Teen leadership program receives $1,000 from the Down East Community Hospital

On June 4, Down East Community Hospital President and CEO Steve Lail presented a $1,000 check to Healthy Acadia’s 2019 DownEast Teen Leadership Camp (DETLC) program. This generous gift doubles the hospital’s 2018 camp contribution and makes a big statement about the value that Down East Community Hospital places on DETLC.

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Music fills the air at 4th Annual Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival July 19-20

 

Mark your calendars! The Fourth Annual Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival will take place in Machias, July 19-20 at 94 Main Street and including Middle River Park. This event is presented by Pat’s Pizza in Machias and the Machias Rotary Club in order to provide family fun, educational and community spirit events that showcase our region. Come join us!

This festival will include an Easter Egg Hunt, Music, Kites, Drone Flying, Machias Valley Airport Fly-In, Huge Kid's area, Touch Tank, Laser Tag and much more!

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MVNO artist featured at Henry D. Moore Library

Steuben artist Bob Bryson will be the featured artist for July at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben.  His show will be available for viewing during library hours. Bryson will be showing a variety of his work which will include acrylics, pastels, watercolor pencils, pen and ink, mixed media, and woodcuts. Subject matter includes portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still life, and more.  Much of his artwork is inspired by people, places, and things in Down East Maine.

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Puppeteers to perform in Addison July 20

 

The Friends of the Church on the Hill are thankful for those who have attended their events so far this summer. Future ones include Frog Mountain Puppeteers with The Legend of the Banana Kid. The Puppeteers will perform at the Church Hill Community Center in Addison on July 20 at 6 p.m. There will be ice cream available at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center for those who arrive early.

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Machias selectboard talks speeding, stoplights and a new meeting space

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A Machias business employee contacted the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and requested a stoplight installation in the area of Water Street, Main Street and Colonial Way. Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien said the town’s earlier removal of a crosswalk from the Crane Building across Route 1 to the Shell station was the driving force behind the request.

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Special session predicted for controversial bond package

by Ruth Leubecker

From broadband to blueberries, from sexual identity to property taxes, it was a wide range of subject matter that marked a lively finale to the 129th Maine Legislature.
“Both blueberry fills passed, and broadband passed,” said Rep. Bob Alley last week. The lobsterman from Beals gained no small amount of notoriety when he recently made the front page of the Press Herald. “I just said who’s going to pay for these migrants? Nobody has answered me, but you know who’s going to pay. You and me.”

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Machias parts ways with Police Chief Dwelley

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien has confirmed that Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley is no longer employed by the town of Machias, effective Friday, June 28.
Therrien said only that it is a town personnel matter and therefore she is unable to comment, but the town will now begin the search for a new police chief.

Dwelley said he would not comment "on the termination," but that he has consulted an attorney.

"There's a protocol by which I can follow up and appeal and that's what I'm doing," said Dwelley.

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Bucks Harbor buoy journeys to County Cork, Ireland

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

David Cale was watching the evening news from his home in Machiasport when the sight of a buoy caught his attention. It was a large lobster balloon, and it had landed in County Cork, Ireland.

“I just happened to catch it, and heard ‘Bucks Harbor’ and ‘Lobster Mobster,’” said Cale. “I had to call them out of curiosity, because I knew Craig wouldn't.”

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The life and times of Edward K. Browne

 

by Nancy Lebo

Renowned local veteran Edward K. Browne turned 100 years old last week, and was celebrated at the Machias Veterans’ Home where he lives today. Last fall, Nancy Lebo sat down with her friend Ed and wrote this essay documenting his experiences in WWII.

This is the life of Edward K. Browne, WW II veteran who was captured and held in a German prison camp for 10 months.

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Area Fourth of July Celebrations

Machias: A parade featuring local floats, six Shriner units driving miniature lobster boats, 4x4s, cars, and go-karts, the Annan Temple marching band, historical reenactors, WWII veteran and Grand Marshal Mac McKean, and Civil Air Patrol cadets. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at Machias Memorial High School and proceeds down Court Street to Free Street to Colonial Way and Main Street, ending at the Varney Agency past Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 1. Fireworks will be set off from Middle River Park at dusk, viewable from either side of the Machias dike or anywhere downtown.

