Legion Honors Veteran for 50 Years of Continuous Membership

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Dedicating 50 years to a single thing is rarely an easy task, but for one local veteran, he has done just that.  U.S. Marine Corps veteran Gerry Bartlett was recently recognized by the highest levels of the national veteran organization for his half-century service to The American Legion Post 3.

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National Hug a GI Day

 

Happy Birthday to the Navy Reserve on March 3rd. It was formed in 1915 as a response to the outbreak of World War I and the Navy Reserve  made up almost 84 percent of the Navy's fighting force during the war. Among its ranks were five future U.S. Presidents and 15 recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Navy Reserve has since had reservists serve in every major war in which the United States has fought.

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Woodland Recreation Unveils New Website for Ease of Signups and Updates

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Woodland Parks and Recreation Department, under leadership of new director Ryan Lincoln, has made signing up for programs easier than ever before.  On Monday, Lincoln unveiled his department’s new, upgraded website, baileyvilleme.myrec.com.

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While Schools Begin Reopening, Teachers Wait for Vaccinations

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Experts are reporting that positive COVID-19 cases are dropping, due in part by the end of the post-holiday upswing, increased preventive measures like masks and distancing and the millions of previously infected people who now have a level of natural immunity.

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McVicar Selected as Miss Maine Basketball Finalist, McDonald’s All-Star

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Calais High School's Sophia McVicar has been selected as a 2021 Maine McDonald's High School All-Star.  She is one of only 12 girls representing the girls C/D North division.  

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Lady Blue Devils Basketball Team

 

Lady Blue Devils Basketball:  (front) Mercedes Owen, Serina Fredette, Nedra Bassett, Sophia McVicar, Trinity Jones, (back) varsity coach Bill McVicar, Nevaeh Thomas, Sage Phillips, Carlotta Cavazzini, Alexis Donahue, Megan Mitchell, Brenna Critchley, Chloe Farrar, junior varsity coach John Cowell.

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Blue Devils Cheerleaders

 

Blue Devils Cheerleaders:  (front) Taylor Carter, Shaylee Moores, Haylie Prickett, Emma Saunders, Madyson Parks, Alyssa Johnson, Sarah Kreft, Sierra Jones, (back) Kassidi Porter, Jordan Yarnes, Alexis Doten, Tristan Seavey, Aryana McConnico, Cadence Braughton, Lainey Johnson, Bailey O’Rourke.  (Photo by Coach Heidi Ryan-Braughton)

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Blue Devils Basketball Varsity Team

 

Varsity boys’ basketball:  (front) Jiggs Mitchell, Tyler Furtek, Jace Cook, JD Turner, Reece Sabattus, Alex Richard, Kaden Small, (back) Coach Darrin Constant, Matt Dana, Tony Dana, Cameron Kelley, Mason Ritchie, Luke Furtek, Jeremy Turner, manager Kobe Saunders, assistant coach Marty Cushing.

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Suicide Intervention Training to be Offered in Calais

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Recognizing the importance of suicide prevention training and education and that anyone can make a difference, Johnny Chambers, Pastor of Common Ground Church, has organized an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid presented by the non-profit LivingWorks.  The ASIST program is the world’s leading suicide intervention training program.

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Local Student Creates ‘Your Life Matters’ Kits for School Community

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

After being impacted by the loss of a friend and classmate to suicide, Woodland High School freshman Victoria Siering felt the need to keep the discussion around suicide prevention at the forefront.  To do this, she created “Your Life Matters” kits for all of the students, staff, and faculty at Woodland Jr./Sr. High School.

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Town of Princeton the Newest Second Amendment Sanctuary in the State

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

The Town of Princeton has declared itself to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

The Board of Selectmen voted in favor of the resolution last week, joining the Town of Paris and the Town of Fort Fairfield as possibly the only three self-declared gun rights sanctuaries in the state. 

The decision comes under the shadow of new gun control laws being drafted in Congress, all related to ammunition and background checks.

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McVicar Scores 1,000 Points

 

The first shot of Saturday’s Lady Blue Devils basketball game against the Jonesport-Beals Royalettes was a three-pointer put up by Sophia McVicar.  McVicar made the basket just 12 seconds into the game to earn her 1,000th high school career point.  

McVicar, a senior, went on to drop a game-high 21 points as the Lady Blue Devils cruised by the Royalettes in a 70-35 victory.  The game was the final game of regular season play.   

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Poking the Green Hornets’ Nest

 

Jon Reisman

Last week I poked the green hornets’ nest by testifying in support of LD 324, An Act to Limit Public Land Ownership in Maine. The environmental left was outraged that any such sentiment would even be considered, and suggested that the legislation was unneeded, counterproductive, overly broad, a burden on democracy, local governance and efforts to confront the climate apocalypse.

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Calais Students Place at VFW State-Level Essay Competitions

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Every year, local students take part in the VFW-sponsored youth essay competitions – Voice of Democracy (VOD), an audio-essay contest, for high school students in grades 9 through 12, and Patriot’s Pen, for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. 

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Emily Curtis Selected as McDonald’s All-Star

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Woodland High School’s Emily Curtis has been selected as a 2021 Maine McDonald’s High School All-Star.  She is one of only 12 girls chosen to represent the girls C/D North division.  

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Help Children Learn About Nutrition Through Food, Fun, and Reading

 

Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is hosting “Food, Fun, and Reading,” a weekly, food-themed virtual read aloud group.

Beginning March 9th, and then every Tuesday for six weeks, a librarian or volunteer from different libraries in Washington County will record themselves reading a picture book for children in the area at 3:30 p.m.

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Community Members Look to Form Local NAMI Maine Affiliate

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Last week, Nancy Audet from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Maine announced that plans are underway for a Washington County affiliate of NAMI Maine. 

