Printing the Newspaper - January 9, 2019 issue.

Printing January 8, 2019 8 a.m. Readers may not know, but we publish the newspaper on Tuesday's early in the morning so they are on the newsstands weather permitting every Tuesday by noon and mailed to subscribers.  Due to snow today, newspapers will be on the newsstands tomorrow before 11 am.  Subscribers are unnaffected and will be mailed today.

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Fearing store’s closure, community rallies to support consignment shop

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Elissa Sieber went online Dec. 27 to make a sad announcement. After struggling to stay open for many months, Sieber and her husband, Ryan Sieber, decided to close their Machias-based consignment shop, Posh: Home of the Frugal Fashionista, but an automated suggestion from Facebook changed their course.

“As soon as I made the post, right on the top of it Facebook suggested ‘Ask your community for support,’” said Elissa Sieber, “and I thought well, I could try this one last thing.” 

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Revenue sharing, childhood hunger and DCF top Moore’s legislative agenda

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

State Senator Marianne Moore (R-Washington) won election to the Maine Senate in November and has come out of the gate sponsoring 13 bills for the 2019 legislative session.

At the top of Moore’s list are two bills that would restore full revenue sharing to Maine municipalities. Under Governor LePage, revenue sharing was cut from 5 percent to 2 percent, creating a reduction in municipal revenues. 

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Machias veterinarian receives $10,000 fine for negligence, practicing without a license

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine has issued a formal reprimand to Dr. Cynthia Teer for practicing veterinary medicine without a license and for “gross negligence, incompetence, misconduct or violation of an applicable code of ethics.” Dr. Teer practices at the Machias Animal Hospital.

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Welcome, Baby New Year 2019!

Matt and Molly Hall and their three daughters welcomed Ezra James Hall to their family on January 1, 2019 at Down East Community Hospital in Machias. Pictured left to right, with a basket full of gifts from DECH and local businesses, are Molly, Ezra, Gianna, Bella, Matt and Delia Hall. See story page 4. Submitted photo

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Lane Construction Plants, Paving Division sold for $555 million

by Lura Jackson

One of the area’s most steady paving operations – that of Lane Construction – has been acquired by international paving giant Eurovia for $555 million. The sale and transfer of Lane’s plants and paving division were announced by Lane Construction Corporation – itself a part of Italy’s Salini Impregilo Group – in August of last year.

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Hayward retires from RCC after 33 years of service

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Larry Hayward did not want a big fuss when he retired from the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) last month, but Deputy Director Joshua Rolfe didn’t let the occasion go unmarked.

“They had an awful lot of fun with my retirement,” said Hayward, who lives in Lubec. Hayward retired from the position of Emergency Communications Specialist but served as the Operational Supervisor for most of his 33 years at the RCC. 

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UMM Lady Clippers play seven home games in January

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The majority of the Lady Clippers’ games will be played in Machias for the month of January. Basketball fans will want to mark their calendars for six of their seven remaining home games.

The University of Maine at Machias women’s basketball team defeated Green Mountain College in Machias 70-62 on Sunday, Jan. 6, bringing their season record to 7-5. 

The Lady Clippers will play at home against Paul Smith’s College on Friday, Jan. 11 at noon. 

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Nature of Phenology: Ice

 

by Joe Horn

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Leaving 2018: a bittersweet departure

by Ruth Leubecker

It was a year with record-breaking events and divisive issues -- issues that promise great tumult in 2019.

But first, looking in the rearview mirror, the year 2018 began with a dramatic international incident when a brining shed collapsed in a storm and sailed to Campobello. Tempers flared and dialogue festered, but not for long after the battered shed -- such as it was -- came home to Lubec.

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