1. Machias Egg Hunt set for March 24

    The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Ephraim Johnson Post #9 Auxiliary will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. The hunt will be held on the lawn of the University of Maine at Machias. 

    Children should bring their own baskets or bags. Before leaving, families need to empty the candy into their baskets and return the plastic eggs to the Legion, as they are reused every year.

    For questions or to volunteer, call 255-8665 and leave a message.

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  2. Recovery Resource Fair offered in Machias

    The Washington County Community Action team will host a Recovery Resource Fair on Friday, March 23, from noon to 6 p.m. at the University of Maine at Machias’ Reynolds Athletics Center, 116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias.

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  3. Library to host egg hunt

    The Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben will host an Easter egg hunt 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at the library.

    The free event will include lots of eggs and egg-citing activities as well as an Easter basket raffle. The Easter bunny will also visit.

    For more information, call 207-546-7301 or visit www.moorelibrary.org/.

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  4. Dike meeting rescheduled due to storm

    MaineDOT has cancelled a preliminary public meeting for Machias, Dyke Bridge #2246 on Tuesday, March 13, due to an upcoming snowstorm.  The preliminary public meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at the University of Maine at Machias, Science Building Room 102.

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  5. Ecumenical Taizé service for Lent to be held at St. Aidan’s

    An Ecumenical Taizé Service for Lent will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 36 Dublin Street, Machias. This service is sponsored by St Aidan’s Church; St. Peter the Fisherman Parish; Jacksonville United Methodist Church; and Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.  All are invited.

    A Taizé service involves singing, meditation, times of silence, Bible readings, and icons. There is no preaching. The style of worship has attracted many worshipers from around the world and from many different denominations.

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  6. East Machias home fire

    The East Machias Fire Department led the response to a home fire that started in East Machias on Friday, March 9. Fire departments from Machias, Machiasport and Marshfield rendered mutual aid and stayed on to fight the fire until the early hours of Saturday morning. The home, located on Route 1, was fully engulfed in flames. No humans were injured in the fire. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  7. DMR surprises Murphy with Andy Mays Award of Excellence

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    It isn’t easy to keep fishery news from Mike Murphy, but the Department of Marine Resources managed to do just that when they presented him with an award at the Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport on March 2.

    “I was pretty shocked,” said Murphy. “They got me on that one.”

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  8. Harriet’s story

     

    by  Sherry Rier

    Editor’s’ note: This is the second in a four-part series of stories from the life of Harriet Means Johnson of Machias, written by her granddaughter Sherry Rier. (See “Rier’s stories make history come alive,” MVNO, March 7, 2018.) 

    At every opportunity, Harriet and Zeke plotted and planned their future. Harriet knew she must defy her parents. She was in love. Given time, they would forgive her. It wasn’t possible to be away from Zeke, no matter what they thought. 

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  9. Sheriff’s office, Baileyville begin Crime Stoppers initiative

    by  Lura Jackson

    As part of the multi-agency collaboration that area law enforcement is pursuing, the Washington County Sheriff’s office and the Baileyville Police Department are beginning a Crime Stoppers initiative for the local area. Crime Stoppers is a national program that offers cash incentives for tips leading to the arrest of law breaking individuals. 

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  10. Land trusts work for Maine

    by Ellen Hostert

    Maine’s land trusts have recently been the subject of scrutiny. As President of Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC). I welcome the attention, provided the facts are correctly presented. Unfortunately, public discussion about land trusts is often undermined by misinformation, and the public may not know the facts. 

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  11. Editor's Desk

    Not counting the storm that is descending on us as I write, AOS 96 schools have missed a grand total of three days due to inclement weather this year. I confess that it feels like more to me, though my children surely feel they haven’t had any. That number will climb this week, and already schools are scheduling several installments of Saturday School to ensure students aren’t catching the bus in July.

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  12. Cianbro awarded $7.7M contract to replace Cutler ice shields

    U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Cianbro Corp. of Pittsfield was awarded a $7,709,000 contract to repair the north and south Helix House ice shields at the Naval communications station in Cutler.  The work is expected to be completed by November, 2018.

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  13. Crandall appointed MDEA commander over WaCo

     

    The recently retired sheriff of Aroostook County, Darrell Crandall of Houlton, has been named the northern commander for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA).  It is a job he previously held until 2013, when he left the drug agency to rejoin to Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.  Crandall was elected sheriff in 2014 and retired last month.  He succeeds Peter Arno who recently retired from law enforcement after a career with Bangor Police and MDEA.

     Crandall previously served 24 years with MDEA, first as a drug agent, followed by supervisor and northern commander .

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  14. Susan Collins’ parents celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

     

    Last week on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily,” host Chuck Todd congratulated U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ parents, Don and Pat Collins, on celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on Feb. 28. Mr. and Mrs. Collins first met as students at the University of Maine and were married in 1948.

