In Machias, Child and Family Director Landry talks abuse prevention and mental health

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Maine newcomer Dr. Todd Landry has weathered the transition from southern summers to northern winters before. His 20-plus year career working with children and families has taken him in and out of Texas several times, including two years spent as the head of Nebraska’s Division of Children and Family Services.

“A few folks have asked, ‘Are you sure about winters in Maine?’’ said Landry. “But my wife and I joke that we know the first winter is usually the hardest, then it gets better after that.”

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Women’s worldwide motorcycle relay starts US leg in Calais


by Kaileigh Deacon

When most people think of bikers, people who ride motorcycles, they think of middle-aged white men, but while that may be the perception it is not in fact the reality. For years the number of women riders has been steadily growing but motorcycle companies have yet to catch up with the shifting trends.

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57th Annual International Scout Camporee draws crowds Downeast


by Peter Duston

Scouting proved alive and well at the 57th International Camporee held at Cobscook State Park on Saturday, Sept. 28, when 130 scouts and leaders from the United States and Canada gathered, camped, played, and demonstrated outdoor skills under the open skies of Downeast Maine.

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University of Maine at Machias and Downeast Salmon Federation sign partnership agreement


The University of Maine at Machias and the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 2 that formalized the growing partnership between the two organizations.

“Partnering with DSF both broadens and strengthens the STEM programs that the university can offer students,” said Daniel Qualls, head of campus at UMM. “We can get our students out in the field doing real science.”

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Steuben’s own animal farm


by Wayne Smith

Ida McGee and her husband David have had a farm in Steuben for 13 years. This is a story of devotion and love for a dream. After they retired, they bought a farm. Maybe they didn’t know what they were getting themselves into. Every day is a new adventure; just getting up in the morning can be a chore. It’s a story about grinding things out from one day to the next. Every day is different. Every day can bring challenges. Every day is new and unique. And I kind of got an idea of what that was like when I sat down and talked to Ida McGee.

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Dennysville pastor publishes new book


The Rev. Dr. Alan Andraeas of Holy Trinity Chapel, Dennysville, holds a new copy of Sacred House in his hands. “The feeling is hard to describe when you see something with your name on the cover,” he explains. “It has been a long time in the making and it’s so good to see it in its final version.”

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Retired school teacher is latest inductee to University of Maine at Machias Clipper Hall of Fame


The University of Maine at Machias Clipper Athletics Hall of Fame hosted its annual induction ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 5, in conjunction with the university’s homecoming festivities.

Mike Merritt, a graduate of the UMM class of 1971, is the newest member of the Clipper Hall of Fame. Inductees are nominated for their athletic achievements and for positively representing the university after graduation, and are voted on by a committee.

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The Nature of Phenology: Leaf change


by Joseph Horn

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Rural initiative places Maine’s 2nd national cemetery in Jonesboro


by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A process begun in 2015 will culminate next year when a new national cemetery opens alongside Route 1 in Jonesboro. The new veterans cemetery will be only the second of its kind in Maine, after Togus National Cemetery in Kennebec County. Togus has been closed to new veteran interments since the 1960s.     

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DECH opts for new ED service

by Ruth Leubecker

Although several vendors were considered in the selection process, Down East Community Hospital recently settled on Envision Physician Services to provide Emergency Department services.

“After an in-depth review and discussion, Envision best met our needs and requirements,” said Steve Lail, hospital CEO. “The decision to change service providers will keep the same access to service, but be more financially sustainable over time.”

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