1. Harrington News

    Get well wishes to Carroll Strout who is a patient in the Eastern Maine Medical Center  in Bangor. Cards would be great!

    Kristine Peterson was in an accident in Cherryfield.  She was not hurt, luckily, but the car needs a new door. Accidents can happen in a split second. Drive with care.

    Charlie has brought all of his lobster traps home for the winter. Next his boat will be here next spring.  Chuck and Tim are still fishing theirs for a while longer.

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  2. Wesley News

    Black ice is starting to show up when you least expect it. On Nov. 22 it was a brisk 41 degrees here on Fox Hill, but traffic was crawling. When I headed out, the road was surprisingly shiny and showing a fresh coat of sand. Side roads were white with frost. Accidents were reported in Whiting and Harrington. Careful driving out there everyone - Winter has arrived!

    Tinker and Phylis went to her sister’s in Milbridge for Thanksgiving. Carola’s granddaughter and husband came from Hermon to share Thanksgiving dinner with her.  I had the kids and grandkids here.

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  3. Columbia News

    Carroll is still in the hospital in Eastern Maine and doing better every day, he may be home soon.

    I finished up the 10-week genealogy course on Monday, Nov. 21, so now I can get busy with getting things ready for Christmas.

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  4. Whitneyville Library news

    It’s chowders, soups and stews on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville.  Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library are getting ready for the last public supper of the 2017 season.  If you love chowders, stews and soups then put December 9th on your calendar.  Homemade pies and cakes will also be on the menu with Janet’s rolls.  So come out and enjoy some great company and good food.

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  5. Traditional Christmas service at Roque Bluffs Community Chapel

    Come join us for a traditional service to celebrate Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m.  The service, led by Rev. Jan Rhenow, pastor of Columbia Falls and Jacksonville United Methodist Churches, will include reading of the lessons, carol singing, special music by the Oceanaires under the direction of Gary Magby, and candle lighting.

    A time of fellowship will follow the service.  Bring a favorite Christmas treat to share with all.

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  6. Jonesporters reject money for Ice Hill South study

    by Nancy Beal

    Forty-eight people turned up at a special town meeting in the Jonesport town office Monday, Nov. 27 to act on the expenditure of town funds for an engineering study at the foot of Ice Hill South, a short, steep side road from Main Street leading to four houses, three of which are located on the bank of Moosabec Reach.

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  7. PBSO’s anniversary concert a triumph

    by Susan Coopersmith

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  8. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Gingerbread House Decorating Party, December 7,  3 p.m., Eastport Arts Center. Space limited; please reserve your house: chris@eastportartscenter.org or 853-4650.

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    8th Annual Festival of Trees, a festive silent auction of beautifully decorated tabletop trees to benefit EAC’s year-round programming, Sat., December 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Eastport Arts Center

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    Hillgrove Community Building

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  9. Island schools have success offshore

    by Phil Stuart

    Every year during the Rotary Festival on Grand Manan Island an alumni basketball game is held at the islands’ consolidated school. 

    The island of Grand Manan is roughly 15 miles long and has a population of around 2,500. Their high school sometimes has an enrollment of 60 or 70 students that come from the island communities of North Head, Castalia Ingalls Head and Grand Harbour Seal Cove, Woodward’s Cove and the neighboring island of White Head.

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  10. Addison honor roll

    Mrs. Greene of Daniel W. Merritt School is proud to announce the honor roll for the first quarter. Students making high honor roll have achieved straight As. Students making honor roll have achieved all As and Bs.

    Grade three honor roll: Autumn Schrader and Carson Bickford.

    Grade four high honor roll: Naomi Eyerman. honor roll: Lucus Grant, Sarah Kidder, Mercy Machado, Lukas Pounder, Nickson Rusecky, Bayleigh Thompson, Chase Wright.

    Grade five high honor roll: Karli Alley. honor roll: Jennifer Kowalsky, Dylan Lovejoy, Brayden Kane, Emma Whitmore, Briana Willson.

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  11. Washington Academy 1st Quarter Honor Roll

    Judson L. McBrine, Head of School at Washington Academy in East Machias, has announced the first-quarter honor roll for the 2017-18 year as follows:

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  12. Congratulations to the WA Raiders – 2017 Hoops For Health Champions

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  13. Clippers get by UMPI

    by Phil Stuart

    The  University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clipper women upped their record to 4-2 with a home victory over the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) Owls on Nov. 19.

