Machias voters say no to cutting fire department, police

Photo: Almost every one of the 170 voters present at last week’s annual town meeting in Machias raised their hands to defeat Article 5 of the town warrant. The article proposed cutting two driver-dispatcher positions from the Machias Fire Department budget, for a tax savings of $81,585, and prompted extensive voter discussion.

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Fate of prison tied to budget crisis

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The fate of Machiasport’s threatened Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) is tied to the state budget drama unfolding in Augusta this week, according to Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias).

 Governor LePage removed funding for the local prison in his 2017-18 biennial budget proposal leaving its 51 employees alarmed, if not surprised. The 2017 closure attempt is the most recent in a long line of attempts dating back more than 10 years.

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Machias Savings Buys Vacant Building

Machias Savings Bank announced the purchase of the long vacant “Nash Building”, located at 19 Main Street in downtown Machias. The three-story historic structure, shown here during Machias’ 150th celebration in 1913, stands directly across the street from their headquarters and is currently painted two shades of green with a red door. See full story on page 5

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Marathoners descend on Lubec, Campobello

Photo: “What makes us unique is our cross-border marathon. Our race is truly a two-country affair,” said Bay of Fundy Race Director John Hough. The Bay of Fundy International Marathon route starts at the West Quoddy Head lighthouse, circles Campobello Island and ends on Water Street in Lubec where local merchants and other businesses set up a street fair to serve the 1,000+ people who attend race weekend.  Photo courtesy John Hough

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Children write what the flag means to them

Photo: For the last 68 years, the Hannah Weston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have sponsored the Flag Essay Contest. Students from area elementary schools submit a short writing on what the flag means to them. This year’s winners are pictured at the reception held at the Burnham Tavern in Machias with Kathleen Bragg, Chapter chair. From left, Ian Conlin, grade 6, Rose M. Gaffney School, Machias, Gavin Skidgel, grade 6, Elm Street School, East Machias, and Hadlee Reynolds, grade 7, Elm Street School, East Machias                    Photo by Bill Kitchen

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