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27 July, 2018 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 19 Whiting, Edmunds road work to be done by November by Mary Alice Look Jeffrey Coffin, the civil engineer at the Maine Department of Transportation work site for the Whiting/Edmunds road con- struction, hopes the work will "be com- plete by the end of October." The first layer of paving is now about "one-third to one-half done," and Coffin adds that the entire project will have two layers of pav- ing when finished. The significant amount of gravel that is roadside just beyond the so-called New Crane Bridge was taken out of the hole where the bridge was and will be reused at the bridge location. Work by the utility companies is cur- rently progressing from the middle of the village toward the bridge. When that is finished, the utilities will be setting poles from the East Machias end and moving toward the bridgel The construction of the bridge itself is expected to be complete about the first week of October. Coffin says there will be "more guard- rails than before" the road work. The or- ange and white barrels along the roadway indicate where the new guardrails will be located. They cannot be placed until the utility work is done. New posts for and resetting of mailbox- es along Route 1 and the repair of affected driveways will be done after the final sur- face coat. Coffin asks for everyone's pa- tience while the construction is ongoing. WHITE DOTS SPRINKLED THE SKY on Saturday, July 21, in Machias, as over ages as part of the BoM Coast Sea & Sky Festival. (RJ Heller photo) by RJ Heller The third annual Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival wrapped up a successful weekend with great weather and an ever-expanding Identity of cemetery line-up of family friendly activities. High- lights this year were the ,'Go Fly a Kite" vandals determined event, where kite kits were provided for "Vandals trash cemetery" could be the children to build, color and fly, and an headline for this article. What is really Easter egg hunt featuring 9,000 plastic happening to the decorations, plants and eggs with candy inside. Both activities solar lights at Jacksonville Cemetery in were organized by the Machias American East Machias? Close observation over Legion Auxiliary. Over 100 kites were several days reveals the "culprits" to be built and flown, and about 70 children crows and wild turkeys. They are pulling took part in the mad dash for the candy apart plastic decorations, stealing ribbons, filled eggs. eating live plants, scratching through the Other activities included a touch tank, soil in potted plants and tearing apart solar drone flying lessons, helicopter rides, a lights, especially the black ones. They ap- children's fun run, laser tag, music, food pear to be very selective in which lots they attack. Could it be those of former Machias chamber hunters or poachers? Every year brings its own challenges for the cemetery' s teen mowers. Recently sets appraisal fair a doe was killed by a speeding car. There The Machias Bay Area Chamber of is abundant wildlife at the cemetery for Commerce will host its first annual an- everyone to enjoy and learn to live with, tiques appraisal fair from 10 a.m. to 2 even the wild turkeys and crows that are p.m. Saturday, August 4, at Station 1898 - just doing what they do. Nate Pennell's across from Helen's Restaurant. Antique family lot has been a major site of de- experts Ray Foster of Machias Art and struction this ),ear from early spring until Antiques and Liz Henry of Talbot House now. He expect it to continue, even though Antique Shop will be on hand to provide he says, "I have never hunted crows or suggested values and ages. Appraisals are turkeys and never been a poacher. Maybe $20 for up to three items and $10 each for a sign, to that effect, on my lot may help. additional items. Jewelry, firearms and Wait a minute, I am not there yet!" coins will not be examined. and craft vendors. This year also saw the Machias Valley Airport open for tours and a fly-in of U.S. Army Blackhawk and Maine Forest Service heli- copters. The airport will soon begin reconstruction of its run- way with the help of a roughly $3.1 million grant from the Fed- eral Aviation Administration. The festival was started by Bill Burke, owner of Pat's Piz- za, and a group of dedicated volunteers including the Mach- ias Rotary. Burke credits the community for its support and the sponsors who step up each year. This year's sponsors were Machias Savings Bank, Down East Community Hospital, Dunkin' Donuts, EBS Building Supplies and Points East Real Estate. 100 kite kits were built and flown by children of all FIVE-YEAR-OLD DEXTER MURPHY of Machias is all smiles as he sits in the cockpit of a UH 60 Black- hawk helicopter. Maine Army National Guard out of Bangor provided the aircraft at the airport fly-in dur- ing the Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival. THE EASTER BUNNY IN JULY? Over 9,000 colorful plastic eggs covered a large field in Middle River Park, waiting for children to sweep them up in a egg hunt organized by the Machias American Legion Auxiliary. (RJ Heller photo) "tft Did you know Thomas Jefferson said: had to choose between government without newspapers and newspapers without government, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the latter."