The Disunited Banana Republic

 

Jon Reisman

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Lest We Forget D-Day, June 6, 1944

 

Some time before his passing, Bob Treworgy submitted the following to this publication  which appeared in the June 5, 2014 edition. 

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What's Up, Calais?

 

Jayna Smith

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There are some very deserving big thank yous this week, the first to our public works department for getting all the senior banners hung, followed by the beautiful flowers.  Also, thank you to Anne Nixon, who beautified Flat Iron Park with the barrels of flowers and also arranged for the hanging baskets. 

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Ethan Barnard Named SCRTC Student of the Year

 

St. Croix Regional Technical Center has announced the Student of the Year for 2024, Ethan Barnard. 

Ethan exemplifies the ideals of CTE through his dedication to his trade, his school, and his community. He started at St. Croix in the 8th grade exploratory program. From this, he planned his high school career to maximize his time at the tech center. 

Ethan took Automotive Technology during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He even managed to add two periods of welding during his senior year. 

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Howard Challenges Veteran County Commissioner Cassidy in GOP Primary

 

Jayna Smith

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William “Billy” W. Howard III and Vinton E. Cassidy, both of Calais, are running in the Republican primary on June 11, 2024, for Washington County Commissioner District 1.  David Burns, of Whiting, is running unopposed in the Republican primary for Washington County Commissioner District 2.

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Honoring Young Musicians’ Dedication

 

A heartfelt shoutout is extended to this group of Calais High School students and alumni who demonstrated extraordinary community spirit and dedication on Memorial Day.  Despite their school band no longer being active, these talented young musicians came together to volunteer their time and skills, providing a musical tribute at the Memorial Day ceremony. Participating were alumnus Josh Cline, junior Jaida Jamieson, senior Bailey O’Rourke, alumnus Taj Colpitts, senior Josh Sivret, and senior Keegan Trainor.

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Woodland High School Celebrates Graduation for 28 Seniors

 

Jayna Smith

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Woodland High School honored its Class of 2024 with a graduation ceremony on Saturday morning, June 1, in a full gymnasium.  The 28 graduates, led by Class President Jaiden Wormell, marched to their seats to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” in front of faculty, staff, friends, family, and community members.

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Calais High School Sends off 50 at Graduation

 

Jayna Smith

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Calais High School celebrated the graduation of 50 students on Sunday, June 2, 2024, in front of a standing-room-only crowd in the school’s gymnasium. The commencement ceremony began with the traditional processional, followed by a performance from the Sipayik Women’s Hand Drum Group, Cipelahq Ehpicik Thunder Women.

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Freedom Studies - Primary Follies

 

Jon Reisman

This column is being written on Friday, June 7th, but will come out late on or after Election Day. It represents both my analysis and hopes.

2nd Congressional District GOP primary- Soboleski vs. Theriault

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Katahdin Baseball Falls to Woodland, Dragons Advance to Regional Finals

 

Jayna Smith

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The top-ranked Katahdin High School Cougars, of Stacyville, who reached the Northern Maine Class D Championship last year before falling to Bangor Christian, faced off against the Woodland Dragons in a Northern Maine semi-final baseball game on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

After a lengthy rain delay, Woodland surged ahead with an 8-0 lead by the fourth inning and ultimately secured an 8-3 victory.

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Downeast Athletic Conference Recognition

 

Congratulations to four members of the 2024 Calais High School varsity softball team for their DAC achievements: Taylor Carter, senior, DAC All Academic Award; Kayleigh Scott, junior, DAC Softball All Star; Brenna Critchley, senior, DAC Softball All Star and DAC All Academic Award; and Aurora Francis-Bassett, senior, DAC All Academic Award.

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Bright Colors and Big Smiles: Calais Softball Team’s Color Run Recap

 

The Calais High School varsity softball team held a successful color run on Saturday, June 8. According to Coach Honor Wilkinson, the event was a huge success and an explosion of fun!

Winners were as follows:

Boys, 12 & Under:

1st Place: Gabriel Olsson

2nd Place: Jackson Ellis

3rd Place: Parker Walton

Girls, 12 & Under:

1st Place: Aurora Olsson

2nd Place: Maddy Gardner

3rd Place: Aubrey Beers-Demolet

Boys, Aged 13-18:

1st Place: Brock Collins

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Princeton Selectboard Meeting

 

Sandra Smith 

At last Tuesday’s Princeton Board of Selectmen's meeting was the dedication of Princeton’s Annual Report. The selection is kept secret until the award is presented. This has been a special honor and tradition since 1976-77. The first award was given to Ruth J. Shaw, who was the town treasurer for 38 years, a registered nurse, a school teacher, and had over 20 years with the post office, as well as being active in the church and Princeton Women’s Club. 

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Calais Lions Club Celebrates 84th Annual Installation Night

 

On Wednesday, June 5th, the Calais Lions Club hosted its 84th Annual Installation Night.  Founded in 1940, the club has upheld this tradition to install new members and officers and to honor a standout member with the Lion of the Year Award.

This year's event was particularly significant, marking the first time the Calais Lions have installed female members.  Following a change in the bylaws by Lions International, the Calais chapter welcomed three local women. Their contributions have already been invaluable to the club's mission.

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Local Ham Radio Operators On the Air for Nationwide Event

 

Ham radio operators from the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club in the Washington and Charlotte County area will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, until mid-morning on Sunday, June 23. The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States.

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Whats Up, Calais?

 

Jayna Smith

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Congratulations on the retirement of Brenda Batson and Therese McCormick, dedicated educators at Calais Elementary School, who have positively impacted countless students over the years.  Wishing them a joyful and fulfilling retirement after their years of service.

