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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Old School Pizza bus brings New York Pizza to Machias

The pair constructed a brick, wood-fired pizza oven inside the bus and would like to continue serving their pizza in Machias through the winter.  Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Green team in action

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Desk of the Editor -- #Freepress

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Boston Globe has invited newspapers across the nation to stand in support of the First Amendment with comments in their editorials this week.

It may not surprise you to hear the Machias Valley News Observer falls somewhat below the radar of any nationwide attacks on the press. That is not to say, however, that we are unaffected by what is happening in our nation.

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Bringing in the harvest

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Redcoats, Chief Neptune to meet again on the Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Saturday, Aug. 18, drivers on Route 1 will get more than a pastoral view of the Machias River. Instead of the odd seagull and the reflection of spruce trees, they’ll see five redcoats paddling upriver in a two-masted boat, reenacting a British attempt to lay siege to Machias. The redcoats will be met by a crowd of armed patriots, including Will Neptune, whose ninth great-grandfather, Chief Joseph Neptune, took the famous ‘long shot’ that killed a British soldier and turned the British running away from Machias, again. 

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Artisan baskets, handmade at the hardware store

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Michael Hoyt’s earliest efforts at teaching himself basketmaking stand by the door of the Machias Hardware Co., ready for incoming shoppers. Those small traditional baskets are just the right size for holding bags of the many spices that fill one wall of the store his family has owned and operated on Main Street in Machias since 1951.

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Construction cancels October’s Blackfly Ball

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Beehive Design Collective has announced that they will not be able to host their annual Blackfly Ball, previously scheduled for Oct. 6, due to major construction work in Bad Little Falls park in Machias. 

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Harrington grad honored with Red Sox Service Scholarship at Fenway Park

 River Fenton of Harrington was recognized as a recipient of the Maine Red Sox Service Scholarship during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Minnesota Twins game on Sunday, July 29. The program awarded students from public high schools across Maine with $1,000 scholarships towards their college education based on academic performance, financial aid eligibility, and demonstrated community service.

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