1. Connecticut fugitive arrested in Machias

    A Connecticut man wanted on drug charges in Maine and a number of other felonies from Connecticut, was taken into custody late last Tuesday night in Machias.  Rafael Santiago-Salazar aka “Chico” was charged in February for selling heroin and crack cocaine, following a joint investigation by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Following his arrest, Santiago-Salazar posted bail and never showed up for his court appearances in Maine. 

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  2. Scenic Bikeway to connect Calais with Bold Coast region

    by Lura Jackson

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  3. Marijuana bill still in draft stages

    by Sen. Joyce Maker

    In a few days’ time, the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee, a bipartisan 17-member committee on which I serve, will hold a public hearing on LR 2395, “An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act.” 

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  4. INTERNITY sponsors 1st annual hike to combat veteran suicide

    On average, 22 veterans/ active duty service members commit suicide on a daily basis across the United States. 

    In order to help fight to bring these suicide numbers down, INTERNITY will be sponsoring its 1st Annual INTERNITY/ D.E.S.T RuckMe 22, Oct. 20-22.

    During these three days, members of INTERNITY Veterans Resource Center, along with members of Fire and Iron Athletics, will be hiking 22 miles of Washington County’s beautiful Sunrise Trail from Harrington to Machias in honor of our fallen Veterans and Active Duty Military Members. 

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  5. The Editor’s Desk

    For the past week, Washington County has been the subject of discussion all over Maine and down to Washington, DC, as our local and national delegations, attorney general, public advocate, and private citizens struggle to make sense of Verizon’s abrupt service terminations issued to a portion of its nationwide customer base. 

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  6. Governor LePage announces judicial nominees

    Governor Paul R. LePage announced today five judicial nominations, all of which are re-appointments to the Maine Superior Court or the District Court.

    LePage has nominated Superior Court Justices Robert E. Murray, Jr., MaryGay Kennedy and Ann M. Murray for reappointment.

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  7. Thoughts on keeping abreast in October

    As the leaves drop from the trees and the firewood gets stacked for the season, it’s that time of year when thoughts of all shapes and sizes become aimed toward breast cancer awareness.

    Right up there with so many maladies of the age, we all owe it to ourselves to learn more about the cancer that will see one in eight women diagnosed with it in 2017. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Time to encourage all women -- especially your friends between 40 and 49 -- to get those mammograms. Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in claiming the lives of women. 

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  8. 1st Annual Maine Gleaning Week will spotlight farm surplus rescue efforts

    Healthy Acadia and the Maine Gleaning Network are thrilled to announce the first annual Maine Gleaning Week - Oct. 7-16. Maine Gleaning Week will feature a collection of gleaning events - farm surplus rescue efforts that will gather crops and food that might otherwise be left in the fields or go to waste - from farms, community gardens, and farmers’ markets; engaging communities in resourceful and equitable food system activities that help to provide healthy, fresh, local food for Mainers in need. 

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  9. King writes letter in support of lobster emoji

     U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today wrote to the Unicode Consortium requesting it include a new lobster emoji in the 2018 release of its standard character set. The new emoji would be available for use on social media platforms and smartphones. Currently, emoji exist for crabs, shrimp, fish, and other marine animals, but not lobsters. A lobster emoji, however, is currently short-listed to be added in, subject to approval by the Consortium’s Technical Committee at its quarterly meeting in October.

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  10. Officials offer advice on avoiding flood-damaged cars

    In light of the anticipated high volume of flood-damaged automobiles in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap recommend that consumers inform themselves about their rights before purchasing a used vehicle.

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  11. Candidate’s statement on Graham-Cassidy legislation

    by Jonathan Fulford

    Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who refused to face constituents after voting for Speaker Ryan’s Obamacare Repeal, continues to remain silent as the devastating facts regarding Graham-Cassidy come to light. One study by Avalere Health found that Maine would lose $1 billion in Medicaid funding over the next decade, and $17 billion in reduced Medicaid funding and health insurance grants over the next 20 years.

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  12. Book Bus stop

    Bess the Book Bus made her annual stop at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library last week. Jennifer Frances, who drives the bus from Florida and manages the mobile literacy outreach program, greeted area children and urged them to select free books. Also present were personnel from Axiom Technologies’ STEM program demonstrating robotics, and members of PML’s Friends of the Library recruiting members for the group that finances the library’s children’s programs. Bangor Savings Bank provided ice cream. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  13. Columbia News

    Out and About

    The Adult Education classes have begun at the High School in Harrington, it may not be too late to join. Call Dawn 483-2746 at the High School to register. The Genealogy class has started on Monday nights, always room for more to come. I can help you dig up your ancestors.

