Poliquin Promises To Work Together for Results

Tom Gaddis, Lani Smith, Rep. Bruce Poliquin, Greg Campbell and Kathy Howell share a light moment at last week’s Machias Rotary meeting. Smith is Rotary’s newest member. Poliquin addressed Rotarians, stressing compromise and collaboration as his strategy for getting things done in Congress.

 

by Cat Cannon

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Wesley Missing Money ‘Settled Soon’

by Ruth Leubecker

Nearly two years after $44,000 went missing from the Wesley town office, District Attorney Matt Foster announced last week that the case will be settled soon. 

How soon is soon? “I would prefer not to comment at this time,” said Foster. When asked to define soon, he added that soon would be in about two months.

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Four Arrested On Heroin Charges

Four men from Washington County have been arrested on heroin charges following an investigation between the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Swing Bed Patient Advocates for DECH

by Ruth Leubecker

Although the cost of a swing bed at a critical access hospital, according to a March 2015 report, is four times the price of one at an alternative facility, defenders are stepping up to defend the CAH bed. 

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Dental Clinic Returns for Yearly Visit

A week long clinic that has provided dental care to thousands of Washington County residents is returning. The New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program will be back in Machias April 13th- 18th.

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Marine Safety Instructor Training Free to Commercial Fishermen

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is conducting a six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) at the Newcastle Fire Department in Newcastle, Maine, from June 1 to June 6, 2015. This workshop is free to commercial fishermen thanks to scholarships provided by the U.S. Coast Guard. The cost for all the others is $995. 

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UMM Hosts Special Olympics

For the 40th consecutive year, the University of Maine at Machias will host the Special Olympics Spring games on Friday, May 8, in Reynolds Gymnasium. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. .and is co-sponsored by UMM’s Recreation Services and Special Populations class, Washington County Special Olympics Committee and the American Legion Auxiliary. 

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Series Feature Foraging for Free Food

by Bill Kitchen

Christopher Johnson, a senior majoring in Recreation Management at University of Maine at Machias, has a vision - to produce a series of free and open-to-the-public lectures focused on the myriad things that make Downeast Maine special. To realize that vision, he has created “Downeast Talks,” a regular schedule of presentations loosely modeled after the highly successful ‘Ted Talks’.

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MVNO Featured on Nat Geo Channel

Machias resident Bill Kitchen is one of four people featured in a new documentary series entitled “the WATCH”, premiering globally on the National Geographic Channel this Thursday, April 9th, at 10 p.m. ET. 

The program, scheduled for four parts on consecutive Thursdays, follows Nat Geo’s hit show “Life Below Zero,” and showcases four individuals who “out on the fringe of society, on the edge of town, up in the mountains and far up the coast are four loners living in total isolation,” according to the channel. 

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