USDA to purchase $10 million in Maine blueberries

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin announced last week that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $10 million to purchase Maine wild blueberries after the Delegation requested the Department take action earlier this year. Bonus buys help protect American farmers from unexpected market conditions by purchasing surplus goods and distributing them to food banks and other charitable institutions.

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Prison much more than a local problem

by Ruth Leubecker

Although the Downeast Correctional Facility has been funded for another year, due to the dogged, unrelenting efforts of Sen. Joyce Maker and Rep. Will Tuell, years of heavy-duty fighting to keep this prison operating tells us we’ve only been granted a temporary reprieve.

During this past session, Tuell, forever tenacious, said, “This is much more than a Washington County problem. We will not give up hope. Closing the prison means losing the bed space systemwide. There isn’t enough statewide bed space to throw 100-plus beds away.”

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Attorney General Janet Mills to run for governor

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced July 10 that she is running for Governor.

“In Maine, when something’s not working, we don’t wait around for someone to come along and take care of it for us; we roll up our sleeves and fix it ourselves,” Mills said. “Well, it’s pretty clear that our government is broken, and there’s no way I’m going to stand on the sidelines and not fight to put it back together.”

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Paul Sullivan performs for Machias Bay Chamber Concerts

On Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present “An Evening with Paul Sullivan”, the Grammy Award-Winning pianist and composer. The concert will be held in Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias.

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Town News Harrington, Wesley, Whitneyville Library, Columbia, Jonesboro

Welsey

Andy and I helped George and Patti pack up and move to Chelsea last Sunday, July 2. They left a lot of things for Wesley Historical Yard Sale planned for Saturday, July 22. Also got a couple of boxes from Dotty Baker for yard sales, plus Dotty donated a few things to the Historical building.

Leo Hayward has been donating his time at the Wesley Historical building on Saturday from noon- 4 p.m. through July. If you see the “Open” flag, stop in  and have a look around. There are a lot of pictures and reading to do and a lot of old tools from this area.

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Pembroke Library presents “Maine woods - Maine waters”

Whether you are a true “Downeaster,” a transplant “from away,” a “summer person” or a tourist who is just passing through,” you will have a chance to hear a musical tribute to Maine’s historic and heroic outdoor workers. The Pembroke Library presents “Maine Woods – Maine Waters” on Wednesday evening, July 19. Songs of working “in the woods,” “driving” logs down flooded rivers, watching the coastline, harvesting the fish of Maine’s waters and Maine ships sailing to and from far away places can be heard at the Pembroke Library Chantey Sing.

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Peanut butter jelly time

Each year, following the month long Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive, bank staff deliver PB&J to food pantries and other hunger relief organizations throughout Maine. More than 1,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly were distributed in Washington County, with stops at the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias and the Jonesport Food Pantry at Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church. The 2017 Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive collected more than 12,000 jars of PB&J. Photos courtesy Bangor Savings Bank

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Property manager helps local charities through tourism

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When Maria Lamb wanted her business to do more than help vacationers discover the beauty of Downeast Maine, she turned to a global nonprofit. Maria Lamb, owner of Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals in Machiasport, joined Pack for a Purpose, which encourages travelers to use their luggage to carry supplies to donate in their destination community. 

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Fourth of July in Machias

People began lining the Machias parade route more than two hours before kickoff on July 4. Photo courtesy Casey Kilton.

This aerial view of the Machias dike shows cars lining the roadside at dusk in order to secure the best seats in the house for the Machias fireworks. Photo courtesy Casey Kilton.

 

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Weekly Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Machias Bay Chamber Concerts is excited to announce the 2017 summer series. July 11th— Gregory Bliss - paino, Trond Saeverud - violin, Anna Maria Baeza - clarinet, Joachim Woltun. 

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Magic show — 10 a.m. July 12 at the H.D. Moore Library in Steuben. Conjuring Caroll will present children’s show called Building Blocks. Free. FMI: 207-546-7301 or email jbenedict@msln.net.

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