1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Cherryfield and Milbridge

    For one late April night, wrestling and cancer awareness came together at the Narraguagus High School. A crowd filled the gym to watch Global Independent Wrestling. All of the proceeds went towards the fight to end childhood cancer. Ryan Colson, who organized the event, has held several wrestling events for various families that have dealt with cancer.

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  4. Columbia


    The Union Hall in Columbia Falls, Maine is seeking new committee members. Contact Heather Grant, Town Administrator, and Shelby Greene, Union Hall Chairperson, at the town office at 483-4067.

    The Professionals’ Driving Team of SAD #37 held bus evacuations in all of the schools this past week. We do two a year, one in the fall and one in the spring.

    On Monday I finally got to my dentist appointment in Lubec; it was a lovely day to be out and about with the good weather that day.

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  5. Wesley

    Got my bees and they died. I don’t think they lasted two days. The workers never got the queen . The state is supposed to come and check out the bees. 

    Ayden Dennison is home after being hit by a vehicle in East Machias on Sunday afternoon, April 22nd. He had to spend a few days in the Bangor hospital where the doctors fixed a compound fracture of his leg. His face was scratched up but he’s doing better now that he’s home in a wheel chair. He’ll be laid up for at least six weeks. Quick recovery Ayden. 

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  6. Beals Elementary science fair showcases STEM program


    by Nancy Beal

    What makes elephant toothpaste explode? Do gummy bears “grow” better in water or in soda pop? How many batteries and how many volts does it take to power a light bulb? Does rust come off more quickly in Pepsi or Mountain Dew? Can a rabbit be taught to eat from a blue bowl? Those questions and others were posed—and answered—at the first-ever science fair at Beals Elementary School last week.

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  7. Steuben library selects May artist


    Trudy Seavey of Artistic Fire Pyrography is the May featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben.

    The public is invited to an opening reception 6-7 p.m. Monday, May 7. The show will be available for viewing during regularly library hours for the month of May.  

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  8. Fara from The Orkney Islands to play in Calais May 3

    Calais Celtic Concerts will present Fara from the Orkney Islands of Scotland at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Park St., Calais, Me, Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. U.S. / 8  p.m. Canadian time. Doors will open at 6 p.m. EST. Fara is an exciting all female fiddle/piano group on their first official US Tour, playing the East Coast in May.

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  9. Pembroke public historian lectures and sings in New York

    Many residents of coastal Washington County are familiar with Pembroke’s Stephen Sanfilippo through his work with the Pembroke Historical Society, Pembroke Library, other area organizations, and as a soloist at St. John’s Church. During April and May, Dr. Sanfilippo, recently retired from teaching history at Maine Maritime Academy, will be presenting a series of lectures and concerts on his native Long Island, New York. 

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  10. So Dear.


    The Bouquet of all the colors

    Collected of all the years

    The ever presence of my freedom

    Vastly Cast there upon

    All the children and animals

    Is my Eternal Song

    The loving strength

    Within me returning

     From what was “Not”

    Of the light

    Is …Now

    Of Heaven and on Earth Again.

    In rapture of  love nearly


    “I am”m


    I am

    — Patricia Marie Babin 

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  11. Poetry Perhaps


    Maybe our first words were primitive poetry

    Grunts and growls; sighs, whimpers, and coos

    Emotions and intentions expressed unadorned

    Without syntax or clutter but abundantly rich with meaning

    Straight-to-the-heart notions and messages

    Binding us to one another

    Through sounds and quiet spaces between sparse words

    Specific to our species

    Now we are overwhelmed by the cacophony of multitudinous words

    Like the discordant clanging of a thousand bells

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  12. Poetry


    Mrs. Whitney's third grade class of Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School studied all kinds of poetry during April, National Poetry Month. Here we're pleased to share some samples of limericks, and acrostic poems about space.

    A space acrostic poem based on PLANET by Zach Gardner. “Piece of Land that orbits Around the sun New ones are discovered Everyday until the End of Time.”

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  13. Edith Louise Heter - Atlanta, Georgia

    Edith Louise Heter, healer of bodies and souls, teacher, musician, and 92 year-old resident of Lily Homes of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2018 while under hospice care. 

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  14. Patricia Ann Pothier - Machias and formerly of Everett, Massachusetts

    Patricia Ann Pothier, 87, died April 22, 2018 in Machias at Marshall Healthcare Facility. She was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on October 5, 1930, the daughter of the late Walter and Velma (Waterman) Philbrook. She lived many of her years in Everett, Massachusetts and worked as a school bus driver for several area schools including Boston. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Ladies Sodality-St. Therese in Everett, Massachusetts. She also loved to read.

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  15. Gail C. Johnson Jonesport

    Gail C. Johnson, 68, passed away April 24, 2018, at Eastern Maine Medical.

