FairPoint acquisition complete, no change for Washington County

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) announced last week that it has completed its acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRP), in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion including debt and based on present equity value.  The merger further positions the company as a leading broadband and business service provider across a 24-state service area.  

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Machias PD investigates stabbing

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In the early morning hours of July 10 the Machias Police Department responded to a call reporting a stabbing victim. Chief Grady Dwelley said that the call came in between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m. and the stabbing occurred in a trailer on Sprague Way in Machias. A K9 unit was called to the scene, but its search was unproductive.

“The victim was removed by the Machias ambulance service alive and reasonably well and taken to the Down East Community Hospital,” said Dwelley. 

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The Editor’s Desk

Senator Angus King spent a day in Washington County last week. After touring the Eastport Health Care Clinic, he came to Machias for lunch at Helen’s and a visit to the Down East Community Hospital. I had a chance to sit down with him between his appointments, and that story is on our front page. 

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Letter to the Editor - New state budget slashes preventative public health services

 As many of you may be aware, the biennial state budget that was passed last week included a cut of $5 million per year to the Fund for a Healthy Maine’s allocation for prevention services aimed at improving public health.

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USDA to purchase $10 million in Maine blueberries

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin announced last week that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $10 million to purchase Maine wild blueberries after the Delegation requested the Department take action earlier this year. Bonus buys help protect American farmers from unexpected market conditions by purchasing surplus goods and distributing them to food banks and other charitable institutions.

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Prison much more than a local problem

by Ruth Leubecker

Although the Downeast Correctional Facility has been funded for another year, due to the dogged, unrelenting efforts of Sen. Joyce Maker and Rep. Will Tuell, years of heavy-duty fighting to keep this prison operating tells us we’ve only been granted a temporary reprieve.

During this past session, Tuell, forever tenacious, said, “This is much more than a Washington County problem. We will not give up hope. Closing the prison means losing the bed space systemwide. There isn’t enough statewide bed space to throw 100-plus beds away.”

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Attorney General Janet Mills to run for governor

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced July 10 that she is running for Governor.

“In Maine, when something’s not working, we don’t wait around for someone to come along and take care of it for us; we roll up our sleeves and fix it ourselves,” Mills said. “Well, it’s pretty clear that our government is broken, and there’s no way I’m going to stand on the sidelines and not fight to put it back together.”

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Paul Sullivan performs for Machias Bay Chamber Concerts

On Tuesday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) will present “An Evening with Paul Sullivan”, the Grammy Award-Winning pianist and composer. The concert will be held in Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias.

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Town News Harrington, Wesley, Whitneyville Library, Columbia, Jonesboro

Welsey

Andy and I helped George and Patti pack up and move to Chelsea last Sunday, July 2. They left a lot of things for Wesley Historical Yard Sale planned for Saturday, July 22. Also got a couple of boxes from Dotty Baker for yard sales, plus Dotty donated a few things to the Historical building.

Leo Hayward has been donating his time at the Wesley Historical building on Saturday from noon- 4 p.m. through July. If you see the “Open” flag, stop in  and have a look around. There are a lot of pictures and reading to do and a lot of old tools from this area.

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Pembroke Library presents “Maine woods - Maine waters”

Whether you are a true “Downeaster,” a transplant “from away,” a “summer person” or a tourist who is just passing through,” you will have a chance to hear a musical tribute to Maine’s historic and heroic outdoor workers. The Pembroke Library presents “Maine Woods – Maine Waters” on Wednesday evening, July 19. Songs of working “in the woods,” “driving” logs down flooded rivers, watching the coastline, harvesting the fish of Maine’s waters and Maine ships sailing to and from far away places can be heard at the Pembroke Library Chantey Sing.

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