1. One reason for the rate hike

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  2. Margaretta Days Festival seeks crafters

    The 2018 Margaretta Days Festival & Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias. Activities during the day will include colonial reenactors, live music, storytelling, games, period food, a children’s play area, plus live demonstrations of colonial occupations. Adding to the festivities of the day will be a variety of crafters who will be on hand displaying a selling their wares. Last year there were over 25 crafter and artists ranging from original watercolors and jewelry to rugs and doll clothes.

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  3. The Ellsworth Public Library brings MPBN’s “The Great American Read”

    The Grand screens on the giant Coastal Eye Care Screen the first part of MPBN’s new series “The Great American Read” on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7 p.m., presented by The Ellsworth Public Library. Tickets for this General Admission presentation are free for everyone.

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  4. BSO offers free concert May 11 Rose M. Gaffney

    As part of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Meet the Music Maker program, the Acadia Brass

    Ensemble of the BSO will perform a free concert of American music at the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School on Friday, May 11, at 4 p.m. They will also be visiting the school during the day to perform for the students and run some brass workshops.

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  5. EAC A n n u a l F o l l i es Revue seeking talent

    Auditions are ongoing for Eastport Arts Center’s 14th Annual Moose Island Follies, to be held as two performances, 4 and 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 3, as city-wide Fourth of July festivities are coming to a peak. This year we are excited to have Maine humorist Tim Sample emcee the show. Acts should be two-to-eight minutes in length and may consist of any type of performance—music, dance, physical stunts/comedy, theatrical scenes or skits, recitation, vaudevillian arts—truly, anything goes.

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  6. International chorus sings of love

    Quoddy Voices will present its spring concerts on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m., at the Eastport Arts Center. Our program, “Something About Love,” will explore the many different aspects of love and romance. It begins with three classic English madrigals filled with heartfelt adoration and humor, as well as the sorrow of rejection.  

    In Gustav Holst’s setting of the Cornish folk tune, “I Love My Love,” we learn of the return of the lover from the sea to rescue his maiden; and spring is certainly in the air with John Clements’ “Flower of Beauty.” 

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  7. Church Services

    St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church,  36 Dublin Hill, Machias. Services, 9 a.m. April through November; 9:30 a.m. December through March. Rev. Lynn Rutledge FMI: 207-214-7548 or staidansmachias.org.

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    Beals Wesleyan Church, Elm Street, Beals. 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship; 6 p.m. evangelistic hour. Wednesday 6 p.m. prayer time. Pastor Nick Wilson, 207-497-2262 or 207-530-0567.

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  8. Kenneth L. Thompson - Addison

    Kenny Thompson, 96, had his prayers answered as he passed away “to be with my wife, Gen, in heaven” on April 12, 2018.

    Ken was born on Cape Split, Addison, Maine on November 7, 1921 to William and Susie (Wass) Thompson.  He was one of six children.

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  9. Lula A. Faulkingham - Beals

    Lula A. Faulkingham, 95, passed away on April 27, 2018, at the Downeast Community Hospital in Machias. She was born on January 12, 1923, in Beals, the daughter of Herman and Phena (Alley) Beal. Lula enjoyed her family and her grandchildren, friends, and especially telling little jokes.

    Lula attended the Beals Wesleyan Church for many years.

    She had worked at the Middle Factory where she was a sardine packer. She had also worked at Carver’s Shop and she also cleaned homes for local people. Lula enjoyed knitting, crocheting and drawing.

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  10. Lewis Wood, Sr. - Machiasport, ME

    Lewis Wood, Sr., 80, died on April 27, 2018 at Down East Community Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was born to Arthur and Vaughn Wood in Machias on November 19, 1937.

    He worked as an ironworker most of his life. He also worked on the water; lobstering, scalloping, cohoging and clamming. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family.

    Lewis was predeceased by his wife Nancy (Reeves) Wood; parents, Arthur and Vaughn Wood; brother, Arthur (Punk) Wood, Jr.; and son-in-law, Joseph Berry.

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  11. Fort O’Brien School announces 3rd Quarter honor roll

    3rd Grade; Honors- Aiden Espling, Abby Gagne; 4th Grade; Honors- Maya Henderson, Kieli Smith; 5th Grade; Honors- Thaddius Bridges,Ava Fitzhenry High Honors- Zoe Mercer, Kaiden Wood;6th Grade; Honors- Naomi Lauze; High Honors- Austin Fitzhenry, Harley Ingrish; 7th Grade; Honors- Jonathan O’Donnell; High Honors- Cameron Boynton, Eli Tremblay; 8th Grade; Honors- Elesia Berry, Gracie Guptill, Natasha Kilton, Caitlyn Link, Dalton Mercer; High Honors- Aviva Bridges

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  12. UMM student Whittaker honored as 2018 Maine Policy Scholar

    The 2018 class of Maine Policy Scholars (MPS) was recently honored during a special graduation ceremony in the Bangor Room in the Memorial Union on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

    One student from six of the seven campuses of the University of Maine system pursued a year-long program of applied research in the area of Maine public policy. Issues addressed included care of mentally ill inmates in Maine prisons; how public policy can support literacy promotion for school-aged youth; and increasing recycling in rural Maine.

