Critical shortage of nurses spurs bill

by Ruth Leubecker

Recognizing an acute shortage of public health nurses, local legislators have voiced their support for LD 1108, which aims to restore their lost funding.

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Valdine Atwood: Renowned repository of local history

Photo Valdine Atwood attends to some research at her desk in her Machias home. For most of her life she has researched, collected and shared with others the many facets of Washington County history.  Photo by RJ Heller

by RJ Heller

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American Legion Easter egg hunt

Lisa Berg, the Easter Bunny (aka Crystal Cushing) and Karen Wood posed during Ephraim Johnson Post 9’s American Legion’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, held last Saturday at the University of Maine at Machias. Berg and Wood volunteered to coordinate the event, which is now in its 17th year. This year Legion volunteers filled more than 8,000 plastic eggs with candy. The Legion collects the plastic eggs to reuse again in coming years. 

Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Blueberry Festival quilt tradition continues

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Ruth Berry, shown here in red and white stripes, is central to this picture taken in the vestry hall of Centre Street Congregational Church in 1986. Volunteers meet at the church every spring to “quilt” the piece together. Quilting is the process of stitching through all three layers of the blanket, and is often done in an ornamental design. 

Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Leadership team named at UMM

A leadership team has been named for the University of Maine at Machias as part of the new partnership with the University of Maine, effective July 1.

Dr. Kay Kimball will serve as executive dean/chief academic and operations officer. Dr. Dan Qualls will serve as director of academic support services and community outreach.

UMM President Sue Huseman’s interim appointment as president ends June 30. 

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Spring Falls

Machias’ Bad Little Falls was roaring this weekend, a sure sign that spring has arrived Downeast. The National Weather Service in Caribou warns pedestrians and riverside landowners to take care around rivers as northern ice continues to move and break up. “All eyes will need to stay on the rivers as showers and increasing snowmelt will cause continuing rises over the next few days,” said the NWS Facebook bulletin. “Persons with interests along rivers need to remain vigilant for rapidly changing conditions.”      Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Help Sarah’s House of Maine better serve the community

by Kaileigh Deacon

Last Spring the ladies of the Widow’s Sons-Wayfarer Chapter got together three great baskets full of goodies to raffle off. All the money they collected from this raffle went to purchase gas cards for Sarah’s House in Holden, Maine. This year they’ve decided to step it up a notch to raise money for the same great cause. 

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Financial literacy writes new chapters

Photo Men from the ARISE Recovery Program in Machias celebrate Financial Literacy Month, as well as graduating from the first ARISE/MSB financial literacy program, shepherded by Machias Savings Bank’s CEO, Chris Lyford.           Photo by Bill Kitchen

by Bill Kitchen

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Bowker footnotes fascination with early settlers

Much has been written and rewritten, told and retold about the Margaretta and the role of Machias in the Revolution, but there’s nothing quite like coming across a yellowed old booklet you’d forgotten  about … and slipping back into history from another angle.

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Close-up Washington D.C.

Photo Pictured above are left, Regan Bragg, Senator Angus King  and Rebecca Grene.    Submitted photo

by Regan Bragg

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