Girls 2017-18 hoops wrap up

by Phil Stuart

The 2017-18 high school basketball season is now in the record books.

It was a tough season for a lot of area schools.

Going into the season, Calais and Narraguagus girls were the favorites to go deep into the playoffs along with Woodland in Class D.

Woodland was one of the Class D favorites and Michelle Ripley’s club made it to the Northern Maine title contest.

The Dragons went into the playoffs as a number -wo seed less than a point behind Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook.

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Honors for local athletes

by Phil Stuart

The Penobscot Valley Conference recently selected its all stars in basketball for the 2017-18 season.

Kyle Case of Washington Academy (WA) was a Big East second team selection. Jacob Godfrey of Machias, who played for  this season, was a first team selection.

The Washington Academy girls’ team won this year’s Class B Sportsmanship Award in the Big East.

Tihomer Babic of WA received an honorable mention.

Madelyn Willey and Brandon Allard of WA were winners of the Paul Souex Award.

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UMA offers zero tuition with Pine Tree State Pledge

 Since its announcement in October 2017, eighteen students at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) have taken part in the Pine Tree State Pledge program. Through the Pine Tree State Pledge, eligible students will not pay any out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and mandatory fees at UMA. An additional 36 students qualified for the Pine Tree State Pledge, however, no additional out-of-pocket expenses were needed to be covered.

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Moore for the Future campaign nears goal

Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Moore for the Future campaign is close to reaching its goal.

The campaign was launched in 2014 to help the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben raise an additional $250,000 for its endowment fund. It began in 2014 with an appeal letter asking Steuben residents, regional users and library friends to help ensure the library and community center could continue to provide services and programs while meeting its growing expenses. 

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Lefty’s legacy lives on

by V. Paul Reynolds

What is it about a well-cast fly line that furls out gently across a quiet trout pond or a roiling river? Done properly it is a graceful ballet. There is a rhythm that can mesmerize, not only the angler, but the onlooker as well. And when the softly whispering line finishes its furling roll, and the floating tippet dances the #16 parachute Adams upon the water like a descending butterfly…well, sir, that is the crescendo moment.

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Pre-Easter feast feeds nearly 400 at Second Baptist Church

 

by Lura Jackson

The extended Calais community was treated to an early Easter feast on Saturday, March 24 at the Second Baptist Church. This is the second year in a row that the church has hosted a free meal to celebrate Easter and, like last year, nearly 400 people came out to join in the meal of ham, potatoes, and mixed vegetables.

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Machias neighbors and officials blindsided by downtown cell tower plans

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A public notice in this newspaper on March 21 was the first announcement that a cell phone company intends to build a 100-foot cell tower between North and Court Streets in downtown Machias. The tower would stand on the back end of property owned by the Community of Christ Church.

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Rep. Fredette visits Downeast Correctional Facility

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On the morning of Monday, March 21, Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) retiree Kevin Millay went to Helen’s Restaurant to attend a meeting of former prison employees and their supporters.

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Post 9’s birthday dovetails with Legion’s centennial year

by Ruth Leubecker

Embedded in little-known history and often occupying an understated community role, the American Legion is announcing a year of events focusing on its 100th birthday.  

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Public weighs in on truck limits and recreational marijuana

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Town Offices were overflowing on Wednesday, March 21 as the public lined up to discuss truck traffic and recreational marijuana at two separate public hearings.

Machias Director of Public Works Mike Schoppee presented the town’s proposal to consider permanent weight restrictions on the East Kennebec Road and the Cross Road, and seasonal weight restrictions on the West Kennebec Road.

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