1. Lisee wins Elaine Hill 5K

    by Phil Stuart

    Jeremy Lisee of Milbridge has been on the road race circuit for two and a half decades and has been one of the area’s best over that period of time.

    Lisee picks and chooses a few races each year but never overloads.

    On April 21 Lisee won the 11th  Annual Jerry Kaufman 5K in Ellsworth with a time of 17.58. Two weeks later he ran on his home turf going by his home twice on the Fickett’s Point Road in Milbridge to win the Annual Elaine Hill Memorial 5K in a time of 17.39.

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  2. New shingles vaccine provides better protection

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I? 

    Suspicious Susan

    Dear Susan,

    Yes! If you’re 50 or older, there’s a new shingles vaccine on the market that’s far superior to the older vaccine, so now is a great time to get inoculated. Here’s what you should know. 

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  3. Court News

    Nicholas J. Dana, Jr. of Perry, Maine:  Theft of services on 10/16/2017 in Pleasant Point.  SNTC date 1/16/2018, fine $150, restitution $35.96.  GLTY

    Michael B. Vanderbusch of Calais, Maine:  Operate vehicle without license on 1/5/2018 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/8/2018, Washington County Jail 48 hours.  GLTY

    Dayton A. Schiff of Calais, Maine:  Passing stopped school bus on 12/8/2017 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/29/2018, fine $250.  GLTY

    Shirley McDonald of Machias, Maine:  Harassment by interference with taking on 11/24/2016 in East Machias.  NADJ

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  4. DMR monitoring shellfish safety for warmer months

    DMR is actively monitoring biotoxins throughout the coast.  The annual, routine regional closures primarily for mussels, European oysters and carnivorous snails have gone into effect as a precautionary measure. 

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  5. Spring forward for fossil free

    350 Downeast (www.350Maine.org/downeast) is hosting a Spring Forward for Fossil Free organizational meeting for all citizens concerned with climate change.  This is part of a global initiative by 350.org to create a grassroots movement for a just and equitable transition to a world free from fossil fuels through action at the local government level.  We are pursuing 3 demands:  100% renewable energy for all; no new coal, oil or gas projects; and not a penny more for dirty energy.  Reducing carbon dioxide in the air is necessary for reducing the

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  6. Bye bye, “Boy” Scouts

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    In the twilight of my life, the Boys Scouts of America – its teachings, its values, and the fun of it all – still evoke a warm glow in my overflowing storehouse of special memories. 

    Everything about the scouting experience left me the better for it. We wore the uniform proudly, as we did the merit badges and the patches that symbolized our achievements and advancement in the scout hierarchy. Under it all, there was a sense or organization and self-discipline that was not unpleasant.

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  8. Public weighs in against Emera Maine’s rate hike

     

    by Nancy Beal

    The state’s second largest electric company, Emera Maine (formerly Bangor Hydro-Electric Company) brought its request for the third rate increase in five years to Eastern Maine last week (May 1) in three hearings that were linked by simulcast between Machias, Presque Isle and Orono. Each attracted one of the three Public Utilities Commission (PUC) commissioners who will act on the rate hike request next month.

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  9. Machias adopts moratorium in hopes of blocking downtown tower

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias residents enacted a 180-day moratorium ordinance banning new construction of radio, TV, telephone towers and antennas over 35’ within the town’s limits. 

    The vote took place at an April 30 town meeting which lasted only 15 minutes and was moderated by Betsy Fitzgerald.

    A co-pastor of the Community of Christ Church on North Street in Machias spoke in favor of the tower, saying it would be a 125’ stainless steel tower without any guidelines or flashing beacons. 

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  10. Final session ends in divisive stalemate

    by Ruth Leubecker

    With hundreds of bills on the table and funding hanging in the balance, the 128th Legislature went home, having not done their job and leaving Mainers at a critical impasse.

    “I was very upset and bothered that we didn’t finish the work,”  said Rep. Will Tuell. “I think we will go back and finish. It has to be finished by May 30 or the prison won’t happen. We’ll be going back for veto day on Wednesday.”  

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  11. Love of the Maine Wilderness guides Machias River Brewing Company

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Opening a small business is a risk anywhere you do it, but opening a restaurant in Washington County  — at the end of tourist season, no less — takes nerves of steel.

