1. Peanut butter jelly time

    Each year, following the month long Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive, bank staff deliver PB&J to food pantries and other hunger relief organizations throughout Maine. More than 1,000 jars of peanut butter and jelly were distributed in Washington County, with stops at the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias and the Jonesport Food Pantry at Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church. The 2017 Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive collected more than 12,000 jars of PB&J. Photos courtesy Bangor Savings Bank

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  2. Property manager helps local charities through tourism

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When Maria Lamb wanted her business to do more than help vacationers discover the beauty of Downeast Maine, she turned to a global nonprofit. Maria Lamb, owner of Wicked Awesome Maine Vacation Rentals in Machiasport, joined Pack for a Purpose, which encourages travelers to use their luggage to carry supplies to donate in their destination community. 

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  3. Fourth of July in Machias

    People began lining the Machias parade route more than two hours before kickoff on July 4. Photo courtesy Casey Kilton.

    This aerial view of the Machias dike shows cars lining the roadside at dusk in order to secure the best seats in the house for the Machias fireworks. Photo courtesy Casey Kilton.

     

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  4. Weekly Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    Machias Bay Chamber Concerts is excited to announce the 2017 summer series. July 11th— Gregory Bliss - paino, Trond Saeverud - violin, Anna Maria Baeza - clarinet, Joachim Woltun. 

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    Magic show — 10 a.m. July 12 at the H.D. Moore Library in Steuben. Conjuring Caroll will present children’s show called Building Blocks. Free. FMI: 207-546-7301 or email jbenedict@msln.net.

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  5. Steuben library features art of Nancy McGinnis

    Photo 1: “Life is how you frame it,” said McGinnis, a creative photographer and writer. Her art reflects her Maine adventures, her sense of humor and inspiration “that can be found everyday if you look for it.” McGinnis’ art will be on display all month at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. Submitted photo.

    Photo 2: The work of artist Nancy McGinnis is on display all month at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben. Submitted photo.

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  6. Calais Celtic Concerts welcomes return of RUNA

    Calais Celtic Concerts will once again present the popular Irish Celtic Group, RUNA, at the Calais High School on Friday July 14, at 7 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. AST. 

    RUNA’s performances have something for everyone: beautiful singing, exciting and driving Celtic Instrumentals, and Irish step-dancing.

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  7. Grand Theater presents “A United Kingdom”

     “A United Kingdom” is the next film in The Grand’s series of great recent movies. See this absorbing look at a historic, true-life love story the way the director made it to be seen—through a brand-new digital projection system—on Tuesday, July 18.

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  8. Barren View member-guest Duane Smith/Mark Smith card net 45

    This weekend Duane Smith and Mark Smith paired to shoot the low round on Saturday in the annual Member/Guest tournament at Barren View carding a 44. In this net event Lenny Espling and Cory Brooks were the next best posted net score with a 45. The two low gross rounds for the day were earned by Jack Clay/John Clay and John Smith/John Rogers both at 63 or 7-under. Following are all the top scores in the event.

     

    1ST DIVISION: GROSS NET

    Lester Vanderbilt/Bob Hale 66 50

    Jack Clay/John Clay 63 51

    John Smith/John Rogers 63 53

     

    2ND DIVISION:

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  9. Sport Coaching Awards 2017

     

    Congratulations to Machias Cross Country Coach Cindy Rossi for being selected by her peers as the 2016 Coach of the Year!

    Congratulations to Machias Cheerleading Coach Michelle Wood for being selected by her peers as the 2016-17 Coach of the Year!

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  10. Lady Knights lose heartbreaker

    by Phil Stuart

    The Narraguagus Lady Knights came about as close to upending the top seed and advancing to a regional final as a team could do.

    The Knights got a superb no-hit pitching performance from sophomore Lanie Perry in their semi-final match up at Lincoln against the undefeated and top seeded Mattanawcook Academy Lynx.

    Luck was not on the Knight’s side as the Lynx scored a first inning, unearned run and pitcher Haley McLaughlin was able to make it stand up.

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  11. UMM High School Summer League under way

    by Phil Stuart

     The University of Maine at Machias High School summer league for boys and girls got under way June 19th with varsity and junior varsity girls action.

    UMM varsity mens’ and womens’ coach Troy Alley is once again the league’s director.

    Varsity girls teams entered this year are Shead, Woodland, Washington Academy (WA), Narraguagus, Calais, Jonesport-Beals and Sumner.

