1. CHS Cross Country Continues Making Strides

     

    Asst. Coach Ryan Furtek

    On Saturday, Calais High School’s cross country team traveled to Eastport.  The 2.8 mile course, although mostly flat and run on the road, offered its own challenges, mainly the howling winds.  

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  2. Calais-Area Fall Baseball Ends Regular Season

     

    Calais-area fall baseball wrapped up its regular season of play on Sunday, splitting with the tough Reapers team from Bangor.  Calais dropped the first game 12-4, and then held off a Reapers charged to earn an 8-7 win.  Play-offs are set to begin this weekend. 

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  3. SCA-Rotary Club of Calais Candidate’s Night

     

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

    SCA-Calais Rotary is hosting a candidate’s night for Calais School Board and Calais City Council candidates. This virtual event will be moderated by local community leader and Rotarian Theresa Brown. 

    The virtual event will be streamed live to the FaceBook group “What’s Happening in Washington County” at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1778552792360444/ 

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  4. Senator Collins Participates in Eastport Airport Groundbreaking

     

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the keynote address at a groundbreaking ceremony at Eastport Municipal Airport on October 13.  Senator Collins secured a $5,806,900 grant for runway and lighting improvements, as well as for wastewater infrastructure.

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  5. St. Kateri Youth Group in Calais to Collect and Distribute Free Coats to Community

     

    Thanks to the youth group at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish (Immaculate Conception Church, Calais; St. Joseph Church, Eastport; St. James the Greater Church, Baileyville; St. John the Evangelist Church, Pembroke; St. Ann Church, Indian Township; St. Ann Church, Perry), many community members in need will receive warm clothing this winter.

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  6. Police Remind Public it’s a Crime to Steal Political Signs

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Political signs are a common sight with any election, but this year, with our Presidential election, such signs seem to be planted everywhere.

    According to Calais Police Department’s Sgt. Matt Vinson, it is a crime to unlawfully remove or deface any political sign.  “There are lots of stipulations regarding the placement of temporary signs, and just because you may not agree with what it displays, you can’t simply remove it,” he said.

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  7. McVicar Scores Her 100th Goal

    Calais High School senior Sophia McVicar scored four goals on Thursday to help the Blue Devils remain undefeated with an 8-1 win over the Woodland Dragons.  Those goals also got Sophie to her 100th high school career goal, a feat only reached by one other Blue Devils girls soccer player, Meaghan Cavanaugh, who graduated in 2013.  Sophia is pictured here with her parents Bill and Kim McVicar.  (Photo by Brenda Batson)

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  8. Preserve Your Photo Memories at Croptoberfest

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    There is a fun group of ladies who meets quite regularly, all sharing the hobby of scrapbooking.  Coming up at the end of the month, the group is inviting others to join in on the fun for an annual Croptoberfest.

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  9. Senator Collins Visits Calais

     

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins made a stop in Calais on Tuesday morning as part of her “All of Maine Bus Tour,” which is taking her to all 16 of Maine’s counties.  

      “I always enjoy visiting Calais and speaking with members of the community.  I had a great breakfast at Karen’s Diner this morning, which was the perfect way to begin a busy day in Washington County,” said Senator Collins.   

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  10. Even Amid Pandemic, Community Comes Through for Turkey-a-Thon

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The coronavirus pandemic brought some uncertainties for this year’s Classic Hits Turkey-a-Thon, specifically whether it would prevent people from coming out to make donations or whether donations would be as great as in prior years.  When the day ended on Friday, however, the 16th annual Turkey-a-Thon proved to be a huge success.

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  11. Coastal Conservancy Partners with Astronomers Club for Stargazing Event

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    This Saturday night, Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) will host the Reversing Falls Night Sky Tour at its preserve in Pembroke.  The event, with the presentation provided by Downeast Amateur Astronomers, will give attendees a view of constellations and will also provide on-the-spot imaging of deep sky objects, shown through a special type of telescope.  

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  12. Get Batty for Bats this October

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    With October comes lots of spooky things, like monsters, witches, and of course, vampires and bats--or the mammals known as vampire bats.  But bats are much more than an image of Halloween, and they are celebrated this month during Bat Appreciation Month, with the last week of the month designated as Bat Week.  

