1. Barren View senior Golf on Wednesdays

    The team of Peter Berry, Gary Derickson, Lynn Bjornson, and Paul Rudd were winners this past week at the Barren View Golf Course weekly senior scramble held on Wednesday mornings. Congratulations winners!

     

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  2. Ashby sets Washington County record

    by Phil Stuart

    Eastport native Robert Ashby of Brunswick set a Washington County record for most wins at any one road race as he won the 47th Annual Charles E. Davis Memorial Perry to Eastport 7-mile road race for the twelfth time, breaking Cindy Hatch’s record of 11 wins at the Cutler Harbor 5k. Three days later, Hatch would equal Ashby’s 12 wins as she won the Cutler event for the twelfth time.

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  3. Quoddy League remembered

    by Phil Stuart

    The Quoddy Baseball League in Washington County is just a memory. now but years ago it was a major part of many Downeasters’ lives. Men’s baseball hasn’t been very active Downeast for over three decades, and it is doubtful that it will ever return due to the lack of interest at the high school level.

    In the 1950s, the Quoddy League might have been at it’s best. For most of that decade the three most dominant teams were the Jonesport Jets, the Eastport Lobsters and the Dixie Eagles.

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  4. Calais girls still undefeated

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) High School girls and boys summer basketball league is winding down and the Calais girls are undefeated at 5-0. The rest of the field includes Woodland 3-2, Shead 4-3, Jonesport-Beals 2-5, Sumner 7-5 and East Grand 0-7.

    On July 5, girls’ varsity action saw Woodland defeat Jonesport-Beals 34-18. Calais crushed Sumner 59-21 and Narraguagus get by Shead 48-34.

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  5. Tourney MVP UMFK Bound

    by Phil Stuart

    The 2017 Northern Maine Class D Boys Most Valuable Player, James Mersereau of Machias, is slated to take his talents 200 miles north to the St. John Valley this fall and play for Tom Bid’s University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals.

    Mersereau, a talented and versatile athlete, is very athletic and very creative around the basket. He has tremendous jumping ability and his slam dunks brought the crowd to their feet on more than one occasion.

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  6. Chandler Brothers Win Tourney

    by Phil Stuart

    The Chandler brothers of Jonesport won the annual Daughters of the Nile Golf Tourney at Barren View Country Club in Jonesboro on July 9, with a score of -11.

    Orrin, Hedge and Roger, a trio of brothers, plus Jason Mawson, posted a one stroke victory over Elmer Wilcox, Duanne Smith, Scott Wilcox and Ralph Backman.

    Third place went to Hawaiian vacation winner Nate Mugford, Zach Fenton, Josh Bassett and Jason Hixon with a -9.

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  7. Record number run one-miler

    by Phil Stuart

    The 4th Annual Dale C. Lincoln Kids One-Mile Fun Run held on July 3 in Eastport drew a record number of participants this year.

    Sixty-two young runners finished the Lincoln One-Miler named in honor of Dale C. Lincoln of Perry, an early pioneer in Washington county running who also is in the Maine Running Hall of Fame.

    Andrew Burke of Pembroke covered the course in 6:08 with Tabor Helton and Lulu Calame finishing second and 3rd in 6:19 and 6:58.

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  8. Grand screens “Contemporary Color”

    See “Contemporary Color,” a documentary concert film combining high school color guards and today’s hottest musicians at The Grand in Ellsworth  on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. “Contemporary Color” is the next film in the CineGrand series of great recent movies, many of them unseen on any screen in the area. 

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  9. Painter to be featured at Steuben library

    Linda Yaroch will be the August featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben.  

    Yaroch was born in Chicago and started oil painting at the age of 12 in a small town in Southern New Jersey. She graduated from Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia. 

    In 1976, she illustrated a book for the National Bicentennial Celebration in the city of Philadelphia. She also designed and constructed holiday interiors for the Rouse Corp. malls in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, illustrated children’s school textbooks, and worked with seniors in an art program.

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  10. Robin Rier featured at Lubec Landmarks Gallery

    The plein air landscapes of Maine artist Robin Rier will be featured at the Lubec Landmarks Mulholland Market Gallery from August 16-29. The opening reception, free and open to all, will be Saturday, August 19 from 5-7p.m. The Gallery is located on Water Street in Lubec.

