Articles by Sharon Kiley Mack


Machias selectmen chafe under state control, consider new local ordinances

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Sept. 11, 2012, at 12:19 p.m.
Machias town officials, galled by their lack of local control in dealing with two recent issues concerning sidewalks and electronic signs, are forming an Ordinance Committee to take back a bit of power from the state. Machias currently has a handful of ordinances — some dating back …

Grieving parent causes disruption at Lubec Elementary School

By Sharon Kiley Mack, Special to the NEWS on April 05, 2012, at 12:27 p.m.
The adopted father of a 12-year-old boy who apparently died at home of natural causes Wednesday morning reportedly came to the Lubec Elementary School on Thursday morning and caused a disruption. Sheriff Donnie Smith said Eddie Smith, who is not related, was considered to be acting out …

Maine’s dairy farmers closely watch fate of tier payment program

By Sharon Kiley Mack on April 03, 2012, at 6:34 p.m.
MACHIAS | Maine’s dairy farmers will be paying close attention this week to a vote on the state’s unique dairy stabilization program, or tier program, as the price they are paid for their milk continues to plummet. Although it can cost a small farmer up to $28 to produce …
Cindy Huggins, President of the University of Maine at Machias

Women play key role in Washington County growth, development

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Jan. 13, 2012, at 4:08 p.m.
MACHIAS | There is no disputing the important role that women play in directing the future of Washington County — from holding top county positions to arranging public suppers when a neighbor is in need. During a tour of Washington County last summer, the director of GrowSmart Maine, Nancy …

Passamaquoddy Tribe to create $25M water bottling facility, 96 full-time jobs

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Nov. 24, 2011, at 12:44 p.m.
INDIAN TOWNSHIP | The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township has nearly completed lining up investors for a $25 million water bottling plant, a project that tribal Gov. Joseph Socabasin said will provide 96 full-time, good-paying jobs with benefits. Socabasin discussed the project this week in the wake of the …

Two Eastport residents sue city in attempt to block sale of The Boat School

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Nov. 19, 2011, at 1:13 p.m.
Two residents, David Gholson and Phyllis Bradbury, have sued their hometown over the pending sale of The Boat School. Although assessed at $2.2 million, The Boat School — which consists of three buildings, more than 20 acres of land, a boat ramp, pier, floating docks and a …

Washington County budget complete, small increase expected

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Nov. 19, 2011, at 12:50 p.m.
MACHIAS | The Washington County Budget Committee has completed the 2012 budget, three weeks before its deadline of Dec. 8. The proposed $5.7 million budget represents a 1.6 percent increase — far below last year’s 12 percent jump in taxation — and was trimmed by the committee from the …

Machias Downtown Revitalization Committee seeks to redevelop historic properties

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Nov. 19, 2011, at 12:19 p.m.
Building on the town’s assets and turning each of those assets into enticements for community development is one of the goals of the Machias Downtown Revitalization Committee. As part of that plan, the group will be seeking a $150,000 Community Enterprise Grant from the state’s Community Development …
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