1. WA Players to perform at Easport Arts Center March 6, 7

    The WA Players one-act play  performance this year is the drama  “Things Fall (Meanwhile)” by Barton Bishop.   This drama/comedy is an intersection of stories involving a street performer killed by a falling air conditioner, a music prodigy losing her ability to hear, a young woman accidentally throwing a javelin and impaling a hiker on a tree, and a man who suddenly begins to speak only gibberish. All of this unique and thought provoking tale happens in about 35 minutes.  

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  2. Steuben library announces Barnes to be March artist

    Sharon Barnes will be the March featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. The show will be available for viewing during library hours and there will be an artist reception 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 5.

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  3. Guest Voice Opinion - Acting to create a prerelease center in Washington County

    by Sen. Joyce Maker

    In the Gospel of Matthew, an alternative for “an eye for an eye” is given by Jesus: “You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

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  4. Editor's Desk

    Driving through New Hampshire last week, my husband was surprised to hear a familiar voice coming over a local radio station. Representative Will Tuell was on NHPR discussing the closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility. We now know that NHPR was airing an interview done with AJ Higgins in Maine, but our neighbors in New Hampshire aren’t the only ones covering this local story. 

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  5. Letter to the Editor - Former inmate speaks up for DCF

    I was an inmate at Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) for 15 months after a difficult and embarrassing time in my life for felony drug charges. As my life crashed down around me and I made my way to Windham then classed into minimum DCF, I started my actual recovery there after a year in rehab on bail. I turned myself in and it began.

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  6. Opinion - Candidate Thibodeau’s statement on prison closure

    The Governor’s decision to shut down the Downeast Correctional Facility (DECF) is economically devastating and short-sighted. 

    In 2016, a promise was made to the people of Washington County by this administration when the legislature approved the Government Facilities Bond that mandated a correctional facility be open in Washington County. Today, I believe that promise, embodied in law, has been broken. 

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  7. Cherryfield and Milbridge news

     

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  8. Columbia News

    Our February school vacation has come to an end. I traveled to Boston on Saturday Feb. 17 to visit my daughter Diadem and her family. I was met at the bus station by the whole family with a gigantic balloon saying Happy Birthday on it. The grandchildren rushed to me and threw themselves into my arms with hugs and kisses. What a surprise that was.

     They gathered me up and we headed to their home in Dorchester that was about 10 minutes away.  After having lunch, to the delight of the children, we all went bowling.   Needless to say, we all had a great time.

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  9. Wesley News

    Carole had her daughter Lennea and her husband to come to visit for a few days week of Feb. 12th, They had a nice visit and Lennea even visited Juskidden Acres for some lotions to take back to Massachusetts. 

    Dick and Rese D. donated some more returnable bottles to the Historical Society. Thank you both.

    Linda T. and Barb D. have new residents trying to move into their areas. Barb has trapped one rather large northern rat and the Tapleys have shot one of a family of field rats. They both hope to see them move one. 

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  10. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

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    Monthly Play Reading with Stage East, free. March 3, 2-4 p.m.,

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    Narraguagus Snowmobile Club- The Narraguagus Snowmobile Club will hold their next public bean & casserole supper on March 3 at the club house in Cherryfield at 5:30 p.m.

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    Sunday Afternoons at the EAC presents the Shead High School Music Program with jazz and rock music and discussion, free.March 4, 3 p.m.

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  11. JHS 2018 County Basketball Champions

     

    Pictured is the 2018 Lubec JHS girls’ basketball champions. Members include front left-right: Ayla Zanoni, Rachel Wry, Kristin Grant, Addison Williams, Ashlyn Dinsmore, Trinity Jones, and Chloe Savage. Back left-right: Coach Shawn Tinker, Jessica Greene, Isabella Seeley, Kaitlyn Smith, Summer Sizemore Crystal Ann Kloeber, Kelci Williams, Skyler Tinker, Kristen Smith, and Veda Zanoni. Missing Coach Jordan Tinker.

     

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  12. Bulldog/Royals advance

     

    by Phil Stuart

    The sixth-seeded Machias Bulldogs and number two Jonesport-Beals Royals both advanced to the Northern Maine Class D semifinals and are scheduled to play each other for the third time this season. 

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  13. Grant joins 1,000 point club

    by Phil Stuart

    Machias Bulldogs Senior Guard Jordan Grant of West Lubec scored his 1,000th career point on February 2nd at Narraguagus High School in Harrington.

    Grant, a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, burned the nets for 35 points as Jim Getchell’s club improved to 10-7 with a game to go in a 66-56 win.

