1. Dining at D.W. Merritt

    Arianna and Ashley Alley enjoyed the annual D.W. Merritt School fall family lunch on Nov. 30. Submitted photo

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  2. Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute expands at CHS

    by Lura Jackson

    Last year, Calais High School became the first school in Washington County to host the Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute, a program specifically designed to develop the qualities of leadership and confidence in high school girls. The program, which is designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, began in Calais at the sophomore level with a cohort of five students; this year, as those students moved to the junior level, a second cohort of five students was added.

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  3. Warren Alden Colbeth, Jr. - Machiasport

    Warren Alden Colbeth, 56, passed away after a brief illness on December 2, 2017 at his home. He was born in Bangor on Oct. 25, 1961, the son of the late Madeleine (Huntley) and Warren Alden Colbeth, Sr.

    He was a 25-year member of the Local 1377 Union. He worked for many years as a lobster fisherman. He loved hunting and fishing. He was very dedicated to his family, and enjoyed taking care of them and spending time with them.

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  4. Asia Wells - East Machias

    Asia L. Well,  26, was tragically taken from us too soon on November 26, 2017 when she was involved in a motor vehicle accident on her way home to East Machias from spending time with her family in Vermont. 

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  5. Donna L. Williamson - East Machias

    Donna L. Williamson, 77, passed away peacefully November 30, 2017 at her home. She was born in Machiasport on April 11, 1940 the daughter of the late Morna (Foss) and Herbert Wood, Sr.

    She was a graduate of the Washington Academy class of 1958. Along with her husband Bruce, they owned and operated the Margaretta Motel in Machias for over 40 years. She enjoyed her flower gardens, collecting Beanie Babies and Boyd Bears. She loved her time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.

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  6. Barbara E. Beal Perry - Addison

    Barbara E. Beal Perry passed away December 3, 2017. She was born December 13, 1941 in Milbridge, the daughter of Curtis and Lavine Tracy Beal. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Carroll L. Perry, Sr., one sister Lorita Beal Tucker, four sons; Robert, Leslie, Randy, and Carroll Jr., daughters Robin Perry Prout and Stacey Perry Oudheusden and their spouses, 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents and brothers Roger and Curtis Beal, sisters Pauline Beal and Irene Beal Dow and grandson Randy P. Perry Jr.

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  7. Gloria Adell Hayward Columbia Falls

    Born October 3, 1927 in Columbia Falls, the daughter of Austin C. and Laura (Gilman) Allen.

    She attended Columbia Falls schools and graduated in the class of 1945 from Columbia Falls High School.  She attended and graduated from Washington State Normal School and U.M.M. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Columbia Falls.

    She taught in Centerville, Columbia Falls, East Corinth, and Machias.  She retired as supervisor of the business department of a Milbridge nursing home.  

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  8. As the Crow Town flies

    Recently, Bonnie Beard announced that she has turned Crow Town Gallery in Lubec over to artist Shanna Wheelock.

    “Shanna has been a supporter of the gallery since the first show, raised the energy level at most of the dances, and given her time energy and talent generously when we ran it collectively with Kathrin Hilten and Sheryl Denbo,” said Beard. “I am now excited to see where her vision takes the gallery.Photos by Lisa Dellwo


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  9. Good Read


    by Charles W. Lightner, Friend of Porter Memorial Library

    One Christmas in Washington: The secret meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill that changed the world 

     By David J. Bercuson and Holger Herwig, 2005.  

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  10. Simple home modifications that can help seniors age in place

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What tips can you recommend to help make a home safer for aging-in-place? My 76-year-old mother wants to stay living in her own home for as long as possible, but she doesn’t have the money for any big renovations. 

    Concerned Son

    Dear Concerned,

    There are dozens of small adjustments and simple modifications you can do to help make your mom’s home safer and more fit for aging-in-place, that won’t cost her much if anything at all. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

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  11. The ice before the snow

    Winter finally came to the Moosabec area as evidenced by the ice around the stream running into Sawyers Cove.

    Photo by Nancy Beal 

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  12. Quebec Caribou hunts closed down

    Given the fact that the native communities in Quebec and Labrador apparently have not had their caribou harvest quotas decreased by government closures, some are questioning whether the sport hunting ban is as much political as it is biological.

    by  V. Paul Reynolds

    Starting the first of next year, the sport hunting of migratory caribou will be indefinitely suspended in Quebec and Labrador. This measure was announced by Quebec’s minister of forests, who cited “sustainability of the species” as the reason for the hunt closure.

