Bears are Searching for Food, May Visit Your Backyard

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

There have been several social media reports in the last couple of weeks of bear sightings in different areas of the city, including Union Street, Garfield Street, South Street, and more.  

According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), Maine is home to the largest population of black bears in all of the lower 48 states.  Bears in the state are most active between April 1 and November 1.

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Masons Donate to Food Pantry

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

Times have been trying as the effects of COVID-19 are felt as far Downeast as Washington County. Recommended closures of businesses created a challenge for some families as to how food would be put on the table while they were out of work. The already large number of families in Washington County facing food insecurity grew as the effects of the virus and its precautions spread. 

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Calais Middle / High School 8th Grade Celebration

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

For the Eighth Grade Class of 2024, nothing about the end of the 2019-2020 school year was normal, and that meant missing out on the end-of-the-year activities. Staff at the Calais Middle High School didn’t want the celebration of them moving to high school  to pass without acknowledging their hard work 

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Book on Calais History Released

 

The story of Calais is being told through a fresh lens in the form of Images of America: Calais, a new publication released on June 22nd through Arcadia Publishing. The book marks the first time the St. Croix Historical Society has partnered with a major publisher to share the history of Calais. 

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Hot Dogs for a Good Cause

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

If there’s one thing that people in Calais know it’s that if you’re feeling hungry, drive by the parking lot on North Street and you’ll find a little blue truck and a man happy to feed you. For ten years Bill Gibson, “Grampie Bill”, has been making it his mission to feed as many people in the Calais area as he can through his food truck and community dinners.

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Calais Regional Hospital Expands Access to COVID-19 Testing

 

Calais Regional Hospital is providing additional access for COVID-19 testing each weekday morning via the State’s DHHS Standing Order beginning Monday, July 6 at 8 a.m. The hospital has provided testing services for COVID-19 since the pandemic began; however, patients were required to have a provider’s order. 

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Memory of Tony Tammaro Kept Alive with Baseball Tourney

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

The Tony Tammaro Memorial Baseball Tournament will once again take place this summer, according to one of the organizers, Ryan Lincoln.  As in prior years, this year’s event will take place at Calais’ Dicenzo Athletic Complex and is slated for August 8th and 9th.

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Countywide Fourth of July Parade to Honor First Responders

 

By Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A series of Independence Day cancellations led Rep. Will Tuell to wonder if, despite coronavirus restrictions, there might a creative way for Washington County to celebrate the Fourth of July together. The result will be an unprecedented parade that will begin in Steuben and follow Route 1 all the way to Indian Township.

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Calais Woods Fire Burns Four Acres

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26th, Calais Fire-EMS was notified by a St. Stephen resident of a possible fire near the Carson Road in Calais.  The resident noticed smoke from across the river.  According to Chief Ken Clark, Captain Bill Lee responded to the area where he discovered a woods fire.

Chief Clark said just over four acres “of mixed growth forest land” burned.  The property is owned by Calvin Walker.

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July 4th Red, White, and Blue Parade

The July 4th Red, White, and Blue Parade rolled through Calais on Saturday afternoon, after making its way from Stueben, through Machias, Pembroke, and all points in between, before hitting its final destination of Indian Township.  Spearheaded by Rep. Will Tuell, with a great organizational effort by Baileyille Fire Chief John McPhee, the parade honored Washington County first responders. 

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