1. Machias resident donates artwork to UMM

    Two new artworks have arrived on campus at the University of Maine at Machias. Both donated by Machias resident Sandi Bryand, the sculptures are in place by the pond at the center of campus. 

    One metalwork sculpture by Peter Jackson, a piece called “Ta Da,” is suggestive of an anchor and serves as a nod to the seafaring heritage of the region. The other, by Ray Murphy of Hancock, is a chainsaw sculpture of an angel. Bryand purchased both pieces directly from the artists before donating them to the university. 

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  2. Exhibition provokes critical thinking

     

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  3. Ruth Fenton publishes, reads from “It’s 3 a.m.,” an anthology of thoughts and poems

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Ruth Fenton, a 57-year-old Jonesport wife, mother, grandmother and activist, has written all of her life, starting in high school where she wrote for the school newspaper and took every writing course offered, to the present day. “I enjoy the craft,” she said at her kitchen table last week while preparing for a reading at the local library that evening.

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  4. Machias Bulldogs

    Senior guard Judson Carver clearing the ball after earning a rebound.

    The Jonesport-Beals Mariner at the Cross Center in Bangor.

     

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  5. Jonesport-Beals Royals

    Strong take to the glass by Royal

     

    Freshman Alvin Beal gets off a smooth three-pointer over SA defender. 

     

    Royal forward Kaiden Crowley takes soft one-hander easily over Garrett Siltz.

     

     

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  6. Royals Stop Bulldogs streak

    by Phil Stuart

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  7. Dragons Capture D Title

    by Phil Stuart

    Two teams very familiar with each other battled 32 minutes for the right to represent Northern Maine in the class D state title game in Augusta on March 3rd. Top seeded Woodland and number two Jonesport-Beals would meet for the 3rd time after splitting two regular season contests. They played both games at the end of the season in a three-day stretch with the Royals winning in Woodland 40-37 and Woodland winning in Jonesport 50-45. 

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  8. Blue Devils curse lingers on

    by Phil Stuart

    For over two and half decades now, the Calais Lady Blue Devils and Narraguagus Knights have been bitter rivals on the basketball court, and it looks like that may go on for at least a couple more years.

    The Calais girls’ program ranks at the very top when it comes to a successful program.  No high school girls’ program can match the success and consistency of the teams produced in the border city from coaches Bob McShane, to Dana Redding, and now Arnold Clark.

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  9. Trojans end Raider’s season

    by Phil Stuart

    The second-seeded Mount Desert Island Trojans (MDI) proved to be a tough matchup for the Washington Academy Raiders. They only met once during the regular season, and that game was played down in Bar Harbor on Dec. 19.  The Trojans completely dominated and won 79-43.

    The young Trojans finished as a number two seed in the Heal Point standings with a 15-3 record while the Raiders closed out their regular season in seventh place with a 13-5 mark.

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  10. Hoops for a cause

    Arise Addiction Recovery hosted its First Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 25. The event drew registrations from 20 teams, and served as a fundraiser for the residential recovery center which has a 12-bed home in Machias. This trio from Machiasport said they were happy to support Arise, even though they lost their match. From left to right, Bobby Richardson, Eric Beiler and Caleb Ricker. See full story page 1. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  11. Clipper men advance

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers men’s basketball squad entered the postseason on a high note with a road victory over the Central Maine Community College Mustangs in Auburn on Feb. 9.

    The prior evening at Machias, UMM hosted the Bengals from UMFK at the Reynolds Center. The Bengals were dominant in this one with a 56 point first half offensive explosion to go along with 44 more in the second half en route to a 100-66 decision.

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  12. Howlers eliminate Blue Devils

    by Phil Stuart

    The sixth-seeded Penobscot Valley Howlers of Howland ended the Calais Blue Devils boys’ season on Feb. 14 in Howland by a score of 66-49. The Howlers came out of a low-scoring first quarter with a 6-4 lead but over the next eight minutes the hosts outscored Darren Constant’s club 26-11 for a sizable half-time lead of 32-15.

