Paul C. Hoyt - Machias

Paul C. Hoyt, 77, drifted off to be with the Lord on December 22, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born in Machias February 19, 1940 the son of the late Curtis and Ida ( Mugnai) Hoyt . He attended Machias schools, and graduated from Machias Memorial High School in 1958. Paul married Velma aHurlbert in 1962.

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How to divvy up your family belongings peacefully and sensibly

Dear Savvy Senior,

What’s the best way to distribute my personal possessions to my kids after I’m gone without causing hard feelings or conflict? I have a lot of jewelry, art, family heirlooms and antique furniture, and three grown kids that don’t always see eye-to-eye on things. 

Planning Ahead

Dear Planning,

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A great meal is about how - not what - you eat

Everyone knows it’s important to eat the right foods to live a long and healthy life, but many of us fall short of that ideal.

We eat on the run, pulling into a drive-through and scarfing down a hamburger on the way to the next appointment. We grab a candy bar at the grocery checkout and munch it on the way to the car.

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Navigating the 3 stages of retirement

People often view retirement as just one more stage of life.

 But that’s not exactly the case. Retirement isn’t just one stage; it’s at least three – although all three do share something in common.

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Checking the backtrack

by  V. Paul Reynolds

The slate is clean as we start another year anew. Nobody knows what lies ahead, even as friends and family offer seasonal salutations that wish us well. As we look ahead with hopeful expectations, it doesn’t hurt to check the back track.

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Church with a view

The historic Machiasport Congregational Church creates a striking profile for drivers passing through the village of Machiasport. It sits high on a hill overlooking the bay, once providing a landmark for incoming sailors. 

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MEMA encourages caution with dangerously low temperatures

As sub-zero temperatures continue across the State, MEMA urges Mainers to use extreme caution to avoid hypothermia or even death. 

The National Weather Service reports that very cold air will continue across the region this weekend and through at least the middle of next week with most locations unlikely to get above the freezing mark for the foreseeable future. 

MEMA offers the following tips to help Mainers stay safe during the dangerously cold weather:

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Vandalized

“Danny’s Village” of inflatable Christmas decorations had to be removed for its own protection last month. Vandals damaged two of the 10 pieces erected to the memory of local man Danny Manchester, who passed away in 2017. The pieces have since been repaired, and the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is already working on a more secure display for next year. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Honoring veterans in Harrington

Konner Strout, seen here laying a wreath on the grave of veteran Paul Ramsdell, was one of many Harrington students who laid wreaths on graves at the Foresthill Cemetery last week. Photo courtesy of Michelle McLaughlin

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An old-fashioned island Christmas

by Nancy Beal

Beals Island had no bridge to the mainland until 1958, so for four sisters born in the 1940s, Christmas was not about department stores, cultivated trees, or fancy light displays. It was simple, family-oriented and religious. “We were taught that it was Jesus’ birthday,” says Vanessa, next to the oldest. The family started the day by going to church and taking part in the traditional Christmas concert, singing noels and speaking their “pieces.”

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