1. Porter Memorial Library news


    If you’re a gardener, then chances are you’re already dreaming your way through seed catalogs. You’ll be happy to know that Gordie the Groundhog is back at Porter Memorial Library to pull you closer to spring with our annual Fedco seed sale fundraiser. Stop in anytime before March 1 to collect your order forms. Help a Maine seed seller, your local library and your garden all in one fell swoop!

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  2. PRSWDD releases scale weight figures, sets 2018 budget

    by Nancy Beal

    Totals from the six towns that make up the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District indicating how much trash their townsmen deposited on scales at the Columbia Falls Route 1 facility were shared by Jonesport Selectman Harry Fish with his colleagues at their weekly meeting last week. Scales at PRSWDD include a large truck scale and a small scale in the office for trash brought in that is not in the designated bags sold at PRWSDD and from town offices.

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  3. Clams on ice

    Despite ice and cold, a handful of clammers brave the elements on the flats of Beals Island daily. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  4. Sad gnome

    Despite gnome’s enthusiastic display of team spirit at Helen’s Restaurant in Machias, the New England Patriots could not defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl held Sunday, Feb. 4.  Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  5. Guest Voice - US needs a national paid leave

    by Debra L. Ness 

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  6. Editor's Desk - commercials aired during last Sunday’s Super Bowl

    In one of the more amusing commercials aired during last Sunday’s Super Bowl a priest, a rabbi, an imam and a buddhist monk get into a truck to go to a football game. The spot is part of a series of commercials based on the old jokes, and takes aim at religious intolerance through humor. Toyota calls the series “One Team.”

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  7. Trump immigration policy protest in Portland

    Portland Jetport: Taking a knee for identity politics Bangor International Airport: Troop greeters. Can’t make the difference between the 1st and 2nd congressional districts and Chellie Pingree vs. Bruce Poliquin any clearer.

    Jon Reismann


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  8. Time to get age-friendly is overdue in Washington County

    Although Maine outnumbers every other state with its number of age-friendly communities that officially claim this status, only one in Washington County fits the bill—Eastport.

    Towns like Raymond and Jackman, Old Orchard Beach and Stonington number among Maine’s 45 towns and cities, but here we lag behind. Sharon Mack, MBACC director, says there aren’t even any applications to be considered.

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  9. Committee shows overwhelming support for prison

    by  Rep. Will Tuell

    I am happy to report that the Criminal Justice committee overwhelmingly passed our bill to keep Downeast Correctional Facility open. I believe the vote was 11-1-1, but the two 1’s were for slightly different versions of the bill. All three versions make it clear that the legislature wants to keep DCF open, sees a value in the facility, and doesn’t have any other option but to keep it open for at least one more year.

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  10. Healthy Acadia raises $5K for cancer

    Healthy Acadia’s second annual “Hungry for Health” 2017 campaign has come to a close, and the nonprofit community health organization would like to thank the eleven restaurants across Hancock and Washington counties who partnered to raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention and treatment access. 

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  11. We must act to save girls from horrific child abuse

    by Gov. Paul LePage

    There’s a horrific type of child abuse happening right here in Maine, and we must stop it. It is graphic and disturbing.

    No child should ever be subjected to violence, especially when it leaves them permanently disfigured and interferes with normal bodily functions.

    But young girls in Maine are being forced to undergo a procedure called “female genital mutilation,” and hundreds more are at risk.

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  12. L. Vance Davis - Cutler

    L. Vance Davis passed away in Jonesport on January 13, 2018 with his family at his side.  He was born in Cutler, Maine on March 30, 1939, the son of Roy and Attie Dudley Davis.  

    Vance, also known as Lem, loved his hometown of Cutler.  Born at home on a large peninsula of land which later became the Cutler Naval Base, he was the youngest of seven siblings.  He enjoyed duck hunting with his favorite dog, Bounce, and deer hunting with “the boys”.

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  13. Kenneth J. Leighton Maynard, - Massachusetts

    Kenneth J. Leighton, age 76, of Maynard, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 28, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.  He was the husband of fifty-four years to Carol M. (Nelson) Leighton.  

     Born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 23, 1941, he was the son of the late John W. Jr. and Gunvor (Borgeson) Leighton.  Ken graduated from Newton High School, class of 1959.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1959-1963.  

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  14. How to find volunteer opportunities in retirement

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I’ve been doing some volunteer work but most of the opportunities I’ve tried haven’t been very satisfying.

