Articles by Sharon Kiley Mack


CNN Hero and domestic violence expert to appear in Machias

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 20, 2011, at 3:50 p.m.
The University of Maine at Machias will host CNN Hero Wynona Ward from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 24, in the Portside room of Kimball Hall. Her talk, “Beyond Awareness: Community Response to Domestic Violence,” is free and open to the public. Ward will speak about …

$10 million Walmart expansion, new business have Calais leaders hopeful

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 20, 2011, at 12:46 p.m.
The $10 million expansion of an existing Walmart store and a new discount clothing chain store on Main Street may be just the sparks needed to ignite revitalization, community leaders said this week. Once they are up and running, the two new projects should mean at least …
This aerial image, taken in 1972, shows the remoteness of Little River Lighthouse and the 15-acre island which is home to the historic light station offshore from Cutler.

Little River Lighthouse launches effort for full-time caretaker, educator

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 19, 2011, at 3:42 p.m.
CUTLER | Volunteer members of the Friends of the Little River Lighthouse are launching an effort to support a full-time caretaker at the 164-year-old lighthouse in Cutler harbor. The lighthouse keeper plans to chronicle life on the remote island site and to offer educational opportunities over the Internet to …
George Rippere, Owner of Coyote Farm

DEP charges Milbridge farmer with major land violations

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 19, 2011, at 2:43 p.m.
A local cattle rancher has been cited by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection with violating Maine’s Natural Resources Protection Act after he bulldozed and removed vegetation on more than 8 acres alongside Beaver Meadow Brook. “I can’t recall a larger violation,” Jonathan Cullen of the DEP’s …

East Machias firm loses Navy contract to Marshfield competitor

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 18, 2011, at 6:49 p.m.
SuperTek, a division of Occam Solutions, is protesting its recent loss of a major contract with the U.S. Navy to a competitor, InquisIT LLC. The contract was serviced out of East Machias and provided support to the Navy’s 200,000 civilian employees when they had questions about …
4-year-old Ryan Gatcomb-Goleniel of Machias learns how to brush his teeth from NYU dental student Melissa Wilner Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.

New York University dental students treat hundreds at Machias clinic free of charge

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 17, 2011, at 2:58 p.m.
Four-year-old Ryan Gatcomb-Goleniel, wearing flashy star-shaped sunglasses to protect him from the bright light, told New York University dental student Melissa Wilner that he thought he had five teeth. “Oh, you have a lot more than that,” Wilner told him. Gatcomb-Goleniel was one of hundreds of adults …

Cherryfield woman seriously injured in ATV crash

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 17, 2011, at 10:25 a.m.
TOWNSHIP 25 | A woman from Cherryfield sustained serious injuries Sunday afternoon when she was tossed off an all-terrain vehicle in Sam Hill Barrens, near Cherryfield. Marian Wright, 52, was transported by LifeFlight from the blueberry barrens where she was injured to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and …
With totes in tow, students from Washington Academy make their way out to the clam flats by the bridge on Rim Road in East Machias on Wednesday October 5, 2011, to collect clams they planted on June 7.

Down East clam research engages local students

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 15, 2011, at 5:35 p.m.
MACHIAS | Knee-deep in mud, a handful of Washington Academy students recently slogged across the clam flats along the Machias River estuary just under the Rim Road Bridge in East Machias. The tide was out and the mud swallowed their efforts. Often falling, always covered in slimy tidal ooze, …
Harley Avery, 5, of Lubec, paints a pumpkin Saturday morning during the annual Rice Fest at Cobscook Community Learning Center in Lubec. The three-day festival culminated Saturday and was established to honor the memory of Wayne and Lorraine Rice, dedicated volunteers who were killed in January 2010 in a Route 9 car crash.