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  11. Frances Agnes Wyles - Nova Scotia

    Wyles, Frances Agnes, age 90 of Digby, Nova Scotia passed away July 6, 2017 in Digby General Hospital. She was born in Lubec Maine, the youngest daughter of the late Howard and Theresa (Sullivan) Gardner. Frances attended the Halls Mills School and Washington Academy. She graduated from a High School in Connecticut as her parents went there to work for the war effort. She also graduated from Beauty school in Bangor.

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  12. Barbara Colbeth Huntley - Bucks Harbor

    Barbara Colbeth Huntley, age 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior and her heavenly family on July 25, 2017. She was born April 4, 1929, at home in Bucks Harbor, daughter of the late Leland C. Colbeth and Jeanette (Hooper) Colbeth.  She was a graduate of Washington Academy and was very proud that she attained the distinction of being Valedictorian of her class. After graduation, she moved for a short period of time to Portland to work and then moved back home where she rekindled a friendship with the man who became her loving husband (Richard Clark Huntley) of 57 years.

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  13. Land Transfers by Deed July 14 through July 27, 2017

    John D. Curtis, Trustee under the John D. Curtis Revocable Trust of Maitland, Florida to Christopher Curtis of Boulder, Colorado certain real property together with any improvements thereon located at Roque Bluffs described in a deed from Trustees of Edith Willy Family Trust

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  14. Gardening girls celebrate

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  15. The Maine “Coywolf” Ploy

    by  V. Paul Reynolds

    As former Maine deer biologist Gerry Lavigne reported recently in the SAM News, there has been a flurry of media coverage purporting that Maine’s Eastern coyote is getting larger and taking on more wolf-like characteristics. On TV, Bill Green’s Outdoors featured a segment and the Portland Press Herald carried a story by Diedre Fleming.

    Is it true? Is our coyote, which started showing up in the 1940s, evolving into a new canid, one that is worthy of the new, catchy name, Coywolf?

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  16. Wayward sunset

    Legendary rock band Kansas performed last weekend at the Balsam Valley Amphitheatre in Cherryfield. The concert capped off a weekend of patriotic events sponsored by Wreaths Across America. Photo by Bill Kitchen.

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  17. Charge of the Kite Brigade

    Saturday’s Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival drew families out to enjoy free festivities in Machias. The festival, which featured kite flying on the riverside hill of Schoppee Farm, was sponsored by Pat’s Pizza, the Machias Rotary Club, and other local businesses. See p. 10 & 11. Photo by Bill Kitchen.

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  18. Opioid crisis slipped as legislative priority

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although legislators pledged early on that the opioid crisis would be a top priority when the 128th Legislature convened, somehow it lost ground dramatically practically from the  beginning of the session.

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  19. Balsam Valley welcomes oldest US Army unit, rock band Kansas to Columbia Falls

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The classic progressive rock band, Kansas, will headline a day of events geared toward remembering and celebrating the contributions of the U.S. armed services. 

    The festivities are sponsored by Wreaths Across America (WAA), a local nonprofit which works to lay balsam wreaths on the graves of soldiers on cemeteries in all 50 states, most notably in Arlington National Cemetery.

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  20. Cherryfield body identified, ruled homicide

    State Police Detectives of the Major Crimes Unit North are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on the side of the road in Cherryfield as a homicide. After an autopsy and investigative efforts, the woman has been identified as Sally Shaw, 55. Detectives are urging anyone from the public who may have had contact with Sally to contact them.

    In the early morning of July 19, Maine State Police were called to Route 193 in Cherryfield because of a report of a deceased woman located on the side of the road.

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  21. Town Clerk placed on leave

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machiasport Selectboard has placed Donna-Jean Metta on paid administrative leave, according to Metta, who said she was informed of the action after the monthly selectboard meeting on Monday, July 17.

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  22. Quilted Blueberry Festival tradition ready to raffle

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  23. Lobstermen’s relief fund benefit set for August 13

    In July last year, 28-year-old Jon Popham, a Machiasport lobsterman, died when he was pulled overboard after getting tangled in a line on board his lobster boat. Maine’s fishing community promptly extended financial and emotional support to Popham’s widow and 2-year-old son. The Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission includes charitable support for distressed fishing families, did just a little bit more.

