Family Futures Downeast helps two generations succeed at once

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It isn’t every day that a preschooler walks across a university stage to receive a diploma. But that was the case for several Washington County children, some young enough to be carried, during a graduation ceremony held in Machias last month.

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Tiffany windows return


Once restoration is complete, the windows will be lit from behind during evening hours. The windows are made from a palette of blues, fitting for the church that created and runs the area’s beloved Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. Once complete, the church plans to move on with the restoration of the other eight stained glass windows, all done in the Tiffany style. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Open Lighthouse Day comes with free admission Sept. 9

Open Lighthouse Day comes with free admission Sept. 9

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Fundraising for Jonesport’s landmark spire begins


by Laura Mazza-Dixon

As anyone who goes out lobstering, fishing, boating or sailing around Moose-a-Bec Reach can tell you, the spire that has graced Jonesport’s harbor for 130 years has been removed. 

Traditionally kept lighted at night by the members of the congregation in memory of their loved ones, the steeple of the white church on the hill on Sawyer Square has been a familiar landmark by both day and night for generations of sailors and fishermen.

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Nursing care, safe drinking water bills survive veto cycle

by Sen. Joyce Maker

Earlier this month, the Legislature reconvened for the final day of the first session for a “veto day” to take action on two dozen bills that had been returned by the governor, and to address all outstanding business. This proved to be another long day in Augusta, but I’m glad to finally be back in the district to enjoy the rest of the summer, attend events and meet with constituents. 

 Two of the bills voted on were measures that I sponsored, and I am glad to say that both were overridden with healthy margins.

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Editors Desk

One of my favorite authors is fond of saying that September is the other January. Even if you’re not going back to school, there’s something about September that feels like a fresh beginning. I’m looking forward to the change of the season.

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Letters to the Editor

Appreciation for accessible festival parking


My wife and I attended the Machias Blueberry Festival on Sunday, Aug. 20 and were delighted that the organizers had arranged to have a handicapped parking section in a convenient location. 


Thanks also to the pleasant young man who volunteered to monitor the area and be of assistance if needed.


Doug Richardson

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Healthcare debacle dodges sure solution

Costly medications continue to spiral out of control -- but it’s not just the price of drugs that jeopardizes care for a growing number of families across America.

Administrative costs, the price of procedures and simply the price tag of slipping into that hospital bed are way, way out of line. A recent editorial in The Portland Press Herald tells us that on average in this country an MRI costs $1,119. But an Australian pays $215 for the same exact scan.

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King issues statement on President’s Afghanistan strategy

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s announcement on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan:

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AARP warns of Make-a-Wish scam

Scams in the name of charities are particularly shameful. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that imposters, claiming to be with the FTC, are calling people and claiming they have won a major sweepstakes with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. All the ‘winner’ has to do is pay thousands of dollars for taxes or insurance on the prize. The target wires the money or shares banking account information, and then never sees that money again. If you encounter this or other scams, report it to the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP or

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