NAMI Maine is the state affiliate of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI Maine supports seven local affiliates throughout the state to provide peer support to both individuals and families.

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A Shot in the Arm for the Ides of March

 

Jon Reisman

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Calais Girls Claim DAC Championship

 

In a typical season, ending the basketball season with a win would mean a state championship title.  This year, however, with no fans, the elimination of the game-start jump ball, and all players masked up, the final win in Washington County means the Downeast Athletic Conference Championship.

Coach Bill McVicar’s Lady Blue Devils earned that DAC Championship title last week as the grand finale to the 2021 basketball season.  After cruising by the Shead Tigerettes in the semi-finals on Wednesday, the girls faced the Lady Knights of Narraguagus on Friday.  

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Legion Honors Veteran for 50 Years of Membership

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news  

Local veteran George Blaney has been recognized by the highest levels of The American Legion for his 50 years of continuous service to the organization.  Blaney served in the U.S. Army, followed by time in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  He is a member of William T. Wren Post 23 in Baileyville.

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CHS Alumnus, Air Force Member Makes History with All-Female Flight

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Last week, a Calais native and some fellow servicemembers – all females – made history.  Staff Sgt. Courtney Beaton, a 2007 Calais High School graduate, and a group of women from the 55th Electronic Combat Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Tuscan, Arizona), took its first all-female flight.  

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Maine Indian Education Welcomes New Superintendent

 

Maine Indian Education has welcomed new superintendent Dr. Reza Namin. He is a 2019 Harvard University Graduate School of Education Fellow and has extensive experience as Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts and in Maine. Those experiences have helped him gain the knowledge, background, and vision required to serve as an effective superintendent of schools. 

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Three Compete for Two Open Seats on Baileyville School Board

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Polls will be open at the Baileyville Town Office, 63 Broadway Street, for the town’s municipal election this Monday, March 22.  Voters will cast their ballots in the fire department bay from 12 to 6 p.m.  

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High School Volleyball Back in Action

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Typically a fall sport for local high schools, volleyball was cut on Sept. 1 by the state’s health, education, and athletic leaders.  This decision came out of concerns of the indoor sport causing an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission, leaving volleyball sidelined until later in the school year.  

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Calais American Legion News

 

Michael McLean

454-3435

The Calais American Legion Support Fund St. Patrick’s Day Food Basket was won by Jim Meyers. 2nd drawing: Beth Lane 3rd drawing Amy Smith.

 The next drawing will be the Easter Food Basket with ham and a $50 gift card. Also two drawings for a $25 gift card. $10 per entry. Drawing takes place on April 2 at noon.

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Free Craft-along Series Teaches Collage

 

Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program, which launched a video series in October, continues with ‘Craft-along: Collage a Scene,’ set for a March 19 release. KinderArts video instructor Nia Aretakis will demonstrate a technique for creating a landscape collage scene using basic materials: fabric scraps, patterned paper, tissue paper and craft glue. Free materials kits available from EAC include sufficient supplies for the participant to both follow along with Nia’s instruction.

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Local Boys Selected to Former NE Patriot Matt Light’s Leadership Camp

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Four local boys have been chosen to attend Camp Vohokase, a summer camp established as part of three-time Super Bowl Champion Matt Light’s The Light Foundation.  Those boys, all eighth graders at Indian Township School, are Xavier Newell, Isaiah Nicholas, Dalton Neptune, and Daniel LaCoote.

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First Tribal Member Appointed to Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

For the first time in its history, a Wabanaki tribal member fills a seat on the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees.  Matthew Dana, a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, was nominated by Indian Township Chief William Nicholas.  

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The Border Closure: One Year Later and No Plans for Reopening

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

March 20 marked one year since the closure of the U.S./Canada border in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and the order has been extended every month since.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested in a news conference last week a reopening date is not in sight.

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Charts and Tables Across My Desk

 

Jon Reisman

I get quite a bit of information and political agitprop across my desk. 

Pictures Speak a 1000 words

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CHS Receives Donation from First Hoop

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Even though area high schools had to hold basketball games without any fans present, First National Bank kept its First Hoop campaign alive for another season.  Last week, the Calais branch made a donation of $2,500 to Calais High School for the school’s athletics program.

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Downeast Coastal Conservancy Chosen as Host Site for The Big Night to Help with Amphibian Migration

 

Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

Downeast Coastal Conservancy has been chosen as a host site for The Big Night. 

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Cheer Coach Reflects on Successful Season Despite Pandemic Challenges

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

With the pandemic impacting sports across the nation, cheerleading was no exception.  At Calais High School, the squad was missed on the sidelines during this year’s basketball season, but with many rules in place, the group was able to take part in competitions – virtual competitions, that is.

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“TikTok's Sea Shanties ZOOM into Maine” What Are Chanteys and Why Do They Matter?

 

Featuring Two Long-Time Outstanding Sea Music Scholars & Performers: Bob Madison, formerly of U. S. Naval Academy 

& Mystic Seaport and Jerry Bryant, sea music performer extraordinaire

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Downeast Athletic Conference All-Stars 2021

 

Girls’ Basketball

Player of the Year - Sophia McVicar, Calais High School

Coach of the Year - Eric Beal, Narraguagus High School

Sportsmanship - Calais High School

DAC Champions - Calais High School

All Stars:

Calais - Nedra Bassett, Sophia McVicar, Sage Phillips

Woodland - Emily Curtis, Brooke Smith

Shead - Ryleigh Andrews

Machias - Jaydin Anderson, Kristen Grant, Skyler Tinker

Narraguagus - McKensi Mills, Laney Oliver, Anna Strout

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