Freedom Studies - Truckin’ to the Debate

 

Jon Reisman

I stayed up way past my usual bedtime to watch the Presidential debate and take in the reaction and the spin.  One good friend, aware of my angst over this election and the polarized state of the country, asked me as the debate concluded, “Were you impressed?” to which I responded, “Not with anyone there actually.” Perhaps that was a little (but only a little) bit unfair. They all actually exceeded my low expectations.

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Calais City Council

 

Jayna Smith

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On Thursday, June 27, 2024, the Calais City Council met for its regular meeting, with Mayor Artie Mingo presiding over Councilors Kevin Niles, Mike Sherrard, Marcia Rogers, Elery Beale, and Bill Quinn.  Councilor James Macdonald was absent from the meeting.

Below is a brief summary of the meeting. The full meeting is available for viewing on the City of Calais’s Facebook page.

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Happy Trails! Free-Wheelin’ ATVers Rock Machias Jamboree

 

Paul Sylvain

For one weekend this year, an assortment of three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and even a dirt bike or two outnumbered black flies and ‘skeeters in the Shiretown, as scores of ATV enthusiasts turned out for the second annual Machias ATV Jamboree June 28-29.

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Calais Memorial High School Class of 1954

 

From subscriber Alberta Farthing Owens: This photo was taken 75 years ago on the steps of Calais Memorial High School showing members of the class of ‘54.  “As sixth graders, we had the privilege of being one of the first classes to attend this school, which was built in 1948. Our teacher was Kathleen McVay.”

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Always ‘Mission Ready’ Currier Prepares for Next Chapter after 32 Years as Forest Ranger

 

Will Tuell

After 32 years wearing a uniform for the Maine Forest Service, rising from a field Ranger to one of the highest-ranking officers in the 66-man department and becoming one of a handful of individuals around the country certified to manage air responses to some of the biggest wildfires and natural disasters across the country, Marion Township’s Jeff Currier signed off for the last time June 28. 

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Annual Joker Run for Baileyville’s Octoberfest Happening this Saturday

 

Jayna Smith

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The annual joker run to benefit Baileyville’s Octoberfest is set for this Saturday, July 6, from 3 to 10 p.m. This evening ride will take participants from the Spednic Club in Baileyville to Grand Lake Stream's Pine Tree Store and back.

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First National Bank Unveils Renovated Branch with Modern Customer Experience

 

Jayna Smith

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An open house and ribbon-cutting celebration was held on Friday, June 28, 2024, at First National Bank. The branch, located at 319 North Street, recently underwent a major renovation, transforming its interior appearance. 

Among the most notable differences is the replacement of the long teller counter with free-standing pods, offering a more concierge-like, one-on-one customer experience in its new open-environment space.

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Red Knights and Lions Club Unite for Annual Santa’s Helpers Charity Event

 

Jayna Smith

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On Saturday, June 29th, the local chapter of the Red Knights motorcycle club hosted their annual Ride for Santa’s Helpers charity event in partnership with the Calais Lions Club.  The Santa’s Helpers Program is one of the Calais Lions Club's signature programs, running for over 50 years, according to Lion Brian Nicholas.

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Volunteer Efforts and Donations Keep Irene Chadbourne Food Pantry Thriving

 

Jayna Smith

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Under the leadership of new president Dawn Noonan, the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry is progressing while keeping its mission to assist those experiencing food insecurity at the forefront.

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4th of July Poem Submission

Happy 4th of July

It’s Independence Day

And we’ll all sing and dance 

Today and we’ll remember our 

Loved ones who fought for 

 

Our freedom and it 

Came with

A heavy price

War is not pretty 

nor is it nice

 

So let’s take a minute 

To remember our 

Brave men and women 

Who sadly passed away 

Fighting for our freedom 

 

And the fireworks 

Has just begun and

The kids are having so

Much fun waving American flags

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Kenny Murphy’s Legacy of Kindness, Support Continues to Make Impact on Community

 

Jayna Smith

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The Dicenzo Athletic Complex on Calais Avenue is always bustling in the spring and summer months, offering a baseball field, softball field, city pool, playground, tennis courts, little league field, and now, a designated t-ball field for the youngest baseball enthusiasts.  This new addition holds special significance as it is dedicated to the memory of the late Kenny Murphy.

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Machias Independence Day Parade

 

Machias Town Manager Bill Kitchen points to the crowd as he drives grand marshals John and Carole Anne Sprague (with hat, sitting behind John) along the July 4th parade route in Machias. Seated behind Kitchen is Machias Memorial High School Principal Nicole Case. (Photo courtesy Paul Sylvain)

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Down East Hospice Volunteers Raffle Winner

 

Down East Hospice Volunteers recently announced the winner of a recent fundraising raffle.  Rhoda Dougherty, of Perry, won a grill, graciously donated by Johnson’s True Value and a canvas tote of grilling goodies put together by DEHV.  

DEHV thanks all who bought raffle tickets and who continue to support its mission.

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Halee Lyn Cummings Memorial Race

 

Deanna MacNichol, riding Jay, won first place in the youth 3D barrel race with a time of 19:16 seconds.  Brayden MacNichol, riding Smokin Assets, took first place in the 2D pole bending event with a time of 23:359 seconds.  Both siblings brought home trophies from the event held on June 28, 29, and 30.

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Freedom Studies - E Pluribus Unum

 

Jon Reisman

I spent our 248th birthday in Cooper, eschewing parades and politics to marinate in memories, both happy and haunting. This past year of personal bereavement, filial weddings, and political angst has left me both pensive and emotional, occasionally even teary-eyed. I cycled through many years of July 4th memories, searching for solace and optimism.