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  14. Lubec girls dominate at Bulldog Blitz

    by Phil Stuart

    The Lubec Junior High School Lady Hornets, as expected, dominated play in the Annual Bulldog Blitz Basketball Tournament on Nov. 17 and 18 at the Rose M. Gaffney School gym in Machias.

    Lubec posted a 4-0 mark in the two-day event and outscored their four opponents 105-74. Union 134 finished second at 3-4 followed by Elm Street Elementary School 1-2, Patriots 1-2, Calais 0-2, and Rose Gaffney 0-2.

    Lubec opened the tourney Nov. 17 against Union 134.

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  15. Action shots of the Jonesport - Beals Royalettes

    Royalette senior captains Jordyn Alley, Ivy Robinson, Reanna Smith, and J-Lynn Beal are pictured with Coach Roger Beal.

    Senior Jordyn Alley positions against WA for the rebound.

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  16. How to protect yourself from peripheral artery disease

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    For the last six months or so, I’ve been having problems with my hips and legs cramping when I walk, although they feel better once I stop. I thought it was just because I’m getting old, but my friend was telling me about a leg vein disease called PAD and thinks I may have it. What can you tell me about this condition? 

    Limping at 60

    Dear Limping,

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  17. Millard E. Davis Jr. - Machias

    Millard Estin Davis Jr, 96, passed away November 21, 2017 at the hospital in Machias. He was born in Machias on May 21, 1921 the son of the late Mildred C. (Johnson) and Millard E. Davis Sr.

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  18. Colby Hilman Kilton, Sr. - East Machias, ME

    It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Colby Hilman Kilton, Sr., 68, on November 25, 2017.

    Colby was predeceased by his father Gerald, mother Louise, papa Barton, brother Gerald Jr., and sister Carolyn.

    Colby is survived by his sons C.J. and Joseph, who gave him much pride, by his sisters, Jo Ann and Patti, many nieces, nephews, cousins and his friend, Carla.

    A celebration of Colby’s life will be held at a later date.

    Colby will always be remembered and sadly missed by those who loved him.

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  19. Meals on Wheels continued menu

    Thurs., Dec. 14: Shells and cheese, peas, california vegetable blend, wheat bread, dessert. 

    Fri., Dec. 15: Chicken Florentine, orange flavored rice, carrots and zucchini, wheat bread, dessert. 

    Mon., Dec. 18: Spaghetti with Italian turkey sausage, sliced zucchini and spinach, wheat bread, dessert. 

    Tues., Dec. 19: Orange glazed chicken, fried rice, peas and cauliflower, wheat bread, dessert. 

    Wed., Dec. 20: Pork with apple onion sauce, cranberry and lentil rice, Caribbean blend vegetables, wheat bread, dessert. 

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  20. Weavers, birchbark artists to gather Dec. 9 at Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market

    Jason Brown of Penobscot Nation infuses his contemporary handcrafted jewelry with positive ancestral energy. Brown, who formed Decontie & Brown with wife and partner Donna Decontie-Brown, says it’s gratifying to see people wear their innovative Wabanaki-inspired jewelry and clothing — including leggings, dresses, hoodies and haute couture gowns.

    “Unfortunately, some people think of us (Native Americans) as being in the past. This places us in the modern world,” he says.

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  21. Court News

    Eric H. Hoche of Dennysville, Maine: Operate ATV on public way on May 20, 2017 in Dennysville. SNTC Date 8/18/2017, Fine $100. OFC.

    Robbie Smith Webber of Orono, Maine: Violating municipal shellfish ordinance on July 5, 2017 in Harrington. SNTC Date 8/8/2017, Fine $300. OFC.

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  22. Axiom offers plant-based nutrition course with Faeterri Silver

    Get your year started right with an international culinary adventure as we learn to prepare affordable wholesome plant based nutritionally rich meals. Recipes included.

    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. Additionally she is a fermentista, a no-till organic gardener, seedsaver, wild plant identifier, nutritionist, and more. She has been a wellness practitioner for more than 35 years.

