1. Ferry Point Bridge Flags

     

    A tradition of recent years marking the start of International Homecoming Festival is the displaying of the American and the Canadian flags at Ferry Point Bridge.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  2. International Homecoming Festival Called a Success

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Despite the missed international parade, this year’s International Homecoming Festival was hailed a success by its organizers, all in celebration of the friendship between Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

    U.S. chairperson Theresa Porter said the attendance at the numerous events was high.  “It’s always hard to judge what kind of crowds to expect, but in spite of 90 plus degree heat, there were still a lot of people around enjoying the events.”

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  3. Return of Chair Affair Proves Successful for CDRC

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) brought back its popular Chair Affair auction to this year's International Homecoming Festival.

    Around 20 locally-made Adirondack chairs were sponsored by local businesses and individuals, then put up for auction as a fundraiser for CDRC.  

    Jeff Demmons, auctioneer, kept the crowd in stitches as bids were placed among the attendees.

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  4. Calais Free Library Hosts First Annual Art Show for Youth

    Natalie Boomer
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    The Calais Free Library hosted its first ever Annual Art Show for Youth last week. Elementary, middle, and high school students were invited to bring their artwork to the library and put it on display on Thursday, August 4th, as part of an event for the International Homecoming Festival.

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  5. Overdose Awareness Community Vigil and Memorial Walk Set for this Month

     

    Jayna Smith
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    For the fourth consecutive year, Downeast Recovery Support Center at 311 Main Street will host an Overdose Awareness Day community vigil and memorial walk.  This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, August 31, beginning at 6 p.m.
    According to Amy Day of the center, photos of loved ones will be accepted right up until the event.  These will be displayed on the large windows of the center that face Main Street.  

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  6. C&E Feeds Celebrates 40 Years of Business With “Clyde’s Classic Car Show”

    What started as a small Blue Seal Feed outlet in 1982,  has now become a thriving family-owned farm supply business, the area’s largest Canadian package receiving hub, and a six-unit apartment complex. To celebrate the Eldridge family establishment, and to honor the muscle behind the business’ growth, the second “Clyde’s Classic Car Show” is being coordinated for September 11th.

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  7. O’Brien’s Celebrates 40 Year Milestone

     

    Jayna Smith
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    O’Brien’s Quality Autocare celebrated 40 years in business last week during International Homecoming Festival.

    Although the actual anniversary is not until September 1, owners Ron and Cindy O’Brien decided to celebrate the milestone during the festival, which drew many to their Main Street garage.  

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  8. Dancing in the Street - Downtown St. Stephen

     

    Last Friday, August 5, as part of the International Homecoming Festival, Dancing in the Street was in downtown St. Stephen. Hayden and Friends played from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Boundry Street Blues Band played from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Saving Sweet Polly played from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Pictured are Hayden and Friends. (Photos by Pierre Little)

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  9. 2022 Elaine Brown Scholarship Recipient

     

    From Dave McCullough's Grand Lake Stream news column: The Women to Women in Grand Lake Stream presented the 2022 Elaine Brown Scholarship to Delia Yates. Delia will be a sophomore at Husson University in Bangor.  She is majoring in Healthcare Administration and Public Health. She can often be found working at the Pine Tree Store in Grand Lake Stream.  Congratulations Delia!  She is seen in the photo with her proud parents, Angel and Scott Yates.

     

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  10. Dystopia

     

    Jon Reisman

    A Few Choice Orwell Quotes:
    “There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language.”
    “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
    “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

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  11. O’Brien Returns to Racing After 20 Years

     

    Jayna Smith
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    After leaving the racing scene two decades ago, Bobby O’Brien is back at the track, once again in the driver’s seat.  
    O’Brien debuted his number 7 street stock car last Saturday at Hermon’s Speedway 95.

    “I’ve missed it for a long time,” he said of the sport.  “I always thought it would be cool to get back into just a part-time gig when I retired.”

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  12. Life Skills Learned Through School Trip to Grocery Store

     

    Jayna Smith
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    A trip to the grocery store is not typically fun for most, but when summer school students from Woodland Elementary School recently visited Calais IGA for a field trip, a good time was had, all while learning valuable life skills.