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  13. The Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Campaign

     

    Each year since 1979, the Maine State Council Knights of Columbus has sponsored a fundraising drive to assist handicapped citizens in Maine. This program is known as the “Program for People with Disabilities, or the Tootsie Roll Program.

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  14. Cross Country Back on Course for Season

     

    Coach Ryan Furtek

    On Sept. 25th, the Calais High School Cross Country team boarded the bus to Naraguagus for one of the first high school sporting events in Washington County during “COVID times.”  Everyone seemed to take all the new social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines to heart and were eager to be in competition again.  

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  15. My Favorite Things Makes a Holiday Comeback

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

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  16. Freedom Studies - October

     

    Jonathan Reisman

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

     “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise”- Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors)

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  17. Calais Fire/EMS Kicks Off Fire Prevention Week in a New Way

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    During Fire Prevention Week, your friends from Calais Fire/EMS go to the local schools and teach children about fire safety. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, they were sadly not able to do so this year.

    This, however, did not stop the team from finding a way to deliver this important information to children everywhere. 

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  18. U.S. Senators Ask Trump to Ease Border Restrictions

     

    Canada Implements Changes to Allow for Reunifications

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Senators Collins and King of Maine and Senators Hassan and Shaheen of New Hampshire last week called on the Trump administration to ease travel restrictions on the Canadian border.  

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  19. Maine CDC Opens Formal Outbreak Investigation for Baileyville Mill

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    & Jayna Smith

    Eleven contractors who were working at Woodland Pulp LLC and St. Croix Tissue in Baileyville around the dates of September 21st through the 25th have tested positive for COVID-19.  As tests ensued through the end of the week, additional cases of COVID-19 linked to the mill were confirmed and a formal outbreak investigation was opened into those cases. 

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  20. City Approves Trick-Or-Treating

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    The uncertainty of what the upcoming holiday season holds has many wondering what will and won’t be allowed to happen due to safety concerns. At last Thursday’s city council meeting, City Manager Mike Ellis told the council that he had been receiving a number of calls from citizens wondering what would be permitted on Halloween. Adding it to the agenda took action first thing. 

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  21. Tom, the Office Cat

     

    Tom wishes everyone a safe and happy Fall!

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  22. Climb to Remember Honors Victims of 9/11

     

    Submitted by Nicholas Pease

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  23. Calais-Area Fall Baseball

     

    The high school-aged Calais-area fall baseball team fell short on Sunday against tough teams from Waldoboro and Messalonskee.  This Sunday they travel to Searsport to face both teams a second time.

    Also this Sunday, the Calais-area team St. Croix Lightning, made up of area boys ages 12-15, heads to Lincoln for matchups against Storm at 10 a.m. and Sluggers at noon.  Lightning is coached by Marc O’Neill.

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  24. Benefit to Help Injured 12-Year-Old

    Kaileigh Deacon

    If there’s one thing Washington County communities can be counted on to do, it’s to have each other’s back. This is the case for a Baileyville family who had the unimaginable happen when a horse accident left a 12-year-old-girl in the hospital. 

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  25. Wreath Sponsors Sought for Veterans’ Graves

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A local organization is prepping for the 2020 wreath-laying by beginning its campaign that seeks to place remembrance wreaths on graves of 138 veterans.

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  26. No Justice, No Peace

    Jonathan Reisman

    In a shameless act of cultural appropriation, this week’s column title takes the Black Lives Matter/Antifa/ mostly peaceful protesters/Biden voters mantra “No Justice, No Peace” and applies it to the current contretemps roiling the nation, the likely replacement of the notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) with the notoriously “dogmatic” (at least according to California Senior Senator Diane Feinstein) Catholic mother of seven, Amy Coney Barrett (ACB).  

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  27. Classic Hits Turkey-a-Thon Right Around the Corner

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Organizers of the Classic Hits Turkey-a-Thon have been busy planning this year’s event, slated for Friday, October 9th.  According to Jeff Demmons of WQDY, Inc., this is the 16th year that Classic Hits 92.7/95.3 and The Border Country 102.9 have executed the event.  

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  28. Lioness Club Receives Donation from Machias Saving Bank

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Lioness Club of Calais was chartered in 1985, and since that time, the club has continuously been a vital part of the community.  Its members of around 25 ladies work to enhance the area and assist community members in need. Through many different fundraisers, the club is able to donate nearly $10,000 annually to local individuals.

