1. AARP issues Wi-Fi scam alert

    Using public Wi-Fi puts you at risk of sharing personal information with criminals.  If you’re on free public Wi-Fi at the gym, a hotel or a coffee shop, anyone else on that same network can tap into the information you’re transferring over the network. This means any bad guy can see what you’re doing, leaving passwords, usernames, and account numbers vulnerable. Stick to browsing the web and checking news when on public Wi-Fi. Avoid online banking, checking email, making credit card purchases or even posting on Facebook while on public Wi-Fi.

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  2. Food mobile in Machias Aug. 2

    The Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine Food Mobile is free for anyone in need of food assistance.

    It will be parked in Machias on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Pellon Center parking lot on Route 1 next to the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Station 1898.

    Bring your own bags or boxes. Questions? Call Susie Maxwell 255-6665

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  3. Machias’ Robish earns Master of Arts

    Jennifer Robish of Machias has received her Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary

    Education (K-8) from Western Governors University (WGU). 

    The university held its 33rd semi-annual commencement ceremony at the Salt Palace

    Convention Center in Salt Lake City on July 15 and celebrated the graduation of more than 10,000 graduates.

    Robish said that she student taught at the Rose M. Gaffney School in Machias, and plans to teach 4th grade at the Beatrice Rafferty School in Perry thi s year.

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  4. King Cosponsors Bill for military members seeking commercial driver’s licenses

    U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support for the Jobs for Our Heroes Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would exempt qualified active-duty military members and reservists from certain requirements to obtain a state commercial driver’s license (CDL) if they have the proper military experience.

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  5. Wesley News

    Linda and Ron’s garden is producing nicely. The cabbages are huge. Karen and Ruthie and family have been enjoying the greens and Linda has been enjoying green beans and potatoes. Linda has also been making all kinds of her goat milk lotions and soaps this week getting ready for Grand Lake Stream Festival this past weekend in July. I hope to spend at least Saturday with her there selling. Linda is a people person and a great friend.

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  6. Dennysville exhibition explores local connections

    This summer’s exhibition at the Academy /Vestry Museum,  “Audubon: Down East to Labrador,” continues to welcome visitors on Saturday afternoons, from 1 to 4 p.m., and at other times by prior arrangement with Dennys River Historical Society. Call 726-3905 or email drhs@myfairpoint.net for a tour of this visually rich presentation of John James Audubon’s famous 1833 birding trip to Labrador, when he was accompanied by several young men from the Eastport, Dennysville and Lubec area.

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  7. Whitneyville Library news

    Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay My, oh, my, what a wonderful day...Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way...Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay! Summer winds have brought beautiful days once again. The Friends of the Whitneyville Public

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  8. Columbia News

    On July 23 Carroll and I took a ride out and about the area. I wanted to check out a couple of grave stones and see if I could get them cleaned up with the D 2 liquid that I got in the mail. I was able to do nine stones in the Columbia Cemetery before lunch. One stone I had a lot of moss on it, but was able to get it off quite easy with this stuff. Hopefully I will be able to do a few more before August is gone by.

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  9. Phil Alley 14-foot Cora donated to Jonesport Historical Society

    by Nancy Beal

    Phil Alley died at the age of 88 nearly 15 years ago, but those who knew him still speak of what a “good guy” he was. At the end of his life, he was known for the model boats that came out of his Jonesport workshop, but today a full-size vessel will be preserved, thanks to the generosity of two summer residents and the facilities at the Jonesport Historical Society.

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  10. Jonesport Annual Lobster Dinner

    Jonesport Annual Lobster Dinner Aug. 5

    Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church in Jonesport will be hosting its Annual Lobster Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 4 - 7 p.m. The menu will include a single lobster for $15 or double for $20, corn on the cob, cole slaw, a yeast roll and blueberry shortcake for dessert. 

    All proceeds to benefit the steeple restoration fund. Hot dog dinners available for land lubbers, and mussels also available. The church is located at 28 Sawyer Square, Jonesport.

