Welcome, Baby New Year 2019!

Matt and Molly Hall and their three daughters welcomed Ezra James Hall to their family on January 1, 2019 at Down East Community Hospital in Machias. Pictured left to right, with a basket full of gifts from DECH and local businesses, are Molly, Ezra, Gianna, Bella, Matt and Delia Hall. See story page 4. Submitted photo

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Lane Construction Plants, Paving Division sold for $555 million

by Lura Jackson

One of the area’s most steady paving operations – that of Lane Construction – has been acquired by international paving giant Eurovia for $555 million. The sale and transfer of Lane’s plants and paving division were announced by Lane Construction Corporation – itself a part of Italy’s Salini Impregilo Group – in August of last year.

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Hayward retires from RCC after 33 years of service

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Larry Hayward did not want a big fuss when he retired from the Washington County Regional Communications Center (RCC) last month, but Deputy Director Joshua Rolfe didn’t let the occasion go unmarked.

“They had an awful lot of fun with my retirement,” said Hayward, who lives in Lubec. Hayward retired from the position of Emergency Communications Specialist but served as the Operational Supervisor for most of his 33 years at the RCC. 

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UMM Lady Clippers play seven home games in January

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The majority of the Lady Clippers’ games will be played in Machias for the month of January. Basketball fans will want to mark their calendars for six of their seven remaining home games.

The University of Maine at Machias women’s basketball team defeated Green Mountain College in Machias 70-62 on Sunday, Jan. 6, bringing their season record to 7-5. 

The Lady Clippers will play at home against Paul Smith’s College on Friday, Jan. 11 at noon. 

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Nature of Phenology: Ice

 

by Joe Horn

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Leaving 2018: a bittersweet departure

by Ruth Leubecker

It was a year with record-breaking events and divisive issues -- issues that promise great tumult in 2019.

But first, looking in the rearview mirror, the year 2018 began with a dramatic international incident when a brining shed collapsed in a storm and sailed to Campobello. Tempers flared and dialogue festered, but not for long after the battered shed -- such as it was -- came home to Lubec.

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All charges dismissed after Crowley’s arrest, detention for marijuana trafficking

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Drug trafficking charges against Kristian Crowley of Jonesport have been dismissed by the state. Crowley was arrested and charged with unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, in this case marijuana, on Sept. 11, 2018.

Bail was initially set at $25,000, then reduced to $3,000 on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Ultimately, Crowley was held in the Washington County Jail for 10 days.

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Soil and water celebrates 70 years of service to Washington County

The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District is celebrating 70 years of voluntary conservation services to the people of Washington County. There are over 3,000 districts across the United States, dating back to the “ Dust Bowl” days. They were organized by local volunteers to provide access to federal and state agencies for local people. In Maine, the 16 soil and water districts are organized under Chapter 12 Maine Conservation Law.

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DMR approves Machias Bay aquaculture leases

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Commissioner Patrick Keliher signed an experimental lease approval on Dec. 18 for a 3.7-acre sugar kelp operation to be located west of Hog Island in Machiasport. The site will be used for the cultivation of sugar kelp using suspended culture techniques and will be one of many already approved in the Machias Bay.  

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What can we learn from the midterms? Discussion to take place Jan. 5

Join us for this lecture and discussion presented by Dr. Robert B. Arseneau as we take a look back at the 2018 midterm election and forward to what it may portend. This event will be held on Saturday, January 5 in Science 102 at the University of Maine at Machias Campus beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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