1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Whitneyville Library news

    Old Man Winter is still showering us with this delightful (yeah, right!) white stuff but that’s winter in Maine.  As former Librarian John Bodger use to say “The Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold can sometimes turn white in March.”  Well that sure is true. Construction on the new library is being hindered slightly by Old Man Winter but the framing of the building will begin before the Leprechaun can dance an Irish jig from one end of the rainbow to another.

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  7. Cherryfield and Milbridge news

     

    Jason Snider of Cherryfield, and his cousin Joe Haskell recently participated in an ice fishing derby on Schoodic Lake in Brownville Junction. Snider first started ice fishing with his father when he was just three years old. He told me the story of how he got his leg stuck in a  fishing hole that his father had just dug out. His father pulled him out and put him in the truck to get warm. Snider sometimes found it cold when he went ice fishing with his father but he was always well bundled up.. His father always tried to remember to bring a stove so that Jason could stay warm.

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  8. Could you have diabetes?

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    My brother and his wife, who are ages 60 and 56, were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and prediabetes, and neither one had a clue. Could I have it too? 

                     Concerned Sibling

    Dear Concerned,

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes today, but most of them don’t even know they have it. Here’s how to know if you’re at risk.

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  9. Healthy Acadia Advisory Council meets in Machias April 11

    Machias. Healthy Acadia’s Advisory Council will meet on April 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Machias Veterans Home (32 Veterans Way, Machias), with video/call-in availability. We encourage all who are interested from Washington and Hancock counties to attend.

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  10. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Columbia Falls Town meeting

    Baked Bean Supper will be held in the old Columbia Falls Elementary Gym on Tuesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. followed by the Town Meeting at 7 p.m.

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    UMaine Jazz Ensemble in Concert, by donation, Eastport Arts Center. March 22, 6:30 p.m.

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    UMO Jazz Band in Concert.  March 22, 6:30 p.m.

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    4th Saturday Open Mic, free. March 24, 6-8 p.m.

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  11. MMHS Chess Club  2018

     

    The Machias Memorial High School Chess Club recently took second place as the Maine State High School Novice section. The 2018 State Scholastic Championships were played on Saturday, March 10 at the University of Maine at Orono. 

    Maine Central Institute won the High School Novice section with 10.0 points out of a possible 12. MMMHS was a breath behind at 9.5 points.

    Jordan Donovan from Machias High School and Vojta Filibi of Maine Central Institute went unbeaten and untied with 4.0 points in the High School Novice section.

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  12. Sunday Series offers artist talk, immigration program

    The Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series, a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 p.m. at Eastport Arts Center, will feature a talk by David Greenham on March 25.

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  13. 50th anniversary tribute for Clancys-Makem Sing of the Sea

    St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated at the Pembroke Library on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m., with a free concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of one of the most important sea music recordings of all time; “The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem – Sing of the Sea.” The Clancys and Makem were the key figures in the Irish music revival that continues to today. Their 1968 album “Sing of the Sea” brought many Irish music enthusiasts throughout Europe, North America and Australia to embrace the traditional music of the Age of Sail.

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  14. Passamaquoddy orchestra prepares new orchestral season

    The Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO) enters its spring season with rehearsals beginning on Thursday, April 5. Rehearsals continue on Monday, April 9 and every Thursday thereafter until the mid-June concerts. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center. New musicians are always welcome.

    The orchestra will present Mozart’s Concerto in G for Flute, with soloist Krista Kwon; Schubert’s Symphony #4 in C Minor (Tragic), and a composition commissioned for the PBSO by Roberto Pace.

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  15. Downeast Coastal Conservancy earns national recognition

     

    Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) announced last week that it has achieved national recognition as an accredited land trust, joining 398 other accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their conservation work.  

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  16. Frances P. Hatt - Machias

    Frances was born in Eastport on March 19, 1921, the daughter of Leigh and Bernice Pottle.  She was a graduate of Machias Memorial High School, Class of 1938.  She obtained a B.S.

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  17. Timothy James O’Donnell - Machiasport

    Timothy James O’Donnell,  19,  died unexpectedly March 12, 2018 in Machiasport. He was born in Winchester,  Massachusetts on May 29, 1998 the son of Rachel A. (Welch) O’Donnell,  and Kenneth R. O’Donnell .  

    He loved being outdoors,  going to camp, and fishing. He loved going mudding in his Jeep,  and riding his four wheeler.  He enjoyed tinkering and fixing things. He worked as a clammer, and for Cooke Aquaculture.

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  18. Jay Everett Wilkinson - Machiasport

    Jay Everett “Wilkie” Wilkinson, 86, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018 of heart failure, at his home in Machiasport, Maine. 

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  19. Conference honors boys all-stars

    by Phil Stuart

    The Downeast Athletic Conference recently named its all-conference squad for the recently completed 2017-18 boys’ basketball season.