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  11. Celebrating Milbridge Days

     

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  12. Community Calendar August 2, 2017

    Upcoming events

    Public Pot Luck Supper 5 p.m. Aug. 5,  Elm Street School, East Machias. 50/50 raffle to benefit the Jacksonville Cemetery Association New Fence Project. If you would like to make a donation or cook a dish please contact Nate Pennell 254-8230 or Anne Pennell at 255-8496.

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  13. Eastport Pirate Festival announces lineup for 2017

    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 the Friday after Labor Day and continuing through Sunday, your favorite pirate characters will once again descend on Eastport for a weekend of swashbuckling fun.

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  14. An afternoon of viola and guitar

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  15. Anime drawing classes offered at Axiom

    Axiom Education & Training Center in Machias will offer two Anime Drawing Classes with Mary Marble beginning Saturday, August 5 and running through September 2, with a beginners’ class in the morning from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and an advanced afternoon class from 1:30-3 p.m. 

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  16. Machias Bay Chamber presents classical music performance

    On Tuesday, August 8 at 7 p.m. the Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present a concert featuring classical bass trombonist Dan Barrett and pianist Laura Artesani, both members of the Music Faculty at the University of Maine in Orono (UMO). Their program will include compositions by Egberto Gismonti, Daniel Schnyder, and additional works by contemporary composers.

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  17. Downeast calendar with a romantic twist

    Producing “The Way Downeast Calendar” is a year round pursuit. New locations are needed to showcase Downeast Maine in all seasons. It also means making tough choices when selecting only 12 photos from thousands, in order to depict the months of the year.

    But the couple who produce this calendar, Brenda and Alan Jepson of South Addison, had no difficulty selecting a photo of a beach in South Addison for the month of August in their newest calendar.

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  18. EAC workshops include music, percussion, and collages

    The Eastport Arts Center’s Summer Workshop Series, which runs through August 22, will feature a double-header of offerings on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Patricia and Noel Brennan, professional musicians from Brooklyn, NY, will take turns leading musical workshops, with Music from Mexico for Children first from 1-2 p.m.

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  19. Action shots of lady knights at UMM league

    Emma Redimarker leads a break in summer high school league action at UMM.

    Penetration inside by Lady Knight guard Lanie Perry.

    With two defenders on her, Kaci Alley makes a nice dish pass to a teammate.

     

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  20. Barren View senior Golf on Wednesdays

    The team of Peter Berry, Gary Derickson, Lynn Bjornson, and Paul Rudd were winners this past week at the Barren View Golf Course weekly senior scramble held on Wednesday mornings. Congratulations winners!

     

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  21. Ashby sets Washington County record

    by Phil Stuart

    Eastport native Robert Ashby of Brunswick set a Washington County record for most wins at any one road race as he won the 47th Annual Charles E. Davis Memorial Perry to Eastport 7-mile road race for the twelfth time, breaking Cindy Hatch’s record of 11 wins at the Cutler Harbor 5k. Three days later, Hatch would equal Ashby’s 12 wins as she won the Cutler event for the twelfth time.

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  22. Quoddy League remembered

    by Phil Stuart

    The Quoddy Baseball League in Washington County is just a memory. now but years ago it was a major part of many Downeasters’ lives. Men’s baseball hasn’t been very active Downeast for over three decades, and it is doubtful that it will ever return due to the lack of interest at the high school level.

    In the 1950s, the Quoddy League might have been at it’s best. For most of that decade the three most dominant teams were the Jonesport Jets, the Eastport Lobsters and the Dixie Eagles.

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  23. Calais girls still undefeated

    by Phil Stuart

    The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) High School girls and boys summer basketball league is winding down and the Calais girls are undefeated at 5-0. The rest of the field includes Woodland 3-2, Shead 4-3, Jonesport-Beals 2-5, Sumner 7-5 and East Grand 0-7.

    On July 5, girls’ varsity action saw Woodland defeat Jonesport-Beals 34-18. Calais crushed Sumner 59-21 and Narraguagus get by Shead 48-34.

