1. Harrington News

    As we can all see, the beautiful fall leaves are becoming a memory.  Can winter be far behind?

    Chuck and Bonnie’s garage is coming along nicely.  When the snow flies, their vehicles will be under cover.  Autumn will have her own personal basketball court, also.

    I now have my own personal driver when I need to go to my doctors appointments. My grand daughter Kristine is my new taxi.  She can back up much better than me and helps Charlie so he won’t have to come early to take me.

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  2. Making apple cider in Wesley

    These folks were hard at work making apple cider at Fox Hill Farm. The apples were waiting to be chopped on Oct. 15.   Photo by Camile Hawkins

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  3. Lovers of soup and poetry to gather at the Calais Free Library

    The Friends of the Calais Free Library are pleased to be able to offer again the popular Soup & Poetry evening in the lovely old library building’s Children’s Room, where the children’s shelves will be rolled aside to make room for cozy tables and chairs for the attendees.  Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 - 8 p.m., will be an evening that begins with enjoying various soups, breads, & cookies with coffee, cider, or water on the side.  There will be room for all at the tables for four set up around the room with seasonal decorations and possibly some seasonal poetry, too.  

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  4. Peaked

    A bench alongside the University of Maine at Machias’ gardens is perfectly positioned beneath a beautiful maple tree in full color. The leaves in eastern Maine have passed their peak now, but some magnificent specimens are still holding onto their color. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  5. Shead Tigers in soccer action photos

    Please see photo spread on page 16-17 or view on the Digital Version here.

    Jacob Fredette stops an incoming ball on the Tiger defense.

    Austin Ashby gets a foot inside to control the ball.

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  6. Clipper ladies back even

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Lady Clippers soccer team have won four out of their last five contests and are now at the 500 mark 5-5-1 and 3-2-1 in the Yankee Small College Conference.

    On Sept. 27, the Clippers avenged a 1-0 loss to Unity nine days earlier by defeating the Rams at home 1-0.

    Megan Fromwillei of UMM scored unassisted 7.32 into the game which was the only offense by either team.

    Aisling Farragher-Gemma made 4 saves for UMM

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  7. UMO alum takes Grand Willey 10K

    by Phil Stuart

    On September 23rd, several area runners entered either the 10K or the 5K at the Grand Willey Road Race in Ellsworth.

    The 10K race overall winner was former UMO basketball star Tracy Guerette who ran an excellent time of 37:39.

    Tony Santiago finished 10th overall with a time of 48:52. Other local runners and their times were Ashley Santerre of Columbia Falls 51:47, Tim Formby of Steuben 53:31 and Andi Miner of Machias 1.17.59

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  8. Barrenview happenings

    by Phil Stuart

    The golf season is rapidly winding down as the middle of October is upon us.

    There has been a rush of activity at Barrenview Golf Course in Jonesboro the past couple of weeks.

    On Sept. 27 at the Senior Scramble, it took a putt-off for Jeanine Wright, Norm Lezy, Chuck Nevala and Frankie Gatcomb to edge out Lynn King, Dennis Lewey, Burnie Matthews and Don Portous as both teams finished at -4.

    Six teams finished with a -3 but Ralph Backman, Britt Worner, Steve Beauregard and Bob Loud won by a blind draw.

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  9. High school sports roundup

    by Phil Stuart

    The local high schools are winding down their fall sports seasons in soccer, volleyball, cross country and football.

    At the present time, Woodland has a sizable lead in Class C volleyball with a 9-1 record. The Dragons are 9-1 with Washington Academy a distant second with a 5-4 mark. Look for the Raiders to come on strong and win Class C. They have played a tougher schedule and should be prime. Calais High School is third with an 8-3 mark. The Devils handed Woodland their only loss by beating the Dragons in straight sets October 2nd.

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  10. Two trail races scheduled for Oct. 29

    by Phil Stuart

    If you liked the Downeast Coastal Conservancy’s Bad Little Trail Run in Whitneyfille, you might want to try  one or two upcoming trail runs in Orland and Sullivan.

    These two trail runs go hand in hand and are called the Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge.

    On Oct 29, the Great Pond Mountain Conservancy Trust will host a two mile trail run and a 6.3 mile challenge.

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  11. Clipper men 6-7-1

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers mens’ soccer team has compiled a 6-7-1 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in the Yankee Small College Conference as they enter the final stage of the regular season.

