UMM Professor H. Lori Schnieders recognized with three awards in 2022

H. Lori Schnieders of East Machias, an associate professor at the University of Maine at Machias, has been recognized with three awards this spring for excellence in academics. 

In April, Schnieders received the Frederic A. Reynolds Faculty Award, which is presented annually to a faculty member who exemplifies commitment and dedication to UMaine Machias students. She also was awarded a Trustee Professorship for the academic year 2022–23, presented to a faculty member in the University of Maine System who has made noteworthy contributions to academic excellence on their campus. 

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Refusing to be Buffaloed

by Jonathan Reisman

 

When the news came in Sunday afternoon about the mass shooting in Buffalo, I had a sinking feeling. First, because I have a deep familiarity and connection with Buffalo, and second because I am all too familiar with how the left and their media cheerleaders use tragedy to attack their enemies and increase their power. Democratic politicians and the media confirmed my fears before night fell Sunday.

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Jonesport’s Flotsam & Jetsam offers unique gifts

by Nancy Beal

Serita and Chet Childs’ quest for living quarters in downtown Jonesport for a family member expanded last summer to include a tiny but tasteful gift shop they style “Flotsam & Jetsam.” As its name would suggest, the one-room enterprise, located two doors east of True Value Hardware, offers a variety of wares with a nautical theme.

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The Nature of Phenology: Groundnuts

by Joseph Horn

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Family teams keep Machias ambulance one step ahead of critical staff shortage

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

If there’s one thing emergency medical workers want you to know, it’s that Washington County is dangerously close to the day when someone calls for an ambulance, and an ambulance does not come. 

“There’s not an ambulance service in Washington County that isn’t short-staffed,” says Machias paramedic Sally Taylor, who has served in Machias for 18 years. “Just because Machias keeps it covered 24/7 doesn’t mean we’re not struggling.”

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bluShift still on hunt for Downeast site

by Nancy Beal

Having been rejected in Jonesport by moratorium and unfavorable polling, the Brunswick-based start-up aerospace company bluShift entered talks with officials in Steuben. 

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Machias receives almost a million 'clams' for wastewater-treatment completion

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen last week announced Machias now has the money required to move forward with repairs to its wastewater treatment facility, thanks to an $893,589 grant from the American Rescue Plan Act. 

Plans to complete the Machias sewer system repairs were fully funded and ready to progress before the pandemic halted everything in 2020. This year, price hikes put the $2 million project roughly $600,000 over its previous estimate, leaving the town short of funds, until last week.

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Fiddleheads, a Maine delicacy, in season now

by Jayna Smith

Fiddleheads are a springtime delicacy across Maine and New Brunswick, and in the Downeast area, are ready to be harvested.

The ostrich fern fiddleheads can be identified by the brown, papery scale-like covering on the uncoiled fern.  Because they are perennial, they come back year after year, and according to University of Maine Cooperative Extension, nearly all ferns have fiddleheads, but not all fiddleheads are edible. 

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New state law will ban some composts due to PFAS

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A new Maine law will, effective July 24, ban the spreading of municipal sewer sludge and the production of PFAS-containing sludge-derived materials, including many commercial compost mixes which contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively known as PFAS.

Locally, the only commercial compost known to be made with sludge-derived materials is sold by the company Mark Wright in Columbia under the name Mark’s Mix. Mark Wright is, as of 2021, owned by Casella Waste Systems.

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J-BHS budget passed; more policies under consideration

by Nancy Beal

In less than 45 minutes on May 11 and with little discussion, 16 citizens from the Moosabec towns of Beals and Jonesport, nearly half of them school affiliated, approved a budget of $1,781,070 for their combined high school for the 2022-2023 school year. The total amount will be reduced to $882,371 after a state subsidy of $342,546, and miscellaneous revenues of $551,153 are subtracted. Beals will pay 26.1 percent of that amount ($231,487), and Jonesport 73.9 percent ($655,884).

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