1. Columbia News

    The Milbridge Historical Society speaker for Tuesday evening was Doug Kell speaking on how he came to Milbridge and started his business Kelco Industries in the old Milbridge High School building. This was our last program for the year.

    The chicken pot pie supper at the congregational church in Cherryfield on Wednesday Sept. 13, was delicious with many folks out for it. I enjoyed sitting at the table with Joe, Anne, Ruth, Jean, Louise, Ben and his mother. The next and last supper for the season will be Wednesday, Oct. 11 with a turkey dinner.

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  2. Whitneyville Library news

    It is an exciting time for the library as we prepare for the groundbreaking for the new library. The new site of the library, which is located on Cross Street in Whitneyville, will be the center of attention on Sept. 23 at noon.  

    All of our patrons and library friends are invited to attend.  Following the groundbreaking ceremony the Friends of the Whitneyville Library invite everyone to the Hillgrove Community Building for light refreshments. This is a wonderful and exciting moment in the library’s history that we want to share with all our library friends.

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  3. Maine Outdoor School teaches Beals students on Great Wass Island

    Beals Elementary students did not stay inside to read about science on Sept.14-15; Maine Outdoor School took Beals students in grades K-8 to the Great Wass Island Nature Preserve to learn geology and natural history through games, acting, exploration, and observation. On the first day, students in grades 5-8 focused on geology by identifying rock and mineral types along the trail. On the second day those 5th-8th graders teamed up with students in grades K-4 to share what they learned and to build new natural history knowledge together.

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  4. UMM Alumni Association holds annual meeting

    by Mary McFadden

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  5. Machiasport teen builds toward Eagle Scout rank

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Before earning their rank, aspiring Eagle Scouts must accomplish a project that both demonstrates their leadership and serves the community. For his final service project, 17 year-old Caleb Norton chose to build a new greenhouse for the Fort O’Brien Elementary School in Machiasport. 

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  6. Pleasant River Historical Society annual meeting set for Oct. 8

    Pleasant River Historical Society annual meeting is set for Oct. 8

    The annual meeting of the Pleasant River Historical Society will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8  at the Mayhew Library in Addison.

    This annual meeting satisfies the IRS 501(c)3 and State of Maine non-profit regulations and will involve the election of officers to fill all vacancies. For voting purposes there will be a table from 1:30-2 p.m. to take new memberships. All area persons interested in the historical resources of the Pleasant River area are invited to attend.

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  7. Positive youth development focus of Oct. 13 workshop

    The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) in partnership with the River Coalition, Wabanaki Public Health, Healthy Acadia and Penobscot Job Corps Center, is partnering to host a free workshop that offers adults who work with youth effective tools, resources and strategies for building successful youth-adult partnerships.  “Creating Successful Youth/Adult Partnerships” will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penobscot Job Corps Center, 1375 Union St. Bangor, Maine 04401.

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  8. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    The Project Canopy Tree Planting will continue at 9 a.m. on Tuesday Sept 19th. Please join us at the Water Street parking lot.

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    Open to the public - Wed., Sept. 20 5 p.m. Monthly meeting of the Porter Memorial Library board of trustees, 92 Court St., Machias. 

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    Dinner served at 5:30 (Doors open at 5:00). This month’s Pleasant River Garden Club meeting will take place 

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  9. UMM Dean’s List

    The following students from Washington County achieved the distinction of being on the Dean’s List at the University of Maine at Machias in the Spring 2017 semester:

    Robbinston: Brent Arthur Lyons, Dara Wesley Turner.

    Pembroke: Miranda Lynn Mahar.

    Dennysville: Alayna B. Caricofe.

    Jonesport: Loretta Jean Robinson, Kali Elizabeth Alley, Meagan Elizabeth Alley.

    Jonesboro: Kristin Alice King, Nadine Baker

    Machias: Ty Steven Richards, James Christopher Dolan.

    Machiasport: Kellie J. Sawyer.

    Whiting: Virginia Jean Majka.

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  10. Machias debates mobile vending ordinance, fire department consolidation

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    During a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Machias Selectboard gathered feedback on a proposed mobile vending ordinance which could give the town the ability to regulate vendors who sell on public property. 

