Cousins born one day apart at DECH

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What would Harry Vose say now?

by Ruth Leubecker

Ever since Josie Cord’s holiday booze buy was confiscated at the state line following her purchase at a New Hampshire liquor store, Mainers have quietly seethed.

Don’t we live in a free country? Can’t Americans legally buy what they want where they want? Apparently not, if you reside in Maine. Probably if you hired an attorney, but who wants to hire one to make a legal purchase? And why should they have to? 

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Documentary film about green burial Aug. 31

On Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m. Porter Memorial Library will show the documentary film A Will for the Woods. The film screening is free and open to the public. Event sponsors include Down East Hospice Volunteers and Community Health and Counseling Services/New Hope Hospice.

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Hospice volunteers sought for rewarding experiences

 

by Lura Jackson

To the uninitiated, “hospice” may imply focusing on the end of an individual’s life. For those who have been a part of the process, it often represents a beginning rather than an ending. Hospice is a program that lends greater meaning to the life of its clients and their families and at the same time enriching the volunteers that undertake it – thus enabling the creation of meaningful relationships that carry the memory of shared experiences far into the future.

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Sunny spirit permeates rainy festival

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

For the second year in a row rain fell on Saturday of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, and for the second year in a row vendors and organizers rated it a wild success in spite of the rain.

“We’ve had a wonderful day and wonderful weekend. Customers here are very dedicated,” said Arlene Wren of the Penobscot Valley Crafters’ Association. “They come out with their rain boots, their raincoats, their rain hats and umbrellas. So everybody had good sales yesterday, good sales today already.”  

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Stagnant session slips by summer with much undecided

by Ruth Leubecker

After Maine’s 128th Legislature failed to correct a typo, ignored a tax overhaul and  never reconvened to settle other pressing matters but failed to adjourn, many remain uncertain about what happens next.

“We aren’t sure if or when we will go back to finish up the two or three items that we have unfinished,” says Rep. Will Tuell. “I hope we do, but I’m not holding out hope that leadership will come to an agreement to fix the Clean Election error and pass a tax overhaul bill -- both of which I feel are needed.”

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Sheriff Curtis speaks at Machias Rotary Club

 

by Reagan Davenport

The Machias Rotary club meeting was packed on Tuesday, July 24 at the Bluebird Ranch Restaurant as Barry Curtis presented to the group, showcasing his campaign promises, his intentions to run for office and what he stands for. Curtis has already served as Washington County Sheriff for nearly four years. He is seeking reelection in November for another four-year term, and is running unopposed.

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‘The Greatest Showman’ wraps up summer movie series

The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will show “The Greatest Showman” starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams.

The musical tells the story of PT Barnum’s creation of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

All boxcar movies are free and take place on the lawn of Station 1898 on Route 1 in Machias. The movies are projected onto a historic boxcar and begin at dusk. Sunset is at 7:30, so plan to arrive around that time. Bring blankets chairs and snacks!

For more information, contact the Chamber by calling 255-4402.

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Reenactors draw crowds to Battle of the Rim

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A thin orange strip of tape on Machias’ White’s Point separated 2018 from 1777 last Sunday when the Machias Committee of Safety once again stood shoulder to shoulder with the Passamaquoddy, exchanging fire with a British ship on the Machias. Hundreds of people attended the reenactment, even after it was rescheduled once due to stormy weather. The parking lot was full, and pedestrians lined the dike’s guardrail to get a better view.

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Milbridge Days goes out with a bang, part two

 

by Wayne Smith

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