1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. ‘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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  6. The Nature of Phenology: Warblers and Cluster Flies

    by Joseph Horn

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  7. 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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  8. Machiasport volunteers sought to turn bicentennial grant into tricentennial forest, and more

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machiasport Town Clerk Marcia Hayward came home from the Maine Municipal Association’s annual conference buzzing with ideas about celebrating Maine in 2020, and some of those ideas could stretch into the future of Machiasport.

    “They're going to great lengths to make the 200th birthday of Maine’s statehood a big deal,” she said. 

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  9. UMS Chancellor brings Unified Accreditation plan to UMM

    by Nancy Beal

    To a lecture hall of approximately 40 faculty, students and administrators last week, University of Maine System (UMS) Chancellor Dannel Malloy brought a proposed structure he called “unified accreditation” of the flagship university in Orono and the seven satellite campuses located from Portland to Fort Kent. His audience included UMM President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and Head of Campus Daniel Qualls, as well as a handful of skeptics whose questions he encouraged following his presentation.

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  10. Commissioner Liberty cites major drivers of incarceration

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Jail funding problems have festered for decades with all proposed solutions leading to more money being requested, then less money being allotted.

    Through several commissioners of corrections, the dilemma has continued, but Comm. Randall Liberty, the latest and most outspoken to head the department, has a different take on how to address inmates and their immediate future behind bars.

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  11. At public hearing, Machias takes feedback on marijuana

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Sixteen people attended a public hearing to gather feedback on an ordinance that, if adopted by Machias voters, would govern sales of adult use marijuana. The meeting took place on Thursday, Oct. 24.

    Chairman Joshua Rolfe said the Machias Board of Selectmen convened the hearing to gather feedback on three specific questions: should the town limit the number of adult use marijuana shops, should the town limit where shops can locate, and how much to charge for permit fees.

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  12. Arise Addiction Recovery reaches out to local schools

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Arise Addiction Recovery Director Paul Trovarello knows that for kids, serious addiction can begin in innocent ways.

    “With me it just started as something to do, having fun. I didn’t know I was a drug addict until I needed to take Percocet so I wasn’t sick,” said Trovarello. “Fun and addiction can really go hand in hand for a kid.”

    To help Washington County youth avoid addiction, Arise Addiction Recovery is making presentations in eight area schools.

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  13. Barge bound for Bahamas makes unexpected stop in the middle of Elm Street

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A trailer carrying a barge bottomed out on Elm Street in Machias, closing the road to traffic for 24 hours starting Monday, Oct. 21. But the sequence of events that led to the road closure began much earlier when Hurricane Dorian laid waste to the Bahamas on September 1.

    Regarded as the worst natural disaster in the history of the island nation, Dorian hit with winds topping 185 miles per hour, killing more than 60 and leveling a home built there by Clay Thomas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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  14. Forever young

    by Wayne Smith

    The year was 1967. An October wind blew a gale in Jonesboro. The trees were naked with leaves blowing into the local streets and off of the side roads that barely got plowed in the wintertime. Children rode bicycles up and down these streets, all day long, until winter came. Birds were finding their way south. The Red Sox played the Cardinals in the World Series. Everyone watched the flashy arm of St. Louis’ pitcher, Bob Gibson. The impossible happened and the Red Sox lost in game seven.

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  15. Out and About in Columbia

    by Ronie Strout

    Sunday afternoon, October 20, neighbors Dick and Sherry Paul had a gathering with friends for an apple cider event. Lots of apples and lots of cider was made for everyone to take home.

    The phys ed class took their last canoeing and kayaking class for the year on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Now they will do some hiking if the weather stays good.
    I finally got my lawn mowed for the last time this season. Looks neat and hopefully, I won’t have to mow again till June next year.

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  16. WA students to present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at UMM

    The theater students at Washington Academy will bring Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to the stage at the University of Maine at Machias’ Performing Arts Center this November. The play is an exciting new adaptation by the father-son team Peter and Hans Bloedel blending original background music by Benji Inniger. Poetry, dance, and a touch of humor also add a new twist to this gothic classic.

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  17. WA student Noah Carver to perform at Carnegie Hall

    Noah Carver, son of Buzz and Suzanne Carver of Beals Island, was selected to be a member of the Honors Performance Series which will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  The Series is a group comprised of high school music students who will come together in New York to perform, tour the city, and attend a Broadway play of their choice.  

