1. Penobscot Narrows Observatory open for moonlight viewing

    The Friends of Fort Knox will be staffing the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Saturday evening, Oct. 7, from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.  (arrive by 9), to offer visitors an opportunity to view the area in the moonlight. This will be the only time this season that the observatory will be open during a full moon and those interested in this unique experience are encouraged to take advantage of it. Admission to the moonlight viewing in the observatory is $5 per person and tickets may be purchased the evening of the event. Clouds or rain will result in cancellation.

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  2. Special legislative session called to address food sovereignty, GIS

    Governor Paul R. LePage issued a proclamation on Friday, Sept. 29 calling the full Legislature to Augusta for a special session on Oct. 23.

    “I am calling a special legislative session to address two time-sensitive issues,” stated Governor LePage. “First we must amend the recently passed food sovereignty law to ensure compliance with federal requirements. The second critical issue is the need to fund the Maine Office of Geographic Information Systems, which was left out of the final version of the budget by the Legislature.”

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  3. State valuation of Jonesport up slightly

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  4. Cobscook students receive support from Gulf of Maine Research Institute

    With support from Vital Signs grant from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, high school students in Calais High School’s Cobscook Experiential Program will work on a data collection project in the East Machias and Orange River watersheds this school year. With help from Downeast Salmon Federation and guidance from university professors, students will collect data on changes in pH, water temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity at a variety of sites in both watersheds.

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  5. Mitchell honored at Blaine House

     

    On Sept. 5, Shona Mitchell, C.N.A. was honored at the Blaine House by the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and First Lady Anne Lepage.  Shona has been providing quality and compassionate care to the residents of Sunrise Care Facility for fifteen years.  She was nominated as an outstanding caregiver by the Director of Nursing and her peers.  

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  6. Columbia News

    by Ronie Strout

    Out and About

    We have had another nice week with the weather being unseasonably warm for this time of year. I guess we best not complain as when the weather changes we just might get a lot of cold weather and wish we had some of this.

    The moose hunt up North has not been doing well; it has been so hot that the hunters are hunting in t-shirts and shorts. My daughter said thank goodness for air conditioning in the vehicles to keep them cool while out riding the roads looking for moose.

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  7. Wesley News

    At Bear Camp, last week of hunting for Bear Lane in Wesley, they were dropping off Shawn from Washington State in Cooper while there was a wedding going on at the top of the hill. Shawn was left at the bottom, of course. No bear that night but he gave it a try anyway.

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  8. Public invited to free presentation

    The Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben will host a talk given by Larry Smith on the cottages of Grindstone Neck at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. 

    The Grindstone Neck section of Winter Harbor was formed in 1889 by a group called The Gouldsboro Land Improvement Company with the idea of creating a summer colony, much like that of Bar Harbor. Many of the buildings on the neck were designed by Lindley Johnson and Wilson Eyre. 

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  9. Harrington News

    by Hulda Peterson

    Do not forget, Oktoberfest is being held next Saturday.  The parade lines up on East Main Street at eight in the morning.

    There will be many participants, fire engines, and floats. The parade ends at Bigelow Park where there will be bounce houses, a train, music and wonderful music. It is a great time to visit friends and have an enjoyable time.  The evening brings a dance at the VFW starting at nine p.m.  The music is being provided by the band “Driven”.  We all look forward to this annual event.  Hope to see you there!

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  10. Hunters for the Hungry Program

    Attention hunters!

     Hunters for the Hungry is a cooperative program between the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.  This program provides a means for hunters to donate all or a portion of their hunt to a family in need.

     This program has been extremely beneficial to our citizens, providing lean, high protein meats to food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters.

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  11. Moose hunt success in the Allagash

     

    by Ronie Strout

    Congratulations to Michelle McLaughlin and Zachary Strout for filling her permit up in the Allagash on the Fox Brook Road in the North Maine Woods.

    The warm temperature during the week made it difficult in seeing any moose, but by Friday morning the temps finally came down to the low 30’s. It was about 5:10 p.m. that they  saw the moose coming out of the woods to where they were. The hunt was now over.

