Cherryfield murder suspect pleads not guilty

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One of two people charged with the murder of Sally Shaw was arraigned at the Washington County Courthouse in Machias on Friday, Oct. 6. 

Quaneysha Greeley, 19, entered the courtroom in handcuffs and stood with her attorneys, Jeff Davidson and Nathan Hodgkins. She entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of intentional or knowing murder. 

Shaw’s body was found on the side of the road in Cherryfield on the morning of July 19. The autopsy report said that Shaw died of a single gunshot to the head. 

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Nemitz speaks at WaCo Cancer Conference

 

by Nancy Beal

When Bill Nemitz opened his remarks at the 10th Annual Washington County Cancer Conference in Machias last week with the familiar “It’s great to be here today,” he added the word “cosmically” since, for nearly 15 years and critically in the last two, he has been living in a universe where cancer has threatened his existence. Nemitz lives by his pen—he is an award-winning journalist for the Portland Press Herald—but it was an oral accounting of his journey through cancer that brought him to the Pellon Center as the keynote speaker October 6.

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Posh consignment shop serves up style with a purpose

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After an appointment in Bangor, Andrea Guerra had an epiphany. “My guys took me to a store I hadn’t been in,” she said. It was a consignment boutique, and when they left Guerra’s son Brandon said to her, “Mom, you would rock that out.” 

“That Sunday at family dinner I just announced that I was going to start a consignment shop,” said Guerra. Posh: The Frugal Fashionista is the Machias-based shop born of that announcement, and it just celebrated its third anniversary. 

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Students learn ATV safety

Sixty nine students and adults attended an ATV Safety Course sponsored by the Down East Trail Riders on Oct. 1.  Thanks to the East Machias Selectmen, the course was held at the East Municipal Building.  Passing the course allows students age 10-18 to drive an ATV on all Maine Trails.

 The lead instructor was Charles Corliss, Recreational Trail Coordinator at Maine Dept. of Transportation.  Jon Southern, Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and Joe McBrine, Maine Game Warden, also provided instruction on ATV Trail Safety, Map Reading and Maine State ATV laws.

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A humorous goodbye

In keeping with its custom of whimsical puns, Machias nursery Jordan Gardens posted a humorous farewell last week, having closed its doors for good last spring. A public auction for the property is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. The business includes 11 acres of land. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Special Olympics swim program opens at University Maine Machias

The Washington County Special Olympics swim program will begin its third season on Thursday, October 12 from 10 – 11 am at the UMM pool. Special Olympians of all ages are encouraged to participate. The first session will include a skills assessment, so participants should come prepared to get in the pool. Practices will take place every Thursday (excluding holidays and weather closures) until the spring regional meets, usually held in April.

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The Witches at Steuben library

The Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center will be showing the movie  “The Witches” on Friday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. 

While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother Helga, young Luke inadvertently spies on a convention of witches. The Grand High Witch reveals a plan to turn all children into mice through a magical formula. When they find that Luke has overheard, the witches test the formula on him. Now, with the help of Helga and the hotel manager, Mr. Stringer, Luke the mouse must fight back against the witches.  Come enjoy the movie on our big screen.  

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Wonder Woman movie at UMM

University of Maine at Machias’ student activities organization, SAIL, will host two showings of the movie Wonder Woman on campus. SAIL stands for Student Activities Involvement and Leadership, and the organization hosts events throughout the academic year for students and community members. Wonder Woman will show in the Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $2 for community members and free for UMM students, staff, faculty, and their immediate family members.

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Machias juvenile arrested for threats against area schools

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Emailed threats to local students led to the closure of the Machias schools on Tuesday, Oct. 3 and all A.O.S 96 schools plus Washington Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 4. 

 “We got some email threats that a person or persons unknown may try to cause harm to the students at Machias High,” said Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley. 

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Strengthening the future of Maine’s manufacturing industry

by Sen. Angus King

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