Mainers Call for more transparency around prescription drug pricing

Legislation would require drug companies to disclose pricing details for highest-cost medications

What’s driving the high cost of prescription drugs? Physicians, seniors, and people with chronic illnesses gathered in Augusta today to express their frustration with the lack of information on why some drugs, including some older generic medications, have seen huge price increases in recent years. 

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Legislators slam circumvention in prison closure decision

by Ruth Leubecker

The checkered, tenuous life of the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) has received one more date for doom.

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School budget referendum includes new bus, slight cost increase

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias will hold a special town meeting on Tuesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. to vote on the 2017 School Budget Validation Referendum. The meeting will be held in the Rose M. Gaffney gymnasium. 

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Bad little moose

A young adult female moose has been caught on camera, finally after days of hanging around college hill, near bad little falls. She seemed very content with her new surroundings and had no problem lurking around the daily activities of the town’s people. Although, a game warden was successful on encouraging the bad little moose to retreat back into her home grounds of the woods.   Photo Bill Kitchen

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Pollinator reinforcements arrive

Hundreds of thousands of honey bees were delivered to their new Washington County homes May 4 by Bill Case of Just BeeCause in Whiting. Case’s business provides bees, beekeeping information, honey, wooden ware, bee swarm retrieval, rescue, and rehoming. Bees play a vital role in the health of the Downeast blueberry crop. 

Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Atlantic salmon restoration awarded three grants

Downeast Salmon Federation has been awarded three major grants in support of their holistic ecosystem approach to restoring the endangered Atlantic salmon and other species of sea-run fish. Salmon, river herring, shad, smelt, eel, and other native species once swam up Maine rivers in vast numbers. These fish provided jobs and food for families, and played an important role in of the fabric of life in eastern Maine. However, centuries of damming, polluting, and harmful treatment of our rivers and lakes has resulted in catastrophic declines in all sea-run fish species.

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Machias “Green Team” wins downtown tree grant

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine Department of Agriculture’s Project Canopy program has awarded the Machias Green Space team $8,000 to purchase trees, shrubs, mulch and maintenance for the the plantings. The trees will be used to beautify downtown Machias. 

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Machias’ Holy Name plans downtown community garden

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Father Paul Marquis wanted to find a way to use the lush green space that sits behind Machias’ Holy Name Catholic Church for the good of the community. “We’re thinking maybe we can put in some benches and tables. Eventually maybe some paving stones, because it’s kind of hard to walk back there,” he said. “But right now the first thing we’re doing is putting in a community garden. We want to help feed the hungry.” Marquis also serves the Catholic churches in Lubec and Cherryfield.

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Healthy Acadia and Helen’s Partner to Challenge Cancer Downeast

Helen’s Restaurant will generously be donating the proceeds from sales of their delicious goat cheese salad and blueberry pie every Thursday through the remainder of the year. The funds raised will support Healthy Acadia and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center’s cancer prevention, education, and treatment services. This partnership is part of Healthy Acadia’s Hungry for Health 2017 campaign to Challenge Cancer Downeast. This is the second year of the annual “Hungry for Health” campaign, which addresses a critical community health need each year.

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Community space planned

Anne O’Brien and Father Paul Marquis of Machias’ Holy Name Catholic Church stand with Steve Copel-Parsons, youth librarian at Porter Memorial Library, on the site of the planned community garden sponsored by Holy Name. Produce from the garden are slated to go to the Machias Food Pantry. Copel-Parsons is also working to build an educational community garden for children on the backyard of the library, which abuts the church’s green space in downtown Machias. (See full story on page 2)

 

Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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