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MEMORIAL DAY BOOK AND BAKE SALE TO BE HELD IN NEWPORT

The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) Friends of the Library, are working hard sorting books for the 9th Annual "Memorial Day Book and Bake Sale" to be held from 9 AM to 12 PM on Monday, May 27th. The sale will be held Memorial Day, on the porch and front lawn of the Newport Cultural Center at 154 Main Street in Newport. If you would like to donate books in good condition between Monday, May 13th and Friday, May 24th. The donation drop box is located in the NCC entryway. Come enjoy the Newport parade and huge selection of used books and baked goods. Take home or eat here. All monies earned are for the benefit of the NCC library.



PITTSFIELD THEN AND NOW: THE PEOPLE BEFORE US
Guest column by Jane Woodruff
This land was theirs before we claimed it. The natives moved gently over it barely leaving a trace that they were here. The traces they did leave behind are such a part of the landscape as to be barely perceived.
A stone weir in the river marks the location where they fished. Other rocks scattered nearby in the river bed camouflage it. To find the weir, one needs to look closely for the distinctive W-shape used to concentrate the fish that journeyed up and down the river. Some stone artifacts have been found along the riverbanks, but like the stone weir, one has to be highly observant to detect them among the other stones. Along the river banks are stands of burr oaks thought to be inadvertently planted by these early people who used the acorns as a food source.
The name of our river - Sebasticook - meaning “a through place” hints at its former use. We harnessed it for power; the people before us used it as part of a travel route between the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers. Following the East Branch of the Sebasticook, there is supposedly a one-mile portage to access a tributary of the Penobscot.
In this year when we honor the settlement of our town, we should also honor the native people who were here before us and who brought Moses Martin to this place from Norridgewock to share their hunting and fishing grounds.
Pittsfield Then and Now is a guest column the Pittsfield Bicentennial Celebration Committee. For more information, contact: pittsfield@mikeleblanc.org.




ROB WEBER 2019 OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) would like to announce the 2019 Outstanding Conservation Educator of the Year, Rob Weber.

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MEMORIAL DAY PARADES
A list of Memorial Day Parades taking place in the area.
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NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP EVENT IN DEXTER OVERWHELMING SUCCESS
Community members joined forces with local businesses and organizations
for a clean-up event on Sunday, May 5th in Dexter.
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CUPOLA PLAQUES AVAILABLE NOW

A limited number of special plaques will be available at
the Bicentennial Headquarters and The Flower Studio.
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NEWPORT CULTURAL CENTER PRESENTED WITH GRANT

Bangor Savings Bank representative, Kendra, presents Newport Cultural Center Board
of Directors President, Tonya Parker with a check for $1,000 as a winner
of the Community Matters More Grant.

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