Christian School Forges Toward Reopening

by Ralph Ackley, Jr.

 

Undaunted by fire code violations and the loss of staff and students, the board of Machias Valley Christian School continues to forge ahead with plans reopen for the 2015-16 school year. 

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Snow Removal Demands All Hands on Deck

by Cat Cannon

The recent temporary closure of the dike between Helen’s and the Hadley Lake Road in Machias was an inconvenient but important reminder of the importance of effective snow removal. The very rarity of the closure is a testament to the hard work that the “roads scholars” from Machias Public Works, Maine DOT, and other private contractors have been doing this year to keep local streets open and safe for travel.

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Conservancy Breaks In Trails

by Cat Cannon

Half a foot of fresh powder and gusts of wind whipping up a subzero chill did not keep Downeast Coastal Conservancy members and volunteers from breaking a snowshoe trail at the Middle River Park in Machias. 

The six-person crew gathered on Friday, February 20th mile trail loop and sledding hill, making those attractions much more accessible to anyone who might want to try them out.

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Zablotny Verdict Set For May in Machias

by Ruth Leubecker

Years after a patient died in a snowbank on hospital grounds, the Steuben nurse accused of responsibility in that death is facing another day in court, deemed just and proper by Maine’s highest court.

“It’s been a long process. Sometimes the process is the punishment,” said Joe Baldacci last week. The Bangor attorney representing John Zablotny, former Down East Community Hospital nurse, found responsible for the death of Reid Emery eight years ago, is actually the one responsible for the latest postponement..

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Case Against Chamber Dismissed, Possibly to Be Reopened

by Ruth Leubecker

 

Mostly about wages and job status, the case of a former director of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce against the chamber was recently dismissed. 

“It was never about the money,” said Kathy Howell last week, in discussing her case filed against the MBACC in June 2014. “I realized that not only was I not getting paid, but they were never going to reinstate my salary.” 

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