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  24. Collins, King introduce resolution to designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day

    U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins today introduced a resolution that would designate September 25, 2017, as “National Lobster Day.” Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also sponsored the resolution, which recognizes the historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States.

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  25. Deer permit lottery now open

    Hunters may apply to enter into the Maine Any Deer Permit Lottery by visiting this website: www.maine.gov/online/nedeer. 

    From the list of lottery applicants, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will administer a chance drawing to select winners for a Maine Any Deer Hunting Permit. To hunt Any Deer in Maine, hunters must have one of these special Any Deer Hunting Permits.

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  26. WaCo hospitals working to bridge OB/GYN care for Calais patients

    Shortly before the public announcement that Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) planned to close its obstetrics program by January 2018 or sooner, Rod Boula, CEO of CRH reached out to Dennis Welsh, CEO of Down East Community Hospital (DECH) to explore what possibilities exist for DECH to provide OB patients in the Calais area with high quality OB and delivery services. 

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  27. Freeport firm low-bids Beals bridge project

    by Nancy Beal

    Although the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) website did not show an award for bids on the Beals Island bridge replacement at the end of last week, information on the site indicated that the Freeport firm of CPM Constructors was the low bidder on that project. The state opened the bidding in Augusta on July 12. On the same day during the weekly selectmen’s meeting, Selectman Billy Milliken said that he had already been contacted by the job supervisor in connection with hiring local labor and housing for out-of- town labor.

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  28. 2nd Annual Bold Coast Triathlon a riverside success

    The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival Unconventional Sprint Triathlon was successfully held on Saturday, July 22. The race opened with a 12K paddling leg where participants used canoes and kayaks. The 20 K bike leg came second, and the athletes finished with a beautiful 5K run along the sunrise trail. Race organizers want to offer congratulations to all of the participants.

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  29. Fulford announces run for Congress

    Jonathan Fulford from Monroe is running for Congress in the 2nd Congressional district. He released the following statement:

    I am running for Congress because it is time for an economy that works for everyone.

    It is time for government to invest in the well being of its citizens and build a fair and prosperous economy with jobs that pay enough to live on. We need more freedom and more opportunity to support ourselves, raise our families, and live together in peace and prosperity in our communities.  

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  30. Editors Desk

    This week Governor LePage will consider whether or not to sign legislation that would make Maine the fourth state to raise its smoking age from 18 to 21. Last week, New Jersey joined California and  Hawaii in raising the legal smoking age. Should the legislation succeed in Maine, 18-20 year-old smokers will still be allowed to purchase cigarettes under a grandfather clause. 

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  31. Letter to the Editor - Pembroke Historical Society requests help with sardine history project

     Dear Editor,

         I’m writing as program coordinator for the Pembroke Historical Society to ask the folks in our communities for information of any kind about the West Sunset Packing Company sardine cannery that operated many years ago in West Pembroke, or about the sardine fishery on upper Cobscook Bay. The Society is gathering information for a program on Pembroke’s sardine history to be presented to the public in mid-October. 

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  32. Washington County walks on the wild side

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Thirty-two years of wild blueberry field days have brought a growing number of stakeholders together -- all in the name of nurturing this indigenous little berry.

    While everyone agreed last Wednesday at the annual picnic that this year’s crop would be a little below average, it was the price debacle that had small growers more than a little uneasy. “The present pricing makes me hope a big old hail storm will come through,” said one such grower. “Then I won’t have to harvest them.”

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  33. Fundraiser for Perry family declared success

    by Ann Carter

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  34. Machias Wild Blueberry Run set for August 19

    Healthy Acadia will sponsor the 2017 Machias Wild Blueberry 5-Mile Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run to be held on Saturday, August 19.The Wild Blueberry Run serves as the kick-off to the annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, which features hundreds of craft and food vendors, exhibits, and fun, family-friendly activities. Teams must pre-register by 4 p.m. on August 16. Pre-register by August 10 to reserve your “Wild Blueberry Run” T-shirtOnline registration closes at 7 p.m. On August 18.

