1. Coronavirus: schools, hospital prepare to respond

    by Jayna Smith

    Concerns about the new coronavirus outbreak have risen in the U.S., even more so since 21 U.S. deaths have been reported. Stocks have plummeted as the virus has disrupted logistics networks, driven down tourism and air traffic, and canceled major events across the globe. Prices of commodities like oil and industrial metals have also taken a major plunge. Because China is a major supplier of ingredients for medicines, if the epidemic persists, prescription drugs could face shortages, according to the World Health Organization.  

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  2. New book details history of Steuben’s National Wildlife Refuge

    Today, everyone is familiar with Bar Harbor’s success as a thriving community and popular tourist destination. Less well known is the fact that, in 1896, the Petit Manan Land Company tried to create the same kind of successful community across the bay in Steuben.

    The company invested money into building roads, a clubhouse, casino, steamboat dock, icehouse, lumber shed, a boarding house and cottages. Over the next 60 years, plans were filed by numerous individuals and companies who tried unsuccessfully to sell the nearly 1,300 cottage lots and build hotels and other amenities.

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  3. Memories from Cherryfield

    by Wayne Smith

    I would like to share with you some memories about the town of Cherryfield, a town that once was a logging town, a town that once had more than one store, a town that once had a fair with all the laughter and excitement like the Blue Hill Fair. Cherryfield also had stock car racing. Pull up a chair and let's go for a ride into some of my memories of Cherryfield.

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  4. Richard Olivares to Coach WA Varsity Baseball

    Washington Academy announces Assistant Head of School Richard Olivares will coach varsity baseball for the 2020 season. Mr. Olivares states, “My goals at Washington Academy are to put a baseball team on the field that will compete with integrity and be a team the school and its community are proud of. I encourage all Washington Academy students interested in playing baseball to sign up in the WA main office.”

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  5. Wash. Co. Democrats vote with the state, mostly

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Though the Maine Department of the Secretary of State is still validating election results, it appears Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden won last week’s state primary with 34.3 percent of the statewide vote, narrowly edging out Bernie Sanders who received 32.8 percent. Both candidates took home nine Maine delegates, and both held the same positions with Downeast voters. Biden also won in Washington County — 1,054 votes to Sanders’ 851.

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  6. The Nature of Phenology: Chipmunks

    by Hazel Stark

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  7. Jonesport to consider appointed assessors, treasurer/clerk/tax collector

    by Nancy Beal

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  8. Runner-up Bulldogs ‘upbeat’ after loss, setting sights on next year

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    It wasn’t the outcome they’d hoped for, but coach Jim Getchell said the Machias Memorial High School boys’ varsity basketball team is looking ahead after losing the Class D state championship game in Augusta on Saturday, Feb. 29.

    “They love to win, and everyone loves to win, but when you think about the fact that you’re second place in the whole state of Maine, a lot of teams would like to be there,” said Getchell.

    Machias lost 69-53 to defending state champions Forest Hills High School, located in Jackman.

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  9. Storm claims two Moosabec boats: fishermen, bridge crew raise them

    by Nancy Beal

    The storm that blew into Downeast Maine last Thursday brought enough southeast wind to cause two boats to founder near the Beals-Jonesport Co-op. Alan Crowley’s Amanda May filled and sank on the hook, while Preston Alley’s dragger, Bossy Lady, dragged her mooring onto the east side of the granite approach to the Beals-Jonesport bridge.

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  10. 3 brothers and the story that brought them together

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Few stories contain as much far-reaching emotion and interaction as the brothers Eaton of Lubec.

    Richard Eaton, more well-known as Dickie, is 68. He taught school in Lubec for 16 years, then accounting and business management in Camden for many more years. Today he runs Eaton Enterprises and does income taxes at home in Lubec. However, he splits his time between Maine and California, living part-time in Lubec.

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  11. Machias selectboard talks police department move

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Board of Selectmen last week took up the question of what to do with the telebusiness center, a semi-vacant property owned by the town.

