students participate in annual Community Service Day

    Friday, Oct. 20 saw the students of Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) dispersed across Machias and surrounding communities working on service projects to better the region. MMHS holds its Community Service Day annually each autumn, and also encourages community service by requiring students to complete 10 hours per year to graduate.

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  9. United Way works to assess eastern Maine’s greatest needs

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Which comes first—poverty or drug addiction? Drug addiction or homelessness? When you’re spending money to improve Washington County’s well being, where does a dollar go the farthest?  And how do you measure success?

    These were some of the ideas considered by attendees in a discussion sponsored by the United Way of Eastern Maine (UWEM) on Oct. 17 at the Calais Motor Inn. 

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  10. State Police ask for help to ID body found 27 years ago

    State Police, working with the State Medical Examiner’s Office and the Maine Marine Patrol, are appealing again to the public for help in identifying a man found floating off the Maine coast in 1990. The body was found eight miles south of Schoodic Point and eight miles east of Baker Island by a pleasure boat on August 9, 1990. Previous efforts over the past 27 years to identify him have not been successful. 

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  11. Union veterans of Civil War

    Help is currently being sought in finding the grave site of the last Civil War Soldier to pass away and is buried in Washington County. Perhaps members of the several Washington County historical societies might have the answer. Or perhaps a descendant of a Civil War Soldier might know just where that person might be buried.

     “The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War ( SUVCW) is seeking community help to identify the name of the last surviving veteran of the Civil War in each county of every state.”

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  12. Marijuana bill gives control, dollars to municipalities

    by Sen. Joyce Maker

    Things are usually quiet during this time of the year at the State House, but last Monday was different as we all returned to Augusta once more to convene for a special session.

    Although the special session was called by the governor to address the new food sovereignty law and correct a specific drafting error in the biennial budget, much of our time and effort was spent passing an important ranked-choice voting delay bill and debating LD 1650, “An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act.”

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  13. The Editor’s Desk

    Machias’ Trick or Treat on Main Street was another outstanding success. One count estimated more than 800 children in attendance, as compared with 650 last year. The streets were crowded, and the daylight lets you appreciate all of the creative costumes. My personal favorite was a family that dressed as characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The father was Willy Wonka himself, the mother was Violet Beauregarde after she turned into a blueberry, and their child was an oompa loompa, complete with orange makeup and cute white knee pants. 

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  14. Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat...

    Volunteers came together last week to plan the Machias Community Christmas, scheduled to take place on Saturday, Dec. 2. Committees were formed to handle the annual parade, Voice of Downeast singing contest, decorations, children’s activities and more. Frosty the Snowman was also on hand, one of a dozen Christmas inflatables purchased in memory of Danny Manchester. The illuminated decorations will form Danny’s Village, which will surround the Machias town Christmas tree near Station 1898.

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  15. Voter’s quick guide to the Nov. 7 referendum election

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On Tuesday, Nov. 7 Maine voters will go to the polls to cast their vote on four ballot measures. Unregistered voters may register to vote right up until they vote on election day. Two of this year’s questions are citizen initiatives, which means they came to the ballot by way of petition, a process permitted in only 23 other states.

    For additional information, visit www.maine.gov and search for the Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election.

    Gambling in York County

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  16. Art in Peabody Memorial Library

    Wildlife artist Fred Hartman is the featured artist at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library in a show that opened Oct. 14. A retired wildlife biologist whose career took him from Pennsylvania to Maine, he has been involved in wildlife management along the eastern seaboard and with Ducks Unlimited since 1974. He and his photographer wife Patty own and operate DownEast Drawings in Whiting. The show is up through January 3. 

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  17. Machias businesses celebrate Halloween

    It’s a Halloween Thing…as Maggie Allen, Sofia and Renee St. Pierre, Dusty and Olivia Korasadowicz, and Rocky, all of Machias pay homage to Dr. Suess.

    Home Deer was the order of the day as Scott, Chelsie, Madison, Lauren, Emersyn and Griffin Gordon of Machias were hunting for treats.

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  18. Whitneyville Library news

    The Friends of the Whitneyville Library want to thank everyone that came to the Oct. 21 craft fair at the Parish Hall and supported the library by buying candy or crafts. It was a fun day for the Friends of the Library.

    Don’t forget our Nov. 4 pork roast supper.  Pork roast with mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and carrots along with Janet’s rolls and biscuits will be served.  Homemade pies and cakes are also on the menu.

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  19. Columbia News

    This past week has gone really fast, and of course it would when you have your grandbabies visiting. Our son Zebadiah and his wife Molly along with their two boys Oliver and Gavin and their dog Silva, arrived on Friday morning, Oct. 20 from their home in Orono, Minnesota. They traveled right through without stopping.             The boys have grown since I visited with them last spring. Both Carroll and I have enjoyed having them here this past week.

