1. 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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  2. WA field dedication

    All are invited to Washington Academy’s Adien and Leon Look field dedication on July 15 at 1 p.m. Join the festivities, including an alumni baseball game, free hot dogs and music. If you are a WA alum and are interested in participating, please contact the WA Development Office, 255-8301, ext. 220, or developmentoffice@raider4life.org.

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  3. Fish and Game funds Machias River camp scholarship

    The Pleasant River Fish and Game Conservation Association (PRFGCA) has just gifted a donation of $750 toward the Machias River Conservation Camp youth scholarship fund. This is the second year in a row that the PRFGCA has donated toward the scholarship fund.

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  4. Crate Expectations

    The unrivaled king of the crates was Sean Griffith, who skipped across all 50 crates strung out for the Moosabec Summerfest lobster crate race June 30. The Virginia youngster was ferried back to the launching platform and ran 41 more crates before plunging into the sub-60 degree waters of the Carver lobster pound on Beals’ Perio Point. Photo by Nancy Beal.

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  5. University of Maine announces spring 2017 Dean’s List

    The University of Maine recognized 2,303 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the spring 2017 semester. Of the students who made the Dean’s List, 1,727 are from Maine, 533 are from 29 other states and 43 are from 22 countries other than the U.S.Listed below are students who received Dean’s List honors for spring 2017, completing 12 or more credit hours in the semester and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Please note that some students have requested that their information not be released; therefore, their names are not included.

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  6. Critical Language Scholarship awarded

    Kierstin Brewton, of Eastport, a major in the University of Vermont Class has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese in Tainan, Taiwan during the summer of 2017.

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  7. WA alum takes Husson honors

     

    Matthew Plaisted was recently honored at the Husson University School of Education Awards Ceremony as the recipient of the 2017 Watch Award.  The Watch Award is presented each year to the student with the highest GPA (Grade Point Average) in the School of Education.

     During his years as a student at Husson, Matthew was employed by the Husson Financial Aid Office, United Cerebral Palsy of Maine and, most recently, the Suzanne M. Smith Elementary School in Levant.

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  8. Fort O’ Brien School honor roll

    Grade 3: High honors: Maya Henderson, Kieli Smith. Honors: Dawson Fielder. 

    Grade 4: High honors: Thaddeus Bridges, Ava Fitzhenry, Chloe Gibson, Kaiden Wood. 

    Grade 5: High honors: Austin Fitzhenry, Harland Inglis. Honors: Naomi Lauze. 

    Grade 6: High honors: Ryley Ingrish, Jonathan O’Donnell, Garrett Sprague, Eli Tremblay. Honors: Lacy Gibson. 

    Grade 7: High honors: Aviva Bridges, Elesia Berry. Honors: Caitlyn Link. Grade 8: High Honors - Caleb Sawyer. Honors - Blaze Luna.

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  9. Washington Academy 4th quarter honor roll

    Judson L. McBrine, Head of School at Washington Academy in East Machias, has announced the fourth-quarter honor roll for the 2016/2017 year as follows:

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  10. Maine AARP opposes Senate health care act

    After working behind closed doors, Senate leadership finally released their health care bill - The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – on June 22nd.  It is now clear why the Senate bill was crafted in secret. This legislation could make adequate health insurance coverage unaffordable for millions of older Americans and would be a travesty for Maine.  Mainers have a right to know what is included in this proposal.

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  11. Land Transfers by Deed June 16, 2017 through June 29, 2017

    The Inhabitants of Jonesport to Devere V. Carney, Jr. of Florida and Kathleen Carney Arman (n/k/a Kathleen Carney Page) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina a certain parcel of land with buildings thereon located in the Town of Jonesport (Map 1, Section 12, Lot 39C)

    Yoho Head, LLC of Ellsworth to Myron A. Rife, Jr. of Marion, Ohio a certain lot or parcel of land together with buildings thereon situated in Machiasport (Lot No. 20 of the Yoho Head Subdivision)

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  12. All lined up

    Painting trucks were a familiar sight in downtown Machias last week as the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) put the finishing touches on newly resurfaced roads like Free Street, Court Street and Broadway. The Machias Selectboard discussed the work at their meeting last Wednesday night. They said the MDOT has informed them that a crosswalk cannot be repainted on Court Street between Porter Memorial Library and the US Post Office because regulations require there to be no parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk.

