Susan A. Hawkins - Cutler

Susan Amelia (Foss) Hawkins, 84, passed unexpectedly on May 13, 2018 at her home. She was born in Machias June 12, 1933 the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Foss.

She enjoyed reading and doing puzzles, listening to country and western music, and in her earlier years going fishing. She especially enjoyed being a mother and grandmother and time spent with her family.

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Spring concert celebrates the arts at WA

 

On Tuesday, May 15, Washington Academy hosted the school’s annual Spring Concert.

The concert featured dances from our Contemporary Dance and Creative Movement Class and after- school ballet class, as well as a performances by our Jazz Band, A cappella, Solo Artists, and more! Our guests were also greeted by a display of student artwork as they entered the building. Bravo to all of our talented students who participated! 

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JOY for Porter Memorial Library

 

Students of Machias Memorial High School’s JMG class awarded a $1,000 JOY grant to Porter Memorial Library (PML) in Machias during their closing ceremonies held Thursday, May 17. JOY stands for “Jumpstart our Youth,” a statewide philanthropic initiative that teaches the next generation how to solve local problems through well-researched philanthropy.

The MMHS JMG (Jobs for Maine Graduates) class chose to consider nonprofits that serve Machias-area children, in many cases venturing out to see the nonprofits for themselves.

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Narraguagus Jr/Sr high school honor parts

Principal Lucille Willey is pleased to announce the honor parts for the Class of 2018 at Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School in Harrington. Co-Valedictorians are Sophia DeSchiffart, daughter of Timothy & Joanna DeSchiffart of Cherryfield and River Fenton, son of Chadwick Fenton & Christina Willey of Harrington. Salutatorian is Mary Hammond, daughter of Darin & Jasmine Hammond of Harrington and Michelle Hammond of Milbridge.

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MMHS Spanish students immersed in local hispanic culture

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The black bear problem

by  V. Paul Reynolds

“Paul, come down stairs quick,” Diane half-whispered and half-yelled at me.

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East Machias preserves history and alewives at riverside smokehouse

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

“I started doing it in the 70s.” said Bucket Davis. “Used to be alewife stands all up and down the river, there was all kinds of smoke shacks. I think I’m about the only one left in the state that still smokes.” 

The town of East Machias owns the smokehouse along the banks of its namesake river, and it’s there that Davis leads local students in the Downeast springtime tradition of smoking alewives. Davis also serves as an East Machias Selectman.

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Gubernatorial hopeful Diane Russell speaks to WaCo Democrats

 

by Nancy Beal

Diane Russell of Bryant Pond, one of seven candidates vying in the June 12 primary for the right to carry the Democratic banner into the gubernatorial race next fall, visited the Washington County Democrats May 6 and, in a no-holds-barred presentation, delivered her message and asked for at least a “second place vote.”

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Clock running on session stalemate, prison closure

by Ruth Leubecker

Prospects diminish daily for rejuvenating Washington County’s Downeast Correctional Facility.

Already saved by the bell more times than reasonable, the facility now awaits a closure date of June 30 when its funding runs out. Maine’s legislature, having walked off the job at the end of the session, left hundreds of bills and innumerable issues unsettled, the DCF being but one of them.

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Children’s chorus to perform spring concert before international ‘trip of a lifetime’

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Members of the Washington County Children’s Chorus have been rehearsing together — in both French and English — for more than two years, and on Sunday, May 20, they’ll deliver their bilingual springtime concert in Machias. 

Then only weeks later a group of musicians, chaperones and 31 youth choristers from all over Washington County will depart Boston, stopping in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Geneva, Switzerland before reaching Burgundy, France — three passport stamps in one fell swoop.

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