2nd Annual MVM Airport Fly-in

The Machias Valley Airport held its second annual open house & Fly-In last weekend, hosting over a dozen aircraft, and dozens of kids of all ages. Maine Forest Service Rangers Ben Goodwin and Chris Blackie brought their helicopter. See more on page  28.  Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Verizon extends deadline, signals more cuts

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Responding to public and government pressure, last week Verizon said that it has pushed out the termination deadline for 8,500 nationwide rural customers from Oct. 17 to Dec. 1. They also said they will continue to offer service to terminated customers who have “no alternative provider”. 

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Whitney’s brings Machias Glassworks into fold

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

No one who drives through Machias can miss Whitney’s Tri-Town Marine situated on the river at the bottom of College Hill. Today, the building is flanked by modern boats of all shapes and sizes, and a custom glass delivery van labeled Machias Glassworks. 

But its signature Quonset-hut roofline has greeted Route 1 travelers since 1951, when Millard and Dorothy Whitney filled in a piece of marshy, riverside land and built themselves a Chrysler dealership.

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Tuell proposes emergency prison bill

by Ruth Leubecker

Washington County’s beleaguered prison is once again in the limelight -- this time as the target of emergency legislation.

Although off session, Rep. Will Tuell has proposed a bill that would keep the Downeast Correctional Facility open through January 1, 2020. Referring to the move in his newsletter as “emergency legislation,” the East Machias legislator cites the uncertainty of corrections proposals elsewhere in the state.

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Whitneyville Library breaks new ground

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Eleven years of fundraising efforts by the Friends of Whitneyville Library culminated in a groundbreaking ceremony held last Saturday, Sept. 23. More than 30 attendees watched as trowels of earth were moved where the new 4,000 square foot library will stand as early as May 2018.

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Maine families urged to apply for Federal Pell Grants starting Oct. 1

According to Nerdwallet.com, Maine students left more than $11 million in Federal Pell Grants (federal grants that don’t need to be repaid) on the table for the 2014-2015 academic year (the most recent year for which data is available) because they did not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Each year in Maine, only 60% of Maine high school seniors complete the FAFSA, the federal application that college, universities, and trade schools use to determine student eligibility for federal financial aid, according to the Finance

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East Machias’ Jacksonville Bridge to be dedicated Oct. 12

The Town of East Machias will be holding a bridge dedication ceremony in honor of longtime resident and town official Norman Bagley this October. Bagley, who served as a town selectman, and member of the town’s planning board for over 20 years, passed away in 2015. 

“Mr. Bagley was a well respected member of the community,” Selectman Bucket Davis said. “A neighbor and family friend came to us last year with the idea to name the Jacksonville bridge after him, but didn’t know what we would have to do to make that happen.” 

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Next Step Project invites all to first annual Shine a Light tree lighting

With support from hundreds of individuals and businesses committed to ending domestic abuse, Next Step Domestic Violence Project will hold tree-lighting ceremonies simultaneously in Calais, Machias, Ellsworth, and Deer Isle/Stonington on Saturday, Oct. 3. The lights represent the approximately 1,000 people who have used Next Step services over the past year. The tree will stay lit each night for the month of October, which is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Connecticut fugitive arrested in Machias

A Connecticut man wanted on drug charges in Maine and a number of other felonies from Connecticut, was taken into custody late last Tuesday night in Machias.  Rafael Santiago-Salazar aka “Chico” was charged in February for selling heroin and crack cocaine, following a joint investigation by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Following his arrest, Santiago-Salazar posted bail and never showed up for his court appearances in Maine. 

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Scenic Bikeway to connect Calais with Bold Coast region

by Lura Jackson

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