    The Phys Ed Class on Tuesday last week enjoyed hiking in Pigeon Hill and Marshville during their classes.

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  14. Welsey News

    Alvah Hawkins has a new grandson, Xander Harris born Monday, Sept. 18 around 9 in the morning, weighing in at 8 lbs. 12 oz. and 22 inches long. Mom and dad, Kimberly and Victor are very happy.

    Linda has been making about three batches of soap every day, getting ready for all the craft fairs coming this fall. Judy has been sewing like crazy. Their first one on Oct. 7 is the Perry Harvest Fair. Hope to see you there.

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  15. Jacksonville Cemetery News

    The new steel fence installed on Monday Sept. 25 along Route 191 at the Jacksonville Cemetery will be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 30.  The cemetery association encourages all to visit and view this great accomplishment.  Now is the time to remove the old decorations and put on the new fall decorations.  There are trash barrels for this purpose at the crypt.  Any items that can be composted should be placed on the ground by the trash barrels.  For more information please contact Nate at 255-8230 or nate.pennell@myfairpoint.net

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  16. Beals Heritage Center addition finished, 1901 Maurice Dow-built gas-powered lobster sloop unveiled

     

    by Nancy Beal

    The Beals Historical Society took a significant step forward last summer, when carpenters completed an addition to its Heritage Center, a 38-by-40-foot area destined to be what BHS President Carol Davis calls a cold storage building. The barn-like structure is built over a cement slab attached to the display hall, and will house “anything that doesn’t need heat,” says Davis. It cost $34,415 and was funded with a $28,000 grant, a few smaller donations, and BHS fundraising.

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  17. Jonesport still dealing with illegal junk yard

     

    by Nancy Beal

    For nearly a year, Jonesport officials have been engaged in cleaning up an unlicensed junkyard on the Fire Road, where derelict motor vehicles, bathroom fixtures and other debris has spread from the owner’s land onto his neighbors’ and into the road. The problem landed on the selectmen’s desk last October when the elementary school principal complained that the school bus was not able to navigate the road between Greenwood Cemetery and the coast guard housing complex.

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  18. Young philanthropist gives to DECH Emergency Department

    Down East Community Hospital (DECH) was delighted to be approached by 8 - year old Mia Mills who wanted to know how she could give to the Emergency Department. Mia, accompanied by her mother, Monique Mills, came to DECH on Sept. 20 to donate to the emergency department. Mia had earned the money lobster fishing with her dad, Jason Mills. Mia presented the donation in an envelope covered with multi-colored hearts, to DECH CEO, Dennis Welsh in the new Emergency Department.

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  19. Advance film screening at Porter Memorial Library

    Porter Memorial Library with Machias Valley Film Society will screen “The Islands and the Whales” on Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The film is part of the POV (point of view) documentary series from PBS. Porter Memorial Library’s presentation is an advance opportunity to see the film, which does not premier on PBS until later in the week.

    The Islands and the Whales is an independent film by Mike Day that explores the tradition of whale hunting, and its social impact in the remote Faroe Islands, a self-governing region of Denmark. 

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  20. The British are coming!

    Part 3 Lydia Whitney Sherman  Heroine and Interesting Incidents in War of 1812 As told, in part, by her son, Rev. Andrew M. Sherman

    On the month of September, 1814, (during the war of 1812) the British landed a force on the Maine coast, marched overland to Machiasport, (some four miles South-east from Machias) and, early on the morning of the 11th of the above-mentioned month, surprised the American fort at that place with a superior force, from which the small garrison precipitately fled, hastening by the way of Machias, Westward, toward Columbia Falls. 

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  21. Maine Science Festival announces headliner for 4th Annual Maine Science Festival

    The Maine Science Festival (MSF) is thrilled to announce the 2018 headliner for the 4th annual Maine Science Festival: Robert Krulwich, from Radiolab.

     Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning program about ‘big ideas’ now one of public radio’s most popular shows. It is carried on more than 500 radio stations and its podcasts are downloaded over 7 million times each month. “There’s nothing like it on the radio,” says Ira Glass of This American Life. “It’s an act of crazy genius.”

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  22. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Ham supper — Saturday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m., Christian Temple Church, Lubec.

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  23. The highs of Grand Manan

    Drive an hour north of Machias and enter into Canada. Travel over hills and next to forests and pass through the small town of Blacks Harbour. Amidst the morning fog, board the massive ferry that takes you through the wild Bay of Fundy. The journey here is half of the adventure. Stand on the passenger deck and feel invigorated by the brisk gusts that run through your hair. Sail past islands, playful porpoises, or even a distant whale. An hour and a half later you arrive on a new land. You are on Grand Manan.

