DEI’s ‘gold’ mussel could open national markets to Downeast aquaculture

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

You walk into an upscale eatery and order mussels dressed in garlic almond butter. A bowl of steamy shellfish comes to your table, but first, they could have come from anywhere in the world: Spain, New Zealand, Chile or, most likely, eastern Canada.

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DECH recognized for third year as standout in Donate Life

by Ruth Leubecker

“When I came here to work, Sue Dorr was the liaison for the New England Organ Bank,” says Donna Renshaw, operating room nurse at Down East Community Hospital. “Every death at the hospital needed to be reported to the organ bank.”

Twenty-five-plus years later, the organ bank is now New England Donor Services. Sue Dorr has long retired, Renshaw has assumed her role as liaison, and the Machias hospital has been recognized nationally as a topflight winner in promoting organ donation.

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Wild salmon seeding efforts rely on innovation, collaboration

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It’s a cold winter morning, and three scientists are in a pickup truck, bouncing their way over miles of frozen blueberry barrens. They stop next to a shuttered cabin and prepare for work, donning insulated waders and hoisting backpacks. Once they’ve loaded their sled with gear they set off, carrying 30,000 eggs toward the Pleasant River.

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Machias talks PD move, CDBG grant

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Members of the Machias selectboard spoke with Machias Police Chief Todd Hand at their regular bi-monthly meeting held Wednesday, March 11. Hand walked the board through building modifications that would make the Machias Telebusiness Center into a suitable new police department.

Chairman Joshua Rolfe said the board is largely in favor of moving the police department into the more modern facility, located on Stackpole Road, but has not taken a formal vote on the matter.

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EAC’s Youth Art Exhibition to open online

Despite widespread COVID-19 closures, Eastport Arts Center’s Washington Street Gallery will nevertheless celebrate Youth Art Month with its 6th annual exhibition of young artists’ works. The art has been photographed by Robin Farrin, a frequent documenter of EAC events, and is being compiled as an online exhibition on the center’s site so that all can enjoy.

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Moosabec area mostly closed for business

by Nancy Beal

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Maine CDC: ‘No one should be waiting to prepare’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

As of Monday, no cases of coronavirus have been detected within Washington County, a fact which should not stop people from preparing themselves, said Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Executive Director Dr. Nirav Shah.

"[A lack of cases] could provide folks with a false sense of security," he said.

Shah warned the CDC fully expects to see new cases develop in counties that have none today, and to see increasing rates of infection in counties with known cases.

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Major hurdles block reform for disabled public employees

by Ruth Leubecker

Many of Maine’s public workers have waited years for earned disability compensation; meantime many exist on limited resources, often from friends and churches.

“It’s very, very sad. The system has totally let these people down,” says Jerry Conley, an attorney who has made such cases his specialty. “I’ve been doing these cases for 20 years. It’s awful, and has grown worse over the years.”

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UMM Clippers women’s basketball players receive national honors

The University of Maine at Machias Clippers women’s basketball team ended a strong season with a bid to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Basketball National Championship, where they competed against the Villa Maria College Vikings in the quarterfinals on March 9. They were ultimately defeated by the Vikings in a game that ended 69–51.

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Local doctors urge caution in ‘exponentially expanding epidemic’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Local health care providers are modifying their practices to prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19 in Washington County.

As of March 16, the Maine Centers for Disease Control reported 17 presumptive and positive cases in Maine, with none yet detected in Washington County.

Dr. David Rioux, of Machias, said he is “very concerned” about the outbreak, and that his practice is working on a plan to test for the virus without bringing potentially-ill patients into his medical office.

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