1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Caking history

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Artist of the Week

     

    by Jessica Griffin-Brown

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  9. 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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  10. Bulldogs in Action at Summer UMM League

     

    Andon Wood gets a step on a defender at UMM.

    Alex Wentzell brings the fast break down the court for Machias.

    Machias Bulldog Tyler Wentzell positions himself for the rebound.

     

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  11. Great races in August

    by Phil Stuart

    Two of Washington County’s oldest road races will be held in the month of August.

    Johnson’s True Value International Road Race, a 5-miler, will be held on August 12.

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  12. Changing of the guard

    by Phil Stuart

    After a decade of baseball in the fifties featuring premier teams like the Dixie Eagles, Jonesboro Jets and Eastport Lobsters, it was time for other teams to share the spotlight.

    Dixie, Jonesboro and Eastport either disbanded or were unable to keep a roster full of quality players.

    After Dixie’s Eagles won for the last time in 1959, a Dennysville squad coached by Alton Bell had a two-year run.

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  13. Streak ended at Jonesport

    by Phil Stuart

    A running streak, which is believed to be a Washington County record, is officially over as of July 1.

    For the past 35 years Dave Alley of Kelley’s Point has held a five kilometer road race on Fourth of July weekend.

    For the first 34 years, Dana Urquhart of Jonesboro, known as the “Station Road Streaker” has been a part of the annual Jonesport race.

    This year, Urquhart’s streak ended when he failed to enter race number 35.

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  14. Dericksons still on top

    by Phil Stuart

    The Machias husband and wife combination of Gary and Sue Derickson have maintained their first place grip on the earnings leader board at Barren View Golf Course Wednesday morning senior scrambles.

    Last year the couple took a cross country trip with their Barren View earnings and this year they should be able to reach Alaska.

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  15. Washington County running course records pretty secure

    by Phil Stuart

    Washington County has seven road races that have been going continuously for 25 years or more and runners can count on them being the same weekend each year.

    Running has changed over the years. The times are not as fast and there is not a deep field of runners. There might be a fast runner or two at the head of the pack, but it usually drops off fast after that.

    In the 1970s and 1980s, the elite runners were all running 100-mile weeks. today very few runners hit the 50 mile limit.

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  16. Golf - Allingham and Kay win 2-person scramble

    In the 4th Annual Roosevelt Cup, Brendan Allingham and Gordon Kay of St. Stephen were the 2017 champions in the 2-person scramble held at Herring Cove on Saturday, Aug. 4.

     1st Men’s Division

     1st place = James Macdonald & Toby Cole (68)

    2nd place = Brett Hooper & Michael Hooper (70)

    3rd place = Kevin Farmer & Tom Hendershot (72)

    4th place = Galen Alley & Rocky Alley (75)

     2nd Men’s Division

     1st place = Cody Morton & Justin Searles (72)

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  17. Golf - Fourth Annual Roosevelt cup at Herring Cove

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  18. Marshall Healthcare earns national quality award

    Machias’ Marshall Healthcare Facility has been recognized as a 2017 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award recipient by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which was established in 1996 and spotlights providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for residents and patients in long term and post-acute care centers and communities.

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  19. Julian Merrill Ross Lubec

    Julian Merrill Ross passed away in Machias on July 24, 2017 with his children by his side. He was 72.

    Julian was born on June 15, 1945 in Lubec, Maine to Bernard Merrill Ross and Marion Elaine Newman. He graduated from Lubec High School in 1963. After high school, Julian joined the United States Army. Julian then owned and operated his own satellite business, Colby Co. Satellite. Later in life he did computer repair on the side. 

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  20. Lovina L. Crowley Beals

    Lovina L. Crowley, 80, left her earthly home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 29, 2017 at the Down East Community Hospital. She was born on Beals, October 1, 1936 the third child of the late Vinal and Kathleen (Alley) Beal . She grew up on Beals Island, where she married her loving husband Philmore on Dec. 16, 1953. She was a devoted wife and mother, and loved by all who knew her .

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  21. Larry Worcester Beal Milbridge

    Larry Worcester Beal, 78, of Milbridge Maine passed away peacefully and quietly at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital on July 28, 2017.

    Larry was educated in the Milbridge school system and graduated from Milbridge High School.

