1. GOP’s 2nd District Hopeful Austin Theriault Makes Stop in Calais

     

    On Thursday, May 9, Austin Theriault, shown left, a Republican primary candidate in Maine's 2nd congressional district, visited Calais.  He was accompanied by City of Calais Mayor Artie Mingo, shown right, who is a candidate for Maine House of Representatives to represent District 9.

    A business owner and former NASCAR driver from Fort Kent, Theriault was elected to the Maine House of Representatives last year.  He hopes to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden in the November elections.

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  2. Honoring Our Heroes: Calais Prepares for Memorial Day

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Calais is gearing up once again to pay tribute to the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Memorial Day, on Monday, May 27, will be a day of remembrance and recognition for our fallen heroes.

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  3. Local Girl Scouts Assist USPS in Collecting over a Ton of Food Donations

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Every second Saturday in May marks the annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive, a nationwide event hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers.  

    Last weekend, this massive one-day food drive unfolded across the United States.  Over its three-decade history, the initiative has contributed over a billion pounds of food to local food pantries and shelters, making it the largest of its kind in the country.

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  4. What's Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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  5. Sunrise Trail Opens for ATV Use

     

    Will Tuell

    In yet another sure sign of spring, state officials have opened the Down East Sunrise Trail to ATV use. Game Warden Joe McBrine of the Maine Warden Service said in a message prior to the trail’s reopening that, despite severe flooding in January which caused extensive damage to the throughway, ATVers could expect things to be fully back to normal by early-to-mid summer. 

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  6. In the Embers of Time: The Corbett Family Tragedy, Six Decades Later

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Six decades have passed since the devastating fire that claimed the lives of four young siblings in Milltown, a tragedy etched into the community's collective memory.  On May 21, 1964, David Ross, 7, Mark Anthony, 5, Tammy Ann, 4, and Todd Michael, 1, perished as flames engulfed their family home on Baring Street.

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  7. Playground Fund Gets a Boost, Thanks to Craft Fair

     

    Princeton Parks & Recreation teamed up with Baileyville’s Recreation for a craft fair at Woodland Jr./Sr. High School last Saturday.

    At the Princeton Parks & Rec. booth, members offered free plants from the plant swap, along with freshly cut daffodils. Each vendor at the fair generously contributed an item for a lively raffle, resulting in a basket filled with unique treasures. The fortunate winner of this basket was Becky Santerre.

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  8. Next Level Basketball Program Offers Free Skills Development Sessions

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Calais Recreation Department, under the guidance of Coach Lauren Remington, is excited to announce the launch of the Next Level Basketball program.  Aimed at providing young athletes with valuable skill development opportunities, this program is set to revolutionize basketball training in the community.

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  9. PES Students Wins Esports Championship

     

    Esports is short for electronic sports, and according to middleschoolesports.com, it “is the home for all gamers to compete and learn together by making it easy for communities of all backgrounds and ages (middle school and high school) to socialize and connect through video games.” Students can even earn college scholarships through Esports. 

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  10. Calais Baseball Goes 3-1 for the Week

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Monday, May 6, the Calais Blue Devils dominated a doubleheader against Jonesport-Beals. 

    In the first game, Ryley Case delivered a stellar performance, striking out ten batters and securing a 5-0 victory.  Case allowed only three hits and no runs over five innings. 

    Kaeson Dana and Michael Barnard both contributed with two RBI each for the Blue Devils.

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  11. Freedom Studies - Commence…What?

     

    Jon Reisman

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  12. Calais Police Department Welcomes New Sergeant

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Calais Police Department recently introduced its newest police sergeant, Chris McCann, who assumed his new role on April 28.  Joining Calais Police Department in October 2022, after a distinguished career in a Maryland department, Sgt. McCann brings a wealth of experience to the force.

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  13. Floating Flamingo Fundraiser Sets to Make Waves

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The greater-Calais community is eagerly anticipating the latest fundraising endeavor:  the Floating Flamingo Fun Fundraiser!  Following the success of another flamingo-themed event, this new initiative aims to further support Sarah’s House of Maine.

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  14. Saint Croix Island Visitor Center Opens for the Season

     

    Saint Croix Island International Historic Site opens its Visitor Center at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 25.  Admission to park grounds is free of charge and park rangers will offer a variety of public programs throughout the season, which runs to October 31. The grounds are already open.

    In addition to guided tours, kids of all ages can take part in our Junior Ranger program.  Each can stamp their Passport to the Parks book, take part in a monthly interactive program, or picnic at one of the benches.

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  15. Feds Identify 100 Illegal Marijuana Growing Operations in Maine

     

    Jayna Smith

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  16. Maine Black Bears are Emerging Hungry and Active

     

    Jayna Smith

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    After a long winter’s nap, black bears in Maine are stirring from their dens, driven by the need to replenish their lost body weight.  According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), Maine boasts the largest population of black bears in the contiguous United States, and their activity peaks between April 1 and November 1.

