Gerald L. Wood & Son build new home for oldest Machiasport business

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machiasport drivers this year watched construction progress on a massive 9,500 square-foot building at the corner of the Rim and Port Roads. What passersby may not know is that the town’s newest building will be home to Machiasport’s oldest family businesses, Gerald L. Wood & Son, a groundwork company.

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New school year brings new spirit, new programs to UMaine Machias

by Hailey Wood

School is back in session at the University of Maine at Machias. Students began moving back on campus August 26, in order to complete COVID testing before the start of classes on August 31. 

Since school began UMM has put on numerous events for students to participate in on campus like ice cream socials, bingo, dodgeball, and many others. Due to COVID measures, they have still been limited in what they can offer students. For the same reasons UMM is currently not offering events for community members to take part in. 

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Political action leads Hinerman to eye state office

by Ruth Leubecker

Melissa Hinerman has always prioritized when looking to the future.

After applying for Emerge Maine, she was set on a track to think even harder about how she could boost the betterment of Washington County, her forever home. “I applied to be in the class, and was accepted in January,” she explains. “We met monthly until June, when I graduated. I met some incredible women from all over the state.”

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Kids can ‘Fall into Fun’ activities at Middle River Park

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Gina Finn was inspired to create a family fall event after taking her children to a storybook walk at Downeast Coastal Convervancy’s Middle River Park in Machias. 

“I thought it was so wonderful!” said Finn, a local businesswoman who owns Machias River General Store. “I loved Middle River Park, and thought, what a cool thing to have right here in our town that everyone can enjoy. It gives people an extra reason to come in town, get outside and do something educational while still having fun!”

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Proposed bill would let voters approve new Machias dike

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Before a replacement can be chosen for the Machias dike, 10 state and federal agencies must sign off on its design. Now, Rep. Will Tuell (R-E. Machias) would like to add one more approval to the list — that of Machias and Marshfield voters.

“This would give everybody an opportunity to have their voices heard,” said Tuell, crediting local historian Valdine Atwood with the idea. “She mentioned it on one of my Facebook posts about the dike.”

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Impeach, impede and implode

by Jonathan Reisman

 

The first eight months of President Biden have brought a perfect storm of an open southern Border, Afghanistan ignominy, Covid surges and freedom killing mandates, race hustling and racism disguised as critical race theory and anti-racism, climate alarmism on steroids, surging inflation and the destruction of the principle of equal justice, as Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters and arsonists skate while January 6th “white supremacist insurrectionists“ have the book thrown at them.

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Calais Harvest Festival returns this Saturday with jam-packed schedule

by Jayna Smith

CDRC (Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition) has worked hard to bring a chock-filled schedule of events for this Saturday’s annual Harvest Festival.  Perhaps the biggest draws to the day will be the addition of the Touch-a-Truck event and the return of the community Harvest Dinner.

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Beals Elementary board votes for masks

by Nancy Beal

When the Moosabec CSD board that oversees Jonesport-Beals High School voted 5-4 to keep mask wearing voluntary in that school September 14, two of the three members from Beals, who independently govern Beals Elementary School, were among the four who opted for a return to mandatory indoor masking. A week later, meeting alone as the BES board to consider whether masks should be required in their elementary school, they voted 2-0, with one abstention, to require masks indoors.

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The Nature of Phenology: Mild coastal climate

by Joseph Horn

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Need internet around Machias? Here’s where the hotspots are

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Access to high-speed internet can be spotty in rural Washington County, but fortunately for anyone who needs to work from the road, there are a lot of free access points in downtown Machias. Among them are three public hotspots maintained by Axiom Technologies, including one attached to Station 1898 and sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.

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