Governor Mills directs flags lowered immediately in honor of Virginia Beach victims

In accordance with a directive from the President, Governor Janet Mills directed that the United States and State of Maine flags be flown at half-staff statewide immediately until sunset on Tuesday, June 4, in honor of the victims of a Friday shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia and issued the following statement: "Maine grieves with Virginia for the lives lost Friday in a devastating, senseless act of violence," said Governor Mills.

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12 Machias voters adopt $5.3M school budget

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Twelve Machias voters attended the town meeting held Tuesday, May 28, and approved a 2019/20 school budget of $5,302,588.68, an increase of $161,964.43, or 3.13 percent, over last year’s budget.

In the coming year, $2,090,708.57 in revenue will be contributed toward that budget via state subsidy, and $1,301,838.00 is projected in revenue from tuition students.

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What to expect at the Annual Machias Town Meeting June 12

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

This year’s edition of the Town of Machias Annual Report begins with a dedication to Warren Gay, Machias Board of Selectmen Chairman who died last year. The report speaks of Gay fondly, and recalls his 13 years of service on the board. “He could often be seen socializing on official business at the town office, riding his scooter through town, or working on vehicles for friends, family, or even strangers.”

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Congressman Jared Golden visits Washington County Democrats

 

by Nancy Beal

Maine 2nd Congressional District Representative Jared Golden was the featured speaker at the Washington County Democrats’ Norman Nelson Dinner in Machias May 18. The dinner was held to present the group’s community service award (it went to Fred and Linda Gralenski of Pembroke), and Golden echoed the theme of the evening in his remarks.

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Search continues for former Princeton resident

 

by Jayna Smith

Police in Massachusetts are searching for a former Princeton, Maine woman.  Jacqueline “Jackie” Coutinho, age 53, was last seen on the morning of Wednesday, May 15 in Hinsdale, Massachusetts.  She had been spending time there with her sister for the last month.

Coutinho is described as a white female, approximately 5’ 6”, 130 pounds, with blonde and gray hair.  She was last seen wearing a purple and red sweater, blue jeans, and white sneakers.

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Veterans’ emergency financial assistance available

The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services (MBVS) is pleased to announce that the American Legion and Easterseals Maine will be points of contact for distribution of Veterans’ Emergency Financial Assistance (VEFA), which is the result of the passage of LD 1736 in the 128th Maine State Legislature, a bill that was originally sponsored by Representative Louis Luchini of Ellsworth and Representative Bradlee Farrin of Norridgewock.

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Farm tidbits

 

by Wayne Smith

My father started dairy farming at his house in Jonesboro with about nine cows back in the 50s. He used stainless steel machines and put the milk in milk cans, and he had a cooler with water in it so that the milk wouldn't curdle. Every day, Shoppe’s Dairy in Machias would pick up the milk and bottle it over there. When he went in the service for two years, my grandfather and grandmother milked the cows. Every night, my grandmother washed the dishes.

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Castlebay returns to Jonesport’s PML Music Series

 

By Nancy Beal

Maine vocalists and musicians Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have been weaving the musical heritage of New England and Celtic lands since 1987 and, as Castlebay, they are a familiar duo in Jonesport. On Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m., they will bring their distinctive Celtic flair back to the Peabody Memorial Library’s summer series Music in the Library for the series’ opening concert of the season and Castlebay’s ninth appearance since the series began.

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Candidate Jackson celebrates history, bright future of Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Jim Jackson wants to serve the town of Machias as a selectman, so he’s running for office again.

“I wanted it the first time and I didn’t get, but that’s no reason to stop and just give up,” said Jackson, who ran in the Feb. 26 election and lost by two votes to Glenn Davis, who was elected in February to finish a term ending in June. Davis announced he would not run again shortly after taking office.

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Blueberry power struggles to take center stage at field day

by Ruth Leubecker

As the wild blueberry industry continues to combat a severe economic downturn, a recent bill for expanding and diversifying the Wild Blueberry Commission offers hope for change.

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Out and about in Columbia

One more week and school will be out for the summer break. I know the kids are looking forward to having some fun this summer. Hopefully, they will be busy and not too bored. I am looking forward to doing some fun things myself and going places.

Carroll and I were in Ellsworth on Tuesday for his appointment; it was a quick trip but we did enjoy a meal at Governor’s before returning home.

On Thursday I met up with Nancy Pike and her mother Jeannette Smith at 44 Degrees North Restaurant in Milbridge for a nice meal. A pleasant way to spend an evening with great company.

