1. Laura Mazza-Dixon to give poetry reading at Jonesport library

    by Nancy Beal

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  2. Survey reveals top five phone scams used in Maine

    With 89% of people in Maine receiving between five and 30 nuisance calls per week, telephone scams are still causing major problems for consumers. The issue has become so widespread that almost a fifth of Maine adults admit they have been a victim of a telephone scam.

     The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call Blocker,  also revealed the top five scams people are falling victim to in Maine:  

    • Internal Revenue scam

    • Credit/loan scam

    • Robocall/automated messages scam

    • Lottery/sweepstake scam

    • Missed call scam

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  3. Library to host traditional family Contra Dance

    Porter Memorial Library is sponsoring a family contra dance and potluck at Lubec Grange on July 15 as part of the library’s summer reading program.

    This special event is open to the public, especially to families with children, and features a traditional New England contra dance band from Newport, New Hampshire called The Sugar River Band.

    During the evening’s festivities, a self-serve potluck buffet will be available on side tables in the dance hall for the enjoyment of participants. Attendees are invited to bring something to add to the table. 

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  4. Land transfers by deed June 16, 2017 through June 29, 2017 (Cont. from last week)

    Allen W. Hall and Roberta R. Hall of Zephyrhills, Florida to Holly Kilton of East Machias certain lots or parcels of land with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Machiasport (Lot one beginning at a corner by the highway leading into said Machiasport and running westerly along the line of land of the late Fairfield Trafton; Lot Two beginning on the road leading to Machiasport Village at the northeast corner of the Abram L. Cummings land and running westerly by the said land to a wire fence)

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    • Eastport welcomes Sens. Collins and King for Fourth of July cerebrations
    • Eastport welcomes Sens. Collins and King for Fourth of July cerebrations
    • Eastport welcomes Sens. Collins and King for Fourth of July cerebrations
    • Eastport welcomes Sens. Collins and King for Fourth of July cerebrations

    Eastport welcomes Sens. Collins and King for Fourth of July cerebrations

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  5. Lubec photo workshop show to feature dramatic photos of Down East

    Lubec Photo Workshop show to feature dramatic photos of Down East

    Dramatic scenes from Down East Maine—from landscape to beautiful closeup—will be featured in the 6th annual Lubec Photo Workshop show, running July 12-25 at the Lubec Landmarks Mulholland Market Gallery on Water Street, Lubec.

    The opening reception, free and open to all, will be Saturday July 15 from 5-7p.m.

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  6. Machias selectboard debates recreational marijuana, food ordinance

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     Machias selectman Warren Gay proposed a town moratorium on recreational marijuana sales at the selectboard meeting last Wednesday evening. “Medical marijuana, I go along with one-hundred percent. But, I go along with having a moratorium on the recreational side,” he said. “I’m against [recreational marijuana] because I know what it does.”

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  7. Yankee names Quoddy Bay lobster rolls No. 3 in nation

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     Food editor Amy Traverso put her family in a small RV last summer and left Massachusetts to drive the length of the Maine coast. Her mission? To find the best lobster roll in Maine, “...which, accounting for geography and the fact that these are the freshest, sweetest lobsters you’ll find, makes it reasonable to then declare it the best in New England, and thus in the country,” she wrote.

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  8. Ideas meet needs in revitalizing rural Maine

    by Ruth Leubecker

    A variety of ventures, often inching forward one step at a time, are responding to the variegated urgent needs in Washington County.

    COMMENTARY

    It didn’t happen overnight, and many of these enterprises are dedicated to staying, albeit facing a challenging survival. The Machias Marketplace, with its mantra of “local food for local people,” is now 12 years old. After a rocky start followed by seven years under Machias Hardware, it now has a new location adjacent to Posh and across from True Value. 

