Horse trailer website alleges Machias business location

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

An alleged horse trailer business operating under the name Equine Station LLC lists its United States Inventory address as 36 Broadway, Machias, and responds to customer inquiries stating it ships from Machias zip code 04654. However, there is no such address, and the state of Maine has no record of a business by that name.

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Meet the new Machias Chief of Police

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

We all know someone who had their fill of Maine winters and moved south to sunny Florida, but people migrating north are harder to find. Yet that’s just what Todd Hand did when, after more than 25 years in Florida law enforcement, he became an associate professor and relocated to Unity, Maine. Now, he’s ready to move even farther north, into his new position as the Machias Chief of Police.

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Just in time for winter, new yarn shop brings Wooleez warmth to Main Street

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Beginning Friday, Nov. 8, knitters, crocheters and other yarn enthusiasts will have a wooly destination to tide them over between stops in Ellsworth and Lubec. That’s the day Melissa Molinari will celebrate the grand opening of Machias’ own yarn shop, Wooleez, which will be located on Main Street next to Sew Fetch Dog Co.

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Maine economy bears brunt of lost pot sales

by Ruth Leubecker

Although a handful of pot shops regularly conduct business Downeast, they all sell medical marijuana, not recreational or adult use, because after three years Maine is still not ready to authorize those sales. In the meantime, the town of Machias is preparing for the state rollout by drafting an ordinance, which will then be presented to the voters.

There are presently four cannabis shops in Machias, all licensed to sell medical marijuana: Lake Smoke, Indian Trail, Bold Coast Cannabis and Smoke Solutions.

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State warns towns: Teer’s rabies certificates invalid

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Area municipalities have been directed not to honor rabies certificates issued by Dr. Cynthia Teer, due to her lack of a veterinary license. The notice, sent from the desk of Maine Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Rachael Fiske, was circulated Friday, Nov. 1, and advises towns to decline rabies certificates issued by Teer in 2018 and 2019.

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Jonesport Fire Department substation under review

by Nancy Beal

For the past several weeks, Jonesport selectmen have been addressing the status of their fire department’s substation in Masons Bay. The small two-bay structure was built in the early 1980s to provide fire protection for structures of Jonesporters who lived out of town. It has not, however, played a role in the town’s firefighting plans for many years.

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Solar proves its worth for Sunrise Opportunities

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Two multi-unit apartment buildings in Washington County were fitted with solar panels late last year. Now the data is in, and it shows the payoffs are big.

“We installed the solar system around October and November of 2018 and went down to an electric bill of zero dollars since the sun started coming out again [in May,]” said Sunrise Opportunities Executive Director Tom Michaud, pointing to a graph. “I expect the trend to continue.”

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Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout

 

October is now in the books, where have the days gone? I guess when you’re busy time flies by faster.

We had seven kids come to Trick or Treat for Halloween, the weather and all the other activities for the kids to go to probably kept some from going to house to house. It is always great when my grandson and his friends still come by. It won’t be long before he will outgrow this tradition.

Hunting season has come, and congratulations to all the youths that got their deer on Youth Day.

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‘Scientific Illustrations’ featured in UMM Art Gallery

“Scientific Illustrations,” an exhibit of new work by Margaret La Farge, will be displayed in the Art Gallery at the University of Maine at Machias through the month of December. The gallery is located in Powers Hall and is open to the public from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Thursday and noon–5 p.m. on Fridays. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207.255.1200.

Featuring exquisite black-and-white renderings of wildlife and plants, the series showcases La Farge’s painstaking attention to detail and heartfelt appreciation for the natural world.

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MSB donates to Community Christmas Giving Tree program

The employees of the Machias Branch of Machias Savings Bank raise funds by contributing to the bank’s Dress Down on Fridays Program, and then they donate to a program that is making a difference in the community.  The Community Christmas Giving Tree Program is proud and excited to share that they are the recipients of $1,500 raised by the employees this year.  “We are honored by your gift,” said charity volunteer Debra Echkart. “Thanks so much to all of you!  This is a tremendous boost to our program.”

