Bad Little Boards brings skate culture to Main Street

by Tyler Royle

Two Machias men have banded together to bring a new kind of shop to Main Street. Aaron Ackley and Brendon Sohre opened the doors on Bad Little Boards earlier this year, building on their shared love of skateboarding. Ackley has been working with skateboards for the last twenty years and is responsible for building and fixing skateboards. Sohre runs the merchandising side of the company by selling different types of branding, from clothes to gemstones.

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Deputies make drug arrests, K-9 Runa treated for suspected heroin exposure

On Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 3:44 p.m. Deputies Matthew Carter and Toni Bridges of the Washington County Sheriff's Office were conducting a traffic stop on Water Street in Addison. The deputies requested the assistance of Deputy Ryan Allen and his K-9 Runa for a vehicle search. Runa is trained and certified to detect illegal drugs.

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Pet owners encouraged to respond to Machias pet survey

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Despite last week’s windy weather, representatives of a New England animal welfare organization set up tables around Machias, sharing information about a survey they’re conducting.

“We want to understand what people think about different pet issues, what they’re seeing as problems in the community, and what’s going on with their own pets if they have them,” said Hanna Lentz of Impact by Design, the research firm conducting the Machias Pet Survey.

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Volunteers sought to set up Machias skating rink

 After a prolonged absence due to insurance difficulties, the Town of Machias and the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the return of the public ice skating rink to Southside Ball Field.

“It broke our hearts that the rink was not able to be installed for the last several years,” said MBACC Executive Director Sharon Mack. “This was a very popular place in the past and offered great outdoor recreation for many children and families.”

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The Nature of Phenology: Crows roosting

by Joseph Horn

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Expanded Advantage coverage a boon for rural Maine

by Ruth Leubecker

When Renata Lahner came to Washington County last week she brought good news for many.

The certified Medicare specialist, with better than 20 years of experience in the field, was here to explain the Medicare Advantage plans that will come into effect in 2020. “For those who are eligible, this is a big thing for Washington and Piscataquis counties,” she explained, “because they’re going to have more options.”

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Want to open a child care business? Now might be the time

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A lack of available, quality child care can prevent parents from fully participating in the rural workforce, and that can have a negative impact on rural economies, particularly in times of low unemployment.

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Sunrise County Economic Summit looks at where we are now, where we’re going next

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After a decade hiatus, the Sunrise County Economic Council renewed its tradition of hosting an economic summit focused exclusively on the issues and opportunities in front of Washington County.

So it was that on Friday, Nov. 8 the parking lot of Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott was full to overflowing, and the conference rooms inside were buzzing with almost 100 attendees, all interested in some or all aspects of life in the Sunrise County.

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Wesley FD seeks votes to win fire truck

by Jayna Smith

Economy Motors in Hermon is giving away a fire truck to one lucky Maine town.

The truck was acquired by Economy Motors, and the family-owned business wanted to give back to one Maine town.  Those interested in having a chance of winning the truck for their town had to email a letter on department letterhead to be considered.

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Machias signs purchase and sale for cell tower lot

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At their regular bi-weekly meeting held Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Machias Board of Selectmen signed an agreement to sell 2.63 acres of land to Rising Tide Towers, LLC. The land is located behind the Machias Telebusiness Center on Stackpole Road, and Robert Parsloe of Rising Tide Towers said it will be used to construct a cell tower that will carry the signal for FirstNet, a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.

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