1. Bomb cyclone high tide

    The convergence of an extremely high tide with last Thursday’s snow event caused flooding alongside Helen’s Restaurant and the dike in Machias. Photo courtesy Peter Scoville

    The Machias River, seen here above Bad Little Falls, put on some ice but continued to flow despite record-breaking cold temperatures in the region. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  2. Not fit for man nor beast

    Negative temperatures produced stunning sea smoke on Friday morning in Bucks Harbor. Photo courtesy Dawn Lamoureux Crocker

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  3. Attempted murderers lead police on long-distance chase

    by  Lura Jackson

    The sharply cold temperatures of Dec. 27 were not enough to cool the violent tempers of several men, at least some of whom opened fire on another man before leading police on a long-distance vehicular chase. No injuries have been reported thus far.

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  4. A first look at the 2018 race for Blaine House

    by  Lura Jackson

    With eleven months to go before the 2018 Maine Gubernatorial public elections, more than two dozen potential governors have added their names to the list. While we have spotlighted a few candidates over the past few months, here is a brief look at who is on the ballot thus far – along with a primer on Ranked Choice Voting.

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  5. Celebrated Machias entertainer remembered

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Over many years Washington County has gained major recognition for its native diverse talents, ranging from athletes to basketmakers. However, rarely has celebrity from the entertainment field penetrated these ranks. 

    Broadway producer Andy Wiswell, who played in the Yale collegiate band with Rudy Vallee, won a Grammy in 1968 as best producer for “Hair,” and received further Grammy nominations for “Music Man” and Hello Dolly,” would be the notable exception. 

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  6. Suspended animation

    Freezing temperatures helped a bright red kayak to pause in its journey down the Machias River. Negative and single-digit temps have kept most of the region moving at a bare minimum this week. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  7. Selectboard updates traffic ordinance, MDIFW comments on Machias deer situation

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Selectboard completed its final review of the Machias Traffic Ordinance at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The board voted to adopt the ordinance, which includes adjustments to some of Machias’ parking lot hours. Town manager Christina Therrien said that they elected to make the parking lot by Bad Little Falls a 24-hour parking lot, so that people who were tired or facing inclement weather could find an easy place to pull over at any time of day.

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  8. News of the Hannah Weston Chapter, DAR

    The Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will held a Report Workshop at 1 p.m., on Saturday, January 13 at the home of Valdine Atwood, 17 Colonial Way, Machias. At the last meeting members who serve as either an Officer or Chair of a Chapter Committee were given report forms to fill out. These need to be either brought to the January 13 meeting, mailed to the chapter regent, Mary Alice Look at 288 US 1, Whiting, ME 04691 or dropped off at Val’s home before the 13th. Any committee chairs who did not receive a report form are asked to call Val at 255-4432.

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  9. Commissioners schedule meeting on crime

    The Washington County Commissioners will be holding a public meeting to discuss the escalating impacts of crime in Washington County.  The meeting will be on Friday, January 5, at 2 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room at the Courthouse, 85 Court Street, Machias, Maine.

    The Commissioners invite Town Officials, Chiefs of Police, members of the press and any other interested parties to attend.

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  10. DMR to choose elver quotas for 2018 season, sets public hearing date

    This proposed rulemaking establishes the elver quota allocations for the 2018 season for individuals licensed under §§6505-A and 6302-A, and the method of calculating individual elver quota allocations for individuals licensed under 6505-A. 2018 allocations for individuals who held a license in 2017 will be the same as their 2017 allocations, plus any quota associated with licenses not renewed in 2017, or licenses suspended for the duration of the 2018 season, which will be distributed evenly to all license holders with an allocation of less than 50 lbs in 2017.

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  11. ‘All disasters are personal’

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    During his presentation to the Machias Rotary Club on Nov. 28, Mike Hinerman stressed the importance of personal preparation for emergencies. “Because no matter how good the federal agency, the state agency, even the local fire departments and public works, there’s a time delay before they can get to you,” he said. Hinerman serves as the director of the Washington County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

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  12. DMR seeks shrimp trawling vessel for sampling trips

    The Department is seeking one shrimp trawling vessel and captain to collect northern shrimp samples in the Maine midcoast area, making at least three trips, and conducting three short tows each trip, beginning in late January, 2018, fishing once about every two to three weeks, until the shrimp are no longer carrying eggs, perhaps near the middle of March. The Department has up to $3,450 (in total) to pay the project participant.

