1. News from VFW Auxiliary Post 11553

    On Tuesday, April 10, the VFW Auxiliary met for its monthly meeting.  After the meeting we held elections of officers.  Officers for 2018-2019 are:

    President - Barbara Tibbetts

    Senior Vice - Ann Merchant

    Junior Vice - Addie Alley

    Treasurer - Sonya Grant

    Secretary - Ann Merchant

    Chaplain - Peggy Warden

    Conductress - Sharon Tibbetts

    Patriotic Instructor - Laura Merrill

    Grand - Jeannette Perry

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  2. Wesley

    Carola got home on May 6 from visiting with family. She was able to take the cast off her elbow while she was gone, and she has a doctor’s appointment to check on her rehab.

    Barbara had a great weekend with grandson Ayden in his wheelchair. He’s doing really well with his recovery from a broken leg.

    Saw my first hummingbird at Mcleods in Crawford on Tuesday. Phylis had her first hummingbird on Monday the 7th. My first was at Fox Hill Farm on Wednesday morning and Wednesday night. 

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  3. Pembroke Historical Society resumes monthly chantey sing

    Monday, May 21, will mark the start of the Pembroke Historical Society’s 2018 monthly program series. Combined with the Pembroke Library’s monthly “Chantey Sing,” the event will feature Jim Sherman’s presentation “Where River Meets the Rail: Lumbering, River Driving and Railroading on the Machias River.” Jim, who is active with the Machiasport Historical Society and UMM’s Sunrise Senior College, will tell the history of logging and river log driving on the Machias River, and the operation of the Whitneyville & Machiasport Railroad.

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  4. Local author to give talk for widows

    Author and personal coach Lucille Ann Meltz of Lubec will discuss The Elder Widow’s Walk and sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 at Porter Memorial Library. Meltz’ insightful story, subtitled A Personal Inner Journey and Guide for Bereaved Widows 65 and Beyond, is based on her own experience with grief following the death of her husband. She writes “This book is my foremost attempt to reach a larger group, to offer any wisdom that I have gained to help other elder widows find their own renewal.

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  5. Performances at Obadiah’s Bohemian Cafe May 22

    The first event of the season at Obadiah’s Cafe will take place on Tuesday, May 22, from 5-8 p.m.  The festivities will feature musical performance art by international touring artist Id M Theft Able, as well as Aldrich & Norton and local presenter Duane Ingalls. There will be refreshments and dinner items, including comp-curry popcorn, trenchers, sweets, and an array of beverages.

    This is the onset of Theftable‘s northern seasonal tour into Canada and beyond.

    His unique act involves voice and a set-up of amazing audio/visual devices. Aldrich 

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  6. Margaretta featured in 2018 Maine contest

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  7. ‘Pin Ups on Tour’ brings 1940s variety show to Machias


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A variety and burlesque show designed to capture the mood of the 1940s will take place in Machias on Sunday, May 20 at the Lee Pellon Center.

    “Pin Ups on Tour” recreates the energy of a USO show with the music, singing and dancing of WWII. In keeping with their theme, the group always offers free admission to veterans and active-duty military personnel. Those tickets must be picked up in advance online, at the Legion in Machias, or at Skywalker’s Bar and Grille.

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  8. Church Services

    St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church,  36 Dublin Hill, Machias. Services, 9 a.m. April through November; 9:30 a.m. December through March. Rev. Lynn Rutledge FMI: 207-214-7548 or staidansmachias.org.

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    Beals Wesleyan Church, Elm Street, Beals. 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship; 6 p.m. evangelistic hour. Wednesday 6 p.m. prayer time. Pastor Nick Wilson, 207-497-2262 or 207-530-0567.

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  9. Dale S. Coffin - December 8, 2017

    A memorial service for Dale S. Coffin who died on December 8, 2017 will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Bucks Harbor on Saturday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. William Holmes will be officiating. Lunch may be purchased during a 1 p.m. gathering of family and friends at the Bluebird Restaurant following the graveside service.

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  10. Memorial Service for Wayne Errol Davis - January 5, 1941 - January 30, 2018

    Nicole (Davis) Dubay and Clark Davis would like to invite you to a graveside service on Saturday, June 2  at 1 p.m. in the Longfellow Cemetery in Machias. Please join us the following day, June 3, at the Best Western White House Inn in Bangor to celebrate and honor the life of their beloved father. You may arrive any time between 2 and 7 p.m. 

