1. Candidate Fulford statement on Rep. Poliquin and the NRA

    Hopes and prayers are not enough 

    Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd District, Jonathan Fulford, released the following statement regarding Rep. Poliquin’s National Rifle Association (NRA) ‘standing’:

     “I am a gun owner and I understand the appropriate use of firearms. I also support common sense regulations that safeguard our citizens. I will not accept ‘dark money’ or corporate lobbyist funding and be dictated by them. I will work to represent the people of CD2 and not be in hock to those representing corporate interests that are not the people’s interests.”

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  2. A memorable moose hunt

     

    by Rep. Will Tuell

    The moose hunt is over, but the echoes of a 308 booming in the early morning sunrise fifteen miles down a winding dirt road off another winding dirt road are ones I’ll not soon forget.

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  3. Columbia News

     Tomatoes, tomatoes is what is ripening at my house, I have been putting up more and more as they ripen. Thank goodness to the folks who have shared their bounty with me. I definitely won’t be going hungry for a long while.

    The weather has been good for all the school activities that have been happening. Soccer and volleyball games, and cross country meets have all been held this week.

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  4. Wesley News

    I went to Penobscot for the weekend with the dog. Maddy played volleyball all day Saturday, varsity and junior varsity. Bucksport won 3 and 3. I saw George and Patti on Sunday in Chelsea. Had a nice visit. Nine of us did a corn maze, hay ride and got free pumpkins. 

    On my way home on Monday morning, there was a bad accident on Rt. 9 about six miles from the snack bar on the Bangor side. A paneled truck went through the guard rails on one side of the road and a car on the opposite side.

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  5. Beals Planning Board to meet

    by Nancy Beal

    The Beals Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 19 in the town office to consider applications from Nancy and Vinyl Crowley for a double-wide home on Hard Head Road in Alleys Bay, and Robert and Shirley Beal to enlarge an existing workshop on Bridgeview Road to 16-by-18 feet. Representatives from Nancy Sullivan and Steve Kent’s subdivision at Seaduck Point will also attend to discuss the progress of that subdivision.

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  6. Whitneyville Library News

    Saturday, Sept. 23 was a wonderful day for the Whitneyville Public Library as over 30 friends helped us celebrate as we broke ground for the new library.  After the groundbreaking ceremony friends were invited to the Hillgrove Community Building for light refreshments and to have a look at the construction plans for the library.  The day was made even more special as one of the founding members ,Dorothy Bridges Bodger, was on hand to celebrate with us.  Thank you to everyone that supported us and helped bring us to this special day.

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  7. Harrington News

    The Oktoberfest was a complete success this year.  I watched the parade out on my ramp, David McLaughlin was  the Grand Marshal.  He drove his very nice looking wrecker. There were many vendors at the Bigelow Park.  The children enjoyed the slide and the bounce house.  There was the traditional train giving the children rides around the festivities. There was music to make the day a success.  At nine o’clock the dance started. The music was supplied by the band, Driven. Every thing was a success. Thank you to all the people that helped get everything all together.

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  8. Two Maine high speed internet companies merge

    Bill Varney, CEO of Premium Choice Broadband and Andy Hinkley, President of Cornerstone Communications d/b/a MaineStream Internet, have announced the acquisition of Cornerstone and their interest in North Country Broadband by Premium Choice Broadband.  

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  9. Spaghetti and pie

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  10. Oldtimers recall the great fires that ravaged Maine

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Little did firefighters realize that when a fire started in a cranberry bog near Hulls Cove on MDI that it was only the beginning.

    It was October 17, 1947. Unbeknownst to all at that point, a standout warm spring with snow melting early had set the stage for the greatest conflagration to ever ravage Maine. A succession of fires would sweep across Maine over the next several weeks,  most notably leveling many of the storybook mansions of Bar Harbor and massively damaging the Jackson Laboratory, only 18 years old.

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  11. ‘Very successful season’ for Mission Housing Rehabilitation Program

     

    Mission Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Scott Shaw recently outlined for President Scott Planting and the Mission Board of Directors a summary of the Program’s 2017 season.

    Scott Shaw said this year’s “very successful season” involved 15 volunteer crews totaling 214 volunteers, who worked on 20 homes and three non-profit local community outreach facilities.

