New Dollar General set to open, intersection reroute under consideration

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Dollar General broke ground on its new Machias location last week. The store will be located on the corner of the Kennebec Road and Rte. 1, across from Tom’s Mini Mart, with an address of 206 Dublin Street, Machias.

Laura Somerville works as a spokesperson for the Tennessee-based chain. She said that the store plans to open its doors in late fall, but added that construction timelines could slip.

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Project HOPE to have two area locations

by Ruth Leubecker

Collaboration, long seen as a successful undertaking Downeast, will soon enter a new arena with Project HOPE, a law enforcement initiative aimed at tackling drug abuse.

“We copycatted the program from Scarborough, and we partner with Healthy Acadia,” explained Glenn Moshier, Ellsworth police chief. “Dottie Small, a detective with us, is currently working with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Hopefully, in the next two months there will be two starting up in Washington County.”

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Street eagle

Amara Dorr’s feathers were not ruffled when she marched through Milbridge dressed as the American bald eagle last Saturday. Dorr marched as part of the Wyman’s of Maine parade float, on the streets last week as part of the town’s annual Milbridge Days celebration. Photo courtesy Richard Bondurant.

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Two arrested, charged with Cherryfield murder

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 State Police have confirmed that a man and woman from New York City were arrested in New York and charged in connection with the homicide discovered in Cherryfield last month.

 Being held on fugitive-from-justice charges are 37-year-old Carine Reeves and 19-year-old Quaneysha Greeley.  The two were arrested by New York City Police on 141st Street in the Laurelton section of Queens. They are being held without bail. 

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Battle of Machias to be remembered on 240th anniversary

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Local sea chantey expert Stephen Sanfilippo sang this historic ballad during last weekend’s celebration of the return of Machiasport’s Civil War cannon to Fort O’Brien last weekend. Sanfilippo resides in Pembroke.

The ballad recounts the events of the Battle of the Rim, also known as the Siege of Machias, which took place August 13 and 14, 1777. 

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Machiasport celebrates return of Civil War cannon

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Last Saturday morning the town of Machiasport celebrated the return of a Civil War cannon with speeches, song, and cake. The cannon was returned to the Fort O’Brien historic site earlier in 2017. 

The 1862 bronze “Napoleon” cannon, so named for its widespread use during the Napoleonic wars, may or may not be original to the civil war-era Fort Machias, but according to the Machiasport Historical Society, was on site by the time of World War II.

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Machiasport fires town clerk

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Town clerk Donna-Jean Metta was fired from her position during a special meeting of the Machiasport Selectboard last Monday, July 24.

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Fulford announces bid for Congress

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Editor’s note: This article is the first in our series, Primer for the Primary, which will run periodically as candidates present themselves for Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial, congressional, Senate and state legislative elections. The series will showcase interviews with each candidate, and focus on their key campaign messages. 

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Looking at Maine’s new biennial budget

by Sen. Joyce Maker

The smoke is finally starting to clear following the chaos in Augusta that led to a brief government shutdown, and for many of us, summer is finally underway.

Simply put, disagreements over spending priorities for the state’s two-year budget, which needed to be signed by July 1, 2017—the beginning of the state’s fiscal year—is what led to the shutdown.

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The Editor’s Desk

This week marks the beginning of a new series we are calling “Primer for the Primary.” Although Maine’s primary elections are nearly one year away, candidates are already announcing their intentions, and traveling across the state campaigning.

November 2018 will present us with a lengthy ballot, as terms are ending for our governor, one senator, the 2nd congressional district representative, and many local politicians. Though most are running for reelection, the governor’s term will come to an end. We can expect to see a wide array of candidates for that position.

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