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  9. Historical Society presents King’s broad arrow

    This mark, known as “The King’s Broad Arrow,” was placed onto the tallest, straightest white pine of colonial Maine. Anyone cutting a tree so marked risked serious punishment. These trees were reserved for use as masts and spars of His Majesty’s Navy. If Britannia truly “ruled the waves,” it did so through harnessing the wind into sails held in place by wood taken from the forests of Maine.

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  10. Machiasport voters say no to marijuana, yes to exploring Bucks Head

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machiasport voters approved 49 articles in 51 minutes at the annual town meeting last Monday night, including one which establishes Machiasport as a dry town for marijuana. 

    Maine voters approved a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21 during last November’s elections. The state then placed a moratorium delaying the sale of recreational marijuana until February 2018. 

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  11. Historic Nash building, grandfather to Main Street

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     Long before Machias’ Nash Building became a local symbol of Main Street decline and revitalization, it held a fruit and confectionary store operated by Italian immigrants. 

     Joseph Toschi came to Machias in the late 1800’s with his children and son-in-law, Ernest Mugnai. According to Mugnai’s great-grandson, Michael Hoyt, Mugnai imported fruit and candy by train from Boston to sell in his Machias fruit store.

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  12. The Editor’s Desk

    July in Washington County disproves the theory summer is full of lazy days. In this week’s paper alone you’ll find news of something fascinating, enriching, musical or physical to do nearly every day of the month. 

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  13. Cat got your goat?

    This little goat ushered in a new category at the 4th Annual Moosabec Pet Show—small farm animals sampling everything that might be edible and engaging a large cat. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  14. Celebrating 241 years of freedom

    by Ruth Leubecker

    The Fourth of July aka Independence Day is etched into America’s playbook as a day of phenomenal thankfulness. As well it should be.

    The Continental Congress 241 years ago declared that 13 struggling American colonies were a new nation -- the United States of America -- and no longer under the direction and dictates of the British Empire.

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  15. Letter to the Editor - Nature got it right

    Nature got it right

    Summer’s wild blueberry creations become autumn’s scenery -- grand beyond conception. Maine’s wild blueberries are different because nature got it right!

    Our unique and special wild lowbush blueberries grow on plants that Mother Nature gives us from underground vines (rhizomes), and their above-ground fruit-bearing low bushes four to 10 inches tall.

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  16. Letter to the Editor - Give bicyclists space

    Give bicyclists space

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  17. News of the Hannah Weston chapter, DAR

    Members of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will gather for their annual picnic meeting to be held at the Gates House, home of the Machiasport Historical Society on Rt. 92 in Machiasport, at 11 a.m. Sat., July 8.  Members attending are asked to bring a sandwich. Dessert and beverage will be provided.  The speaker for the afternoon will be Valdine Atwood who will discuss DAR Insignia and Protocol.

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  18. Columbia, Whitneyville Library News, Welsey

    Porter Memorial Library news

    Summer Reading Program begins at Porter Memorial Library 

    When summer rolls around, Porter Memorial Library does its best to make reading even more fun than ever. During a month-long Summer Reading Program in July, the library will feature book displays and reading lists of titles that can be found in the library collection; and also sponsors at least one cultural and learning event for families.

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  19. Machiasport’s Bucks Harbor on the weekend before the 4th of July

    A large quantity of boats rested in Machiasport’s Bucks Harbor on the weekend before the 4th of July. Behind them and to the right, Bucks Head is visible, probably named for Captain Thomas Buck of Plymouth, Massachusetts who carried the first settlers to Machias in 1763. Bucks Head was a subject of discussion at the most recent town meeting, when Machiasport voters authorized selectmen to investigate the possible purchase of 23 acres there, which include one-half mile of shoreline, provided the purchase does not increase taxes. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  20. Scottish Bagpipe Bands Return to Fort Knox

    Scottish Bagpipe Bands Return to Fort Knox

    Friends of Fort Knox in Prospect and the St. Andrew’s Society of Maine present the annual, Scottish Tattoo on Saturday, July 8 at Fort Knox in Bucksport. The event features two marching bagpipe bands performing a “Scottish Tattoo”. The event takes place on the Fort Knox parade ground and begins at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 8.  Tickets are only $10 for adults and five dollars for children under $12. Tickets may be purchased at Friend of Fort Knox gift shop or by calling 469-6553 or at Fort Knox the night of the concert.