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  11. Terry E. Sanborn - Machias

    Terry E. Sanborn, 60, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Eastern Maine Medical Center with family by her side. She was born on March 31, 1958 in Castine to the parents of Herbert and Nancy Sanborn. Terry was a graduate of Machias Memorial High School and attended Husson University from which she graduated in 1978. She worked at Washington County Children’s Program for 8 years and Child Development Services for 31 years as an Office Administrator. She was the chairperson of the Machias School Committee for 13 years and the AOS 96 Joint Board for 6 years.

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  12. Constance Jane (Sinclair) Drongowski - Machias

    Constance Jane (Sinclair) Drongowski, 73, passed away May 6, 2018 at Narraguagus Bay Healthcare. She was born August 30, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of the late Reginald and Kathryn (Magee) Sinclair. Her family returned to Machias when Connie was two years old.

    She attended schools in Machias, and graduated from M.M.H.S. At age nineteen she moved to Michigan where she resided for 43 years, before returning to Maine, to the smell and sound of the ocean, which she loved so much.

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  13. Rashel Genevieve Ellsmore

    Rashel Genevieve Ellsmore, 85, passed away on March 30, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. She was surrounded by her loving family. Rashel was born Feb 6, 1933 to Abe and Pearl Waisman in New York. She graduated from Hunter College, New York and went on to teach K-12 in Maine where she lived for many years before moving to Tallahassee. She later received her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Rashel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; her son, Stefan; and brother, Warner. 

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  14. Lottiemae Margaret (Durrett) Mattes - Cutler

    Lottiemae Margaret (Durrett) Mattes, 82, passed away May 8, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 11, 1935 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Capt. Alfred William Durrett, Sr. and Dolores Mae (Schock) Durrett.

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  15. Rae Ann Oakes - East Machias

    Rae Ann Oakes, 64, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend was called to Heaven as she was surrounded by her family on Monday, May 7th, 2018.

    She was born June 2, 1953, the daughter of Raymond and Ethel Ramsey. Rae Ann attended schools in Orono.

    Rae Ann was married to Peter Oakes for 45 years and had two children, Travis and Tina.

    Rae Ann was a mom, nannie and auntie to many of those who met and loved her. She has touched many lives and will forever be loved and missed.

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  16. Machias Memorial High School news

    During Teacher Appreciation Week last week the MMHS Student Council celebrated our teachers and staff with cupcakes and personal notes of thanks from students.  Our administration also honored them with a tray of sweets, donuts, lunch and a freshly cleaned and decorated teachers’ room! Here are a few of the teachers honored; Mrs. Case, 

    Mrs. Hampson and Mrs. Corrigan as well as Mr. Henry and Mrs. Getchell. 

    Guen Corrigan teaches English, grades 11 and 12.

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  17. Narraguagus 3rd quarter Honor Roll

    Grade 12: High Honors: Shalynne Barbee Bamford, Taylor Colbeth, Josiah Couture, Emma Denbow, Sophia DeSchiffart, River Fenton, Mary Hammond. Honors: Tiah Bickford, Elizabeth Chartrand, Brittney Church, Sasha Crowley, Madison Leighton, Agustin Lizcano Echavarria, Shannon Rood, Emily Williams

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  18. UMM presents over $71,000 in scholarship awards at honors convocation


    The University of Maine at Machias held its annual Honors Convocation on April 25 and presented more than $71,000 in scholarships and awards. The event was held in the campus Performing Arts Center and featured a welcome message from Susan Hunter, President of University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias.

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  19. Scramble #1 in the books

    by Phil Stuart

    The Barren View Golf Course in Jonesboro held its first Wednesday Senior Scramble on April 26.

    Stevie Cates got off to a good start picking up a big paycheck along with Bobby Cates and Mike Clark as the trio took top honors with a minus three.

    They had to hold off a late surge by Harry Beal, Jim Golike, Kennie Smith, and Frankie Gatcomb who finished a stroke back at -2.

    Third place went to Shrine photographer Dickie Kilton, Chuck Nevala, Gordie Faulkingham and Ron Carpenter.

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  20. Lubec Hornets win basketball title

    by Phil Stuart

    The Lubec junior high and elementary basketball teams have continued their run of remarkable success with the Junior High School Pine Tree League win over Perry in the title contest. The Lubec school has won three championships since last fall.

    The Lubec junior high girls won the Downeast Junior High School league title in February. The elementary girls extended their winning streak to eighty games by winning the Downeast Basketball Association title on April 9 and the junior high school girls won the Pine Tree League title on April 11.

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  21. Thompson Award turns 56

    by Phil Stuart

    The Machias Area Little League is over 60 years old now, and a lot of things have changed during that time including the playing fields, number of teams, the addition of girls’ softball, minor league ball, T-ball and much more.

    It is hard to believe that Clarence “Tommy” Thompson has been gone since 1961.

