Police charge Pembroke Dollar Store robber who escaped by bicycle

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported that on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at approximately 4:45 p.m. a 911 call came in from the Dollar General Store located at 481 Route 1 in Pembroke, reporting an armed robbery. A white male subject, 6’1 to 6’2, wearing a white jacket, a black hat and a black face mask covering part of his face displayed a handgun at the clerk and took cash from the drawer and fled on foot from the store, running towards Route 1.

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CDC confirms case of feline rabies in East Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 Dale Miller was keeping an eye on a cat that had taken up residence in her barn when she noticed it limping after a snowstorm.  “I decided to bring him in after Christmas. He was very pleasant, very sweet,” she said. “That was when I knew he had belonged to somebody, because he used a litter box.”  Miller later discovered that the cat belonged to a neighbor, but roamed for weeks at a time.

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WA to host Father Daughter Dance Feb. 10

Fathers and daughters are invited to attend Washington Academy’s annual Father Daughter Dance, scheduled this year for Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m in the Washington Academy Cafe.

Pre-sale tickets are available at a reduced rate. Tickets can be purchased at Washington Academy.

If Dad can’t make it, a dad, uncle, older brother (18 or older) or another special someone would make a wonderful dance partner. There is no age limit this year.

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Porter Memorial Library news

The winter months are perfect for cozying up in a snug stone library, which is why we make sure to keep our winter calendar as active as our summer calendar. Nothing beats cabin fever like the company of others, and winter is a great time to tuck into learning, too.

This month our resident computer expert, John Michell, is busy helping people with their nagging computer questions every Wednesday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. Because of the popularity of this service, it’s suggested that you call ahead to sign up, 255-3933.

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Middle River Dyke, Machias - Part 1

The need for a shorter way to travel from Machias to points east had always been on the minds of Machias residents. Travelers had to go by the road up around the settlement of Marshfield, some 5 miles, instead of being able to cross the several hundred yards across the river.  First mention of constructing a dyke over the Middle River appears in the Machias Town Records in 1832. An 1835 map shows a toll bridge, privately owned by the ‘Proprietors of the Machias Bridge’ which had been incorporated February 5, 1822 by act of the Maine Legislature.

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