Small aircraft crashes at Machias Valley Municipal Airport

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 

A 1973 Beechcraft Sundowner C23 lost power during its approach to the Machias Valley Municipal Airport on Thursday, Sept. 14. The Machias Fire Department was called to the scene of the ensuing crash, which did not injure the pilot. There were no passengers.

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Verizon Wireless disconnects Downeast

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Two years after Verizon Wireless announced its expansion into eastern Hancock and Washington Counties, Downeast customers received letters stating that their Verizon contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. 

Downeast customers are not the only ones receiving these notices. According to Verizon spokesperson David Weissman, 213 customers and 455 lines have been cut here in Washington County this month, but a total of 8,500 consumers in 13 states will also lose their Verizon service—19,000 lines in all.

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‘Downeast Cowboy’ named finalist in outdoor adventure film contest

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

James Hubisz and Kelly Hinkle are the men behind the mask of Downeast Cowboy, an online filmmaking venture that has grown in popularity since 2011 when they made their first video showcasing Washington County. 

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Beals Elementary School students in grades 5

Beals Elementary School students in grades 5 through 8 trek through the woods of The Nature Conservancy’s Great Wass Island Preserve as part of a two-day field trip last week under the auspices of the Maine Outdoor School. Photo courtesy Suzanne Carver. Story found on page 10.

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Machias’ Annual Harvest Fair, Wine and Beer Festival set for Sept. 23

The 2017 Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce Fifth  Annual Harvest Fair and Wine and Beer Tasting Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23. It is sponsored by the Chamber, Machias River Brewing Company and The French Cellar.

The full day of fun begins with a Color Dash sponsored by Healthy  Acadia. Registration is preferred in advance but can be made on the day of the event at 8 a.m. The dash begins at 9 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, contact Angela Fochesato at Healthy Acadia, 255.3741.

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DMR announces presence of brain-damaging biotoxin

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is in the process of recalling mussels harvested from Frenchman Bay due to elevated levels of domoic acid, the biotoxin that causes Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP). The recall follows a closure implemented yesterday of the area between East Point on MDI and Cranberry Point in Gouldsboro to the harvest of mussels, clams, oysters and whelks (carnivorous snails).

 In mammals, including humans, domoic acid acts as a neurotoxin, causing permanent short-term memory loss, brain damage, and death in severe cases.

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Seal fatalities

Three dead seals in three weeks have local marine scientists scratching their heads. Last weekend former University of Maine at Machias (UMM) marine biology student Marielle Thomas worked with UMM professor Gayle Krauss to examine the seal. Photo courtesy Aura Moore

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Memories of the British occupation of Machias in 1814 The British are coming Part 2

The following is a first person account of what happened during those trying times as recorded by Lydia Whitney Sherman, wife of Aaron Sherman a local carpenter who is most noted for building the Ruggles House at Columbia Falls, and daughter of Colonel Jeremiah O’Brien. She remembers distinctly the British occupation of Machias in 1814, then a girl of eleven years. When in her nineties her remembrances were recorded by her son George W. Sherman, who sent them to George Drisko, who printed her story in the March 9, 1897 issue of the Machias Union – as follows.

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Join the fight to lower taxes and help Maine families prosper

by Governor Paul LePage

It is so refreshing to have a president in the White House who truly understands what it takes to create jobs and grow the economy.

From his long and successful career in business, President Trump knows firsthand that a burdensome tax code doesn’t create jobs, it kills them. When he outlined his vision for tax reform last week, I was pleased to see it will help Maine families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.

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Editors Desk

We’ve had a busy week here in Washington County.

All the high school and college sports teams are back at it, and Phil Stuart has those stories for you in our Sports section. 

We had a small plane crash at the Machias Valley Municipal Airport, which the pilot walked away from just fine. It meant a long day for him and for the Machias Fire Department, and heaven knows that plane will never be the same. But as they say, a good landing is any landing that you walk away from. We have that story for you on page 1.

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