The Nature of Phenology: Pickerelweed blooming


by Joseph Horn

In July, beauty abounds in farmers’ fields far and wide. In the vast rolling hills of Northern Maine, the potato blossoms extend from horizon to horizon in an array of white, pink, and purple beneath the expanse of our very own New England Big Sky Country.

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MMHS pitcher named to state all-star team


“Watching him play was fun, especially when he was in one of his grooves, striking out every batter he would face,” said Coach Whitney. Albert was the only Washington County athlete chosen for the honor, designed to recognize students for their athletic ability and achievements, and the only athlete in MMHS history to receive the honor, too. Photos courtesy Heidi Look

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Downeast fishermen, governor speak out against right whale regulations


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

With a total population hovering around 400 individuals, the North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered species on the planet. Six right whales have been found dead in the past month alone and tensions are rising as government officials strategize to reduce mankind's impact on the species. However, Maine lobstermen say the federal government’s pending regulations to save the whales are an exercise in futility for Mainers, because the whales are not dying in Maine waters.

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Former Machias police chief strikes deal with town

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon


Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien issued a statement on Friday, July 12, addressing a change in the town’s arrangement with recently-fired Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley.

“Prior to the board making a decision regarding Mr. Dwelley’s grievance, Mr. Dwelley and the town agreed to characterize Mr. Dwelley’s separation as a resignation instead of a termination and to provide Mr. Dwelley with severance pay recognizing his years of service to the town.”

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Recovery coaches, new rules big factors in state’s opioid downturn

by Ruth Leubecker

Reversing the escalating trend of the opioid epidemic in Maine has been a primary official goal since Gov. Janet Mills took office.

“There is now great hope for recovery,” Gordon Smith, the state’s first director of opioid response, said last week. “Washington County has always had the highest fatality rate from overdose, but this is a very complex problem that takes a very comprehensive solution.”

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Rare West Quoddy Light keeper documents surface


by Timothy Harrison

A number of extremely rare documents pertaining to Eugene C. Ingalls, who served as an assistant lighthouse keeper at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse from 1907 to 1912, that were found in the rafters of Maine’s Monhegan Island Lighthouse were recently donated to the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association.

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Moosabec area school news

by Nancy Beal

The three school boards that govern the two elementary schools and the joint high school in the Beals/Jonesport area held meetings following the school budget votes during the week of June 17.

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The hero behind the USS Dunham


by Jayna Smith

One of the highlights of the Eastport’s Fourth of July festivities is the Navy ship that arrives just in time for the celebration, a time-honored Eastport tradition dating back to 1905. This year there almost wasn’t a ship, but some last-minute finagling led to the timely arrival of the USS Jason Dunham, an Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer in the United States Navy.

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Archeological research at UMM gets a boost from anonymous donor


Machias, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias has received a gift of $12,500 from an anonymous donor that will help fund continuing efforts to research, record and archive petroglyph sites on Machias Bay, head of campus Andy Egan has announced.

Machias Bay is home to one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs on the Atlantic coast of North America, according to archeologists. The ancient images were pecked into tidal rocks by the Passamaquoddy people as many as 3,000 years ago and depict animals, humans and shamanic rituals.

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Quilts from the heart for hospice


by Lynda Duplissea

At their June business meeting, St. Croix International Quilters presented over 40 quilts to the representatives of the area’s Hospice Care providers. Barbara Barnett and Cathy Jackson were on hand to accept the gifts of comfort.

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