1. New president visits University of Maine at Machias

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    One day after news broke that Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy will be the 21st president of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias (UMM), she was  enjoying an afternoon reception with UMM personnel and students in Machias. Ferrini-Mundy will begin her term as president of both campuses on July 1.

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  2. Dinner with a Vue raises funds for Ugandan orphans

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Riverside Inn owner Cynthia McDonough attended a concert at the University of Maine at Machias sponsored by the local charity Little Hands of Hope. She said she was moved after hearing Kristen Johnson speak about the orphans her charity cares for in Africa. Two weeks later the pair were at another fundraiser together, this time as co-hosts.

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  3. Spring voices raised in song  

    UMM’s Community Chorale under the direction of Prof. Gene Nichols will present their spring concert on May 1 in the Performing Arts Center. Accompanied by pianist Lee Downing, the program will include the works of Bach, Billings Orff, Brahms and an original piece, “Winter in Maine,” written by Judy Armstrong of Machias. Members of the chorale are Marge Ahlin, Judy Armstrong, Kate Atkinson, Brian Beal, Gloria Bodman, Gerr Durant, Chris Guy, Doug Guy, Beth Goodliff, Kate Jumper, George McBride, Lora Mills, Joy Richardson, Joseph Shaw and Bill Wadsworth.

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  4. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

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    April Vacation Arts Camp, ‘Escape to Polynesia,’ April 17-19, 10 a.m.-noon, for ages 6-13. Space limited, email alison@eastportartscenter.org. Eastport Arts Center.

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    “Vermicomposting at Home” Build a small-scale worm garage! Ages 6-12. Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. - noon. Please pre-register with Tara at 207-255-3345 to reserve a spot.

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  5. Seen in the Rose M. Gaffney sharking lot

    Living near the ocean can be harrowing at times, none more so than when you find yourself parking next to a shark at the local elementary school. Shark experts suggest avoiding eye contact and parking very slowly.

    Rose M. Gaffney second-grader and resident shark expert Sam Allen (pictured) said that his favorite kind of shark is the megalodon. Fortunately for local drivers, megalodons are notoriously difficult to fit into sedans.  Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  6. Bold Coast Sea & Sky seeks volunteers for 2018 festival

     

    Nothing succeeds like success. The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Planning Committee is looking for more volunteers for its July 20 and 21 festival. Last year saw almost a doubling of the participants in the festival over the opening year in 2016.

    The festival, entering its third year, is getting its start through the inspiration of Bill Burke, owner of the Pat’s Pizza restaurant here in Machias. The Rotary Club of Machias is a co-organizer. 

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  7. Arise Annual Dinner 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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  8. 18th Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration to be held Sat.

    Mark your calendars and join the Downeast Salmon Federation for a day of fisheries fun!  Over the years, these festivities have grown from a small community potluck centered on the commercial smelt harvest to a well-known regional event serving 500+ guests. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Throughout downtown Columbia Falls, there will be activities and displays that feature the inspiring fisheries and conservation work of DSF and their partners.

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  9. Earth Day events to be held in Machias on April 21

    A free public Earth Day celebration will be held in the Performing Arts Center at the

    University of Maine at Machias on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    The event will begin with an opening lecture by Dr. David Goodrich, a retired distinguished climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

    Administration (NOAA) and Director of the United Nations Global Climate Observing System.

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  10. News Shorts

    Machias selectboard ballot finalized

    The deadline to declare candidacy for a seat on the Machias Selectboard passed on Friday, April 13, and four candidates have their hats in the ring for two seats. Selectboard vice chairman Joshua Rolfe is running as an incumbent, as is selectman Leslie Haynes. Former selectman Dr. James Whalen has declared his candidacy, as has Nicholas “Crowsneck” Boutin of Machias.

    Summer-long road project commences on Elm Street

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  11. New wild blueberry specialist tackles challenges

    by Ruth Leubecker

    A month on the job but eager to learn, Lily Calderwood is visiting wild blueberry growers, assessing market diversification and “right now trying to take first steps.”

    With a PhD in horticulture from the University of Vermont and a couple of years at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service, she was hired as the designated replacement of Dave Yarborough, longtime blueberry specialist at the Maine Cooperative Extension Service.

