The Nature of Phenology: Kingfishers returning

by Joseph Horn

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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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DOT seeks public feedback on Machias dike alternatives

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Fourteen options for repairing the Machias dike bridge, ranging from small changes to full removal of the causeway, are outlined in an online public hearing available until April 30.

The Machias dike bridge carries Route 1 and the Downeast Sunrise Trail over the confluence of the Middle and Machias rivers. A causeway has spanned the 1,000-foot gap since 1868, but the current structure was built of timber cribbing, rubble, and dirt in 1930, then widened in 1944.

On average, 8,600 vehicles cross the dike every day.

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Lack of high-speed Internet unyielding in holding back Maine

by Ruth Leubecker

Fifteen years ago, John Baldacci was governor and the Dirigo health plan was struggling with spiraling costs. But the hot-button issue was high-speed Internet.

All these years later, a new governor deals with issues never dreamed of back then and health costs are still scaling new heights. But the hot-button issue is still high-speed Internet.

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Grow your own garden with help from WHRL and CCC

by Natalie Boomer

Community Caring Collaborative (CCC) and Women for Healthy Rural Living (WHRL) have combined their resources to create a project to help Washington County families with children start their very own gardens.

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Crumbs in Calais set to reopen this week

by Jayna Smith

The popular eatery Crumbs is set to reopen at a new location, with a new look, and with a slight change to its name. Crumbs Cafe & Bake Shoppe is now officially Crumbs Cafe & Coffee Bar and has moved to the other end of downtown, to 405 Main Street, right across from the triangle park. The cafe will reopen at 7 a.m. on Thursday, April 1.

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Pratt donation to annual Cobscook Bay races benefits Down East Hospice

by Jayna Smith

Last week, Ian Pratt, of Pratt Family Dealership, presented a $500 donation to Barbara Barnett, Director of Volunteer Services at Down East Hospice Volunteers (DEHV).  The donation is for sponsorship of the Cobscook Bay Races - Challenge 2021.

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Filibusters and April Fool’s folly

by Jonathan Reisman


Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely”- Lord Acton

Power is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac”- Henry Kissinger

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‘Entangled’ right whale movie screenings available now

Porter Memorial Library in Machias will offer discounted online viewings of a new film, Entangled, which chronicles efforts to protect North Atlantic right whales from extinction, the impacts of those efforts on the lobster industry, and how the National Marine Fisheries Service has struggled to balance the vying interests.

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Scholarships Available for Washington County Students

Applications are currently being accepted for four Maine Community Foundation scholarships that support Washington County students.

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