    On September 27th, the Clippers hosted the Unity Rams, a team they had tied 2-2 nine days earlier.

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  12. In it to win it

    The combined Jonesport-Beals High School and Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) cross-country teams posed for this group photo last month. MMHS Coach Cindy Moore-Rossi trains both teams together, and then on race days the teams compete in their own colors. They call themselves the Royal Bulldogs, as a combination of their school team names. “We are one team wearing two uniforms,” said Moore-Rossi. Photo courtesy Anita McCurdy

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  13. Rose M. Gaffney principal’s update

    by Joyce Fragale

    We had a wonderful brisk autumn morning for our “Walk to School” day last Friday.  Everyone was respectful, safe, and looked as though they were having a wonderful time.  A big thank you to Terri Woodruff from Healthy Acadia for helping organize this event, our own Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) Cross Country Team, and our Machias Fire Department, for keeping our students safe during our walk.

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  14. Randy S. Blackwood “The Duke” - Jonesport

    Randy S. Blackwood, 63, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 after a long illness, surrounded by his family.  He was born June 5, 1954 in Jonesport, the son of Alfred A. “Sonny” and Rosalie E. (Palmer) Blackwood, Jr.

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  15. Trissa Marie Donovan Harrington

    Trissa Marie Donovan died unexpectedly October 13, 2017. She was born to the late Maureen Donovan and Murray Seavey, Jr. September 18, 1975.  Trissa is survived by her father, Virgil Torrey and wife Becky of Harrington; grandmother Alice Torrey DeLong of Harrington; children, Kelley Robinson of South West Harbor, Kyle Schoppee and Kameron Giger, both of Cherryfield; brother, Justin Torrey and his wife, Jennifer of Corinth; brother, Andrew Brady and his wife, Jenna of California; sister, Carolyn Smith of Cherryfield; and one beautiful granddaughter, Karter Robinson, whom she adored.

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  16. Flu shots for seniors

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What can you tell me about the flu shots made for seniors? I got sick last winter after getting a standard flu shot, and am wandering if the flu vaccine for older adults would provide me better protection this year.

    Almost 70

     Dear Almost,

    There are actually two different flu shots – the Fluzone High Dose and FLUAD – that are designed specifically for people age 65 and older (you only need to get one of them).

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  17. Down East Credit Union named 4th Best Place to Work in Maine


    by Lura Jackson

    It isn’t easy being named as one of the “Best Places to Work in Maine”, an honorific that was bestowed upon a total of 80 companies in the state back in August. Not only did Down East Credit Union [DECU] achieve that title, but the company was recognized at an awards banquet on Oct. 10 for placing fourth out of 41 in the medium-sized business category.

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  18. UMM among campuses launching student debt reduction plans in 2018

    Grants will completely offset tuition and fees for eligible new students

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  19. Maine joins $120m ignition switch settlement with General Motors

    Attorney General Janet Mills today announced that Maine has participated in a nationwide $120 million settlement with General Motors Company (GM) over allegations that GM concealed safety issues related to ignition-switch defects in GM vehicles.

     The settlement, reached between the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia and General Motors Company, concludes a multistate investigation into the auto manufacturer’s failure to timely disclose safety defects in ignition-switches in certain GM vehicles.

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  20. The Moose Hunt

    By V. Paul Reynolds

    For many Maine moose hunters lucky enough to get drawn, a moose permit is a once-in-a-lifetime affair. Such was the case with my middle-aged friend Greg Goodman, who has been trying for that permit since he was a young man. Knowing that I had had some experience in the moose woods ( and perhaps that I owned a big tent and a chainsaw winch), Greg invited me along as his subpermittee.

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  21. Jonesport plow contractor: rock work makes Ice Hill South unplowable

    by Nancy Beal

    The CEO of Jonesport’s plow contracting company says newly installed rock work on Ice Hill South will make it impossible for him to plow the narrow lane “unless something is done.” There was no place to turn around or deposit plowed snow, wrote William “Bimbo” Look, whose company, Sid’s Inc., holds Jonesport’s plow contract.

