1. Chance Posting Reunites Man with Class Ring, 32 Years Later

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Richard Skinner doesn’t know exactly when he lost his class ring, but guesses it was not long after he graduated from Baileyville’s Woodland High School in 1989.  

    “I had lost it so long ago, I figured it was long gone,” said Skinner. “I wasn’t even looking for it.”

    It turns out he did not have to. Now, thanks to an enthusiastic community effort on Facebook, Skinner will soon be reunited with his ring, and it all began when Mary White received a text from a total stranger.

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  2. Fort McHenry or Fort Sumter?

     

    Donald Trump incited a riot on January 6th. In doing so, he destroyed much of what he accomplished, validated the complaints about his narcissism, divisiveness and character flaws, and invalidated the legitimate grievances of his 75 million supporters about stolen elections, Black Lives Matter and Antifa “mostly peaceful” violence, arson and riots, media bias and leftist hypocrisy. He managed to legitimize the Biden crime family and provide aid and comfort to the very socialists and leftist tyranny he opposed. 

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  3. Virtual Winter Camp Gives Kids Chance to Win a Lifetime Fishing License

     

    Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    The Maine Youth Fish and Game Association is hosting a virtual winter camp throughout the months of January and February.

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  4. Rep. Perry Suggests Maine Decriminalize Use or Possession of Hard Drugs

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A bill that could come before Maine’s 130th legislature, one that would suggest decriminalizing use or possession of class W, X, Y and Z drugs, is being introduced by Rep. Anne Perry (D-Calais).  

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  5. King Grant Awarded to Lincoln Memorial Public Library

     

    The Lincoln Memorial Public Library in Dennysville is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation for urgent repairs and future planning.  “We couldn’t be more grateful for this timely gift,” says the Chairman of the Library’s Board of Trustees, Colin Windhorst.  “We look forward to working with the community,” he adds, “to ensure the Library continues to serve the needs of the people well into the 21st  century.”

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  6. Woodland Parks and Recreation Department Prepares for Ice Skating

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Snow has finally made its way into Washington County and many have been patiently waiting to start partaking in fun winter sports and activities. 

    The Town of Baileyville usually has a skating rink for families in the area and this year will not be any different.

    “Just waiting on some colder weather for the ice to thicken up. 

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  7. City Crews Busy With Snow Removal

     

    First thing Monday morning, city crews began the work of clearing snow.  When piled up, the snow causes issues with navigation, blocking sight lines, making storefront and driveway access difficult.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  8. Sustainable Community Million Dollar Homes on Howard Lake Can Be Reserved Now

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Plans to build 50 sustainably-designed homes at Howard Lake are in works for the development group Sustainable Community Partners (SCP), according to one of its four members, Randall Solomon, who lives in New Jersey.  

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  9. Lace Up Your Skates: Downtown Rink is Ready

     

    Some kids took advantage of the nice winter weather over the weekend and tried out the new ice rink on Main Street.  The rink was purchased by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) and put in place recently by Calais Recreation and Public Works Departments.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  10. CRH Begins Vaccinating Employees Against COVID-19

    On Wednesday, Dec.

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  11. Head Start Offered Virtually

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Downeast Community Partners is now offering a Head Start program online to help younger children learn and grow throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Teachers will be available to help parents learn and explore at home. 

    “Head Start at home can be fun for your child and helpful for you,” said Trista Eaton, Enrollment Specialist at DCP. 

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  12. New Restaurant to Open this Spring

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    The days are shorter and darker but are starting to get longer. We’ve finally left 2020 in the past, so despite the snow-covered ground, things are looking up. The start of a new year can mean changes and opportunities. The new year has resulted in a new restaurant for Main Street in Calais.

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  13. Baileyville PD Kicks Off New Year with Free Hot Dogs

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.com

    Baileyville Police Department kicked off 2021 by bringing out the grill and treating folks with a New Year’s Day hot dog stand, all in an effort to bring the community together with much needed positivity and friendship.

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  14. Eastport City Council Votes in Favor of Reinstating Fired Police Chief

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    On Monday night, Jan. 4, Eastport City Council met for “a hearing on a Request for a Notice of Appeal” to the council “by an Employee with Regard to Termination of Employment.”  After approximately two hours of discussion, the council voted in favor to reinstate Police Chief Peter Harris.

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  15. Calais Fire-EMS Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last Thursday, Dec. 31, Calais Fire-EMS began COVID-19 vaccinations of area first responders.  

     According to Calais Fire Chief Ken Clark, the department received enough of the Moderna vaccine for licensed EMS personnel in the area, not just those members of Calais Fire-EMS.  

    Those receiving the first dose of the vaccine will be required to receive the second dose in 28 days.  

