In changing times, East Machias selectboard broadcasts meeting online

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Video can be watched here: https://www.facebook.com/eastmachias/videos/747019195704104/

The East Machias Board of Selectmen held a meeting on Thursday, March 26 and streamed the proceeding so that residents could watch from a safe distance. The state has prohibited all gatherings of 10 or more people and strongly urged everyone to avoid non-essential gatherings of any size to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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East Machias canoe sled a work of art

Hunter Bishop, a 10-year-old who lives in East Machias and attends Elm Street School, recently collaborated with his dad to create a “sled” for a downhill race that was planned as part of the Winter Festival in Machias. Cardboard and duct tape were the approved materials, with design and decoration left up to the builders.  A photo of a canoe seen on a postcard at the Wabanaki Cultural Center in Calais was Hunter’s inspiration.

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Washington County Coronavirus updates

The Machias Valley News Observer will be regularly updating this page with information relating to coronavirus in Washington County, including closures, cancellations, and postponements. If you have any updates to include here, please email them to editor@machiasnews.com.

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Richard Olivares to Coach WA Varsity Baseball

Washington Academy announces Assistant Head of School Richard Olivares will coach varsity baseball for the 2020 season. Mr. Olivares states, “My goals at Washington Academy are to put a baseball team on the field that will compete with integrity and be a team the school and its community are proud of. I encourage all Washington Academy students interested in playing baseball to sign up in the WA main office.”

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WA players to compete at Maine One-Act Drama Festival

Spring and the Arts. Once again Washington Academy theater students are in rehearsal. Following their highly successful fall production of Peter & Hans Bloedel’s adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the players are now preparing a one-act play for competition in the Maine Principals’ Association sponsored Maine One-Act Drama Festival which will be held on March 6-7. The WA Players will be among nine schools participating in the Downeast Regional site which is hosted by Mount Desert Island High School.

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WIth grant, Washington Academy to launch mobile app development training program for local businesses

Washington Academy has received a $10,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation to develop a mobile app development training program for local small businesses in Washington County. The funds are through the combination of the Downeast Innovation Fund ($6,605) and the Belvedere Natural Resource Preservation Fund Downeast ($3,395).

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Community mourns passing of teacher Malcolm Holmes

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Beloved Washington Academy science teacher Malcolm Holmes died on Saturday, Dec. 7 after a short but hard-fought battle with cancer. A celebration of life service in his honor is planned for Saturday, Dec. 21 at the school. The public is invited to attend.

Holmes’ wife, Katherine Holmes, said that the date was chosen to fall close to Malcolm’s birthday, on Dec. 22.

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WA Kicks off the wrestling regular season with 8-2 record in dual matches

by Coach Lupe Soto

As the 2019-20 wrestling season begins, the young Washington Academy

wrestling team is making its mark as a solid dual-meet wrestling team. With eight wins under their belt, they’re coming together as good individual wrestlers and are learning to work as a team to win matches.

You can have three of the best wrestlers in the state on the team, but if you don’t have any other team members you can’t win many dual matches. You can, however, score big in tournaments.

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Malcolm Stephen Holmes

 

EAST MACHIAS - Malcolm Stephen Holmes, passed away December 7, 2019, at home after a hard-fought battle against cancer.  He was surrounded by his family and was loved beyond measure until the very end.

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Washington Academy Wrestlers bring home the hardware

The Washington Academy Raiders have a mix of new and returning wrestlers, both boys and girls, competing in the Class B North Division. WA is starting off the season with the largest squad in recent history. At the Penobscot Valley High School Pre-Season Invitational Wrestling Tournament, the WA wrestlers showed up determined to get their first win.

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