Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout


The Addison Town Meeting was held on Tuesday evening, March 10 at the D.W. Merritt Elementary School. Over 85 folks turned out for the meeting, with 83 voters registered to vote at the meeting.

The moderator for the evening was Chris Chartrand. Roberta Pinkham and Ronie Strout registered the voters for the night.

The Addison Town Meeting went well, with 26 articles voted on within 43 minutes. We elected one selectman, Joshua Stubbs, who won with 49 votes. Outgoing selectman Thomas Batson received 24.

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The ultimate lottery

by V. Paul Reynolds

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The Nature of Phenology: Red-winged blackbirds

by Hazel Stark

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Machias couple emerges from self-quarantine after return from Italy

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After 16 days in isolation, Ben and Allison Edwards were relieved to learn they tested negative for COVID-19. The couple, who manage Schoppee Farm in Machias, returned from a trip to Europe last month and were advised to self-quarantine for two weeks.

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Washington County Coronavirus updates

The Machias Valley News Observer will be regularly updating this page with information relating to coronavirus in Washington County, including closures, cancellations, and postponements. If you have any updates to include here, please email them to editor@machiasnews.com.

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A walk through Machias before statehood

by Valdine Atwood

Editor’s note: Follow along on this walk through historic Machias using the maps found on p. 21.

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Bill grapples with drug law reform

by Ruth Leubecker

Medical experts and public health advocates convened last week to address upcoming legislation that would relax sentencing guidelines for those possessing drugs.

LD 1492, An Act to Reform Drug Sentencing Laws, seeks to require prosecutors to prove someone is trafficking or intends to traffick drugs before they can be convicted of it; and it would end some felony charges by raising the threshold for misdemeanor possession charges.

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One year after SJC ruling, enforcement issues plague rockweed industry

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Questions about enforcement of the Ross v. Acadian Seaplants' decision surround Maine’s rockweed industry, one year after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled rockweed is the exclusive property of Maine’s intertidal landowners.

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Coronavirus: schools, hospital prepare to respond

by Jayna Smith

Concerns about the new coronavirus outbreak have risen in the U.S., even more so since 21 U.S. deaths have been reported. Stocks have plummeted as the virus has disrupted logistics networks, driven down tourism and air traffic, and canceled major events across the globe. Prices of commodities like oil and industrial metals have also taken a major plunge. Because China is a major supplier of ingredients for medicines, if the epidemic persists, prescription drugs could face shortages, according to the World Health Organization.  

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New book details history of Steuben’s National Wildlife Refuge

Today, everyone is familiar with Bar Harbor’s success as a thriving community and popular tourist destination. Less well known is the fact that, in 1896, the Petit Manan Land Company tried to create the same kind of successful community across the bay in Steuben.

The company invested money into building roads, a clubhouse, casino, steamboat dock, icehouse, lumber shed, a boarding house and cottages. Over the next 60 years, plans were filed by numerous individuals and companies who tried unsuccessfully to sell the nearly 1,300 cottage lots and build hotels and other amenities.

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