1. Freeport firm low-bids Beals bridge project

    by Nancy Beal

    Although the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) website did not show an award for bids on the Beals Island bridge replacement at the end of last week, information on the site indicated that the Freeport firm of CPM Constructors was the low bidder on that project. The state opened the bidding in Augusta on July 12. On the same day during the weekly selectmen’s meeting, Selectman Billy Milliken said that he had already been contacted by the job supervisor in connection with hiring local labor and housing for out-of- town labor.

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  2. 2nd Annual Bold Coast Triathlon a riverside success

    The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival Unconventional Sprint Triathlon was successfully held on Saturday, July 22. The race opened with a 12K paddling leg where participants used canoes and kayaks. The 20 K bike leg came second, and the athletes finished with a beautiful 5K run along the sunrise trail. Race organizers want to offer congratulations to all of the participants.

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  3. Fulford announces run for Congress

    Jonathan Fulford from Monroe is running for Congress in the 2nd Congressional district. He released the following statement:

    I am running for Congress because it is time for an economy that works for everyone.

    It is time for government to invest in the well being of its citizens and build a fair and prosperous economy with jobs that pay enough to live on. We need more freedom and more opportunity to support ourselves, raise our families, and live together in peace and prosperity in our communities.  

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  4. Editors Desk

    This week Governor LePage will consider whether or not to sign legislation that would make Maine the fourth state to raise its smoking age from 18 to 21. Last week, New Jersey joined California and  Hawaii in raising the legal smoking age. Should the legislation succeed in Maine, 18-20 year-old smokers will still be allowed to purchase cigarettes under a grandfather clause. 

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  5. Letter to the Editor - Pembroke Historical Society requests help with sardine history project

     Dear Editor,

         I’m writing as program coordinator for the Pembroke Historical Society to ask the folks in our communities for information of any kind about the West Sunset Packing Company sardine cannery that operated many years ago in West Pembroke, or about the sardine fishery on upper Cobscook Bay. The Society is gathering information for a program on Pembroke’s sardine history to be presented to the public in mid-October. 

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  6. Washington County walks on the wild side

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Thirty-two years of wild blueberry field days have brought a growing number of stakeholders together -- all in the name of nurturing this indigenous little berry.

    While everyone agreed last Wednesday at the annual picnic that this year’s crop would be a little below average, it was the price debacle that had small growers more than a little uneasy. “The present pricing makes me hope a big old hail storm will come through,” said one such grower. “Then I won’t have to harvest them.”

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  7. Fundraiser for Perry family declared success

    by Ann Carter

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  8. Machias Wild Blueberry Run set for August 19

    Healthy Acadia will sponsor the 2017 Machias Wild Blueberry 5-Mile Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run to be held on Saturday, August 19.The Wild Blueberry Run serves as the kick-off to the annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, which features hundreds of craft and food vendors, exhibits, and fun, family-friendly activities. Teams must pre-register by 4 p.m. on August 16. Pre-register by August 10 to reserve your “Wild Blueberry Run” T-shirtOnline registration closes at 7 p.m. On August 18.

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  9. J-B superintendent and joint school board part ways

    by Nancy Beal

    In a Jonesport Elementary School board meeting July 12, a letter of resignation from Principal Debra Lay was accepted with regret, but was neither presented nor read, as is usual, by Superintendent Beth Anne Lorigan. Board members knew what was in the letter, however, because Lay had sent copies to them. In broad strokes and without giving specifics, Lay pointedly criticized Lorigan and targeted the superintendent as her reason for leaving (see MVNO, July 19).

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  10. Blueberry Rakers’ Center to open in Washington County

    With the blueberry harvest set to begin the first week in August, Maine Department of Labor staff are again partnering with other governmental and community service organizations to host the Rakers’ Center in Washington County. The official opening is July 30 and the hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with hours of operation varying over the following week and a half. The center will close on August 11.

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  11. Town News Steuben, Columbia, Harrington, Wesley

    Wesley

    Phylis Dennison had her sister from Milbridge, Vonalee Huckins, visiting with her and Tinker for a few days last week. They took her home on Friday. Tinker also brought me some blueberry muffins that Phylis made.  Thank you.

