1. Jasper Beach gets a fresh new look for spring


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    David Wood said he had been thinking about how to tidy up Jasper Beach since he was a Machiasport Selectman in the early 2000s. “We did a lot of projects in town, and [Doug Campbell] and I talked about doing this down there,” said Wood. “In the back of my mind I had a plan.”

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  2. Purple crocus in bloom

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  3. Dining with Diabetes Down East in Machias

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free, four-week Dining with Diabetes Down East series beginning Thursday, May 3, 3-5 p.m., at Ridgeview Apartments, 45 Ridgeview Circle, Machias. Remaining dates are May 10​, ​17 and 24.

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  4. A summer to remember with Sunrise Senior College

    Sea chantey singing, the exciting world of drones, “Eva Peron: Saint or Sinner?” and a study of Greek and Roman art are only a few of the one-day classes that will be presented by Sunrise Senior College this summer.

    Sunrise Senior College provides intellectual stimulation, practical knowledge, social interaction and fun to people 50 and older and their spouses or partners of any age.

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  5. Cherryfield ham supper set for May 9

    A public supper featuring ham and scalloped potatoes will take place on Wednesday, May 9 at the First Congregational Church of Cherryfield.  The dinner will be the first of a series of meals to be served monthly through October.

    Doors open at 5 p.m., supper served at 5:30 p.m. Reduced rates for children. The church address is River Road, Cherryfield.

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  6. Free educational support group offered in Machias

    Next Step Domestic Violence Project is offering a free six-week educational support group that will meet once a week with the purpose of exploring domestic violence in the context of a relationship. Topics will include: How community and cultural supports impacts families experience dv; effects on children, co-parenting with an abusive ex-partner, coping mechanisms, dating, new relationships, and effects of battering on the victim.

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  7. News of the Hannah Weston Chapter, DAR

    A meeting of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at the Burnham Tavern Museum in Machias. Members are invited to bring a sandwich, beverage and dessert will be provided. Special guests will be Kenneth and Joyce Getchell who will talk about the  “We Care Community Baby Care”.

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  8. News of the Hannah Weston Chapter, DAR

    A meeting of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at the Burnham Tavern Museum in Machias. Members are invited to bring a sandwich, beverage and dessert will be provided. Special guests will be Kenneth and Joyce Getchell who will talk about the  “We Care Community Baby Care”.

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  9. Registration open for Wesley’s Fun Run and 5k

    Wesley’s Fun Run and 5k will take place this year on Saturday, June 9 in East Machias. 

    Both events will feature prizes for first, second and third place female and male finishers. The 5k race will also feature a walker category.

    Register by May 20 and get a free race t-shirt! There will be a random prize drawing for all finishers.

    All Fun Run participants are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero  costume, children and adults, too!

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  10. Arise Annual Dinner and Dessert Auction set for May 5

    A dinner followed by a dessert auction to benefit Arise Addiction Recovery will be held on Saturday, May 5. 

    Donations for admission will benefit the Machias-based men’s residential recovery center. The event will be held at Elm Street School in East Machias from 5-7 p.m.

    We hope you will join us and consider making a dessert to be auctioned. Contact Jen and Wayne Wood, 263-7891. It is always a good time!

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  11. news shorts

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Marijuina, cell tower meetings coming up in Machias

    The Machias Selectboard has scheduled a public meeting to discuss further action toward a marijuana ordinance for Thursday, April 26 at 5 p.m. The meeting will build on information gathered during a previous public hearing, and will be held at the Machias Telebusiness Center on Stackpole Road. For more on the story, see “Machias Selectboard” page 4. 

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  12. Machias Selectboard talks police pay hike, marijuana recap


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Selectboard opened its April 11 meeting with a moment of silence to honor Aubrey “Skip” Carter who passed away on April 4. Carter served for many years as the chairman of the Machias Selectboard. 

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  13. Services sliced as hospital tightens belt

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Hospital care in Washington County will likely soon become further limited as Calais Regional Hospital, having closed its ob/gyn unit, further assesses other departments.

    Rumors of limited emergency room hours were dispelled last week by Rod Boula, the Calais hospital CEO. “No, our ER is open 24/7,” said Boula. “But everything is being assessed. I can’t disclose what we’re looking at, but we are looking at all service areas.”

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  14. Editor's Desk

    Last week was National Volunteer Week, so I want to thank the many among us who give so freely and so generously of their time. What would our beloved community do without you? Take a moment to read Nancy Beal’s piece (p. 18) on the most active volunteers in Washington County, and prepare to be amazed at the hours they contribute and the difference they make.