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  20. Wesley

    Craft fair at the Parish Hall in Machias last Saturday, Oct. 21 started slow but then was steady all day. Erin Guptill was set up right beside Linda and we got to help with Wyatt. We had a great time. Jack August was helping in the kitchen and he made the best hot dog with fried onion I’ve had in a long time.

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  21. Harrington News

    As I write this, we are anticipating a wind storm.  Some of the fishermen have brought their lobster boats ashore. By the time you read this, it should be over.

    Chuck and Bonnie Peterson attended the Clint Black concert in Bar Harbor on Friday night.  It was a really good show.

    Mike and Tracey Peterson’s new home was delivered this week. The rain was not helping, but it is set up.  It is really beautiful. Congratulations Petersons.

    We have been given more apples. Hopefully someone will get a deer so we can make mince meat.  Yum!!

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  22. Cutler students invite veterans to school Nov. 9

    The students at Bay Ridge Elementary invite all area veterans and their guests to our annual Veterans’ Day Program and Dinner on Nov. 9 starting at 10:30 a.m.  Please call the school at 259-3347 if you and your guests plan to attend.  We look forward to presenting a program in your honor followed by a special dinner.

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  23. Harrington students live the fire truck dream

    On Oct. 11, the Harrington Elementary lower grade students were visited by the Harrington Volunteer Fire Department for Fire Safety Week. Students enjoyed a presentation by Chief Dave Baldwin, Dave Ramsdell, and Jasmine Hammond. Our students toured the fire truck and learned about the equipment used by the fire fighters. A drawing was held for grades one, two, and three for a Ride to School in a Fire Truck! A winner from each grade was drawn. Karsyn Burgess, grade 1, Brody Robertson, grade 2, and Kayden Dake, grade 3, were the excited winners! 

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  24. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Annual Holiday Fair Saturday Nov. 4, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church in Jonesport

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    Stress Release Workshop -- Saturday, November 4 at Peaceful Postures Yoga and Wellness, 263 North Street, Calais from 10:30 a.m. - noon

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    Holiday Fair, Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church, Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Crafters, Bake Sale, Chinese Auction, White Elephant,

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  25. Downeast Cowboy winding up for second film contest

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Last month we reported that the local film duo, Downeast Cowboy, were finalists in a statewide outdoor adventure film contest called Broke and Stoked (MVNO Sept. 20). “We didn’t win,” said Kelly Hinkle, one half of Downeast Cowboy, “but we are inspired and will be taking on some new challenges and producing a higher quality short film documentary next year.”

    Hinkle said that he and his filmmaking partner James Hubisz are already focusing on the subject for the next summer film, but have something in mind before then, too.

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  26. The Eastport Gallery exhibition moved to Eastport Art Center

    The Eastport Gallery on Water Street has closed for the season, and gallery members have moved their work to Washington Street Arts Center Gallery, where it will remain for the winter season. A collection of works by Alice Chen, Judy Clendenning, Nicols Fox, Dominic Noe, Elizabeth Ostrander, Joyce Weber, Shelley Weber and Lora Whelan is currently on view. Washington Street Arts Center Gallery is on the first floor at Eastport Arts Center, 36 Washington Street, Eastport. The gallery is open during EAC events, or by chance or appointment. 

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  27. Axiom offers hide tanning workshop

    After years of tanning pelted hides by various methods, Faeterri Silver learned how to use basic inexpensive ingredients for tanning hides that worked long term. This class explores the process of tanning hides, be they small or large, using ordinary kitchen ingredients such as oil, salt and vinegar, and simple tools.

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  28. Clark and Kulig newest UMM Hall of Fame inductees

    by Phil Stuart

    Arnold Clark of Calais and Katherine Kulig of Ludlow, Massachusetts are the latest University of Maine at Machias (UMM) athletes to be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held at the Reynolds Center on Oct.16.

    Clark and Kulig join a list of former inductees that include Fred Reynolds, Tracy Keishner, Rich Larson, Elsie Larson, Drew Meredith, Barry Shrambam, Fran Plunkett-Robinson, Ordie Alley, Carol Lahaye, Dwight Ferry, Ralph Beal, Becky Tower and Billy Ashley.

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  29. High school sports season winding down

    by Phil Stuart

    In volleyball the 2017 high school sports season is winding down with several school teams qualifying for post-season play.

    Woodland High School currently holds down the top spot with a 12-1 record with recent victories over Washington Academy (WA) 3-2, George Stevens Academy 3-0, and Lee Academy 3-0.

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  30. Clippers battle SeaWolves

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clipper Mens’ and womens’ soccer  squads traveled to South Portland on Oct. 14 to play Yankee Small College Conference rival Southern Maine Community College.

    The women came home with a 1-0 decision while the men had to settle for a 1-1 tie.