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  24. Zoe Armstrong to be featured artist in Steuben

    Zoe Armstrong will be the October featured Artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. The show will be available for viewing during library hours with an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2. 

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  25. Natural market owners ready for Whole Life change

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When Patti Sansing posted that she was listing Whole Life Natural Market & Cafe for sale, Facebook users around Machias could sense a disturbance in the Force. 

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  26. Lady Bullgof Volleyball captured in Action Shots

    Back over the net by Rebecca Burgess for Machias.

    Jasmine Bell controls the service at Woodland High School.

    Destiny Look works hard to keep the service in play.

     

     

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  27. Merchant wins Wilbur’s run

    by Phil Stuart

    Jonesport-Beals High School junior and defending Downeast Athletic Conference cross-country champ, Evan Merchant, ran a very fast time of 17:44 at the Wilburs 5K Sept. 2, to take first place honors.

    Merchant was the only runner from Washington County to run in the Blue Hill event and finished 44 seconds ahead of Ellsworth’s Robbie Shea. Sid Broadworth of Blue Hill was 3rd in 19:51, while Mike Moon of Brooklin and Buster Brown of Ellsworth rounded out the top five with times of 20:47 and 20:50.

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  28. Mauricette/Mulcahy Suddy Champs

    by Phil Stuart

    The Sunrise County’s fastest male and female was crowned champions at the 12th Annual Suddy 5K in Eastport on Sept. 19.

    The Suddy 5K was established in Boston in honor of 1991 Shead High School graduate Joy Suddy who was killed in an auto accident while working in Boston.

    The race was started in Boston after Suddy’s death and after five years in the Bay State, it was moved to Suddy’s home town of Eastport in 2011.

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  29. Second week sports section

    by Phil Stuart

    The Washington Academy Raider soccer team upped its winning streak to 38 games as it opened its season with a 7-0 win over Mount Desert Island and a 10-0 win over Belfast’s Lions.

    After posting a losing record for the first 30-plus seasons in boys’ soccer, things turned around in 2002 and since that time, with international students on the roster, no team in the county can come close to matching their record for the past 15 years. The Raiders are able to reload year after year and haven’t missed a beat since moving up to Class B.

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  30. Riots dominate at Bucksport

    by Phil Stuart

    The Orono Red Riot varsity boys, varsity girls and junior varsity girls dominated the Bucksport Invitational cross country race Sept. 9 in Bucksport.

    The Red Riot girls posted a score of 22 to 51 for George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill.

    Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln was 3rd at 77 followed by Narraguagus with 91.

    Eliza Broughton of George Stevens Academy took first place honors with a time of 19:51 over the 3.0 mile course.

    Orono took the next four spots, giving them four runners in the top five.

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  31. First week in school sports

    by Phil Stuart

    The high school sports season got under way before the regular school year even began and several teams got into action early.

    The Washington Academy Raider football team snapped a long losing streak and opened their 2017 season against the Orono Red Riots in Orono. Jared Talbot ran for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns carrying the ball 21 times in a 32 - 0 victory over the Riots in Orono.

    Finn Furth added 42 yards rushing for the 1-0 Raiders. Joe Paul led the Riots with 35 yards rushing.

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  32. Barbara Mae Farnsworth Bell - Waterville

    Barbara, age 96, died May 17, 2017 in Waterville, Maine.  She was born November 1st, 1920 in Machias, Maine, daughter of Colon Isaac and Frances V. Foss Farnsworth.  She graduated from Machias High School in 1938.  She married her husband, Ellis Bell, in 1955 and moved to Winslow.  Barbara was a member of Winslow Congregational Church and served as Financial Secretary and Secretary of the Memorial Committee.  She was a Life Member and Past Matron of Machias Chapter # 83, Order of the Eastern Star.  

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  33. Shawn Philip Bagley - East Machias

    Shawn Philip Bagley of East Machias died peacefully at his Bag End home on September 10, 2017. Shawn was born in Lubec on June 18, 1950 the son of the late Walter R. and Martha A. Bagley.  A 1968 graduate of Machias Memorial High School, he also graduated at the top of his class from the New England School of Broadcasting in Bangor, Maine. Shawn had many things that he held dear, but none as much as his children, Cedar and Sage, of whom he was extremely proud.  He enjoyed attending their events and supporting their interests.

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  34. How to stop unwanted junk mail and guard against mail fraud

    Dear Savvy Senior, 

    My elderly father gets over 100 pieces of junk mail every week, and I just discovered that he’s given away nearly $5,000 over the past few months to many of the solicitors that mail him this junk. Can you offer any tips on how can I stop this?