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  23. Library presents songs of ‘Old Christmas in New England’

    On Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., the Pembroke Library will present Ally Talbot and Kris Paprocki in a musical program they are calling “Old Christmas in New England.” The duet’s performance will include songs and fiddle tunes spanning the celebration of Christmas from early pagan roots to Victorian nostalgia, including historic and traditional music of New England. 

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  24. Celebrating a community Christmas

    Kira Mcmahon, age five, appears to have a fan watching her as she colors at the Machias Community Christmas celebration.

    The Down East Community Hospital float featured an arctic theme and won third place overall. Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     

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  25. A success story

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    When it comes to the quality of the sport fishery, once-fabled fishing lakes like Branch Lake, Green Lake and Beech Hill Pond have had their ups and downs. When I was a kid, Branch Lake was a red hot game fishery. Beech Hill gave up a record lake trout that has never been bested.  In those days, Hanson’s Landing kept a big chalk board near the dock.  It was a fish tally board. It told a story every spring of lunker Lake Trout and jaw-dropping Brown Trout. Names of the proud anglers were chalked in beside their catches.

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  26. Controlling winter moths across New England

    Entomologists at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service (MFS) are gearing up for winter moth with two initiatives. On Nov. 29 they settled out parasitic flies (Cyzenis albicans) in South Portland as part of a biocontrol project to control the invasive winter moth (Operophtera brumata). The MFS is also encouraging the public to report a winter moth sighting through an online survey: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/wintermothsurvey. 

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  27. Christmas begins Downeast

    Maine balsam wreaths are an iconic symbol of Christmas around the nation, but most especially here in Washington County where we don’t only decorate with them, we make them. More ideas for locally-sourced gifts can be found in our Shop Local Directory, starting on page 12. Photo by RJ Heller

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  28. Stored Solar seeks sustainability in biomass byproducts

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The price of natural gas hit a 17-year low last year, and projections show supplies will only increase, which could drive prices even lower. This is good news if you’re a natural gas consumer, but challenging news if you’re running a biomass energy plant.

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  29. At 97, she recalls simpler holidays of yesterday

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    “We always had our own tree, and we were allowed to open one package on Christmas Eve,” recalls Linnie Crane, now 97, of her childhood. 

    Many years before Black Friday shopping and Amazon madness, there was a deep appreciation for the simple gift of skating on the pond or venturing into the woods to find the perfect tree.

    In Crane’s case, dad Dan Griffin cut down the tree, and siblings Daniel and Pauline were part of the seasonal fun. 

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  30. Machias Recreation Area in running for facelift

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A grant submitted by the town of Machias could help the town make a modern, family-friendly recreation center where the current facility stands at the crossroads of Fremont, Grove, Harwood and Salem Streets, between Route 1 and the Machias River 

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  31. East Machias woman dies in car accident

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Department reported that on Sunday, Nov. 26 the Washington County Regional Control Center (RCC) received a 911 call reporting an accident on Route 192 in the town of Wesley. 

    The RCC dispatched deputies, the Wesley Fire Department and Downeast ambulance. The Maine Warden Service and State Police also responded to the crash. Upon arrival, emergency crews confirmed a single vehicle was traveling toward Machias, lost control and had rolled over in the roadway. 

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  32. Readers Theater “Christmas Carol” to benefit Machias Food Pantry

    A readers theater production of “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, will benefit the Machias Area Food Pantry this holiday season. Everyone is invited to the production at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, at Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in downtown Machias.

    Donations will be accepted at the door, with all proceeds going to the food pantry.

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  33. Harrington Irving thief arrested

     

    Cameron Reed, 26, of Machias was arrested on Nov. 25, by Trooper Dana Austin, Trooper David Barnard, Trooper Miles Carpenter, and Trooper Gavin Endre as result of information from Washington County Lt. Timothy Tabbutt.

    The Bangor Daily News reported that Reed held up the Irving station in Harrington on Thanksgiving Day using a knife. It is not known how much money was taken. A grainy image of Reed taken by the store’s video camera was circulated widely after the robbery.

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  34. Children’s chorus concerts set for Dec. 3, 10 in Eastport and Baileyville

     

    The Washington County Children’s Chorus will present its “Répetoire de France” – Songs in the Holiday Spirit at two locations.  On Sunday, Dec. 3,  they will appear at the Christ Episcopal Church, 21 Key St., Eastport.  On Sunday, Dec. 10,  a repeat performance will be held at the People’s United Methodist Church, Third Ave & Summit St, in Baileyville.  Both presentations start at 3 p.m.

