Panthers, Blue Devils Prevail in Junior High Basketball East Region Final

By Will Tuell

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Size Matters: New Rules to Change How Lobstermen Measure Catch

Fishermen Skeptical of ‘Ropeless Gear’ Study at Zone A Council Meeting

By Will Tuell

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Proponents, Opponents Clash Over Eminent Domain at Tense Public Hearing Over Starboard Road

Town Attorney Claims DeFalcos, Aschettino ‘Offering Land They Do Not Own’

By Paul Sylvain

More than 100 of Machiasport’s estimated 1,000 citizens packed the Fort O’Brien School gymnasium on a bitterly cold evening on Feb. 5 for a tense and emotionally charged public hearing on eminent domain.

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High School Basketball Teams Vie for Top Honors in Playoff Action

By Phil Stuart

The 2024 high school basketball post-season is here, and it looks as though both teams from Jonesport-Beals, Machias, and Washington Academy will be in action.

The Washington Academy teams will both have to go through a preliminary round this week  in order to play at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Woodland girls, Calais boys, and Narraguagus boys will also be in the hunt.

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Merchant Family Grieves Loss of Son Cole in December Auto Wreck

By Wayne Smith

On Dec. 10, 2023, the Merchant family of Sullivan’s lives were changed forever when they lost their son, Cole, in a car accident in Steuben. Two months later, Cole’s mother, Holly Merchant, decided it was the right time to tell her story. Speaking with her on the phone last week, she never sugarcoated the emotions that she is dealing with from the loss of her younger son. At times, I could feel the emotions running through the phone line as we talked.  

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Machias Savings Bank Donates $3,000 to Roque Bluffs Community Center

The Roque Bluffs Community Center received a $3,000 gift from Machias Savings Bank on Feb. 8. 

Sam Whitney, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the bank’s Machias branch, made the award, which will help cover the cost of new flooring as part of renovations of the RBCC’s lower level. The Center said in a press release that its lower level is being converted into a permanent art gallery for the area and that most of the work is being done by community volunteers. 

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UMaine Extension 4-H Launches ‘Science Fridays’ Program Feb. 23

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will offer “Science Fridays” beginning Feb. 23. The in-person program is designed to engage youth, ages 9-14, in exploring various science topics and develop scientific skills. 

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Grant, Kenney Come from Long Line of 1,000 Point Scorers

By Phil Stuart

Many times, success on a basketball court is achieved because other family members have been involved in the game as well.

On Jan. 31, Kristin Grant of Machias scored her 1,000th career point as the Lady Bulldogs defeated Calais 50-36 at the “Doghouse.”

Grant, a native of Lubec, became the second member of her family to join the 1,000-point club.

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Machias Police Respond to 1,326 Calls in 2023

Selectboard Approves Hiring Ryan Allen as a Reserve Officer

 

By Paul Sylvain

According to a report presented to the Machias selectboard at its Jan. 29 meeting, the town’s police department responded to 1,326 calls for service in 2023. Put another way, each of the department’s four full-time officers, which includes Chief Keith Mercier, kept busy last year protecting and serving the town’s 2,200 citizens by handling an average of 331.5 calls.

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Crunch Time as Downeast High School Basketball Teams Vie for Postseason Play, Position

By Phil Stuart

The regular season is winding down, and several area teams will be extending their season into the playoffs.

In Class B girls, Washington Academy is currently seeded ninth. If that position holds up, the Raiders will be on the road for a preliminary matchup. 

The Machias Lady Bulldogs are sixth in Class C with a 13-1 record and could possibly move up a notch. If Machias stays in the sixth spot, they would have a home preliminary contest against the 11th-seed.

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