1. Committee Members Say Next Year’s 50th Anniversary Festival to be Biggest in Years

    Jayna Smith
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    The small group of volunteers who make up the International Homecoming Festival met last week to recap the 2022 event.  

    According to the members of the group, the international parade was definitely missed by all.  The parade was not held this year due to continuing restrictions at the border stemming from COVID-19.  By next year, it is hoped, the last of the restrictions will be lifted and a grand parade will be held once again.

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  2. Done Roving Ribbon Cutting

     

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  3. CES Students Assist in Flag Retirement

    Boyd Smith Mitchell Memorial Post 9779 Veterans of Foreign Wars

    Last week, VFW members and students participated in the retirement of the US flag and the raising of a new flag at Calais Elementary School.  

    Three students assisted in folding the retired flag, before the new flag was raised to full staff, then lowered to half staff.  

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  4. CHS Bathroom Policy Aimed at Curbing Bad Behavior Raises Concerns from Parents

     

    Jayna Smith
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    “We are doing what we feel is necessary to provide a safe and open environment that sometimes involves putting in place rules and regulations that are different from another time,” Superintendent Ron Jenkins said at last Wednesday’s school board meeting of Calais High School’s newly-implemented bathroom policy.

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  5. View the Moon, Planets, and More at Observe the Moon Event

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Downeast Amateur Astronomers and St. Croix Island International Historic Site are teaming up to bring a great party to all on Saturday, October 1, 2022.  The event is in celebration of International Observe the Moon Night, and it’s free to attend.

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  6. Constitution Day in Machias

     

    Tom Brennan, a Revolutionary War reenactor from Robbinston, joined, from left,  Theresa Farnsworth and Cathy Johnson, members of the  Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, as they displayed a copy of the United States Construction on Saturday, Sept. 17, Constitution Day, celebrating the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution. The trio were part of a group that gathered at the Burnham Tavern Museum in Machias to  take part in the nationwide celebration of Constitution Day by ringing “Bells Across America.” (Submitted photo)

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  7. Blue Devils Fall to Dragons, Raiders

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Calais Blue Devils boy’s soccer team was handed two losses last week, one from Woodland and one from Washington Academy.

    On Tuesday, September 13, the boys faced the Dragons in Woodland.  

    Dragons Reese Sabattus and Brogan Brown were the lone scorers of the day, lifting their team over the Blue Devils 2-0.

    On Thursday, September 15, the Raiders of Washington Academy were too strong for the Devils, winning 9-2.  

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  8. Celebrating Down East Hospice Volunteers' Compassionate Work

     

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  9. Column Compliments, Complaints and Calumny

     

    Jon Reisman

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  10. Lest We Forget

     

    This column once stood in the core of the South Tower, probably between floors 30 and 33.  During the tower's collapse, extreme stresses caused this multi-ton piece of steel to fold over onto itself.  Three of the four welds that held the column together split open.  (Photo from National September 11 Museum by Jayna Smith)

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  11. UScellular Enhances Wireless Network Coverage in Washington County

     

    UScellular continues to invest in its fast, high-quality network with the addition of 5G service to five cell sites in Washington County, including the towns of Alexander, Calais, Milltown, South Trescott, and Steuben. The sites enhance UScellular’s network in the towns and are among the more than 420 sites the wireless carrier has across the state. 5G service provides faster data speeds, seamless video chatting and a more responsive mobile experience.

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  12. Waite Talmadge Congregational Church Restoration

     

    Becky and Jerry Green presenting a $2,000 check toward the restoration of the Waite Talmadge Congregational Church.  Becky and Jerry have been instrumental in the restoration effort! The check is being received by Stephanie Chaffee of Talmadge. Thanks to all who have helped support this most worthy effort.  The community yard sale on September 3rd was supported by the Waite General Store and very successful. (Submitted photo)

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  13. Calais Soccer Results

     

    Jayna Smith
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  14. Calais XC has Impressive Start

     

    Jayna Smith
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    At a three-mile race hosted by Washington Academy on Wednesday, September 7, Calais runners had strong finishes.  

    First for girls was Bailey O’Rourke, with a time of 26:23.

    Phillip Bassett finished in 22:13, earning him the fourth place finish, followed by Jason Socabasin, 24:18, in fifth.

    Keegan Trainor was next for Calais in ninth place with a time of 26:04.

    Frank Miliano grabbed the tenth spot in 28:35 and Ike Soucy the twelfth in 32:44.

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  15. 9/11 Remembrance Flag Waving

     

    The remembrance flag waving in Alexander on Sunday, September 11 was truly a multi-generational event with many children taking part. Pictured left to right are Ellah Seavey, Brylea Newman, Cassie Oakes, Rylee Kinney, and Carlos Oakes Jr.  See more photos on page 19 of this week's The Calais Advertiser. (Submitted photo)

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  16. Machias Savings Marks 9/11 Anniversary with Display

    Jayna Smith
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    On September 11, 2001, two commercial airplanes were flown into the twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center–one at 8:46 a.m., another at 9:03 a.m.–resulting in the collapse of the buildings.  