     A transcript of the segment follows: 

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  15. King statement on the passing of Don Collins

    U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement on the death of Don Collins, the father of Senator Susan Collins:

     “Mary and I are saddened by the passing of Don Collins. Don represented the best of Maine: a dedicated public servant, a pillar of the business community and a loving husband and father. His contributions, in the Country and across our state, will not be forgotten, and our prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

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  16. Maker presents Davis with Spirit of America award

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Kenneth “Bucket” Davis was given the Spirit of America award by Sen. Joyce Maker (R-Calais) last week in Augusta. The award, established in 1990, honors local individuals, organizations and projects for commendable community service. Davis has served as an East Machias selectman for more than 20 years. 

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  17. Pratt to expand dealership to include Chrysler

    by  Lura Jackson

    In a “significant investment” into the local community, Ian Pratt has announced that his Calais-based dealership will be expanding to include Chrysler products. The expansion – the first fruits of which will be visible within the new few weeks – will involve the construction of a separate 4,000-foot, four car showroom in addition to three more service bays and added parts storage space in the existing building.

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  18. March Veteran of the Month — Betty Doucette

     

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  19. Spring cleaning

    Cleaning one’s hull is not just done on the tide and a beach these days. Increasingly, fishermen are hiring boat haulers to pull their grassy crafts up a ramp and wait while they bleach their bottoms. Last week at Jonesport’s marina, Tim Toppin’s trailer hauled Joe Libby’s Bre Lea out long enough for his crew to scrub away the winter’s growth, accumulated while Libby was scalloping in his dragger. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  20. Harrington News

    Get well wishes to Hazel Carter who has been in the hospital for an operation.

    Kathy Caler knows now how much people love her and Delbert. She had a celebration of his life on Saturday at the Harrington Elementary school.  The cars filled up the parking lot and both sides of Route 2A. The flowers were beautiful. The service was very moving.

    Charlie and I went to Ellsworth to get a few items. It is nice to take a ride on such a beautiful day.

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  21. Cherryfield and Milbridge news

    It has been a little over a decade since my brother David passed away. He had just turned 40 years old. He died of a genetic heart condition. The time spent with him was cherished. With every step that David took on this earth, every step that paved the way to greatness, every step turned him into being the best brother that he could be. David’s blond hair would wave in the cool air of a summer’s day, where the sun bleached the sky. His big, blue eyes would glow on a clear day. His muscles showed the evidence of doing all the farm chores over the years.

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  22. Columbia News

    This past week I finished “The Fiery Cross” by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. The book is a large one so it has taken me quite a while to finish it.  Now maybe I can get something else done. I don’t plan on starting the  next one as I have some genealogy to get done for a couple of folks.

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  23. Wesley News

    Andy came over on Sunday morning to cut a tree that was on a sap line. R.Z. helped him move an old gas stove down to the other sugar shack with help of the tractor. Andy took home 15 gallons of sap to boil down at home. I’ve been  boiling down sap for maple syrup for over a week in my kitchen on my new gas stove. Richard is all done making his syrup, which he had been doing for over two weeks, and gave me over 30 gallons.

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  24. Machias Bulldogs

    Senior veteran guard Alex Marotta savings the ball on the endline.

    Guard Alex Wentzell getting the shot off over the defender.

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  25. Shead Tiger’s defense stifles Calais Blue Devils

    by Phil Stuart

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  26. Woodland Dragon boys reach finals

    by Phil Stuart

    The top-seeded Woodland Dragon boys might have played in the toughest bracket despite being number one as they had to battle past two battle-tested quality opponents to reach the Class D championship contest.

    Number eight, Bangor Christian, and number five, Schenck, both came in with losing records but because of their location, the two schools get more quality games, several against Class C opponents.

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  27. Woodland Lady Dragons EM runnerup

    by Phil Stuart

    The second-seeded Lady Dragons of Woodland lived up to their number two ranking with quarter-final and semi-final victories over Schenck of East Millinocket and Deer Isle-Stonington before losing to the top seeded Southern Aroostook Warriors in the Northern Maine Class D championship game.

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  28. Rose M. Gaffney principal’s message

    by  Joyce Fragale

    It was wonderful to have some of our first responders on hand this week for Fire Prevention Day. A huge thank you to Joe Thompson and Andy McKenna for doing such a wonderful job of educating our students in fire safety and for bringing their gear so that the children could see first hand what a firefighter looks and sounds like in a rescue situation. A special shout out to our very own in-house firefighter Mrs. Becky Lee who not only organized the visit but also geared up and joined in the trainings. 

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  29. Agnes Arlene (Gray) Diffin - Waterville

    Agnes Arlene (Gray) Diffin, 94, of Waterville, passed quietly away on March 4, 2017 at the Lakewood Continuing Care Center. She was born in Wesley, Maine on April 3, 1923, the daughter of Roger A. Gray and Minerva (Sharman) Gray.

    Agnes graduated from Washington Academy in Machias and Washington State Normal School in Machias. She graduated from the University of Maine, Orono in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree, returning later to earn a Master of Science degree in education. A thesis which she wrote at the University of Maine was on the social history of Machias.

