1. Editors Desk

    For the third year in a row, the Bluebird Ranch Family Restaurant in Machias is opening its doors on Thanksgiving Day for a communal holiday supper. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted and will go directly to the Machias Food Pantry. Between 300 and 400 people attended last year. The meal will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 23.

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  2. Farmers need support, not more obstruction

    by Jonathan Fulford

     Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd District, Jonathan Fulford, released the following statement regarding a delay in an important policy for farmers:

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  3. MaineGrown by Vets label first in nation

    The United Farmer Veterans of Maine is honored to announce an agreement between our organization and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to promote and market Maine veteran grown agricultural products. The agreement signifies mutual marketing efforts to promote a new “MaineGrown by Vets” label. The label will offer all Maine veterans the opportunity to showcase their products as a veteran-produced product off a veteran-owned farm in Maine.  

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  4. Celebrating Thanksgiving 2017

    Power restored for many and giving thanks for families and togetherness are a few recent things at the head of the thankfulness list in 2017.

    But Thanksgiving 2017 is indeed an ominous occasion as everything from health care to taxes looms uncertainly and unsolved ahead. Thanksgiving, especially for those waiting for the food pantry to open, is always a time to realize that it can be tough in the months ahead to focus on giving thanks.

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  5. Ignoring the voters on Medicaid is perilous for Augusta

    by  Alan Caron 

    Maine voters sent some loud and clear messages on Election Day this year.

    First, they sent a clear message on the York County casino vote, which ought to send a message to every self-serving millionaire that thinks he can buy special privileges in Maine with a slick, deceptive campaign. 

    Then they sent Paul LePage another loud and clear message by making Maine the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid by popular vote.

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  6. Aging gracefully: The importance of home care and hospice

    by  Sen. Angus King

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  7. Participate in the true meaning of Christmas

    Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ presents its annual gift of a living nativity scene. This outdoor live tableau, accompanied by narration and Christmas music is displayed from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 15.

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  8. Machias Community Christmas Giving Tree

    The new Dollar General Store in Machias has chosen The Community Christmas Giving Tree as its charity to support this Christmas season. Here are a couple employees showing off the collection box for donated items. Don’t Abigail Chadbourne and Denise Sprowl look excited for our program! Submitted photo.

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  9. Rep. Tuell to poll fishermen on issues facing industry

    Representative Will Tuell (R-East Machias) is seeking input from area fishermen on a host of topics that could impact the industry in the years to come.

     “I have done my best to serve fishermen since I won a seat in the Legislature,” Tuell said. “Whether you haul traps, dig clams, drag for scallops, or work on the water in some other way, this is your industry, and I need to know what you want in order to best serve our Down East fishing communities, and this survey is the best way I can reach the most fishermen at any one time.”

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  10. Addison announces Quarter one honor roll.

    Mrs. Greene of Daniel W. Merritt School in Addison is proud to announce the Honor Roll for the first quarter. Students making the honor roll achieved all A’s and B’s. Students making high honor roll achieved straight A’s.

     Third grade honors: Autumn Schrader and Carson Bickford.

    Fourth grade high honors: Naomi Eyerman. Honors: Lucus Grant, Sarah Kidder, Mercy Machado, Lukas Pounder, Nickson Rusecky,  Bayleigh Thompson and Chase Wright.

     Fifth Grade high honors: Karli Alley. Honors:  Jennifer Kowalsky,  Dylan Lovejoy, Brayden Kane, Emma Whitmore and Briana Willson

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  11. Machias Memorial High School announces quarter one honor roll

    Principal Leavitt and the faculty of Machias Memorial High School proudly presents the Quarter 1 Honor Roll for academic excellence.  The following students have earned the distinction of being recognized as achieving high honors or honors.

    High Honors

    Seniors: Meagan Jordan and Farrow McKenna.

    Juniors: Madison Conlin and Keely Tibbetts.

    Honors 

    Seniors: Kaylee Alley, Mckenzie Antil, Jordan Donovan, Amber Heath, Emily Mattox, Katy Nicely, Georgie-Anna Pemberton, Camryn Pennell, Jacob Schors, and Tyler Wentzell. 