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  13. Another Dirl to replace Steve Carver’s incinerated Bigger Dirls

    by Nancy Beal

    Chris Smith and his sternman were aboard Smith’s lobster boat, the Pamela Jayne, near Smiths’ Wharf in West Jonesport at sunrise September 8, 2016 when they noticed flames coming from the cabin of a nearby boat. Veteran lobsterman Steve Carver’s Bigger Dirls was on fire. Smith immediately grabbed his VHF radio mic and called the coast guard base, just a half-mile down the shore.

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  14. Guest Voice - Opinion

    by Gov. Paul LePage 

    As we look forward to the new year, one of the big challenges facing our state is growing our workforce and keeping our economy on a roll..

    In 2017, we hit record lows in unemployment and all-time highs in private sector job growth. To meet this demand, our employers need skilled workers.

    We are the oldest state. Record numbers of baby boomers are entering a well-deserved retirement. Employers need to replace these skilled workers.

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  15. Editor's Desk

    Washington County is its own small world, with a total population hovering near 30,000 people. It is one large community in many ways, in large part due to its communal use of social media. Most Facebook users know that the site can be a blessing and a curse, both a useful communication tool and a black hole where productivity goes to die. I like to use Facebook to keep in touch and find out about local events, but I have certainly lost an hour or two endlessly scrolling through the feed.

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  16. Letter to the Editor - DECH ED is a lifesaver 

    On Wednesday, Dec. 20 I had a heart attack. Those of you who know me probably didn’t expect that Wayne Peters would be a candidate for a heart attack, and I certainly didn’t either. Although I’m 70 years old, I am not overweight, I never smoked, I eat a healthy diet, and I work out most every day. However, at about 10:20 a.m I was putting on my boots to take my dog for a walk before I headed off to the UMM gym. The simple act of bending over caused a pressing pain in my chest and some slight numbness in my arms.

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  17. Letter to the Editor - Moose Peak Light restoration responsibility

    Editor’s note: In our issue dated Dec. 27, we published an article on Jonesport’s Moose Peak Light. We reported “[AMMBS] is not burdened with restoration of the lighthouse, only the boathouse above the landing ramp.” The following two letters point out that this is not the whole story.

     Dear Editor,

     Your story about Moose Peak Lighthouse being donated to Arnold Memorial Medical Building Society (AMMBS) in Jonesport contains one major error.

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  18. Letter to the Editor - Potential Liability

    Dear Editor,

    In accepting this gift our board was very concerned with potential liability and obtained good legal advice regarding our responsibilities as the owner.  While we have no legal obligation to restore the light, we do have a duty to the community to help preserve this very valuable part of our history and will be taking that into account over the next several months while developing a plan that best serves the community, the lighthouse and the board’s mission.  

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  19. Somewhere between turbulence and compromise

    No, it’s not like being somewhere between East Machias and Bangor, because there is a relationship between these two places. Might be a little rivalry or a snit of some sort now and then, but everyone heads to the city for needed appointments or to buy a pair of socks or … let’s not ignore the beckoning finger of that popular casino. 

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  20. Nonprofit warns of telephone scam

    A person using a fraudulent phone number identified as the Maine Community Foundation has made calls in an attempt to solicit gifts from people in Maine.

    The caller thanked people for previous gifts and asked them to consider making a credit card gift or another type of gift. These calls are not associated with the Maine Community Foundation and the public should hang up immediately.

    Anyone with concerns about similar calls may contact the Maine Community Foundation at (877) 700-6800.

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  21. Wesley News

    The wind blew hard on Wednesday, December 27th on top of the hill on Route 192. A few trucks had to wait for the road to get plowed to continue on their route. The wind takes your breath away. 

    Carola N. had her son John and wife Sharon come to visit on Christmas day along, with two great granddaughters Sara,  Kendra and a friend. All had a great visit and all made it home safe. Also Carola turns ninety five on the twenty eighth, hopefully she receives at least ninety five cards for her birthday. 

