1. Mother-daughter duo performs at EAC

     

    Mother and daughter duo of flutists, Sarah Lord (left) and Luna Lord of Machias perform the allegro movement from Telemann’s Fantasia together.

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  2. Synergy with Orono and student excellence top priorities for new UMM VP and Head of Campus

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     Dr. Andy Egan’s bags are unpacked, he’s over his jet lag and he’s hard at work on his top priority — gathering his community’s input, both on campus and off. 

    Two months ago Egan arrived in Machias fresh from a tour with the Peace Corps in Liberia to assume his new role as vice president and head of campus at the University of Maine at Machias.

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  3. Former Machias smoke shop operator arrested for trafficking

     

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Kristian Crowley of Jonesport and Machias is currently being held at the Washington County jail in Machias. Bail was initially set at $25,000, then reduced to $3,000 cash or $30,000 surety on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Crowley was previously on probation and therefore remains at the jail. His attorney is Jeffrey Davidson of Machias.

    State Police arrested Crowley on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and charged him with unlawful traffickig of scheduled drugs.

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  4. Marshfield Fire Department fundraising to prevent firefighter cancer

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    With the recent anniversary of September 11’s terror attacks, cancer rates among New York City’s firefighters received national media attention. According to one union study more than 1,000 of its 9/11 first responders have been diagnosed with cancer, respiratory issues and other illnesses subsequent to working at ground zero.

    But increased cancer rates have become a problem for firefighters nationwide, not only in city fire departments.

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  5. Stone Soup Cafe lost to fire on 9/11, firefighters honor the fallen

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A 2 a.m. emergency phone call reported smoke on Route 1 in East Machias on Tuesday, Sept. 11. When fire crews arrived to the Stone Soup Cafe and Market only minutes later, the back of the structure was already fully engulfed.

    “There was no interior attack because by the time we got there and got water on it, shortly after it was what we call ‘flashed over,’” said East Machias Fire Chief Jack Gardner.

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  6. Axiom grant to improve digital equity, inclusion Downeast

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A recent grant to Axiom’s National Digital Equity Center will translate into free public trainings for Mainers who want to improve their digital literacy in pursuit of better jobs, a better quality of life, or even a better experience aging at home. 

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  7. Machias board discusses replacement compactor

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At an extra meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 5 the Machias Board of Selectmen began with a moment of silence in honor of Warren Gay who passed away in Machias on Aug. 29. Gay served on the board since 2005, and spent many years as the board chairman.

    The board also reviewed quotes for a new replacement trash compactor. The town’s previous compactor is broken beyond repair.

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  8. Mermaid shines as versatile musician

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

     A Mermaid’s Tail, this year’s Wild Blueberry Festival musical, received rave reviews from many attendees. A big part of the applause was attributed to the stage presence and impressive voice of the mermaid, as played by Eustacia Landrum.

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  9. DECH would give Jonesport former nursing home building

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Billy Milliken said in last week’s board meeting that he had finally received a response from Down East Community Hospital to the town’s request for the former Sunrise Care Facility building and the beds that were in it. (Besides being a Jonesport selectman, Milliken chairs the board of the Arnold Memorial Medical Center, which is eyed as the ultimate recipient of SCF.)

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  10. Problems with your project? The doctor is in.

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  11. Memories of my father

    by Wayne Smith

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  12. The Nature of Phenology

    Cluster flies

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  13. Machias Bay Harvest Fair celebrates autumn Downeast

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Bay Harvest Fair is celebrating its fifth birthday this year, staying true to its roots as a family celebration while adding a few new attractions for good measure.

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  14. 1st Annual Machias Fiber Festival to bring vendors, artists to harvest fair

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Starting a local fiber festival is something Rhonda Craven dreamed of for many years, but when she and a local group of yarn enthusiasts got down to work, the event came together in only six weeks. 

    “At the end of July we just said, ‘Let’s do this,’” said Craven. “In a month and a half, everything has just fallen into place and has gone very smoothly. I’ve got a great group of ladies. They just have been over the top wanting to help, volunteering.”

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  15. Annual Dash of Color Set for September 15 in Machias

     

    Healthy Acadia will host its annual “A Dash of Color” 5K Fun Run/Walk on the morning of the Machias Harvest and Fiber Festivals, Saturday, Sept. 15. The non-competitive run/walk will start and finish at the Rose M. Gaffney School in Machias. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 8:45 a.m.; the run/walk will start promptly at 9 a.m. Event proceeds will benefit Healthy Acadia’s Down East Teen Leadership Camp and local initiatives focused on substance education, prevention, support and recovery. 

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  16. Budgeting dominates discussion at Machias board meeting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At a meeting of the Machias Selectboard on Wednesday, Aug. 22 the board signed the Whitneyville Waste Disposal Agreement for the agreement year beginning Sept. 1. Selectman James Whalen asked if the agreement allowed for raising prices throughout the year should Machias’ costs rise, too.

