Machias town manager resigns

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien will resign her position effective June 30, according to a letter she submitted to the board of selectmen Wednesday, March 9.

Therrien emailed the letter to board chairman Joshua Rolfe during the “other business” portion of the board’s bi-monthly meeting, which fell earlier than usual in the evening due to a planned adult-use marijuana workshop session.

With Therrien’s permission, Rolfe read the resignation aloud.

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Coronavirus response grants create breaks for small business

by Ruth Leubecker

More opportunities for Maine farmers are on the horizon, with agricultural grants also creating greater availability of single business development.

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Local marijuana shops fear industry damage from proposed new rules

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A state public hearing set for March 22 will take feedback on proposed changes to Maine’s medical marijuana program, changes local businesses believe will put them at a competitive disadvantage, especially against large corporations.

“They’re going to shut down the small businesses in Maine,” says David Finlay, owner of Indian Trail Farms in Machias, who is not alone in his frustration. Last week, several dozen people marched outside the Augusta Civic Center to protest the proposed changes.

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Marina floats an issue at upcoming Beals town meeting

by Nancy Beal

Replacing aging floats at the Beals town landing in the Alleys Bay District of town will be a major topic at the annual town meeting this year. The Beals select board—Paula McCormack, Agnes Smith, and Sandra Woodward — has scheduled the session for 6 p.m., Monday, March 29 in the elementary school gymnasium. The meeting will be in-person only with seating in socially distanced chairs six feet apart.

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Family affected by vaccine legislation begins charter school

by Praise Moore

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DECH receives the 2021 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s best hospitals for emergency care

Down East Community Hospital (DECH) has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.  The award signifies that DECH is in the top 5% of 4,542 U.S. hospitals offering emergency care services.

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The man (in the horsey mask) who knew too much: remembering Stephen Copel

by Alan Kryszak

You don’t ask inventive artist/musicians like Stephen Copel why his dog pictures are in classic artistic settings, or why he wears a horsey mask on shopping day. You don’t ask Little Seavey Lake’s master guitarist and troubadour with way too many stories why his voice sounds like it floated off of a 1970s blues album and his guitar sounds like the lost Allman brother.

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A shot in the arm for the Ides of March

by Jonathan Reisman

 

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The Nature of Phenology: Silver maples flowering

by Joseph Horn

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At meeting, Machias town manager submits resignation letter 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien will resign her position effective June 30, according to a letter she submitted to the board of selectmen Wednesday, March 10.

Therrien emailed the letter to board chairman Joshua Rolfe during the “other business” portion of the board’s bi-monthly meeting, which fell earlier than usual in the evening due to a planned adult-use marijuana workshop session.

With Therrien’s permission, Rolfe read the resignation aloud.

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