    The ordinance was proposed in response to some difficulties reported on the Machias dike, located between Helen’s and Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 1, which is often full of mobile vendors. Reported issues include territorial vendors arguing with other merchants, and abuse of the garbage receptacles.

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  11. The grandeur of Petit Manan

    The saying goes that good things come in small packages—but what about petit ones? One can find the answer to this question down Route 1 in Steuben. The peninsula of Petit Manan is one of Maine’s many “fingers” that extend into the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. While some of the refuge is private property, its Hollingsworth Trail offers quick and easy access to the natural paradise of the peninsula.

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  12. Weekly drawing group welcomes beginners and experienced artists

    The Drawing Workshop at Eastport Arts Center has resumed weekly meetings and offers a session each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. The workshop will include a combination of life drawing, facial studies and drawing the clothed figure. The group’s emphasis is to offer a learning experience for beginners and, for more experienced artists, an opportunity to hone their drawing skills. No prior experience is necessary. Participants may either pay $12 per session on a drop-in basis or just $40 for four sessions (preregistered).

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  13. SCRATCH computer coding at Porter Memorial Library

    The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and 4-H will offer a six-week Scratch computer coding course to be held at Porter Memorial Library. Beginning Oct. 4, the course will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library, 92 Court Street, Machias, and is designed for children ages 10 to 14. The Scratch computer coding course is one of many different SPIN Club (Special Interest Club) subjects for kids to explore through 4-H.

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  14. Authors Cass and Smith to give readings at Merrill Library

    University of Maine at Machias will host two authors, Megan Cass and Erin Smith. Both will read from their creative works on Friday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Merrill Library.  The event is free and open to the public. Both authors will read for approximately 20 minutes and will have copies of their works available for sale. The library will provide light refreshments. 

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  15. Action shots of Narraguagus Knights Soccer

    See full photo spread in September 20 issue on newsstands now or download the Digital Version.  See pages 16-17.

    Brantley Kane controls the ball for Narraguagus.

    An agile Colby Poirier takes the action sharply left.

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  16. Clipper squads open season

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias men’s and women’s soccer squads opened their 2017 season on Sept. 2 at home against the Central Maine Community College Mustangs while the volleyball squad traveled to Bangor for a match-up with the College of St. Joseph’s at Newman Gym on the Husson University campus.

    New UMM men’s soccer coach picked up his first win coaching the Clippers on opening day when his team hosted the Central Maine Community College Mustangs of Auburn.

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  17. Mugford captures tourney win

    by Phil Stuart

    Nate Mugford of Bucks Harbor recently captured the Annual Jim Merrill Tournament at Barren View Golf Club in Jonesboro with a low gross score of 72. Mugford won by five strokes over by runner-up Lenny Espling of Jonesboro.

    Harry Beal of Columbia Falls supplemented his income with a big payday finishing with a low gross score of 59 and a two stroke advantage over Cooper’s Tom Viselli.

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  18. Races galore in the fall

    by Phil Stuart

    Although there are not too many local road races Downeast in the fall, they are pretty abundant in other areas.

    The Suddy 5K will be held in Eastport Saturday, Sept. 9. The one - mile Fun Run will start at Shead High School at 8:45 a.m. The 5K is slated to start at 9 a.m. The starting line is down over the hill from Shead High School. The race goes down through the South end before doing a loop back to Shead High by way of Water Street and Clark Street.

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  19. Cards-Bruins in 1965 final

    by Phil Stuart

    The top seeded Cutler Cardinals and the second seeded Machias Bruins squared off in the 1965 Quoddy Base League final after semi-final wins over Pleasant Point and Bucks Harbor Air Base. Cutler finished the regular season with 10-2 record followed by Machias 9-3, Pleasant Point 9-3 and Bucks Harbor Air Force 7-5. Cutler journeyed to Pleasant Point to start the 1965 playoffs with a double header against the Indians.

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  20. Acadia Brain Care offers alternative approach to learning difficulties

    by Lura Jackson

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  21. Penobscot Fly Fishers

    By V. Paul Reynolds

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  22. Groups drug recovery center opens

    A new outpatient drug recovery center opened its doors in Machias this month. Groups is a clinic which uses a combination of group therapy and Suboxone to help people struggling with opiate addiction. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  23. Late night Machias raid leads to 3 arrests

    A Connecticut man wanted on drug charges in Maine and a number of other felonies from Connecticut, was taken into custody late last night in Machias.  Rafael Santiago-Salazar aka: “Chico” was charged in February for selling heroin and crack cocaine, following a joint investigation by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  Following his arrest, Santiago-Salazar,  posted bail but never showed up for his court appearances in Maine. 