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  22. Columbia News

    Where has the year gone? It does not seem possible that we will be entering into a new year. I am looking forward to health and happiness in the coming months.

    Christmas has come and gone; now the decorations will come down and packed away till next December. The celebration of the holidays goes to fast and January is usually a cold month with no holidays to decorate for.

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  23. Cherryfield and Milbridge news

    by Wayne Smith

    Growing up on a Cherryfield dairy farm made for some challenges, but it was all in good fun. It went from having a little fun off the farm such as playing in a local snowball tournament, to my father clearing snow out using a bucket tractor, and everything in between. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and join me on my snowy journey back in time.

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  24. Whitneyville Library news

    Happy New Year! With school back in session children’s librarian Patricia Brightly will be once again sharing books and reading aloud to the classroom’s at Rose M. Gaffney and Jonesboro Elementary School.  She will also be sharing books with Wesley Elementary.

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  25. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library will hold a Cabin Fever Craft Fair that will be held at the Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville on Saturday February 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Snow date is set for Saturday February 17. 

    Recurring events

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  26. Christmas kitten

    Dear Cat Lady, 

    Pebbles the kitten we got the kids for Christmas is hiding. What can we do? 

    Signed, 

    Kathy 

    Machias

    Poor Pebbles. First let’s make her feel safe.

    Christmas is generally is a busy and noisy time with lots hazards , not the best time to bring a new family member into house.

    Give Pebbles a quiet, out of the way place with her litter pan, food, water, and maybe even a stuffed toy for her to snuggle. This would be an excellent start. 

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  27. Raiders basketball in full swing

    by Phil Stuart

    After getting off to a 2-0 start with a come-from-behind victory over the Presque Isle Wildcats, an easy road win at Calais, following a home loss to highly-rated Hermon and a lopsided defeat on the road at MDI, Barry Terrell’s Raiders hosted the purple Panthers of Waterville in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

    Normally the Washington Academy Raiders (WA) play schools from the Penobscot Valley conference in the Big East League, but this year the schools have added a team from the Kennebec Valley conference.

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  28. The Cross experience

    by Phil Stuart

    For the last few seasons the northern Maine boy and girl basketball tournaments have been held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor after the old Bangor Auditorium was torn down.

    For the past three seasons Narraguagus High School had the opportunity to play one regular season contest there for both girls and boy varsity and junior varsity.

    For the first two years the Knights teamed up with Summer High School of East Sullivan to play a regular season contest there.

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  29. Defending state champs Machias Bulldogs at 3-2

    by Phil Stuart

    The defending state class D champion Machias Bulldogs have gone into their holiday break with a 3-2 record with road makeup games to be played at Greenville and Bangor Christian.

    On Dec. 18 the Bulldogs journeyed up to East Millinocket for the first ever regular season game against the Schenck High School Wolverines.

    The host Wolverines led all the way in that one after dropping down from class C to class D.

    Schenck led 15-8 after a quarter and 28-22 at the break.

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  30. Talented Bulldogs in action shots

    Pictured is the Machias Bulldogs Varsity squad. Members include front left -right: Dexter Moody, Noah Albert, Russell Hanscom, Alex Marotta, Alex Wentzell, Dallas Moody, Jordan Grant and Breckin Gooch. Back left - right: Head Coach James Getchell, Dustin Getchell, Evan Dray, Riley Tinker, Josh Archer, Alex Look, Tyler Wentzell, Jacob Holland, Mark Mersereau, and Assistant Coach Carl Bragg.

    Evan Dray earns inside position for the rebound.

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  31. Keagan Jane Stevenson Roque Bluffs

    God welcomed home an angel,  Keagan Jane Stevenson, 10,  on December 14, 2017. Keagan was born August 18, 2007 in Bangor, the daughter of Faith Ann Mitchell and Christopher Allen Stevenson.

    She was a 5th grader at Rose M. Gaffney School in Machias and enjoyed gymnastics, cheerleading, and basketball. She had a passion for arts and crafts, and a love for music.

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  32. Paul C. Hoyt - Machias

    Paul C. Hoyt, 77, drifted off to be with the Lord on December 22, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born in Machias February 19, 1940 the son of the late Curtis and Ida ( Mugnai) Hoyt . He attended Machias schools, and graduated from Machias Memorial High School in 1958. Paul married Velma aHurlbert in 1962.