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John H. Ahlin and Norman Nelson scholarships awarded

The John H. Ahlin Scholarship and Norman Nelson Scholarship have been awarded to four graduating high school seniors from Washington Academy in East Machias. The John H. Ahlin Scholarship, each in the amount of $500, has been awarded to Devyn Seeley and Donald Soctomah. The Norman Nelson Scholarship, also in the amount of $500 each, has been awarded to Cole Avery and Josiah Brown.

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‘Beyond Acadia’ charts beauty of Washington County’s Bold Coast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Becky Bard used to attend the Margaretta Days Festival each year with her small children, but this year she’ll be at the festival tending something altogether different — her husband’s first book, which is also the very first guide book ever written exclusively about Washington County.

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Moosabec teachers, school board approach new contract agreement

 

by Nancy Beal

The Moose-A-Bec Teachers Association (MTA) and the Union 103 school board (which oversees matters pertaining to all three schools in Jonesport and Beals) have been in contracts talks for over a year. Negotiating teams from each side have been through various levels of discussions — all unsuccessful — including a three-person fact-finding panel whose recommendations, delivered last month, favored the teachers but were rejected by the school board. Last week, it appeared that the two sides were approaching a compromise.

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Artist to presidents, Princess Diana, at home in Jonesboro

by Ruth Leubecker

Yogi Morgan is a woman of many talents, contradictions and surprises.

She was born 68 years ago in Louisville, Kentucky, though her family never lived there. Years ago she left her home in Presque Isle to accidentally find her life’s work in Chicago. She lived in more than 50 places before settling in Jonesboro, Maine.

And the list goes on. Hers has been a peripatetic life, with an astounding number of experiences integrated into the entire process. Understandably, her parents did not name their infant daughter Yogi …

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Margaretta Days Festival brings history to life in Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

This weekend Machias will celebrate its Revolutionary War history in a way no other town in the nation can.

“What a treasure we have here. So many of our historic reenactors, as well as many of the Wabanaki reenactors, are direct descendants of the actual heroes!” said Carlene Holmes. “Where else can you find such a historical reenactment? Williamsburg or Gettysburg, Plymouth?”

No.

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Countywide crime spree ends in arrest

 

by Jayna Smith

A day that included three structure fires, a home invasion and auto theft started early in Princeton on Sunday, June 9 and ended late the same day in Trenton after drawing multiple law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency dispatchers into its wake.

It all started at dawn when Princeton Fire Chief Tony Ramsdell said a call came in at 4:29 a.m. and “was dispatched as a double structure fire.” Six area fire departments responded to two early morning structure fires in Princeton.

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New owners invite you to linger at Whole Life Natural Market

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When Patti Sansing opened Whole Life Natural Market in 2003 it checked two boxes for her: it allowed Sansing and her family to move closer to their extended family, and it allowed her to share her knowledge of natural healing through the store’s products.

“I was studying to be a holistic nutritionist, but my family is from here so we used to come here all the time for vacations,” said Sansing. When the previous owner put the store up for sale, Sansing and her husband purchased it and moved to Machias.

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Machias River General Store plans to sweeten up a Main Street favorite

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Three generations of the Hoyt family owned and operated the Machias Hardware Co., the shopping centerpiece of Main Street, Machias. Now, two new families will continue in their tradition when they reopen as the Machias River General Store.

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Expressions builds on 76 years of tradition in Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It was hot that June, more than 75 years ago. A young woman was about to graduate from Machias Memorial High School, so she and her two sisters made the long drive to Ellsworth for celebratory flowers. By the time they arrived back in Machias, all of their flowers were wilted. Having no other florist nearby, they asked their parents for help.

“Mr. and Mrs. Parlin had beautiful gardens, so they went to them and asked them if they could have some for graduation,” said Rhonda Reynolds.

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Farm tidbits, part two

 

by Wayne Smith

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Jackson elected to Machias Board of Selectmen

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 

Jim Jackson was elected to the Machias Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, June 11 with 50 votes. Jackson was the only candidate on the Machias ballot, having completed the town's election paperwork earlier in the spring. Both Ed Pellon and Bruce Smith ran write-in campaigns for the position. Pellon received 29 votes and Smith received 25 votes.

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Calais toddler burned in campfire

 

The Maine State Police have released the following statement.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says an 18-month-old Calais boy was seriously burned Wednesday, June 12,  when a flammable liquid was poured on a campfire.   Wyatt Chandler is being treated for burns to 60% of his body at Mass General in Boston.

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