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  17. Fight over Legal Lobster Size Heats Up

     

    Will Tuell

    Maine’s commercial lobster fishermen certainly have had a lot on their plate for the past several years with federal regulators adopting or proposing stringent new gear requirements designed to protect North Atlantic Right Whales that may, or may not, be present in the Gulf of Maine; concern over the location and scale of floating offshore wind farms; and most recently, stock assessments that could trigger changes in the rules governing what constitutes a legal lobster. 

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  18. Down East Hospice Volunteers Receive $4,000 Grant

     

    Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County recently accepted a grant award from Bangor Savings Bank through the Community Matters More program. 

    DEHV invites applicants for the June 2024 volunteer hospice training to join at downeasthospicevolunteers.org.  Learn more by emailing downeasthospice@ yahoo.com or calling 454-7521 ext. 9126.

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  19. Missing Dog

     

    This is Beans. He’s been missing for about a week from the Carson Road area. Text or call 207-904-7578 with sightings.

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  20. Work Begins at Baileyville Community Garden

     

    Volunteers had a great work day last week at the community garden, with much accomplished in a short amount of time.  Another work day is planned next weekend to continue with the fence and hopefully get the raised beds filled with material.  Email [email protected] if you can help, and find Baileyville Community Garden on Facebook.  

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  21. What's Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Thursday, May 9, is the Harlem Wizards basketball game at Woodland High School.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and the game starts at 7 p.m.  Proceeds from this fun event will benefit

    Woodland Parks and Recreation Department, Woodland High School JMG, and Woodland High School senior class.

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  22. Eastport Diner Marks 100 Years in Business

     

    On Saturday, May 4, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined local elected officials and distinguished guests at the WaCo Diner to recognize the Centennial Anniversary of Maine’s Oldest Diner. During the ceremony, Senator Collins presented a copy of the statement she submitted to the Congressional Record in recognition of the WaCo Diner’s 100th Anniversary to the current owners, Mike Del Papa and Matt Boyle. Mike and Matt bought the restaurant in 2022, after Mike’s dad Bob retired at the age of 83 after many years of operating and growing the business.

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  23. Convention Notes

     

    Jon Reisman

    I attended the 2024 Maine Republican Party Convention in Augusta, aptly named “Restoring Freedom.” What follows are my Statler and Waldorf intern observations and notes.

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  24. Community-Wide Yard Sale Day Draws Hundreds

     

    On Saturday, hundreds of people explored Calais for bargains at yard sales as part of the community-wide yard sale day. Businesses like Calais IGA provided their spaces, shown here, for those seeking a more prominent location to showcase their items.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  25. City Grapples with Juvenile Delinquency Issues

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In the recent Calais City Council session, concerned citizens voiced their concerns regarding disruptive behavior from youth, with incidents ranging from mischief to even arson.  The meeting, held last Thursday, saw a gathering of residents advocating for stricter measures to address what they perceive as a growing problem.

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  26. Baileyville Community Garden Project Sets to Take Root

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In a bid to foster community spirit and cultivate green space, the Baileyville Community Garden Project has emerged as a beacon of collaborative effort.

    Spearheaded by town residents, Baileyville Recreation Department, and Baileyville Community Connections, this initiative aims to unite individuals from diverse backgrounds under the common cause of nurturing communal gardens.  

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  27. Machias Savings Bank Gold Sponsor for 33rd Annual Hospice Race

     

    Machias Savings Bank is a proud Gold sponsor of Down East Hospice Volunteers’ 33rd annual Cobscook Bay Race taking place on June 2, 2024, in Pembroke.  Left to right - Barbara Barnett, Executive Director of Down East Hospice Volunteers, and Clint Mercer, Assistant Branch Manager of Machias Savings Bank in Machias.  For more information information about this event, www.cobscookbayroadraces.org runsignup.com/cobscookraces

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  28. Princeton Parks and Recreation Plants & Pastries

     

    Sandra Smith

    Saturday was the Princeton Parks & Rec’s Second Annual Plants & Pastries Day at the Princeton Public Library. By the time of the start of the event, there were three tables full of donated home-baked items. Members were helped by many others who generously baked and brought in their own specialties. There were many kinds of cookies, cakes, breads, and some fudge. The most popular was whoopie pies, which were all gone early, much to the disappointment of three gentlemen. However, they did manage to find treats. 

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  29. Wabanaki Spring Market to Showcase Indigenous Art and Culture this Saturday

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Wabanaki Culture Center is hosting a Wabanaki Spring Market, just in time for Mother’s Day shopping.

    According to organizer Lynn Amakehs Mitchell, this is the first year for the market and will highlight Wabanaki artists from all over the State of Maine and Canada.  And, she added, “We do have a couple other artists from other confederacies as well.”

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  30. Polar Treat Celebrates 75 Years

     

    The Polar Treat in Perry is ready for its 75th season.  

    After John and Mary Macdonald operated the take-out restaurant for 50 years, Jack and Bernadette Maloney did another 19, and, now, in their sixth year, Judson and Michelle Curtis recently held a ribbon cutting to commemorate the milestone.

