Withdrawing towns an unsettled issue for Pleasant River waste disposal site


by Nancy Beal

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Entrepreneurial 4th graders make donations from business profits


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Fourth graders at the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias created, branded, bottled and sold their very own bug spray. Oofer Bugs is a natural bug repellent, and it was so popular they even had to make a second batch to fill all of their orders.

“We had originally started with 100 of these bottles, thinking that if we could get $5 apiece, if we can get the $500, we would do well,” said RMG teacher Tom Manship. “We ended up selling over $1,000 worth.”

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DECH annual meeting keys on growth, goals for year


by Ruth Leubecker

Announcing added staff, a nurse midwife and expanded ultrasound hours, Down East Community Hospital anticipates a coming year of forward motion on many fronts.

The annual meeting of the hospital’s board of corporators this year realized an uptick in admissions -- both inpatient and outpatient -- over last year and reported increased volumes in services, births and rehab visits.

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Machias High alumni kick it into high gear

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Wendy Schoppee is the newly elected president of the Machias Memorial High School Alumni Association and she is overflowing with ideas for a new, improved association.

“Last year the association was going to close,” said Schoppee, pointing to volunteer fatigue on an overworked steering committee. Instead, they rallied, recruited a few more people to the board, and elected Schoppee as their president. Now they’ve set their sights on welcoming Machias alumni back to the best August reunion ever.

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Sheriff’s office shines at Shooting Star competition


On Wednesday, June 5 the Maine Sheriffs Association held the Shawn Donahue Memorial “Shooting Star” Competition, named for a Washington County Chief Deputywho died in 2014. The competition recognizes the best shots in the state and the best-shooting sheriff’s department. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office team finished the day in first place.


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All-Ireland group HighTime to play Calais Celtic Concerts June 22

Calais Celtic Concerts is very excited to present the multi-award-winning new group from Connemara Ireland, HighTime, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Park St., Calais, on Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m. US / 8 p.m. Canadian time. The doors will open at 6 p.m. EST.

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Speaking on dairy farming


by Wayne Smith

I spoke about dairy farming on Tuesday, June 11, at the Milbridge Historical Society to a crowd of about 20 people. It was the first presentation of the summer. There will be a speaker in July and August also. I took questions afterward. There were about 20 slides to my presentation. There were refreshments served consisting of items like cookies, lemonade and iced tea. There was also dip with cut-up vegetables. The presentation went on for about 45 minutes. At times the crowd laughed. They came from all walks of life.

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Whitneyville Library news

Here a turkey...there a turkey...everywhere a turkey turkey...that’s our next supper menu. July 6 is our next public supper, and if I haven’t told you yet it will be fried turkey. LOL Fried turkey with potato salad, cole slaw, macaroni salad, cucumber salad as well as Janet’s rolls along with homemade pies and cakes. So mark this date on your calendar.

A representative from the US Census was at the library meeting with people that are going to be working for the Census, fingerprinting and filling out the information needed to work for the Census.

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Out and about in Columbia


by Ronie Strout


I enjoyed meeting up with Nancy Pike and her mother, Jeannette Smith, on Monday the 10th at the Pickled Wrinkle Restaurant in Birch Harbor for lunch and also met her cousin Tristan Harrington and his family.

On Tuesday, June 11 about 20 folks attended the Milbridge Historical Society presentation of Wayne Smith, Growing up on a Dairy Farm in Cherryfield. His talk was very interesting. Wayne had already written an article on his presentation in the last two issues of this paper.

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Wesley News


by Camille Hawkins


Wesley School had their pizza party get-together last Friday, June 7th. Two students going on to high school and other kids received awards, books and art supplies for the summer months. They were about 25 people at the get-together. Ginny Sawick also got a little roasting by Emily and Janine Hawkins. Ginny even got a graduation diploma. Happy Retirement, Ginny.

DDL Creations by Dana, our Wesley Town Clerk, got material and t-shirts and her time for kids to make their very own shirts. Thank you, Dana.

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