The Nature of Phenology: Sawyer beetles


by Joseph Horn

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Sew Fetch Dog Co. draws dog lovers to Machias with Main Street expansion


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Caissie Roberts doesn’t like to loll about, so when she was confined to bed for eight weeks during her pregnancy, she knew she would have to find something to do, or else go crazy.

“Before [our son] Lincoln was born, our kids were Mia and Wyatt, our dogs,” said Roberts. “So I just started making them some collars out of sheer boredom.” Roberts started sewing brightly-colored dog collars featuring whimsical designs, many related to life on the Maine Coast.

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Former Moosabec educator still walking cross-country for vets

by Nancy Beal

Two-and-a-half months into his coast-to-coast trek to raise awareness of homeless veterans’ issues (see MVNO, June 5, 2019), William Shuttleworth is ahead of schedule. The former Union 103 (Jonesport and Beals) superintendent began his journey May 15 at his home in Newburyport, Massachusetts with a big send-off from well-wishers, and set off on his “10 Million Steps for Vets,” as he calls his campaign, with his wife accompanying him for the first leg.

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Medicare device fraud invades scam calls market

by Ruth Leubecker

Using telemarketing and hard-sell tactics, phone call solicitation has increased with medical device fraud lately heading the list Downeast.

These calls are trying to sell such things as back, knee, shoulder or wrist braces. Hundreds of thousands of such calls nationally leave the elderly and disabled especially vulnerable. In rural Maine where often this population lives alone, if not isolated and in pain, solicitors find a ready market.

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Passamaquoddy petroglyphs exhibit displayed at Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais


by Natalie Boomer

Petroglyphs have been added to the Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais. These petroglyphs commemorate the arrival of Champlain on Saint Croix Island.

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46th Annual International Homecoming Festival brings five days of fun to border

by Jayna Smith

The 46th Annual International Homecoming Festival, a celebration of friendship between Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, is set to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 7 and run through Sunday, Aug. 11.

Many events for all ages are held on both sides of the border during the five-day festival, beginning with the “Hands Across the Border” Opening Ceremony on Wednesday. The Ferry Point Bridge to Canada is closed during this event, allowing many from both sides to meet in the middle where the countries’ two flags will be hung.

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SSC presents at Machias Rotary


Marci Gaglione, publicity chair for the Sunrise Senior College, gave a passionate talk on SSC to the Machias Rotary Club on Tuesday, July 30. She explained that SSC had its beginnings at a June 2002 dinner presentation made to a group of interested Washington County residents. By the end of the evening a steering committee had been formed with the full support of John Joseph, the president of UMM. SSC has continued to flourish as an all-volunteer organization ever since.

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Local businesswoman follows her passion, one sticker at a time


by Kaileigh Deacon

A lot of people will spend hours browsing online shopping sites or visiting brick-and-mortar stores to find that perfect item they are looking for, whether for a gift or for themselves. Meredith Dow took another approach to this — she took the things she wanted and said, “I can do that.”

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‘When the Chevy Breaks’ features local stories, local filmmakers Aug. 15


Filmmaker and teacher Alan Kryszak worked with his University of Maine at Machias students to write, direct and produce When The Chevy Breaks (How Small Towns Fix Big Problems).

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EAC concert series features Resinosa Ensemble, Mira Gill


The Eastport Arts Center’s popular summer concert series continues on Aug. 16 with the Resinosa Ensemble, including Joëlle Morris, mezzo-Soprano, Eliza Meyer, cello and Bridget Convey, piano. A reception with refreshments courtesy of Sweetie’s Dog-O-Rama will follow the concert.

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