    Linda got lobster for Ron’s  birthday and got three for me so Dianne and I could have a special treat. The ducks are also having a great time in their pond.

    Thank you to the Johnsons from Bog Lake for leaving bottles here for the Wesley Historical Society.

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  12. Addison Planning Board issues permits

    The Addison Planning Board met at 6 p.m. on July 12 at the Addison Town Hall and issued the following permits:

    #8-2017 (Map 18 Lot 97) to James Alley to construct a 10’x18’ addition to existing camp and a 26’x28” attached single story garage. The 10’x18’ addition will be a two-story addition at 1205 Windward Way, subject to no conditions. Vote passed 4/0.

    #9-2017 (Map 1 Lot 38) to Kathryn Ryner to build a 12’x10’ mudroom addition to existing house at 225 Water Street subject to payment of $120 fees. CEO has inspected and approved location.Vote passed 4/0.

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  13. Exotic petting zoo, game show night part of expanded Milbridge Days

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Two anonymous donors have made it possible to bring an exotic petting zoo to this year’s Milbridge Days, set to take place this weekend, July 28-29. The zoo’s visit ties into this year’s Milbridge Days theme, “Animal Kingdom - Welcome to the Jungle.”

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    • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun
    • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun
    • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun
    • Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun

    Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival fun

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  14. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Free program – And Down Came a Spider: Myths, Facts and Urban Legends, 6 p.m. July 27 at Eagle Hill Institute, Steuben. Presented by Dr. Kefyn Catley, professor of biology at Western Carolina University. FMI: email office@eaglehill.us or call 207-546-2821.

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  15. Quartet to perform program of water-themed pieces in Milbridge, Eastport

    On Friday, August 4, the audience at the Eastport Arts Center’s (EAC) Concert Series will hear a water-themed program of classical songs and chamber music, performed by soprano Danielle Woerner and pianist Susan Aceto, with violinist Jonathan Aceto and cellist Joachim Woitun.

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  16. Castlebay returns to Peabody Library music series

    by Nancy Beal

    Maine vocalists and musicians Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have been weaving the musical

    heritage of New England and Celtic lands since 1987 and, as Castlebay, they are a familiar duo in Jonesport. On Wednesday, August 6 at 2 p.m. they will bring their distinctive Celtic flair back to The Peabody Memorial Library’s summer series Music in the Library for the series’ final concert of the season and their eighth appearance since the series began.

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  17. La Farge watercolor exhibition at UMM opens Aug. 16

    An exhibition of watercolor paintings by Machias-based artist Margaret La Farge will be on display Aug. 16 through Sept. 29 at the University of Maine at Machias.

    An opening reception for the exhibition, “Interior Spaces — The Meaning of Home,” will be held 5–7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Powers Hall Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

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  18. David Mallett performs at Triangle Park

    The cool breezes of Maine’s northlands have flowed through the songs of David Mallett for more than four decades. His latest, Greenin Up, is a compilation of some re-recordings of his finest work. Greenin’ Up is the culmination of a musical career that began when Mallett was eleven years old, playing in a country and folk duo.

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  19. Golf news - Arnold Memorial Medical Building Society

    The Arnold Memorial Medical Building Society is a non-profit organization that was formed to provide a building whereby area residents can receive good health care.  Over the past 15 years the organization has given $1,000 scholarships to first year college students that were pursuing an education in a health related field.  Scholarships are given out at Narraguagus, WA and Jonesport Beal’s every year.  This was the Society’s 20th annual tournament – fantastic job! This year’s champions were the team of Nate Mugford, Ben Mugford, and Zach Fenton shooting a superb 14-under par.

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  20. Summer ladies in action at UMM

    Nice floating one-hander by Skylar Soule for Sumner.

    Sierra Andrews takes the action along the sideline.

    Emma Bunch penetrates the top of the key at UMM.

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  21. Machias squads in finals

    by Phil Stuart

    Both Machias Area Little League teams—the 9-10 year olds and 11-12 year olds—have made it to the District I finals.

