1. 2017 Eastport Pirate Festival Announced

    The Eastport Pirate Festival Committee has announced that the easternmost city in the USA will once again host the largest Pirate Festival in Northern New England and Atlantic Canada. Starting September 8th and continuing through Sunday, September 10th, your favorite pirate characters will once again descend on Eastport for a weekend of swashbuckling fun. As always, the festival sponsored events are free to the public.

    The Festival Committee is sponsoring a number of contests to celebrate the occasion.

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  2. Machias veterans centers to host lobster dinner Aug. 26

    INTERNITY Veterans Resource Center would like to announce the 1st annual INTERNITY Lobster Dinner / Chinese Auction which will be located at the East Machias Municipal Building on August 26 from 2-5 p.m. All proceeds will go to veterans programs here in Washington County. 

    Tickets are currently located at the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Office, the East Machias Town Office, Archibald’s One Stop, The American Legion Post #9, Bold Coast Cannabis, and Smitty’s Trading Post; or you can call 546-1405 to pre-buy tickets.  

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  3. Lubec concert series closes with Lewy and McIntyre

    The SummerKeys concert series in Lubec will conclude this season on Wednesday August 30 and will feature Peter Lewy on cello accompanied by Richard McIntyre on piano. SummerKeys teacher and performer Mr. Lewy, who resides and teaches in New York City, will be back on stage by popular demand!

    Dr. McIntyre has worked almost continuously as a church musician since the age of 16 and has served parishes in Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is currently the organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pittstown, NJ.

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  4. Community Calendar for August 23, 2017

    Upcoming events

    SEQUELA at Faith UMC, Columbia on August 25 at 7 p.m.  All welcome.  Lots of singing and Worship.

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     INTERNITY will be holding a Benefit Lobster Dinner and Chinese Auction on August 26 at the East Machias Fire Department to help raise money for Veterans Programs in Washington County.  Tickets are available at the MBACC office, the East Machias Town Office, Archibald’s, the American Legion, and Bold Coast Cannabis; or people can call 546-1405 to buy pre-buy tickets.

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  5. Public invited to tour new DECH Emergency Department

    A community open house will take place at the new Emergency Department at Down East Community Hospital on August 31 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  Stop by and take this opportunity to see the state-of-the-art facility that was built to give you and your family more privacy and comfort for your emergency medical care needs. 

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  6. Blueberry Festival

     

     

    For all the photos, please get your Digital Copy and go to page 14 and 15.

    Doug Guy manned the grill at the Washington County Children’s Chorus food tent, where fairgoers could find everything from hamburgers to oysters on the half shell. Photo courtesy Joshua Maker

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  7. UMM Action shots of Narraguagus Boys

    At UMM summer league Trevor Fenderson secures a rebound.

    Nice shot inside over the defense by Zane Strout.

    Zac Smith elevates for two in summer basketball action at Machias

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  8. Early fall running options

    by Phil Stuart

    The fall is regarded by many veteran runners as the best season to get into a road race. In Washington County there are a few spring races, a large number in the summer and another few in the fall. There are other options if you are willing to drive a few miles, but the fall offers a lot of races for area runners to compete.

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  9. Shrine Club Tourney results

    by Phil Stuart

    The Washington County Shrine Club held their annual golf tourney at Barren View Golf Club on July 30.

    The event, also known as the Melrose Beal Tourney was won by Nate Mugford, Shane Alley and Zach Fenton.

    The trio won low gross with a score of 70, and a four stroke lead over Brad Prout, Steve Trimm and Charlie Pray with 74. Third place went to Lester Vandergriff, Sid Vandergriff and Bob Hale who also carded a 74. Fourth place honors with a score of 81 went to Earl Tracy, Craig Pulkkinen and Lennie Espling.

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  10. Bruins out of hibernation

    by Phil Stuart

    The Machias Bruins men’s baseball team had been in hibernation for a decade and a half which would change in 1965.

    The Bruins always had a team represented in the Quoddy League but it had been years since they were competitive. They weren’t in the class of the East Lobsters, Dixie Eagles and Jonesboro Jets in the fifties or the Dennysville AA or Cutler Cardinals in the early sixties.

