Memories from Cherryfield

by Wayne Smith

I would like to share with you some memories about the town of Cherryfield, a town that once was a logging town, a town that once had more than one store, a town that once had a fair with all the laughter and excitement like the Blue Hill Fair. Cherryfield also had stock car racing. Pull up a chair and let's go for a ride into some of my memories of Cherryfield.

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Wash. Co. Democrats vote with the state, mostly

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Though the Maine Department of the Secretary of State is still validating election results, it appears Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden won last week’s state primary with 34.3 percent of the statewide vote, narrowly edging out Bernie Sanders who received 32.8 percent. Both candidates took home nine Maine delegates, and both held the same positions with Downeast voters. Biden also won in Washington County — 1,054 votes to Sanders’ 851.

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The Nature of Phenology: Chipmunks

by Hazel Stark

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Runner-up Bulldogs ‘upbeat’ after loss, setting sights on next year

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It wasn’t the outcome they’d hoped for, but coach Jim Getchell said the Machias Memorial High School boys’ varsity basketball team is looking ahead after losing the Class D state championship game in Augusta on Saturday, Feb. 29.

“They love to win, and everyone loves to win, but when you think about the fact that you’re second place in the whole state of Maine, a lot of teams would like to be there,” said Getchell.

Machias lost 69-53 to defending state champions Forest Hills High School, located in Jackman.

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Storm claims two Moosabec boats: fishermen, bridge crew raise them

by Nancy Beal

The storm that blew into Downeast Maine last Thursday brought enough southeast wind to cause two boats to founder near the Beals-Jonesport Co-op. Alan Crowley’s Amanda May filled and sank on the hook, while Preston Alley’s dragger, Bossy Lady, dragged her mooring onto the east side of the granite approach to the Beals-Jonesport bridge.

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3 brothers and the story that brought them together

by Ruth Leubecker

Few stories contain as much far-reaching emotion and interaction as the brothers Eaton of Lubec.

Richard Eaton, more well-known as Dickie, is 68. He taught school in Lubec for 16 years, then accounting and business management in Camden for many more years. Today he runs Eaton Enterprises and does income taxes at home in Lubec. However, he splits his time between Maine and California, living part-time in Lubec.

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Machias selectboard talks police department move

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Board of Selectmen last week took up the question of what to do with the telebusiness center, a semi-vacant property owned by the town.

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New Machias cell tower will host first responder network

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A nationwide network proposed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will soon be operational Downeast.  

Last week, Rising Tide Towers completed the construction of a Machias cell tower which will provide first responder communications coverage via FirstNet, a network proposed by the federal 9/11 Commission and endorsed by Congress in 2012.

FirstNet Principal Consultant Bruce Fitzgerald said the network is designed to give communications from first responders “priority and preemption.”

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Rep. Tuell’s First Responders Day signed into law

by Jayna Smith

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Gov. Mills signed into law LD 1908, An Act to Establish First Responders Day on September 11.  First Responders Day will recognize the daily contributions made by all first responders.  

Gov. Mills said, “First responders demonstrated remarkable courage and saved countless lives on September 11th.  It is only fitting that we pay tribute to their service and sacrifice in this way as we honor the anniversary of September 11th.”

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Out and About in Columbia

I had to make a trip to my eye doctor on Monday the 24th for my sixth-month checkup. That entailed a couple of eye scans and everything is okay for now. Just praying that it will continue to be alright.

Debra Burris joined me on Monday in Ellsworth. We did some browsing and picked up a couple of items while we were there. We had brunch at the Riverside Cafe before we returned home. It definitely was a good day out and about.

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