State Director of Opioid Response: “We Want to Help Washington County”

 

By Jayna Smith

On Monday, July 29th, Downeast Recovery Support Centers in Calais and Machias were visited by Gordon Smith, Director of Opioid Response for the State of Maine, and Ronald Springle, MD, a board member of Maine Association of Recovery Residences.  Senator Marianne Moore was also in attendance at the Calais site, along with representatives from other area agencies and people from the recovery community.  

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Weed Killer Sprayed in Downtown Calais

 

By Dominic Gayton

A contractor hired by the City of Calais applied an herbicide to downtown sidewalks a few weeks ago.

Between July 22nd and July 29th, Vegetation Management of Houlton applied the weed killer on North Street sidewalks between the intersections of Union Street and North Street (near the Waterfront Walkway parking lot) and of North Street and Washington Street. The same chemical was applied on Main Street sidewalks from the Marden’s parking lot to the intersection of Main Street and Calais Avenue.

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Jesse Howard Celebrates 10 Years in Real Estate

 

By Jayna Smith

When one thinks of buying or selling real estate in the greater Calais area, many think of Jessie Howard.  It’s been ten years since she started her career in real estate, beginning in 2009 as an office manager with Due East Real Estate.  

“At that time,” she explained, “it was a down market and we were carrying a heavy load of listings.”  Ten to 15 properties were crossing her desk daily to be entered into Due East’s computer system as new listings.  

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No More Clipping Box Tops--Just Scan Receipt for Schools

 

By Jayna Smith

Many people have clipped what are known as “Box Tops” found on popular brands, including various food products and even on some non-food items.  Box Tops clipped and sent into participating schools--such as Calais and Woodland Elementary Schools--have earned the schools ten cents for each, which adds up quickly.

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Princeton Woman Brings Passion to Animal Care

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

For a lot of people the love of animals comes naturally and just as easily as breathing, and for Princeton resident Ronda Cobb it is no different. For Ronda the love of animals started at birth and grew up with the more traditional dog and cat pets in her house but deep down the desire for more was always there.

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Giving Back is a Way of Life for Local Veteran

 

By Jayna Smith

There are some who give back to the community without ever being recognized.  Often, that’s because the person does things quietly, never relishing the spotlight.  One man who is the epitome of that is Ron Rice of Calais.   

Rice takes very little credit for the many things he does to help others.  When asked why he devotes his time to giving to others, his response is a humble one:  “I don’t know,” which is a good indication he does it simply because it’s his nature.  

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Lady Blue Devils Win Summer Basketball Playoffs

Pictured in summer basketball are the Calais Lady Blue Devils. Shown front l-r: Nedra Bassett, Olivia Huckins, Lauren Cook, Libby Bitar, Serina Fredette, and Sophia McVicar. Back Row l-r:  Chloe Farrar, Trinity Jones, Sage Phillips, Mercedes Owen, Alexis Donahue, Nava Thomas, and Megan Mitchell. (Photo by John Rogers)

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Princeton High School Reunion

Alumni from Princeton High School met at the Princeton Road and Gun Club on Saturday, August 3, 2019 to reminisce about old times.  Friends came from near and far to represent their class.  Princeton High School was open from 1873 until 1968.  Students attending the reunion graduated from 1948 through 1968. (Photo submitted by Lynn Lawless)

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Music on the Green

Tuesday’s Music on the Green was a mix of guitar and banjo music. Averill Lovely played a collection of well-known songs as well as some original songs. Averill Lovely was sponsored by V.L. Tammaro. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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Memorial Park Playground Receives Major Upgrade

 

By Jayna Smith

The playground at Main Street’s Memorial Park has been revamped.  According to Parks and Recreation Director Craig Morrison, brand new playground equipment was installed last Wednesday, August 7th.  

The cost of the new equipment with installation, Morrison said, was approximately $26,000.  The company from which it was purchased--American Parks Company--is the same company the previous equipment was from, the equipment that is believed to have  been at that park  since the early 1970s.

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Annual Passamaquoddy Ancestral Canoe Trip Marks Start of 54th Ceremonial Indian Day at Sipayik

 

By Dominic Gayton

On August 8, members of the Passamaquoddy tribe embarked on a two-day canoe trip from Indian Township to Pleasant Point to mark the beginning of the 54th Ceremonial Indian Day.

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Down East Hospice Volunteers Seeking Participants for Upcoming Volunteer Training

 

By Dominic Gayton

Being a hospice volunteer is not about being there for someone while they are dying so much as it is about helping someone make the most out of the end of their life. The taboo of death and dying is an obstacle Down East Hospice Volunteers hopes to overcome as it seeks new prospective volunteers to participate in its volunteer training this September.

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Youth 1-Mile Road Race

Pictured are the first and second place winners from Saturday’s 1-Mile Road Race sponsored by Johnson’s True Value Store and directed by the Calais Recreation Department. They include in second place front l-r: Ozzie King, Claire Cole, Turner Redding, Haley Richard, Conner Collins, and Sarah Wentworth. First place winners are back l-r: Joseph King, Ella Reardon, Marshall Smith, Elise King, Noah Smith, and Kayleigh Scott. Adults will be in the next week’s edition. (Photo by John Rogers)

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Mercier Memorial Softball Tourney

 

By Jayna Smith

The annual Peter Mercier Memorial Co-ed Softball Tournament is quickly approaching, taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Calais’ Smith Field.  One of the many things Peter Mercier is remembered for is his support of area athletics, and that is what motivates tournament organizer Ryan Lincoln.  