    Irritated Son

    Dear Irritated,

    Millions of older Americans get bombarded with unwanted junk mail these days, including “mail fraud” schemes that you and your dad need to be particularly careful of. Here’s are some tips that may help.

    Mail Fraud Alert

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  35. Meals on Wheels menu

    Washington County Community Café and Meals on Wheels menu for October. 

    Mon., Oct. 2,  Pulled Pork, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Corn, Wheat Bread, Dessert. 

    Tues., Oct. 3,  Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole, Carrots and Broccoli, Wheat Bread, Dessert. 

    Wed., Oct. 4,  Cheese and Beef Macaroni, Mixed Vegetables, Wheat Bread, Dessert. 

    Thurs., Oct. 5,  Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken, Brown Rice, Peas, Carrots, Dessert.

    Fri., Oct. 6,  Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Sesame Vegetable Rice, Green Beans, Wheat Bread, Dessert.

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  36. Narraguagus Coach Thompson could win $50k for school

    U.S. Cellular has announced the Top 50 nominees for its Most Valuable Coach program, and Heather Thompson from Narraguagus Junior/Senior High School in Harrington is among them. After thousands of nominations were submitted, these Top 50 coaches are now listed on TheMostValuableCoach.com. At the end of the program, the winning coach will receive a $50,000 donation to the charitable organization of their choosing or their high school athletic department, a trip to Orlando, Fla., and on-field recognition at the Under Armour High School All-America Game.

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  37. Bush Pilot Envy

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    Grandiose delusions are not unknown to me. As a young man the challenges of a Navy carrier pilot  appealed to me – until I joined the Navy and saw how inherently dangerous it is to land a jet aircraft on the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier on a dark and stormy night. No thank you.

    Later, as a civilian private pilot who owned and flew an antique airplane, I set out to be a high-time bush pilot. Then I had a taste of Maine bush flying in marginal weather.  From my book, Backtrack.:

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  38. 2nd Annual Machias Valley Municipal Airport Fly-in

    The airport committee is also in the midst of a fundraising drive, selling raffle tickets for a “Scenic Autumn Flight For Two”, to be awarded during peak leaf-peeper season. Tickets are available from committee members and by calling 207-255-6671. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  39. 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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  40. Small aircraft crashes at Machias Valley Municipal Airport

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     

    A 1973 Beechcraft Sundowner C23 lost power during its approach to the Machias Valley Municipal Airport on Thursday, Sept. 14. The Machias Fire Department was called to the scene of the ensuing crash, which did not injure the pilot. There were no passengers.

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  41. Verizon Wireless disconnects Downeast

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Two years after Verizon Wireless announced its expansion into eastern Hancock and Washington Counties, Downeast customers received letters stating that their Verizon contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. 

    Downeast customers are not the only ones receiving these notices. According to Verizon spokesperson David Weissman, 213 customers and 455 lines have been cut here in Washington County this month, but a total of 8,500 consumers in 13 states will also lose their Verizon service—19,000 lines in all.

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  42. ‘Downeast Cowboy’ named finalist in outdoor adventure film contest

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    James Hubisz and Kelly Hinkle are the men behind the mask of Downeast Cowboy, an online filmmaking venture that has grown in popularity since 2011 when they made their first video showcasing Washington County. 

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  43. Beals Elementary School students in grades 5

    Beals Elementary School students in grades 5 through 8 trek through the woods of The Nature Conservancy’s Great Wass Island Preserve as part of a two-day field trip last week under the auspices of the Maine Outdoor School. Photo courtesy Suzanne Carver. Story found on page 10.

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  44. Machias’ Annual Harvest Fair, Wine and Beer Festival set for Sept. 23

    The 2017 Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce Fifth  Annual Harvest Fair and Wine and Beer Tasting Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23. It is sponsored by the Chamber, Machias River Brewing Company and The French Cellar.

    The full day of fun begins with a Color Dash sponsored by Healthy  Acadia. Registration is preferred in advance but can be made on the day of the event at 8 a.m. The dash begins at 9 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, contact Angela Fochesato at Healthy Acadia, 255.3741.

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  45. DMR announces presence of brain-damaging biotoxin

    The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is in the process of recalling mussels harvested from Frenchman Bay due to elevated levels of domoic acid, the biotoxin that causes Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP). The recall follows a closure implemented yesterday of the area between East Point on MDI and Cranberry Point in Gouldsboro to the harvest of mussels, clams, oysters and whelks (carnivorous snails).

     In mammals, including humans, domoic acid acts as a neurotoxin, causing permanent short-term memory loss, brain damage, and death in severe cases.

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