1. Nalda Jean Bergeron - Cutler

    Nalda Jean Bergeron, 79,  passed away peacefully on July 8, 2017 at the Marshall Health Care Facility in Machias. She was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on May 22, 1938, the daughter of James and Dorothy (Gilpin) Littrell.

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  2. Charlie R. Farnsworth - Addison

    EMCS Charlie R. Farnsworth Ret. Coast Guard, passed away June 25, 2017 in Ellsworth, Maine. He was predeceased by his parents Charlie and May (West) Farnsworth of Addison. He married Lois Wass on June 22, 1957. 

    His survivors included his wife of 60 years, his daughter and son-in-law Bonita and Juan Martinez of Irving, TX, and three sons; Charles Farnsworth, Nathaniel and his wife Lori Farnsworth, and Jerry Farnsworth of Addison.. 

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  3. Fiora brand paper products made locally and sold nationally

     

    by  Lura Jackson

    In a time of prodigious importing–when the products that we buy on a daily basis here in Eastern Maine are made all over the world – there’s a feeling of pride that emerges whenever we come across a brand or item that is made locally. One such brand is Fiora, makers of bath tissue, paper towels, and facial tissues. The parent rolls that create Fiora’s wide range of nationally-available products are all produced at St. Croix Tissue in Baileyville. 

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  4. Maine CDC urges precautions during mosquito season

    Summer is here, which means the arrival of mosquito season in Maine. Following recent identification of a case of Jamestown Canyon virus in the state, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) wants to raise awareness about arboviral diseases, including Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and West Nile virus (WNV), which are serious infections that are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.  Although rare, these diseases have potentially severe and even fatal consequences for those who contract them. 

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  5. Concert include jazz, classical and traditional music

    Next up in Eastport Arts Center’s annual Concert Series is the Halcyon Duo on Sunday, July 16 at 7 p.m. A reception provided by The Commons Eastport will follow the concert. The wife-and-husband duo of Eve Friedman, flutist, and Roberto Pace, pianist, will perform Bach’s Sonata in A Major, Walter Piston’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, and Schubert’s Introduction and Variations on a Theme from Müllerlieder.

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  6. Jane Ross Fallon to perform at Jonesport library

    by Nancy Beal

    Singer-songwriter Jane Ross Fallon will be the Peabody Memorial Library’s fifth featured artist in its summer series, styled Music in the Library, on July 29. Accompanying herself on guitar, she will sing her own compositions which include threads of folk, country, pop and other genres of the music with which she has surrounded herself throughout her life.

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  7. Timber Creek to perform concert

    For all who enjoy bluegrass, country, and gospel music, the Perry Congregational Church is the place to be on Saturday, July 22.  The Timber Creek band is known for its soft sound, gentle harmonies, and memorable tunes. Frank Seger of Perry on the mandolin is the leader, and he is joined by John Viselli of Cooper on guitar and banjo, Dr. Tom Holzen of Machias and Tennessee on rhythm guitar, and Jim O’Neil of Lubec playing a variety of instruments. With the audience tapping or clapping along, they have been known to make the floor rock. 

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  8. Next Film Society Screening at Library on July 22

    Next Film Society Screening at Library on July 22

    The next film screening of Machias Valley Film Society (MVFS) will take place at Porter Memorial Library on Saturday, July 22  from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The film is open to the public and free of charge. MVFS is a new non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating American and International Film Art and Culture. MVFS Group founder, and Lecturer of Education at University of Maine at Machias, Garret Lee, moderates a brief discussion at each film screening, and shares his wide understanding and enthusiasm for cinema. 

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  9. Land Transfers by Deed June 30, 2017 through July 13, 2017

    Bonnie K. Longo of Ventura, California to Anthony P. Longo and Anthony J. Longo of El Paso, Colorado Map WA 024, Plan 02 Lot 8 T 10 R-3 NBBB Washington County (a certain piece or parcel of real estate situated in Plantation # 10 Range 3-Lot Numbered 5)

    Alden F. Bunker and Marion K. Bunker of Franklin to Michael L. Mellott and Bonnie L. Mellott of Carmel a certain lot or parcel of land together with any buildings thereon situated in Beddington (Lot # 21 as shown on the survey entitled “Pleasant River Lake Properties [now designated as Map 9 Lot 28] in Beddington”)

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  10. Knitting podcast host spins annual retreat in Machiasport Starboard

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    For the third year in a row, the creator of a knitting podcast and a Bangor fiber studio owner brought a group of fourteen women to Machiasport’s Starboard village for a seaside knitting and spinning retreat.

