Feds Respond to Union River Fish Kill

by Cat Cannon

The alewife is an integral part of Maine’s ecology, important historically as a food source for the first settlers, and currently as bait for the spring lobster season and an alternative food source to predators that prey on the Atlantic salmon.

As for the American eel, overfishing, water quality issues, and the loss and degradation of the eel’s natural habitat have led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to begin to question the eel’s conservation status.

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Become A DECH Auxiliary Member

Down East Community Hospital (DECH) Auxiliary is holding a membership drive! Auxiliary membership is an excellent way to support DECH, our community hospital, which has served us well for the past 50 years! Perhaps you or a loved one has been helped directly? Auxiliary membership is a great way to give back!

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New Website Reaches Out to Readers

by Ruth Leubecker

The Machias Valley News Observer, in a move to present community news more effectively and invitingly to its readers, has launched a new website.

“Basically, we’ve created a new system that’s social media-friendly,” explains Pierre Little, partner and publisher of the Machias weekly. “Our readers can now get access to the site by logging in using Facebook login feature. There’s no need for a username and password. It’s convenient. It only takes seconds.” 

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Task Force Tackles Student Hunger

by Ruth Leubecker

Even though nearly 50% of Maine schoolchildren qualify for free/reduced meals, Maine ranks first in New England and third in the US with children going hungry.

“We are letting Maine children down,” said Sen. Justin Alfond of Portland last week. “This is totally unacceptable. In all 16 of our counties and in every school district we have too many hungry children. Over 86,000 children are food-insecure in Maine. They are hungry.”

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New Position to Focus on Drug Activity

by Cat Cannon

Arts, drugs, and maps were among the broad-reaching items of business addressed at this month’s Washington County Commissioners’ meeting. Commissioners John Crowley Sr., Chris Gardner, chair, and County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald conducted the meeting in Comm. Vinton Cassidy’s absence. 

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Revenue Sharing, Snow Removal: Twofold Crisis

by Cat Cannon

Machias selectmen last week keyed on some important changes which will potentially affect all town residents. 

Town Manager Chris Loughlin and selectmen Danny Manchester, James Whalen, Warren Gay, vice chair, and Glenn Davis attended this critical meeting. Standing out among the afternoon’s business was the board’s discussion of revenue sharing projections recently outlined by Gov. Paul LePage. The governor proposes to give the Town of Machias $154,361 in funds for 2015, then eliminating revenue sharing altogether the following year.. 

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Bill Would Inject State in Local Control Arena

by Ralph Ackley, Jr

A bill currently before the 127th and legislators concerned. Supported by the Maine Sheriff’s Association, its amended form reads:

“The salary of an appointed county sheriff may not be reduced during the sheriff’s term other than upon complaint of malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect, gross negligence or failure to maintain certification with the Maine Criminal Justice Academy by the board of county commissioners to the Office of the Governor.”

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Market research today finds itself in somewhat of a quandary. Mostly, it is a field that is trying to remain relevant amidst the sea of changes taking place in marketing and sales today in the new digital and buyer experience economy. As the gatherer of market and customer data, market research is struggling to prove its value to senior management.

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