1. 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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  2. Gail C. Johnson Jonesport

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

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Narcan overdose reversal workshop held at Groups

    by Lura Jackson

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

     

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Purple crocus in bloom

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Machias Selectboard talks police pay hike, marijuana recap

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Selectboard opened its April 11 meeting with a moment of silence to honor Aubrey “Skip” Carter who passed away on April 4. Carter served for many years as the chairman of the Machias Selectboard. 

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  34. Services sliced as hospital tightens belt

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Hospital care in Washington County will likely soon become further limited as Calais Regional Hospital, having closed its ob/gyn unit, further assesses other departments.

    Rumors of limited emergency room hours were dispelled last week by Rod Boula, the Calais hospital CEO. “No, our ER is open 24/7,” said Boula. “But everything is being assessed. I can’t disclose what we’re looking at, but we are looking at all service areas.”

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  35. Editor's Desk

    Last week was National Volunteer Week, so I want to thank the many among us who give so freely and so generously of their time. What would our beloved community do without you? Take a moment to read Nancy Beal’s piece (p. 18) on the most active volunteers in Washington County, and prepare to be amazed at the hours they contribute and the difference they make.

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  36. Emera customers urged to protest rate hike May 1

    Emera Maine, the second-largest electric utility company in Maine, is once again seeking to raise electric rates for their customers.  This is the third rate hike Emera Maine has requested in the past five years. Since 2013, Emera Maine’s rates have increased by over 12 percent.  Their latest request calls for an additional 4.5 percent rate increase.

    AARP Maine strongly opposes Emera Maine’s latest request to raise their rates.  Raising electric rates, yet again, is unaffordable for many Maine families, especially those living on fixed incomes. 

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  37. Letter to the Editor - Golden is right for CD2

    Golden is right for CD2

    Democrats in CD2 have the opportunity to elect a unique, well-qualified candidate to Congress in Jared Golden. 

    Jared was born in Lewiston and raised in Leeds, Maine, and served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine. Upon his return, he attended and graduated from Bates College, then worked for Senator Collins in Washington. He then decided to serve once again, winning elections in 2014 and 2016 to the Maine House of Representatives representing Lewiston, where he now lives.

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  38. Letter to the Editor - Correcting the record on Poliquin Healthcare, Balanced Budget Amendment

    Correcting the record on Poliquin Healthcare, Balanced Budget Amendment

    I’d like to correct the record about some things Ms. Dean from Machias wrote about Congressman Bruce Poliquin in her Letter to the Editor in last week’s paper.

    First, she wrongly claims Congressman Poliquin accepts some kind of special congressional health care benefits, and therefore doesn’t need to pay for health care on his own.  This is false.  The Congressman refuses any special health benefits through taxpayer money.

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  39. Ranked Choice Voting approved for Maine primaries

    by  Lura Jackson

    Following a series of challenges to a 2016 people’s referendum in which 52 percent of voters statewide chose to approve Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), the Maine Supreme Court has ruled that the June 12 primaries will go forward with the new method of voting. Whether or not the November elections will follow suit will be determined by a new referendum with which voters can express their wishes in June.

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  40. Norman A. Hall Green Cove Springs, FL & Orrington, ME

    Green Cove Springs, Florida & Orrington, Maine – Norman A. Hall, 86, former longtime resident of Orrington passed away in Florida on January 2, 2018 following a brief illness.

    Services were held in Florida. A graveside committal service were  held at 1 p.m.  on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in the Hillside Cemetery, Bucks Harbor, Maine with Pastor Bill Holmes officiating. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias.

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  41. Jon E Wright - Machiasport

    Jon E. Wright, 49, of Machiasport passed away April 17, 2018 at his home.  He was born October, 1968 in Northampton, Massachusetts.  He was the second oldest child born to George Wright, Jr. and the late Norma Lee Read.     

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  42. Rosemary L. Alley - Jonesport

    Rosemary L. Alley, 82, died April 5, 2018 at a Machias hospital. She was born February 26, 1936 in Milbridge, the daughter of Luther and Thelma (Simonton) Lindsey.

    She loved to read , enjoyed gardening, cake decorating, puzzles, word puzzles, and trivia. She also enjoyed watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune .

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  43. Maurice C. Gray - Jonesport

    Maurice C Gray Jr., 83, affectionately known as “Dicky”, left this earth to rest in the arms of his Lord and Savior on April 10, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at his residence. Dicky was born December 12, 1934 in Jonesport to the late Maurice and Myrtice (Alley) Gray, Sr. He graduated from Jonesport High School in 1952. Dicky married his sweetheart Glenda (Manchester) on August 20, 1954. They spent 63 years together raising their family in the community they loved. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Dicky’s joy was his grandchildren.

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  44. Plastic pollution demands activists get plan in place

    This Earth Day  -- April 22, 2018 -- should signal a watershed turning point.

    Traditionally the day has meant planting a tree, trimming some bushes, maybe even a stroll through the woods or a visit to a park. But in 2018 it’s time to join the fight against pervasive pollution. Pollution that’s slowly, but inarguably, threatening this country’s -- actually, the very planet’s --- future.

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  45. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Book Club will read “Barkskins” by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx — Wednesday, April 25 at 4:15 p.m. The Calais Bookshop, 405 Main Street, Calais. FMI, call 454-1110 or “like” us on Facebook.

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    A Republican Gubernatorial Primary Forum will be held at the University of Maine at Machias on Thursday, April 26 at 6 p.m. in the Science 102 room. UMM Emeritus Professor Ron Mosley will moderate.

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