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  13. Wrestling for recovery

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  14. Washington Academy announces honor parts for Class of 2018

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  15. 27th Annual Cobscook Bay Race to benefit DEHV

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  16. Ganiel’s athletic achievements stand unequaled

    by Phil Stuart

    Gladys Ganiel of Harrington and a 1995 graduate of Narraguagus High School, without a doubt, is Washington County’s most accomplished athlete. Ganiel excelled not just in athletics but also in the classroom.

    In 1995 she was the valedictorian of her class and received the Maine Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence and Citizenship.

    The list of athletic accomplishments both as an individual and team member for her four years as a member of the cross country, girls’ basketball team and track teams are nothing short of mind boggling.

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  17. Softball history Downeast

    by Phil Stuart

    Over the years, Downeast softball has lagged behind other areas of the state. There have been some outstanding teams but very few have excelled much beyond the season. Since 1976, only 12 teams from Washington County have made it to a state championship game in Class C or Class D.

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  18. 1948 Jonesboro Jets

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  19. Ashby among the very best

    by Phil Stuart

    Washington County has had its share of outstanding coaches over the years. Many have left their mark at schools within the county while other have taken their talents elsewhere.

    I.J. Pinkham of Milbridge is the winningest boys’ basketball coach in the state of Maine. Pinkham has over 620 victories, all at Boothbay Region High School.

    Ordie Alley of Beals amassed over 500 career victories while coaching at Beals High School and Jonesport-Beals High School.

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  20. Lubec Hornet streak reaches 80

    by Phil Stuart

    All winning streaks eventually come to an end, but after four years, one in eastern Washington County is still alive.

    For the past four years the Lubec Elementary School Pee Wee team for grades six and under have been undefeated. They have won four consecutive Downeast Basketball Association championships plus several invitational tournaments. During this incredible run the young Hornets have been coached by Shawn Tinker of Crowsneck and Jordi Tinker of East Trescott.

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  21. Second season officially over

    by Phil Stuart

    The “mud season” of basketball is officially over by the time spring vacation starts in early April.

    Once the high school basketball tournaments are over, junior high and elementary school teams play for another six weeks until spring break. These teams play a regular season of 10 to 12 games plus many go to weekend tournaments and play sometimes 12 to 15 more games.

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  22. University of Maine at Machias student fundraising for Food Recovery Network

     

    When her classmates put on their caps and gowns to march in commencement on Sunday, May 13, KwiNam Park will not be with them. Instead, she will lace up her shoes and run her twentieth marathon. Her goal is to raise money for food security in Downeast Maine. 

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  23. Volunteers help veterans at Cabin in the Woods

    Maine’s motto is “The Way Life Should Be”, but unfortunately that is not always the case for Maine veterans. Hundreds of veterans, our hometown heroes who served this country, live on the street or in shelters. For some veterans who are homeless, their life is a struggle - to find a job, maintain family connections and to find permanent housing.

    Volunteers of America Northern New England has been working to change that.

    In addition to the transitional living services provided to male and female veterans, we are building permanent homes called Cabin in the Woods.

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  24. How to find great volunteer vacations

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    My husband and I are approaching retirement and are interested in learning more about volunteer vacations. Can you give us some information on this travel option, and refer us to some good organizations that offer these types of trips.

    Love to Travel

    Dear Love,

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  25. Court News

     

    Michael Kenneth Hanley of Baileyville, Maine:  Terrorizing on 9/18/2017 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/17/2018, fine $300. Washington County Jail 48 hours, stayed 1/24/2018.  GLTY

    Billie Jean Bonness of Baring, Maine.  OUI (Drugs or combo) on 9/16/2017 in Crawford.  SNTC date 1/17/2018, Fine $500, license suspended 150 days.  GLTY

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  26. The Second Amendment

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    If you have followed national issues at all, you may have learned somewhere along the way that even the hallowed U.S. Supreme Court Justices are not immune to all of the foibles, personal biases and character flaws that are the hallmark of the human condition.

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  27. Northern first responders receive new airboat for emergencies and natural disasters

     

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  28. Taking back the night

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  29. The Machias Committee of Safety rides again

     

    by Valdine Atwood

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  30. Tensions flare at Machias marijuana workshop

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The latest in a series of Machias marijuana meetings was held at the town’s telebusiness center on Thursday, April 26. Nearly 30 residents and non-residents attended the board’s workshop, and therein lay one of the evening’s hot-button issues. 

    “I would like to see workshops where it is [just] residents,” said Ginny Brown of Machias. “The last one was a fiasco and nothing got done. Tonight’s going to be the very same thing cause I’m already looking around the room noticing most people are not residents.”

