1. Fire call 39 Baring Street in Calais

    By Jayna Smith

    Calais Fire-EMS responded to a mobile home fire on Thursday, Nov. 14th, at 39 Baring Street.  The property is owned by Eric Clark, of Windham, and managed by Peggy and Terry Brownlee.  

    According to Fire Chief Ken Clark, the call for the fire was received at around 11:30 a.m.  He said no one lived in the trailer; however, it was used for “sewing crafts and woodworking.”

    Chief Clark said, “There was damage to [the Brownlee’s] equipment and the building is a total loss.”

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  2. Volleyball Game Raises Funds For Awareness of Mental Illness

     

    On Saturday, November 3rd, a group of Woodland High School alumni came together for a volleyball game to raise awareness to emotional and mental health, while also raising funds for The Yellow Tulip Project.  The mission of The Yellow Tulip Project is to smash the stigma of mental illness.  

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  3. Caught Being Good at CES

    Last week’s students at Calais Elementary school who were “caught being good” were Jennalynn Mahar, Damien Moody, Brock Collins, Haidyn Seavey, Abby Hallowell, Sophia Rogers, Sebastian Jamison and Max Kessler. Congratulations, boys and girls, and keep up the good work! (Submitted photo)

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  4. Wesley FD Seeks Votes to Win Fire Truck

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Economy Motors in Hermon is giving away a fire truck to one lucky Maine town.

    The truck was acquired by Economy Motors, and the family-owned business wanted to give back to one Maine town.  Those interested in having a chance of winning the truck for their town had to email a letter on department letterhead to be considered. 

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  5. Dressing Down Benefits Friends of Boy Scout #32

     

    Employees of First National Bank recently raised $854.97 for the Friends of Boy Scout #32 through its Casual for a Cause program. Employees make a contribution to a nominated non-profit organization in exchange for dressing casually on Fridays for one month.

    First National Bank is an independent community bank with 16 offices in Lincoln, Knox, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot Counties.  For more information about First National Bank, please call 1-800-564-3195 or visit www.thefirst.com.

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  6. DAC Soccer Champions

    Congratulations to the Calais Lady Blue Devil soccer team for earning the 2019 DAC soccer championship with a victory over the Shead Tigerettes. Members pictured are front l-r: Abby Downing, Libby Biter, Lauren Cook, Ivy McLellan, Kelly Carter, and Marleen Ruesche. Back l-r: Alexis Donahue, Mercedes Owen, Madyson Parks, Annalisa Driskel, Serina Fredette, Nadra Bassett, Katie Bitar, Skylar Smith, Sage Phillips, Sophia McVicar, and Coach Courtney James. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  7. WHS Hosts Veterans’ Day Assembly

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    On Friday, November 8th, Woodland Jr-Sr High School held a Veterans Day Assembly for the students as well as the public. 

    At 12:30 p.m. students were released from classes to honor those who have fought for our country. 

    The assembly started off with an introduction by the class president, Drake Call. He followed by leading the National Anthem.

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  8. Local Rider Goes to World Championship

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

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  9. Church Seeks Donations to Restore Broken Window

     

    By Jayna Smith

    As Ann Montgomery reported in the Oct. 24th edition of The Calais Advertiser, a window at the Sewall Memorial Congregational Church on Route 1 in Robbinston suffered severe damage recently. The broken stained glass window resulted from the Nor’easter that battered most of the state on Oct. 17th.  

    The window, one of three south-facing windows, according to Montgomery, “was sucked out by the storm’s fierce winds.” Now, members of the congregation are seeking donations to help with the restoration and repair.

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  10. Local Pantries Could Receive up to $10,000 After Matched Donation from Pratt

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Looming cold temperatures always bring an increase in demand for the local food pantries.  With the added increase of the home heating bill, many are left with little discretionary money to spend on food.   

    Recognizing how great the need is for the food pantries in Washington County and in an effort to decrease food insecurity locally, businessman Ian Pratt is once again matching donations of up to $5,000 to local food pantries.  He has done a matching donation campaign for several years.  

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  11. CHS Students Pay Tribute with Veterans Day Ceremony

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Local military veterans were honored last Friday at a ceremony held at Calais Middle/High School.  The students who make up Mrs. Lori Ellis’ AP English class worked diligently organizing the annual event that always brings a standing-room-only crowd.

