1. SNAP access has shaky presence in farmers’ markets

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Many rural farmers’ markets have stopped food stamp access -- or never had it -- due to increasing challenges in handling the SNAP program.

    “Some of the markets don’t carry SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aka food stamps). Part of this has to do with cell phone access,” explains Lee Hallett, executive director, Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets. “Then it’s so expensive to have a machine. And the machine requires a lot of care and feeding.”

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  2. Selectboard ties up loose ends before close of fiscal year

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Selectboard could not review bids for the new Machias Memorial High School gymnasium roof at their meeting last week because no bids were received. Three companies visited the facility to take a mandatory walk-through, but did not follow-up with timely bid proposals.

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  3. Promising futures

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  4. Moosabec school budgets passed

    by Nancy Beal

    Budgets for the 2018-19 school year for Beals and Jonesport Elementary Schools and Jonesport-Beals High School passed last month with little fanfare. On June 13, approximately 20 citizens from the two towns gathered in the high school gymnasium and approved a total of $1,710,598 for the joint high school. The towns will pay $887,116 of that amount—up $35,563, or 4.18 percent over last year. Beals will be responsible for 24.94 percent of the cost, and Jonesport 75.06 percent. 

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  5. Food Recovery Network taking local action against hunger

     

    by Reagan Davenport

    The Machias chapter of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) was established by Linda Barsanti as a senior project in 2015. Barsanti studied at the University of Maine at Machias and saw that more than 15 percent of Washington County households don’t have enough to eat, yet thousands of dollars worth of food from farms, restaurants and grocery stores is thrown away each year.

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  6. Her signature sneaked onto the Declaration of Independence

    Cookouts, parades and rambunctious family get-togethers have traditionally marked the Fourth of July. But underneath all these delightful traditions is the earliest history of potential treason, an undercurrent of divisive controversy … and Mary Katherine Goddard. 

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  7. Banking On Future Promises

     

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  8. Biss Duo to bring popular French repertoire to Machias

     

    On Tuesday, July 10, Machias Bay Chamber Concerts is proud to announce that Downeast favorites Trond Saeverud (violin) and Gregory Biss (piano) will begin performing at 7 p.m. at the Centre Street Church, UCC, in Machias. The concert features a vast repertoire of compositions from French composers including Chausson, Debussy, Sur, Satie and Ravel.

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  9. Alan Cook to perform at Peabody Memorial Library July 15

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Washington County’s own Alan Cook will be the featured artist at the third concert of Music in the Library, sponsored by Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library. The master of many instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and fiddle, the Machias musician and teacher draws from a repertoire of American folk and rock music that extends back 100 years. He delivers the music of artists and songwriters from the American Roots period of the 1920s to the 1960s, including Ledbelly, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Johnny Cash.

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  10. Norm Famous - Machiasport (1948 – 2018)

    Famous of Machiasport and Augusta, was born November 12, 1948, baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, attending Interboro High School. From his earliest years exploring nature with his mother along the woods and waterways of Delaware County and the Delaware Water Gap, Norm had almost unlimited enthusiasm for the natural world. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Space Sciences from Millersville State University in Pennsylvania, double majoring in geology and biology.

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  11. Richard Arthur Purington - East Machias

    Richard Arthur Purington, 73, beloved husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, cousin​ and friend passed away on ​June 23, 2018 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor. He was born at home in East Machias on May 18, 1945 to Raymond and Carrie (Elder) Purington. He ​attended grade school in East Machias and ​graduated from Washington Academy. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Vietnam War. After his years of service, he married his high school sweetheart, Judy Hanson, in 1970 and they enjoyed 48 years of marriage together.

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  12. Jane Elizabeth Frye Lancaster - California

    Born July 21, 1951 to John Perley Hayward, Jr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Schoppee) Hayward in Machias, Maine. Jane passed away at home on June 18 in the loving presence of her dearest family and friends.