    The Lubec senior seemed to have his best games against the Knights this season with 32 points in a 69-65 victory over Ryan Fletcher’s club in Machias December 21st.

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  14. Juanita Brooks Stephens - Machias

    Juanita Brooks Stephens, born November 25, 1918, passed away January 27, 2018, at the Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine. The cause was pneumonia. 

    Juanita Stephens had lived in Machias with her husband James since 1996. After he died of Alzheimer’s in 2000, she stayed in their early 1900’s Victorian-style house where she painted in her studio until her health started declining last year. While living in Maine, she exhibited in art shows in Eastport and Machias, and one of her still-lifes hangs in the vestibule of the Centre Street Congregational Church. 

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  15. Verrill “Sonny” Worcester - Jonesport

    Verrill “Sonny” Worcester passed away at his home on Monday, February 19, 2018 at age 88 . Sonny was born to Erma and Verrill Worcester in Jonesport  Maine on March 18, 1929. He graduated Columbia Falls High School with the class of ’47 and  married Marilyn (Diz) Worcester in September 1950. He was a loving husband and father and a doting Grampie and “PA” to his large family.    

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  16. Delbert Lester Caler - Harrington

    Delbert Lester Caler, 62, resident of Harrington finished his earthly journey on the afternoon tide of February 14, 2018, doing what he loved and had since the age of nine — clamming. 

    In 1996, Delbert started a wild animal butchering business, which in later years became a state tagging station, too. Delbert loved to hunt. He enjoyed the success stories of others, which replaced his own hunting as his business grew.

    Delbert was married to the love of his life, Kathy Lynn (Perry) Caler for 22 ½ years. He has left her broken hearted.

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  17. Calais Celtic Concert series opens 7th season with award-winning Skipper’s Alley

    Tom McDonald of Calais Celtic Concerts stands holding a plaque of recognition

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  18. Fun at Washington Academy Field Day

    Sophomores Gregory Moulton and Micah Vose participating in the Beach Ball Relay. Photo by Hannah Sprague

    Students cheering on their classmates during the Field Day/Pep Rally. (from left to right) Natalia Kempthorne-Curiel and Paige Bell.  Photo by Jocelyn Scoville

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  19. Manhunt on Main Street

    State Police surrounded Sunrise Cannabis in Machias on Thursday, Feb. 15, looking for its owner, Robert Boggia. He was not located until the next day. See article page 2. Photo courtesy Jacob Berry

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  20. Embattled prison embroiled in further hurdles

    by Ruth Leubecker

    With battle lines drawn and legal entanglements taking center stage, the Downeast Correctional Facility remains alive to fight another day.

    “Odds are it will change 10 more times before the week is out,” said Rep. Will Tuell on Valentine’s Day. “Washington County is behind this facility. We need it.”

    “We’ll continue to fight on multiple fronts,” said area resident Andrea Guerra, in Augusta for the most recent hearing. “This is not just about jobs.”

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  21. Candidate Garrett Mason speaks to WaCo Republicans

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Sen. Garrett Mason (R-Lisbon Falls) is the first person on the Republican ballot for Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial election. “If the election were held today, I would win in a landslide because I’m the only person on the ballot,” quipped Mason, who currently serves as Maine’s Senate Majority Leader. 

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  22. Machias, Calais Rite Aids to become Walgreens

    by  Lura Jackson

    Pharmacy customers at Rite Aid were among the first to be informed that the Calais and Machias stores will be undergoing a transformation into a Walgreens over the next few years. The pharmacy itself is already mostly integrated into the Walgreens system, while the rest of the store will be overhauled by 2020. The local stores are among 1,932 Rite Aid stores that were acquired in January of 2018 by Walgreens as part of a major corporate acquisition totaling $4.4 billion.

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  23. Jonesport to explore purchase of campground

    by Nancy Beal

    Three members of Jonesport’s working waterfront access and harbor committees attended the selectmen’s Feb. 14 meeting to discuss an offer from the Sawyer family to sell the town the campground property on Henry Point. In response to an inquiry from the town, the Sawyers recently wrote to the town, offering to sell the seven-acre mini-peninsula for $450,000.

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  24. Manhunt ends with arrest of local business owner

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On Thursday, Feb. 15, Maine State Police cruisers could be seen parked outside Sunrise Cannabis on Machias’ Main Street, looking for its owner, Robert Boggia. They were also seen pulling over vehicles along Route One and at the base of Scotts Hill Road in East Machias. 

