At public hearing, Machias takes feedback on marijuana

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Sixteen people attended a public hearing to gather feedback on an ordinance that, if adopted by Machias voters, would govern sales of adult use marijuana. The meeting took place on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Chairman Joshua Rolfe said the Machias Board of Selectmen convened the hearing to gather feedback on three specific questions: should the town limit the number of adult use marijuana shops, should the town limit where shops can locate, and how much to charge for permit fees.

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Arise Addiction Recovery reaches out to local schools

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Arise Addiction Recovery Director Paul Trovarello knows that for kids, serious addiction can begin in innocent ways.

“With me it just started as something to do, having fun. I didn’t know I was a drug addict until I needed to take Percocet so I wasn’t sick,” said Trovarello. “Fun and addiction can really go hand in hand for a kid.”

To help Washington County youth avoid addiction, Arise Addiction Recovery is making presentations in eight area schools.

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Barge bound for Bahamas makes unexpected stop in the middle of Elm Street

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A trailer carrying a barge bottomed out on Elm Street in Machias, closing the road to traffic for 24 hours starting Monday, Oct. 21. But the sequence of events that led to the road closure began much earlier when Hurricane Dorian laid waste to the Bahamas on September 1.

Regarded as the worst natural disaster in the history of the island nation, Dorian hit with winds topping 185 miles per hour, killing more than 60 and leveling a home built there by Clay Thomas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Forever young

by Wayne Smith

The year was 1967. An October wind blew a gale in Jonesboro. The trees were naked with leaves blowing into the local streets and off of the side roads that barely got plowed in the wintertime. Children rode bicycles up and down these streets, all day long, until winter came. Birds were finding their way south. The Red Sox played the Cardinals in the World Series. Everyone watched the flashy arm of St. Louis’ pitcher, Bob Gibson. The impossible happened and the Red Sox lost in game seven.

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Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout

Sunday afternoon, October 20, neighbors Dick and Sherry Paul had a gathering with friends for an apple cider event. Lots of apples and lots of cider was made for everyone to take home.

The phys ed class took their last canoeing and kayaking class for the year on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Now they will do some hiking if the weather stays good.
I finally got my lawn mowed for the last time this season. Looks neat and hopefully, I won’t have to mow again till June next year.

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WA students to present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at UMM

The theater students at Washington Academy will bring Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to the stage at the University of Maine at Machias’ Performing Arts Center this November. The play is an exciting new adaptation by the father-son team Peter and Hans Bloedel blending original background music by Benji Inniger. Poetry, dance, and a touch of humor also add a new twist to this gothic classic.

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The Nature of Phenology: Ring-billed gulls

by Hazel Stark

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Machias Valley News Observer takes home 9 awards from Maine Press Association

At its annual state conference held Oct. 19, the Maine Press Association recognized the Machias Valley News Observer with nine writing and photography awards. MVNO sister paper, the Calais Advertiser, won four awards, including one for General Excellence in Advertising.

The awards were presented Saturday night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Portland, concluding a day of workshops and networking for reporters and photographers, journalists, advertising staff, and designers throughout the state.

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Machias area prepares for Halloween monsters, candy, frights and fun

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Working together, multiple Machias-area organizations have created a wealth of fun Halloween activities for both children and adults, most queued up to take place on the weekend before Halloween.

Trick or Treat Main Street occupies the flagship event position for children, ranking second only to Christmas in the Machias Kids’ Calendar of Fun.

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Commerce Dept gives Axiom Ed $1.5M vote of confidence

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

It isn’t often that statements from the U.S. Department of Commerce contain the word “Machias,” but that was the case on Sept. 27 when an email from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the Economic Development Administration has awarded a $1.53 million grant to the Axiom Education & Training Center in Machias, Maine.

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