Got radon? Experts share why it’s important to find out

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

What’s invisible, odorless, and a leading cause of lung cancer? You guessed it — radon, a radioactive gas that seeps out of bedrock, entering buildings through basements or even slab foundations.

“Some of the highest readings I’ve gotten are homes that are on slabs,” says Alan Gardner, owner of Tri County Radon in Machiasport, which offers air and water radon testing services for homes, businesses, and schools.

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Jonesport voters, Beals selectwomen back gun rights resolution at meeting

by Nancy Beal

In recent months, there has been an apparent statewide effort on the part of people promoting the right to bear arms to convince towns to sign on to their cause. To that end, members of the group have approached officials in small towns urging them to sign a resolution supporting the gun rights described in the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Their canvassing included Beals and Jonesport.

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Mills reveals broadband blueprint for ambitious future

by Ruth Leubecker

Still encumbered by lack of funding and fiberoptic detail, high-speed Internet in rural Maine has struggled in realizing a major step toward modern-day connectivity.

“High-speed Internet today is as fundamental as electricity, heat and water,” declared Governor Janet Mills in last Monday’s press conference, announcing a major breakthrough in the process.

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Machias CDBG grant hearing well attended

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

More than 25 people turned out Thursday, April 29, to learn about a new Machias business requesting the town’s support for $180,000 in grant funding.

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Machias board talks proposed Elm Street bypass corridor

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Preliminary work is being done to create a corridor of land that could one day let trucks bypass the residential side of Elm Street, instead traveling directly from Route 1 to Stackpole Road in Machias.

Tractor-trailers are a regular — and often unwelcome —  presence on Elm Street as some travel to the Maine Wild factory and others to Machiasport seafood companies. The proposed bypass would allow the trucks to circumvent the tightest curves of Elm Street, near the Machias Valley Grange Hall.

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Arise Addiction Recovery donor contributes new ride

Arise Addiction Recovery in Machias is now traveling in comfort thanks to the generous donation of an anonymous supporter, who gifted the faith-based recovery center this 15 passenger Ford Transit van.

“We needed an upgrade, we had a 2007 Chevy Express that was uninspectable,” said program director Paul Trovarello.

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Jonesporters raise $727,113 in annual town meeting

by Nancy Beal

Approximately 60 Jonesporters turned out for their annual town meeting April 26 in a high school gymnasium converted to COVID-compliant conditions: chairs spaced six feet apart (except for family groups), abundant hand sanitizer and an announcement from the podium that anyone without a mask should leave or take responsibility for causing the meeting to be canceled. There were no challenges to the directive and the afternoon meeting proceeded for two-and-a-half hours.

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Time for a summertime dream

by Jonathan Reisman

 

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The Nature of Phenology: Wild strawberry flowers

by Hazel Stark

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Cases climbing as clinics decrease

by Ruth Leubecker

More people are getting vaccinated every day, and at an accelerating pace, according to national CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. But not, however, in eastern Washington County, Maine.

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