    Unsatisfied Volunteer

    Dear Volunteer,

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  15. Columbia News

     January flew right by, where does the time go? It seems like I did not get a thing done that I wanted to do. I guess with the cold temperatures outside I did not feel like doing anything major. I did get some genealogy done and then I caught the crud and was down for the count for four days. I missed two days of work because of it. Hopefully I won’t get this again this year.

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  16. Harrington News

    Winter seems to not want to give up snowing.  We feel we have had enough snow.  It snows, then the sun comes out, and then it rains. It cannot make up its mind.

    Today was a beautiful day to go to Ellsworth. The sun was shining and it was warm!

    Happy belated birthday to Mark Strout! I hope he had enough air to blow out all those candles.

    Kathy Caler has decided to close up her travel agency. She said most people set up their trips on their own. At least she tried.

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  17. Winter carnival scheduled for UMM

    On Saturday, Feb. 10, the University of Maine at Machias will hold a campus-wide winter carnival for people of all ages. Events include: a snowball fight, snowshoe and cross-country skiing lessons, carriage rides, snow painting, igloo building, a paint ‘n sip, and indoor mini golf. The day will also include a free showing of Thor Rangarok at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Activities will take place at various locations on campus, and a schedule and map will be provided to attendees. All events are free of charge. For more information, visit: machias.edu/news. 

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  18. Honorees

    Washington Academy played its last home boys’ basketball game of the season on Monday, Jan. 29 and honored Dick Gardner and his wife Margaret Gardner during halftime.

    Dick Gardner recently retired from the Washington Academy Board of Trustees after 55 years of service to the school first as a student and athlete, then as a coach, athletic director, parent, WA board member, WA board president, and friend of the school.The pair were presented with a banner which now hangs in the Gardner gymnasium and commemorates his service. Photo courtesy Hannah Sprague

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  19. Library’s ‘To the Top’ $10,000 match met

    In September 2017, H.D. Moore Library and Community Center patrons and supporters Edward Atkinson and Brenda Koskinen offered a $10,000 challenge match to benefit the Moore for the Future Endowment Fund. 

    Library officials are pleased to report the required $10,000 in donations have been received and matched, adding $20,000 to the endowment fund goal of $250,000. 

    Now, at $235,000, the endowment fund goal is within reach. The library hopes to meet it by this summer and honor the many donors with a celebration.

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  20. Wesley News

    Erin Guptill, kids and family went to New Hampshire Jan. 26-28 for a fun weekend at Fun Spot and Ice Castles. They had good weather and great fun at huge ice houses. Twelve of my family are going to the same place on the first weekend in February, going to meet up with other friends and even if it snows we will have fun with all the big kids. Plus, its Layne’s birthday. 

    Lots of oversized loads  were traveling on Route 9 on Monday, Jan. 29. They included four large house pieces and four concrete bridge sections.

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  21. Whitneyville Library news

    Local crafters will be on display at the Cabin Fever Craft Fair on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville.  Snow date for the event is Saturday, Feb. 17.  Homemade chocolates by the friends of the Whitneyville Public Library will be for sale along with handmade soaps and lotions, sewn and knitted items and jewelry are some the crafts that will be for sale by many local crafters.  Feeling a little cabin fever and would like to get out and enjoy the day? Then come to our Cabin Fever Craft Fair.

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  22. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

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    The Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben will show “Beauty and the Beat” 6 p.m.  Friday, February 9.  Admission is free and yummy refreshments are sold by donation. For more information, visit www.moorelibrary.org

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  23. Local mystery author launches ‘Death by Chocolate’ series with familiar characters

    by  Lura Jackson

    Local mystery fans will be glad to know that they can continue to get their fix of Eastport-based crime solving featuring the characters of Sarah Graves’s “Home Repair is Homicide” series – albeit with a few new twists – in “Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake”, the first book in a bakery-centered series. The book, released on Jan. 30, is available for purchase at S.L. Wadsworth and Son in Eastport and at the Calais Bookshop, as well as online.  

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  24. Dear Cat Lady

    Dear Cat Lady, 

    I just moved in with my daughter. Her cat is eight years old and my cat is five. Having a problem with them getting along. Can you give any advice?

    I appreciate your help,


    Dear Lorraine,

    Hopefully this will be an easy transition for all. Most importantly, don’t expect instant friends. Keep the cats separate and start making introductions by scent. You can switch sleeping blankets, beds or toys that smell like the other for a few weeks so that they become accustomed to the other’s scent. 