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  13. Three local young women to speak at WE Believe in St. John

     

    by Lura Jackson

    The first WE Believe event to be held in New Brunswick will be showcasing three young women from the local area. Cassidy Carr of Calais, Brianna Jack of Nackawic, N.B., and Skyla Libby from Jonesport will each be speaking about the volunteering projects they are engaged in at the May 17th event, which will be attended by 7,600 students and teachers.

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  14. WA students seek donations for free prom dress boutique

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Members of the Washington Academy National Honor Society (NHS) are collecting prom dress donations for their annual Prom Dress Boutique to be held on Saturday, April 7.

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  15. UMM expands Supplemental Instruction program

    The University of Maine at Machias has received a $200,000 Davis Educational Foundation grant to improve student retention and academic performance by expanding a program called Supplemental Instruction. SI has been offered at the university in STEM subjects since 2015. The new funding allows the university to expand the program to include courses in all disciplines. The grant was received from the Davis Education Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

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  16. WCCC announces Dean’s List

    Congratulations to the following local students who have achieved the WCCC’s Dean’s and President’s lists.

    Calais: Kaitlin Barrett, Nicole Clark, Samuel Hayward, Nathan Moffett, Mary King

    Pembroke: Spencer Johnson

    East Machias: Heather Fitzsimmons

    Jonesport: Ryan Berry

    Alexander: Sarah Cookie

    Dennysville: Isaac Curtis

    Princeton: Sienna Dana, Ashley Doten

    Lubec: Jessica Hall, Gloria Tinker, Lauren Murphy

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  17. Machias Memorial High School announces 2nd quarter honor roll

    Principal Leavitt and the faculty of Machias Memorial High School proudly presents the 2017-2018 Quarter 2 honor roll for academic excellence.  

    The following students have earned the distinction of being recognized as achieving high honors or honors.

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  18. Dorothy Lakeman Marshall Bluffton, South Carolina

    Dorothy Lakeman Marshall, 89, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, ended her earthly journey on March 1, 2018  at her home in Bluffton, South Carolina.

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  19. Lissa Nash Mutty - Addison

    Lissa Nash Mutty, 66, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2018 at D.E.C.H. surrounded by her closest family. She succumbed to her long battle of cancer. She was born in Addison on September 26, 1951 the daughter of the late Betty and Clayton Nash.

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  20. Well-being group offered at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center

    Drawing from the areas of mindfulness, stress reduction, brain science and positive psychology, in this four-week series we will explore specific tools and practices that can be used to enhance our level-of well-being and flourish in life. 

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  21. Neighborhood Helpers offer well-being phone calls

    There is an opportunity in the Addison area for those who live alone or know someone who does. Neighborhood Helpers (a division of Friends of the Church on the Hill) is planning a program of well-being phone calls to those who desire them. Please call Cathy Fonda at 483-4655 if you or someone you know would like a daily phone call.  There is no cost involved. The program will begin April 1.

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  22. Patrolling the hump

     

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    At the T-dock, where Diane and I winter over on a houseboat in the Florida Keys, the word was spreading fast. The black fin tuna were hitting well out on the “hump.”  The “hump” is a stretch of water about 15 miles offshore from where we live in Islamorada. It is the edge of the Gulf Stream.

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  23. Now is the time to remove browntail caterpillars

    Entomologists from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry remind you that now is the time to remove browntail caterpillars from trees that are accessible. Browntail caterpillars cause a poison ivy-like rash and they are impacting a broad swath of Maine. Contact with this caterpillar’s hairs can cause severe reactions for some individuals.

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  24. It’s planting time somewhere….