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  18. The Nature of Phenology: Ring-billed gulls

    by Hazel Stark

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  19. Machias Valley News Observer takes home 9 awards from Maine Press Association

    At its annual state conference held Oct. 19, the Maine Press Association recognized the Machias Valley News Observer with nine writing and photography awards. MVNO sister paper, the Calais Advertiser, won four awards, including one for General Excellence in Advertising.

    The awards were presented Saturday night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Portland, concluding a day of workshops and networking for reporters and photographers, journalists, advertising staff, and designers throughout the state.

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  20. Barge set for Bahamas makes unexpected stop in the middle of Elm Street

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The sequence of events that shut down Elm Street in Machias for 24 hours this week began much earlier, when Hurricane Dorian laid waste to the Bahamas on September 1.

    Regarded as the worst natural disaster in the history of the island nation, Dorian hit with winds topping 185 miles per hour, killing more than 60 and leveling a home built there by Clay Thomas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

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  21. Machias area prepares for Halloween monsters, candy, frights and fun

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Working together, multiple Machias-area organizations have created a wealth of fun Halloween activities for both children and adults, most queued up to take place on the weekend before Halloween.

    Trick or Treat Main Street occupies the flagship event position for children, ranking second only to Christmas in the Machias Kids’ Calendar of Fun.

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  22. Commerce Dept gives Axiom Ed $1.5M vote of confidence

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    It isn’t often that statements from the U.S. Department of Commerce contain the word “Machias,” but that was the case on Sept. 27 when an email from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the Economic Development Administration has awarded a $1.53 million grant to the Axiom Education & Training Center in Machias, Maine.

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  23. PRSWDD cuts back on recycling, towns in negotiations

    by Nancy Beal

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  24. New Columbia vocational education center progresses toward reality

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A Career and Technical Education (CTE) training center slated for the former 4 Corners Shop & Save location in Columbia is one step closer to becoming reality. Superintendent Donald Ramsay said that the sale of the building closed on Thursday, Oct. 10.

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  25. Public invited to meet new Machias police chief Oct. 25

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The town of Machias has hired a new police chief and the public is invited to attend an open house to meet Chief Todd Hand and make him feel welcome to the area.
    Light refreshments will be served.

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  26. DEP fines Cooke Aquaculture, funds set to aid Atlantic salmon restocking in the Machias River

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined salmon company Cooke Aquaculture $156,213 for 11 violations of its state permit. Cooke is the only sea-based salmon aquaculture firm in Maine, with pen farms in Washington and Hancock counties, as well as a hatchery on Gardner Lake in East Machias and a fish processing facility in Machiasport.

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  27. Two imprisoned, but protecting children still a challenge for Maine

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Child abuse and neglect have undoubtedly always been a sad fact of life. But in 2019 two individuals brought the crime front and center. Each is now serving lengthy prison sentences as Maine’s child welfare system reels from its revealed crisis in operation.

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  28. Book Reviews: "The Eastern; The Early Years" By Deborah Gould

    It has been said that people can make the place, or the place can make the person. The book, The Eastern: The Early Years captures the impact that place and person have on each other. The storied chapters exquisitely follow the path of a town’s development and its people living along the Eastern River in Pittstown, Maine, back in the 1800s.

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  29. Former J-B superintendent returns to share his cross-USA trek with students

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  30. State revokes license of Machias veterinarian

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A Decision and Order released by the Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday, Oct. 16, announced that the veterinary license of Dr. Cynthia Teer has been revoked.

    The 14-page legal document was produced after a hearing held Sept. 25 in Augusta and states that Teer continued to practice veterinary medicine on a regular basis between January 24, 2018, and May 22, 2019, in spite of the fact that her license was suspended. 

    Teer is the sole veterinarian in the Machias Animal Hospital practice.

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  31. Blueberry growers and others explore National Heritage Area status

    by Nancy Beal

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  32. Hungry seniors struggle as safety net frays for many

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Maine’s food-insecure elderly have more than doubled in number since 2010.

    Even more ominous, as the baby boomer generation hovers in the wings, by 2025 when the youngest of that generation reaches 60, the number of food-insecure seniors is projected to increase by 50 percent.

