The Nature of Phenology: Black trumpets


by Hazel Stark

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EAC to host Hip Hop Showcase


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Gary Magby and The Oceanaires present a benefit concert for the Church Hill Community Center


This night of music will be a memorable journey through the ages with music from Bach and Mozart to James Taylor and Pete Seger. Hauntingly beautiful, archaic folk songs, sacred music, pieces written for and performed within Shakespeare's plays in his time, show tunes and some more recent selections will mark the path we all travel as we enjoy this evening together.

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Costly day for taxpayers as special legislative session falls far short

by Ruth Leubecker

“I don’t think much was accomplished this session. One might wonder why we even had one,” said Rep. Will Tuell last week.

The East Machias legislator said he might’ve just as well stayed on his couch as gone to Augusta and collected a hundred dollars. “Basically everyone went to lunch and got caught up with their friends. It was a waste,” he said. “We were down there (Augusta) from about 10:30 or 11 in the morning until 8 pm. Probably we only had about one and a half hours of talking.”

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Machias prepares for winter with bids, talks town smoking policy

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At their meeting held Wednesday, Aug. 28 the Machias Board of Selectmen opened several bids including one for the town’s propane supply. That contract will go to the Dead River Company, and the fuel oil bid is being held for further clarification.

The town’s winter sand supply bid was awarded to By Us, who submitted a bid at the same rate as last year.

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Officials take steps to simplify suicide prevention call

by Jayna Smith

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States. Three years ago, for individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, it was the second leading cause of death, and for individuals between the ages of 35 and 54, it was the fourth leading cause of death.

The nation will observe Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 8-14 this year.

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New teachers, trips and tiles for Moosabec students


by Nancy Beal

As the three Moosabec area schools open this week, the incoming pre-kindergartners and high school freshmen won’t be the only new faces. There are newcomers on the faculties and a few who are switching places, plus a new look in one school and an agenda of trips and visits planned in another.

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Book Reviews: "Forgotten Tales of Down East Maine" by Jim Harnedy

by RJ Heller


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Carrying on the family tradition


by Wayne Smith

This is a story about an interview with my uncle, Stanley Smith. He talked about his experience raking blueberries since he was a child and about how, at 72, he still has what it takes to rake blueberries. He and his wife Donna are some of the last pioneers who will pick up a rake and do what has been done since the beginning. Turning back time is what real blueberrying was all about.

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Skyla Libby wins state pageant title

Skyla Shay Libby, 16, was crowned the 2020 USA National Miss Dirigo Teen for her outstanding commitment to Crossroads and fundraising efforts over a period of six years. A junior at Jonesport-Beals High School, Skyla is a distinguished honor student and three-sport varsity athlete. She plans to attend college for marine engineering and has her own lobster business. She enjoys a variety of community service projects throughout the state and donates a significant amount of her time to volunteer work at Peabody Memorial Library and Crossroads.

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