April 2018

USDA Accepting Best Practices Online to Address Opioid Crisis

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has unveiled a new interactive feature on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) rural opioid misuse webpage. Now, webpage visitors can tell USDA what prevention, treatment and recovery actions have been effective in addressing the opioid epidemic in their rural communities.

Editor's Desk

The community of Washington County has lost an important resource with the withdrawal of Prime Care from Calais, particularly as it follows the loss of Coastal Med Tech. Like Calais Regional Hospital, the companies were badly hit by changes to the Medicare reimbursement rate in the past few years.

Letter to the Editor - free teaching materials to give away

I am hoping that some teacher or day care person in the area might be interested in free teaching materials.  These were used in my various teaching classes and programs for many years.  I have some expensive and beautiful animal puppets.  I have various materials for teaching about whales and marine animals.

Man Arrested for Stabbing Woman in East Machias

On March 31, around 4:33 a.m., the Washington RCC received a 911 call from a male subject in the Machias area reporting a woman had been stabbed. Machias Police Chief, Grady Dwelley spoke with the caller who reported that a female had been stabbed at a residence in East Machias. Chief Dwelley and Deputies responded to the residence in East Machias.

Series of Heroin Overdoses Lead to Arrests

State Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency say three people have been arrested in connection with three heroin overdoses in Washington County taking place within 30 minutes of each other on Friday, April 6th.  Law Enforcement in six other Maine communities have also reported similar overdoses although none have been fatal. 

Drilling Off the Coast of Maine? Not Worth the Risk

 In life, there are some risks worth taking. With summer fast approaching, Maine people are going to start taking those risks – for example, we’ll take the risk of planning a trip to Old Orchard Beach on an August Saturday, hoping for an easy place to park, or risk some early morning shivers to catch the day’s first rays of sun from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia.

Maine Community College Students Named to All-Maine Academic Team

 Eighteen Maine community college students have been named to the All-Maine Academic Team for two-year colleges by the national Phi Theta Kappa organization. They are being honored by their individual colleges at events being held this spring.

 The students receiving the award, which includes a $500 scholarship from the MCCS Board of Trustees, are: 

Alexander Grange to Honor Hometown Heroes

Alexander Grange #304 will be hosting a Honor our Hometown Heroes event on the evening of April 25th, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Alexander Grange on Cooper Road in Alexander. This event will feature five hometown heroes that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. All those honored have ties to this part of Washington County.

New Officer to Join Washington County’s Troop J

Maine’s newest state troopers received their badges on Friday, April 13, in ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. The five troopers completed 10 weeks of specialized State Police training. All are previous graduates of the academy. The new troopers will now patrol with a veteran trooper before beginning to patrol on their own.