King talks health care, North Korea in Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In advance of the Senate’s vote on its replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) spent time in Washington County touring health care facilities and talking with local care providers. 

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Uneven playing field jeopardizes wild blueberry future

by Ruth Leubecker

Tariffs, shrinking profits and inflationary subsidies all contribute to a shifting, unbalanced wild blueberry market coming to a head on the Washington County, Maine-Canadian border.

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State budget offers year-long reprieve for prison

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After a three-day government shutdown that kept legislators in Augusta into the early hours of July 4, the Maine legislature adopted a biennial budget that guarantees one year of funding for the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF). The low-security state prison, located in the Bucks Harbor village of Machiasport, provides more than 45 jobs to the local economy.

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Coastal scenery takes center stage at Bold Coast Sea & Sky triathlon

The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival will host its second annual unconventional Sprint Triathlon at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 22. This race will be an opportunity for athletes, and their supporters to experience beautiful Downeast scenery, the world’s biggest tides and, if they are lucky, bald eagles. This is an excellent course with no traffic lights and no crowding.

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Machias Rotary at it again

In 2015, members of the Machias Rotary Club donated their time and hard work to reclaim the beauty that once was the Down East Community Hospital (DECH) courtyard. They weeded, cut back old growth and then planted hundreds of tulip bulbs.  Since then Master Gardener Susan Carlton has added her expertise, along with many plants.  

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Historical & Genealogical Society meeting scheduled for Saturday

A meeting of the Washington Co. Historical & Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 15 in the Emergency Management Room, 28 Center Street in Machias.

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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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