    In 1964, the Bruins were knocking on the door but got eliminated by the Jonesport Eagles in the semi-finals.

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  11. Calais teams dominate

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) concluded its six-week high school summer basketball league on July 27, with Calais High School winning three out of the four titles.

    In junior varsity girls basketball, Calais had a huge advantage because most of their varsity players were used due to a lack of numbers.

    Calais finished on top of the regular season standings with an 8-0 record followed by Narraguagus 3-5, Woodland 2-6, and East Grand 2-8.

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  12. Higher education initiative offers $100 toward WaCo college accounts

    The children in our community truly are the future faces of Washington County; we can and should do all that we can to help them succeed. Future success is more possible – and children have more options open to them – when young people continue their education after high school. Several partners have come forward to help give the youth of Washington County a boost in planning for higher education – whether it be college, trade school or a certificate program.

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  13. Cutler News

    by  Dee Wheeler 

    The students’ first day of school at Bay Ridge Elementary will be Tuesday, September 5.

    School starts at 8:15 a.m. with dismissal at 2:45 p.m.  Students should bring a snack for recess.  Breakfast and lunch will be served starting on September 5th.  Registration packets will be given to each child on the first day of school.

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  14. Washington County Retired Teachers news

    by Mary McFadden

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  15. Leo L Simmons

    “Together Again” Leo L Simmons, 85, passed away peacefully, on August 3, 2017, at home with his daughter Norma and her husband Allen by his side. Born in Portland, ME to the late Newell and Edith Simmons, he resided in Addison. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife, partner and friend of 39 years, Mary Simmons, in February, 2017.

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  16. Court News

    July 1-July 31, 2017

    Burton G. Poole, of Calais, Maine: criminal mischief on October 2, 2015 in Calais. DISP

    Jeffrey Morrison, of Eastport, Maine: 1-Arson, 2-Arson, 3-Criminal Conspiracy, 4-Theft by Insurance Deception on April 26, 2014 in Perry, Maine. DISP

    Scott MacNichol of Perry, Maine: 1-Arson, 2-Arson, 3-Criminal Conspiracy on April 26, 2014 in Perry, Maine. DISP

    Timothy Edward Watkins, of Harrington, Maine: Harassment by Telephone on February 5, 2016 in Harrington. DISE

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  17. Land Transfers by deed July 28 through August 10, 2017

    Joseph J. Abbott of Sanford to Tucker E. Hill of Lisbon a certain lot or parcel of land in Cherryfield (Lot 41 as shown on the plan entitled “Narraguagus North Half, survey of Lots 41-45, 48 and 49, Cherryfield, Maine”)

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  18. Deer: the pre-baiting issue

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    Maine outdoor writer Steve Carpenteri, in a recent article in the Northwoods Sporting Journal, posed a number of questions related to the baiting of deer by hunters. He then answered those questions in an informative and useful way. While many states allow the hunting of deer over unnatural bait, including neighboring New Hampshire, Maine is not one of them. Here, hunting deer over unnatural bait is illegal.

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  19. Sol Searching

    Beals and Peabodys watching the solar eclipse from Beals Island on August 21. Photo by Nancy Beal.

    Axiom organized an eclipse viewing picnic at Machias’ Middle River Park on Monday. Attendees were given appropriate eye gear to view the eclipse safety, and children stared skyward. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  20. Grieving Camron

    Our communities showed their colors last week in remembrance of Camron Roberts, 18, who lost his life in a car accident on Monday, Aug. 7. Thousands of white and yellow balloons, chosen to represent healing and remembrance, were seen tethered across Washington County in a show of support for Camron’s family.  Photo by Bill Kitchen 

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  21. Whitneyville Library News

    The Friends of the Whitneyville last week helped the Jacksonville Cemetery raise money for new fencing.  The members of the Jacksonville Cemetery put on a baked beans and casserole public supper on August 5 that was held at the Elm Street School.  Many turned out to raise money.  It’s all about giving back and doing something to help where help is needed.

