Maine could lead

Promoting Maine AllCare and Maine leading the nation in providing healthcare for all, Holly Duesenberry, Jean Rohrer, Doris Plummer and Sarah Whelan standing on the Union Bridge in Ellsworth, publicize their message. With a waiver allowed by Obamacare, federal healthcare money designated for Maine could be used to chart the state’s course toward universal coverage.   Photo by Bruce Becque

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Down East Hospice needs volunteers

Photo: Gloria Prickett with her husband, Les, who has been receiving hospice care since December 2016. The quilt in this photo was presented to Les Prickett by the St. Croix International Quilters Guild, which donates quilts to DEHV for hospice clients. DEHV networks with many support resources within Washington County and beyond.           Submitted photo

by Ruth Leubecker

In 2017 the need for hospice is alarmingly outstripping any volunteer participation.

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Selectmen debate community space, road changes

Photo: This aerial photo shows a proposed reroute of the Kennebec Road where it intersects Route 1 in Machias. The relocation of the road would reduce conflict with cars entering and leaving Tom’s Mini-Mart. The Machias Traffic and Safety Planning Committee also proposed repairing and extending the sidewalk along Route 1. 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

During a spring snowstorm that kept many presenters away from the Machias selectmen’s meeting on March 22, Don Ficker presented a timely idea. 

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Eastern Maine Elite State Champions proudly display their winning banner

Eastern Maine Elite of East Machias — Youth All-Stars Grades 11 and under win the State Championship. Check out the photos from the championship at the Cross Center on pages 20 and 21.   Photo by John Rogers

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Sailing around the world with Russell Heath

Have you ever fantasized about going on a grand adventure? Steuben resident Russell Heath did just that. 

In his 30s, Heath launched himself on a four year singlehanded circumnavigation in Kainui, a 25-foot Vertue class yacht. 

Kainui and Heath left from Juneau, Alaska, sailed off-shore down to Ecuador, then on to Pitcairn Island, across the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans and ending in Maine. Before leaving, his only sailing experience had been in keeping out of the way. 

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Beyond March Hill and into spring

by Michael R. Brown

Those of us lucky enough to live through another winter appreciate that once again we are “beyond March Hill.”

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Men’s basketball demise

by Phil Stuart

Men’s basketball was once a very popular activity throughout the state and most towns of any size had a town team comprised of former high school players that traveled around the area to compete against other towns.

This type of basketball became quite popular after the war and stayed that way until the early eighties.

After high school graduation, men who were able to stay in the area played basketball. In those days, the gyms were small, if you were lucky enough to have one, or town halls were used.

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Opioid crisis deepens, but lessons to learn

The stories of loss and tragic frustrations grow weekly, tainted by side issues that still keep many people close-mouthed about their connections to drug abuse.

Maine’s opioid crisis is in the unwanted spotlight. We might like to be remembered as the fiercely independent, hardworking state with the much-admired Yankee work ethic. But lately, we’re being recognized as the state that’s caught in crisis, with a substance abuse problem that not only beats out other states, but has a governor not tuned into the crisis at all. 

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Letter to the Editor - Be proactive

Attention all retirees in Maine who are being double-taxed! The state you worked in by its mandate withdrew money every year from your wages up until your retirement. This was done to enable you to have no state income tax after you retired. But you moved to Maine which does not recognize that you put this money aside and it unjustly burdens you with being taxed again! 

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Prom dresses shine at WA boutique

Photo ​Washington Academy’s National Honor Society students have gathered more than 200 prom dresses to give away at their 3rd Annual Prom Dress Boutique on April 8, from 10-1 p.m. Students are invited to attend and select from free prom dresses, shoes and accessories. 

Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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