1. Governor appoints Rabinowitz as press secretary

    Governor Paul R. LePage announced today he has appointed Julie Dumont Rabinowitz as his Press Secretary. Rabinowitz now serves as the Director of Policy, Operations and Communication for the Maine Department of Labor.

    “Julie has worked closely with our communications team and our policy advisors in her role at the labor department, and I am looking forward to her continued service as my press secretary,” said Governor LePage.

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  2. Mainers urged to sign up for free disposal of unusable pesticides

    This October, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help Mainers dispose of unusable and waste pesticides. The Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program, jointly sponsored by the BPC and DEP, and funded through pesticide product registration fees, has kept more than 99 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since its start in 1982.

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  3. Solving the smells and stains of 92 Second Street

    Take one imaginative first-time author and one unsolved violent family murder and you have a tale unique to New England. A bloody good story that remains shrouded in mystery even after 125 years.

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  4. Merrill Library offers ‘Let’s Talk About It’ book group

    Merrill Library at the University of Maine at Machias has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free public reading and discussion group, with copies of books available for loan through the library.

    The program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book, in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

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  5. Poliquin launches Veterans Advisory Panel

     

    Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has launched the Veteran Advisory Panel, a new body consisting of Maine Veterans that will assist the Congressman in more effectively hearing from and conveying the interests of Veterans across Maine’s 2nd District to Congress.

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  6. Columbia News

    Another busy week for us, Sometimes I wonder if I will ever have a slow week. Anyway we were out and about on the barrens a few times, I did stop at the Greenwood Cemetery on the Tibbettstown Road and cleaned a couple of stones. Two foot stones need more to do on them and my great great Grandfather James & Hannah (Worcester) Grant’s stone needs more especially on the sides and the back. The front needs a bit more to really get it clean. I just don’t have enough time to do a whole lot of cleaning with school starting up again. Where has the summer gone?

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  7. Wesley News

    Spent the afternoon at UMM in Machias watching granddaughter Maddy and her team playing volleyball. There were six different schools that played each other’s teams. Pete, Jenn, Tracey, and I had a great time. Wish we still played volleyball at the Wesley School. I was able to stop to balls even in a wheelchair. 

    Picked up some pizza and headed for home in Wesley where there were four young woman waiting for us. There six ladies grew up together and some worked together but haven’t seen each other for quite a while. 

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  8. Harrington News

    There was a fire at Worcester’s Balsam Valley.  It burned many trees, but it was contained after a spell. Many of the trees were damaged.

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  9. UMM students volunteer to clean Machias headstones

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When new and transfer students arrived at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM) last weekend, they participated in an annual UMM tradition of kicking off the school year with a community service project. 

    “Last year we did something at the veterans retirement home, and one year we did some work on the boxcar for the Chamber of Commerce,” said Jake Hanley, who serves as the assistant director of student engagement and inclusion.

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  10. Whitneyville Library news

    Thank you to everyone that came out and supported us at the Annual Blueberry Festival this year.  The Friends of the Whitneyville worked hard getting ready for the festival making new items that were for sale. Friends of the Whitneyville Library are getting ready for craft fairs in November and December.  It will be almost that time of the year to make our hand dipped chocolates.

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  11. Reenacting history

    On Saturday, August 24 the Starboard Cove Community Club hosted an open house at Starboard village’s little red schoolhouse, maintained by the club. Normally, every odd year includes a historic reenactment, such as the one pictured here from 2015. However, this year the association opened the schoolhouse and dedicated the new Little Free Library built to hold books outside the schoolhouse. On every even year, the club hosts a lobster roll and fish chowder public supper, to raise funds for the maintenance of the historic building. Photos courtesy Starboard Cove Community Club.

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  12. Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host family picnic at Machiasport’s Long Point

     

    Maine Coast Heritage Trust will host family picnic at Long Point

     On Sunday, September 17, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) will host a picnic from noon– 2:30 p.m. at the Long Point Preserve, East Side Road, in Machiasport. This event is free and open to the public.

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  13. DECH hosts open house for donors

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Dozens of donors, invited to a weekend preview of the new emergency department at Down East Community Hospital, poured into the new patient-friendly facility.

    “I think about Washington County and how people rally,” said David Whitney, board chair, to those assembled. “If there’s a need people step up to the plate. It was just incredible, the ease that allowed us to do our job. We reached out to a lot of people, and only one person said no!”

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  14. Superintendent urges Mainers to talk with agents about flood insurance

    Superintendent urges Mainers to talk with agents about flood insurance

    Exact percentages vary, but news from Texas consistently paints a bleak picture regarding the number of homes protected by flood insurance - with the vast number of homes impacted by Hurricane Harvey reportedly uninsured. 

    “Many people assume incorrectly that their basic homeowners insurance policy will cover damage from flooding,” Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa stated. “Flood coverage must be purchased separately. Talk with your agent about whether you need flood insurance.”