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  13. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ at The Grand

    The Grand continues its fine tradition of live community theater with its new production of the theatrical adaptation of the “American Christmas Carol”, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, live on the Stanley Subaru Stage. The play, sponsored by Seaboard Federal Credit Union, runs the weekend of December 15th through the 17th. Tickets are on sale now at the box office, by phone, or online at grandonline.org. Ticket prices for reserved seating are $20 for Adults/Seniors, $18 for Grand Members/Military and $10 for students (17 and under.)

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  14. East Machias home invasion leads to Machiasport standoff

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Washington County Sheriff's office reported that on Saturday, Dec. 9 the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) received a 911 call from a woman in East Machias reporting a home invasion.

    The woman said that a man had entered her home brandishing a weapon and demanding money. The suspect left on foot, and the RCC dispatched deputies to the scene. The deputies were assisted by the Machias Police Department, Maine State Police and Maine Marine Patrol.

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  15. East Machias home invasion

    The Washington County Sheriff's office reported that on Saturday, Dec. 9 the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) received a 911 call from a woman in East Machias reporting a home invasion.

    The woman said that a man had entered her home brandishing a weapon and demanding money. The suspect left on foot, and the RCC dispatched deputies to the scene. The deputies were assisted by the Machias Police Department, Maine State Police and Maine Marine Patrol.

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  16. Santa spreading Christmas cheer

    Though he has his sister Emma’s hand for comfort, 11-month-old Braden Mallar kept a close and cautious eye on the man in red during Machias’ Community Christmas festivities on Saturday, Dec. 2. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  17. Crowds come out to celebrate community Christmas in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On a weekend packed with festive events all across Washington County, crowds of people found time to spend in Machias for a daylong celebration of the season. The weekend kicked off Friday, Dec. 1 with the 2nd Annual Hoops for Health tournament, held to benefit the Down East Community Hospital which recently completed an expansion of its emergency department. 

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  18. Wesley Foundation serves youth with 2nd Annual Festival of Trees

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The 2016 Festival of Trees held by the Wesley Foundation was such a success that the local nonprofit  had to change venues this year.  “We had 28 or 29 trees [last year], and we raised over $30,000,” said Wesley Foundation Board Member Dean McGuire. This year the event will showcase 50 decorated trees, and will be held at the Pellon Center in Machias starting Friday, Dec. 8 and ending Sunday, Dec. 10.

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  19. Scallop Opening day

    Captain Ben Crocker Jr. assists as sternmen Steven Decatur and Tim Rogers of Machiasport pull in the drag on Maine’s first day of scallop dragging for the 2017-18 season. The crew of the F/V Clean Sweep spent opening day in Jonesport’s Sand Bay. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  20. East Machias Selectboard discusses school consolidation threat, sewer easements

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Language slipped into the state budget during the final hours of July’s government shutdown could signal a move toward statewide school consolidation, something the East Machias Selectboard has lobbied against once before.

    “I think that in the end, this is just a bigger shot at what [Governor] Baldacci had when he was in,” said Bucket Davis, chairman of the East Machias Selectboard. “The people really want to have their eyes open for this.”

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  21. Axiom Education offers ‘Introduction to Massage’ class

    This two-hour workshop covers what massage is and its benefits, basic techniques, and information about schools and programs in the area. Handout materials and healthy snacks will be provided.

    New to DownEast Maine, Faeterri Silver brings with her a wealth of knowledge as the owner and instructor of The Vermont School of Professional Massage (500-765 hour program,1989-2006).  Additionally she is a fermentista, a no-till organic gardener, seed saver, wild plant identifier, nutritionist, and more.  She has been a wellness practitioner for over 35 years.

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  22. Eastport Art Center’s Festival of Trees set for December 9

    The Eastport Arts Center’s 8th Annual Festival of Trees, a silent auction of lovingly decorated table-top trees which benefits the center’s programming, will take place on Saturday, December 9 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy wandering through the magical forest of sparkling trees while nibbling festive treats passed by young volunteers and listening to live music played by members of the arts center community. This is when the silent bids are filled in by those dreaming of one of these delightful trees in their home.