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  24. Verizon Wireless quietly backing out of Downeast

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    This week, Downeast customers of Verizon Wireless received letters stating that their cellular service contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. The letters were titled “Important information regarding interruption to your service.”

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  25. Community mobilizes to help Machias woman save eyesight

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Shelbie Ross will be traveling to New York City this month for a six-hour surgery to remove a tumor that is sitting on her right optic nerve. Now, friends, family and neighbors are mobilizing to help Ross cover the costs she will encounter as a result of the brain tumor, called a Suprasellar Meningioma. Doctors expect the tumor to be non-cancerous, but if it is not removed quickly Ross could lose her vision. 

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  26. 50 any-deer permits to be issued in coastal District 27

     

    by Nancy Beal

    When deer hunting begins in Maine next month, for the first time in over 30 years it will be lawful to shoot a female. In a drawing held last week (Sept. 8), 50 names were plucked and issued any-deer permits for Maine Department of Inland Fish and Game Wildlife Management District 27. WMD 27, often called the Downeast District, stretches from Gouldsboro to Calais and includes the 733 square miles south of the former Maine Central Railroad, now the Sunrise Trail. Tom Schaeffer is its regional biologist.

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  27. Maine Veterans Project pioneers new ground through skydiving

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME02) recently appointed Shawn “Doc” Goodwin to his Veterans Advisory Panel as the representative for Washington and Hancock counties. “Doc is a great example of one of these terrific Maine veterans who really understands the issues on the ground,” said Poliquin. 

    Goodwin earned that understanding working in service to the vets of Washington County as the president of the Maine Veterans Project (MVP), a nonprofit he founded in 2015 to prevent veteran suicide.

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  28. DEI’s Tilton talks shellfish research, economic development at Rotary Club

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Diane Tilton told the Machias Rotary Club an anecdote that illustrates why the Downeast Institute (DEI) is positioned to become an international destination for scientific research. 

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  29. Volunteers gather to paint Jonesboro vet’s home

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After they were married, Dwight Whitney’s parents received a house and some land as a gift from his grandfather. The only hitch was that the house and land were separated by one third of a mile and a large hill.

    Whitney’s grandfather said, “It’s no problem, I’ll move the house up for you.” He used a team of oxen, rolling skids, rope and a large set of blocks. After a few days he had relocated the home, chimney and all. “You tell somebody to do that today, they’d say it can’t be done,” said Whitney. 

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  30. Weathervane restoration

    Washington Academy (WA) restores the weathervane atop the Old Academy (OA). The OA, built in 1823, was the first building erected on campus, 30 years after the charter was signed in 1792.  The new weathervane is replicated very closely to the original.  Replacing the weathervane is a fitting way to celebrate WA’s 225th anniversary.  Submitted photo

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  31. You are the help until help arrives

    by Susan Faloon

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  32. Gov. LePage Appoints Steven McGrath To Director of Energy Office

    Governor Paul R. LePage announced today he has hired Steven McGrath to serve as the Director of the Governor’s Energy Office.

    “Steve’s experience in the energy industry will help us move Maine forward,” said Governor LePage. “I am pleased he has joined my administration, and I look forward to his insight into this vital policy area.” 

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  33. The Editor’s Desk

    This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Shelbie Ross, a young woman who is preparing to undergo brain surgery to save her vision. I was impressed by her determination to take care of herself, even though it meant reaching out to doctors a plane ride away, we should all be so focused. No doubt her grit and wry sense of humor will serve her well in the months following her surgery. You’ll find her story and ways in which the community hopes to help on page 1.

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  34. Letters to the Editor

    With the recent additions of Old Orchard Beach and Stonington, Maine boasts a total of 40 towns and communities to have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC).  In fact, Maine leads the nation in the number of towns, large and small, that are making a difference in the lives of residents of all ages through creative and collaborative efforts.

