Elvers return, fishery in full swing

Photo Molly Newell of Pleasant Point set up her fyke net near her sister and niece on the Machias River. She said that her net had caught a lot of debris in the night, and so she was busy repairing small tears and clearing debris before the next high tide. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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The spring flood of 1961

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The chain link fence that protects today’s visitors from falling out of Bad Little Falls Park and into the Machias River was not there in 1961. When spring floodwaters came foaming under the Jeremiah O’Brien Memorial Bridge, sure-footed spectators stood watching from rocks along the river, with nothing but their balance to protect them. 

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Commissioners critique drug crisis, old airport issues

by Michael R. Brown

Topics of discussion at the Washington County Commissioners’ meeting included a sobering critique of the Machias airport, the St. Croix River and the opiate crisis as it affects the area.

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Historic picture from the 1880’s shows the wood cribbing

This historic picture from the 1880’s shows the wood cribbing that once stood along the banks of the Machias River near Bad Little Falls. The town of Machias is looking into grant money to study the possibility of rebuilding the cribbing as a means of protecting local property owners from potential flood waters. Once built, a riverwalk could run on top of the cribbing, creating a desirable attraction for local businesses.                 Photo courtesy of Michael Hoyt

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Discussion on dike improvements, riverwalk

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

During a meeting of the Machias Revitalization Committee on April 14, Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien reported that a proposed riverwalk along the Machias River could be part a cooperative project between the town and the Maine Department of Transportation that would involve dredging the Machias River.

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Arise hosts benefit supper

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Arise Addiction Recovery Center of Machias is planning a spaghetti fundraiser at the Elm Street School on Saturday, April 22, from 5-7 pm.

Paul Trovarello, director of the Arise men’s program, said this will be their second benefit to be held at the Elm Street School.  “The guys in the program are going to be doing the cooking, and the women in the program are going to be serving the tables,” he said.

The cost will be $5 per person and $20 per family.

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Corps seeks public comment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District is seeking public comments on a proposed prospectus for an In-Lieu Fee Program from the Maine Department of marine Resources (DMR) covering the  portion of Maine encompassing three Distinct Population Segments of Atlantic Salmon in Maine. The Corps received the prospectus on March 22, 2017.

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Grandparents challenged by changing role

by Ruth Leubecker

Not just in Maine but throughout the country a growing number of grandparents are becoming the primary caretakers in the lives of their grandchildren.

“We do work with families in Washington County, and we’ve always had grandparents and their relatives who step forward when needed,” says Bette Hoxie, executive director of Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine. “I worked with Tom Wolverton. After he retired as a state trooper, he was the program administrator for DHHS in Machias. He was the first person I spoke with down there.”

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Emergency planning meeting tackles variety of area issues

by Michael R. Brown

At a meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee on April 10 several follow-up items were presented by Mike Hinerman, director of the Washington County Emergency Management Agency. Regarding the leak at Woodland Pulp Hinerman said, “The issues were not from the responders.” 

Calais Councilor Eddie Moreside said, “It started with security.” The leak at Woodland Pulp was chlorine dioxide.

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Floodplain ordinance leads agenda in May

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Planning Board will hold a public hearing in May to discuss new ordinances as well as amendments to existing ordinances, among them the town’s Floodplain Management Ordinance. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released its revised flood zone maps earlier this year, and communities must incorporate them into their municipal floodplain ordinances so that their residents are eligible to purchase coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program. 

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