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  12. New Machias cell tower will host first responder network

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A nationwide network proposed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will soon be operational Downeast.  

    Last week, Rising Tide Towers completed the construction of a Machias cell tower which will provide first responder communications coverage via FirstNet, a network proposed by the federal 9/11 Commission and endorsed by Congress in 2012.

    FirstNet Principal Consultant Bruce Fitzgerald said the network is designed to give communications from first responders “priority and preemption.”

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  13. Rep. Tuell’s First Responders Day signed into law

    by Jayna Smith

    On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Gov. Mills signed into law LD 1908, An Act to Establish First Responders Day on September 11.  First Responders Day will recognize the daily contributions made by all first responders.  

    Gov. Mills said, “First responders demonstrated remarkable courage and saved countless lives on September 11th.  It is only fitting that we pay tribute to their service and sacrifice in this way as we honor the anniversary of September 11th.”

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  14. Out and About in Columbia

    I had to make a trip to my eye doctor on Monday the 24th for my sixth-month checkup. That entailed a couple of eye scans and everything is okay for now. Just praying that it will continue to be alright.

    Debra Burris joined me on Monday in Ellsworth. We did some browsing and picked up a couple of items while we were there. We had brunch at the Riverside Cafe before we returned home. It definitely was a good day out and about.

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  15. Irish group Realta to perform in Calais

    Just in time to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Calais Celtic Concerts will present the award-winning group from the Ulster city of Belfast Ireland, Realta, at the Calais High School this Sunday, March 8 at 6 p.m. U.S./ 7 p.m. Canadian time. The doors will open at 5 p.m.

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  16. The last berry of winter: sumac

    by Joseph Horn

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  17. MDEA arrests four in Wash. Co. heroin bust

    The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says four people have been charged with selling heroin in Washington County.

    Arrested and charged with Class B, Unlawful Trafficking in Heroin were; Ashley Doten (32) of Indian Township - Bail set at $25,000.00; Ralph Francis (27) of Indian Township - Bail set at $25,000.00; Marcus Horry (35) of Logan, West Virginia. Bail set at $50,000.00; and Raymond Neptune (29) of Indian Township - Bail set at $25,000.00.

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  18. Hometown rolls out heroes welcome for Machias Bulldog basketball champions

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Wailing sirens and bellowing horns could be heard for miles when a motorcade escorted the Machias Memorial High School boys’ varsity basketball team into town as the newly-crowned 2020 Class D North Champions. The parade route proceeded down Main Street to East Machias before turning to deliver the team to campus, where a reception had been prepared in their honor.

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  19. Democratic presidential primary March 3; caucuses March 8

    by Nancy Beal

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  20. Opioid crisis climbs following recent decline

    by Ruth Leubecker

    After years of inching upward, Maine’s overdose deaths slipped downward in 2018, and positive thoughts emerged, intent on implementing a plan to keep the numbers down.

    But the pendulum appears to have reversed to an upward direction, with the state reporting that 277 people lost their lives to drug overdose fatalities in the first nine months of 2019.  

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  21. Fire claims Machiasport’s Superior Shellfish

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    No cause has been determined for the fire that burned Superior Shellfish on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 20. The seafood wholesale business is located on the Kennebec Road. According to Machiasport firefighter Mike Hinerman, the building was fully engulfed in flames by the time the first fire truck arrived.

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  22. Jonesport, Columbia Falls reject PRSWDD withdrawal offer

    by Nancy Beal

    At their February 19 meeting, Jonesport selectmen agreed to a draft email proposed by their Bangor attorney, Kate Grossman, to be sent to Portland attorney, Robert Stevens, who represents the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD). The draft was the response that Jonesport and Columbia Falls would send to the district following the district’s response to the towns’ withdrawal proposal. For nearly a year, Jonesport and Columbia Falls have been in the process of leaving PRSWDD and Grossman has been representing them together.

