The Editor’s Desk

Here we are about to crest the peak of the Machias summer season—the 42nd Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. I have heard the comment enough times to suspect I’m not the only one to wonder, where did the summer go? 

This year’s Blueberry Festival promises to be bigger than ever before, with so many new additions it’s hard to keep track of them all—a beer garden served up by the Machias River Brewing Company, dozens of vendors marketing all day Friday on the Centre Street Church green, and a comedian to emcee all of Saturday’s church step events. 

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Collins remembers Campbell for Alzheimer’s advocacy

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, issued this statement upon the passing of country music singer Glen Campbell following his battle with Alzheimer’s disease:

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Two honored at Washington Academy trustee tea

by Ruth Leubecker

Washington Academy’s annual trustee tea was held this past Saturday on the school grounds. Harland Hitchings received this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Ralph Mahar was the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award.

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Shadowed by 50 countries that don’t exist

Geographers can be a distinctive group of scholars, but I had never thought them too scintillating until I picked up An Atlas of Countries That Don’t Exist.

Mere pages into this book, one is pondering the definition of country, the viability of travel documents issued by national governments and really, the shifting, slippery existence of borders. 

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Letters to the Editor - Save the Children Maternity Residence

Save the Children Maternity Residence 

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you to solicit your endorsement and financial support for a proposal to create a non-profit maternity residence for pregnant young women for our Lewiston-Auburn area. The pro-life movement and anti-abortion campaigns have reduced the number of abortions; however, there is more to be done.

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King announces support for Family and Medical Leave legislation

At a press conference last week at the Lamey Wellehan location in Auburn, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support for the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY) Act, paid family and medical leave legislation that underscores the importance of comprehensive family leave policies to support working parents and family caregivers in Maine. 

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AARP warns of subscription scam

Be on the lookout out for phony subscription invoices this month. If you receive an offer or renewal for magazines and newspapers that sound too good to be true, don’t make any payments! Be sure to call the publisher and verify that it is legitimate before giving any personal or credit card information. Take the time to double check, and you can beat the scammers at their own game.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

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Jacksonville cemetery news

A very successful public supper was held recently to help raise funding for our new black steel fence.  Thanks to everyone who came and those who helped out.  We are planning a Tupperware Party soon to also help.  People interested in this should contact Anne at 255-8496.  Our next meeting is 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Grange Hall in Jacksonville.  Refreshments will be served.

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Columbia News

I am still working on painting my deck and in hopes to get it finished in the coming week. This has been a big job to do, but I am gaining on it when the sun is shining. Of course it might help that I don’t plan other activities while doing this, but most activities are at night anyway.

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Beating the heat

 

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