    “We would adjust in the following year,” said chairman Joshua Rolfe. “We’re committed, it’s a contract, we’re signing on for a year with them.”

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  17. Geriatrics seminar focuses on growing elderly community

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Successful aging, home options and reimagining long-term care are relevant segments offered at the 13th Annual Geriatrics Colloquium in Orono on October 12. 

    The all-encompassing, full-day session at the Wells Conference Center covers a wealth of topics relevant to everyday life in Washington County. Thriving in place has special significance to a demographic where 34 percent of those receiving services at Eastport Health Center are at least 65; where 50 Mainers turn 65 every day; where by 2020 one in five Mainers will be over 65. 

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  18. Eastport Pirate Festival offers many returning favorites

     

    by Lura Jackson

    The largest pirate festival in New England is about to take place, and area residents with a lean toward creative, rambunctious family fun are highly encouraged to attend. Running from Sept. 7-9 in Eastport, this year’s festival once again features high-quality attractions and events for all ages.

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  19. Machias Harvest Fair and Fiber Festival set for Sept. 15

     

    The 5th Annual Machias Harvest Fair and its new companion, the Machias Fiber Festival, are set to celebrate the delights of a Downeast autumn on Saturday, Sept. 15.

    The annual harvest fair hosts 30+ vendors of locally made, grown and created fine products. There will be farmers, quilters, stained glass, woodworkers and more. This year, cooks can enter the Chili Contest and the confident among us should try their powers of bird persuasion in the first annual Seagull Calling Contest. There will be live music and a kids activity area. Admission is free. 

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  20. Jonesporters vote to discontinue Ice Hill South

     

    by Nancy Beal

    After nearly a year of listening to bickering between the five residents of Jonesport’s Ice Hill South, townspeople voted last week to abandon, or discontinue, the short lane between Main Street and Moosabec Reach. At a special town meeting August 29 and after over an hour of discussion during which anger and frustration surfaced and moderator Jane McMichen admonished speakers to address her and not each other, voters opted by a margin of 18 to six to cede jurisdiction and with it, all town services.

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  21. Jonesport Avenue status questioned by Charles Look

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Jonesport Avenue: public or private? That was the issue brought to selectmen August 29 by Charles Look who, with his brother Ed, owns and operates a seafood business at what was originally a sardine factory on Moosabec Reach east of the Beals Island Bridge. A recent code violation for an unpermitted paved path and doorstep to a building he had recently built alerted him that the loop road, that he had always assumed was a private way owned by him and his brother, was considered a town road where construction was bound by town ordinances.

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  22. LiBrizzi’s passion for community opens Friday night mic

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    We know that Maine has one of the most aging populations in the nation, and we know that Washington County has a hard time retaining its young people. But Tyler LiBrizzi knows a thing or two about what young people want, and he’s working hard to create that in Machias.

    “I want to stay here as a young person. I think there’s a lot of potential here,” said LiBrizzi. “Especially as a young person who wants to practice sustainable agriculture.” LiBrizzi is in his twenties and lives in Machiasport. 

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  23. Good Read: A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel, Penguin Books, 1996

     

    by Charles W, Lightner, Friend of Porter Memorial Library

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  24. National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month events at UMM

    University of Maine at Machias, in conjunction with Atlantic Mental Health Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine, will hold workshops and events addressing the prevention of suicide in September, National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. 

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  25. Balloon artist and comedian coming to UMM

     

    John Cassidy, a professional comedian, magician and balloon artist, will perform at the University of Maine at Machias on Thursday, September 6 at 8 p.m. Cassidy holds several Guinness World Records for his balloon sculpting speed. He has appeared numerous times on television as either a stand-up comedian or magician, including appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Martha Stewart Living, the Today Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. 

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  26. Machias milllennials offer input for recreation area rebuild

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A recent Machias town meeting collected public feedback that could lead to a modern, family-friendly recreation center where the current tennis and basketball courts stand at the bottom of Fremont Street between Route 1 and the Machias River.

    In November Machias will apply for the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to rehabilitate the Machias Recreation Area. LWCF also supplied the funds that originally constructed the town tennis courts and basketball court in the 1970s. 

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  27. DEI cuts ribbon on new marine research center

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  28. Machias Valley Christian School ready to open new doors

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Four years after closing the building it occupied for more than 30 years, the Machias Valley Christian School will reopen to a new generation of students on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

    The first iteration of the school was affiliated with the Machias Valley Baptist Church and its classrooms were attached to the church. Exorbitant building repair estimates ultimately led to that school’s closure in 2014. 

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  29. Food truck owner requests porta-potty in Jonesport park

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  30. Cousins born one day apart at DECH

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  31. What would Harry Vose say now?

