Christmas Cheer Delivered to Our Older Citizens

 

By Jayna Smith

A local couple is on a mission to make Christmas a little merrier for some older residents in the Calais area.

Five years ago, Buck and Cindy Wartman used their own money to brighten up the holidays for two older people they knew.  “There seems to be a lot of benefits for the kids at Christmastime, but nothing for the elderly people,” Cindy said.  

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Grampie Bill’s 7th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

 

By Natalie Boomer 

Natalie@calais.news

Grampie Bill’s 7th annual Thanksgiving dinner took place at the Second Baptist Church in Calais on Thursday, Thanksgiving day. 

“Bill and I wanted to thank everyone for their help in pulling off another great Thanksgiving meal. We couldn’t do it without all of you. We served 780 meals and the donation for the food pantry was over $1,200,” said Arlene Gibson.

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New Restaurant and Tavern will Energize Downtown in Spring, 2020

 

By Jayna Smith

With the new year on the horizon, folks can expect to see lots of changes to one downtown building, with a new tavern set to open in May and a restaurant soon to follow.

The former Townhouse Restaurant and Lounge on Main Street has been purchased from the City of Calais by long-time resident Tim Krug.  Krug, a paramedic and firefighter for nearly 30 years, is also a contractor and is completely renovating the building.  

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Spirit of Giving Shines Through with Stuff the Bus Event

 

By Jayna Smith

With cold temperatures now here, people are struggling to pay for home heating fuel, in addition to keeping their lights on and their families warmly clothed and fed.  That’s why Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons was inclined to start the “Stuff the Bus” campaign in 2016.  

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Wreaths Across America Kicks Off this Saturday

 

By Jayna Smith

This Saturday, Wreaths Across America (WAA) will hold its annual HART (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together) Ceremony at Ferry Point Bridge.

According to Amber Caron, of WAA, “The HART ceremony is the second event of the day, the first being the Sunrise Service in Lubec.”  The Sunrise Service is set to begin at 6:52 a.m. at West Quoddy Headlight.  

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the HART Ceremony will honor the service and sacrifice of military veterans from the United States and Canada with a wreath exchange.  

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Calais Students Chosen for State Art Show

The Maine Arts Commission sponsors the Winter Maine Excellence in Arts Education Exhibit each year.  This year the artwork of Willow Horch and Violet Dineen of Calais Schools have been chosen for the show.  Willow Horch is in grade 9 and her art piece is a colored marker drawing called, “Girl in a Flower Dress.” Violet’s artwork is also a marker drawing; it’s of a scary creature.  Violet is in grade 4.  Both student artists will have their work displayed in the State House Complex in Augusta.  They will be honored with a reception there in March.  The show will be on display from Dec.

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Boyd Mitchell Smith Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9779

 

Submitted by Sherry Sivret

Our Annual Christmas gathering is December 5th at 6 p.m.  The post will provide the main course with members bringing salads and desserts to share.  Don’t forget your $10 and a Yankee Swap gift that can go to either a male or female.  Members please invite a guest to this enjoyable evening!  If you have been or are an auxiliary member please come and join us too!

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Tom, the Office Cat

Tom is getting into the Christmas spirit!

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Annual 2019 Christmas Nativity Lighting

Knights of Columbus council 149 Annual Nativity Lighting.

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Gold Star Families Event at the Calais and Saint Stephen border

By Jayna Smith

On Saturday, Dec. 7th, Wreaths Across America held its annual HART (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together) Ceremony at Ferry Point Bridge in Calais.  This moving event honored the service and sacrifice of military veterans from the United States and Canada with a wreath exchange.  

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Keeping Jesus in Christmas

 

Guest Voice

By Vinton Cassidy

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Pratt Donation Campaign Brings in $16,000 for Washington County Food Pantries

 

By Jayna Smith

For the past several years, after realizing how great the need is for the food pantries in Washington County and in an effort to decrease food insecurity locally, businessman Ian Pratt has matched donations to local food pantries.  Anyone taking part in his matching donation campaign could simply bring his or her donation to the Pratt car dealership throughout the month of November, where all donations would be matched, up to $3,000.  This year, however, Pratt was able to increase his match to $5,000.  

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Adventures in the CES Halls

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

What’s better than a story that jumps off the page or the screen and makes you a part of it? For the last few years, that’s exactly the opportunity that the teachers and staff at the Calais Elementary School have been giving area kids.

The annual Polar Express event took place at Calais Elementary School last Thursday evening. This yearly event has grown a little more every year and gets kids a little more into the Christmas spirit. 

