1. Free Thanksgiving Dinner Take-Outs Offered by Second Baptist Church

    Jayna Smith
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    With this time of year bringing out the gratitude in many, allowing a celebration of sorts of all they have, it is also a reminder that others are not as fortunate.  To help alleviate some of the stress some experience, Second Baptist Church of Calais is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner.

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  2. Chamber of Commerce Names The Calais Advertiser Business of the Year

    At its annual meeting and awards presentation last Friday evening, St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce presented The Calais Advertiser with its distinguished Roscoe “Rocky” Johnson Business of the Year Award.

    The award is named in honor of Rocky Johnson, who was a well-known, successful businessman in Calais, opening his first hardware store more than 60 years ago.  The award recognizes a business that has displayed solid leadership, integrity, professionalism, and vision.  

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  3. Gift-Filled Shoeboxes Leave Calais Destined for Children Overseas

    Jayna Smith
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    Many recently completed the annual Operation Christmas Child campaign, a project committed to making life a little better for children of third world nations.  

    Since 1993, more than 188 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Child Shoebox.  These gift-filled boxes are all distributed through the charity organization Samaritan's Purse.

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  4. DBU President Provides Overview of First-of-its-Kind Fiber Network in the State

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Last week, Downeast Broadband Utility (DBU) president Dan Sullivan was a guest speaker at the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards presentation.  He provided those in attendance an overview of how the fiber network works and why joining the DBU is beneficial.

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  5. Community Effort Brightens Downtown

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Downtown is looking brighter, thanks to Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) and a group of community volunteers.

    Recently, CDRC co-chair Anne Nixon put out a call for help.  The organization had purchased new strings of lights for all the light poles, but needed assistance getting the old ones down and the new ones up.

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  6. CDRC Contributes to Santa’s Helpers Program

    Jayna Smith
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    The Calais Lions Club’s Santa’s Helpers Program was recently gifted with a $250 donation from Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC).  

    The Santa’s Helpers program is the longest running Christmas assistance program in the county, and this year marks its 50th year of helping local families in need have a happier Christmas.  

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  7. Veteran John R. Perkins Honored for His Service

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Community Health and Counseling New Hope Hospice helped recognize a local veteran recently for his great dedicated service to his country and his community.  

    John “Jack” Perkins, 87 years young, enlisted in the Army in 1954 at age 19, not long after having graduated from Woodland High School.  He served his command in the 25th infantry, 35th regiment to Korea and Japan during the Korean War.  

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  8. Addison Coty Memorial Turkey Trot

     

    Jayna Smith
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    For the fourth consecutive year, the Addison Coty Memorial Turkey Trot was held.  This year, like last year, runners competed virtually.

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  9. Baring Man Takes Title of Deadlifting and Bench Pressing World Champion

    Natalie Boomer
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    A man from Baring is now the world champion of deadlifting and bench pressing.  Wayne Sowers participated in a four-day World Championship Competition from October 31 to November 3, among 300 other weightlifters.

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  10. 3 Arrested in Machias Murder Case

     

    Three men have been arrested in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Brandin Guerrero of Massapequa, New York, who was found dead on High Street in Machias on the morning of Nov. 4.

    Maine State Police first announced the capture of Nathanael Genao, 23 of New Bedford, Massachusetts, who was Nov. 19 arrested without incident at his home by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and the New Bedford Police Department, assisted by the US Marshals Service Boston.

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  11. Thanksgiving Notes

     

    Jon Reisman

    I will be spending my favorite Holiday with family in New Orleans. Here are some of the things and people I am thankful for.

    My family

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  12. The Calais Advertiser wins the 2021 Business of the Year Award

    "It is an honor to receive the 2021 Business of the Year Award from the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce. It is a team effort to report on our community every week.

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  13. Alexander Grange Hosts Veterans Day Events

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    On Thursday, November 11th, the Alexander Grange #304 held a flagpole dedication ceremony for a new flagpole that was donated anonymously to the Alexander Cemetery.  

    According to Granger Rhonda Randall Oakes, 13 people attended the event.

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  14. New Federal Law to Require Autos to be Installed with Drunk Driving Monitoring Systems

     

    Jayna Smith
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    According to autoblog.com, Congress has a new initiative for automakers as a way to combat drunk driving.  As early as 2026, this new legislation will require all vehicles to come installed with monitoring systems to stop drunk drivers.

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  15. Grampie Bill Asks All to Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to Those Alone, in Need

     

    Jayna Smith
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    For years, Thanksgiving in Calais has been synonymous with the free community dinner, hosted by Grampie Bill Gibson and his wife Arlene, along with volunteers who help serve the many meals.

    The dinner has always been held at Second Baptist Church of Calais and even provided take-outs.  Every year, it has drawn many in the community together for a great afternoon of socializing and delicious food, all at no charge.  

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  16. Local Knights Of Columbus Council Receives Top Award

     

    Knights of Columbus Council #149 in Calais, Maine has received the distinction of STAR COUNCIL, the international organization's top award.
    The Star Council Award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities. It is one of the top awards from our Supreme Headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut.