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  11. King talks health care, North Korea in Machias

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In advance of the Senate’s vote on its replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) spent time in Washington County touring health care facilities and talking with local care providers. 

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  12. Uneven playing field jeopardizes wild blueberry future

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Tariffs, shrinking profits and inflationary subsidies all contribute to a shifting, unbalanced wild blueberry market coming to a head on the Washington County, Maine-Canadian border.

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  13. State budget offers year-long reprieve for prison

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After a three-day government shutdown that kept legislators in Augusta into the early hours of July 4, the Maine legislature adopted a biennial budget that guarantees one year of funding for the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF). The low-security state prison, located in the Bucks Harbor village of Machiasport, provides more than 45 jobs to the local economy.

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  14. Coastal scenery takes center stage at Bold Coast Sea & Sky triathlon

    The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival will host its second annual unconventional Sprint Triathlon at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 22. This race will be an opportunity for athletes, and their supporters to experience beautiful Downeast scenery, the world’s biggest tides and, if they are lucky, bald eagles. This is an excellent course with no traffic lights and no crowding.

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  15. Machias Rotary at it again

    In 2015, members of the Machias Rotary Club donated their time and hard work to reclaim the beauty that once was the Down East Community Hospital (DECH) courtyard. They weeded, cut back old growth and then planted hundreds of tulip bulbs.  Since then Master Gardener Susan Carlton has added her expertise, along with many plants.  

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  16. Historical & Genealogical Society meeting scheduled for Saturday

    A meeting of the Washington Co. Historical & Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 15 in the Emergency Management Room, 28 Center Street in Machias.

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  17. FairPoint acquisition complete, no change for Washington County

    Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced last week that it has completed its acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRP), in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion including debt and based on present equity value.  The merger further positions the company as a leading broadband and business service provider across a 24-state service area.  

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  18. Machias PD investigates stabbing

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In the early morning hours of July 10 the Machias Police Department responded to a call reporting a stabbing victim. Chief Grady Dwelley said that the call came in between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m. and the stabbing occurred in a trailer on Sprague Way in Machias. A K9 unit was called to the scene, but its search was unproductive.

    “The victim was removed by the Machias ambulance service alive and reasonably well and taken to the Down East Community Hospital,” said Dwelley. 

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  19. The Editor’s Desk

    Senator Angus King spent a day in Washington County last week. After touring the Eastport Health Care Clinic, he came to Machias for lunch at Helen’s and a visit to the Down East Community Hospital. I had a chance to sit down with him between his appointments, and that story is on our front page. 

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  20. Letter to the Editor - New state budget slashes preventative public health services

     As many of you may be aware, the biennial state budget that was passed last week included a cut of $5 million per year to the Fund for a Healthy Maine’s allocation for prevention services aimed at improving public health.

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  21. USDA to purchase $10 million in Maine blueberries

    U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin announced last week that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $10 million to purchase Maine wild blueberries after the Delegation requested the Department take action earlier this year. Bonus buys help protect American farmers from unexpected market conditions by purchasing surplus goods and distributing them to food banks and other charitable institutions.

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  22. Prison much more than a local problem

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although the Downeast Correctional Facility has been funded for another year, due to the dogged, unrelenting efforts of Sen. Joyce Maker and Rep. Will Tuell, years of heavy-duty fighting to keep this prison operating tells us we’ve only been granted a temporary reprieve.

    During this past session, Tuell, forever tenacious, said, “This is much more than a Washington County problem. We will not give up hope. Closing the prison means losing the bed space systemwide. There isn’t enough statewide bed space to throw 100-plus beds away.”

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  23. Attorney General Janet Mills to run for governor

    Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced July 10 that she is running for Governor.

    “In Maine, when something’s not working, we don’t wait around for someone to come along and take care of it for us; we roll up our sleeves and fix it ourselves,” Mills said. “Well, it’s pretty clear that our government is broken, and there’s no way I’m going to stand on the sidelines and not fight to put it back together.”

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  24. Paul Sullivan performs for Machias Bay Chamber Concerts

    On Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present “An Evening with Paul Sullivan”, the Grammy Award-Winning pianist and composer. The concert will be held in Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias.