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  29. CDRC’s Scarecrow Festival Hailed a Success

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) executed an impressive annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, and organizers Anne Nixon and Chris Niles, co-chairs of CDRC, credit a number of different groups and volunteers for making it all happen.

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  30. Baileyville Rec. Director Retires After 35 Years

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Michael Boies has decided to retire from his position as the Baileyville Parks and Recreation Director after over three decades. 

    “I’ve had this job for a little over 35 years. Almost 36. A long time. I’m on my third generation of participants in my programs,” said Boies. “I was a parks and recreation director up in the Milo/ Brownville area so I came in with some background and things like that back in ‘85.”

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  31. Peace and the Resistance

     

    By Jonathan Reisman

    “If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”- Moshe Dayan

    “You can only end a negotiation for peace if you begin it”- Benjamin Netanyahu

    “It’s a distraction”- Nancy Pelosi

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  32. Milltown, NB Fire Destroys Home

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Thick, black smoke could easily be seen from Milltown, Maine on Saturday, Sept. 12 from a fire in Milltown, New Brunswick.  The smoke was from a structure fire across the St. Croix River that resulted in crews from St. Stephen, Oak Bay, and Calais Fire Departments having to respond.  The call was received around 10:30 a.m. AST.  

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  33. Calais-Area Fall Baseball

    Calais-Area Fall Baseball faced a tough Motor City in a double header last Sunday.  The Calais team, made up of boys from both Calais and Woodland High Schools, fell short in both games.  Next Sunday, they travel to Searsport, where they will match up against central Maine teams Jaguars and Eagles.

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  34. West Coast Wildfire Smoke Changes Appearance of Maine’s Sky

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Many in the area may have noticed a difference in the look to the sky last week, specifically on Tuesday, as smoke from the California and Oregon wildfires blew across the country, leaving a haze up above.  

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  35. Five Generations Celebrate First Birthday

    Asher Kochendoerfer recently celebrated his first birthday with family and friends, including his great-aunt Melanie McShane, great-great-grandmother Shirley Seavey, mother Rachel Torrey, great-aunt Sherry Roussel, and great-grandmother Pat Mullen.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  36. Great View of Whitlocks Mill Lighthouse

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    After some much-needed upgrades to Pikewoods Rest Area on Route 1 in Calais, a fantastic view of Whitlocks Mill Lighthouse and the St. Croix River can be seen.  

    Whitlocks Mill Lighthouse is the northernmost lighthouse in Maine and was the last lighthouse to be built in the state.  According to lighthousefriends.com, the lighthouse was constructed to serve traffic bound to and from the port at Calais.  

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  37. POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

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  38. Community Walk Celebrates Those in Recovery

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

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  39. Congressional Candidate Dale Crafts Meets with Local Veterans

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

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  40. School Board Unanimously Approves Fall Sports

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news 

    Last Tuesday night, Sept. 15, the Baileyville School Board voted against allowing fall sports at Woodland High School.  This came to a shock to many, especially to the students, who had already begun practicing for the season.  

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  41. Woodland High School Students Rally to Play

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    Fall for many means a variety of things. For many students in high school, fall typically means getting into uniform and playing sports. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students who lost their spring sports season were dealt the blow that the Baileyville School Board voted 3-2 to not hold a fall sports season either.

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  42. The Coming Coup?

    An Essay 

    By Michael Anton

    Democrats are laying the groundwork for revolution right in front of our eyes.

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  43. Fall Baseball Begins Amid Pandemic

     

    Sunday was the first day of games for Calais-Area Fall Baseball.  This year, the program has four local teams:  Calais Blue Devils, ages 9-12, coached by Jack Downing; Calais Crushers, ages 9-12, coached by Nathan Farrar; St. Croix Lightning, ages 13-15, coached by Marc O’Neill; and the Calais-area high school-aged team, coached by Matt Vinson and assisted by Matt Dana and John Sewell.  

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  44. Calais Rec. Summer Basketball Camp

     

    Calais Recreation Department held a summer basketball camp in August, thanks to counselors Chris Taylor and Maddie McVicar.  Chris currently works for the Indiana Pacers program and Maddie plays D1 basketball for UMaine.  Both are Calais High School graduates.  

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  45. Dennysville

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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