Machias PD searching for New Year’s Eve robber

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley confirmed that a robbery took place on Sunday, Dec. 31 in Machias. An unidentified person made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the Machias River Inn.

The robbery took place at approximately 7 p.m., but the gender of the thief could not be determined from witness descriptions.  Dwelley declined to comment on the use of a weapon. 

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Brief power outage affected 950 around Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A spokesperson for Emera Maine confirmed that roughly 950 residents around the Machias area awoke to no electricity on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 30.

Emera was able to reroute service immediately to restore power to half of the downed homes, and then sent crews to the area to conduct the repair. They discovered that a line had broken close to a pole, likely due to age and the extremely low temperatures. 

Power was restored to all affected homes within four hours.

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Beals Heritage Center Movie Night

The public is invited to attend movie night at Beals Heritage Center on Tuesday, Jan. 16  at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s movies will consist of interviews of Isaac and Eva Beal and Tecky and Etta Drisko. 

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Dr. Lisa R. Funte sworn in as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner

 Attorney General Janet Mills swore in Dr. Lisa R Funte as Maine’s Deputy Chief Medical Examiner at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Wednesday, January 3.

 Dr. Funte most recently served as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in Mississippi for 5 years and has worked as a medical examiner since 2006. She has also taught undergraduates and medical students in biology and pathology for 30 years.

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‘Cold weather, warm water’

Songs for sailing from cold ports to warm seas

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Woman arrested for role in attempted murder

According to the Calais Police Department, Brittany Wescott has been arrested on charges of aggravated attempted murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs following the incident that took place in Calais on Dec.  27. Wescott turned herself in to the Washington County Jail at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Jan  3.

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Sit and Knit group starts in Machias

A new community group is forming in January that will give knitters of all levels a chance to gather, learn, help each other and socialize in an informal, fun atmosphere.

Sit and Knit will hold its first gathering at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce train station. Snow date is Jan. 23. There is a nominal fee.

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Clam shells may give Atlantic salmon a boost

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A public meeting scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13 will give the community a chance to learn how the lowly clam shell could help save the endangered Atlantic salmon.

Hosted by the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF), the hearing will be facilitated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The DSF will be filing an application with the DEP for an experimental acid rain mitigation plan on a tributary of the East Machias River. 

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Plowmen working overtime

It was a rough week for snowmen and plowboys, as the second storm of the season slammed the entire east coast and the Bold Coast was treated to a winter wonderland. For the second time however, we were spared the full Bombogenesis that was predicted, yet below zero temperatures have seemingly become the norm, with a brief respite this week. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Ice Hill South on hold in Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

A promised public meeting on Jonesport’s Ice Hill South has been postponed pending the collection of further information, according to Selectman Harry Fish Jr. Contacted by telephone, Fish said that at their January 3 meeting the selectmen decided to contact all five landowners on the lane to see if they would waive payment for any decrease in their property values if the town discontinued the road.

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