Hunger pains increase as needs mount

by Ruth Leunecker

Partnering to end hunger has always been the standard mode of operation in Maine. But in these days of COVID-19, distribution has become as vital an operation as the partnerships.

Food banks, food pantries and meal sites have gone into overdrive, daily meeting more obstacles and varied challenges. At the same time, they are uniquely positioned to distribute tens of millions of pounds of food. But in these months of 2020 fewer people have the money for gas or the jobs they desperately need. The impact has encroached on the wellbeing of many families.

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Firefighters say ‘thank you’ for cancer prevention gear

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After two years of fundraising, area fire departments can now safely remove carcinogens from their turnout gear using a new industrial-grade washing machine and dryer. Marshfield Fire Chief Daniel Bowker said he washed three sets of gear last week and the results were astounding.

“The water that came out of the extractor...was horrendously black, it was some of the dirtiest water I think I’ve ever seen,” said Bowker.

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Machias talks traffic stops, sidewalks, and COVID-19

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A stop sign proposal drew a chilly reception from the Machias Board of Selectmen, who discussed the matter at their bi-monthly meeting held online Wednesday, May 13.

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Jonesport news: nuisance bear, speed trailer, library curbside service, sidewalk cleanup

by Nancy Beal

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City council says, ‘Calais is open for business’

by Jayna Smith

The Calais City Council voted last Thursday to declare all businesses can open as they so choose, citing the City cannot tell a person how to make a living. The decision comes despite statewide restrictions still in place by Gov. Janet Mills due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Scrubs Softball: nothing like it

by Wayne Smith

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Marc Michaud receives Maine Principals’ Association Award

Machias Memorial High School Principal Brian Leavitt has announced that Marc Michaud will receive the Class of 2020 MPA Principals’ Award.  The honor includes a $2,000 MELMAC Scholarship to be awarded in the second semester of college.    

“Since coming to Machias Memorial High School, Marc has been a top academic student and an asset to his school community” states Leavitt.  “In addition, he has a great personality, high level of personal character, and passion for science and visual arts.  I’m very proud of Marc and all he has accomplished.”

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The Nature of Phenology: Rhodora

by Hazel Stark

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101st Air Refueling flyover to honor Machias frontline personnel May 14

 Officials with the 101st Air Refueling Wing announced today the rescheduling of the second half of Maine's Operation American Resolve flyover for Thursday, May 14. The event, which began with a flyover route on May 12, is being conducted as a salute to all of Maine's front line healthcare workers and essential personnel across the state.

The flyovers are intended to lift morale in cities across America due to the severe health and economic impacts that have resulted from the coronavirus.

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Father and son team up at Wayne’s Barber Shop

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When the state said barbershops could reopen May 1, Wayne Wood expected some pent-up demand for haircuts. He left for work at 5:30 a.m. that day, and found one customer sleeping in the parking lot so they could be first in line.

“Had I thought sooner I would have opened at midnight,” said Wood, who shut the doors on Wayne’s Barber Shop in early March, ahead of state-imposed closures.

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