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  15. Local WWII vet praised for service to sinking aircraft carrier

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Local WWII Navy veteran Mac McKean will receive a citation of recognition for his service from the USS Wasp Association later this month. 

    This month Mac McKean will receive a citation for service from the USS WASP Association. Photo courtesy Mac McKean

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  16. Jewels of Trescott

    Getting acquainted with Moose Cove

    The Ridge Trail in Moose Cove is an unspoiled, beautiful stretch of terrain that occupies the Bog Brook Preserve in the rural township of Trescott. While traveling on Route 191 north east of Cutler, it may be tricky catching a glimpse of the sign alerting motorists to Moose Cove, as one notes the thick forests and bogs of either side of the road. But once you locate the entrance, you will be treated to a peaceful wooded hike complete with some stunning views. 

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  17. Wildfire in Columbia Falls

    Fire broke out on the land of Worcester Wreaths in Columbia Falls on Thursday, Aug. 31. The Maine Forest Rangers responded with helicopters, bulldozers, and firefighters on foot. Photo courtesy Maine Forest Rangers

     

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  18. Axiom offers Mosaic classes

    Axiom Education & Training Center in Machias will offer several Mosaic Classes, for kids and adults with Meri Levesque in September and October. On September 23, there will be two workshops, one for kids in the morning from 9:00am – 12:00pm, and another for adults from 1:00 – 4:00pm. There will also be a one-session workshop for kids on Saturday, October 21, 9:00am – 12:00pm and a four-session workshop for adults on Tuesdays, October 5 – 26, 5:30 – 7:30pm. All classes will be held at Washington Academy, 66 Cutler Rd, East Machias.

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  19. GROWL YOU MAY – but – GO YOU MUST

    Chanteys & ditties of Jack Tar

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  20. A Dash of Color 5k set for Sept. 23

    Machias. Healthy Acadia will host its annual “A Dash of Color” 5K Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 23. The non-competitive run / walk will start and finish at the University of Maine at Machias Murdock Fitness and Aquatics Center, 116 O-Brien Avenue, Machias.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 8:45 a.m.; the run will start promptly at 9 a.m. Event proceeds will benefit Healthy Acadia’s DownEast Teen Leadership Camp and community initiatives focused on substance education, prevention, support and recovery in Washington County.

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  21. Waters of Island Institute to resume work in Eastport

     

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  22. Ladies Soccer Starting – Action Shots of Shead Tigerettes

    Tigerette Jacquelyn Cook looking for a teammate while handling the ball.

    Halle Sullivan makes a nice pass to a teammate for Shead.

    Sara Bartlett sends the ball into the middle.

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  23. Chalmers and Bishko Annual Blueberry Run 1 mile winners

     

    by Phil Stuart

    Barrett Chalmers of Portland and Hayley Bishko were the overall male and female winners at the Annual Blueberry Run one - mile race August 19th in Machias.

    This year’s race featured ideal running conditions with a light rain and cool weather.

    The times in this years race are a bit misleading because many of the leaders headed across Center Street which cut almost a half mile off from the one mile distance.

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  24. Clipper squads getting ready

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clipper fall sports squads are busy working out at practice sessions, getting ready for their season openers in volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s soccer.

    The women’s volleyball squad will be coached this season by veteran coach Amy Fritz, who is back as head coach after a two year absence.

    The Clippers, who play in the Yankee Small College Conference, will open their season Aug. 30 at a preseason tourney at the University of new Brunswick in Fredericton.

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  25. Monitoring Black racers, The largest snake in Maine

     

    by IFW Wildlife Biologist Brad Zitzke

    Nearly anyone who has spent any time in the woods or fields in their lifetimes has had the eye-opening experience of startling a snake underfoot. This can be particularly shocking if it happens in a part of the country where venomous species dwell.

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  26. Visiting French family shares perception of Americans

     

    by Lura Jackson

    When living in a society, it can be difficult to consider what that society is like until one has the opportunity to share in an external perspective. That opportunity arose recently when a French family visited America, making their way up from New York City to Big Lake in Princeton to spend a week with the Nichols family. 

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  27. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

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    Artist Reception - Monday Sept.11 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Meet September artist Kathy Dardis - Henry D. Moore Library 207-546-7301

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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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  28. Avis C. Manchester Machias

    Avis C. Manchester, 81, died August 27, 2017 in Machias following a short illness. She was born July 5, 1936 in the Kennebec district of Machias, the daughter of the late Clyde O. and Phoebe (Foss) Manchester. 

