‘Field Of Dreams’ part of Throwback 80s celebration

On Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m., The Grand continues its 80th birthday year of monthly “Throwback 80’s” screenings of beloved 80s movies through its state-of-the-art digital projection system on the Coastal Eye Care giant screen, with a movie that will make you fall in love with baseball all over again - “Field of Dreams.” See it any other way... and it wouldn’t be Grand!  

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Playing basketball as a second grader


by TJ Holmes

I am eight years old and I love to draw and read. I go to Jonesboro Elementary School. Our school is very small but we have big hearts.

I was asked to play on the basketball team as a second grader because there were not enough boys in fourth to sixth grade.

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The Nature of Phenology: Osprey


by Joseph Horn

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Machias Memorial seniors finish unique academic rite of passage


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Covering topics as diverse as Nutrition for Infants, the Evolution of the Ford Mustang and Seasonal Employment in Downeast Maine, area seniors have just completed their Senior Exhibitions, a rite of passage at Machias Memorial High School. Students choose their subjects and their mentors early in the school year, then conduct their research all year long before delivering a formal presentation for their final grade. Every MMHS senior participates in the seminar, which is conducted as part of the English program.

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Arise Addiction Recovery celebrates three years and a permanent home


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Fundraising is a regular part of Arise Addiction Recovery Director Paul Trovarello’s job because it takes a lot of money to run a 12-bed residential addiction treatment center. But starting last week, the house that serves as the Arise home base is one less thing they’ll have to pay for.

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Milbridge Theatre fundraising surpasses $300K

by Ruth Leubecker

For many decades the hub of its community, the Milbridge Theatre, as part of a lively comeback, recently announced an ambitious summer season as well as an impressive milestone in its capital campaign.

“The CF Adams Charitable Trust gave us $20,000 for a matched challenge,” explained Richard Bondurant, chair of Gateway Milbridge and the Milbridge Theatre Project. “We have recently topped $300,000 in fundraising, and now the building fund has $200,000. We have a goal we want to reach by September, and a second goal to reach by 2020.”

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House approves bill to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day


by Jayna Smith

A recent vote in the Maine House of Representatives has approved the bill to trade what we know as Columbus Day for a tribute to Native Americans--Indigenous Peoples Day. The vote count in this initial approval was 88-51.

Columbus Day, recognized as a federal holiday on the second Monday in October, remembers the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. In today’s times, most know that the holiday is a controversial one.

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Senator King presses interior nominee on offshore drilling

Last week U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) questioned Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on a number of environmental issues important to Maine people, including the possibility of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Maine, the status of the Katahdin Woods and Water Monument, and Senator King’s legislation to address the National Park Service’s $12 billion maintenance backlog. Senator King’s questioning came during a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider Acting Secretary Bernhardt’s nomination to serve as the permanent Interior Secretary.

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Democrats are trying to tax heating fuels and gasoline


by Rep. Jeff Hanley (R-Pittston)

Living in Maine is more expensive than many parts of the country. Our size and location require Mainers to pay more to heat our homes in winter and to travel longer distances to and from work.

In spite of this fact, Maine Democrats in the legislature seem to be relentless in their pursuit of taxing our fuels. They are seeking to tax home heating fuel, our propane, kerosene, diesel, gasoline and other fuels.

They are intent on taxing every conservable thing we need in our daily lives.

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Finding love after retirement


by Wayne Smith

If you pay attention, you can see Paul and Margie Toussaint driving the streets of Milbridge. In the summertime, Paul’s smile lights up everybody’s day for whoever he sees while he’s walking down the sidewalk. They might get a hot cup of coffee at the local coffee shop. Maybe even a donut- just for good measure. You might even see them at the free dinner every Sunday in Cherryfield called the Downeast Table of Plenty. Often, they are in the lobby of West Manor working together to  put a puzzle together.

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