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Lioness Christmas Parade Draws Hundreds to Downtown

 

By Jayna Smith

The Calais Lioness Club executed another successful Christmas Parade last Friday night.  The annual parade--this year the 22nd--is always held on the first Friday of December

Led by the Lioness elves and Mrs. Claus, the parade included Grand Marshals John Mitchell and Al Churchill, two recently retired attorneys, who have provided many hours of volunteer work within the city.  

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Indian Township School Garden Recognized Nationally 

 

By Jayna Smith

Mr. Brian Giles has a few different roles at Indian Township School.  Not only does he teach special education, but he is also the food corps supervisor and a member of the orchard and garden planning committee.  Giles’ goal is to have a self-sustaining cafeteria at Indian Township School and to provide food for the local community.  He has received support from the school board and administration, tribal council and Chief, and local businesses. 

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Christmas Family Fun at Mingo’s

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

Every year for Christmas, families gather together and participate in family traditions that span across decades, and some create new practices as lives change and families grow. For one Calais family business, the Christmas tradition is helping other families complete their customs by providing wreaths, Christmas trees, and other products.

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Calais Local, Wayne Sowers, Places at Weight Lifting World Championships

 

By Natalie Boomer

Natalie@calais.news

Washington County’s very own Wayne Sowers has just competed in the Weight Lifting World Championships in Las Vagas, Nevada.

This five-day event went on from November 12th through the 17th.

Sowers won three medals from the NABDL, National Association of Benchers and Deadlifters. He received a third-place medal in the bench press, a fourth place in the push-pull, and a fifth in the deadlift.

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HART Ceremony at Calais/St. Stephen Bridge Remembers Fallen

Full Ceremony Video with three-volley gun salute can be viewed online here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/BPONnYeVf-c

By Jayna Smith

On Saturday, Dec. 7th, Wreaths Across America held its annual HART (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together) Ceremony at Ferry Point Bridge in Calais.  This moving event honored the service and sacrifice of military veterans from the United States and Canada with a wreath exchange.  

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Boyd Smith Mitchell Veterans of Foreign Wars

 

Submitted by Sherry Sivret

The Post Christmas party was held after the December meeting at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church with a feast of ham, brisket, mashed potatoes and many sides and desserts.  After the meal, a Yankee swap was held with a healthy exchange of gifts including a shelf Santa, a watch and travel mugs with handles.  Post Commander David Sivret was a right jolly ole elf calling the names and helping with the exchange of gifts. 

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3rd Annual International Feztival of Trees

The Feztival of Trees is a chance for businesses and individuals to give back and have some fun doing it. Each business decorates a tree with whatever theme they choose. Pictured is the Washington County Community College tree. Their tree was centered around games for the family. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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Tammaro Adds Holiday Spirit with Donation of Town’s Christmas Wreaths

 

By Jayna Smith

Jayna@calais.news

Christmas is, of course, a time of merriment, gift-giving, and decorations.  In Baileyville, the town shows just some of the festivity through the wreaths hung along Main Street.

These wreaths, between 45 or 50 of them, are donated every year by Mike Tammaro, owner of V.L. Tammaro Oil.  

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Santa Claus Visits Woodland Library

 

By Natalie Boomer 

Natalie@calais.news

The Woodland Public Library, along with the Woodland Recreation Department, hosted their annual Christmas party on Wednesday, December 11th. 

The library welcomed all to come to visit with Santa Claus from 3 to 4:30 p.m. 

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Stuff the Bus

Despite the cold, wet, and windy day, the fifth annual Stuff the Bus event on Saturday was a successful one.  Calais Police Sgt. Matt Vinson, U.S. Border Patrol Officer-in-Charge Todd Smith, Woodland High School Principal Dan Ross, Linda Fitzsimmons and Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons, and Indian Township Tribal Chief Billy Nicholas volunteered at the Stuff the Bus campaign at the Walmart location.  Jamie Bohanon and Indian Township Police Officer Jessica McCook volunteered at the Marden’s location. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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Down East Hospice Raffle Winner

Janie Morrell of Calais won the Down East Hospice Volunteers Christmas Basket Raffle.  Janie plans to share many of the gift items during the coming holidays.  Congratulations Janie! (Submitted photo)

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Calais Wins 2019 Canadian Ganong & Rotary Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to the Calais Lady Blue Devils for winning the 2019 Canadian Ganong & Rotary Basketball Tournament over this weekend in St. Stephen. Victorious members include front l-r: Lauren Cook, Trinity Jones, Olivia Huckins, Serina Fredette, and Sophie McVicar. Back l-r: Mercedes Owen, Alexis Donahue, Sage Phillips, Nedra Bassett, Nevaeh Thomas, Libby Bitar, Kendra Stevens, Manager Katie Bitar, and Coach Bill McVicar. Full tournament results in the next edition. (Photo by John Rogers)

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The Sword Called Excalibur

 

The classic tale of young King Arthur and the magic sword Excalibur came to the stage at WES on Friday, December 6, 2019 in the original adaptation of “The Sword Called Excalibur.” This play was made possible by a grant from the Fast Track Grant Program of the Maine Community Foundation at the recommendation of Dr. and Mrs. David Perloff.