    WWII veteran Mac McKean of Machias can’t resist growing seedlings wherever he goes, and so he planted a small greenhouse of tomatoes while visiting his son in Pensacola, Florida. McKean said he plans to return to Machias to get his Court Street greenhouse up and running again just after his 98th birthday in April. Photo courtesy Tom McKean

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  25. Hoops for a cause

    Arise Addiction Recovery hosted its First Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 25.  The Splash Bros. team took home Sunday’s trophy using the mad skills they bring to their day jobs on the UMM Clipper men’s basketball team. From left to right, Maurius Turner, Dylan Brown, Dante Ramos. Photo courtesy Arise Addiction Recovery

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  26. King tunes into issues at Machias roundtable

    by Ruth Leubecker

    From food as medicine to stumbling blocks ranging from transportation to isolation, Sen. Angus King presided over an informative listening session in town last week.

    The Community Caring Collaborative (CCC), the Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) and Downeast Community Partners welcomed King to the “listening session” encompassing a wide range of topics ranging from the everyday struggles of seniors to food insecurities and advocacy support.

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  27. Downeasters to descend on Augusta in support of prerelease bill

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In the wake of LePage’s sudden closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) on Friday, Feb. 9, a new public Facebook page has become the rallying point for a grassroots effort to save the prison. The “Save Downeast Correctional Facility” page is run by Melissa Hinerman of Machiasport and has more than 3,500 members.

    This week, a group of DCF supporters are using the page to coordinate travel to Augusta for a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m.

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  28. 350 Downeast encourages small steps for big change

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    There are high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in earth’s atmosphere. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), carbon dioxide levels fluctuated between 180 and 280 parts per million (ppm) for the 800,000 years leading up to the industrial revolution, when mankind began burning fossil fuels. Today, they’re over 400 ppm. 

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  29. Will Jonesport’s Ice Hill South be abandoned?

    by Nancy Beal

    The steep, short lane that leads from Jonesport’s Main Street to Moosabec Reach between the bridge to Beals Island and the old O.W. & B.S. Look wharf where Eddie Look buys lobsters is back on the selectmen’s to-do list. Last fall, year-round resident David Wardwell asked that the town either plow the lane or pay him a stipend for private service.

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  30. MDOT schedules Machias dike hearing March 13

    The Maine Department of Transportation has tentatively scheduled a public hearing to discuss the future of the Machias dike.

    The hearing will take place at the University of Maine at Machias’ Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, March 13 beginning at 6 p.m. All interested parties are invited to attend.

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  31. WaCo Democrats to caucus March 4 in five locations

    by Nancy Beal

    The Washington County Democrats will hold caucuses throughout the county on Sunday, March 4. The purpose of the caucuses is to elect delegates and alternates to the state convention (May 18-20 in Lewiston), to elect local Democratic party leaders, to learn about the 2018 races, and to boost grassroots efforts. Each town will caucus on its own but, because of the size of the Sunrise County, caucus goers will gather at five centralized locations throughout the county.

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  32. Rep. Tuell rejects proposal to close Washington County jail

    Earlier this month, the LePage administration released a proposal that would close jails in Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford, Piscataquis, and Washington counties, as facilities around the state grapple with shortages in the number of available beds for inmates.

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  33. WA Players to perform at Easport Arts Center March 6, 7

    The WA Players one-act play  performance this year is the drama  “Things Fall (Meanwhile)” by Barton Bishop.   This drama/comedy is an intersection of stories involving a street performer killed by a falling air conditioner, a music prodigy losing her ability to hear, a young woman accidentally throwing a javelin and impaling a hiker on a tree, and a man who suddenly begins to speak only gibberish. All of this unique and thought provoking tale happens in about 35 minutes.  

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  34. Steuben library announces Barnes to be March artist

    Sharon Barnes will be the March featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. The show will be available for viewing during library hours and there will be an artist reception 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 5.