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  35. Downeast Salmon Federation announces Sept. events

    Maine’s Arctic Char - Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. – DSF at 13 Willow Street, East Machias – Join Downeast Salmon Federation and the Native Fish Coalition of Maine to learn about one of the rarest salmonids east of the Rocky Mountains, found only in Maine. Presentation will include historical information about this fascinating fish, population status and threats, conservation efforts and fishing. Presented by Bob Mallard, Northeast Regional Editor and Publisher of Fly Fish America, Registered Maine Guide, writer, author of “50 Best Places Fly Fishing the Northeast,” and native fish advocate.

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  36. Letter to the Editor - The Pandora’s pot of Maine’s marijuana legalization 

     

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing as one of the 375,668 “No” voters, asking our legislators, the 17 members of the Joint Select Committee on Medical Marijuana Legalization Implementation and fellow citizens to reflect upon the Pandora’s box that commercialized pot will open in our beautiful state. I’ve been a property owner in Maine since 1988 and year-round resident since 2011.

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  37. Maine overdose deaths keep steady pace into 2017

     Maine’s rate of drug overdose deaths is keeping pace with last year.  Through the first six months of 2017 the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner recorded 185 deaths attributable to drug overdose, according to Dr. Marcella Sorg of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center who analyzes overdose deaths for the Office of the Attorney General.  Doubled, that would be 370 compared to 376 in 2016, or more than one drug overdose a day.

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  38. Overview of 2017, January - June overdose data

     • Most (79%) drug deaths were caused by two or more drugs. The average cause of death involved three drugs.

    • The vast majority of overdoses (84%) were caused by at least one opioid, including both pharmaceutical and illicit (non-pharmaceutical) opioid drugs.

    • Fentanyl (and/or its analogs) caused 61% of deaths, alone or in combination with other drugs, up from 52% in 2016. 

    • Heroin caused 22% of deaths, alone or in combination with other drugs, down from 32% in 2016.

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  39. On the Greatness of Great Wass Island

    Past the bobbing fishing boats of Jonesport and endless stacked lobster traps of Beals, Great Wass Island stands proudly in the Eastern Bay, accessed by the winding Black Duck Cove Road. Several miles down the road lies a small gravel parking lot for the Great Wass Island Preserve, a marker signifying the start of one of Downeast Maine’s beautiful wooded hikes. 

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  40. Preparing for winter

    The East Machias sliding hill is sporting a clean new haircut in anticipation of winter weather. After being purchased by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the hill was turned over to the town of East Machias earlier this year to be used by the community. In years past the hill was not mowed before winter and the tall grasses stuck through the snow, preventing would-be sled racers from achieving maximum speed. Not so, this winter. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  41. Axiom aims at closing the ‘digital divide’

    The Axiom Education & Training Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its new flagship program, the “National Digital Equity Center” (NDEC).

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  42. 4-H Summer of Science brings STEM learning to Machias, Lubec

    This summer in 16 communities statewide, more than 2,000 youths ages 8-13 participated in the Maine 4-H Summer of Science, which provided hands-on STEM learning activities in areas ranging from animal adaptation and bioremediation to chromatography and engineering design.

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  43. Columbia News

    The first week of school has come and gone, where does the time go? All of the kiddos are happy to be back with their friends. Some of our buses were acting up as if they did not want to get back to work either but we soon straightened them out.

    I was blessed again with more beans to can this past week, and with the corn that I got when we traveled to Bangor on Labor Day I was able to put that up, too. I don’t think I will go hungry this coming winter as I will eat out of my larder.  

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  44. Wesley News

    Karen made it to her cousin’s wedding in New Hampshire with Lisa and Dorothy for company. Great pictures and a great time was had by all.

    Karen thanks everyone for their prayers. She has been having hard times with her chemo but she’s tough and makes it through.

    Thanking Wendy for helping at Bear Camp in Karen’s place when she’s not up to it.

    Andy and a couple of his good friends showed up and split all my firewood by hand, no splitter. Thank you. guys.

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  45. Whitneyville Library to begin construction of new library

    The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library along with Librarian Patricia Brightly are pleased to announce that construction of the new library will be begin on Sept. 23 with a ground breaking ceremony. It is a momentous step in the library’s next chapter and marks a glorious milestone.

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