Machias family breaks new ground with first Downeast hemp farm


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

For regular travelers of Machias’ Kennebec road, it seemed like the plants popped up overnight. One day there were empty fields surrounding Schoppee Farm, and the next, neatly-mulched rows of tall, green plants spreading as far as the eye can see.

“Now that they’re big enough to be identifiable, we get a lot of people stopping and asking us questions about them, which is great,” said farmer Ben Edwards. “But the assumption is that it’s marijuana.”

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Federal grant funds help Roque Bluffs target enhanced internet connectivity

by Ruth Leubecker

Federal grant money earmarked for expanding broadband in rural Maine will soon find its way to Roque Bluffs.

“We’re excited about this federal emphasis on rural areas,” said Marc Ouellette, CEO of Axiom Technologies last week. “To date, enough attention has not occurred in rural communities, and we still have great gaps.”

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Repair costs, lack of audit slow withdrawals from PRSWDD


by Nancy Beal

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DA quashes rumor that assistants have resigned

by Jayna Smith

Assistant District Attorneys (ADAs) are an important part of our legal system.  Representing the state government on behalf of the district attorney, ADAs investigate alleged crimes with law enforcement and determine if there is enough evidence to open a case.  Also, in such an incident where a case is opened, the ADA will bring evidence to a jury and seek jail or prison time for those found guilty of committing a crime.  

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Aquarium catches fire, then puts out fire at Elm Street Elementary School

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Sometime in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 3, an aquarium caught fire at Elm Street School in East Machias. Principal Tony Maker said the fire could have begun with the aquarium’s filtration or aeration systems. Fortunately, it appears that the aquarium’s water stopped the fire from going very far.

“Talking to both the fire chief and the insurance adjuster, they believe that once the fire got hot enough, it cracked the aquarium,” said Maker. “It was actually the water in the aquarium that extinguished the fire.”

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Fair readies to fill Pembroke fairgrounds with festive fun


by Natalie Boomer

The Pembroke Trotting Association is hosting the Washington County Fair. On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25, the fairgrounds will be set up on the Old Country Road in Pembroke.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. various events will take place like train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, carriage rides, face painting, apple cider demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, children’s games, craft tables and more.

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Out and about in Columbia


by Ronie Strout


On Monday the 12th I got a late start in getting things done, but I did manage to bake off three quarts of marafax beans and then put them away for later to have for a quick meal.

Carroll and I rode to Ellsworth on Tuesday to do errands at Walmart, and for his doctor appointment in Gouldsboro.

Twenty folks gathered at the Milbridge Historical Society on Tuesday evening to hear Gail Tooker speak on Salt Hay Harvesting. Gail had documentation of the dyking companies in Milbridge that she had found.

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The sound of summer's end


by Wayne Smith

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Annual Passamaquoddy ancestral canoe trip marks start of 54th Ceremonial Indian Day at Sipayik


by Dominic Gayton

On August 8, members of the Passamaquoddy tribe embarked on a two-day canoe trip from Indian Township to Pleasant Point to mark the beginning of the 54th Ceremonial Indian Day.

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Special parish fundraising events planned in coming weeks


Like many first-time visitors before him, Fr. Philip Clement quickly felt a special connection to the Machias area and the benevolent individuals and families of St. Peter the Fisherman Parish.

“It’s a true delight,” said Fr. Philip Clement, who was appointed administrator of the parish (Holy Name Church, Machias; Sacred Heart Church, Lubec; St. Michael Church, Cherryfield; service to this parish also includes St. Timothy Church in Campobello, New Brunswick) in July of 2018. “Not only have I come to know it, but I’ve also come to love it.”

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