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  33. Machias talks riverwalk, live streams and water wheels

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias Board of Selectmen Chairman Joshua Rolfe opened last week’s bi-monthly meeting by calling to open bids for a new school stove. Town manager Christina Therrien’s response moved the meeting quickly onto item number two.

    “There were no bids received,” she said.

    Dr. Mark Brown returned to the board to offer a suggestion for how the town can generate electricity to light downtown public areas, especially Bad Little Falls Park, while adding historic character to the Machias riverfront.

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  34. Eastport Council approves airport grant

    by Kaileigh Deacon

    The Eastport City Council met on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to consider and vote on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant of $5.2 million. The matter was before the council at the previous meeting, but with a councilor missing the vote was tied at 2-2, thus sending the matter back before the council.

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  35. Machiasport Fire Department has new truck, seeks new firefighters, too

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    For the fourth time in almost 25 years, Mike Burke of Northern Fire Equipment handed a set of keys over to the Machiasport Fire Department.

    “When was the first time we bought a truck from you?” asked Machiasport Selectman and Firefighter Mike Hinerman.

    “It was 1995,” said Burke, who made the delivery from his company’s headquarters in Watertown, New York.

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  36. VA names Jonesboro cemetery ‘Acadia National Cemetery’

     

     The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the name Acadia National Cemetery for the new national cemetery in Jonesboro.

    "We are pleased to expand burial service to veterans and their families in Maine," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "This cemetery will help us reach veterans in rural parts of the state who have not previously had reasonable access to a national or state cemetery."

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  37. Out and About in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

    On Sunday, October 6th I ventured forth to Ellsworth early in the morning to take the Chainsaw Safety Course at the Great Maine Lumberjack Show on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton, taught by Timber Tina and Michelle M. Braley. Ten ladies were there to take this course, and we learned a lot. We learned how to take the saw apart and take the chain off and put it back on, we learned how to sharpen the chain and to make sure it was tight enough and not loose.

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  38. Wedding bells on Columbus Day

    by Wayne Smith

    It was 56 years ago this week that my parents got married. It was a cool autumn day when the leaves were slowly blowing off the trees. The trees turned into all different colors: yellow, orange and red. Hunting season was right around the corner. The World Series was viewed on most television sets- for the ones that had television. All the radios crackled in stores, houses and barbershops.

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  39. Library art show to feature Downeast photographers

     

    The Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport will host a Down East Photography Group (DEPG) photo exhibition that will run during the month of October.

    The Down East Photography Group was founded by a half dozen local photographers interested in creating a supportive environment for sharing knowledge and networking for all photographers, regardless of skill level and experience.

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  40. The Nature of Phenology: Landlocked salmon

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  41. Palliative care focus of 12th Wash. Co. Cancer Conference

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Palliative care, a medical specialty that focuses on improving the quality of life for those with serious illnesses, was the subject of the twelfth annual Washington County Cancer Conference held in Machias on October 4. According to the definition presented by conference speakers, palliative care “emphasizes pain and symptom management, counseling for patients and families, support for patients making decisions about their treatment and goals of care, and care coordination.”

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  42. Celebrating 5 years of an Olympian vision of women’s leadership

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    When Sen. Olympia Snowe retired from the Senate, stating that she could no longer function amidst such dysfunction, many Americans debated her leavetaking and the loss of her presence.

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  43. In Machias, Child and Family Director Landry talks abuse prevention and mental health

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Maine newcomer Dr. Todd Landry has weathered the transition from southern summers to northern winters before. His 20-plus year career working with children and families has taken him in and out of Texas several times, including two years spent as the head of Nebraska’s Division of Children and Family Services.

    “A few folks have asked, ‘Are you sure about winters in Maine?’’ said Landry. “But my wife and I joke that we know the first winter is usually the hardest, then it gets better after that.”

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  44. Women’s worldwide motorcycle relay starts US leg in Calais

     

    by Kaileigh Deacon

    When most people think of bikers, people who ride motorcycles, they think of middle-aged white men, but while that may be the perception it is not in fact the reality. For years the number of women riders has been steadily growing but motorcycle companies have yet to catch up with the shifting trends.

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  45. 57th Annual International Scout Camporee draws crowds Downeast

     

    by Peter Duston

    Scouting proved alive and well at the 57th International Camporee held at Cobscook State Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, when 130 scouts and leaders from the United States and Canada gathered, camped, played, and demonstrated outdoor skills under the open skies of Downeast Maine.

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