Machias talks riverwalk, live streams and water wheels


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias Board of Selectmen Chairman Joshua Rolfe opened last week’s bi-monthly meeting by calling to open bids for a new school stove. Town manager Christina Therrien’s response moved the meeting quickly onto item number two.

“There were no bids received,” she said.

Dr. Mark Brown returned to the board to offer a suggestion for how the town can generate electricity to light downtown public areas, especially Bad Little Falls Park, while adding historic character to the Machias riverfront.

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Eastport Council approves airport grant

by Kaileigh Deacon

The Eastport City Council met on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to consider and vote on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant of $5.2 million. The matter was before the council at the previous meeting, but with a councilor missing the vote was tied at 2-2, thus sending the matter back before the council.

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Machiasport Fire Department has new truck, seeks new firefighters, too


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

For the fourth time in almost 25 years, Mike Burke of Northern Fire Equipment handed a set of keys over to the Machiasport Fire Department.

“When was the first time we bought a truck from you?” asked Machiasport Selectman and Firefighter Mike Hinerman.

“It was 1995,” said Burke, who made the delivery from his company’s headquarters in Watertown, New York.

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VA names Jonesboro cemetery ‘Acadia National Cemetery’


 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the name Acadia National Cemetery for the new national cemetery in Jonesboro.

"We are pleased to expand burial service to veterans and their families in Maine," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "This cemetery will help us reach veterans in rural parts of the state who have not previously had reasonable access to a national or state cemetery."

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Out and About in Columbia


by Ronie Strout

On Sunday, October 6th I ventured forth to Ellsworth early in the morning to take the Chainsaw Safety Course at the Great Maine Lumberjack Show on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton, taught by Timber Tina and Michelle M. Braley. Ten ladies were there to take this course, and we learned a lot. We learned how to take the saw apart and take the chain off and put it back on, we learned how to sharpen the chain and to make sure it was tight enough and not loose.

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Wedding bells on Columbus Day

by Wayne Smith

It was 56 years ago this week that my parents got married. It was a cool autumn day when the leaves were slowly blowing off the trees. The trees turned into all different colors: yellow, orange and red. Hunting season was right around the corner. The World Series was viewed on most television sets- for the ones that had television. All the radios crackled in stores, houses and barbershops.

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Library art show to feature Downeast photographers


The Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport will host a Down East Photography Group (DEPG) photo exhibition that will run during the month of October.

The Down East Photography Group was founded by a half dozen local photographers interested in creating a supportive environment for sharing knowledge and networking for all photographers, regardless of skill level and experience.

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The Nature of Phenology: Landlocked salmon


by Joseph Horn

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Palliative care focus of 12th Wash. Co. Cancer Conference


by Nancy Beal

Palliative care, a medical specialty that focuses on improving the quality of life for those with serious illnesses, was the subject of the twelfth annual Washington County Cancer Conference held in Machias on October 4. According to the definition presented by conference speakers, palliative care “emphasizes pain and symptom management, counseling for patients and families, support for patients making decisions about their treatment and goals of care, and care coordination.”

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Celebrating 5 years of an Olympian vision of women’s leadership


by Ruth Leubecker

When Sen. Olympia Snowe retired from the Senate, stating that she could no longer function amidst such dysfunction, many Americans debated her leavetaking and the loss of her presence.

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