1. Beals Island trap tree

    In 2010, the Moosabec Summerfest committee constructed a 50-foot lobster trap tree on Perio Point, Beals Island. The tree took 1,000 lobster traps to build. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  2. Sullivan waitress receives $500 tip


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Trisha Murphy works as a waitress at Denny’s in Ellsworth, and this week she received a tip that raised her eyebrows. She told her story on Facebook in a post which has gone viral around the region with more than 437 shares in the first 24 hours, a number which will surely climb.

    When Murphy granted permission to reprint her story, she said she wishes she could find the customer’s name. “I’d love to make him famous for literally saving my Christmas!” she said.

    Here is the story, in her words.

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  3. Holiday memories

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas

    Izyck and Blake Archer of Dennysville sit in front of their family’s Christmas tree every year for the family tradition of reading Twas the Night Before Christmas aloud. Photo courtesy Alison Archer. 

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  4. Sens. Collins and King participate in Wreaths Across America ceremony at US Capitol

    U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King participated in the Wreaths Across America capitol wreath laying ceremony this morning in Washington. Beginning in 2007, and each December since, wreaths Across America, based out of Columbia Falls, Maine, has placed a remembrance Wreath at the U.S. Capitol Building. The wreath laid at the U.S. Capitol is adorned with flags representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and POWs/MIAs, and it is decorated with a red bow.

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  5. Teaching lechery and getting lechers - Opinion

    by Everett Piper

    Reprinted with  permission, originally published in the Washington Times, Nov. 29.

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  6. The Editor’s Desk

    Last week I had the pleasure of eavesdropping on a group of local high school freshmen who were discussing the day’s current events. The chief topic of conversation was the repeal of net neutrality, accomplished by a vote of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last Thursday. Not only were the students broadly informed on the issue — a complex one even by adult standards — some of them had taken action to voice their concern over the repeal via calls and emails to representatives in Washington, D.C. And think of it —  teens socializing by discussing current events! 

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  7. Tuell previews bill to keep Bucks Harbor prison open

    Earlier this week, Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias) previewed his bill to keep the Downeast Correctional Facility in Buck’s Harbor open for at least one more year.

     “Things are moving forward,” Tuell said. “Several of us will be meeting with the prison’s Board of Visitors later this week to discuss the case for keeping DCF open. And Monday I’ll be going to Augusta for bill signing day. That’s when I’ll be asking other legislators to sign on to the prison bill and formally submitting it for next session.”

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  8. Christmas joy is all around, help yourself

    Wafting wood smoke and soft snow falling signal this special time of year. And if you’re lucky enough to have big windows looking out on birches and deer, you’re lucky enough.

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  9. Candidate Thibodeau visits Downeast

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Michael Thibodeau has a lot to think about this time of year. His family business is the only producer of snow shovels in Maine, so he keeps an optimistic eye on the weather. “Get on down to Pineo’s, because Snowmageddon is on the way,” he said, laughing. 

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  10. A Christmas story

    One father’s letter to his daughter

    Dear Tracy,

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  11. Sweet Christmas memories

    Kendall Archer  and her cousin Kendall worked very carefully to decorate their family’s Christmas tree. Kendall’s mother Alison said that holiday traditions are very important in the Archer family. Photo courtesy Alison Archer

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  12. Dear Cat Lady is here to help our local cats.

    Over the last year more than 100 stray cats were spayed with the efforts of former Animal Control Officer Bob Seelye, myself and other concerned Machias residents.

    Most of these cats were not wild, but simply former pets trying to survive on the streets after whatever sad story left them there. 

    So why are there so many stray cats in Machias? Folks are not getting their cats spayed and neutered.

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  13. Jonesport’s Ice Hill South still a slippery slope

    by Nancy Beal

    The first Downeast snowstorm has come and gone and the issue of who will plow a side road in Jonesport leading from Main Street to Moosabec Reach is still unresolved. David Wardwell, the only year-round resident of five who have houses on Ice Hill South has asked the town to settle a dispute in the area arising from some decorative granite boulders that the town’s snow plow contractor says prohibits him from plowing the congested neighborhood.

