1. Calais Junior High Volleyball

     

    The Calais Junior High volleyball team ended their season last week, with eighth graders being recognized.  Pictured are Coach Mayez Travis, Kate McPhee, Kayleigh Scott, Lexie Seavey, Casey McLellan, Avva Cassidy, Cameron Dubay, and Coach Peighton Ahlberg.  (Submitted photo)

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  2. Get Your Ribbon Fries Fix, Little Red Snack Shack Set to Reopen in Calais

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    In a typical Maine summer, food vendors travel all over the state to feed those hungry fair and festival goers.  Last year’s plans, however, were rerouted due to pandemic cancellations, and for those events not yet cancelled this year, there is still great uncertainty.  

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  3. Calais IGA and Calais America Legion Easter Food Basket Winner!

     

    Calais American Legion and IGA Easter Food Basket winner was Wayne Polk. Pictured, left to right, are Amy Craft, David Pike and Michael McLean. (Photo submitted by Michael McLean)

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  4. Hair I Am is Back

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Most are familiar with the former Hair I Am hair salon owned by Cindy Wartman.  Now, it’s back, but in a new location and some additional stylists and services.

    Wartman explained that since the building on the corner of Main and Monroe Streets sold, the location where she worked at Mercier’s, she decided to transform the former candy store next door into a new, welcoming space for Hair I Am.  

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  5. Inconvenient Questions and Politically Incorrect Answers

     

    Jon Reisman

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  6. Calais Skatepark Committee Creates Memorial Scholarship

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    For about 20 years, Calais Skate Park has been a fixture in town, seeing changes in popularity and use over the two decades. One thing that hasn’t changed is the dedication and devotion of the charter members and advisor Randy McCormick. The labor of love project began in the labs, classrooms, and hearts at Calais High School with a dedicated group of students and a supportive teacher designing and bringing the project from the drawing board to a physical manifestation. 

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  7. McDonald’s Construction Begins

     

    The only reminder of what was are the golden arches that were left standing after McDonald's at 191 North Street, constructed in 1973, was demolished on Monday.  A new McDonald's building will soon be erected, with completion anticipated for August.  (Photo by Pierre Little)

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  8. EGGcellent Day for All at the Calais Community Easter Egg Hunt

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Hundreds of kids from the greater-Calais area came out Saturday morning in pursuit of treat-filled Easter eggs.  About 75 residences and nearly 20 businesses and organizations participated by placing plastic-filled eggs around their homes, their businesses, their churches, or at parks.

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  9. Internet Outage? Not For Many in Calais and Baileyville

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    All Spectrum customers were without internet and tv service for part of the evening on Monday.  An outage occurred that lasted approximately three hours. Spectrum reported that the outage occurred to its customers nationwide as a result of two separate fiber breaks in its network.

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  10. Calais Children’s Librarian Brainstorms New COVID-Safe Activities for Kids

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    New children’s librarian Skye Green and director Joyce Garland have been hard at work thinking of new ways to get kids involved in activities at Calais Free Library, all while keeping them safe and healthy throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  11. News from Woodland Parks & Recreation

     

    Director Ryan Lincoln 

    Now accepting registrations for the spring baseball/softball programs.  T-Ball (ages 5-6, at least in kindergarten), Thursdays; Minor League (ages 7-8), Tuesdays/Thursdays; Little League (ages 9-12), throughout the week.  Get signed up today!  baileyvilleme.myrec.com

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  12. CHS Student to Serve as PR Coordinator on State National Honor Society Board

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais High School’s Cassidy Carr, a junior, was inducted into the school’s chapter of National Honor Society (NHS) earlier this year.  Now, Cassidy has been chosen to serve at the state level as Public Relations Coordinator of National Honor Society of Maine.

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  13. WHS Student Earns Seat on State National Honor Society Board

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A student at Woodland High School has been elected to the Maine National Honor Society executive board as its secretary.  That student, junior Sierra Bryant, was chosen at the state convention on Tuesday, March 16.

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  14. Filibusters and April Fool’s Folly

     

    Jon Reisman

    “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely”- Lord Acton

    “Power is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac”- Henry Kissinger

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  15. Pratt Donation to Annual Cobscook Bay Races Benefits Down East Hospice

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last week, Ian Pratt, of Pratt Family Dealership, presented a $500 donation to Barbara Barnett, Director of Volunteer Services at Down East Hospice Volunteers (DEHV).  The donation is for sponsorship of the Cobscook Bay Races - Challenge 2021.