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  22. Homecoming celebration

    Washington Academy celebrated homecoming last Friday, Oct. 13 with a field day, parade, football game and bonfire. The school’s cross country team took a much-deserved seat during the parade. For more homecoming photos, see p. 14. Photo courtesy Hannah Sprague

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  23. Machias Selectboard grapples with deer overpopulation, town bids


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Selectman Joshua Rolfe opened last Wednesday’s meeting with a request to limit conversations during meetings. “I think we’re missing stuff, there’s a lot of side conversations,” he said. 

    “I think we should try to be more structured and make sure that everybody, when speaking, addresses the chairman.”

    Board Chairman Warren Gay agreed. “We will stop it, cause we got the hammer under here,” he quipped. “I’m going to start using it.”

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  24. DMR prepares for new scallop season, moves toward limited entry


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    As fishermen and foodies countdown to the opening of Maine’s scallop season in December,  the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) prepared by collecting feedback from fishermen.  Fishermen commented on proposed changes to the 2017-18 calendar, and the controversial question of how to let new fishermen into the lucrative fishery. 

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  25. Online blueberry museum predicted for ‘18 opening

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Dozens of interviews will ultimately provide the core of a wild blueberry museum primed to bring new recognition to Washington County.

    “For a long time I’d been looking for a way to help my state prosper,” says Joline Blais. “Blueberries pull a lot of threads together. And they’re wild. Who doesn’t like something wild?!”

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  26. Check your meds at Senior Health & Safety Expo Oct. 21

    This Saturday, Oct. 21, is the inauguration of National Check Your Meds Day, “designed to encourage consumers to bring their prescription medications and supplements to their local pharmacies for brown bag medication reviews,” according to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). 

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  27. Machias’ Trick or Treat on Main Street set for Oct. 27

    The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) has organized Machias’ annual Trick or Treat on Main Street, scheduled to take place from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

    The Defenders, a law enforcement motorcycle club, will be providing security again this year. “They’ll make sure the little ones get across the street safely,” said Chamber director Sharon Mack.

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  28. Time to plan Community Christmas

    It’s time to begin planning for Machias’ amazing Community Christmas!! Last year we had more than a dozen businesses and more than two dozen individuals help plan and execute the Voice of Downeast, Santa’s visit, crafts and activities, the Community Christmas Parade, Community Tree Lighting and caroling. It was a terrific success. This is a true COMMUNITY based event with townspeople taking  charge! 

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  29. When you build that first fire

    As the days and nights grow chilly, wood stoves get fired up. Make sure yours is installed correctly, and that burnable items are kept away from it. Make sure your chimney is clean. If your wood is green, take special care to check chimneys and stovepipes to make sure they don’t get choked with creosote. Check with your local fire department for more tips on operating wood stoves safely.

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  30. More than 550 WaCo educators attend UMM’s ‘Harvest of Ideas’


    On Oct. 10, the University of Maine in Machias (UMM) hosted the 2017 Harvest of Ideas for more than 550 Washington County educators.  Participants selected workshops from over 30 sessions led by presenters from across the State, including specialists from Maine’s Department of Education, instructors from UMaine Machias and University of Southern Maine, GEAR UP Maine, Maine-Wabanaki REACH, several social services agencies, as well as educators from RSU #2, Washington Academy, and Steuben Elementary School.

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  31. Public invited to WaCo Food Council meeting Oct. 25

    Are you interested in local food systems? Are you interested in increasing access to local food? 

    Want to learn more? Come to the fall meeting of the Washington County Food Council.

    The food council is a networking group that connects stakeholders from around the county in order to better inform our work to increase healthy food access and support stronger agricultural and fishing infrastructures in Washington County.

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  32. Little Hands of Hope children’s home fundraiser update

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In August, we reported on the Machias-based charity, Little Hands of Hope, started by Kristen Johnson. The charity feeds and cares for street children in the town of Nyendo, Uganda. 

    “Most of them are AIDS orphans,” said Johnson. Right now the organization provides food for anywhere from 40-100 children every night of the week.” In July, the charity completed construction of a building to house the children in the small village of Bulando, located approximately 7 miles from Nyendo. The home sits on 5 acres of land. 

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    • East Machias dedicates Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge

    East Machias dedicates Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Blue skies and brilliant foliage were the backdrop for the dedication of the Jacksonville Bridge last Thursday, Oct. 12. 

    The bridge is now renamed in honor of Norman E. Bagley, who served the town of East Machias for 26 years as an assessor, planning board member and selectman. He also served in the Army during the Korean War. 

