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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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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‘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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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