Downeasters rally Facebook to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A local Facebook page connected two strangers who wanted to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and from that connection grew a plan that spread across Washington County. Their combined efforts will culminate in a truckload of supplies bound for Texas this week. Southeastern Texas was struck with Hurricane Harvey on August 29. The flooding is extensive.

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Poliquin launches Veterans Advisory Panel

 

Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has launched the Veteran Advisory Panel, a new body consisting of Maine Veterans that will assist the Congressman in more effectively hearing from and conveying the interests of Veterans across Maine’s 2nd District to Congress.

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Beehive brings BAR boxcar to Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Online shopping sometimes takes a funny turn. Just when you’re ready to checkout, savvy websites bombard you with product suggestions chosen just for you, and those suggestions are often uncanny.  

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Editors Desk

One of my favorite authors is fond of saying that September is the other January. Even if you’re not going back to school, there’s something about September that feels like a fresh beginning. I’m looking forward to the change of the season.

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30th Annual Salmon Festival offers fine food, music, and more

 

by Lura Jackson

What began as a simple way to celebrate one of the major fishing industries in the Passamaquoddy region has evolved into a major foodie event featuring fine dining, local music, arts and crafts, and more. The 30th annual Salmon Festival in Eastport promises to wow its attendees with its artisanal theme and a wide range of new and returning offerings during the two days of events on Sept. 2-3.

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Machiasport’s Gates House to host 34th Annual Lobster Lunch Aug. 26

Machiasport Historical Society will be serving their 34th Annual Lobster Lunch, Saturday, Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m., behind the Gates House by the river.  Bucks Harbor’s best lobsters and Carolyn Johnson’s famous fish chowder will be served along with corn on the cob, salad, rolls, blueberry cake and beverages. Proceeds from this key fundraiser will go to maintain the two museum buildings & their collections. (344 Port Rd (Rt 92)) 255-8461, 255-8860 or 271-0682. 

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Community Calendar for August 23, 2017

Upcoming events

SEQUELA at Faith UMC, Columbia on August 25 at 7 p.m.  All welcome.  Lots of singing and Worship.

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 INTERNITY will be holding a Benefit Lobster Dinner and Chinese Auction on August 26 at the East Machias Fire Department to help raise money for Veterans Programs in Washington County.  Tickets are available at the MBACC office, the East Machias Town Office, Archibald’s, the American Legion, and Bold Coast Cannabis; or people can call 546-1405 to buy pre-buy tickets.

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Court News

July 1-July 31, 2017

Burton G. Poole, of Calais, Maine: criminal mischief on October 2, 2015 in Calais. DISP

Jeffrey Morrison, of Eastport, Maine: 1-Arson, 2-Arson, 3-Criminal Conspiracy, 4-Theft by Insurance Deception on April 26, 2014 in Perry, Maine. DISP

Scott MacNichol of Perry, Maine: 1-Arson, 2-Arson, 3-Criminal Conspiracy on April 26, 2014 in Perry, Maine. DISP

Timothy Edward Watkins, of Harrington, Maine: Harassment by Telephone on February 5, 2016 in Harrington. DISE

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Grieving Camron

Our communities showed their colors last week in remembrance of Camron Roberts, 18, who lost his life in a car accident on Monday, Aug. 7. Thousands of white and yellow balloons, chosen to represent healing and remembrance, were seen tethered across Washington County in a show of support for Camron’s family.  Photo by Bill Kitchen 

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Machias adopts food sovereignty, gives Blueberry Festival green lights

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At a special town meeting held last Wednesday, Aug. 9, Machias residents voted 8-1 to adopt a local food sovereignty ordinance. 

The ordinance makes it legal for home food producers to sell direct to consumers without government licensing or inspection. Machias Selectman Bill Kitchen said that the board moved quickly to adopt the ordinance in order to allow local producers to capture as much of the summer harvest and tourist seasons as possible.

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