Bodman family donates piano to Washington Academy

This is the season of giving, so it is fitting that on Friday, December 4, a beautiful Yamaha piano was delivered to Washington Academy’s Talbot Dormitory common area. The piano belonged to Mrs. Gloria Bodman, a dedicated musician, who taught music in the Machias area for decades. Mrs. Bodman recently relocated to Arizona. Her daughter, Lynn, grew up playing the piano and is ecstatic to know it is at Washington Academy (WA) and being appreciated by young musicians.

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Parade organizers determined to bring Christmas fun to area children Dec. 10

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A weekend of torrential rain and wind canceled last Saturday’s Machias Parade of Lights, but its organizers are not quick to accept defeat. Instead, they have turned on a dime to plan a drive-through parade and toy giveaway for Thursday, Dec. 10.

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Respected faculty members retire from Washington Academy

The impressive careers of four recently retired WA faculty members, James and Joanne Ausprey, Donald Sprangers and Cathy Johnson collectively represent 124 years of education; years that represent more than half of the impressive 228 years that Washington Academy has been in existence.

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Delegation requests racism investigation; WA responds to ‘petition for positive change’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Five members of the Washington County legislative delegation have requested an independent investigation into allegations of racism at Washington Academy (WA), citing a report of racial verbal attacks and threats toward minorities, including a noose left in one teacher’s classroom.

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WA announces hybrid school reopening plan

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Washington Academy has issued its “Safe Return to School” plan which will offer students a hybrid education model beginning Sept. 8.

In July, Maine Department of Education advised schools to prepare green, yellow, and red plans, each to be enacted according to COVID-19 activity in their region. DOE Commissioner Pender Makin on July 31 announced that all Maine counties are currently classified green. Those classifications will be updated every two weeks.

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WA wins Tammaro Memorial Baseball Tourney

by Chris Johnson

The annual Tony Tammaro Memorial Baseball Tournament was held in Calais over the weekend of Aug. 1 and 2. Although handshakes and high fives were limited, good baseball was played by a bunch of good guys and a girl.

Game one featured the premiere of a new team to the tournament from Cutler. Managed by old Quoddy Leaguers Bill Corbett and Stevie Cates, the Cutler team was able to out-pitch the team organized by Joe Barnes and managed by Ryan Lincoln. The final score was 5-1.

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East Machias talks alewives, new school bus

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

During their second meeting live-streamed on Facebook, the East Machias Board of Selectmen addressed two important issues. The May 7 meeting was attended by selectboard chairman Bucket Davis and selectman Will Tuell. Selectman Dale Richardson was not in attendance.

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In changing times, East Machias selectboard broadcasts meeting online

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Video can be watched here: https://www.facebook.com/eastmachias/videos/747019195704104/

The East Machias Board of Selectmen held a meeting on Thursday, March 26 and streamed the proceeding so that residents could watch from a safe distance. The state has prohibited all gatherings of 10 or more people and strongly urged everyone to avoid non-essential gatherings of any size to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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East Machias canoe sled a work of art

Hunter Bishop, a 10-year-old who lives in East Machias and attends Elm Street School, recently collaborated with his dad to create a “sled” for a downhill race that was planned as part of the Winter Festival in Machias. Cardboard and duct tape were the approved materials, with design and decoration left up to the builders.  A photo of a canoe seen on a postcard at the Wabanaki Cultural Center in Calais was Hunter’s inspiration.

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Washington County Coronavirus updates

The Machias Valley News Observer will be regularly updating this page with information relating to coronavirus in Washington County, including closures, cancellations, and postponements. If you have any updates to include here, please email them to [email protected].

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