Machias girl runs thriving online business, Binkies Bunny Treats

by Praise Moore

At her house, every day you can hear the cha-ching of an Etsy notification sounding on the phone when Grace Moore gets a new order. Moore’s business, Binkies Bunny Treats, was founded on her love of bunnies. She sells foraged organic rabbit treats from right here in Washington County, to rabbit owners all over the world.

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Downeast Maine eyed for National Heritage area

by Nancy Beal

The Sunrise County Economic Council is organizing an inquiry into the creation of a National Heritage Area in eastern Maine. The move was prompted over a year ago by participants of the wild blueberry industry in Washington County, who envisioned the designation as both fitting for the unique, centuries-old existence of wild blueberries and, at the same time, capable of reviving the family farms that are in danger of going extinct because of pressure from the world of big business.

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Motorists reminded of ‘Move Over’ law

by Jayna Smith

Enacted in 2007, Maine’s “Move Over” law requires motorists to slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit when encountering an emergency vehicle or public service vehicle stopped with flashing lights.  If possible, the law also requires drivers to move over at least one lane from the scene where the vehicle is working.  Drivers who fail to do so can face a fine of $326.

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Freedom (in) Jeopardy

by Jonathan Reisman

 

In honor of the late Alex Trebek and the endangered Republic

Truth, Justice and the American way- What is systemic racism?

Don’t tug on Superman’s Cape- What is White fragility?

White Supremacy and Extremism- What is rampant in the U.S. military amongst white males, according to our new Secretary of Defense.

All White people- What is racist?

Publicly disagreeing with progressive policy prescriptions or any BIPOC- What is racism?

Anti-Semitism- What is Black common sense?

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UMaine, UNH Extensions offer webinar on edible native plants Feb. 24

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and University of New Hampshire Extension will offer a webinar for home gardeners about edible native plants in the landscape from 6–7 p.m. Feb. 24.

“Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard and Beyond” identifies more than two dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for adding to backyard landscapes and supporting native pollinators. Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of “Wild Plants I Have Known … and Eaten,” will lead the workshop.

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Washington County students advocate for arts education

Arts students from two Washington County schools will head to Augusta — virtually — for an Arts Education Advocacy Day hosted by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education on Feb. 17. The event kicks off a 10-day session in which high school-aged teams from all over the state—including Kali Wallander (freshman), Eastport, and Tristan Seavey (junior) and Hailey Calder (senior), Calais—will meet with state legislators to discuss the importance of arts in their schools, and how they’ve fared during this unusual year for arts education.

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Ark saves pup missing for 2 wintry months

When Christian Dior showed up at our shelter, we were so happy to have him as ours until we could get him adopted to the right family. Unfortunately, one of the worst things that could happen occurred a few days later: Christian escaped. Even with all efforts, community engagement, and awareness, we could not seem to capture Christian and get him back to safety. This was just the beginning of our sleepless nights and colder weather.

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The Nature of Phenology: Chickadees in winter

by Hazel Stark

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Police, airport fuel farm and transfer station top Machias board agenda

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A relatively quiet Machias Board of Selectmen meeting hit two crescendos on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The first took place when, one hour into the event, five new attendees entered the Zoom waiting room. No sooner did chairman Joshua Rolfe admit them into the public meeting than the young people launched into their version of a prank phone call. Rolfe was seen forbearing their often-lewd comments with a sigh while working to remove them from the meeting.  

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Pandemic advances Corbett’s goals to critical forefront

by Ruth Leubecker

For years pioneering Susan Corbett has impressively furthered her dream of providing broadband access to rural Mainers, but in these crisis days of the pandemic, new and fertile territory is enhancing those goals.

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