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Jon Reisman

“Something is rotten in the State of Denmark”- Marcellus in Hamlet, Act I, Scene IV, William Shakespeare

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DA Granger, Sheriff Curtis Sworn In

 

Will Tuell

Newly-elected District Attorney Bob Granger and three-term Sheriff Barry Curtis were formally sworn in before an audience of county employees, legislators, and members of the public on New Year’s Day. The pair were sworn in by longtime county jail administrator Paula Johnson-Rolfe, who also serves as a notary public.

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DECH Welcomes New Year Baby 2023

 

Down East Community Hospital welcomes its first baby of 2023!  Sontee Edwards and Matthew Minoty’s daughter, Jordyn Taylor Minoty, was born at Down East Community Hospital on January 2 at 2:36 a.m.  Jordyn weighed in at 8 pounds and 9 ounces and was 22” long.  

DECH presented the family with a gift basket full of items for Jordyn.  The basket also contained several gift certificates for her parents.

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McPhee and Thomas Propel Calais over Woodland in Girls’ Basketball Action

 

Jayna Smith

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On Tuesday, December 27, Calais Lady Blue Devil sophomore Kate McPhee had a game high 24 points, along with 15 rebounds, to lead her team to victory, 71-61, at a game hosted by the Woodland Dragons.  

Senior Neveah Thomas contributed 20 points, with six shots made from behind the three-point line.  

Also in the points column was sophomore Kayleigh Scott with 13 and senior Mercedes Owen with 11.  Junior Brenna Critchley added three.

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Lady Devils Can’t Hold on in Overtime at WA

 

Jayna Smith

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At Washington Academy on Friday, December 30, the Lady Blue Devils fell to the Raiders, 65-54.

Calais was led by sophomore Kate McPhee with 14 and senior Nevaeh Thomas with 13 points in the overtime loss to WA. 

According to Coach Sean Cavanaugh, “Calais struggled with foul trouble, having three out of the starting five fouling out in the fourth and overtime quarters.”

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St. Croix-Calais Rotary Club Creates Home Heating Assistance Fund

 

Home heating fuel prices are at record highs this winter, and local Rotarians are concerned that many of the most vulnerable in Washington County, including the elderly and others on fixed incomes, may be left out in the cold.

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National Heritage Area Approved for Washington/Hancock Counties

 

Nancy Beal

After more than three years of meeting, planning and crafting a plan, late last month advocates of creating a monument to the historic industries and traditions of Maine’s two easternmost counties learned that their efforts had paid off. On December 23, the U.S. Congress approved a plan for a Downeast Maine National Heritage Area. If and when the NHA becomes a reality, it could qualify for $1M a year in federal funds.

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Calais Letter Carrier Retires After Nearly 37 Years of Postal Service

 

Jayna Smith

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In 1986, the New York Mets claimed victory over the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, the word “walkman” entered the Oxford English Dictionary, Aerosmith and Run DMC mixed rock and hip hop with Walk this Way, and Navy recruitment increased by 500 percent as Tom Cruise starred in the movie Top Gun.  And, in Calais, Bobby O’Brien hit the streets of Calais as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service.

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Ten-Year-Old from Calais Writes and Publishes Own Children’s Book

 

Natalie Boomer

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A fifth grader from Calais Elementary School has become an International Best Selling Author!

Ten-year-old Harleigh Clark just published her debut children’s book Can You Teach Me?, a story that teaches simple lessons about the value of asking for help. 

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Baileyville Experiences Low Take-Rate of Broadband

 

Ricky Cleghorn

Downeast Broadband Utility (DBU) is the first and only municipally-owned internet broadband utility in the State of Maine. It’s a one-of-the-kind network, and it is entirely owned by the residents of Calais, Baileyville, Alexander, Indian Township, and now Princeton. Essentially, DBU is a system of fiber-optic wires that different service providers can lease to offer consumers broadband coverage. 

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Rotten to the Core

 

Jon Reisman

Last week’s column riffed off the continuing Twitter files revelations and the Hamlet quote “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” The rot and the stink runs deep. More evidence came to light on the US House floor and in revelations about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts mandated by the Biden administration that are guaranteed and designed to destroy freedom and prosperity. 

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Lady Blue Devils Pick up Two On-the-Road Wins

 

Jayna Smith

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At a game at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill on Tuesday, January 3, Coach Sean Cavanaugh’s Lady Blue Devils picked up another win this season, beating the Eagles 44-34.

Senior Nevaeh Thomas led Calais with 17 points, shooting two for three from the three-point line and four for five from the field, according to the coach.  

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Woodland Defeats Shead in Girls’ Basketball Action

 

Jayna Smith

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At Shead High School on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, Coach Mark Hornbrook’s Dragons picked up their fourth win of the season.

Leading the way for Woodland was freshman Karleigh Smith with 15 points in the 37-19 win.  Smith also grabbed four rebounds and had three steals.

Senior Nicole Cox added seven points.  She also had five rebounds and three steals.

