Marshfield firefighters fundraise for urgent cancer prevention gear

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

With the recent anniversary of September 11’s terror attacks high cancer rates among firefighters have received widespread attention.  According to one NY firefighters union, more than 1,000 of its 9/11 first responders have been diagnosed with cancer and respiratory issues after responding to ground zero. But cancer has become a problem for firefighters nationwide, not only city fire departments.  

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Stone Soup Cafe lost to fire on 9/11, firefighters honor the fallen

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

A 2 a.m. emergency phone call reported smoke on Route 1 in East Machias on Tuesday, Sept. 11. When fire crews arrived to the Stone Soup Cafe and Market only minutes later, the back of the structure was already fully engulfed. 

“There was no interior attack because by the time we got there and got water on it, shortly after it was what we call ‘flashed over,’” said East Machias Fire Chief Jack Gardner.

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Legislative session edges to finale, prison alive on back burner

by Ruth Leubecker

Although Downeast Correctional Facility is closed, five votes short of remaining open, it remains a simmering issue in the months ahead.

“I plan on putting in a bill for consideration in January that will reopen it,” announced Rep. Will Tuell last week. “It may not be the same size facility, but my hope is that we will be able to use the same location. This will be decided when the next legislature convenes.”

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Mills in Machias

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Mother-daughter duo performs at EAC

 

Mother and daughter duo of flutists, Sarah Lord (left) and Luna Lord of Machias perform the allegro movement from Telemann’s Fantasia together.

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Synergy with Orono and student excellence top priorities for new UMM VP and Head of Campus

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 Dr. Andy Egan’s bags are unpacked, he’s over his jet lag and he’s hard at work on his top priority — gathering his community’s input, both on campus and off. 

Two months ago Egan arrived in Machias fresh from a tour with the Peace Corps in Liberia to assume his new role as vice president and head of campus at the University of Maine at Machias.

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Former Machias smoke shop operator arrested for trafficking

 

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Kristian Crowley of Jonesport and Machias is currently being held at the Washington County jail in Machias. Bail was initially set at $25,000, then reduced to $3,000 cash or $30,000 surety on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Crowley was previously on probation and therefore remains at the jail. His attorney is Jeffrey Davidson of Machias.

State Police arrested Crowley on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and charged him with unlawful traffickig of scheduled drugs.

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Axiom grant to improve digital equity, inclusion Downeast

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A recent grant to Axiom’s National Digital Equity Center will translate into free public trainings for Mainers who want to improve their digital literacy in pursuit of better jobs, a better quality of life, or even a better experience aging at home. 

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Machias board discusses replacement compactor

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At an extra meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 5 the Machias Board of Selectmen began with a moment of silence in honor of Warren Gay who passed away in Machias on Aug. 29. Gay served on the board since 2005, and spent many years as the board chairman.

The board also reviewed quotes for a new replacement trash compactor. The town’s previous compactor is broken beyond repair.

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Mermaid shines as versatile musician

 

by Ruth Leubecker

 A Mermaid’s Tail, this year’s Wild Blueberry Festival musical, received rave reviews from many attendees. A big part of the applause was attributed to the stage presence and impressive voice of the mermaid, as played by Eustacia Landrum.

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