1. Small aircraft crashes at Machias Valley Municipal Airport

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     

    A 1973 Beechcraft Sundowner C23 lost power during its approach to the Machias Valley Municipal Airport on Thursday, Sept. 14. The Machias Fire Department was called to the scene of the ensuing crash, which did not injure the pilot. There were no passengers.

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  2. Verizon Wireless disconnects Downeast

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Two years after Verizon Wireless announced its expansion into eastern Hancock and Washington Counties, Downeast customers received letters stating that their Verizon contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. 

    Downeast customers are not the only ones receiving these notices. According to Verizon spokesperson David Weissman, 213 customers and 455 lines have been cut here in Washington County this month, but a total of 8,500 consumers in 13 states will also lose their Verizon service—19,000 lines in all.

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  3. ‘Downeast Cowboy’ named finalist in outdoor adventure film contest

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    James Hubisz and Kelly Hinkle are the men behind the mask of Downeast Cowboy, an online filmmaking venture that has grown in popularity since 2011 when they made their first video showcasing Washington County. 

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  4. Beals Elementary School students in grades 5

    Beals Elementary School students in grades 5 through 8 trek through the woods of The Nature Conservancy’s Great Wass Island Preserve as part of a two-day field trip last week under the auspices of the Maine Outdoor School. Photo courtesy Suzanne Carver. Story found on page 10.

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  5. Machias’ Annual Harvest Fair, Wine and Beer Festival set for Sept. 23

    The 2017 Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce Fifth  Annual Harvest Fair and Wine and Beer Tasting Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23. It is sponsored by the Chamber, Machias River Brewing Company and The French Cellar.

    The full day of fun begins with a Color Dash sponsored by Healthy  Acadia. Registration is preferred in advance but can be made on the day of the event at 8 a.m. The dash begins at 9 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, contact Angela Fochesato at Healthy Acadia, 255.3741.

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  6. DMR announces presence of brain-damaging biotoxin

    The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is in the process of recalling mussels harvested from Frenchman Bay due to elevated levels of domoic acid, the biotoxin that causes Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP). The recall follows a closure implemented yesterday of the area between East Point on MDI and Cranberry Point in Gouldsboro to the harvest of mussels, clams, oysters and whelks (carnivorous snails).

     In mammals, including humans, domoic acid acts as a neurotoxin, causing permanent short-term memory loss, brain damage, and death in severe cases.

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  7. Seal fatalities

    Three dead seals in three weeks have local marine scientists scratching their heads. Last weekend former University of Maine at Machias (UMM) marine biology student Marielle Thomas worked with UMM professor Gayle Krauss to examine the seal. Photo courtesy Aura Moore

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  8. Memories of the British occupation of Machias in 1814 The British are coming Part 2

    The following is a first person account of what happened during those trying times as recorded by Lydia Whitney Sherman, wife of Aaron Sherman a local carpenter who is most noted for building the Ruggles House at Columbia Falls, and daughter of Colonel Jeremiah O’Brien. She remembers distinctly the British occupation of Machias in 1814, then a girl of eleven years. When in her nineties her remembrances were recorded by her son George W. Sherman, who sent them to George Drisko, who printed her story in the March 9, 1897 issue of the Machias Union – as follows.

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  9. Join the fight to lower taxes and help Maine families prosper

    by Governor Paul LePage

    It is so refreshing to have a president in the White House who truly understands what it takes to create jobs and grow the economy.

    From his long and successful career in business, President Trump knows firsthand that a burdensome tax code doesn’t create jobs, it kills them. When he outlined his vision for tax reform last week, I was pleased to see it will help Maine families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.

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  10. Editors Desk

    We’ve had a busy week here in Washington County.

    All the high school and college sports teams are back at it, and Phil Stuart has those stories for you in our Sports section. 

    We had a small plane crash at the Machias Valley Municipal Airport, which the pilot walked away from just fine. It meant a long day for him and for the Machias Fire Department, and heaven knows that plane will never be the same. But as they say, a good landing is any landing that you walk away from. We have that story for you on page 1.

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  11. UMaine Extension offers Venison 101

    The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a day-long workshop on deer health in Maine and the safe processing of venison on Sept. 30, 8:45 a.m.– 4 p.m., at the University of Maine’s J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center, 160 University Farm Road, Old Town.