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  12. Celebrating our veterans: Fred Lund – Korean War

     

    by  Lura Jackson

    It’s never easy to see unpleasant history repeated, and with so much of the country’s attention now focused on the Korean peninsula, the thoughts of many have turned six decades back to the Korean War. For some in the region, including Fred Lund of Pembroke, the Korean War remains a vivid memory punctuated by the chronic pain of injuries sustained in combat.

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  13. Featured Artist

    by Jessica Griffin-Brown

    The Crown Vics, a band known for their high-octane mix of vintage rock, country, and rebel soul, are stopping in Lubec on their 2017 tour. They will be performing from their new album, “HELL YEAH”,  Oct. 21 at the Lubec Legion. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Diane Tyler. 

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  14. Pembroke Library hosts monthly chantey sing Oct. 25

     

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  15. Book reading slated for Nov. 1 at UMM

    Poet Emma Sovich will read from her work at 6 p.m. on November 1 at Merrill Library at the University of Maine at Machias. 

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  16. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Church Supper — Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall (River Road, Cherryfield), October 11. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.).

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    Traditional New England Contra and square dance — Saturday, October 14 at 6 p.m. Music by O’McCrelli, pot luck refreshments. Crow Town Gallery, 406 South Lubec Road, Lubec. Call A. Briggs at 733-228- for more information.

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  17. Chili Cook-off in Calais

     Who makes the best chili in the region? Here’s your chance to find out. Everyone is invited to cook up his or her favorite chili recipe and submit it for this fabulous Cook-Off to be held Oct. 28, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Artemis’s Attic on Main Street.  This event is part of the downtown Scarecrow Fest sponsored by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC). Anyone can participate: organizations, churches, individuals, school classes, businesses, and even restaurants. There is no fee for the chili makers.

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  18. Cross Country runners in action photos - Narraguagus Knights Cross Country team

    Downeast Athletic Conference X-C Champion  - Boys’ Blue Devils Girls’ Lady Knights Win Team Titles

    View more photos on pages 16 & 17 or view on the Digital Version here

    Boys DAC Final results

    1. Evan Merchant, Jonesport-Beals 17:11 - Champions New Course Record

    2. Addison Coty, Calais 17:39

    3. Justice Bassett, Calais 18:27

    4.Travis Hunt, Narraguagus, 18:30

    5. Luke Barnes, Sumner 18:47

    6. Jason Weaver, Machias 19:08

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  19. Cross Country runners in action photos

    View more photos on pages 16 & 17 or view on the Digital Version here

     Narraguagus girls team won the 2017 championship with 19-points, beating second place Machias at 37. Elizabeth Bitar took the individual honors in a time of 22:49 for Calais. The Lady Knights Sophia DeSchiffart earned second place with a 22:55. Unfortunately, three runners ran off-course in the event and had to be disqualified.

     

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  20. Raiders streak hits 41

    by Phil Stuart

    The Washington Academy boys’ soccer team’s consecutive win streak reached 41 as the third week of the 2017 fall sports season ended.

    On Sept. 16, the Raiders traveled to Old Town to face the 2-1-1 Coyotes.

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  21. Bruins win 1965 crown

    by Phil Stuart

    The Machias Bruins ended a three-year championship run by the Cutler Cardinals to win the 1965 Quoddy League Baseball Crown.

    To reach the finals, top seeded Cutler defeated the Pleasant Point Indians in their best of three series 6-2 and 4-0 while second seeded Machias took out Bucks Harbor Air Base 5-0 and 8-4.

    This set up a best of three match-up between the league’s two top seeds starting with a twin gill at Willie Corbett Field in Cutler on Sept. 11.

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  22. Week four sports roundup

    by Phil Stuart

    The Calais High School boys have come on in cross country with a full squad that includes Addison Coty, Justice Bassett and Kyle Richard, all who placed in the top 10 at the recent Seacoast Invitational at Sumner High School which the Blue Devils won.

    Matyas Machtiagall of Washington Academy (WA), Evan Merchant of Jonesport-Beals and Addison Coty of Calais are the area’s top runners.

    The WA Raiders pushed their record to 3-1 in football as they defeated the Telstar Rebels of Bethel 58 - 49.