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  17. Plans Underway for 18th Annual Turkey-A-Thon

     

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  18. Calais Fire-EMS Hosts LifeFlight Training

     

    Jayna Smith
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    On Saturday, September 10, Calais Fire-EMS hosted a training with LifeFlight of Maine at its Red Beach Station.

    According to Calais Fire Chief Bill Lee, more than 30 people attended the training, which, he said, was available to all area departments.

    The EMS training included Life Flight Network operations, landing zone setup and coordination, patient loading, and safety around the aircraft.

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  19. Energy Policy Malpractice

     

    Jon Reisman

    In 1973 I got my driver’s license, purchased a 1966 Delta 88 (8 miles/gallon) for $500 with my saved paper route earnings, drove it to Waterville, Maine, to start college, and watched the price of gasoline double to $.70/gallon during the first OPEC oil embargo. America had gasoline rationing and long lines at gas stations. President Nixon was hobbled/distracted by Watergate, and the country seemed to be paralyzed.

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  20. Downeast Maine Suicide Awareness Walk Returns in Calais

    Natalie Boomer
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    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will be back in Washington County on Sunday, September 18th for the annual Downeast Maine Suicide Awareness Walk.

    Community members will come together to remember those lost by suicide, support those who have been affected by the loss of a loved one, and bring awareness to suicide and mental health conditions.

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  21. Volunteer Crossing Guard Recognized Posthumously

    Jayna Smith
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    Last week, staff from Calais Elementary School, along with some school board members, honored the late Jack Monaghan.

    Monaghan was a long-time crossing guard, recognized and admired by many students over the years.  He volunteered in the crossing guard position for over 25 years.

    His two daughters Debbie Flood and Karen Childs were present to accept a plaque honoring him.  

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  22. CES Students Baking Bread for a Good Cause

     

    Calais Elementary School fourth grade students, along with Travis McGivery, representing the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry, hold homemade banana bread. Mrs. Batson and Ms. Boomer's classes make banana bread several times a year to donate to the food pantry.  The task allows students to gain skills in following directions, cooperating with one another, and math, with the use of fractions and measuring.  Most of all, the students love that the bread making goes to a great cause. (Submitted photo)

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  23. Blue Devil Jace Cook Medals in First Two Golf Matches of Season

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais High School golf, under coach John Moody, is off to a great start, with senior Jace Cook leading the way.
    The Blue Devils have earned the DAC Champion title for the last two consecutive years, and they are off to a great start once again.

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  24. Plans Underway for Return of Lioness Halloween Bash

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais Lioness Club recently installed its new officers, with Mary Jean Redding now at the helm as president.
    Redding was sworn in by outgoing president Theresa Porter.

    Lorraine Mitchell will serve as vice president, while Laurel Perkins will continue her role as the  club’s treasurer and Jayna Smith as secretary.

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  25. New Rescue Boat for Charlotte and Meddybemps Fire Departments

     

    A new rescue boat, jointly operated by Charlotte and Meddybemps Fire Departments, is now in service.  The boat will be used to fight island and lakeshore fires, as well as to perform EMS/rescues on islands and remote locations on local and regional water bodies.  (Photo by Charlotte Fire Captain Jeff Orchard)

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  26. Recovery Center Commemorates Lives Lost to Addiction on Overdose Awareness Day

    Jayna Smith
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    Since Downeast Recovery Support Center opened its doors in Calais in 2019, it has brought many in the community together to not only support recovery, but also to celebrate recovery.  The center provides trainings and workshops and serves as a safe haven for anyone wishing to learn about or who is in or is seeking recovery.

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  27. Potential Vandalism Among Topics Discussed at Baileyville Council Meeting

     

    Ricky Cleghorn

    At the August 22, 2022 Baileyville Town Council meeting, it was reported that the police department still has an officer vacancy, and is currently looking to hire.

    There was also another overdose resulting in death in Baileyville, according to the police report. Finally, the department now has a brand new, fully kitted Dodge Durango cruiser on the road.

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  28. Passamaquoddy Exhibit Opens at Museum in Dennysville

     

    Historical Society President Ron Windhorst explains the new exhibit “Ancestral Passamaquoddy Beginnings at Dennys River” to visitors Jim Oberly and Louise Merriam, at the Academy/Vestry Museum in Dennysville, which is open Saturday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. through mid-October. (Submitted photo)

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  29. Local Unobskey Scholars Complete Summer Session at Phillips Academy

     

    Full scholarships were granted to area high school students by the Unobskey Family Foundation for a summer program. The program will again be offered to six Washington County and six Charlotte County students for the Summer Session 2023. Pictured from left to right are Antonio Vizcarrondo, Shead HS; Skylar Russell, St Stephen HS; Megan Hannan, Fundy HS; Abigail Legacy, St. Stephen HS; Maya Vekelic, St. Stephen HS; Joey McLauchlan, Calais HS; Anna Patterson, Washington Academy; and Amy Scouten, St. Stephen HS. (Photo by Moira Sherwood)

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  30. Respect

     

    Jon Reisman

    One reader recently chastised me for my “disrespectful tone” towards President Brandon and Vice President Kamala, archly opining that my arguments against “President Biden and Vice-President Harris” lost credibility due to my lack of respect.

