New chapter in blueberry history debuts Feb. 4

by Ruth Leubecker

On a dramatically significant journey from the blueberry barrens to the far reaches of Iceland, Maine’s signature crop will be the subject of a five-part television series beginning February 4.

Lynn Thurston, owner of Blue Sky Produce, is promoting the series “Ship Me Out”, which will be televised on newscentermaine.com and News Center’s YouTube page during the 5:30 newscasts the week of February 4. (While News Center’s Channel 6 out of Portland may be the sole channel, the series can be found on their web page.)

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Local schools advance in quest for tech education center Downeast

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Washington County may be on the verge of getting its first dedicated Career and Technical Education center for youth. A group of schools who filed a state grant application last November have been told they are one of four grant winners statewide but do not yet know the exact amount of the state’s award. 

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Public supper adds $3k to local firefighters’ Cancer Prevention Fund

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Several hundred people turned out to support their local fire departments at a public supper held Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Rose M. Gaffney School in Machias. 

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Machias Bay Chamber Concerts welcomes President Aceto

The revitalized Board of the Machias Bay Chamber Concerts (MBCC) is happy to announce Susan Aceto has agreed to serve as President of the concert board and there will be a 50th season of concerts in Machias. Ms. Aceto has had a long association with the MBCC as a supporter, volunteer, benefactor and performer. 

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Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services announces Maine Women Veterans Memorial Challenge, urges recognition

The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services (MBVS) is partnering with Joy Asuncion, Maine’s Ambassador for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation (Women’s Memorial) for the first “Maine Women Veterans Memorial Challenge.” The Challenge is a statewide, community-led drive to register all eligible women veterans from the state of Maine, past and present, for recognition on the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

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Culinary arts students prepare for state competition

Pictured:  Chef Beriau, students Robert Swallow, Aric McCurdy, Destiny Floyd, Leif McKenna and Tyler Demerest. Submitted photo

 

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Ermines in winter

 

by Hazel Start

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An open letter to residents of Machias

Publisher’s Note: This letter is being published with our full support and we hope all Machias residents vote in support Feb 7.  Any initiative that will bring jobs and economic growth to our community is exactly what we need.  Congratulations on this excellent initiative.  Pierre M. Little, MVNO Publisher

Dear Machias Community,

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As cancer rates climb, firefighters raise funds to protect themselves from deadly chemicals

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Fighting fire has always been a dangerous profession, and scientists are now learning that the risks to life and limb continue long after the fire has been extinguished. Simple exposure to fire smoke is a silent killer, and 27 local firefighters spent an evening last week learning how to protect themselves from the toxins that are spiking cancer and heart disease rates in their field.

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Machias to address complexities of tax increment financing at public hearing Jan. 31

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Residents of Machias are invited to a public hearing to be held Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Lee Pellon Center. Three subjects will be discussed that night, but the first, and arguably most complex, will be the proposed Machias Revitalization TIF. The town will vote on the TIF on Feb. 7.

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