1. Sheriff’s office seeks vandals who ransacked Bill Coperthwaite’s yurt

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon 

    The yurt that was home to Machiasport legend Bill Coperthwaite was severely vandalized in December and now the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the property’s caretakers and owners are hoping to find those responsible.

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  2. Paper route carriers sought to continue award-winning initiative

    by Lura Jackson

    In the summer of 2017, this newspaper’s sister publication, The Calais Advertiser, started a new initiative to return paperboys to the streets of Calais. Young workers willing and able to deliver newspapers every week to the neighborhoods of Calais were sought.

    The initiative was successful and one paperboy in particular - Shane DelMonaco - embraced the task with gusto. DelMonaco, now a student at Calais High School, operated his own school newspaper in elementary school and champions the cause of local newspapers.

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  3. Skowhegan ‘Indians’ debate draws Passamaquoddy participation

    by Lura Jackson

    In the center of Maine, a debate has taken hold of the community: should Skowhegan Area High School change the name of its high school teams from the “Indians” – a change supported by many indigenous members of the extended community – or keep them as is, in keeping with the group calling itself Skowhegan Indian Pride? At the most recent meeting, which took place on Jan. 8 in Skowhegan and drew approximately 200 people, Passamaquoddy Dwayne Tomah was the first to speak out.

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  4. Thoughts on a Winter Day

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  5. More new titles at Porter Memorial Library

     

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  6. Sunrise Senior College brings you the Saturday Matinee Double Feature!

     

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  7. Machias seniors learn from Machias alumni

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  8. Frogs in winter

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  9. Publisher addresses fake news, future news technology

    View full video of talk at www.machiasnews.com/facebook-fakenews

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias Valley News Observer publisher Pierre Little spoke at the monthly meeting of the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 10. Little also publishes the Calais Advertiser.

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  10. Pierre Little, the newspaper's publisher, explains how to spot Fake News

    Fake News, Facebook and Newspapers

    Talk presented to member of the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce January 10, 2019 at Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine.

    Thank you for having me, a special thank you to Sharon Mack and President Steve Richardson at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce for allowing me to speak to you this morning.

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  11. MMHS cheerleading squad takes first place!

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  12. Town sets public hearing to discuss proposed Machias TIF before vote

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias residents are invited to a public hearing on Thursday, Jan. 31 to discuss three matters including the proposed Machias Revitalization Municipal Tax Increment Financing District and Development Program, or “Machias Revitalization TIF” for short.

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  13. New corrections commissioner says Bucks Harbor prison is a top priority

    by Ruth Leubecker

    During his first week in office, Randall Liberty, newly appointed commissioner of corrections, announced his top three priorities for action.

    “The Downeast Correctional Facility, Long Creek and the women’s prison population are tops on my list, and those are not in any order. They’re all right there at the top,” he informed the Machias Valley News Observer last week. “With DCF we recognize the value of the facility in providing employees to businesses that use them, and we also realize the value of the prison as an employer.”

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  14. DOT says East Machias potholes mended, for now

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) has plans to repair 1.79 miles of Route 1 in East Machias but, unfortunately for frustrated local drivers, those repairs can’t take place until 2020. 

    The stretch of Route 1 northbound that immediately follows Pope’s Bridge in East Machias has become notorious for its enormous potholes during the winter months. Though DOT crews work regularly to refill the holes, many local drivers complain of damage to their vehicles.

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  15. Garet Beal's #24 retired

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  16. Wild Blueberry Commission agrees to increased grower representation

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  17. Flash mob shopping success

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  18. Smith cleared of child assault charges

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Seven charges against Jason Smith of East Machias have been dismissed and he has pled no contest to aggravated assault, for which he will be on probation for three years.

    Smith spent 125 days in the Washington County Jail after being charged with gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual conduct and assault, visual aggression against a child, solicitation of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child. The charges dated to an alleged incident in June, 2017.

