New DHHS Office on North Street to Open October 15

 

By Dominic Gayton

dominic@calais.news

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is scheduled to reopen its Calais office on October 15, 2019, at the newly renovated building at 338 North Street, the former location of Family Dollar.

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Local Girl Scout Completes Silver Award

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

Girl Scouts is about much more than selling cookies every winter, it is about learning about yourself and finding a way to give back to your community. Many Girl Scouts find ways to help in their community by doing service projects and volunteering with local organizations. For local Cadet Scout Bailey O’Rourke, she took on the challenge of completing the second-highest award a girl scout can earn, the Silver Award.

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Kitten Killed by Dog-at-Large, Charges Pending for Owner

 

By Jayna Smith

Last week, the family kitten of Baileyville resident Sherri Neddeau was viciously killed by a dog-at-large.  According to Neddeau, the 19-week old kitten named Taz was underneath the porch of her home when the dog went under after it.  

Neddeau took to social media to find out who owned the dog.  It did not take long for her post to receive over 250 comments, many of which offered condolences on the loss of Taz, while others were opinions on what should happen to the dog and/or its owner(s).  

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WES Teacher Finds Sponsors to Donate Books to Students

 

By Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

Gena Maloney, a 4th-grade teacher at Woodland Elementary School, made it possible for every child in the school to receive a book each month during the school year last year. This year she would like to do the same. 

Scholastic Book Clubs offer a book each month for students for $1, or $9 for a book each month for the entire school year.

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Nutrition Club to Open in Calais

 

By Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

Unleashed Nutrition will be open to the public this Saturday, the 5th. It will be open weekly from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The nutrition club will offer healthy smoothies, protein shakes, energy boosting teas, wellness profiles, meal planning, recipes, and body transformation challenges. 

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Fall-Themed Virtual 5K Offered Throughout Maine

 

By Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

The Great Pumpkin Run will take place on Sunday, October 6th at 1 p.m., starting at the Calais Motor Inn. Although there is a scheduled date for this event, there is a catch. You can participate in this virtual 5K anywhere at any time. 

Tina Seelye of Get Fit With Tina, will be running with her crew through downtown Calais, but others who want to participate can run the 3.1 miles anywhere they’d like. 

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World Relay Starts US Leg in Calais

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

When most people think of bikers, people who ride motorcycles, they think of middle-aged white men, but while that may be the perception it is not in fact the reality. For years the number of women riders has been steadily growing but motorcycle companies have yet to catch up with the shifting trends.

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St. Anne’s Applefest

Applefest takes place inside and outside. The thrift shop sets up outside the church and has a little bit of something for everyone. (Photo by Pierre Little)

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Woodland Lady Dragon Soccer Team

Pictured is the Woodland Lady Dragon soccer team. Members include front l-r: Alexis Pilotte, Alyssa Stevens, Sierra Bryant, Keyairah Pellerin, Amy Cox, Bianca Pellerin, and Cheyenne Hobbs. Back l-r: Coach Kris Siering, Joanna Korasadowicz, Abby Walker, Gabrielle Dubay, Dillanne Hampton, Jayden Smith, and Hannah Lockenwitz. (Photo by John Rogers)

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Calais Celtic Concerts to Present The Trials of Cato

 

Calais Celtic Concerts will present the hottest group in folk music out of Wales this year, “The Trials of Cato” at a special show on Sunday, October 6 at 7 p.m. at Calais High School. The group has won the 2019 Best Emerging Artist Award at the Wales Folk Award ceremony this year and are up for two more BBC Awards this November. They are only in the states for a short, two-week stint as they continue with their world tour. We are extremely lucky to be one of their stops!

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Town of Alexander Loses $40,000 in Payroll Checks

By Jayna Smith

Last Thursday, October 3, the Town of Alexander select board meeting took place at Alexander Elementary School.  Selectmen Patrick Cormier, Foster Carlow, John Knowles, and David Davis were in attendance.  

From the audience, it was asked if any movement on Ed Burgess’s recent resignation from the position of selectman was going to take place at this meeting.  Chair of the board Foster Carlow explained that Burgess’s resignation was tabled. “We didn’t accept it...We tabled it indefinitely,” he stated. 

