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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