1. Stone Soup demolition handled by town

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The East Machias Board of Selectmen voted Friday, March 8 to authorize the demolition and removal of debris from a fire that destroyed Stone Soup Cafe and Market on Sept. 11, 2018.  Selectmen Bucket Davis, Will Tuell and Dale Richardson were all in attendance at the Friday morning meeting.

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  2. At Maine Fishermen’s Forum, Senator King lauds fishing industry’s contribution to Maine communities, economy

     

    U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) commended the work of the men and women in Maine’s fishing industry at the Maine Fishermen's Forum in Rockport last week, listening first-hand to the priorities and concerns of Maine fishermen from around the state.

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  3. Artful desserts and savory delights served up at Whiting Village School public supper & dessert auction March 16

     

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  4. Saint Patrick's Day love story

     

    by Wayne Smith

    To the most beautiful person in the world. We made 15 years together without killing each other. There’s been ups and downs, twists and turns. Memories built up enough to build a castle that we have dreams about living in one day if we win the lottery. We don’t have much, yet we have each other. And that’s all that matters. Robin, you always have put a smile on my face with your dry humor. You have guided me through the best and worst of times, the times when on a trip and times we never wanted to come home to face the housework.

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  5. Red Squirrels

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  6. WA National Honor Society students photograph shelter cats for ‘St. Catty’s Day’

     

    Washington Academy National Honor Society students Ryan Conley and Mikaila Loughlin recently visited The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield to photograph shelter cats in the hopes of raising the chances to find their “forever home.” The resulting photos and campaign comprise their National Honor Society service project.

    They call their campaign, “Happy St. Catty’s Day, Help Us Get Lucky!” Conley said some of these cats have been in the shelter for more than a year. To find out how you can adopt one, call The Ark at 207-546-3484.

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  7. Publisher delivers this week's newspapers for subscribers - papers on the way!

    Publisher Pierre Little of the Machias Valley News Observer delivering this week's newspapers for subscribers.  He thanked the USPS for the years of dedication mailing the MVNO every week.  "We want to acknowledge the support of the USPS for their work and service to the public.  Without their professionalism we would not be the most read newspaper in the Washington County Seat." Little said.

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  8. East Machias selectboard votes to demolish Stone Soup building destroyed by fire

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The East Machias Board of Selectmen voted Friday, March 8 to authorize the demolition and removal of debris from a fire that destroyed Stone Soup Cafe and Market on Sept. 11, 2018.  Selectmen Bucket Davis, Will Tuell and Dale Richardson were all in attendance at the Friday morning meeting.

    The demolition is expected to take place on Monday, March 11. The Stone Soup property is located along Route 1 in East Machias.

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  9. The greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War

    by Conrad Black

    The most immense and dangerous public scandal in American history is finally cracking open like a ripe pomegranate. The broad swath of the Trump-hating media that has participated in what has amounted to an unconstitutional attempt to overthrow the government are reduced to reporting the events and revelations of the scandal in which they have been complicit, in a po-faced ho-hum manner to impart to the misinformed public that this is as routine as stock market fluctuations or the burning of an American flag in Tehran.

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  10. Bags O Rags ‘Not-a-Fire Sale' to benefit area firefighters

    The Machias and Marshfield Fire Departments will be the beneficiaries of a special Pop-Up sale, to be held at Bags O Rags on 15 Main Street. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used towards the purchase of a special washer and dryer for first responder's turnout gear, designed to significantly reduce cancer-causing contaminants that cling to their clothing after a fire.

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  11. Downeast youth demonstrate tech and business innovations at Fishermen’s Forum

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    An app that connects seafood shoppers to local boats, an ultra-lightweight flotation device for fishermen and a more fuel-efficient design for a fishing vessel were some of the answers local students gave when asked how technology could support safe, sustainable fisheries and fishing economies.

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  12. Machias proposal receives funding, green light to rebuild recreation area

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A two-year joint effort to find funding to rehabilitate the Machias Recreation Area has proven successful.

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  13. Tuell testifies in support of veterans’ home funding bill

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Rep. Will Tuell, well-known for his tenacity in striving to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility, is now making a plea with equal fervor for Maine Veterans Home - Machias.

    LD 606 seeks full compensation for all Maine veterans’ homes, but will be of critical financial importance to the Machias veterans’ home. The bill, “Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Cost-based Reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes,” is sponsored by Senator Louis Luchini (D-Hancock).

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  14. Jonesporters lower medical marijuana license fees

     

    by Nancy Beal

    A dozen Jonesporters braved the cold last week (February 27) to attend a public hearing on a proposed medical marijuana ordinance that will be formally voted upon at next week’s town meeting (March 11). (A description of the ordinance appeared in the MVNO of Feb. 20, 2019.) After an hour of discussion, the only changes proposed and accepted in hand votes were lowering of certain fees and clarification of terms.

