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“For the past 62 years the Maine Lobstermen’s Association has advocated for lobstermen from all parts of the Maine coast. Its longevity is due to the men and women who make up its membership. Staying strong and relevant means successfully drawing new members into the association year after year..”
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Canadian free trade agreement raising concerns in Maine

The European Union (EU) is one of Maine’s most important global markets. Maine’s exports to the EU topped $503 million in 2016, second only to its exports to Canada. Even with the rapid development of exports to China, Maine exports to the EU are nearly 2.5 times those to China.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a comprehensive trade agreement between Canada and the EU, with one of its key provisions aimed
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Health Insurance And You: LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018

On April 18, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to address certain issues with the health insurance marketplace and to provide flexibility to issuers to help draw healthy consumers to enroll in health coverage, improve the risk pool and bring stability to the individual markets, while increasing

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Music, lobster and …….. disruption!

The first album I ever bought was Led Zeppelin IV. I remember bringing it home and playing “Black Dog,” “Rock & Roll,” and “Stairway to Heaven” until I wore out the grooves.

Since then I have lived through a revolution in music delivery. From eighttracks and cassettes to CDs, many of us have bought the same music, over and over, to listen to on different delivery systems.
We did it for the convenience and the improved fidelity of the newest system. But no matter what the system, you still got stuck

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Machias Wild Blueberry Festival @ Main Street
Aug 18 – Aug 20 all-day

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival!


August 18, 19, and 20!

Come celebrate the powerful little fruit that put our corner of Downeast Maine on the map. Centre Street Congregational Church, UCC, rolls out the blue carpet each August with crafts, food, entertainment, contests, and all things blueberry. There’s no admission charge.

Tours, Comedy Shows, BBQ, Fish Fry, Live Bands, a Road race, Blueberry Pancake Breakfasts, Crafts, Exhibits, Book sale, heck – check out the website for the full schedule. There is too much to list!

Three days of vendors! We are pleased to announce that the Church Commons Lot (the grassy area next to the church) will have vendors for three full days! Friday from 9-5, Saturday from 9-5, and Sunday from 9-3. There seems to be a lot of excitement amongst our vendors for this three day opportunity, and there are many new vendors submitting applications. The list of participating vendors will be available in early May of 2017.

If the sight and smell of everything blueberry isn’t enough to delight the senses, this year’s festival will feature talented, wandering street performers, otherwise known as Buskers. The Buskers will weave their way through the crowd, sharing their many talents. You might see a musician or a juggler, or a dancer. Whatever form this talent takes, it’s sure to please!

  • Musical Comedy: Blueberry to the Future
MS Maine Lobster Boat Race – Portland @ Portland
Aug 20 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10 am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

Shellfish Advisory Committee Meeting @ Ellsworth City Hall
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Follow the link above for more information about the Shellfish Advisory Council, previous minutes and the opportunity to sign up for email reminders.

Benefit for the MLCA Lobstermen’s Relief Fund @ Cook's Lobster & Ale House
Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 New date Sunday September 10th!


The second Annual Cook’s Lobster and Ale House Benefit Party for the MLCA Relief Fund is here! 

The MLCA supports a relief fund to benefit the distressed families and children of lobstermen experiencing hardship due to illness or tragedy.

10% of all food purchases go directly the MLCA’s Lobstermen’s Relief Fund.  Sysco foods and local lobstermen are donating steak, chicken, and lobster which will then be created into mouth-watering specials by Chef JB Dubois. The full price of these specials go entirely to the fund. D.L. Geary brewing, Maine’s iconic and original brewer will be on hand with a classic ale and a new lager, and live music will resonate from the beautiful outdoor deck.  Lastly, a silent auction will be on-going with donations from local restaurants, breweries, artists, inns, and businesses all about the water.  This event is for lobstermen and lobster-lovers alike, so come on down and enjoy a beautiful September evening on the water at Cook’s Lobster and Ale House! Boat tie-ups are available.

Moved by the 2016 death of young lobsterman Jon Popham, Cook’s Lobster and Ale House  began what they hope will be a yearly event to benefit the MLCA Relief Fund.  You an find out more about the fund and the MLCA at

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