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  23. Casual for a Cause for Christmas

    Here are many of the employees of the Machias Savings Bank Branch in Machias presenting a check to Deb Eckart of the Community Christmas Giving Tree Program.  As part of their “Casual for a Cause Program,” employees pay to dress down on Fridays and they then decide each year where to donate their accumulated funds.  This year, the Machias Branch and departments chose to make a generous donation to the Community Christmas Giving Tree Program.  Submitted photo

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  24. Town offices work together in ‘Warm Winter Wear’ clothing drive

    Four local town offices are working together to collect warm winter clothing which will then be distributed by local food pantries. East Machias, Lubec, Machias and Machiasport town offices are all participating.

    Items requested include clean coats, hats, mittens, scarves, ski pants, and boots that are in good repair. 

    Clean out your closets for a good cause! Call one of the above town offices for their hours of operation, and drop off your gently used warm winter wear.

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  25. Submit nominations for 2017 Red Cross local heroes

    The American Red Cross of Maine recognizes individuals and groups who have made a difference in the lives of our neighbors with the Real Heroes Award. These people – teachers, military personnel, first responders, everyday citizens – demonstrate heroism, courage, kindness, and unselfish character in service to others.

     Awards will be presented at one of four events around the state.

    Central and Mid Coast Maine: March 13 in Lewiston

    Greater Bangor Area: March 21 in Brewer

    Southern Maine: April 19 in Portland

    Aroostook County: May 18 in Presque Isle

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  26. Birth Announcement

    Baby Boy

    Hunter Chase Greenlaw

    Parents: Dory & Melbourne Greenlaw

    Birth Date: November 29, 2017

    Weight: 7 lb 5 oz

    Length: 19.5 inches


    Baby Boy

    Alexander Piero Johnson

    Parents: Piera & Kenneth Johnson

    Birth Date: November 28, 2017

    Weight: 10 lb 5 oz

    Length: 21.5 inches

    Beals Island

    Baby Boy

    Landon Phillip Raye Matthews

    Parents: Betty Silver & Sean Matthews

    Birth Date: December 1, 2017

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  27. Engagement Announcement

    Broderick and Dwina Alley of Beals are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Louella Alley to Jesse Jerimiah Ciappetta, son of Joseph and Ilene Ciappetta of Jonesport. Jennifer is self-employed. She owns and operates the F/V Bigfoot & Carissa. Jesse is employed by the U. S. Postal Service.

    The couple are planning a May 26, 2018 wedding. They will reside in Beals.

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  28. A Downeast Christmas is all about the day

    by  RJ Heller

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  29. Let’s make sure gun control laws already on the books are working

    by Gov. Paul LePage

    The federal government must do a better job to provide adequate resources for background checks on people purchasing firearms.

     Horrific mass killings remind us of how fragile life is. When killers have a history of violence or mental illness, they should not be able to buy a gun.

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  30. Governor LePage names Holly Lusk deputy chief of staff

    Governor Paul R. LePage has appointed Holly Lusk to be his deputy chief of staff and legislative policy director. She will replace Kathleen Newman who stepped down in October after seven years of service to the administration.

     “Holly previously served as my Senior Advisor for Health Policy, and I am pleased to welcome her back to my staff,” stated Governor Paul R. LePage.

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  31. Editors Desk

    I was raised in a community the size of Machias, and I love my hometown. But I will say this — it doesn’t have one-tenth the community spirit we have here. This weekend I had the good fortune to spend most of my Saturday at one or another of the many holiday events taking place around Machias. It was a beautiful thing to see hundreds of people out enjoying themselves, and the evening’s parade was phenomenal. You’ll find that story on page one.

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  32. Slow down and get there faster

    According to the Maine State Police, excessive speed is one of the major factors in winter driving accidents. Getting there a few minutes earlier is not worth risking your safety or your family’s. Leave a few minutes earlier, slow down, and enjoy the sights (including all those Christmas lights).

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  33. Letter to the Editor - latest version of the Senate Tax Bill

    On behalf of 230,000 AARP members in the state of Maine, I am writing with great concern regarding the latest version of the Senate Tax Bill.  Congressional leaders are trying to rush this bill into law and there are several aspects of the bill which would have dire consequences for millions of Americans including thousands in the state of Maine.

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  34. King bills take tactical aim, but gaps persist

    Believing that Maine’s rural population should be able to access basic health care close to home, Sen. Angus King has supported bipartisan legislation designed to do exactly that.

    The Preserve Access to Medical Rural Home Health Services Act, the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital (REACH) Act and the Rural Hospital Access Act are also designed to help rural facilities maintain their financial stability while providing the care already available to urban Mainers.