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  29. Court News

    Nathaniel S. Dana of Indian Township, Maine: 1-Assault. 2-Disorderly Conduct, Fighting on February 29, 2016 in Calais. (SNTC Date 7/19/2017, Fine $300, Washington County Jail 48 Hours, Stayed 7/24/2917). DISP, GLTY 

    Nicholas P. Corbett of Baileyville, Maine: Violating Condition of Release on March 30, 2017 in Baring. (SNTC Date 7/19/2017, Washington County Jail 24 Hours, Stayed 7/21/2017). GLTY

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

    1 acres more or less)

    MLA, LLC of East Machias to Machias Motel, LLC. of Machias a certain parcel of land, with buildings thereon, located at the northerly intersection of U. S. Route 1, also known as Dublin Street and the westerly side of Hudson Drive thence running south along the westerly side of Hudson Drive

    Frederick Hess and Dona Hess of Harrington to the United States of America a certain lot or parcel of land, together with any buildings or improvements thereon, situated in Harrington being part of the

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  31. Beehive brings BAR boxcar to Machias

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Online shopping sometimes takes a funny turn. Just when you’re ready to checkout, savvy websites bombard you with product suggestions chosen just for you, and those suggestions are often uncanny.  

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  32. Honoring our ancestors

    The Daughters of the American Revolution Hannah Weston Chapter gathered together last month to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Rim. From left: Barbara Maloy, Arlene Hutnik,  Roberta Hammond, Mary Alice Look, and Valdine Atwood. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  33. New drug recovery center to open in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The opioid addiction epidemic has hit Washington County hard. According to a report from the University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, last year Washington County suffered the most drug deaths per capita of any county in the state, with 20 deaths in 2016. 

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  34. Labor of love at cemetery reveals helpers

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Maurice Lund is almost certainly smiling down on what’s happening at the Jacksonville cemetery. 

    For decades the site of his many labors, this caretaking now spans generations with Jo Nathan (aka Jonathan) Bragg, 15, and Nathan Pennell taking charge. The two are firmly in sync, sharing the same birthday, favorite TV shows, a love of the outdoors, the Nathan name and an abiding bent for cemetery work. 

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  35. Family Futures Downeast helps two generations succeed at once

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    It isn’t every day that a preschooler walks across a university stage to receive a diploma. But that was the case for several Washington County children, some young enough to be carried, during a graduation ceremony held in Machias last month.

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  36. Tiffany windows return

     

    Once restoration is complete, the windows will be lit from behind during evening hours. The windows are made from a palette of blues, fitting for the church that created and runs the area’s beloved Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. Once complete, the church plans to move on with the restoration of the other eight stained glass windows, all done in the Tiffany style. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  37. Open Lighthouse Day comes with free admission Sept. 9

    Open Lighthouse Day comes with free admission Sept. 9

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  38. Fundraising for Jonesport’s landmark spire begins

     

    by Laura Mazza-Dixon

    As anyone who goes out lobstering, fishing, boating or sailing around Moose-a-Bec Reach can tell you, the spire that has graced Jonesport’s harbor for 130 years has been removed. 

    Traditionally kept lighted at night by the members of the congregation in memory of their loved ones, the steeple of the white church on the hill on Sawyer Square has been a familiar landmark by both day and night for generations of sailors and fishermen.

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  39. Nursing care, safe drinking water bills survive veto cycle

    by Sen. Joyce Maker

    Earlier this month, the Legislature reconvened for the final day of the first session for a “veto day” to take action on two dozen bills that had been returned by the governor, and to address all outstanding business. This proved to be another long day in Augusta, but I’m glad to finally be back in the district to enjoy the rest of the summer, attend events and meet with constituents. 

     Two of the bills voted on were measures that I sponsored, and I am glad to say that both were overridden with healthy margins.

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  40. Editors Desk

    One of my favorite authors is fond of saying that September is the other January. Even if you’re not going back to school, there’s something about September that feels like a fresh beginning. I’m looking forward to the change of the season.

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  41. Letters to the Editor

    Appreciation for accessible festival parking

     

    My wife and I attended the Machias Blueberry Festival on Sunday, Aug. 20 and were delighted that the organizers had arranged to have a handicapped parking section in a convenient location. 

     

    Thanks also to the pleasant young man who volunteered to monitor the area and be of assistance if needed.

     

    Doug Richardson

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  42. Healthcare debacle dodges sure solution

    Costly medications continue to spiral out of control -- but it’s not just the price of drugs that jeopardizes care for a growing number of families across America.

    Administrative costs, the price of procedures and simply the price tag of slipping into that hospital bed are way, way out of line. A recent editorial in The Portland Press Herald tells us that on average in this country an MRI costs $1,119. But an Australian pays $215 for the same exact scan.

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  43. King issues statement on President’s Afghanistan strategy

    U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s announcement on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan:

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  44. AARP warns of Make-a-Wish scam

    Scams in the name of charities are particularly shameful. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that imposters, claiming to be with the FTC, are calling people and claiming they have won a major sweepstakes with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. All the ‘winner’ has to do is pay thousands of dollars for taxes or insurance on the prize. The target wires the money or shares banking account information, and then never sees that money again. If you encounter this or other scams, report it to the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP or ftc.gov/complaint.

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  45. Lewiston Rep. Jared Golden announces candidacy for Congress

     

    Jared Golden, a Lewiston-area native, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and current Democratic Assistant Majority Leader in the Maine House of Representatives, announced today that he is running for Congress to replace Republican Bruce Poliquin.

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