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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The Siege of Machias – August 1777

There are several surviving accounts of the events that took place in Machias during August of 1777 when the British returned with orders “To Destroy the Hotbed of Rebels.” This in retaliation of the capture of the armed vessel Margaretta in June 1775 and several other grievances they perceived of the settlers of Machias. The following account was written in his journal by Colonial John Allan.

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Columbia

by Ronie Strout

I am on the road again.  This time I am traveling to Boston on the bus and then flying to Minnesota with my daughter Diadem and her family on Monday, August 6th for a two-week visit with my grandchildren Oliver and Gavin Strout and their mother Molly Strout.  My son Zebadiah will not be home as he is still in China on a ship. The cousins, Asa, Mabel, Oliver and Gavin have gotten to know each other this week. 

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Wesley

by Camille Hawkins

The Grand Lake Stream Festival the weekend of the 28th and 29th of July was a blast.  I had a great time meeting new friends and seeing old friends that came to the festival.

Sandy and Steve Copel-Parsons from Little Seavey Lake in Wesley were our neighbors in their booth, The Sleeping Dog Studio. They kept people laughing and talking by wearing a dog head mask at times. They even had a golden retriever barking at the dog head when it was sitting on a table. What fun even though it was very hot.  Lots of people had fans in their booths.

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Are you a resident, parent, or property owner in Machias?

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The Maine Island Trail motors up the Bold Coast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Most Downeasters know of the Sunrise Trail that cuts a 90-mile path through our woods and along our rivers. But fewer know that America’s first water trail passes right by our doorstep, too, offering boaters a way to explore the length of Maine by island-hopping its coast. 

National Geographic Adventure named the Maine Island Trail one of America’s “50 Best Adventures” and Outside Magazine called it “America’s best sea kayaking trail,” though it isn’t just for kayaks. 

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