Wayward sunset

Legendary rock band Kansas performed last weekend at the Balsam Valley Amphitheatre in Cherryfield. The concert capped off a weekend of patriotic events sponsored by Wreaths Across America. Photo by Bill Kitchen.

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Ashby sets Washington County record

by Phil Stuart

Eastport native Robert Ashby of Brunswick set a Washington County record for most wins at any one road race as he won the 47th Annual Charles E. Davis Memorial Perry to Eastport 7-mile road race for the twelfth time, breaking Cindy Hatch’s record of 11 wins at the Cutler Harbor 5k. Three days later, Hatch would equal Ashby’s 12 wins as she won the Cutler event for the twelfth time.

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Barren View senior Golf on Wednesdays

The team of Peter Berry, Gary Derickson, Lynn Bjornson, and Paul Rudd were winners this past week at the Barren View Golf Course weekly senior scramble held on Wednesday mornings. Congratulations winners!

 

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Action shots of lady knights at UMM league

Emma Redimarker leads a break in summer high school league action at UMM.

Penetration inside by Lady Knight guard Lanie Perry.

With two defenders on her, Kaci Alley makes a nice dish pass to a teammate.

 

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EAC workshops include music, percussion, and collages

The Eastport Arts Center’s Summer Workshop Series, which runs through August 22, will feature a double-header of offerings on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Patricia and Noel Brennan, professional musicians from Brooklyn, NY, will take turns leading musical workshops, with Music from Mexico for Children first from 1-2 p.m.

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Downeast calendar with a romantic twist

Producing “The Way Downeast Calendar” is a year round pursuit. New locations are needed to showcase Downeast Maine in all seasons. It also means making tough choices when selecting only 12 photos from thousands, in order to depict the months of the year.

But the couple who produce this calendar, Brenda and Alan Jepson of South Addison, had no difficulty selecting a photo of a beach in South Addison for the month of August in their newest calendar.

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Machias Bay Chamber presents classical music performance

On Tuesday, August 8 at 7 p.m. the Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present a concert featuring classical bass trombonist Dan Barrett and pianist Laura Artesani, both members of the Music Faculty at the University of Maine in Orono (UMO). Their program will include compositions by Egberto Gismonti, Daniel Schnyder, and additional works by contemporary composers.

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Anime drawing classes offered at Axiom

Axiom Education & Training Center in Machias will offer two Anime Drawing Classes with Mary Marble beginning Saturday, August 5 and running through September 2, with a beginners’ class in the morning from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and an advanced afternoon class from 1:30-3 p.m. 

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Eastport Pirate Festival announces lineup for 2017

The Eastport Pirate Festival committee has announced that the easternmost city in the USA will once again host the largest Pirate Festival in Northern New England and Atlantic Canada. Starting the Friday after Labor Day and continuing through Sunday, your favorite pirate characters will once again descend on Eastport for a weekend of swashbuckling fun.

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Community Calendar August 2, 2017

Upcoming events

Public Pot Luck Supper 5 p.m. Aug. 5,  Elm Street School, East Machias. 50/50 raffle to benefit the Jacksonville Cemetery Association New Fence Project. If you would like to make a donation or cook a dish please contact Nate Pennell 254-8230 or Anne Pennell at 255-8496.

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Quoddy League remembered

by Phil Stuart

The Quoddy Baseball League in Washington County is just a memory. now but years ago it was a major part of many Downeasters’ lives. Men’s baseball hasn’t been very active Downeast for over three decades, and it is doubtful that it will ever return due to the lack of interest at the high school level.

In the 1950s, the Quoddy League might have been at it’s best. For most of that decade the three most dominant teams were the Jonesport Jets, the Eastport Lobsters and the Dixie Eagles.

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Calais girls still undefeated

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) High School girls and boys summer basketball league is winding down and the Calais girls are undefeated at 5-0. The rest of the field includes Woodland 3-2, Shead 4-3, Jonesport-Beals 2-5, Sumner 7-5 and East Grand 0-7.

On July 5, girls’ varsity action saw Woodland defeat Jonesport-Beals 34-18. Calais crushed Sumner 59-21 and Narraguagus get by Shead 48-34.

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The Maine “Coywolf” Ploy

by  V. Paul Reynolds

As former Maine deer biologist Gerry Lavigne reported recently in the SAM News, there has been a flurry of media coverage purporting that Maine’s Eastern coyote is getting larger and taking on more wolf-like characteristics. On TV, Bill Green’s Outdoors featured a segment and the Portland Press Herald carried a story by Diedre Fleming.

