1. Addison haunted house tradition continues

    Addison’s Tuscan Lodge 106 will put on its traditional haunted house on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28. The lodge uses the event as a fundraiser to raise money for its community projects.

    The event will run from 6 p.m. until the last survivor leaves the building. Individual and family rates available, located at 325 Water Street, Addison. 

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  2. Local birding expert presents on neighborhood birds

    Attention all birders and plant loving people! On Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at Porter Memorial Library, Anne Archie, well-known local birder will be presenting “Berried Treasure.” Her talk will include a power point for visual enjoyment. 

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  3. Public invited to Downeast Feast potluck in Machias Oct. 26

    October’s Downeast Feast public supper will be held at Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias and is sponsored by the Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) 7th and 8th grade students.

    The Downeast Feast is a shared, free community meal held the fourth Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. The location varies. Feasts are potluck-style meals so bring some food to share. If you can’t bring any, please come anyway! 

    In light of the season, this month’s theme is autumn soups and bread. 

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  4. Machias Valley Film Society screens ‘Little Shop’ Oct. 27

    Feed me, Seymour! The Little Shop of Horrors is easily one of the best horror comedy musicals ever made. Maybe that doesn’t say much, but this is a one of a kind film — even though it’s a remake — that everyone should see at least once. Filled with fun guest appearances, surprisingly catchy musical performances, and enough campy horror to make this film an instant cult-classic, nothing comes close to mimicking this film’s quirky charm.

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  5. Low-cost spay and neuter clinic coming to Machias Nov. 6 - 7

    The Conway Area Humane Society and The Cleo Fund are bringing a lost-cost spay and neuter clinic to Machias on Nov. 6-7. The event will be held in the Holy Name Parish Hall at 45 Broadway, Machias.

    The $30 service is offered to low-income Washington County residents and will include: a physical exam, the spay or neuter surgery, nail trim, ear cleaning, a Capstar flea pill, and a rabies vaccine for cats over 12 weeks.

    Space is limited so appointments are necessary. Call 603-447-5955 ext. 3 to reserve your place.

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  6. UMM hosts annual Haunted Forest Oct. 26 - 27

    Float on down to the University of Maine at Machias for a night of terror in this year’s Stephen King-themed haunted forest, with scares inspired by “It”, “The Mist and Pet Sematary.” 

    For younger children, the thrills are muted to be age-appropriate. Ages four to nine attend between 6 and 7 p.m.

    Ages 10 and up attend between 7 and 8 p.m. Minimal entry fees charged.

    The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 27. For more information, call 255-1200.

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  7. CCLC hosts spooky Haunted Trail event Oct. 30

    Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott will host a Haunted Trail walk on Monday, Oct. 30th.

    Cobscook Experiential Program students are putting this on to raise money to build electric guitars.

    It will be spooky! It will be fun! It will be little-kid friendly from 4 - 6 pm, and a little creepier till 8 p.m. Donations welcome, refreshments available for purchase. 

    For more information, call 207-733-2233.

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  8. Library to host free movie Oct. 27

    The Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben will be showing the movie “Hotel Transylvania 2” 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

    Now that Dracula has opened the Hotel Transylvania’s doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a monster-in-training boot camp. But things really get batty when Drac’s cantankerous, old-school dad pays an unexpected visit.  

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  9. Steuben library to host open mic event

    Come share your musical talents during the open mic event at the H.D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

    The event is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Musicians, bands and singers are all are welcome. Bring your friends and families for this fun afternoon. 

    Admission is by donation. Beverages and goodies will be served.

    For information, email Vicki at lutzsteubenme@gmail.com.

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  10. Beginning food business workshop in Machias

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop on Nov. 9, designed for people considering a small-scale food business. Recipe to Market: Is It for Me? will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, at the UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias. 

    The workshop will introduce participants to topics including opportunities and challenges of being a food entrepreneur, the specialty food industry, business basics, an overview of the product development process, licensing and regulations, and food safety. 

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  11. Machias’ Trick or Treat on Main Street set for Oct. 27

    The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has organized Machias’ annual Trick or Treat on Main Street, scheduled to take place from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

    The Defenders, a law enforcement motorcycle club, will be providing security again this year. “They’ll make sure the little ones get across the street safely,” said Chamber director Sharon Mack.

