Fire and ice

While above-freezing temperatures were welcome at a house fire on Kennebec Road in Machias on Thursday, Jan. 11, water sprayed on the icy ground was challenging and dangerous for crews fighting the blaze. The house was saved, as was what was described as a “herd” of family cats. Responding departments included Machias, Marshfield, East Machias, Machiasport, Roque Bluffs, and Jonesport. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Special commissioners’ meeting addresses rise in crime, drop in police officers

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

County commissioner Chris Gardner led a special commissioners’ meeting at the Washington County Courthouse on Monday, Jan. 8 to discuss the escalating impacts of crime in Washington County. Despite slippery roads and a prior weather cancellation, courtroom number one was filled with local law enforcement, selectboard members and concerned citizens.

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Lubec’s controversial brining shed draws attention of international press

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A headline in last Sunday’s Wall Street Journal reads, “On This Border, The Problem Is a Shed, Not a Wall,” referring to Lubec’s wayward brining shed. After a fierce storm hit Downeast on Thursday, Jan. 4, the historic shed collapsed, then drifted to the shores of Campobello Island where it has been lodged ever since. The shed was once the first place where incoming sardines were unloaded to begin their path through the McCurdy Smokehouse complex built along Lubec’s Water Street.

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Why do these New Year’s resolutions always mean restrictions?

by Ruth Leubecker

Last week following unanimous passage by both the House and the Senate, the RAISE Family Caregivers Act next landed on Pres. Donald Trump’s desk, soon to be signed into law.

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PRSWDD to adopt semi-weighted voting

by Nancy Beal

Harry Fish Jr., a Jonesport selectman who recently took on the role of his town’s representative to the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District’s board of directors, told his fellow selectmen January 10 that he had persuaded the board to change its way of voting.

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