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  13. Tea and history

    The Machiasport Historical Society hosted an early summer tea last Saturday June 24th, at the Gates House. Sandra Campbell, a talented local artist and member, was responsible for setting the stage for our Oriental themed Early Summer Tea; including the authentic Chinese music playing in the background.  Photos courtesy Shar Landers

     

     

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  14. Machias airport receives $270k for new terminal, road reconstruction

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced this month that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved $3.3M in funding for 10 airports in Maine, which includes $270k earmarked for the Machias Valley Airport. “Maine’s regional airports are vital pieces of our transportation system that help bolster the tourism industry and support jobs across our state,” said the senators in a joint statement.  

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  15. Health care mired in politics, yet remains crucial unknown

    by Ruth Leubecker

    As legislators sidestep the issue and a leading Maine expert demands congressional attention, whether at the state or federal level, health care planning is notably absent from the table.

    “It has unanimous support from the committee, but we don’t know what’s going to happen to it,” says Joe Lendvai, Maine AllCare Downeast chapter leader-advocate of LD 1274, the bill to promote universal health care.

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  16. Hungry for lobster? Hold on to your wallet!

    by Nancy Beal

    As that herald of summer, July 4, nears, many of the folks who come to Maine for vacation will be looking for lobster, boiled and dipped in butter, skewered and slathered for the grill, or as the chief ingredient in other dishes popular with tourists and locals. Perhaps most notable of the latter is the lobster roll, a feature of most summer take-out eateries.

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  17. Machias attorney Rebecca Irving receives Glassman Award

    by Nancy Beal

    When members of the Maine State Bar Association came together for their annual meeting last week at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, Machias attorney Rebecca Irving was honored with the group’s award Glassman Award, given for “demonstrated excellence” in advancing the position of women in the legal profession and for acting as a role model for younger or less experienced women attorneys. Caroline Duby Glassman was a pioneer in Maine legal history who capped a stellar career as the first woman appointed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

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  18. Affordable health screenings coming to Machias

    Residents living in and around the Machias, Maine can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.  The Lee Pellon Center will host this community event on July 18, 2017.  The site is located at 90 Main St. in Machias. Screenings can check for: The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.

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  19. Water they doing?

    Lindsay McMahon, head coach of the Machias Valley Swim Club and assistant director of the Murdock Fitness Center in Machias stands with UMM professor Tessa Mellas and Washington Academy student Zain Fitzsimmons in the not-quite-warm waters of Whiting’s Indian Lake. The Machias Valley Swim Club offers year-round swim instruction and competitive swim training at the Murdock Fitness Center during the fall and winter, and in any given Washington County lake or ocean in the summer. 

    Photo courtesy Bobbi-Jo Bordeau.

     

     

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  20. Lubec potter carves art from nature

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Artist Shanna Wheelock said that she looks to nature for inspiration when she designs awards for the Bay of Fundy International Marathon race events. “The subjects I have chosen, so far, have all come from the inspiration that I receive from the marine environment which surrounds us in Lubec and Campobello,” she said. 

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  21. Bold Coast Yoga schedules summer workshops

    Samantha Williams, a native of Charlotte and owner of Bold Coast Yoga, will offer a series of ten yoga workshops this summer at West Quoddy Station in Lubec. The workshops, which range from three hours to a day in length, are designed for beginners as well as experienced yoga students looking to develop and expand their practice. Workshops include: “Yoga for Beginners,” “Unruffled—Yoga for Resiliency,” and “Practicing Yoga in the Office.” Pre-registration is required at www.boldcoastyoga.com or 214-6516.

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  22. Machiasport celebrates return of civil war cannon

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Fort O’Brien State Historic Site in Machiasport takes its name from a fortification built there after the Battle of Machias in 1775.  However, that fort was burned down by the British, who occupied the area during the War of 1812. According to a history soon to be published by the Machiasport Historical Society, five British men-of-war ships and 900 British soldiers captured Fort O’Brien and burnt the barracks in 1814. Cannon that were taken then were returned to Machias in 1818. 

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  23. Bill to Bring Back Tip Credit Clears House, Senate

    On Thursday, the House and Senate finalized legislation bringing back the tipped wage credit at the urging of thousands of servers, and hundreds of eateries statewide. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Roger Katz (R-Augusta) has been sent to the Governor’s desk, and will, if signed, go into effect 90 days after this year’s legislative session wraps up.