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  21. Evan Merchant: a Beals boy with “Happy Feet”

    by Nancy Beal

    Evan Merchant, the Beals Island high school junior who outpaced more than 100 runners to win the Bay of Fundy 10-kilometer race in Lubec, was a month from finishing the fourth grade in 2010 when he entered his first road race. It wasn’t billed as a race, but rather the tenth annual Walk for Life, a fundraiser for a cancer support group started by one of his neighbors. Although the other participants walked the course from Addison’s town hall to Route 1 and back, Merchant and a school friend elected to run it.

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  22. Fourth America

    Donny Alley dressed up his rental in the old Jonesport System Store and took first place in decorated businesses.

    Photo by Nancy Beal

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  23. Hit parade

    During the Moosabec Summerfest mini-parade which took place on June 30, local youngsters competed for most patriotic, most original and most humorous titles. Photos by Nancy Beal.

     

     

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  24. Sugar River band to play contra dance at Lubec grange

    Porter Memorial Library in Machias is excited to announce a rare local appearance by a traditional New England contra dance band, The Sugar River Band, from Newport, New Hampshire. The Sugar River Band will perform at a Family Contra Dance and Potluck scheduled for Saturday, July 15 and sponsored by Porter Memorial Library as part of its 2017 Summer Reading Program. The July 15 dance and potluck supper will be held at the former Lubec Grange Hall in Lubec, now Artworksofmaine, located at 10 North Lubec Road across from McFadden’s Gulf Station on Route 189.

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  25. Crow town gallery opens season with Bay of Fundy artists

    Lubec’s Crow Town Gallery’s first show of the 2017 season features three artists with distinctly unique visions of The Bay of Fundy and its surrounds; Shanna Wheelock, Kathrin Hilten, and Richard Van Buren. The show runs from June 29 to July 16, with the opening reception on July 6,  at 7 p.m. 

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  26. ‘Coastal Frontier’ show to feature artist of Downeast

    Prominent local artists present multi-faceted show in Lubec 

    The beauty, ruggedness—and uniqueness—of America’s last coastal frontier will be featured in a multi-faceted exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and photography of Downeast Maine opening Wednesday, June 28 at the Lubec Landmarks Mulholland Market Gallery.

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  27. Machias Bay Chamber concerts kicks Off 2017 summer season

    On Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present the first of six exclusive summer concerts at the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias. 

     The opening concert will feature violinist Trond Saeverud, cellist Joachim Woitun, clarinetist Anna Maria Baeza, and pianist Gregory Biss. The program will include: Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (in a reduction by Stravinsky), Bela Bartok’s Contrasts, Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor (Op. 49), and a Cello Suite by J. S. Bach (TBA).

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  28. Pete Kilpatrick returns to PML’s music in the Library

    by Nancy Beal

    Singer-guitarist Pete Kilpatrick is the featured artist at the fourth in Peabody Memorial Library’s slate of summer concerts, billed as “Music in the Library,” slated for 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 14. 

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    • Fall DAC All-Stars - Special Recognitions
    • Fall DAC All-Stars - Special Recognitions
    • Fall DAC All-Stars - Special Recognitions

    Fall DAC All-Stars - Special Recognitions

    Photo 1: Calais High School Athletic Director Randy Morrison presents Greg Smith the 20+ Year Coaching Achievement Award for his tremendous dedication to athletes from Calais High School. Fantastic job Coach Smith!

    Photo 2: Narraguagus High School Athletic Director John Daley presents Butch Hall the very special Richard Gardner Distinguished Service Award for his many contributions to schools and communities of the Downeast Athletic Conference. Thank you Butch!