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Former CHS Coach Bob McShane and 1993 Team to be Inducted into Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

 

Jayna Smith

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On Sunday, August 11, 2024, former Calais High School girls basketball coach Bob McShane and his 1993 team will be honored with induction into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center.

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Vanceboro Readies to Celebrate 150 Years

 

Jayna Smith

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The Town of Vanceboro is gearing up for a grand celebration on Saturday, July 20, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to mark the 150th anniversary of its incorporation and the re-opening of the Vanceboro Historical Society.  The festivities will be held at the Vanceboro Community Center, located at 101 High Street.

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Pembroke Independence Day Celebration

 

Joe Storey led the Pembroke Fourth of July Parade as Grand Marshal. (Photo courtesy of Emily Van Ormer)

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“The Best Parade in Maine by a Dam Site”

 

Many locals and visitors alike attended the annual Grand Lake Stream Fourth of July celebration last week, and the festivities did not disappoint.  (Photos courtesy of Linda Boudreau Woodruff)

 

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USS Forrest Sherman DDG-98 Docks in Eastport for Independence Day

 

Jayna Smith

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The guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) visited Eastport last week for the city’s Independence Day celebration, bringing with it around 300 sailors, including one local man, Tobias Francis from Sipayik. 

The USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and part of Destroyer Squadron 28.  It has a displacement of 9,200 tons and measures 509.5 feet in length. 

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Freedom Studies - Sound and Fury

 

Jon Reisman

Americans are grappling with an unappealing Presidential choice, an underperforming economy, an untrustworthy media, and an unclear path forward. Early summer has brought fog, thunderstorms, and drama to our political community theatre.

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First National Bank Donates $10,000 to Maine Seacoast Mission

 

First National Bank recently announced a $10,000 contribution to the Maine Seacoast Mission toward their Mission Downeast Capital Campaign.

Since 1905, the Maine Seacoast Mission has been committed to the people of Maine’s outer islands and Downeast coastal communities. Based out of their 63-acre Downeast campus in Cherryfield, they operate a host of robust programs focused on education, food security, and community engagement.

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Northern Maine Development Commission Buys Back Former Bad Little Brewery Property for $400K at Auction

 

Paul Sylvain

Already on the hook for $221,880 on a failed loan it financed in 2021, Caribou-based Northern Maine Development Commission, at a June 25 auction, essentially bought back the 101 Court St. property with a winning bid of $400,000. 

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What's Up, Calais?

 

Jayna Smith

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Couple’s Epic Journey Ends in Calais After 67-Day East Coast Bike Adventure

 

Jayna Smith

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On Wednesday, July 10, Matt and Sara Ladhoff, a couple from Minnesota, triumphantly arrived in Calais after an extraordinary 67-day bike journey from Key West, Florida.  Their route?  The East Coast Greenway, a sprawling network of trails that stretches 3,000 miles, connecting 15 states and 450 cities and towns from Maine to Florida.  It is the longest biking and walking route in the United States, and Calais is one of its endpoints.

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Donate Blood through the Red Cross at Upcoming Drive

 

Jayna Smith

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The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the Calais Knights of Columbus, located at 2 Park Street in Calais, on Wednesday, August 7, 2024, from 12 to 5 p.m.

The need for blood is constant, and only volunteer donors can meet this crucial need for patients in the community. Nationwide, someone requires a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds, and most will need blood in our lifetimes. 

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Children’s Summer Program at Lincoln Library

 

A summer reading program for children is being held at the Lincoln Memorial Public Library in Dennysville on Thursday afternoons, from July 11 through August 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Led by talented local artist and book illustrator Rebekah Guiltner, each session will feature enriching stories, educational activities, reading aloud, snacks, games, and crafts.

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County to Hire Two FT Dispatchers at RCC Using Opioid Crisis Funds

 

Paul Sylvain

Washington County Commissioners on July 11 gave the green light to Regional Communication Center Director Josh Rolfe to begin the process of hiring two new full-time dispatchers at the RCC.

The decision follows a June 18 emergency meeting between Commissioners Chris Gardner, Vinton Cassidy, the RCC, and the county budget committee to discuss the need to immediately add the new dispatchers.

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Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Opening of Got Dirt Car Wash

 

Members of St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce gathered on Tuesday at Got Dirt Car Wash and Dog Wash, 284 North Street in Calais, for a ribbon-cutting welcoming ceremony.  Owner Tommy Chambers opened the car wash at the end of February, with its dog wash opening soon after.  Pictured are Taylor McIver, of Woodland Pulp; Stan Sluzenski, of St. Croix Regional Technical Center; Jake Chambers; Tommy Chambers; DeeDee Travis, of Calais Community Hospital; and Kaileigh Deacon, of Downeast Credit Union.  (Photo by Jayna Smith) 

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New Ferry Service Reconnects New Brunswick and Maine

 

Jayna Smith

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A new foot passenger ferry service between Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and Eastport, Maine, is set to revive a historic transportation link across the Passamaquoddy Bay’s international boundary.  The Eastport Windjammers boating company, in collaboration with the Friar’s Bay Development Association, launched the service last week following a successful trial run last summer.

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The Miraculous Survival of President Trump in Pennsylvania

Editorial, By Pierre Little, Publisher

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Waiting for Grandpa to Come Back Home

The story of one Israeli hostage and  his 3-year-old granddaughter

Anav Silverman Peretz

A few weeks ago, I was sitting with my family at McDonalds, on the way back home to our home in the Negev desert after a visit with our in-laws in Raanana. Our kids were munching on French fries, while my husband went to get our order. I watched Israelis, young and old, sitting together in the American fast food chain, quite popular in Israel. 

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