    Tommy was the man that got little league baseball started in the Machias area in the mid-fifties. Thompson was a member of the Machias Rotary Club and coach of the Orioles back when the league first started.

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  22. Guagus girls softball undefeated

    by Phil Stuart

    In order to have a chance to win a regional or a state title in softball, a team has to have a quality pitcher.

    Pitching can win the majority of the games, and with a quality defense and a couple of bats in the line-up, the victories will start to add up.

    Narraguagus is now midway through the third year of the Lanie Perry era, and once again the victories are adding up.

    Currently, the Knights are 7-0 and have only been tested in one contest.

    In those seven contests, the Knights have outscored their opponents 70-9.

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  23. The 1948 Jonesboro Jets

    by Phil Stuart

    Local baseball certainly isn’t what it used to be.

    At one time it was a very popular sport at the high school level.

    Jonesboro has had a proud tradition of home grown baseball talent and some of that still exists today. After players graduated from high school, many stayed close to home and continued to play on the local town team.

    The 1948 Jonesboro Jets town team proved to be a very talented group and were led by left-handed pitcher Cony Feeney who once had a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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  24. Lisee wins Elaine Hill 5K

    by Phil Stuart

    Jeremy Lisee of Milbridge has been on the road race circuit for two and a half decades and has been one of the area’s best over that period of time.

    Lisee picks and chooses a few races each year but never overloads.

    On April 21 Lisee won the 11th  Annual Jerry Kaufman 5K in Ellsworth with a time of 17.58. Two weeks later he ran on his home turf going by his home twice on the Fickett’s Point Road in Milbridge to win the Annual Elaine Hill Memorial 5K in a time of 17.39.

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  25. New shingles vaccine provides better protection

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I? 

    Suspicious Susan

    Dear Susan,

    Yes! If you’re 50 or older, there’s a new shingles vaccine on the market that’s far superior to the older vaccine, so now is a great time to get inoculated. Here’s what you should know. 

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  26. Court News

    Nicholas J. Dana, Jr. of Perry, Maine:  Theft of services on 10/16/2017 in Pleasant Point.  SNTC date 1/16/2018, fine $150, restitution $35.96.  GLTY

    Michael B. Vanderbusch of Calais, Maine:  Operate vehicle without license on 1/5/2018 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/8/2018, Washington County Jail 48 hours.  GLTY

    Dayton A. Schiff of Calais, Maine:  Passing stopped school bus on 12/8/2017 in Calais.  SNTC date 1/29/2018, fine $250.  GLTY

    Shirley McDonald of Machias, Maine:  Harassment by interference with taking on 11/24/2016 in East Machias.  NADJ

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  27. DMR monitoring shellfish safety for warmer months

    DMR is actively monitoring biotoxins throughout the coast.  The annual, routine regional closures primarily for mussels, European oysters and carnivorous snails have gone into effect as a precautionary measure. 

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  28. Spring forward for fossil free

    350 Downeast (www.350Maine.org/downeast) is hosting a Spring Forward for Fossil Free organizational meeting for all citizens concerned with climate change.  This is part of a global initiative by 350.org to create a grassroots movement for a just and equitable transition to a world free from fossil fuels through action at the local government level.  We are pursuing 3 demands:  100% renewable energy for all; no new coal, oil or gas projects; and not a penny more for dirty energy.  Reducing carbon dioxide in the air is necessary for reducing the

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  29. Bye bye, “Boy” Scouts

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    In the twilight of my life, the Boys Scouts of America – its teachings, its values, and the fun of it all – still evoke a warm glow in my overflowing storehouse of special memories. 

    Everything about the scouting experience left me the better for it. We wore the uniform proudly, as we did the merit badges and the patches that symbolized our achievements and advancement in the scout hierarchy. Under it all, there was a sense or organization and self-discipline that was not unpleasant.

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  30. Living history

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  31. Public weighs in against Emera Maine’s rate hike


    by Nancy Beal

    The state’s second largest electric company, Emera Maine (formerly Bangor Hydro-Electric Company) brought its request for the third rate increase in five years to Eastern Maine last week (May 1) in three hearings that were linked by simulcast between Machias, Presque Isle and Orono. Each attracted one of the three Public Utilities Commission (PUC) commissioners who will act on the rate hike request next month.

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  32. Machias adopts moratorium in hopes of blocking downtown tower


    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias residents enacted a 180-day moratorium ordinance banning new construction of radio, TV, telephone towers and antennas over 35’ within the town’s limits. 

    The vote took place at an April 30 town meeting which lasted only 15 minutes and was moderated by Betsy Fitzgerald.