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  15. Emera customers urged to protest rate hike May 1

    Emera Maine, the second-largest electric utility company in Maine, is once again seeking to raise electric rates for their customers.  This is the third rate hike Emera Maine has requested in the past five years. Since 2013, Emera Maine’s rates have increased by over 12 percent.  Their latest request calls for an additional 4.5 percent rate increase.

    AARP Maine strongly opposes Emera Maine’s latest request to raise their rates.  Raising electric rates, yet again, is unaffordable for many Maine families, especially those living on fixed incomes. 

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  16. Letter to the Editor - Golden is right for CD2

    Golden is right for CD2

    Democrats in CD2 have the opportunity to elect a unique, well-qualified candidate to Congress in Jared Golden. 

    Jared was born in Lewiston and raised in Leeds, Maine, and served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine. Upon his return, he attended and graduated from Bates College, then worked for Senator Collins in Washington. He then decided to serve once again, winning elections in 2014 and 2016 to the Maine House of Representatives representing Lewiston, where he now lives.

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  17. Letter to the Editor - Correcting the record on Poliquin Healthcare, Balanced Budget Amendment

    Correcting the record on Poliquin Healthcare, Balanced Budget Amendment

    I’d like to correct the record about some things Ms. Dean from Machias wrote about Congressman Bruce Poliquin in her Letter to the Editor in last week’s paper.

    First, she wrongly claims Congressman Poliquin accepts some kind of special congressional health care benefits, and therefore doesn’t need to pay for health care on his own.  This is false.  The Congressman refuses any special health benefits through taxpayer money.

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  18. Ranked Choice Voting approved for Maine primaries

    by  Lura Jackson

    Following a series of challenges to a 2016 people’s referendum in which 52 percent of voters statewide chose to approve Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), the Maine Supreme Court has ruled that the June 12 primaries will go forward with the new method of voting. Whether or not the November elections will follow suit will be determined by a new referendum with which voters can express their wishes in June.

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  19. Norman A. Hall Green Cove Springs, FL & Orrington, ME

    Green Cove Springs, Florida & Orrington, Maine – Norman A. Hall, 86, former longtime resident of Orrington passed away in Florida on January 2, 2018 following a brief illness.

    Services were held in Florida. A graveside committal service were  held at 1 p.m.  on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in the Hillside Cemetery, Bucks Harbor, Maine with Pastor Bill Holmes officiating. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias.

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  20. Jon E Wright - Machiasport

    Jon E. Wright, 49, of Machiasport passed away April 17, 2018 at his home.  He was born October, 1968 in Northampton, Massachusetts.  He was the second oldest child born to George Wright, Jr. and the late Norma Lee Read.     

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  21. Rosemary L. Alley - Jonesport

    Rosemary L. Alley, 82, died April 5, 2018 at a Machias hospital. She was born February 26, 1936 in Milbridge, the daughter of Luther and Thelma (Simonton) Lindsey.

    She loved to read , enjoyed gardening, cake decorating, puzzles, word puzzles, and trivia. She also enjoyed watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune .

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  22. Maurice C. Gray - Jonesport

    Maurice C Gray Jr., 83, affectionately known as “Dicky”, left this earth to rest in the arms of his Lord and Savior on April 10, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at his residence. Dicky was born December 12, 1934 in Jonesport to the late Maurice and Myrtice (Alley) Gray, Sr. He graduated from Jonesport High School in 1952. Dicky married his sweetheart Glenda (Manchester) on August 20, 1954. They spent 63 years together raising their family in the community they loved. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Dicky’s joy was his grandchildren.

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  23. Plastic pollution demands activists get plan in place

    This Earth Day  -- April 22, 2018 -- should signal a watershed turning point.

    Traditionally the day has meant planting a tree, trimming some bushes, maybe even a stroll through the woods or a visit to a park. But in 2018 it’s time to join the fight against pervasive pollution. Pollution that’s slowly, but inarguably, threatening this country’s -- actually, the very planet’s --- future.

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  24. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Book Club will read “Barkskins” by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx — Wednesday, April 25 at 4:15 p.m. The Calais Bookshop, 405 Main Street, Calais. FMI, call 454-1110 or “like” us on Facebook.

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    A Republican Gubernatorial Primary Forum will be held at the University of Maine at Machias on Thursday, April 26 at 6 p.m. in the Science 102 room. UMM Emeritus Professor Ron Mosley will moderate.