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  16. Elden W. Morris - Jonesboro

    Elden W. Morris, 94, went to be with the Lord on April 24. Elden was an active member of the community, where she and her husband, Russell, owned and operated Morris Grocery Store and Dairy Dream for many years. She was a member of Eastern Star and an avid member of the Jonesboro Union Church for the majority of her adult life, serving as president of the auxiliary for 23 years. Along with other members of the church, she played an integral part in establishing the Chandler River Community Center.  She will be missed by her family and church family.  

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  17. Patricia L Dudley - Milbridge/Columbia Falls

    Patricia L. Dudley, 76, of Milbridge/Columbia Falls passed peacefully surrounded by her family on April 21st, 2018. Pat was born February 11, 1942 to Francis W and Agnes C Stevens (Blackley) of Wilmington, Massachusetts .

    She attended Tewksbury High School in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. She worked for many years as a CNA at Marshall’s Boarding Home in Machias. Aside from dedicating her life to being the best mother ever, she loved her bingo and enjoyed her many friends.

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  18. Troop 125 is prepared



    The Scout Motto is “Be prepared.” As explained by the founder of the Boy Scouts, a Scout is to be prepared “for anything.” Having the right skills and knowledge can give our boys the confidence to handle some of life’s difficulties. And they had fun learning.  Photos courtesy Clifford Norton

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  19. MMHS Student news


    Machias Memorial High School seniors have been presenting their Senior Exhibitions this week. Each student selected a topic at the beginning of the year and had to complete research, documentation, mentorship, slideshow and a physical project in regard to their subject. Projects are presented to a panel of teachers, administrators and others and students must receive a passing grade to complete their requirements to graduate.  Russell Hanscom did an excellent job with his exhibition about welding.

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  20. Scholarships available to Maine women pursuing science or engineering degrees


    Applications are currently being accepted at the Maine Community Foundation for the Lydia R. Laurendeau Scholarship Fund.

     Established in 2013, the Laurendeau Fund provides scholarship support to women who are graduating seniors from high schools in Maine who are pursuing post-secondary education in either science or engineering at a four-year university. There is a preference for applicants demonstrating an interest and/or actively participating in their Franco-American heritage.

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  21. Tourney success depends on good officials

    by Phil Stuart

    After the high school season ends in February, there are approximately six weeks of basketball left in Washington County. Over that six-week stretch there are two leagues playing their games during the week and several weekend tournaments in Washington and Hancock Counties.

    Most of their tournaments are money-making events that go toward a class trip, new uniforms, a piece of athletic equipment, a scholarship, or to help somebody in need.

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  22. Baseball history Downeast

    by Phil Stuart

    Washington County has produced its share of excellent high school baseball players over the years, but very few teams have excelled when it comes to winning regional or state championships.

    State championships in baseball have been in existence for eighty years or more and only 19 teams from  Washington County have made it to the big game.

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  23. Feeney now succeeding at USM

    by Phil Stuart

    Gage Feeney was a highly sought after pitcher in 2014 when he led the Washington Academy Raiders to a 7-1 state championship victory over Sacopee Valley of South Hiram.

    Feeney left and took his talents to the University of Maine at  Orono where he was hoping to play division one baseball for the Black Bears.

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  24. Is your blood pressure too high?

    Dear Savvy Senior, 

    What numbers constitute high blood pressure? I use to be pre-hypertensive, but they keep changing the guidelines, so I’m not sure where I fit in now. 

    Approaching 60

    Dear Approaching,

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  25. Narcan overdose reversal workshop held at Groups

    by Lura Jackson

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  26. Sales and prices of homes increase steadily in Washington County

    by Lura Jackson

    The number of houses sold in Washington County has been growing steadily over the past few years – along with the value of the houses sold. Between 2014 and 2017, the number of houses sold per year increased by almost 60 percent, while the average value of the houses sold has gone up more than 20 percent.

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  27. Dr. Steven Weisberger, D.O. and Teri Weisberger, FNP-BC announce retirement


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  28. New community integration program available for veterans

    On April 16, the Community Integration Service for Maine Veterans was launched by a collaboration of  Maine DHHS Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHA) and the Maine Bureau of Veteran Services and Easterseals Maine. Resources are now available to all veterans throughout the state regardless of their time, duty or status. Previously, time served and status could prevent Veterans from accessing certain types of services.

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  29. May is American Stroke Month: Milbridge survivor shares her story


    During American Stroke Month in May, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) is encouraging Mainers to join together to end one of the leading causes of death and preventable disability in the state and in the U.S. Despite claiming more than 133,000 lives annually and being a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S., stroke is largely preventable and treatable.

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  30. Timely tips to ensure strawberry success

    Homegrown strawberries are a billion times better tasting than the hard, rarely ripe, flavorless selection in the supermarket. Strawberries are cold hardy and adaptable, making them one of the easiest berries to grow and are the first fruit to ripen in spring. While most fruit trees can take several years to begin bearing, you can harvest your homegrown strawberries the very first season you plant.

