Changing of the Boy Scouts’ guard


The Machias Rotary Club is the charter organization for the local BSA Scout Troop 125. The troop has been serving the needs of young scouts for over 20 years.

Clifford Norton, Jr. of Bucks Harbor has been working with Troop 125 for the past eight years serving as the Scoutmaster for the last two years. Of note, his son Caleb completed his Eagle Scout rank in February of 2018. However, because of his work schedule, Clifford has decided to step aside from the active role of Scoutmaster.

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Library brings locally-filmed ‘Lobster War’ movie to Machias on 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 in the University of Maine at Machias Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m.

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WA senior holds two championship titles, reflects on years of wrestling


Ten years ago Josiah Brown began his passion for wrestling with Washington Academy Youth Wrestling. Today, Josiah holds two 2019 championship titles. Early February, Josiah earned the Penobscot Valley Conference (PVC) Championship title in the 182-pound weight class and was voted Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet by conference coaches. A week later he went on to become the Northern Maine Regional Champion at the Northern Maine Regional Wrestling Championship held at Ellsworth High School. Josiah has been preparing for these titles since he was in third grade.

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Stone Soup demolition handled by town


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The East Machias Board of Selectmen voted Friday, March 8 to authorize the demolition and removal of debris from a fire that destroyed Stone Soup Cafe and Market on Sept. 11, 2018.  Selectmen Bucket Davis, Will Tuell and Dale Richardson were all in attendance at the Friday morning meeting.

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At Maine Fishermen’s Forum, Senator King lauds fishing industry’s contribution to Maine communities, economy


U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) commended the work of the men and women in Maine’s fishing industry at the Maine Fishermen's Forum in Rockport last week, listening first-hand to the priorities and concerns of Maine fishermen from around the state.

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Artful desserts and savory delights served up at Whiting Village School public supper & dessert auction March 16


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Saint Patrick's Day love story


by Wayne Smith

To the most beautiful person in the world. We made 15 years together without killing each other. There’s been ups and downs, twists and turns. Memories built up enough to build a castle that we have dreams about living in one day if we win the lottery. We don’t have much, yet we have each other. And that’s all that matters. Robin, you always have put a smile on my face with your dry humor. You have guided me through the best and worst of times, the times when on a trip and times we never wanted to come home to face the housework.

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Red Squirrels


by Joseph Horn

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WA National Honor Society students photograph shelter cats for ‘St. Catty’s Day’


Washington Academy National Honor Society students Ryan Conley and Mikaila Loughlin recently visited The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield to photograph shelter cats in the hopes of raising the chances to find their “forever home.” The resulting photos and campaign comprise their National Honor Society service project.

They call their campaign, “Happy St. Catty’s Day, Help Us Get Lucky!” Conley said some of these cats have been in the shelter for more than a year. To find out how you can adopt one, call The Ark at 207-546-3484.

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Publisher delivers this week's newspapers for subscribers - papers on the way!

Publisher Pierre Little of the Machias Valley News Observer delivering this week's newspapers for subscribers.  He thanked the USPS for the years of dedication mailing the MVNO every week.  "We want to acknowledge the support of the USPS for their work and service to the public.  Without their professionalism we would not be the most read newspaper in the Washington County Seat." Little said.

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