National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month events at UMM

University of Maine at Machias, in conjunction with Atlantic Mental Health Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine, will hold workshops and events addressing the prevention of suicide in September, National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. 

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Balloon artist and comedian coming to UMM

 

John Cassidy, a professional comedian, magician and balloon artist, will perform at the University of Maine at Machias on Thursday, September 6 at 8 p.m. Cassidy holds several Guinness World Records for his balloon sculpting speed. He has appeared numerous times on television as either a stand-up comedian or magician, including appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Martha Stewart Living, the Today Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. 

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Machias milllennials offer input for recreation area rebuild

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A recent Machias town meeting collected public feedback that could lead to a modern, family-friendly recreation center where the current tennis and basketball courts stand at the bottom of Fremont Street between Route 1 and the Machias River.

In November Machias will apply for the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to rehabilitate the Machias Recreation Area. LWCF also supplied the funds that originally constructed the town tennis courts and basketball court in the 1970s. 

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DEI cuts ribbon on new marine research center

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Machias Valley Christian School ready to open new doors

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Four years after closing the building it occupied for more than 30 years, the Machias Valley Christian School will reopen to a new generation of students on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The first iteration of the school was affiliated with the Machias Valley Baptist Church and its classrooms were attached to the church. Exorbitant building repair estimates ultimately led to that school’s closure in 2014. 

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Cousins born one day apart at DECH

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What would Harry Vose say now?

by Ruth Leubecker

Ever since Josie Cord’s holiday booze buy was confiscated at the state line following her purchase at a New Hampshire liquor store, Mainers have quietly seethed.

Don’t we live in a free country? Can’t Americans legally buy what they want where they want? Apparently not, if you reside in Maine. Probably if you hired an attorney, but who wants to hire one to make a legal purchase? And why should they have to? 

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Documentary film about green burial Aug. 31

On Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m. Porter Memorial Library will show the documentary film A Will for the Woods. The film screening is free and open to the public. Event sponsors include Down East Hospice Volunteers and Community Health and Counseling Services/New Hope Hospice.

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Hospice volunteers sought for rewarding experiences

 

by Lura Jackson

To the uninitiated, “hospice” may imply focusing on the end of an individual’s life. For those who have been a part of the process, it often represents a beginning rather than an ending. Hospice is a program that lends greater meaning to the life of its clients and their families and at the same time enriching the volunteers that undertake it – thus enabling the creation of meaningful relationships that carry the memory of shared experiences far into the future.

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Sunny spirit permeates rainy festival

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

For the second year in a row rain fell on Saturday of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, and for the second year in a row vendors and organizers rated it a wild success in spite of the rain.

“We’ve had a wonderful day and wonderful weekend. Customers here are very dedicated,” said Arlene Wren of the Penobscot Valley Crafters’ Association. “They come out with their rain boots, their raincoats, their rain hats and umbrellas. So everybody had good sales yesterday, good sales today already.”  

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