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  31. Calais Veteran’s Center

    The Calais Veteran’s Center is working to raise money for a heat pump for their facility. If you would like to donate to the heat pump fund, please send donations to Calais Veteran’s Center PO Box 1005, Calais, ME 04619.

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  32. Kids at the Grange

     

    The Alexander Grange was busy with the last week of Kids at the Grange on Tuesday, August 23rd. Even if the hike that was planned got washed out, they found fun things to do inside, including making butter from heavy cream by shaking the canning jar over and over again. Then they tried the butter on some muffins. Kids at the Grange is taking a couple of weeks off, then hope to regroup after labor day for some after school fun.

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  33. Local Artist ‘Plants’ New Avenues During Pandemic

     

    Local wildlife/portrait artist Ann Dalton (Reilly) has found yet another creative avenue.  Among her many offerings and talents to make the world a more colorful place, she has literally brought new life to the scene with plants.  She has approximately 500 plants, with a large portion of them including African violets and succulents.

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  34. Calais Middle/High School Starts Year Off with New Principal, Vice Principal

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais High School has new leadership this year.  At the helm is Heather Bowles as principal and Kati Grass as vice principal.  Most recently, both women have been employed at the school in other positions.  

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  35. CBP Confirms Reduction of Hours at Vanceboro Port

    Ricky Cleghorn

    The hours of operation for the Vanceboro, Maine Port of Entry will be reduced from 24 hours a day to only 12 hours a day–from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.--beginning September 11, 2022, per a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    According to a CBP spokesperson, the change to operational hours comes as an attempt to better allocate resources during peak travel periods within the Calais area of operations.

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  36. CPD Remind Motorists to Travel with Caution as School Has Reopened

     

    Jayna Smith
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    School-aged children returned to classes this week, and Calais Police Department is reminding motorists to be extra cautious.

    The presence of the department will be noticed in the areas where kids are going to and from the schools whenever officers are available. “We do plan to have the day shifts filled to make sure there is someone on during the day as much as possible when school is in session,” Calais Police Chief Dave Randall said.   

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  37. Calais School Department Free/Reduced Lunch

     

    School Year 2023 free and reduced-price meal benefit applications are available for families with students enrolled in Calais School Department which is participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Meals will be provided to enrolled students at no charge in Maine public schools participating in the National School Lunch Program due to State of Maine Legislation.   

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  38. DEP Says Worcester Built Flagpole View Cabins Without Permits

     

    David Dahl, Maine Monitor

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  39. Green McCarthyism

     

    Jon Reisman

    Gina McCarthy is the first White House National Climate Advisor under President Biden. Before that, she was the EPA administrator under President Obama, where she trail blazed the practice of using an e-mail alias to avoid transparency and pesky freedom of information requests from deplorable non-believers and “deniers.”

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  40. Calais Celtic Concerts Only Summer Show!

     

    Calais Celtic Concerts will present the multi-award winning and Irish step champions “The Gothard Sisters” at Calais High School on Saturday, August 27.  Doors will open for the show at 6 p.m. with curtain time at 7 p.m.  This will be the only show for the Celtic concerts this summer.

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  41. Kids at the Grange

     

    From the Alexander news column by Cassie Oakes: The Alexander Grange Hall was a busy place this past week. It all began on Tuesday the 16th when Kids at the Grange met with guest speaker and Granger Lenny Hanson. The topic of the day was safe hiking. The kids then decorated backpacks and filled them with some items that would be helpful during a hike. Of course, there is always some unplanned fun when the kids found some mushrooms and quizzed herbalist and Granger Esther Tozer about them.

     

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  42. Woodland High School Class of 1971 51st Reunion

     

    Woodland High School Class of 1971 celebrated its 51st year graduation reunion on August 12. Classmates came from the local area, Orono, Bangor, Ellsworth, Augusta, and as far away as North Carolina and Georgia.  Activities started with a guided tour of the High School by Administrative Assistant Holly Mercer-Ward (WHS97) where we visited the new cafeteria, old classrooms and the Dragon Den, remembering when it was brand new!  After the tour the class gathered at the Spednic Club and enjoyed several hours of catching up and re-connecting with old friends.

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  43. Washington County 1 of 3 Experiencing Population Decline

     

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  44. Youth Conservation Corps at the Moosehorn

     

    Last week was the final week for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge.  The YCC crew accomplished many projects, including completing a bridge over a washed-out culvert on the Conic Trail in the Baring Wilderness Area.  The crew designed and constructed the bridge, cutting all of the wood for it in the woodshop, carrying the lumber into the wilderness on their backs, and constructing the bridge using only hand tools.  (USFWS photo)

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  45. Harvest Fest to Return to Calais this October

    Jayna Smith
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    With summer fun and festivals nearly behind us, Calais will once again see the return of the Harvest Festival this October.

    This annual event is organized and executed by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) and will bring music, fun, and more to downtown.

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