Trump tariffs not critical factor in Downeast lobster market

by Ruth Leubecker

While years of a thriving China lobster market have now ended for some Maine live lobster dealers, China’s import tax in retaliation to US tariffs remains narrow in scope.

“I think it’s all about perspective,” says Matt Jacobson, executive director, Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. “Five years ago we didn’t do anything in China. Today, out of 315 licensed dealers, we only have about six doing business with China.”

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Machias Valley Municipal Airport to close for runway reconstruction

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The runway at the Machias Valley Municipal (MVM) airport will shut down for a reconstruction project beginning Monday, Aug. 13. The majority of the work is expected to be completed by Nov. 16, but the airport will likely remain closed until December. Stantec performed engineering for the project and construction will be handled by Lane Construction Corporation.

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Author talk at Porter Memorial Library

Porter Memorial Library is happy to have Ruth Fenton come and talk about her new book — It’s 3 a.m. on Friday, August 10 starting at 6 p.m. The book is a collection of poems, lyrics, anecdotes, letters to the editor and something we all have, random thoughts. Alternating between whimsical and profound, Ruth’s voice is both intensely personal and universal. Come and hear Ruth read from her book and share her thoughts on the writing process. No doubt, some of the stories from the book you’ll find there are your stories, too.

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It’s almost time to go wild for Blueberries!

Organizers of the 43rd Machias Wild Blueberry Festival say this year’s event, running from Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19, is a blueberry extravaganza not to be missed.  Throughout Machias there will be over 200 crafters, artisans, food vendors, new live entertainment and a host of blueberry activities, including the blueberry pie-eating contest, the blueberry pancake breakfast, the blueberry cooking contest, the blueberry farm tour, and, of course — the ever-popular Blueberry Musical!

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Downeast moves onto drought map

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Volunteerism in bloom

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Machias home lights up skies in training burn

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Cars lined both sides of Route 1 last Friday night to watch as crews from five fire departments set fire to the home on the former Jordan Gardens property. Acquired last year by the owner of Pineo’s True Value, the home is locally remembered as the residence of Irene Hibbs, who reputedly took meticulous care of the property.

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From Key West to Fort Kent, trio walks for overdose awareness

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After losing his sister Brittany to an opioid overdose, Brett Bramble walked from Delaware to San Francisco to raise awareness about opioid overdose deaths. “It engaged with quite a lot of people,” said Bramble. “When I got back home to Atlanta it was only a couple of months before I was planning the next one.” 

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Lubec widow blazes trail with self-help book

 

by Ruth Leubecker

As an older widow facing the initial trauma of life alone, Lucille Ann Meltz came to grips with her future while embarking on a mission to help others. 

“This is a personal story,” says Meltz of her book, The Elder Widow’s Walk. “My husband and I were married for 47 years. He was ill for a very long time. It seemed like I should be ready. I wasn’t.”

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“Peter Rabbit” next in free boxcar movie series

 

Watching movies outdoors might be a thing of the past in some places, but the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has made it a regular occurence in Machias. Every other Saturday night families can stretch out in front of historic Station 1898 and watch current movies projected onto a real boxcar.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, MBACC will be showing 2018’s family film “Peter Rabbit” at dusk, as soon as it’s dark enough to project the movie. Sunset is at 7 p.m. that day, making start time approximately 7:30 p.m.

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