Despite Disinterest, Weed Ordinance Consumes Machias Selectboard

By Paul Sylvain  

The Machias selectboard and Town Manager Bill Kitchen have spent the better part of 2023 first considering, then committing to drafting an all-encompassing medical and adult-use, recreational marijuana ordinance they hope to present to Machias voters sometime next spring. However, given the apparent lack of interest and limited participation, even from the owners and operators of the town’s existing medical marijuana storefronts, the effort begs the question, “Why?”

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Machias Teams Strike Gold Making 2023 a Banner Year for Downeast Sports

Guagus Wins First Volleyball Title, WA Record-Setting Win Streak Snapped

 

By Will Tuell

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Pratt Dealership’s Annual Donation-Match Campaign Raises Over $18,000 for Washington County Food Pantries

By Jayna Smith

In a great display of community spirit, the Pratt dealership in Calais recently concluded its annual donation-match campaign to support food pantries in Washington County.  Owner Ian Pratt, recognizing the increasing challenges faced by local food pantries, generously raised the stakes by offering to match all donations up to $10,000, a significant increase from last year's cap of $7,500.

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Charlotte Native Graduates from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy

by Mary McFadden

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Motorists Reminded of Move Over Law

By Jayna Smith

In light of last month’s storm, with more than 2,000 people -including 1,400 line and tree crews- on the job working to restore power, Maine State Police issued a reminder of Maine’s “Move Over” Law, urging motorists to exercise caution when encountering emergency vehicles or public service vehicles displaying flashing lights.  

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Holt Kicks off Arts Center’s Sunday Series

Eastport Arts Center’s “Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center” series begins on Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. with pianist Danny Holt. Holt’s program traces the history of the sonatina from the 18th through the 21st centuries, highlighting an eclectic array of composers, many of whom are unknown to even the most ardent classical music fans. 

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A Much-Needed, Long-Overdue Zoning Ordinance Haunted the Machias Planning Board in 2023

By Paul Sylvain

If 2023 proved one thing, it was the need for a long overdue zoning ordinance in Machias. Just ask Town Manager Bill Kitchen and every member of the town’s planning, appeals, and select boards, and you’ll get no argument. The question remains, however, what is being done about it?

As 2023 drew its final breath and 2024 began, town officials appeared more focused on crafting a new marijuana ordinance rather than addressing the real elephant in the room, zoning.

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Brackett Found Guilty, Co-Defendant Dana’s Case Ends in Mistrial in 2022 Murder of Kimberly Neptune

By Paul Sylvain

The trial of two people accused of murder in the brutal slaying of a 43-year-old Pleasant Point, Perry, woman on April 21, 2022, came to an abrupt and unexpected end Wednesday afternoon in a split verdict, leaving one person found guilty and the case against a co-defendant declared a mistrial.

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Jonesport Voters Approve Wind Farm Moratorium, Attend Comp Plan Hearing

By Nancy Beal

A committee of seven Jonesporters who had put in three years of work and spent $35,000 of town-appropriated funds to create a comprehensive plan for their town brought it before the inhabitants in a required public hearing on Dec.14. Selectman and committee member Harry Fish called it a “vision of what Jonesport’s looking to for the future.”

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Town Manager, Selectboard Address Claimed Weed Subcommittee Conflict of Interest

By Paul Sylvain

The Machias selectboard’s almost weekly workshop as the marijuana subcommittee opened on Dec. 20 with Town Manager Bill Kitchen addressing allegations of conflict of interest in the group’s membership.

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