Main Street era comes to a close with weekend auction, MSB expansion in works

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A public auction set for Sept. 28-29 in Machias will close a 20-year period when Main Street Discount occupied a central position in downtown Machias. The public may enter the building to inspect the auction items beginning at 8 a.m. each day, with the actual auction starting at 9:30. The auctioneer is Melissa Wells. Machias Savings Bank has purchased the property.

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MVNO receives four statewide press awards

Last week the Maine Press Association awarded the Machias Valley News Observer four prizes in its 2018 Better Newspaper Contest. The contest evaluated content created between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

-Ruth Leubecker and Sarah Craighead Dedmon were awarded third place for the MVNO editorial section. The decision was based on a sampling of MVNO editorial sections over the award year and measured both writing and quality of community engagement.

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Wesley

by Camille Hawkins

I went to my granddaughter Maddy's volleyball game at Machias High School on Saturday afternoon. It was a good game against Bucksport.

Linda and I made a pineapple cream cake for Becky's birthday at Bear Camp. We had a great time. One of the bear hunters has a birthday and we're making a chocolate cake for his birthday on Thursday night.

I let three more male monarch butterflies go the last couple of days, there is one left to go. The monarchs are making a comeback, which is great.

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Life and times of being an activity director

 

by Wayne Smith

Narraguagus Bay Health Care Facility in Milbridge has different activities going on throughout the year that gets the residents fired up. Heaven Jones, Activity Director, sat down and talked to me about some of the activities there.

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October Scarecrow Contest to showcase community spirit

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Grab a hay bale and start sketching plans for your award-winning scarecrow because October is going to be the month Machias shows off its community pride with the annual scarecrow contest.

“We want them on lawns, we want them on light poles, windows, we want those everywhere, so that people will come to Machias to see them!” said Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Director Sharon Mack.

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The wild cucumber

 

by Joseph Horn

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Marshfield firefighters fundraise for urgent cancer prevention gear

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

With the recent anniversary of September 11’s terror attacks high cancer rates among firefighters have received widespread attention.  According to one NY firefighters union, more than 1,000 of its 9/11 first responders have been diagnosed with cancer and respiratory issues after responding to ground zero. But cancer has become a problem for firefighters nationwide, not only city fire departments.  

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Stone Soup Cafe lost to fire on 9/11, firefighters honor the fallen

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

A 2 a.m. emergency phone call reported smoke on Route 1 in East Machias on Tuesday, Sept. 11. When fire crews arrived to the Stone Soup Cafe and Market only minutes later, the back of the structure was already fully engulfed. 

“There was no interior attack because by the time we got there and got water on it, shortly after it was what we call ‘flashed over,’” said East Machias Fire Chief Jack Gardner.

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Legislative session edges to finale, prison alive on back burner

by Ruth Leubecker

Although Downeast Correctional Facility is closed, five votes short of remaining open, it remains a simmering issue in the months ahead.

“I plan on putting in a bill for consideration in January that will reopen it,” announced Rep. Will Tuell last week. “It may not be the same size facility, but my hope is that we will be able to use the same location. This will be decided when the next legislature convenes.”

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Mills in Machias

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