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  16. Location to Change for Brewery Set to Open in Calais

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

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  17. CHS All-Time Leading Scorer Lauren Cook Honored

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais High School Athletic Director Randy Morrison recently caught up with former basketball standout Lauren Cook to present her with a special plaque that lists many of her high school accolades.  Among them, noted at the top of the long list, is “All-time leading scorer at CHS, 1,704 points.”  

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  18. Princeton Man, Deer Rescued from Frigid Waters

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Water rescue training provides first responders with knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively respond to rescue and recovery events in, on, and around the water.  That type of training came in handy for members of Princeton Fire Department on Monday when they were called to an incident involving a man in the water.

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  19. Santa and the Grinch Get a Tour of Calais, Thanks to Fire Association

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Members of the Calais Fire Association, in a normal, non-pandemic year, keep busy with many community events they host for the children.  Their annual Easter Bunny visit and egg hunt draws hundreds to the fire station every year, while their Fourth of July games at the athletic complex have been a community tradition for years.  Also a popular tradition is the annual visit with Santa, a highly-anticipated event at the fire station.  

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  20. Sewall Memorial Congregational Church

     

    Bonnie Lyons

    454-3252

    We will not be having church services again until Palm Sunday.

    Helen Brooks is shining the front window of the church in memory of her husbands brother Charles Brooks. He was killed when his platoon landed in Italy on December 24, 1943. He was only 19 years old. See photo below.

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  21. A Christmas Celebration

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    Below freezing temperatures and a bit of wind wouldn’t stop the youth at United Methodist Church in Calais from celebrating the meaning of the Christmas season. The group met outside the church at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and again on Wednesday to hold a live Nativity scene. 

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  22. Happy New Year from your team at The Calais Advertiser!

     

    In the past year, we have been living in extremely difficult times that stressed our community and we had struggles.  However, from these difficulties, our resolve has strengthened with a solid response to the pandemic.  We are saddened for those in the community that have passed away from the virus.  Our prayers are with their loved ones and for their recovery.  We are extremely grateful to our health care workers, Calais Regional Hospital and all first responders who are keeping us safe and healthy.

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  23. Freedom Studies - Two Eastern Maine Patriots

     

    Jonathan Reisman

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  24. Gift Drive Provides Christmas Presents to Assisted Living Facilities

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    When people think of Christmas gifts, sometimes the older population is not the first to be thought of.  This was not the case this year for residents at area assisted living facilities, thanks to the generosity of local woman Tomi Ellsmore, along with some help from others, who made sure every resident received a gift.

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  25. CHS Senior Accepted to Harvard

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A local student has been accepted to Harvard, a private Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the oldest institution of higher education in the country.  Calais High School’s Hannah Gadway is just one of 747 accepted to Harvard’s Class of 2025 from the 10,086 who applied through the early action program.  

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  26. List of Lights Includes Over 100 Homes Decorated for Christmas

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last month, in an effort to spread some much-needed cheer, residents were encouraged to decorate their home for the holidays, perhaps a bit earlier than usual.  Businesses and individuals were quick to offer up prizes for a contest, and well over 100 people requested to be put on the “List of Lights,” which allowed for folks to travel around town to enjoy the lights without missing any of the fantastic displays.

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  27. Santa Takes a Ride Through Baileyville and Baring

     

    On Sunday, Santa Claus visited every street in Baileyville and Baring, thanks to the fire department and holiday committee in the town.  The lights and sirens of the fire truck let children and their families know when to step outside to give Santa a big wave.  

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  28. Blue Devil Fund Looks to Inspire Love of Reading

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    In a world of technology and instant access to information, it’s hard for some to imagine what the appeal of paper between two covers can be, but for many, it’s the pathway to the imagination as well as a life of learning and growing. For the local non-profit Blue Devil Fund, they understand the importance of reading and giving that gift to kids to build strong foundations. 

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  29. Alexander Grange Hosts Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony

     

    Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Alexander Grange #304 held its annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony on Saturday, December 19th. 

    At noon grangers, veterans, and community members gathered outside of the Alexander town office to take part in a wreath-laying ceremony.

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  30. Angel Tree Donations by Mill Employees Increase this Year

     

    The Angel Trees at St. Croix Tissue and Woodland Pulp were both colorful and overflowing with wrapped gifts last week.  752 tags were picked off the Angel Trees around the mill and filled by employees for local children.  

    That number was up almost 200 tags from last year.  Mill employees responded with additional generosity this year to the many unexpected financial struggles that have come with 2020.

    The gifts will be delivered to students at schools in Baileyville, Princeton, and Topsfield in hopes of  helping those children have a merrier Christmas. 

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  31. Pratt Donation Campaign Brings in $6,000 for Local Food Pantries

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    For about the last ten years, Ian Pratt at Pratt Cars has held a donation-match campaign throughout the month of November that helps bring in needed funds to area food pantries.  His idea came to fruition after realizing how great the needs are for the pantries in Washington County.  

