1. Local granddaughter to be featured in NYC’s Times Square video

    Hadley Davis, 9, of Silver Ridge, Maine will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 16, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

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  2. Crow Town Gallery’s last show

    Crow Town Gallery of Lubec announces its last show of the 2017 season, which will feature four artists— Bonnie Beard, Shanna Wheelock, Kathrin Hilten, and Sheryl Denbo— whose work celebrates the beauty of Downeast Maine. The show will run from August 17 to September 3

    Bonnie Beard, the proprietor of the Crow Town Gallery in Lubec, is a landscape painter specializing in the natural beauty around her home. Bonnie works both in her studio above the gallery which overlooks the magnificent marshes of South Lubec and throughout Lubec’s coastline. Bonnie’s mediums are oil and charcoal.

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  3. Mad about blue

     

    The giant blueberry was hoisted up to the church’s steeple, and “dropped” after Sunday morning services, signifying the start of Blueberry Festival week in Machias. Photo by Bill Kitchen.

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  4. Eastport Art Center presents pianist Mira Gill

    The Concert Series at the Eastport Arts Center is thrilled to welcome back world-class concert pianist Mira Armij Gill on Friday, August 25 at 7 p.m. Gill’s program will include works of Rameau, Beethoven, Granados, Moszkowski and Chopin.

    A reception will follow the concert with refreshments courtesy of Moose Island Bakery. Many will remember Gill’s memorable performances over the past decade in Lubec, Eastport, and Saint Andrews. 

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  5. National Barrel Horse Association Action shots by John Rogers

    Madison Brown riding Annie

    Jenna Koehne riding Salty DeFrost

    Milt Porter riding Angel

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  6. Ryder Cup and more

    by Phil Stuart

    The Barren View Golf Course in Jonesboro has been a hub of activity lately with two tournaments and a senior scramble within a week’s time frame.

    On July 25, Barren View hosted a two-person Ryder Cup Tourney.

    Laura Bagley and Bernice Fedder took top honors in gross play with a score of 73, and held a three-stroke lead over Ralph Backman and Tom Viselli. Third place honors went to Wayne Smith and Jim Goliffe, who compiled a score of 80.

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  7. A dynasty is born

    by Phil Stuart

    The two-year reign of the Dennysville AA in the Quoddy Baseball League ended at the conclusion of the 1961 season and it was time for another team to step up.

    The Cutler Cardinals, under Neil Corbett, had fielded teams for years but hadn’t had much success against the likes of Dixie, Jonesboro and Eastport.

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  8. Blueberry Run turns 42

    by Phil Stuart

    On August 19, the Machias Blueberry Run turns 42 years old, making it the second oldest running event in Washington County behind the Perry to Eastport seven-miler which is held on Fourth of July weekend.

    The Blueberry Run does have the distinction of holding the title of most consecutive races because Hurricane Arthur wiped out the 2014 Perry to Eastport 7 to go.

    This year’s Blueberry Run will be held on the third weekend in August and is expected to draw a decent field of runners once again.

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  9. Cake, Tardy Milbridge winners

    by Phil Stuart

    Jud Cake of Bar Harbor and Tia Tardy of Hancock were the overall male and female winners at the Annual Milbridge Days 5k on July 29.

    Cake, one of the premier runners in Eastern Maine and the course record holder at the Cobscook Bay 10k in Pembroke, led a field of 65 runners down to the end of Fickett’s Point and back and a fast time of 16:20.

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  10. Camron Lee Roberts - Marshfield

    Camron Lee Roberts, 18, of Marshfield, died unexpectedly on August 7, 2017  following a day doing what he loved, aboard the F/V Never Enough with his brother and sternman, Connor. The beloved son of Jamie and Shelley, Camron was born on November 4, 1998 in Ellsworth, Maine. Camron was a proud Jonesboro Jet, participating in basketball, baseball, and youth football. He graduated from Washington Academy in June of 2017 with honors.

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  11. Kurt Potter - Whiting

    Kurt Potter of Whiting, Maine passed away suddenly at home on August 7, 2017, with Angelika Potter, his wife of 50 years, at his side.

