Machiasport News

Machiasport has scheduled a special public hearing for Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. The hearing will review Machiasport’s proposed marijuana ordinance, which would prohibit retail marijuana establishments and retail marijuana social clubs in the town of Machiasport.

The meeting will be held at the Machiasport municipal building.

Resident shellfish licenses went on sale Monday, May 8. Resident commercial licenses cost $300, resident over 60 licenses $100, and resident student licenses $50.

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Machiasport News by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machiasport Historical Society held their first meeting of their season last Monday, April 24, at the Gates House in Machiasport village.

Officers for the upcoming year were presented, and will be voted on at the next meeting on May 22 at 7 p.m.

They are as follows:

Barbara Malloy - President 

Shar Landers - Vice president

Celeste Sherman - Recording secretary

Henna Castro - Corresponding secretary

Bob Mercer and Kathy Mercer - Treasurer

The group also made plans for events in the upcoming year. 

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Machiasport selectboard discusses marijuana, Bucks Head

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Bob Mercer of the Machiasport Ordinance Committee presented a draft of the proposed Machiasport marijuana ordinance to the selectboard on Monday, April 24. Mercer said that Maine towns are handling marijuana regulations in one of three ways, “They’re doing nothing. They’re drafting and passing a moratorium, or they are grabbing the bull by the horns and passing an ordinance.” Mercer said the ordinance committee based their one-page draft on the ordinance recently adopted by Milbridge.

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Thurman A. Wood

Thurman A. Wood 85, of Machiasport, passed away in the early morning of April 10, 2017.

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Marching to halt domestic violence

Neither rain, nor snow, nor freezing rain stayed this small group of nonetheless mighty marchers, as they set out to make their drizzling trek from the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce to UMM last Thursday afternoon. The event was part of the Machias 2017 Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night March, organized by UMM’s Erica Batson and Stacey Cherry, along with the Next Step Domestic Violence Project. The Take Back the Night March is an international event that was created in the 1970s to enable women and men to publicly express opposition to sexual violence.

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Flood of bills, budget friction impact final weeks of 128th

by Ruth Leubecker

Marked by contention and last-minute strategizing, the principals of the 128th Legislature are daily jockeying for position to promote their bill priorities.

Even though Maine is presently not dealing with fiscal shortages, the bill bottleneck is causing its annual legislative turmoil in Augusta. Over 1,400 bills languish in committees, with only 22% of those having made their way back to the full legislature. 

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Tribal elver season ends

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced Friday that the Passamaquoddy tribe had met their 2017 quota for elvers. Of the total Maine quota of 9,616 pounds, the Passamaquoddy tribe is allotted 1,284.3 pounds. This year tribal officials licensed fishermen to catch between five and 10 pounds each, until the overall quota was met.

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Scallop day turns raucous

On Wednesday, members of the Marine Resources Committee heard four bills concerning the scallop fishery. Two, sponsored by Rep. Robert Alley (D-Beals) would have limited every scallop fisherman to 90 pounds a day statewide, and reduced maximum trawl sizes by as much as four feet in certain fishing areas, while two others sought to implement an owner-operator (OO) system similar to one employed by the lobster industry.

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Marine resources tops $700M for first time

Maine’s commercially harvested marine resources topped $700 million in overall value in 2016, according to preliminary data from the Maine Department of Marine Resources. The total reflects yet another all-time high and an increase of nearly $100 million in value over 2015.

“Mainers should take great pride in the success of our commercial fishing industry,” said Gov. Paul LePage. “The hard working men and women who fish for a living along our coast have established Maine as a leader in the responsible management and harvest of seafood.”

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Outpouring of support for We Care

It’s A Box! Actually, it’s over a dozen as the We Care Baby Center of Machias became the proud recipient of a delivery of a different kind: an outpouring of community support, orchestrated by Bold Coast Cannabis, also of Machias. The We Care Baby Center is a nonprofit serving the needs of Washington County children and families, and was the second receiving organization in BCC’s ongoing community outreach initiative. Boxes of formula, diapers, onesies, toys and clothing were assembled and delivered, to be distributed by WCBC.

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