Frosty comes to town

Golden retrievers Chloe and Clifford seem just as interested in the snowstorm as their boy, Webster Case. Photo courtesy Bill Case

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

The Bay Ridge students will present their annual Christmas Program on December 12, Tues. at 6 p.m. at Thurs., December 14. Santa will be here.

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The annual Christmas tree lighting at the Whitneyville Congregational Church. Sat., December 16, 5 p.m.

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FEDCAP finds jobs for impoverished parents

by Lura Jackson

Being in poverty is a sadly familiar situation for many families in Washington County. Economically speaking, the area has long been challenged to provide its residents with steady, reliable work, particularly in recent decades when the structure of families and the available resources have been changing and the cost of living has been increasing. Not having consistent income can be devastating physically and psychologically for parents who are seeking to raise their children in a stable environment. 

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MVFS shows holiday favorite at Porter Memorial

The Machias Valley Film Society will show “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Friday, Dec. 15. For many, this film is a Christmas tradition and one of the most beloved holiday films of all time. The story of how it became so ubiquitous is equally as entertaining, and adds to the unique charm of this Frank Capra classic. 

As always, thanks to the Porter Memorial Library, this film screening is free and open to the public. The film will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 at Porter Memorial Library, 92 Court Street, Machias. For more information, call 255-3933.

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Jonesport-Beals High School 1st quarter honor roll

Michael Kelley, Principal of Jonesport-Beals High School, announces the honor roll for the first ranking period:

 Grade 12- High Honors: Rachel Phillips, Ivy Robinson, Carol Smith

Honors: J-Lynn Beal, Austin Grant, Josef Guptill, Rana Turchi, Luke Wilson

Grade 11- High Honors: Judson Carver,  Stephen Cirone

Honors: Tyler Childers. Jasmine Floyd, Shawn Johnson, Jr., Evan Merchant, Mitch White, Reed Willette

Grade 10- High Honors: Ryan Alley, Kaylee Ireland, Lindsey Wilson

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Basketball getting underway

by Phil Stuart

The most popular sports season in Downeast Maine is upon us once again.

This sport is top dog. It doesn’t matter how many cross country, cheering, soccer, baseball or softball championships a school wins,  they don’t compare to basketball. Ten years after and sometimes less, after a school wins a title in those other sports, most area people wouldn’t even remember the players on the team. In basketball, people seem to remember who the players were on a state championship team 50 years ago.

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Machias coach Rossi wins 16th award

by Phil Stuart

Machias Bulldog cross country coach, Cindy Rossi, was recently selected as Downeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the 16th time since she took over the Bulldog program in 1997.

In her 21 years of promoting the sport at Machias High School, only five others have received the award.

Greg Maker of Lubec won in 1998, Frank Johnson of Washington Academy in 2002, Paul Theriault of Shead in 2003, Dick Ford of Calais in 2011 and Laura Osgood of Narraguagus of 2012.

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Basketball getting underway

by Phil Stuart

The most popular sports season in Downeast Maine is upon us once again.

This sport is top dog. It doesn’t matter how many cross country, cheering, soccer, baseball or softball championships a school wins,  they don’t compare to basketball. Ten years after and sometimes less, after a school wins a title in those other sports, most area people wouldn’t even remember the players on the team. In basketball, people seem to remember who the players were on a state championship team 50 years ago.

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Soccer all-stars selected

by Phil Stuart

The Downeast Athletic Conference with member schools from Calais, Woodland, Shead, Narraguagus, Jonesport-Beals and Sumner has chosen its 2017 conference all-stars for boys’ and girls’ soccer.

In boys’ soccer, Todd Alley of Jonesport-Beals was selected as Coach of the Year after leading the Royals to a 11-2-1 regular season record including a victory over Woodland. The Royals also won this year’s sportsmanship Award and seniors Joe Guptill and Austin Grant were chosen for the Stalwart all-star squad.

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Thanksgiving at the Bluffs

by Phil Stuart

Other than Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day is the second busiest day of the year for road races.

Many people use turkey day as a motivation to get some exercise before enjoying their traditional feast with family and friends.

For the past six years, the town of Roque Bluffs has hosted a running event on Thanksgiving day.

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