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  12. Whitneyville Library news

    It has been an exciting month at the library with the ground work and prepping for the new library beginning.  The ground work is almost complete with the frost wall up and curing and the drainage going in. It won’t be long and the construction of library will begin with the framing in of the building which, if on schedule, will begin the first week of December. It is a new chapter in the history of the library and one we know John Bodger would be so pleased to see happening.

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  13. Columbia News

    The genealogy class held on Monday night had a very interesting conversation where you might find some information, the two folks that were there enjoyed the unusual information. I never know how the evening class will go, just depends on who happens to be there.

    The bus drivers of the district had their recertification CPR Class on Wednesday evening Nov. 15 at the Narraguagus High School with Sue Dow. It is always nice to be updated on any changes that may have come up.

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  14. Wesley News

    New people have moved into town on Fox Hill at Dakota Norton’s house. His sister Chandra and kids have moved into the house. Welcome back to town Chandra. 

    May Kay also has a couple sharing her house in Day Black Township

    Wesley had a big turnout at voting day Nov. 7, got to visit with people I haven’t seen for awhile. Even felt a little chilly that day, I guess winter has arrived except for the white stuff. Which I’m sure everyone would like to wait awhile longer for that to show up. 

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  15. Narraguagus celebrates civil rights

    The Civil Rights Team at Narraguagus had a We Are All Human 2017 Tolerance Day display in the front lobby on Thursday November 16, 2017.  If you believed in the following: ‘I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity, or other characteristic are different from my own’ you were given a tag  saying ‘We are Human’  and signed a large poster in the cafeteria that you took the pledge.   

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  16. Personnel changes at PRSWDD transfer station

    by Nancy Beal

    The staff of the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) has experienced several changes lately. The Route 1 transfer station in Columbia Falls is the recipient of household trash and recyclables from Addison, Beals, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Jonesboro and Jonesport. According to meeting minutes, it also receives significant cardboard from Cherryfield, Milbridge, Steuben, and from Wyman’s blueberry business in Cherryfield and Manaford’s grocery store in Jonesport.

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  17. UMM’s Nichols wins Maine Music Educator of the Year Award

    “Teaching,” says long-time University of Maine (UMM) music instructor Gene Nichols, “is mostly planting seeds and not knowing when or where they might sprout.” 

    One of Nichols’ seeds was planted in the mind of Jeff Shaw, a UMM alum who graduated in 2000 with a IFA/BA with a music concentration. “Over seventeen years ago, Gene Nichols and I had a conversation in Machias,” says Shaw, now Executive Director of Maine Academy of Modern Music, “and it started all this.” 

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  18. Maine Alliance for Arts Education met at the EAC

    On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Eastport Arts Center was the host for a Maine Alliance for Arts Education Open House and Conversation with Susan Potters, executive director.  

    Parents, students, teachers and community members from Calais to Jonesboro expressed their support of arts in the schools. Student musicians Cora and Ellis Zipperer-Sánchez from Eastport and Cassidy Carr from Calais entertained the guests as they enjoyed an exhibition of student artwork from Calais, Eastport and Perry. 

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  19. The Catch literary journal seeks submissions

    Writers inspired by the coastal heritage of Downeast Maine and beyond are encouraged to submit their work to The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine. Submissions of poetry, fiction, essay, and other prose are welcome from new and established writers, as well as from high school and college students. Writers whose work has been published in previous volumes include Ray Beal, Chris Crittendon, Robert Froese, Elizabeth Garber, Valerie Lawson, Carl Little, Carolyn Locke, Paul Molyneaux, Patricia Ranzoni, and Baron Wormser.

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  20. Route One Project to feature musicians of northeast Maine

    by Lura Jackson

    Even growing up in Northeastern Maine, it can be difficult to appreciate how much musical history and energy is associated with this region. For Chuck White, a musicologist that recently finished an eight-week, sixteen city tour along all of Route One, the significance of Northeastern Maine was evident when he arrived here.

