Town settled with former Machias dispatcher

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A settlement agreement between the town of Machias, Teamsters Union Local No. 340, and former Machias dispatcher Tyler Wagoner was reached in late September, according to legal documents obtained by this newspaper.

Those documents show the town of Machias paid Wagoner a total of $20,200 including a lump sum of $16,000, and the equivalent of 350 hours of sick leave, or $4,200. The documents offer no insight into the town’s rationale for the settlement.

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DECH bids Dr. Rathod a fond farewell

Down East Community Hospital bids a fond farewell to Urologist, Dr. Dhanvant Rathod, who gave 16 years of dedicated service to the hospital and the community.

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Earthquake rattles Robbinston and beyond

by Jayna Smith

On the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 9, social media reports from many in the area noted “rattles” and “rumbles.” According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 3 earthquake occurred around 7:30 a.m.  It had a depth of roughly 4.784 miles.

The epicenter of the quake was at Trimble Mountain, and its effects were felt as far away as Baileyville.  No damage was reported.

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The sadness of entropy

by Jonathan Reisman

 

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold - W.B. Yeats

Entropy is a concept from chemistry and physics that measures the state of disorder in a system. The second law of thermodynamics makes it clear that disorder in a system will increase over time without external intervention- or as more poetically put by poet William Butler Yeats, “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold”.

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Cobscook Institute plans online creative program

As we enter into the dark months of another Downeast winter, Cobscook Institute will build community and spark creativity through online community programming.

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Local student raises funds to raise spirits for NICU families

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Relief funds give greatly to feed Mainers

by Ruth Leubecker

Homelessness and hunger, tandem travelers in these times of COVID-19, are capturing the attention of many support groups and community partners.
Maine itself has invested $536,000 in virus relief funds for Meals on Wheels. The  number of such meals has more than doubled just from October to November, now having served 102,000 meals to 5,500 people.  

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Moosabec schools experiencing mixed attendance

by Nancy Beal

The three schools in Union 103 (Beals, Jonesport Elementary Schools and the joint high school) have been open for in-person learning since the Thanksgiving recess, but not all students’ families are sending them. The return to in-person attendance, decided by a joint committee composed of representatives from all facets of the schools, was prompted by reports from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention that schools are safer than the community in this COVID-19 world.

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Machias charity prepares to open Ugandan orphanage

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A charity formed by the faith of one Machias woman has fed dozens of Ugandan street orphans every night for the past eight years. In that time Little Hands of Hope has also provided those orphans with medical care, clothing, vocational training, constructed wells to provide the community with clean drinking water, and built a brand new orphanage, too.

Now founder and Director Kristen Johnson says years of working with local government regulations have led to her happiest announcement yet.  

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Moosabec schools mull expensive repairs

by Nancy Beal

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