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  25. Variety show to raise funds for historical society


    Imagine a wide variety of acts competing for rehearsal time on the stage. Who will get to use the piano, the bright lights, and even the sound system at the busy Eastport Arts Center?

    That’s the puzzle to be unraveled at a benefit show ‘Rehearsal Gone Wrong!’ 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the EAC on Washington St. Donations accepted at the door.

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  26. UMM students create documentary film exploring immigration issues

    Ten University of Maine at Machias (UMM) students have taken their studies outside the classroom in a project exploring what it means to be an American. The result of their work is a documentary film, “Who Made You in America,” premiering Feb. 18 on campus.

    The free public screening at 2 p.m. at the UMM Performing Arts Center will be followed by a panel discussion led by professor Alan Kryszak and featuring several students involved in the making of the film. 

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  27. Mardi Gras Pancake Supper

    Let the good times roll at the annual Mardi Gras Pancake Supper, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Kay Parker Building, 26 Hadley Lake Road in Machias, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. This event is held every year to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, the day before the beginning of Lent and is hosted by St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church and Sunrise Opportunities, with all proceeds going to the Special Olympics program. 

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  28. Washington Academy wrestlers

    Tanner Rolfe starts his match in Calais.

    Raider Isaac DeMott working for an escape.

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  29. Lady Raiders in action photos

    Lady Raider Madelyn Willey takes the ball down the sideline.

    Strong baseline drive by Lady Raider Sydney Verge.

    Katie Leighton Brings the ball down over midcourt against Woodland.


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  30. Clippers weekend split

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers men’s and women’s teams hosted two Yankee small colleges on the weekend of Jan. 27-28 at the Reynolds Center. On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Vermont Technical Institute of Randolph Center, Vermont came to town. The Lady Clippers took the court first against the visiting Knights. 

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  31. Raiders finish 13-5

    by Phil Stuart

    The Washington Academy (WA) Raiders boys completed their 2017-18 regular season on Feb. 1 with a 69-53 victory over the John Bapst Crusaders of Bangor. The win gave Barry Terrell’s club a season’s sweep over the Crusaders, and a 13-5 regular season mark which currently has them seeded seventh in the standings.  

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  32. Fan behavior needs attention

    by Phil Stuart

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  33. Machias Memorial High School news

    The art program has been very busy creating exciting and colorful artwork!  Miss Lee supports students in imaginative and unique opportunities to express themselves through art.

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  34. DW Merritt 2nd quarter honor roll

    Mrs. Greene, principal of Daniel W. Merritt school in Addison is pleased to announce the second quarter honor roll.

    Grade 3:  All As: Autumn Schrader, Carson Bickford. All Bs: Paul Rainville.

    Grade 4: All As: Naomi Eyerman. All As and Bs: Lucus Grant, Bayleigh Thompson, Sarah Kidder, Micah Look, Lukas Pounder, Nickson Rusecky, Chase Wright. All B’s: Logyn Dempsey,Mercy Machado.

    Grade 5: All As: Karli Alley,Emma Whitmore. All As and Bs: Emily Emerson, Brayden Kane, Briana Willson, Dylan Lovejoy. All Bs: Kendall Coffin, Jennifer Kowalsky.

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  35. Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School honor roll

    Grade 4, high honors: Kiley Bauman, Cassidy Conlin,  Annabel Lentz, Arden Luuring, Irish Manning, Hanna Megno and Kellan Schwinn. Honors: William Bishko, Webster Case, Cali Cole, Alizay Cox, Lauren Davis, Presley Day,  Dominick Farley,  Nicholas Hennessey, Emerson Johnson, Avery Libby, Jolan Look, and Lucy Lord, Skyla Moody and Victor Mubang Jr.

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  36. Bay Ridge Elementary second quarter honor roll

    Grade 5 High Honors: Avery Cates, Ethan Cates, Max Cates, Paige Cates, Reese Crosman, Michael Taylor. Honors: Kisuhs Stevens-Dinsmore,Hayden Reynolds.

    Grade 6 High Honors: Anna Patterson. Honors: Ben Griffin, Drew Taylor.

    Grade 7 High Honors:  Isabel Cates, Lucas Cates, Abby Fitzhenry, Sarah Moulton, Sarah Neal. Honors: Kate Taylor, Jackson Lemieux, Marissa Cates, Shane Feeney.

    Grade 8 Honors: Cami Bryant, Kash Feeney, Raeanah Reynolds.

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  37. Elm Street Elementary School first trimester honor roll

    Grade 3 honors: Hunter Roberts. High honors: Darion Wescott. 