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  19. The trail of Hannah and Rebecca Weston

    Editor’s note: With the support and encouragement of Charlie Robbins, Rep. Will Tuell has submitted legislation to honor the long walk of Hannah and Rebecca Weston by naming a stretch of Route 1 in their honor. For those of us unfamiliar with their story, Valdine Atwood brings us this account of the girls’ heroic journey, edited by Atwood and taken from the 1903 edition of “THE REVOLUTION - Life of Hannah Weston” by George W. Drisko, as related to him by grandchildren of Mrs. Weston.

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  20. Senator Collins hires Columbia Falls native

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that Hannah Hudson, a Columbia Falls native, has been hired as a legislative correspondent in her Washington, D.C. office.  Hannah is the daughter of Tom and Cheri Hudson of Columbia Falls.  She was previously a Senior Associate at The Cohen Group, a firm led by former Secretary of Defense and Maine Senator Bill Cohen.

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  21. Mosaic Making Workshop Offered at EAC

     

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  22. Legislation proposed by Rep. Will Tuell

    Representative Will Tuell (R-E. Machias) won re-election in November and sits on the Marine Resources Committee. Tuell represents House District 139, which includes the towns of Cutler, East Machias, Eastport, Lubec, Machias, Machiasport, Roque Bluffs, Whiting, and Trescott Township.

     

    An Act to Reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility 

     

    Resolve, Naming a Highway and Renaming a Bridge in the Town of Whiting

     

    An Act Concerning the Composition of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission 

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  23. Budget season, telebusiness center sale and vacant fifth seat top agenda at Machias selectboard meeting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    During their bi-weekly meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 9 the Machias Board of Selectmen made plans to meet regularly to review the town’s 2019-20 budget.

    The board agreed to hold their budget review meetings on the first and third Wednesdays at 6 p.m., which means those meetings will alternate with their regular bi-weekly meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The full board was present at the meeting together with Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien.

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  24. Pierre Little, the newspaper's publisher, explains how to spot Fake News

    Fake News, Facebook and Newspapers

    Talk presented to member of the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce January 10, 2019 at Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine.

    Thank you for having me, a special thank you to Sharon Mack and President Steve Richardson at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce for allowing me to speak to you this morning.

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  25. DECU CEO David Tozier retires

     

    by Lura Jackson

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  26. Mills goes for mustard

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  27. Ringing in the New Year

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  28. Fiddler to perform at H.D. Moore library

     

    The H. D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben will host a concert with Acadian fiddler Gus La Casse 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20.

    La Casse, who is described as a passionate and masterful player who values tradition, has a repertoire that reflects his innovative spirit and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions. He plays both standards of the genre and his original material.

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  29. Printing the Newspaper - January 9, 2019 issue.

    Printing January 8, 2019 8 a.m. Readers may not know, but we publish the newspaper on Tuesday's early in the morning so they are on the newsstands weather permitting every Tuesday by noon and mailed to subscribers.  Due to snow today, newspapers will be on the newsstands tomorrow before 11 am.  Subscribers are unnaffected and will be mailed today.

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  30. Fearing store’s closure, community rallies to support consignment shop

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Elissa Sieber went online Dec. 27 to make a sad announcement. After struggling to stay open for many months, Sieber and her husband, Ryan Sieber, decided to close their Machias-based consignment shop, Posh: Home of the Frugal Fashionista, but an automated suggestion from Facebook changed their course.

    “As soon as I made the post, right on the top of it Facebook suggested ‘Ask your community for support,’” said Elissa Sieber, “and I thought well, I could try this one last thing.” 

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  31. New variables to challenge Bucks Harbor prison

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Shrouded in support, yet a cloud of uncertainty, the Downeast Correctional Facility looms as a prime topic on the agenda of Gov. Janet Mills’ administration.

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  32. Revenue sharing, childhood hunger and DCF top Moore’s legislative agenda

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    State Senator Marianne Moore (R-Washington) won election to the Maine Senate in November and has come out of the gate sponsoring 13 bills for the 2019 legislative session.

    At the top of Moore’s list are two bills that would restore full revenue sharing to Maine municipalities. Under Governor LePage, revenue sharing was cut from 5 percent to 2 percent, creating a reduction in municipal revenues. 

