Local candidates share views, common ground at UMM forum

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A congenial tone permeated the two-hour local candidate forum hosted by the University of Maine at Machias on Thursday, Oct. 25. Nine of ten local House and Senate candidates attended the event, representing Senate District 6 and House Districts 138-140. The event was also live-streamed on www.machias.edu. 

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Machias Valley News Observer Voter's Guide

A look at the candidates’ contests

by Lura Jackson

Upon opening your ballot this year you’ll see a bit of the familiar – and a bit of the new. Along with the customary dance of the incumbents and their challengers, this year’s midterm election is the first in which Mainers will be utilizing the Ranked Choice Voting system.

The local races

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Trick or Treat Main Street

This chilling sight was seen standing like this up and down Main Street

The town of Machias joined in the festivities with the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s scarecrow contest, this year featuring a band of mischievous minions, characters from the popular “Despicable Me” movie series. Photos by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Donation gives Machias’ Nash building new life on Main Street

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The historic Nash building will soon pivot from a symbol of Main Street decline to an agent of change for the wider Washington County business community. Last week Machias Savings Bank announced it has partnered with the Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC), and that the Nash Building, located at the end of Centre Street and Main Street in Machias, will be given new life as the Machias Valley Center for Entrepreneurship. The bank purchased the building in June, 2017.

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Wesley horse takes national title in Oklahoma

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Janine Hawkins and her daughter Emily have always had big dreams for their family horse farm in Wesley. Janine dreamed of breeding a horse to compete at the Morgan Grand Nationals in Oklahoma, and Emily dreamed of training a horse she would ride in the grand nationals, a contest considered the pinnacle of achievement in the Morgan horse world. 

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The Editor’s Desk

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Every year the Maine Press Association holds a day-long conference somewhere in Maine, this year at the Sunday River Resort in Bethel. It’s widely attended by journalists from papers in cities and small towns, and I attended the event last weekend together with a small group that included the editor of the Calais Advertiser and our publisher, Pierre Little. 

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Machias Valley Christian School celebrates autumn with apples

Wyatt Fritz works on his lace-up apple craft.

Students and teachers visited Antill’s Orchard in Wesley for an apple-picking field trip. Submitted photos

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Historic Nash building, grandfather to Main Street

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Long before Machias’ Nash Building became a local symbol of Main Street decline and revitalization, it held a fruit and confectionary store operated by Italian immigrants. 

Joseph Toschi came to Machias in the late 1800s with his children and son-in-law, Ernest Mugnai. According to Mugnai’s great-grandson, Michael Hoyt, Mugnai imported fruit and candy by train from Boston to sell in his Machias fruit store.

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Public invited to discuss new deputies at countywide meeting Oct. 30

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Washington County Commissioners have scheduled another public discussion to gather feedback on the proposed addition of three new deputies to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Early this year the commissioners held a series of public conversations about the possibility of adding three new deputies to the county law enforcement branch. The addition would increase the countywide tax by approximately $400,000 in 2019 when all of the necessary equipment must also be purchased, then go down in 2020 and 2021.

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What would it cost you to add three more deputies?

County taxes are calculated based on a town’s valuation, which is determined annually by the state. Though the valuations for 2019 are not yet finalized, the county worked up this spreadsheet to show towns what their share of the new deputies would be based on the 2018 numbers.  

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