1. School Board Chair Responds to Meetings No Longer being Offered via Zoom

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    One convenience of the pandemic has been meetings taking place via Zoom and other internet-based video conferencing platforms.  Such has been the case with Calais School Board meetings, allowing for more people to watch without attending in person.  

    According to school board chair Joe Footer last Wednesday, Feb. 24, Calais School Board meetings will no longer be accessible virtually.

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  2. Remember to Love

     

    The Town of St. Stephen recently shared to its Facebook page this photo and a post that read, “In a world full of chaos that this pandemic has brought on, we have raised this flag for Valentine’s Day weekend to remind everyone to love each other…love your neighbour…love that person you don’t know yet and always be kind.” (Town of St. Stephen photo)

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  3. February Fugue

     

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  4. A Piece of History Has Been Uncovered in Calais by Local Picker

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Local picker Brian Smith has found a literal piece of American history right in our small town of Calais, Maine. 

    He took a document that was a mystery to many and brought its history back to life. 

    According to Smith, a note he obtained has various signatures from confidential agents and personal friends of President George Washington who sold their land to him and the federal government to establish the nation’s capital.

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  5. Moosehorn Offers Winter Activities

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    Winter can be a challenging time to try and find the motivation to get out and do things when the comfort of a warm house is calling you but the beauty of living in Maine is that there are so many things to do even when the temperature dips below the freezing mark. In Washington County, we are fortunate to have a well maintained and looked after place to enjoy all the things the great outdoors has to offer. 

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  6. PTO Volunteers Make Students’ Valentine’s Day Deliveries

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais PTO organized a great Valentine exchange for students, despite Calais Elementary School being closed to in-person learning.

    According to PTO member Tomi Ellsmore, the group wanted to ensure the students still could celebrate the holiday, even away from classmates, especially since Valentine’s Day signifies friendship and kindness for so many of the youngsters.

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  7. Dead River Donates $20,000 to Keep ME Warm Campaign

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last month, News Center Maine hosted its annual Project Heat Telethon, a campaign established in 2012.  Through Project Heat, funds are raised to support Keep ME Warm, an emergency heating assistance program provided through a statewide partnership of Maine’s United Ways and Community Action Agencies.  

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  8. Family’s Service Project Through Ministry Provides Free Hats, Mittens, and Blankets

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Hats and mittens are certainly a necessity, and one family hopes all will take advantage of their free offering that will help keep hands and heads warm this winter season.

    Right in the dooryard of the Smith’s 1 Pleasant Street home, just off Union Street, a wooden frame – or “tree” of sorts – sits near the street, filled with new hats, mittens, and gloves.  All are free for the taking to anyone in need.

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  9. Special Valentine Delivery

     

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  10. VL Tammaro Makes Special Valentine Deliveries

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    For the third consecutive year, some unsuspecting VL Tammaro Oil customers received a nice treat on the Friday before Valentine’s Day when Mike Tammaro and his drivers showed up.  Their visit did not only bring the traditional Valentine’s Day treat of chocolates and flowers, but also brought 100 gallons of fuel or propane free of charge.  

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  11. Happy Valentine’s Day from Tom!

     

    Happy Valentine's Day from Tom!!

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  12. Virtual Car Seat Safety Class to be Held by Maine Families of Washington County

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Maine Families of Washington County usually have car seat safety checks with inspections and installations each year. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they are unable to hold this event in person. 

    With car seat safety still being a priority, a virtual question and answer will take place on Wednesday, March 10th at 10 a.m. 

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  13. Washington County Students Advocate for Arts Education

     

    Arts students from two Washington County schools will head to Augusta—virtually—for an Arts Education Advocacy Day hosted by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education on February 17. The event kicks off a 10-day session in which high school-aged teams from all over the state—including Kali Wallander (freshman), Eastport, and Tristan Seavey (junior) and Hailey Calder (senior), Calais—will meet with state legislators to discuss the importance of arts in their schools, and how they’ve fared during this unusual year for arts education.

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  14. Easter Basket Staple Back this Month After Pandemic Halted Production

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Are you a lover of the marshmallow treat Peeps?  Those sugary treats that used to be found in stores leading up to Easter have made their way to shelves for every holiday in recent years, it seems, except throughout the pandemic.

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  15. Woodland High School Senior Recognition Day

     

    Left: Lady Dragon Emily Erskine is pictured with Dad Fred Erskine, Mom Tina Erskine, and sister Katie Erskine.

    Middle: Lady Dragon Emily Curtis is pictured with family members Ruth Curtis, Sarah Curtis, Maddie Jordan, Phil Curtis, and Amelia Curtis at the Woodland High School Senior Recognition Day.

