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Maine Maritime Academy's annual chili cook-off

Myron Staples brought his ten-year-old burro Jethro

Myron Staples brought his ten-year-old burro Jethro

Myron Staples, of Penobscot, brought his ten-year-old burro Jethro, to help adorn the MarKel booth.

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Karen Motycka, Susan Macomber and Linda Abernethy

Karen Motycka, Susan Macomber and Linda Abernethy

From left, Karen Motycka, Susan Macomber and Linda Abernethy represented the Town of Castine.

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Chili cook-off judges

Chili cook-off judges

From left, chili cook-off judges MMA Vice President Jeff Loustaunau, Castine resident Tom Comiciotto and marine biology student Amanda Bello. “This is a scientific operation,” said Loustaunau.

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Linda Abernethy at the annual chili cook-off

Linda Abernethy at the annual chili cook-off

Maine Maritime Academy held its annual chili cook-off on February 1, and Linda Abernethy's “cool and savory” black bean, corn, and sweet pepper salsa won best side dish. Local competition included Danny Murphy's to the Town of Castine to MMA's own dining service, but the real winners were the dozens of folks who wandered into the MMA field house and left with a warm belly and tingling palate.

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Mark and Kelly Sawyer in MMA’s annual chili cook-off

Mark and Kelly Sawyer in MMA’s annual chili cook-off

After five years of cooking, and more, at Bah’s Bakehouse, Mark and Kelly Sawyer are taking over. They open on March 4 as MarKel’s Bakehouse. Here, the cooking duo participated in MMA’s annual chili cook-off on February 2 and took home top honors in four categories.

Photo by Anne Berleant

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