1. Letter to the Editor - The Pandora’s pot of Maine’s marijuana legalization 

     

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing as one of the 375,668 “No” voters, asking our legislators, the 17 members of the Joint Select Committee on Medical Marijuana Legalization Implementation and fellow citizens to reflect upon the Pandora’s box that commercialized pot will open in our beautiful state. I’ve been a property owner in Maine since 1988 and year-round resident since 2011.

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  2. Maine overdose deaths keep steady pace into 2017

     Maine’s rate of drug overdose deaths is keeping pace with last year.  Through the first six months of 2017 the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner recorded 185 deaths attributable to drug overdose, according to Dr. Marcella Sorg of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center who analyzes overdose deaths for the Office of the Attorney General.  Doubled, that would be 370 compared to 376 in 2016, or more than one drug overdose a day.

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  3. Overview of 2017, January - June overdose data

     • Most (79%) drug deaths were caused by two or more drugs. The average cause of death involved three drugs.

    • The vast majority of overdoses (84%) were caused by at least one opioid, including both pharmaceutical and illicit (non-pharmaceutical) opioid drugs.

    • Fentanyl (and/or its analogs) caused 61% of deaths, alone or in combination with other drugs, up from 52% in 2016. 

    • Heroin caused 22% of deaths, alone or in combination with other drugs, down from 32% in 2016.

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  4. On the Greatness of Great Wass Island

    Past the bobbing fishing boats of Jonesport and endless stacked lobster traps of Beals, Great Wass Island stands proudly in the Eastern Bay, accessed by the winding Black Duck Cove Road. Several miles down the road lies a small gravel parking lot for the Great Wass Island Preserve, a marker signifying the start of one of Downeast Maine’s beautiful wooded hikes. 

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  5. Preparing for winter

    The East Machias sliding hill is sporting a clean new haircut in anticipation of winter weather. After being purchased by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the hill was turned over to the town of East Machias earlier this year to be used by the community. In years past the hill was not mowed before winter and the tall grasses stuck through the snow, preventing would-be sled racers from achieving maximum speed. Not so, this winter. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  6. Axiom aims at closing the ‘digital divide’

    The Axiom Education & Training Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its new flagship program, the “National Digital Equity Center” (NDEC).

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  7. 4-H Summer of Science brings STEM learning to Machias, Lubec

    This summer in 16 communities statewide, more than 2,000 youths ages 8-13 participated in the Maine 4-H Summer of Science, which provided hands-on STEM learning activities in areas ranging from animal adaptation and bioremediation to chromatography and engineering design.

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  8. Columbia News

    The first week of school has come and gone, where does the time go? All of the kiddos are happy to be back with their friends. Some of our buses were acting up as if they did not want to get back to work either but we soon straightened them out.

    I was blessed again with more beans to can this past week, and with the corn that I got when we traveled to Bangor on Labor Day I was able to put that up, too. I don’t think I will go hungry this coming winter as I will eat out of my larder.  

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  9. Wesley News

    Karen made it to her cousin’s wedding in New Hampshire with Lisa and Dorothy for company. Great pictures and a great time was had by all.

    Karen thanks everyone for their prayers. She has been having hard times with her chemo but she’s tough and makes it through.

    Thanking Wendy for helping at Bear Camp in Karen’s place when she’s not up to it.

    Andy and a couple of his good friends showed up and split all my firewood by hand, no splitter. Thank you. guys.

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  10. Whitneyville Library to begin construction of new library

    The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library along with Librarian Patricia Brightly are pleased to announce that construction of the new library will be begin on Sept. 23 with a ground breaking ceremony. It is a momentous step in the library’s next chapter and marks a glorious milestone.

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  11. Harrington News

    The hurricane in St. Petersburg, Florida is scary. Many of us have family and friends living there. I am praying for their safety. Our son, Roger, and his wife, Susan, and their basset hounds have hunkered down with friends in Rog’s wife’s beauty salon. It is a cement building. By the time you read this, they should all be safe!

    Julie and Elliot Noyes just moved back to Harrington a short time ago. They still have two sons and their families. We are praying for everyone’s safety.

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  12. Jonesport and Beals school news

    by Nancy Beal

    At their Sept. 5 meetings, the school committees for Beals (BES) and Jonesport Elementary Schools (JES) dealt with resignations, hirings, coaches, and the borrowing of eighth graders for the high school volleyball program.

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  13. Constitution Week observed Sept. 17 to 23

    Constitution Week, September 17-23, commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States. The first plan of national government the United States had was called Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, quickly shortened to the Articles of Confederation by most people. The Confederation was a loosely joined group of states that gives only limited powers to the central government. The Articles were drawn up in 1777 and went out of existence when the Constitution was adopted in 1789.  Of the written national constitutions, the U.S.

