1. Guest Voice - The Legislature must act on the crowded ballot problem

    by Alan Caron

    There are, at the moment, two dozen candidates for governor in Maine. It’s entirely possible that Maine’s next governor will be elected with the support of less than a third of the voters. 

    The number and diversity of candidates should be a cause for celebration, as a reflection of the growing interest in making Maine a better place. Instead of having just two candidates for governor,  each one selected by a narrow swath of partisan voters, we can now hear more voices and more new ideas.  

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  2. Editor's Desk

    By the end of this week a nor’easter may have brought our snow cover back and frankly, I am okay with it. With the bare, March ground exposed, I can only see the chores it’s too early to begin, all waiting for me on the lawn and in the garden. The minute the ground is ready, I will begin what is sure to be a months-long project of deweeding my neglected garden and flower beds.

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  3. Letter to the Editor - Tuesdays at the State House

    On Tuesdays for the past two months, I put on my red AARP Maine shirt, and drive to the State House. On my way I pick up friends who I have met through AARP, and we join dozens of other members to learn more about how we can make a difference. We meet with legislators, learn from experts on issues, practice testifying, and attend committee hearings, work sessions and Caucus on Aging meetings. Everyone at the state house knows it’s Tuesday because of our red shirts. Legislators remark on our consistent presence and we are excited to keep building the momentum! 

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  4. Rep. Alley welcomes local physician to the State House

    Rep. Robert W. Alley, Sr., D-Beals, welcomed Dr. Cathleen London of Milbridge to the Maine State House on Thursday, March 1. Dr. London is a family practice physician and she served as the “Doctor of the Day” in the Maine House of Representatives.  Submitted photo

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  5. Why did the police ignore this murder waiting to happen?

    Although the murder of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy happened in Waldo County, it might’ve happened anywhere. Such abuse is that rampant and very often ignored. The neighbors had been aware of this, had heard the screaming and yelling during and after the beatings, and had responded. To the authorities.

    Through two home locations — in Bangor and Stockton Springs — police were notified. Why was the child not removed from the home? DHHS has stepped in with far less provocation. Yet nothing was done.

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  6. Opinion - Testimony from Augusta

     Editor’s note: On Wednesday, Feb. 28 Melissa Hinerman traveled to Augusta to participate in a public hearing in front of the criminal justice committee. She spoke in favor of two bills put forth by Rep. Will Tuell (R-E. Machias) and Sen. Joyce Maker (R-Calais). Hinerman is the founder of the Facebook page “Save Downeast Correctional Facility” and has a personal connection to the prison’s fate. This is an excerpt of the testimony she gave at the hearing.

    Senator Rosen, Representative Warren and Members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, 

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  7. Rier’s stories make history come alive

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When Sherry Rier discovered a stack of letters from a grandmother who died before she was born, it felt like a dream come true. “For as long I could remember, I longed to talk to her, imagined she had written something that told me what she thought about, her struggles, hopes and dreams,” wrote Rier, who transcribed the stack of letters onto her blog, Voices of Ancestors.

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  8. Harriet’s story

     

    by Sherry Rier

    Editor’s note: This is the first of four chapters we will run from  the story of Sherry Rier’s maternal grandmother, Harriet Means of Machias. For the background, see our Threads column on page 8.

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  9. Strength training tips for seniors

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    I’ve fallen several times over the past year and my doctor has recommended that I start a strength-training program to help prevent future falls. But at age 72, I’ve never lifted weights before and could use some help. What can you tell me? 

    Looking for Help

    Dear Looking

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  10. Harrington News

    A benefit dance was held for the little boy who was injured in a car accident in Hancock earlier this fall. The music was provided by the band called Deep Six. There was a good turnout and not too cold an evening.

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  11. Cherryfield and Milbridge news

    Two groups in the community are  joining forces at the Milbridge Public Library— a game club and a knitting group. Ed Latham is the organizer of the TableTop Game Club. He has been playing board games all his life. The games have gotten more expensive and more complicated. They involve more ways of thinking. It’s nothing like your typical board game; not at all. These games play for many hours and were made in Europe. 

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  12. Lake Machias

    Last week’s nor’easter and high tides caused saltwater to backup through storm drains into the bottom of Court Street. Cars were diverted around the flooded area by cones and barrels. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  13. Columbia News

    Another week has flown by. Last Sunday, Feb. 25, I attended the Table of Plenty in Cherryfield hosted by the 4H Club. Not many ventured out  but those there  had a great time socializing with each other and getting caught up on what we all had been doing lately.  Carmen Colbert of Bucks Harbor has been visiting her sister Joan Look of Harrington.  It was a pleasure to see both of them there.

     This past week I have been trying to get caught up from my trip during school vacation.  I guess my grandchildren wore me out.

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  14. Wesley News

     

    Ron and Linda have fun at Juskiddin Acres with holidays and for St. Patrick’s Day they have been dressing up goats.  I was laughing so hard it was difficult to get good pictures. 

    Went out Sunday morning and picked up $11 dollars worth of bottles on Route 192.  Roads are starting to get rough.  The frost heaves need to be marked.

    Visited with Carola on Wednesday the 28th. I can’t believe this month is over. 

    Went into Little Seavey Lake to rescue a chicken Ruth Ann wanted me to take because her other chickens were picking on her. 

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  15. Whitneyville Library news

    With March coming in like a wet lion, winter will soon be a memory and spring will burst out with flowers, green grass and a day closer to the first public supper of the year for the Whitneyville Public Library.  Mark this date on your calendar—April 7 at 5 p.m. The Friends of the Library will be putting on the first supper of the season and it will be turkey with all the fixings along with Janet’s rolls, homemade pies and cakes with coffee, ice water and lemonade. So come out and enjoy some great company and a good meal.

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  16. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Basketball Clinic at Narraguagus Gym- Intramural Athletics will be offering a free Basketball Clinic on March 4 and March 11 at the Narraguagus Gym for grades K-6. Grades K-2 time is 4 – 5 p.m. and Grades 3-6 time is 5:15 to 7 pm. For more information, call Dan at 461-9090 or Mindy at 461-8878.

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    High School One Act Review, $5 admission to benefit schools. March 7, 6 p.m.,

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  17. KinderArts sessions continue in March

    The Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts session for March will be led by artist and educator Fern Hilyard. The free program, held on Thursdays, March 8, 15 and 29 from 9:30-10:15 a.m., is designed to encourage young children to explore the visual and performing arts in a secure and social environment through hands-on experiences. Children up to age five are welcome to attend, but must come with a caregiver. 

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  18. Monthly Kids’ Movie and Food Club continues

    EAC’s monthly Kids’ Movie and Food Club continues with a meeting featuring J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone from noon- 4 p.m., Saturday, March 10. In addition to a screening of the  2001 film version of the story, participants will enjoy a magic-themed food activity. EAC Island Institute Fellow Tarah Waters hosts this program which features movies paired with food activities.

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  19. Maine State Music Theatre seeks candidates

    Maine State Music Theatre is seeking applicants for its highly regarded Educational Fellowship Program this summer from May 21-August 26, 2018. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.

    The program serves to bridge the gap between education and the professional world and allows those interested in working in theatre access to the best and brightest casts, crews, and administrators from Broadway, national tours, and regional theatres.

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  20. 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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  21. Exhibition provokes critical thinking

     

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Royals Stop Bulldogs streak

    by Phil Stuart

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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