Is it true? Is our coyote, which started showing up in the 1940s, evolving into a new canid, one that is worthy of the new, catchy name, Coywolf?

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Land Transfers by Deed July 14 through July 27, 2017

John D. Curtis, Trustee under the John D. Curtis Revocable Trust of Maitland, Florida to Christopher Curtis of Boulder, Colorado certain real property together with any improvements thereon located at Roque Bluffs described in a deed from Trustees of Edith Willy Family Trust

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Barbara Colbeth Huntley - Bucks Harbor

Barbara Colbeth Huntley, age 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior and her heavenly family on July 25, 2017. She was born April 4, 1929, at home in Bucks Harbor, daughter of the late Leland C. Colbeth and Jeanette (Hooper) Colbeth.  She was a graduate of Washington Academy and was very proud that she attained the distinction of being Valedictorian of her class. After graduation, she moved for a short period of time to Portland to work and then moved back home where she rekindled a friendship with the man who became her loving husband (Richard Clark Huntley) of 57 years.

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Frances Agnes Wyles - Nova Scotia

Wyles, Frances Agnes, age 90 of Digby, Nova Scotia passed away July 6, 2017 in Digby General Hospital. She was born in Lubec Maine, the youngest daughter of the late Howard and Theresa (Sullivan) Gardner. Frances attended the Halls Mills School and Washington Academy. She graduated from a High School in Connecticut as her parents went there to work for the war effort. She also graduated from Beauty school in Bangor.

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Robin Rier featured at Lubec Landmarks Gallery

The plein air landscapes of Maine artist Robin Rier will be featured at the Lubec Landmarks Mulholland Market Gallery from August 16-29. The opening reception, free and open to all, will be Saturday, August 19 from 5-7p.m. The Gallery is located on Water Street in Lubec.

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Painter to be featured at Steuben library

Linda Yaroch will be the August featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben.  

Yaroch was born in Chicago and started oil painting at the age of 12 in a small town in Southern New Jersey. She graduated from Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia. 

In 1976, she illustrated a book for the National Bicentennial Celebration in the city of Philadelphia. She also designed and constructed holiday interiors for the Rouse Corp. malls in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, illustrated children’s school textbooks, and worked with seniors in an art program.

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Grand screens “Contemporary Color”

See “Contemporary Color,” a documentary concert film combining high school color guards and today’s hottest musicians at The Grand in Ellsworth  on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. “Contemporary Color” is the next film in the CineGrand series of great recent movies, many of them unseen on any screen in the area. 

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Record number run one-miler

by Phil Stuart

The 4th Annual Dale C. Lincoln Kids One-Mile Fun Run held on July 3 in Eastport drew a record number of participants this year.

Sixty-two young runners finished the Lincoln One-Miler named in honor of Dale C. Lincoln of Perry, an early pioneer in Washington county running who also is in the Maine Running Hall of Fame.

Andrew Burke of Pembroke covered the course in 6:08 with Tabor Helton and Lulu Calame finishing second and 3rd in 6:19 and 6:58.

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Chandler Brothers Win Tourney

by Phil Stuart

The Chandler brothers of Jonesport won the annual Daughters of the Nile Golf Tourney at Barren View Country Club in Jonesboro on July 9, with a score of -11.

Orrin, Hedge and Roger, a trio of brothers, plus Jason Mawson, posted a one stroke victory over Elmer Wilcox, Duanne Smith, Scott Wilcox and Ralph Backman.

Third place went to Hawaiian vacation winner Nate Mugford, Zach Fenton, Josh Bassett and Jason Hixon with a -9.

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Tourney MVP UMFK Bound

by Phil Stuart

The 2017 Northern Maine Class D Boys Most Valuable Player, James Mersereau of Machias, is slated to take his talents 200 miles north to the St. John Valley this fall and play for Tom Bid’s University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals.

Mersereau, a talented and versatile athlete, is very athletic and very creative around the basket. He has tremendous jumping ability and his slam dunks brought the crowd to their feet on more than one occasion.

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Fulford announces bid for Congress

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Editor’s note: This article is the first in our series, Primer for the Primary, which will run periodically as candidates present themselves for Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial, congressional, Senate and state legislative elections. The series will showcase interviews with each candidate, and focus on their key campaign messages. 