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  25. Jacksonville Cemetery

    The Jacksonville Cemetery Association met on Tuesday, April 17, at the Jacksonville Grange Hall in East Machias.  President Nathan Pennell welcomed everyone and introductions were made.  Everyone who attends is a member and all are welcome.  A progress report was provided including success and challenges from last year.  The 2018 work plan was provided and copies of the current by-laws were available.  Copies of these are available to anyone upon request.  The Perpetual Care fund was discussed.  Transferring it to the Maine Community Foundation will provide four percent distribution and add

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  26. Cherryfield and Milbridge

    Morgan Allen Marin of Cherryfield came here nearly ten years ago from the Portland area. He first came to Franklin where he told me that he picked cherries and he fell out of a tree. He quit that job. As a few days passed he found his way to Cherryfield. Martin talked about it saying, “Portland and Cherryfield are worlds apart. It’s the same state. [Cherryfield] is connected to a small metropolitan. Portland is a college town. [Cherryfield] the girls are good looking and friendly and the men are hard working and fair-minded.”

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  27. Wesley

    The Wesley after-school program had Dana Porter come in and share Color Street with the girls. All the girls did their fingernails with nail polish strips with beautiful colors, glitter and nail  art designs. Diane Lord donated nail polish strips for them all. For more information about Color Street, contact Diane Lord (stylist) at 207-214-7782.

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  28. Columbia

    What a great week I had while visiting my grandchildren in Boston. I arrived on Saturday afternoon for a week of fun with them.

    Sunday was a damp day with some showers off and on but we did get to go to Ronan Park and run off some excess energy after having some Nana Ronie crafts at home.

     Monday was a downpour so we basically had to entertain ourselves all day with lots of coloring with the special rainbow pencils that I brought for them to color with.

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  29. Whitneyville Library news

    Construction of the new Whitneyville Public Library and Whatnot Craft Shop began Tuesday, April 10, as the walls started to take shape.  Ronald Gandy, local contractor and crew, began the work of constructing the new 4,000 sq. ft. one floor handicapped accessible building which will become the new home of the Whatnot Craft Shop and the Whitneyville Public Library.

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  30. Mr. Marshal’s Flower Book by: Alexander Marshal, from his 17thc The Florilegium of Alexander Marshal and by Henrietta McBurney and Prudence Sutcliffe, 2008

    Are you about to attack your flower gardens?  Think about starting here! Alexander Marshal, a merchant, is one of the most outstanding horticulturalist, entomologist and painter that world ever had. Surely for history he is one of its most secretive persons, for there is so little we know about him – just three letters he wrote is all!

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  31. American Time Passed

    It’s a lousy game nothing happens for hours

    Then it’s over,

    Before you even know it.

    Who cares who’s on first

    Tinker to Evers to Chance the home team sucks—

    S’cuse my dugout language.

    Plus, you got your umpires calling a strike a ball and vice versa

    Miracle workers, Huh.

    With two outs, men on base

    GM yanks his pitcher,

    Yep, home run follows.

    What a relief it is!

    Well, that’s it for me

    Don’t much care anymore.

    Heading Fridge-wards

    Cold ‘Gansett, anyone?

    —Bunny L. Richards

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  32. Porter Poets publish ‘From a Far Corner’

    Seventeen poets from nine towns along the coast of Washington County have just produced an anthology of their work, published by the Primavera Press. Who would have guessed there would be so many poets in such a rural area?

     They are known collectively as the Porter Poets. They meet once a month, trooping into Porter Memorial Library and taking seats at old tables near the library’s fireplace to criticize and encourage each other’s work.

    Their book is entitled From a Far Corner, an Anthology of Poetry from the Easternmost Reaches of Maine 

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  33. Icebergs

    So many huddled together, attempting to stay warm as they nudge themselves with noses up trying to get to the surface for a better view. A view that is unknown at this very moment and continually drifts with time. The light that enters from above gets knocked around, never quite making it past the surface, and smiles only one color, that being blue, which gets lost as it sits on a field of blue, constantly moving under a blanket of blue, as white wisps of breath give comfort and solace, give life as they nudge and pry themselves up for a better view; to make the world a better place. 

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  34. Lyric

    A song to Spring, you lost wanderer.

     In March the wild-rose twigs blazed scarlet above the snow,

    And new gold curls dressed the willow tree’s tips, dancing in frigid air.

    Warblers and geese returned,

    And at night under crisp stars, a squishy chorus of tiny frogs rose from the thawing bog. 