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  21. Annual holiday market boasts talented vendors

    Eastport Arts Center’s 6th Annual Holiday Market, a shopping wonderland complete with diverse, high-quality goods and homemade hot lunches, will be held on Saturday, November 25 from 10 am to 2 p.m. Merchandise available will include folk art, mosaics, jewelry, carved wooden signs, books, seaglass, rustic home decor, stained glass, beaded earrings, pottery, arts, crafts, sewing and more.

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  22. Auditions to be held for New Year’s show

    Stage East, the community theater of Eastport and eastern Washington County, is asking actors interested in appearing in the New Year’s Eve 2017 production to come to an audition/reading on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center. 

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  23. New yoga classes being offered at EAC

    Katie Wilson will be teaching yoga classes at the EAC in November and December. November offerings are on Tuesday mornings and include a Mindful Flow class from 8-9 am and Gentle Yoga from 9:30-10:30 am. Starting in December, Gentle Flow class will be held on Saturday mornings from 8:30-9:30. 

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  24. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Annual Holiday Market - November 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Eastport Art Center

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    Auditions for Stage East New Year’s show, November 28, 7 p.m., Eastport Arts Center. Questions: brian@schuth.com.

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  25. Machias School Board discusses tuition budget, school activities

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A.O.S. 96 Superintendent Scott Porter updated the Machias School Board that he is waiting to hear the new state tuition rates, set to come out in December, which will give them a better idea of how the school is performing to budget. For the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias, the district forecasted 95 tuition students — students who attend from towns outside of Machias — but currently has 109. For Machias Memorial High School, the budget for tuition students anticipated 67, and attendance is currently at 65.

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  26. VFW Auxiliary Post 11553 news

    by Ann Merchant

    On Sept. 11, VFW Auxiliary Post 11553 in Harrington held a small reception to welcome National Auxiliary President Dee Guillory from Virginia.  She is making all her visits throughout all the VFW Auxiliaries all through the United States.

    Also with Dee were Nellie Farris, who is Maine State Auxiliary President from Belfast, Kim Baldwin, who is past State of Maine President from Franklin,  and Lynn Dunton, State of Maine Chief of Staff, from Livermore, and Kathy Woodward, also past State of Maine President, from Machiasport.

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  27. Strong start for Lady Clippers basketball

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Lady Clippers basketball squad has gotten off to a 3-1 start in regulation play.

    Coach Troy Alley’s club played three exhibition contests in Fredericton, NB against the host St. Thomas University Tommies, the Mount Allison Mounties of Sackville, NB, and the Mt. Vincent Mystics of Halifax, Nova Scotia prior to the start of regular season play.

    The Lady Clippers hosted the University of New Brunswick Lady Seawolves in a non-conference match-up Oct. 27 at the Reynolds Center.

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  28. Washington County leads in Maine volleyball

    by Phil Stuart

    Volleyball has been played in Washington County since the seventies, but the Maine Principals Association didn’t sanction the sport until 1997.

    Volleyball was primarily a sport played by Downeast Athletic Conference teams and it took several years before it started to grow on a statewide basis.

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  29. Sumner wins DAC Soccer Championship at UMM

    Brandon Grinnan heads the ball up the field in DAC title play. 

    Silas Goldfarb looks for an open teammate while dribbling on the sideline.

     

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  30. Action shots of Jonesport - Beals Royalette Volleyball

    Royalette Reanna Smith digs the service for J-B.

    Strong service from Kaylee Ireland.

     

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  31. CDC encourages screening during Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    As the nation recognizes November as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages current and former smokers who are at high risk of developing lung cancer to talk with a health care provider about being screened for the disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in Maine, and in 2013, nearly 30 percent of all cancer deaths in Maine were due to lung cancer.

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  32. Assistance dogs provide help and love

    Dear Savvy Senior

    What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? My sister, who’s 58, has multiple sclerosis and I’m wondering if an assistance dog could help make her life a little easier.

    Inquiring Sister

    Dear Inquiring

    For people with disabilities and even medical conditions, assistant dogs can be fantastic help, not to mention they provide great companionship and an invaluable sense of security. Here’s what you and your sister should know.

