Pembroke Child Care Facility Meets a Community Need

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

It is a common fact that finding child care is a difficult task, as the quality child care providers in the area are usually at capacity and with long waitlists.  For one local woman, Tabitha Bennett, of Pembroke, becoming a solution to the problem was an easy decision, and that’s why she decided to open her own in-home child care.

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The Beat of African Drumming Comes to Princeton Elementary School

 

Kaileigh Deacon 

There have been many things that students have lost out on with the precautions surrounding COVID-19. One thing that has suffered during the pandemic is access for students to musical instruction. Due to restrictions, schools have had a hard time figuring out how to get students the musical instruction that is essential to their total education. 

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Local Creates Cans 4 Cancer to Help Those Traveling for Treatment

 

Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

A local woman has created an organization to help those with cancer who need to travel hours away from home in order to receive treatment. 

Tammy Hoche of Eastport is now collecting “Cans 4 Cancer.”

She receives donations of returnable cans and bottles from people all over Washington County and then uses the deposit money to purchase gasoline gift cards for patients traveling. 

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Woodland Senior Recognition

 

Left: Senior Dragon Kobe Overlock is pictured at Woodland senior recognition with brother Justin and mom Jessica Poole.

Center: At senior recognition Woodland Dragon Devon Wilder is pictured with Mom Opal Seeley. 

Right: Woodland Dragon senior Jaidyn Williams is pictured with mom Tara, little sister Brayli, and grandparents Toni and Rocky Williams at the senior recognition on Saturday. (Photos by John Rogers)

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Learning in a Pandemic Brings Even More Struggles to Students with Special Needs

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

The adjustment to new models of learning throughout the pandemic has been a challenge for many students, from the need for reliable internet access and necessary electronic devices to working against at-home distractions and isolation from peers, among other things.  For children with special needs, however, they are often faced with their own set of challenges. 

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Six More Weeks of Winter Forecasted by Punxsutawney Phil

 

By Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

February 2 is always the big day for Punxsutawney Phil, the apparent famed meteorologist.  The groundhog has been making predictions since 1887, with just ten years missing from the record.  In that time, Phil has seen his shadow now 105 times, resulting in the claim that winter will last another six weeks.

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Princeton Playground Closer to Reality with New Donation-Match Campaign

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Volunteer and community support is coming together in Princeton, pushing fundraising efforts for a new public playground, thanks to the work of a small group, along with Princeton Food Mart and The Hometown Foundation, Inc.

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Nor'easter Brings Heavy Snow on Groundhog Day

 

Calais wasn't spared from the fast-falling snow that began early Tuesday morning.  The Nor'easter slammed across New England, bringing strong winds and dumping heavy snow.  Ron O'Brien, of O'Brien's Quality Auto Care, did his best plowing his lot to stay ahead of it.  (Photo by Jayna Smith) 

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Former Calais Police Officer Arrested on Drug Charges

On Monday, Maine State Police issued a press release indicating that Jeff Bishop, age 53, of Cherryfield, had been arrested by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA).  Bishop was charged with four counts of Aggravated Furnishing of Schedule Drugs (Hydrocodone and Fentanyl) and one count of Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs.  

These charges, the press release said, are aggravated as a result of trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school and furnishing drugs to a minor.  

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Motorists Reminded of Move Over Law

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Enacted in 2007, Maine’s “Move Over” law requires motorists to slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit when encountering an emergency vehicle or public service vehicle stopped with flashing lights.  If possible, the law also requires drivers to move over at least one lane from the scene where the vehicle is working.  Drivers who fail to do so can face a fine of $326.

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Baileyville Mover Tapped for Relocation Work

 

ABLE Moving Services, of Baileyville, recently learned it will be assisting with relocation work related to the construction of a new international bridge connecting Madawaska and Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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Woodland High School Senior Recognition Day

 

Left: Lady Dragon Emily Erskine is pictured with Dad Fred Erskine, Mom Tina Erskine, and sister Katie Erskine.

Middle: Lady Dragon Emily Curtis is pictured with family members Ruth Curtis, Sarah Curtis, Maddie Jordan, Phil Curtis, and Amelia Curtis at the Woodland High School Senior Recognition Day.