    For the second consecutive year, students visited Calais IGA as part of their learning.  The 17 students who took the trip to the grocery store also each earned a sweet reward at the end.

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  13. The State of Our Healthcare

    Ricky Cleghorn

    On Monday, August 1, Calais Community Hospital (CCH) staff and leadership held a meet-and-greet with CCH board members and local officials from the greater-Calais area. This meeting took place on the hospital’s campus within the Zimmer Biomet Mobile Learning Center (MLC), an education bus that provides information about orthopedic topics and treatment options, and boasts a large display of surgical instruments and exhibits.

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  14. Small Town, Big Celebration: Robbinston Days Promises Fun for All

    Jayna Smith
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    There’s nothing like a hometown celebration, and that’s just what the Town of Robbinston will be doing on Saturday, August 13, thanks to the Robbinston Historical Society (RHS).

    According to Jane Honeck, one of the organizers, Robbinston Days will be an annual event.  “Last year, we celebrated the 200th birthday for the State of Maine and The town of Robbinston.  Because it was such a huge success, we decided to make Robbinston Days an annual event.”

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  15. DECU Donates to Calais Legion

     

    Downeast Credit Union's director of consumer lending Joanne Cushing and customer lending representative Randy Bowen recently presented a check to the Calais American Legion.  Accepting are Commander Jim Myers (second from left) and past commander Mike McLean (far right).  (Submitted photo)

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  16. The Kids at the Grange

     

    Excerpt from the Alexander news column by Cassie Oakes

    The Kids at the Grange had a wonderful time at their last meeting on July 26th.  It was a busy day that included candle making, flower pressing, starting Christmas cards for the Troops Project, and learning old songs.  As always, there was perusing of the books that the Grange has on hand for the Free Little Library and popsicles to end the day.

     

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  17. Free Soccer Clinic for Area Youth

     

    Jayna Smith
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    A soccer camp held recently at Calais High School was a huge success, according to one of the coaches, Josh Smith.

    Smith and coaches from area schools joined together to lead the clinic, all to help local youth learn new skills and improve their play.

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  18. Healthy Acadia Launches Prosper Initiative for Mothers Living with Substance Use Disorder

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    “If you are or know a pregnant mother who uses substances that lives in Hancock or Washington county, the Prosper Initiative program through Healthy Acadia may be for you,” said Maine Recovery Core Intern Renee Mozeliak.

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  19. Climate Crapola II

     

    Jon Reisman

    One front of the climate alarmist war on fossil fuels, freedom and prosperity is the effort to force companies to state the financial “risks” the climate “crisis” presents. This mischief has taken place not in rulemaking at the Environmental Protection Agency, but rather at the Securities and Exchange Commission and in political lawsuits filed by virtue signaling leftist Democratic State Attorneys General (like Janet Mills she was running for Governor) and green partisan warriors like the Sierra Club and 350.org.

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  20. Former GOP Gov. LePage Makes Second Visit in 9 Months to Calais

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Former Maine Governor Paul LePage visited the Sunrise County on Thursday, July 21.  LePage hopes to oust Janet Mills in November to win back his old job steering the state.  

    His visit marked his second one to the area in just nine months, having visited last October.  

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  21. Street Fair Promises Something for Everyone

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Saturday of International Homecoming Festival each year brings hundreds to downtown Calais.  Typically, in addition to enjoying the many vendors of the street fair, all enjoy the grand parade.  This year, however, due to restrictions at the border crossing resulting from the global pandemic, there will be no international parade.  Instead, the highlight of the day will be the huge street fair, set to be bigger than ever in recent years.

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  22. Going Once, Going Twice … It’s the Return of the Chair Affair

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The return of the Chair Affair to the International Homecoming Festival will certainly be a draw to the downtown triangle park this year.  The once-annual “chair-ity” auction has been added to the lineup of events, after not being held for a few years.

    The Chair Affair is an event spearheaded by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) as a fundraiser for the non-profit group.

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  23. Longstanding Friendship Between Calais and St. Stephen

     

    Jayna Smith
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    It’s that time of year, when folks flock to the border communities of Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick to attend numerous events and visit with family and friends, all in celebration of the International Homecoming Festival.