    Kurt was born in Bremen, Germany on October 19, 1938, and was raised by Heinrich and Hilda Grewe. In 1966 Kurt moved to Toronto, Ontario and subsequently to Baltimore, Maryland to marry Angelika. Kurt lived in Tulsa and Mannford, Oklahoma for 40 years working in book and record sales. He and Angelika relocated to the Cutler-Whiting-Machias area in 2011. Kurt found the climate of coastal Maine reminded him of northern Germany.

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  12. Ivan Leroy Alley - Jonesport

    Ivan Leroy Alley, 62, passed away unexpectedly at his home on August 7, 2017. He was born on January 22, 1955. The son of Morrill E. Alley and Rosalie W. Smith. Ivan was known and will be remembered for his kind heart, contagious smile, and love for New York Yankees baseball - a love passed down from generation to generation. 

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  13. Standing with Charlottesville

     

    The Machias counter-protestors carried signs that read “Love Lives Here” and “All Are Welcome”. NPR reported that more than 500 similar events took place across the nation on Sunday. Photo courtesy Alan Kryszak.

     

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  14. Auction of Afternoons sequel coming soon

     

    Eastport Arts Center’s Development Committee hosted the second annual Auction of Afternoons on Saturday, July 22. Raising nearly $2,000 for EAC general operating support, the event was a great time for participants and featured one of Board member Jon Calame’s memorable auctioneer performances. 

    Community members who still would like to get involved will have a chance as a sequel to the event is coming soon in the form of an online auction featuring more afternoons of learning and exploring in the Eastport area. 

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

    Kelly Barnes of East Machias acting Personal Representative of the Estate of Nancy Lee Roberts to Albert J. Nehrings and Lori H. Nehrings of Whitneyville a certain lot or parcel of land with the buildings thereon on the westerly side of State Route No. 192 in Whitneyville beginning at an iron pipe marking the southeasterly corner of a parcel of land conveyed by Everett L. McLain and Willis Mae McLain to Charles E. Roberts, Jr. and Nancy L. Roberts by deed dated October 3, 1973

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  16. “Les Miserables” Grand matinee

    The Grand announces the next film in its Musical Grand Matinees series: “Les Miserables.” On Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. The Grand’s brand new digital cinema projection system will make it possible to see on the giant Coastal Eye Care screen, and as it was made to be seen, the Broadway hit re-imagined for the silver screen. As with “Les Miserables,” Musical Grand Matinees screen on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

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  17. Our community shows its colors

    Marshfield resident Camron Roberts, 18, passed away last week after a tragic car accident. Roberts was a 2017 graduate of Washington Academy in East Machias.

    The employees of Bella Vita Salon in Machias came up with the idea of showing support for the people who loved him by flying white and yellow balloons, and the wider community quickly joined in. Shayna Ramsdell works at Bella Vita, and said that the color white signifies sympathy and condolence, and yellow signifies healing. Photos by Bill Kitchen.

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  18. Skate party “crushes” Whitneyville

     

    by Bill Kitchen

    Machias native and San Francisco firefighter and EMT, Rob Collinson, returned home for a few weeks this summer and revived the now mythic ROBSTOCK skate fest in Whitneyville last weekend. Collinson is also the founder and publisher of LOWCARD Magazine, a noted skater publication launched in 2003, which was one of the event’s sponsors.

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  19. Machias races to join food sovereignty movement

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At a public hearing attended by three residents last week, the Machias Selectboard discussed the Machias Local Food and Community Self Governance Ordinance proposed at an earlier meeting in July. The ordinance will be put to a town vote during a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 9.

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  20. Session adjourns with turmoil, much undecided

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Amid a storm of overriding controversy, the 128th session of the Maine Legislature ended last week with the certainty of reconvening to address many of the same issues.

    “It was a difficult session,” said Sen. Paul Davis (R-Sangerville). “We had so many different issues, and so many vetoes. That takes a lot of time, and it’s frustrating. Some wanted to change their vote, and that’s more time and more discussion.”

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  21. Fire and rescue respond to hiker’s emergency call on Bold Coast Trail

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On Sunday, August  6, the Cutler Fire Department responded to a call from a hiker along the Bold Coast Trail in Cutler. 

    Cutler Fire Chief Wayne Dennison said that the hiker was approximately three miles down the Bold Coast Trail when she was stung by bees, which she is allergic. The hiker began to go into anaphylactic shock and called for help.

