Wildfire put out by local departments, forest service

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Unusually dry conditions likely contributed to a wildfire that spread through nearly 18 acres of Northfield and Wesley last week. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Sipayik Elementary School teacher named 2021 Washington County Teacher of the Year

Sipayik Elementary School also known as Beatrice Rafferty School Teacher Diana Mahar is the 2021 Washington County Teacher of the Year, announced during a virtual ceremony Wednesday, May 12.

The Maine Teacher of the Year program honors the contributions of Maine Teachers. The County Teacher of the Year is committed to excellence and nurture the achievements of all students and his/her exemplary skills inspire students and colleagues.

Ms. Mahar has been teaching at Sipayik since 2014 and currently in her 4th year of teaching 5th grade.

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Free outdoor day camp for girls at the Milbridge Commons

Women for Healthy Rural Living (WHRL) and Maine Outdoor School, L3C, (MOS) are excited to announce that registration is now open for OWLette, a free summer day camp for girls. Owlette will happen twice this summer, and participants will gain outdoor, gardening, and naturalist skills while learning about climate change. The first session will be June 28 through July 1st and will be for girls ages 11 - 16.

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Wild Blueberry Heritage Center invites your stories

The Wild Blueberry Heritage Center and Museum, a community-minded nonprofit showcasing one of Maine’s most iconic crops, invites your stories and your stuff.

That is, if you raked blueberries every August in your childhood, or if you have old rakes or winnowers or boxes needing a new place besides your old barn – you are welcome to contribute both memories and items, including photographs, to the museum’s exhibits.

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Stage East to open EAC 2021 season with one-person plays

Stage East proudly returns to the theater with two in person offerings this June. Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett and The Human Voice by Jean Cocteau will be played back-to-back June 4, 5 11 and 12, at 7 pm, and June 6 and 13 at 2 pm. Both plays are short one-person works that deal with themes of isolation and technology, and are being mounted by a vaccinated cast and crew with strict adherence to CDC guidelines to create a safe and enjoyable night of theater for attendees.

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The Nature of Phenology: Cherry blossoms

by Joseph Horn

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Machias selectboard names Bill Kitchen interim town manager

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

By unanimous vote at a meeting held Tuesday, May 18, the Machias Board of Selectmen appointed former selectman Bill Kitchen as interim town manager. 

Former town manager Christina Therrien vacated the position on Friday, May 15, six weeks earlier than expected.

Board chairman Joshua Rolfe raised Kitchen’s name first at Tuesday’s meeting, detailing his qualifications.

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Machias launches interim search after town manager resigns early

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Former Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien issued a 110-day notice of resignation in March, but shortened that timeframe with a written resignation notice sent Friday, May 14, effective immediately.

The resignation followed a tense meeting held on the evening of May 12, when the four-person selectboard went into executive session with town counsel Sarah Newell of Eaton Peabody. Returning to the waiting audience on Zoom, selectboard chairman Joshua Rolfe asked Therrien to go into an executive session with the board.

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Americans on mask honor system

by Jayna Smith

Many felt relief last week with the step closer to normalcy when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can stop masking and social distancing in most situations.

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Mixed signals, myriad issues mark Gov. Mills’ path forward

by Ruth Leubecker

Prioritizing education and honoring a promise unmet for 15 years, Gov. Janet Mills unveiled her $8.8-billion budget to much bipartisan fanfare.

It was an historic investment in education, with $187 million going to public schools, and satisfying a 55-percent long-standing obligation.

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