    The minor district playoffs began on June 26 with Machias shutting out Ellsworth 10-0.

    Two games were played on June 28 at Calais. Machias improved to 2-0 with a 17-5 win in the Border City while Acadian of Bar Harbor got by Ellsworth at Demeyer Field by a score of 6-4.

    Machias advanced in the winner’s bracket in a game played at Bar Harbor.

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  22. Mauricette wins at Grand Lake

    by Phil Stuart

    Local runner, Eric Mauricette of Grand Lake Stream, ran away from the rest of the field to win the 8th annual Fourth of July race for Grand Lake Stream.

    Mauricette led a small field of 45 runners and walkers over the three mile route from Big Lake to Grand Lake Stream Village in a time of 18 minutes flat.

    Clayton Socabasin of Indian Township was a distant second and five minutes behind the winner.

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  23. Quoddy League remembered

    by Phil Stuart

    Memories from the once popular Quoddy Baseball League are gradually fading away as the years fly by.

    The 1950s might have been the best decade for men’s town team baseball following the war years.

    During that decade, the Dixie Eagles, Jonesboro Jets and Eastport Lobsters were the three most competitive teams.

    Lubec was once the baseball capital of Washington County.

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  24. Healthy Acadia and Riverside Take-Out partner to challenge cancer

    On Sunday, July 30, you can dine out to support cancer services in Washington and Hancock counties. Riverside Take-Out will be generously donating 20% of proceeds from sales on Sunday, July 30. The funds raised will support Healthy Acadia and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center’s cancer prevention, education, and treatment services. This partnership is part of Healthy Acadia’s Hungry for Health 2017 campaign to Challenge Cancer Downeast. This is the second year of the annual “Hungry for Health” campaign, which addresses a critical community health need each year.

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  25. St. Aidan’s to host music for Sacred Spaces on July 30

    Composer, teacher and musician Stephen Wiggin will perform selections of sacred music on Sunday, July 30 at 3 p.m. Members of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Machias, where Wiggin serves as musical director,  said they feel fortunate to have such an extraordinary musician as their musical director.  Wiggin was a long-time summer resident of Jonesport, and served as St.

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  26. Washington County retired teachers learn lighthouse history

    by Mary McFadden

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  27. Land Transfers by Deed June 30, 2017 through July 13, 2017

    Pamela Johnson f/k/a Pamela B. Taylor of Beals to Pamela Johnson and Dwayne C. Johnson of Beals two certain lots or parcels of land together with any buildings and improvements situated in Beals (Lot One beginning at a rock on the Town Road and running southwesterly to A. Lenfesty’s southeast corner of field; Lot Two located on the west side of the Town Road leading to the Flying Place so-called)

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  28. WA dedicates field to Adien & Leon Look, hosts alumni game

    The Adien & Leon Look Field Dedication was held at Washington Academy (WA) in East Machias on Saturday, July 15. More than 100 WA alumni, friends and family members came out to support a seven-inning baseball game comprised of players from six decades of Washington Academy teams.

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  29. Quoddy waters

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  30. Bay’s end

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  31. Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering

    Tim Beal demonstrates his axe skills at the 3rd Annual Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering at the Pleasant River Fish & Game Conservation Association (PRFGCA) in Columbia, Maine. The event showcased many primitive skills through hands-on demonstrations and discussion groups during the entire weekend. Photo by RJ Heller.

     

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  32. Poliquin constituents want more accessibility

    by Ruth Leubecker

    From the beginning he’s been criticized for not taking a stand on the issues, but Rep. Bruce Poliquin has only lately been charged with his lack of accessibility.

    As representative of the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi, Poliquin deals with a variety of critical issues affecting the elderly and the poor, and can often be seen Downeast. He was in Eastport for the Fourth of July where he also attended the breakwater terminal dedication. And he visited Machias several weeks before Independence Day.

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  33. Downeast Dealer game bids, bargains, and Roque Bluffs

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Cousins Rob Olson and Jesse Harding spent their childhood summers together in Roque Bluffs. “We spent most of the summer playing cards and board games,” said Harding, who now works as a graphic designer in Omaha, Nebraska. “We never had TV and internet.”

