1. Columbia

    On Sunday, August 20, I spent most of the day at the Tracy’s Reunion in Gouldsboro. It was great talking with the folks that attended. Those that signed the guest book numbered about 40 and we feel that there were others that forgot to sign in.  Hopefully someone added their names to the list. It was a great day to be out and about with family and friends.

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  2. Wesley

    Andy got my firewood all cut up with the chainsaw. Not too many pieces needed to be split. Ron & Linda have started cutting up their wood and Richard Z. is hard at work cutting his. Eric and RA just got their pile of wood delivered. That time of year.

    Karen wood got her hair shaved off at the Legion. She looks great with or without hair and that smile of hers. A bunch of guys and one woman also had their heads shaved.

    Dan Schall will be at the Wesley Community Church for a music concert at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13. Mark this date on your calendar.

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  3. Harrington

    Patty and Al Howland  have been doing a lot of traveling. They took their granddaughter, Brittany, to Bucksport to visit Fort Knox and the Observatory tower.  They went into town for the 225th anniversary of the city. They had a wonderful day seeing the sights.

    Patty and Al went to Bangor and stopped by Linda and Dick Mahan’s for a visit.

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  4. Little red open house

    The dollhouse-like Little Free Library even has window boxes full of flowers hanging below its double-hung windows, which were made by Stephanie Heller. Anyone may stop by the kiosk and borrow a book, or replace a book at any time. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

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  5. “Dear Flory”

     A peep at Perry’s society life through letters to Florence Lyman.

    Think of a television drama filled with the wealthy society ladies on summer retreat. You would expect it to be set in Newport or the Hamptons. But it’s not on TV. It’s live, and in person, at the Pembroke Historical Society on Monday evening, Sept. 18.

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  6. 30th Annual Salmon Festival offers fine food, music, and more

     

    by Lura Jackson

    What began as a simple way to celebrate one of the major fishing industries in the Passamaquoddy region has evolved into a major foodie event featuring fine dining, local music, arts and crafts, and more. The 30th annual Salmon Festival in Eastport promises to wow its attendees with its artisanal theme and a wide range of new and returning offerings during the two days of events on Sept. 2-3.

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  7. Jonesport to consider food sovereignty ordinance

     

    by Nancy Beal

    When next a town meeting is held in Jonesport—whether special or annual next March—voters will be asked to vote on a food sovereignty ordinance. Such a town law, if passed, would give individuals the right to sell agricultural products they produce at home that are not inspected for or subject to state licensing requirements. Such transactions would be legal between the producer/processor and a buyer when the product is sold for home consumption and not for resale.

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  8. Axiom offers Business of Writing Workshop

    You leap out of bed with inspiration, wrestle the words onto the page, then in the light of day, hone it into a masterpiece. Your writing is now ready to send out to the world. Where will you send it? There are thousands of literary markets out there, how do you select the best place to present your work? What is the best way to format submissions?  What do you need to know about copyright?  How do you write a bio? A cover letter?  What are the best tools to manage your submissions? What about literary contests?  Does self-publicity work? How do you market yourself as a writer?

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  9. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Public Pot Roast Supper —Saturday Sept. 2 @ 5 p.m. Hillgrove Community Building in Whitneyville Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Peas, Carrots, Janet’s rolls, homemade

    pies and cakes. Money raised to benefit the Whitneyville Library

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    Rockgrounds Gem and Mineral Show — National Guard Armory, Western Ave., Augusta Sat. Sept. 2. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 3 - Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dealers and information 207-873-6270. 

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  10. Axiom offers ‘Downeast Goes 4 Star’ cooking class

     

    Axiom Education & Training Center in Machias will offer a 12-week cooking class, Downeast Goes 4 Star: Cooking with Phil Brehmer starting Wednesday, Sept. 13 and running until December 19. The class will meet from 5–8 p.m., in the Culinary Arts kitchen at Machias High School.

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  11. 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers released

    Resolute Bear Press announces the release of “3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers.” While much attention is focused on the border between Mexico and the United States, this book looks at the northeast, where Canada and New England share borders, boundaries, blood, and heritage. Some of the world’s highest tides surge in and out every day where successive waves of people have come and gone. Native and First Nations people have lived here for ten thousand years or more.

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  12. Roque Bluffs Gallery to host ‘Black and White’ exhibit

    The Roque Bluffs Art Gallery and Learning Center will be holding its third art exhibit of the season Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The theme of this art showing is “Simply Black and White”, and nine artists will display their black and white creations. Whether it’s photography, paintings, sketching, or glass art, it has to be in a black and white format.  