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  12. Mums the word

    Last week Machias motorists were treated to a bright new seasonal sight on the triangle between Route 1 and Court Street, which is now weed-free and planted with a beautiful assortment of mums.  Dean McGuire of McGuire Seasonal Services took on the project for the Machias Green Space Committee, providing the dirt and purchasing the mums. Perine Yates Gray from We Can Dig It landscaping donated her landscaping expertise, and Deb Sternbergh from Berry Vines provided the mums. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  13. Ross recovers at home

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After undergoing brain surgery in New York to remove a tumor from her optic nerve, Shelbie Ross has returned to Washington County and is recovering at home. Ross’ total recovery time frame is estimated to be two to three months.

    While she was away for the Sept. 21 surgery, her friends organized a benefit supper that raised more than $5,000 to assist with covering the staggering costs of the surgery and time out of work. 

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  14. Ark to sponsor dog training seminar

     

    Dog owners who would like to learn more about dog behavior can do so while helping to support The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield.

    The Ark is sponsoring DOGSENSE, an Ark fundraising event to be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Machias Savings Bank Community Room in Brewer.  

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  15. Bluffs benefit supper

    Last weekend a benefit supper was held in the Roque Bluffs Community Center to raise funds to repair the neighboring church. Photo courtesy Carlene Holmes

    The Machias Ukulele Band performed for the packed house of diners. Photo courtesy Carlene Holmes

     

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  16. Pleasant River Historical annual meeting to be held Oct. 8

    The Pleasant River Historical Society annual meeting will be held at Mayhew Library in Addison on Sunday,  Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. All interested persons are welcome to attend, and a table will be set up at 1:30 to accept new members for voting purposes of this pivotal meeting.

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  17. Dog show set

    The Ark is hosting a dog show 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.

    The show was supposed to take place during an event Sept. 9 but was rained out.

    Prizes will be awarded to both children and adults in categories including best trick, best groomed, best costume and most obedient. The Showmanship Award, Best Friend Award and Best in Show will also be presented.

    All dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash and have a current rabies tag or certificate.

    The Ark is located at 60 Barber Lane in Cherryfield. For more information, call 207-546-3484.

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  18. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

     

    Movie -- 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center, Steuben. Showing “Casper.” Free admission. Refreshments sold by donation. FMI: www.moorelibrary.org.

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    Turkey Dinner - 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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    • So long, Tall Barney

    So long, Tall Barney

    The Jonesport building that for nearly 30 years was known as Tall Barney’s Restaurant is no more. Created as an eatery over three decades ago, it grew in popularity with local patrons as it passed through several owners, including sisters Marlene Dobbins, Joyce Bryant and Deanna Chandler, who gave it its moniker in 1990. Recently, the property was purchased by Jonesport businessman Manford Durkee, who last month began removing fixtures and appliances from the building and, in the early hours of September 24, engaged the fire department to burn it down.

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  19. Signs of autumn

    Bins of bright orange future jack-o-lanterns wait outside Pineo’s True Value in Machias. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Blooming mums, hay bales and pumpkins make a festive scene outside of Berry Vines in Machias. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     

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  20. UMM to host photographer Lisa Tyson Ennis

     

    The University of Maine at Machias Art Gallery will open a show of the work of photographer Lisa Tyson Ennis with a reception on Oct. 18 from 5–7 p.m. Entitled What Once Was, the show will be on display in the gallery through Dec. 8. 

    Responding to dramatic changes occurring within the inshore fisheries of New England and Atlantic Canada, fine arts photographer Lisa Tyson Ennis has focused her large format cameras on the area’s haunting symbols of another time – herring weirs, smokehouses and remote fishing outports in Newfoundland.

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  21. Eastport Arts Roaring Jelly resumes

     

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  22. Action shots of Washington Academy boys soccer

    Please see page 16 & 17 of the paper edition on newsstands for full photo spread or view the Digital Version here.

    Raider Jacob Figel gets a strong foot into the ball.

    Mahoney Yahouili makes a Raider pass.

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  23. Clipper men 3-1-1

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias Clipper men are off to a good start under first year coach, Joseph Tibbs.

    After the season opening, 5-0 win over Central Maine Community College, the Clippers hosted Paul Smith’s College of New York and blanked the Bobcats 7-0.

    Woodland’s Michael Grimanis scored a pair of goals and picked up a pair of assists.