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  24. History repeats itself

    The Burnham Tavern opened its doors for the first time earlier this month and allowed a reenactment to take place in recognition of the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Rim. Descendants of the original battle participants met in Machias earlier this month to reenact the events leading up to the historic fight against the British, also called the Siege on Machias. 

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  25. The Editor’s Desk

    The Bay of Fundy International Marathon took place this weekend, drawing more than 1,000 visitors to Washington County and putting 650 runners on the roads of Lubec and Campobello. This year marked the 5th year of the race, which is put on entirely by local volunteers. For me, the marathon and the community spirit evident on race weekend is one of the highlights of the summer, and I don’t even run toward chocolate.  

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  26. Letter to the Editor - Commissioners explore prison legal action

     On Thursday, June 8 the Washington County Commissioners held a special meeting to discuss the ongoing situation surrounding the Downeast Correctional Facility. Obviously the threatened closure of the facility has weighed heavily on the hearts and minds of the people of the county, a county that has long fought to grow and keep every employment opportunity it has. 

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  27. Running for the border

    Healthy Acadia Director Elsie Flemings shopped for race t-shirts last Saturday in Lubec. In keeping with its green philosophy, the marathon orders all of its race shirts from Brunswick-based company Atayne, which manufactures athletic shirts made from recycled water bottles. Flemings said she came from Bar Harbor to participate in the Bay of Fundy Fun Run with her daughters, Sylvia and Fiona. Healthy Acadia also set up a table for the marathon’s Saturday Expo, held in the Lubec High School gymnasium. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  28. Ultramarathon runners start their race at the West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec

    Jennifer Weaver of Machias crossed the half marathon finish line last Sunday with a time of 2:15. Weaver, age 20, has run all three of the half marathons offered at the Washington County race event. The half, full marathon and ultramarathon runners start their race at the West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec, and follow a course that leads them onto Campobello Island. This year’s race drew more than 650 race participants, and more than 1,300 visitors to the region. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  29. The distinctive graphics of the Bay of Fundy International Marathon

    The distinctive graphics of the Bay of Fundy International Marathon were created by local artist Jon Stence, and depict the unique “lighthouse to lighthouse” nature of the cross-border race. Campobello Island’s East Quoddy Light shows the length of a marathon in kilometers, and Lubec’s West Quoddy Light shows the length of a marathon in miles. 

    Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  30. Celebrating the vagaries of summer

    by Ruth Leubecker

    More than once we thought it was doomed. And there were more than a few times that we thought it might have passed us by altogether. But last week summer in all its warmth and anticipated glory actually came to town. 

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  31. Cutler announces holiday weekend schedule

    The town of Cutler is renowned for the charm and patriotic spirit of its 4th of July festivities, and this year will be no exception. Please see below for the full schedule. 

    Sunday, July 2nd 

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  32. Borrowing a cup of sugar

    Machias Savings Bank President and CEO Larry Barker stands with the bank’s new neighbor, Sandi J. Bee, in front of the historic Nash building on Main Street in Machias. Bee owns and operates the Bags o’ Rags Thrift store and also owns two other Main Street properties, making her the Nash building’s neighbor to the right and to the left. Last week Machias Savings Bank announced it had purchased the Nash building and plans to use it toward community revitalization.

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  33. DECH auxiliary tea

    The Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary sponsored its annual employee tea during hospital week. Auxiliary members served fruits, vegetable and homemade desserts to employees at the hospital and the Reid Emery building in Machias. They also honored employees at Arnold Memorial Medical Center and Sunrise Care Facility in Jonesport and the Milbridge Medical Center.

    This long time tradition is the auxiliary’s way of showing appreciation to the dedicated employees of the DECH family.                                            Submitted photo

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  34. Jonesport, Columbia, Whitneyville Library News, Welsey

    Jonesport

    by Nancy Beal

     Jonesport selectmen discussed the cost of clam licenses at their June 21 meeting. Presently, resident diggers pay $80 for the privilege, while non-residents, who obtain licenses through a lottery system, pay twice that. Although the authority to set license fees rests with the town’s Shellfish Conservation Committee, selectmen, noting the gap between revenue and costs of running that committee, weighed in last week.

