Machias — Beverly Beal still remembers the first time she came to Machias in 1983, when she was only 5 years old.
“My father grew up here and we were moving back after he got out of the Navy,” Beal said. “I was born at the Navy hospital in Annapolis and I guess that makes me a foreigner.”
Beal doesn’t remember much outside of her life here in Machias. She said there are a few memories, mostly of shopping trips to the Navy Exchange, but none she can recall of actually living in Maryland.
“I stayed back so I wouldn’t have to start kindergarten and then move up here, my mom said.”
“So I don’t even remember any other kids from down in Maryland. And I have a Maine accent, too,” she said.
“Mum was dad’s high school sweetheart. They got married right after he finished boot camp. He was home on leave and they had the ceremony over to Centre Street church.”
“Doesn’t matter. Even though both my grandparents still live here, and my great grandparents and so on are all buried here, I’m from away.”
Beal said it’s never usually a problem until a conversation about something Maine related comes up.
“The guys will be like ‘let’s go snowmobiling,’ and they’ll look at me and go ‘do they even have snow down to Maryland?'”