Machias Selectboard talks police pay hike, marijuana recap

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Selectboard opened its April 11 meeting with a moment of silence to honor Aubrey “Skip” Carter who passed away on April 4. Carter served for many years as the chairman of the Machias Selectboard. 

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Services sliced as hospital tightens belt

by Ruth Leubecker

Hospital care in Washington County will likely soon become further limited as Calais Regional Hospital, having closed its ob/gyn unit, further assesses other departments.

Rumors of limited emergency room hours were dispelled last week by Rod Boula, the Calais hospital CEO. “No, our ER is open 24/7,” said Boula. “But everything is being assessed. I can’t disclose what we’re looking at, but we are looking at all service areas.”

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Editor's Desk

Last week was National Volunteer Week, so I want to thank the many among us who give so freely and so generously of their time. What would our beloved community do without you? Take a moment to read Nancy Beal’s piece (p. 18) on the most active volunteers in Washington County, and prepare to be amazed at the hours they contribute and the difference they make.

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Emera customers urged to protest rate hike May 1

Emera Maine, the second-largest electric utility company in Maine, is once again seeking to raise electric rates for their customers.  This is the third rate hike Emera Maine has requested in the past five years. Since 2013, Emera Maine’s rates have increased by over 12 percent.  Their latest request calls for an additional 4.5 percent rate increase.

AARP Maine strongly opposes Emera Maine’s latest request to raise their rates.  Raising electric rates, yet again, is unaffordable for many Maine families, especially those living on fixed incomes. 

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Letter to the Editor - Golden is right for CD2

Golden is right for CD2

Democrats in CD2 have the opportunity to elect a unique, well-qualified candidate to Congress in Jared Golden. 

Jared was born in Lewiston and raised in Leeds, Maine, and served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine. Upon his return, he attended and graduated from Bates College, then worked for Senator Collins in Washington. He then decided to serve once again, winning elections in 2014 and 2016 to the Maine House of Representatives representing Lewiston, where he now lives.

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Letter to the Editor - Correcting the record on Poliquin Healthcare, Balanced Budget Amendment

Correcting the record on Poliquin Healthcare, Balanced Budget Amendment

I’d like to correct the record about some things Ms. Dean from Machias wrote about Congressman Bruce Poliquin in her Letter to the Editor in last week’s paper.

First, she wrongly claims Congressman Poliquin accepts some kind of special congressional health care benefits, and therefore doesn’t need to pay for health care on his own.  This is false.  The Congressman refuses any special health benefits through taxpayer money.

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Ranked Choice Voting approved for Maine primaries

by  Lura Jackson

Following a series of challenges to a 2016 people’s referendum in which 52 percent of voters statewide chose to approve Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), the Maine Supreme Court has ruled that the June 12 primaries will go forward with the new method of voting. Whether or not the November elections will follow suit will be determined by a new referendum with which voters can express their wishes in June.

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Norman A. Hall Green Cove Springs, FL & Orrington, ME

Green Cove Springs, Florida & Orrington, Maine – Norman A. Hall, 86, former longtime resident of Orrington passed away in Florida on January 2, 2018 following a brief illness.

Services were held in Florida. A graveside committal service were  held at 1 p.m.  on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in the Hillside Cemetery, Bucks Harbor, Maine with Pastor Bill Holmes officiating. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias.

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Jon E Wright - Machiasport

Jon E. Wright, 49, of Machiasport passed away April 17, 2018 at his home.  He was born October, 1968 in Northampton, Massachusetts.  He was the second oldest child born to George Wright, Jr. and the late Norma Lee Read.     

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Rosemary L. Alley - Jonesport

Rosemary L. Alley, 82, died April 5, 2018 at a Machias hospital. She was born February 26, 1936 in Milbridge, the daughter of Luther and Thelma (Simonton) Lindsey.

She loved to read , enjoyed gardening, cake decorating, puzzles, word puzzles, and trivia. She also enjoyed watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune .

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