Porter Memorial embraces expansion toward new future


by Ruth Leubecker

Launching an ambitious capital expansion focused on accessibility and enhanced community involvement, Porter Memorial Library may be an aging Machias dowager, but her sights are set on the future.

“This is long overdue. Many boards have struggled over the past 20 years (with the issues of expanding the library),” says Sarah Dedmon, in her third year as library board president.

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The extraordinary history of Columbia’s Epping Baseline

Editor’s note: This concise history of the Epping Baseline is excerpted from an article written by Burni Andres for the 150th anniversary of the baseline in 2007. It is reprinted here with permission of the Cherryfield Narraguagus Historical Society. The full text can be found on their website, www.cherryfieldhistorical.com.

In the early 1800s the accuracy of existing nautical charts was poor.

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Visiting the Epping Base Line with Nancy Willey - Columbia’s historic and natural wonder


by Ronie Strout

Saturday, Sept. 29 started with a foggy morning with the fog soon burning off. Sixteen folks got on a bus to hear Nancy Willey speak about the Epping Base Line in Columbia. The bus tour started at the Union Hall in Columbia Falls at 9 a.m. and we traveled up to Centerville to begin learning about kames, kettle holes and to ride across a natural bridge.

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The trail provides: A season of miracles on the Pacific Crest Trail


by Amy Dowley

Editor’s note: Local hiker Amy Dowley recently completed the renowned Pacific Crest Trail, the western cousin to Maine’s beloved Appalachian Trail. I asked her to share her extraordinary and impressive experience with us, and am very pleased to bring it to you here in the first of this two-part series.

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Saying goodbye to a friend


by Wayne Smith

You think that friends will live forever but sometimes they can go in a blink of an eye, just like a light switch. Alvah Fickett was a friend who grew up about two miles from the farm where I lived who recently passed away unexpectedly. He was 52 years old.

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Birch Boletes

by Hazel Stark

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Beloved local couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It’s no accident that the 70th wedding anniversary is marked with one of the most precious metals on earth — platinum — because couples who reach their 70th anniversary are part of a small, exclusive club. So small, in fact, that the U.S. Census Bureau doesn’t have statistics on marriages that last so long.

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Lobstermen tell Cooke ‘No!’ to salmon pen proposal

by Nancy Beal

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UMM tackles ‘acute’ statewide shortage with new engineering program


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Emma Rogers was in high school when the University of Maine started looking at ways to attract students into the field of engineering. By the time she was ready to apply to college, the new Engineering Pathways program looked like a perfect fit. 

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Calais votes against retail recreational marijuana sales

by Lura Jackson

The City of Calais will not allow recreational retail marijuana sales following a public hearing and vote on Thursday, Sept. 27. While the 6-1 vote against the ordinance was decisive, the discussion yielded pros and cons. The medicinal marijuana outlets will continue operations without interruption. 

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