    All proclaimed: Winter’s back is broken!

     And we took heart, believed. And waited. 


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  35. This Rustics Way

    I fight for the kitchen, so it doesn’t grow cold

    I’ve been chipping away on a rocket stove, there it goes

    It is the heart, oh the spice of life

    If the kitchen goes, this old house will die

    But not on my watch, not here today

    I’m on 2018 missions, so get out of this rustics way

    Who would have guessed, I could change my life

    With a fork and a spoon and a good old pocket knife

    It is a matter of fact and I hope to see

    When dealing with quintessence, your dealing with simplicity

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  36. Here an island

    Rigged lines pull taunt in a perfunctory exclamation of breath

    One received, never to perish

    Wind perhaps, or my own

    Maybe both

    The precipice rising from flat seas overwhelms in steeped desire

    Tears puddle in place

    Waves embrace

    Companionship sought

    Muscles pull apart at seams unknown, an awkward pursuit

    Wood splinters in the palm

    Hands, caked in salt 

    Almost, Almost

    Here I am, drifting again, as tall pointed firs peek

    Driftwood as my table,

    The sea my nemesis, my lover

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  37. The Heat of a Mother’s Dance

    Two teen sisters gab on a rural porch, dividing the world’s offerings

    between them, as a younger brother stood behind with wooden matches. 

    Strike. Burn. Tossed fire in a lush green valley in the 1930’s where

    The air was moist but not moist enough to quench the thirst of girls in a rush

    to cleave mother’s apron strings. Somewhere else they lamented, 

    not here amid bushes of ripe raspberries speckled with ticks waiting

    to draw their sweeter, pulsing pulp of life.

    One sister brushed away a glow in her hair, kissed the burn to her hand. 

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  38. Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School students in Mrs. Whitney's third grade class learned about poetry this month and wrote their very own, too. In honor of National Poetry Month the students wrote limericks, alliterative poems, and space acrostics based on






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  39. Church Services

    St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church,  36 Dublin Hill, Machias. Services, 9 a.m. April through November; 9:30 a.m. December through March. Rev. Lynn Rutledge FMI: 207-214-7548 or staidansmachias.org.

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    Beals Wesleyan Church, Elm Street, Beals. 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship; 6 p.m. evangelistic hour. Wednesday 6 p.m. prayer time. Pastor Nick Wilson, 207-497-2262 or 207-530-0567.

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  40. In Loving Memory of


    Kevin W. Kilton

    on his 50th Birthday.


    Happy Birthday Kev.  We miss you so much. Love you to the moon & back.


    Mom, Dad, Tammy, Casey

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  41. In loving memory

    In Loving Memory of

    Nancy Beal Smith

    Who lost her battle with cancer on April 29, 2016.

    Don’t think of her as gone away

    Her journey has just begun

    Life holds so many facets

    This earth is only one

    Think of her as living

    In the hearts of those she touched.

    For nothing loved is ever lost 

    And she was loved so much.

    Lovingly remembered

    by all the family

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  42. Nine graduate from Hospice volunteer training


    by Barbara Barnett 

    This April, Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County hosted a hospice volunteer training at Down East Community Hospital.  The hospital graciously provided space for each training day and many of the hospital staff joined the groups to present in their areas of expertise.  It was five days of training, adding up to a total of 25 hours, covering all of the mandatory topics.

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  43. WaCo volunteers recognized

    by Nancy Beal

    During National Volunteer Week last week, scores of Mainers were recognized for volunteering over 500 hours of volunteer service in 2017 and each received the Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism. Five individuals had logged over 3,000 hours of service, and 32 had performed over 2,000. 

    Among those honored were 20 people from 14 towns in Washington County. Eight of the 20 had logged over 1,000 hours of volunteer service.

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  44. Port of Eastport welcomes first cruise ship of 2018

    The Eastport Port Authority announced the planned arrival of the first cruise ship of six planned ship visits for the 2018 Cruise Season.  The Norway based cruise line, Huritgruten Inc.,  ship the MS Fram  tied up to the new Eastport Breakwater Terminal Pier at 8 a.m. on April 21, arriving from Bar Harbor.  Eastport was the last port call on it’s cruise north to Halifax Nova Scotia.

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  45. Fire of June 1943

     The headline in the Wednesday, June 9, 1943 issue of the Bangor Daily News read    “Six Machias Business Blocks Destroyed Saturday in One of the Town’s Most Serious Fires” – Loss Estimated at $100,000; important Business Section of Center Street is in Ruins.

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