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  33. Why I’m voting no on Medicaid expansion

    by Rep. Will Tuell

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  34. Homecoming celebration

    The freshman class decorated the Washington Academy bus to use as a float in the parade.Photo Courtesy Hannah Sprague

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  35. Editors Desk

    Kristen Johnson is a stay-at-home mom living in Machias. She and her husband have a daughter here, and hundreds of children they also love in Uganda. Following her faith, Kristen started the charity Little Hands of Hope, which is now the only thing standing between hundreds of Ugandan orphans and starvation. We first reported on her story in August.

    From our small town, Kirsten has created something that is making a life-and-death difference to hundreds of children on the other side of the world. I am so moved by her service, we have the update to her story on page 4.

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  36. Remembering the presence of Norman

    He might’ve been called Mr. Jacksonville, so when the Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge was dedicated last week it was most fitting and special.

    Flags and firetrucks and a handful of local officials marked the occasion, and a very poignant YouTube of the bridge itself is really remarkable.

    Norman gave many years to East Machias as a selectman, and he assumed many other roles as needed. His ready grin and friendly demeanor were recognized all over town.

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  37. Gov. sends letter regarding attorney general’s use of settlement funds

    Governor Paul R. LePage sent a letter to Senate and House leadership today advising them that he has directed the Office of the State Controller to transfer more than $10 million out of a fiduciary account under the discretion of the Attorney General into an Other Special Revenue account as required by 5 MRS §203-A. The funds are the results of legal settlements the State of Maine received from the Volkswagen and Moody’s litigation.

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  38. Homeland Security grants to continue accepting Maine licenses

    The Department of Homeland Security has extended a grace period for the State of Maine’s REAL ID Act compliance, which will allow federal agencies to continue to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from Maine.

    The Department of Homeland security issued a compliance waiver to the State of Maine on June 15, 2017, which expired at midnight on Oct. 10, 2017. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap submitted a request for a one-year renewal on Sept. 15, 2017.

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  39. Affordable Health Care open enrollment begins Nov. 1

    Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa has an urgent message for Maine residents who purchase their health insurance coverage on the Individual Market: “Take the time to compare your options, and do it before Open Enrollment ends on Dec. 15.” 

    “As most people are well aware, there has been quite a bit of turmoil in the insurance market this year. This has resulted in higher rates, and also in fewer choices,” Cioppa stated.

    Just two insurers selling marketplace plans

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  40. Bad Little Trail Run

    The Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) held its inaugural Bad Little Trail Run Oct. 1 as 69 runners and walkers participated in a 2.7 mile and a 7 mile course. A team of more than 30 volunteers made the event possible. This was DCC’s first ever trail run, which they hope to make an annual event. Photo By Bill Kitchen

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  41. Columbia News

    The Pleasant River Historical Society held their annual meeting on Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Mayhew Library with seven members present: myself, Mary and Tim Thompson, Cathy Fonda, Richard Paul, Sheri Thaxter and Grace Falzarano. Officers elected for the ensuring year are:

    Grace Falzarano President, Ronie Strout Vice President, Shelby Greene Secretary, Cathy Fonda Treasury. Welcome to the new slate of officers and we are looking forward to having another great year in 2018.

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  42. Wesley News

    James Cox from Jonesboro donated pumpkins to the Wesley school kids for decorating for an art project.

    Perry Harvest Day Craft Show was a  great day for Linda and Judy. There were a lot of people all day long. They did very well. Sandy and Steve Parson from Little Seavey Lake were also there with the 4H program.

    Andy was over on Wednesday and helped clean up the garage to get ready to press apples on Sunday. Have a crew coming to press cider.  There will be plenty to give away.

    George and Patti were back to Baileyville for a wedding with Hannah and Jordan.

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  43. Whitneyville Library news

    The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library will be at the Oct. 21 Craft Fair which is being held at the Parish Hall on Broadway in Machias. Their signature homemade chocolates will be for sale as well as handmade crafts. Check out what we have and indulge in some homemade chocolates.

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  44. Harrington News

    Today was a lovely day for celebration. Our friends, Ny and Bill Kearns celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with many friends and family in Winter Harbor. Charlie and I went over and it was lovely. It is so great to see couples stay married this length of time!

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