Legislators slam circumvention in prison closure decision

by Ruth Leubecker

The checkered, tenuous life of the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) has received one more date for doom.

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Congressman Poliquin talks healthcare, blueberries in Machias

Photo: U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) said that no visit to Machias could be complete without a piece of blueberry pie at Helen’s Restaurant. The congressman, seen here with Natea Stevens, came to town to speak at a dinner held by the Machias Savings Bank.  Photo by Bill Kitchen

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Community space planned

Anne O’Brien and Father Paul Marquis of Machias’ Holy Name Catholic Church stand with Steve Copel-Parsons, youth librarian at Porter Memorial Library, on the site of the planned community garden sponsored by Holy Name. Produce from the garden are slated to go to the Machias Food Pantry. Copel-Parsons is also working to build an educational community garden for children on the backyard of the library, which abuts the church’s green space in downtown Machias. (See full story on page 2)

 

Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Healthy Acadia and Helen’s Partner to Challenge Cancer Downeast

Helen’s Restaurant will generously be donating the proceeds from sales of their delicious goat cheese salad and blueberry pie every Thursday through the remainder of the year. The funds raised will support Healthy Acadia and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center’s cancer prevention, education, and treatment services. This partnership is part of Healthy Acadia’s Hungry for Health 2017 campaign to Challenge Cancer Downeast. This is the second year of the annual “Hungry for Health” campaign, which addresses a critical community health need each year.

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Machias’ Holy Name plans downtown community garden

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Father Paul Marquis wanted to find a way to use the lush green space that sits behind Machias’ Holy Name Catholic Church for the good of the community. “We’re thinking maybe we can put in some benches and tables. Eventually maybe some paving stones, because it’s kind of hard to walk back there,” he said. “But right now the first thing we’re doing is putting in a community garden. We want to help feed the hungry.” Marquis also serves the Catholic churches in Lubec and Cherryfield.

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