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  12. Fall yard work that yields springtime benefits

    Lots of people think that their family yards need less attention in the fall, but autumn is no time to ignore your lawn and landscape.

     “What you do now will determine the quality of your family yard next spring and summer,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. 

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  13. Hearing from people across Maine guides my work in Washington

    by Sen. Angus King

     During my time in Maine this summer, I visited all of the 16 counties in our state, hearing feedback from Maine people about the issues important to them, their families and their communities. My stops throughout the state once again reminded me that Maine is a big small town with very long streets – we care about each other and our friends and neighbors. Listening to people from Sanford to Fort Fairfield – and everywhere in between – is a breath of fresh air and helps guide my work in Washington.

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  14. Candidate Fulford says hurricanes issue climate change ‘wake-up call’

    by Jonathan Fulford

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  15. Wesley News

    Phyllis Dennison’s daughter, Valerie, up here visiting from Bradington, Florida. She is here for a couple of weeks. Brother Charlie and Gail came to visit and have supper with all of them.​

    Joe and Anthony, father and son from New Jersey, were here for bear hunting for the second week. Other than seeing bear cubs, which they didn’t get, they went to Marshfield and went home with a cub. Shepherd pup. The cutest thing you ever saw. They were happy.

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  16. Harrington News

    Another week has passed by so quickly.  Friends and family attended the funeral For Dorothy “Dottie” Plummer this week.  Dottie was the widow of Captain Ralph Plummer of Harrington.  Dottie was a lovely lady and will be missed by many.  She traveled extensively with her husband.  They lived all over the United States and other countries. She had a great personality and was loved by many.  Happy reunion with “Bud”, Dottie.

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  17. Columbia News

    The Milbridge Historical Society speaker for Tuesday evening was Doug Kell speaking on how he came to Milbridge and started his business Kelco Industries in the old Milbridge High School building. This was our last program for the year.

    The chicken pot pie supper at the congregational church in Cherryfield on Wednesday Sept. 13, was delicious with many folks out for it. I enjoyed sitting at the table with Joe, Anne, Ruth, Jean, Louise, Ben and his mother. The next and last supper for the season will be Wednesday, Oct. 11 with a turkey dinner.

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  18. Whitneyville Library news

    It is an exciting time for the library as we prepare for the groundbreaking for the new library. The new site of the library, which is located on Cross Street in Whitneyville, will be the center of attention on Sept. 23 at noon.  

    All of our patrons and library friends are invited to attend.  Following the groundbreaking ceremony the Friends of the Whitneyville Library invite everyone to the Hillgrove Community Building for light refreshments. This is a wonderful and exciting moment in the library’s history that we want to share with all our library friends.

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  19. Maine Outdoor School teaches Beals students on Great Wass Island

    Beals Elementary students did not stay inside to read about science on Sept.14-15; Maine Outdoor School took Beals students in grades K-8 to the Great Wass Island Nature Preserve to learn geology and natural history through games, acting, exploration, and observation. On the first day, students in grades 5-8 focused on geology by identifying rock and mineral types along the trail. On the second day those 5th-8th graders teamed up with students in grades K-4 to share what they learned and to build new natural history knowledge together.

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  20. UMM Alumni Association holds annual meeting

    by Mary McFadden

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  21. Machiasport teen builds toward Eagle Scout rank

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Before earning their rank, aspiring Eagle Scouts must accomplish a project that both demonstrates their leadership and serves the community. For his final service project, 17 year-old Caleb Norton chose to build a new greenhouse for the Fort O’Brien Elementary School in Machiasport. 

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  22. Pleasant River Historical Society annual meeting set for Oct. 8

    Pleasant River Historical Society annual meeting is set for Oct. 8

    The annual meeting of the Pleasant River Historical Society will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8  at the Mayhew Library in Addison.

    This annual meeting satisfies the IRS 501(c)3 and State of Maine non-profit regulations and will involve the election of officers to fill all vacancies. For voting purposes there will be a table from 1:30-2 p.m. to take new memberships. All area persons interested in the historical resources of the Pleasant River area are invited to attend.

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  23. Positive youth development focus of Oct. 13 workshop

    The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) in partnership with the River Coalition, Wabanaki Public Health, Healthy Acadia and Penobscot Job Corps Center, is partnering to host a free workshop that offers adults who work with youth effective tools, resources and strategies for building successful youth-adult partnerships.  “Creating Successful Youth/Adult Partnerships” will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penobscot Job Corps Center, 1375 Union St. Bangor, Maine 04401.