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  17. Empty Bowls Dinner in Pembroke Raises $1,400 for the Hungry

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    On Saturday, November 13, an Empty Bowls Dinner was held at American Legion Cobscook Post 59 in Pembroke.
    “Empty Bowls is an international initiative that seeks to feed the hungry locally through grass roots partnerships with local communities and artists,” mentioned Mary Krakow.

    These dinners provide guests with a homemade ceramic bowl to take home, along with unlimited soup and bread at the event for a small donation of only $10.

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  18. The Calais Advertiser Receives 14 Awards from Maine Press Association

     

    At its annual state conference, held virtually on November 13, the Maine Press Association recognized The Calais Advertiser for its exceptional journalism work, presenting it with 14 awards.  Its sister paper, Machias Valley News Observer, won 6 awards, for a total of 20 awards combined between the two Washington County publications.  

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  19. Veterans Day at Maine Veterans Homes Machias

     

    This is 9-year-old Gabe Jackson, who came to the Machias veterans home early on Veterans Day morning and was seen out by the flags, saluting them. Then he came to the dining room window where veteran Bud Tyler stood in the window to watch him. Gabe then saluted him and we could read his lips as he said “Thank you” Bud saluted him back and told the young boy, “Thank you.” (Submitted photo)

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  20. Students Experimented at Acrylics Workshop

     

    Anne Black’s “Joy of Acrylics” workshop, held October 30 at Eastport Arts Center, was a busy afternoon during which attendees were encouraged to experiment and have some messy art fun. Students were guided by Black through the steps of painting, brushing, dragging and raised stenciling. They learned how to use their colors and ‘go with the flow,’ then went home with a well organized 12-color acrylic paint kit which included everything needed to continue to create at home.

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  21. Gone But Not Forgotten: Memorial Service Honors 19th Century Wardens Killed in Line of Duty

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Not far from the Whiting farm where he was raised, Lyman O. Hill’s descendents last week gathered with representatives from six law enforcement agencies and the state house to honor Hill and cousin Charles Niles, the first two Maine Game Wardens to die in the line of duty. Together with his parents, wife, and children, Hill is buried in his family cemetery, overlooking Gardner Lake.

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  22. Open Border and Expensive Energy are Brandon Policy Choices

     

    Jon Reisman

    “That’s Hilarious”- Brandon Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, in response to query as to Brandon administration plans to reduce price of gasoline and energy, following a Vice-Presidential Harris like cackle.

    “That’s a garbage report”- President Brandon lying about reported planned $450,000 “settlements” with illegal immigrants as part of open border diversity, equity and inclusion incentives

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  23. WHS Student Presented With Giraffe Award

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    A student at Woodland High School has been presented with the Giraffe Award for “sticking her neck out” to help others.  Sophomore Victoria Siering of Baileyville has been featured in a profile of 2021 Giraffe Award Winners and has been showcased for how she “sticks her neck out” for Maine children, youth, and families.

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  24. Lioness Receive Donations from Harvest Dinner and Crumbs

     

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  25. Raffle Raises Over $3,000 for Calais Skatepark

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    When we hear the word community, we immediately think of a town, but a community is so much more. A community is a group of people who come together to support and encourage each other. Not all communities can be defined by the confines of town limits; some communities stretch far beyond that and that is what the skateboarding community is. The last year has seen a boom in the support for the skateboarding community, especially in the Calais community, as loss strengthened the bond.

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  26. U.S. Opens Border After COVID Closure

     

    Jayna Smith
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    On Monday, November 8, 2021, the United States lifted its travel ban, allowing for Canadians to enter the States, pending they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.  The border with Canada has been closed to all but essential traffic since March 2020, at the outset of the pandemic.

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  27. Lioness Choose Local School Leaders as Parade Grand Marshals

    Jayna Smith
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    The 24th annual Lioness Christmas Parade is set to take place on Friday, December 3, and the club is excited to announce its choice for the 2021 Grand Marshal.

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  28. Calais Visitor Information Center Welcomes Canadians

     

    Jayna Smith
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    With the US having reopened its borders with Canada on Monday, Vicki Farrell, Calais Visitor Information Center manager of the Maine Tourism Association, was ready to welcome Canadian friends and neighbors back to the City of Calais.

    “We’re excited.  We’ve missed them terribly, tourism especially,” Farrell said.  

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  29. Calais COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Clinic Welcomes All, Including Canadians

     

    Jayna Smith
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    On Monday, November 1, 2021, a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site opened at the Calais Recreation Center.  This site was made possible through a partnership between Department of Health and Human Services and the City of Calais.  

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  30. Woodland Fields Get Much-Needed Upgrades

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Two athletic fields in Baileyville have seen a great amount of upgrades over the last few months, projects led by parks and recreation director Ryan Lincoln.

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  31. Pickleball Tournaments Take Father and Son South

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    Fourteen-year-old Kaden Ramos of Baileyville signed a one-year sponsorship with Head Penn Pickleball over the summer.  Upon signing this contact, he agreed to represent their company while playing in tournaments and other pickleball related activities. In return, they would provide him with equipment and gear.