    Both Harding and Olson said that fond memories of family game nights in Maine played a role in the creation of their card game “Downeast Dealer: Bid, Bargain and Bluff”.

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  34. Building a bigger, better Bold Sea & Sky Coast Festival

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    In the festival-free period between June’s Margaretta Days and August’s Blueberry Festival, a group of Machias volunteers saw an opportunity to create a new tradition for the community. “We wanted to bring more people into town, but the question was, how were we going to keep them here?” said Bill Burke, who owns Pat’s Pizza in Machias. The answer came in the form of The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival, and it happens this weekend.

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  35. Machias PD makes arrest in Machias stabbing

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Machias Police Department arrested Columbia Falls resident Dennis Figueroa-Santos in connection with a home invasion and stabbing that took place in Machias during the early hours of Monday, July 10. 

    Figueroa-Santos, age 33,  was arrested on the day of the incident. 

    “Figueroa-Santos has been before the court,” said Machias PD Chief Grady Dwelley. “He’s been held in lieu of $15k cash bail.”

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  36. Jonesboro head-on collision under investigation

    On July 14 at approximately 6:32 a.m. the Washington County Regional Communications Center (WCRCC) received a 911 call to report a head-on collision on Rt 1 in Jonesboro near the Blue Bird Ranch.  The caller reported a dump truck and a car were involved, with two people injured, one seriously and trapped in the car.  The WCRCC dispatched police units, area fire departments and an ambulance to the scene. 

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  37. Road issues continue to occupy Jonesport selectmen

    by Nancy Beal

    At their July 12 meeting, Jonesport selectmen discussed road repair. Local contractor Jim Carver has prioritized the roads that need repair and resurfacing, and marked on the ground where potholes need to be filled and culverts replaced before paving begins. Selectmen agreed to solicit bids for the repair work, with a bid opening date scheduled for August 2.

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  38. Sebastien Belle named to NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

    U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce that it has appointed Sebastian Belle, Executive Director of the Maine Aquaculture Association, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). As a member of the advisory committee, Belle will advise the Secretary of Commerce and NOAA on all issues related to living marine resources that fall under the purview of the Department of Commerce.

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  39. JES principal resigns, differences with superintendent

    by Nancy Beal

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  40. Progressive rock band Kansas to headline Balsam Valley Amphitheater

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Rich Williams said he got his first guitar when he was a sophomore in high school. “I was kind of a late starter, actually. I learned a few chords, then sat around with my friends making some noise,” he said. “It wasn’t too long before I was in my first band, and that was with Phil Ehart.” 

    That was 1967, and for most of the years since high school, Ehart and Williams have been playing together as two members of the band Kansas. On Saturday, July 29  they’ll perform at the Balsam Valley Amphitheater in Columbia Falls.

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  41. Letter to the Editor - A new threat to ocean health 

    A new threat to ocean health 

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  42. Editor's Desk

    I’ve always enjoyed the contrast between the rural, small-town nature of Washington County and the hustle and bustle of activity that takes place just below its surface. Visitors often miss it if they don’t know where to look. Locals can miss it, too.

    Myriad sites on Facebook work to keep those of us on social media up-to-speed on events. And of course, this paper aims to keep us all informed as well. Until I worked here, I don’t think I fully appreciated how much music happens in Washington County.

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  43. Tuell comments on defeat of fishermen’s 30% tax hike

    While much of the post-shutdown chatter centered around a 1.5% tax hike on lodging – that was scrapped in the final product – Maine fishermen also saw a huge tax on their livelihood stuffed into the proverbial bait pocket.

     “Our fishermen work extremely hard to provide for their families,” Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias) said. “Whether they dig clams, scallop, lobster, wrinkle or urchin, the men and women who depend on our marine resources for their livelihoods have to be extremely thankful that they will not be seeing a sharp increase in their license fees this year.”

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  44. Remembering wordniks of decades past

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Forty years has wrought much change in language usage and words in general. Just looking at this little red squiggly line under “wordniks” tells me it’s probably not even recognized as a word any more. But it sure was 40 years ago when this writer loved the words of William Safire.

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