Promising futures

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Moosabec school budgets passed

by Nancy Beal

Budgets for the 2018-19 school year for Beals and Jonesport Elementary Schools and Jonesport-Beals High School passed last month with little fanfare. On June 13, approximately 20 citizens from the two towns gathered in the high school gymnasium and approved a total of $1,710,598 for the joint high school. The towns will pay $887,116 of that amount—up $35,563, or 4.18 percent over last year. Beals will be responsible for 24.94 percent of the cost, and Jonesport 75.06 percent. 

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Food Recovery Network taking local action against hunger

 

by Reagan Davenport

The Machias chapter of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) was established by Linda Barsanti as a senior project in 2015. Barsanti studied at the University of Maine at Machias and saw that more than 15 percent of Washington County households don’t have enough to eat, yet thousands of dollars worth of food from farms, restaurants and grocery stores is thrown away each year.

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Her signature sneaked onto the Declaration of Independence

Cookouts, parades and rambunctious family get-togethers have traditionally marked the Fourth of July. But underneath all these delightful traditions is the earliest history of potential treason, an undercurrent of divisive controversy … and Mary Katherine Goddard. 

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Banking On Future Promises

 

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Biss Duo to bring popular French repertoire to Machias

 

On Tuesday, July 10, Machias Bay Chamber Concerts is proud to announce that Downeast favorites Trond Saeverud (violin) and Gregory Biss (piano) will begin performing at 7 p.m. at the Centre Street Church, UCC, in Machias. The concert features a vast repertoire of compositions from French composers including Chausson, Debussy, Sur, Satie and Ravel.

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Alan Cook to perform at Peabody Memorial Library July 15

 

by Nancy Beal

Washington County’s own Alan Cook will be the featured artist at the third concert of Music in the Library, sponsored by Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library. The master of many instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and fiddle, the Machias musician and teacher draws from a repertoire of American folk and rock music that extends back 100 years. He delivers the music of artists and songwriters from the American Roots period of the 1920s to the 1960s, including Ledbelly, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Johnny Cash.

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Norm Famous - Machiasport (1948 – 2018)

Famous of Machiasport and Augusta, was born November 12, 1948, baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Norwood, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, attending Interboro High School. From his earliest years exploring nature with his mother along the woods and waterways of Delaware County and the Delaware Water Gap, Norm had almost unlimited enthusiasm for the natural world. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Space Sciences from Millersville State University in Pennsylvania, double majoring in geology and biology.

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Richard Arthur Purington - East Machias

Richard Arthur Purington, 73, beloved husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, cousin​ and friend passed away on ​June 23, 2018 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor. He was born at home in East Machias on May 18, 1945 to Raymond and Carrie (Elder) Purington. He ​attended grade school in East Machias and ​graduated from Washington Academy. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Vietnam War. After his years of service, he married his high school sweetheart, Judy Hanson, in 1970 and they enjoyed 48 years of marriage together.

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Jane Elizabeth Frye Lancaster - California

Born July 21, 1951 to John Perley Hayward, Jr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Schoppee) Hayward in Machias, Maine. Jane passed away at home on June 18 in the loving presence of her dearest family and friends.

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