Articles by Sharon Mack


New art group forming in Machias area

By Sharon Mack on June 27, 2013, at 5:57 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A group of Machias area artists are creating an art collective that will host special art shows, participate in Machias First Friday Art Walk, host plein air painting sessions, and generally work to make local art more visible. An initial planning and organizational session is scheduled for …

Efficiency Maine deadline nears for Machias small businesses

By Sharon Mack on June 27, 2013, at 6:26 a.m.
Direct Install program deadline set for July 19 MACHIAS, Maine – In March, Efficiency Maine, in partnership with Bangor Hydro Electric Company and the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, launched a Small Business Direct Install Pilot Program in East Machias, Machias, Machiasport, Jonesboro and Jonesport. Having successfully installed a …
More than 300 people attended the June 18 Night of Music, part of Machias 250th Birthday Celebration last week.

Machias 250th Birthday Celebration a grand success

By Sharon Mack on June 25, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.
MACHIAS – It doesn’t matter if you measure success by dollars and cents or smiles because by both accounts the recent Machias 250th Birthday Celebration was a major hit. Chairman Sharon Mack estimated that the week full of events impacted the local ecoomy by more than $200,000. “We were hearing …

Machias Window Painting rained out

By Sharon Mack on June 12, 2013, at 7:30 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The window painting contest for the Machias 250th Birthday Celebration, set for Friday afternoon, has been cancelled due to expected rain and winds. The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will adopt the Window Painting event as part of their October Harvest Fest. More information will be …

Machias Chamber of Commerce promotes Walking Wednesdays

By Sharon Mack on June 07, 2013, at 10:24 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with the town of Machias and Washington County: One Community to promote Walking Wednesdays, an event aimed at promoting wellness. “Healthy employees are more productive, have better ideas and are happier,” Sharon Mack, MBACC Executive Director said this …

Machias readies for massive celebration

By Sharon Mack on June 04, 2013, at 7:32 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — After more than a year of preparation by dozens of volunteers, Machias is ready to celebrate its 250th birthday with a week of events and activities. Kick off is June 14 when doznes of children will be painting Main Street windows with scenes of the Machias area. …

Machias Savings Bank pledges $50,000 to Two Rivers Campaign

By Sharon Mack on May 22, 2013, at 2:55 p.m.
Machias, Maine – The Two Rivers Campaign led by Machias-based Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) inched closer to its $1.9 million fundraising goal today thanks to a 5-year, $50,000 pledge from Machias Savings Bank. The Two Rivers project will protect over 1,000 acres and 4 miles of riverfront in the Machias …

Paint Machias Day set for June 15

By Sharon Mack on May 21, 2013, at 1:36 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias 250th Birthday Celebration is calling all artists to participate in Paint Machias Day on Saturday, June 15. Canvases or art papers will signed at the 250th Headquarters at 50 Main Street anytime after 6 a.m. There will be a wet auction at 6 p.m. that …

CCLC obtains $1.2 million grant for Heartwood Lodge

By Sharon Mack on May 20, 2013, at 11:06 a.m.
The Cobscook Community Learning Center received great news last week when word of an anonymous $1.2 million grant came through the door. This funding propels the CCLC within $300,000 of finishing the $2.5 million campaign to complete the Heartwood Lodge campaign in its entirety, including a second building that expands …

Special Historic Bus Tour offered by Machias Historical Society

By Sharon Mack on May 17, 2013, at 12:25 p.m.
Machias – As a part of the Machias 250th Anniversary Celebration the Machias Historical Society announces they are sponsoring a bus tour of historic Machias River Valley sites. Local historian, Valdine Atwood, will conduct the tour with plans to visit numerous interesting sites in the area, telling the story of …

Downeast Coastal Conservancy plans upcoming events

By Sharon Mack on May 16, 2013, at 12:54 p.m.
Machias, Maine—Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) is looking forward to seeing everyone this summer at one or more of their events. Events planned for June include the popular Plant Sale, an Open House, a Walking Story Time and a Coastal Island Cleanup. The June calendar will kick off with the Plant …

Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society to host author

By Sharon Mack on May 11, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — W.E.(Gary) Campbell, author of the newly published book will ‘The Aroostook War of 1839’ will be guest speaker during the 1 p.m., Sat., May 18 meeting of the Washington County Historical & Genealogical Society to be held in the Emergency Management Room, 28 Center Street, Machias. Campbell, …

Machias to host final presentation in its historic series

By Sharon Mack on May 10, 2013, at 10:13 a.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The finale of the Machias 250th Birthday Historic Lecture Series on 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. National Park Ranger Meg Scheid will present to us on the history of the St. Croix Island International Historic Site. Come learn about the cruel winter of 1604-1605, Pierre Dugua’s expedition, …

Eastport Business Presents Common Good Awards

By Sharon Mack on May 08, 2013, at 7:59 p.m.
EASTPORT, Maine — Over the nine years in business, partners in The Commons have awarded 72 Common Good Awards. Says partner Linda Cross Godfrey, “That means in whatever direction you look, whatever shop or eatery you frequent, whatever gallery show, play, or sporting event you attend, you may be in …

Roque Bluffs holds annual poetry festival

By Sharon Mack on May 08, 2013, at 4:39 p.m.
The 8th Annual Roque Bluffs Poetry Festival will feature poet Bill Carpenter leading the workshop July 27, 2013, at Roque Bluffs Community Center. Carpenter’s teaching approach will take a new direction and offer innovative changes compared to previous workshops. Poet, novelist and a founder of College of the Atlantic, Carpenter …

Machiasport to hold exhibit of historic photographs

By Sharon Mack on May 06, 2013, at 1:41 p.m.
The 250th Machiasport Celebration Committee is pleased to announce that an historic exhibit of Washington County photographs, including Machiasport images, will be on display during the month of May at the Fort O’Brien School. The exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, …

Machiasport to hold Community Celebration Dinner

By Sharon Mack on May 06, 2013, at 1:38 p.m.
The 250th Machiasport Celebration Committee is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Community Celebration Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Fort O’Brien School. Many residents have lived and worked in Machiasport for more than a half a century- sharing in the projects and events of …

Machias 250th Celebration Costume Workshop Set

By Sharon Mack on May 02, 2013, at 4:26 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — A second costume making workshop for the creation of outfits for the Machias 250th Birthday Celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the conference room at 28 Center Street, the Cooperative Extension Office. Organizer Anna Cook said sewing machines will be available or …

Machias Revitalization Committee to hold second business listening session

By Sharon Mack on May 02, 2013, at 4:21 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Revitalization Committee will be hosting its second business listening session at 7:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, at Helen’s Restaurant. More than two dozen people attended the first session, held in March, during a serious snowstorm. Organizers are hoping that business owners, residents and others will …

Eastport Business to Convey 9th Annual Common Good Awards – Adds a Statewide Citation

By Sharon Mack on April 30, 2013, at 11:22 a.m.
Since opening in 2004, the annual anniversary celebration of The Commons in Eastport has had an element that is unique — rather than patting themselves on the back for another year of operation, the company conveys Common Good Awards on a selection of individuals and organizations that have made important …