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  33. Shirlie Faye Magee Davidson - Virginia

    Shirlie Faye Magee Davidson passed away peacefully on October 19, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Shirlie was born February 18, 1927 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. 

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  34. David C. Harmon Sr. - Whiting

    David C. Harmon Sr., 67, died November 6, 2017 at his home. He was born in Marshfield, Maine on March 18, 1950, the son of the late Walter and Marguerite (Look) Harmon.

    He was a graduate of Machias High School and was employed his whole life by A.M. Look Canning Co. His hobbies included brook fishing and camping. He also loved tipping and raking blueberries.

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  35. Mills joins nations AGs requesting ability to hold pharmaceutical industry accountable

    Attorney General Janet Mills joined the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) in a letter to congressional leaders, urging them to repeal a 2016 federal law so as to hold drug manufacturers and distributors responsible for the nation’s oversupply of pain killers (opioids).

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  36. Court News

    Todd Wormell of Baileyville, Maine: OUI (alcohol) on March 5, 2017 in Baileyville. SNTC Date 8/14/2017, Fine $700, Wasihngton County Jail 7 days, stayed 8/21/2017, license suspended 3 year, registration suspended. GLTY.

    Isaac J. Collins Jr. of Robbinston, Maine: Burglary on February 5, 2017 in Alexander. DISP.

    Daniel R. Matonic of Calais, Maine: Theft of services on March 6, 2017 in Calais. DISO.

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  37. Celebrating Robert Coles’ service

    WW2 veteran, Pearl Harbor hero, and hometown celebrity Robert P. Coles, Jr. was celebrated last Friday, fittingly on the observation of Veterans Day. He was 93. A remembrance service took place at Machias Memorial High School, followed by a full military honors interment at Longfellow Cemetery in Machias. See more photos on page 7. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  38. Local legislators gear up for Medicaid expansion battle

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Maine made history last week, becoming the first state in the nation to pass Medicaid expansion by citizen referendum. 

    Gov. Paul LePage, who has vetoed Medicaid expansion five times, vows to stall this win at the polls by mandating the legislature to find the funding before he will allow implementation. 

    The fight to give health-care coverage to over 70,000 uninsured Mainers has been a lengthy and bitter battle, marked with heart-breaking stories and the fierce needs of many deprived daily of care.

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  39. AOS 96 seeks to remove non-consolidation penalties

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In the final hours of Maine’s 2018-19 budget negotiations, the governor’s office inserted language into the biennial budget  that would reduce funding to schools which do not consolidate into one of nine to twelve new School Management and Leadership Centers (SMLCs). 

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  40. DMR finalizes 2017-18 scallop season, new licenses on horizon

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After the Nov. 8 meeting of the Scallop Advisory Council, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) announced its final calendar for the 2017-18 fishing season, set to kick off on Dec. 4.

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  41. Art to honor veterans

    Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School art teacher Becky Lee worked with Machias students to create one entire wall of patriotic artwork which was displayed during last week’s Veterans Day breakfast at the school. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  42. Machias gunshot victim recovering

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A Machias man was shot with a rifle through an exterior wall late on Oct. 8. Machias Police are not releasing the identity of the victim at this time. 

    The victim was taken to Down East Community Hospital in Machias where he was stabilized, then taken by Lifeflight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. “He seems to be recovering quite well,” said Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley.

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  43. Centre Street’s Living Nativity dates announced

    Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, announces the dates for its annual gift of a Living Nativity to the community. This outdoor live tableau, accompanied by narration and Christmas music, will be on display from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 15.

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  44. An elder service navigator is here for you

    by  Natalie Boomer

    Food, fuel, transportation, home repairs, utilities, money matters, healthcare and insurance can be stressful to figure out all on your own. Nevertheless, it is a situation many elderly community members find themselves in. Lisa Suarez is here to help with that. 

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  45. Library to show “Wonder Woman”

    The public is invited to a showing of the new “Wonder Woman”  movie at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

     The movie will be shown 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, which is a change from the usual Friday night time.

    Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. 

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