    The junior varsity teams; Woodland, Narraguagus, Calais and East Grand of Danforth.

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  12. Machias Little League 1963

    by Phil Stuart

    The Machias Area Little League was established in the mid fifties and is now over 60 years old. The league services players from Jonesboro in the west, to Whiting in the east, and all points in between. Several outstanding players have started their baseball careers with this fine organization.

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  13. Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School fourth quarter honor roll

    Seniors - High Honors: Robin Fay Brown,  Morrison,  Blaine Grant, Dakota McGuire, Rosemary Nguyen, Kayla Toppin, Dexter Wright. Honors: Destiny Belanger, Hannah Bennett, Juan Jose Castillo Perez, Jisselle Curtis, Kyle Davis, Josie Kinane, Hayden Pineo, Noah Ramsdell, Thomas Ray-Smith, Caitlin Reynolds, Cameron Rumery, John Paul “JP” Snider, Logan Staples, Philip Taylor, Nicolas “Cole” Willey. Juniors: High Honors: Taylor Colbeth, Sophia DeSchiffart, River Fenton, Mary Hammond.

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  14. Challenge cancer with Pat’s Pizza

    Machias’ Pat’s Pizza will be donating the proceeds from any Fresh Veggie Pizza sold on Tuesday, July 18 to support Healthy Acadia and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center’s cancer prevention, education, and treatment services in Washington and Hancock counties. The restaurant hosted similar events in May and June. The 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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  15. Joseph Waag - Cutler

    Joseph P. Waag of Cutler  died peacefully on June 27th, 2017,  at Down East Community Hospital. He was 96 years old. 

    He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, his brother Charles of Long Island, NY, his children Christine Laurel and Anneke Waag of Cutler, Erica Marine of Rhinebeck, NY, and Robert Brandt and his wife Barbara of Brewster, NY. He will also be missed by his grandchildren: Samantha, Trevor and Andrew Marine, and Colleen, Christopher and Carolyn Brandt.

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  16. Critical blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations

    The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

    Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant drawdown of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

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  17. SummerKeys welcomes back cabaret duo Alpher & Litt

    The SummerKeys Music School for adults in Lubec continues to expand the world of art, music and photography to the hundreds of students who flock from near and far to the rocky Downeast coast for a “Music Vacation”. This summer we again enthusiastically welcome Jennie Litt and David Alpher as instructors and performers of cabaret, “an intimate musical art form in which the performers put their personal stamp on a song through honest interpretation of the lyrics”.

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  18. Changing lanes

    The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) has been busy repaving and painting roads in and around Machias. The unusual line configurations painted onto Free Street, shown here, and on the short one-way stretch of Broadway have raised eyebrows. Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien said that the state has recently taken over responsibility for both stretches of road because they are essential connectors to Route 192 and Route 1.

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  19. No race like home

    A much-watched race was the one between Jonesport brothers Oscar and Derek Beal who both captain Wayne Beal 36-footers powered by 500 hp engines. Oscar’s Papa’s Pride outdistanced Derek’s Miss Badonkadonk. Photo by Nancy Beal.

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  20. Flags and banners—not either-or—in Jonesport

    by Nancy Beal

    The recent appearance of patriotic banners on Jonesport’s utility poles prompted a minor flap on social media from citizens who erroneously thought they had supplanted the American flags that traditionally graced the town at the Fourth of July. In truth, the flags were put up, but moved to locations that were “safer for the flags,” in the words of Sue Mills, secretary/treasurer of the town’s July 4th committee.

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  21. Laura Mazza-Dixon to give poetry reading at Jonesport library

    by Nancy Beal

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  22. Survey reveals top five phone scams used in Maine

    With 89% of people in Maine receiving between five and 30 nuisance calls per week, telephone scams are still causing major problems for consumers. The issue has become so widespread that almost a fifth of Maine adults admit they have been a victim of a telephone scam.

     The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call Blocker,  also revealed the top five scams people are falling victim to in Maine:  

    • Internal Revenue scam

    • Credit/loan scam

    • Robocall/automated messages scam

    • Lottery/sweepstake scam

    • Missed call scam

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  23. Library to host traditional family Contra Dance

    Porter Memorial Library is sponsoring a family contra dance and potluck at Lubec Grange on July 15 as part of the library’s summer reading program.

    This special event is open to the public, especially to families with children, and features a traditional New England contra dance band from Newport, New Hampshire called The Sugar River Band.

