Nutcracker to be performed at University of Maine

The Robinson Ballet Company of Bangor will bring Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, to Downeast Maine with a pair of performances on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the University of Maine at Machias.  Performances will stage at the university’s Performing Arts Center at 3 and 7 p.m. 

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MSB community grant winners

Standing left to right; Phil Mantis - Immigrant Legal Advocacy Program, Laurie Miller - Housing Authority of the City of Old Town, Sean Douglas - Immigrant Legal Advocacy Program, Catherine Labree - Housing Authority of the City of Old Town, Troy Turner - Housing Authority of the City of Old Town, Sam Belknap - Herring Gut Learning Center, Christy Daggett - Aroostook County Action Program, Dawn Coffin - Families First Community Center, James Maycomber - MaineStream Finance, Wes Todd - MCH, Inc.

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Investing in community

Last month Machias Savings Bank recognized the work of eleven Maine-based nonprofits for  their exceptional community-focused efforts and advancement, bestowing them with the bank’s annual Community Reinvestment Development Grant Awards. 

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A strange burial

Perhaps one of the strangest stories about a cemetery was found in a little booklet entitled “A Brief History of Cutler and Some Interesting Incidents,” written in 1976 by the late Jasper Cates and Arlene Dennison.

Hidden, almost forgotten, in this record on a gravestone in the old Cutler cemetery is one of the strangest and most touching events in Cutler’s history.

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Veterans Day, all year long

by  Ruth Moore

As an honorably discharged veteran, I will have seen 30 years of Veterans Days come and go this year, and one thought has always been in the back of my mind — why do we need a special day to remember our military service and sacrifices for our country? Shouldn’t our service be celebrated every day for the freedoms and liberties that our country’s citizens enjoy?  

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The Editor’s Desk

Last week was full of patriotic activity as people came together to celebrate the service of our local veterans. According to the Veterans Administration, Maine, Alaska and Montana are tied for the highest amount of veterans per capita, at one in 10. Veterans were feted and thanked with school breakfasts, luncheons, music and community suppers. I observe that Washington County has an incredibly strong service ethic, and so it comes as no surprise that we know how to revere it when we see it.

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Letter to the Editor - We need honest information from an honest lawmaker

 As of Thursday, Nov. 9, neither of Bruce Poliquin’s workers in his D.C. or his Bangor office knew what Poliquin’s position on the estate tax is.

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Letter to the Editor - Mobile spay neuter clinics new to Machias. 

The recent Nov 5,6,7  first time, cats only event for Machias area residents was originally scheduled for two days. However, because it booked up within a few days, a third day was added. The overwhelming response resulted in a waiting list.

In the end 95 animals, a mix of pets and community cats both stray and feral, were seen. They ranged from super cute two-pound kittens to a 16 pound very unappreciative tom cat.

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Letter to the Editor - A lifetime of service

A lifetime of service

Last Friday we said goodbye, and thank you to WW2 Veteran and Pearl Harbor hero, Robert P. Coles, Jr. He was one of our greatest community treasures. But notably, he was also everything we could have hoped for, and asked for in that role.

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Studying the local economy: 36 years and counting

On December 29, 1981, Gov. Joseph Brennan signed an executive order establishing a “Governor’s Task Force on the Washington County Economy.”

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