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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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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Patrick D. Walsh

​Patrick was a beloved husband and father, who passed away January 25, 2015, and will be sadly missed by his wife of 48 years, Helen M. Walsh (Sprague), his children, grandchildren, friends and co­workers. His children are Coleen Walsh of New Port Richey, FL, Kimberly Wrick and husband, James and granddaughter Kristin of Saginaw, TX, Tammy Steinmetz and husband

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David Howard Blake

Dave, 77, of Verona, passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2015.  He was born in Orange, NJ to Walter and Charlotte Blake.

He received a degree from Newark College of Engineering (NJIT) and served 6 years in the US Army National Guard.  He worked in the microwave electronics field and was 

Corporate Secretary and a founder of Triangle Microwave (KDI) of East Hanover, NJ in 1977.

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Pleasant River Fishermen Challenged By Winter Smelting

by Ralph Ackley, Jr.

According to one long-time Addison native, the Pleasant River smelts have been hard to come by this winter, not because of the cold and multiple snowstorms, but because of another weather-related issue, compliments of Mother Nature.

“Ice has been backing up near the mouth of the river,” said Leslie Perry. “The fish can’t get up in here near where the fishermen have their ice shacks located.” 

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UMM Hosts Marijuana Forum

Scott Gagnon, State Director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM Maine), will be presenting “The Impacts of Marijuana Policy in our State and in our Communities,”  at 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 23 in Science 102. The Science Building is the first building on the right from the main entrance.

The event is free and open to the public.  Parents, youth, college students and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend. 

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Record Keeping Workshop

Making Your Numbers Work for You—Recordkeeping Basics, a workshop targeted especially for area business owners in Washington County, will be offered on Friday, March 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Machias CareerCenter at 53 Prescott Drive. 

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University of Maine at Machias Closes 102-year-old Kimball Hall

The University of Maine at Machias is relocating staff from its Kimball Hall to investigate serious concerns that have been raised about the building’s exterior and integrity.  

A recent University facility assessment raised the possibility of the potential failure of portions of exterior brick masonry walls of Kimball Hall, believed to be due to age and weather damage. Kimball Hall is 102 years old and has not been substantially renovated in more than 50 years.

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Cabin Fever Chess Club Makers Opening Move

by Bill Kitchen

Last Saturday morning, the newly formed Cabin Fever Chess Club held its first weekly get-together at the Porter Memorial Library in Machias. 

The debut of this lively winter distraction attracted young and older alike, although the majority of players were between five and 13 years old. The club will meet each Saturday from 10 am until noon, “at least until the snow melts, which is looking like June,” said organizer Chris Dedmon of Machiasport, more serious than not.

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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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