The Nature of Phenology: Goldenrod

 

by Hazel Stark

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Region buzzing with preparations for 44th Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival

 

 by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

While enthusiastic spectators counted backwards from 10, a giant blueberry descended from the steeple of Centre Street Congregational Church on Sunday, Aug. 11 signifying the official start to the 44th Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. Festival planners Ellen Farnsworth and Nancy Lewis said they were banking on one critical thing for this year’s festivities.

“It won’t be raining,” said Farnsworth.

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Unique lighthouses unveil special talents in Milbridge

by Ruth Leubecker

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PRSWDD requests guaranteed tonnage reduction from MRC

 

by Nancy Beal

By formal letter following the July 19 meeting between the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) board of directors and representatives from the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) (see July 24, 2019 MVNO), PRSWDD asked MRC to reduce the annual tonnage that it agreed to send to MRC’s designated disposal site. PRSWDD’s current required tonnage is 500 tons, and because of the expected departure of Jonesport and Columbia Falls, which together generate 199 tons, PRSWDD directors want its obligation reduced to 300 tons.

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Waterspout adds note of adventure to local sailing camp

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It was Gianna Hall’s and Helen Racherla-Mace’s first day at sailing camp when a rare waterspout kicked up on Indian Lake in Whiting. The two girls were out for a sail with their instructor, Scott Fraser, on Monday, Aug. 5 when Fraser noticed the increase in wind speed that often accompanies a wind shift. Then, their sailboat capsized. It was a clear, sunny day.

“I just saw a little puff coming across the lake, and next thing you knew we were heeled up really hard,” said Fraser. “We ended up in the water very quickly.”

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State director of Opioid Response: ‘We want to help Washington County”

 

by Jayna Smith

On Monday, July 29, Downeast Recovery Support Centers in Calais and Machias were visited by Gordon Smith, Director of Opioid Response for the State of Maine, and Ronald Springle, M.D., a board member of the Maine Association of Recovery Residences. Senator Marianne Moore was also in attendance at the Calais site, along with representatives from other area agencies and people from the recovery community.

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From Machias to Fenway and back again

A tour bus full of Downeast Red Sox fans attended the Aug. 10 game between the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The trip was organized by the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce with lots of help from Dean McGuire of McGuire Seasonal Services, who scouted the tickets and hotel accommodations. MBCC Executive Director Sharon Mack said the event is less about raising money and more about the chamber creating offerings for its community. “Our hotel was across the street from Fenway, you couldn’t get any closer than we were,” said Mack.

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Milbridge Days at a glance

 

by Wayne Smith

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Out and about in Columbia

 

by Ronie Strout

Fifteen residents turned out to the selectmen’s meeting on August 5. The selectmen accepted the minutes of the July 22 meeting and also voted to close the office in the afternoon on August 8 for staff training.

Update on the road work was given by the road commissioner Marcus Norton; he is still waiting for tax money or money from surplus to get started on the work that needs to be done.

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Mary Potterton Memorial Concerts present An Evening of Jazz Piano and An Evening of Celtic Music

 

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