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Ranger News from East Range II School

 

December was a whirlwind for students at ERII as they prepared for their performances and felt the building excitement and anticipation of Santa coming to visit. They very much enjoyed searching daily for Elf Charlotte and Elf Kenneth throughout the halls and classrooms of the school and seeing what mischief they were into.

The Ranger basketball team played two hard-fought games against Medway and East Grand in December. They played very well and learned the ins-and-outs of the game while having fun.

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Baileyville Mill Workers Ratify Contract, Avert Strike

 

Members of United Steelworkers Local 27 at the Woodland Pulp mill in Baileyville voted overwhelmingly on December 19-20 to ratify a new three-year contract that includes higher-than-average wage increases, more vacation time, and a signing bonus.

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Young Student Injured After Struck by School Bus

 

Jayna Smith

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Calais first responders were called on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 to the corner of Washington and Downes Street for a frightening incident involving a school bus and a child.

According to Calais Police Department, a young student exited the bus, along with others, and as she crossed, realized she had dropped something.  

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Hospital CEO: Ambulance Crisis ‘Backs Up the Entire System’

 

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A shortage of available ambulances has caused longer ER wait times, caused patients to lose beds in other facilities due to a lack of transport, and created frustration in the community, said Down East Community Hospital and Calais Community Hospital CEO Steve Lail, speaking from Machias Friday.

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Maine House, Senate Pass $475M Fuel Assistance Bill

 

Will Tuell

After a marathon day of votes and counterproposals from Republicans in the House and Senate, Governor Janet Mills (D) secured passage of her $475 million fuel assistance package just in time for her second inauguration after securing two-thirds majorities in each chamber. The Senate voted 24-10, while the House tally was 114-29. 

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Methodist Church Provides Free Lending Library for Community Use

 

Jayna Smith

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Calais United Methodist Church, located at 849 Main Street, welcomes all to visit its new free lending library.

Reading lovers will find the book locker located right outside the covered entrance of the church.  Anyone who would like to borrow a book can stop by any time, day or night.

So far, there are different genres from children’s books to adult fiction.  There are even a few cookbooks and daily devotional books.

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Police Respond to Report of Vehicle Theft

 

Early this morning, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the Circle K convenience store at the corner of Main and South Streets in Calais for a report of a stolen vehicle.

According to Calais Police Sgt. Matt Vinson, just before 5 a.m., the vehicle’s owner had gone into the store to pay for gas, leaving the vehicle running at the gas pumps.  

Two people then got into the vehicle and headed onto South Street.

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Critical Column Theory

 

Jon Reisman

One presumably leftist Facebook commenter recently opined that I needed a real job. Apparently she/they (pronoun preferences were unstated and I do not want to be unintentionally offensive/disrespectful) were unimpressed with my post-retirement gig as a Statler and Waldorf intern.  Sitting in the gallery watching the show and making acerbic comments is a guilty pleasure, and intentionally aggravating certain Democrats and diversity divas is an added bonus.

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EMS Stakeholders and Town Officials Meet to Address Ambulance Crisis

 

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

More than 60 emergency medical service workers, local officials, and health care stakeholders met last Thursday in Columbia Falls to discuss Washington County’s ambulance crisis, most recently evidenced by the possible closure of Petit Manan Ambulance Corps, and extended patient wait times at Washington County’s two hospitals. 

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Youth Group Providing Free Weekly Meals

 

Jayna Smith

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The Youth Ministries group at Bethel Chapel in Talmadge has been busy warming community members up from the inside out through its Breaking of the Bread program, which provides free meals once a week to any area residents.

The Breaking of the Bread program started at the church back in October, at which time the group made 17 meals.  Now, just three months later, the group is making 50 meals each Saturday, with a new goal of making 75.

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East Range II Students Kick off WinterKids Fun

 

Jayna Smith

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East Range II School in Topsfield kicked off its WinterKids program with an opening ceremony last week.

Among the activities enjoyed by the students were a Wild Yeti Dance, Capture the Yeti, and hot cocoa with brownies.

The WinterKids program develops and expands innovative health education programs for kids in the winter–and year round–throughout the State of Maine.

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Lady Dragons: Weekly Highlights, Scores

 

Jayna Smith

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At a game at Jonesport-Beals High School last Tuesday, January 10, the Lady Dragons claimed their fifth win of the season, beating the Royalettes 49-42.

Karleigh Smith, a freshman, led all with 17 points.  Smith went 6-6 from the free-throw line, had eight steals, five rebounds, and four assists.

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Nevaeh Thomas Leads Devils in Victory Over ‘Guagus

 

Jayna Smith

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Coach Sean Cavanaugh’s Lady Blue Devils traveled to Narraguagus High School in Harrington last week, which ended in a close matchup against the Lady Knights, but the Calais team was victorious with a 46-43 win.

Pacing the way for Calais was senior Nevaeh Thomas, who had 18 points.  Thomas also had 10 steals, six rebounds, and three assists.  

