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Downeast Snow Can’t Stop The Mail

by Cat Cannon

Here’s a sample of the US Postal Service’s appointed rounds, lately challenged by unreachable mailboxes.                                                              (photo by Bill Kitchen)

Sun and slightly-above-freezing temperatures may have caused the mountains of snow around town to begin to melt, but the Machias Post Office faces no such relief from the stacks of held mail that have accumulated at the office.

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Feds Respond to Union River Fish Kill

by Cat Cannon

The alewife is an integral part of Maine’s ecology, important historically as a food source for the first settlers, and currently as bait for the spring lobster season and an alternative food source to predators that prey on the Atlantic salmon.

As for the American eel, overfishing, water quality issues, and the loss and degradation of the eel’s natural habitat have led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to begin to question the eel’s conservation status.

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Washington County Democrats Meet, Elect Officers

by Nancy Beal

District 138 Rep. Robert Alley with his wife, Hazel, at a recent meeting of the Washington County Democratic Committee. 

(Photo Nancy Beal)

The Washington County Democratic Committee met at the Blue Bird Ranch Restaurant in Machias February 8 and elected a slate of officers for two-year terms. All were incumbents: Ellen Farnsworth, chairman, Tom Buchberger, vice chairman, Nancy Beal, secretary, and Larry Farnsworth, treasurer.

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Freshman Legislator Making Waves in Augusta

by Nancy Beal

Robert Alley Sr., a Beals native who won the open District 138 seat (Milbridge to Whitneyville and coastal towns in between) last fall by defeating Richard Paul of Addison, has been learning by doing rather than watching during his first months in the 

Maine legislature. He has sponsored several pieces of legislation and lent his support to a variety of issues ranging from seniors to slingshots. One of his bills is awaiting the governor’s signature.

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Reintroduce Bill to Improve Support for First Responders After Crude Oil Train Derailments

Today, U.S. Senator Angus King and Senator Heidi Heitkamp reintroduced the RESPONSE Act, legislation that would improve emergency preparedness and training for first responders and provide support to help emergency personnel better respond to hazardous incidents, such as crude oil train derailments and other hazmat situations.

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McBrady Tills New Ground For Blueberries

With the blueberry barrens in the background, Nancy McBrady is firmly ensconced in her first year as head of Maine’s Wild Blueberry Commission. (photo courtesy of McBrady)

by Ruth Leubecker

Nancy McBrady, the first woman to head Maine’s Wild Blueberry Commission, is defining new goals for an old crop, expecting her first child and can’t wait for August. 

As anyone who lives and breathes life on the barrens knows, August is all about the blueberry harvest. “I can’t wait,” says the commission’s new executive director. “My family has a camp in Hancock, and I’ll be moving up there then.”

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Irene Kennedy Porter

Irene Kennedy Porter, 86 passed away peacefully at Eastport Memorial Nursing Home on March 2nd 2015.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Wayne P. Torrey

Wayne P Torrey, 68, passed away unexpectedly on February 27, 2015 surrounded by his family at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

He is the son of Virginia and the late Ernest Torrey of Deblois.

He worked in the woods with his father in his younger years, then a lumber mill and in 1971 became a ten wheeler and equipment operator with the State of Maine, Department of Transportation. After 40 years of service with the state he retired and went to work for Maine Wild Blueberry Company in Machias.

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Grace Baron Marion, MA

 

Dr. Mary Grace Age 69, of Marion, MA, passed away 27 February, 2015 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Zabbar, Malta and emigrated to USA in 1954. Longtime member of the Psychology Department at Wheaton College, Norton, MA, as well as consultant to t=he Groden Center, Providence RI. 

Predeceased by her brother Charles Baron and sister Joanne Glines as well as, very recently, by her husband Geoffery Moran. 

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