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Looking at Maine’s new biennial budget

by Sen. Joyce Maker

The smoke is finally starting to clear following the chaos in Augusta that led to a brief government shutdown, and for many of us, summer is finally underway.

Simply put, disagreements over spending priorities for the state’s two-year budget, which needed to be signed by July 1, 2017—the beginning of the state’s fiscal year—is what led to the shutdown.

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The Editor’s Desk

This week marks the beginning of a new series we are calling “Primer for the Primary.” Although Maine’s primary elections are nearly one year away, candidates are already announcing their intentions, and traveling across the state campaigning.

November 2018 will present us with a lengthy ballot, as terms are ending for our governor, one senator, the 2nd congressional district representative, and many local politicians. Though most are running for reelection, the governor’s term will come to an end. We can expect to see a wide array of candidates for that position.

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Expressions to host local artist reception in Machias

Expressions Gallery & Studio, located at 11 Main Street in Machias will host a reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 11. The reception will honor three local artists: Kathleen Hart, Erik Ostensjo and Joanne Halpin. Food and drink will be provided and the reception will have live music by Duane Ingalls. This will be an opportunity to meet the artists, learn what has inspired their art, and what techniques they are using.

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Machiasport fires town clerk

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Town clerk Donna-Jean Metta was fired from her position during a special meeting of the Machiasport Selectboard last Monday, July 24.

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Machiasport celebrates return of Civil War cannon

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Last Saturday morning the town of Machiasport celebrated the return of a Civil War cannon with speeches, song, and cake. The cannon was returned to the Fort O’Brien historic site earlier in 2017. 

The 1862 bronze “Napoleon” cannon, so named for its widespread use during the Napoleonic wars, may or may not be original to the civil war-era Fort Machias, but according to the Machiasport Historical Society, was on site by the time of World War II.

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Battle of Machias to be remembered on 240th anniversary

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Local sea chantey expert Stephen Sanfilippo sang this historic ballad during last weekend’s celebration of the return of Machiasport’s Civil War cannon to Fort O’Brien last weekend. Sanfilippo resides in Pembroke.

The ballad recounts the events of the Battle of the Rim, also known as the Siege of Machias, which took place August 13 and 14, 1777. 

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Two arrested, charged with Cherryfield murder

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 State Police have confirmed that a man and woman from New York City were arrested in New York and charged in connection with the homicide discovered in Cherryfield last month.

 Being held on fugitive-from-justice charges are 37-year-old Carine Reeves and 19-year-old Quaneysha Greeley.  The two were arrested by New York City Police on 141st Street in the Laurelton section of Queens. They are being held without bail. 

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Street eagle

Amara Dorr’s feathers were not ruffled when she marched through Milbridge dressed as the American bald eagle last Saturday. Dorr marched as part of the Wyman’s of Maine parade float, on the streets last week as part of the town’s annual Milbridge Days celebration. Photo courtesy Richard Bondurant.

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Project HOPE to have two area locations

by Ruth Leubecker

Collaboration, long seen as a successful undertaking Downeast, will soon enter a new arena with Project HOPE, a law enforcement initiative aimed at tackling drug abuse.

“We copycatted the program from Scarborough, and we partner with Healthy Acadia,” explained Glenn Moshier, Ellsworth police chief. “Dottie Small, a detective with us, is currently working with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Hopefully, in the next two months there will be two starting up in Washington County.”

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New Dollar General set to open, intersection reroute under consideration

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Dollar General broke ground on its new Machias location last week. The store will be located on the corner of the Kennebec Road and Rte. 1, across from Tom’s Mini Mart, with an address of 206 Dublin Street, Machias.

Laura Somerville works as a spokesperson for the Tennessee-based chain. She said that the store plans to open its doors in late fall, but added that construction timelines could slip.

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Maine on the map & other standouts

by Ruth Leubecker

New England, that uniquely independent region of the USA, albeit frosty and rocky, can claim many firsts in the scheme of memorable events.

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Fulford applauds Collins on health care vote

Congressional candidate Jonathan Fulford released the following statement after last week’s Senate vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement.

“Today, one party voted to move forward with a process that would strip coverage and protections from tens of thousands of Mainers. Rather than moving towards covering everybody they are moving towards the bill Rep. Poliquin voted for which will decimate health care for seniors in Maine. I commend Sen. Collins for voting “no” and pledge to fight for health care for all.”

