‘Royal Bulldogs’ turn Jonesport, Machias schools into one winning team

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When students approached Cindy Moore-Rossi and asked her to coach their cross country running team, she wasn’t even a runner herself.

“There were four kids that wanted to run and they were told the program would fold if they couldn’t come up with a coach,” she said. At the time Moore-Rossi was working at Machias Memorial High School as a special education ed tech.

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Josh Kelley, Philip Kilton survive the sinking of their lobster boat 11 miles offshore

 

by Nancy Beal

The boat that sank out from under Beals lobsterman Josh Kelley and his sternman last month seven miles outside of Moosepeak Light was a 42-foot Novi-style boat that Kelley purchased in Lower Woods Hole, Nova Scotia in 2014. She was built by Stanley Greenwood, or “Chainsaw” Greenwood as he is familiarly known because he uses that tool for finish work.

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Local talent fires up UMM women’s basketball

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On their way to last week’s game, the University of Maine at Machias women’s basketball team anxiously awaited the latest USCAA power rankings. Coach Troy Alley had predicted their strong 6-2 record would land them in the national top 10, but when the rankings came out he heard they were actually number three. 

Five minutes later he realized his mistake. “Ladies, we’re not third,” said Alley. They were crestfallen. “We’re first.” 

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County committee on verge of completing controversial budget

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After a hiatus due to weather events, the Washington County Budget Committee convened on Thursday, Nov. 29 for what could be its next-to-last meeting this year. The 2019 budget process has taken longer than usual owing to a debate over the proposed addition of three deputies to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Moosabec teachers seek pay scale changes, negotiations ongoing since last winter

 

by Nancy Beal

Teachers in Union 103, the school unit that includes both elementary schools and the joint high school in Beals and Jonesport, are seeking a change in the 25-step pay scale under which the district has operated for years. Negotiations started last winter and, instead of lasting the usual couple of months and centering on the increase in pay and benefits, are snagged on a different issue which, teachers say, affect not just money, but their professionalism and the ability of the schools to attract and retain good teachers.

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Medicaid expansion struggles amid sea of suits, strife

By Ruth Leubecker 

Health insurance for 70,000-plus Mainers may be the law of the land, but lawsuits and excessive legal postponements have prevented it from happening for over two years.

The latest date for possible positive action is December 5.

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School officials tell parents to throw away the yardsticks, they’re toxic

by Rep. Lawrence E. Lockman

Is it really “poisonous” for parents to compare student test scores in their local school district to test results in other districts across the state?

I don’t think so. But then, I’m not a credentialed education professional with advanced degrees, earning $80K or $90K toiling in the government school monopoly swamp.

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The Nature of Phenology: Muskrats

 

by Hazel Stark 

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Green Team nurtures plants, community

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Green Team worked all summer weeding, planting and watering to beautify flower beds around Machias, but what they’re really hoping will blossom is a sense of hometown pride.

“We care about creating a community spirit,” said committee co-chair Sandi Malagara. “We have so much good here in Machias. We want everybody to know what a wonderful place it is.”

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A heady mix of new and old will greet 129th Legislature on opening day

by Ruth Leubecker

New decisions and old issues will mix this time around with new and returning legislators as the 129th session prepares for a potpourri of challenges ahead.

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