Rier’s stories make history come alive


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When Sherry Rier discovered a stack of letters from a grandmother who died before she was born, it felt like a dream come true. “For as long I could remember, I longed to talk to her, imagined she had written something that told me what she thought about, her struggles, hopes and dreams,” wrote Rier, who transcribed the stack of letters onto her blog, Voices of Ancestors.

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Harriet’s story


by Sherry Rier

Editor’s note: This is the first of four chapters we will run from  the story of Sherry Rier’s maternal grandmother, Harriet Means of Machias. For the background, see our Threads column on page 8.

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Strength training tips for seniors

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve fallen several times over the past year and my doctor has recommended that I start a strength-training program to help prevent future falls. But at age 72, I’ve never lifted weights before and could use some help. What can you tell me? 

Looking for Help

Dear Looking

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Harrington News

A benefit dance was held for the little boy who was injured in a car accident in Hancock earlier this fall. The music was provided by the band called Deep Six. There was a good turnout and not too cold an evening.

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Cherryfield and Milbridge news

Two groups in the community are  joining forces at the Milbridge Public Library— a game club and a knitting group. Ed Latham is the organizer of the TableTop Game Club. He has been playing board games all his life. The games have gotten more expensive and more complicated. They involve more ways of thinking. It’s nothing like your typical board game; not at all. These games play for many hours and were made in Europe. 

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Lake Machias

Last week’s nor’easter and high tides caused saltwater to backup through storm drains into the bottom of Court Street. Cars were diverted around the flooded area by cones and barrels. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Columbia News

Another week has flown by. Last Sunday, Feb. 25, I attended the Table of Plenty in Cherryfield hosted by the 4H Club. Not many ventured out  but those there  had a great time socializing with each other and getting caught up on what we all had been doing lately.  Carmen Colbert of Bucks Harbor has been visiting her sister Joan Look of Harrington.  It was a pleasure to see both of them there.

 This past week I have been trying to get caught up from my trip during school vacation.  I guess my grandchildren wore me out.

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Wesley News


Ron and Linda have fun at Juskiddin Acres with holidays and for St. Patrick’s Day they have been dressing up goats.  I was laughing so hard it was difficult to get good pictures. 

Went out Sunday morning and picked up $11 dollars worth of bottles on Route 192.  Roads are starting to get rough.  The frost heaves need to be marked.

Visited with Carola on Wednesday the 28th. I can’t believe this month is over. 

Went into Little Seavey Lake to rescue a chicken Ruth Ann wanted me to take because her other chickens were picking on her. 

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Whitneyville Library news

With March coming in like a wet lion, winter will soon be a memory and spring will burst out with flowers, green grass and a day closer to the first public supper of the year for the Whitneyville Public Library.  Mark this date on your calendar—April 7 at 5 p.m. The Friends of the Library will be putting on the first supper of the season and it will be turkey with all the fixings along with Janet’s rolls, homemade pies and cakes with coffee, ice water and lemonade. So come out and enjoy some great company and a good meal.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Basketball Clinic at Narraguagus Gym- Intramural Athletics will be offering a free Basketball Clinic on March 4 and March 11 at the Narraguagus Gym for grades K-6. Grades K-2 time is 4 – 5 p.m. and Grades 3-6 time is 5:15 to 7 pm. For more information, call Dan at 461-9090 or Mindy at 461-8878.

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High School One Act Review, $5 admission to benefit schools. March 7, 6 p.m.,

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