    During the evening’s festivities, a self-serve potluck buffet will be available on side tables in the dance hall for the enjoyment of participants. Attendees are invited to bring something to add to the table. 

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  24. Land transfers by deed June 16, 2017 through June 29, 2017 (Cont. from last week)

    Allen W. Hall and Roberta R. Hall of Zephyrhills, Florida to Holly Kilton of East Machias certain lots or parcels of land with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Machiasport (Lot one beginning at a corner by the highway leading into said Machiasport and running westerly along the line of land of the late Fairfield Trafton; Lot Two beginning on the road leading to Machiasport Village at the northeast corner of the Abram L. Cummings land and running westerly by the said land to a wire fence)

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    • Eastport welcomes Sens. Collins and King for Fourth of July cerebrations
    • Eastport welcomes Sens. Collins and King for Fourth of July cerebrations
    • Eastport welcomes Sens. Collins and King for Fourth of July cerebrations
    • Eastport welcomes Sens. Collins and King for Fourth of July cerebrations

    Eastport welcomes Sens. Collins and King for Fourth of July cerebrations

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  25. Lubec photo workshop show to feature dramatic photos of Down East

    Lubec Photo Workshop show to feature dramatic photos of Down East

    Dramatic scenes from Down East Maine—from landscape to beautiful closeup—will be featured in the 6th annual Lubec Photo Workshop show, running July 12-25 at the Lubec Landmarks Mulholland Market Gallery on Water Street, Lubec.

    The opening reception, free and open to all, will be Saturday July 15 from 5-7p.m.

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  26. Machias selectboard debates recreational marijuana, food ordinance

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     Machias selectman Warren Gay proposed a town moratorium on recreational marijuana sales at the selectboard meeting last Wednesday evening. “Medical marijuana, I go along with one-hundred percent. But, I go along with having a moratorium on the recreational side,” he said. “I’m against [recreational marijuana] because I know what it does.”

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  27. Yankee names Quoddy Bay lobster rolls No. 3 in nation

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     Food editor Amy Traverso put her family in a small RV last summer and left Massachusetts to drive the length of the Maine coast. Her mission? To find the best lobster roll in Maine, “...which, accounting for geography and the fact that these are the freshest, sweetest lobsters you’ll find, makes it reasonable to then declare it the best in New England, and thus in the country,” she wrote.

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  28. Ideas meet needs in revitalizing rural Maine

    by Ruth Leubecker

    A variety of ventures, often inching forward one step at a time, are responding to the variegated urgent needs in Washington County.

    COMMENTARY

    It didn’t happen overnight, and many of these enterprises are dedicated to staying, albeit facing a challenging survival. The Machias Marketplace, with its mantra of “local food for local people,” is now 12 years old. After a rocky start followed by seven years under Machias Hardware, it now has a new location adjacent to Posh and across from True Value. 

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  29. Historical Society presents King’s broad arrow

    This mark, known as “The King’s Broad Arrow,” was placed onto the tallest, straightest white pine of colonial Maine. Anyone cutting a tree so marked risked serious punishment. These trees were reserved for use as masts and spars of His Majesty’s Navy. If Britannia truly “ruled the waves,” it did so through harnessing the wind into sails held in place by wood taken from the forests of Maine.

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  30. Machiasport voters say no to marijuana, yes to exploring Bucks Head

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machiasport voters approved 49 articles in 51 minutes at the annual town meeting last Monday night, including one which establishes Machiasport as a dry town for marijuana. 

    Maine voters approved a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21 during last November’s elections. The state then placed a moratorium delaying the sale of recreational marijuana until February 2018. 

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  31. Historic Nash building, grandfather to Main Street

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     Long before Machias’ Nash Building became a local symbol of Main Street decline and revitalization, it held a fruit and confectionary store operated by Italian immigrants. 

     Joseph Toschi came to Machias in the late 1800’s with his children and son-in-law, Ernest Mugnai. According to Mugnai’s great-grandson, Michael Hoyt, Mugnai imported fruit and candy by train from Boston to sell in his Machias fruit store.

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  32. The Editor’s Desk

    July in Washington County disproves the theory summer is full of lazy days. In this week’s paper alone you’ll find news of something fascinating, enriching, musical or physical to do nearly every day of the month. 

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  33. Cat got your goat?

