Now’s the Time to Harvest Your Fiddleheads

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Fiddleheads, the young coiled fronds of the ostrich fern, are a springtime delicacy in Maine and New Brunswick, and in other Northeastern states and Maritime provinces.  According to University of Maine Cooperative Extension, nearly all ferns have fiddleheads, but not all fiddleheads are edible. 

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City Council says, “Calais is Open for Business” 

Mike Sherrard addresses his fellow councilors, stating, “The community needs to let everyone in the State of Maine know that we’re open for business and we’ve got to get back to work.” Councilor Marcia Rogers, who was opposed to Sherrard’s motion, citing a concern for the welfare of the citizens of Calais, looks on. (City of Calais Facebook Live photo)

VIDEO OF COUNCIL MEETING: 

https://www.facebook.com/CityofCalais/videos/378523716398725/

Will Not Enforce Governor’s Orders, Declares All Businesses Essential

by Jayna Smith, jayna@calais.news

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Pandemic Will Not Cancel Patriotism this Memorial Day

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

The coronavirus scare has canceled many events across the world, but American Legion Sherman Brothers Post No. 3 Commander Mike McLean said it will not cancel patriotism this Memorial Day, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice will still be remembered and honored.  “At least it’s something we can do for our veterans,” he said.  “We’ll never let a fallen soldier down.”

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City Discusses Hospital Liaison Committee

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

Last Thursday’s City Council meeting, held via Facebook Live, was focused on how Calais will continue to operate and move forward. Since Calais Regional Hospital is a big part of the City of Calais, City Manager Mike Ellis proposed that the council and the hospital form a liaison committee. This committee would act much the same way as the liaison committee with the school, which allows for discussion and concerns to be addressed without full boards or councils.

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First National Bank Celebrates National EMS Week

 

First National Bank recently announced it has made donations totaling $2,200 to eleven Emergency Medical Service organizations in the bank’s market area in response to National EMS Week.

In 1974, President Gerald Ford proclaimed EMS Week to celebrate and recognize EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation. The 46th annual National EMS Week is held May 17th through May 23, 2020.

Washington County recipients included: Calais Fire-EMS and Downeast EMS.

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Heroes Honored and Remembered on Memorial Day

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Events of Memorial Day 2020 may have been very different from prior years, especially with the exclusion of a parade and the always well-attended ceremony at Memorial Park; however, ceremonies, although modified, were still held in Calais to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. 

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Firehouse Nears Completion

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

On Church Street, next to the city building, is the St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse, which has been a staple fixture in Calais for over 100 years. Though the operational days of the firehouse are long behind it, the building and its history are still very much a part of the Calais community. For hosting meetings and events, as well as the beloved community Christmas party, the Firehouse is an important part of moving forward while honoring the past.

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Blue Knights MC Distributes Food to Pantries Across the State

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Last Friday, the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry in Calais and the Woodland Community Food Pantry in Baileyville each received a visit from members of the Blue Knights motorcycle club.  Led by David and Sherri Wight, the club distributed to each pantry food packets from a University of Maine Honors College public service project.  

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Lioness Yard Sale Will be Hub for Community-Wide Yard Sales

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

With the recent quarantine, many friends and members of the Calais Lioness Club have used the time to thoroughly clean their garages, basements, attics, and closets, gathering all those items that no longer fit, have been collecting dust, or simply are no longer useful.  Many of those items will be ready at the bargain hunter’s paradise--the annual Calais Lioness Yard Sale.

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Border Closure Continues

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

The United States and Canada recently reached an agreement to continue the closure of the border to all non-essential travel, at least until June 21st.  Border restrictions were first announced on March 18th.  

The closure will continue the prohibition of non-essential traffic, allowing only for the flow of trade and commerce, such as truckers, as well as healthcare workers who live and work on opposite sides of the border.

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