Wesley

by Camille Hawkins

The Grand Lake Stream Festival the weekend of the 28th and 29th of July was a blast.  I had a great time meeting new friends and seeing old friends that came to the festival.

Sandy and Steve Copel-Parsons from Little Seavey Lake in Wesley were our neighbors in their booth, The Sleeping Dog Studio. They kept people laughing and talking by wearing a dog head mask at times. They even had a golden retriever barking at the dog head when it was sitting on a table. What fun even though it was very hot.  Lots of people had fans in their booths.

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Are you a resident, parent, or property owner in Machias?

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Do you think the Machias Recreation Area could use a little help?

Do you give your tennis partner a break when their serve 

ricochets off the cracks in the tennis court? 

Do you have ideas for other uses of the Recreation Area?

 

 Do your children need a place to play? Might they enjoy a splash pool or a playground?

 

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The Maine Island Trail motors up the Bold Coast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Most Downeasters know of the Sunrise Trail that cuts a 90-mile path through our woods and along our rivers. But fewer know that America’s first water trail passes right by our doorstep, too, offering boaters a way to explore the length of Maine by island-hopping its coast. 

National Geographic Adventure named the Maine Island Trail one of America’s “50 Best Adventures” and Outside Magazine called it “America’s best sea kayaking trail,” though it isn’t just for kayaks. 

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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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