    DAC and Northern Maine Champ, Woodland, led the balloting along with Machias as both teams placed three players on the All Star Squad.

    This year’s Coach Of The Year was Ben Maloney of Woodland while Northern Maine Class D runner-up Jonesport-Beals received the conference’s Sportsmanship Award.

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  20. Knights and Blue Devils dominate DAC team

    by Phil Stuart

    The Narraguagus Lady Knights and the Calais Lady Blue Devils each placed four team members on this year’s Downeast Athletic Conference girls basketball team.

    Heather Thompson of the Lady Knights, who finished the regular season with a 17-1 record, was selected as DAC Coach of The Year.

    The Knights also won the DAC Championship by easily defeating the Class D Dragons of Woodland at the University of Maine at Machias.

    Sumner High School of East Sullivan won this year’s DAC girls’ Sportsmanship Award.

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  21. Cheerleaders honored by DAC

    by Phil Stuart

    The Downeast Athletic Conference (DAC) recently honored their cheerleading All-Stars from the seven member schools that included DAC champs Sumner, Machias, Woodland and Calais.

    The Tigers of Sumner, who finished third in the state behind Central of East Corinth and Lisbon, placed Gabby Richardson, Abigail Bell, Lauren Nault and Lauren Hanna on this year’s squad.

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  22. Lady Knights in action photos at Northern Maine Regionals

    Kaci Alley earns a steal in the MPA quarter-final.

    Hard working defense from senior Madison Leighton at the Cross Center.

    Smooth inside pass from Lanie Perry.

     

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  23. Area athletes honored

    by Phil Stuart

    Several Washington County high school girls and boys basketball players have been honored due to their outstanding play in the recently completed 2017-18 season.

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  24. State title review

    by Phil Stuart

    For the 13th year in a row, a Washington County school was involved in a state championship game in either Class C or D girls’ or boys’ basketball. During that 13-year time span, all Washington County high schools, with the exception of East Grand High School, have been represented.

    The Woodland High School Dragons were this year’s Washington County representative and they dropped a one-point 47-46 loss to the Greenville Lakers in the state title game.

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  25. Dragons lose title bid

    by Phil Stuart

    The Woodland Dragons went into their state title game as a distinct underdog against Southern Maine champion Greenville.

    The Lakers were in the state title contest a year ago and lost 51-39 to Machias. This year, they were heavy favorites to end a title drought dating back to 1954 when former University of Maine at Orono star Wayne Champeon was the star player from the Lakers.

    Woodland, on the other hand, had primarily a junior laden squad that might have one more chance in 2019.

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  26. Clippers bow out in playoffs

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias Lady Clippers and Clippers both were eliminated in quarter-final matchups at the Yankee Small College Conference tournament in Concord, New Hampshire.

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  27. Bar Harbor Bankshares offers scholarship for WaCo technical institute students

    Bar Harbor Bankshares is pleased to announce the availability of a $1,500 scholarship for high school graduating seniors who are going on to college.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018.  Applications are available at any branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and Lake Sunapee Bank, and can also be found online at www.bhbt.com.

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  28. AmeriCorps summer work opportunity in Washington County

    Are you at least 18 years old? Are you looking for an exciting summer job? Do you enjoy helping your neighbors and your community and being outdoors? Healthy Acadia is partnering with Goodwill VISTA to recruit for AmeriCorps Summer Associates to help with food rescue efforts in its Washington County Gleaning Program this summer.

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  29. Farrow McKenna receives Maine Principal’s Award

     

    Farrow McKenna of Marshfield, a senior at Machias Memorial High School, has been selected to receive the 2018 Principal’s Award, Principal Brian Leavitt announced today. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship. Farrow is the daughter of Rebecca and Andrew McKenna.

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  30. Court News

    Joshua E. Cirone, no residence listed:  Unlawful possession of scheduled drug on 11/6/2017 in Addison.  SNTC date 12/5/2017, Fine $500.  GLTY

    Justin M. Weaver of Machias, Maine: Operate while license suspended or revoked,prio on 11/3/2017 in Machias.  SNTC date 12/5/2017, Fine $500.  GLTY

    Seeley Colby Denbow of Lubec, Maine;  Disorderly conduct, loud unreasonable noise on 11/3/2017 in Machias.  SNTC date 12/5/2017, Fine $300.  GLTY

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  31. How some executives give their brain waves a workout

    CEOs, entrepreneurs, as well as ambitious middle managers, often seek ways to keep their mental faculties sharp.

    Training the brain to perform at peak levels isn’t easy. That’s why some executives are turning to neurofeedback sessions. 

    “Improved health and mental focus can help you balance the stressors of daily living while keeping you headed toward your goals,” says Dr. Ed Carlton, founder of the Carlton Neurofeedback Center (www.carltonneurofeedbackcenter.com) and author of the book The Answer.