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Three Girl Scouts Complete Bronze Award

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

For most preteens summer is spent hanging out with friends, going on trips, and just being kids, but for three local Girl Scouts, the summer had something more:  lots of hard work. Each level of Girls Scouts is met with new experiences and new challenges for each to face as they journey. It also comes with the opportunity to complete various awards of service that benefit the community, as well as the girls.       

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Garriott Makes Donation to DV Shelters, Encourages Others to Do the Same

 

By Jayna Smith

Robbinston native Kayla Garriott, founder of the non-profit organization Breathe the A.I.R. (abuse, incest, rape), has dedicated much of her adult life to breaking the silence of sexual abuse, incest, and rape.  

Kayla started Breathe the A.I.R. after turning her own very negative experience into a positive one.  She has worked tirelessly to provide support to victims and survivors, focusing on awareness and education, all with hopes that others will be inspired to speak out.  

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Nook & Cranny Restaurant Adding Baileyville’s Only Bar

 

By Dominic Gayton

The Nook & Cranny Restaurant is undergoing renovations, adding Baileyville’s only bar to the space formerly occupied by its kitchen.

The bar has been up and running for about three weeks and features six beers on tap:  Allagash White, Michelob Ultra, Stella Artois, Lone Pine Portland Pale Ale, a Samuel Adams seasonal brew, and Bud Light. The bar itself was built by Micah Diffin using wood from a lumberyard in Perry.

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Saturday is Jam-Packed with Events for Octoberfest

 

By Jayna Smith

Baileyville’s Octoberfest is in full swing, with this Saturday set as the big “parade day.”

The parade line-up begins at 10 a.m., with its procession from the town office to Main Street at 11 a.m.  Octoberfest organizer Jamie Bohanon has been chosen by the committee to lead the parade as Grand Marshal.

Bohanon said those wishing to participate in the parade can join the line-up with no pre-registration required.  There are cash prizes for best-decorated floats, ranging in amounts of $100 to $250.  

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Kingsbrae Garden’s Pumpkin Festival Slated for Saturday

 

By Jayna Smith

An afternoon of family fun will take place this Saturday at Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, N.B.  The theme, appropriate for the season, will be pumpkins, of course, for its fifth annual Charlotte County Pumpkin Festival.  

According to Kingsbrae Garden’s director of operations Brad Henderson, approximately 1,100 people attended last year’s event, and that number is expected again this year.  According to Henderson, the Pumpkin Festival will take place rain or shine.  

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Calais Blue Devils Cross Country Team

Pictured is the Calais Blue Devils Cross Country team. Team members include front l-r: Serena Ferdette, Libby Bitar, Lauren Cook, Sophia McVicar, Nedra Bassett, and Cecile Jugaunt. Back l-r: Coach Jerry James, Richard Seeley, Tyler Furtek, Ashton James, Keith Gehringer, Gavin Parks, Colton Sherrard, Luke Furtek, Matthew Dana, Kyle Richard, Tristan Seavey, Mason Ritchie, and JD Turner. (Photo by John Rogers)

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Eastport Chowder House Hosts Benefit for Cancer Patients

 

By Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

On Friday, October 11th the Eastport Chowder House will be hosting a benefit for Sarah’s House. 

A Chinese auction will take place at 2 p.m. and a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner will be served at 4 p.m. 

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Dennysville Pastor Publishes New Book

 

The Rev Dr. Alan Andraeas of Holy Trinity Chapel, Dennysville, holds a new copy of Sacred House in his hands. “The feeling is hard to describe when you see something with your name on the cover,” he explains. “It has been a long time in the making and it’s so good to see it in its final version.”

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Lioness of the Year Announced, New President at the Helm

 

By Jayna Smith

The local charitable group Calais Lioness Club resumed its monthly meetings last month after its summer hiatus, with newly-elected president Theresa Brown at the helm.

Serving as vice president is Theresa Porter, secretary is Jayna Smith, treasurer is Laurel Perkins, tamer is Martha Apkarian, and tail twister is Irene Moreside.

In addition to the club’s new officers, a new board of directors has also been installed.  Members include Terri Smith, Norma Van Devander, Lorraine Mitchell, Becky Lacasse, and Cindy O’Brien.

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Artemis’s Attic Ready for Halloween

Each fall, Artemis’s Attic on Main Street transforms into Emerald City.  Owner Shari Doten ensures the Wizard of Oz characters—even the flying monkeys—are out for all to enjoy, as part of the Scarecrow Festival decorating. (Photo by Pierre Little)

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