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Local Artist Tom Brennan Donates Piece to Church

 

In keeping with local artist Tom Brennan's use of local people as models for his work, he used Dayton Dineen's granddaughter Falon Eales  and her boyfriend Jason Durgan as Mary and Joseph in his recent piece that appeared on the Dec. 22, 2022 cover of The Calais Advertiser.  Brennan recently donated the original piece to the Immaculate Conception Church.  Pictured are Tom MacDonald, Dayton Dinneen, and Father Brad Morin.  (Photo courtesy of Tom MacDonald)

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Knights of Columbus Raise Over $5,500 for Sarah’s House of Maine

 

Jayna Smith

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This past fall, Knights of Columbus #149 organized and executed a raffle of 100 gallons of home heating fuel, with all money raised to be donated to Sarah’s House of Maine.  

According to Knight Vinton Cassidy, the group was motivated to host the raffle after a suggestion by church member Cheryl Amber and the high number of people in the community who have been affected by cancer.

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New Fire Chief to Lead Baileyville Fire Dept.

 

Ricky Cleghorn

The Town of Baileyville has hired a new fire chief, Bill Delnicki. Appointed January 10th, Chief Delnicki is preceded by Chief John McPhee, who has served as chief for 14 years prior to Delnicki. McPhee will be staying on in the department as a member of the staff.

 Chief Delnicki comes with a whole array of certification and experience, which he was happy to share. 

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Cutest Little Dragon

 

This cute little dragon was spotted at a Woodland boys’ game last week. One-and-a-half-year-old Everett is nephew to Shain McIver, a player on the Dragons basketball team.   (Photo courtesy of Lynn McIver)

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Governors, Education and Wokeness

 

Jon Reisman

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Perry Elementary Students Keep Busy with WinterKids Winter Games

 

Jayna Smith

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Another local school is taking part in the WinterKids Winter Games, a program established to help kids stay active and healthy and that features fun, educational activities that get students moving and learning outside.

Perry Elementary School is one of 16 Maine schools chosen to compete in the games, according to Principal Penny Johnson.  

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Lady Devils Look to Get Back on Track with Upcoming Home Games

 

Jayna Smith

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The Calais Lady Devils played three games last week, going 1-2.  

According to Coach Sean Cavanaugh, the team “is looking forward to trying to get back on a winning streak with their next six games being at home.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Blue Devils hosted George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill, earning the victory, 51-32.  

Calais was led by Kate McPhee, a sophomore, who had 20 points and 17 rebounds.

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Lady Dragons Split Pair of Games Last Week

 

Jayna Smith

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On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Woodland Lady Dragons hosted the Lee Academy Pandas and picked up their seventh win on the season.

The Dragons led 18-16 at the half, before going on a 16-point run to pull further away to close out the victory, 65-44.

Four Woodland teammates had double digits, led by junior Brooke Smith, who dropped in a game-high 18 points.  She also had 11 rebounds for the Dragons.

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CHS Cheerleaders Earn DAC Runner-Up

 

Calais Blue Devils cheering team earned runner-up in the Downeast Athletic Conference Cheering Competition at Calais High School on Saturday, January 21st. The team is made up of (front) Taylor Carter, Hailie Bowen, Sierra Jones, Cadence Spencer, Jaylan Johnston, (back) Coach Heidi Ryan, Shaylee Moores, Cadence Braughton, Kloe Francis, Ashaliegh Sulkowski, and Bailey O’Rourke.  (Photo by Natalie Boomer)

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Knights of Columbus Donate to Local Special Education Departments

 

The Calais Knights of Columbus, at a social dinner last Sunday night, presented checks to the recipients of funds generated by the annual Tootsie Roll Drive.  

Each year, the Knights of Columbus conduct a charity drive during Indigenous Peoples weekend.  This involves the members standing out in front of stores in the communities of Calais, Baileyville, and Princeton with their yellow vest and cans looking for donations.  Each person who donates receives a Tootsie Roll. 

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Up to Snow Good: Snowman Takes Over Mailbox

 

Letter carriers certainly appreciate mailboxes being cleared of snow.  In the case of this Robbinston resident’s mailbox, the snow was cleared and then used to create a very unique snowman.  Postal Service worker Lynne Quinn was met with this on her route Monday and said it definitely put a smile on her face.  (Photo courtesy of Lynne Quinn)

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Banner to Hang in Memory of Dragon Baseball Coach Kenny Murphy

 

Jayna Smith

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At a Woodland High School basketball game last week, a special presentation took place in memory of Dragons baseball coach Kenny Murphy.

Murphy, who held the head coaching position at Woodland High School since 2016, passed away unexpectedly last month.  

Murphy left a lasting impression on those he coached, so much so that two alumni Dragons–Braden Barrett and Justin Monk–purchased a banner to hang in his memory.  

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Small Church Bake Sale Results in Big Outcome for Food Pantry

 

Jayna Smith

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During mass last Sunday, the children at Immaculate Conception Church presented a check for $505.87 to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.  

The money was generated from a bake sale the children held at the church after a mass in November.  According to Marc Podschlne, Director of Faith Formation, all of the baked goods for the sale were donated by the children, catechists, and many members of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish. 

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