Pioneering ‘home run’ network takes giant step Downeast

by Ruth Leubecker

“We believe this network model could be a blueprint for fiber networks across Maine,” says Dan Sullivan of his brainchild, Downeast Broadband Utility. “The state of broadband in Maine has been horrible for 20 years. Now we’ve turned a little bit of a corner.”

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First National Bank supports entrepreneurship center

First National Bank recently announced a $15,000 contribution to the Sunrise County Economic Council towards the future Machias Valley Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Located at 19 Main St. in Machias, the Machias Valley Center for Entrepreneurship will be a hub of vibrant networking, training, events and partnerships for entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout Washington County. 

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Afghanistan and the southern border: Incompetence, malevolence, or both?

by Jonathan Reisman

 

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Roque Bluffs Gallery art show Sept. 4

The Roque Bluffs Art Gallery and Learning Center so far is having a banner year. With two successful art show under their belt, they are going for a third Saturday, Sept. 4.  Each show has a theme with the next showing being ‘Flowers and Scenery’ to take advantage of the beautiful landscape of the local area.  

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The Nature of Phenology: Giant puffballs

by Joseph Horn

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Town, local groups envision dike replacement possibility

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

How to repair the Machias dike has been under discussion for more than 10 years, but the need to repair it is becoming more urgent. The dike apparatus — four box culverts built with wooden cribbing — is rapidly decaying, made worse by recent storm surge and heavy rainfall events. The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) ranks the dike culverts’ condition 4 on a scale of 0 to 9, citing large cracks, and loss of mortar.

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Washington County lagging in statewide broadband upswing

by Ruth Leubecker

Rooted in community engagement, many towns and counties are responding to the availability of strengthened broadband … but not Washington County.

Having a plan in place expressing and explaining a community’s need for improved broadband provides a legup on enhanced connectivity. 

“But it’s not a requirement,” explains Peggy Schaffer, executive director of ConnectME. “We’ve been engaged with over 200 towns. We’ve funded some of them. And some of them have been funded by their counties.”

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Health care workers fear reduced services due to state vaccine mandate, host rally in Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A demonstration in support of Washington County health care workers affected by the state COVID-19 vaccine mandate drew more than 125 people to the Machias boat landing on Saturday, Aug. 21. 

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Masks to be optional in Moosabec area schools

by Nancy Beal

It took the Moosabec area joint school committee 22 minutes to dispense with the issue of mask-wearing in their three schools August 17. Before an audience of approximately 30 interested citizens—more than the usual turnout for budget votes—the Moosabec CSD/Union 103 board voted unanimously to make the wearing of masks optional in Beals Elementary, Jonesport Elementary, and Jonesport-Beals High School.

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No apologies, no regrets

by Jonathan Reisman

 

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