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  31. Court News

    Russell W. Lucas of Robbinston, Maine:  1.)  OUI (Alcohol) on 7/1/2017 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/17/2018, fine $500, Washington County Jail 5 days, stayed 1/26/2018, stayed 1/26/2018, license suspended 150 days.  GLTY  2.)  Violating condition of release on 7/1/2017 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/17/2018, Washington County Jail 5 days, stayed 1/26/2018.  GLTY

    Joel T. Hayward, II of Baileyville, Maine:  Aggravated assault on 7/10/2017 in Princeton.  DISI

    Robert W. Follis of Calais,Maine:  Domestic violence assault on 7/17/2017 in Grand Lake Stream Plt.  DISW

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  32. Play ball!

    Jonesport’s Garrett Doherty safe at home. The combined J-B grammar school baseball team pulled off an 18-1 win.  Photos by Nancy Beal

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  33. Veazie Salmon Club arises

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    In the 1980s and early 1990s, in May and June, you could catch a fresh run Atlantic salmon on the Penobscot River. And you could play your king of game fish within eyeshot of downtown Bangor. As a result, salmon clubs popped up along the river banks like ostrich ferns.

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  34. 2018 ‘State of the Air’ report finds Maine air quality improved

     The American Lung Association’s 2018 “State of the Air” report found across the board improvements in several counties in the State of Maine. Of the 10 counties that received grades for ozone this year, six received improved grades, three maintained A’s from last year and one maintained a C grade.  For the first time in 3 years no Maine counties received failing grades for ozone.  This is in spite of a trend seen across the nation of higher ozone pollution levels.

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  35. Jasper Beach gets a fresh new look for spring


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    David Wood said he had been thinking about how to tidy up Jasper Beach since he was a Machiasport Selectman in the early 2000s. “We did a lot of projects in town, and [Doug Campbell] and I talked about doing this down there,” said Wood. “In the back of my mind I had a plan.”

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  36. Purple crocus in bloom

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  37. Dining with Diabetes Down East in Machias

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free, four-week Dining with Diabetes Down East series beginning Thursday, May 3, 3-5 p.m., at Ridgeview Apartments, 45 Ridgeview Circle, Machias. Remaining dates are May 10​, ​17 and 24.

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  38. A summer to remember with Sunrise Senior College

    Sea chantey singing, the exciting world of drones, “Eva Peron: Saint or Sinner?” and a study of Greek and Roman art are only a few of the one-day classes that will be presented by Sunrise Senior College this summer.

    Sunrise Senior College provides intellectual stimulation, practical knowledge, social interaction and fun to people 50 and older and their spouses or partners of any age.

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  39. Cherryfield ham supper set for May 9

    A public supper featuring ham and scalloped potatoes will take place on Wednesday, May 9 at the First Congregational Church of Cherryfield.  The dinner will be the first of a series of meals to be served monthly through October.

    Doors open at 5 p.m., supper served at 5:30 p.m. Reduced rates for children. The church address is River Road, Cherryfield.

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  40. Free educational support group offered in Machias

    Next Step Domestic Violence Project is offering a free six-week educational support group that will meet once a week with the purpose of exploring domestic violence in the context of a relationship. Topics will include: How community and cultural supports impacts families experience dv; effects on children, co-parenting with an abusive ex-partner, coping mechanisms, dating, new relationships, and effects of battering on the victim.

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  41. News of the Hannah Weston Chapter, DAR

    A meeting of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at the Burnham Tavern Museum in Machias. Members are invited to bring a sandwich, beverage and dessert will be provided. Special guests will be Kenneth and Joyce Getchell who will talk about the  “We Care Community Baby Care”.

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  42. News of the Hannah Weston Chapter, DAR

    A meeting of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at the Burnham Tavern Museum in Machias. Members are invited to bring a sandwich, beverage and dessert will be provided. Special guests will be Kenneth and Joyce Getchell who will talk about the  “We Care Community Baby Care”.

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  43. Registration open for Wesley’s Fun Run and 5k

    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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  44. Arise Annual Dinner and Dessert Auction set for May 5

    A dinner followed by a dessert auction to benefit Arise Addiction Recovery will be held on Saturday, May 5. 

    Donations for admission will benefit the Machias-based men’s residential recovery center. The event will be held at Elm Street School in East Machias from 5-7 p.m.

    We hope you will join us and consider making a dessert to be auctioned. Contact Jen and Wayne Wood, 263-7891. It is always a good time!

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  45. news shorts

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Marijuina, cell tower meetings coming up in Machias

    The Machias Selectboard has scheduled a public meeting to discuss further action toward a marijuana ordinance for Thursday, April 26 at 5 p.m. The meeting will build on information gathered during a previous public hearing, and will be held at the Machias Telebusiness Center on Stackpole Road. For more on the story, see “Machias Selectboard” page 4. 

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