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  16. Saint Kateri Parish Passion Journey

     

    On Palm Sunday,  March 28 at 2 p.m. men, women and children from Saint Kateri Parish met to re-enact our Lord’s ultimate sacrifice on Good Friday. (Photo by Pierre Little)

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  17. McDonald’s Construction to Start April 5

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    Almost a year after construction was initially set to begin, the McDonald’s in Calais has a definite date for the demolition of the current restaurant. Back in November 2019, the Calais Planning Board heard a proposal about the plans to demolish the current building and start construction on a new one, which they approved for an estimated construction date of April 2020. With restrictions due to COVID-19, construction was delayed with no new start date planned. 

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  18. Crumbs Set to Reopen this Week

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The popular eatery Crumbs is set to reopen at a new location, with a new look, and with a slight change to its name.  Crumbs Cafe & Bake Shoppe is now officially Crumbs Cafe & Coffee Bar and has moved to the other end of downtown, to 405 Main Street, right across from the triangle park.  The cafe will reopen at 7 a.m. on Thursday, April 1.

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  19. Downeast Athletic Conference All-Stars 2021

     

    Girls’ Basketball

    Player of the Year - Sophia McVicar, Calais High School

    Coach of the Year - Eric Beal, Narraguagus High School

    Sportsmanship - Calais High School

    DAC Champions - Calais High School

    All Stars:

    Calais - Nedra Bassett, Sophia McVicar, Sage Phillips

    Woodland - Emily Curtis, Brooke Smith

    Shead - Ryleigh Andrews

    Machias - Jaydin Anderson, Kristen Grant, Skyler Tinker

    Narraguagus - McKensi Mills, Laney Oliver, Anna Strout

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  20. “TikTok's Sea Shanties ZOOM into Maine” What Are Chanteys and Why Do They Matter?

     

    Featuring Two Long-Time Outstanding Sea Music Scholars & Performers: Bob Madison, formerly of U. S. Naval Academy 

    & Mystic Seaport and Jerry Bryant, sea music performer extraordinaire

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  21. Cheer Coach Reflects on Successful Season Despite Pandemic Challenges

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    With the pandemic impacting sports across the nation, cheerleading was no exception.  At Calais High School, the squad was missed on the sidelines during this year’s basketball season, but with many rules in place, the group was able to take part in competitions – virtual competitions, that is.

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  22. Downeast Coastal Conservancy Chosen as Host Site for The Big Night to Help with Amphibian Migration

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Downeast Coastal Conservancy has been chosen as a host site for The Big Night. 

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  23. CHS Receives Donation from First Hoop

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Even though area high schools had to hold basketball games without any fans present, First National Bank kept its First Hoop campaign alive for another season.  Last week, the Calais branch made a donation of $2,500 to Calais High School for the school’s athletics program.

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  24. Charts and Tables Across My Desk

     

    Jon Reisman

    I get quite a bit of information and political agitprop across my desk. 

    Pictures Speak a 1000 words

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  25. The Border Closure: One Year Later and No Plans for Reopening

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    March 20 marked one year since the closure of the U.S./Canada border in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and the order has been extended every month since.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested in a news conference last week a reopening date is not in sight.

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  26. First Tribal Member Appointed to Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    For the first time in its history, a Wabanaki tribal member fills a seat on the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees.  Matthew Dana, a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, was nominated by Indian Township Chief William Nicholas.  

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  27. Local Boys Selected to Former NE Patriot Matt Light’s Leadership Camp

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Four local boys have been chosen to attend Camp Vohokase, a summer camp established as part of three-time Super Bowl Champion Matt Light’s The Light Foundation.  Those boys, all eighth graders at Indian Township School, are Xavier Newell, Isaiah Nicholas, Dalton Neptune, and Daniel LaCoote.

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  28. Free Craft-along Series Teaches Collage

     

    Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program, which launched a video series in October, continues with ‘Craft-along: Collage a Scene,’ set for a March 19 release. KinderArts video instructor Nia Aretakis will demonstrate a technique for creating a landscape collage scene using basic materials: fabric scraps, patterned paper, tissue paper and craft glue. Free materials kits available from EAC include sufficient supplies for the participant to both follow along with Nia’s instruction.

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  29. Local Knights of Columbus Donate Funds from their Tootsie Roll Drive

     

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  30. Calais American Legion News

     

    Michael McLean

    454-3435

    The Calais American Legion Support Fund St. Patrick’s Day Food Basket was won by Jim Meyers. 2nd drawing: Beth Lane 3rd drawing Amy Smith.

     The next drawing will be the Easter Food Basket with ham and a $50 gift card. Also two drawings for a $25 gift card. $10 per entry. Drawing takes place on April 2 at noon.

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  31. High School Volleyball Back in Action

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Typically a fall sport for local high schools, volleyball was cut on Sept. 1 by the state’s health, education, and athletic leaders.  This decision came out of concerns of the indoor sport causing an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission, leaving volleyball sidelined until later in the school year.  

