1. Congratulations Jonesport-Beals High School Class of 2019

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  2. Withdrawing towns an unsettled issue for Pleasant River waste disposal site

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  3. Entrepreneurial 4th graders make donations from business profits

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Fourth graders at the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias created, branded, bottled and sold their very own bug spray. Oofer Bugs is a natural bug repellent, and it was so popular they even had to make a second batch to fill all of their orders.

    “We had originally started with 100 of these bottles, thinking that if we could get $5 apiece, if we can get the $500, we would do well,” said RMG teacher Tom Manship. “We ended up selling over $1,000 worth.”

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  4. DECH annual meeting keys on growth, goals for year

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Announcing added staff, a nurse midwife and expanded ultrasound hours, Down East Community Hospital anticipates a coming year of forward motion on many fronts.

    The annual meeting of the hospital’s board of corporators this year realized an uptick in admissions -- both inpatient and outpatient -- over last year and reported increased volumes in services, births and rehab visits.

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  5. Machias High alumni kick it into high gear

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Wendy Schoppee is the newly elected president of the Machias Memorial High School Alumni Association and she is overflowing with ideas for a new, improved association.

    “Last year the association was going to close,” said Schoppee, pointing to volunteer fatigue on an overworked steering committee. Instead, they rallied, recruited a few more people to the board, and elected Schoppee as their president. Now they’ve set their sights on welcoming Machias alumni back to the best August reunion ever.

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  6. Benefit planned for Calais toddler

     

    by Jayna Smith

    The State Fire Marshal's Office says an 18-month-old Calais boy was seriously burned Wednesday, June 12, when a flammable liquid was poured on a campfire.

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  7. Sheriff’s office shines at Shooting Star competition

     

    On Wednesday, June 5 the Maine Sheriffs Association held the Shawn Donahue Memorial “Shooting Star” Competition, named for a Washington County Chief Deputywho died in 2014. The competition recognizes the best shots in the state and the best-shooting sheriff’s department. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office team finished the day in first place.

     

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  8. All-Ireland group HighTime to play Calais Celtic Concerts June 22

    Calais Celtic Concerts is very excited to present the multi-award-winning new group from Connemara Ireland, HighTime, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Park St., Calais, on Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m. US / 8 p.m. Canadian time. The doors will open at 6 p.m. EST.

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  9. Speaking on dairy farming

     

    by Wayne Smith

    I spoke about dairy farming on Tuesday, June 11, at the Milbridge Historical Society to a crowd of about 20 people. It was the first presentation of the summer. There will be a speaker in July and August also. I took questions afterward. There were about 20 slides to my presentation. There were refreshments served consisting of items like cookies, lemonade and iced tea. There was also dip with cut-up vegetables. The presentation went on for about 45 minutes. At times the crowd laughed. They came from all walks of life.

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  10. Whitneyville Library news

    Here a turkey...there a turkey...everywhere a turkey turkey...that’s our next supper menu. July 6 is our next public supper, and if I haven’t told you yet it will be fried turkey. LOL Fried turkey with potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni salad, cucumber salad as well as Janet’s rolls along with homemade pies and cakes. So mark this date on your calendar.

    A representative from the US Census was at the library meeting with people that are going to be working for the Census, fingerprinting and filling out the information needed to work for the Census.

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  11. Out and about in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

     

    I enjoyed meeting up with Nancy Pike and her mother, Jeannette Smith, on Monday the 10th at the Pickled Wrinkle Restaurant in Birch Harbor for lunch and also met her cousin Tristan Harrington and his family.

    On Tuesday, June 11 about 20 folks attended the Milbridge Historical Society presentation of Wayne Smith, Growing up on a Dairy Farm in Cherryfield. His talk was very interesting. Wayne had already written an article on his presentation in the last two issues of this paper.

