Acadian Seaplants asks Court to reconsider rockweed decision

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Thursday, April 11, attorneys for Acadian Seaplants filed a Motion of Reconsideration with the Maine Supreme Court asking the Court to reconsider its recent decision in the case of Ross v. Acadian Seaplants. In the three years since the case was filed, both the Washington County Superior Court and the Maine Supreme Court declared that rockweed is not publicly owned, but instead “the private property of the adjacent upland landowner.”

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‘When the Chevy Breaks’ film looks at how we solve big problems Downeast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

There were lights, there was action, and now there’s going to be a film premiere at the University of Maine at Machias. “When the Chevy Breaks (How Small Towns Solve Big Problems)” is a production of the film class led by Alan Kryszak and features interviews with more than a dozen people from Eastport to Jonesport. The title plays on the Led Zeppelin song, “When the Levee Breaks” and looks at the unique ways people in small towns big address problems, even dating back to the founding of Machias.

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Machias to vote on four questions at April 23 meeting

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias will hold a special town meeting on Tuesday, April 23 to hold a vote on four different matters.

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Is sportsmanship improving Downeast?

by Phil Stuart

After a winter of less-than-adequate sportsmanship during the high school, junior high school and travel team season, things seemed to have turned around some this spring during mud season.

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A smelt story

 

by Wayne Smith

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Design the 2019 Wild Blueberry Festival T-shirt

 

It’s been a cold, icy winter, but believe it or not, we’ll all be in T-shirts soon — Machias Wild Blueberry Festival T-shirts, that is.

Help coax warm, sunny days our way by entering the festival’s T-shirt design contest. If your design is selected, you’ll see it not only on hundreds of festival-goers but on the US Postal cancellation stamp available during the festival and for an additional month at the Machias post office.

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Cherryfield student accepted to Miami Institute for the Gifted

 

Kristian Gerrish is currently a sixth-grade student who attends Cherryfield Elementary School. He has recently been accepted to attend the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) at the University of Miami. SIG is an educational experience for gifted and talented children to explore new interests, strengthen current skills and interact with other children who are also driven to explore learning.

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RMG teacher nominated for Kevin McCarthy Education Innovation Award

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) recently celebrated a Machias teacher for her achievements teaching science literacy to her students.

Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School sixth grade teacher Lizzy Douglas is nominated for the annual award founded by GMRI in 2014 which in collaboration with the insurance company Unum honors dedicated teachers across Maine that are involved with GMRI programs and exemplify the leadership qualities of the award's namesake, former Unum CEO Kevin McCarthy.

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Beals voters raise $246K, including money for transfer station

 

by Nancy Beal

Despite an early spring snowstorm that kept schools closed, nearly three dozen Beals Islanders pulled on their boots and came to town meeting April 11. They authorized nearly a quarter of a million dollars, elected a new select person, and opted to raise their assigned percentage of costs at the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District. (See related story for the discussion on the transfer station.)

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Local film ‘When the Chevy Breaks’ premieres at UMM

When the Chevy Breaks (How Small Towns Fix Big Problems) tells a collection of stories, ranging from Machias taking on the world’s most powerful navy (on a Sunday after church), to an amputee father waiting for his son to return from Afghanistan so they can hike up Mt. Katahdin together. All these stories of overcoming obstacles, big and small, are set against the spectacle of Downeast Coastal Maine, including Eastport, Jonesport, Machias and way out west Kingfield — a parade of persistent people you’ll only meet here.

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