Right: Lady Dragon Abby Walker is pictured with family members Gabe Walker and Frankie Morrison at the Woodland High School Senior Recognition Day. (Photos by John Rogers)

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Easter Basket Staple Back this Month After Pandemic Halted Production

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Are you a lover of the marshmallow treat Peeps?  Those sugary treats that used to be found in stores leading up to Easter have made their way to shelves for every holiday in recent years, it seems, except throughout the pandemic.

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Washington County Students Advocate for Arts Education

 

Arts students from two Washington County schools will head to Augusta—virtually—for an Arts Education Advocacy Day hosted by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education on February 17. The event kicks off a 10-day session in which high school-aged teams from all over the state—including Kali Wallander (freshman), Eastport, and Tristan Seavey (junior) and Hailey Calder (senior), Calais—will meet with state legislators to discuss the importance of arts in their schools, and how they’ve fared during this unusual year for arts education.

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Virtual Car Seat Safety Class to be Held by Maine Families of Washington County

 

Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

Maine Families of Washington County usually have car seat safety checks with inspections and installations each year. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they are unable to hold this event in person. 

With car seat safety still being a priority, a virtual question and answer will take place on Wednesday, March 10th at 10 a.m. 

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Tom!

 

Happy Valentine's Day from Tom!!

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VL Tammaro Makes Special Valentine Deliveries

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

For the third consecutive year, some unsuspecting VL Tammaro Oil customers received a nice treat on the Friday before Valentine’s Day when Mike Tammaro and his drivers showed up.  Their visit did not only bring the traditional Valentine’s Day treat of chocolates and flowers, but also brought 100 gallons of fuel or propane free of charge.  

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Family’s Service Project Through Ministry Provides Free Hats, Mittens, and Blankets

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Hats and mittens are certainly a necessity, and one family hopes all will take advantage of their free offering that will help keep hands and heads warm this winter season.

Right in the dooryard of the Smith’s 1 Pleasant Street home, just off Union Street, a wooden frame – or “tree” of sorts – sits near the street, filled with new hats, mittens, and gloves.  All are free for the taking to anyone in need.

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Dead River Donates $20,000 to Keep ME Warm Campaign

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Last month, News Center Maine hosted its annual Project Heat Telethon, a campaign established in 2012.  Through Project Heat, funds are raised to support Keep ME Warm, an emergency heating assistance program provided through a statewide partnership of Maine’s United Ways and Community Action Agencies.  

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PTO Volunteers Make Students’ Valentine’s Day Deliveries

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Calais PTO organized a great Valentine exchange for students, despite Calais Elementary School being closed to in-person learning.

According to PTO member Tomi Ellsmore, the group wanted to ensure the students still could celebrate the holiday, even away from classmates, especially since Valentine’s Day signifies friendship and kindness for so many of the youngsters.

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Moosehorn Offers Winter Activities

 

Kaileigh Deacon 

Winter can be a challenging time to try and find the motivation to get out and do things when the comfort of a warm house is calling you but the beauty of living in Maine is that there are so many things to do even when the temperature dips below the freezing mark. In Washington County, we are fortunate to have a well maintained and looked after place to enjoy all the things the great outdoors has to offer. 

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A Piece of History Has Been Uncovered in Calais by Local Picker

 

Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

Local picker Brian Smith has found a literal piece of American history right in our small town of Calais, Maine. 

He took a document that was a mystery to many and brought its history back to life. 

According to Smith, a note he obtained has various signatures from confidential agents and personal friends of President George Washington who sold their land to him and the federal government to establish the nation’s capital.

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Remember to Love

 

The Town of St. Stephen recently shared to its Facebook page this photo and a post that read, “In a world full of chaos that this pandemic has brought on, we have raised this flag for Valentine’s Day weekend to remind everyone to love each other…love your neighbour…love that person you don’t know yet and always be kind.” (Town of St. Stephen photo)

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School Board Chair Responds to Meetings No Longer being Offered via Zoom

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

One convenience of the pandemic has been meetings taking place via Zoom and other internet-based video conferencing platforms.  Such has been the case with Calais School Board meetings, allowing for more people to watch without attending in person.  

According to school board chair Joe Footer last Wednesday, Feb. 24, Calais School Board meetings will no longer be accessible virtually.

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