    The Veterans Day Ceremony began with an exceptional performance of “This Is My Country” by the school’s band, followed by the Honor Guard’s posting of the colors, and then the band’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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  12. Fire at the Woodland Pulp Mill in Baileyville

    Ongoing fire reported at the Woodland Pulp Mill in Baileyville. Firefighters from multiple stations are involved inside the building. Pick up this week's newspaper for an update on the fire.

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  13. State Class C Volleyball Runners-up Calais Lady Blue Devils

    Pictured are the State Class C Volleyball Runners-up Calais Lady Blue Devils. Members include front l-r: Coach Anne Scott, Sontee Edwards, Captain Emily Doten, Captain Olivia Huckins, Captain Twyla Smiley, Cecile Jugault, and Alessia Murgioni. Back l-r: Assistant Coach Nicki Scott, Assistant Coach Kati Grass, Alexis Polches, Cassidy Carr, Elaine Perkins, Nevaeh Thomas, Trinity Jones, Hannah Gadway, Lexi Doten, Aryana McConnico, Kendra Stevens. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  14. Boyd Smith Mitchell Veterans of Foreign War Post 9779

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

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  15. Down East Hospice Volunteers Attend Infant Loss Workshop

     

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  16. Woodland Rec. Department Halloween Party

    For over 30 years,  Woodland Recreation Director Mike Boies has headed up a Halloween party for area children.  The popular event saw over 200 kids who all enjoyed treats and games before they hit the streets for trick or treating. (Facebook photos)

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  17. Trunk or Treat at Walmart

    Bill White from the Sheriff's Office brought a cruiser out to the Trunk or Treat on Halloween Night. There was plenty of mischief and mayhem with the weather but Officer White kept all other mischief and mayhem at bay. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  18. November is Deer Collision Month

     

    By Jayna Smith

    With the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife estimating the deer population to be around 260,000 to 290,000, many in Maine get excited for November.   To them, it means hunting season.  According to the Maine Department of Transportation, however, November is also Deer Collision Month.  

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  19. Community Comes Together for Elementary School Project

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    There are many challenges that schools face every day in many different forms. How to get the things needed for the classrooms in schools is a constant budget battle. Calais Elementary School has taken an alternative approach to filling their classrooms with the necessities. 

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  20. Calais Callbacks Bring the Spooky Fun to CHS

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    What better way to celebrate the spookiest holiday than with a ghost story? This is certainly what the Calais High School Calais Callbacks thought when arranging for their fall show. The Callbacks performed their two fall shows just days after Halloween, “Honeymoon at Graveside Manor,” a play by Pat Cook.

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  21. CRH Receives Donation from Pratt for Breast Cancer Screenings

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Many may have noticed recently on various social media platforms Chevrolet’s #IDriveFor campaign.  For nine years in a row, Chevrolet has partnered with the American Cancer Society to support its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.  With every #IDriveFor Twitter or Instagram post made during October, Chevrolet donated $5 to the American Cancer Society.

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  22. Lady Dragons Win Class C State Volleyball Championship

     

    Beat Calais Lady Blue Devils 

    3-1 In 2019 Thriller

    The two toughest teams in the state, Calais and Woodland High Schools, met Saturday at 1 at Hampden Academy for the 2019 Class C state volleyball championship after each team took playoff victories to earn the right to represent their communities in this exciting best of five-game match. 

    Calais, the defending state champions for the past two seasons, opened the championship series by earning a 1-0 lead as they secured a 25-19 win in the opening game. 

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  23. DAC Championship at UMM

     

    Lady Dragons Bring Home the Crown

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  24. Washington County Senior Companion Volunteers Honored

     

    On Oct. 2, 2019, the Senior Companions of Washington County were honored for their many years of service to the clients in their communities that are homebound or isolated in some way. A total of 82 years experience is shared among 13 volunteers as well as countless hours of service helping others. They celebrated with a taco lunch and remarks given by State Director of SCP Don Lynch and Rep. Will Tuell about what is going on in Augusta. 