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  13. Jonesport nursing home closure brings out 200 to meeting with hospital board

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Less than a week after employees, residents and their families learned that Jonesport’s landmark nursing home would close later this summer, a public meeting in the elementary school gymnasium drew nearly 200 people from the area. Facing them June 19 were six members of the 15-person board of directors from Down East Community Hospital, which in 1992 took over what was Resthaven Nursing Home and turned it into Sunrise Care Facility (SCF) to avoid a shuttering at that time.

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  14. Chinese policy changes filter down to Machias recycling center

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Last summer China notified the World Trade Organization that they would stop accepting 24 types of solid waste from other nations, and as a result the Machias Bay Area Transfer Station will make similar changes this week.

    Effective Sunday, July 1, users of the Machias Bay Transfer Station and Recycling Center will be restricted to recycling newspapers, corrugated cardboard and metal cans only. Plastics, magazines, flat cardboard and other materials commonly recycled will now go into solid waste. 

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  15. Jonesport takes legal action to stop nursing home closure

    Following the public meeting June 19 (see related story on p. 1), Jonesport selectmen huddled with District 138 Rep. Robert Alley (D-Beals) to explore avenues to slow the closure of Sunrise Care Facility and perhaps hand it over to the town. Alley reported over the weekend having contacted lawyers at a large Portland firm who in turn have engaged Atty. Justin Bennett [of the Ellsworth/Blue Hill firm of Hale & Hamlin] to file an injunction in Machias court this week seeking at least a 30-day stop of SCF’s closure.

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  16. Halls Away Downeast to feature Liberty Hall

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Uniquely focusing on Downeast history, a bus tour of historic halls from Ellsworth to Eastport will examine a slice of the past heretofore largely unpresented to the public.

    The two-day whistle-stop tour will focus on the civic architecture, projects and programs in these spaces, lectures and an overnight stay at Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds. The Ruggles House, the Cherryfield Historic District, Liberty Hall, Reversing Falls Hall, various granges and churches are on the itinerary. The July 21-22 tour will cost $350.

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  17. Managing pests with Tick and Mosquito Offense

     

    by Lura Jackson

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  18. WA dedicates softball field

     

    The Foster Field dedication was held at Washington Academy on Saturday, May 26. The ceremony preceded a WA girls varsity softball game against the Dover Foxcroft Ponies. The dedication marked the end of the “Breaking New Ground” capital campaign that supported the addition and resurfacing of WA athletic fields and dugout renovations. Washington Academy would like to thank Breaking New Ground Chairman, Larry Barker, for his extraordinary dedication to the campaign’s success. 

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  19. Machias woman arrested for arson

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison confirmed that Loretta Roberts of Machias has been arrested for arson by the Maine Fire Marshal’s office. 

    The fire took place in Machias on Sunday, June 17. A call was received at 2:15 a.m. reporting a fire on 39 Court Street. The Machias and Marshfield Fire Departments responded with 16 firefighters in total. 

    The shed on the property was a total loss, including an ATV inside the shed, and some siding was damaged on a house near the property.  Roberts was arrested later that day.

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  20. Machias hit-and-run Facebook rumor false

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Rumors of a pedestrian being hit by a car on Route 1 in Machias last Saturday spread far and wide leading to multiple calls into the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) for more information. 

    The story was circulated across several local Facebook “incident alert” sites, and said that the victim was flown out of Machias by LifeFlight. However, the RCC confirmed Monday that a review of all inbound calls and local hospital records show no such incident occurred. 

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  21. Lockdown should not be an option for children

    Way back in the days of Donnie Smith as Washington County sheriff, we heard ad infinitum about the wrongful jailing of mental patients and others incarcerated just to tuck them away because there was no place else to put them. 

    Now it seems, our justice system is failing kids in much the same way. I have long admired Chief Justice Leigh Saufley, and she hit the nail on the head recently when she issued an official statement about a youth recently sent to Long Creek for violating his probation.