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Indivisible Maine group plans Mueller firing protests

Possible protests set for Machias, Eastport

As the nation speculates whether or not Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be fired, activists across the country are gearing up for a nationwide response.  Maine is no different. Local organizers are already making contingency plans for protests in Machias and Eastport.  Everyone participating in these events will be required to abide by all applicable laws and lawful orders of authorities. This event will be nonviolent and will not involve any civil disobedience or other violation of law.  

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Jonesport Annual Lobster Dinner

Jonesport Annual Lobster Dinner Aug. 5

Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church in Jonesport will be hosting its Annual Lobster Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 4 - 7 p.m. The menu will include a single lobster for $15 or double for $20, corn on the cob, cole slaw, a yeast roll and blueberry shortcake for dessert. 

All proceeds to benefit the steeple restoration fund. Hot dog dinners available for land lubbers, and mussels also available. The church is located at 28 Sawyer Square, Jonesport.

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Phil Alley 14-foot Cora donated to Jonesport Historical Society

by Nancy Beal

Phil Alley died at the age of 88 nearly 15 years ago, but those who knew him still speak of what a “good guy” he was. At the end of his life, he was known for the model boats that came out of his Jonesport workshop, but today a full-size vessel will be preserved, thanks to the generosity of two summer residents and the facilities at the Jonesport Historical Society.

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Columbia News

On July 23 Carroll and I took a ride out and about the area. I wanted to check out a couple of grave stones and see if I could get them cleaned up with the D 2 liquid that I got in the mail. I was able to do nine stones in the Columbia Cemetery before lunch. One stone I had a lot of moss on it, but was able to get it off quite easy with this stuff. Hopefully I will be able to do a few more before August is gone by.

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Whitneyville Library news

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay My, oh, my, what a wonderful day...Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way...Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay! Summer winds have brought beautiful days once again. The Friends of the Whitneyville Public

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Dennysville exhibition explores local connections

This summer’s exhibition at the Academy /Vestry Museum,  “Audubon: Down East to Labrador,” continues to welcome visitors on Saturday afternoons, from 1 to 4 p.m., and at other times by prior arrangement with Dennys River Historical Society. Call 726-3905 or email drhs@myfairpoint.net for a tour of this visually rich presentation of John James Audubon’s famous 1833 birding trip to Labrador, when he was accompanied by several young men from the Eastport, Dennysville and Lubec area.

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Wesley News

Linda and Ron’s garden is producing nicely. The cabbages are huge. Karen and Ruthie and family have been enjoying the greens and Linda has been enjoying green beans and potatoes. Linda has also been making all kinds of her goat milk lotions and soaps this week getting ready for Grand Lake Stream Festival this past weekend in July. I hope to spend at least Saturday with her there selling. Linda is a people person and a great friend.

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King Cosponsors Bill for military members seeking commercial driver’s licenses

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support for the Jobs for Our Heroes Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would exempt qualified active-duty military members and reservists from certain requirements to obtain a state commercial driver’s license (CDL) if they have the proper military experience.

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Machias’ Robish earns Master of Arts

Jennifer Robish of Machias has received her Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary

Education (K-8) from Western Governors University (WGU). 

The university held its 33rd semi-annual commencement ceremony at the Salt Palace

Convention Center in Salt Lake City on July 15 and celebrated the graduation of more than 10,000 graduates.

Robish said that she student taught at the Rose M. Gaffney School in Machias, and plans to teach 4th grade at the Beatrice Rafferty School in Perry thi s year.

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Food mobile in Machias Aug. 2

The Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine Food Mobile is free for anyone in need of food assistance.

It will be parked in Machias on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Pellon Center parking lot on Route 1 next to the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Station 1898.

Bring your own bags or boxes. Questions? Call Susie Maxwell 255-6665

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AARP issues Wi-Fi scam alert

Using public Wi-Fi puts you at risk of sharing personal information with criminals.  If you’re on free public Wi-Fi at the gym, a hotel or a coffee shop, anyone else on that same network can tap into the information you’re transferring over the network. This means any bad guy can see what you’re doing, leaving passwords, usernames, and account numbers vulnerable. Stick to browsing the web and checking news when on public Wi-Fi. Avoid online banking, checking email, making credit card purchases or even posting on Facebook while on public Wi-Fi.