    He worked his entire life at a variety of jobs. Two of his favorite jobs were being a lobster fisherman with his dad, and the manager of the International Paper Company wood yard in Cherryfield. Larry was a hard worker, who loved his family, a good story, and a good laugh. He was also a lifelong member of the Harrington Advent Christian Church.

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  22. Mary Potterton Memorial Concerts welcomes Maurer and McIntyre

    Back again at SummerKeys, flutist Andrea Maurer, accompanied by Richard McIntyre, piano will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 16 in Lubec. Ms. Maurer has a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Rice University. She has played in the Pasadena Woodwind Quintet, Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic and the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony. Mr. 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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  23. Cod fishing documentary at Reel Pizza

    Reel Pizza Cinerama, located at 33 Kennebec Place in Bar Harbor will present a screening of Sacred Cod on Sunday, August 13 at 2 p.m.

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  24. Where every day is Tuesday...

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  25. Project Canopy plantings underway

    There will be a Green Space meeting held at noon on Aug. 10 at the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Station 1898, 2 Kilton Lane, Machias. The purpose of the meeting is to determine what types of trees will be planted where next. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

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  26. Governor LePage announces Maine’s participation in FirstNet project

    Governor Paul R. LePage signed a letter last week indicating his decision to have Maine participate in the national FirstNet project. FirstNet is an independent authority within the Department of Commerce to develop, build and operate a nationwide, broadband network dedicated for use by emergency first responders throughout the United States and participating territories.

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  27. Land Transfers by deed July 14 through July 27, 2017 (Cont.from last week)

    Richard G. Axelrod of Brooklyn, New York as Trustee of the Simon and Jean H. Locke Charitable Remainder UniTrust To Worcester Holdings, Inc. of Columbia Falls land and buildings in Addison (Parcel one a certain lot or parcel of land situated in Addison beginning at the high water mark of Cape Split Harbor so-called; Parcel Two as appurtenant to the premises in Addison described in the deed from the Harbor Land Company; Parcel Three a certain lot or parcel of land with the buildings thereon situated in Pleasant River Bay an island known as Norton’s Island)

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  28. Nonprofit trains to work with disabled vets in wilderness

    On July 22-23 and 29-30 Ruth Moore, the founder of INTERNITY, travelled to Danbury, NH to attend a four-day, intensive Wilderness Medicine Training Module for Medical Providers. This course was offered by The Kane Schools of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine out of Fryburg, ME; and focused on Back Country Rescues, Advanced Life Support, Various Trauma Situations, Wilderness Improvisation for Medical Emergencies, Planning for Environmental Injuries, and then studying the Anatomy of Mountain Rescues and how to adapt the Federal Incident Command Structure to rescue teams.

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  29. Missing: The Deer Man

    by  V. Paul Reynolds

    Make no mistake about it. When it comes to Maine’s most important wildlife game species, our whitetail deer are at the very top of the list. There are a number of reasons, not the least of which is the enormous impact that deer have on Maine’s overall economy, as well as the budget and income at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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  30. Signs of summer

    The Machias Farmer’s Market and dike are full of vendors and shoppers as the region moves into the final month of high tourist season. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  31. New Dollar General set to open, intersection reroute under consideration

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Dollar General broke ground on its new Machias location last week. The store will be located on the corner of the Kennebec Road and Rte. 1, across from Tom’s Mini Mart, with an address of 206 Dublin Street, Machias.

    Laura Somerville works as a spokesperson for the Tennessee-based chain. She said that the store plans to open its doors in late fall, but added that construction timelines could slip.

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  32. Project HOPE to have two area locations

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Collaboration, long seen as a successful undertaking Downeast, will soon enter a new arena with Project HOPE, a law enforcement initiative aimed at tackling drug abuse.

    “We copycatted the program from Scarborough, and we partner with Healthy Acadia,” explained Glenn Moshier, Ellsworth police chief. “Dottie Small, a detective with us, is currently working with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Hopefully, in the next two months there will be two starting up in Washington County.”

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  33. Street eagle

    Amara Dorr’s feathers were not ruffled when she marched through Milbridge dressed as the American bald eagle last Saturday. Dorr marched as part of the Wyman’s of Maine parade float, on the streets last week as part of the town’s annual Milbridge Days celebration. Photo courtesy Richard Bondurant.

