Open Letter to Gov. Mills: Washington County Commissioners would like to open up the county as soon as possible

The Washington County Commissioners yesterday delivered a letter to Governor Janet Mills stating that rural Maine occupies a unique position relative to the coronavirus pandemic, and asking the governor to include the three most rural counties in conversations about how to reopen the state for business. 

The full text of the letter appears here:

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Destructive spring tide hits as Machias progresses on flood protection plan

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A spring tide and two-foot storm surge combined to flood downtown Machias on April 9, filling one business with more than five inches of water. The storm blew all day, but the worst damage came near midnight when the Machias River crested its banks. Business owner Joey Dennison described seeing the water roll down Route 1 from the Machias boat landing.

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Machias hospital COVID-19 task force tackles challenges head on

by Ruth Leubecker

Daily morning meetings, implementing visitor restrictions and working on department surge plans are all elements of Down East Community Hospital’s newest program for combating COVID-19 should its onslaught come to town.

“We’ve had the task force committee since early March,” says hospital CEO Steve Lail. “We go over supply issues, discuss questions and concerns, and the number of tests we’ve performed. So far we haven’t had a positive response.”

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2 local businesses partner to thrive during shutdown

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Whole Life Natural Market owner Jenny Spencer is reinventing her business on a near-daily basis. Like many small businesses impacted by the coronavirus shutdown, Spencer found herself suddenly juggling the demands of childcare, staffing concerns, and supply limitations while trying to keep her family, employees, and customers safe. As a food market, Whole Life is essential and could have stayed open. But in the era of social distancing, its tight physical quarters worried Spencer.

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Crisis moves local food and self-sufficiency into spotlight

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Grocery shortages and a sense of uncertainty have driven some to discover — or rediscover — local food and gardening. Jacob Berry of East Machias recently built 10 raised beds for local families who want to start gardens of their own this spring.  

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Plant peas near Patriots’ Day

by Russell Libby

If you want peas for the Fourth of July, it’s time to plant! Many Maine gardeners use Patriots' Day (April 19) as the traditional planting date. Peas are one of the first vegetables that can be planted in the spring because they grow well in cool soil.

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Fresh seafood curbside

by Wayne Smith

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Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout

 

It seems it does not want to warm up around here. One day without the wind would make it a lot warmer. I tried to rake some outside on Saturday and found it a bit chilly. I guess I was not moving fast enough to stay warm. My neighbor’s hens have been digging for ticks and worms and made a mess, so I figured I needed to clean it up. One load of raking was all about I could handle that day.

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Kimbley Marie Davis (Gray)

Kimbley Marie Davis (Gray)
July 6, 1973 -- April 10, 2020

 

On Friday, April 10, 2020, Kimbley Marie Davis, 46, passed away at her home in Addison. She was born July 6, 1973, in Machias, the daughter of Rose Denny and Bobby Gray of Jonesport.

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The Nature of Phenology: Coltsfoot

by Hazel Stark

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