Ray Reynolds

August 19, 1931 - December 1, 2019

 

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Welcome Initiative works to draw new workforce, residents Downeast

by Tanya Rucosky

Mano en Mano and Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) are partnering to grow the year-round workforce in Washington County by building affordable housing for seasonal workers through their new Welcome Initiative. “When you look at the big picture demographics,” said Charles Rudelitch, SCEC’s Executive Director, “we see the population of Washington County, and particularly the workforce going down.”

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Skidgel family thanks community for ‘overwhelming support’ after loss

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Speaking on behalf of her entire family, Angela Skidgel said she was “forever grateful” for the outpouring of support, sympathy and kindness showered on them after the deaths of her grandfather Darold Ames and son Gavin Skidgel in a car accident that took place on Friday, Jan. 3.

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Healthcare top priority in Augusta as consumers struggle

by Ruth Leubecker

Dominating the legislative agenda even as nonpolitical leaders strive to make a bigger difference, healthcare in Maine still remains an out-of-reach necessity for many.

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Machias Food Pantry makes plans for the future

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The numbers are bleak: One in six Maine seniors don’t have enough to eat; one in five Maine children go hungry, and 37 percent of Maine’s food-insecure population does not qualify for public assistance. The numbers also hit close to home. Since she began volunteering in 2017, Machias Food Pantry Director Eunice Mommens has seen a significant increase in the number of clientele using the pantry’s services.

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Downeast Wind TIF hearing draws crowds to county courthouse

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Washington County Commissioner Chris Gardner opened a public hearing last week explaining what the hearing was — and was not — for.

“I understand the large number of people in this room tonight is because there are some strong feelings on this subject. I want to make it clear that the commissioners are not the committee of jurisdiction for approving or disapproving this project,” said Gardner. “It’s approved or disapproved by the DEP and the LUPC.”

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Machias talks police department, airport bids and special meeting

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At their first meeting of the new year, the Machias Board of Selectmen heard from Machias Police Chief Todd Hand who was hired last year and this month assumed the role full-time. Hand’s background includes 25 years in Florida law enforcement, as well as several years teaching at Florida State Law Enforcement Academy, Saint Leo University, and Unity College.

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Eagles dying from lead bullets — without being shot

by Jayna Smith

Avian Haven (avianhaven.org), located in Freedom, is a rehabilitation center dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds to their natural roles in the wild.  Last week, the center admitted two bald eagles from two separate areas, each experiencing symptoms due to lead poisoning.  Unfortunately, one of the birds did not survive.

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My brother David

by Wayne Smith

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Hudson Museum highlights shell heaps containing Wabanaki, environmental history

For generations, indigenous Wabanaki people hunted, caught fish, and harvested clams and oysters along the coast of what’s now called Maine. And they left behind middens — heaps of shells — that sometimes contain tools, ceramic shards and bones of animals.

Alice Kelley and Bonnie Newsom are in a race against time and tides to document the cultural and paleoenvironmental information contained in the shell heaps before they’re swept out to sea.

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