1. Partnering boosts food pantry mission

    by Ruth Leubecker
    Serving more people who are food insecure and covering more territory in the process is the aim of Washington County’s 10 food pantries in 2019.

    “Good Shepherd’s Food Bank is represented at every meeting, and they are very transparent and supportive of the pantries’ efforts,” says Regina Grabrovac, Healthy Acadia’s food program manager. “Our next meeting is June 6 and we welcome any community member who would like to attend.”

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  2. Lighthouses in our school

     

    by Nancy Beal
    Beals Elementary School is lit up with lighthouses this spring in anticipation of a visit next month from children’s author/illustrator Sophie Blackall, whose Hello Lighthouse recently won a Caldecott Medal for the best-illustrated children’s book in 2019. Blackall’s visit will be sponsored by Island Readers and Writers, a group on Mt. Desert whose mission is to bring artists and authors into island and coastal schools.

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  3. UMM mapping tech could help clammers know when to dig

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon
    When the state closes a clam flat because of a biotoxin like Red Tide, communicating that closure is critical for the public’s health, and when a clam flat is ready to be harvested again, communicating that opening is equally critical for a shellfish harvester’s pocketbook.

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  4. Scouts honored with Arrow of Light awards

    On Saturday, March 16, Cub Scouts Pack 125 held an Arrow of Light ceremony and a Crossing Over ceremony. The Arrow of Light award is the highest award a Cub Scout can earn.  Arrow of Light is the equivalent of an Eagle Scout award for a BSA Scout or Boy Scout.

    Pack 125 Cub master Darrell Daniels had the honor of presenting the Arrow of Light awards to Nicholas Hennessey, Linus Patterson, and Blaze Moody. Following the Arrow of Light ceremony, the crossing over ceremony was held. The Cub Scouts crossed over to become BSA Scouts of Troop 125.

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  5. Out and about in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

    What a week this has been for meetings….Monday the 18th my husband and I had an appointment in Ellsworth in the afternoon. After we returned home we attended the supper that the Columbia Cemetery Society sponsored. I later returned for their town meeting.

    Columbia Town Meeting

    They voted on forty five articles with Sonny Beal as moderator and Sharon Tibbetts, Pat Favolize and Sonja Grant as ballot clerks.

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  6. Porter Memorial Library author talk will tell story of Machias son, lost in largest kamikaze attack of WWII

    Author Martin Irons will speak at Porter Memorial Library in Machias on Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

    Irons' book, "Phalanx Against The Divine Wind: Protecting the Fast Carrier Task Force During World War II" recounts the fate of the USS Haynsworth and the rest of the Fifth Fleet on April 6, 1945 during the largest kamikaze attack of WWII. Among those lost that day was Hobart MacLaughlan of Machias.

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  7. The Grand’s ‘Awards Season’ film series continues with ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ in Ellsworth March 28

     

    On Thursday, March 28  at 6 p.m. and, in a special closed-captioned, matinee screening on Friday March 29 at 1 p.m., H&R Block of Ellsworth and Bucksport continue their “Awards Season” series for 2019 with a British historical epic which was twice nominated for the 2019 Oscars- “Mary, Queen of Scots.” See it the way it was made it to be seen- through a state-of-the-art digital projection system- on the Coastal Eye Care giant screen.

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  8. Maine sailor first to celebrate state’s 199th birthday

     

    by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Mark R. Alvarez

    The morning was auspicious, but the weather wasn’t, with a stormy sky, intermittent rain and heavy winds, but for one Mainer, the tradition of planting a flag to commemorate the state’s birthday was going to happen no matter what.

    Navy Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Ed Bennett climbed to the top of Guam’s tallest peak, Mount Lam Lam, to plant the Maine state flag and celebrate Maine’s 199th birthday, March 15.

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  9. Honoring Vietnam War Remembrance Day on March 30

     

    by Nona Barrett

    Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 50 than years ago.

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  10. Colorado mourns two soldiers lost in Afghanistan

     

    According to CNN, the Petagon has identified two soldiers killed Friday in Afghanistan.  The two were Spc. Joseph Collette, age 29, of Ohio, and Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, age 33, of Colorado.  

    Collette was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Group in Fort Carson, Colorado, and Lindsay was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Force Group (Airborne) out of Fort Carson.  

    These two deaths are the third and fourth of American troops killed in Afghanistan this year during the U.S.'s longest war, now in its 18th year.

     

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  11. Machias votes for Columbia

     

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     

    At a Machias School Board meeting held Monday, March 25 the board members present voted unanimously in support of locating a new Career and Technical Education facility at the former 4 Corners Shop & Save location in Columbia.

    CTE is a term for what has historically been called vocational training or “trades school,” and offers coursework that makes students more employable upon graduation from high school.  

