History in the making: She’s 95 years and still counting

by Ruth Leubeker

Like a vintage wine — or a fine antique automobile, Amy Graham sees a few good years ahead.

Party day is March 7. It’s a celebration of her 95th birthday that may have started out as a surprise, but like many elderly, she now is totally on top of it. That’s from 1-4 p.m. at the Jacksonville United Methodist Church, and everyone’s invited.

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Machias vet fined for unlicensed practice

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Dr. Cynthia Teer of the Machias Animal Hospital has been found in contempt of court and fined $10,000 for practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

Teer’s license was suspended by the state in Jan. 2018, and revoked in Oct. 2019 following a September hearing of the Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine. Six pages of court documents from the Jan. 21 hearing held in Kennebec Superior Court list the state’s evidence, including prior disciplinary action against Teer in 2014.  

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Listening for right whales in the Gulf of Maine

Two passive acoustic data collection efforts are underway in the Gulf of Maine to gather information on North Atlantic right whales. One will deploy fixed archival-acoustic recorders mounted on the ocean bottom for a specific period of time. The other will use autonomous underwater vehicles called gliders, equipped to record acoustic information and report it back in near real-time.

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LCOC: Working together for each other

The Lubec Community Outreach Center (LCOC) has started off the new year with a bang! The end of the year festivities that included the veteran/senior meal, which was attended by over 120 community members, and the monthly meal, which served over 195 community members, didn’t slow down this volunteer-based organization.

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“Bear, Coyote, Raven” reading coming to Machias

by Natalie Boomer

Poet Jason Grundstrom-Whitney, will be reading from his book, “Bear, Coyote, Raven”, at the University of Maine at Machias on Thursday, March 12 at 4 p.m.

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Golden-crowned Kinglets

by Joseph Horn

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Youth center effort draws supporters

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A meeting at the East Machias Municipal Building last month drew together enthusiastic individuals and groups who all want the same thing — a local youth recreation center. Co-organizer Liz Henry said she was impressed by the array of talented people in attendance.

“I think we couldn’t have asked for a better group,” said Henry. “It takes a village to raise a child, and that's how I see this project, it’ll take everybody.”

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Recycling changes at PRSWDD explained

by Tanya Rucosky

Residents in municipalities served by the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) have embarked on a new, counter-intuitive approach to recycling.

“You put it all in the trash?” asked incredulous Addison resident Theresa Williams.

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Few details emerge in wake of triple homicide

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Thomas Bonfanti of Northfield was charged with murder on Monday, Feb. 3, after a 30-minute shooting rampage that left two men and one woman dead and another woman critically injured. The shootings took place at three different locations in Machias and Jonesboro.

Bonfanti was arrested at the American Legion Post #9 on Court Street in Machias.

What is known

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Groups offer reassurance, support in wake of local tragedies

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After a string of shootings rocked central Washington County on Monday, Feb. 3, the Community Caring Collaborative (CCC) quickly assembled a Community Response Debriefing event along with the support of AMHC. The event was held on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Machias, and invitations were issued far and wide via Facebook and email.

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