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  35. Guest Voice Opinion - Acting to create a prerelease center in Washington County

    by Sen. Joyce Maker

    In the Gospel of Matthew, an alternative for “an eye for an eye” is given by Jesus: “You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

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  36. Editor's Desk

    Driving through New Hampshire last week, my husband was surprised to hear a familiar voice coming over a local radio station. Representative Will Tuell was on NHPR discussing the closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility. We now know that NHPR was airing an interview done with AJ Higgins in Maine, but our neighbors in New Hampshire aren’t the only ones covering this local story. 

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  37. Letter to the Editor - Former inmate speaks up for DCF

    I was an inmate at Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) for 15 months after a difficult and embarrassing time in my life for felony drug charges. As my life crashed down around me and I made my way to Windham then classed into minimum DCF, I started my actual recovery there after a year in rehab on bail. I turned myself in and it began.

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  38. Opinion - Candidate Thibodeau’s statement on prison closure

    The Governor’s decision to shut down the Downeast Correctional Facility (DECF) is economically devastating and short-sighted. 

    In 2016, a promise was made to the people of Washington County by this administration when the legislature approved the Government Facilities Bond that mandated a correctional facility be open in Washington County. Today, I believe that promise, embodied in law, has been broken. 

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  39. Cherryfield and Milbridge news

     

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  40. Columbia News

    Our February school vacation has come to an end. I traveled to Boston on Saturday Feb. 17 to visit my daughter Diadem and her family. I was met at the bus station by the whole family with a gigantic balloon saying Happy Birthday on it. The grandchildren rushed to me and threw themselves into my arms with hugs and kisses. What a surprise that was.

     They gathered me up and we headed to their home in Dorchester that was about 10 minutes away.  After having lunch, to the delight of the children, we all went bowling.   Needless to say, we all had a great time.

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  41. Wesley News

    Carole had her daughter Lennea and her husband to come to visit for a few days week of Feb. 12th, They had a nice visit and Lennea even visited Juskidden Acres for some lotions to take back to Massachusetts. 

    Dick and Rese D. donated some more returnable bottles to the Historical Society. Thank you both.

    Linda T. and Barb D. have new residents trying to move into their areas. Barb has trapped one rather large northern rat and the Tapleys have shot one of a family of field rats. They both hope to see them move one. 

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  42. Community Calendar

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    Monthly Play Reading with Stage East, free. March 3, 2-4 p.m.,

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    Narraguagus Snowmobile Club- The Narraguagus Snowmobile Club will hold their next public bean & casserole supper on March 3 at the club house in Cherryfield at 5:30 p.m.

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    Sunday Afternoons at the EAC presents the Shead High School Music Program with jazz and rock music and discussion, free.March 4, 3 p.m.

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  43. JHS 2018 County Basketball Champions

     

    Pictured is the 2018 Lubec JHS girls’ basketball champions. Members include front left-right: Ayla Zanoni, Rachel Wry, Kristin Grant, Addison Williams, Ashlyn Dinsmore, Trinity Jones, and Chloe Savage. Back left-right: Coach Shawn Tinker, Jessica Greene, Isabella Seeley, Kaitlyn Smith, Summer Sizemore Crystal Ann Kloeber, Kelci Williams, Skyler Tinker, Kristen Smith, and Veda Zanoni. Missing Coach Jordan Tinker.

     

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  44. Bulldog/Royals advance

     

    by Phil Stuart

    The sixth-seeded Machias Bulldogs and number two Jonesport-Beals Royals both advanced to the Northern Maine Class D semifinals and are scheduled to play each other for the third time this season. 

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  45. Grant joins 1,000 point club

    by Phil Stuart

    Machias Bulldogs Senior Guard Jordan Grant of West Lubec scored his 1,000th career point on February 2nd at Narraguagus High School in Harrington.

    Grant, a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, burned the nets for 35 points as Jim Getchell’s club improved to 10-7 with a game to go in a 66-56 win.

    The Lubec senior seemed to have his best games against the Knights this season with 32 points in a 69-65 victory over Ryan Fletcher’s club in Machias December 21st.

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