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  24. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    The Project Canopy Tree Planting will continue at 9 a.m. on Tuesday Sept 19th. Please join us at the Water Street parking lot.

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    Open to the public - Wed., Sept. 20 5 p.m. Monthly meeting of the Porter Memorial Library board of trustees, 92 Court St., Machias. 

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    Dinner served at 5:30 (Doors open at 5:00). This month’s Pleasant River Garden Club meeting will take place 

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  25. UMM Dean’s List

    The following students from Washington County achieved the distinction of being on the Dean’s List at the University of Maine at Machias in the Spring 2017 semester:

    Robbinston: Brent Arthur Lyons, Dara Wesley Turner.

    Pembroke: Miranda Lynn Mahar.

    Dennysville: Alayna B. Caricofe.

    Jonesport: Loretta Jean Robinson, Kali Elizabeth Alley, Meagan Elizabeth Alley.

    Jonesboro: Kristin Alice King, Nadine Baker

    Machias: Ty Steven Richards, James Christopher Dolan.

    Machiasport: Kellie J. Sawyer.

    Whiting: Virginia Jean Majka.

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  26. Machias debates mobile vending ordinance, fire department consolidation

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    During a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Machias Selectboard gathered feedback on a proposed mobile vending ordinance which could give the town the ability to regulate vendors who sell on public property. 

    The ordinance was proposed in response to some difficulties reported on the Machias dike, located between Helen’s and Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 1, which is often full of mobile vendors. Reported issues include territorial vendors arguing with other merchants, and abuse of the garbage receptacles.

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  27. The grandeur of Petit Manan

    The saying goes that good things come in small packages—but what about petit ones? One can find the answer to this question down Route 1 in Steuben. The peninsula of Petit Manan is one of Maine’s many “fingers” that extend into the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. While some of the refuge is private property, its Hollingsworth Trail offers quick and easy access to the natural paradise of the peninsula.

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  28. Weekly drawing group welcomes beginners and experienced artists

    The Drawing Workshop at Eastport Arts Center has resumed weekly meetings and offers a session each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. The workshop will include a combination of life drawing, facial studies and drawing the clothed figure. The group’s emphasis is to offer a learning experience for beginners and, for more experienced artists, an opportunity to hone their drawing skills. No prior experience is necessary. Participants may either pay $12 per session on a drop-in basis or just $40 for four sessions (preregistered).

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  29. SCRATCH computer coding at Porter Memorial Library

    The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and 4-H will offer a six-week Scratch computer coding course to be held at Porter Memorial Library. Beginning Oct. 4, the course will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library, 92 Court Street, Machias, and is designed for children ages 10 to 14. The Scratch computer coding course is one of many different SPIN Club (Special Interest Club) subjects for kids to explore through 4-H.

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  30. Authors Cass and Smith to give readings at Merrill Library

    University of Maine at Machias will host two authors, Megan Cass and Erin Smith. Both will read from their creative works on Friday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Merrill Library.  The event is free and open to the public. Both authors will read for approximately 20 minutes and will have copies of their works available for sale. The library will provide light refreshments. 

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  31. Action shots of Narraguagus Knights Soccer

    See full photo spread in September 20 issue on newsstands now or download the Digital Version.  See pages 16-17.

    Brantley Kane controls the ball for Narraguagus.

    An agile Colby Poirier takes the action sharply left.

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  32. Clipper squads open season

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias men’s and women’s soccer squads opened their 2017 season on Sept. 2 at home against the Central Maine Community College Mustangs while the volleyball squad traveled to Bangor for a match-up with the College of St. Joseph’s at Newman Gym on the Husson University campus.

    New UMM men’s soccer coach picked up his first win coaching the Clippers on opening day when his team hosted the Central Maine Community College Mustangs of Auburn.

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  33. Mugford captures tourney win

    by Phil Stuart

    Nate Mugford of Bucks Harbor recently captured the Annual Jim Merrill Tournament at Barren View Golf Club in Jonesboro with a low gross score of 72. Mugford won by five strokes over by runner-up Lenny Espling of Jonesboro.