    “We have a fantastic lineup of very talented artists and I know we will have something for everyone’s taste” said Bob McCollum, the organizer.

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  13. Dardis to be featured artist

    Kathleen “Kathy” Dardis will be the September featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben.

    The show will be available for viewing during library hours during the month of September and at an artist reception 6-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

    Dardis, now a resident of Milbridge, first visited Steuben around 1975 with her husband, Chuck, at his family vacation home on Petit Manan Point.

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  14. Gauguin’s influence precipitates new exhibition

    “Gauguin and Me,” a show of works by Elizabeth Ostrander, sculptor and mixed media painter, will be on view at the Eastport Gallery through Sept. 1. The artist describes rekindling her interest in the French post-Impressionist by a surprise gift of a book on his ceramic works by her friend Lois Smith.

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  15. Annual youth showcase a musical highlight of Labor Day weekend

     

    On Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m., the Eastport Art Center’s 2017 Concert Series will conclude with the annual Young Persons’ Concert. A tradition of more than 20 years, the concert features talented young performers from all over Washington County in a program that is an engaging mix of genres, instrumentation and styles. Each year, attendees come away delighted with the inspiring display of young talent, and these emerging musicians have an opportunity to build their poise on the EAC stage with a warm and friendly house of fans. 

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  16. UMM Action shots of Washington Academy Boys

    WA Raider driving past the defense into the paint.

    Taking the baseline against the Bulldogs.

    Driving strong down the lane.

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  17. Upswing in baseball

    by Phil Stuart

    Baseball is a sport that seems to be on a downward spiral in many areas, especially at the high school level.

    Many small schools have all they can do to field a team and many of those that do play only to participate so the school can continue offering the sport.

    Very few kids are seen playing catch in their backyard, and even fewer are having pick up games at a local ball field.

    This really shows up when they get into a real game. The fundamentals just aren’t there.

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  18. Espling aces at Barren View

    by Phil Stuart

    Lenny Espling of Jonesboro, the manager at Barren View Golf Club, recorded a hole-in-one on the par 3 pin #5 at Barren View Golf Club on Aug.  7.

    Espling used a 7 iron to make his 143-yard ace which was witnessed by Nate Mugford and Bernie Matthews.

    Berenice Fedder own the women’s club championship with a gross score of 157 on august 13th. Hazel Carter was second at 198, while Nancy Cunliffe came in third at 212.

    Laura Bagley of Back Bay had the low net score of the day with a 131. She was followed by Jeanine Wright at 139.

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  19. Merchant wins at Veazie

    by Phil Stuart

    Jonesport-Beals High School junior Evan Merchant of Beals, the defending Downeast Athletic Conference champion, averaged 5.47 a mile and led 68 runners across the finish line on August 12th to win the first VZ 5K Road Race in Veazie.

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  20. Lubec’s Appalachian Trail connection

    by Phil Stuart

    Several area residents have hiked the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain Georgia, the southern most terminus, to Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, the northernmost terminus, or vice versa.

    This two-thousand mile journey on the country’s most famous continuous foot path might not have been possible without the efforts of a North Lubec native by the name of Myron H. Avery.

    The idea of building the Appalachian Trail was conceived in the early 1920’s, but things really took off in 1927.

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  21. Washington County Community Cafe and Meals on Wheels menu for Sept. 2017

    Washington County Community Cafe and Meals on Wheels menu for Sept. 2017

    Friday, Sept. 1; Chicken pot pie, broccoli cuts, wheat bread, dessert. 

    Monday, Sept. 4; Sweet and sour meatballs, sesame vegetable rice, green beans, wheat bread, dessert

    Tuesday, Sept. 5; Cheese and beef macaroni, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, dessert.

    Wednesday, Sept. 6; Pineapple teriyaki chicken, brown rice, peas, carrots, dessert. 

    Thursday, Sept. 7; Creamy chicken, wild rice casserole, carrots and broccoli, wheat bread, dessert.

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  22. US Cellular seeking Most Valuable Coach nominations

    Today, U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach program returns to honor high school coaches who lead by example, strengthen their teams and give back to their communities. 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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  23. Free healthy cooking class series offered in Eastport and Calais

    Healthy Acadia, in partnership with the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, is excited to offer “Cooking Matters,” a free, six-session healthy cooking class series, in Calais and Eastport this fall. The series is specially designed for those struggling with a tight food budget while living with cancer. Classes are also great for those living with diabetes and chronic disease. If space allows, members of the public not experiencing chronic disease are most welcome to participate.

