5th Annual smolt bolt and bloater bash

Join the 5th Annual Smolt Bolt and Bloater Bash in East Machias on May 20. The Smolt Bolt is a spring road race celebrating the migration of Atlantic salmon smolts from their freshwater home to the ocean, where they will embark on a great migration to their North Atlantic feeding grounds. The race begins across from Dunkin’ Donuts in Machias at the Sunrise Trail parking lot, and follows this incredibly scenic section of trail along the river to Downeast Salmon Federation’s center in East Machias. The four mile course is flat, making it a great race for all abilities.

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Mosaic-making students inspired by nature

Photo: Jermar Inman of Machias carefully arranges elements of her mosaic design at a recent Eastport Arts Center workshop. 

Photo by Robin Farrin, Coastal Maine Photography

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EAC’s international dancers stepping out

Eastport Arts Center’s International Dance group will visit Eastport Elementary School and Beatrice Rafferty School on May 24 to teach dances from Greece, South Africa and Israel. The enthusiastic dancers, including Dovie Gaither, Claudia Ryan and Naphtali Fields, are looking forward to dancing “The Fox Dance” and others with the students.

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Everybody’s Fool

by Richard Russo

Review by RJ Heller

“They’re here!” is a famous movie line announcing the arrival of ghostly phenomenon, and also the first thing I thought while reading Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo. It certainly wasn’t for the ghosts, there are none; it was because I found all those wonderful characters from the first book are still here.

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Zombies Invade Library

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

If it’s a zombie garden that you seek, Porter Memorial Library in Machias is your go-to cultural destination. This month in its display case, the library is featuring unique fantasy terrariums created by Sandy Copel-Parsons, an artist and photographer from Wesley.

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AREA SOFTBALL-BASEBALL NORTHERN MAINE STANDINGS

AREA SOFTBALL-BASEBALL NORTHERN MAINE STANDINGS

CLASS C  

SOFTBALL                            BASEBALL

        Place        W-L                        Place        W-L

Narraguagus    2        9-1                Calais        5        3-4

Calais        7        2-4                WA        8        2-6

WA        11        2-6                Narraguagus    10        5-6

CLASS D

Woodland    5        5-3                Woodland    2        6-1

Shead        10        1-6                Shead        3        6-1

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Little League opens season

Pictured is the Jonesport-Beals baseball team. Members include front left -right: Douglas Hinkley, Reed Willette, Brady Reynolds, Adam Robinson, Judson Carver, Keegan Ireland, Luke Wilson, and Brian Lunn.Back left-right: Coach Dan Campbell, Tyler Alley, Tyler Childers, Austin Grant, Isaiah Faulkingham, Kaiden Crowley, and Assistant Coach Nick Wilson.

by Phil Stuart

The Machias area Little League opened its season on April 28 with a double header at Beal Field.

Game one featured the Makers Auto Body Orioles and the Varney Insurance Agency Hawks.

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New coaches at UMM

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias has three new faces coaching volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s soccer in the fall.

Amy Fritz is returning as  the women’s varsity volleyball coach after a two year absence. Fritz replaces Betsy Hayden who also serves as the university’s athletic director. Joseph Tibbs takes the men’s program, replacing long time coach P.J. Sinigh.

B.J. Marshall takes over as head coach for the women’s soccer program replacing Singh.

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Baseball post season history

by Phil Stuart

Baseball teams from the Sunrise County haven’t had all that much success over the years.

Eighteen teams have made it to the state title game and only six have been able to capture the state crown.

Washington County teams have a 6-12 record in state title contests. Class C teams have compiled a 4-10 mark while schools in Class D are 2-2.

Shead High School of Eastport was the first school Downeast to appear in a state title contest. Omar Norton, who would later have a major league tryout, started playing for Shead in 1948.

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Knights open track season

by Phil Stuart

The Narraguagus Knights opened their outdoor spring track season at Mount Desert Island High School on April 24th.

The powerful Orono High School Red Riots girls won easily with a score of 151 while Central High School’s Red Devils edged the John Bapst Crusaiders for second place 118 to 14. The rest of the field included the host MDI Trojans 73, Narraguagus 43, Penquis Valley Patriots 24, Sumner Tigers 13, and the PCHS Pirates with 6.

Kayla Toppin of the Knights participated in the 100 meter dash and finished with a time of 15:76.

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