    A co-pastor of the Community of Christ Church on North Street in Machias spoke in favor of the tower, saying it would be a 125’ stainless steel tower without any guidelines or flashing beacons. 

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  33. Final session ends in divisive stalemate

    by Ruth Leubecker

    With hundreds of bills on the table and funding hanging in the balance, the 128th Legislature went home, having not done their job and leaving Mainers at a critical impasse.

    “I was very upset and bothered that we didn’t finish the work,”  said Rep. Will Tuell. “I think we will go back and finish. It has to be finished by May 30 or the prison won’t happen. We’ll be going back for veto day on Wednesday.”  

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  34. Love of the Maine Wilderness guides Machias River Brewing Company

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Opening a small business is a risk anywhere you do it, but opening a restaurant in Washington County  — at the end of tourist season, no less — takes nerves of steel.

    Fortunately, John and Danielle Parker are in possession of those steely nerves and so later this year they’ll raise a glass to the five-year anniversary of their joint venture, Skywalker’s Bar & Grille. 

    And what will be in those glasses? Their very own microbrew beer, of course.

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  35. The alewives are running

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  36. Machias takes next step toward ‘adult use marijuana’ ordinance

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Fifteen residents and business  owners came out for the Machias Selectboard’s second marijuana workshop on the rainy night of Thursday, May 3. The board is drafting an adult use marijuana ordinance that will eventually be voted on by the town, though it will not be completed in time for the June town meeting. “Adult use marijuana” is the state’s new term to replace “recreational marijuana.”

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  37. Celebration of moms at Steuben library

    To celebrate Moms, the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben is hosting a special event 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12.

    Sons and daughters of all ages are invited to bring Mom for Muffins With Mom. The library will have a craft activity, a variety of beverages and, of course, muffins. 

    Admission is free. For more information, visit www.moorelibrary.org.

     Steuben library to show “Ferdinand” The movie “Ferdinand” will be shown 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

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  38. Walk for Life Cancer Fundraiser in Addison May 19

    The 18th annual Walk for Life, a major fundraiser for the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, is ready to take off from the Addison town hall Saturday, May 19. As in years past, the event will offer walkers or runners a 1-, 2- or 5-mile route from the center of Addison Village to Route 1 and back to the starting point.

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  39. Holocaust survivor to speak to WA Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

    Juniors and seniors at Washington Academy will host a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday, May 15 at noon in the school gymnasium. 

    All of Washington Academy, plus the eighth grade class from the Elm Street School, will attend the assembly put on by students in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies class.

    The ceremony will include a candle lighting and a reading of the names of victims and survivors. 

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  40. Machias blood drive May 12

    The Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church is located at 180 Court Street. Machias. 

    Call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter: Church of LDS Machias to schedule an appointment.

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  41. Mrs. Annie White to discuss teaching school in Washington County

    A meeting of the Washington Co. Historical & Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. Sat., May 19th\ in the Emergency Management Room, 28 Center Street in Machias. Speaker for the afternoon will be Mrs. Annie White, age 97, who will discuss “Teaching School in Washington County, 1944 to 1977.”

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  42. Letter for the Editor - Angus King: wrong on Iran

    When the Iran deal was brought forward in August of 2015, Senator Angus King called a snap meeting in Portland to push it (although not for constitutionally required Senate ratification). The USM forum included only supporters of the agreement on the stage, and it effectively drove public opinion in the direction President Obama, Secretary Kerry and Senator King desired.

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  43. Letter for the Editor - Letter from candidate Fulford on campaign withdrawal

    The pressures of the campaign on my family and myself have been substantial, and I am therefore withdrawing from the campaign [for Congress].  I want to express my deep appreciation to everyone who has supported the campaign, in so many ways. I will always be grateful to you. Running for office has never been about personal ambition, but rather a belief I still hold, that we can build a better future, together.  

    Thank you very much, 

    Jonathan Fulford

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  44. Letter for the Editor - Fossil-free Downeast


    Climate change is happening worldwide and is affecting Downeast Maine.  Fact: our average temperatures are getting warmer.  Fact: ice-fishing season is shorter.  Fact: winter timber harvesting season is getting shorter.  Fact: ticks and tick-borne diseases are increasing.  Fact: the temperature of the Gulf of Maine is rising faster than almost every other body of water on Earth.  Fact: the dike on the Middle River in Machias is threatened with frequent flooding.  Fact: the local economy based on fisheries, tourism, and forests is threatened.

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  45. UMM to hold 107th commencement ceremony

    The University of Maine at Machias will hold its 107th Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the Reynolds Center gymnasium. One hundred and three students will graduate with degrees or program certificates.

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