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  12. Wesley News

     

    by Camille Hawkins

     

    Wesley School had their pizza party get-together last Friday, June 7th. Two students going on to high school and other kids received awards, books and art supplies for the summer months. They were about 25 people at the get-together. Ginny Sawick also got a little roasting by Emily and Janine Hawkins. Ginny even got a graduation diploma. Happy Retirement, Ginny.

    DDL Creations by Dana, our Wesley Town Clerk, got material and t-shirts and her time for kids to make their very own shirts. Thank you, Dana.

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  13. The Nature of Phenology: Herons

     

    by Hazel Stark

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  14. Seaweed Symposium set for June 20-21

    An educational two-day workshop led by Greenhorns will explore all elements of marine algae including basic marine botany, the impacts of proposed salmon aquaculture in Maine, what the new ruling on rockweed ownership will mean for the wild harvest of rockweed in Cobscook Bay, and about salmon restoration efforts in our rivers.

    Two days of seminars will include field trips to the shore, boat trips in Cobscook Bay, farm-grown lunches, and an optional harvesting trip on June 19.

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  15. Calais toddler burned in campfire

     

    The Maine State Police have released the following statement.

    The State Fire Marshal's Office says an 18-month-old Calais boy was seriously burned Wednesday, June 12,  when a flammable liquid was poured on a campfire.   Wyatt Chandler is being treated for burns to 60% of his body at Mass General in Boston.

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  16. Jackson elected to Machias Board of Selectmen

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     

    Jim Jackson was elected to the Machias Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, June 11 with 50 votes. Jackson was the only candidate on the Machias ballot, having completed the town's election paperwork earlier in the spring. Both Ed Pellon and Bruce Smith ran write-in campaigns for the position. Pellon received 29 votes and Smith received 25 votes.

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  17. ‘Beyond Acadia’ charts beauty of Washington County’s Bold Coast

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Becky Bard used to attend the Margaretta Days Festival each year with her small children, but this year she’ll be at the festival tending something altogether different — her husband’s first book, which is also the very first guide book ever written exclusively about Washington County.

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  18. Moosabec teachers, school board approach new contract agreement

     

    by Nancy Beal

    The Moose-A-Bec Teachers Association (MTA) and the Union 103 school board (which oversees matters pertaining to all three schools in Jonesport and Beals) have been in contracts talks for over a year. Negotiating teams from each side have been through various levels of discussions — all unsuccessful — including a three-person fact-finding panel whose recommendations, delivered last month, favored the teachers but were rejected by the school board. Last week, it appeared that the two sides were approaching a compromise.

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  19. Artist to presidents, Princess Diana, at home in Jonesboro

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Yogi Morgan is a woman of many talents, contradictions and surprises.

    She was born 68 years ago in Louisville, Kentucky, though her family never lived there. Years ago she left her home in Presque Isle to accidentally find her life’s work in Chicago. She lived in more than 50 places before settling in Jonesboro, Maine.

    And the list goes on. Hers has been a peripatetic life, with an astounding number of experiences integrated into the entire process. Understandably, her parents did not name their infant daughter Yogi …

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  20. Margaretta Days Festival brings history to life in Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    This weekend Machias will celebrate its Revolutionary War history in a way no other town in the nation can.

    “What a treasure we have here. So many of our historic reenactors, as well as many of the Wabanaki reenactors, are direct descendants of the actual heroes!” said Carlene Holmes. “Where else can you find such a historical reenactment? Williamsburg or Gettysburg, Plymouth?”

    No.

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  21. Countywide crime spree ends in arrest

     

    by Jayna Smith

    A day that included three structure fires, a home invasion and auto theft started early in Princeton on Sunday, June 9 and ended late the same day in Trenton after drawing multiple law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency dispatchers into its wake.

    It all started at dawn when Princeton Fire Chief Tony Ramsdell said a call came in at 4:29 a.m. and “was dispatched as a double structure fire.” Six area fire departments responded to two early morning structure fires in Princeton.