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  30. Sally D. Thompson - Columbia Falls

    Sally D. Thompson, age 74, passed away peacefully with her husband and daughter by her side at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital on March 3, 2018. Sally was born April 21, 1943 in Machias, Maine to Kenneth and Minnie Driscoll of Columbia Falls. She spent her childhood in Columbia Falls where she attended grade school and graduated from Columbia Falls High School in 1961. Sally went on to further her education at Washington County Teachers College graduating in 1965. Education was very important to Sally, she called herself a lifelong learner.

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  31. Cindy Knowles - Charlotte

    Cindy Knowles, 57, passed away on March 1, 2018 at her home in Charlotte, Maine.

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  32. University of Maine jazz musicians to perform at EAC

    Students and faculty from the University of Maine at Orono’s School of Performing Arts will visit Eastport on March 22 to work with local students and give a concert. During the day, UMaine jazz faculty, Dan Barrett, Mark Tipton, and David Wells, along with a student jazz combo, will give a combination presentation/performance at EAC for instrumental students from Calais High School, Washington Academy and Shead High School. 

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  33. Stories of Old Lubec

    “Memories of North Lubec”, featuring Donnie Alley and Wendell Small, is the first in a series of four monthly, informal get-togethers. On March 17 from 2 -4 p.m. come on in to the Lubec Memorial Library, 55 Water St, Lubec, pull up a chair, learn and share. Meetings will happen once a month to reminisce with long-time residents as they recall the good times and the not so good. Light refreshments. All are welcome. For more information call 733-2491 or visit: www.lubec.lib.me.us.

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  34. Sunday Series offers artist talk, immigration program

    The Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series, an informal and interactive program every Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center, will feature an artist talk by Anna Hepler and Richard Van Buren on March 18. Based in Eastport and Perry respectively, the artists will converse about their work and studio practice. 

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  35. Concert, art show set for March 18 in Steuben

    The H.D. Moore Library and Community Center, Steuben, will hold the third of its 2018 winter concert and art series 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18. This event will feature music by Brian Dyer Stewart and pottery created by Shelly Shapiro.

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  36. Countdown to free dental clinic in Machias

    On March 6, nine children at Washington County Children’s Program had their teeth checked by WCCP’s Dental Hygienist, Teresa Alley. The children’s individual staff practiced with them beforehand so they knew what to expect. In April, they will come to the dental outreach clinic and receive complete dental care by the pediatric team from NYU Dentistry. 

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  37. Ice fisherman’s bonanza

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    Most sport fishermen, if they have some years on them, develop a sixth sense about how big a fish is when it is on the line, even when the fish is still fighting deep.

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  38. Scionwood exchange and grafting demonstration

    Grafting and pruning require only a few tools, and the techniques are simple and fun to learn. Join the Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commisary Point Road, Trescott on Saturday, March 18, from 1 - 4 p.m. And, if you are already an experienced grafter or orchardist, come and share your knowledge with the group.

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  39. Machiasport youth attains highest rank in scouting

    Boy Scout Troop 125 of the Machias area is proud to announce an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Fort O’Brien School Gym. This meeting is open to the public. A reception will follow the ceremony. Caleb M. Norton will be recognized for attaining the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America — the Eagle Scout rank. The troop will be conducting a ceremony that explains the fundamental principles of the BSA and that outlines the trail every scout must take to achieve the Eagle Scout rank.

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  40. Read Across America Day

    Machias first graders James Brine and Wyatt Hunter got into the Seussian spirit on Friday, March 2 when the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day with books, costumes, and Green Eggs and Ham. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  41. Prison plan, bills and beds remain in tenuous flux

    by Ruth Leubecker

    “Right now LD 1794 (An Act to Fund the Downeast Correctional Facility) is parked in the House. We don’t have the two-thirds vote to pass it as an emergency,” says Sen. Joyce Maker. “Will is working very hard on the next step. It is not dead, and may end up on the table in Appropriations. This means basically it will depend on money and continued support.”

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  42. Arise takes fundraising to the hoop

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When three college athletes saw a poster about a basketball tournament hanging on their gym doors, they immediately signed up.  University of Maine at Machias Clippers Maurius Turner, Dylan Brown and Dante Ramos took home the trophy on Sunday, Feb. 25, and said they learned a little bit about the tournament’s sponsor, Arise Addiction, Inc. in the process. “They’re a helping hand,” said Brown, who hails from Campobello Island. “Through Jesus Christ they can help people recover from addiction.” 

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  43. Will Jonesporters take $450,000 from surplus to buy campground?

    by Nancy Beal

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  44. First Camron Roberts Memorial Basketball Tournament set for this weekend

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Twelve youth basketball teams will come from all over Washington County to compete in the first annual Camron Roberts Memorial Pee Wee Basketball Tournament to be held Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at Washington Academy in East Machias.

    Shelley Roberts said the tournament will be a positive, light hearted way to remember her son Camron, who passed away in August of 2017. There will be knockout games, skill challenges and throw-for-dough games held between the games, and they’ll play Camron’s favorite music, too.

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  45. Beals Historical Society to host BES students and annual meeting

    Beals Historical Society to host BES students and annual meeting

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