Articles by Sharon Kiley Mack

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As people leave Calais, city seeks answers

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 04, 2011, at 7:40 p.m.
Calais city councilors are banding together with business and civic leaders to “turn the tide” on the city’s declining economy, Mayor Joseph Cassidy said Tuesday. The border city on the St. Croix River has been struggling in the county’s economic downturn — empty storefronts dot Main Street, …
In this undated image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Andy Plauck, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, holds an American eel taken from the Osage River in Missouri. The Obama administration is taking steps to extend federal protections to hundreds of animals and plants, including the American eel, across the country, compelled by a pair of recent legal settlements that targeted species mired in bureaucratic limbo even as they inch toward potential extinction.

American eel considered for endangered species status

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 04, 2011, at 4:36 p.m.
MACHIAS | Late each winter, elver nets appear in the Machias River, as they do in scores of Maine rivers. Harvesters capture the eels while they are in the juvenile stage and sell them to Asian brokers, who then grow the eels in captivity to adult size and sell …

WCCC unveils walkway memorial to honor veterans

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 03, 2011, at 5:26 p.m.
CALAIS | Washington County Community College unveiled Friday its Brick Memorial to honor veterans and current military personnel. Sgt. Maj. Russell Coltart, retired from the Maine Army National Guard, was honored during the dedication ceremony not only with words of praise for his years in the military and his …

NYU dentists return to Washington County

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 29, 2011, at 4:11 p.m.
ADDISON | Second-grader Devin Beal looked a bit lost in the large dental chair inside the Tooth Ferry van at his school Wednesday morning. “Do you want to hear my roar?” the 7-year-old asked. Apparently trying to hide his nervousness over the dental exam, Beal chattered on. “I really …

Machias Selectmen set special town meeting to deal with paving costs

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 29, 2011, at 3:48 p.m.
Machias selectmen agreed Wednesday night to set a special town meeting to deal with the costs of paving projects. Bids were opened this week and in order to complete all nine paving projects, money needs to be moved from one project to another, which requires voter approval. …
Hunting guide Bill Dereszewski (background) and the victim's uncle Leonard Luker (foreground) weigh the bear that bit Paul Lyndon McFalls in Marion Township Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.

Bear bites hunter in leg in Washington County

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 29, 2011, at 12:13 p.m.
MACHIAS | A 39-year-old man from Tuckasegee, N.C., was recovering Thursday at Down East Community Hospital after he was bitten earlier in the day by a bear while hunting in Marion Township. Paul “Pudge” Lyndon McFalls said the entire experience felt like it flashed by in seconds and he …
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Jonesport man arrested in string of burglaries

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 28, 2011, at 6:12 p.m.
A local man was arrested Tuesday and charged with a string of burglaries at Jonesport businesses. Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ryan Perry and Deputy Brandon Parker responded early Tuesday to a report of a burglary at the T.A. King and Sons Building Supply. The deputies recovered …

Baileyville expands its landfill and industrial park

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 27, 2011, at 7:01 p.m.
A planned expansion at the town’s landfill, one of only a few licensed landfills still in operation in the state, is going well, Town Manager Linda Pagels-Wentworth said Tuesday. The landfill site originally was donated to the town by then-pulp mill owner Domtar and was approved by …

Washington County commissioners trying to minimize budget increase

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 27, 2011, at 6:59 p.m.
MACHIAS | Midway through its annual deliberations, the Washington County budget committee thus far has kept any proposed increases in the 2011 budget well below last year’s 12 percent jump in taxation. “It’s at about 3 percent,” County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald said Tuesday. She said the committee was conservative …

Baileyville nears settlement with school employees in lawsuit

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 27, 2011, at 6:20 p.m.
After a successful mediation session last week, the town is close to settling a lawsuit filed by 10 current and former school system employees. The 10 are suing the town, the school system and the school board for not having informed them of their right to participate …
First Lady Ann LePage talks about Washington County possibilities with Lisa Holmes of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust (center) and Ruth Leubecker of the Eastern Area Agency on Aging at a Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce forum Thursday evening. More than two dozen local women addressed LePage, talking about the county's challenges and successes. "When you say good night to the Governor," Barbara Drisko of the Washington County Development Authority told LePage, "please tell him how great we are."

Down East business owners share successes with Ann LePage

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 22, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.
MACHIAS | A businesswomen’s forum with Ann LePage, Maine’s first lady, may have been held at the Bragdon Kelly Funeral Home on Thursday night, but there was nothing depressing about the message she heard. Although there were some suggestions about what changes could be made on the state level …

Michaud introduces bill to designate 13 coastal islands as wilderness

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 21, 2011, at 5:38 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Wednesday introduced the Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act of 2011, which designates 13 islands of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The proposed designation would protect and conserve the islands in their natural …

Washington County Development Authority to expand its role

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 21, 2011, at 2:48 p.m.
MACHIAS | The Washington County Development Authority, which has languished for the past several years, was recently reinvigorated by both an influx of new members and a new direction. The authority was formed by state legislation in 2001 to take title to — and sell — the U.S. Navy …

Machias woman completes thru-hike of Appalachian Trail

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 21, 2011, at 12:03 p.m.
When some of us feel overwhelmed or like we need a bit of a change, we might go for a walk, paddle a kayak in a calm lake or sit down and read a good book. But 23-year-old Christi Holmes of Machias took it a bit further. …

Mass. man indicted in daylight burglary Down East

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 20, 2011, at 2:59 p.m.
MACHIAS | The Washington County grand jury indicted 15 people on Sept. 15, including a Massachusetts man accused of burglarizing a downtown merchant in broad daylight, a couple charged with stealing another person’s identity and a man who fled from police in handcuffs. Richard L. Griffin, 57, of Danvers, …
Janice Minson, one of the owners of Calkins Farm Stand in Hampden, carries pumpkins to a customer's car on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. Minson says that Calkins grow about 90% of the pumpkins they sell and that despite having to replant twice early in the season due to wet conditions, this year's pumpkins are large and plentiful.

Plenty of pumpkins in Maine patches

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 19, 2011, at 4:36 p.m.
DAYTON | Keith Harris at Pumpkin Valley Farm, on the edge of the Saco River in Dayton, harvested a 57-pound pumpkin from his fields over the weekend. “I would say we got the fertilizer just right,” he said with a laugh. “It has been a very good crop.” There …

Army Corps of Engineers begins Addison bridge feasibility study

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 18, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.
The Army Corps of Engineers has just begun a feasibility study to look at all the options for replacing the Addison bridge over the West Branch of the Pleasant River. The Addison bridge was build in 1940 — 71 years ago — with a life span of …

Baileyville pulp mill to get natural gas with $12M conversion

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 18, 2011, at 5:36 p.m.
The Maine Bureau of Protection recently approved the linkage of Baileyville’s mill — formerly Domtar and now Woodland Pulp LLC — to a natural gas pipeline. The conversion is expected to cost $12 million but will save millions in fuel costs for the company. “The pipeline is …

Machias selectmen to hire additional police officers

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 14, 2011, at 7:57 p.m.
The town’s Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed Wednesday night to advertise for one, possibly two, new police officers. Chief Grady Dwelley told the board that manpower at the department had dwindled dangerously low. He said he is losing one officer to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, another …

Building to be named for man who died outside Down East hospital

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 13, 2011, at 6:31 p.m.
MACHIAS | Down East Community Hospital will dedicate its Medical Associates Building on Saturday afternoon in memory of Reid Wilder Emery. Emery died in 2008 after walking away from the hospital in a snowstorm, precipitating a long series of events, inspections and court actions that led to Eastern Maine …