Machias Planning Board approves MSB’s Main Street office building construction project in 4-1 vote

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Planning Board approved a $4M construction project request from Machias Savings Bank at their regular meeting held Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The bank’s construction will create a two-story office building with five parking spaces on the vacant Ford Garage lot located across from the Thirsty Moose and next to the Machias Hardware Co. building.  [See “MSB brings $4M expansion to Machias Planning Board,” MVNO Nov. 14, 2018.]

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Blueberry commission gives tentative OK for subcommittee of small growers sought by Addison’s Marie Emerson; bill to enlarge commission in the works

 

by Nancy Beal

Marie and Dell Emerson have been involved with wild blueberries for decades. For nearly 50 years before his retirement, Dell ran the experimental farm on Blueberry Hill in Jonesboro. The couple owns a 40-acre farm of their own at Wescogus Corner in Addison and manages other growers’ fields and buys berries from still others. They furnish berries for the fresh pack market and, after the harvest in August, sell fresh-frozen berries in bulk from their home.

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Machias votes in favor of medical marijuana

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Unusually long lines of voters delayed the start of a town meeting held in Machias on Wednesday. Dec. 5. More than 120 Machias residents and 30 non-residents attended the meeting, held to discuss and vote on the town’s proposed medical marijuana ordinance. As is customary the non-residents lined the bleachers of the Machias Memorial High School gymnasium, leaving a clear view to the Machias voters seated in rows of chairs down the middle of the room.

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‘Royal Bulldogs’ turn Jonesport, Machias schools into one winning team

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When students approached Cindy Moore-Rossi and asked her to coach their cross country running team, she wasn’t even a runner herself.

“There were four kids that wanted to run and they were told the program would fold if they couldn’t come up with a coach,” she said. At the time Moore-Rossi was working at Machias Memorial High School as a special education ed tech.

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Josh Kelley, Philip Kilton survive the sinking of their lobster boat 11 miles offshore

 

by Nancy Beal

The boat that sank out from under Beals lobsterman Josh Kelley and his sternman last month seven miles outside of Moosepeak Light was a 42-foot Novi-style boat that Kelley purchased in Lower Woods Hole, Nova Scotia in 2014. She was built by Stanley Greenwood, or “Chainsaw” Greenwood as he is familiarly known because he uses that tool for finish work.

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Local talent fires up UMM women’s basketball

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On their way to last week’s game, the University of Maine at Machias women’s basketball team anxiously awaited the latest USCAA power rankings. Coach Troy Alley had predicted their strong 6-2 record would land them in the national top 10, but when the rankings came out he heard they were actually number three. 

Five minutes later he realized his mistake. “Ladies, we’re not third,” said Alley. They were crestfallen. “We’re first.” 

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County committee on verge of completing controversial budget

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After a hiatus due to weather events, the Washington County Budget Committee convened on Thursday, Nov. 29 for what could be its next-to-last meeting this year. The 2019 budget process has taken longer than usual owing to a debate over the proposed addition of three deputies to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Moosabec teachers seek pay scale changes, negotiations ongoing since last winter

 

by Nancy Beal

Teachers in Union 103, the school unit that includes both elementary schools and the joint high school in Beals and Jonesport, are seeking a change in the 25-step pay scale under which the district has operated for years. Negotiations started last winter and, instead of lasting the usual couple of months and centering on the increase in pay and benefits, are snagged on a different issue which, teachers say, affect not just money, but their professionalism and the ability of the schools to attract and retain good teachers.

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Medicaid expansion struggles amid sea of suits, strife

By Ruth Leubecker 

Health insurance for 70,000-plus Mainers may be the law of the land, but lawsuits and excessive legal postponements have prevented it from happening for over two years.

The latest date for possible positive action is December 5.

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School officials tell parents to throw away the yardsticks, they’re toxic

by Rep. Lawrence E. Lockman

Is it really “poisonous” for parents to compare student test scores in their local school district to test results in other districts across the state?

I don’t think so. But then, I’m not a credentialed education professional with advanced degrees, earning $80K or $90K toiling in the government school monopoly swamp.

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