    Fortunately, John and Danielle Parker are in possession of those steely nerves and so later this year they’ll raise a glass to the five-year anniversary of their joint venture, Skywalker’s Bar & Grille. 

    And what will be in those glasses? Their very own microbrew beer, of course.

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  12. The alewives are running

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  13. Machias takes next step toward ‘adult use marijuana’ ordinance

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Fifteen residents and business  owners came out for the Machias Selectboard’s second marijuana workshop on the rainy night of Thursday, May 3. The board is drafting an adult use marijuana ordinance that will eventually be voted on by the town, though it will not be completed in time for the June town meeting. “Adult use marijuana” is the state’s new term to replace “recreational marijuana.”

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  14. Celebration of moms at Steuben library

    To celebrate Moms, the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben is hosting a special event 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12.

    Sons and daughters of all ages are invited to bring Mom for Muffins With Mom. The library will have a craft activity, a variety of beverages and, of course, muffins. 

    Admission is free. For more information, visit www.moorelibrary.org.

     Steuben library to show “Ferdinand” The movie “Ferdinand” will be shown 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

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  15. Walk for Life Cancer Fundraiser in Addison May 19

    The 18th annual Walk for Life, a major fundraiser for the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, is ready to take off from the Addison town hall Saturday, May 19. As in years past, the event will offer walkers or runners a 1-, 2- or 5-mile route from the center of Addison Village to Route 1 and back to the starting point.

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  16. Holocaust survivor to speak to WA Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

    Juniors and seniors at Washington Academy will host a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday, May 15 at noon in the school gymnasium. 

    All of Washington Academy, plus the eighth grade class from the Elm Street School, will attend the assembly put on by students in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies class.

    The ceremony will include a candle lighting and a reading of the names of victims and survivors. 

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  17. Machias blood drive May 12

    The Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located at 180 Court Street. Machias. 

    Call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: Church of LDS Machias to schedule an appointment.

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  18. Mrs. Annie White to discuss teaching school in Washington County

    A meeting of the Washington Co. Historical & Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. Sat., May 19th\ in the Emergency Management Room, 28 Center Street in Machias. Speaker for the afternoon will be Mrs. Annie White, age 97, who will discuss “Teaching School in Washington County, 1944 to 1977.”

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  19. Letter for the Editor - Angus King: wrong on Iran

    When the Iran deal was brought forward in August of 2015, Senator Angus King called a snap meeting in Portland to push it (although not for constitutionally required Senate ratification). The USM forum included only supporters of the agreement on the stage, and it effectively drove public opinion in the direction President Obama, Secretary Kerry and Senator King desired.

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  20. Letter for the Editor - Letter from candidate Fulford on campaign withdrawal

    The pressures of the campaign on my family and myself have been substantial, and I am therefore withdrawing from the campaign [for Congress].  I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone who has supported the campaign, in so many ways. I will always be grateful to you. Running for office has never been about personal ambition, but rather a belief I still hold, that we can build a better future, together.  

    Thank you very much, 

    Jonathan Fulford

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  21. Letter for the Editor - Fossil-free Downeast

     

    Climate change is happening worldwide and is affecting Downeast Maine.  Fact: our average temperatures are getting warmer.  Fact: ice-fishing season is shorter.  Fact: winter timber harvesting season is getting shorter.  Fact: ticks and tick-borne diseases are increasing.  Fact: the temperature of the Gulf of Maine is rising faster than almost every other body of water on Earth.  Fact: the dike on the Middle River in Machias is threatened with frequent flooding.  Fact: the local economy based on fisheries, tourism, and forests is threatened.

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  22. UMM to hold 107th commencement ceremony

    The University of Maine at Machias will hold its 107th Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the Reynolds Center gymnasium. One hundred and three students will graduate with degrees or program certificates.

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  23. 50 of Maine’s simplest pleasures hard to beat anywhere

    You have to love water and trees and islands and two seasons (winter and August) to love Maine. The largest of the New England states, though short on people and heavy on trees, really offers a wide range of adventures and sights that any Mainer will tell you if you haven’t imbibed fully, you just haven’t embraced the entire Maine experience.