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  12. ENMAX to Purchase Emera’s Operations in Maine for $1.3 Billion USD

     

    • Purchase price of $959 million USD ($1,286 million CAD) for shares plus acquired debt, for total enterprise value of $1.3 billion USD ($1.8 billion CAD)
    • Fully achieves the targeted asset sale component of Emera’s three-year funding plan and proceeds will be used to support Emera’s capital investment opportunities within its regulated utility businesses and reduce corporate level debt
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  13. CTE stalemate continues for Downeast schools

     

     

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     

    Tempers flared during a three-hour meeting Thursday night which concluded with no consensus on where to purchase and renovate a building for use as a regional Career and Technical Education satellite site.

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  14. Democrats to Legal Voters: Drop Dead

     

    by Brian Lonergan

     

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  15. Local videographer takes to skies for a ‘Drone’s Eye View’

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Ryan Malagara has always enjoyed taking photographs and making movies, but it was a surprise Christmas gift from his wife Sandi that made him into a professional videographer. In 2015 Malagara opened a Phantom 3 Professional Drone, and that was that — he was hooked.

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  16. Seagull Motel donation and CTE school controversy top Machias board agenda

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) Project Manager Jacob Van de Sande addressed the Machias Board of Selectmen at their bi-weekly meeting held Wednesday, March 13.

    Van de Sande was following up on an earlier conversation about the old Seagull Motel, most recently used as the Machias River Redemption center. Van de Sande told the board MCHT has secured an option to purchase it and is prepared to facilitate the town’s purchase and demolition of the building to create a public green space.

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  17. East Machias takes delivery of new state-of-the art 4x4 tanker truck

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The town of East Machias waited for a bright, dry day to take receipt of its brand new, off-road tanker truck designed to fight wildfires in forests and from hard-to-reach backroads. The 2019 Bulldog Extreme 4x4 is the first of its kind to be delivered in Maine.

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  18. Jonesport opts out of PRSWDD by 3-1 margin

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  19. Machias hearing draws support for pursuit of CDBG Downtown Revitalization Grant to address lighting, sidewalks

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Attendees at a public hearing held Wednesday, March 13 learned about the town’s proposed application for a Community Block Development Grant to help pay for improvements to Machias’ lighting and sidewalks.

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  20. Missing the point makes life tougher

    by Ruth Leubecker

    States should always take a hard look at what works in other states and seriously evaluate making changes accordingly. Maine does not do well when it comes to these potential actions.

    For years our neighbors — specifically Massachusetts and New Hampshire — have funded their governments either without residents paying any income tax at all, or paying significantly lower than Maine residents do.

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  21. Dems advance to rear, take America to woodshed

     

    by Conrad Black

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  22. The spring equinox

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  23. Local photographer returns from mission service in the Philippines

    Hannah Sprague recently returned from three weeks spent in the Philippines serving with Medical Missions International and Inspire Hope Ministries. While there, Sprague assisted medical teams serving in the region and brought her camera with her to use in her spare time. Sprague is the owner of Mainely Moments Photography & Videography, based in Machias. Here she shares a little bit about her experiences, in her own words.

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  24. Behind the Harrington Recreation Committee

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  25. CACC Annual Quilt Show and Artisan Fair

    Cherryfield Academy Community Center will be having its Annual Quilt Show and Artisan Fair on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is located at 53 Main Street in Cherryfield.

    Artisans will have some wonderful items for you to purchase and some will do some demos throughout the day. Each artisan will contribute one of their items to the Grand Prize Basket, which you can enter to win at $1/ticket.

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  26. Out and about in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

     

    The Phys Ed class went sliding on Tuesday during the day. This was the only time so far this year that they could go. It was a good day for it.

    The Addison Town Meeting was held on Tuesday evening March 12 at the D.W. Merritt Elementary School. Over 170 folks turned out for the meeting with 169 voters registered to vote.

    The moderator for the evening was Chris Chartrand and the ballot clerks were John Rittenhouse, Sheila Mitchell and Donna Kausan.

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  27. ‘Die Walküre’ in HD at The Grand March 30

    On Saturday, March 30 at noon The Grand's season of high-definition simulcasts from The New York Metropolitan Opera continues with one of the most challenging pieces in the repertoire, Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre.  

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  28. ‘Lobster War’ film to be shown in Machias March 30

    Machias’ Porter Memorial Library will offer a screening of “Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds” on Saturday, March 30. The showing will take place at the University of Maine at Machias Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per adult, kids 12 and under $3, and all UMM faculty and students have free admission …of course, any donations are gladly accepted!

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  29. Block printers explored African art form over two weekends at Eastport Arts Center

    A group of 13 gathered at Eastport Arts Center for two four-hour Saturday sessions, March 2 and 9, to explore block printing on fabric with Susan Lehnen, an artist and educator who lives in Perry. The first meeting included a lesson in the traditional techniques and symbolism of adinkra cloth, a hand-printed fabric developed by the Ashanti people in Ghana. Workshop participants then began developing their own symbolic stamps, cutting designs into linoleum mounted on PVC plastic plates and making their first efforts at printing the stamps.

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  30. Public invited to installation ceremony, reception for President Joan Ferrini-Mundy at UMM March 25

    The Installation of President Joan Ferrini-Mundy at the University of Maine at Machias on March 25 begins Inauguration Week events in Machias and Orono.
    The Installation ceremony, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in Reynolds Gymnasium.

