Grandparents Day at BES

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Downeasters rally Facebook to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A local Facebook page connected two strangers who wanted to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and from that connection grew a plan that spread across Washington County. Their combined efforts will culminate in a truckload of supplies bound for Texas this week. Southeastern Texas was struck with Hurricane Harvey on August 29. The flooding is extensive.

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Wildfire in Columbia Falls

The Worcester Wreath family released an announcement at noon saying that a fire had consumed 20 acres of land. This photo shows a helicopter battling the fire high above the Balsam Valley Amphitheater, which was unharmed. However, the Sawyer Brown concert scheduled for Sunday, September. 3 was cancelled due to forecasted rain and the fire. Photo courtesy Maine Forest Rangers. Find more photos on page 14. 

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Blackfly Ball organizers scramble to adjust to new demographic

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Seaweed harvesting firm makes big splash in Jonesport

 

by Nancy Beal

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Machias selectboard debates crosswalk, additional school funds

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) repaved many of the roads in Machias this summer, raising questions around the crosswalk previously painted on Court Street between Porter Memorial Library and the Machias Post Office. The selectboard discussed the issue at their regular bi-weekly meeting on Wednesday, August 23.

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Ark animal shelter to host family fair

On September 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield will be hosting its second Furry Friends Family Fair. Visitors will enjoy live music, pony rides, a petting zoo featuring local farm animals, dunk tank, bounce house, face painting, games, and food provided by North Street Café. 

The day’s events also feature a dog show starting at noon, with classes for both kids and adults and prizes for: Best Costume, Most Obedient, Best Groomed, and Best Friend Award.

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East Coast River Relay launches from Calais

 

by Lura Jackson

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Cub and Boy Scout registration opening

Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 139 from Cherryfield are accepting registration forms for the 2017-18 year. The pack covers the towns of Cherryfield, Milbridge, Harrington, Addison and Steuben and surrounding towns. However, if you do not have a troop or pack nearby, your son is welcome to join us. 

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Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

by Susan Faloon 

There are many things we may regret in life, but being prepared for emergencies is not one of them.   You might say I have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I was forced to evacuate summer camp at

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