Next Step Domestic Violence Project adapting new ways to help amid pandemic

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Calls to Maine domestic violence hotlines went up 20 percent between April and June, a number only slightly more worrisome than what happened in March, when they went down.

“It was so quiet it was eerie,” said Dorathy Martel, executive director of the Next Step Domestic Violence Project. “I think it's because people hadn’t worked out how to reach out when the person abusing them was at home.”

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Runners get ready for 2020 Bad Little Trail Run

by Natalie Boomer

The second annual 2020 Bad Little Trail Run is set to take place on Sunday, October 4.

The Downeast Coastal Conservancy and the Bold Coast Runners will be hosting these 2.5 and seven-mile races through the Machias River Preserve. Racers will run the Sunrise Trail and cross the Machias River on the Old Railroad Bridge, beginning and ending in Whitneyville.

The Passamaquoddy meaning for Machias is bad little falls in reference to the falls on the Machias River which gives this race its name.  

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Navy to test wells near Cutler for toxic PFAS chemicals

The Navy is seeking to sample private drinking water wells in a designated sampling area near the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Cutler Fire Station, Cutler, Maine. These free tests are to determine whether certain chemicals (commonly and collectively referred to as PFAS) used by the Navy in its activities at NSA Cutler Fire Station may have migrated through groundwater to private drinking water wells at levels greater than U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) health advisory levels.

COVID-19 concerns

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Porter library opens The Last Page Honesty Bookstore

Everyone has a story about doing the COVID pivot. Highly improvisational, the COVID pivot is fueled by equal parts desperation and hope, thrown together with anything from a sledgehammer to a feather duster. The purpose of the “pivot” is to solve a problem you didn’t have prior to the pandemic.

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Machias voters go to polls and town meeting

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Twenty-three Machias voters took their carefully spaced seats at the Machias town meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 2. Normally held in June, the municipal elections, school budget referendum, and town meeting were all delayed due to the coronavirus lockdowns.

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The Nature of Phenology: Toads burrowing

by Joseph Horn

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Acadia National Cemetery dedicated in reverential weekend ceremony

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Heavy rains held off just long enough to allow a solemn ceremony dedicating Acadia National Cemetery, which took place on Saturday, Aug. 30. In keeping with coronavirus restrictions, a small group was invited to hear remarks from Sen. Susan Collins, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves, and Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie. Music was provided by Maine National Guard’s 195th Army Band.

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Lobster campaign tills new ground in marketing strategy

by Ruth Leubecker

As two of its largest markets struggle mightily, the lobster industry is striking new inroads to broaden its consumer base.

With restaurants running at reduced capacity and cruise ships shut down, lobster processors are campaigning to attract markets closer to home -- and that would be home cooks.

“With the pandemic, everyone’s already cooking at home,” says Marianne LaCroix, executive director of the Maine Lobster awe want them to be cooking lobster.”

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Ark Animal Shelter celebrates pups with Fall ‘20 Dog Day

by Natalie Boomer

The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield will be hosting its annual Fall ‘20 Dog Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.

“The event is completely by donation, and they are highly appreciated. This event is for everyone including people with no pets, looking to adopt, as well as owners with well-behaved furbabies. This will be an outside event on a huge piece of land so furbabies can roam free, unleashed if well-behaved,” said Vanessa Coolen of the Ark Animal Shelter. “All proceeds benefit the Ark Animal Shelter!”

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Machias selectboard news: executive sessions ongoing, town manager on personal leave

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Board of Selectmen stayed in executive session for over 90 minutes Monday morning in a meeting attended by the full, five-person selectboard and town attorney Sarah Newell of Eaton Peabody.

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