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  23. Out and About in Columbia

    by Ronie Strout

     

    This past week during February school vacation I was in Boston visiting with my daughter and her family. The temperature there was a lot warmer than back in Addison but it still was cold.

    During the vacation week, my grandson Asa got to go to Camp Sayre Boy Scout Day Camp in Milton, Massachusetts. After we picked him up in the afternoons, he and Mabel enjoyed doing other activities before we went to bed.

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  24. Irish HighTime to play Calais Celtic Concerts Feb. 29

    Calais Celtic Concerts is very excited to bring back the multi-award-winning new group, from Connemara Ireland, HighTime, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Park St., Calais, on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m. US/ 7 p.m. Canadian time. The doors will open at 5 p.m. EST.

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  25. WA players to compete at Maine One-Act Drama Festival

    Spring and the Arts. Once again Washington Academy theater students are in rehearsal. Following their highly successful fall production of Peter & Hans Bloedel’s adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the players are now preparing a one-act play for competition in the Maine Principals’ Association sponsored Maine One-Act Drama Festival which will be held on March 6-7. The WA Players will be among nine schools participating in the Downeast Regional site which is hosted by Mount Desert Island High School.

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  26. A year with Sam

    by Phil Stuart

    I first met Sam Lewis when we were freshmen at Southern New Hampshire University. Sam played on the varsity basketball team while I was a member of the freshman team. A year later we stayed in the same dormitory and played intramural softball on opposing teams.

    Sam was a native of Cromwell, Connecticut and was a better than average ballplayer for the Penmen of SNHU.

    After graduating in 1970 we went our separate ways, and although we weren't really close, it was assumed that probably our chances of meeting again were slim and none.

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  27. The Nature of Phenology: Partridges in winter

    by Joseph Horn

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  28. 25 years apart, two Machias Bulldogs join to research cures for MS, hearing loss

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Even before she met him, Catherine Luce knew she would find common ground with her chief medical officer because he, too, was from Maine. Luce is a senior scientist at Frequency Therapeutics in Woburn, Massachusetts and a Machias Bulldog, Class of 1996.

    “Everyone had been talking about him being a blueberry farmer and said that he was from Maine, so we figured we would have something in common,” said Luce. “Then, lo and behold, we were both born and raised in Machias.”

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  29. Jonesport fish farmers hold workshop on recirculating water system

    by Nancy Beal

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  30. Voters adopt five articles in 10 minutes at town meeting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A lack of controversial agenda items might explain how five Machias selectboard members outnumbered the voters who turned up for a special town meeting held Feb. 12 at the Lee Pellon Center.

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  31. History in the making: She’s 95 years and still counting

    by Ruth Leubeker

    Like a vintage wine — or a fine antique automobile, Amy Graham sees a few good years ahead.

    Party day is March 7. It’s a celebration of her 95th birthday that may have started out as a surprise, but like many elderly, she now is totally on top of it. That’s from 1-4 p.m. at the Jacksonville United Methodist Church, and everyone’s invited.

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  32. Machias vet fined for unlicensed practice

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Dr. Cynthia Teer of the Machias Animal Hospital has been found in contempt of court and fined $10,000 for practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

    Teer’s license was suspended by the state in Jan. 2018, and revoked in Oct. 2019 following a September hearing of the Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine. Six pages of court documents from the Jan. 21 hearing held in Kennebec Superior Court list the state’s evidence, including prior disciplinary action against Teer in 2014.  

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  33. Listening for right whales in the Gulf of Maine

    Two passive acoustic data collection efforts are underway in the Gulf of Maine to gather information on North Atlantic right whales. One will deploy fixed archival-acoustic recorders mounted on the ocean bottom for a specific period of time. The other will use autonomous underwater vehicles called gliders, equipped to record acoustic information and report it back in near real-time.