    Lorenzo Sequra and Haidar Al-Freihy also scored twice while Ridwan Hasson scored the other Clipper goals.

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  24. Eagle squad wins at WA

    by Phil Stuart

    The Ellsworth High School boys and George Stevens Academy (GSA) girls were winners at the Washington Academy (WA) cross country invitational in East Machias on Sept. 15.

    The boys’ meet saw Ellsworth win easily with a low score of 37 followed by George Stevens Academy 70, Calais 78, Washington Academy 110, Searsport 124, Bucksport 146 and Sumner 148.

    Brendon Penfold of Deer Isle-Stonington took individual honors with a time of 17:12 over the 5K course.

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  25. Golike posts back to back wins

    by Phil Stuart

    Jim Golike teamed up with three different teammates in consecutive weeks to take first place honors at the Barren View Golf Club’s Senior Scramble.

    On Sept. 6, Jim recorded his first win by teaming up with Frankie Gatcomb, Gordie Faulkingham and Craig Pulkkinen.

    The quartet recorded a -6 to post a one point win over Gary Willey, Paul Look, Fred Morgan and Pete Thompson.

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  26. Lady Clippers in action

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Lady Clippers soccer and volleyball squads have seen a lot of action lately.  The UMM soccer team has been in a lot of close contests and are currently 1-4-1 while the volleyball squad is 2-5.

    The Clipper soccer team posted their only victory to date in their second game of the season when they hosted Paul Smith’s college of New York.

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  27. MDI/Riots win at Central

    by Phil Stuart

    The Central High School of East Corinth Red Devils hosted an invitational cross country meet on Sept. 15 which saw the Mount Desert Island boys and Orono girls take top honors.

    The MDI boys edged Orono 28 to 30 for the team victory. They were followed by Old Town 97, Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln 101, Lee Academy 141, Central 178 and Machias 179.

    Thorin Smith of MDI took individual honors with a time of 16:52 on the 3.1 mile course, Jonathan Steelman of Orono was second at 17:03 followed closely by Nicola’s Reznick of MDI at 17:07.

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  28. Hospice volunteers needed in Washington County

     

    by Lura Jackson

    When thinking about the terms “community-building” and “life-affirming”, the situation of attending a dying person’s side may not immediately come to mind. As contradictory as it could seem, being in the role of a hospice volunteer is not simply about easing the passage of one individual into death – it is also about creating long-lasting, meaningful bonds with a network of people enriched by their experience with human compassion.

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  29. Sandra Nina Hill - Calais

    Sandra Nina Hill, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Sandra was born in Calais on April 15, 1935, daughter of Lawrence and Gwendolyn (Gardiner) Johnstone.

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  30. William C. Moody Wesley

    William C. Moody, 83, of Palmer Township, Pennsylvania, formerly of Wesley, Maine, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Easton Hospital.

    Born January 18, 1934, in Orange, NJ, he was a son of the late Paul L. and Helen H. Kretschmer Moody.

    He retired in 1988 from the National Guard, Morristown, NJ, where he worked as a military technician for 25 years.   Bill had also been fire chief of the town of Wesley, Maine, served as fire warden in Wesley, Maine and was a firefighter for Basking Ridge Volunteer Fire Company.

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  31. A cheap death: How to donate your body to science

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What can you tell me about body donation programs? With little to no savings, I’m looking for a free or cheap way to dispose of my body after I die.

                   - Old and Broke

    Dear Broke,

    If you’re looking to eliminate your funeral and burial costs, as well as help advance medical research, donating your body to science is a great option to consider. Here’s what you should know.

    Body donations

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  32. Senior Health & Safety Expo

    The Washington County Thriving in Place Initiative invites all seniors to the Senior Health & Safety Expo—a special event created to address some of the most pressing issues facing our aging residents—on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon in the multipurpose room of the Maine Veterans’ Home in Machias.

    Designed around issues of health and safety, this free event offers a unique opportunity for a private consultation with a licensed pharmacist to review your medications for dosage, drug interactions, and expiration dates.

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  33. Preparing to give

    “Helen’s Elves” have started their planning meetings for the 2017 Community Christmas Giving Tree Program. If you would like to learn more about the program. Please call Deb Eckart, 255-4279.