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  12. A Hypocrite on the balanced budget 

    A Hypocrite on the balanced budget 

    Bruce Poliquin’s web site says he is urging his colleagues in Congress to vote for a constitutional amendment requiring a Federal Balanced Budget.  He points out this is an amendment which he himself signed as a cosponsor during his first week in Congress in 2015.  He states this is a necessary amendment to “… ensure a financially sustainable future for our Nation.”

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  13. Christina Therrien: Ready now for Maine Senate

    Christina Therrien: Ready now for Maine Senate

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  14. An expert embraces diverse challenges of aging in 2018

    As the first female CEO of the 38-million-member nonprofit AARP, Jo Ann Jenkins is indeed an expert promoting some exciting thoughts about living optimally at every age.

    The author of the thought-provoking Disrupt Aging, Jenkins is an outspoken advocate for being comfortable at whatever age one happens to be. When someone mentions 50 being the new 30 and 60 the new 40, she is quick to admonish, “No, that’s not the way it is. Fifty is the new 50, and it looks good. We need to be comfortable with whatever age we are.” 

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  15. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

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    April Vacation Arts Camp, ‘Escape to Polynesia,’ April 17-19, 10 a.m.-noon, for ages 6-13. Space limited, email alison@eastportartscenter.org. Eastport Arts Center.

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    “Vermicomposting at Home” Build a small-scale worm garage! Ages 6-12. Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. - noon. Please pre-register with Tara at 207-255-3345 to reserve a spot.

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  16. Ice Hill South hearing short on people, long on opinions

    by Nancy Beal

    A feud among neighbors on Ice Hill South, a short lane running from Main Street to the bank of Moosabec Reach that has been an irritant facing Jonesport selectmen for nearly a year, prompted a public hearing last week on whether to abandon the way and eliminate the town’s obligation to maintain it. The feuding parties include four seasonal residents  who favor abandoning the lane, and a retired couple who have made Jonesport their year-round home and who don’t.

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  17. Jonesporters approve school loan for roof repair

    by Nancy Beal

    At a special town meeting April 11, a handful of Jonesporters authorized their school department to borrow $79,800 from the surplus account to repair the elementary school roof. A roofing job done four years ago has begun to leak and school officials fear that mold might begin to grow if the repairs are not done promptly.

    The repayment plan consists of two annual payments of $40,800 which would include a minimal amount of interest to cover any loss the town would experience because of the loan. The vote to grant the loan was unanimous.

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  18. Tide Mill Farms awarded $50,000 agricultural grant

    Tide Mill Farms in Edmunds is one of five operations that have been awarded grants by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Tide Mill will receive $50,000 of the $187,735 awarded by the state.

    Tide Mill Organics will use the funds to improve its organic poultry processing plant in Washington County to become a State-Inspected Processing Facility and to develop value-added products, such as ground turkey and chicken, poultry sausages, and pet food.

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  19. William R. “Bill” Fraser Albany Township

    William R. “Bill” Fraser, 70, of Albany Twp, died April 9, 2018 at the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris.

    Bill was born April 26, 1947, in Harrington, Maine, son of the late Ritchie Francis Fraser and Winifred (Steele) Peabody of Jonesport.

    He was a graduate of the class of 1966 Waltham Vocational High School in Massachusetts.  

    A veteran of the Army,  he served in the Vietnam War.          

    Bill worked as a carpenter and owned his own business, Sideline Carpentry, after having been a millwright at General Dynamics (fomerly GTE) for 15 years. 

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  20. Allen William Hall Machiasport

    Allen William Hall, 77, of Machiasport, Maine and Zephyrhills,  Florida, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 8, 2018 after a brief illness.

    Allen was born in Machias on December 13, 1940 to Gordon and Mary (Wood) Hall. He spent his childhood growing up in Kennebec, which he always considered his home no matter where life took him.

    He was an Army veteran, worked at many odd jobs including clamming, carpentry and as an electrician. He made his career as a civil employee at NATS in Cutler, retiring after 35 years of service.

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  21. Edith Louise Heter, Ashland, Ohio

    Homes of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2018 while under hospice care. 

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  22. Aubrey “Skip” Vaughn Carter Machias

    Aubrey “Skip” Vaughn Carter, 73, died April 4, 2018 at a Machias hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Lubec May 26, 1944 the son of the late Vaughn Aubrey and Christine Mae (Farmer) Carter.

