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Coordinating Relief Efforts For Displaced Employees Of Helen's Restaurant - Jul. 17, 2014

MACHIAS, Maine -- A coalition of Machias organizations and businesses met Tuesday to coordinate relief efforts for the displaced employees of Helen's Restaurant.

More than 50 people are out of work in the wake of a fire that destroyed the landmark restaurant last Friday. Recognizing that unemployment benefits will not replace the workers' wages, a series of fundraisers are planned - ranging from a public spaghetti supper and auction, to a community theater production, a pie auction, and individual donations.

The coalition will meet next at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Machias Savings Bank training center. Planning will continue, including new ideas for Christmas giving. All are welcome.