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  31. Pioneering vision marks 30 years of forward motion

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Forging ahead with forbearance and impressive results, the Maine Women’s Fund, the vision of a handful of women in 1988, is a standout as a public foundation in 2018.

    Last week’s leadership luncheon -- an annual and much-anticipated occasion -- honored three women of variegated strengths and diverse accomplishments. Mufalo Chitam, a native of Zambia and recently hired director of the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, has lived in Maine for 18 years and is a focused champion of the immigrant woman.

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  32. Machias airport project cleared for takeoff

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At their regularly scheduled bi-weekly meeting on Wednesday, April 25, the Machias Selectboard voted to accept a bid from Lane Engineering to handle construction work at the Machias Valley Municipal airport.  “This is the biggest part of the airport reconstruction,” said board vice chairman Joshua Rolfe. Lane Engineering will reconstruct the entire runway, currently in rough condition. “They will be getting a fuel farm out there, and also establish an area for hanger space,” said Rolfe.

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  33. Registration open for Wesley’s Fun Run and 5k in E. Machias

     

    Wesley’s Fun Run and 5k will take place this year on Saturday, June 9 in East Machias. 

    Both events will feature prizes for first, second and third place female and male finishers. The 5k race will also feature a walker category.

    Register by May 20 and get a free race t-shirt! There will be a random prize drawing for all finishers.

    All Fun Run participants are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero  costume, children and adults, too!

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  34. 6th Annual Bay of Fundy International Marathon date set

     

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  35. Pam Norton celebration /fundraiser May 4 at Skywalker’s

    Pam Fraser Norton has been diagnosed with a terminal lung disease which has left her in desperate need of a double lung transplant. Norton was born and raised in Machias, and she and her husband recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

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  36. Steuben library hosts STEM

    The Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben invites are youth to enjoy after-school fun.

    Snap circuits, Legos, Keva brain builders and robots Dot and Dash are on the menu from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for those ages 5-8 on Monday, May 7, and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 for those ages 8 and up.

    The event is free.

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

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  37. At the Machias ballot box - Meet Nicholas “Crowsneck” Boutin

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of candidate profiles for the upcoming Machias Selectboard elections.  Machias voters will elect two selectmen at the polls on Tuesday, June 12.

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  38. Letter to the Editor - Therrien for Maine Senate

    As a Rotarian I have known Christina Therrien for several years.  During that time I have worked on several projects including DECH gardens, planting of trees throughout Machias as part of the downtown revitalization program and the Bold Coast Sea and Sky and Lobster Drop festivals. For the past year I have served as Rotary Vice President during Christina’s term as President  

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  39. Letter to the Editor - Agreeing to disagree

     

     I appreciate the recent respectful Letter to the Editor written by Brendan Conley (spokesperson for Bruce Poliquin) in response to my Letter to the Editor the previous week regarding Bruce Poliquin’s hypocrisy with his vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment.  

     I totally agree with Mr. Conley’s desire to make sure the facts are stated correctly.  This is always very important, and is especially so during these divided times.

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  40. Fulford to hold Town Hall in Bangor

    Jonathan Fulford, Candidate for ME-02 will hold a Town Hall in Bangor, the third in a series being held in the district. “The current office holder does not hold open meetings or take questions from voters. A town hall with public officials taking questions from the public is a Maine tradition. I am doing them now and will in the future if elected.” The Town Hall will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in the atrium of the Bangor Public Library.

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  41. Candidate Whalen for Machias Selectman

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  42. Ranked Choice Voting 101

    Jon Monroe will present on how Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) will work, including differences in casting ballots, how ballots are counted, and common concerns about RCV arising from recent legislative and judicial decisions. Monroe is the League of Women Voters Outreach Specialist and previously served with the elections division of the office of the Maine Secretary of State. He holds a doctorate in political science from Michigan State University.

    The event will be held Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. at the University of Maine at Machias in Science Building room 102.

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  43. Every May it’s all about cards, carnations and Anna Jarvis

    As warm days inch to the forefront and those extra blankets get tucked away, the rebirth of spring appropriately signals Mother’s Day.

    Mothers everywhere will maybe get a day off, a flower to wear and possibly breakfast in bed. Though experience tells me that this exuberant annual event can easily turn into more of a catastrophe than a treat.

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  44. Mills aims to make Maine history, again

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    She was the first woman district attorney in New England, the first woman attorney general for Maine, and now she’s hoping to become Maine’s first female chief executive. Janet Mills is running for governor on the crowded democratic ticket which will be whittled from eight to one by the June 12 primary.

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  45. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Breakfast - Saturday, May 5, 7 to 9 a.m. Parish Hall, Dennysville

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    Pancakes, eggs, home fries,Baked beans, sausage, bacon,Toast, juices, beverages.Monthly play reading with Stage East, free, Eastport Arts Center. May 5, 2-4 p.m.,

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    “Colon Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention a Surgeons’ Perspective.”  

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