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  35. J-B superintendent and joint school board part ways

    by Nancy Beal

    In a Jonesport Elementary School board meeting July 12, a letter of resignation from Principal Debra Lay was accepted with regret, but was neither presented nor read, as is usual, by Superintendent Beth Anne Lorigan. Board members knew what was in the letter, however, because Lay had sent copies to them. In broad strokes and without giving specifics, Lay pointedly criticized Lorigan and targeted the superintendent as her reason for leaving (see MVNO, July 19).

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  36. Blueberry Rakers’ Center to open in Washington County

    With the blueberry harvest set to begin the first week in August, Maine Department of Labor staff are again partnering with other governmental and community service organizations to host the Rakers’ Center in Washington County. The official opening is July 30 and the hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with hours of operation varying over the following week and a half. The center will close on August 11.

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  37. Town News Steuben, Columbia, Harrington, Wesley

    Wesley

    Phylis Dennison had her sister from Milbridge, Vonalee Huckins, visiting with her and Tinker for a few days last week. They took her home on Friday. Tinker also brought me some blueberry muffins that Phylis made.  Thank you.

    Linda got lobster for Ron’s  birthday and got three for me so Dianne and I could have a special treat. The ducks are also having a great time in their pond.

    Thank you to the Johnsons from Bog Lake for leaving bottles here for the Wesley Historical Society.

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  38. Addison Planning Board issues permits

    The Addison Planning Board met at 6 p.m. on July 12 at the Addison Town Hall and issued the following permits:

    #8-2017 (Map 18 Lot 97) to James Alley to construct a 10’x18’ addition to existing camp and a 26’x28” attached single story garage. The 10’x18’ addition will be a two-story addition at 1205 Windward Way, subject to no conditions. Vote passed 4/0.

    #9-2017 (Map 1 Lot 38) to Kathryn Ryner to build a 12’x10’ mudroom addition to existing house at 225 Water Street subject to payment of $120 fees. CEO has inspected and approved location.Vote passed 4/0.

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  39. Exotic petting zoo, game show night part of expanded Milbridge Days

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Two anonymous donors have made it possible to bring an exotic petting zoo to this year’s Milbridge Days, set to take place this weekend, July 28-29. The zoo’s visit ties into this year’s Milbridge Days theme, “Animal Kingdom - Welcome to the Jungle.”

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    • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun
    • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun
    • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun
    • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun

    Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun

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  40. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Free program – And Down Came a Spider: Myths, Facts and Urban Legends, 6 p.m. July 27 at Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben. Presented by Dr. Kefyn Catley, professor of biology at Western Carolina University. FMI: email office@eaglehill.us or call 207-546-2821.

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  41. Quartet to perform program of water-themed pieces in Milbridge, Eastport

    On Friday, August 4, the audience at the Eastport Arts Center’s (EAC) Concert Series will hear a water-themed program of classical songs and chamber music, performed by soprano Danielle Woerner and pianist Susan Aceto, with violinist Jonathan Aceto and cellist Joachim Woitun.

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  42. Castlebay returns to Peabody Library music series

    by Nancy Beal

    Maine vocalists and musicians Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have been weaving the musical

    heritage of New England and Celtic lands since 1987 and, as Castlebay, they are a familiar duo in Jonesport. On Wednesday, August 6 at 2 p.m. they will bring their distinctive Celtic flair back to The Peabody Memorial Library’s summer series Music in the Library for the series’ final concert of the season and their eighth appearance since the series began.

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  43. La Farge watercolor exhibition at UMM opens Aug. 16

    An exhibition of watercolor paintings by Machias-based artist Margaret La Farge will be on display Aug. 16 through Sept. 29 at the University of Maine at Machias.

    An opening reception for the exhibition, “Interior Spaces — The Meaning of Home,” will be held 5–7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Powers Hall Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

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  44. David Mallett performs at Triangle Park

    The cool breezes of Maine’s northlands have flowed through the songs of David Mallett for more than four decades. His latest, Greenin Up, is a compilation of some re-recordings of his finest work. Greenin’ Up is the culmination of a musical career that began when Mallett was eleven years old, playing in a country and folk duo.

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