Machias PD Hires Retired Baltimore Officer, Detective Jim Frauenhoffer

By Paul Sylvain

The Machias selectboard, on May 22, authorized Police Chief Keith Mercier to hire Cutler resident Jim Frauenhoffer as a full-time patrol officer.

Frauenhoffer is a 27-year veteran police officer and detective who retired from the Baltimore Police Department. Mercier told the board that Frauenhoffer moved Downeast around three years ago and only recently began working as a corrections officer at the county jail for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

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Machias Moving Toward September Annual Town Meeting, Municipal Elections

By Paul Sylvain

Machias residents can expect to elect town officials and act on a 2024-‘25 budget warrant at the annual town meeting sometime in September.

That’s according to Town Manager Bill Kitchen, following a special town meeting on May 20, at which a handful of residents authorized town officials to spend an amount “not to exceed” up to three months of the budget approved last year for the current fiscal year. The current fiscal year began on July 1, 2023, and ends on June 30.

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Students Play and Learn about Maine

By Jacquie Leighton

On May 13 and again on May 17, students from two local elementary schools in SAD 37 visited the Milbridge Theater & Community Arts Center (MTCAC) for a Maine-themed game and a visit from a local celebrity, a teacher who taught Maine and United States History for more than forty years. 

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Machias Voters Pass Combined Adult-Use, Medical Cannabis Ordinance at Sparsely-Attended Special Town Meeting

By Paul Sylvain

Medical cannabis shop owners, who last year lobbied Town Manager Bill Kitchen and the Machias selectboard to expand the town’s medical cannabis ordinance to include adult-use, recreational cannabis storefronts, got their wish May 20, when a handful of Machias residents voted 8-0 to adopt an all-inclusive cannabis ordinance

The ordinance went into effect immediately upon passage by residents.

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Colby Moholland Blasts WA Raiders Past Bucksport

By Will Tuell

In the 150 years since Charley Jones thumped two homers in the same inning for the long-defunct Boston Red Stockings, 61 Major League Baseball players have achieved the same feat. Last week, Washington Academy first baseman Colby Moholland ripped a pair of fourth inning home runs to put the high-flying Raiders squarely in the driver’s seat against the Golden Bucks of Bucksport. 

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Downeasters Ready for Memorial Day Ceremonies

By Will Tuell

As May draws to a close, many Downeast communities and veterans’ organizations are planning to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country. From the shores of Lubec to the barrens of Western Washington County -- and beyond -- there will be many ceremonies, parades, and commemorations throughout the weekend. While this is far from an exhaustive list, we have done our best to offer our readers the most complete schedule possible, and hope that you will make time this weekend to pay your respects to our fallen heroes. 

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Washington County’s Newest Officers Welcomed with Pomp, Pageantry

By Will Tuell

Blue skies and a warm breeze greeted the 68 cadets -- soon to be law enforcement officers -- graduating from Maine’s Criminal Justice Academy on May 17. The graduates, with throngs of family and friends watching on, began their journey eighteen weeks ago in the dead of winter, leaving loved ones behind as they went through a rigorous training program designed to initiate them into the ranks of Maine’s law enforcement community. 

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Fort O’Brien Students Release Atlantic Salmon in the East Machias River

By Paul Sylvain

If this story sounds a little “fishy” to you, it’s with good reason. On May 14, students in Tom Manship’s science and math class at Fort O’Brien School in Machiasport released 188 young, two-month-old Atlantic salmon into the East Machias River.

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Northfield Developer Planning 4-Unit Apartment Building in Machias

By Paul Sylvain

Northfield developer Justin King is eyeing a patch of land he owns on King Avenue in Machias to build a “Scandinavian-style” apartment building featuring four 800-square-foot, one-bedroom apartments.

A building permit application was presented to the town’s planning board in April but was denied. The permit was discussed again earlier this month and was granted conditionally over flood zone concerns, King said in an interview last week. King claims those concerns are non-existent in that elevated section of land off Court Street.

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Former Bad Little Brewing Company Location on the Auction Block

By Will Tuell

The former location of a once-promising Machias brewpub will be up for auction next month per a listing with Tranzon Auction Properties. Located at 101 Court Street in Machias, the Clark Perry House, which served as the home of the Bad Little Brewing Company from Jan. 31 to Dec. 22, 2022, will be auctioned off June 25 at 1 p.m. 

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