    “Before they got to her, she had taken some Benadryl, and didn’t need any help,” said Dennison.

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  22. Blueberry Fest expanding in every direction

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Last year, volunteers at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival information booth noticed that there were a lot of visitors walking around town on the Friday of festival weekend, a day traditionally thin on activities. So this year, they’ve expanded Friday’s schedule to include a full day of live music and more than 50 vendors who will set up on the green space by Centre Street Congregational Church.

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  23. Tibbetts low - bids Jonesport road work

     

    by Nancy Beal

    At their August 2 meeting, Jonesport selectmen opened bids on work needed on portions of town towards that had been identified, marked and listed by Jonesport contractor Jim Carver. Old House Point Road he called “one of the worst in town.” Others on the list included Beal and Bluenose Streets, Ice Hill North, Moosabec/View and Ledge Streets and Rockwell Lane. For each, he indicated the type of work needed: ditching, shoulder work, bush hogging and, paving.

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  24. ‘Little’ Machias charity makes big impact in Uganda

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Kristen Johnson said that a chance meeting with a stranger led her to create a charity that cares for Ugandan street children. “It’s a strange story. I actually met a person that became a very dear friend of mine on Facebook, he lives in Africa,” she said. “His name is Moses and his parents had died, and left him to care for his younger brothers and sisters when he was only 14.”

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  25. Guest Voice - Opinion

     Last Wednesday, the Maine Senate and House of Representatives dealt with over two dozen vetoes from Governor Paul LePage, sent two bond issues and a constitutional amendment back to their policy committees, and set the stage for a return in the fall when another committee charged with implementing the state’s marijuana legalization act completes its work on a bill to implement the new law.

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  26. The Editor's Desk

    Many year round residents have a standing rule that they do not leave the state of Maine in August. One look around our area this month, and no one could question their wisdom. Where else could anyone wish to be? Lobster, blueberries, beaches, sunshine (finally), music, great food, author readings, history, hiking... the list goes on. There are dozens of reasons our roads, hotels and pullout couches are brimming with out-of-state visitors right now. 

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  27. Public comment period open for referendum questions

    Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap  is now accepting comments on the proposed 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, as it is drafted to appear on the ballot:

    An act to allow slot machines or a Casino in York County. “Do you want to allow a certain out-of-state 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 specific programs?”

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  28. LePage vetoes potentially hurt communities

    Twenty-seven gubernatorial turndowns have slammed into rural Maine, once again causing Mainers to speculate about the rationale that drives this state’s leader.

    Twenty-seven vetoes saying no to everything from phoning while driving to selling flame-retardant furniture gummed up the wheels of decision-making in Augusta.

    While Gov. Paul LePage spews forth a hefty stream of bombastic dialogue on a daily basis he seems to have added a new twist lately with his concern over “social engineering.”

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  29. Secretary Dunlap denies commission’s second request for voter data

    Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap  is standing by his decision to deny the voter data request of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

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  30. Northfield collision kills one, injures two

    On August 7 at approximately 2:13 p.m. the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC)  received a 911 call from an off-duty Deputy that had come upon a serious two-vehicle crash on Rt 192 in Northfield in the vicinity of mailbox 1580. The RCC dispatched the Machias ambulance, Machias Fire Department as well as additional Deputies to the scene.

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  31. Wesley News

    Dianne and Maddy left on July 27 and headed for Watertown, New York. They ran into a lot of construction in New York, so didn’t get to Chris and Carrie’s until after 7 p.m. It was a long day but made it safely. 

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  32. Harrington News

    Mike and Tracey Peterson are making headway on their house lot. It is going to be so nice. Jannie and Junior Caler were up to visit on Saturday.

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  33. Columbia News

     

    This week I have been busy painting my deck, I have worked on it for three days straight. I still have a lot more to do before I can say it is completely done.

    Friday evening, Aug. 4,  about thirty folks gathered to attend the performance The Wild Goose Chase dance -Measuring Time – a work evolving… at the Union Hall in Columbia Falls.

