Historic Nash building, grandfather to Main Street

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 Long before Machias’ Nash Building became a local symbol of Main Street decline and revitalization, it held a fruit and confectionary store operated by Italian immigrants. 

 Joseph Toschi came to Machias in the late 1800’s with his children and son-in-law, Ernest Mugnai. According to Mugnai’s great-grandson, Michael Hoyt, Mugnai imported fruit and candy by train from Boston to sell in his Machias fruit store.

Read More

The Editor’s Desk

July in Washington County disproves the theory summer is full of lazy days. In this week’s paper alone you’ll find news of something fascinating, enriching, musical or physical to do nearly every day of the month. 

Read More

Cat got your goat?

This little goat ushered in a new category at the 4th Annual Moosabec Pet Show—small farm animals sampling everything that might be edible and engaging a large cat. Photo by Nancy Beal

Read More

Celebrating 241 years of freedom

by Ruth Leubecker

The Fourth of July aka Independence Day is etched into America’s playbook as a day of phenomenal thankfulness. As well it should be.

The Continental Congress 241 years ago declared that 13 struggling American colonies were a new nation -- the United States of America -- and no longer under the direction and dictates of the British Empire.

Read More

Letter to the Editor - Nature got it right

Nature got it right

Summer’s wild blueberry creations become autumn’s scenery -- grand beyond conception. Maine’s wild blueberries are different because nature got it right!

Our unique and special wild lowbush blueberries grow on plants that Mother Nature gives us from underground vines (rhizomes), and their above-ground fruit-bearing low bushes four to 10 inches tall.

Read More

Letter to the Editor - Give bicyclists space

Give bicyclists space

Read More

News of the Hannah Weston chapter, DAR

Members of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will gather for their annual picnic meeting to be held at the Gates House, home of the Machiasport Historical Society on Rt. 92 in Machiasport, at 11 a.m. Sat., July 8.  Members attending are asked to bring a sandwich. Dessert and beverage will be provided.  The speaker for the afternoon will be Valdine Atwood who will discuss DAR Insignia and Protocol.

Read More

Columbia, Whitneyville Library News, Welsey

Porter Memorial Library news

Summer Reading Program begins at Porter Memorial Library 

When summer rolls around, Porter Memorial Library does its best to make reading even more fun than ever. During a month-long Summer Reading Program in July, the library will feature book displays and reading lists of titles that can be found in the library collection; and also sponsors at least one cultural and learning event for families.

Read More

Scottish Bagpipe Bands Return to Fort Knox

Scottish Bagpipe Bands Return to Fort Knox

Friends of Fort Knox in Prospect and the St. Andrew’s Society of Maine present the annual, Scottish Tattoo on Saturday, July 8 at Fort Knox in Bucksport. The event features two marching bagpipe bands performing a “Scottish Tattoo”. The event takes place on the Fort Knox parade ground and begins at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 8.  Tickets are only $10 for adults and five dollars for children under $12. Tickets may be purchased at Friend of Fort Knox gift shop or by calling 469-6553 or at Fort Knox the night of the concert.

Read More

Evan Merchant: a Beals boy with “Happy Feet”

by Nancy Beal

Evan Merchant, the Beals Island high school junior who outpaced more than 100 runners to win the Bay of Fundy 10-kilometer race in Lubec, was a month from finishing the fourth grade in 2010 when he entered his first road race. It wasn’t billed as a race, but rather the tenth annual Walk for Life, a fundraiser for a cancer support group started by one of his neighbors. Although the other participants walked the course from Addison’s town hall to Route 1 and back, Merchant and a school friend elected to run it.

Read More

Pages