Open for emergencies

Despite being armed with scissors and not a scalpel, Down East Community Hospital CEO Dennis Welsh cut the ribbon with surgical precision, capping the end of a historic community-driven capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art emergency department. David Whitney, board of directors chair, stood at the far right and anchored the event.  Photo by Bill Kitchen

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High court to debate rockweed

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Ross v. Acadian Seaplants had its day in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday, Nov. 14, when oral arguments were heard in Portland. 

Originally filed in Machias, the outcome of the case will determine whether rockweed — Ascophyllum nodosum — is the private property of coastal landowners or a marine resource held in the public trust. The case is the first in more than 100 years that seeks to settle the question of who owns the rockweed that grows in Maine’s intertidal zone.

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Career centers to stay open, but funds blocked

by Ruth Leubecker

Although a lawsuit against the LePage administration has jeopardized funding for training centers, the state’s Department of Labor says its career centers will not close.

“We’re in the middle of the Coastal Counties lawsuit,” said Laura Hudson, director of communications for the Department of Labor, “but the career centers are not closing.”

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Machias Memorial High’s Model State students

Representing Machias Memorial High School at this year’s Model State event were Hannah Faulkingham, Matti Conlin, Cami Pennell, Farrow McKenna, Kassie Cox, Kendra Johnson, Megan Jordan, Ying-Chieh Chou, Tyler Demerest, Leif McKenna, and Jason Weaver. Congratulations to Matti Conlin on getting her bill passed! Photo courtesy Brian Leavitt

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Machiasport gets green light to purchase Bucks Head acreage

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A property which has not changed hands since 1805 will soon become public land in Machiasport. At a special town meeting held on Nov. 6, residents voted to move forward with the purchase of the 23 acres on Bucks Head. The selectboard received notice last week that Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) awarded a $160,000 grant — half the cost of the land — to Machiasport.

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