Machias selectboard debates crosswalk, additional school funds

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) repaved many of the roads in Machias this summer, raising questions around the crosswalk previously painted on Court Street between Porter Memorial Library and the Machias Post Office. The selectboard discussed the issue at their regular bi-weekly meeting on Wednesday, August 23.

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Ark animal shelter to host family fair

On September 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield will be hosting its second Furry Friends Family Fair. Visitors will enjoy live music, pony rides, a petting zoo featuring local farm animals, dunk tank, bounce house, face painting, games, and food provided by North Street Café. 

The day’s events also feature a dog show starting at noon, with classes for both kids and adults and prizes for: Best Costume, Most Obedient, Best Groomed, and Best Friend Award.

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East Coast River Relay launches from Calais


by Lura Jackson

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Cub and Boy Scout registration opening

Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 139 from Cherryfield are accepting registration forms for the 2017-18 year. The pack covers the towns of Cherryfield, Milbridge, Harrington, Addison and Steuben and surrounding towns. However, if you do not have a troop or pack nearby, your son is welcome to join us. 

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Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

by Susan Faloon 

There are many things we may regret in life, but being prepared for emergencies is not one of them.   You might say I have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I was forced to evacuate summer camp at

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Editors Desk

As a general rule, people rarely visit the tourist sites closest to home, and we are no exception here in Washington County. Now that the weather is getting cooler and the bugs are slowing down, it’s the perfect time to seek out the attractions in your own backyard.

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Governor appoints Rabinowitz as press secretary

Governor Paul R. LePage announced today he has appointed Julie Dumont Rabinowitz as his Press Secretary. Rabinowitz now serves as the Director of Policy, Operations and Communication for the Maine Department of Labor.

“Julie has worked closely with our communications team and our policy advisors in her role at the labor department, and I am looking forward to her continued service as my press secretary,” said Governor LePage.

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Mainers urged to sign up for free disposal of unusable pesticides

This October, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help Mainers dispose of unusable and waste pesticides. The Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program, jointly sponsored by the BPC and DEP, and funded through pesticide product registration fees, has kept more than 99 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since its start in 1982.

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Solving the smells and stains of 92 Second Street

Take one imaginative first-time author and one unsolved violent family murder and you have a tale unique to New England. A bloody good story that remains shrouded in mystery even after 125 years.

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Merrill Library offers ‘Let’s Talk About It’ book group

Merrill Library at the University of Maine at Machias has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free public reading and discussion group, with copies of books available for loan through the library.

The program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book, in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

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