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    • More Fall DAC All-Stars
    • More Fall DAC All-Stars
    • More Fall DAC All-Stars
    • More Fall DAC All-Stars

    More Fall DAC All-Stars

    Photo 1: Cheerleading All-Stars for this year include: WHS, Mackenzie Campbell, Halie Smith, Taylor Lane, Makayla Overlock; MHS, Ava Dray, Dani Vazquez, Taya Wood, Cam Leavitt, and Cross Country boys All-stars for this year include: J CHS, Kendra Parks, Payton Lozier, Mackenzie Bennett, Ivy McLellan.

    Photo 2: Cross Country boys All-Stars for this year include: J-B, Evan Merchant; Machias, Jacob Godfrey, Cameron Leavitt, Jakob Holland, CHS, Addison Coty, Kyle Richard; NHS, JP Snider, Blaine Grant, Kyle Davis; and SHS, Dylan Bernaquer, Nicholas Kimball.

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    • Fall DAC All-Stars
    • Fall DAC All-Stars

    Fall DAC All-Stars

    Photo 1: Volleyball All-Stars for this year include: CHS, Kelly Delaney, Kylie Donovan, Kayli Doten, Abby Condon; WHS, Sophia McDonald, Shawna Monk, Shaye Beers; NHS, Kayla Thompson, Madison Leighton; and MHS, Kelcy Miller, Regan Bragg; J-B

    Photo 2: Girls Soccer All-Stars for this year include: CHS, Emily Mitchell, Katie Cavanaugh, Sydney Farrar; WHS, Paige Fitch, Jennie Cox, Anna Johnson, Sadie Smith; NHS, Kylee Joyce, Lance Perry, Diana Parades; Shead, Keisha Scott, Jacqueline Cook; and SHS, Gabby Richardson.

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    • Winter DAC All-Stars
    • Winter DAC All-Stars

    Winter DAC All-Stars

    Photo 1: Boys Basketball All-Stars for this year include: J-B, Isaiah Faulkingham, Ryan Alley, Adam Robinson; MHS, James Mersereau, Jacob Godfrey, Jordan Grant, John Massaad; NHS, Brettin Dinsmore, Cameron Rumery; WHS, Drew Hayward, Riley Russell; CHS, Addison Coty, Brandon Gillespie; and Shead, Matt Harris.

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  29. Senior DAC all - Academic All-Stars

    Senior AcademicAll-Stars for this year include: NHS, Kayla Toppin, Blaine Grant, Hannah Bennett, John Paul Snider, Nicholas Willey, Caitlin Reynolds, Hayden Pineo; SHS, Issiac Christiansen, Noah Goldfarb, Margaret Perry, Anna Young; J-B, Georgia Backman, Jadah Alley, Douglas Hinkley, Joe McDonald; Shead, Matt Harris, Katelyn Mitchell, Holly Preston; MHS, Regan Bragg, Jonathan Massaad; CHS, Katie Cavanaugh, Koby Gillespie, Jack Lander, and WHS, Gabe Hunnewell.

     

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  30. More Spring DAC All-Stars

    Boys tennis All-Starsfor this year include: CHS, Christian Emery, Gavin Altvater; SHS, Brandon Grinnan; Shead, Sam Tracy, Matt Harris; and WHS, Gabe Hunnewell, Charles Newman.

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  31. Spring DAC All-Stars

    Baseball All-Stars for this year include: Shead, Matt Harris, Ethan Lank, Riley Demolet, Noah Curtis; WHS, Luke McDonald, Matt Miller, Alex Morrison; NHS, Blaine Curtis, Drew Fletcher; CHS, Jacob Hornbrook, Brandon Gillespie; SHS, Issiac Christiansen; MHS, Noah Albert; and J-B, Kaiden Crowley. Team Sportsmanship Award: Calais High School

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  32. Guagus top softball story downeast

    by Phil Stuart

     The 2017 high school year is officially over and Downeast Maine and the Narraguagus Lady Knights had the most successful post-season out of the eight Washington County teams.

