Stagnant session slips by summer with much undecided

by Ruth Leubecker

After Maine’s 128th Legislature failed to correct a typo, ignored a tax overhaul and  never reconvened to settle other pressing matters but failed to adjourn, many remain uncertain about what happens next.

“We aren’t sure if or when we will go back to finish up the two or three items that we have unfinished,” says Rep. Will Tuell. “I hope we do, but I’m not holding out hope that leadership will come to an agreement to fix the Clean Election error and pass a tax overhaul bill -- both of which I feel are needed.”

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Sheriff Curtis speaks at Machias Rotary Club

 

by Reagan Davenport

The Machias Rotary club meeting was packed on Tuesday, July 24 at the Bluebird Ranch Restaurant as Barry Curtis presented to the group, showcasing his campaign promises, his intentions to run for office and what he stands for. Curtis has already served as Washington County Sheriff for nearly four years. He is seeking reelection in November for another four-year term, and is running unopposed.

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‘The Greatest Showman’ wraps up summer movie series

The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will show “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams.

The musical tells the story of PT Barnum’s creation of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

All boxcar movies are free and take place on the lawn of Station 1898 on Route 1 in Machias. The movies are projected onto a historic boxcar and begin at dusk. Sunset is at 7:30, so plan to arrive around that time. Bring blankets chairs and snacks!

For more information, contact the Chamber by calling 255-4402.

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Reenactors draw crowds to Battle of the Rim

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A thin orange strip of tape on Machias’ White’s Point separated 2018 from 1777 last Sunday when the Machias Committee of Safety once again stood shoulder to shoulder with the Passamaquoddy, exchanging fire with a British ship on the Machias. Hundreds of people attended the reenactment, even after it was rescheduled once due to stormy weather. The parking lot was full, and pedestrians lined the dike’s guardrail to get a better view.

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Milbridge Days goes out with a bang, part two

 

by Wayne Smith

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Old School Pizza bus brings New York Pizza to Machias

The pair constructed a brick, wood-fired pizza oven inside the bus and would like to continue serving their pizza in Machias through the winter.  Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Green team in action

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Desk of the Editor -- #Freepress

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Boston Globe has invited newspapers across the nation to stand in support of the First Amendment with comments in their editorials this week.

It may not surprise you to hear the Machias Valley News Observer falls somewhat below the radar of any nationwide attacks on the press. That is not to say, however, that we are unaffected by what is happening in our nation.

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Bringing in the harvest

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Redcoats, Chief Neptune to meet again on the Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Saturday, Aug. 18, drivers on Route 1 will get more than a pastoral view of the Machias River. Instead of the odd seagull and the reflection of spruce trees, they’ll see five redcoats paddling upriver in a two-masted boat, reenacting a British attempt to lay siege to Machias. The redcoats will be met by a crowd of armed patriots, including Will Neptune, whose ninth great-grandfather, Chief Joseph Neptune, took the famous ‘long shot’ that killed a British soldier and turned the British running away from Machias, again. 

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