Worcesters reveal plans to build world’s tallest flagpole in $1B ‘Flagpole of Freedom Park’  

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Worcester family has unveiled plans to fly the world’s largest American flag atop the world’s tallest flagpole at the center of a 2,500-acre park to be located in the town of Columbia Falls. Details about the project were publicly announced at a press conference held Tuesday at the Augusta Civic Center.

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News of Machias veterans home closure met with sadness, calls to action

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Leaked news that the Machias and Caribou Maine Veterans Homes will close was confirmed today, Thursday, Feb. 24, in an official release from Maine Veterans Homes. News of the closure was met with a wide range of emotions Downeast, including sadness, shock, outrage, and calls to action, especially from the Washington County Commissioners' office. 

Families and employees of the Machias home were informed in advance of the public release, which said the decision was made “after several years of consideration.”

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Lubec man makes initial appearance on murder charge

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Following extradition from Virginia where he was arrested Jan. 11, Paul DeForest of Lubec today made his initial court appearance via Zoom. DeForest is charged in the murder of 58-year-old Eva Cox, also of Lubec. Cox was found deceased in the locked trunk of a car.

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In our towns, Christmas means community

From the Desk of the Editor, Sarah Craighead Dedmon

My tall and skinny husband played the Machias town Santa Claus for two years, which is one way I know the amount of effort that goes into the Machias Community Christmas celebration. And I’m not even counting the work it took to make him look fat. 

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4th Machias murder suspect arrested today in Massachusetts

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Maine State Police today announced a fourth murder suspect has been arrested in connection with the Nov. 4 shooting of 17-year-old Brandin Guerrero, whose body was found on High Street in Machias.

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State police rule Machias death homicide

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating the death of a 17-year-old boy as a homicide, according to Lieutenant Darrin Crane, who led a press conference today, Nov. 5, on the steps of the Washington County Sheriff's Office on Court Street.

Because the victim is a juvenile, their name will not be released.

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Downeast first responders praised after ambulance mishap

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One of LifeFlight Maine’s three helicopters departed East Machias yesterday, Thursday, Oct. 21, after spending four days on the grounds of Washington Academy. LifeFlight helicopter N901EM was damaged in a minor mishap with a Machias ambulance early Monday morning when the emergency air transport service came to collect a patient after a serious car accident in Whiting.

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Machias hospital speaks to recent diversions: 'Ambulances are not turned away."

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Down East Community hospital today provided clarification on recent ambulance diversions from its Machias emergency department, which took place over the weekend and ended midday Monday. There is a lot of confusion around the diversion status, said the hospital.

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Machias votes 51-18 in favor of Bad Little Brewing

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias residents voted overwhelmingly to support a Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) application on behalf of Bad Little Brewing Company, a craft beer and farm-to-table restaurant soon to be located at 101 Court Street in the historic Clark Perry House. 

The dining and taproom will be located in the property’s barn, which could be moved to begin construction on a new foundation as early as next week.

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‘Not again!’ cries Ever Given captain, now lodged in Machias River

by Dewey Foolem

 The Machias Police Department is directing Route 1 traffic today, Thursday, April 1, due to the spectacle of a large container vessel lodged in the Machias River below Bad Little Falls. No one knows exactly when or how the Ever Given arrived in Washington County, apparently traveling downriver from the north. 

 “I thought I heard something go by last night,” said Michael Hoyt, speaking from his riverside camp in Centerville. “Usually the container ships make more noise.”

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