Rural initiative places Maine’s 2nd national cemetery in Jonesboro

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A process begun in 2015 will culminate next year when a new national cemetery opens alongside Route 1 in Jonesboro. The new veterans cemetery will be only the second of its kind in Maine, after Togus National Cemetery in Kennebec County. Togus has been closed to new veteran interments since the 1960s.     

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DECH opts for new ED service

by Ruth Leubecker

Although several vendors were considered in the selection process, Down East Community Hospital recently settled on Envision Physician Services to provide Emergency Department services.

“After an in-depth review and discussion, Envision best met our needs and requirements,” said Steve Lail, hospital CEO. “The decision to change service providers will keep the same access to service, but be more financially sustainable over time.”

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Machias veterinarian’s license issues persist

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At its regular monthly meeting held in Augusta last week, the state Board of Veterinary Medicine took up the matter of Dr. Cynthia Teer, whose license to practice veterinary medicine has been suspended for most of the last 20 months. Teer is the sole veterinarian at the Machias Animal Hospital, and also the only veterinarian in Machias.

According to one meeting attendee, Dr. Teer arrived at the Sept. 25 meeting after it had begun, staying for only a few moments before stepping out. She did not return.

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American Idol contestant David Francisco visits Machias Memorial High School

 

by McKenna Harriman

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, American Idol contestant and spinal cord injury survivor David Francisco paid a visit to Machias Memorial High School to tell his story. The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety and Choices Matter sponsored his visit, which included activities for students to participate in after Francisco’s talk.

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Civil Air Patrol at home at Machias airport

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. you’ll see lights on in the old terminal at Machias Valley Municipal Airport. That’s because it’s now the permanent home of the ME075 Machias Valley Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), an organization that has been introducing Washington County youth to the joys of aviation for more than 30 years.

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Music alive and well in Columbia Falls

 

by Wayne Smith

People don’t have to go to Bangor or further to see a good show anymore. The old saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.” The Balsam Valley Amphitheater, carved out of the backwoods of Columbia Falls, has served up concerts since early 2010 on a silver platter. It’s a place where veterans and active service members get into the concerts for nothing, a way Wreaths Across America can pay it back.

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Wesley News

by Camille Hawkins

 

Jewel has a new job training a new mustang addition to their farm.  I will have to go out and get a look-see.

Karen has been working on her woodpile and also starting to move into the remodeled house.

I also worked all day Monday on my wood supply. I worked with the wood splitter and also put a few loads in under cover. I think we slept good that night.

Linda and I cleaned up from bear camp and got everything packed up for next year.

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Out and About in Columbia

 

by Ronie Strout

 

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Calais Celtic Concerts presents The Trials of Cato

 

Calais Celtic Concerts will present the hottest group in folk music out of Wales this year. The Trials of Cato will perform at a special show on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at The Calais High School. The group has won the 2019 Best Emerging Artist Award, at the Wales Folk Award ceremony this year and is up for two more BBC Awards this November. They are only in the states for a short, two-week stint, as they continue with their world tour.  

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University of Maine at Machias and Downeast Salmon Federation sign partnership agreement

 The University of Maine at Machias and the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 2 that formalized the growing partnership between the two organizations.

“Partnering with DSF both broadens and strengthens the STEM programs that the university can offer students,” said Daniel Qualls, head of campus at UMM. “We can get our students out in the field doing real science.”

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Palliative care focus of 12th Wash. Co. Cancer Conference

 

by Nancy Beal

Palliative care, a medical specialty that focuses on improving the quality of life for those with serious illnesses, was the subject of the twelfth annual Washington County Cancer Conference held in Machias on October 4. According to the definition presented by conference speakers, palliative care “emphasizes pain and symptom management, counseling for patients and families, support for patients making decisions about their treatment and goals of care, and care coordination.”

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Celebrating 5 years of an Olympian vision of women’s leadership

 

by Ruth Leubecker

When Sen. Olympia Snowe retired from the Senate, stating that she could no longer function amidst such dysfunction, many Americans debated her leavetaking and the loss of her presence.

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In Machias, Child and Family Director Landry talks abuse prevention and mental health

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Maine newcomer Dr. Todd Landry has weathered the transition from southern summers to northern winters before. His 20-plus year career working with children and families has taken him in and out of Texas several times, including two years spent as the head of Nebraska’s Division of Children and Family Services.

“A few folks have asked, ‘Are you sure about winters in Maine?’’ said Landry. “But my wife and I joke that we know the first winter is usually the hardest, then it gets better after that.”

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Women’s worldwide motorcycle relay starts US leg in Calais

 

by Kaileigh Deacon

When most people think of bikers, people who ride motorcycles, they think of middle-aged white men, but while that may be the perception it is not in fact the reality. For years the number of women riders has been steadily growing but motorcycle companies have yet to catch up with the shifting trends.

