Joseph Waag - Cutler

Joseph P. Waag of Cutler  died peacefully on June 27th, 2017,  at Down East Community Hospital. He was 96 years old. 

He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, his brother Charles of Long Island, NY, his children Christine Laurel and Anneke Waag of Cutler, Erica Marine of Rhinebeck, NY, and Robert Brandt and his wife Barbara of Brewster, NY. He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Samantha, Trevor and Andrew Marine, and Colleen, Christopher and Carolyn Brandt.

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Critical blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant drawdown of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

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SummerKeys welcomes back cabaret duo Alpher & Litt

The SummerKeys Music School for adults in Lubec continues to expand the world of art, music and photography to the hundreds of students who flock from near and far to the rocky Downeast coast for a “Music Vacation”. This summer we again enthusiastically welcome Jennie Litt and David Alpher as instructors and performers of cabaret, “an intimate musical art form in which the performers put their personal stamp on a song through honest interpretation of the lyrics”.

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Changing lanes

The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) has been busy repaving and painting roads in and around Machias. The unusual line configurations painted onto Free Street, shown here, and on the short one-way stretch of Broadway have raised eyebrows. Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien said that the state has recently taken over responsibility for both stretches of road because they are essential connectors to Route 192 and Route 1.

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No race like home

A much-watched race was the one between Jonesport brothers Oscar and Derek Beal who both captain Wayne Beal 36-footers powered by 500 hp engines. Oscar’s Papa’s Pride outdistanced Derek’s Miss Badonkadonk. Photo by Nancy Beal.

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Flags and banners—not either-or—in Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

The recent appearance of patriotic banners on Jonesport’s utility poles prompted a minor flap on social media from citizens who erroneously thought they had supplanted the American flags that traditionally graced the town at the Fourth of July. In truth, the flags were put up, but moved to locations that were “safer for the flags,” in the words of Sue Mills, secretary/treasurer of the town’s July 4th committee.

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Laura Mazza-Dixon to give poetry reading at Jonesport library

by Nancy Beal

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Survey reveals top five phone scams used in Maine

With 89% of people in Maine receiving between five and 30 nuisance calls per week, telephone scams are still causing major problems for consumers. The issue has become so widespread that almost a fifth of Maine adults admit they have been a victim of a telephone scam.

 The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call Blocker,  also revealed the top five scams people are falling victim to in Maine:  

• Internal Revenue scam

• Credit/loan scam

• Robocall/automated messages scam

• Lottery/sweepstake scam

• Missed call scam

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Library to host traditional family Contra Dance

Porter Memorial Library is sponsoring a family contra dance and potluck at Lubec Grange on July 15 as part of the library’s summer reading program.

This special event is open to the public, especially to families with children, and features a traditional New England contra dance band from Newport, New Hampshire called The Sugar River Band.

During the evening’s festivities, a self-serve potluck buffet will be available on side tables in the dance hall for the enjoyment of participants. Attendees are invited to bring something to add to the table. 

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Land transfers by deed June 16, 2017 through June 29, 2017 (Cont. from last week)

Allen W. Hall and Roberta R. Hall of Zephyrhills, Florida to Holly Kilton of East Machias certain lots or parcels of land with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Machiasport (Lot one beginning at a corner by the highway leading into said Machiasport and running westerly along the line of land of the late Fairfield Trafton; Lot Two beginning on the road leading to Machiasport Village at the northeast corner of the Abram L. Cummings land and running westerly by the said land to a wire fence)

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