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  34. Hit me with your best shot: Jonesport-Beals basketball

    by Wayne Smith

    The second part of the story of the Jonesport-Beals Royals basketball team features senior Kaiden Crowley, the point guard, and senior Ryan Alley, a guard/forward, as they talk about what it takes to be a basketball player for the Royals. They discussed what it takes to be on top and how they might want it to end, the stories of success in the past, and what kinds of things make this team special.

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  35. LCOC: Working together for each other

    The Lubec Community Outreach Center (LCOC) has started off the new year with a bang! The end of the year festivities that included the veteran/senior meal, which was attended by over 120 community members, and the monthly meal, which served over 195 community members, didn’t slow down this volunteer-based organization.

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  36. “Bear, Coyote, Raven” reading coming to Machias

    by Natalie Boomer

    Poet Jason Grundstrom-Whitney, will be reading from his book, “Bear, Coyote, Raven”, at the University of Maine at Machias on Thursday, March 12 at 4 p.m.

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  37. Golden-crowned Kinglets

    by Joseph Horn

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  38. Youth center effort draws supporters

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A meeting at the East Machias Municipal Building last month drew together enthusiastic individuals and groups who all want the same thing — a local youth recreation center. Co-organizer Liz Henry said she was impressed by the array of talented people in attendance.

    “I think we couldn’t have asked for a better group,” said Henry. “It takes a village to raise a child, and that's how I see this project, it’ll take everybody.”

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  39. PRSWDD, Jonesport, Columbia Falls at odds over withdrawal agreement

    by Nancy Beal

    At the February 5 selectmen’s meeting in Jonesport, Harry Fish reported to his colleagues the latest development in their town’s year-long effort to withdraw from the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD). In addition to being a selectman, Fish is Jonesport’s representative to PRSWDD’s board of directors, and he was clearly displeased as he delivered the news from the town’s attorney to his colleagues that carried price tag nearly five times what Jonesport had anticipated.

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  40. Recycling changes at PRSWDD explained

    by Tanya Rucosky

    Residents in municipalities served by the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) have embarked on a new, counter-intuitive approach to recycling.

    “You put it all in the trash?” asked incredulous Addison resident Theresa Williams.

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  41. Few details emerge in wake of triple homicide

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Thomas Bonfanti of Northfield was charged with murder on Monday, Feb. 3, after a 30-minute shooting rampage that left two men and one woman dead and another woman critically injured. The shootings took place at three different locations in Machias and Jonesboro.

    Bonfanti was arrested at the American Legion Post #9 on Court Street in Machias.

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  42. Groups offer reassurance, support in wake of local tragedies

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After a string of shootings rocked central Washington County on Monday, Feb. 3, the Community Caring Collaborative (CCC) quickly assembled a Community Response Debriefing event along with the support of AMHC. The event was held on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Machias, and invitations were issued far and wide via Facebook and email.

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  43. Machias to vote on spending, ordinance amendments at special town meeting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias residents will vote on six articles at a special town meeting to be held Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Lee Pellon Center.
    At a public hearing held Jan. 29, the board reviewed the articles and took questions from the eight Machias residents in attendance.

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  44. Local documentary to air on Maine Public Television

    When the Chevy Breaks (How Small Towns Fix Big Problems) tells a collection of stories ranging from Machias taking on the world’s most powerful navy (on a Sunday after church) to an amputee father waiting for his son to return from Afghanistan so they can hike up Mt. Katahdin together. All these stories of overcoming obstacles, big and small, are set against the spectacle of Downeast Coastal Maine including Eastport, Jonesport, Machias and way out west Kingfield — a parade of persistent people you’ll only meet here.

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  45. Feeding corn to deer could be fatal

    by Kaileigh Deacon

    As the ground freezes and snow starts to fall, the appearance of animals becomes more of a rare sight, and when people get a chance to see them they get excited. Oftentimes that excitement leads to people leaving food out for the animals, feeling they are helping.

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