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  25. Rotarians Mark World Polio Day With Tulips

     

    A couple weeks ago, Calais Rotarians Pam Bridges and Anne Perry rolled up their sleeves and dug in the dirt by the water fountain in downtown Calais. They were planting Rotary tulips to mark the upcoming World Polio Day on October 24th. 

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  26. Woodland High School National Honor Society Induction

    Woodland High School chapter of the National Honor Society held their annual induction ceremony on October 11th.  New members Summer Woodruff, Sierra Bryant, and Abby Walker joined current members Maya Gallant and Emily Erskine.  Congratulations! (Submitted photo)

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  27. Downeast Broadband Utility Open for Business

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    On Friday, October 25th, Downeast Broadband Utility held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Baileyville Town Office and at the Calais Public Safety Building.

    Downeast Broadband Utility provides dark fiber network access to homes and businesses. 

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  28. Woodland Dragons Soccer Team

    Shown are members of the Woodland Dragons soccer team. Members pictured are back l-r: Coach Ripley, Brewer Andrews, Jason Lockenwitz, Chris Plissey, Alden Bacon, Austin Murphy, Dylan Thompson, Matthew Minoty, and Devon Wilder. Middle l-r: Ethan Monk, Mikey Blash, Jamie Bryan, Weston Bailey, Jaidyn Williams, Keagan Wormell, David Howlett, Josh Jordan, and Justin Overlock. Front l-r: Tristan Bryan, Cole Dunphy, Shain McIver, Gauge Howard, Braden Richard, Dehkin Sockabasin, and Cyrus Sewell. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  29. Calais Community Thrift Store Fashion Show

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

    Saturday was a beautiful fall day as the sun shone brightly at Triangle Park for the Scarecrow Fest and the first annual Calais Community Thrift Store Fashion Show.  

    The fashion show was organized and emceed by Anne Nixon, a thrift store volunteer. Over 20 girls, teens and ladies participated in the show modeling beautiful outfits, from Halloween costumes to black dresses to jeans with scarves, sweaters, coats and footwear, all from the Calais Community Thrift Store. 

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  30. Scarecrow Fest

    Lydia Cropley's horse Willow was a popular visitor at the Scarecrow Fest on Saturday.  Both Lydia and Willow were well-dressed for the occasion.  The festival, organized by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition, drew many to the downtown beginning with Friday night’s Harvest Dinner, street dance, and trunk or treat.  The fun continued on Saturday with a craft fair, many kids' activities, and the annual casket race, along with numerous other events, and ended on Sunday with a car show and junk-in-the-trunk sale.  (Photo by Wendy Little) See more photos in this week's The Calais Advertiser

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  31. WWII Veteran Asks for Help from Community

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    A Robbinston World War II Veteran is in need of help from the community. 

    92-year-old Bryce Dwelley suffered a massive stroke in June. He spent three weeks at Maine Medical Center in Portland, followed by three months at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation. 

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  32. The Calais Advertiser Takes Home Four Awards from MPA

     

    At its annual state conference held Oct. 19, the Maine Press Association recognized The Calais Advertiser with four awards.  Its sister paper, Machias Valley News Observer, won nine awards.

    The awards were presented Saturday night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Portland, concluding a day of workshops and networking for reporters and photographers, journalists, advertising staff, and designers throughout the state.

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  33. Calais Lady Blue Devils Soccer Team

    Pictured is the Calais Lady Blue Devils soccer team. Members pictured include front l-r: Marlene Ruesche, Abby Downing, Kelly Carter, Lauren Cook, Libby Bitar, and Ivy McLellan. Back l-r: Coach Courtney Hill, Katie Bitar, Mercedes Owen, Alexis Donahue, Annalisa Driskel, Nardra Bassett, Serina Fredette, Madyson Parks, Sophia McVicar, Sophia McVicar, Sage Phillips, and Coach Krista Morrison. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  34. Cundiff Admitted to Maine Bar

     

    On Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, Rachel M. Cundiff was admitted to the Maine Bar before Maine Supreme Justice Donald G. Alexander, Retired Federal Judge Margaret J. Kravchuk, Washington County Probate Judge Lyman Holmes, and Maine District Court Judge David J. Mitchell, her paternal uncle.   She was sponsored by her grandfather, Attorney John A. Mitchell, of Calais, Maine.