    This little goat ushered in a new category at the 4th Annual Moosabec Pet Show—small farm animals sampling everything that might be edible and engaging a large cat. Photo by Nancy Beal

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  34. Celebrating 241 years of freedom

    by Ruth Leubecker

    The Fourth of July aka Independence Day is etched into America’s playbook as a day of phenomenal thankfulness. As well it should be.

    The Continental Congress 241 years ago declared that 13 struggling American colonies were a new nation -- the United States of America -- and no longer under the direction and dictates of the British Empire.

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  35. Letter to the Editor - Nature got it right

    Nature got it right

    Summer’s wild blueberry creations become autumn’s scenery -- grand beyond conception. Maine’s wild blueberries are different because nature got it right!

    Our unique and special wild lowbush blueberries grow on plants that Mother Nature gives us from underground vines (rhizomes), and their above-ground fruit-bearing low bushes four to 10 inches tall.

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  36. Letter to the Editor - Give bicyclists space

    Give bicyclists space

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  37. News of the Hannah Weston chapter, DAR

    Members of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will gather for their annual picnic meeting to be held at the Gates House, home of the Machiasport Historical Society on Rt. 92 in Machiasport, at 11 a.m. Sat., July 8.  Members attending are asked to bring a sandwich. Dessert and beverage will be provided.  The speaker for the afternoon will be Valdine Atwood who will discuss DAR Insignia and Protocol.

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  38. Columbia, Whitneyville Library News, Welsey

    Porter Memorial Library news

    Summer Reading Program begins at Porter Memorial Library 

    When summer rolls around, Porter Memorial Library does its best to make reading even more fun than ever. During a month-long Summer Reading Program in July, the library will feature book displays and reading lists of titles that can be found in the library collection; and also sponsors at least one cultural and learning event for families.

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  39. Machiasport’s Bucks Harbor on the weekend before the 4th of July

    A large quantity of boats rested in Machiasport’s Bucks Harbor on the weekend before the 4th of July. Behind them and to the right, Bucks Head is visible, probably named for Captain Thomas Buck of Plymouth, Massachusetts who carried the first settlers to Machias in 1763. Bucks Head was a subject of discussion at the most recent town meeting, when Machiasport voters authorized selectmen to investigate the possible purchase of 23 acres there, which include one-half mile of shoreline, provided the purchase does not increase taxes. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  40. Scottish Bagpipe Bands Return to Fort Knox

    Scottish Bagpipe Bands Return to Fort Knox

    Friends of Fort Knox in Prospect and the St. Andrew’s Society of Maine present the annual, Scottish Tattoo on Saturday, July 8 at Fort Knox in Bucksport. The event features two marching bagpipe bands performing a “Scottish Tattoo”. The event takes place on the Fort Knox parade ground and begins at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 8.  Tickets are only $10 for adults and five dollars for children under $12. Tickets may be purchased at Friend of Fort Knox gift shop or by calling 469-6553 or at Fort Knox the night of the concert.

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  41. Evan Merchant: a Beals boy with “Happy Feet”

    by Nancy Beal

    Evan Merchant, the Beals Island high school junior who outpaced more than 100 runners to win the Bay of Fundy 10-kilometer race in Lubec, was a month from finishing the fourth grade in 2010 when he entered his first road race. It wasn’t billed as a race, but rather the tenth annual Walk for Life, a fundraiser for a cancer support group started by one of his neighbors. Although the other participants walked the course from Addison’s town hall to Route 1 and back, Merchant and a school friend elected to run it.

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  42. Fourth America

    Donny Alley dressed up his rental in the old Jonesport System Store and took first place in decorated businesses.

    Photo by Nancy Beal

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  43. Hit parade

    During the Moosabec Summerfest mini-parade which took place on June 30, local youngsters competed for most patriotic, most original and most humorous titles. Photos by Nancy Beal.

     

     

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  44. Sugar River band to play contra dance at Lubec grange

    Porter Memorial Library in Machias is excited to announce a rare local appearance by a traditional New England contra dance band, The Sugar River Band, from Newport, New Hampshire. The Sugar River Band will perform at a Family Contra Dance and Potluck scheduled for Saturday, July 15 and sponsored by Porter Memorial Library as part of its 2017 Summer Reading Program. The July 15 dance and potluck supper will be held at the former Lubec Grange Hall in Lubec, now Artworksofmaine, located at 10 North Lubec Road across from McFadden’s Gulf Station on Route 189.

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