Greenhorns Insect and Cider camps coming up

Join Greenhorns for Insect Camp Sept. 6-7 in Pembroke to learn more about insect habitat and behavior, their ecology, reproduction, population dynamics and impact on agricultural production. Our teachers will cover landscape design, natural beekeeping, learning how to mitigate pesticide impacts and create sanctuaries for these critical creatures on our farms and on our landscapes. You don't have to own land to learn how to help the insects!

One thing we’ve got in Washington County is a healthy forest edge full of feral apple trees!

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The Nature of Phenology: Chokecherries

 

by Joseph Horn

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DOC visits Machias, provides update on Downeast Correctional Facility

by Ruth Leubecker

Stakeholders were provided an update on the Downeast Correctional Facility last week when Gary LaPlante, director of operations for the project, visited the sheriff’s office.

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Local events planned to recognize Overdose Awareness Day Aug. 31

by Jayna Smith

Last year in Maine, an average of about one person every day--a total of 354--died of a drug overdose. Although the number of deaths from overdose in 2018 decreased from 418 in 2017, according to the Office of the Maine Attorney General, the opioid crisis continues to be a public health epidemic.

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Kids’ day, concerts, photo-contest calendars top off summer at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library

by Nancy Beal

A flurry of activity from concerts to calendars signals the end of summer at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library this week. A celebration of the closing season kicks off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday (August 31), highlighted by the arrival of Bess the Book Bus. Librarian/driver Jennifer Frances has become a familiar figure on the library’s lawn in August, calling kids to board the bus, peruse her supply of publisher-donated new hardback books and pick what tickles their fancies.

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East Machias campaign raises money for unpaid school lunch accounts

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

An online fundraiser set a goal of raising $500 to pay off overdue lunch accounts and as of Monday, Aug. 26 had raised $1,500.

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Growing up with the Blue Hill Fair

 

by Wayne Smith

With the Blue Hill Fair coming up this weekend, I thought I would dish out some memories of my own. It always has been a dear place for my family, and all the family enjoyed it immensely.

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DECH welcomes two practitioners home to Washington County

Down East Community Hospital welcomes Jordan Porter, DNP, FNP-BC, to our Family Practice in Machias. Jordan is a highly trained nursing professional who is happy to be back in Washington County where he intends to do his best to improve the health outcomes for his family, friends, and the community.

Jordan is passionate about the people of Washington County. He grew up on Gardner’s Lake and has many family members who live and work in the Down East area. He loves the ocean and the rugged coast of Maine.

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Celtic concerts welcome award-winning Connla

Calais Celtic Concerts is very excited to present one of Northern Ireland's best new groups, the multi-award-winning Connla, from Derry and Armagh, at the Calais High School on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. US/ 8 p.m. Canadian time. The doors will open at 6 p.m. EST.

Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, the group is made up of Ciara McCafferty (vocals/ bodhran), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon ( Uilleann Pipes/Whistles).

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Mountain cranberries

 

by Joseph Horn

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