Maine’s Chief Caretaker Recalls Downeast Jaunts

by Ruth Leubecker

Earle Shettleworth, wrapped in a half-century of unique, made-in-Maine memories, will retire on October 1. 

As the official protector of the state’s cultural landmarks, he has witnessed history, preservation and sometimes challenge and controversy, all from a ringside seat.  “What I’ve loved about it is that it’s constant learning,” he reflected last Friday.

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Therrien Soon Here, Chamber Seeks Station 98 Grant

by Cat Cannon

A theme of growth and progress throughout Machias was evident at the September 9th meeting of the town board of selectmen.

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WA Honors Massaad, Grant at Annual Tea

by Ruth Leubecker

Although punctuated by a chill in the air, the awards ceremony and those assembled were warmly appreciative in recognizing Dr. Aziz Massaad and Richard Grant.

The occasion was Washington Academy’s Annual Tea and Awards on the grounds of the East Machias school. Massaad, who received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, and Grant, who received this year’s Distinguished Educator Award, were the 17th recipients of the  coveted honors. 

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No Update, DA Still Mum on Missing Wesley Money

by Ruth Leubecker

More than two years after $44,000 went missing from the Wesley town office, District Attorney Matt Foster remains noncommittal to town officials even about the progress of the investigation. 

Repeated calls attempting to reach Foster as well as Lisa Lord, a victims’ advocate, who a year ago allegedly attempted to meet with the Wesley selectmen, have not been returned. 

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