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  22. Letter to the Editor - AARP Maine

    AARP Maine and our more than 230,000 members would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to all the candidates running in the general election in November. We would also like to remind everyone that November is not that far away.  By far the biggest and most robust voting bloc in the state is that of Mainers over the age of 50.  The issues impacting older Mainers are of particular importance here in Maine, the oldest state in the country.

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  23. Jana Elaine Pettegrow - Bangor

    Jana Elaine Pettegrow of Bangor, Maine died from pneumonia complications at Mass General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 14, 2018.  Jana was born in Machias on December 26, 1977, the daughter of Wayne L. Pettegrow of Machiasport and Susan Radley of Machias. She was predeceased by grandparents Richard and Nonie Pettegrow of Machiasport, and Robert and Faye Ackley of Cutler. 

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  24. TOWN OF NORTHFIELD ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

    The Town of Northfield will hold the Annual Town Meetingon Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Town Hall.

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  25. Revolutionary spirit honored at Balsam Valley Chapel

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  26. School safety, low revenues discussed at town meeting

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Betsy Fitzgerald moderated the Machias 2018 Annual Town Meeting held Wednesday, June 13. Thirty-eight residents were in attendance for the event which lasted just over one hour.

    All of the warrant’s 52 articles passed, some unanimously but most with a handful of votes in opposition.

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  27. WaCo Teacher of the Year advances to semifinals

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Kailee Colbeth was at the circus with her family when she heard the news that she won Washington County Teacher of the Year. “I think I went into shock!” she said. Colbeth teaches math at Washington Academy (WA) in East Machias. Last week Colbeth received more good news — she has advanced to the state semifinals. Colbeth is now one of eight candidates for Maine Teacher of the Year.

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  28. DECH to close Jonesport nursing home August 31

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  29. Talk held on restoring justice with the Wabanaki peoples

    by  Lura Jackson

    The process of reconciling a past of genocide that continues in some ways today was the focus of a talk held at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 3. John Dieffenbacher-Krall was the guest speaker at the event, which outlined the past relationship between the Wabanaki peoples and the European powers that colonized these lands and how today’s continuing relationship is influenced by those events. 

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  30. Jonesport’s Sunrise Care latest in line of WaCo closures

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Jonesport’s biggest employer, Sunrise Care Facility, will close its doors on August 31, 2018, according to its owner, Down East Community Hospital.

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  31. Letter to the Editor - An open letter to the DECH and Sunrise Care Facility Officials

    I am writing today in regards to the closure of Sunrise Care Facility in my hometown of Jonesport. I ask you to read my letter before you send an automated response, or before you send your press release. I’m asking you to consider the thoughts and the feelings of the people who live there, the people who reside at the facility, the employees who work there and are proud to work there. I’m so thankful to have been born and raised in this town. It is bursting with pride.

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  32. Project Puffin a soaring success 45 years later

    Those snappy little seabirds Maine likes to claim as its own have come home to roost, so to speak. Just because it’s the season to multiply.

    But Atlantic puffins claim island nesting grounds all over the world. It’s only been since 1973 that Project Puffin brought them back to the islands of the Gulf of Maine. Maine had had nesting puffins until 1885 when overhunting decimated the colorful little bird, often described as “clowns of the sea” or “sea parrots.”

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  33. Brian Nadeau’s Big Band to perform rousing patriotic jazz tribute in Machias

    On Tuesday, July 3, Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) offers up an exuberant performance by the Brian Nadeau Big Band at the Centre Street Church, UCC. The concert will include hits from the Big Band Era, patriotic medleys and a salute to the Armed Forces in celebration of Independence Day.

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  34. Harold Leroy Skinner - Harrington

    Spring Hill, Florida and Harrington - Harold Leroy Skinner went to meet the Lord on April 14, 2018, peacefully in Spring Hill, Florida. Harold was born October 24, 1936, in Cherryfield, Maine, the son of William and Mae Skinner. 