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  34. Successful seminar held last week for providers

     

    Providers came out in numbers for the education session on improving opioid prescribing and patient safety, hosted by Down East Community Hospital (DECH) and the Maine Medical Association.  The sessions took place at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Machias and at the Women’s Health Resource Library in Milbridge. Between the two locations, 42 area providers attended to learn about new prescribing laws. 

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  35. Machias PD close to arrest for threats against area schools

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Email threats received earlier this week led to the closure of the Machias schools on Tuesday, Oct. 3 and all A.O.S 96 schools plus Washington Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 4.  "Within the last 24 hours or so we got some email threats that a person or persons unknown may try to cause harm to the students at Machias High," said Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelly.

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  36. Charlotte’s Isles Exploring the islands of Charlotte County, New Brunswick

     

    From pine forests and shallow bogs to sea breezes and pebbled shores, Charlotte County, New Brunswick offers an international extension to our Washington County. Whether you enjoy hiking, spending time on a beach, or exploring, the county’s islands offer a maritime adventure that is not to be missed. Grab your passport and camera, for this day trip is not to go un-photographed.

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  37. 2nd Annual MVM Airport Fly-in

    The Machias Valley Airport held its second annual open house & Fly-In last weekend, hosting over a dozen aircraft, and dozens of kids of all ages. Maine Forest Service Rangers Ben Goodwin and Chris Blackie brought their helicopter. See more on page  28.  Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  38. Verizon extends deadline, signals more cuts

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Responding to public and government pressure, last week Verizon said that it has pushed out the termination deadline for 8,500 nationwide rural customers from Oct. 17 to Dec. 1. They also said they will continue to offer service to terminated customers who have “no alternative provider”. 

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  39. Whitney’s brings Machias Glassworks into fold

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    No one who drives through Machias can miss Whitney’s Tri-Town Marine situated on the river at the bottom of College Hill. Today, the building is flanked by modern boats of all shapes and sizes, and a custom glass delivery van labeled Machias Glassworks. 

    But its signature Quonset-hut roofline has greeted Route 1 travelers since 1951, when Millard and Dorothy Whitney filled in a piece of marshy, riverside land and built themselves a Chrysler dealership.

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  40. Tuell proposes emergency prison bill

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Washington County’s beleaguered prison is once again in the limelight -- this time as the target of emergency legislation.

    Although off session, Rep. Will Tuell has proposed a bill that would keep the Downeast Correctional Facility open through January 1, 2020. Referring to the move in his newsletter as “emergency legislation,” the East Machias legislator cites the uncertainty of corrections proposals elsewhere in the state.

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  41. Whitneyville Library breaks new ground

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Eleven years of fundraising efforts by the Friends of Whitneyville Library culminated in a groundbreaking ceremony held last Saturday, Sept. 23. More than 30 attendees watched as trowels of earth were moved where the new 4,000 square foot library will stand as early as May 2018.

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  42. Maine families urged to apply for Federal Pell Grants starting Oct. 1

    According to Nerdwallet.com, Maine students left more than $11 million in Federal Pell Grants (federal grants that don’t need to be repaid) on the table for the 2014-2015 academic year (the most recent year for which data is available) because they did not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Each year in Maine, only 60% of Maine high school seniors complete the FAFSA, the federal application that college, universities, and trade schools use to determine student eligibility for federal financial aid, according to the Finance

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  43. East Machias’ Jacksonville Bridge to be dedicated Oct. 12

    The Town of East Machias will be holding a bridge dedication ceremony in honor of longtime resident and town official Norman Bagley this October. Bagley, who served as a town selectman, and member of the town’s planning board for over 20 years, passed away in 2015. 

    “Mr. Bagley was a well respected member of the community,” Selectman Bucket Davis said. “A neighbor and family friend came to us last year with the idea to name the Jacksonville bridge after him, but didn’t know what we would have to do to make that happen.” 

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  44. Next Step Project invites all to first annual Shine a Light tree lighting

    With support from hundreds of individuals and businesses committed to ending domestic abuse, Next Step Domestic Violence Project will hold tree-lighting ceremonies simultaneously in Calais, Machias, Ellsworth, and Deer Isle/Stonington on Saturday, Oct. 3. The lights represent the approximately 1,000 people who have used Next Step services over the past year. The tree will stay lit each night for the month of October, which is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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