Long-Term Care Bills Face Tough Battle

by Ruth Leubecker

Rural impacts, rate increases and the escalating costs of long-term care are all factors casting an uncertain pall over client-care bills on the table in Augusta.

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Beal Honored for Outreach, Receives Premier Award

Dr. Brian Beal, UMM’s noted marine researcher, has received the first Bourne-Chew Award from the National Shellfisheries Association (NSA).

This revered prize recognized Beal’s outstanding contributions to education, outreach, aquaculture and shellfisheries, as well as his advocacy in promoting understanding and knowledge within the industry and academia.

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Machias Police Budget Pared, Airport Fees Doubled

by Cat Cannon

The long process of creating a town budget that will keep Machias running without raising taxes continued last week as the budget committee heard proposals from the Machias Police and School Departments. Before the police budget proposal, Town Manager Chris Loughlin brought up a $50 donation to the Ark Animal Shelter in memory of Gene Lord. The board unanimously supported the donation.

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Downeast at High Risk for Flooding

by Ruth Leubecker

“Basically the entire Downeast region will soon have conditions conducive to flooding,” predicted Greg Stewart, US Geological Survey for Maine. “It’s definitely going to be open-water flooding. But because of the substantial snowpack, any rain will push the envelope even higher.”

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MBACC Plans Annual Dinner, Auction

The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has planned a night of fun, dining and auction sales, set to begin at 5 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Lee Pellon Center in Machias.

The event will also be a venue for members to showcase their food specialties at the dinner buffet. More than 200 people attended last year’s event and tickets for this year’s festivities are $25 per person and may be purchased at the chamber office at 11 Main Street.

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Veterans Connect With Available Resources

Navy Veteran and Cutler Selectman Dennis Boyd, State Representative Will Tuell and WWII Veteran Officer Robert P. Coles Jr., of Machias, share stories at the 2nd Annual Veterans’ Resource Fair. Photo by Cat Cannon

by Bill Kitchen

 

The Second Annual Veterans’ Resources Fair was held this past Saturday at the East Machias Town Hall and Fire Department. Hosted by the Washington Hancock Community Agency’s Supportive Services for Veterans’ Families, the event attracted several hundred, the majority of whom were veterans. Perhaps the most celebrated was 91-year-old veteran Robert P. Coles, the guest of honor. 

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Douglas Scott Holmes

Douglas Scott Holmes

1-21-65 to 4-25-10

For five years, we have forced ourselves to look upon familiar things that ease our pain.

You are not ashes, You are in us and around us always.

Forever young, tough guy.

Mum, Dad Kel, Quo, Gabe Family and Friends

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Understanding Medicare’s Enrollment Rules

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you give me a rundown on Medicare’s enrollment choices and rules along with when and how to apply? I turn 65 next year and want to make sure I know what to do.

Almost Retired

Dear Almost,

The strict rules and timetables for Medicare enrollment can be confusing to many new retirees, so you’re wise to plan ahead. Here’s a simplified rundown of what to know. 

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Relay Raises Spirits, Money and Hope

by Bill Kitchen

Gymnasiums are expected to be overflowing with energy, and emotion. Rarely, however, for 10 hours straight. But last Saturday, UMM’s Reynolds Center was exactly that as Relay For Life held its annual fundraiser.

From noon until 10 p.m. 150 participants, divided into teams, took turns walking laps around the indoor track, raising money, and awareness to fight cancer. They raised close to $14,000. In the last two years the Machias chapter has raised over $35,000.

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Washington County Emergency Organizations to Receive Funds

The Emergency Food & Shelter Program has announced that Washington County has been chosen to receive $17,346.00  to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.  A meeting will be held to allocate these funds on Wednesday April 29th,2015 at Washington Hancock Community Agency, 7 VIP Drive, Machias at 10:00 a.m.

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