Restoring a steeple—starting with the clock

 

by Nancy Beal

Three members of Jonesport’s Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church came to Jonesport selectmen June 6 to press their case for the clock they hope one day to put back in a new steeple atop their church. Last fall, the 100-year-old steeple was brought down by workers in cranes dismantling it board by rotten board. Down too came the brass bell that had once tolled the hour and the clock that told it when to ring.

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Local students share ‘What the Flag Means to Me’

On Thursday, June 14 we will observe Flag Day. For over 69 years the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution has sponsored the Flag Essay Contest, asking students in local elementary schools to write a few words on “What the Flag Means to Me.” Over the years the words and concerns of the young people have changed, reflecting for the most part the current events of the times, but in all these years, one theme has come through - love of this wonderful country and its flag.

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‘We need to have our voice heard’

by Ruth Leubecker

As a two-term Calais mayor and longtime civic leader, Marianne Moore has always had her voice heard. It’s just that this time around she’s competing in a larger arena.

“I had run for the House two years ago and came in second,” she says. “When Joyce decided not to run I thought, why not? We need to have our voice heard.”

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Maine losing ground, approaching crisis on vital priority

Children. They can be the bane of our existence, the object of much affection — or not. But they are indeed the shining promise of the future.

However, Maine by all measurable accounts, comes up woefully short when it comes to nurturing and growing this most valuable resource. Yes, we say all the right words, the rhetoric regularly pours forth, and Maine has started a multitude of organizations all aimed toward children and their welfare. But actions speak louder than words, and we haven’t had many of those.

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Holmes tells of Margaretta Days, past and present

 

by  Reagan Gilbert

Carlene Holmes presented a slideshow of past and upcoming Margaretta Days festivities to a recent meeting of the Machias Rotary Club. Holmes chairs the annual June event for the Machias Historical Society.

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Top MMHS students offer humorous advice, inspiration

Editor’s note: On Sunday, June 3, Machias Memorial High School’s Class of 2018 received their diplomas. Farrow McKenna spoke as class valedictorian, and Meagan Jordan spoke as salutatorian. Below are excerpts from the speeches they delivered to the assembly.

 MMHS Valedictorian Farrow McKenna

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Art, poetry, music at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library

by Nancy Beal

The summer array of the arts began last weekend at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library, with an artists’ reception and the beginning of a month-long silent auction of whimsical birdhouses fashioned by area students.

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No barriers for Noah Carver

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

He has his own radio show, he’s a successful activist, and he enjoys skiing every chance he gets. He rides horseback, enjoys the music of Broadway and this month he’ll hop on a plane to sing soprano solos with his chorus in France — for the second time. But first, Noah Carver will complete a two-week expedition in Nepal.

Noah Carver is 14 years old.

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Benefit planned after loss of Machiasport family home

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Four generations of Hinermans have lived in the Machiasport home Melissa Hinerman shared with her partner, JJ Tibbetts, but fire destroyed the white-clapboard home on the night of Saturday, June 2. The Machiasport Fire Department responded to the call with Machias, Roque Bluffs, East Machias, Jonesboro and Marshfield departments rendering mutual aid. Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison served as incident commander. The home was built by Hinerman’s great grandparents.

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Machias town report shows minimal municipal spending increase

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Voters attending next week’s annual town meeting in Machias will find a $4,000 increase in the town’s proposed 2018-19 budget. 

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