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Out and about in Columbia

 

by Ronie Strout

 

Konner Strout of Addison, our grandson, launched his lobster boat, River Rodent, on Monday, June 24 in the afternoon. We were excited as well as his parents Zac and Tiffany and his aunt Michelle that this had finally come about. We wish him the best of luck in his new adventure for a twelve-year-old.

 

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North America’s premier Celtic event with Tartan Terrors in Calais

Calais Celtic Concerts is very excited to present a show with plenty of bagpipes, kilts, step and Highland dancing, fiddles, singing, and high energy driving Celtic Music as we present the Tartan Terrors at the Calais High School, 34 Blue Devil Dr., Calais, ME., on Sunday July 14th. Showtime is at 7 p.m. EST, the doors will open at 6 p.m. EST. This isn't just a concert, it's a full-fledged show!

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Roosevelt Campobello International Park unveils ‘Roosevelt Park Radio Hour’

Roosevelt Campobello International Park is announcing a brand new program entitled “The Roosevelt Park Radio Hour”, part of a series of evening events which will take place in July, August, and September 2019.

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Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival needs volunteers

Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, sex and state of mind. It goes without saying that a number of organizations and corporations would be negatively impacted it there were no volunteers. Just think about schools, hospitals, Scouting and many others that simply couldn’t function without volunteers.

Think about the Bold Coast Sea and Sky Festival which is going on its fourth year, growing each year from approximately 400 in 2016 to well over a 1,000 in 2018. The participating crowd is expected to reach 1,300 this year, 2019.

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Celtic fiddler to perform at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library July 14

 

by Nancy Beal

Music lovers in the Moosabec area will get a chance to hear some fiddle music when the Peabody Memorial Library presents Gus LaCasse in the second summer concert of its Music in the Library series July 14. LaCasse’s repertoire includes selections from the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions, and he will share the innovative spirit of that music in both standards of the genre and original material.

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Great horned owls

 

by Hazel Stark

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Recovery coaches, new rules big factors in state’s opioid downturn

by Ruth Leubecker

Reversing the escalating trend of the opioid epidemic in Maine has been a primary official goal since Gov. Janet Mills took office.

“There is now great hope for recovery,” Gordon Smith, the state’s first director of opioid response, said last week. “Washington County has always had the highest fatality rate from overdose, but this is a very complex problem that takes a very comprehensive solution.”

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Rare West Quoddy Light keeper documents surface

 

by Timothy Harrison

A number of extremely rare documents pertaining to Eugene C. Ingalls, who served as an assistant lighthouse keeper at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse from 1907 to 1912, that were found in the rafters of Maine’s Monhegan Island Lighthouse were recently donated to the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association.

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Moosabec area school news

by Nancy Beal

The three school boards that govern the two elementary schools and the joint high school in the Beals/Jonesport area held meetings following the school budget votes during the week of June 17.

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The hero behind the USS Dunham

 

by Jayna Smith

One of the highlights of the Eastport’s Fourth of July festivities is the Navy ship that arrives just in time for the celebration, a time-honored Eastport tradition dating back to 1905. This year there almost wasn’t a ship, but some last-minute finagling led to the timely arrival of the USS Jason Dunham, an Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer in the United States Navy.

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Archeological research at UMM gets a boost from anonymous donor

 

Machias, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias has received a gift of $12,500 from an anonymous donor that will help fund continuing efforts to research, record and archive petroglyph sites on Machias Bay, head of campus Andy Egan has announced.

Machias Bay is home to one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs on the Atlantic coast of North America, according to archeologists. The ancient images were pecked into tidal rocks by the Passamaquoddy people as many as 3,000 years ago and depict animals, humans and shamanic rituals.

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Quilts from the heart for hospice

 

by Lynda Duplissea

At their June business meeting, St. Croix International Quilters presented over 40 quilts to the representatives of the area’s Hospice Care providers. Barbara Barnett and Cathy Jackson were on hand to accept the gifts of comfort.

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Out and about in Columbia

 

by Ronie Strout

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Former Machias police chief strikes deal with town

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 

Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien issued a statement on Friday, July 12, addressing a change in the town’s arrangement with recently-fired Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley.

