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Whitneyville

by Pamelia Dowling  255-8834

A big hello to all you readers! Thank you for hanging in with me with your phone calls and prayers, as I have been under the weather for a couple of weeks or more. The Lord is good and He has taken good care of me. Praise His name.

Looking Ahead:

--Selectpersons meeting will be on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 beginning  at 5 pm in the town office.

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DA Provides Update On Missing Wesley Money

by Ruth Leubecker

More than two years after $44,000 went missing from the Wesley town office, District Attorney Matt Foster has admitted that he has no idea when the investigation will end.

Last week when reports surfaced that the case had been solved, the thief identified and a plan for payback was in the works, Foster responded. “That is completely untrue. The investigation continues,” he said. “The former sheriff’s department is not familiar with these types of financial crimes, and that’s why this has taken so long.”

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Smith Faces Further Charges, Court Dates

by Ruth Leubecker

Indicted on multiple felony charges and facing court dates on singular, unrelated events, former Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith presently remains noncommittal in seclusion in Lubec.

Last week’s scheduled jury trial, earlier requested by Smith, was settled out of court after he agreed to pay a $250 filing fee, which in effect canceled the trial. That Friday court appearance was to address misdemeanor charges which had been brought against him for telephone harassment. 

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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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Poliquin Promises To Work Together for Results

Tom Gaddis, Lani Smith, Rep. Bruce Poliquin, Greg Campbell and Kathy Howell share a light moment at last week’s Machias Rotary meeting. Smith is Rotary’s newest member. Poliquin addressed Rotarians, stressing compromise and collaboration as his strategy for getting things done in Congress.

 

by Cat Cannon

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Wesley Missing Money ‘Settled Soon’

by Ruth Leubecker

Nearly two years after $44,000 went missing from the Wesley town office, District Attorney Matt Foster announced last week that the case will be settled soon. 

How soon is soon? “I would prefer not to comment at this time,” said Foster. When asked to define soon, he added that soon would be in about two months.

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Swing Bed Patient Advocates for DECH

by Ruth Leubecker

Although the cost of a swing bed at a critical access hospital, according to a March 2015 report, is four times the price of one at an alternative facility, defenders are stepping up to defend the CAH bed. 

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Washington County Democrats Meet, Elect Officers

by Nancy Beal

District 138 Rep. Robert Alley with his wife, Hazel, at a recent meeting of the Washington County Democratic Committee. 

(Photo Nancy Beal)

The Washington County Democratic Committee met at the Blue Bird Ranch Restaurant in Machias February 8 and elected a slate of officers for two-year terms. All were incumbents: Ellen Farnsworth, chairman, Tom Buchberger, vice chairman, Nancy Beal, secretary, and Larry Farnsworth, treasurer.

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Wesley

by Camille  Hawkins 

Had a great turn out at pot luck dinner last Saturday night at Wesley School. There were 62 plus people and a lot of very good food. Everyone had a good time visiting with friends and a great time with Clint heading up the auction. Thanks to everyone who donated food and auction items and helped set up and cleaning up after. Thanks to the people who put on the winter skit for laughs. Thanks to R.Z. who picked up extra tables and took them back to their owners.

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Columbia

by Ronie Strout

February 14, 2015

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