1. The sound of summer's end

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  2. Annual Passamaquoddy ancestral canoe trip marks start of 54th Ceremonial Indian Day at Sipayik

     

    by Dominic Gayton

    On August 8, members of the Passamaquoddy tribe embarked on a two-day canoe trip from Indian Township to Pleasant Point to mark the beginning of the 54th Ceremonial Indian Day.

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  3. Pirates to invade Lubec, Machias militia to the rescue!

     

    by Heather Henry-Tenan

    Labor Day weekend is typically a stressful time for Lubeckers. It is when the local’s “Ayuh” is replaced with a defensive Lubec “Arghhhh.” Every year tourists and locals join forces to defend the tiny coastal community of Lubec from northern Eastport  "pirates" invading by sea, land, and air.

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  4. Special parish fundraising events planned in coming weeks

     

    Like many first-time visitors before him, Fr. Philip Clement quickly felt a special connection to the Machias area and the benevolent individuals and families of St. Peter the Fisherman Parish.

    “It’s a true delight,” said Fr. Philip Clement, who was appointed administrator of the parish (Holy Name Church, Machias; Sacred Heart Church, Lubec; St. Michael Church, Cherryfield; service to this parish also includes St. Timothy Church in Campobello, New Brunswick) in July of 2018. “Not only have I come to know it, but I’ve also come to love it.”

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  5. The Nature of Phenology: Goldenrod

     

    by Hazel Stark

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  6. Region buzzing with preparations for 44th Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival

     

     by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    While enthusiastic spectators counted backwards from 10, a giant blueberry descended from the steeple of Centre Street Congregational Church on Sunday, Aug. 11 signifying the official start to the 44th Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. Festival planners Ellen Farnsworth and Nancy Lewis said they were banking on one critical thing for this year’s festivities.

    “It won’t be raining,” said Farnsworth.

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  7. Unique lighthouses unveil special talents in Milbridge

    by Ruth Leubecker

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  8. PRSWDD requests guaranteed tonnage reduction from MRC

     

    by Nancy Beal

    By formal letter following the July 19 meeting between the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) board of directors and representatives from the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) (see July 24, 2019 MVNO), PRSWDD asked MRC to reduce the annual tonnage that it agreed to send to MRC’s designated disposal site. PRSWDD’s current required tonnage is 500 tons, and because of the expected departure of Jonesport and Columbia Falls, which together generate 199 tons, PRSWDD directors want its obligation reduced to 300 tons.

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  9. Waterspout adds note of adventure to local sailing camp

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    It was Gianna Hall’s and Helen Racherla-Mace’s first day at sailing camp when a rare waterspout kicked up on Indian Lake in Whiting. The two girls were out for a sail with their instructor, Scott Fraser, on Monday, Aug. 5 when Fraser noticed the increase in wind speed that often accompanies a wind shift. Then, their sailboat capsized. It was a clear, sunny day.

    “I just saw a little puff coming across the lake, and next thing you knew we were heeled up really hard,” said Fraser. “We ended up in the water very quickly.”

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  10. State director of Opioid Response: ‘We want to help Washington County”

     

    by Jayna Smith

    On Monday, July 29, Downeast Recovery Support Centers in Calais and Machias were visited by Gordon Smith, Director of Opioid Response for the State of Maine, and Ronald Springle, M.D., a board member of the Maine Association of Recovery Residences. Senator Marianne Moore was also in attendance at the Calais site, along with representatives from other area agencies and people from the recovery community.

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  11. Hinerman elected Machiasport Selectman

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machiasport held elections on Tuesday, Aug. 6 to fill a vacancy on its three-member Board of Selectmen and to elect a representative to the school board.

    Of the 144 votes cast, Hinerman received 62, candidate Bob Mercer received 56, and candidate Jim Clark received 26. Ninety people cast a vote for Rose Williams, who ran unopposed for the open seat on the school board.

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  12. From Machias to Fenway and back again

    A tour bus full of Downeast Red Sox fans attended the Aug. 10 game between the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The trip was organized by the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce with lots of help from Dean McGuire of McGuire Seasonal Services, who scouted the tickets and hotel accommodations. MBCC Executive Director Sharon Mack said the event is less about raising money and more about the chamber creating offerings for its community. “Our hotel was across the street from Fenway, you couldn’t get any closer than we were,” said Mack.

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  13. Milbridge Days at a glance

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  14. Out and about in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

    Fifteen residents turned out to the selectmen’s meeting on August 5. The selectmen accepted the minutes of the July 22 meeting and also voted to close the office in the afternoon on August 8 for staff training.

    Update on the road work was given by the road commissioner Marcus Norton; he is still waiting for tax money or money from surplus to get started on the work that needs to be done.

