Lamb House annual meeting set for April 8

The Lamb House, providing short term housing for families who have lost their home due to fire or other natural disaster, will hold their annual meeting on Sunday, April 8 at 12:15 pm. at the First Congregational Church 12 River Road, Cherryfield.  The public is welcome to attend.  The home serves southern Washington County. For more information contact Peter Duston at 546-7559.

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Whitneyville Public Library receives grant to purchase children’s books

The Whitneyville Public Library has received a $1,000 grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Grant of the Maine Community Foundation to purchase children’s books to help supplement our book and storyteller service to Rose M. Gaffney, Jonesboro Elementary and the Wesley Elementary Schools.

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Public invited to discuss marijuana with Machias town officials April 4

The town of Machias has scheduled a public work session to discuss marijuana for Wednesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. The session was scheduled after a public hearing held on Wednesday, March 21. See “Public weighs in…” page 1.

“We would like public participation and input,” said town manager Christina Therrien. “Please come see us.”

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Estate planning seminar in Machias

Washington County Thriving in Place is bringing Rebecca J. Sargent, Esq. of Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC in Ellsworth, to Machias on May 22 for a  three-hour seminar on Estate Planning Basics.  This free event will provide strategies to give caregivers and family members the legal and financial resources to care for loved ones and themselves. Topics include Powers of Attorney, Advanced Care Directives, Wills & Trusts and asset protection.  This seminar will be held at the Kay Parker Building of Sunrise Opportunities in Machias from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Public meeting set for Machias dike

The Maine Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to discuss options for the replacement of the aging Machias dike on Route 1. 

The preliminary public meeting has been scheduled for Monday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at the University of Maine at Machias, Science Building Room 102.

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State’s DCF numbers raise more questions than answers

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Governor LePage has gone on record saying that he closed the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) because it was too expensive to operate. 

“That prison costs more per prisoner, minimum security prison, costs more to hold and imprison than the maximum security prison in Warren,” said LePage in an interview with WGME last week. 

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Revolutionary times at Pleasant River

A most interesting account of the very early days in the settlement of Pleasant River (now the area of Columbia/Columbia Falls) appeared in the October 25, 1875 edition of the Machias Union.

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Threads - Harriet’s story

by Sherry Rier

This is the last of four installments in the story of Harriet Means Johnson, the grandmother of local author Sherry Rier. For more of Rier’s writing about Harriet and her family’s local history, visit www.voicesofancestors.wordpress.com. 

Monday A.M. 

On the train. 

February 17, 1908

My dear Mother and Father, 

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Guest Voice - Helping veterans while creating jobs

by Sen. Joyce Maker

There’s been a lot of worrisome news for Washington County out of Augusta lately, but in spite of the headlines and the uncertainty that still plagues Downeast Correctional Facility, there are some great things happening this session at the State House. 

A prime example is a new law, sponsored by my colleague Representative Brad Farrin (R-Norridgewock), which will help fill some of the critical medical vacancies around the state while also helping our veterans more successfully transition to civilian life.

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Editor's Desk

I’m writing this editorial from my grandmother’s screened porch in Naples, Florida and I’m not going to sugarcoat this — the grass is green, and the weather is nice. It’s a little bit of a shock to the system, but I think I’ll manage. 

 Yesterday I visited a Super Target that I swear contained more humans than the town of Machiasport. Not much in Washington County compares for population density, and I’m okay with that because I’ve already been honked at twice for moving too slowly off of stop signs. 

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