    Right: Lady Dragon Abby Walker is pictured with family members Gabe Walker and Frankie Morrison at the Woodland High School Senior Recognition Day. (Photos by John Rogers)

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  16. Boyd R Smith Mitchell 9779

     

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  17. Baileyville Mover Tapped for Relocation Work

     

    ABLE Moving Services, of Baileyville, recently learned it will be assisting with relocation work related to the construction of a new international bridge connecting Madawaska and Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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  18. Motorists Reminded of Move Over Law

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Enacted in 2007, Maine’s “Move Over” law requires motorists to slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit when encountering an emergency vehicle or public service vehicle stopped with flashing lights.  If possible, the law also requires drivers to move over at least one lane from the scene where the vehicle is working.  Drivers who fail to do so can face a fine of $326.

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  19. Former Calais Police Officer Arrested on Drug Charges

    On Monday, Maine State Police issued a press release indicating that Jeff Bishop, age 53, of Cherryfield, had been arrested by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA).  Bishop was charged with four counts of Aggravated Furnishing of Schedule Drugs (Hydrocodone and Fentanyl) and one count of Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs.  

    These charges, the press release said, are aggravated as a result of trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school and furnishing drugs to a minor.  

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  20. Nor'easter Brings Heavy Snow on Groundhog Day

     

    Calais wasn't spared from the fast-falling snow that began early Tuesday morning.  The Nor'easter slammed across New England, bringing strong winds and dumping heavy snow.  Ron O'Brien, of O'Brien's Quality Auto Care, did his best plowing his lot to stay ahead of it.  (Photo by Jayna Smith) 

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  21. Princeton Playground Closer to Reality with New Donation-Match Campaign

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Volunteer and community support is coming together in Princeton, pushing fundraising efforts for a new public playground, thanks to the work of a small group, along with Princeton Food Mart and The Hometown Foundation, Inc.

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  22. Flushing 1776 Down the Memory Hole

     

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  23. Six More Weeks of Winter Forecasted by Punxsutawney Phil

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    February 2 is always the big day for Punxsutawney Phil, the apparent famed meteorologist.  The groundhog has been making predictions since 1887, with just ten years missing from the record.  In that time, Phil has seen his shadow now 105 times, resulting in the claim that winter will last another six weeks.

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  24. Learning in a Pandemic Brings Even More Struggles to Students with Special Needs

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The adjustment to new models of learning throughout the pandemic has been a challenge for many students, from the need for reliable internet access and necessary electronic devices to working against at-home distractions and isolation from peers, among other things.  For children with special needs, however, they are often faced with their own set of challenges. 

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  25. Woodland Senior Recognition

     

    Left: Senior Dragon Kobe Overlock is pictured at Woodland senior recognition with brother Justin and mom Jessica Poole.

    Center: At senior recognition Woodland Dragon Devon Wilder is pictured with Mom Opal Seeley. 

    Right: Woodland Dragon senior Jaidyn Williams is pictured with mom Tara, little sister Brayli, and grandparents Toni and Rocky Williams at the senior recognition on Saturday. (Photos by John Rogers)

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  26. Local Creates Cans 4 Cancer to Help Those Traveling for Treatment

     

    Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    A local woman has created an organization to help those with cancer who need to travel hours away from home in order to receive treatment. 

    Tammy Hoche of Eastport is now collecting “Cans 4 Cancer.”

    She receives donations of returnable cans and bottles from people all over Washington County and then uses the deposit money to purchase gasoline gift cards for patients traveling. 

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  27. The Beat of African Drumming Comes to Princeton Elementary School

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    There have been many things that students have lost out on with the precautions surrounding COVID-19. One thing that has suffered during the pandemic is access for students to musical instruction. Due to restrictions, schools have had a hard time figuring out how to get students the musical instruction that is essential to their total education. 

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  28. Pembroke Child Care Facility Meets a Community Need

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    It is a common fact that finding child care is a difficult task, as the quality child care providers in the area are usually at capacity and with long waitlists.  For one local woman, Tabitha Bennett, of Pembroke, becoming a solution to the problem was an easy decision, and that’s why she decided to open her own in-home child care.

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  29. Downtown Calais Rink Seeing Lots of Skaters

     

    These kids are just some of many who have been enjoying the new downtown skating rink.  (Submitted photo)

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  30. Emily Curtis Scores 1,000th Point

     

    Woodland’s Emily Curtis, a senior, scored her 1,000th career point in high school basketball at a home game last week.  Going into the game, Curtis needed 22 points to reach the feat, and conquered that in the fourth quarter with 3:37 left on the clock.  Her performance lifted the Dragons to a 50-19 victory over the Narraguagus Knights in the teams' season opener.  (Photo by John Rogers) Order Customized Action Shots At: photosdac@gmail.com

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  31. Sewall Memorial Congregational Church

     

    Bonnie Lyons

    454-3252

    There will be no church services until Palm Sunday.