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  32. New Council Takes Action on Seavey/Young Properties

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

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  33. Post-Election and Outrage Notes

     

    Jon Reisman

    Muttley Post-Election Notes
    Muttley was a Hanna Barbera animated character, the sidekick/foil of Dick Dastardly. Muttley was infamous for his snickering, rasping laugh, usually unleashed after some Dastardly shenanigans backfired and foiled his plans. I could hear Muttley’s laugh as Terry McCauliffe and his dastardly Democrat campaigning compadres (Obama, Biden, cackling Kamala, Stacey Abrams and the Critical Race Theory (it’s not taught, but it’s awesome!) toting teachers unions crashed and burned in Virginia.

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  34. Downeast Jewelers To Add 'Sparkle' In The Community

    by Cindy Joyce, Correspondent

    Gabrielle White and Sean Gray,  comprise a duo of excellence, as owners/designers of Downeast Jewelers, LLC, located at 63 Dublin Street, Suite # 3, in Machias. Gray stated, “We still have a lot of people driving around, missing us.” The description of the physical location is on Rt. 1, at the top of ‘College Hill’, across from the University of Maine in Machias.

    Gray purchased the business from Brett Leighton of Leighton Jewelry & Design, earlier this year.

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  35. The Calais Advertiser’s Publisher Acquires Alabama’s Oldest Family Newspaper

     

    Pierre Little, publisher of the Machias Valley News Observer and The Calais Advertiser this week announced he has purchased a newspaper located in Ozark, Alabama, The Southern Star, the state’s oldest family newspaper.

    The Southern Star has been in the Adams family for 154 years, initially begun by Joe Adams’s great grandfather in 1867, when the county seat was located in the town of Newton. When the county seat moved 10 miles away to Ozark, The Southern Star moved, too.

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  36. Library Brings Halloween Parade to Main Street

     

    Jayna Smith
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    On Friday, October 29, Calais Free Library’s Halloween Parade was back, and it did not disappoint, as proven by the many smiles and giggles seen and heard along the route.

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  37. Donations to Food Pantries to be Matched up to $5,000 at Pratt Dealership

     

    Jayna Smith
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    It is that time of year again, when Pratt auto dealership matches food pantry donations, making November a great month to make a contribution to your local food pantry.

    Recognizing how great the need is for the pantries in Washington County and in an effort to decrease food insecurity locally, businessman Ian Pratt is again doing a donation-match campaign for the entire month, dollar for dollar up to $5,000, to be split among Washington County food pantries.

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  38. Calais Middle School Volleyball

     

    Calais Middle School’s volleyball team recently wrapped up a great season.  Making up the 2021 team are (front) Destiny Holmes, Quinn Rollins, Ashley Sulkowski, Sadye Cottrell, Maliah Webb, Addison Ellsmore, (back) Coach Jessica Holmes, Maggie O’Rourke, Alexis Sulkowski, Trinity Newell, Aubrey Stanley, Sadie McPhee, and Rain Bishop. Absent from photo are team members Hayden Sabattus, Mackenzie Roberts, and Kylie McConnico.  (Photo courtesy of Matt O’Rourke)

     

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  39. Rock-a-Thon Event Brings Merrier Holidays for Displaced Children

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Twenty-six Calais High School students, all members of National Honor Society (NHS) and/or student council, took part in the annual Rock-a-Thon event after school on Monday.  

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  40. High School Girls Get Unique Leadership Experience

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    In a time when girls struggle so much with confidence and self-esteem, it can be hard to find ways to build those up. In 2015, Senator Olympia Snowe recognized the need for a program to bolster girls and founded the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.

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  41. Korasadowicz Selected as Heisman School Scholarship Winner

     

    The Heisman Trophy Trust and Acceptance Insurance announced the 2021 school winners for the Heisman High School Scholarship. Woodland Jr./Sr. High School is proud of Joanna Korasadowicz for being selected as a 2021 School Winner.  

    Joanna's application is being reviewed by the committee for the opportunity to be the recipient of the $1,000 state scholarship.  

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  42. Healthy Acadia Serves up Fresh-Pressed Cider at Food Pantry

     

    Jayna Smith
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    On Monday, November 1, patrons at Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry in Calais had the opportunity to receive fresh-pressed apple cider, thanks to Healthy Acadia.

    Rae Rowell, AmeriCorps volunteer with Healthy Acadia, was onsite pressing locally-grown apples into fresh, tangy-sweet cider.  “The initiative I am working on is Ending Hunger in Maine by 2030, and so my job is to help Healthy Acadia meet some of the goals that are in that initiative.”

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  43. WCCC Students and Staff Take to Waterfront Walkway for Clean-up Event

     

    Jayna Smith
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    National Civics Day is an opportunity to celebrate civics in a number of ways, one being through community projects.  Students and staff from Washington County Community College recently did just that when they took to the Calais Waterfront Walkway for a clean-up project.

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  44. Book Drive Renamed to Honor Former Educator Jean Wood

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Many are familiar with The Blue Devil Fund, a not-for-profit organization started by Calais High School alumnus Chris Taylor.  Since its inception in 2010, The Blue Devil Fund has raised well over $10,000 for local charities.

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  45. School Committee Recognizes MacDonald's Service

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

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