1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. The Nature of Phenology: Landlocked salmon

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. The Nature of Phenology: Leaf change

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. IGA utility shed under repair, Swett house to be razed

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Out and About in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

     

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  28. 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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  29. The Nature of Phenology: Sunchokes

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  30. DECH CEO statement on Calais Regional Hospital bankruptcy filing

    by Dominic Gayton

    On September 17, Calais Regional Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a tumultuous period financially. Down East Community Hospital CEO Steve Lail made the following statement to The Calais Advertiser on the subject:

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  31. Calais Mayor weighs in on Calais Hospital bankruptcy filing

    by Dominic Gayton

    Calais Regional Hospital announced on September 17, 2019, that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine. The hospital insists it will remain open and will continue to employ its 275 employees during the interim.

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  32. MedHelp programs make Rx medications affordable

    by Ruth Leubecker

    As patients forego their medications due to unaffordability, emergency room visits and other more costly crisis steps, due to this earlier inaction, they are drastically climbing.

    Increasing awareness of the unaffordability of prescription drugs and taking action that counts is first and foremost in the mind of Martha Morrison, founder and director of MedHelp Maine.  

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  33. Authorities seek thieves who stole Machias hemp under cover of darkness

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Area law enforcement is seeking information that could lead to the arrest of the thief or thieves responsible for stealing hemp from the fields of Schoppee Farm in East Kennebec, Machias.  

    Farm co-owner Ben Edwards said the theft was discovered during a routine inspection of the crop and could have taken place over the weekend of Sept. 14-15. It also appears to have been done by someone with knowledge of cannabis plants, because they only took the flowers.

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  34. Living with breast cancer

    by Karen Wood

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles focused on cancer survivors, how they learned they had cancer, and how they’re doing now. Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    Hi, my name is Karen and I have stage 3 breast cancer. I have had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. The doctors are trying to give me 10 years of life with the help of an estrogen-blocking medicine I take every day

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  35. MCHT seeks public input for 168-acre preserve on Beals Island

     

    by Nancy Beal

    The Maine Coast Heritage Trust has taken ownership of 168 acres with 3,755 feet of shore frontage on Beals Island and is working to create a small preserve. Last week, MCHT’s land steward for Washington County, Deirdre Whitehead, presided over a gathering of locals to gain insight, information and guidance in that endeavor. Approximately 20 people showed up at the town office on September 17, and all seemed agreeable with the endeavor.

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  36. When President Taft visited Eastport

     

    More than likely there are very few people now living in Washington County that know that back in 1910 the city of Eastport had a most important visitor, in the personage of President William H. Taft. This story is quite familiar with our family because the L.C. Atwood mentioned in the article was my husband’s grandfather.

     

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  37. Out and about in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

     

    September 22, 2019

    Sunday, Sept. 15, was a great day to be outside working in the yard. Later that day I attended the Past Matrons and Past Patrons Association Meeting held at the Bluebird Restaurant in Machias.

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  38. Celebrated sculptor led immersive workshop

     

    A weekend spent sculpting under the tutelage of Elizabeth Ostrander was a dream come true for the participants of a popular workshop offered n August 17 and 18 at Eastport Arts Center. Inspired by Icelandic fairies, sea creatures, totem art, Sedna the Eskimo goddess of the sea and other deities, each artist worked with paper clay to create a fully realized piece. Once these sculptures are completely dry, Elizabeth will fire them in the kiln at her home studio.

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  39. DECH combines staff development with giving

     

    This year, for Down East Community Hospital’s annual staff development event, the Staff Development Team prepared a team-building exercise that included food!  That food, upon the conclusion of the program, was donated to food banks in Machias and Cherryfield.

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  40. The Nature of Phenology: Canada geese flocking

     

    by Hazel Stark

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  41. Authorities seek thieves who stole Machias hemp under cover of darkness

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Area law enforcement is seeking information that could lead to the arrest of the thief or thieves responsible for stealing hemp from the fields of Schoppee Farm in East Kennebec, Machias.  

    Farm co-owner Ben Edwards said the theft was discovered during a routine inspection of the crop, and could have taken place over the weekend of Sept. 14-15. It also appears to have been done by someone with knowledge of cannabis plants, because they only took the flowers. 

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  42. Calais Regional Hospital Files for Chapter 11 Protection

     

    By Pierre Little, Publisher and Managing Editor

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  43. Machias selectboard gets to work on adult use marijuana ordinance

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Last winter, Machias voters overwhelmingly approved an ordinance allowing medical marijuana sales in Machias. Now, the Machias Board of Selectmen is preparing language for a recreational, or adult use, marijuana ordinance that would govern its sale, should residents vote to adopt it.

    In 2016, Maine voters approved a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana. At that time, Machias voters narrowly opposed the measure, with 501 opposed and 486 in favor.

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  44. As towns leaving PRSWDD set deadlines, district hires attorney

     

    by Nancy Beal

    The issue of when and how Jonesport and Columbia Falls would separate themselves from the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District, a topic that has received regular attention since those towns voted last March to step away, came up only tangentially at the district board’s regular monthly meeting September 9, but a new face heralded that it would surely come up again.

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  45. The Munsons reflect on 41 years delivering the MVNO

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After 25 years in the car sales business, Dalton Munson decided to retire. He ran an advertisement in this newspaper thanking his customers, closed the doors on Munson’s Auto Sales and sat back to relax. That lasted about 15 minutes.

    “A little while went by, and I got a little bored, not too much to do,” said Munson. “My wife picked up the newspaper one day and read in there where they were looking for someone to deliver the paper.”

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