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  34. Jonesport’s Kelley’s Point Cemetery gets attention

    by Nancy Beal

    Jody Alley came to the July 26 Jonesport selectmen’s meeting to raise the possibility of reviving a small cemetery on Kelley’s Point. He told selectmen that it was weed choked and that the fence needed replacing. He wanted to know if there was money available to “make it look respectable.”

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  35. Update from the Addison Board

    by Mary Thompson

    The Addison Planning Board met on Wednesday, August  2 and issued the following permits:

    #11-2017 to Betram Merchant at Map 4, Lot 24-1 at 378 Ridge Road to erect a 10’x24’ deck and bring in a 10’x55’ storage unit (trailer), both items already in place. No concrete pour on either. CEO has inspected and approved locations. All fees ($120 plus the after-the-fact fee) have been paid. Permit issued subject to no conditions. Vote 4/0.

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  36. Downeast Native American series to explore first contact Aug. 11

    Pleasant River Historical Society is continuing its Summer Series concentrating on Native people who may have inhabited the Downeast area with Dr. Ed Jessiman, retired professor of Sociology at UMM, who will be speaking on the cultural distinctions between traditional Native cultures and those of the early Europeans’ and how both cultures changed on contact. This program will be held at Church on the Hill in Addison on Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m. All are welcome! The free program will be preceded by a brief business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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  37. Unique trail run experience along the Machias River this fall

     

    An exciting, new trail run is coming to the area this fall. Hosted by Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC), the Bad Little Trail Run will be held on October 1 and the course will weave through the Machias River Preserve. This inaugural event celebrates the organization’s 30 years of conservation in Washington county and will introduce participants from across the region to the scenic beauty of the Machias River.

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  38. Machias High graduate prepares to teach in Japan

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Emily Morse of Machias was named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the fall semester ending in April 2017. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.71 or higher.

     Morse, the daughter of Catherine M. Morse of Machias, Maine, is a 2013 graduate of Machias Memorial High School (MMHS). She majored in East Asian studies at Bates, which is located in Lewiston and is internationally recognized as one of the “little ivy league” schools, renowned for its liberal arts program.

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  39. Pisces propels Fishes to another sailing trophy

    by Nancy Beal

    The 2017 Port and Starboard Yacht Club sailing race in Jonesport’s Chandler Bay took place July 29. There were four entries this year. Perennial winner Harry Fish in his 20-foot Atlantic Class Pisces was challenged by three Cape Dory 25s: the Irene piloted by Bernie Sund, the Mimi with Dana DeVos at the helm, and the Harmony commanded by newcomers Joe and Nancy Bell of Beals.

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  40. Caking history

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  41. Community Calendar August 9, 2017

    Upcoming events

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    Savory beef  church supper  - Cherryfield Congregational Church Fellowship Hall (River Road, Cherryfield), August 9,. Dinner served at 5:30 - Doors open at 5:p.m..

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    Vacation Bible School, August 7, 8, 9, 10 West Lubec Methodist Church, 9 a.m. – 11:15AM  Ages 4 – grade 8. Bible stories, snacks, crafts, rockin’ music, and Samaritan’s Purse mission. All welcome. FMI 733-2210

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  42. Renowned organist to play in Perry

    The Nash-Wolfe Concert, featuring renowned Down East organist Kevin Birch from Bangor, will be presented on the David Wallace organ at the Perry Congregational Church on Sunday, August 22 at 4 p.m.  Playing familiar hymns and classical pieces from the organ repertoire, Kevin is well known for his skill and ability in making fine music accessible to the public.  There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be received to help cover the costs of this special occasion.

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  43. Mozart concert scheduled for Eastport’s North Church

    Mozart at North Church is a full concert of music by Mozart performed by a quintet of experienced professional musicians and sponsored by the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA). The quintet will rehearse at TIMA’s 1819 North Church Project Space, 82 High Street, Eastport, throughout the week prior to the concert.

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  44. Artist of the Week

     

    by Jessica Griffin-Brown

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  45. Plein air in Lubec

    Robin Rier, plein air artist of Jonesport will be exhibiting her paintings at the Mulholland Market Gallery in Lubec,  Aug. 16 - 29. Opening reception Saturday, Aug. 19, 5-7 p.m. All are invited to see beautiful paintings and enjoy beautiful downtown Lubec. Photo courtesy Robin Rier.

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