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  24. Allen R Devericks Machias

    Allen R Devericks, 48, of Machias, owner of newly opened local business “Al’s Cycle Services”, a lifelong dream of his, and sergeant of Downeast Correctional Facility for 20 years, passed away unexpectedly on August 16, 2017. Allen was a man of many talents with a thirst for adventure. Always busy, never idle, he was a skilled handyman, a loving father, and an inspiration and role model to many.

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  25. Enhance your Health with Tai Chi: Healthy Acadia offers free courses

    We all know life can be hectic, juggling work, family and social obligations. Why should you consider adding Tai Chi to your busy schedule? To help create balance. Tai chi is the perfect antidote to our fast-paced modern culture; it is an ancient Chinese practice that incorporates slow, gentle and controlled movement to improve relaxation, flexibility, concentration, and muscle strength.

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  26. Court News

    Jessica A. Bailey of Calais, Maine: Unlawful Trafficking in Scheduled Drug on December 1, 2016 in Calais. (SNTC Date 7/19/2017, Fine $400, Department of Corrections 5 Years all but 10 Months Suspended, Probation 3 years). GLTY

    Brian Earl Denbow of Perry, Maine: 1-Operating While License Suspended or Revoked on December 23, 2016 in Whiting. (SNTC Date 7/18/2017, Fine $500). 2-Failing to Notify of Motor Vehicle Accident on December 23, 2016 in Whiting. (SNTC Date 7/18/2017, Fine $200). GLTY

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

    Land Transfers by Deed from August 11, 2017 through August 24, 2017

    Brandon H. Parker of Jonesboro to Alan L. Curtis and Ashley Whitman Curtis of Wesley a certain lot orparcel of land in Wesley (Being lots # 11 and # 12 as shown on a plan entitled “Final Plan of Dream

    Catcher Shores II Subdivision Property of Hawkins Wood Harvesting Services, Inc.”

    Williams H. Kennedy and Linda D. Kennedy of Jonesboro to David James Slein and Paula Kay Slein of

    Cumming, Georgia a certain lot or parcel of land together with the improvements thereon situate in

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  28. Fall Game Bird Outlook

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    Truth be known, the bloom is off the rose for me when it comes to upland bird hunting. It just isn’t the same when your favorite gun dog is no longer of this earth. But my memory still works, and the intense pleasure of breathing cool fall air against a color-coated  autumn backdrop, while watching my Sally on point, is never forgotten.

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  29. Bear season now underway in Maine

     

    Maine’s bear season began on Monday, August 28 throughout the state of Maine. Last year, 10,936 hunters purchased a permit to hunt bear, with 2,859 hunters harvesting a bear for a success rate of 26%.

    “Conditions look promising for hunters to have a better year than last year, but just how successful hunters are depends on the abundance of natural foods and how long those natural foods remain available” said IFW Bear Biologist Jen Vashon.

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  30. Blueberry festival hailed as sunny, soggy success

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    It was the first time in recent memory that heavy rain fell on Blueberry Festival weekend, but organizers and vendors alike expressed amazement at how little the showers dampened spirits or festival attendance.

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  31. Court documents show victim spent final hours in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    One of two people charged in the murder of Sally Shaw is currently being held at the Washington County Jail in Machias. Quaneysha Greeley, 19, was extradited from New York to Maine earlier this month.

    Carrine “T” or “Terror” Reeves, 37, was also arrested in Queens, New York, on July 26 for the murder of Shaw, but is being held there on charges related to a different assault earlier this year. Greeley and Reeves were together at the time of their arrest.

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  32. WaCo grows as ‘adventure cycling’ destination

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  33. ‘I ran away and bought an inn’

    by Ruth Leubecker

    “When my husband died I said what am I going to do? My kids said you always wanted ; to run a B&B, so go find one.”

    So said Cynthia McDonough last week. Since June, 1 as the happy, proud owner of the Riverside Inn in East Machias, the move has been an eye-opening experience. Mostly since she has been by herself since the beginning and readily admits she has no experience in running such an establishment. 

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  34. State urges hunters to download—not print—Maine Hunting Guide

    Printed copies of the Maine Hunting Guide will be out soon, but the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is urging as many hunters as possible to download the PDF version instead. Here’s why:

     1.       It’s convenient. Even without cell or internet service, smartphone users can access their pre-downloaded law book to check a technical rule, confirm legal hunting times, etc. If you always keep your phone on you (and charged) to take photos or use the GPS, this is a no-brainer.