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  15. Mary Potterton Memorial Concerts present An Evening of Jazz Piano and An Evening of Celtic Music

     

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  16. The Nature of Phenology: Sawyer beetles

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  17. Sew Fetch Dog Co. draws dog lovers to Machias with Main Street expansion

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Caissie Roberts doesn’t like to loll about, so when she was confined to bed for eight weeks during her pregnancy, she knew she would have to find something to do, or else go crazy.

    “Before [our son] Lincoln was born, our kids were Mia and Wyatt, our dogs,” said Roberts. “So I just started making them some collars out of sheer boredom.” Roberts started sewing brightly-colored dog collars featuring whimsical designs, many related to life on the Maine Coast.

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  18. Former Moosabec educator still walking cross-country for vets

    by Nancy Beal

    Two-and-a-half months into his coast-to-coast trek to raise awareness of homeless veterans’ issues (see MVNO, June 5, 2019), William Shuttleworth is ahead of schedule. The former Union 103 (Jonesport and Beals) superintendent began his journey May 15 at his home in Newburyport, Massachusetts with a big send-off from well-wishers, and set off on his “10 Million Steps for Vets,” as he calls his campaign, with his wife accompanying him for the first leg.

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  19. Medicare device fraud invades scam calls market

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Using telemarketing and hard-sell tactics, phone call solicitation has increased with medical device fraud lately heading the list Downeast.

    These calls are trying to sell such things as back, knee, shoulder or wrist braces. Hundreds of thousands of such calls nationally leave the elderly and disabled especially vulnerable. In rural Maine where often this population lives alone, if not isolated and in pain, solicitors find a ready market.

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  20. Passamaquoddy petroglyphs exhibit displayed at Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais

     

    by Natalie Boomer

    Petroglyphs have been added to the Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais. These petroglyphs commemorate the arrival of Champlain on Saint Croix Island.

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  21. 46th Annual International Homecoming Festival brings five days of fun to border

    by Jayna Smith

    The 46th Annual International Homecoming Festival, a celebration of friendship between Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, is set to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 7 and run through Sunday, Aug. 11.

    Many events for all ages are held on both sides of the border during the five-day festival, beginning with the “Hands Across the Border” Opening Ceremony on Wednesday. The Ferry Point Bridge to Canada is closed during this event, allowing many from both sides to meet in the middle where the countries’ two flags will be hung.

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  22. SSC presents at Machias Rotary

     

    Marci Gaglione, publicity chair for the Sunrise Senior College, gave a passionate talk on SSC to the Machias Rotary Club on Tuesday, July 30. She explained that SSC had its beginnings at a June 2002 dinner presentation made to a group of interested Washington County residents. By the end of the evening a steering committee had been formed with the full support of John Joseph, the president of UMM. SSC has continued to flourish as an all-volunteer organization ever since.

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  23. Local businesswoman follows her passion, one sticker at a time

     

    by Kaileigh Deacon

    A lot of people will spend hours browsing online shopping sites or visiting brick-and-mortar stores to find that perfect item they are looking for, whether for a gift or for themselves. Meredith Dow took another approach to this — she took the things she wanted and said, “I can do that.”

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  24. ‘When the Chevy Breaks’ features local stories, local filmmakers Aug. 15

     

    Filmmaker and teacher Alan Kryszak worked with his University of Maine at Machias students to write, direct and produce When The Chevy Breaks (How Small Towns Fix Big Problems).

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  25. EAC concert series features Resinosa Ensemble, Mira Gill

     

    The Eastport Arts Center’s popular summer concert series continues on Aug. 16 with the Resinosa Ensemble, including Joëlle Morris, mezzo-Soprano, Eliza Meyer, cello and Bridget Convey, piano. A reception with refreshments courtesy of Sweetie’s Dog-O-Rama will follow the concert.

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  26. The Nature of Phenology: Seed dispersal

     

    by Hazel Stark

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  27. Machiasport votes to fill vacant selectman seat Aug. 6

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The names of three candidates will be on a Machiasport ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 6, when voters will vote to fill one vacancy on the Machiasport Board of Selectmen. Selectman Jeff Henderson has resigned, and the newly elected selectman will serve a three-year term, beginning immediately after the election.

    Jim Clark, Mike Hinerman and Bob Mercer are running for the position. We asked each candidate the same questions, and present their answers here to inform your vote.

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  28. Speeding, sidewalks and police chief vacancy top Machias board agenda

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Board of Selectmen met at the Machias Telebusiness Center on Wednesday, July 24 for their regular bi-monthly meeting. The board recently relocated their meetings to the center from the Machias Town Office, in order to have more room for meeting attendees. The agenda covered a wide range of subjects and all five board members were in attendance, in addition to the town manager, board secretary and seven audience members.

