Interest in Downeast tourism spikes

by  Lura Jackson

Just in time for the approaching tourism season, interest in the Downeast region is picking up in large part thanks to the efforts of recently released promotional publications. The early results indicate that effective marketing and outreach will have a potentially significant impact on attracting visitors.

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Celtic Concert in Calais this Saturday

 

Calais Celtic Concerts will present the multi-award winning and Irish step champions, “The Gothard Sisters”, at the Calais High School, at 34 Blue Devil Hill, Calais ME., on Saturday, April 14. Concert starts at 7 p.m., the doors open at 6 p.m.

  The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic all-female Irish music and dance group from the Pacific Northwest USA. The three girls (who are truly sisters) perform and record new Celtic arrangements of well-known traditional tunes and songs, as well as their own original compositions from their six recorded studio albums.

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Break week camp features Polynesia-themed activities

 

EAC offers their popular April Vacation Arts Camp April 17-19, 10 a.m. - noon. Inspired by the culture and landscape of Polynesia, the camp features themed activities such as ti leaf leis, tribal tattoo art posters, shadow puppet folk tales, ukulele fun and more. Instructors include music educator Alison Brennan and Tarah Waters, who has recently returned from Hawaiian travels. The two will be joined by visiting artists Chris Grannis (puppetry) and Lauren Koss (music). 

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Serving up daily helpings of community, one idea at a time

 

by Ruth Leubecker

Bethany Sue Prout Foss never thought her life would revolve around a restaurant.

But here she is, now 22 years in, the moving force behind the Blue Bird in Machias. “I fell into it with my mother,” she laughs. “My father thought we ought to run a restaurant.”

It remains a joint mother/daughter enterprise, with Hope Prout returning for the season from her California home in May.

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Obamacare struggling upstream, needs bipartisan input

Health care nationwide continues to flounder under broken policies, ridiculous rhetoric and selfish inattention.

In Maine it’s a sore subject because of so many deprived elderly and poor, exacerbated by a governor who has repeatedly vetoed the will of the people. Medicaid expansion remains a nightmare to fight for and an elusive necessity denied.

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DSF hosts Annual Smelt Fry in Columbia Falls on April 21

 

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BES students recreate, exhibit Wyeth scenes

 

by Nancy Beal

“Wyeth Interpretations,” an art exhibit featuring paintings by Beals Elementary School seventh and eighth graders modeled on works by Andrew Wyeth, his father N.C. Wyeth and his son Jamie, opened last week at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library with a well attended reception in the community room.

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“Wonder” plays at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben

The movie “Wonder” will be shown on the big screen 6 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Admission is free and refreshments are sold by donation.

For more information, visit www.moorelibrary.org.

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Robert John “Bob” Simon Machias

Robert John “Bob” Simon, 84, of Machias peacefully passed away on April 5, 2018, at EMMC, surrounded by his family.

Bob was born on August 28, 1933 in Buffalo, New York  He was the son of the late Ross & Florence Simon.

Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950, proudly serving his country until his retirement in 1970.  He then owned and operated Simon Electric in Machias for over 30 years.

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Philip Richard Dodge Machias

Philip Richard Dodge, 92, of Machias, passed away on Easter morning, April 1, 2018, attended by his wife, Dolores and the supportive staff at Marshall Healthcare in Machias. He was born on January 16, 1926 on Fremont Street in Machias, on what was then known as Dodge Hill.

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