    The Lady Knights weren’t as successful during the regular season as a year ago, when they went 16-0.

    A year ago, the Knight’s undefeated record was misleading because of their weak regular season schedule, they ended up getting eliminated in the quarter final.

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  33. Tigers lose in semifinals

    by Phil Stuart

     The Shead High School Tigers turned the table on the Mars Hill Club this year, after getting eliminated in a prelim game 2-1 a year ago,.

    Central Aroostook a 2-0 lead in their June 6th game at Davis Field in Eastport.

    The Tigers tied it in the bottom of the third before the Panthers went ahead 3-2 in the fourth.

    Shead answered with two of their own in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.

    After a scoreless 5th, Central Aroostook tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth.

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  34. Outdoor track athletes honored

    by Phil Stuart

    Several outdoor track athletes from Washington Academy and Narraguagus were recently selected to All Conference first and second teams by the Penobscot Valley Conference.

    The big name on the list was Michaila Robinson of Washington Academy. Robinson was a first team selection in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dash. Robinson was a state title winner in the 200 and 400 and runner-up in the 100. Robinson was also a first team selection in the 4x400 meter relay along with teammate Sean Seavey, Garrett Channell and Colby Cates Wright.

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  35. Putt Off decides scramble

    by Phil Stuart

     June 7th Senior Scrambles at Barren View Golf Course in Jonesboro was decided by a putt-off.

    The first three teams all recorded -4 while the 4th, 5th and 6th place teams recorded a -2.

     Julien Whitney teamed up with Fred Morgan, Jim Golike and Nancy Cunliffe to take home the big prize money. Last week’s winners were Jane Hooper, Stan Fitzhenry, Clint Libby and Gary Willey grabbed second place. The mayor of Bach Bay—Wayne Smith—together with Gail Berry, Ed Boland and Gordie Faulkingham finished 3rd.

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  36. Food Mobile to bring emergency food to Machias

      Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Food Mobile will be distributing food, including fresh produce, perishable and non-perishable items to people in need in the Machias area.

      Anyone in need of emergency food assistance in Machias and the surrounding area is welcome to attend. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and will be held in the Pellon Center parking lot, 90 Main Street,  Machias.

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  37. Ty Openshaw to perform at Addison Days

    Ty Openshaw is an American musician and singer-songwriter born and raised in Downeast Maine. His popularity began during his middle school years as he supported touring bands that traveled near his home town. At a young age Ty began creating a guitar/vocal wall of sound using these two instruments in combination with mesmerizing electronics. With a voice that is raw, soulful and speaking emotional truth, Ty Openshaw engages listeners and encourages them to lose themselves in the melodic message he delivers.

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  38. Lovie B. Maker Machiasport

    Lovie B. Maker, 99, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at a Machias nursing home. She was born in West Lubec, October 20, 1917 the daughter of the late Arthur and Emily (Taylor) Batron.

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  39. Husson University announces spring 2017 president’s list

    Husson University is pleased to share their Spring 2017 President’s List. Students who earn President’s List honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester and earn a grade point average of between 3.80 to 4.0 during the period. Weston Ranalli of Big Lake Twp, ME is a senior who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Laura Barnett of Calais, ME is a senior who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.

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  40. Dewey Sheehan earns degree

    Dewey Sheehan of Pembroke graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration during commencement ceremonies on May 21, 2017, at the University of Vermont.

    The university conferred degrees this year on an estimated 3,228 graduates, including 2,620 bachelor’s, 386 master’s, 106 doctoral and 116 medical degree recipients. Among degree recipients are students from 40 states and 97 international students from 21 foreign countries. Approximately 1,116 graduates are from Vermont.

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