Dorothy Eva (Parker) Leighton

Dorothy Eva (Parker) Leighton, 95, passed to the afterlife on May 3rd, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness.  Born March 25, 1920, she was the daughter of Hoyt and Cora (Tracy) Parker. She was predeceased by husband Alton M. (“Brud”) Leighton, Sr., and her brothers and sisters, Kenneth Hoyt, Laura, Buddy, Berneta, and Marguerite.

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UMM’s 104th Commencement Announced

The University of Maine at Machias will award degrees to more than 95 students at its 104th commencement, 2 pm, Saturday, May 16, in the Frederic A. Reynolds Center. 

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Young Woman Dies in Head-On Crash

Kayla Robinson, 19, of Trescott was pronounced dead at the scene following an early morning collision on Route 9 in Wesley last week.

The Washington County RCC received the 911 call at approximately 5 am on May 7th. The caller reported the head-on collision as involving a loaded logging truck and a passenger car. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene of the crash along with several members of the Wesley Fire Department and Alexander first responders. .

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Special Olympics Brings Winning Joy for 39th Year

by Bill Kitchen

A step backward in weather could not deter a step forward in achievement as the 39th Annual Washington County Special Olympics braved a 40-degree morning, and isolated piles of still lingering, blackened snow at UMM last Friday.

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Harold West Remembered for Community Service

by Nancy Beal

Ramona West of Milbridge accepted the Norman Nelson Community Service Award on behalf of her late husband, Harold West, at the Washington County Democratic Committee’s second annual banquet, held in Machias May 2. 

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Living the Legacy of Beth Wright

by Ruth Leubecker

Fifteen years after cancer claimed the life of a young Addison mother, her memory and her spirit remain a major community force, especially every spring when the flowers bud and thoughts turn to rebirth.

Every mid-May it’s the Beth C. Wright Walk for Life Weekend, with all proceeds staying in Washington and Hancock Counties to benefit the programs and services of the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center.

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RMCL Hosts Community Forum

by Ruth Leubecker

Explaining over 18 programs for seniors and stressing accessibility, the Eastern Area Agency on Aging came to Lubec last week to present its latest in a series of meetings focused on individual communities.

“This is one of our friends and neighbors meetings -- and today it’s all about Lubec,” said Noelle Merrill, EAAA executive director, at the Regional Medical Center of Lubec. “Lubec has a population of 1,359, and it was estimated for 2014 that you’d grow by 200 people last year. The average age in Lubec is 54.”

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Post 9 Hosts 4th Margaretta Days Breakfast

Ephraim Johnson American Legion Post 9 for the fourth consecutive year is hosting a Margaretta Days breakfast, kicking off the historic occasion in the county seat.

“Every year we get more of a turnout,” says Lisa Berg, auxiliary president and the 2015 Volunteer of the Year recipient. “People just love it – and they come back and tell us so!”

Robert Coles, a World War II veteran and well-known Downeast as the region’s sole Pearl Harbor survivor, will also be on hand as in past years.

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Allen Douglas Johnson Jr. Machiasport

Allen Douglas Johnson Jr., 65, departed this world most unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 from his family home in Machiasport, Maine. 

Born in Cambridge, MA to Carolyn and the late Allen Johnson, Doug attended Central High School, Bridgeton Academy. Graduating from Washington County Technical College as a Master Electrician, he served his community for many years as such.

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Smith Faces Further Charges, Court Dates

by Ruth Leubecker

Indicted on multiple felony charges and facing court dates on singular, unrelated events, former Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith presently remains noncommittal in seclusion in Lubec.

Last week’s scheduled jury trial, earlier requested by Smith, was settled out of court after he agreed to pay a $250 filing fee, which in effect canceled the trial. That Friday court appearance was to address misdemeanor charges which had been brought against him for telephone harassment. 

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