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  15. DYSA honors Whitney for service to community and youth sports

     

    by Jamie Corbett

    The Downeast Youth Soccer Association would like to honor David Whitney for seven years of dedication to DYSA and his continued support through his role as coach of the RMG Junior High Bulldogs.

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  16. Beals Historical Society invites public to youth lighthouse presentation

    Beals Elementary School students in fifth through eighth grades are currently preparing for a visit in April from author Sophie Blackall. Blackall's book, "Hello Lighthouse,” recently won the Caldecott Medal.

    On Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. the Beals Historical Society will proudly host BES students as they present their Lighthouse projects at the Beals gym.  

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  17. Life on the run

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  18. Beware “The Bull”: Remembering Bull Powers

     

    by the St. Croix Historical Society

    Among the most iconic law enforcement figures in the living memory of the Calais and greater Maine community is State Trooper Francis “Bull” Powers. Known for his size as much as his demeanor, Powers served the area well with his particular approach to justice until 1964.

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  19. MVCS celebrates reading with Dr. Seuss

    It was an exciting week at Machias Valley Christian School leading up to the celebration of National Read Across America Day on March 2. The week focused on a different Dr. Seuss book each day with coordinating outfits and hands-on activities. “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”, “The Lorax”, “Wacky Wednesday”, “Green Eggs and Ham”, and “The Cat in the Hat” were the chosen books. The teachers decorated their rooms and the entrance with a “Seussville” atmosphere. Guest readers were invited into the classrooms to read a book aloud to the students.

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  20. WA takes prize in 2019 Titan Challenge

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  21. A Royal race well run

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  22. Poliquin assesses shifting priorities

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Noncommittal about future plans but still dealing with the loss of his 2nd District congressional seat, Bruce Poliquin arrived in town to greet friends and touch base.

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  23. Rep. Perry cosponsors Indigenous People’s Day bill

    by Lura Jackson

    Testimony is currently being heard in Augusta to weigh the case of changing the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day at the state level. The bill, LD 179, was introduced by Representative Benjamin Collings of Portland and is co-sponsored by nine other legislators, including Anne Perry of Calais. In her testimony, Perry referenced the important role of the Passamaquoddy in the St. Croix Valley.

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  24. When dolls went on parade in Machias

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  25. Local author speaks at PML March 1

    Porter Memorial Library is happy to have Ruth Fenton come and talk about her new book — It’s 3 a.m . — on Friday, March 1 starting at 5 p.m. The book is a collection of poems, lyrics, anecdotes, letters to the editor and something we all have, random thoughts. Alternating between whimsical and profound, Ruth’s voice is both intensely personal and universal. Come and hear Ruth read from her book and share her thoughts on the writing process. No doubt,  you’ll find that some of the stories from the book are your stories, too.

    What others are saying about It’s 3 a.m. —

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  26. Legislative update

    On Monday, Feb. 25 Rep. Will Tuell’s bill to exempt fraternal and veterans organizations from cribbage tournament licensing requirements passed committee unanimously, meaning it will likely sail through the legislature, and the American Legion will no longer have to pay a fee to allow its members to play cribbage. Tuell’s bill to reorganize the Wash. Co. County Budget Committee also passed committee.

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  27. The Editor's Desk

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The news never sleeps but sometimes I do, and so last week I took a vacation from this page, and this week I’ve taken a vacation from the other pages.  

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  28. Orphaned bear cub gets fresh start with new mom

     

    by Amanda DeMusz, Regional Wildlife Biologist

     

    Last April, an orphaned bear cub from Caribou was placed in a den with a new mom, Jen, an experienced mother bear that had been found in good shape with her single cub when her den was visited by the department bear research crew a few weeks before the orphaned cub was found. Warden Alan Dudley managed to catch the cub whose mother had been hit by a car on the highway, and Biologists Randy Cross and Amanda DeMusz took the cub deep into the woods to its new family.

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  29. Raccoon breeding season

     

    by Hazel Stark

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  30. Local buoy goes back to the old country

    A scientist living on the Waterford Coast of Ireland sent the Machias Valley News this picture of a buoy he recently found washed up on an Irish beach and belonging to Dave Fraser of Harrington. “I do my best to return flotsam to its owner, but this one is a little awkward to return because the Gulf Stream is relentlessly one way,” wrote Andrew Lloyd, who published the Maine buoy find on his blog. “Perhaps you could tell Dave, though, so he isn’t fruitlessly scouring the waves for his buoy.”