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  24. Tourney MVP UMFK Bound

    by Phil Stuart

    The 2017 Northern Maine Class D Boys Most Valuable Player, James Mersereau of Machias, is slated to take his talents 200 miles north to the St. John Valley this fall and play for Tom Bid’s University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals.

    Mersereau, a talented and versatile athlete, is very athletic and very creative around the basket. He has tremendous jumping ability and his slam dunks brought the crowd to their feet on more than one occasion.

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  25. Chandler Brothers Win Tourney

    by Phil Stuart

    The Chandler brothers of Jonesport won the annual Daughters of the Nile Golf Tourney at Barren View Country Club in Jonesboro on July 9, with a score of -11.

    Orrin, Hedge and Roger, a trio of brothers, plus Jason Mawson, posted a one stroke victory over Elmer Wilcox, Duanne Smith, Scott Wilcox and Ralph Backman.

    Third place went to Hawaiian vacation winner Nate Mugford, Zach Fenton, Josh Bassett and Jason Hixon with a -9.

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  26. Record number run one-miler

    by Phil Stuart

    The 4th Annual Dale C. Lincoln Kids One-Mile Fun Run held on July 3 in Eastport drew a record number of participants this year.

    Sixty-two young runners finished the Lincoln One-Miler named in honor of Dale C. Lincoln of Perry, an early pioneer in Washington county running who also is in the Maine Running Hall of Fame.

    Andrew Burke of Pembroke covered the course in 6:08 with Tabor Helton and Lulu Calame finishing second and 3rd in 6:19 and 6:58.

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  27. Grand screens “Contemporary Color”

    See “Contemporary Color,” a documentary concert film combining high school color guards and today’s hottest musicians at The Grand in Ellsworth  on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. “Contemporary Color” is the next film in the CineGrand series of great recent movies, many of them unseen on any screen in the area. 

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  28. Painter to be featured at Steuben library

    Linda Yaroch will be the August featured artist at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben.  

    Yaroch was born in Chicago and started oil painting at the age of 12 in a small town in Southern New Jersey. She graduated from Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia. 

    In 1976, she illustrated a book for the National Bicentennial Celebration in the city of Philadelphia. She also designed and constructed holiday interiors for the Rouse Corp. malls in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, illustrated children’s school textbooks, and worked with seniors in an art program.

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  29. Robin Rier featured at Lubec Landmarks Gallery

    The plein air landscapes of Maine artist Robin Rier will be featured at the Lubec Landmarks Mulholland Market Gallery from August 16-29. The opening reception, free and open to all, will be Saturday, August 19 from 5-7p.m. The Gallery is located on Water Street in Lubec.

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  30. Frances Agnes Wyles - Nova Scotia

    Wyles, Frances Agnes, age 90 of Digby, Nova Scotia passed away July 6, 2017 in Digby General Hospital. She was born in Lubec Maine, the youngest daughter of the late Howard and Theresa (Sullivan) Gardner. Frances attended the Halls Mills School and Washington Academy. She graduated from a High School in Connecticut as her parents went there to work for the war effort. She also graduated from Beauty school in Bangor.

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  31. Barbara Colbeth Huntley - Bucks Harbor

    Barbara Colbeth Huntley, age 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior and her heavenly family on July 25, 2017. She was born April 4, 1929, at home in Bucks Harbor, daughter of the late Leland C. Colbeth and Jeanette (Hooper) Colbeth.  She was a graduate of Washington Academy and was very proud that she attained the distinction of being Valedictorian of her class. After graduation, she moved for a short period of time to Portland to work and then moved back home where she rekindled a friendship with the man who became her loving husband (Richard Clark Huntley) of 57 years.

