1. Grier arraigned in district court

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias’ Kehben Grier appeared in Washington County District Court on Tuesday, July 24 to enter a plea of not guilty in the matter of State vs. Kimberly E. Grier, her legal name. The charges of Aggravated Criminal Mischief, Criminal Mischief and Theft by Unauthorized Taking stem from an April 5 event in which Grier is accused of breaking the window of the Downeast Smoke and Vape Shop, a medical marijuana outlet, using a baseball bat. The shop is located at 25 Main Street in the Machias Hardware Co. building.

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  2. Eastport Bay Day offers wide range of activities

    by Lura Jackson

    If you’re looking for any good reason to go to Eastport and appreciate its cooling ocean breezes and casual seaside beauty, you’re in luck: Eastport Bay Day has several. Now in its fourth year, the event has steadily expanded to encompass a variety of activities that promise to attract visitors of all ages.

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  3. The Green Team

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  4. Quoddy Tides founder honored in MPA Hall of Fame

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The most easterly paper published in the U.S. just turned 50, and for its birthday The Quoddy Tides founder is being inducted into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame. 

    Winifred French started The Quoddy Tides in 1968, and the twice-monthly newspaper continues today under the stewardship of her son, Edward French.

    “It really started around our dining room table at our house,” said Edward. “She would do the layouts there and eventually moved to a building downtown.” 

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  5. Library director featured artist at Henry D. Moore

     

    Library Director Jeanne Benedict will be the August Featured Artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. The show will be available for viewing during library hours for the month with an opening reception on Monday, Aug. 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. Jeanne’s work includes counted cross stitch pictures, crocheted baby-blankets and lap blankets, and other smaller knit, crocheted and cross stitched items. www.moorelibrary.org

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  6. ‘Low-lying’ Machias seeks options for flood protection

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A joint project of the Town of Machias, the University of Maine at Machias (UMM), and the Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG) hopes to protect downtown Machias from increasing flood events. At a June 27 presentation, members of the public learned about the Machias Waterfront Resilience & Renewal Study.

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  7. Machias Bay Chamber seeks feedback

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In many towns the Chamber of Commerce works directly with businesses and rarely crosses paths with residents, but the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) takes a different approach.

    “We serve the businesses, but we serve them best by serving the people who live here and visit here,” said MBACC Executive Director Sharon Mack. 

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  8. Welsh resigns from DECH

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Following three years of renewed stability and capital improvements, Dennis Welsh, Down East Community Hospital CEO, has announced his plans to leave the Machias hospital in January, 2019.

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  9. Jonesport’s Sandy River Beach cottage owners seek signage

    by Nancy Beal

    Public or private? Right or privilege? These questions have arisen in Jonesport’s Sandy River Beach District for the past five years, after the town purchased property in the area to guarantee its citizens the ability to access the mile-long sandy strand as they had done for the past century. Last week, after cottage owners said they experienced violations of decorum on the beach, the issues came back to selectmen again.

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  10. Music shines in Milbridge

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  11. Obadiah’s serves up atmosphere on Open Mic Night

     

    by Reagan Davenport

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  12. Spotlight on world famous Russian concert pianist in Machias

    The Machias Bay Chamber Concerts Board is proud to present Russian Concert Pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov’s performance at 7 p.m. at Centre Street Church in Machias on Tuesday, July 31.

    Kharitonov’s performance repertoire consists of Bach and Siloti preludes, two Schubert compositions, a Rachmaninoff variation, Respighi’s “Valse Caressante & Notturno” and ending with Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

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  13. Summer League action

     

    by Phil Stuart

    The Narraguagus Girls’ Varsity squad is the only remaining undefeated team in the University of Maine at Machias High School Summer Basketball League.

    The Lady Knights are 6-0 and are followed by Calais 3-1, Woodland 2-3, Washington Academy 2-3, Jonesport-Beals 2-3 and Sumner High School 0-5.

    On June 22 girls action saw Narraguagus roll over Jonesport-Beals 62-30 while Woodland kept Sumner winless with a 38-21 win. Narraguagus remained unbeaten by topping Washington Academy 44-26.

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  14. Congratulations to the Machias Major League 11/12 District 1 Champions!

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  15. SEANET buoy installed in Machias Bay

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  16. Machias 9/10 All-Stars District 1 champs!

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  17. Bold Coast Sea & Sky Fest brings family fun to Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    For the third year in a row the Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival will bring a weekend’s worth of family fun to Machias, and this year promises to be the biggest festival yet.