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  35. Esther (Sprague) Pellon - Machias

    Esther (Sprague) Pellon, 84, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother left us on June 8, 2018 at a Machias hospital after an illness. She was born July 19, 1933 in Machias the daughter of the late Earl Edward and Myrtle (Vane) Sprague. Esther attended Machias schools and Husson College. She  was very involved with her beloved husband Edward Pellon and their businesses, as well as her own, Esther’s Resale Shop, for many years until she retired. Esther was a member of Order of Eastern Star #83 in Machias.

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  36. Marilyn L. Schoppee - Marshfield

    Marilyn Louise Schoppee, 73, went to be with her Lord on June 8, 2018, surrounded by her loved ones at a Machias healthcare facility. She was born May 31, 1945 in Portland the daughter of the late Walter and Evelyn (Preston) Conlin. She was a graduate of Machias Memorial High School class of 1963. She was a member of the Machias Valley Baptist Church, and was active in its Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs. She was a volunteer at Down East Community Hospital. She especially loved her family time spent with her children and grandchildren.

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  37. Machias patriots unite!

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  38. Machias physics class wins at engineering, sportsmanship

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Usually it’s a good thing to move up the rankings in a competition, but sometimes moving down has its merits, too. Machias Memorial High School’s Honors Physics class recently won third place in the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge, an impressive placing in a statewide engineering contest. But the story of how they gave up second place may be even more impressive.

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  39. MBACC award dinner celebrates strength and community spirit

     

    by Reagan Gilbert

    The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) Annual Dinner, Awards and Auction was held at the Kilburn Commons building at the University of Maine at Machias on Friday, May 25. 

    The evening began with drinks and conversation among neighbors, all coming out to support the MBACC in its efforts to raise money for future endeavors. Musician Duane Ingalls performed during the social hour as people arrived, perused the auction items and waited for the awards to be given out.  

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  40. Community rallies after fire

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Almost 400 people attended a benefit supper and Chinese auction to benefit Melissa Hinerman and JJ Tibbetts who lost their home to fire on Sunday, June 2. The Machiasport home was built by Hinerman’s own great grandparents and had been home to four generations of her family.

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  41. Restoring a steeple—starting with the clock

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Three members of Jonesport’s Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church came to Jonesport selectmen June 6 to press their case for the clock they hope one day to put back in a new steeple atop their church. Last fall, the 100-year-old steeple was brought down by workers in cranes dismantling it board by rotten board. Down too came the brass bell that had once tolled the hour and the clock that told it when to ring.

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  42. Local students share ‘What the Flag Means to Me’

    On Thursday, June 14 we will observe Flag Day. For over 69 years the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution has sponsored the Flag Essay Contest, asking students in local elementary schools to write a few words on “What the Flag Means to Me.” Over the years the words and concerns of the young people have changed, reflecting for the most part the current events of the times, but in all these years, one theme has come through - love of this wonderful country and its flag.

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  43. ‘We need to have our voice heard’

    by Ruth Leubecker

    As a two-term Calais mayor and longtime civic leader, Marianne Moore has always had her voice heard. It’s just that this time around she’s competing in a larger arena.

    “I had run for the House two years ago and came in second,” she says. “When Joyce decided not to run I thought, why not? We need to have our voice heard.”

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  44. Maine losing ground, approaching crisis on vital priority

    Children. They can be the bane of our existence, the object of much affection — or not. But they are indeed the shining promise of the future.

    However, Maine by all measurable accounts, comes up woefully short when it comes to nurturing and growing this most valuable resource. Yes, we say all the right words, the rhetoric regularly pours forth, and Maine has started a multitude of organizations all aimed toward children and their welfare. But actions speak louder than words, and we haven’t had many of those.

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  45. Holmes tells of Margaretta Days, past and present

     

    by  Reagan Gilbert

    Carlene Holmes presented a slideshow of past and upcoming Margaretta Days festivities to a recent meeting of the Machias Rotary Club. Holmes chairs the annual June event for the Machias Historical Society.

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