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  24. Emera Maine customer attend three rate hike hearings

    On May 1, more than 80 Emera Maine customers voiced their opposition to the utility giant’s latest request for a rake hike at public hearings held simultaneously at the University of Maine in Machias, Orono and Presque Isle.  The hearings were teleconferenced, and all attendees watched and heard each testimony at each hearing.  Each hearing was staffed by a stenographer, Maine Public Utilities Commissioners and staff attorneys, the Office of the Public Advocate, Emera Maine, and staff and volunteers from AARP Maine.

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  25. King highlights implications of Net Neutrality repeal

    On Friday, May 4, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) met with Maine business owners, innovators, and entrepreneurs to discuss the implications a repeal of net neutrality could have on startups, job creators, and Maine’s statewide economy.

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  26. AARP warns of Western Union refund scam

    Last year, the federal government entered into a settlement with Western Union to help recover losses by victims of scams who used Western Union wire transfers. Now scammers are jumping on the refund program to scam more people. Reports to the Federal Trade Commission indicate that consumers are receiving official-looking emails about the program, asking for transaction information and your name and address. These emails are scams – you cannot submit a claim by email. For information about the refund process, visit www.ftc.gov/wu.

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  27. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Announcing the Beals Historical Society’s Annual Talent/Variety Show to be held on Saturday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. featuring all types of genre from awesome local singing talent. Please join us at the Beals gym for a great night of cheap, live entertainment! Plus we will be selling delicious mouth watering food! Your support is greatly appreciated.  Admission for children is free. 

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  28. Cherryfield and Milbridge - Mother’s Day memories

    My mother would sit watching soap operas while I played with trucks or hollered at my brothers and sisters, while I was still in diapers, bouncing off the walls of the house. She often fed me ravioli for lunch, heating it up on the stove and putting it in a dish. I played with it more than I ate it, like a typical youngster. 

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  29. Whitneyville Library news

    On April 10 the first nail was hammered as construction began on the building that will become the new Whitneyville Public Library. Three and a half weeks later the walls and the roof trusses were put up and the outer walls were enclosed. Pipes for plumbing were installed by Allan Huntley Plumbing and Heating as the floor was then prepped for the foam board and mesh as the tubing for the radiant heat was taking shape. The metal roof was put on and is almost finished. The new Whitneyville Library has taken shape.

     

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  30. Wesley

    Chelsie Hawkins had a great bridal shower on Saturday the 28th at the Wesley Church. Her mother Lyn, Aunt Barb, and mother-in-law- to-be, Mrs. Wallace, did a great job decorating. There were around 45 ladies there to celebrate the happy occasion. The theme was “let them eat pie” instead of the “let them eat cake”. There were so many different kinds of pies it was hard to choose. The wedding will be in Calais, June 2nd, to Chris Wallace. Congratulations to Chris and Chelsie. 

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  31. Columbia

    On Sunday April 29, Carroll and I took a ride down to Jasper Beach just to get out and enjoy the good day. If you have not been there yet this year, check it out as the road and parking area has been renovated.

    Don’t forget to apply for your moose permit, only a few more days till the May 15  deadline to apply.

    On Monday, April 30, Dawn Bragg of Columbia Falls ran into a traveler (he was walking across the country pushing a small carriage type rig with all his gear) at Columbia Falls Post Office. He got permission to pitch his tent at the town landing that evening.

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  32. Dr. Amuso honored with health care lifetime achievement award

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  33. Moosabec planners to meet

    by Nancy Beal

    The Jonesport planning board will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 15 in the town office to consider applications from Aaron Dennis for a 14-by-14-foot sunroom on a deck at his property on Makers Point Road, and from Madelene Peabody to replace an existing trailer on a different footprint on the Fire Road.

    The Beals planning board will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 17 in the town office to review an application from the Downeast Institute for a one-story, 40-by-70-foot boat storage and fabrication shop on their property at Black Duck Cove.

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  34. Harrington News

    Lobster fishermen and lady fishermen are starting out the new lobster season. It seems last year’s season just ended and now it is starting up again. They like it on the water. Hopefully it will be a good year.

    Janie Caler spent the weekend in Bangor attending the graduation ceremony of Rosemarie Downing at the Cross Center. She graduated with a Masters Degree in psychology. Congratulations to you, Rosemarie!! We are all very proud of you and your accomplishments! 