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  22. New owners invite you to linger at Whole Life Natural Market

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    When Patti Sansing opened Whole Life Natural Market in 2003 it checked two boxes for her: it allowed Sansing and her family to move closer to their extended family, and it allowed her to share her knowledge of natural healing through the store’s products.

    “I was studying to be a holistic nutritionist, but my family is from here so we used to come here all the time for vacations,” said Sansing. When the previous owner put the store up for sale, Sansing and her husband purchased it and moved to Machias.

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  23. Machias River General Store plans to sweeten up a Main Street favorite

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Three generations of the Hoyt family owned and operated the Machias Hardware Co., the shopping centerpiece of Main Street, Machias. Now, two new families will continue in their tradition when they reopen as the Machias River General Store.

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  24. Expressions builds on 76 years of tradition in Machias

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    It was hot that June, more than 75 years ago. A young woman was about to graduate from Machias Memorial High School, so she and her two sisters made the long drive to Ellsworth for celebratory flowers. By the time they arrived back in Machias, all of their flowers were wilted. Having no other florist nearby, they asked their parents for help.

    “Mr. and Mrs. Parlin had beautiful gardens, so they went to them and asked them if they could have some for graduation,” said Rhonda Reynolds.

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  25. Farm tidbits, part two

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  26. Out and about in Columbia

    One more week and school will be out for the summer break. I know the kids are looking forward to having some fun this summer. Hopefully, they will be busy and not too bored. I am looking forward to doing some fun things myself and going places.

    Carroll and I were in Ellsworth on Tuesday for his appointment; it was a quick trip but we did enjoy a meal at Governor’s before returning home.

    On Thursday I met up with Nancy Pike and her mother Jeannette Smith at 44 Degrees North Restaurant in Milbridge for a nice meal. A pleasant way to spend an evening with great company.

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  27. Congratulations Washington Academy Class of 2019

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  28. John H. Ahlin and Norman Nelson scholarships awarded

    The John H. Ahlin Scholarship and Norman Nelson Scholarship have been awarded to four graduating high school seniors from Washington Academy in East Machias. The John H. Ahlin Scholarship, each in the amount of $500, has been awarded to Devyn Seeley and Donald Soctomah. The Norman Nelson Scholarship, also in the amount of $500 each, has been awarded to Cole Avery and Josiah Brown.

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  29. The Nature of Phenology: Phoebes

     

    by Hazel Stark

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  30. Blueberry power struggles to take center stage at field day

    by Ruth Leubecker

    As the wild blueberry industry continues to combat a severe economic downturn, a recent bill for expanding and diversifying the Wild Blueberry Commission offers hope for change.

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  31. Candidate Jackson celebrates history, bright future of Machias

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Jim Jackson wants to serve the town of Machias as a selectman, so he’s running for office again.

    “I wanted it the first time and I didn’t get, but that’s no reason to stop and just give up,” said Jackson, who ran in the Feb. 26 election and lost by two votes to Glenn Davis, who was elected in February to finish a term ending in June. Davis announced he would not run again shortly after taking office.

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  32. 12 Machias voters adopt $5.3M school budget

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Twelve Machias voters attended the town meeting held Tuesday, May 28, and approved a 2019/20 school budget of $5,302,588.68, an increase of $161,964.43, or 3.13 percent, over last year’s budget.

    In the coming year, $2,090,708.57 in revenue will be contributed toward that budget via state subsidy, and $1,301,838.00 is projected in revenue from tuition students.

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  33. Shuttleworth hiking cross country on behalf of veterans

    by Nancy Beal

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  34. What to expect at the Annual Machias Town Meeting June 12

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    This year’s edition of the Town of Machias Annual Report begins with a dedication to Warren Gay, Machias Board of Selectmen Chairman who died last year. The report speaks of Gay fondly, and recalls his 13 years of service on the board. “He could often be seen socializing on official business at the town office, riding his scooter through town, or working on vehicles for friends, family, or even strangers.”