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  23. Captain Arthur E. Totman Machiasport

     Art was born on July 17, 1938 in Bath, Maine to Captain Arthur Loring Totman and Ruth MorseArthur Elisha Totman (Captain Art), 79 years of age, died April 7, 2018 at the  Marshall Health Care facility in Machias after a brief battle with leukemia.

    He married. Jean A. Goody of Bath on December 21, 1956.  Art enlisted in the National Guard and went on to serve four years in the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged, he signed on to work for the Federal Aviation Administration in Bucks Harbor, retiring as the site supervisor in 1995.

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  24. MMHS announces top honor parts for the class of 2018

    Machias Memorial High School Principal Brian Leavitt is pleased to announce the honor parts for the graduating class of 2018. 

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  25. Youth Job Fair at UMM

    Savahna Schmauderer of Savy Designs in Machias stood by her table of breathtaking cakes and offered decorated cake samples, making her table extremely popular with the children.

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  26. Washington Academy 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

    Judson L. McBrine, Head of School at Washington Academy in East Machias, has announced the third-quarter honor roll for the 2017/2018 year as follows:

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  27. MMHS announces 3rd quarter honor roll

    Principal Leavitt and the faculty of Machias Memorial High School proudly presents the Quarter 3 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, Farrow McKenna, and Georgie-Anna Pemberton; Juniors: Madison Conlin. 

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  28. Bay Ridge honor roll

    Bay Ridge Elementary School in Cutler is pleased to announce its 3rd quarter honor roll: Grade 5: High Honors:Avery Cates; Ethan Cates; Reese Crosman; Michael Taylor. Honors: Max Cates; Paige Cates; Kisuhs Dinsmore. Grade 6: High Honors: Anna Patterson. Honors: Ben Griffin; Drew Taylor. Grade 7: High Honors: Isabel Cates; Lucas Cates; Sarah Moulton. Honors: Marissa Cates; Shane Feeney; Abby Fitzhenry; Jackson Lemieux; Sarah Neal; Kate Taylor. Grade 8: High Honors: Raeanah Reynolds. Honors: Madison Sylvain; Cami Bryant; Kash Feeney.

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  29. Harrington Elementary honor roll

    Susan Meserve, Principal at Harrington Elementary is pleased to announce the 3rd Quarter Honor Roll as follows - High honors Gr. 3: Victoria Bickford, Zoey Blomgren, Hannah Grant, Colin Phinney,  Erica Rackliff. Honors:  Kevin Barbee-Bamford, Caden Burgess,  Kayden Dake, Kyle Dorr, Emma Dowling, Makenzi Farren, Ryder Fenton, Miranda Flores, Kaitlyn Grant, Keyontae Pinkham, Alex Worcester. High honors Gr. 4: Anabella Cirone, Derek MacLeod, Cameron Morris, Natalie Stanwood.

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  30. All-state girls’ team announced

    by Phil Stuart

    The Bangor Daily News annually pick an All Maine Girls’ Basketball team comprised of the best players statewide with first, second and third team selections plus honorable mention.

    This year, for the first time in five years, a Washington County schoolgirl did not receive honorable mention.

    This year, as in most years, most of the all-state players come from the larger schools. 

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  31. Nineties schoolboy tourney picks

    by Phil Stuart

    The 1990s were a good 10 years for schoolboy basketball Downeast.There were a lot of strong teams with competitive games being the norm rather than the exception.

    The Downeast Athletic Conference was fully intact, and the majority of the teams were somewhat competitive with one another.

    The 90s started out a little slow with Brian Kubeck of Calais the only all-tourney selection in the new decade’s first year.

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  32. Colbeth gone, but not forgotten

    by Phil Stuart

    The Ephraim Johnson American Legion Post #9 of Machias does a lot of great things over the course of the year for many individuals or organizations.

    The members of that post really do a fantastic job, and the generosity that transpires there is unbelievable.

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  33. Court News

    Pepper Beal, Sr. of Marshfield, Maine:  Illegal possession of firearm on 9/16/2017 in Addison.  SNTC date 1/16/2018, Washington County Jail 30 days, stayed 2/6/2018.  GLTY

    Jonathan Mark Bunker of Steuben, Maine:  1.)  OUI (Alcohol), 1 prior on 8/15/2017 in Steuben.  DISP  2.)  Driving to endanger on 8/15/2017 in steuben.  SNTC date 1/16/2018, fine $575, Washington County Jail 48 hours, stayed 1/19/2018, license suspended 30 days.  GLTY

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  34. New officer to join Washington County’s Troop J

    Maine’s newest state troopers received their badges on Friday, April 13, in ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. The five troopers completed 10 weeks of specialized State Police training. All are previous graduates of the academy. The new troopers will now patrol with a veteran trooper before beginning to patrol on their own. The graduation speaker was Governor Paul LePage who noted that the five troopers all grew up in Maine and thanked them for wanting to serve their state.