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  14. Obeline Crowley turns 100

     

    by Lisa Cirone

    Obeline Crowley, originally from Beals, resides at Sunrise Care Facility in Jonesport. On Aug. 29 Obeline turned 100. Here at Sunrise we had an open house, where family, friends and other residents gathered to celebrate this wonderful lady’s milestone. She received cards, gifts, phone calls with 2 special letters from Governor LePage and President Trump. She was presented a cane for being the oldest person living from Beals Island. There was lots of laughter and memories that filled the room at Sunrise Care Facility.

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  15. Jonesport’s Sunrise Care manager receives award

    Sunrise Care Facility is pleased to announce that Julia Alley, business office manager, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Maine Health Care Association Celebrating Excellence in Caregiving Award.  Julia has been employed at Sunrise Care Facility for 23 years.  Throughout her many years of service, she has served as a C.N.A., a C.N.A.-M., the Dietary Manager and in her current role as the Business Office Manager. 

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  16. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

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    Movie - Friday, Sept. 15 - 6 p.m. - Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Henry D. Moore Library - free admission - refreshments by donation 207-546-7301

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    Bean Supper - Sept 16. West Lubec Methodist Church, 5 p.m. 

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  17. Book bus to visit Milbridge

    Bess the Book Bus will returns to Camden National Bank in Milbridge 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.

    Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy outreach dedicated to building home libraries for children and families that otherwise may not have the opportunity to own books. Area children can visit the bus and pick out a free book to take home. Books in both English and Spanish will be available.

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  18. Community turns out for emergency department tour

    More than 150 community members came out to view the new Emergency Department at Down East Community Hospital last week. 

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  19. Artist of the Week - Gillyin Gatto

     

    by Jessica Griffin - Brown 

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  20. Bangor restaurant invites King fans to dine on “It” themed menu

    Oriental Jade, a Bangor restaurant serving Chinese and Asian cuisine, is credited as the inspiration for the “Jade of the Orient” restaurant in Stephen King’s #1 best selling novel “It”. The Jade of the Orient was the scene of a rather pivotal moment in the book, where the members of the “The Losers’ Club” gathered and eventually realized that evil clown Pennywise seemed to be everywhere, including sending the group messages through fortune cookies through objects like eyeballs inside the cookies.

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  21. Former Beddington resident publishes late husband’s mystery series

     

    by  Isabelle Hallé 

    Writing was always part of Edward’s and Louise’s relationship. It still keeps the two close, even though he is no longer by her side.

    Edward and Louise met in kindergarten and started dating as teenagers. Edward wrote poems to Louise during his service in the Air National Guard. He continued his writing after they married in 1969, and, in her spare time, Louise edited and typed his work.

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  22. Action shots of Washington Academy Lady Raiders Soccer

    All photos by  John Rogers.  See full photo spread in this week's issue pages 16-17.  Digital version here.

    Hailey Wood gets the pass to a leading teammate.

    Made Tanggahma battling a Lady Dragon the possession of the ball.

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  23. Fall sports season starting

    by Phil Stuart

    The 2017-2018 high school sports season is upon us which includes cross country, golf, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer and volleyball.

    Cross country is hard to predict but it would be fairly safe to say that Evan Merchant of Jonesport-Beals would be favored to win the DAC championship and that WA, Machias and Narraguagus would be the only schools capable of fielding fall teams.

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  24. Great hiking in the fall

     

    by Phil Stuart

    The months of September and October are probably the best two hiking months of the year whether you are on your way up Mt. Katahdin or doing the Machias River Trail.

    Maine offers hikes of all degrees of difficulty, but you won’t find that situation in Downeast Maine.

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  25. The Quoddy League in 1965

    by Phil Stuart

    The Quoddy Baseball League in 1965 featured seven teams, which included the Beals Braves, Campobello Islanders, Cutler  Naval Base, Bucks Harbor Air Base, Cutler Cardinals, Machias Bruins and  Pleasant Point Indians.

    The Indians got off to their best start ever that year with aging veteran Bobby Wade on the mound and some solid hitters like Jiggs Mitchell, Tim Newel, Red Sapiel, Billy Altvator, Togue Small and Bill Holman.

    The Indians got off to an  8-0 start and would try to win number 9 on August 10 at Machias against the Bruins.

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  26. Free “Repair & Winterize My Home” workshop offered in East Machias

    The Washington County Thriving in Place Initiative invites you to “Repair & Winterize My Home,” a free informational session on Sept. 26 from noon to 3 p.m. at the East Machias Community Center, located in the Firehouse building across Route 1 from the East Machias Post Office.  

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  27. Land Transfers by deed August 11 through August 24, 2017

    Helene Dilks of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the United States of America of Warwick, Rhode Island a

    certain lot or parcel of land together with any buildings and improvements thereon situated in

    Harrington (The United States Coast Guard-34.1 acres more or less on the Narraguagus River)

    Warren M. Orcutt, Sr. and Velma L. Orcutt of Steuben to Warren M. Orcutt, Jr. of Steuben, Warren M.

    Orcutt, Sr. and Velma L. Orcutt of Steuben a certain lot or parcel of land situated in Township No. 18, M.

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  28. UMM recognizes dedicated staff, key initiatives as fall semester begins

     

    UMM’s leadership team attended, as did leadership from the University of Maine System and the University of Maine, including President Susan Hunter.