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  23. Margaret Sara Williams - Addison

    Margaret Sara Williams passed away on September 29, 2017.  She was born March 3, 1951.She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Michael Williams of Addison, ME; her mother, Doris Prince and the late Leo Prince of Duxbury, MA; her brother Leo Prince Jr. and his wife Sarah of Milton, NH; her sisters-Mary Camara and her husband Paul and Janet Collins and her husband David, both of Kingston, MA; she leaves several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 

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  24. Court News

    Monique J. St. Pierre of Bangor, Maine: 1.) OUI (alcohol), 2 priors on August 13, 2016. DISP. 2.) Assault on August 13, 2016. DISP. 3.) Refusing to submit to arrest or detent, physical force on August 13, 2016. DISP. 4.) Violation conditions of release on August 13, 2016. DISP. SNTC Date 8/31/2017, Washington County Jail 48 hours. GLTY. 5.) Operate vehicle without license-cond/restrict on August 13, 2016. SNTC Date 8/31/2017, Washington County Jail 48 hours. GLTY. 6.) OUI (alcohol) on August 13, 2016.

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  25. Boarstone Mountain

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    “You wimp,” Diane said. “I don’t believe this. The summit is just over that pile of rocks. I’m telling you the view is 360 degrees. It’s fantastic.”

    “Nope,” I said with conviction. “This is far enough. I ain’t goin.”

    “But we have come all this way,” she said, more pleadingly than with scorn.

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  26. Caution

    A new sign erected next to the Machias boat ramp on Route 1 warns drivers of imminent danger should they proceed toward the river. Poor visibility can often mask water until it’s too late, making signs like this a necessity. In 2013, two local women lost their lives after making a wrong turn on a foggy night and driving into the ocean in Roque Bluffs. On Sept. 27, a New York couple drove their car into Bass Harbor after making a wrong turn on a foggy night. The couple was rescued unharmed. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  27. Crane sightings in Jonesport

    CPM Constructors, the Freeport firm chosen to build the Beals Island bridge replacement, has set up a launching area in Jonesport’s Stevens Creek. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  28. Breathing at the Bog Finding sanctuary at Bog Lake

    After exploring the far reaches of our Downeast home, from Petit Manan in the west to Grand Manan in the east, the time has come to take a breather. As a hometown tourist, it is invigorating to take an adventure to places that are lesser known, but nothing is as fulfilling and comforting as being close to home. Imagine a place where the skies are blue, only to be occupied by eagles and puffy white clouds. Imagine a place where crisp, cool waters rejuvenate your being. Imagine a place that heals with each echoing loon song. Imagine no longer: Bog Lake is near. 

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  29. Wass cherishes Libby Light boyhood

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Many of us remember our childhood homes as idyllic, magical places. But in the case of Arnold Wass, few could accuse him of nostalgia. Because Wass’ childhood home was next to a lighthouse, and he spent his youth playing on an island.

    Wass’ father was the head keeper of the Libby Island Light from 1919-1940. “I spent my boyhood on that island,” said Wass. “It was a wonderful place to grow up.” 

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  30. Proposed tax could hike home care funding

    by Ruth Leubecker

    An initiative to establish access to home care for thousands of disabled and senior Mainers is gaining signatures in a campaign to be placed on the November 18 ballot.

    “It’s wrong that so many families in Washington County and across Maine have to make impossible choices to care for their loved ones,” said Mike Tipping, communications director of the Maine People’s Alliance. “No one should have to go deep into debt to care for their parents. No veteran should be forced from their home because they can’t afford care.”

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  31. Machias Selectboard moves on mobile vending ordinance, new sewer rates

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    During the second public hearing on the matter held Sept. 27, the Machias Selectboard took feedback on a proposed mobile vending ordinance which would address merchants who sell on public property. 

    The idea for the ordinance was brought to the selectboard’s attention due to reported conflicts between vendors on the Machias dike, and some concerns that their presence adversely impacts local brick and mortar businesses.

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  32. House Speaker Gideon to speak to county Democrats

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Sara Gideon, a Freeport Democrat who is serving her first term as the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, is coming to Machias on Oct. 15 to speak before the Washington County Democratic Committee. It will be her second visit to the county group, the first having taken place in May, 2016.

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  33. Maine students speak up for fishery issues

    Ian Robbins and Nicholas Blanchard were two of 115 students who attended a workshop at the Schoodic Institute last Tuesday, Sept. 26. Run by the Center for Coastal Fisheries, the event teamed students from the Eastern Maine Skippers Program together with panels of fishery experts to discuss their fields and the issues facing Maine’s fisheries. Robbins and Blanchard are both juniors at Narraguagus High School. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  34. Governor directs flags to half-staff for Las Vegas victims

    In respect for the victims of the horrific shootings in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1, Governor Paul R. LePage has directed the United States flag and the State of Maine flag be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.

