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Downeast Snow Can’t Stop The Mail

by Cat Cannon

Here’s a sample of the US Postal Service’s appointed rounds, lately challenged by unreachable mailboxes.                                                              (photo by Bill Kitchen)

Sun and slightly-above-freezing temperatures may have caused the mountains of snow around town to begin to melt, but the Machias Post Office faces no such relief from the stacks of held mail that have accumulated at the office.

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Feds Respond to Union River Fish Kill

by Cat Cannon

The alewife is an integral part of Maine’s ecology, important historically as a food source for the first settlers, and currently as bait for the spring lobster season and an alternative food source to predators that prey on the Atlantic salmon.

As for the American eel, overfishing, water quality issues, and the loss and degradation of the eel’s natural habitat have led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to begin to question the eel’s conservation status.

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Washington County Democrats Meet, Elect Officers

by Nancy Beal

District 138 Rep. Robert Alley with his wife, Hazel, at a recent meeting of the Washington County Democratic Committee. 

(Photo Nancy Beal)

The Washington County Democratic Committee met at the Blue Bird Ranch Restaurant in Machias February 8 and elected a slate of officers for two-year terms. All were incumbents: Ellen Farnsworth, chairman, Tom Buchberger, vice chairman, Nancy Beal, secretary, and Larry Farnsworth, treasurer.

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Freshman Legislator Making Waves in Augusta

by Nancy Beal

Robert Alley Sr., a Beals native who won the open District 138 seat (Milbridge to Whitneyville and coastal towns in between) last fall by defeating Richard Paul of Addison, has been learning by doing rather than watching during his first months in the 

Maine legislature. He has sponsored several pieces of legislation and lent his support to a variety of issues ranging from seniors to slingshots. One of his bills is awaiting the governor’s signature.

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