Fuel for the fire… fighters

Ask any firefighter what they can’t do without and there’s a pretty good chance that coffee’s high on the ladder. So there was some cause for alarm when the folks at Machias Savings Bank  heard that the Machias Fire Department’s coffee maker wasn’t performing up to snuff. Jumping into action, they surprised the volunteer women and men, stopping by the station on International Firefighters Day, May 4, with a state-of-the-art coffee maker, and some Maine-roasted Bold Coast Coffee. It is estimated there are over 5,000 volunteer firefighters in the state of Maine.

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Share with Maine Harvest for Hunger

Share the taste of sweet corn, crisp green beans and squash with neighbors in need by participating in the Maine Harvest for Hunger Program, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Participants receive free seeds to plant in exchange for donating harvested produce to local food pantries. More information, including how to volunteer, is available online umaine.edu/harvest-for-hunger, or from the Washington County UMaine Extension office, 28 Center Street, Machias, 207.255.3345; email tara.a.wood@maine.edu.

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Spring fever

Predominantly grey and rainy weather has made the sunny days stand out even more this month. Roadside stands like Machias’ Rivers Edge Drive In have enjoyed long lines of hearty ice cream seekers who often have to eat in their cars to avoid the chilly combination of frozen treats and nippy spring winds. 

Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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The Eastern Maine Young Skippers

On Thursday, May 25 at 5 p.m. The Grand is hosting “The Eastern Maine Young Skippers Program – Final Assembly” presented by Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Admission for this event is free and the public is invited. 

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Marine resources passes landmark lobster enforcement bill

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Wednesday, May 10, members of the Marine Resources Committee voted to recommend passage of a bill that would crack down on illegal activity on the water, after spending two marathon work sessions on the legislation.

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Machias Selectboard candidates announce priorities

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by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Bill to restore the tip credit clears committee

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A bill that would restore the tip wage credit cleared the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee earlier this week, following a month of intense debate on the measure that largely impacts Maine’s hospitality industry. The bill passed the committee with an 11-2 vote.

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UMM Graduate

Graduated Rhiannon Hampson posed with her mother EJ by Bad Little Falls last weekend during graduation festivities at the University of Maine at Machias. Hampson, who started her degree while living in Machias now runs a farm in Monmouth called Grace Pond Farm. “I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Community Studies, with a minor in counseling. I’ve been working on agricultural policy issues while actively farming and will likely continue to do that,” said Hampson. Submitted photo.

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The Editor’s Desk

By Sarah Craighead Deadmon

Town meeting season is upon us and in this issue you’ll find the first in a four-part series titled “Machias Voter’s Guide”. You’ll meet the four candidates for the Machias Selectboard and learn about which challenges are important to them, what keeps them up at night, and what they hope to achieve if they are chosen to fill one of the two open seats on the board. 

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Warning of fraudulent Veterans Choice Program

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin are warning Maine veterans to beware of a scam where imposters attempt to imitate the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) phone line.

 Through this scam, a phone line has been set up by an unknown party to potentially mimic the VCP phone line. The imposter phone line may be intended to reach veterans who inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly.

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