At the Machias ballot box - Meet candidate Les Haynes

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Leslie Haynes has served on the Machias Selectboard for six years. “I just enjoy the people,” he said. Haynes was raised in East Machias and couldn’t wait to get back home after serving in the Army for a tour in Vietnam. “I had never ever seen anything like that in my life. In 1968 I was right in the middle of that big Tet Offensive over there,” he said.

“When I came home I looked at my commanding officer and said, ‘You’ve got 12 hours to get my discharge papers ready. I’m going to Maine where it’s nice and peaceful.’”

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Stevenson at court on charges of manslaughter, OUI

Christopher Stevenson of Roque Bluffs was in Washington County District Court on Tuesday, May 22 for his dispositional conference. 

Stevenson has been charged with five crimes: manslaughter, operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol resulting in death, domestic violence reckless conduct, endangering the welfare of a child and operating while license is suspended or revoked.

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Letter for the Editor - More trash talk

More trash talk

The real difference between Mark Wright’s garbage business and the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD, a transfer station) is that Wright’s is private for his personal profit, while PRSWDD is public, owned by the six towns, and run openly for the benefit of those towns.

Mark Wright wants to own the entire garbage business in the region, but when there’s a monopoly, guess what would happen to the cost of garbage disposal?

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Lighthouses lure romantics to Maine

Embedded in literature, folklore and history, Maine’s lighthouses are a lightning rod, baiting authors, summer folk and young and old alike, espe summer.

Some still function as navigational beacons, some are totally inaccessible, a few are clustered and a few others stand like solitary sentries. But it all doesn’t matter in the scheme of things, because all 65 are shrouded in a rich mysterious heritage that is uniquely Maine.

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Calais talk to explore a ‘more just relationship’ with Wabanaki peoples

by Lura Jackson

The importance of recognizing the past and present relationship between colonizing Christian powers and the Wabanaki people – and particularly the Passamaquoddy tribe – will be the focus of a special presentation at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Calais on Sunday, June 3. The talk will be delivered by John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations. 

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Daryl Eugene McCurdy Lubec

Daryl Eugene McCurdy (Tim) passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 surrounded by his family, after a long battle with cancer.  He was born in Lubec on October 12, 1941, son of the late Bernard and Muriel McCurdy. Daryl graduated from Lubec High School in 1961. Throughout the years he worked at Carlton Corey’s garage, Milliken Textile Mill, was owner and operator of “The Spruce” fishing vessel, and most recently worked and retired from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Margaretta Days celebrates revolutionary history Downeast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Festival chair Carlene Holmes said she is often asked why the mid-June event is called Margaretta Days when it only occupies one day? 

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Blackfly Ball moves to new October date

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Kehben Grier of Machias’ Beehive Design Collective announced last week that the Blackfly Ball will move from its traditional Blueberry Festival August time frame to October 6. The Blackfly Ball has become a fixture of summer in Machias, historically taking place on the Saturday night of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival and drawing large crowds to Bad Little Falls park to hear multiple bands for free.

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Four WCCC students named to All-Maine Academic Team

The All-Maine Academic Team is composed of the high achieving students in the Maine Community College System, with selections picked from each school. Unlike in previous years, when only two students from each school were named, the team has been expanded this year to include students that are in both the “transfer” pathway – meaning they are planning to continue in their academic careers – and in the “career” pathway – meaning they will be going directly into the workforce upon graduation. Every student named to the team received a $500 scholarship.

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Bay Ridge students map Maine’s flora and fauna

 

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