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  22. Machias adopts food sovereignty, gives Blueberry Festival green lights

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At a special town meeting held last Wednesday, Aug. 9, Machias residents voted 8-1 to adopt a local food sovereignty ordinance. 

    The ordinance makes it legal for home food producers to sell direct to consumers without government licensing or inspection. Machias Selectman Bill Kitchen said that the board moved quickly to adopt the ordinance in order to allow local producers to capture as much of the summer harvest and tourist seasons as possible.

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  23. How a farmer’s union, a Beehive and a candymaker gave Machias the Blackfly Ball

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    For most of the year, the waterfalls that drop through the heart of downtown Machias are beneath the town’s notice, literally. Positioned below a bridge that spans the Machias River, the Bad Little Falls are difficult to glimpse from Main Street. 

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  24. Universal health coverage builds base in coastal Maine

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Medicare for all is a bipartisan effort gaining steam throughout Maine. Although the Downeast chapter of Maine AllCare is in Blue Hill, Downeast could achieve new meaning as the movement for universal healthcare inches eastward.

    “We’re going to have a table at the Wild Blueberry Festival,” says Phil Caper, founding board member of Maine AllCare and for years a universal health care advocate. “Spreading the word is what it takes. This fight about health care is 100 years old. And I mean Teddy Roosevelt, not FDR.”

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  25. DAR uses bequest to beautify historic Burnham Tavern

    by Valdine Atwood

    The historic Burnham Tavern Museum has a new look. After the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution received a bequest from a member, the late Elizabeth DeShon Tibbetts  it was decided to purchase the former Machias Cleaners building, remove it and then develop a landscape plan for the area. 

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  26. Previous blueberry quilts sought for festival display

    If you’ve been lucky enough to win one of the handmade quilts from past Blueberry Festivals, please consider lending it to be part of the festival’s display this Saturday, August 19. During the festival each year, as many quilts as possible are gathered and displayed in the sanctuary of Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in downtown Machias. The church is the home of the festival, now in its 42nd year.

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  27. SIEGE OF MACHIAS – August 1777

    Compiled and edited  by: Valdine C. Atwood

    Between June 1775 and 1777 the British were not happy with the “Pirates at Machias” or the “Hotbed of Rebels at Machias” and soon made plans to punish the settlers at Machias. On Aug. 13, four British ships under the command of Sir George Collier, came into Machias Bay with orders to launch an attack on the “Rebel Nest at Machias”.

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  28. Machiasport appoints new town clerk

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Subsequent to last month’s firing of town clerk, Donna-Jean Metta, and the resignation of the town’s deputy town clerk, the Machiasport Selectboard conducted interviews to fill the vacant positions. 

    On Wednesday, Aug. 7 Marcia Hayward was sworn in as town clerk, deputy tax collector, registrar of voters, and town treasurer. 

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  29. Celebrated Vocalist Thea Lobo and Pianist Sylvia Berry to Perform in Machias

     

    Mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo. Submitted photo.

    On Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present a concert featuring fêted mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo and piano/pianoforte virtuoso Sylvia Berry. Their program will include Frauenliebe und -leben by Robert Schumann, as well as various Lieder by Schumann and Franz Schubert.  This will be the final concert of MBCC’s 2017 Season.

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  30. Scenic flights at airport Open House

    The Machias Valley Airport will host an Open House and Fly-In this Saturday, August 19th from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., which is free for all ages and open to the public. A variety of aircraft will be on display including a Maine Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter, a Maine Forest Service helicopter, and Civil Air Patrol aircraft between 10 and 2, along with a variety of private planes. There will also be scenic and orientation flights available, along with morning and afternoon food and concessions.

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  31. Poliquin: ACA repeal without replacement will not work

    by Rep. Bruce Poliquin

     As the U.S. Senate began debate on health care in the last week of July, Congressman Poliquin announced he would not support a repeal of the ACA, the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare, without a viable alternative, a legislative path that was considered.

     Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:

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  32. The Editor’s Desk

    Here we are about to crest the peak of the Machias summer season—the 42nd Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. I have heard the comment enough times to suspect I’m not the only one to wonder, where did the summer go? 