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  32. Land Transfers by Deed July 14 through July 27, 2017

    John D. Curtis, Trustee under the John D. Curtis Revocable Trust of Maitland, Florida to Christopher Curtis of Boulder, Colorado certain real property together with any improvements thereon located at Roque Bluffs described in a deed from Trustees of Edith Willy Family Trust

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  33. Gardening girls celebrate

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  34. The Maine “Coywolf” Ploy

    by  V. Paul Reynolds

    As former Maine deer biologist Gerry Lavigne reported recently in the SAM News, there has been a flurry of media coverage purporting that Maine’s Eastern coyote is getting larger and taking on more wolf-like characteristics. On TV, Bill Green’s Outdoors featured a segment and the Portland Press Herald carried a story by Diedre Fleming.

    Is it true? Is our coyote, which started showing up in the 1940s, evolving into a new canid, one that is worthy of the new, catchy name, Coywolf?

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  35. Wayward sunset

    Legendary rock band Kansas performed last weekend at the Balsam Valley Amphitheatre in Cherryfield. The concert capped off a weekend of patriotic events sponsored by Wreaths Across America. Photo by Bill Kitchen.

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  36. Charge of the Kite Brigade

    Saturday’s Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival drew families out to enjoy free festivities in Machias. The festival, which featured kite flying on the riverside hill of Schoppee Farm, was sponsored by Pat’s Pizza, the Machias Rotary Club, and other local businesses. See p. 10 & 11. Photo by Bill Kitchen.

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  37. Opioid crisis slipped as legislative priority

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although legislators pledged early on that the opioid crisis would be a top priority when the 128th Legislature convened, somehow it lost ground dramatically practically from the  beginning of the session.

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  38. Balsam Valley welcomes oldest US Army unit, rock band Kansas to Columbia Falls

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The classic progressive rock band, Kansas, will headline a day of events geared toward remembering and celebrating the contributions of the U.S. armed services. 

    The festivities are sponsored by Wreaths Across America (WAA), a local nonprofit which works to lay balsam wreaths on the graves of soldiers on cemeteries in all 50 states, most notably in Arlington National Cemetery.

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  39. Cherryfield body identified, ruled homicide

    State Police Detectives of the Major Crimes Unit North are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on the side of the road in Cherryfield as a homicide. After an autopsy and investigative efforts, the woman has been identified as Sally Shaw, 55. Detectives are urging anyone from the public who may have had contact with Sally to contact them.

    In the early morning of July 19, Maine State Police were called to Route 193 in Cherryfield because of a report of a deceased woman located on the side of the road.

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  40. Town Clerk placed on leave

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machiasport Selectboard has placed Donna-Jean Metta on paid administrative leave, according to Metta, who said she was informed of the action after the monthly selectboard meeting on Monday, July 17.

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  41. Quilted Blueberry Festival tradition ready to raffle

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  42. Lobstermen’s relief fund benefit set for August 13

    In July last year, 28-year-old Jon Popham, a Machiasport lobsterman, died when he was pulled overboard after getting tangled in a line on board his lobster boat. Maine’s fishing community promptly extended financial and emotional support to Popham’s widow and 2-year-old son. The Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission includes charitable support for distressed fishing families, did just a little bit more.

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  43. Collins, King introduce resolution to designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day

    U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins today introduced a resolution that would designate September 25, 2017, as “National Lobster Day.” Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also sponsored the resolution, which recognizes the historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States.

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  44. Deer permit lottery now open

    Hunters may apply to enter into the Maine Any Deer Permit Lottery by visiting this website: www.maine.gov/online/nedeer. 

    From the list of lottery applicants, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will administer a chance drawing to select winners for a Maine Any Deer Hunting Permit. To hunt Any Deer in Maine, hunters must have one of these special Any Deer Hunting Permits.

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  45. WaCo hospitals working to bridge OB/GYN care for Calais patients

    Shortly before the public announcement that Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) planned to close its obstetrics program by January 2018 or sooner, Rod Boula, CEO of CRH reached out to Dennis Welsh, CEO of Down East Community Hospital (DECH) to explore what possibilities exist for DECH to provide OB patients in the Calais area with high quality OB and delivery services. 

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