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PCT Communications Celebrates 50 Years in Business

 

By Jayna Smith

For 50 years, PCT Communications has been serving the area with a variety of products and services.  For most of those years, the company has been family-owned and operated by Roger Holst, his wife Fran, his daughter Jennifer Brown, and his two brothers Dale and Brett.       

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Opening Ceremony - “Hands Across the Border”

Michael McLean and David Sivret were the first to greet the Canadian group in the middle of Ferry Point Bridge on Wednesday. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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Peanut Fair

Left: The crowned International Festival Princesses are kept busy during Festival week. Pictures is Carley Waycott Miss International Festival Grand Supreme Queen helping  out at Wednesday’s peanut fair.

Right: The peanut fair is a great way to spend the first afternoon of festival. With games of all sorts there is something for everyone. Pictured are Sophia Rogers and Alizay Mitchell racing.

(Photos by Kaileigh Deacon) 

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Music on the Green

The Low Tide Trio entertained a good crowd last Tuesday evening during Music on the Green, Triangle Park, downtown Calais. The group was sponsored by The Calais Advertiser. The last concert takes place on Aug. 27 with Pitch Black Ribbons.  You can listen to the concert by visiting The Calais Advertiser Facebook page. (Photo by Pierre Little).

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Calais Elementary School Works to Stuff the Bus

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

Anyone driving by the Calais Walmart on Saturday would have seen a big yellow school bus parked in front of the store. This was all part of the back to school initiative that the Calais Elementary School has done for the last several years.

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St. Stephen Adds McDonald’s to its List of New Businesses

 

By Jayna Smith

McDonald’s in St. Stephen has officially opened, as of Monday, August 12th.  

A soft opening for only a few hours as a “friends and family event” occurred the day prior to allow staff extra training before the big day, according to Ashley Wager, who, along with her husband Gary, is the franchise owner.

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Bohanon’s Garage in Baileyville to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

 

By Dominic Gayton

When I arrived at Bohanon’s Garage to interview co-owner Jamie Bohanon for this article on July 26, 2019, he and his uncle and fellow co-owner, Monte Bohanon, were diligently trying to diagnose a problem with a customer’s car. I waited in the office for Jamie to finish. When he finished helping the customer, he apologized for making me wait. There was nothing to apologize for. Taking care of the customer first is why Bohanon’s Inc. has been in business for 50 years.

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Thrift Shop Seeks Volunteers

 

By Jayna Smith

Many may not realize it, but one of the busiest shops in downtown is the Calais Community Thrift Shop.  It’s so busy, in fact, that more volunteers are being sought to allow for an expansion of its current part-time hours of operation.  

Right now, according to volunteer Linda Howe, the shop’s hours are limited to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday--“when we have staff,” she said.  Because the shop is run strictly by volunteers, the days and hours sometimes vary.  

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Indian Township School to Start Year with New School Bus

 

By Dominic Gayton

On Thursday, August 15, 2019, the Indian Township School took delivery of a new school bus just in time for the first day of school.

The bus, a 2020 Thomas 77-passenger school bus, arrived around 1 p.m. on Thursday from W.C. Cressey & Son in Kennebunk, Maine. The bus features a state-of-the-art camera system, an electronically controlled diesel engine, and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) which is injected into the exhaust to reduce the emission of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOX).

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Head Harbor Passage Boating Trip

 

By Natalie Boomer

On August 24th, Maine Audubon will be hosting their 3rd Annual Head Harbor Passage boat trip. The trip will begin in Eastport and follow into the waters of Head Harbor Passage where participants will be able to explore and look for wildlife.

Maine Audubon is a group that works to conserve the wildlife and wildlife habitats of Maine. They try to achieve this by teaching and educating others about conservation and taking action.  

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Baring Resident Competes at Regional Weightlifting Competition

 

Wayne Sowers of Baring recently competed at WABDL (World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters) Northeast Regional weightlifting competition where he won 1st place in the bench press, deadlift, and push-pull events in the 61-67 age group and the 220-242 lb. weight class. 

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Construction on Track for Waterfront Apartments in St. Stephen

 

By Jayna Smith

The Beacon Waterfront Apartments in St. Stephen are on track in the construction process.  President of The Beacon Waterfront Apartments Tressa Bevington and her father Vice President Gerald Ingersoll have taken on the project that broke ground last February.  

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Pirates to Invade Lubec! Don’t Miss This Annual Attack

 

By Heather Henry-Tenan

Labor Day weekend is typically a stressful time for Lubeckers. It is when the locals’ “Ayuh” is replaced with a defensive Lubec “Arghhhh.”  Every year tourists and locals join forces to defend the tiny coastal community of Lubec, Maine, from northern Eastport  “pirates” invading by sea, land, and air.

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