The Nature of Phenology: Hawthorn blossoms

by Joseph Horn

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MSB investment brings ‘world class’ internet to downtown Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Downtown Machias will soon have access to fiber optic high-speed internet thanks to a partnership between two mainstay Main Street businesses.

Machias Savings Bank (MSB) has paid for the installation of fiber optic cable which will allow many downtown businesses and residents to tie into the fastest available internet in the nation, with symmetrical upload and download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. The network will be built and managed by Axiom Technologies, a Machias-based internet service provider.

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Hunger pains increase as needs mount

by Ruth Leunecker

Partnering to end hunger has always been the standard mode of operation in Maine. But in these days of COVID-19, distribution has become as vital an operation as the partnerships.

Food banks, food pantries and meal sites have gone into overdrive, daily meeting more obstacles and varied challenges. At the same time, they are uniquely positioned to distribute tens of millions of pounds of food. But in these months of 2020 fewer people have the money for gas or the jobs they desperately need. The impact has encroached on the wellbeing of many families.

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Firefighters say ‘thank you’ for cancer prevention gear

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After two years of fundraising, area fire departments can now safely remove carcinogens from their turnout gear using a new industrial-grade washing machine and dryer. Marshfield Fire Chief Daniel Bowker said he washed three sets of gear last week and the results were astounding.

“The water that came out of the extractor...was horrendously black, it was some of the dirtiest water I think I’ve ever seen,” said Bowker.

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Machias talks traffic stops, sidewalks, and COVID-19

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A stop sign proposal drew a chilly reception from the Machias Board of Selectmen, who discussed the matter at their bi-monthly meeting held online Wednesday, May 13.

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Jonesport news: nuisance bear, speed trailer, library curbside service, sidewalk cleanup

by Nancy Beal

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City council says, ‘Calais is open for business’

by Jayna Smith

The Calais City Council voted last Thursday to declare all businesses can open as they so choose, citing the City cannot tell a person how to make a living. The decision comes despite statewide restrictions still in place by Gov. Janet Mills due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Scrubs Softball: nothing like it

by Wayne Smith

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Marc Michaud receives Maine Principals’ Association Award

Machias Memorial High School Principal Brian Leavitt has announced that Marc Michaud will receive the Class of 2020 MPA Principals’ Award.  The honor includes a $2,000 MELMAC Scholarship to be awarded in the second semester of college.    

“Since coming to Machias Memorial High School, Marc has been a top academic student and an asset to his school community” states Leavitt.  “In addition, he has a great personality, high level of personal character, and passion for science and visual arts.  I’m very proud of Marc and all he has accomplished.”

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The Nature of Phenology: Rhodora

by Hazel Stark

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