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  24. Calais Lifeguards Keeping Young Swimmers Safe

     

    The Howard Fox Memorial Pool offers a great escape from the summer heat, but it could not be done safely without the competent lifeguards.  This year’s staff is (front) Ava Brennan, Bailey O’Rourke, (back) Gavin Parks, Luke Furtek, Cameron Kelley, Tyler Furtek, and Adam Barnard.  Absent from photo is Tristan Seavey.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

     

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  25. Calais Rec. Day Campers Keeping Busy

     

    Jayna Smith
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  26. New Cookbook Released to Raise Funds for Local Volunteer Fire Department

    Natalie Boomer
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    You could be one of the first people to own an official Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue cookbook.  Cook and Ladder, A Collection of Recipes from the Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Auxiliary went on sale last Saturday, July 23rd.

    The team held a fundraiser at the station over the weekend and sold these cookbooks, along with baked goods, raffles, crafts, hot food, and more.

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  27. Raye’s Mustard Mill Museum Receives Grant From Bangor Savings Bank Foundation

     

    The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to help construct a new building to house Raye’s Mustard Mill Museum in Eastport, Maine.  

    A check was recently presented to Museum incorporators Karen and Kevin Raye by Diane Hunnewell, Bangor Savings Bank Consumer Banking Relationship Manager and Sierra Johnson, Assistant Branch Manager of Bangor Savings Bank’s Eastport Branch.

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  28. Mama Lola’s Doing Well at New Location

     

    Ricky Cleghorn

    The Mexican-style family restaurant, Mama Lola’s, has been doing remarkably well. A few months ago, owner Manuela Medrano, traded out her hot truck for an air-conditioned brick-and-mortar location in downtown Calais, and has since hired much more staff.

    “Now we have a full-time staff,” says Medrano. “We have wonderful, wonderful girls. And it‘s still very much a family business.” Her children were running around, taking orders and delivering food at the new 28 North Street location.

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  29. Retiring From the Academic Fray

     

    Jon Reisman

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  30. Free Soccer Clinic for Area Youth

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Coaches from area schools will join together to lead a free soccer clinic next week, all to help local youth learn new skills and improve their play.
    Participants will take part in skills and drills over the weeklong clinic.  “The camp is meant for grades 6 through 12 boys and girls, and all skill levels are welcome,” said coach Josh Smith, who is the Calais Junior High School coach, as well as assistant to the high school girls’ varsity team.  

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  31. Letter to the Editor - Outdoor Adventure Center

    Unfortunately, some misinformation is circulating in media sources regarding the Washington County Community College’s Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC).  

    The College has not closed the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) and the Center resources remain available to WCCC students and community members.  The OAC has a wide range of outdoor equipment for enjoying outdoor educational opportunities in the area.

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  32. St. Kateri Tekakwitha Picnic in Calais Draws Around 200 People on July 17

    Around 200 people gathered for a day of togetherness, celebration, and faith on Sunday, July 17, at the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Picnic, held inside and outside Immaculate Conception Church in Calais.

    In addition to a cookout, games, and family-friendly activities, participants enjoyed a concert by parishioners Denise and John McCurdy, who entertained with a guitar and a fiddle. Denise is a renowned fiddler who has played at concerts and festivals across the country and in Canada, Ireland, and Scotland.

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  33. City Council Receives Antique Plate with Early 1900s Slogan

    Rex Nicholson

    On Thursday evening, July 14, Calais's faithful six council members, along with Mayor Billy Howard, met at the Calais City Building to carry forward the business of our fair city. The monitors many ongoing processes, allocates finances that must be dispersed, makes crucial decisions, and takes on the responsibilities and headaches to guide our community. Not many go to these bi-weekly meetings, except when there is a gripe to vent or a need to address.

    You know things are good when no one shows.

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  34. Texas Dog Rescue Team Makes Monthly Stop in Baileyville in Route to Canada

    Natalie Boomer
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    Furever Homes Dog Rescue SETX is a rescue team in Southeast Texas that works with volunteers in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, saving as many dogs and puppies as they can by finding their forever homes.

    Whether a dog is a stray, it has been abandoned, or it is in a kill shelter, the Furever Homes team will try their best to take them in.

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  35. Husband-Wife Team Expand Machias Dental Practice

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Dr. Jim Sparaga’s Machias Dental practice has just expanded with the addition of two key people. Dr. Wyatt Jones, a dentist, and Hannah Jones, a dental hygienist, are now practicing in Machias.