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  14. Wesley News

    The Memorial Park looks good with the wreaths on stones for veterans for the holidays.

    Washington Academy students helped Maine Veterans Project and Wallboard Supply Co. replace a roof for Byron Norton in Wesley on Friday, Dec. 8. They were able to finish the roof on Monday.

    Snow started here in Wesley at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The first snow of the season, about six inches.

    Maddy and Jenn were in Ellsworth in both their vehicles to get their oil changed before the snow started there.

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  15. Harrington News

    Winter seems to be upon us.  It seems to be quite cold now. What do I expect?  Florida weather?  It would be nice, but Maine is wonderful.

    Tim is doing urchins now.  That is a cold job.  Nothing summer-like here until next June.

    Seeing the news report on the “Wreaths Across America” makes us all feel so proud of the volunteers delivering the wreaths to put on Veterans’ graves.  Worcester Wreath is doing a wonderful job!

    Our granddaughter had a slight car accident in Cherryfield.  It was a door bender. We have to get a new door. No one was hurt.

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  16. Whitneyville Library news

    As Jimmy Stewart said “It’s A Wonderful Life”...and this year at the Whitneyville Public Library it sure is a wonderful life.  2017 has been a year of wonderful surprises as dreams have be realized.  As we celebrate the wonderful holidays we give thanks to everyone that helped support us in all that we do and will continue to do in 2018.

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  17. Columbia News


    Carroll has been moved to Courtland Nursing Home in Ellsworth so he can get physical therapy to be able to come home. He thinks he will be able to come home this coming week.

    The bus drivers of SAD #37 had their Christmas Gathering on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Lori Mathews’ home in Cherryfield.

    Congratulations to my granddaughter Jasmine St. Pierre on her recent engagement to Matt Hanson.

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  18. Beginning beekeeping with UMaine Extension offered in Calais, Machias

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering beginning beekeeping courses in Calais, beginning Jan. 23, and in Machias on Jan. 24. The Calais session will be held at Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, 6:30-8:30 p.m., through Feb. 20. The Machias session will be held at University of Maine at Machias,

    ​9 O’Brien Avenue, from 7-9 p.m., through Feb. 21.

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  19. Earn your Ham Radio license this January

    Licensed amateur (HAM) radio operators can talk with astronauts on the

    International Space Station, use the latest digital communication modes, bounce signals off of the Moon, and chat with other hams on the other side of the world without having to use the Internet. Even though Morse code is no longer required, many new and seasoned hams still favor that oldest of ham radio modes. Did you know that the amateur radio community even has a fleet of communications satellites in orbit? It is true.

    There is still time to study for the entry-level examination called the

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  20. Cookies with GG

    Izyck Archer decorates cookies with his great grandmother Donna Kilton, just as his mother used to do when she was growing up. Photo courtesy Alison Archer.

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  21. International dancers add second weekly meeting

    Eastport Arts Center’s International Dance group will hail the new year with the addition of a second weekly meeting, and starting January 2 will meet both Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m. at the center. The group is open to everyone, including beginners, and features traditional dance from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Israel. 

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  22. Attorney General Janet Mills to FCC: delay rulemaking for Net Neutrality

    Attorney General Janet Mills and 17 other Attorneys General wrote to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking the Commission to delay its rulemaking deadline because of falsified comments made to the FCC. “A careful review of the publicly available information revealed a pattern of fake submissions using the names of real people. In fact, there may be over one million fake submissions from across the country. This is akin to identity theft on a massive scale - and theft of someone’s voice in a democracy is particularly concerning,” wrote the Attorneys General.

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  23. Fulford leads pledge to reject corporate PAC and dark money in 2nd CD election

    Jonathan Fulford, Maine carpenter and builder running for Congress in Maine’s 2nd congressional district, called on his fellow candidates to reject corporate and lobbyist money in their campaigns. Joined by supporters in front of Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s district office, Fulford denounced our broken campaign finance system that has allowed the wealthiest to have an outsized influence in lawmaking while working class Mainers pay the price.

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  24. New Beehive letterpress poster series

    Next up on the drawing table of the Beehive Design Collective is a new print called Wreathmaker’s Hands, scheduled to coming out in the new year. The Beehive Design Collective printed extra posters of earlier prints in the series, and gave out free copies to local patrons who wanted to give the print to someone who digs clams for a living.