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  35. One reason for the rate hike

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  36. Margaretta Days Festival seeks crafters

    The 2018 Margaretta Days Festival & Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias. Activities during the day will include colonial reenactors, live music, storytelling, games, period food, a children’s play area, plus live demonstrations of colonial occupations. Adding to the festivities of the day will be a variety of crafters who will be on hand displaying a selling their wares. Last year there were over 25 crafter and artists ranging from original watercolors and jewelry to rugs and doll clothes.

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  37. The Ellsworth Public Library brings MPBN’s “The Great American Read”

    The Grand screens on the giant Coastal Eye Care Screen the first part of MPBN’s new series “The Great American Read” on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7 p.m., presented by The Ellsworth Public Library. Tickets for this General Admission presentation are free for everyone.

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  38. BSO offers free concert May 11 Rose M. Gaffney

    As part of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Meet the Music Maker program, the Acadia Brass

    Ensemble of the BSO will perform a free concert of American music at the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School on Friday, May 11, at 4 p.m. They will also be visiting the school during the day to perform for the students and run some brass workshops.

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  39. EAC A n n u a l F o l l i es Revue seeking talent

    Auditions are ongoing for Eastport Arts Center’s 14th Annual Moose Island Follies, to be held as two performances, 4 and 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 3, as city-wide Fourth of July festivities are coming to a peak. This year we are excited to have Maine humorist Tim Sample emcee the show. Acts should be two-to-eight minutes in length and may consist of any type of performance—music, dance, physical stunts/comedy, theatrical scenes or skits, recitation, vaudevillian arts—truly, anything goes.

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  40. International chorus sings of love

    Quoddy Voices will present its spring concerts on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m., at the Eastport Arts Center. Our program, “Something About Love,” will explore the many different aspects of love and romance. It begins with three classic English madrigals filled with heartfelt adoration and humor, as well as the sorrow of rejection.  

    In Gustav Holst’s setting of the Cornish folk tune, “I Love My Love,” we learn of the return of the lover from the sea to rescue his maiden; and spring is certainly in the air with John Clements’ “Flower of Beauty.” 

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  41. 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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  42. Kenneth L. Thompson - Addison

    Kenny Thompson, 96, had his prayers answered as he passed away “to be with my wife, Gen, in heaven” on April 12, 2018.

    Ken was born on Cape Split, Addison, Maine on November 7, 1921 to William and Susie (Wass) Thompson.  He was one of six children.

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  43. Lula A. Faulkingham - Beals

    Lula A. Faulkingham, 95, passed away on April 27, 2018, at the Downeast Community Hospital in Machias. She was born on January 12, 1923, in Beals, the daughter of Herman and Phena (Alley) Beal. Lula enjoyed her family and her grandchildren, friends, and especially telling little jokes.

    Lula attended the Beals Wesleyan Church for many years.

    She had worked at the Middle Factory where she was a sardine packer. She had also worked at Carver’s Shop and she also cleaned homes for local people. Lula enjoyed knitting, crocheting and drawing.

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  44. Lewis Wood, Sr. - Machiasport, ME

    Lewis Wood, Sr., 80, died on April 27, 2018 at Down East Community Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was born to Arthur and Vaughn Wood in Machias on November 19, 1937.

    He worked as an ironworker most of his life. He also worked on the water; lobstering, scalloping, cohoging and clamming. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family.

    Lewis was predeceased by his wife Nancy (Reeves) Wood; parents, Arthur and Vaughn Wood; brother, Arthur (Punk) Wood, Jr.; and son-in-law, Joseph Berry.

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  45. Fort O’Brien School announces 3rd Quarter honor roll

    3rd Grade; Honors- Aiden Espling, Abby Gagne; 4th Grade; Honors- Maya Henderson, Kieli Smith; 5th Grade; Honors- Thaddius Bridges,Ava Fitzhenry High Honors- Zoe Mercer, Kaiden Wood;6th Grade; Honors- Naomi Lauze; High Honors- Austin Fitzhenry, Harley Ingrish; 7th Grade; Honors- Jonathan O’Donnell; High Honors- Cameron Boynton, Eli Tremblay; 8th Grade; Honors- Elesia Berry, Gracie Guptill, Natasha Kilton, Caitlyn Link, Dalton Mercer; High Honors- Aviva Bridges

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