UMM Head of Campus resigns

 

 Andrew Egan, vice president for academic affairs and head of campus at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM), has announced his intention to step down, effective Aug. 15.

Egan joined UMM, a regional campus of the University of Maine, on Aug. 13, 2018. 

Daniel Qualls, associate professor of education, will serve as interim vice president for academic affairs and head of campus. Qualls joined the UMM community in 2008 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

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Walls TV and Appliance celebrates its 50-year journey as a family business

 

by Ruth Leubecker

Observing a half-century of hard work and perseverance, Walls TV and Appliance has emerged as a beacon of endurance, the epitome of a community success story.

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Sea & Sky festival a fun, family-friendly extravaganza

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Though a relative newcomer to the Downeast festival season, the Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival already feels like an event that has found its stride. Presented by Pat’s Pizza and the Machias Rotary Club, the event has grown each year as more area businesses and clubs have raised their hands to chip in dollars and volunteers.

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PRSWDD and MRC, once partners, now at loggerheads

 

by Nancy Beal

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Marijuana, parks and committees top selectboard agenda in Machias

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Wednesday, July 10, the Machias Board of Selectmen held their bi-monthly meeting in the Machias Telebusiness Center for the first time, a location change made in order to offer more space for meeting attendees. The board members each utilized their new Apple iPads, which will store essential documents the group needs to review.

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Forever young

 

by Wayne Smith

Father Tony Mullaney, of Harrington, is 89 years old. He recently celebrated his 63rd year of being in the priesthood. The celebration took place at St. Michael’s Church in Cherryfield. Coffee, snacks, and of course were a cake available for refreshments. The church members came together and this is what they had to say about Fr. Tony after church.

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Tenor, oboe, piano trio featured in Machias Bay Chamber Concert’s July 23 event

 

A program of mostly French music will be performed by a trio of artists on Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias.  This is the third concert in a series of four in celebration of Machias Bay Chamber Concert’s 50th anniversary season.  A special visitor at this concert will be Tom Wolf who founded the series with his brother Andrew Wolf all those fifty years ago.

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Quartet to perform original scores for silent films

 

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Poetry on the move at Porter Memorial Library

On Friday, June 28, the Porter Poets bid hail and farewell to the group's founding member, Gerald W. George, who is relocating to Maine's midcoast with his wife, Carol Maryan George. For the past four years, Jerry has led monthly meetings of the Porter Poets at Porter Memorial Library, sharing his own poems and unique understanding of the written word while guiding and encouraging the muse in others.

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Could adult use marijuana bring sales tax revenue to Machias?

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A bill carried over until the second year of the 129th legislature could offer towns a way to profit from the sale and cultivation of marijuana in their towns. LD 335, “An Act To Require the State To Distribute 12 Percent of Adult Use Marijuana Retail Sales and Excise Tax Revenue to Generating Municipalities” passed the House by a vote of 88 to 54 before adjournment on June 20.

The bill was originally written to return 25 percent to generating municipalities, but was amended down to 12 percent by the appropriations committee.

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