    Grade 4 honors, Daniel Gardner, Lily Hennessey, Jayden Gardner, Gertrude Gregory, Cameron Matthews, Pierce Thatcher. High honors: Samuel Davidson, Jayden Mahar. 

    Grade 5 honors: Cloe Gibson, Finlay Ramsdell, Rachel Keeton, Alaina Berry, Autumn Balyint, Brayden Barker, Grace Dennison. High honors: Iris Johnson, Myla Bartko, Jonah Dean Abigail Maker, Lola Smith. 

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  38. Harrington Elementary School second quarter honor roll

    Harrington Elementary School Principal Mrs. Meserve is pleased to announce the second quarter honor roll Grade 3: High honors: Erica Rackliff. Honors: Victoria Bickford, Zoey Blomgren, Caden Burgess, Elmer Dolqueist, Kyle Dorr, Emma Dowling, Makenzi Farren, Ryder Fenton, Miranda Flores, Hannah Grant, Kaitlyn Grant, Eli Grover, Marshall McDonald, Colin Phinney, Keyontae Pinkham, Noah West, Alex Worcester.

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  39. Winter sports and fun at Perry’s Pottle Tree Farm

    Having fun and helping others by cross-country skiing through woodland trails, sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, a ski race, ice fishing, a scavenger hunt, ski lessons and a potluck by the bonfire are all part of the sixteenth annual Winter Sports and Fun Day held Saturday, Feb. 10 in Perry. 

    In addition to fun, the event provides funds for Stronghearts, a Perry-based foundation.  Stronghearts was established in 2002 by Brian and Sue Duffy in memory of their son Seamus who died of a congenital heart defect, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  

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  40. WA 2nd quarter honor roll

    Judson L. McBrine, Head of School at Washington Academy in East Machias, has announced the second-quarter honor roll for the 2017/2018 year as follows:

    Grade 9: High Honors (All A’s):  Evan Ackley, Marissa Ackley, Steven Albee, Chloe Alley, Rachel Allison,

    Isaac Atkinson, Kylie Atkinson, Paige Bell, Rhiannon Bennett, Sophie Bragg, Mackenzie Cates, Naomi Curtis,  Jinny Davis, Abel Dean, Inez Furth, Jacob Gove, Ethan Graham, Emma Griffin, Natcha Griffin, Taber Helton, Natalia Kempthorne-Curiel, Nicholas Luuring, Chloe Lyford, Gabrielle Morang, Alexandria Morgan, 

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  41. DMR regulations questioned after scallop fishermen pulled from water


    by Lura Jackson

    On Tuesday, Jan. 30, the high winds and precipitation were not enough to deter a group of five scallop fishermen from heading out to attempt to meet their quota. After spending the morning plying the rough waters of Cobscook Bay, the dragger returned back with its catch. The five fishermen – four men and one woman – moored their vessel in Deep Cove and proceeded to row inland in a 14-foot skiff. The small skiff wasn’t able to withstand the waves and it overturned, sending all five people into the 39-degree water. 

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  42. Grass roots fish management

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    Managing Maine’s incredible sport fishery—and its associated  regulations—is complex and always subject to second guessing by arm-chair fisheries “biologists,” who may sincerely believe that they know how better to manage the fish in their favorite angling waters.

    Dennis Smith of Otter Creek is one of those impassioned anglers who never tires of trying to impose his preferences upon the fisheries management decisions made by the professional state fisheries biologists.

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  43. LePage criticized for closing prison under cover of darkness

    On Monday, Feb. 5 the Maine State Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee voted 11-1-1 to keep the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) open, and on Friday, Feb. 9 Governor LePage closed it.

    In Friday’s pre-dawn hours, prison employees were turned away from the facility and told their positions were terminated effective March 3. State police accompanied vehicles brought to remove the prisoners.

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  44. Children’s program spends 42 years helping Washington County smile


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Jen Wood and Teresa Alley beam when they talk about their work with the Washington County Children’s Program (WCCP). Alley has served as a dental hygienist for 30 years, more than 18 of them with the WCCP, and Wood has worked as the dental program assistant for a total of 19 years.

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  45. Sheriff’s office requests additional deputies to fight crime

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At a special meeting of the Washington County Commissioners, Chief Deputy Michael Crabtree said the sheriff’s office recommends adding additional headcount to fight the recent rise in crime.  “We’ve done a very good job over the years convincing the public and the bad guys that there are more of us than there actually are,” said Crabtree. “[The bad guys] have figured out that there are not.”

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