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  12. Down East Hospice Volunteers host ‘Celebration of Remembrance’ Nov. 4

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and Down East Hospice Volunteers (DEHV)  invite all who have lost a loved one, friend or neighbor to attend their annual Celebration of Remembrance to be held Saturday, Nov. 4. 

    Hospice organizations provide specialized end-of-life care to people with life-limiting illnesses, and also to their family caregivers. Hospice care typically takes place within the patient’s home, or a home-like setting.

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  13. Downeast Yesterdays - Stories from the past...

    Compiled and edited by: Valdine C. Atwood

    I have a fascination with cemeteries. It might sound strange, but they are a wonderful place to wander around, wondering and learning about the extraordinary people that lay in their final rest and of the many the stories that they could tell.

    The Court Street Cemetery here in Machias is a great place to explore because of the many, many tales that can be told of the people that are buried there. Let us examine the life of Jacob Longfellow, and the extraordinary feat taken by him and his mother Margaret (Bigelow) Longfellow. 

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  14. Speaker visits Machias

    Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (foreground), seated with District 138 Rep. Robert Alley of Beals and his wife Hazel, spoke to Washington County Democrats on October 15. She talked about the past legislature’s successes and failures, referendum issues, including recreational marijuana which will be discussed at this week’s special session, and answered questions on broadband expansion, health care, roads and renewal resources. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  15. Jonesport’s beacon bell and belfry restoration

    Work on Jonesport’s Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church 100+-year-old steeple continues. Last week, Phase 2 was completed with the removal of the belfry and clock. The bell and remains of the belfry will be capped to keep out the weather while fundraising for a fiberglass replacement continues. A Christmas craft fair is planned for November 4, with a fish chowder/beef stew lunch, silent auction, white elephant sale, hourly door prizes and a grand prize (turkey dinner) drawing at 1 p.m. Photos by Nancy Beal

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  16. PAWS for a cause

    Nadine Preston, president of the Rose M. Gaffney elementary school parent-teacher organization PAWS, ran the checkout at last week’s Scholastic book sale in Machias. The proceeds from the sale will allow the school’s library to purchase new books. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  17. Passing the tax burden to the next generation

     by Sen. Angus King 

     Shortly after President George W. Bush signed the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, just as the “Bush tax cuts” were kicking in for many Americans, I took a trip to a hardware store in Brunswick. I can’t remember the exact year (likely 2003 or 2004), and I can’t remember the purchase that prompted the trip. But what I do remember - like it was yesterday - is the conversation I had with the clerk who rang me up.

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  18. The Editor’s Desk

    Monday, Oct. 23 was the fourth day of work for area volunteer firefighters and Maine Forest Service battling a fire in the woods of Marshfield. The men and women firefighters have gone back day after day, exhausted but still lugging thousands of pounds of hoses and gear through the forest and up hilly terrain. The sheer physicality of the work is amazing. We thank them for their service, and have that full story on page 1. The National Weather Service is predicting a heavy, soaking rain for us this week, and we are in sore need of it.

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  19. Letter to the Editor - INTERNITY attorney issues clarification

    Dear Editor,

    I serve as legal counsel for INTERNITY, an organization dedicated to and advocating for Maine’s veterans. I am writing to clear up some misperceptions about our organization’s former relationship with Maine Veteran’s Project. It seems that there are a few misconceptions which are being fostered in the community, and speaking for the Board and the founder of INTERNITY, I want to help allay these misperceptions.

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  20. George Magoon, notorious poacher of salty tales

    Hunting season brings forth a handful of the old woodsy tales of yore, always embellished and involving a game warden or two.

    None are as embedded in folklore or repeated as often as the experiences of George Magoon, immortalized in Edward Ives’ history George Magoon and the Down East Game War.

    To any Jacksonville native, just to turn that first page or two and see a book dedicated to Lewis Lund and Clarence Berry causes a significant pause to ponder about exactly what comes next.

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  21. Letter to the Editor - Cobscook Friends endorse Medicaid Expansion

    Cobscook Friends Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) endorses the effort to extend Medicaid more than 70,000 low income Maine citizens who do not have health coverage.

    We believe that it is our responsibility, as a caring nation, to provide access to adequate health care for the poor and sick among us. Over 66,000 Maine registered voters petitioned to have Medicaid Expansion on the Nov. 7 ballot.