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  35. Congressman Jared Golden visits Washington County Democrats

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Maine 2nd Congressional District Representative Jared Golden was the featured speaker at the Washington County Democrats’ Norman Nelson Dinner in Machias May 18. The dinner was held to present the group’s community service award (it went to Fred and Linda Gralenski of Pembroke), and Golden echoed the theme of the evening in his remarks.

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  36. Search continues for former Princeton resident

     

    by Jayna Smith

    Police in Massachusetts are searching for a former Princeton, Maine woman.  Jacqueline “Jackie” Coutinho, age 53, was last seen on the morning of Wednesday, May 15 in Hinsdale, Massachusetts.  She had been spending time there with her sister for the last month.

    Coutinho is described as a white female, approximately 5’ 6”, 130 pounds, with blonde and gray hair.  She was last seen wearing a purple and red sweater, blue jeans, and white sneakers.

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  37. Veterans’ emergency financial assistance available

    The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services (MBVS) is pleased to announce that the American Legion and Easterseals Maine will be points of contact for distribution of Veterans’ Emergency Financial Assistance (VEFA), which is the result of the passage of LD 1736 in the 128th Maine State Legislature, a bill that was originally sponsored by Representative Louis Luchini of Ellsworth and Representative Bradlee Farrin of Norridgewock.

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  38. Farm tidbits

     

    by Wayne Smith

    My father started dairy farming at his house in Jonesboro with about nine cows back in the 50s. He used stainless steel machines and put the milk in milk cans, and he had a cooler with water in it so that the milk wouldn't curdle. Every day, Shoppe’s Dairy in Machias would pick up the milk and bottle it over there. When he went in the service for two years, my grandfather and grandmother milked the cows. Every night, my grandmother washed the dishes.

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  39. Castlebay returns to Jonesport’s PML 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 Saturday, June 15 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’ opening concert of the season and Castlebay’s ninth appearance since the series began.

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  40. The Nature of Phenology: Nutrient cycling

    by Joseph Horn

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  41. Governor Mills directs flags lowered immediately in honor of Virginia Beach victims

    In accordance with a directive from the President, Governor Janet Mills directed that the United States and State of Maine flags be flown at half-staff statewide immediately until sunset on Tuesday, June 4, in honor of the victims of a Friday shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia and issued the following statement: "Maine grieves with Virginia for the lives lost Friday in a devastating, senseless act of violence," said Governor Mills.

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  42. Machias School Budget Referendum vote, Tuesday, May 28

    Machias residents will vote on the 2019/20 school budget referendum on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School gymnasium. 

     

     

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  43. Teachers, board clash face-to-face over ongoing salary negotiations

     

    by Nancy Beal

    School board meetings in Union 103 (Beals and Jonesport) are usually low-key affairs that rarely draw the public out. Last week, the May 23 meeting of the joint committee that oversees issues affecting all three district schools attracted over 20 teachers and community members looking to challenge the board on its refusal to accept the salary recommendations of a fact-finding panel. That panel supported the teachers’ request to change the number of steps on the salary scale and to increase the step monetary raise.

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  44. Bargaining stalled, but vigil draws crowd in support of Calais nurses

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although over 100 turned out for a vigil in community support for Calais nurses and technicians, negotiations between employees and Calais Regional Hospital persist in a stalemate.

    “There are dozens of openings at the hospital right now that management cannot fill,” said Alison Monaghan, RN, after the vigil. “If there aren’t enough employees, then this hospital cannot function properly, and that’s just not acceptable for our patients.”

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  45. Machiasport votes to purchase Pettegrow Point property

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A heated issue many months in the making came to a partial conclusion at a special town meeting held Monday, May 13, when Machiasport residents authorized the town to purchase 37 acres of shorefront land in Bucks Harbor.

    The town originally voted to purchase the property in 2017, and constructed a deal with Land for Maine Futures (LMF) who proposed paying half of the estimated $275,000 cost from its public access fund in order to expand and ensure public access to Bucks Harbor in perpetuity.

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