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  32. Sen. Marianne Moore Reappointed as Lead Republican on HHS Committee

     

    Senator Marianne Moore has been reappointed to serve as the lead Republican senator on the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. This will be her second term on the committee. At a time when a global pandemic dominates the news the work of this committee will be more important than ever, and Sen. Moore will be certain that the voices of Washington County and the Hancock County towns in her district will be heard in Augusta.

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  33. Police Warn of Fines for Windshields Not Clear of Ice and Snow

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    When the temperatures fall and one wants to reach his or her destination as quickly as possible, hurrying to the car and driving off without much thought seems like a common thing to do.  Those not taking the few minutes necessary to brush off the snow and ice before hitting the road, however, pose a threat with the increased likelihood of an accident due to an obstruction of view--and police will take notice.  

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  34. Woman Starts Gift Card Drive to Show Appreciation of Local Law Enforcement Officers

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    In an effort to spread some holiday cheer and show some appreciation for law enforcement officers, a local woman teamed up with others to purchase gift cards for each officer of Baileyville Police Department.

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  35. Have Your Christmas Tree Picked Up After the Holiday Season for Only $5

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    When the holiday season comes to an end and you’re ready to start the new year, call Calais High School Student Council and Jobs for Maine’s Graduates to come collect your Christmas tree!

    “For the cost of $5 students from these organizations are willing to gather discarded Christmas trees over the holiday break, Dec. 26 to Jan. 8,” said Lori Ellis, student council adviser.

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  36. Earthquake Rattles Robbinston and Beyond

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    On the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 9, social media reports from many in the area noted “rattles” and “rumbles.” According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 3 earthquake occurred around 7:30 a.m.  It had a depth of roughly 4.784 miles.

    The epicenter of the quake was at Trimble Mountain, and its effects were felt as far away as Baileyville.  No damage was reported.

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  37. Joy in Grand Lake Stream

     

    Located on the dam, a photo of the season of “JOY.” (Photo by Steve Schaefer of GLS)

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  38. Children in Calais Parish Send Christmas Cards to Residents of Assisted Living Home

     

    “God can move mountains with the smallest gesture of kindness!”

    The words of Marc Podschlne, the director of faith formation of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, are an absolute truth embraced by the children of Immaculate Conception Church in Calais and St. James the Greater Church in Baileyville.

    “Last week, they colored, drew pictures on, and personalized Christmas cards for the residents of Washington Place, an assisted living home in Calais,” said Podschlne.

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  39. Princeton’s MSB Provides Winter Accessories to Community Members in Need

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Machias Savings Bank in Princeton has its own version of a giving tree, set up outside the branch to help anyone in need of winter accessories.  Among the items available are socks, hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens.

    According to branch manager Eryn Meeker, all are welcome to simply drive up and choose their needed accessory or accessories.  There is no charge for any of the items.

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  40. Senator Marianne Moore Takes Her Seat

     

    Senator Marianne Moore at her seat during “Swearing-In Day” for the Maine State Senate at the Augusta Civic Center on December 2. Now that the 130th Maine Senate has convened, committees will begin their legislative work in January. Senator Moore was reelected in November to represent Senate District 6 which includes the municipalities of Gouldsboro, Sullivan, Winter Harbor and part of East Hancock Unorganized Territory in Hancock County and all municipalities and unorganized territories in Washington County. (Submitted photo)

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  41. Small Businesses Make Shopping Locally Easier than Ever

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Shopping locally has never been easier, with most businesses in Calais offering curbside pick up and some even scheduling private shopping experiences.  Such is the case at two downtown businesses, Rachel Ashley Jewelers, at 293 Main Street, and Artemis’s Attic, at 297 Main Street.  

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  42. Princeton, Woodland Schools Move Back to Remote Learning

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Superintendent of Schools Pat Metta informed parents, students, and staff on Sunday, Dec. 13 that Woodland Elementary and Jr./Sr. High Schools would be closed the following day and students of both would be moving back to remote learning effective Tuesday, Dec. 15.  

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  43. Christmas Parade Lights Up Baileyville

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    After inclement weather resulted in Baileyville’s Holiday Committee needing to postpone the town’s annual Christmas Parade from Saturday, Dec. 5 to Friday, Dec. 11, it went off without a hitch and no one was disappointed.

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  44. Calais Gets Green Light for Winter Sports Season

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    The question on everyone’s minds lately has been, “What will the future hold?” For students all around the state and many here in the Calais area, the question has been asked a lot. With winter sports, especially basketball, being such a big part of people’s lives, the question of whether or not athletes would be able to play has been a big one. 

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  45. Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County Congratulates New Hospice Volunteers

     

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