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  34. Two arrested, charged with Cherryfield murder

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     State Police have confirmed that a man and woman from New York City were arrested in New York and charged in connection with the homicide discovered in Cherryfield last month.

     Being held on fugitive-from-justice charges are 37-year-old Carine Reeves and 19-year-old Quaneysha Greeley.  The two were arrested by New York City Police on 141st Street in the Laurelton section of Queens. They are being held without bail. 

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  35. Battle of Machias to be remembered on 240th anniversary

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Local sea chantey expert Stephen Sanfilippo sang this historic ballad during last weekend’s celebration of the return of Machiasport’s Civil War cannon to Fort O’Brien last weekend. Sanfilippo resides in Pembroke.

    The ballad recounts the events of the Battle of the Rim, also known as the Siege of Machias, which took place August 13 and 14, 1777. 

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  36. Machiasport celebrates return of Civil War cannon

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Last Saturday morning the town of Machiasport celebrated the return of a Civil War cannon with speeches, song, and cake. The cannon was returned to the Fort O’Brien historic site earlier in 2017. 

    The 1862 bronze “Napoleon” cannon, so named for its widespread use during the Napoleonic wars, may or may not be original to the civil war-era Fort Machias, but according to the Machiasport Historical Society, was on site by the time of World War II.

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  37. Machiasport fires town clerk

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Town clerk Donna-Jean Metta was fired from her position during a special meeting of the Machiasport Selectboard last Monday, July 24.

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  38. Fulford announces bid for Congress

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Editor’s note: This article is the first in our series, Primer for the Primary, which will run periodically as candidates present themselves for Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial, congressional, Senate and state legislative elections. The series will showcase interviews with each candidate, and focus on their key campaign messages. 

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  39. Looking at Maine’s new biennial budget

    by Sen. Joyce Maker

    The smoke is finally starting to clear following the chaos in Augusta that led to a brief government shutdown, and for many of us, summer is finally underway.

    Simply put, disagreements over spending priorities for the state’s two-year budget, which needed to be signed by July 1, 2017—the beginning of the state’s fiscal year—is what led to the shutdown.

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  40. The Editor’s Desk

    This week marks the beginning of a new series we are calling “Primer for the Primary.” Although Maine’s primary elections are nearly one year away, candidates are already announcing their intentions, and traveling across the state campaigning.

    November 2018 will present us with a lengthy ballot, as terms are ending for our governor, one senator, the 2nd congressional district representative, and many local politicians. Though most are running for reelection, the governor’s term will come to an end. We can expect to see a wide array of candidates for that position.

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  41. Expressions to host local artist reception in Machias

    Expressions Gallery & Studio, located at 11 Main Street in Machias will host a reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 11. The reception will honor three local artists: Kathleen Hart, Erik Ostensjo and Joanne Halpin. Food and drink will be provided and the reception will have live music by Duane Ingalls. This will be an opportunity to meet the artists, learn what has inspired their art, and what techniques they are using.

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  42. Maine on the map & other standouts

    by Ruth Leubecker

    New England, that uniquely independent region of the USA, albeit frosty and rocky, can claim many firsts in the scheme of memorable events.

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  43. Fulford applauds Collins on health care vote

    Congressional candidate Jonathan Fulford released the following statement after last week’s Senate vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement.

    “Today, one party voted to move forward with a process that would strip coverage and protections from tens of thousands of Mainers. Rather than moving towards covering everybody they are moving towards the bill Rep. Poliquin voted for which will decimate health care for seniors in Maine. I commend Sen. Collins for voting “no” and pledge to fight for health care for all.”

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  44. Indivisible Maine group plans Mueller firing protests

    Possible protests set for Machias, Eastport

    As the nation speculates whether or not Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be fired, activists across the country are gearing up for a nationwide response.  Maine is no different. Local organizers are already making contingency plans for protests in Machias and Eastport.  Everyone participating in these events will be required to abide by all applicable laws and lawful orders of authorities. This event will be nonviolent and will not involve any civil disobedience or other violation of law.  

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  45. Secretary Dunlap reviewing Kobach’s second request for private data

    The Maine Department of the Secretary of State received a second letter from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Wednesday, July 26, requesting voter data from the States for the use of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity at https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/07/13/presidential-advisory-commiss... . Kobach is the vice chairman of the commission, on which Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap also serves.

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