DECH brings a smidgen of Potter Dec. 10

Down East Community Hospital invites the community to attend our annual Light A Life Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m.  It will be an evening filled with holiday entertainment.

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Birch Corner sells thousands of signs

by Natalie Boomer

Tyler Mann, of St. Stephen, has turned a hobby into a full-blown business.

“Birch Corner started as a little side hustle for me in 2017. I make farmhouse style signs and farmhouse style tables. It started with me just selling off of a Facebook page, hand-delivering every sign,” said Mann.

Last holiday season Mann delivered nearly 1,000 signs in the two months prior to Christmas.
“I grew Birch Corner from one design to over 150 currently,” he said.

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Following in a father’s footsteps

by Wayne Smith

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Cape Breton Celtic show comes to Calais Nov. 23

Calais Celtic Concerts will bring a little bit of Cape Breton's Celtic Colours to Calais as it presents the award-winning trio group of  Miller/MacDonald/Cormier to the Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday, Nov. 23.  The group is regarded as one of the most important folk acts on Cape Breton Island today by CBC Mainstreet.

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The Nature of Phenology: Wild turkeys

by Hazel Stark

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Beals lobsterman plucked from icy water by fellow fishermen

by Nancy Beal

Anthony Beal celebrated his 72nd birthday on November 4. Two days later, the Beals lobsterman celebrated those years in a different way after getting dumped into the water in Barney’s Cove off the northwest corner of Beals Island. A life jacket that very few fishermen wear and quick action on the part of friends and fellow fishermen combined to save his life.

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Partners focus on sustainable goals as foundation’s funding ends

by Ruth Leubecker

After three years of productive MeHAF funding, Downeast Community Partners are coming together to determine what’s reasonable to sustain and what is not.

The Maine Health Access Foundation has given $100,000 for each of the past three years to the Community Caring Collaborative and its partners. The money has been earmarked to support collaborations throughout Washington County, identifying the necessary resources and strengths to nurture thriving in place.

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County committee finalizes 2020 budget

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Clocking in one full month ahead of last year, the Washington County Budget Committee has finalized its recommendations for the 2020 county budget. Now the budget will go to the commissioners for final approval.

Committee chairman Lewis Pinkham said this year’s process went quickly and smoothly because the individual county departments “did a good job of keeping their budgets down,” so their reserves from last year’s budget carried forward to this year.

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Down East Quilters deliver cuddly comfort for kids in cruisers

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In the course of any given workweek, Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis deals with all kinds of characters, not all of them friendly. But Curtis was in cheery company last week when he took delivery of 54 fuzzy teddy bears, each one lovingly handcrafted by members of the Down East Quilters group.

“Some of us did the sewing, some of us did the stuffing, and some of us were finishing them off,” said Linda Throckmorton, one of the founding members of the group. “They’re small, as you can see, and they’re very soft.”

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Machias area residents to receive insulating window inserts

How can you beat a deal that will save you money, keep you warm, and reduce the amount of heating fuel being burned?  350 Downeast and Machias Savings Bank are offering such a deal again this year with a WindowDresser workshop, December 5-10.  With expertise from Windowdressers, a non-profit in Rockland, Maine we will be assembling more than 200 window inserts to insulate draughty windows in the Machias area.  Last year WindowDressers held 33 workshops across the state with over 1,000 community volunteers making 7,597 window inserts with 34% provided free to low-income households.  Those wi

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