    “They’ve come to us from Oklahoma and have started working here for at least the coming year,” said Sparaga. “He’s just graduated from school and we’re developing a patient roster for him so that he can expand on his in-depth knowledge from the University of Oklahoma dental school.”

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  36. GLS Folk Art Festival Returns this Month, Celebrating Art, Culture, Music, and More

     

    Jayna Smith
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    After the global pandemic forced organizers to cancel the popular Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival for the last two years, it's back, and the impressive lineup of artisans, artists, craftsmen, and musicians will not disappoint.

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  37. 2022 Season Ends for Calais Little League

     

    Calais Little League recently wrapped up another fun season.  Earning the title of Champion was the Senators.  Team members include (front) Parker Walton, Jordan Booker, Brock Collins, Rowan Kohler, (middle) Keegan Williams, Lane Brown, Brayden Ellsmore, Parker Cole, Joel Booker, Brayan Shirley, Moses Barnes, Blake Bohanon, (back) Coach Ben Collins, and Coach Toby Cole.

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  38. Chamber Welcomes New Business

     

    On Friday, July 8, Kimberly Collins held an open house with treats and prizes at her new business Boujee Bouj Skincare & Waxing on Main Street. The St Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce attended to perform an official ribbon cutting. Pictured are chamber board member Jessica Delmonaco, Senator Marianne Moore,  Kimberly Collins, coworker Colleen Fox, coworker Desiree Basset, and chamber board member Laurel Perkins. (St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce photo)

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  39. Brandon!

     

    Jon Reisman

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  40. Dustin Laney Named Woodland Rec.’s Volunteer of the Year

    Jayna Smith
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    Ryan Lincoln, Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Baileyville, recently recognized Dustin Laney as the department’s Volunteer of the Year.  
    According to Lincoln, Laney has contributed greatly to the recreation department.  Above helping the kids to have fun while learning skills of the games, Laney has been a role model for the participating youth.

    In addition to coaching soccer and basketball, Laney has also coached both softball and baseball.  

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  41. WCCC Closes its Outdoor Adventure Center

    Ricky Cleghorn

    The Washington County Community College’s Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) has recently been closed by the college’s administration and the center’s full-time management was immediately terminated, according to an anonymous source close to the college.

    The OAC provided resources to promote community health and wellness through adventure activities and provided a wide range of programs to residents and schools across Washington County and to WCCC students and employees.

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  42. American Pickers to Film in Maine

    Jayna Smith
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    The American Pickers will soon be returning to Maine.  They plan to film episodes of The History Channel hit television series throughout the state this fall.
    According to the show’s associate producer Meredith Ball, the pickers were in Maine back in 2020.  “They are very excited to return,” she said.  

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  43. Public Hearing Held Regarding Planned Reduction of Hours at Vanceboro Crossing

     

    Ricky Cleghorn

    On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, inside the Vanceboro Community Center, citizens of Vanceboro, Maine and McAdam, New Brunswick met with a panel of spokespersons from U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    The public hearing was called to discuss the planned reduction of hours to the Vanceboro border crossing. Vanceboro’s board of selectmen appointed Representative Jeffrey Evangelos (I-Friendship) as the moderator for the hearing.  Senator Marianne Moore (R-Calais) and Representative Kathy Javner (R-Chester) were also present.

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  44. Overdoses Continue to Rise in Maine, Naloxone Being Used More Frequently

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Overdoses are again on the rise in Maine, according to a report recently released by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine.  (View the full report by visiting tinyurl.com/mainedrugdata.)

    The report analyzed data from January to May, showing nearly 800 nonfatal overdoses each of those months.  In 2021, during the same period, there were approximately 660 nonfatal overdoses.

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  45. Third Annual Summer ATV Joker Run Set for Baileyville’s Octoberfest Fundraiser

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Baileyville’s Octoberfest committee has announced the return of an ATV joker run to benefit the festival.  It is slated for Saturday, July 23, with Octoberfest slated for Saturday, October 8.  

    Of course with any big community event, funds are needed, and this annual summer ATV Joker Run will help, as all proceeds from the purchase of hands go directly to the festival.  

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