Bad Little rain-Falls

Machias received five inches of rain last weekend. People gathered on both banks as well as the bridge to witness the overflowing white-caps. Levels continue to rise finding new pathways over the rocks to weekend’s end.    Photo by Bill Kitchen

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A wet year — 1922

These photographs were taken during the floods of 1922. In both images the photographer was standing at the eastern side of the Machias bridge, where the Shell Station and Freshies is located today, looking west toward the University of Maine at Machias. The Pejepscot Paper Co. building in the center looks as though it will soon be relocated to Machiasport. The company once had offices in Machias and owned tracts of land in the surrounding area.  Pejepscot’s company headquarters were located in Topsham on the Androscoggin River.

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42nd Annual special olympics a success

The 42nd Annual Washington County Special Olympics Spring 2017 Games were held at the University of Maine at Machias last Friday, with hundreds of champions competing in a variety of outdoor competitions. The rain stayed away while dozens of supporters showed up in droves, including those from the committee, along with members of the UMM Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management Program, the American Legion Auxiliary Post #9, UMM fraternity, sorority, faculty, staff and students, Gene Nichols & the UMM Ukulele Band, and Washington Academy students.

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Machias Area Little League season in full swing

After month’s of waiting the Machias Area Little League is back in the swing of things.  Weather almost caused us to lose our first week. Thanks to some dedicated volunteers the games were finally played on Saturday and Sunday.  

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Welcomed donation of 19th century blueberry machine

Members of the Pleasant River Historical Society gathered on a drizzly April day to accept ownership of a blueberry winnowing machine donated by Cliff Goodall of Freeport, Maine. Mr. and Mrs. Goodall traveled to Addison to deliver the machine formerly owned by Earle Preble of East Side Road. Preble was a leading local citizen, and the machine is branded in several places with his name.  These 19th and 20th century hand-cranked machines made picking over the berries for market “a breeze” as they created wind that blew leaves, sticks and debris off the berries before packing.

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Maine benefits — eat fresh and spend local

by Jessica Griffin-Brown

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Legislature debates time change for Maine

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would place Maine into the Atlantic time zone and stop the state’s observation of daylight saving time (DST), a practice which rolls the clocks forward one hour and back one hour in March and November. Atlantic time is one hour ahead of eastern time. 

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May means Poppies, sacrifice, remembrance

Not many think twice about Flanders Fields or the significance of tucking a poppy into a lapel sometime in May.     But remembering those who paid with their lives to keep us free should never be limited to a handful of national holidays. For over 80 years the American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored Poppy Day to remind America that millions have sacrificed their lives and health in the name of freedom. 

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Traditional access to Rocky Lake Land secured for future generations

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (a statewide land conservation organization) and The Conservation Fund announced the conservation of 2,352 acres on the shores of Rocky Lake, Orange Lake and the Orange River in Whiting. Traditionally a place for hunting, fishing, paddling and camping, the property had recently been available only for private use.

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Harrington, Columbia, Welsey, Whitneyvill Library News

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Get well wishes go out to MVNO correspondent, Ronie Strout.  She has been having a rough time.  Her husband was in the hospital. Then Ronie ended up in the hospital with a bad case of bronchitis.  She is home but feeling terrible.

Charlie had been doing a really good job installing my shower and other good stuff.  The bathroom is being moved into what we call the everything room.  It seems so good.

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