    The Clipper men came out of the Southern Maine Community College game with a 6-7-2 overall mark and a 4-2-2 record in the Yankee Small College Conference.

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  31. Jonesport - Beals Royals soccer in action photos

    Ryan Alley to drive the ball for the Royals 

    Reed Willette hustles to the ball in Class D soccer action. 

    Adam Robinson controls the ball for J-B.

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  32. Solo travel savings tips for retirees

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Can you recommend some good travel companies that offer good deals for single travelers? I’ve taken a couple tours since I retired a few years ago, but the single-supplement fee really cuts into my budget.

    Solo Sally 

     Dear Sally,

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  33. Shirlie Faye Magee Davidson - Virginia

    Shirlie Faye Magee Davidson passed away peacefully on October 19, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Shirlie was born February 18, 1927 in Holyoke, MA. 

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  34. Dolly Elaine Farnsworth Addison

    Dolly Elaine Farnsworth went home to the lord on October 18, 2017 at Narraguagus Bay Health Care Facility . She was born September 9, 1946 in Addison to Charlie and May Farnsworth (both deceased). She had five children; Angel Gaspar and husband Bill Gaspar of Blue Hill, Darin Burgess and wife Karen Burgess of Milbridge, Enoch Burgess and wife Stacey Burgess of Columbia, Tarra Merchant and husband Timothy R. Merchant of Addison and Jason Burgess and wife Tammy Burgess of Milbridge.

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  35. Frances J. Plunkett Robinson - Monson

    Frances J. Plunkett Robinson, 82, passed away October 20, 2017, at Hibbard Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. She was born September 8, 1935, in Cass County, Missouri, the daughter of Evelyn (Lapsley) and Walter Plunkett.

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  36. DownEast Acadia holds 3rd Annual Tourism Symposium and Awards

    DownEast Acadia Regional Tourism will hold their 3rd Annual Tourism Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Thursday Nov 9. This year’s event, held in downtown Bucksport at the Alamo Theatre and the newly opened Lighthouse Arts Center, will focus on supporting the regional economy through promotion of local producers. The event is open for registration to the general public.

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  37. WaCo Retired Teachers Assoc. holds Oct. meeting

    by Mary McFadden

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  38. Vendors sought for EAC annual Holiday Market

    The Eastport Arts Center is currently taking registrations for tables for their annual Holiday Market,which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are first come, first served; fee charged for an 8-foot table. Youth vendors can reserve a small space (size to be determined by need). All vendors should contact Chris Grannis to reserve their space by November 17: email chris@eastportartscenter.org, or call (207) 853-4650.

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  39. Court News

    Chad Hanning of Addison, Maine: 1.) Domestic violence assault on November 29, 2016 in Steuben. DISO. 2.) Domestic violence assault on November 29, 2016 in Steuben. DISO.

    Adam Flint Harriman II of Bangor, Maine: Theft by receiving stolen property on October 10, 2015 in Topsfield. SNTC Date 8/23/2017, Washington County Jail 1 year all but 14 days suspended, stayed 8/25/2017, probation 1 year. Restitution $748. GLTY.

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  40. Nine Mile Bridge

    by V. Paul Reynolds

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  41. Whitneyville fire death ruled homicide

     

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Fire Department responded to a call for a possible structure fire at 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. “When we arrived, the back part of the trailer was fully involved,” said Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison. The fire took place at 54 Middle Street in Whitneyville.

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  42. Volunteer firefighters contain Marshfield forest fire

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Midday reports of smoke in a Marshfield forest led area fire departments to investigate on the ground while the Maine Forest Service investigated from the air. The fire was located on a section of land operated by Wagner Forest Management, and spread to cover roughly six acres. Marshfield Fire Chief Daniel Bowker said the fire was caused by a logging operation.

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  43. Legislators grapple with diverse, controversial issues

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Last week’s special session of the Maine Legislature faced a myriad of conflicts, ranging from the taxation of legalized marijuana to the ramifications of ranked-choice voting.

    Labeled a one-day special session, the subject matter was never to be constrained to one day. “Marijuana is one topic, as is funding the state mapping office, food sovereignty and another go-around with ranked-choice voting,” said Rep. Will Tuell a week before the session was to convene. 

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  44. Shortened open enrollment for health insurance begins Nov. 1

    by Lura Jackson

    Those who are in need of health insurance for the coming year will have half as much time to enroll in coverage through the federal government’s Health Insurance Marketplace than in previous years. Open enrollment this year will begin on Nov. 1 and continue until Dec. 15. Regardless of what changes are enacted to the Affordable Care Act in 2018, anyone who signs up for health insurance during open enrollment will have coverage all year.

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  45. Machias students step out with Healthy Acadia

    Students in Machias schools were encouraged to walk to school on Friday, Oct. 20 as part of Healthy Acadia’s annual Walk to School program. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

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