Machias to vote on spending, ordinance amendments at special town meeting

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias residents will vote on six articles at a special town meeting to be held Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Lee Pellon Center.
At a public hearing held Jan. 29, the board reviewed the articles and took questions from the eight Machias residents in attendance.

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Local documentary to air on Maine Public Television

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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Feeding corn to deer could be fatal

by Kaileigh Deacon

As the ground freezes and snow starts to fall, the appearance of animals becomes more of a rare sight, and when people get a chance to see them they get excited. Oftentimes that excitement leads to people leaving food out for the animals, feeling they are helping.

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Gideon campaigns Downeast at ‘Supper with Sara’

by Tanya Rucosky

Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, Sara Gideon, held a “Supper with Sara” event at the Harrington VFW on February 4th as part of her national senate campaign.  

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Phillips Academy Summer Session official visits nine area high schools

Anneke Skidmore, Dean of Admissions and Assistant Director for the Phillips Academy Andover Summer Session, visited nine high schools in Washington County and Charlotte County to promote the new Unobskey Scholars Program.  The Unobskey Scholars Program offers all-expenses-paid scholarships to the prestigious five-week summer session at Phillips Academy for 12 high-achieving ninth graders.  

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The Nature of Phenology: Red fox breeding season

by Hazel Stark

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Machias PD confirms OUI arrest 3 days prior to murders, Bonfanti’s first appearance set

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, and Bonfanti was arrested at the American Legion on Court Street in Machias. 

Bonfanti will make his first appearance in court on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Calais. He is represented by attorney Jeffrey Silverstein.

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Rural Maine vets face suicide crisis

by Tanya Rucosky

Maine’s rural veterans are in the midst of a suicide crisis with counties like Washington and Aroostook at the epicenter. The Veterans Administration’s 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report notes economic disparity, lack of health care access and community services all contribute to increased suicide rates in veterans. Sadly, economically challenged, rural areas concentrate on these difficulties in places like Downeast Maine.

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50 years ago this week: The collapse of the old Toll Bridge

by Valdine Atwood

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Locally-filmed ‘Lobster War’ explores grey zone conflict, now available online

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A movie filmed off the coast of Washington County is now available for streaming on all major online websites such as Amazon, iTunes, Vimeo and YouTube. “Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds,” tells the story of increasing tensions in the waters between Washington County and Canada, locally referred to as “the grey zone.”

“There's a longstanding, ongoing dispute out there,” said Cutler fisherman Brian Cates, who is featured in the film. “That’s why it’s called the grey zone.”

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