    “Ann and I are incredibly saddened by the senseless shootings in Las Vegas,” said Governor LePage. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the innocent victims and the families who have been devastated by this unspeakable tragedy.”

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  35. Lost & found at Little River Light

     

    by Bill Kitchen

    Sailors long gone but newly remembered received a permanent plaque of recognition last week, some 120 years after perishing in a shipwreck, the result of an 1897 Down East gale. Two of five men from the schooner Julia A. Warr washed ashore on Little River Island and were buried there. The ship which sailed from Calais was lost, and the identity of the sailors entered on the island has remained a mystery until recently. 

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  36. DSF organizes Gentlemen’s Night and Ladies’ Night to aid in salmon effort

     

    Starting Sept. 25, we will begin the effort to mark over 200,000 endangered juvenile Atlantic salmon--and we’re looking for volunteers! This effort will take place at the Peter Gray Hatchery located at 13 Willow Street in East Machias. This is part of Downeast Salmon Federation’s ongoing research project—the Peter Gray Parr Project—to restore the Atlantic salmon population in the East Machias River. Fin clipping will continue for approximately three weeks after the start date.

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  37. Casco Bay phytoplankton bloom update

    The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is continuing to monitor an extensive bloom of the phytoplankton Karenia mikimotoi in the Casco Bay region. Based on aerial observations and shore based water sampling, the bloom appears to extend from Cape Elizabeth to the New Meadows River.  Phytoplankton counts from around the affected area were as high as 44 million cells per liter of seawater earlier in the week, but have significantly declined in most areas to less than 10,000 c/L based on sampling results from today (9/29).

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  38. Celebrating Father’s Day

    Celebrating Father’s Day earlier this year with broad smiles are Peter (left) and Guenther Classen of Harrington. The Classens, who enrolled in Down East Hospice, are deeply appreciative of their experience working with volunteer Andy Cadot. Photo courtesy of Peter Classen. Story on Pg. 19.

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  39. Senate inaction stopping progress

    by  Rep. Bruce Poliquin

    My normal schedule is four days working in Washington while sleeping in my office, and three days traveling from Fryeburg to Fort Kent, from Jackman to Eastport -- the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River -- meeting with thousands of fellow Mainers.

    My 35 years of running small businesses taught me you haveto work with everybody to be successful. The same is true in Congress. Working with both Democrats and Republicans gets stuff done. And I do.

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  40. Editors Desk

    Though we are a long way out from the next election cycle, the campaigns of several Maine candidates are already picking up momentum. As of September, a full 15 people have declared themselves as candidates for governor, seven new candidates have declared for Angus King’s seat in the senate, and seven new candidates for Bruce Poliquin’s seat in the house. 

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  41. Letter to the Editor - Sending thanks to a good samaritan

    An employee of Walmart in Calais stepped out of her way to assist me in a very bad situation on Sunday, Aug. 20.  I cannot guess what her help prevented from happening.

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  42. Too-soon rebel’s death spawns a legend

    by Ruth Leubecker

    In the years of my youth, there is no movie that stands out as poignantly and thought-provoking as Rebel Without a Cause

    My sister and I were among a record crowd of young teenagers -- mostly girls -- excitedly jammed into Emma’s Colonial Theatre at the head of Main Street in Machias. I can still remember the shouting, screaming and many flashes going off as we all tried to capture Dean at his slouchiest, brooding best on our cameras. 

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  43. Free car seat safety check event in Machias

    As parents and grandparents, we know that car seat safety is a top priority for families, yet four out of five car seats are used incorrectly.  That’s an incredibly high percentage of misuse, especially when 96 percent of parents surveyed believe they have installed their child’s seat safely and correctly.  

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  44. There’s a nip in the air, check your woodstove for safety

    Now is the time to make sure that everything about your woodstove is operating properly. Clear away all those newspapers and other flammable things that have piled up around the stove over the summer. Get your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. If you are installing or using a wood stove for the first time, do all these things plus talk with your local fire department to make sure your stove meets installation codes.

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  45. Letter to the Editor - Small businessman urges support for tax reform

    I own a small business in Washington County, and I have to say, it’s abouttime someone took the bull by the horns when it comes to the federal tax code! I work hard to take care of my customers, employees and family—that’s part of my American dream. It is so frustrating and expensive for businesses to comply with the federal tax or code over 74,000 pages of complicated and sometimes outdated loopholes and regulations.

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