WA dedicates softball field

 

The Foster Field dedication was held at Washington Academy on Saturday, May 26. The ceremony preceded a WA girls varsity softball game against the Dover Foxcroft Ponies. The dedication marked the end of the “Breaking New Ground” capital campaign that supported the addition and resurfacing of WA athletic fields and dugout renovations. Washington Academy would like to thank Breaking New Ground Chairman, Larry Barker, for his extraordinary dedication to the campaign’s success. 

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Machias woman arrested for arson

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison confirmed that Loretta Roberts of Machias has been arrested for arson by the Maine Fire Marshal’s office. 

The fire took place in Machias on Sunday, June 17. A call was received at 2:15 a.m. reporting a fire on 39 Court Street. The Machias and Marshfield Fire Departments responded with 16 firefighters in total. 

The shed on the property was a total loss, including an ATV inside the shed, and some siding was damaged on a house near the property.  Roberts was arrested later that day.

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Machias hit-and-run Facebook rumor false

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Rumors of a pedestrian being hit by a car on Route 1 in Machias last Saturday spread far and wide leading to multiple calls into the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) for more information. 

The story was circulated across several local Facebook “incident alert” sites, and said that the victim was flown out of Machias by LifeFlight. However, the RCC confirmed Monday that a review of all inbound calls and local hospital records show no such incident occurred. 

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Lockdown should not be an option for children

Way back in the days of Donnie Smith as Washington County sheriff, we heard ad infinitum about the wrongful jailing of mental patients and others incarcerated just to tuck them away because there was no place else to put them. 

Now it seems, our justice system is failing kids in much the same way. I have long admired Chief Justice Leigh Saufley, and she hit the nail on the head recently when she issued an official statement about a youth recently sent to Long Creek for violating his probation.

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Letter to the Editor - AARP Maine

AARP Maine and our more than 230,000 members would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to all the candidates running in the general election in November. We would also like to remind everyone that November is not that far away.  By far the biggest and most robust voting bloc in the state is that of Mainers over the age of 50.  The issues impacting older Mainers are of particular importance here in Maine, the oldest state in the country.

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Jana Elaine Pettegrow - Bangor

Jana Elaine Pettegrow of Bangor, Maine died from pneumonia complications at Mass General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 14, 2018.  Jana was born in Machias on December 26, 1977, the daughter of Wayne L. Pettegrow of Machiasport and Susan Radley of Machias. She was predeceased by grandparents Richard and Nonie Pettegrow of Machiasport, and Robert and Faye Ackley of Cutler. 

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TOWN OF NORTHFIELD ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

The Town of Northfield will hold the Annual Town Meetingon Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Northfield Town Hall.

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Revolutionary spirit honored at Balsam Valley Chapel

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School safety, low revenues discussed at town meeting

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Betsy Fitzgerald moderated the Machias 2018 Annual Town Meeting held Wednesday, June 13. Thirty-eight residents were in attendance for the event which lasted just over one hour.

All of the warrant’s 52 articles passed, some unanimously but most with a handful of votes in opposition.

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WaCo Teacher of the Year advances to semifinals

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Kailee Colbeth was at the circus with her family when she heard the news that she won Washington County Teacher of the Year. “I think I went into shock!” she said. Colbeth teaches math at Washington Academy (WA) in East Machias. Last week Colbeth received more good news — she has advanced to the state semifinals. Colbeth is now one of eight candidates for Maine Teacher of the Year.

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