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The cupboards will soon be bare at the University of Maine at Machias bookstore, which is being closed as students are transitioning to buying new and used textbooks

A university without a bookstore? Just a sign of the times

By Dan Barr on Aug. 13, 2012, at 11:40 a.m.
MACHIAS | The University of Maine at Machias plans to close the only bookstore on campus this fall. Faced with potential operating losses of up to $40,000, the University decided to try a different approach, deciding to abandon the bookstore in favor of having students order textbooks through an …
The organic and natural foods available through Machias Marketplace sometimes include the exotic. Buyers' club member Jenna Rozella shows off a wild chicken of the woods mushroom recently included in the market's inventory of locally harvested foods.

Machias Marketplace brings Down East agriculture to a hardware store, the Internet

By Dan Barr on Aug. 06, 2012, at 6:50 a.m.
The basement of a hardware store is the last place you might expect to find organic fresh produce, meat and dairy products from local farms, but not in downtown Machias. The Machias Marketplace is a buyers club operated by Inez Lombardo from a large room below Main …
Travis Galligher of Northfield Builders completes work Thursday, July 26, 2012 on a controversial wheelchair ramp being built to provide handicapped accessibility to a storefront at 23 Main Street in Machias.

Maine DOT approves controversial Machias ramp

By Dan Barr on Aug. 01, 2012, at 5:22 p.m.
The wheelchair ramp built by a Machias Main Street business over the objection of the Board of Selectmen has been allowed to stand, but may not be around for very long. The ramp was built at Woodwind Custom Framers and Gallery by Main Street building owner Sandra …
Travis Galligher of Northfield Builders completes work Thursday, July 26, 2012 on a controversial wheelchair ramp being built to provide handicapped accessibility to a storefront at 23 Main Street in Machias.

Main Street business, Machias officials at odds over ramp

By Dan Barr on July 26, 2012, at 1:59 p.m.
One Main Street business in downtown Machias believes that the struggle to provide for handicapped access is finally over. The town doesn’t agree. When building owner Sandra Bryand and her tenant Holly Garner-Jackson, proprietor of Woodwind Custom Framers and Gallery at 23 Main St., proposed a ramp …

Festival spotlights Belfast’s emergence as book mecca

By Dan Barr on July 24, 2012, at 5:10 p.m.
When the town of Belfast began to become crowded with bookstores, the booksellers got together and saw the opportunity to take advantage of their unique position by creating a festival of books. This year’s Belfast Bound Book Festival runs from Friday-Sunday, July 27-29, throughout the town. The …
Archivist Susan Wright uses specialized computer software imported from Germany to scan old editions of Washington County newspapers. Some issues of the Eastport Sentinel date back to the mid-1800s.

Machias woman preserves Washington County’s past

By Dan Barr on July 04, 2012, at 2:35 p.m.
In the basement of the courthouse in Machias, the history of Washington County is slowly being moved from paper to computer by one dedicated preservationist. Surrounded by volumes of bound newspapers from Eastport to Augusta, Susan Wright spends her days scanning each page and uploading the nearly …
Aunt Millie's General Store is a family affair for owners Laurie Baird and Belden Morse, daughter June Baird and granddaughters Lily and Rowan Morgan. The cafe and general store opened earlier this month in Jonesboro, resurrecting what for many years had been a landmark in the tiny Washington County community.

Everything from staples to cyberspace draws in locals and travelers to refurbished old general store

By Dan Barr on June 29, 2012, at 12:24 p.m.
JONESBORO | Even when she was well into her 90s, Millie Look still worked at the family business, the Look Brothers Store in Jonesboro, as she had done every year since the early 1900s. That was 40 years ago. Earlier this month, Laurie Baird and husband, Belden Morse, reopened …
 
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