Enterprising Marshfield Man Builds His Own Adventure

By Will Tuell

Back in the 80s and 90s, school kids everywhere lived out their wildest dreams in the popular “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series designed to stimulate both a love of reading and some truly far-out adventures that gave young readers the power to make decisions over their fate. 

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CCH and DECH to Bring National Youth Speaker to Washington County Students

Calais Community Hospital and Down East Community Hospital are once again bringing in a national speaker for Washington County students.  Last fall, area high school students attended the presentations.

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Emergency Services, Water Quality Propel Machias Airport Expansion into Public Eye

By Will Tuell

A proposed expansion at the Machias Valley Airport has drawn concern from officials with the Machias Water Company who urged customers to contact the town’s five-member selectboard and Town Manager Bill Kitchen in a letter dated April 22. 

Machias Water Company President James Learned and General Manager Jesse Davis cite concerns by the Maine CDC over whether a proposed new runway intersecting the airport’s existing runway would be significantly closer to the town’s main water production well than the 2500 feet recommended. 

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Jonesport Selectmen Disagree with High School’s Auditor Change

By Nancy Beal 

Jonesport selectmen met for the first time since mid-March last week (Board chair Harry Fish had been on a trans-Atlantic cruise) and tackled an agenda with 11 items on it. The last of these, concerning the school board’s request for a new auditor for Jonesport-Beals High School, prompted most of the discussion. 

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Fight over Legal Lobster Size Heats Up

By Will Tuell

Maine’s commercial lobster fishermen certainly have had a lot on their plate for the past several years with federal regulators adopting or proposing stringent new gear requirements designed to protect North Atlantic Right Whales that may, or may not, be present in the Gulf of Maine; concern over the location and scale of floating offshore wind farms; and most recently, stock assessments that could trigger changes in the rules governing what constitutes a legal lobster. 

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Grocery Store In Cherryfield to be Sold

By Wayne Smith

C.H. Mathews Store in Cherryfield is in the process of being sold this month. The store has been in the Mathews family since its opening in 1891. It’s being sold by Bruce and Karen Mathews of Milbridge and bought by Ahmad Rehman of Augusta, Maine. Mathews talked with me about his memories of the oldest family-run store in Maine recently, and this is what he said in his own words.

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Harrington Family Health Center Hires New CEO

The Board of Directors at Harrington Family Health Center (HFHC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Demee Manchester to Chief Executive Officer.  For the past six months, Manchester served as the organization’s Interim CEO in addition to performing her duties as Chief Operating Officer. 

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Down East Hospice Volunteers Receive $4,000 Grant from Local Bank

Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County proudly accepts a grant award from Bangor Savings Bank through the “Community Matters More” program. We want to thank everyone who voted for DEHV along the way.

You can also apply for the June 2024 volunteer hospice training and join our team at www.downeasthospicevolunteers.org, [email protected], or 454-7521 ext. 9126.

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Polar Treat Celebrates 75 Years

The Polar Treat in Perry is ready for its 75th season.  

After John and Mary Macdonald operated the take-out restaurant for 50 years, Jack and Bernadette Maloney did another 19, and, now, in their sixth year, Judson and Michelle Curtis recently held a ribbon cutting to commemorate the milestone.

The Polar Treat has been recently renovated, with the building having been expanded and outdoor seating included. 

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Machiasport Congregational Church Hosting Free Community BBQ May 17

The First Congregational Church of Machiasport will serve a free community BBQ supper beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the church on Trafton’s Hill at 378 Port Road, in Machiasport. The menu includes ribs, brisket, burgers, hot dogs, macaroni and potato salads, mac and cheese, and a variety of desserts and soft drinks. 

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