“Prior to the board making a decision regarding Mr. Dwelley’s grievance, Mr. Dwelley and the town agreed to characterize Mr. Dwelley’s separation as a resignation instead of a termination and to provide Mr. Dwelley with severance pay recognizing his years of service to the town.”

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The Nature of Phenology: Pickerelweed blooming

 

by Joseph Horn

In July, beauty abounds in farmers’ fields far and wide. In the vast rolling hills of Northern Maine, the potato blossoms extend from horizon to horizon in an array of white, pink, and purple beneath the expanse of our very own New England Big Sky Country.

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MMHS pitcher named to state all-star team

 

“Watching him play was fun, especially when he was in one of his grooves, striking out every batter he would face,” said Coach Whitney. Albert was the only Washington County athlete chosen for the honor, designed to recognize students for their athletic ability and achievements, and the only athlete in MMHS history to receive the honor, too. Photos courtesy Heidi Look

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Downeast fishermen, governor speak out against right whale regulations

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

With a total population hovering around 400 individuals, the North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered species on the planet. Six right whales have been found dead in the past month alone and tensions are rising as government officials strategize to reduce mankind's impact on the species. However, Maine lobstermen say the federal government’s pending regulations to save the whales are an exercise in futility for Mainers, because the whales are not dying in Maine waters.

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Sea & Sky festival a fun, family-friendly extravaganza

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Though a relative newcomer to the Downeast festival season, the Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival already feels like an event that has found its stride. Presented by Pat’s Pizza and the Machias Rotary Club, the event has grown each year as more area businesses and clubs have raised their hands to chip in dollars and volunteers.

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Marijuana, parks and committees top selectboard agenda in Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Wednesday, July 10, the Machias Board of Selectmen held their bi-monthly meeting in the Machias Telebusiness Center for the first time, a location change made in order to offer more space for meeting attendees. The board members each utilized their new Apple iPads, which will store essential documents the group needs to review.

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Forever young

 

by Wayne Smith

Father Tony Mullaney, of Harrington, is 89 years old. He recently celebrated his 63rd year of being in the priesthood. The celebration took place at St. Michael’s Church in Cherryfield. Coffee, snacks, and of course were a cake available for refreshments. The church members came together and this is what they had to say about Fr. Tony after church.

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Tenor, oboe, piano trio featured in Machias Bay Chamber Concert’s July 23 event

 

A program of mostly French music will be performed by a trio of artists on Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias.  This is the third concert in a series of four in celebration of Machias Bay Chamber Concert’s 50th anniversary season.  A special visitor at this concert will be Tom Wolf who founded the series with his brother Andrew Wolf all those fifty years ago.

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Poetry on the move at Porter Memorial Library

On Friday, June 28, the Porter Poets bid hail and farewell to the group's founding member, Gerald W. George, who is relocating to Maine's midcoast with his wife, Carol Maryan George. For the past four years, Jerry has led monthly meetings of the Porter Poets at Porter Memorial Library, sharing his own poems and unique understanding of the written word while guiding and encouraging the muse in others.

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Could adult use marijuana bring sales tax revenue to Machias?

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A bill carried over until the second year of the 129th legislature could offer towns a way to profit from the sale and cultivation of marijuana in their towns. LD 335, “An Act To Require the State To Distribute 12 Percent of Adult Use Marijuana Retail Sales and Excise Tax Revenue to Generating Municipalities” passed the House by a vote of 88 to 54 before adjournment on June 20.

The bill was originally written to return 25 percent to generating municipalities, but was amended down to 12 percent by the appropriations committee.

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Walls TV and Appliance celebrates its 50-year journey as a family business

 

by Ruth Leubecker

Observing a half-century of hard work and perseverance, Walls TV and Appliance has emerged as a beacon of endurance, the epitome of a community success story.

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UMM Head of Campus resigns

 

 Andrew Egan, vice president for academic affairs and head of campus at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM), has announced his intention to step down, effective Aug. 15.

Egan joined UMM, a regional campus of the University of Maine, on Aug. 13, 2018. 

Daniel Qualls, associate professor of education, will serve as interim vice president for academic affairs and head of campus. Qualls joined the UMM community in 2008 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

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