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Tom, the Office Cat

 

Tom wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!

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CES Christmas Concert

Kindergarten performed two songs to open the first night of Christmas concerts at Calais Elementary School. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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Calais Middle/High School Winter Holiday Concert

The Calais Middle/High School Music Department, under direction of Ms. Christine Proefrock, presented an impressive holiday concert last Friday night. Pictured are Members of the middle/high school chorus who certainly did not disappoint with their incredible vocal ability. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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Calais High School Carolers visit to our newspaper's office

Calais High School students took to the streets of Calais today to bring the merry cheer of Christmas to downtown businesses. They sang carols at Calais Regional Hospital, Tradewinds, The First, Calais Fire Station, Calais Elementary School, Crumbs, Calais Library, Sunrise Eye Care, The Calais Advertiser's offices and Radio Station.

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Calais Tradewinds Shop'n Save installs new Craft Beer Products Display

 

Calais Tradewinds Shop'n Save Craft Beer Products. You must be 21 years old to purchase alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

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Chanukah Memories from Calais, Maine

 

By Anav Silverman Peretz

As a little girl, I can remember my family celebrating the Chanukah holiday in Calais, Maine, where ours was the only menorah lit on our snowy street. It was a special time of year filled with light and warmth. 

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Senior Housing in the Works for St. Croix Apartments

 

By Jayna Smith

Jayna@calais.news

Back in 2016, St. Croix Apartments on Main Street was declared unsafe and mandatorily vacated, and the Maine Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) refused to renew the building’s contract. The building provided housing for the elderly and the disabled, all of whom were then forced to find new residences.  

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Blue Devil Fund Boosts Reading

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

Christmas is a time for giving back. While the Blue Devil Fund’s generosity isn’t limited to one season, for students at Calais Elementary it was an extra special treat. Members of the Calais High School athletic teams helped the Blue Devil Fund board members pass out a very special gift.

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Stanhope Honored

Lieutenant Earle Stanhope receiving a plaque from Chief Bob Merrill for 50 years of dedicated service with the Robbinston Volunteer Fire Department. (Submitted photo)

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McDonald’s Hosts Annual Christmas Party

 

By Natalie Boomer 

Natalie@calais.news

On Wednesday, December 18th, McDonald’s in Calais held a Christmas party for the local children of Washington County. Cookie decorating, coloring pages, games, hot chocolate, Christmas ornament decorating, and more were all available throughout the night. 

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WHS NHS Spread Holiday Cheer

 

By Natalie Boomer

Natalie@calais.news

On Wednesday, December 18th, members of the National Honor Society from Woodland Jr-Sr High School spent time spreading holiday cheer.

They started off their day by placing wreaths at Memorial Park, then baked cookies for the elderly in the area and delivered them all. 

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CHS Students Deliver Christmas

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

To so many, Christmas is a time to spend with loved ones and get the joy of seeing their expressions when they open that one special gift. For students at AMHC on Palmer Street in Calais, not all the students get to go home for the holidays. This is where the Calais High School Student Council and National Honor Society come in.

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Barbara’s International School of Dance Christmas Benefit Show

Barbara’s International School of Dance recently held the Christmas Benefit Show at Calais High School. The proceeds were used to purchase the pictured toys and were donated to the Calais Elementary School to be distributed to children who would otherwise go without. This has been a tradition that has taken place every Christmas season for 56 years now. In the picture are José and Barbara Lara,  Sue Carter, Betsy Barnard and Felice Storey. (Submitted photo)

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CHS National Honor Society Food Drive

Over the first two weeks of December the Calais High School National Honor Society held a food drive at the school. The group collected over 900 nonperishable food items for the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry. The donation comes at a much needed time as families prepare for the Christmas holiday and food is needed. Pictured are Patrick Corbett, Ivy McLellan, Olivia Huckins, Emily Doten, and Libby Bitar. (Photo credit: Anne Scott, NHS Adviser)

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