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  35. Guest Voice - Tobacco 21 bill will save lives

    by Julie Daigle

     Healthy Acadia is thrilled that the recently enacted Tobacco 21 bill, which makes Maine the fourth state in the US to raise the minimum legal age of sale for tobacco products to 21, puts Maine at the forefront of saving people’s lives. Thank you to our legislators and to the people of Maine who supported this.

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  36. The Editor’s Desk

    It seems as though everyone I know spent days, if not weeks, working on some aspect of last weekend’s Blueberry Festival. I think half of Washington County is due a nice, long nap this week.

    From my festival vantage point at Porter Memorial Library, I marveled at the dozens of people who came out to shop for used books during the pouring rain that fell on Saturday morning. They wore raincoats and balanced umbrellas while lifting the plastic coverings that lay on the book tables, in order to peek at the titles without dampening the books. 

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  37. Letter to the Editor - Teaching our children

    Teaching our children

    Can I do anything meaningful, helpful? At 56 years old, I am raising a child again. She is 7. I am a full-time, stay-at-home mom and homemaker. It is my job to take care of my child’s basic needs such as roof, food, clothes, health care. But since I am her mother and not her babysitter, it is also my responsibility to show and teach her kindness, tolerance, self-control and critical thinking. Is it enough? Am I doing my part to make the world a better place? To stand up against injustice?

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  38. Machiasport’s Gates House to host 34th Annual Lobster Lunch Aug. 26

    Machiasport Historical Society will be serving their 34th Annual Lobster Lunch, Saturday, Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m., behind the Gates House by the river.  Bucks Harbor’s best lobsters and Carolyn Johnson’s famous fish chowder will be served along with corn on the cob, salad, rolls, blueberry cake and beverages. Proceeds from this key fundraiser will go to maintain the two museum buildings & their collections. (344 Port Rd (Rt 92)) 255-8461, 255-8860 or 271-0682. 

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  39. A worthy watchdog gets no time out

    For years Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services has had a deplorable track record when it comes to doing its job. 

    It all began with that huge computer glitch that turned into a catastrophe when it was discovered the state had purchased two computer systems that could not interface with each other. It cost the state many thousands of dollars because DHHS couldn’t make its billing match up to its accounts.  

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  40. Jacksonville cemetery news

    The Jacksonville Cemetery Association met recently to review the West Side Project and the East Side Project.  Current work includes filling sunken graves, troublesome valleys, and bare soil areas.  The town of East Machias has provided a truck load of screened loam for this work. 

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  41. Columbia News

     

    Another week has gone by and I finally got the deck and back steps completely done. I am now working on some other items that need to be painted. I have them primed and ready to paint as soon as the sun comes out this coming week.

    here were not many that attended the selectmen’s meeting Monday night in Addison. It was quickly over with the few items that were on the agenda.

    On Tuesday, Debbie Tracy Winters came to visit and we work on genealogy for the whole afternoon. It was a fun day and I hope she learned something while she was here.

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  42. Wesley News

    Dot Baker is having one side of her log home redone because logs were no good. It took a couple of days to close up the opening. 

    I went with Ruth Ann and Eric to Karen Wood’s benefit supper at the Legion in Machias last Friday. We went early but there was standing room only, but we didn’t stay but dropped off a cake. I wouldn’t have been able to stand long on crutches. I would have loved to have seen Karen. There is only two weeks left with cast. Then I’ll be able to see Karen at work at Bear Camp and be able to drive again.

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  43. Church community garden flourishes

    Machias’ Holy Name Catholic Church started a community vegetable garden this year with the help of a grant, donated materials, and volunteer labor. Located in the field behind the church and Porter Memorial Library, the garden appeared to be thriving during last weekend’s blueberry festivities. The church intends to use its garden produce to contribute to local food pantries. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  44. Neighbors Helping Neighbors builds new deck for INTERNITY

     

    Over the last couple of weeks, INTERNITY Veterans Center on 12 School Street in Machias has taken a drastic change of looks on the outside. From July 31- Aug. 4, a group of teenagers and aduls from Neighbors Helping Neighbors out of Massachusetts arrived at INTERNITY with a mission. That mission was to make sure that this nonprofit veteran’s organization had a working deck with wheelchair capabilities. The hard work and the can-do attitude of these young adults was greatly welcomed and appreciated.   

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  45. Four new faces at Jonesport Elementary School

    by Nancy Beal

    A flurry of resignations at Jonesport Elementary School last spring—the principal and three classroom teachers—has caused the board to scramble this summer to fill four empty positions. This was done at their August 16 meeting.

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