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  25. Town News Harrington, Wesley, Whitneyville Library, Columbia, Jonesboro

    Welsey

    Andy and I helped George and Patti pack up and move to Chelsea last Sunday, July 2. They left a lot of things for Wesley Historical Yard Sale planned for Saturday, July 22. Also got a couple of boxes from Dotty Baker for yard sales, plus Dotty donated a few things to the Historical building.

    Leo Hayward has been donating his time at the Wesley Historical building on Saturday from noon- 4 p.m. through July. If you see the “Open” flag, stop in  and have a look around. There are a lot of pictures and reading to do and a lot of old tools from this area.

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  26. Pembroke Library presents “Maine woods - Maine waters”

    Whether you are a true “Downeaster,” a transplant “from away,” a “summer person” or a tourist who is just passing through,” you will have a chance to hear a musical tribute to Maine’s historic and heroic outdoor workers. The Pembroke Library presents “Maine Woods – Maine Waters” on Wednesday evening, July 19. Songs of working “in the woods,” “driving” logs down flooded rivers, watching the coastline, harvesting the fish of Maine’s waters and Maine ships sailing to and from far away places can be heard at the Pembroke Library Chantey Sing.

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  27. Peanut butter jelly time

    Each year, following the month long Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive, bank staff deliver PB&J to food pantries and other hunger relief organizations throughout Maine. More than 1,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly were distributed in Washington County, with stops at the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias and the Jonesport Food Pantry at Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church. The 2017 Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive collected more than 12,000 jars of PB&J. Photos courtesy Bangor Savings Bank

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  28. Property manager helps local charities through tourism

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When Maria Lamb wanted her business to do more than help vacationers discover the beauty of Downeast Maine, she turned to a global nonprofit. Maria Lamb, owner of Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals in Machiasport, joined Pack for a Purpose, which encourages travelers to use their luggage to carry supplies to donate in their destination community. 

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  29. Fourth of July in Machias

    People began lining the Machias parade route more than two hours before kickoff on July 4. Photo courtesy Casey Kilton.

    This aerial view of the Machias dike shows cars lining the roadside at dusk in order to secure the best seats in the house for the Machias fireworks. Photo courtesy Casey Kilton.

     

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  30. Weekly Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Machias Bay Chamber Concerts is excited to announce the 2017 summer series. July 11th— Gregory Bliss - paino, Trond Saeverud - violin, Anna Maria Baeza - clarinet, Joachim Woltun. 

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    Magic show — 10 a.m. July 12 at the H.D. Moore Library in Steuben. Conjuring Caroll will present children’s show called Building Blocks. Free. FMI: 207-546-7301 or email jbenedict@msln.net.

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  31. Steuben library features art of Nancy McGinnis

    Photo 1: “Life is how you frame it,” said McGinnis, a creative photographer and writer. Her art reflects her Maine adventures, her sense of humor and inspiration “that can be found everyday if you look for it.” McGinnis’ art will be on display all month at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. Submitted photo.

    Photo 2: The work of artist Nancy McGinnis is on display all month at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. Submitted photo.

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  32. Calais Celtic Concerts welcomes return of RUNA

    Calais Celtic Concerts will once again present the popular Irish Celtic Group, RUNA, at the Calais High School on Friday July 14, at 7 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. AST. 

    RUNA’s performances have something for everyone: beautiful singing, exciting and driving Celtic Instrumentals, and Irish step-dancing.

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  33. Grand Theater presents “A United Kingdom”

     “A United Kingdom” is the next film in The Grand’s series of great recent movies. See this absorbing look at a historic, true-life love story the way the director made it to be seen—through a brand-new digital projection system—on Tuesday, July 18.

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  34. Barren View member-guest Duane Smith/Mark Smith card net 45

    This weekend Duane Smith and Mark Smith paired to shoot the low round on Saturday in the annual Member/Guest tournament at Barren View carding a 44. In this net event Lenny Espling and Cory Brooks were the next best posted net score with a 45. The two low gross rounds for the day were earned by Jack Clay/John Clay and John Smith/John Rogers both at 63 or 7-under. Following are all the top scores in the event.

     

    1ST DIVISION: GROSS NET

    Lester Vanderbilt/Bob Hale 66 50

    Jack Clay/John Clay 63 51

    John Smith/John Rogers 63 53

     

    2ND DIVISION:

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  35. Sport Coaching Awards 2017

     

    Congratulations to Machias Cross Country Coach Cindy Rossi for being selected by her peers as the 2016 Coach of the Year!