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  22. Letter to the Editor - 2018 Medicare Open Enrollment

    Medicare’s Open Enrollment period is now underway and it is important to remember that this is the only time of year when Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their coverage.  The Medicare Open Enrollment period began on October 15th and Mainers currently on Medicare have until December 7th to add, drop or change prescription drug and health care plans for 2018.  It is a good idea for all Medicare beneficiaries to review their options each year during open enrollment. 

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  23. Registration open for 77th Maine Agricultural Trades Show

    Please join the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry at the Augusta Civic Center, January 9 - 11, 2018, as we celebrate year 77 of the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Our 2018 show title “Maine Agriculture: Exploring Connections”  emphasizes the growth of our local markets, quality of our farms and products, and the value we place in sustainability for the future of Maine agriculture. The Agricultural Trades Show is an educational experience and the place to connect and build opportunities.

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  24. Milkweed for monarchs

    A row of milkweed plants forms a lovely and fitting border along the front of the Machias Valley Grange. The Grange is maintained by the Beehive Design Collective, and milkweed is a critical component in the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly, an important North American pollinator. Monarchs have become increasingly rare due to the destruction of their southern habitat and destruction of milkweed plants, once considered a spreading nuisance in fields and gardens.

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  25. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Porter Memorial Library Board of Trustees Meeting—Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m. on 92 Court Street, Machias ME 04654

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  26. DYSA celebrates four years of youth soccer Downeast


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When Kevin and Jeanne McEwan relocated to Machias last year, one of the first things they did was scout out the local soccer programs. “We raised three boys in Utah that were very involved in soccer,” said Kevin McEwan. “We thought, we couldn’t live without soccer!”  

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  27. Machias schools raise bullying awareness with ‘Unity Day’

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) and Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School (RMG) in Machias are drawing attention to the cause by celebrating Unity Day on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

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  28. Healthy Acadia helps students get moving


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Students in Machias schools were encouraged to walk to school on Friday, Oct. 20 as part of Healthy Acadia’s Walk to School Day. In years past, the event has included biking and walking. In some communities where walking is difficult, schools have participated by taking students on small hikes, or out to the playground for other kinds of activity. 

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  29. Columbia News


    Another nice week of weather. Carroll mowed the lawn for the last time for the season, I hope. I have been diligently working outside to get it looking good before we get bad weather.

    Bus evacuations have been held in the district this past week. The weather has been great in doing them. We hope in the event of an accident the students will know what to do.

     The Phys. Ed. Class has had two great days of hiking this past week. The weather has been great.

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  30. Whitneyville Library news

    It’s Pot Roast for our Nov. 4 public supper.  Pot roast, mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, green beans, apple sauce, Janet’s Rolls and biscuits along with homemade cakes and pies are on the menu.  The supper which begins at 5 p.m. at the Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville is one of the six that the Friends of the Whitneyville Library do during the year.

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  31. Wesley News


    I got some silkie chicks last week thanks to Rob at EBS. I haven’t had chickens for over three years. I also got a new chimney brush and lightweight poles.

    I went to a craft show at Columbia Falls with Judy and Linda last weekend. It was a small show but people were steady coming in and they both did  well. All I bought was food.

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  32. Harrington News

    As we can all see, the beautiful fall leaves are becoming a memory.  Can winter be far behind?

    Chuck and Bonnie’s garage is coming along nicely.  When the snow flies, their vehicles will be under cover.  Autumn will have her own personal basketball court, also.

    I now have my own personal driver when I need to go to my doctors appointments. My grand daughter Kristine is my new taxi.  She can back up much better than me and helps Charlie so he won’t have to come early to take me.

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  33. Making apple cider in Wesley

    These folks were hard at work making apple cider at Fox Hill Farm. The apples were waiting to be chopped on Oct. 15.   Photo by Camile Hawkins

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  34. Lovers of soup and poetry to gather at the Calais Free Library

    The Friends of the Calais Free Library are pleased to be able to offer again the popular Soup & Poetry evening in the lovely old library building’s Children’s Room, where the children’s shelves will be rolled aside to make room for cozy tables and chairs for the attendees.  Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 - 8 p.m., will be an evening that begins with enjoying various soups, breads, & cookies with coffee, cider, or water on the side.  There will be room for all at the tables for four set up around the room with seasonal decorations and possibly some seasonal poetry, too.  

