Just a Milbridge girl

by Wayne Smith

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Horse show coming to Pembroke Fairgrounds

by Natalie Boomer

The Down East Border Riders Saddle Club will be hosting a pleasure show on Saturday, Aug. 15.

“We welcome riders of all ages and levels, both club and non-club riders as well. Classes are divided by age and/or riding level that include leadline, peewee, youth and adults in walk/trot and walk/trot/canter divisions,” said Vicki Farley Brown of the DEBRSC. “Most classes are open, accepting both English and Western riders, and there will be two open Western Pleasure stakes classes that day with cash payouts.”

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The cougar sightings

by V. Paul Reynolds

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The Nature of Phenology: Hermit thrush songs

by Joseph Horn

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School daze

Opening schools this fall should not be a partisan issue, but it is and will be.  The physical and mental welfare of our children and the well-being and fitness of our economy and communities should be the decisive factors, but will not be. Education policy is and will be most strongly influenced by the overwhelmingly left of center National Education Association and associated teacher unions.

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Machias PD moves into new location

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Police Department has moved from its aging offices and into a larger, more practical space in the Machias Telebusiness Center located on Stackpole Road.

Machias Police Chief Todd Hand first suggested the move at a February selectboard meeting, and the selectboard quickly approved the idea.

“We really did have a need for a bigger, more professional place,” said Hand. “I commend the selectboard for recognizing that and acting on it.”

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COVID-19 testing sites open, opioid abuse facing ‘mixed bag’

by Ruth Leubecker

As rural Maine receives additional financial help to increase testing, with an intensified emphasis on attracting those without a provider’s order, hope remains that more sites will open in Washington County.

As of July 6, 20 “swab and send” sites have opened from Fort Kent to Portland in attempts to satisfy the demand for tests. Additional mobile sites are also scheduled to launch soon.

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Fields at UMM to remain empty after athletics suspension

by Jordan Donovan

The University of Maine at Machias last Tuesday announced that it will suspend its varsity athletics program for an “indefinite period” effective July 21. The suspension was attributed in part to the economic situation imposed by the pandemic, and the economic fallout of COVID-19. However, in their press release it was implied that the school’s financial situation was already a topic of concern prior to COVID-19.

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Former preemie fundraising for NICU with 10-mile bike ride

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

MacKenzie Schors spent her first 100 days of life in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Next week, she’s hosting a biking fundraiser, collecting money for the hospital that gave her a strong beginning.

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Machias Subway’s year runs happily counter to trends

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After a rough start courtesy of COVID-19, the Machias Subway restaurant location reports higher-than-expected annual sales despite the pandemic.

“We were up to 75 percent of our normal sales, and when they opened the motels back up we were back up into the 90s,” said co-owner Bill Laprade. “Then last week Machias had a record week in its history.”

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