    Congratulations to Machias Cheerleading Coach Michelle Wood for being selected by her peers as the 2016-17 Coach of the Year!

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  36. Lady Knights lose heartbreaker

    by Phil Stuart

    The Narraguagus Lady Knights came about as close to upending the top seed and advancing to a regional final as a team could do.

    The Knights got a superb no-hit pitching performance from sophomore Lanie Perry in their semi-final match up at Lincoln against the undefeated and top seeded Mattanawcook Academy Lynx.

    Luck was not on the Knight’s side as the Lynx scored a first inning, unearned run and pitcher Haley McLaughlin was able to make it stand up.

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  37. UMM High School Summer League under way

    by Phil Stuart

     The University of Maine at Machias High School summer league for boys and girls got under way June 19th with varsity and junior varsity girls action.

    UMM varsity mens’ and womens’ coach Troy Alley is once again the league’s director.

    Varsity girls teams entered this year are Shead, Woodland, Washington Academy (WA), Narraguagus, Calais, Jonesport-Beals and Sumner.

    The junior varsity teams; Woodland, Narraguagus, Calais and East Grand of Danforth.

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  38. Machias Little League 1963

    by Phil Stuart

    The Machias Area Little League was established in the mid fifties and is now over 60 years old. The league services players from Jonesboro in the west, to Whiting in the east, and all points in between. Several outstanding players have started their baseball careers with this fine organization.

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  39. Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School fourth quarter honor roll

    Seniors - High Honors: Robin Fay Brown,  Morrison,  Blaine Grant, Dakota McGuire, Rosemary Nguyen, Kayla Toppin, Dexter Wright. Honors: Destiny Belanger, Hannah Bennett, Juan Jose Castillo Perez, Jisselle Curtis, Kyle Davis, Josie Kinane, Hayden Pineo, Noah Ramsdell, Thomas Ray-Smith, Caitlin Reynolds, Cameron Rumery, John Paul “JP” Snider, Logan Staples, Philip Taylor, Nicolas “Cole” Willey. Juniors: High Honors: Taylor Colbeth, Sophia DeSchiffart, River Fenton, Mary Hammond.

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  40. Challenge cancer with Pat’s Pizza

    Machias’ Pat’s Pizza will be donating the proceeds from any Fresh Veggie Pizza sold on Tuesday, July 18 to support Healthy Acadia and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center’s cancer prevention, education, and treatment services in Washington and Hancock counties. The restaurant hosted similar events in May and June. The partnership is part of Healthy Acadia’s Hungry for Health 2017 campaign to “Challenge Cancer Downeast”. This is the second year of the annual “Hungry for Health” campaign, which addresses a critical community health need each year.

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  41. Joseph Waag - Cutler

    Joseph P. Waag of Cutler  died peacefully on June 27th, 2017,  at Down East Community Hospital. He was 96 years old. 

    He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, his brother Charles of Long Island, NY, his children Christine Laurel and Anneke Waag of Cutler, Erica Marine of Rhinebeck, NY, and Robert Brandt and his wife Barbara of Brewster, NY. He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Samantha, Trevor and Andrew Marine, and Colleen, Christopher and Carolyn Brandt.

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  42. Critical blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations

    The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

    Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant drawdown of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

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  43. SummerKeys welcomes back cabaret duo Alpher & Litt

    The SummerKeys Music School for adults in Lubec continues to expand the world of art, music and photography to the hundreds of students who flock from near and far to the rocky Downeast coast for a “Music Vacation”. This summer we again enthusiastically welcome Jennie Litt and David Alpher as instructors and performers of cabaret, “an intimate musical art form in which the performers put their personal stamp on a song through honest interpretation of the lyrics”.

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  44. Changing lanes

    The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) has been busy repaving and painting roads in and around Machias. The unusual line configurations painted onto Free Street, shown here, and on the short one-way stretch of Broadway have raised eyebrows. Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien said that the state has recently taken over responsibility for both stretches of road because they are essential connectors to Route 192 and Route 1.

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  45. No race like home

    A much-watched race was the one between Jonesport brothers Oscar and Derek Beal who both captain Wayne Beal 36-footers powered by 500 hp engines. Oscar’s Papa’s Pride outdistanced Derek’s Miss Badonkadonk. Photo by Nancy Beal.

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