Marching to halt domestic violence

Neither rain, nor snow, nor freezing rain stayed this small group of nonetheless mighty marchers, as they set out to make their drizzling trek from the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce to UMM last Thursday afternoon. The event was part of the Machias 2017 Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night March, organized by UMM’s Erica Batson and Stacey Cherry, along with the Next Step Domestic Violence Project. The Take Back the Night March is an international event that was created in the 1970s to enable women and men to publicly express opposition to sexual violence.

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Flood of bills, budget friction impact final weeks of 128th

by Ruth Leubecker

Marked by contention and last-minute strategizing, the principals of the 128th Legislature are daily jockeying for position to promote their bill priorities.

Even though Maine is presently not dealing with fiscal shortages, the bill bottleneck is causing its annual legislative turmoil in Augusta. Over 1,400 bills languish in committees, with only 22% of those having made their way back to the full legislature. 

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Marketplace moves to new location

Photo: Evan Davenport and Kaylee Pettegrow are there to greet the crowds of locavores who descend on the Machias Marketplace every Thursday morning. The marketplace will be opening in its new location across from True Value at 291 Main Street, Machias on Wednesday, May 10.   Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon.

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Every Thursday morning a line forms outside the door of the Machias Marketplace. “Some of them arrive as early as nine,” said Inez Lombardo, owner of the Machias Marketplace, which opens at 10. 

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March for Science draws crowds

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Despite rainy skies and chilly temperatures, more than 75 Washington County residents met at the University of Maine at Machias’ science building to walk through the streets of Machias as part of the global March for Science which took place on Saturday, April 22, Earth Day.

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Tribal elver season ends

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced Friday that the Passamaquoddy tribe had met their 2017 quota for elvers. Of the total Maine quota of 9,616 pounds, the Passamaquoddy tribe is allotted 1,284.3 pounds. This year tribal officials licensed fishermen to catch between five and 10 pounds each, until the overall quota was met.

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