Maine Wild Blueberry Commission gets preliminary data in import probe

by Nancy Beal

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DECH vaccinates 73 at its first COVID-19 clinic for staff

On Monday, Dec. 21, Down East Community (DECH) received its first shipment of 200 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for staff and held its first clinic on Wednesday, December 23 where 73 staff were vaccinated.  The first group will be ready for its second dose of the vaccine on January 20, 2021.

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Down East Firearms raffles to support Trooper Andy Foss

by Natalie Boomer

A small, home-based firearms business located in Machias is hosting a benefit raffle for Maine State Trooper, Andy Foss.

Down East Firearms has donated a Palmetto State Armory AR 15 rifle to raffle off to members of the community.

The plan, donate the money raised to Foss and his family while he battles Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

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TiP partners struggle to answer unmet area needs

by Ruth Leubecker

Although more connections and services exist in Washington County than a few years ago for cancer patients, care is still plagued by reliable access to services for disadvantaged elders living in isolation.

Staffing shortages and diminished reimbursements have caused many long-term care facilities to shut down elsewhere in Maine, and others remain teetering on the brink of collapse. A crisis-level homeless epidemic, largely unpublicized, is now unrivaled since the Great Depression.

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Machias man builds models of West Quoddy Head and other lighthouses

by Natalie Boomer

A local man from Machias has started building custom miniature lighthouses for people near and far.

“My husband Ken makes them. He’s been doing it for 15 years now,” said Donna Pothier. “We moved up here 16 years ago from Boston. He lost one leg. He needed something to do so he came up with this idea. Started with small ones but then people started asking for one that fits over a well pipe and he designed one that does.”

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Two eastern Maine patriots

by Jonathan Reisman

 

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Dancing the night away at the Ramada

by Wayne Smith

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The Nature of Phenology: Minks

by Hazel Stark

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DOT reevaluates Machias dike replacement plan

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A state plan to repair and rebuild the Machias dike has gone back to the drawing board.

The state’s 2018 plan to rebuild the dike in its current form has been moved from the development phase back to the planning phase, according to a letter to Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien dated Dec. 9. In the letter, Maine Department of Transportation Planner Nate Howard cited concerns over adverse effects on critical Atlantic salmon habitat.

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The Christmas House of Hadley Lake Road

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Its snow-covered fields and forests make Hadley Lake Road especially picturesque this time of year, but that’s not the reason so many cars are there, slowly crawling along. During the month of December, Hadley Lake Road becomes the Christmas light epicenter of Washington County, thanks to the winter wonderland installed on Troy and Lynn Huffman’s front lawn.  

“If we were on Route 1 we’d probably have a traffic jam,” laughs Troy.

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