1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. WaCo grows as ‘adventure cycling’ destination

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  9. ‘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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Washington County Retired Teachers news

    by Mary McFadden

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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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