Holmes celebrates 20 years of massage, looks ahead to new chapter

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Katherine Holmes was studying to be an occupational therapist when a comment from her teacher shifted her career trajectory.

“There was a piece on learning about massage and one my instructors said, ‘You’re really good at this,’” said Holmes. 

She finished her bachelors degree in occupational therapy but after 14 years turned her sights toward massage therapy. 

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Moosabec lobstermen to fight proposed salmon pens

by Nancy Beal

The Canadian aquaculture giant Cooke Aquaculture, currently the holder of three licenses for salmon pens in Eastern Bay between Beals Island and Jonesport’s Head Harbor Island, is poised to ask for a fourth site: 44.4 acres in the middle of Mud Hole Channel between Mink Island and Beals’ Mud Hole Point, the southern bound of a long inlet known as the Mud Hole.

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Board moves to put Machias on electric vehicle map

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Wednesday, Sept. 26 Gordon Beck of Mt. Desert nonprofit A Climate to Thrive presented a proposal to the Machias Board of Selectmen at their regular bi-monthly meeting. 

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Slow Money invited to Machias to exchange growth ideas

by Ruth Leubecker

In a significant step forward, Slow Money Maine will come to Machias on October 10  to confer with stakeholders about connecting to funding sources and building technical food systems and flourishing communities.

Over the past nine years, SMM, a statewide network of more than 1,700 people, has focused on food deficiencies and communities that need a boost. Since 2010 the group has connected more than 366 farmers, fishermen and related food businesses to funding sources. 

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County committee kicks off annual budget review

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Washington County Budget Committee met in Machias on Thursday, Sept. 26 to begin combing through a thick binder containing the proposed county budget for the 2019 fiscal year.

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PML readies for Downeast Fashion Show Gala capital campaign kick-off

On Friday, Oct. 19 hometown pride teams up with the local funny bone when Porter Memorial Library presents The Downeast Fashion Show Gala to kick off its capital fundraising campaign. The library is raising money for major construction at its 92 Court Street location. The expansion will create access for everyone by means of a new addition and elevator.

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Rotary meetings feature local candidates

 

On Tuesday, Sept. 25 district attorney Matthew Foster presented to the Rotary. The public is invited to attend the meetings which begin with socializing and dinner ordered individually from the menu at 5:15 p.m., and a speaker presentation at 6 p.m. Photos by Bob McCollum

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Trash and school security on September board agenda in Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A.O.S. 96 Superintendent Scott Porter spoke with the Machias Selectboard during their normal bi-weekly meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 12. Porter updated the board on the Machias schools’ effort to hire a resource officer, a position the district advertised to no avail. A school resource officer provides a law enforcement presence on school campuses.

Porter said Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien suggested a candidate for the part-time officer role, Bill Sternberg, who then interviewed successfully with the school. 

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Migliorelli brings music to Milbridge

 

by Wayne Smith

Frank Migliorelli brought his music to the Milbridge Theatre Outdoor Stage in one of the last concerts of the season. He wore a blue, long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and cowboy boots. His gray hair was parted in the middle. The crowd was taking it in. Migliorelli talked to the crowd in between his songs. As the sun went down he took off his sunglasses and perched on a wooden stool, moving it around several times, just to get it right. He brought two guitars with him to play.

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UMM tackles ‘acute’ statewide shortage with new engineering program

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Emma Rogers was in high school when the University of Maine started looking at ways to attract students into the field of engineering. By the time she was ready to apply to college, the new Engineering Pathways program looked like a perfect fit. 

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Calais votes against retail recreational marijuana sales

by Lura Jackson

The City of Calais will not allow recreational retail marijuana sales following a public hearing and vote on Thursday, Sept. 27. While the 6-1 vote against the ordinance was decisive, the discussion yielded pros and cons. The medicinal marijuana outlets will continue operations without interruption. 

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Man with a mission running in rural Congressional District 2

by Ruth Leubecker

Up against two favored major party candidates, Will Hoar is relying on a strong double-pronged message in his candidacy for Maine’s congressional District 2 seat.

Rep. Bruce Poliquin, the GOP incumbent running for a third term, faces Jared Golden, a young Democrat, politically backgrounded, aiming to make government more responsive. They both have healthy financial coffers and prime-time advertising running nearly non-stop as November 6 approaches.

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Machias Downtown Resilience and Renewal community meeting Oct. 15

Are you a business owner, resident or property owner in downtown Machias? Are you concerned about flooding and erosion issues in downtown Machias? Please make time for a community meeting on October 15 from 5-7 p.m.  in Science 102 at the University of Maine at Machias.

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When the lights came on in Machias

 

A very interesting story of how and when electric lights first came to Machias appeared in a January 31, 1903 issue of the Machias Republican. The following is a condensed version of that article.   

MACHIAS ELECTRIC COMPANY

In the 1890’s interest in electric power grew very strong in Washington County and it was in that decade that electric companies began operating in a number of towns throughout the county.

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One weekend in September

 

by Wayne Smith

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KinderArts’ Tiny Yogis extended into November

 

The Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program’s popular Tiny Yogis sessions have been extended and will run weekly on Thursdays from 9:30-10:15 a.m. through November 15. Instructor Caroline DiLio will teach yoga through music, dance and storybooks, and young participants will even learn meditation.

Owner of Maine Moon Kids Yoga, DiLio is a certified children’s yoga teacher and a mother of three. She takes a creative approach to teaching children, including games, crafts and sometimes even Minecraft poses. Learn more about her at mainemoonkidsyoga.weebly.com.

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Next Step shines a light on domestic violence Downeast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A march organized by the Next Step Domestic Violence Project left Station 1898 in Machias and received cheers and supportive honks as the marchers made their way up College Hill to the university lawn. There, Next Step Prevention and Education Advocate Cheyenne Robinson-Bauman lit a tree wrapped in purple lights in recognition of the 1,000 people assisted each year by the Next Step’s shelters in Washington and Hancock County. 

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Beloved local couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It’s no accident that the 70th wedding anniversary is marked with one of the most precious metals on earth — platinum — because couples who reach their 70th anniversary are part of a small, exclusive club. So small, in fact, that the U.S. Census Bureau doesn’t have statistics on marriages that last so long.

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