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  29. Aging expert cites Downeast as critical area for elderly isolation

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Describing an epidemic of loneliness in Maine, a state expert is advocating that rural communities need to get creative in addressing the burgeoning elderly demographic.

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  30. Jonesport considers Good Citizen Award

    by Nancy Beal

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  31. DOT work on Machias dike to affect vendors, traffic beginning August 6

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In preparation for a scheduled replacement of the Machias dike in 2021, the Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting work for 11 business days beginning Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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  32. Sprague speaks at Machias Rotary

     

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  33. Indian patriots of the American Revolution

     

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  34. Robin: the most beautiful girl in the world

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  35. Eastport to host Maine State Chili Championship

     

    by Jayna Smith

    A chili cooking contest is planned for Saturday, August 10, in downtown Eastport. This won’t be just any chili contest, however; it is the CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) Maine State Chili Championship.

    Competitive chili cook Jenny Windsor and her husband Jack, fairly new residents of Alexander, attended a small chili cookoff in Calais last fall. It was that event that inspired Jenny to organize this competition that raises funds for local charities.

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  36. Artist to offer watercolor courses in Roque Bluffs

     

    Ellie Carbone, born in Munich, Germany, is a gifted and recognized watercolorist. Her professional background is that of a medical illustrator. While developing her watercolor techniques over the past 27 years, she has studied with famous watercolor masters such as John Pike, Ron Ransom, Judie Wagner, Tony Van Hasselt, and Tony Couch and has participated in many art shows.

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  37. Oral rabies vaccine for wildlife distributed in northeast Maine

     

    Oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits will be distributed in northeastern Maine beginning on or about Aug 3 - 7 as part of ongoing, cooperative rabies control efforts aimed at reducing the incidence of raccoon rabies. The distribution of ORV baits has occurred annually since 2003.

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  38. University, Tuell address 'false' Facebook rumor alleging refugee housing in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A public Facebook post made by University of Maine at Machias (UMM) employee Vincent Reed on Tuesday, July 23 alleged that UMM is considering approving housing for refugee families on campus, without soliciting community input. The post was shared nearly 200 times within 15 hours. 

    "Do not let this be forced on Washington county.. This. if it does happen will happen quickly," wrote Reed.

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  39. Tuell updates Machias Rotary on high points of 129th legislative session

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Weighing in on Maine’s newest governor, the future of the Bucks Harbor prison and a few broken promises, Rep. Will Tuell last week provided the Machias Rotary with a  firsthand update on Maine’s 129th legislative session.

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  40. The mechanic of Machiasport

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  41. Youth step up to the plate for local food and farming

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Laid along a kitchen counter there are trays of freshly-assembled English muffin pizzas waiting for the oven. Some are piled high with vegetables, some bear only cheese, and all are the creation of Narraguagus students taking part in the Teen Ag Summer Program, a Healthy Acadia camp for teens. Last week the students met daily to learn about gardening, local food systems, and to build a garden of their own at their school.

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  42. PRSWDD, MRC begin negotiations

    by Nancy Beal

    Officials of the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) traveled to Addison July 19 for a special meeting with the directors of the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD), following a demand for such a meeting in a letter penned by MRC Vice President Tony Smith June 28 (see MVNO, July 17, 2019). The face-off resulted from a months-long developing disagreement on process following the announcement and subsequent town votes by Jonesport and Columbia Falls to withdraw from the six-town waste disposal district.

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  43. Port and Starboard Yacht Club seeks sailors for August 10 regatta in Jonesport’s Chandler Bay

    by Nancy Beal

    The Port and Starboard Yacht Club has been holding sailing regattas in Jonesport’s Chandler Bay for half a century. The 2019 event will take place Saturday, August 10 and the organizers are hoping to lure some out-of-town boats to swell the ranks of the racers.

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  44. Moosabeckeers explore reviving, redirecting closed nursing home

    by Nancy Beal

    The Arnold Memorial Medical Center, which now owns the shuttered Sunrise Care Facility (formerly Resthaven Nursing Home) in Jonesport, held a public gathering last week to begin steps to explore the possibilities of its rebirth and redirection. Down East Community Hospital, the former owner, donated the building to the medical society following its closure last August, and tossed in $20,000 toward its rebirth. The AMMS already operates the town’s medical clinic on the road to the schools.

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  45. The love of a dog

     

    by Wayne Smith

    Albert Walker, 73, of Milbridge has a dog named Susie. This story is about the love of a dog. Readers might want to get a kleenex to wipe their tears with or you might get a chuckle out of it.

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