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Secretary Dunlap reviewing Kobach’s second request for private data

The Maine Department of the Secretary of State received a second letter from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Wednesday, July 26, requesting voter data from the States for the use of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity at https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/07/13/presidential-advisory-commiss... . Kobach is the vice chairman of the commission, on which Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap also serves.

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Community Calendar August 9, 2017

Upcoming events

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Savory beef  church supper  - Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall (River Road, Cherryfield), August 9,. Dinner served at 5:30 - Doors open at 5:p.m..

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Vacation Bible School, August 7, 8, 9, 10 West Lubec Methodist Church, 9 a.m. – 11:15AM  Ages 4 – grade 8. Bible stories, snacks, crafts, rockin’ music, and Samaritan’s Purse mission. All welcome. FMI 733-2210

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Renowned organist to play in Perry

The Nash-Wolfe Concert, featuring renowned Down East organist Kevin Birch from Bangor, will be presented on the David Wallace organ at the Perry Congregational Church on Sunday, August 22 at 4 p.m.  Playing familiar hymns and classical pieces from the organ repertoire, Kevin is well known for his skill and ability in making fine music accessible to the public.  There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be received to help cover the costs of this special occasion.

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Mozart concert scheduled for Eastport’s North Church

Mozart at North Church is a full concert of music by Mozart performed by a quintet of experienced professional musicians and sponsored by the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA). The quintet will rehearse at TIMA’s 1819 North Church Project Space, 82 High Street, Eastport, throughout the week prior to the concert.

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Artist of the Week

 

by Jessica Griffin-Brown

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Plein air in Lubec

Robin Rier, plein air artist of Jonesport will be exhibiting her paintings at the Mulholland Market Gallery in Lubec,  Aug. 16 - 29. Opening reception Saturday, Aug. 19, 5-7 p.m. All are invited to see beautiful paintings and enjoy beautiful downtown Lubec. Photo courtesy Robin Rier.

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Bulldogs in Action at Summer UMM League

 

Andon Wood gets a step on a defender at UMM.

Alex Wentzell brings the fast break down the court for Machias.

Machias Bulldog Tyler Wentzell positions himself for the rebound.

 

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Great races in August

by Phil Stuart

Two of Washington County’s oldest road races will be held in the month of August.

Johnson’s True Value International Road Race, a 5-miler, will be held on August 12.

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Pisces propels Fishes to another sailing trophy

by Nancy Beal

The 2017 Port and Starboard Yacht Club sailing race in Jonesport’s Chandler Bay took place July 29. There were four entries this year. Perennial winner Harry Fish in his 20-foot Atlantic Class Pisces was challenged by three Cape Dory 25s: the Irene piloted by Bernie Sund, the Mimi with Dana DeVos at the helm, and the Harmony commanded by newcomers Joe and Nancy Bell of Beals.

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Machias High graduate prepares to teach in Japan

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Emily Morse of Machias was named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the fall semester ending in April 2017. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.71 or higher.

 Morse, the daughter of Catherine M. Morse of Machias, Maine, is a 2013 graduate of Machias Memorial High School (MMHS). She majored in East Asian studies at Bates, which is located in Lewiston and is internationally recognized as one of the “little ivy league” schools, renowned for its liberal arts program.

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Unique trail run experience along the Machias River this fall

 

An exciting, new trail run is coming to the area this fall. Hosted by Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC), the Bad Little Trail Run will be held on October 1 and the course will weave through the Machias River Preserve. This inaugural event celebrates the organization’s 30 years of conservation in Washington county and will introduce participants from across the region to the scenic beauty of the Machias River.

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Downeast Native American series to explore first contact Aug. 11

Pleasant River Historical Society is continuing its Summer Series concentrating on Native people who may have inhabited the Downeast area with Dr. Ed Jessiman, retired professor of Sociology at UMM, who will be speaking on the cultural distinctions between traditional Native cultures and those of the early Europeans’ and how both cultures changed on contact. This program will be held at Church on the Hill in Addison on Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m. All are welcome! The free program will be preceded by a brief business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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Update from the Addison Board

by Mary Thompson

The Addison Planning Board met on Wednesday, August  2 and issued the following permits:

#11-2017 to Betram Merchant at Map 4, Lot 24-1 at 378 Ridge Road to erect a 10’x24’ deck and bring in a 10’x55’ storage unit (trailer), both items already in place. No concrete pour on either. CEO has inspected and approved locations. All fees ($120 plus the after-the-fact fee) have been paid. Permit issued subject to no conditions. Vote 4/0.

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