Public invited to installation ceremony, reception for President Joan Ferrini-Mundy at UMM March 25

The Installation of President Joan Ferrini-Mundy at the University of Maine at Machias on March 25 begins Inauguration Week events in Machias and Orono.
The Installation ceremony, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in Reynolds Gymnasium.

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Wild Blueberry Commission expansion bill introduced, small growers not happy

by Nancy Beal

Last month, a bill to expand Maine’s Wild Blueberry Commission (WBC), crafted by small wild blueberry growers, was brought forth in Maine’s legislature and heard at a hearing on February 5 (MVNO February 13, 2019). It would add two grower seats on the present eight-member WBC, bringing grower seats into parity with those of processors: five of each. The grower seats would be designated for organic growers, those who add value before selling and those who sell fresh pack, those involved in co-operatives and Native American growers.

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Downeast families ready to testify in favor of vaccine choice, ‘informed consent’

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A state bill to ban philosophical and religious exemptions from childhood vaccinations will have a public hearing before the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on Wednesday, March 13. Numerous Washington County residents plan to attend the hearing to testify against the bill and in favor of vaccine choice and “informed consent,” as one father puts it.

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Collins champions elderly causes, sweeping reform

by Ruth Leubecker

Leading the charge, whether banking reform or prescription cost transparency, Sen. Susan Collins is an increasing presence for change that can be measurable.

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Local teacher ready to race in NYC Half Marathon

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When she celebrates her birthday on St. Patrick’s Day, Mathy Terrill plans to be racing through famous landmarks like Central Park and Times Square, on her way to completing the New York City Half Marathon. This will be the second 13.1-mile race for Terrill, who went from a non-runner to a half-marathoner in only two years.

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Revolutionary War Reenactors meeting set for March 25

 

The Revolutionary War Reenactors of Downeast Maine will be holding their next meeting on Monday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m., at the Machias Valley Baptist Church.  The meeting will be open to anyone interested in learning about reenacting for Margaretta Days, the Battle of the Rim, or any other event.

Come by and question our reenactors, learn how to create a persona, or just learn a bit of the history of the Machias Patriots and their Native Allies, during the American Revolution.

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Changing of the Boy Scouts’ guard

 

The Machias Rotary Club is the charter organization for the local BSA Scout Troop 125. The troop has been serving the needs of young scouts for over 20 years.

Clifford Norton, Jr. of Bucks Harbor has been working with Troop 125 for the past eight years serving as the Scoutmaster for the last two years. Of note, his son Caleb completed his Eagle Scout rank in February of 2018. However, because of his work schedule, Clifford has decided to step aside from the active role of Scoutmaster.

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Library brings locally-filmed ‘Lobster War’ movie to Machias on March 30

 

Machias’ Porter Memorial Library will offer a screening of “Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds” on Saturday, March 30. The showing will take place in the University of Maine at Machias Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m.

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WA senior holds two championship titles, reflects on years of wrestling

 

Ten years ago Josiah Brown began his passion for wrestling with Washington Academy Youth Wrestling. Today, Josiah holds two 2019 championship titles. Early February, Josiah earned the Penobscot Valley Conference (PVC) Championship title in the 182-pound weight class and was voted Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet by conference coaches. A week later he went on to become the Northern Maine Regional Champion at the Northern Maine Regional Wrestling Championship held at Ellsworth High School. Josiah has been preparing for these titles since he was in third grade.

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Stone Soup demolition handled by town

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The East Machias Board of Selectmen voted Friday, March 8 to authorize the demolition and removal of debris from a fire that destroyed Stone Soup Cafe and Market on Sept. 11, 2018.  Selectmen Bucket Davis, Will Tuell and Dale Richardson were all in attendance at the Friday morning meeting.

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