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  35. New marine patrol officer assigned

    Jonathan Varnum, from Oakland, Maine will serve in the Gouldsboro area after completing Marine Patrol’s nine-week Full Time Officer Training Program and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s 18 week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. A graduate of Beal College’s Conservation Law program, and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Law Enforcement Pre-Service Course, Officer Varnum is an experienced outdoorsman, having worked for guide services in central and northern Maine.

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  36. Rides & Grooms

    As the local ATV season finally gets underway, the Downeast Trail Riders Association would like to thank all the sponsors of the groomer program, and remind everyone that safety and conservation are their goals, as well as to share our trails with walkers, runners, and cyclists. Last winter’s snowmobile season wasn’t lengthy, but DETR was able to replace one of their groomers. They also built a third blazer from scratch, a project that they started in the spring of 2016 and completed this March.

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  37. Water Colors On Main Street

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  38. Church family

     Sharon and John Church with their daughters Elizabeth Parker (left) and Sarah Alley at a welcome home party held June 22 at Jonesport’s Community of Christ church. In late April, Sharon sustained a serious leg injury from an accident while the couple was cycling in Bermuda on a 40th wedding anniversary vacation. She was flown to Florida and eventually reached Portland by air ambulance, where she underwent multiple surgeries. She recently arrived home in Jonesport and was greeted by scores of well wishers last week with a buffet supper in the church she pastors.

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  39. Pembroke resident promoted to colonel

     

    Brig. Gen. Hugh T. Corbett, assistant adjutant general, Maine Army National Guard, promoted Lt. Col. Dean A. Preston to the rank of colonel in front of family, friends, and service members at Camp Keyes on Monday, June 12. Preston is a 27 year veteran having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, respectively.

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  40. Machias’ unofficial Botanical Gardens

    One of the loveliest flower beds in Washington county sits on Court Street in front of the Machias Post Office. This week you’ll see white peonies, purple lupine, orange poppies and white iris alongside the brick building across from the library. More spectacular perennials will present themselves as the season moves on. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  41. Folk musicians Simons and Goodwin Return to perform at Peabody Library

    by Nancy Beal

     Bob Simons and Renee Goodwin are folk guitarists who have been friends since the 1960s and who merged their singing and instrumental talents in 2006. In the past eight years, as a duo they call simply Simons and Goodwin, they have entertained audiences in various settings: pubs, coffeehouses, outdoor and indoor concerts and private parties. Next week (2 p.m., Saturday, July 8), they will bring their songs back to Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library in a repeat of a popular performance of last August.

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  42. Voices and funds raised

     The Washington County Children’s Chorus performed its annual spring concert in Jonesport last Sunday. The concert was a fundraiser for the chorus’ planned trip to France in June, 2018. Chorus musical director Christine Guy led the children through a program that included the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise”, and four other pieces performed in French. For their next fundraiser, the chorus will be selling lobster rolls and dessert at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, scheduled for August 18-20. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  43. Watercolor artist Ellie Carbone set to exhibit in Machias

    Photo: Local artist Ellie Carbone’s work will be on exhibit at Expressions Gallery & Studio in Machias, with an opening reception scheduled for Friday, June 23. “I find boundless opportunities and adventure as a watercolor artist, painting places. I’m able to spend my days doing the thing I really love to do,” said Carbone.

    Watercolor artist Ellie Carbone set to exhibit in Machias 

    Expressions Gallery & Studio in Machias hosted the first reception of the 2017 summer season 5:30 p.m. on June 23. 

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  44. SummerKeys to host celebratory concert in Lubec

    Photo: SummerKeys’ next concert will feature Bruce Potterton, the founder and director of the SummerKeys music vacation program which takes place every summer in Lubec. All concerts are free, and are held at the Congregational Christian Church in Lubec.  Submitted photo

    The Mary Potterton Memorial Concert scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, features Mr. Bruce Potterton, the founder and director of “SummerKeys, a Music Vacation” – an annual summer immersion music program that serves adults from all over the world, and which is held in Lubec. 

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  45. Action photos of the talented Washington Academy Raiders

    Finn Furth controls the outfield action up the middle for the Raiders

    Second baseman Caden Steeves handles the play at first.

    Lady Raider senior Rylea Steeves connects for a home run over the right-center field fence against George Stevens Academy.

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