    The same afternoon, public information officer Stephen McCausland issued an alert titled “Whiting man wanted,” and asking for the public’s help in locating the 32-year old business owner.

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  25. Machias native supports one of the Navy’s most versatile combat ships

    by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James H. Green, Navy Office of Community Outreach

    A 1996 Machias Memorial High School, 2004 Maine Maritime Academy and 2010 Naval Post Graduate School graduate and Machias native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the staff aboard Surface Division 11, supporting one of the country’s most versatile combat ships.

    Lt. Cmdr. Justin Hayward is a material and maintenance officer serving in N4 at Surface Division 11 in San Diego.

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  26. Body of local clammer recovered

    The body of 62-year old Delbert Caler of Harrington was discovered Thursday, Feb. 15 by a local fisherman working with Maine Marine Patrol to locate the shellfish harvester, missing since Wednesday, Feb. 14. 

     Marine Patrol received a report this morning at approximately 6 a.m. that Caler, a licensed shellfish harvester, was missing after he had gone clamming last evening.

    The search, coordinated by the Maine Marine Patrol, began immediately and involved many locals searching on the water and shore, as well as members of the Maine Warden Service.

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  27. Guest Voice - Opinion - Now is the time for action

    by Sen. Mark Dion

    Prayers are not enough, and never will be, for the children and their families who have been irreparably shattered by these acts of senseless slaughter.

    We can no longer stand aside, using the excuse that it is not “the time” to take action.

    We cannot be turned away or silenced by those who claim we are playing politics on the graves of the murdered.

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  28. Editor's Desk

    I recently interviewed a young man who is a recovered drug addict. He said, “You’ll never understand addiction as a problem until you understand addiction as a  solution.

    When an addict starts using drugs, he said, they’re making a rational decision in the moment. This, of course, is true for every poor decision any one of us has ever made. 

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  29. Letter to the Editor - Renaming the FBI

    The fabled and feared Federal Bureau of Investigation should soon have a new nickname, perhaps courtesy of POTUS: the Failing Bureau of Investigation, or possibly the Fake Bastion of Integrity. 

    Jon Reisman

    Cooper

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  30. Letter to the Editor - Children’s dental program

     

     An overdue note to thank you for the feature article you did on the Children’s program a couple of weeks ago. The part about its inception warmed my heart to see that someone appreciated how hard Kathy worked to get the it up and running. Those were hardworking and fun days for Kathy in the program, and her fondness for the kids and helping them get dentally healthy is reflected in the fact that we still act as a storage depot for their dental  supplies in our office basement. We are glad that Theresa is doing a fine job of continuing the legacy.

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  31. Letter to the Editor - AG Mills addresses the prison closure

    “The action of the Governor and the Department of Corrections flies in the face of the clear intent of the Legislature as expressed in the biennial budget, in statute and in the deliberations of the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

    The Legislature has every right to protect an institution which not only provides needed rehabilitation services to persons convicted of crimes but is also an economic mainstay of one of Maine’s poorest counties.

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  32. No frolicking, but foraging for those fruits of February

    By now woodpiles have diminished, days are noticeably longer and the holiday season has faded into a bittersweet memory. It’s February, the shortest month, and the only one bisected by affairs of the heart. And, arguably, housing the most offbeat collection of observances in the entire calendar year. 

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  33. State of the Union attendees: Movers, shakers and Senator Maker

    by Sen. Angus King 

    Even after five years as a Senator, there are some things you just never get used to, and the State of the Union is right there at the top of that list. This yearly tradition isn’t about the President – it’s about the presidency. It’s an honor to be in the House chamber for this annual event, and fortunately I’m given the opportunity to share this unique privilege with one guest.

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  34. Guest Voice - Opinion - LePage’s actions are despotic, not democractic

    by Zak Ringelstein

    Here’s what really happened at Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport at 4:30 a.m. last Friday morning: at the command of Governor Paul Lepage, state troopers abruptly arrived and hauled 63 inmates out of their beds and onto buses, taking 39 jobs of hard-working Washington County residents with them.

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  35. Treasurer Hayes’ statement on governor LePage’s unexpected closure of DCF

    State Treasurer Terry Hayes, Maine’s only non-partisan constitutional officer and independent, Clean Elections candidate for Governor released the following statement about the unexpected closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport on Friday.

     “On Friday morning, dozens of workers in Washington County were ‘no call, no show’ because of Governor LePage’s unexpected and immediate closure of the Downeast Correctional Facility,” said Treasurer Hayes. “Are we open for business, or aren’t we?”