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  35. Peaked

    A bench alongside the University of Maine at Machias’ gardens is perfectly positioned beneath a beautiful maple tree in full color. The leaves in eastern Maine have passed their peak now, but some magnificent specimens are still holding onto their color. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  36. Shead Tigers in soccer action photos

    Please see photo spread on page 16-17 or view on the Digital Version here.

    Jacob Fredette stops an incoming ball on the Tiger defense.

    Austin Ashby gets a foot inside to control the ball.

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  37. Clipper ladies back even

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Lady Clippers soccer team have won four out of their last five contests and are now at the 500 mark 5-5-1 and 3-2-1 in the Yankee Small College Conference.

    On Sept. 27, the Clippers avenged a 1-0 loss to Unity nine days earlier by defeating the Rams at home 1-0.

    Megan Fromwillei of UMM scored unassisted 7.32 into the game which was the only offense by either team.

    Aisling Farragher-Gemma made 4 saves for UMM

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  38. UMO alum takes Grand Willey 10K

    by Phil Stuart

    On September 23rd, several area runners entered either the 10K or the 5K at the Grand Willey Road Race in Ellsworth.

    The 10K race overall winner was former UMO basketball star Tracy Guerette who ran an excellent time of 37:39.

    Tony Santiago finished 10th overall with a time of 48:52. Other local runners and their times were Ashley Santerre of Columbia Falls 51:47, Tim Formby of Steuben 53:31 and Andi Miner of Machias 1.17.59

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  39. Barrenview happenings

    by Phil Stuart

    The golf season is rapidly winding down as the middle of October is upon us.

    There has been a rush of activity at Barrenview Golf Course in Jonesboro the past couple of weeks.

    On Sept. 27 at the Senior Scramble, it took a putt-off for Jeanine Wright, Norm Lezy, Chuck Nevala and Frankie Gatcomb to edge out Lynn King, Dennis Lewey, Burnie Matthews and Don Portous as both teams finished at -4.

    Six teams finished with a -3 but Ralph Backman, Britt Worner, Steve Beauregard and Bob Loud won by a blind draw.

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  40. High school sports roundup

    by Phil Stuart

    The local high schools are winding down their fall sports seasons in soccer, volleyball, cross country and football.

    At the present time, Woodland has a sizable lead in Class C volleyball with a 9-1 record. The Dragons are 9-1 with Washington Academy a distant second with a 5-4 mark. Look for the Raiders to come on strong and win Class C. They have played a tougher schedule and should be prime. Calais High School is third with an 8-3 mark. The Devils handed Woodland their only loss by beating the Dragons in straight sets October 2nd.

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  41. Two trail races scheduled for Oct. 29

    by Phil Stuart

    If you liked the Downeast Coastal Conservancy’s Bad Little Trail Run in Whitneyfille, you might want to try  one or two upcoming trail runs in Orland and Sullivan.

    These two trail runs go hand in hand and are called the Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge.

    On Oct 29, the Great Pond Mountain Conservancy Trust will host a two mile trail run and a 6.3 mile challenge.

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  42. Clipper men 6-7-1

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers mens’ soccer team has compiled a 6-7-1 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in the Yankee Small College Conference as they enter the final stage of the regular season.

    On September 27th, the Clippers hosted the Unity Rams, a team they had tied 2-2 nine days earlier.

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  43. In it to win it

    The combined Jonesport-Beals High School and Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) cross-country teams posed for this group photo last month. MMHS Coach Cindy Moore-Rossi trains both teams together, and then on race days the teams compete in their own colors. They call themselves the Royal Bulldogs, as a combination of their school team names. “We are one team wearing two uniforms,” said Moore-Rossi. Photo courtesy Anita McCurdy

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  44. Rose M. Gaffney principal’s update

    by Joyce Fragale

    We had a wonderful brisk autumn morning for our “Walk to School” day last Friday.  Everyone was respectful, safe, and looked as though they were having a wonderful time.  A big thank you to Terri Woodruff from Healthy Acadia for helping organize this event, our own Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) Cross Country Team, and our Machias Fire Department, for keeping our students safe during our walk.

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  45. Randy S. Blackwood “The Duke” - Jonesport

    Randy S. Blackwood, 63, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 after a long illness, surrounded by his family.  He was born June 5, 1954 in Jonesport, the son of Alfred A. “Sonny” and Rosalie E. (Palmer) Blackwood, Jr.

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