Celebrating Robert Coles’ service

WW2 veteran, Pearl Harbor hero, and hometown celebrity Robert P. Coles, Jr. was celebrated last Friday, fittingly on the observation of Veterans Day. He was 93. A remembrance service took place at Machias Memorial High School, followed by a full military honors interment at Longfellow Cemetery in Machias. See more photos on page 7. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Local legislators gear up for Medicaid expansion battle

by Ruth Leubecker

Maine made history last week, becoming the first state in the nation to pass Medicaid expansion by citizen referendum. 

Gov. Paul LePage, who has vetoed Medicaid expansion five times, vows to stall this win at the polls by mandating the legislature to find the funding before he will allow implementation. 

The fight to give health-care coverage to over 70,000 uninsured Mainers has been a lengthy and bitter battle, marked with heart-breaking stories and the fierce needs of many deprived daily of care.

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AOS 96 seeks to remove non-consolidation penalties

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In the final hours of Maine’s 2018-19 budget negotiations, the governor’s office inserted language into the biennial budget  that would reduce funding to schools which do not consolidate into one of nine to twelve new School Management and Leadership Centers (SMLCs). 

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DMR finalizes 2017-18 scallop season, new licenses on horizon

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After the Nov. 8 meeting of the Scallop Advisory Council, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) announced its final calendar for the 2017-18 fishing season, set to kick off on Dec. 4.

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Art to honor veterans

Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School art teacher Becky Lee worked with Machias students to create one entire wall of patriotic artwork which was displayed during last week’s Veterans Day breakfast at the school. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Machias gunshot victim recovering

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A Machias man was shot with a rifle through an exterior wall late on Oct. 8. Machias Police are not releasing the identity of the victim at this time. 

The victim was taken to Down East Community Hospital in Machias where he was stabilized, then taken by Lifeflight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. “He seems to be recovering quite well,” said Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley.

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Centre Street’s Living Nativity dates announced

Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, announces the dates for its annual gift of a Living Nativity to the community. This outdoor live tableau, accompanied by narration and Christmas music, will be on display from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 15.

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An elder service navigator is here for you

by  Natalie Boomer

Food, fuel, transportation, home repairs, utilities, money matters, healthcare and insurance can be stressful to figure out all on your own. Nevertheless, it is a situation many elderly community members find themselves in. Lisa Suarez is here to help with that. 

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Library to show “Wonder Woman”

The public is invited to a showing of the new “Wonder Woman”  movie at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

 The movie will be shown 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, which is a change from the usual Friday night time.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. 

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Public invited to Gates House Annual Christmas Party

The Machiasport Historical Society invites the public to join us in our traditional 1800s style celebration with mulled cider, holiday treats, music and carol singing. This is a family fun celebration to kick off the Christmas Season!

The party is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gates House, 344 Port Road/Rt. 92, Machiasport. Call Barbara Maloy at 255-8860 for more information.

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