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  18. Fan fun at Fenway

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  19. ‘Artists of the Moosabec’ opens in Jonesport

    by Nancy Beal

    The mid-summer offering of Art in the Library at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library, entitled “Artists of the Moosabec,” opened with a reception last weekend featuring artists native to Beals and Jonesport, and some who have made the area their second or retirement home.

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  20. Bold Coast Sea and Fly-In

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  21. Rally to reunite families

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  22. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Concert and Dance Party with Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band from Baltimore. July 20, 7 p.m., Eastport Arts Center.

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  23. Growing up picking Blueberries

    by Wayne Smith

    At the end of July, my family would get ready to pick blueberries for my grandfather. My aunt and uncle, my grandmother, my mother, my two brothers and my sister all joined in. It was a lot of fun. And we have memories that will not be forgotten. These are some of the good times that we had that I thought I would share with you.

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  24. World-renowned DaPonte String Quartet brings "Summer Goulash" to Machias

    On Tuesday, July 24 the Machias Bay Chamber Concerts Board is proud to announce the DaPonte String Quartet's 7 p.m. performance at the Centre Street Church in Machias. The group will be performing stellar string quartet repertoire from their "Summer Goulash" program of Haydn, Bartok and Brahms.

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  25. Congratulations to Maine’s Major League District Champions

    Beginning Friday, July 20 Maine’s six Little League District Champions will compete in the Major League State Tournament hosted by the Machias Area Little League. For updated information on games and scores, follow MALL at www.facebook.com/MachiasAreaLittleLeague/

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  26. Columbia news

     

    by Ronie Strout

    On Saturday, July 7 the Hannah Weston Chapter of DAR held their meeting at the Gates House in Machiasport. Bob Hammond of Harrington was the guest speaker for the day, he spoke on local history and ship building of the area. Eighteen members attended and two guests.

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  27. SNAP access has shaky presence in farmers’ markets

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Many rural farmers’ markets have stopped food stamp access -- or never had it -- due to increasing challenges in handling the SNAP program.

    “Some of the markets don’t carry SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aka food stamps). Part of this has to do with cell phone access,” explains Lee Hallett, executive director, Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets. “Then it’s so expensive to have a machine. And the machine requires a lot of care and feeding.”

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  28. Selectboard ties up loose ends before close of fiscal year

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Selectboard could not review bids for the new Machias Memorial High School gymnasium roof at their meeting last week because no bids were received. Three companies visited the facility to take a mandatory walk-through, but did not follow-up with timely bid proposals.

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  29. Promising futures

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  30. Moosabec school budgets passed

    by Nancy Beal

    Budgets for the 2018-19 school year for Beals and Jonesport Elementary Schools and Jonesport-Beals High School passed last month with little fanfare. On June 13, approximately 20 citizens from the two towns gathered in the high school gymnasium and approved a total of $1,710,598 for the joint high school. The towns will pay $887,116 of that amount—up $35,563, or 4.18 percent over last year. Beals will be responsible for 24.94 percent of the cost, and Jonesport 75.06 percent. 

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  31. Food Recovery Network taking local action against hunger

     

    by Reagan Davenport

    The Machias chapter of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) was established by Linda Barsanti as a senior project in 2015. Barsanti studied at the University of Maine at Machias and saw that more than 15 percent of Washington County households don’t have enough to eat, yet thousands of dollars worth of food from farms, restaurants and grocery stores is thrown away each year.

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  32. Her signature sneaked onto the Declaration of Independence

    Cookouts, parades and rambunctious family get-togethers have traditionally marked the Fourth of July. But underneath all these delightful traditions is the earliest history of potential treason, an undercurrent of divisive controversy … and Mary Katherine Goddard. 

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  33. Banking On Future Promises

     

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  34. Biss Duo to bring popular French repertoire to Machias

     

    On Tuesday, July 10, Machias Bay Chamber Concerts is proud to announce that Downeast favorites Trond Saeverud (violin) and Gregory Biss (piano) will begin performing at 7 p.m. at the Centre Street Church, UCC, in Machias. The concert features a vast repertoire of compositions from French composers including Chausson, Debussy, Sur, Satie and Ravel.