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Little Scholars Shine at Woodland Elementary’s Pre-K Graduation

 

Jayna Smith

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The gymnasium of Woodland Elementary School was filled for its pre-kindergarten graduation ceremony on Monday afternoon, June 10.  Seventeen eager students, set to enter kindergarten in the fall, celebrated the end of their pre-k year with enthusiasm and pride.

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CES Swing Set Raffle Brings in Money for New Playground

 

As part of their commitment to upgrade the playground, Calais Elementary School organized a fundraising initiative by selling raffle tickets on a new Appleton swing set.  Principal Sue Carter revealed the winning ticket on Monday, June 10, announcing Linda Preston as the lucky winner.  Nearly $1,700 was raised by the raffle, and students and staff thank all who purchased and sold tickets.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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Rallying for Recess: Calais Elementary Sets Sight on Safer, More Engaging Playground

 

Jayna Smith

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Calais Elementary School is on a mission to revamp its playground, and Principal Sue Carter is leading the charge.  

Carter recently shared the pressing need for a safer and more engaging outdoor space for students.  With the current playground showing signs of wear and age, the school is embarking on a fundraising drive to secure the necessary funds for a much-needed upgrade.

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Knights of Columbus Hold 4th Degree Ceremony in Calais

 

On Saturday, June 8, the State Degree Team visited Calais to conduct a special 4th Degree Exemplification for the 4th Degree Assembly, which comprises members from both Calais, and Machias. The Honoree for this Degree was Father Roland Berngeh, Pastor at The Immaculate Conception in Calais.

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Freedom Studies - Post Primary Musings

 

Jon Reisman

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Groundbreaking Held for New Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Paul Sylvain

County officials and elected representatives gathered June 13 at the Court Street site of the future Washington County Safety Building to formally break ground on the $5.5 million project. 

Funding for the project is coming from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) signed by President Joe Biden in 2021, as part of a COVID stimulus deal.

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Eastern Area Agency on Aging to Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at New Calais Access Point

 

Eastern Area Agency on Aging is set to debut its newest access point at Calais United Methodist Church with a grand opening on Monday, June 24. 

Serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock Counties, the event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature a speaking program, tours, and demonstrations alongside light refreshments.

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Dive into Summer at Howard Fox Memorial Pool

 

Jayna Smith

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All can celebrate the arrival of summer with the recent opening of Howard Fox Memorial Pool, marking the official start of the season.  Alongside the pool's opening, summer day camp has begun, offering a plethora of activities for youngsters.

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Institute for Curious Youth Week Held at WCCC

 

The Institute for Curious Youth (ICY) took place at Washington County Community College (WCCC) earlier this month. More than 20 students from Indian Township School participated in hands-on activities focused on STEM, sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Nail Biting Losses for Local Teams in High School Baseball, Softball Tournaments

 

Phil Stuart

The 2024 spring baseball and softball season was the most successful in a very long time for Washington County schools.

Four teams went into the postseason with legitimate chances to make a deep playoff run and play for a regional championship.  Three of those teams did reach the title game, but unfortunately, they all ended in heartbreaking defeats.

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Victory Smells Like Campfires, Gunsmoke, and Bacon at 2024 Margaretta Days Celebration

 

Paul Sylvain and Will Tuell

Rebellion, in the name of independence, doesn’t wait for perfect weather. And cloudy skies and a little drizzle or rain shower were not going to prevent Margaretta Days festivities from taking place June 14 and 15 in and around the shire town.

The annual celebration honors events that culminated on the morning of June 12, 1775, with the Battle of the Margaretta, months after the more famous battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, which are widely considered to be the start of the Revolutionary War. 

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Rhubarb Festival Thrives Under Perfect Weather

 

Kendall Farm on Boyden Lake enjoyed ideal weather for the third annual Rhubarb Festival on June 1, contrasting last year's chilly conditions.  With temperatures at a comfortable 65 degrees, over 340 attendees celebrated all things rhubarb.

Highlights included the tasting table, music by local band Oatmeal Bear, and emcee John Z. Festival merchandise like T-shirts, hats, rhubarb barbecue sauce, and bumper stickers were available.

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Local Students Tackle Vaping Epidemic with Peer Support Program

 

Jayna Smith

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Despite widespread awareness of the dangers of vaping, many continue the habit.  However, three students from Calais Middle/High School are determined to change that trend among their peers.

Jamison Brown, Bradley Walton, and Wyatt Short have teamed up with Healthy Acadia to establish Vape Busters, a peer mentor program designed to address the growing concern about vaping among middle and high school students.

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Brendan Leddy Memorial Fund and Mad Ants Partnership

 

In January, the Brendan Leddy Memorial Fund teamed up with the NBA G League's Indiana Mad Ants to feature the fund's logo on jerseys. These jerseys were worn during a game by the Mad Ants in support of the fund, and supporters had the opportunity to purchase their own.  Here, Kate McPhee picks up a jersey ordered by her father from Spencer McCormick, of the Brendan Leddy Memorial Fund.  Learn more about the group’s initiatives by visiting its website at brendanleddymemorialfund.org. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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What's Up, Calais?

 

Jayna Smith

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A big thank you to Jane Eaton who spearheaded the annual plant sale earlier this month.  The sale took place at Flat Iron Park with all proceeds benefiting the Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC).  

The farmers market has begun for the summer season. You can find it and all of the wonderful fresh produce and local goods at Flat Iron Park downtown every Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. 

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