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  32. Moose Lottery open

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    The 2018 Maine Moose Lottery application process is officially open to Maine residents and non-residents alike. No longer are mailed applications acceptable. Applications must be filed online. The deadline for submitting applications for the moose lottery is May 15 and must be postmarked no later than midnight on that date.

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  33. Mid-March nor’easter

    Between two and three feet of heavy snow fell all over Washington County on Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14, leading to extensive power outages. More than 15,000 homes in eastern Maine were without power at the height of the storm, but less than 7,000 were still unplugged at the end of the day on Wednesday. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  34. Passamaquoddy language thrives with educators’ support

    by Lura Jackson

    Barely more than a generation ago, the Passamaquoddy language was threatened with extinction as a result of restrictive policies that forbade its usage. That fact stands in sharp contrast with the support and energy surrounding today’s efforts to promote and preserve the language, something in full evidence at an educator’s workshop held at the Wabanaki Cultural Center in Calais last month. 

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  35. Narraguagus is Bulldog Strong

    Narraguagus JMG students Camry Dawes, Lacie Moores and Angelena Drisko displayed their Bulldog Strong handiwork at Machias’ Resilience Day, held on Friday, March 9. MMHS student Tyler Faulkingham created the silkscreen shown printed here. See story, page 11. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  36. Machias debates marijuana

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Selectboard discussed whether or not to propose a recreational marijuana moratorium at their meeting held Wednesday, Feb. 28. 

    Bold Coast Cannabis of Machias previously submitted an application for a recreational marijuana retail establishment license, prompting the selectboard’s discussion. However, the legislature then moved the end of the statewide moratorium from Feb. 1 to April 18, making the issuance of licenses premature.

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  37. Prison seen as rollercoaster over next few weeks

    by Ruth Leubecker

    The fight to keep the Downeast Correctional Facility open may still be on a long road, but it’s taken a few new turns.

    “It’s an uphill climb,” Rep. Will Tuell reflected on the weekend. “It will be a rollercoaster for the next six weeks, until we adjourn on April 18.”

    According to Tuell, those seven critical votes may no longer be needed. “We have a few more roles to play out,” he says. “We may need those seven votes, or not. We won’t need them if it’s not considered an emergency.

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  38. Jonesport and PRSWDD transfer station

    by Nancy Beal

    Jonesport officials talked trash — again — at their March 7 meeting, a discussion prompted by remarks from Selectman Harry Fish, who is also Jonesport’s representative to the board of directors of the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) that operates a transfer station on Route 1 in Columbia Falls.

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  39. Seven MVSC swimmers qualify for state championships

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Valley Swim Club (MVSC) is sending its largest group yet to the Maine Swimming Junior Olympic Championships, to be held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick this week. Seven of the team’s 26 members will compete in the three-day event under the guidance of swim coach Lindsay McMahon.  To qualify, athletes must meet competitive time standards. The team consists of Ava Emery, Zain Fitzsimmons, Caleb Campbell, Carson Prout, Luke Campbell, Lily Campbell and Lucy Lord. 

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  40. Riverside Inn’s ‘Bringing Hope’ gourmet dinner to benefit orphanage

    The Bringing Hope dinner, sponsored by Vue by the Riverside Inn, has been postponed due to the storm prediction. The new date and time for the dinner is Sunday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. 

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  41. Machias Egg Hunt set for March 24

    The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Ephraim Johnson Post #9 Auxiliary will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. The hunt will be held on the lawn of the University of Maine at Machias. 

    Children should bring their own baskets or bags. Before leaving, families need to empty the candy into their baskets and return the plastic eggs to the Legion, as they are reused every year.

    For questions or to volunteer, call 255-8665 and leave a message.

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  42. Recovery Resource Fair offered in Machias

    The Washington County Community Action team will host a Recovery Resource Fair on Friday, March 23, from noon to 6 p.m. at the University of Maine at Machias’ Reynolds Athletics Center, 116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias.

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  43. Library to host egg hunt

    The Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben will host an Easter egg hunt 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at the library.

    The free event will include lots of eggs and egg-citing activities as well as an Easter basket raffle. The Easter bunny will also visit.

    For more information, call 207-546-7301 or visit www.moorelibrary.org/.

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  44. Dike meeting rescheduled due to storm

    MaineDOT has cancelled a preliminary public meeting for Machias, Dyke Bridge #2246 on Tuesday, March 13, due to an upcoming snowstorm.  The preliminary public meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at the University of Maine at Machias, Science Building Room 102.

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  45. Ecumenical Taizé service for Lent to be held at St. Aidan’s

    An Ecumenical Taizé Service for Lent will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 36 Dublin Street, Machias. This service is sponsored by St Aidan’s Church; St. Peter the Fisherman Parish; Jacksonville United Methodist Church; and Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.  All are invited.

    A Taizé service involves singing, meditation, times of silence, Bible readings, and icons. There is no preaching. The style of worship has attracted many worshipers from around the world and from many different denominations.

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