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  33. Machias veterinarian receives $10,000 fine for negligence, practicing without a license

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine has issued a formal reprimand to Dr. Cynthia Teer for practicing veterinary medicine without a license and for “gross negligence, incompetence, misconduct or violation of an applicable code of ethics.” Dr. Teer practices at the Machias Animal Hospital.

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  34. Welcome, Baby New Year 2019!

    Matt and Molly Hall and their three daughters welcomed Ezra James Hall to their family on January 1, 2019 at Down East Community Hospital in Machias. Pictured left to right, with a basket full of gifts from DECH and local businesses, are Molly, Ezra, Gianna, Bella, Matt and Delia Hall. See story page 4. Submitted photo

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  35. Lane Construction Plants, Paving Division sold for $555 million

    by Lura Jackson

    One of the area’s most steady paving operations – that of Lane Construction – has been acquired by international paving giant Eurovia for $555 million. The sale and transfer of Lane’s plants and paving division were announced by Lane Construction Corporation – itself a part of Italy’s Salini Impregilo Group – in August of last year.

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  36. Jonesport Elementary students to take part in WinterKids

    by Nancy Beal

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  37. Hayward retires from RCC after 33 years of service

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Larry Hayward did not want a big fuss when he retired from the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) last month, but Deputy Director Joshua Rolfe didn’t let the occasion go unmarked.

    “They had an awful lot of fun with my retirement,” said Hayward, who lives in Lubec. Hayward retired from the position of Emergency Communications Specialist but served as the Operational Supervisor for most of his 33 years at the RCC. 

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  38. UMM Lady Clippers play seven home games in January

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The majority of the Lady Clippers’ games will be played in Machias for the month of January. Basketball fans will want to mark their calendars for six of their seven remaining home games.

    The University of Maine at Machias women’s basketball team defeated Green Mountain College in Machias 70-62 on Sunday, Jan. 6, bringing their season record to 7-5. 

    The Lady Clippers will play at home against Paul Smith’s College on Friday, Jan. 11 at noon. 

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  39. Nature of Phenology: Ice

     

    by Joe Horn

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  40. Leaving 2018: a bittersweet departure

    by Ruth Leubecker

    It was a year with record-breaking events and divisive issues -- issues that promise great tumult in 2019.

    But first, looking in the rearview mirror, the year 2018 began with a dramatic international incident when a brining shed collapsed in a storm and sailed to Campobello. Tempers flared and dialogue festered, but not for long after the battered shed -- such as it was -- came home to Lubec.

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  41. All charges dismissed after Crowley’s arrest, detention for marijuana trafficking

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Drug trafficking charges against Kristian Crowley of Jonesport have been dismissed by the state. Crowley was arrested and charged with unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, in this case marijuana, on Sept. 11, 2018.

    Bail was initially set at $25,000, then reduced to $3,000 on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Ultimately, Crowley was held in the Washington County Jail for 10 days.

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  42. Jonesport seeks volunteers for campground committee

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  43. Soil and water celebrates 70 years of service to Washington County

    The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District is celebrating 70 years of voluntary conservation services to the people of Washington County. There are over 3,000 districts across the United States, dating back to the “ Dust Bowl” days. They were organized by local volunteers to provide access to federal and state agencies for local people. In Maine, the 16 soil and water districts are organized under Chapter 12 Maine Conservation Law.

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  44. DMR approves Machias Bay aquaculture leases

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Commissioner Patrick Keliher signed an experimental lease approval on Dec. 18 for a 3.7-acre sugar kelp operation to be located west of Hog Island in Machiasport. The site will be used for the cultivation of sugar kelp using suspended culture techniques and will be one of many already approved in the Machias Bay.  

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  45. What can we learn from the midterms? Discussion to take place Jan. 5

    Join us for this lecture and discussion presented by Dr. Robert B. Arseneau as we take a look back at the 2018 midterm election and forward to what it may portend. This event will be held on Saturday, January 5 in Science 102 at the University of Maine at Machias Campus beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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