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  25. 2018 Maine Literary Awards open for nominations

    The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Maine Literary Awards are now open for nominations. Entries will be accepted until February 1, 2018 and the winners will be revealed live on June 14, 2018.

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  26. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Sunday, December 24 at 4:30 p.m. - East Machias Congregational Church. Pastor Edwin Randall, Special Vocalist/Suprano Jennifer Randall. All are welcome. 

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    Please post the the Marshfield Congregational Church Christmas Eve service will be at 6 p.m., December 24 at the church on Church Lane in Marshfield.

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  27. WA Varsity Girls Swim

    Though Washington Academy’s Girls’ Varsity Swim Team did not prevail over the visiting Brewer Witches, they did put up a solid fight. Swimmer Ava Emery won first place in both of the events she competed in, and qualified for the state finals. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    WA Raiders trump Brewer Witches

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  28. Hoops For Health a great success

    by Phil Stuart

    The Hoops for Health basketball tournament was another huge success for the second year in a row.

    The two-day tournament held on Dec. 1-2 featured the boys and girls teams from Narraguagus High School, Jonesport-Beals High School, Machias Memorial High School and Washington Academy. The tourney featured four games on both Friday and Saturday with excellent attendance.

    The tournament raised $13,000 dollars for the Downeast Community Hospital’s Obstetrics Department.

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  29. 1968 Machias Area Little League Cardinals

    Front row left to right: Wallace Alvin-Hall, Brian Nault, Dana Kilton, Mitch Geel, Gary Hooper, Kevin Maker and Scott Maker.

    Middle row left to right:  Curt Porter, Myron Davis, Tommy Bridges, Teddie St.Pierre, Sadie St.Pierre, Gary Magee, Kerry Geel and Jeff Davis.

    Back row: Coaches Verkab “Hunky” Porter and Roger Davis. photo courtesy of Machias Area Little League

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  30. Sportsmanship, coaches and transfers

    by Phil Stuart

    There is a lot more to the game of basketball than the actual game itself. Things change every year, such as coaches, players and fans. If you are lucky enough to get a dedicated coach that is willing to put the time and effort into building a program, it is important that the school and community is behind him or her.

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  31. UMM Clipper ladies drop three

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias women’s basketball team has gotten into the competitive part of their schedule and have now lost their last four contests since edging the University of Maine at Presque Isle on November 19th.

    On November 28th, Troy Alley’s club journeyed to Augusta for a match-up with the talented Lady Moose. The hosts got out in front early and never looked back.

    UMA led 43-26 at the break and went on to post an 80-50 win.

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  32. Machias JHS Basketball in action shots

    Pictured with Coach is the Machias JHS girls’ basketball team. Members include left - right : Jaida Case, Mileena Sylvia, Jaydin Anderson, Desaraye Beal, and Kaitlyn Guptill.

    Pass inside by Jaida Case for Machias.

    After getting the board, Jaydin Anderson takes the ball out the endline.

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  33. Machias JHS Basketball in action shots

    Pictured is the Machias JHS boys’ basketball team. – Members include front l-r: Brady Hatt, Gaven Bixler, Ethan Libby, Alex Cox, and Andon Wood. Back left - right: Coach Bob Sinford, Gavin Reece, Jayden Rhodes, Ethan Foss, Kyle Anderson, Jackson Bunker, and Brandon Godfrey.

    Andon Wood uses a nice head fake to beat the defense

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  34. Christmas Church Services

    St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church,  Dublin Hill, Machias. Services, 9 a.m. April through November; 9:30 a.m. December through March. FMI: 207-259-3328 or staidansmachias.org.

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    Beals Wesleyan Church, Elm Street, Beals. 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship; 6 p.m. evangelistic hour. Wednesday 6 p.m. prayer time. Pastor Nick Wilson, 207-497-2262 or 207-530-0567.