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  35. Wheaton named Legendary Maine Guide

    by  V. Paul Reynolds

    In 2009, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in conjunction with the Maine Professional Guide’s Association ( MPGA), did a wonderful thing. They created the Wiggie Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award. It was fitting that Robinson was the first (posthumous) recipient of his namesake award. 

    The idea was to select annually a deserving Registered Maine Guide for this honor and public recognition.

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  36. American Pickers coming to film in Maine

    Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are excited to return to Maine!  They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout Maine.
    American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on the History Channel. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques

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  37. DOT announces preferred solution for Machias dike

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A 1930s photograph of the Machias dike shows a structure resembling a giant pile of Lincoln Logs with a road on top. Those old logs are still part of the Route 1 bridge today and though reinforced by concrete in 2008, they’re starting to show their age. Photography taken by divers during a 2016 underwater inspection reveal erosion and decay in the dike’s wooden supports.

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  38. Heroin arrests made in Machiasport after three overdoses

    State Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency say three people have been arrested in connection with three heroin overdoses in Washington County taking place within 30 minutes of each other on Friday, April 6. Law Enforcement in six other Maine communities have also reported similar overdoses although none have been fatal. About 4 p.m. Friday, Troopers from Troop J and detectives from the State Police Major Crime Unit responded to two overdoses in Machiasport and a third in East Machias. The victims were two men and a woman, all in their 30s.

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  39. Machias meeting reveals split opinions on marijuana

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    More than 120 people filled the Pellon Center for a marijuana work session recently held in Machias. But when Machias Selectboard Chairman Warren Gay opened the meeting to public comment, the room went silent.  

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  40. Letter to the Editor - Press should stand against racist, bullying language

    Press should stand against racist, bullying language

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  41. Letter to the Editor - Post Office urges proper dog care

    Post Office urges proper dog care

     We would  like Machias and surrounding area pet owners to take a moment and look at the world through their dog’s eyes.  Eating, sleeping and playing take up most of their day.  The one job they do have, at least in their minds, is protecting their turf and their family.

     “It’s OK, he won’t bite you” is a phrase heard often by letter carriers.  But the truth is that ALL dogs will bite if they feel their territory or family is being threatened. 

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  42. Letter of the Editor - Poliquin is in it for himself

    Poliquin is in it for himself

    Did you know Bruce Poliquin’s net financial worth is $12,183, 007? Do you know Poliquin ranks 17th in wealth among U.S. House of Representatives?

    Did you know Poliquin voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act six months ago, threatening the health care of 100,00 residents of Maine?  Poliquin also voted for the House version of the GOP tax bill.   Did you know this tax bill included $25,000,000,000 cuts to Medicare annually.  This would have impacted greater than 300,000 Maine seniors.

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  43. Mayhew’s bid for Blaine House

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Mary Mayhew is the youngest of four children, raised in Pittsfield by parents who were Democrats. Today, she’s working to become the next Republican governor of Maine.

    “If my Dad was alive today, I doubt very much he would be a Democrat [anymore],” said Mayhew. “They were both very fiscally and socially conservative. So the party left them, left me.”

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  44. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

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    Domestic Violence-Training is free of charge

    Thursday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. –  4 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Bangor 703 Essex St

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    Sunday Afternoons at the EAC presents “Sailing to the End of the World: Tales from South America and the Antarctic by Jerry & David Oja,” free, Eastport Arts Center. April 15, 3 p.m., 

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  45. Cherryfield and Milbridge news

    Owen Beal, 77, of Milbridge, started lobster fishing with his father, baiting bait bags and measuring lobsters when he was just a teenager. The air outside had a chill to it as I got to Beal’s house for an interview. I walked in as dogs barked. One of his daughters, Mary, was cooking a steak. I could hear the steak splattering while it was cooking in the pan. I felt like I was in some steakhouse.The smell was breathtaking. I turned my attention to Beal whose face was raw and worked. He was happy. I could see the years on the water hadn’t caught up to him quite yet.

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