     More than fifty UMM faculty and staff members were present to honor each other, the beginning of the partnership with UMaine, and significant UMM achievements and initiatives.

     UMM Head of Campus Kay Kimball described the university community as a group of people here by choice. 

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  29. Final wording of November referendums announced

      Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has finalized the wording of the two citizens’ initiative questions that will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 Referendum Election ballot. Below is the title of each initiative and the final question that will appear on the ballot:

    **QUESTION 1: An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County.** “Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?”

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  30. New Fall library programs with Beau the Dog

    This fall, Porter Memorial Library will offer two new children’s programs – “Dog Days at the Library”, and “Kids’ Story Hour” - led by library volunteer Diane Parker with her certified Pet Therapy Dog, Beau. Dog Days at the Library will meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 11 a.m., beginning September 23. The first session is a meet-and-greet event featuring Beau, a black Labrador retriever. Children of all ages are invited to read to Beau, who listens without saying a word while kids practice their reading skills.

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  31. Court News

    Burton G. Poole of Calais: 1-Disorderly Conduct, Loud Unreasonable Noise on July 30, 2017 in Calais. (SNTC Date 7/31/2017, Washington County Jail 30 Days). 2-Criminal Mischief on July 20, 2017 in Calais. GLTY, DISP

    Maine Trucking LT Inc. of Machiasport, Maine: 7 Counts Rule Violations, Compliance Review on February 22, 2017 in Machiasport. (SNTC Date 7/18/2017, Fine $6,494 for each). ADJ. 7 Counts Rule Violations, Compliance Review on February 22, 2017 in Machiasport. DISP

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  32. Maine joins $3.5M multistate settlement with Lenovo

    Attorney General Janet Mills today announced that Maine has joined 31 other states in a settlement with technology company Lenovo Inc. to resolve allegations that the company violated state consumer protection laws by pre-installing software on laptop computers sold to Maine consumers that made consumers’ personal information vulnerable to hackers. The settlement was negotiated and finalized in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission.

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  33. Heavy Weather

    By V. Paul Reynolds

    How does that saying go? “Fool me once shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me?”  Why is it that some of us never learn from our mistakes?

    In my book, “Backtrack,” chapter four is titled The Lightning Thing. Here is an excerpt:

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  34. Harvey brings Maine to Texas

    Ashmore posted video updates of his journey from Maine to Texas onto the ”Downeast MAINE helping flood victims in TEXAS” Facebook page. He was met in Texas by a group of volunteers who helped sort and unload the goods.

    Photo courtesy Fred Ashmore

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  35. Grandparents Day at BES

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  36. Downeasters rally Facebook to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A local Facebook page connected two strangers who wanted to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and from that connection grew a plan that spread across Washington County. Their combined efforts will culminate in a truckload of supplies bound for Texas this week. Southeastern Texas was struck with Hurricane Harvey on August 29. The flooding is extensive.

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  37. Wildfire in Columbia Falls

    The Worcester Wreath family released an announcement at noon saying that a fire had consumed 20 acres of land. This photo shows a helicopter battling the fire high above the Balsam Valley Amphitheater, which was unharmed. However, the Sawyer Brown concert scheduled for Sunday, September. 3 was cancelled due to forecasted rain and the fire. Photo courtesy Maine Forest Rangers. Find more photos on page 14. 

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  38. Blackfly Ball organizers scramble to adjust to new demographic

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  39. Seaweed harvesting firm makes big splash in Jonesport

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  40. Machias selectboard debates crosswalk, additional school funds

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) repaved many of the roads in Machias this summer, raising questions around the crosswalk previously painted on Court Street between Porter Memorial Library and the Machias Post Office. The selectboard discussed the issue at their regular bi-weekly meeting on Wednesday, August 23.

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  41. Ark animal shelter to host family fair

    On September 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield will be hosting its second Furry Friends Family Fair. Visitors will enjoy live music, pony rides, a petting zoo featuring local farm animals, dunk tank, bounce house, face painting, games, and food provided by North Street Café. 

    The day’s events also feature a dog show starting at noon, with classes for both kids and adults and prizes for: Best Costume, Most Obedient, Best Groomed, and Best Friend Award.

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  42. East Coast River Relay launches from Calais

     

    by Lura Jackson

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  43. Cub and Boy Scout registration opening

    Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 139 from Cherryfield are accepting registration forms for the 2017-18 year. The pack covers the towns of Cherryfield, Milbridge, Harrington, Addison and Steuben and surrounding towns. However, if you do not have a troop or pack nearby, your son is welcome to join us. 

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  44. Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

    by Susan Faloon 

    There are many things we may regret in life, but being prepared for emergencies is not one of them.   You might say I have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I was forced to evacuate summer camp at

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  45. Editors Desk

    As a general rule, people rarely visit the tourist sites closest to home, and we are no exception here in Washington County. Now that the weather is getting cooler and the bugs are slowing down, it’s the perfect time to seek out the attractions in your own backyard.

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