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Ever since Josie Cord’s holiday booze buy was confiscated at the state line following her purchase at a New Hampshire liquor store, Mainers have quietly seethed.

    Don’t we live in a free country? Can’t Americans legally buy what they want where they want? Apparently not, if you reside in Maine. Probably if you hired an attorney, but who wants to hire one to make a legal purchase? And why should they have to? 

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  32. Documentary film about green burial Aug. 31

    On Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m. Porter Memorial Library will show the documentary film A Will for the Woods. The film screening is free and open to the public. Event sponsors include Down East Hospice Volunteers and Community Health and Counseling Services/New Hope Hospice.

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  33. Wilkes University welcomes Ian Squire of Machiasport into Class of 2022

     

    Wilkes University welcomes Ian Squire of Machiasport into the class of 2022. Squire is one of nearly 700 students who make up the University's newest class. Squire is entering Wilkes as an engineering major.

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  34. Jonesport library to hold community celebration

     

    by Nancy Beal

     Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library recently received a community award of $1,000 from Bangor Savings after library supporters voted for the 100-year-old institution in a BSB-sponsored community service poll. To show appreciation for that support, library staffers and volunteers will host what they are billing as an “End of Summer Community Celebration” this Saturday, September 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  35. Hospice volunteers sought for rewarding experiences

     

    by Lura Jackson

    To the uninitiated, “hospice” may imply focusing on the end of an individual’s life. For those who have been a part of the process, it often represents a beginning rather than an ending. Hospice is a program that lends greater meaning to the life of its clients and their families and at the same time enriching the volunteers that undertake it – thus enabling the creation of meaningful relationships that carry the memory of shared experiences far into the future.

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  36. Sunny spirit permeates rainy festival

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    For the second year in a row rain fell on Saturday of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, and for the second year in a row vendors and organizers rated it a wild success in spite of the rain.

    “We’ve had a wonderful day and wonderful weekend. Customers here are very dedicated,” said Arlene Wren of the Penobscot Valley Crafters’ Association. “They come out with their rain boots, their raincoats, their rain hats and umbrellas. So everybody had good sales yesterday, good sales today already.”  

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  37. Stagnant session slips by summer with much undecided

    by Ruth Leubecker

    After Maine’s 128th Legislature failed to correct a typo, ignored a tax overhaul and  never reconvened to settle other pressing matters but failed to adjourn, many remain uncertain about what happens next.

    “We aren’t sure if or when we will go back to finish up the two or three items that we have unfinished,” says Rep. Will Tuell. “I hope we do, but I’m not holding out hope that leadership will come to an agreement to fix the Clean Election error and pass a tax overhaul bill -- both of which I feel are needed.”

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  38. Where Jonesport’s $100K anti-drug money went—or didn’t

    by Nancy Beal

    At their March 2017 town meeting, prompted by drug activity in the Moosabec area and more than one overdose death, Jonesporters authorized their selectmen to draw up to $100,000 from the surplus fund to secretly combat the problem. The town officials were not obliged to report how the money was used or how successfully until July 1, 2018. On July 25, 2018, Jonesport newcomer Barbara Malcarne, who with her husband, Bill, often attends weekly selectmen’s meetings, asked how the money was used.

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  39. Sheriff Curtis speaks at Machias Rotary Club

     

    by Reagan Davenport

    The Machias Rotary club meeting was packed on Tuesday, July 24 at the Bluebird Ranch Restaurant as Barry Curtis presented to the group, showcasing his campaign promises, his intentions to run for office and what he stands for. Curtis has already served as Washington County Sheriff for nearly four years. He is seeking reelection in November for another four-year term, and is running unopposed.

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  40. ‘The Greatest Showman’ wraps up summer movie series

    The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will show “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams.

    The musical tells the story of PT Barnum’s creation of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

    All boxcar movies are free and take place on the lawn of Station 1898 on Route 1 in Machias. The movies are projected onto a historic boxcar and begin at dusk. Sunset is at 7:30, so plan to arrive around that time. Bring blankets chairs and snacks!

    For more information, contact the Chamber by calling 255-4402.

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  41. Reenactors draw crowds to Battle of the Rim

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A thin orange strip of tape on Machias’ White’s Point separated 2018 from 1777 last Sunday when the Machias Committee of Safety once again stood shoulder to shoulder with the Passamaquoddy, exchanging fire with a British ship on the Machias. Hundreds of people attended the reenactment, even after it was rescheduled once due to stormy weather. The parking lot was full, and pedestrians lined the dike’s guardrail to get a better view.

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  42. Milbridge Days goes out with a bang, part two

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  43. Machiasport artist studies seabirds with National Geographic

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  44. Old School Pizza bus brings New York Pizza to Machias

    The pair constructed a brick, wood-fired pizza oven inside the bus and would like to continue serving their pizza in Machias through the winter.  Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  45. Green team in action

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