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  33. How to divvy up your family belongings peacefully and sensibly

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What’s the best way to distribute my personal possessions to my kids after I’m gone without causing hard feelings or conflict? I have a lot of jewelry, art, family heirlooms and antique furniture, and three grown kids that don’t always see eye-to-eye on things. 

    Planning Ahead

    Dear Planning,

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  34. A great meal is about how - not what - you eat

    Everyone knows it’s important to eat the right foods to live a long and healthy life, but many of us fall short of that ideal.

    We eat on the run, pulling into a drive-through and scarfing down a hamburger on the way to the next appointment. We grab a candy bar at the grocery checkout and munch it on the way to the car.

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  35. Navigating the 3 stages of retirement

    People often view retirement as just one more stage of life.

     But that’s not exactly the case. Retirement isn’t just one stage; it’s at least three – although all three do share something in common.

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  36. Checking the backtrack

    by  V. Paul Reynolds

    The slate is clean as we start another year anew. Nobody knows what lies ahead, even as friends and family offer seasonal salutations that wish us well. As we look ahead with hopeful expectations, it doesn’t hurt to check the back track.

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  37. Church with a view

    The historic Machiasport Congregational Church creates a striking profile for drivers passing through the village of Machiasport. It sits high on a hill overlooking the bay, once providing a landmark for incoming sailors. 

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  38. MEMA encourages caution with dangerously low temperatures

    As sub-zero temperatures continue across the State, MEMA urges Mainers to use extreme caution to avoid hypothermia or even death. 

    The National Weather Service reports that very cold air will continue across the region this weekend and through at least the middle of next week with most locations unlikely to get above the freezing mark for the foreseeable future. 

    MEMA offers the following tips to help Mainers stay safe during the dangerously cold weather:

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  39. Vandalized

    “Danny’s Village” of inflatable Christmas decorations had to be removed for its own protection last month. Vandals damaged two of the 10 pieces erected to the memory of local man Danny Manchester, who passed away in 2017. The pieces have since been repaired, and the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is already working on a more secure display for next year. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  40. Honoring veterans in Harrington

    Konner Strout, seen here laying a wreath on the grave of veteran Paul Ramsdell, was one of many Harrington students who laid wreaths on graves at the Foresthill Cemetery last week. Photo courtesy of Michelle McLaughlin

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  41. An old-fashioned island Christmas

    by Nancy Beal

    Beals Island had no bridge to the mainland until 1958, so for four sisters born in the 1940s, Christmas was not about department stores, cultivated trees, or fancy light displays. It was simple, family-oriented and religious. “We were taught that it was Jesus’ birthday,” says Vanessa, next to the oldest. The family started the day by going to church and taking part in the traditional Christmas concert, singing noels and speaking their “pieces.”

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  42. Legislature under the gun for action in opioid crisis

    by Ruth Leubecker

    After years of discussion and debate over Maine’s escalating opioid epidemic, Mainers are demanding that lawmakers take aggressive action when the legislature convenes.

    While the Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis includes specific recommendations, even the legislators themselves have questioned that immediacy is lacking in the equation.

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  43. Machias schools grapple with bomb threats, fatalities

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, Dec. 14, phones rang and text messages beeped notifying Machias families that school was cancelled due to another threat against the elementary and high school campus. It was the fourth school day lost to threats since October.

    “My first 13 years in Machias, we didn’t have any. Not one,” said Superintendent Scott Porter. “It just started up last year and this year.”

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  44. Rose M. Gaffney student dies in car crash

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A fatal motor crash on Route 191 took the life of an 11-year-old Rose M. Gaffney student on the night of Thursday, Dec. 14. The Machias schools started one hour late the next day in response to the tragic news.

    Christopher Stevenson, age 45, of Roque Bluffs was southbound on Rt 191 when his 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis went off the roadway striking a tree.

    Stevenson’s daughter, age 11, was a passenger in the vehicle and died at the scene.

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  45. Fa la la la la

    Beals Elementary School students put on their annual Christmas concert Dec. 14, ending with an audience sing-along that got both singers and teachers dancing. The program was directed by BES music teacher Elizabeth Goodliff. Photo by Nancy Beal

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