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  32. Three Compete for Two Open Seats on Baileyville School Board

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Polls will be open at the Baileyville Town Office, 63 Broadway Street, for the town’s municipal election this Monday, March 22.  Voters will cast their ballots in the fire department bay from 12 to 6 p.m.  

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  33. Maine Indian Education Welcomes New Superintendent

     

    Maine Indian Education has welcomed new superintendent Dr. Reza Namin. He is a 2019 Harvard University Graduate School of Education Fellow and has extensive experience as Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts and in Maine. Those experiences have helped him gain the knowledge, background, and vision required to serve as an effective superintendent of schools. 

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  34. CHS Alumnus, Air Force Member Makes History with All-Female Flight

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last week, a Calais native and some fellow servicemembers – all females – made history.  Staff Sgt. Courtney Beaton, a 2007 Calais High School graduate, and a group of women from the 55th Electronic Combat Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Tuscan, Arizona), took its first all-female flight.  

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  35. Legion Honors Veteran for 50 Years of Membership

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news  

    Local veteran George Blaney has been recognized by the highest levels of The American Legion for his 50 years of continuous service to the organization.  Blaney served in the U.S. Army, followed by time in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  He is a member of William T. Wren Post 23 in Baileyville.

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  36. Calais Girls Claim DAC Championship

     

    In a typical season, ending the basketball season with a win would mean a state championship title.  This year, however, with no fans, the elimination of the game-start jump ball, and all players masked up, the final win in Washington County means the Downeast Athletic Conference Championship.

    Coach Bill McVicar’s Lady Blue Devils earned that DAC Championship title last week as the grand finale to the 2021 basketball season.  After cruising by the Shead Tigerettes in the semi-finals on Wednesday, the girls faced the Lady Knights of Narraguagus on Friday.  

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  37. A Shot in the Arm for the Ides of March

     

    Jon Reisman

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  38. Community Members Look to Form Local NAMI Maine Affiliate

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last week, Nancy Audet from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Maine announced that plans are underway for a Washington County affiliate of NAMI Maine. 

    NAMI Maine is the state affiliate of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI Maine supports seven local affiliates throughout the state to provide peer support to both individuals and families.

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  39. Help Children Learn About Nutrition Through Food, Fun, and Reading

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is hosting “Food, Fun, and Reading,” a weekly, food-themed virtual read aloud group.

    Beginning March 9th, and then every Tuesday for six weeks, a librarian or volunteer from different libraries in Washington County will record themselves reading a picture book for children in the area at 3:30 p.m.

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  40. Emily Curtis Selected as McDonald’s All-Star

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Woodland High School’s Emily Curtis has been selected as a 2021 Maine McDonald’s High School All-Star.  She is one of only 12 girls chosen to represent the girls C/D North division.  

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  41. Calais Students Place at VFW State-Level Essay Competitions

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Every year, local students take part in the VFW-sponsored youth essay competitions – Voice of Democracy (VOD), an audio-essay contest, for high school students in grades 9 through 12, and Patriot’s Pen, for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. 

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  42. Poking the Green Hornets’ Nest

     

    Jon Reisman

    Last week I poked the green hornets’ nest by testifying in support of LD 324, An Act to Limit Public Land Ownership in Maine. The environmental left was outraged that any such sentiment would even be considered, and suggested that the legislation was unneeded, counterproductive, overly broad, a burden on democracy, local governance and efforts to confront the climate apocalypse.

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  43. McVicar Scores 1,000 Points

     

    The first shot of Saturday’s Lady Blue Devils basketball game against the Jonesport-Beals Royalettes was a three-pointer put up by Sophia McVicar.  McVicar made the basket just 12 seconds into the game to earn her 1,000th high school career point.  

    McVicar, a senior, went on to drop a game-high 21 points as the Lady Blue Devils cruised by the Royalettes in a 70-35 victory.  The game was the final game of regular season play.   

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  44. Town of Princeton the Newest Second Amendment Sanctuary in the State

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Town of Princeton has declared itself to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

    The Board of Selectmen voted in favor of the resolution last week, joining the Town of Paris and the Town of Fort Fairfield as possibly the only three self-declared gun rights sanctuaries in the state. 

    The decision comes under the shadow of new gun control laws being drafted in Congress, all related to ammunition and background checks.

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  45. Local Student Creates ‘Your Life Matters’ Kits for School Community

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    After being impacted by the loss of a friend and classmate to suicide, Woodland High School freshman Victoria Siering felt the need to keep the discussion around suicide prevention at the forefront.  To do this, she created “Your Life Matters” kits for all of the students, staff, and faculty at Woodland Jr./Sr. High School.

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