Charge of the Kite Brigade

Saturday’s Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival drew families out to enjoy free festivities in Machias. The festival, which featured kite flying on the riverside hill of Schoppee Farm, was sponsored by Pat’s Pizza, the Machias Rotary Club, and other local businesses. See p. 10 & 11. Photo by Bill Kitchen.

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Opioid crisis slipped as legislative priority

by Ruth Leubecker

Although legislators pledged early on that the opioid crisis would be a top priority when the 128th Legislature convened, somehow it lost ground dramatically practically from the  beginning of the session.

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Balsam Valley welcomes oldest US Army unit, rock band Kansas to Columbia Falls

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The classic progressive rock band, Kansas, will headline a day of events geared toward remembering and celebrating the contributions of the U.S. armed services. 

The festivities are sponsored by Wreaths Across America (WAA), a local nonprofit which works to lay balsam wreaths on the graves of soldiers on cemeteries in all 50 states, most notably in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Cherryfield body identified, ruled homicide

State Police Detectives of the Major Crimes Unit North are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on the side of the road in Cherryfield as a homicide. After an autopsy and investigative efforts, the woman has been identified as Sally Shaw, 55. Detectives are urging anyone from the public who may have had contact with Sally to contact them.

In the early morning of July 19, Maine State Police were called to Route 193 in Cherryfield because of a report of a deceased woman located on the side of the road.

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Quilted Blueberry Festival tradition ready to raffle

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Collins, King introduce resolution to designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day

U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins today introduced a resolution that would designate September 25, 2017, as “National Lobster Day.” Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also sponsored the resolution, which recognizes the historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States.

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Deer permit lottery now open

Hunters may apply to enter into the Maine Any Deer Permit Lottery by visiting this website: www.maine.gov/online/nedeer. 

From the list of lottery applicants, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will administer a chance drawing to select winners for a Maine Any Deer Hunting Permit. To hunt Any Deer in Maine, hunters must have one of these special Any Deer Hunting Permits.

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WaCo hospitals working to bridge OB/GYN care for Calais patients

Shortly before the public announcement that Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) planned to close its obstetrics program by January 2018 or sooner, Rod Boula, CEO of CRH reached out to Dennis Welsh, CEO of Down East Community Hospital (DECH) to explore what possibilities exist for DECH to provide OB patients in the Calais area with high quality OB and delivery services. 

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2nd Annual Bold Coast Triathlon a riverside success

The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival Unconventional Sprint Triathlon was successfully held on Saturday, July 22. The race opened with a 12K paddling leg where participants used canoes and kayaks. The 20 K bike leg came second, and the athletes finished with a beautiful 5K run along the sunrise trail. Race organizers want to offer congratulations to all of the participants.

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Fulford announces run for Congress

Jonathan Fulford from Monroe is running for Congress in the 2nd Congressional district. He released the following statement:

I am running for Congress because it is time for an economy that works for everyone.

It is time for government to invest in the well being of its citizens and build a fair and prosperous economy with jobs that pay enough to live on. We need more freedom and more opportunity to support ourselves, raise our families, and live together in peace and prosperity in our communities.  

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