Rice Fest draws many to Lubec

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 15, 2011, at 3:12 p.m.
Dozens of families and other visitors honored the memory of Wayne and Lorraine Rice of Pembroke Saturday at the Rice Fest held in their name at the Cobscook Community Learning Center. CCLC offers education, recreation and cultural classes and workshops on its campus for both adults and …

Grow Smart Maine director details Down East visit

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 15, 2011, at 2:57 p.m.
MACHIAS | Nancy Smith, the executive director of Grow Smart Maine, visited the Down East area this summer, traveling up the coast from Stonington to Calais. “Some people may have the impression that Washington County is the end of the world,’’ she said. “No, I discovered it is the …

Machias revitalization group elects officers, establishes goals

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 14, 2011, at 4:26 p.m.
The Machias Downtown Revitalization Committee elected Washington County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald as its new chairman Friday morning and Fitzgerald wasted no time in grasping the reins to move the group forward. Stalled by disorganization, the committee has floundered over the past several years, accomplishing little and spinning …
Surrounded by supporters, including state and local officials, Passamaquoddy Tribal Chief Clayton Cleaves asks for the state's backing on Question 2 of the November ballot, which would allow the tribe to build a racino in Washington County.

Yes on 2 campaign touts Calais as a unique, ripe location for racino

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 13, 2011, at 6:23 p.m.
Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe opened the Calais headquarters of the Yes on 2 campaign Thursday morning, saying they have waited nearly 20 years for the people of Maine to allow them to establish a racino in Washington County. Question No. 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot …
Joseph Ponte

Proposed Down East Correctional Facility closure could mean 68 lose jobs

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 13, 2011, at 2:49 p.m.
MACHIASPORT | Maine Department of Corrections’ Commissioner Joseph Ponte confirmed Thursday that the Down East Correctional Facility in the village of Bucks Harbor is proposed for closure, jeopardizing at least 68 jobs. Ponte said that while the state has been mired in a decade-long financial crisis, renovations and repairs …
A Civil Air Patrol plane out of Lewiston/Auburn Airport leaves the Machias airport recently.

Machias selectmen set special town meeting to vote on road spending

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 12, 2011, at 9:58 p.m.
Selectmen held a short meeting Wednesday night, dealing with several road issues and setting the date for a special town meeting. The meeting will be held to transfer funds from one road account — Center Street reconstruction — to Old County Road and other road projects. The …

As number of small Maine farms rises, new guide helps towns offer help

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 10, 2011, at 6:15 p.m.
BELFAST | After years of decline, farming in Maine is on the rise, boosted by the high number of women entering farming and the establishment of new, small family farms. John Piotti, executive director of Maine Farmland Trust, said Monday the growth of small farms that primarily serve local …

Dog that bit two men in Machias did not have rabies

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 10, 2011, at 2:21 p.m.
The 114-pound mixed breed dog that bit two adults in a Machias home early Thursday, Oct. 6, did not have rabies, according to Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley. Testing early Monday at the Maine Public Health Laboratory revealed no illness, Dwelley said. The dog was euthanized the …

Coast Guard crew from Eastport rescues father, two small children from Passamaquoddy Bay

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 10, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.
A search and rescue unit from the U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 35-year-old Canadian man and his small children Monday morning after their sailboat capsized in northern Passamaquoddy Bay. Warren Bryan of Mascarene, New Brunswick, and his children, a daughter, 6, and son, 4, all were wearing …
With arms outstretched, a spirited Capt. Bruce Dunham stands atop the ship wheelhouse as he and fellow volunteers Don Locke of Highland Village, Texas,  Dunham's partner, Sheila Young, and Matt Novak (standing on ladder) of Wellington, Ohio, get to work Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 on the 65-foot, two-masted wooden schooner that they hope to finish building in Addison. The ship construction was started in 1986 by the late Dino Fonda of Addison.

Volunteers finishing ship inspired by man’s faith in God

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 09, 2011, at 5:24 p.m.
ADDISON | There are times in everyone’s life when patterns emerge, or coincidences become too frequent, or disparate series of events are inexplicably linked. Some raise their eyebrows and call it chance, while others credit divine intervention. Such is the story of a 65-foot two-masted wooden schooner being built …

Conference focuses on telling Washington County cancer patients where help is

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 07, 2011, at 4:28 p.m.
MACHIAS | Anyone diagnosed with cancer in Washington County — about 650 people each year — must travel to Brewer or beyond for radiation. That’s two hours or more each way, five days a week for five to eight weeks. That commitment doesn’t take into account chemotherapy, physical therapy, …

Two men injured when 114-pound dog attacks in Machias home

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 06, 2011, at 3:28 p.m.
Two adults were seriously injured early Thursday morning when they were bitten by a dog while visiting a friend at a home on Water Street. The dog, a 114-pound mixed breed, had been brought to the home only the night before when friends gave it to the …