The hospital board, corporators, and guests came together after the annual meeting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Down East Community Hospital.  During the dinner Board Chair David Whitney spoke of the dedication, balance, and focus of the Down East Community Board of Trustees.  Auxiliary President Patricia Hennessey memorialized Wilma (Billie) Ingalls as a founding member of the Down East Community Hospital Auxiliary and long-time advocate of the hospital.


The U.S. Navy HR Benefits Contact Center program has been based in Machias since 2001. The center provides benefits processing support to civilian employees of the Navy worldwide. Though outsourcing of this type of support is not new, the elements center to the Virginia-based IT firm, InquisIT, LLC’s, implementation have proven especially successful. The U.S. Navy was first to benefit from this unified approach of serving the benefits counseling needs of its employees, but the underlying concept of operations and new approach has been proficiently adapted and scaled to the needs of organizations seeking to improve the HR services to employees while reducing the cost of those services.


Amid multiple contradictions and pervasive non-transparency, Down East Community Hospital CEO Doug Jones has suddenly and inexplicably left the Machias hospital.

Although hospital policy dictates that only Julie Hixson, DECH spokesperson, and Dr. Eric Burke, board chair, may speak beyond the restricted press release, both have remained noncommittal. Hixson, when asked to explain further, said the press release contained all that she would say on the matter.

“I stand by the press release,” said Burke on Friday. When asked why as chair he could not say more, he said, “I choose not to.”  There is ample documentation in place showing that this is not the first DECH policy not to be followed.


Last Wednesday we honored the seven men and women residents of the Machias Maine Veterans Home who over the last year shipped out for their final call of duty. It was moving and memorable.

The new and already well used multi-purpose room was standing room only as the annual ceremony to recognize those we lost here and at home took place. Honored were Alice Gardner, Arthur Hoar, Kay Duckworth, Lawton Carter, Norman Jones, Victor Harmon and Ernest Scott.


A Celebration Of Life was held for world renowned Yurt pioneer, conservationist, artist, author, architect, teacher, philosopher and explorer, Bill Coperthwaite. It took place Sunday at the Grange Hall in Machias. It was standing room only.

Bill Coperthwaite, a Maine native, bought 300 acres of wilderness in Machiasport in 1960. Miles into the woods this would become his home, his den of discovery and his platform for sharing. For others, those fortunate and blessed enough to have been able to spend time with him, it would become a port in a storm, a classroom and a breathtaking world of wonder. It was like no other place on the planet. Otherworldly. And Bill wanted to make the world more like this.


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