    This year’s Blueberry Festival promises to be bigger than ever before, with so many new additions it’s hard to keep track of them all—a beer garden served up by the Machias River Brewing Company, dozens of vendors marketing all day Friday on the Centre Street Church green, and a comedian to emcee all of Saturday’s church step events. 

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  33. Collins remembers Campbell for Alzheimer’s advocacy

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins, issued this statement upon the passing of country music singer Glen Campbell following his battle with Alzheimer’s disease:

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  34. Two honored at Washington Academy trustee tea

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Washington Academy’s annual trustee tea was held this past Saturday on the school grounds. Harland Hitchings received this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Ralph Mahar was the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award.

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  35. Shadowed by 50 countries that don’t exist

    Geographers can be a distinctive group of scholars, but I had never thought them too scintillating until I picked up An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist.

    Mere pages into this book, one is pondering the definition of country, the viability of travel documents issued by national governments and really, the shifting, slippery existence of borders. 

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  36. Letters to the Editor - Save the Children Maternity Residence

    Save the Children Maternity Residence 

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing to you to solicit your endorsement and financial support for a proposal to create a non-profit maternity residence for pregnant young women for our Lewiston-Auburn area. The pro-life movement and anti-abortion campaigns have reduced the number of abortions; however, there is more to be done.

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  37. King announces support for Family and Medical Leave legislation

    At a press conference last week at the Lamey Wellehan location in Auburn, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support for the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY) Act, paid family and medical leave legislation that underscores the importance of comprehensive family leave policies to support working parents and family caregivers in Maine. 

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  38. AARP warns of subscription scam

    Be on the lookout out for phony subscription invoices this month. If you receive an offer or renewal for magazines and newspapers that sound too good to be true, don’t make any payments! Be sure to call the publisher and verify that it is legitimate before giving any personal or credit card information. Take the time to double check, and you can beat the scammers at their own game.

    Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

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  39. Jacksonville cemetery news

    A very successful public supper was held recently to help raise funding for our new black steel fence.  Thanks to everyone who came and those who helped out.  We are planning a Tupperware Party soon to also help.  People interested in this should contact Anne at 255-8496.  Our next meeting is 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Grange Hall in Jacksonville.  Refreshments will be served.

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  40. Columbia News

    I am still working on painting my deck and in hopes to get it finished in the coming week. This has been a big job to do, but I am gaining on it when the sun is shining. Of course it might help that I don’t plan other activities while doing this, but most activities are at night anyway.

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  41. Where will Jonesport-Beals bridge workers live and eat?

     

    Parking for fishermen at the Jonesport marina is at the breaking point for fishermen who have no place to tie up their skiffs and outboard boats. A committee is looking into alternate sites and funding, but so far little progress has been made. Photo by Nancy Beal.

    by Nancy Beal

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  42. Beating the heat

     

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  43. Enhance your health with Tai Chi: Healthy Acadia offers four 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.

     Healthy Acadia is pleased to offer eight-week “Tai Chi for Health” sessions in four locations:  Brooksville, Ellsworth, Machias, and Stonington, beginning in August. 

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  44. Machias solar eclipse picnic scheduled for August 21

    STEM Guides Downeast and Downeast Amateur Astronomers are offering a Solar Eclipse Picnic on Monday, August 21, from noon–4 p.m. at Middle River Park in Machias. There will be activities and solar telescopes on display to view the eclipse (we will also have glasses available for viewing) as well as an eclipse presentation for the attendees. 

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  45. Community Calendar for August 16, 2017

    Upcoming events

    CHICKEN B-B-Q Supper, Sat., Aug. 19, at 5 p.m., parish hall, Dennysville; chicken, baked potato, veggies, desserts, etc.  All are welcome!

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    Chicken B-B-Q Supper, Sat., Aug. 19 @ 5 p.m.; Parish Hall (Route 86), Dennysville; chicken, potatoes, veggies, cole slaw, rolls, cakes

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    Indian River Grange Yard and Bake Sale  August 19-  9 a.m. -1 p.m. 

    1439 Indian River Road. Rain or shine.Hot dogs available.

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