    Harry Beal of Columbia Falls supplemented his income with a big payday finishing with a low gross score of 59 and a two stroke advantage over Cooper’s Tom Viselli.

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  34. Races galore in the fall

    by Phil Stuart

    Although there are not too many local road races Downeast in the fall, they are pretty abundant in other areas.

    The Suddy 5K will be held in Eastport Saturday, Sept. 9. The one - mile Fun Run will start at Shead High School at 8:45 a.m. The 5K is slated to start at 9 a.m. The starting line is down over the hill from Shead High School. The race goes down through the South end before doing a loop back to Shead High by way of Water Street and Clark Street.

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  35. Cards-Bruins in 1965 final

    by Phil Stuart

    The top seeded Cutler Cardinals and the second seeded Machias Bruins squared off in the 1965 Quoddy Base League final after semi-final wins over Pleasant Point and Bucks Harbor Air Base. Cutler finished the regular season with 10-2 record followed by Machias 9-3, Pleasant Point 9-3 and Bucks Harbor Air Force 7-5. Cutler journeyed to Pleasant Point to start the 1965 playoffs with a double header against the Indians.

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  36. Acadia Brain Care offers alternative approach to learning difficulties

    by Lura Jackson

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  37. Penobscot Fly Fishers

    By V. Paul Reynolds

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  38. Groups drug recovery center opens

    A new outpatient drug recovery center opened its doors in Machias this month. Groups is a clinic which uses a combination of group therapy and Suboxone to help people struggling with opiate addiction. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  39. Late night Machias raid leads to 3 arrests

    A Connecticut man wanted on drug charges in Maine and a number of other felonies from Connecticut, was taken into custody late last night in Machias.  Rafael Santiago-Salazar aka: “Chico” was charged in February for selling heroin and crack cocaine, following a joint investigation by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  Following his arrest, Santiago-Salazar,  posted bail but never showed up for his court appearances in Maine. 

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  40. Verizon Wireless quietly backing out of Downeast

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    This week, Downeast customers of Verizon Wireless received letters stating that their cellular service contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. The letters were titled “Important information regarding interruption to your service.”

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  41. Community mobilizes to help Machias woman save eyesight

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Shelbie Ross will be traveling to New York City this month for a six-hour surgery to remove a tumor that is sitting on her right optic nerve. Now, friends, family and neighbors are mobilizing to help Ross cover the costs she will encounter as a result of the brain tumor, called a Suprasellar Meningioma. Doctors expect the tumor to be non-cancerous, but if it is not removed quickly Ross could lose her vision. 

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  42. 50 any-deer permits to be issued in coastal District 27

     

    by Nancy Beal

    When deer hunting begins in Maine next month, for the first time in over 30 years it will be lawful to shoot a female. In a drawing held last week (Sept. 8), 50 names were plucked and issued any-deer permits for Maine Department of Inland Fish and Game Wildlife Management District 27. WMD 27, often called the Downeast District, stretches from Gouldsboro to Calais and includes the 733 square miles south of the former Maine Central Railroad, now the Sunrise Trail. Tom Schaeffer is its regional biologist.

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  43. Maine Veterans Project pioneers new ground through skydiving

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME02) recently appointed Shawn “Doc” Goodwin to his Veterans Advisory Panel as the representative for Washington and Hancock counties. “Doc is a great example of one of these terrific Maine veterans who really understands the issues on the ground,” said Poliquin. 

    Goodwin earned that understanding working in service to the vets of Washington County as the president of the Maine Veterans Project (MVP), a nonprofit he founded in 2015 to prevent veteran suicide.

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  44. DEI’s Tilton talks shellfish research, economic development at Rotary Club

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Diane Tilton told the Machias Rotary Club an anecdote that illustrates why the Downeast Institute (DEI) is positioned to become an international destination for scientific research. 

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  45. Volunteers gather to paint Jonesboro vet’s home

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After they were married, Dwight Whitney’s parents received a house and some land as a gift from his grandfather. The only hitch was that the house and land were separated by one third of a mile and a large hill.

    Whitney’s grandfather said, “It’s no problem, I’ll move the house up for you.” He used a team of oxen, rolling skids, rope and a large set of blocks. After a few days he had relocated the home, chimney and all. “You tell somebody to do that today, they’d say it can’t be done,” said Whitney. 

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