    The picture is of the steps that are on the side of the church. Someone started a fire on the steps. Please if anyone sees someone around the church that looks suspicious please call me. 

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  32. Support for Boy Provided by Staff at Downeast Credit Union and Downeast Insurance

     

    On Friday, January 15th, team Members from all of the eight Downeast Credit Union and Downeast Insurance branches dressed down in red to show support for the family of little Jace Griffin.  

    Jace is a four-year-old boy from Edmunds who was recently rushed to Boston Children's Hospital where he went through an 11-hour surgery and is now healing.  The Downeast Team opened up their own wallets and contributed $500 to help support Jace in his recovery and his family as they heal. 

    All of those at Downeast Credit Union and Downeast Insurance say, "Get well soon, Jace!"

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  33. Calais Regional Hospital Implements COVID-19 Information Line

     

    Due to continued limits on COVID-19 vaccine availability, Maine is using a phased approach to providing the vaccine, as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  As the state begins to transition from Phase 1a into Phase 1b, Calais Regional Hospital announced the implementation of its COVID-19 information telephone line, (207) 454-9299.  Messages cannot be left at the number; only vaccination availability details are provided.  

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  34. Local UPS Drivers Save Man’s Life After Motor Vehicle Accident

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Our local UPS drivers are greatly appreciated for their delivery service, bringing us our awaited packages, however, on a day just recently, two UPS drivers did much more than that and are credited with saving the lives of a man and his dog.

    Two weeks ago, UPS driver Josh Gillespie made a stop at an East Machias home.  This particular stop was not supposed to be part of Gillespie’s route that day, so he took care of it very first thing.  

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  35. Woodland High School Inducts Three to National Honor Society

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    At Woodland High School, last Thursday evening, three students were inducted to that school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS).  Advisor Ms. Kimberly Mason welcomed the members and inductees in attendance, including one participating virtually, and students, families, friends, and faculty members watching the livestream from home.   

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  36. Calais High School Inducts Nine to National Honor Society

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last Thursday evening, Calais High School held its annual National Honor Society (NHS) Induction ceremony.  Due to COVID-19 guidelines, each NHS member was permitted two family members to attend in person, while others viewed from home, thanks to the event being live streamed on the school’s Facebook page.

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  37. Unity?

     

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  38. Democratic Governor Damages Small Businesses for Receiving Federal COVID Relief Funds by State Budget Provisions, Effectively Creating a Confiscation Tax

     

    Should the state of Maine impose a tax on the federal emergency loan funds sent to Maine’s private businesses who were forced to shut down last year?

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  39. O. Henry Meets George Orwell

     

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  40. The Pembroke Historical Society ZOOM History Program Series:

     

    Risk & Reward Off Cape Horn: The Story of Captain Jesse Thayer Carver, of Searsport, Maine, and the Wreck of the Maine-built Downeaster St. Mary

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  41. New Community Coat Closet

     

    New community coat closet located at Immaculate Conception Church, 21 Calais Avenue in Calais. Open on February 7 and 21 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Coats, hats, mittens and scarves are available. Items for men, women and children all free of charge. Mask must be worn and there is a limit of 5 people inside. Contact tracing information will be collected.

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  42. Local Creates Handmade Pendants Inspired by Downeast Maine

     

    Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    A local woman has turned her hobby into a business.

    Chelsea Hampton creates resin jewelry and ornaments inspired by the great state of Maine.

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  43. COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    With the coronavirus vaccine giving people a sense of promise that things may get back to normal, many questions are still being asked, specifically why one still must follow social distancing of at least six feet and still wear a mask in public, among the other pandemic precautions, even after having received the vaccine.  We reached out to Robert Long, of the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC), for answers to some common questions.

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  44. Princeton Elem. School Spelling Bee

     

    On Friday, January 15, Princeton Elementary School held its annual spelling bee with fans joining via Zoom. Participants were: grade 6: Nathan Batson and Alex Chesebrough; grade 7: Tristan Crowe; grade 8: Evan Borden, Rain Dee-Charles, and Jack Surles. Winners are shown in the picture with Nate placing first, Alex 3rd, and Rain 2nd. Congratulations to all the participants! (Submitted by Michele Cochran-Barnes, assistant to the principal Princeton Elementary School)

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  45. EMEC Assists Refuge with Eagle Nesting Platform Repairs

     

    Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge recently shared the following information to its Facebook page:  The original bald eagle nesting platform on the Magurrewock Marsh was erected in the late 1980s and was intended for use by ospreys as an alternative to potentially nesting on nearby electrical transmission line poles.  The platform was first used by ospreys in 1990, but in 1991 a pair of bald eagles re-established their territory and took over the platform.

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