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  35. Nor’easter Downs Trees, Causes Power Outages

     

    By Jayna Smith 

    Last Thursday, October 17th, most of the state experienced the effects of a nor’easter.  The low pressure moved across the state bringing strong winds and heavy rain, leaving many coastal areas--where some saw wind speeds of up to 70 mph--without power for multiple days.  

    In the Calais area, wind speed was around 45 mph, resulting in many knocked-down trees and a loss of power for some.  The public works department stayed on top of things with the removal of downed trees and limbs from roadways around the city.

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  36. Greg Mitchell Selected as ACBA Pitcher of the Year

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Like many area kids, Greg Mitchell, son of The Hon. David and Tammy Mitchell of Calais began playing baseball through the Calais Little League program.  Coached by his father in Little League, Greg went on to play at the high school level in Calais under then-coach Kenny Murphy and assistant Marc Rohde.  

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  37. Princeton Daycare Stuffs the Turkey

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and for many to stuff themselves with turkey and a bunch of homemade goodies. There are some though, that because of various circumstances, don’t get the same opportunity for the big meal.

    In 2003 Food and Medicine saw a need with the amount of mill worker layoffs across the state and thousands of Mainers without employment going into the holiday season. So they started the Solidarity Harvest, a way to give those in need a boost and provide them with a full Thanksgiving meal.

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  38. CHS to Honor Veterans

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Every Veterans Day on November 11th, people all across the country take time to honor those who have served their country and fought for their freedom. For years students at Calais High School have taken time before that day to put together a ceremony to thank all those locally who have served and made the sacrifice for their country.

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  39. Trunk or Treats Set for Area Towns Leading up to Halloween

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Trunk or Treats have been gaining in popularity in recent years. They are fun events for kids to dress up in costumes and collect candy from vehicles.  Those participating vehicles park in designated areas and are typically “dressed up” with decorations.  

    On Friday, October 18th, the Calais PTO executed a successful Trunk or Treat at Calais Elementary School (see photo above) in conjunction with its Halloween dance inside.  

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  40. Biggest Scarecrow Fest Yet Slated for the Weekend

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Scarecrow Fest, an annual event put forth by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC), will have its biggest fall celebration yet, and it’s set for this weekend.  

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  41. The City’s First EV Charge Station is Ready for Use

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Those with electric vehicles (EV) are now able to charge up in Calais, with the city’s first EV charge station.  The ClipperCreek brand, a high-power charger, is located behind the library at the waterfront, just in time for the anticipated increase of electric vehicles in the foreseeable future. 

    According to City Manager Mike Ellis, the EV station, with two charging units on one pole, is ready for use, “but proper signage and parking space designation is happening in the next few days.” 

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  42. Caught Being Good at CES

    The teachers and staff at Calais Elementary School have been asked to catch students doing a kind gesture throughout the week and recognize those students by rewarding them with a “caught being good” certificate. Over the last two weeks these students at CES have been “caught being good.” Noah Gillespie, Mackenzie Roberts, Molleigh Cox, Ben Harvey, Lainey Ellsmore, Hayden Sabattus and Sadye Cottrell. (Submitted photo)

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  43. Canada’s Chocolate Town Just Got Sweeter

    By Jayna Smith

    St. Stephen, N.B., known as Canada’s chocolate town for its claim of creating the world’s first chocolate bar, just got sweeter, thanks to a new downtown candy store.  Candy Creations opened this week at 184 Milltown Boulevard.

    Owner Cathy Cairns said she started making candy about 35 years ago.  “I went into a bulk food store and these beautiful candy Christmas trees were sitting on the shelf.  I asked the owner to explain to me how she made them and that’s where my journey began making candy.”

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  44. It’s the Great Pumpkin!

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Pumpkins come in many shapes--like round, oval, tall, and squat--and all sizes, but one man’s pumpkin at last week’s Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta topped them all in size, weighing in at 1,832 pounds.

    Edwin Pierpont of Jefferson was declared the winner of the biggest pumpkin, setting a new state record.  What may be surprising to some is that he actually beat his own state record, one he set in 2010 when his pumpkin weighed in at 1,471 pounds.

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