Housing shortages plague market

by Ruth Leubecker

Pre-pandemic, Maine lacked thousands of affordable housing units, a situation that has been exacerbated by out-of-staters flocking eastward to buy above the asking price.

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Lobster and shellfish harvesters sought for survey

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Local lobster fishermen and other shellfish harvesters are asked to respond to a 20-minute survey that will help researchers better understand work-related health problems and possible barriers to accessing healthcare.

Project coordinator Dr. Tora Johnson of the University of Maine at Machias says her team is using the survey to understand harvester health risks and their experiences of on-the-job injuries.

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Machias talks bids, new PD, and new town manager

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

To open last week’s meeting, the Machias Board of Selectmen opened more than a dozen envelopes which held bid responses for the town’s fuel oil, propane gas, and winter sand.

“It’s that time of year,” said Interim town manager Bill Kitchen.

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Moosabec school boards meet, review/approve teachers, coaches; seek special law to affirm cost-sharing formula

by Nancy Beal

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A Hairy Situation

by Jonathan Reisman

 

In the late 1960s my father took me to Broadway to see Hair. I still remember some of the lyrics from the title song:

 

She asks me why I'm just a hairy guy

I'm hairy, noon and night, hair, that's a fright

I'm hairy, high and low, don't ask me why, don't know

It's not for lack of bread like the Grateful Dead, darlin'

 

Give me head with hair, long beautiful hair

Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen

Give me down to there hair, shoulder length or longer

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Two-way memorial auction of Weber’s works Sept. 19

The Eastport Arts Center proudly announces the Joyce Weber Memorial Auction. The hybrid event, which has both online and in-person components, will also serve as a space to memorialize Weber, one of Eastport’s most influential and treasured artists. Over two dozen works bequeathed to the Center will be on the auction block. Bidding will begin online on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m., to be followed later that day by an in-person event from 5-7 p.m. at Eastport Arts Center with live music, tributes to Joyce, and light refreshments. Bidding will close both online and in-person at 6:30 p.m.

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The Nature of Phenology: Shamrock orb weavers

by Hazel Stark

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Local animal shelter receives generous grant support for Ark Alley Cats program

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A $40,000 grant will help the Ark Animal Shelter increase its shelter capacity, while reducing the number of unwanted cats through a trap-neuter-release program. The grant comes through from the Elmina B. Sewall’s animal welfare fund.

“We are so grateful to have the funding,” said Ark Director Shaina Mugford.

Half of the grant will go toward the construction of a new dog shelter, something the Cherryfield-based nonprofit has been working toward for six years.

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The DA ‘done deal’ that came undone

by Ruth Leubecker

With a growing workload and backed up court logs, sharing one district attorney has become a grueling grind for Washington and Hancock Counties.

However, this past 130th legislative session had every reason to believe that LD 272, by establishing two separate prosecutorial districts, finally had solved this longtime festering situation. But after the final gavel sounded, an eleventh-hour mystery that no one wants to talk about had happened.

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Library craft fair and book sale, Machias Fiber Festival fill Sept. 11

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The 3rd Annual Machias Fiber Festival will draw gift shoppers, knitters, crocheters, spinners, and weavers to Machias on Saturday, Sept. 11. Rhonda Craven says she and her fellow organizers decided to keep this year’s event more “low key” by hosting it for only one day, but that day will be packed with fun, including a historical textile display, raffles, food, and, of course, shopping. 

“Next year we’ll probably go back to two days, Saturday and Sunday,” says Craven. “We’ll see how it goes.”

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