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57th Annual International Scout Camporee draws crowds Downeast

 

by Peter Duston

Scouting proved alive and well at the 57th International Camporee held at Cobscook State Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, when 130 scouts and leaders from the United States and Canada gathered, camped, played, and demonstrated outdoor skills under the open skies of Downeast Maine.

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University of Maine at Machias and Downeast Salmon Federation sign partnership agreement

 

The University of Maine at Machias and the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 2 that formalized the growing partnership between the two organizations.

“Partnering with DSF both broadens and strengthens the STEM programs that the university can offer students,” said Daniel Qualls, head of campus at UMM. “We can get our students out in the field doing real science.”

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Steuben’s own animal farm

 

by Wayne Smith

Ida McGee and her husband David have had a farm in Steuben for 13 years. This is a story of devotion and love for a dream. After they retired, they bought a farm. Maybe they didn’t know what they were getting themselves into. Every day is a new adventure; just getting up in the morning can be a chore. It’s a story about grinding things out from one day to the next. Every day is different. Every day can bring challenges. Every day is new and unique. And I kind of got an idea of what that was like when I sat down and talked to Ida McGee.

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Dennysville pastor publishes new book

 

The Rev. Dr. Alan Andraeas of Holy Trinity Chapel, Dennysville, holds a new copy of Sacred House in his hands. “The feeling is hard to describe when you see something with your name on the cover,” he explains. “It has been a long time in the making and it’s so good to see it in its final version.”

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Retired school teacher is latest inductee to University of Maine at Machias Clipper Hall of Fame

 

The University of Maine at Machias Clipper Athletics Hall of Fame hosted its annual induction ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 5, in conjunction with the university’s homecoming festivities.

Mike Merritt, a graduate of the UMM class of 1971, is the newest member of the Clipper Hall of Fame. Inductees are nominated for their athletic achievements and for positively representing the university after graduation, and are voted on by a committee.

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Hungry seniors struggle as safety net frays for many

by Ruth Leubecker

Maine’s food-insecure elderly have more than doubled in number since 2010.

Even more ominous, as the baby boomer generation hovers in the wings, by 2025 when the youngest of that generation reaches 60, the number of food-insecure seniors is projected to increase by 50 percent.

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Machias talks riverwalk, live streams and water wheels

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias Board of Selectmen Chairman Joshua Rolfe opened last week’s bi-monthly meeting by calling to open bids for a new school stove. Town manager Christina Therrien’s response moved the meeting quickly onto item number two.

“There were no bids received,” she said.

Dr. Mark Brown returned to the board to offer a suggestion for how the town can generate electricity to light downtown public areas, especially Bad Little Falls Park, while adding historic character to the Machias riverfront.

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Eastport Council approves airport grant

by Kaileigh Deacon

The Eastport City Council met on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to consider and vote on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant of $5.2 million. The matter was before the council at the previous meeting, but with a councilor missing the vote was tied at 2-2, thus sending the matter back before the council.

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Machiasport Fire Department has new truck, seeks new firefighters, too

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

For the fourth time in almost 25 years, Mike Burke of Northern Fire Equipment handed a set of keys over to the Machiasport Fire Department.

“When was the first time we bought a truck from you?” asked Machiasport Selectman and Firefighter Mike Hinerman.

“It was 1995,” said Burke, who made the delivery from his company’s headquarters in Watertown, New York.

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VA names Jonesboro cemetery ‘Acadia National Cemetery’

 

 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the name Acadia National Cemetery for the new national cemetery in Jonesboro.

"We are pleased to expand burial service to veterans and their families in Maine," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "This cemetery will help us reach veterans in rural parts of the state who have not previously had reasonable access to a national or state cemetery."

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Out and About in Columbia

 

by Ronie Strout

On Sunday, October 6th I ventured forth to Ellsworth early in the morning to take the Chainsaw Safety Course at the Great Maine Lumberjack Show on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton, taught by Timber Tina and Michelle M. Braley. Ten ladies were there to take this course, and we learned a lot. We learned how to take the saw apart and take the chain off and put it back on, we learned how to sharpen the chain and to make sure it was tight enough and not loose.

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Wedding bells on Columbus Day

by Wayne Smith

It was 56 years ago this week that my parents got married. It was a cool autumn day when the leaves were slowly blowing off the trees. The trees turned into all different colors: yellow, orange and red. Hunting season was right around the corner. The World Series was viewed on most television sets- for the ones that had television. All the radios crackled in stores, houses and barbershops.

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Library art show to feature Downeast photographers

 

The Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport will host a Down East Photography Group (DEPG) photo exhibition that will run during the month of October.

The Down East Photography Group was founded by a half dozen local photographers interested in creating a supportive environment for sharing knowledge and networking for all photographers, regardless of skill level and experience.

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