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  35. Jean Marie (Clark) Richardson - East Machias

    Heaven gained a special angel as her blue eyes closed. Jean Marie (Clark) Richardson of East Machias passed away on Dec. 14,2017 after a courageous fight with lung cancer. She was born on July 15, 1952 in Machias, Maine the daughter of John & Gertrude (Mayhew) Clark. Jean graduated from high school at Washington Academy in 1970 and in 1973 she married Dale Richardson and together they owned Dale Richardson & Son Concrete. Jean also was a homemaker and mother to their loving son Ryan. Jean enjoyed having friends and family with her always, and everyone loved to go “Jean’s Beach”.

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  36. Dale Sidney Coffin - Machias

    Dale Sidney Coffin, 53, passed away December 8 after a long battle with brain cancer. He was born September 28, 1964.

    A good soul with a kind spirit, Dale was a beloved member of his community. He had a deep connection to the ocean and worked on the stern of many boats from Bucks Harbor. He had a passion for freshwater fishing and ice fishing and had many stories to share about his adventures. He was funny and strong and his jovial aspect will be greatly missed.

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  37. Financial help for grandparents raising grandchildren

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    Are there any financial assistance programs that can help grandparents who are raising their grandkids? I’m raising two grandchildren and could use some help. 

    Struggling Grandma

    Dear Struggling,

    Money is often an issue for the millions of U.S. grandparents who are raising their grandchildren today. To help with the day-to-day expenses, there are a variety of government programs and tax benefits that can make a big difference in stretching your budget. Here’s where to look for help. 

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  38. Sherry Ann (Theriault) Mills - Marshfield and North Haven

    Sherry A. Mills 78,went to be with her Lord on December 11, 2017. She passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side. She was born in Trescott, May 21, 1939, the daughter of Adelbert, Sr. and Esther (Laslie) Theriault. 

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  39. Funding Medicaid expansion requires tough choices to avoid the pitfalls of the past

    by Gov. Paul LePage

    I have laid out four basic principles to guide the Legislature’s decision on how to pay for Medicaid expansion. We must maintain the state’s long-term fiscal health and avoid the budget disasters of the past.

     DHHS estimates the cost of Medicaid expansion will be about $63 million in fiscal year 2019 and $82 million in 2020. It will rise to $97 million in 2021, then jump to more than $100 million every year after that — and the price tag will continue to grow.

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  40. Farming in new weather reality focus of panel discussion

    All farmers are invited to a panel discussion and networking event about farming in a new weather reality 1:50–4 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Hancock Room of the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive.

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  41. Stage East to mount one night show for New Year’s

    Stage East will once again present an evening of short comedies as part of the Eastport New Year’s Eve festivities. “Mismatched Pairs” is a collection of two person comedies by five different authors. The evening will be filled with secret agents, an excruciatingly honest first date, a picnic, some passive-aggressive bureaucracy and a giant talking shellfish. Directed by Brian Schuth, “Mismatched Pairs” features both familiar Stage East faces and some new acquaintances: Laura Baker, Kathleen Dunbar, Celeste DiPietro, Barbara Smith, Caitlyn Stellrecht, Lindy Weston and Dalton Young.

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  42. Court News

    Eric H. Hoche of Dennysville, Maine: Operate ATV on public way on May 20, 2017 in Dennysville. SNTC Date 8/18/2017, Fine $100. OFC.

    Robbie Smith Webber of Orono, Maine: Violating municipal shellfish ordinance on July 5, 2017 in Harrington. SNTC Date 8/8/2017, Fine $300. OFC.

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  43. The Baitfish Bugaboo

    by  V. Paul Reynolds

    The tired old joke goes like this: “How can you tell the difference between a partridge and a grouse?” You know the answer, right? If it’s shot on the ground, it’s a partridge; if it is shot on the wing, it is a  grouse.

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  44. Silent night

    Candles shine through Downeast windowpanes during the darkest weeks of the year. Photo by RJ Heller

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  45. First snowfall blankets Downeast

    It looks just like a picture print from Currier & Ives, but this beautiful scene of East Machias covered in snow is a photograph taken in 1976 by Ken Tudor. Last week the area was blanketed in the first substantial snow of the season. Area children made snowmen and Christmas spirits were lifted. But will it last until Santa comes to town? Photo courtesy Ken Tudor

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