Long-Term Care Bills Face Tough Battle

by Ruth Leubecker

Rural impacts, rate increases and the escalating costs of long-term care are all factors casting an uncertain pall over client-care bills on the table in Augusta.

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Beal Honored for Outreach, Receives Premier Award

Dr. Brian Beal, UMM’s noted marine researcher, has received the first Bourne-Chew Award from the National Shellfisheries Association (NSA).

This revered prize recognized Beal’s outstanding contributions to education, outreach, aquaculture and shellfisheries, as well as his advocacy in promoting understanding and knowledge within the industry and academia.

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Machias Police Budget Pared, Airport Fees Doubled

by Cat Cannon

The long process of creating a town budget that will keep Machias running without raising taxes continued last week as the budget committee heard proposals from the Machias Police and School Departments. Before the police budget proposal, Town Manager Chris Loughlin brought up a $50 donation to the Ark Animal Shelter in memory of Gene Lord. The board unanimously supported the donation.

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Downeast at High Risk for Flooding

by Ruth Leubecker

“Basically the entire Downeast region will soon have conditions conducive to flooding,” predicted Greg Stewart, US Geological Survey for Maine. “It’s definitely going to be open-water flooding. But because of the substantial snowpack, any rain will push the envelope even higher.”

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MBACC Plans Annual Dinner, Auction

The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has planned a night of fun, dining and auction sales, set to begin at 5 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Lee Pellon Center in Machias.

The event will also be a venue for members to showcase their food specialties at the dinner buffet. More than 200 people attended last year’s event and tickets for this year’s festivities are $25 per person and may be purchased at the chamber office at 11 Main Street.

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