Area Fourth of July Celebrations

Machias: A parade featuring local floats, six Shriner units driving miniature lobster boats, 4x4s, cars, and go-karts, the Annan Temple marching band, historical reenactors, WWII veteran and Grand Marshal Mac McKean, and Civil Air Patrol cadets. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at Machias Memorial High School and proceeds down Court Street to Free Street to Colonial Way and Main Street, ending at the Varney Agency past Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 1. Fireworks will be set off from Middle River Park at dusk, viewable from either side of the Machias dike or anywhere downtown.

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Out and about in Columbia


by Ronie Strout


Konner Strout of Addison, our grandson, launched his lobster boat, River Rodent, on Monday, June 24 in the afternoon. We were excited as well as his parents Zac and Tiffany and his aunt Michelle that this had finally come about. We wish him the best of luck in his new adventure for a twelve-year-old.


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Ryan Carter coming to Summer Jam in Cherryfield


by Wayne Smith

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Puppeteers to perform in Addison July 20


The Friends of the Church on the Hill are thankful for those who have attended their events so far this summer. Future ones include Frog Mountain Puppeteers with The Legend of the Banana Kid. The Puppeteers will perform at the Church Hill Community Center in Addison on July 20 at 6 p.m. There will be ice cream available at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center for those who arrive early.

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MVNO artist featured at Henry D. Moore Library

Steuben artist Bob Bryson will be the featured artist for July at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben.  His show will be available for viewing during library hours. Bryson will be showing a variety of his work which will include acrylics, pastels, watercolor pencils, pen and ink, mixed media, and woodcuts. Subject matter includes portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still life, and more.  Much of his artwork is inspired by people, places, and things in Down East Maine.

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Music fills the air at 4th Annual Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival July 19-20


Mark your calendars! The Fourth Annual Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival will take place in Machias, July 19-20 at 94 Main Street and including Middle River Park. This event is presented by Pat’s Pizza in Machias and the Machias Rotary Club in order to provide family fun, educational and community spirit events that showcase our region. Come join us!

This festival will include an Easter Egg Hunt, Music, Kites, Drone Flying, Machias Valley Airport Fly-In, Huge Kid's area, Touch Tank, Laser Tag and much more!

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Teen leadership program receives $1,000 from the Down East Community Hospital

On June 4, Down East Community Hospital President and CEO Steve Lail presented a $1,000 check to Healthy Acadia’s 2019 DownEast Teen Leadership Camp (DETLC) program. This generous gift doubles the hospital’s 2018 camp contribution and makes a big statement about the value that Down East Community Hospital places on DETLC.

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The Nature of Phenology: Japanese beetles


by Hazel Stark

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Machias parts ways with Police Chief Dwelley



by Sarah Craighead Dedmon


Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien has confirmed that Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley is no longer employed by the town of Machias, effective Friday, June 28.

Therrien said only that it is a town personnel matter and therefore she is unable to comment, but the town will now begin the search for a new police chief.

Dwelley said he would not comment "on the termination," but that he has consulted an attorney.

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Moosabec area teachers, school board reach contract agreement

by Nancy Beal

It would not become public knowledge until the following week, but hours before a June 6 public forum on the standoff between the Moose-a-bec Teachers Association and the Union 103 school board over teacher contracts (see Machias Valley News Observer, June 12), the two sides had met and come to an agreement. An hour after the forum ended, the school board voted unanimously to accept the negotiated terms and, four days later, the teachers ratified the compromise document.

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