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  31. Wild Blueberry Commission expansion bill introduced, small growers not happy

    by Nancy Beal

    Last month, a bill to expand Maine’s Wild Blueberry Commission (WBC), crafted by small wild blueberry growers, was brought forth in Maine’s legislature and heard at a hearing on February 5 (MVNO February 13, 2019). It would add two grower seats on the present eight-member WBC, bringing grower seats into parity with those of processors: five of each. The grower seats would be designated for organic growers, those who add value before selling and those who sell fresh pack, those involved in co-operatives and Native American growers.

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  32. Downeast families ready to testify in favor of vaccine choice, ‘informed consent’

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A state bill to ban philosophical and religious exemptions from childhood vaccinations will have a public hearing before the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on Wednesday, March 13. Numerous Washington County residents plan to attend the hearing to testify against the bill and in favor of vaccine choice and “informed consent,” as one father puts it.

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  33. Collins champions elderly causes, sweeping reform

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Leading the charge, whether banking reform or prescription cost transparency, Sen. Susan Collins is an increasing presence for change that can be measurable.

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  34. Local teacher ready to race in NYC Half Marathon

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When she celebrates her birthday on St. Patrick’s Day, Mathy Terrill plans to be racing through famous landmarks like Central Park and Times Square, on her way to completing the New York City Half Marathon. This will be the second 13.1-mile race for Terrill, who went from a non-runner to a half-marathoner in only two years.

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  35. Revolutionary War Reenactors meeting set for March 25

     

    The Revolutionary War Reenactors of Downeast Maine will be holding their next meeting on Monday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m., at the Machias Valley Baptist Church.  The meeting will be open to anyone interested in learning about reenacting for Margaretta Days, the Battle of the Rim, or any other event.

    Come by and question our reenactors, learn how to create a persona, or just learn a bit of the history of the Machias Patriots and their Native Allies, during the American Revolution.

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  36. Changing of the Boy Scouts’ guard

     

    The Machias Rotary Club is the charter organization for the local BSA Scout Troop 125. The troop has been serving the needs of young scouts for over 20 years.

    Clifford Norton, Jr. of Bucks Harbor has been working with Troop 125 for the past eight years serving as the Scoutmaster for the last two years. Of note, his son Caleb completed his Eagle Scout rank in February of 2018. However, because of his work schedule, Clifford has decided to step aside from the active role of Scoutmaster.

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  37. WA girls recognized for great sportsmanship

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  38. Library brings locally-filmed ‘Lobster War’ movie to Machias on March 30

     

    Machias’ Porter Memorial Library will offer a screening of “Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds” on Saturday, March 30. The showing will take place in the University of Maine at Machias Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m.

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  39. WA senior holds two championship titles, reflects on years of wrestling

     

    Ten years ago Josiah Brown began his passion for wrestling with Washington Academy Youth Wrestling. Today, Josiah holds two 2019 championship titles. Early February, Josiah earned the Penobscot Valley Conference (PVC) Championship title in the 182-pound weight class and was voted Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet by conference coaches. A week later he went on to become the Northern Maine Regional Champion at the Northern Maine Regional Wrestling Championship held at Ellsworth High School. Josiah has been preparing for these titles since he was in third grade.

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  40. Stone Soup demolition handled by town

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The East Machias Board of Selectmen voted Friday, March 8 to authorize the demolition and removal of debris from a fire that destroyed Stone Soup Cafe and Market on Sept. 11, 2018.  Selectmen Bucket Davis, Will Tuell and Dale Richardson were all in attendance at the Friday morning meeting.

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  41. At Maine Fishermen’s Forum, Senator King lauds fishing industry’s contribution to Maine communities, economy

     

    U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) commended the work of the men and women in Maine’s fishing industry at the Maine Fishermen's Forum in Rockport last week, listening first-hand to the priorities and concerns of Maine fishermen from around the state.

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  42. Artful desserts and savory delights served up at Whiting Village School public supper & dessert auction March 16

     

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  43. Saint Patrick's Day love story

     

    by Wayne Smith

    To the most beautiful person in the world. We made 15 years together without killing each other. There’s been ups and downs, twists and turns. Memories built up enough to build a castle that we have dreams about living in one day if we win the lottery. We don’t have much, yet we have each other. And that’s all that matters. Robin, you always have put a smile on my face with your dry humor. You have guided me through the best and worst of times, the times when on a trip and times we never wanted to come home to face the housework.

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  44. Red Squirrels

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  45. WA National Honor Society students photograph shelter cats for ‘St. Catty’s Day’

     

    Washington Academy National Honor Society students Ryan Conley and Mikaila Loughlin recently visited The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield to photograph shelter cats in the hopes of raising the chances to find their “forever home.” The resulting photos and campaign comprise their National Honor Society service project.

    They call their campaign, “Happy St. Catty’s Day, Help Us Get Lucky!” Conley said some of these cats have been in the shelter for more than a year. To find out how you can adopt one, call The Ark at 207-546-3484.

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