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  35. Maine Attorney General seeks volunteer consumer mediators

    Are you interested in helping Maine consumers resolve disputes with businesses? The Attorney General’s Office is recruiting volunteer mediators for the Consumer Mediation Service, with the next training scheduled for January 29-31 in Augusta. For more than 30 years the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office has offered a free and voluntary complaint resolution program for Maine consumers, staffed by trained volunteers and overseen by full-time staff.

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  36. Wise winter weather tips for your family yard

    When Old Man Winter comes calling, homeowners need to keep everyone in the family—including your pets – safe. Follow these wise winter weather tips from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and TurfMutt.

     Bring Pets Inside – Dogs and cats should be kept inside during cold weather months. Wipe their paws and bellies after they’ve been outside, and check for ice accumulation between paw pads. If you’re using a de-icing agent, remove that salt and other agents, too.

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  37. The true meaning of Christmas

    It seems every year about this time before Christmas I start to think back to times long ago when our lack of technology and the slower pace of life seemed to draw us closer to the true Christmas spirit. Take for example the era that was illustrated in the paintings of Norman  Rockwell, a time before television, and rotary telephones and radios were all they had then and many children were probably waiting for a new Radio Flyer sled for Christmas. The evenings for many in the community, young and old, often were taken up in the winter with ice skating on the local rink.

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  38. Substance Use Issues 101: training for businesses

    Following up on requests made at the Summer Addiction, Recovery & the Work Force Summit, Sunrise County Economic Council is hosting an important training for business owners and HR personnel on December 12th from 9 a.m. to noon at their offices at 7 Ames Way in Machias, What Employers Need to Know: Substance Use Issues 101.  This free training presented by Marjorie F. Withers, LCPC, will lay the foundation for understanding substances and their impact on employees, and how to support them in recovery.  To register, email Amy or call 255-0983.

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  39. Wreaths Across America announces the 2017 escort to Arlington event itinerary

    \The Wreaths Across America escort of handmade, balsam wreaths heading to Arlington National Cemetery from Maine has become known as the country’s longest veterans parade, and this year, the weeklong journey kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 9. 

     Grand Marshals – Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient, Colonel Roger Donlon, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired) and his wife, Norma, a Vietnam-era Gold Star wife – will lead the caravan as it travels down the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials and other locations along the way to spread the mission to REMEMBER,HONOR and TEACH.

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  40. Veterans helping veterans

    The John E. Williams Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11553 and Auxiliary is proud to present a check for $1,200 to the Machias Maine Veterans’ Home. These funds will go into their activities fund to help pay for any number of things the residents enjoy.

    The money was raised from the post’s Harrington Bingo games held every Thursday night at 6 p.m. When the Thursday night players were informed where the money would be going they responded with a resounding cheer and applause.

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  41. Machias Memorial High School helpers

    The Community Christmas Giving Tree elves got a big helping hand setting up the storefront from “elves for the day” from Machias Memorial High School.  They helped move boxes, set up tables and clothing racks -- quickly and cheerfully.  A big THANK YOU to all of them! Submitted photos.

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  42. Holiday Spirit Tree helps Christmas dreams come true

    Community members and patients of Machias Dental are invited to keep the magic in the holidays by purchasing a gift for a Washington County child whose family will struggle to afford the luxury of gifts this season.  For the 22nd year, the Holiday Spirit Tree at Machias Dental is bedecked with paper ornaments that bear the age, gender, and wish list of a local child.  You can provide a bright spot for a Washington County child by stopping at the dental office located on U.S.

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  43. Local woman becomes international best-selling author


    by Lura Jackson

    While Maine is well-known for producing talented writers, not many international best-sellers hail from Washington County itself. Bucking that trend – and perhaps starting a new one – is Lanette Pottle, who recently co-authored “Success University for Women in Leadership.” The book is a compilation of chapters written by twenty women from six countries, each of whom shared their own take on what it means to be a leader.

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  44. Jonesport’s Sand Bay for the opening day

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  45. Library a treasured hub in East Machias


    by Ruth Leubecker

    For well over a century, the Florence Sturdivant Public Library in East Machias, stalwart, unassuming and generally under-used, has nonetheless persevered as a pivotal presence in the community. 

    But as 2017 comes to a close, some impressive changes are bringing the library new recognition. “We’ve done a lot downstairs,” says Margaret Gardner, who has been a board member for 40-plus years. “The children’s table has been moved downstairs, and we have more children’s books.”

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