Meet the new Machias Chief of Police

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

We all know someone who had their fill of Maine winters and moved south to sunny Florida, but people migrating north are harder to find. Yet that’s just what Todd Hand did when, after more than 25 years in Florida law enforcement, he became an associate professor and relocated to Unity, Maine. Now, he’s ready to move even farther north, into his new position as the Machias Chief of Police.

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Just in time for winter, new yarn shop brings Wooleez warmth to Main Street

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Beginning Friday, Nov. 8, knitters, crocheters and other yarn enthusiasts will have a wooly destination to tide them over between stops in Ellsworth and Lubec. That’s the day Melissa Molinari will celebrate the grand opening of Machias’ own yarn shop, Wooleez, which will be located on Main Street next to Sew Fetch Dog Co.

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Maine economy bears brunt of lost pot sales

by Ruth Leubecker

Although a handful of pot shops regularly conduct business Downeast, they all sell medical marijuana, not recreational or adult use, because after three years Maine is still not ready to authorize those sales. In the meantime, the town of Machias is preparing for the state rollout by drafting an ordinance, which will then be presented to the voters.

There are presently four cannabis shops in Machias, all licensed to sell medical marijuana: Lake Smoke, Indian Trail, Bold Coast Cannabis and Smoke Solutions.

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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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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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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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‘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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The Nature of Phenology: Warblers and Cluster Flies

by Joseph Horn

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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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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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