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  31. Fremont Street String Band to perform at Cobscook Fundraiser

     

    Students at the Cobscook Experiential Program invite the community to an all you can eat pizza and music fundraiser on Friday, March 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. Students are raising money for two upcoming trips, one to Saint John, New Brunswick in March and another to Washington, DC in April. Washington County’s favorite Yankee bluegrass quintet, Fremont Street String Band, will perform. Students are also organizing a raffle of new family camping items and children’s life jackets. The suggested donation for the dinner is $10 per person or $25 per family.

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  32. Jonesport-Beals Royals headed to semifinals

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  33. New legislation could cool U.S. tensions in heated ‘grey zone’

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Despite a history of congenial relations, a 277-square-mile expanse of water stands out as a persistent disagreement between the United States and Canada.
    The “grey zone” is the name given to prime lobster waters between Washington County and Grand Manan, New Brunswick, where the matter of jurisdiction has been in question since the 1700s. Today it is fished by lobstermen from both nations, but each side fishes according to different rules.

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  34. Jonesport to act on medical marijuana ordinance Feb. 27

    by Nancy Beal

    An ordinance governing the licensing of medical marijuana retail stores, manufacturing and testing facilities will be placed before Jonesporters next week. Starting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, the proposed nine-page ordinance will be aired at a public hearing followed by a vote to accept or reject it. If accepted by a majority of those present and voting, it will become effective immediately. Copies of the proposal are available at the town office, where next week’s hearing and vote will be held.

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  35. Resource shortfall can’t handle surge in elder abuse

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Magnified by the growing demographic of the elderly and the aversion to report, elder abuse must now also contend with inadequate staffing and stagnant funding.

    State caseworkers are short-staffed enough that they often can’t read through all the new cases in a given day. One caseworker, stipulating that she remain nameless, said that the daily number of reports of abuse and neglect among the elderly and disabled ha beesn increasing steadily over many months.

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  36. Machias’ Porter library sets goal to make its facility fully accessible

     

    by RJ Heller

    A lofty goal has been set by the Porter Memorial Library (PML) board of trustees to implement a plan that will make the historic structure fully accessible to the public while also adding much needed programming space. The anticipated expansion will cost approximately $1.5 million.

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  37. Bakers and gardeners wanted for cake and seed fundraisers at the library

    Porter Memorial Library’s first dessert auction was sadly sidelined by last week’s pre-Valentine’s Day storm. But we will not be deterred!

    Please consider baking or buying a dessert to donate to our new dessert auction, which will take place in person and on our Facebook page on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. If you are donating a dessert (chocolates, cakes, cookies, you  name it!) please drop it off at the library on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

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  38. WA swim team competes in state finals

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  39. Lady Clippers’ victory advances team to semifinals

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  40. Students become authors at MVCS

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  41. Doves, wild and feral

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  42. Atwood receives prestigious award for exceptional service to Washington County

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias Rotary Club organizers surprised Valdine Atwood with a prestigious honor called the Paul Harris Fellow recognition, which they bestowed at their weekly meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Bluebird Ranch Family Restaurant.

    The Paul Harris Fellow is given by the Rotary Club in honor of an individual’s exceptional service to their community. Along with the honor, the club made a $1,000 donation in Atwood’s name, which will support the charitable work of the Rotary Club nationwide.

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  43. Machias votes overwhelmingly in favor of revitalization TIF

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon
    Machias voted in favor of adopting the Machias Revitalization TIF at a town meeting held Thursday, Feb. 7. More than 50 people attended and voted unanimously in favor of the TIF or Municipal Tax Increment Financing.
    The town also voted unanimously in favor of a new Communications Facility Ordinance, which will give the town the power to weigh in on placement of new radio and cell tower construction, and a small amendment to the town’s building permit regulation.

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  44. Lobster license wait list bill heard in Augusta

     

    by Nancy Beal

    A bill that would grant to apprentice lobstermen who have been waiting for a license for 10 years or more was heard in Augusta February 5. Most spoke against it, including the president of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. The Department of Marine Resources, which issues lobster licenses, did not take a position, indicating that it would wait until after any new restrictions on fishing were issued by the federal government in its attempt to protect North Atlantic right whales.

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  45. State’s plans for Bucks Harbor prison ricochet, but predicted to gain scope

     

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Definitive plans for the future of Downeast Correctional Facility were announced on television news this past week, but apparently, from those in the know, the news was premature.

    The early announcement said the Bucks Harbor prison would receive $4 million this year and another $5.8 million in 2020. Inmates and staff would be returned to DCF in October 2019.

    The news two days later: “It is unclear at this point if the prison will be a pre-release facility, or if a new facility will be built.”

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