    The Polar Treat has been recently renovated, with the building having been expanded and outdoor seating included. 

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  31. Calais City Council

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Thursday, March 25, 2024, the Calais City Council met for its regular meeting, with Councilors Kevin Niles, Mike Sherrard, Marcia Rogers, Elery Beale, and Bill Quinn present.  Councilor James Macdonald and Mayor Artie Mingo were absent. Rogers was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore.  

    What follows is a brief summary of the meeting, with the full meeting available for viewing on the City of Calais’s Facebook page.

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  32. City Makes Community Yard Sale Proclamation

     

    Jayna Smith

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    During last week’s Calais City Council meeting, the presence of members of the Calais Lioness Club added an air of community enthusiasm as the city officially proclaimed Saturday, April 27, Community Yard Sale Day.

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  33. Pink Flamingos will Soon be Appearing in Area Yards

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Prepare for a burst of pink, along with some community engagement for a great cause, as the Flamingo Fundraising Season gears up this month.

    Flamingo Fundraising directly supports Sarah’s House of Maine, a cancer hospitality house located in Holden.  It serves many from all over the state who are receiving treatment, with Washington County residents making up the majority.

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  34. Maurry Mills: 50 Years of Service with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

     

    Wildlife biologist has been a conservation heavy hitter since 1974

    Jaylan Williams 

    With a career longer than many of his colleagues have been alive, Maurry Mills is still passionate about conservation 50 years into his tenure with the Service. 

    A Northeast native, Maurry was born in New Jersey.  

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  35. What's Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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    There is lots happening this Saturday in and around Calais:  

    There are two great craft and vendor fairs happening this Saturday.  At Calais Elementary School, you can find Calais Community Hospital’s Auxiliary’s fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Lunches will be available for purchase, as well.  

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  36. Garden Variety Earth Day

     

    Jon Reisman

    I worked in my garden last week. A string of sunny sort of warm early spring days dried it out enough to get it tilled and to get peas and greens planted by Earth Day. My twenty-plus-year tiller started right up and ably prepared the soil, but loudly announced, just as I finished, that a trip to the tiller doctor would be required before further loam was lifted.               

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  37. Woodland’s Brooke Smith Reaches 500 Career Strikeouts

     

    Brooke Smith, Woodland Dragons senior, achieved a remarkable milestone last week by recording her 500th high school career strikeout.  It came during the Dragons’ matchup against Penobscot Valley High School on Friday, April 19, 2024, with the last batter of the game, off a 3-2 pitch count.  (WHS photo) 

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  38. Mason’s Downeast Opens this Week

     

    Will Tuell

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  39. Calais Resident Launches Neighborhood Watch Program to Enhance Safety

     

    All Welcome to Learn More this Friday

    Jayna Smith

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    Leonard Rafferty, a dedicated Calais resident and pastor of Keys to Life Church on North Street, has taken proactive steps to address growing concerns about safety and community well-being.  

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  40. Woodland Baseball Set to Make its Mark this Season

     

    Jayna Smith

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    At Woodland High School, Coach Ryan Lincoln has reported having a roster of 13 players, with a mix of experience and fresh talent.  Specifically, the squad comprises five freshmen, five juniors, and three seniors, reflecting a blend of youthful energy and seasoned expertise.

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  41. Dragons Softball Focuses on Unity, Skill Development for Successful Season

     

    Jayna Smith

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    According to second-year Woodland Dragons softball coach Sophia McDonald, 11 players are on her roster this season, with the team bracing for what promises to be an eventful season.

    “We are definitely expecting to have a successful season this year, whether that be by winning or by solidifying our skills and working as a unit,” McDonald noted. 

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  42. Blue Devils Softball Team Gears Up for Strong Season with 18 Players on Roster

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Calais Blue Devils softball team roster boasts 18 players, along with a manager, indicating a robust lineup for this year’s season.

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  43. Threat of Nurses Strike Looms over Down East Community Hospital

     

    Will Tuell

    Barring a last-minute agreement, a union representing nurses and lab technicians at Down East Community Hospital (DECH) in Machias announced on April 19 that they will be going on strike for two days later this month. The decision comes as the two sides remain at loggerheads over a contract, which expired last October, and follows a late January rally where union members pushed for what they call “safe staffing” levels and better pay. 

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  44. Teams Survey Hobart Stream for Ecosystem Health

     

    Jayna Smith

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  45. Freedom Studies - Saying Goodbye

     

    Jon Reisman

    I said goodbye to my wife and the Maine legislature last week. I will always miss Ernie, but I cannot say goodbye to the freedom-crushing 131st Maine Legislature fast enough. 

    Ern’s memorial service was a blessing with friends, family, and community. Our grown-up sons delivered testimony that swelled me with both pride and grace. Testimony of her giving heart and many mitzvahs from friends and community buoyed me. Several suggested that Ernie was a Saint, which prompted me to bless her memory for sticking with me for 44 years.

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