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Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout

I guess it is time, I waited till the 5th to build my first fire in the kitchen cookstove. We have a Union Crawford cast iron stove that puts out a lot of heat in the downstairs area. Now we will do most of our cooking on this as it is quicker than the gas stove. Now I must ready my wood box for the load of wood that I can place in it from the woodshed and bring in my bundle of kindling that I put in a huge cast iron pot beside the stove to start the fire with. Let it snow, I am prepared…

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Ticks in the deer woods

by V. Paul Reynolds

Most of us who spend time deer hunting have had encounters with deer ticks, the bad ones, or know someone with Lyme disease. Earlier this fall, University of Maine Professor Jim Dill, a tick expert, appeared as a guest on my Sunday night call-in radio program, Maine Outdoors. The phones rang constantly the entire hour as listeners cued up to ask their questions of Professor Dill. Dill heads up a new diagnostics research facility at the University of Maine that opened this past April.

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November court date set for State v. Teer

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Dr. Cynthia Teer is scheduled to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court later this month for a contempt hearing, according to Maine Office of the Attorney General (OAG) spokesperson Marc Malon.

Teer’s license to practice veterinary medicine was suspended by the state in Jan. 2018, and revoked following a Sept. 25 hearing of the Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine.

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Machias area residents to receive insulating window inserts

How can you beat a deal that will save you money, keep you warm, and reduce the amount of heating fuel being burned?  350 Downeast and Machias Savings Bank are offering such a deal again this year with a WindowDresser workshop, December 5-10.  With expertise from Windowdressers, a non-profit in Rockland, Maine we will be assembling more than 200 window inserts to insulate draughty windows in the Machias area.  Last year WindowDressers held 33 workshops across the state with over 1,000 community volunteers making 7,597 window inserts with 34% provided free to low-income households.  Those wi

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Down East Quilters deliver cuddly comfort for kids in cruisers

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In the course of any given workweek, Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis deals with all kinds of characters, not all of them friendly. But Curtis was in cheery company last week when he took delivery of 54 fuzzy teddy bears, each one lovingly handcrafted by members of the Down East Quilters group.

“Some of us did the sewing, some of us did the stuffing, and some of us were finishing them off,” said Linda Throckmorton, one of the founding members of the group. “They’re small, as you can see, and they’re very soft.”

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County committee finalizes 2020 budget

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Clocking in one full month ahead of last year, the Washington County Budget Committee has finalized its recommendations for the 2020 county budget. Now the budget will go to the commissioners for final approval.

Committee chairman Lewis Pinkham said this year’s process went quickly and smoothly because the individual county departments “did a good job of keeping their budgets down,” so their reserves from last year’s budget carried forward to this year.

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Multi-million-dollar fish farm proposed for Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

A Dutch aquaculture company will be in Jonesport next week to introduce Moosabeckers to what it hopes will be an extensive land-based fish farm that will command scores of jobs without affecting the environment. The company is Kingfish Zeeland, a fish producer already in production in the Netherlands, producing fresh fish that it has branded “Dutch yellowtail” for its citizens and surrounding European companies.

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Partners focus on sustainable goals as foundation’s funding ends

by Ruth Leubecker

After three years of productive MeHAF funding, Downeast Community Partners are coming together to determine what’s reasonable to sustain and what is not.

The Maine Health Access Foundation has given $100,000 for each of the past three years to the Community Caring Collaborative and its partners. The money has been earmarked to support collaborations throughout Washington County, identifying the necessary resources and strengths to nurture thriving in place.

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Beals lobsterman plucked from icy water by fellow fishermen

by Nancy Beal

Anthony Beal celebrated his 72nd birthday on November 4. Two days later, the Beals lobsterman celebrated those years in a different way after getting dumped into the water in Barney’s Cove off the northwest corner of Beals Island. A life jacket that very few fishermen wear and quick action on the part of friends and fellow fishermen combined to save his life.

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