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  36. Democratic hopefuls make their pitch to county party Jared Golden, 2nd CD candidate, and Zak Ringelstein, U.S. Senate seat seeker

    by Nancy Beal

    Two Democrats vying for seats in Washington appeared before the Washington County Democratic Committee on Feb. 11 sharing their views and aspirations with approximately 20 listeners in the East Machias community room behind the firehouse. Jared Golden, a 35-year-old from Lewiston, has his eye on Bruce Poliquin’s seat as representative from Maine’s second congressional district, and Zachary Ringelstein is aiming at Independent Angus King’s seat in the U.S. Senate.

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  37. Cherryfield and Milbridge news

    Madison Leighton is a senior that goes to Narraguagus High School and lives in Milbridge. She is the captain of the girls’ basketball team. Leighton is also the class president and is a member of the student council  She was a big part of the girls’ basketball team winning the first gold ball in Narraguagus High School history back in 2016. This is her story.

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  38. Columbia News

    I am in Boston visiting with my grandchildren Asa and Mabel during school vacation.  I left real early from home to make the 7 a.m. bus in Bangor.  I think that ever one else wanted to get somewhere early for the upcoming vacation. We ended up in Portland with a full bus so that we could leave early and get into Boston earlier than normal. 

    On my arrival my grandchildren and their parents met me at the bus station with a huge balloon saying Happy Birthday and lots of hugs and kisses for me. A wonderful surprise.

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  39. Wesley News

    Kim Carlow is doing rehab at Marshall’s in Machias and is hoping to be home soon. Stop in and say hi to her. Also, Alton Norton is back home and doing better.  Because of the snow, Ron took us down to Whitneyville on the 10th.  The Craft Fair was quite slow and there were five empty tables. We got to visit with the crafters quite a bit. 

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  40. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

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    Open Mic Night, family friendly; free admission; February 24, 6-8 p.m., 4th Saturday all types of performers welcome. Sponsored by Dastardly Dick’s Wicked Good Coffee and Dastardly Dick’s Dog Boarding & Care. Info: alison@eastportartscenter.org, Eastport Arts Center.

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    Notice of 2018 Republican Caucus

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  41. Northern Maine cheering results

    by Phil Stuart

    The Northern Maine regional Cheering Championship was held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on January 27th with four Washington County high schools represented.

    In Class D, Penobscot Valley of Howland unseated perennial champ Central Aroostook of Mars Hill.  The Howlers edged the Panthers 67.6 to 62.4. The Machias Bulldogs were a distant 3rd at 48.1 and were followed by Bangor Christian 45, Deer Isle-Stonington 42.5, Woodland 40.2, Fort Fairfield 39.4 and Buckfield 22.4.

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  42. Jonesport-Beals boys’ varsity basketball team

    Pictured is the Jonesport-Beals boys’ varsity basketball team. Members include front l-r: Judson Carver, Alex Farnsworth, Marc Crowley, Alvin Beal, and Stephen Cirone. Back l-r: Coach Skipper Alley, Rafael Sanabria, Luke Wilson, Adam Robinson, Kaiden Crowley, Isaiah Faulkingham, Austin Grant, Brady Reynolds, Tyler Alley, and Assistant Coach Matt Alley.

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  43. Bulldogs finish strong

    by Phil Stuart

    Despite heavy losses to graduation and transfers, the Machias High School boys closed out the regular season with six consecutive wins and are hoping to get through the preliminary round with a win and earn a berth in the Northern Maine Class D tournament. The Bulldogs closed out the season with a pair of victories over Stearns and one win each over Deer Isle-Stonington, Narraguagus, Shead and Bangor Christian.

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  44. Eleven teams in post season

    by Phil Stuart

    Eleven out of a possible 16 Washington County girls’ and boys’ high school basketball teams have qualified for post-season play based on their performances in the recently completed 2017/2018 season. There are five girls squads out of a possible eight.

    In Class D girls, the Woodland Lady Dragons got narrowly edged out of first place by the Southern Aroostook High School Warriors. The Dragons finished second at 15-3 and will go directly to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor without going through the preliminary round.

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  45. Road wins for Lady Clippers

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias Clippers and Lady Clippers went on a three-game road trip to the Bay State and New York for games on February 3rd, 4th and 5th.

    On the 3rd, the Lady Clippers met Hampshire College for the second time this season. On November 4th, the Clippers defeated the Black Sheep 72 - 25.

    The second meeting would be similar when the two teams met on February 3rd in Amherst, Mass.  UMM led 22-11 after a quarter and 32-20 at the half-time break.  The Clippers coasted through the second half to a 75-26 win.

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