Nine graduate from Hospice volunteer training

 

by Barbara Barnett 

This April, Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County hosted a hospice volunteer training at Down East Community Hospital.  The hospital graciously provided space for each training day and many of the hospital staff joined the groups to present in their areas of expertise.  It was five days of training, adding up to a total of 25 hours, covering all of the mandatory topics.

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WaCo volunteers recognized

by Nancy Beal

During National Volunteer Week last week, scores of Mainers were recognized for volunteering over 500 hours of volunteer service in 2017 and each received the Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism. Five individuals had logged over 3,000 hours of service, and 32 had performed over 2,000. 

Among those honored were 20 people from 14 towns in Washington County. Eight of the 20 had logged over 1,000 hours of volunteer service.

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Port of Eastport welcomes first cruise ship of 2018

The Eastport Port Authority announced the planned arrival of the first cruise ship of six planned ship visits for the 2018 Cruise Season.  The Norway based cruise line, Huritgruten Inc.,  ship the MS Fram  tied up to the new Eastport Breakwater Terminal Pier at 8 a.m. on April 21, arriving from Bar Harbor.  Eastport was the last port call on it’s cruise north to Halifax Nova Scotia.

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Fire of June 1943

 The headline in the Wednesday, June 9, 1943 issue of the Bangor Daily News read    “Six Machias Business Blocks Destroyed Saturday in One of the Town’s Most Serious Fires” – Loss Estimated at $100,000; important Business Section of Center Street is in Ruins.

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MMHS JMG Pop-Up Prom Show for boys this Thursday, April 26

The Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) JMG group has organized their first Pop-Up Prom Show for boys to be held Thursday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m. in the MMHS cafeteria.

The group has gathered donations of prom-ready attire such as coats, ties, dress shirts, pants, suspenders, and much more. Many of the donations were gifted to the group by Bags o’ Rags in Machias.

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Washington Academy’s Prom Dress Boutique

 

WA senior Ava Emery found the perfect “little black dress.” NHS sets the Saturday morning boutique up to look like a pop-up dress shop, complete with fitting rooms and full length mirrors. 

 

 

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UMaine offering free early college summer courses for qualified high school students

Through a partnership between the Maine Department of Education and the University of Maine System, tuition is waived for all qualified high school students in Maine to cover up to 12 college credits per year.

Starting May 14, the University of Maine will offer summer courses suitable for rising high school juniors and seniors. Early college courses are available at the University of Maine campus in Orono, the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and online.

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Scholarships available for Washington County students

Applications are currently being accepted for three Maine Community Foundation’s scholarships that support Washington County students.

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Lubec beat goes on

by Phil Stuart

The Lubec Junior High School girls have been a dominant force in the Downeast area for a number of years, and they don’t seem to be slowing down.

On March 14 and 15, Shawn Tinker and Jordy Tinker’s Hornets journeyed over to Baileyville to play in the annual Downeast Federal Credit Union tourney coordinated by Mike Boies and the Woodland Recreation Department.

The tournament opened with the usual Woodland/Calais match-up and the Dragons, under Coach Sheridan Smith, prevailed by a score of 31-22.

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The 1931 Machias Bulldogs

 

 

by Phil Stuart

The Machias High School Bulldogs basketball team waited a long time before they had an opportunity to play for a regional championship or a state title. The Bulldog boys never played on the Bangor auditorium floor until 1969, other than a preseason game or a game against the Bangor Junior Varsity. Since then, like most other schools, they have had their ups and downs.

Currently they have three state championships in boys’ basketball which puts them third Downeast behind Jonesport-Beals and Calais.

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