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  35. Alan Cook to perform at Peabody Memorial Library July 15

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Washington County’s own Alan Cook will be the featured artist at the third concert of Music in the Library, sponsored by Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library. The master of many instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and fiddle, the Machias musician and teacher draws from a repertoire of American folk and rock music that extends back 100 years. He delivers the music of artists and songwriters from the American Roots period of the 1920s to the 1960s, including Ledbelly, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Johnny Cash.

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  36. Norm Famous - Machiasport (1948 – 2018)

    Famous of Machiasport and Augusta, was born November 12, 1948, baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, attending Interboro High School. From his earliest years exploring nature with his mother along the woods and waterways of Delaware County and the Delaware Water Gap, Norm had almost unlimited enthusiasm for the natural world. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Space Sciences from Millersville State University in Pennsylvania, double majoring in geology and biology.

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  37. Richard Arthur Purington - East Machias

    Richard Arthur Purington, 73, beloved husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, cousin​ and friend passed away on ​June 23, 2018 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor. He was born at home in East Machias on May 18, 1945 to Raymond and Carrie (Elder) Purington. He ​attended grade school in East Machias and ​graduated from Washington Academy. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Vietnam War. After his years of service, he married his high school sweetheart, Judy Hanson, in 1970 and they enjoyed 48 years of marriage together.

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  38. Jane Elizabeth Frye Lancaster - California

    Born July 21, 1951 to John Perley Hayward, Jr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Schoppee) Hayward in Machias, Maine. Jane passed away at home on June 18 in the loving presence of her dearest family and friends.

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  39. Jonesport nursing home closure brings out 200 to meeting with hospital board

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Less than a week after employees, residents and their families learned that Jonesport’s landmark nursing home would close later this summer, a public meeting in the elementary school gymnasium drew nearly 200 people from the area. Facing them June 19 were six members of the 15-person board of directors from Down East Community Hospital, which in 1992 took over what was Resthaven Nursing Home and turned it into Sunrise Care Facility (SCF) to avoid a shuttering at that time.

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  40. Chinese policy changes filter down to Machias recycling center

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Last summer China notified the World Trade Organization that they would stop accepting 24 types of solid waste from other nations, and as a result the Machias Bay Area Transfer Station will make similar changes this week.

    Effective Sunday, July 1, users of the Machias Bay Transfer Station and Recycling Center will be restricted to recycling newspapers, corrugated cardboard and metal cans only. Plastics, magazines, flat cardboard and other materials commonly recycled will now go into solid waste. 

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  41. Jonesport takes legal action to stop nursing home closure

    Following the public meeting June 19 (see related story on p. 1), Jonesport selectmen huddled with District 138 Rep. Robert Alley (D-Beals) to explore avenues to slow the closure of Sunrise Care Facility and perhaps hand it over to the town. Alley reported over the weekend having contacted lawyers at a large Portland firm who in turn have engaged Atty. Justin Bennett [of the Ellsworth/Blue Hill firm of Hale & Hamlin] to file an injunction in Machias court this week seeking at least a 30-day stop of SCF’s closure.

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  42. Halls Away Downeast to feature Liberty Hall

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Uniquely focusing on Downeast history, a bus tour of historic halls from Ellsworth to Eastport will examine a slice of the past heretofore largely unpresented to the public.

    The two-day whistle-stop tour will focus on the civic architecture, projects and programs in these spaces, lectures and an overnight stay at Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds. The Ruggles House, the Cherryfield Historic District, Liberty Hall, Reversing Falls Hall, various granges and churches are on the itinerary. The July 21-22 tour will cost $350.

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  43. Managing pests with Tick and Mosquito Offense

     

    by Lura Jackson

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  44. WA dedicates softball field

     

    The Foster Field dedication was held at Washington Academy on Saturday, May 26. The ceremony preceded a WA girls varsity softball game against the Dover Foxcroft Ponies. The dedication marked the end of the “Breaking New Ground” capital campaign that supported the addition and resurfacing of WA athletic fields and dugout renovations. Washington Academy would like to thank Breaking New Ground Chairman, Larry Barker, for his extraordinary dedication to the campaign’s success. 

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  45. Machias woman arrested for arson

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison confirmed that Loretta Roberts of Machias has been arrested for arson by the Maine Fire Marshal’s office. 

    The fire took place in Machias on Sunday, June 17. A call was received at 2:15 a.m. reporting a fire on 39 Court Street. The Machias and Marshfield Fire Departments responded with 16 firefighters in total. 

    The shed on the property was a total loss, including an ATV inside the shed, and some siding was damaged on a house near the property.  Roberts was arrested later that day.

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