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  35. New meeting time for the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club

    During the business part of the November meeting of the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club (SCVARC), it was voted to change our meeting time on the third Sunday of the winter months, beginning in January, from the usual 6:30 p.m. to the new time of 5:30 p.m.  

    The December meeting, however, will be our annual Christmas dinner, which this year will be at the Nook and Cranny Restaurant. Contact Roger Holst at 207-454-2174 for further information.

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  36. Down East Hospice welcomes new volunteers

     

    After completing a 20-plus hour training, the following have joined Down East Hospice as new hospice volunteers.  If you would like to become a hospice volunteer, we will be having a volunteer training in the spring of 2018 in the Machias area.  For information and to get an application, call 454-7521 ext. 126

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  37. Ham radio club re-activates

    The Maine Ham Radio Society, formerly called the Narraguagus Bay Amateur Radio Club, recently reactivated after a lengthy inactive period. On Nov. 19, members joined other hams in Milbridge to participate in a ham radio contest and to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. They made contacts from the east to west coasts as well as Canada.

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  38. Machias Selectboard asks for crackdown on speeding

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Concerns about downtown speeding dominated the first part of the Machias Selectboard meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Selectboard Chairman Warren Gay lives downtown and said that he has recently received numerous complaints about speeding. “Court street is awful and it’s getting worse,” said Gay. “Last night two pickups went by and I doubt they were 10 feet apart, and wasn’t they flying?” 

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  39. The next fight for the Downeast Correctional Facility

    by Sen. Joyce Maker

    Since January, Representative Will Tuell (R-E.Machias) and I have been fighting tooth and nail on behalf of the Downeast Correctional Facility and the local communities that rely on the prison, and we are both committed to continue this effort for as long as we are serving the great people of Washington County in Augusta.

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  40. Editors Desk

    There’s a lot to love about small town municipal meetings. Last week I sat in a crowded room at the Jonesboro Town Offices while people from Beirut,Lebanon, Paris, France, Maine and Illinois discussed the possibility of a new venture at the Stored Solar biomass plant. Most of us were in sweaters, one of us was even knitting a sweater, and we sat packed shoulder to shoulder discussing issues of local and global economic and environmental significance. 

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  41. Letter to the Editor - Goodbye to a gifted writer

    It was with a great deal of sadness that I learned of Karlene Hale’s death today. For years she was a columnist for this newspaper, and many times after her illness made it impossible for her to continue, the calls continued,  inquiring about her.

    She was a gifted writer, and her columns were lively reminiscences about local life as lived long ago -- the dalliances of the time, being served at the curb, lessons from her grandmother and holiday recollections of another time.

    She will be greatly missed.

    Ruth Leubecker

    East Machias

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  42. Letter to the Editor - Whose children are left behind?

    President Trump and Republicans in control of Congress are pushing hard for major tax cuts before the end of the year. They want a “win,” to show they can get things done in Washington. But who exactly are the winners in these tax cuts? For whom are they getting things done? Answer: the wealthiest Americans, billionaires and millionaires. As Chris Collins, Republican congressman from New York, said: “My donors are basically saying, get it done, or don’t ever call me again.” Wealthy donors want their taxes reduced—or eliminated altogether, as in the case of the federal estate tax.

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  43. Letter to the Editor - Thank you MVNO

    I want to thank Sarah Craighead Dedmon for her article in the Nov. 2 edition, “Voter’s quick guide to the Nov. 7 Referendum Election.” The article was informative and helped me make decisions. 

    Gayle Vaughn-Thiles

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  44. Letter to the Editor

    It was so reassuring to read the governor boasting about the $111 million surplus. As your “shepherd”, surely he will see that all the sheep and lambs are well fed and housed and healthy. Your cup runneth over. 

    Ken Murray

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  45. Senator Collins greets Machias native and former staffer Meredith Cherry

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Meredith Cherry, a Machias native, and her fiancé, Matt McLaughlin, in her Washington, D.C., office.  Meredith is the current Policy Director for the Maine Senate Majority Office and previously worked in the Senator’s D.C. office as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff.

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