Local Knights Of Columbus Council Receives Top Award

 

Knights of Columbus Council #149 in Calais, Maine has received the distinction of STAR COUNCIL, the international organization's top award.
The Star Council Award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities. It is one of the top awards from our Supreme Headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Grampie Bill Asks All to Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to Those Alone, in Need

 

Jayna Smith
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For years, Thanksgiving in Calais has been synonymous with the free community dinner, hosted by Grampie Bill Gibson and his wife Arlene, along with volunteers who help serve the many meals.

The dinner has always been held at Second Baptist Church of Calais and even provided take-outs.  Every year, it has drawn many in the community together for a great afternoon of socializing and delicious food, all at no charge.  

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The Calais Advertiser wins the 2021 Business of the Year Award

"It is an honor to receive the 2021 Business of the Year Award from the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce. It is a team effort to report on our community every week.

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Veteran John R. Perkins Honored for His Service

 

Jayna Smith
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Community Health and Counseling New Hope Hospice helped recognize a local veteran recently for his great dedicated service to his country and his community.  

John “Jack” Perkins, 87 years young, enlisted in the Army in 1954 at age 19, not long after having graduated from Woodland High School.  He served his command in the 25th infantry, 35th regiment to Korea and Japan during the Korean War.  

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CDRC Contributes to Santa’s Helpers Program

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The Calais Lions Club’s Santa’s Helpers Program was recently gifted with a $250 donation from Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC).  

The Santa’s Helpers program is the longest running Christmas assistance program in the county, and this year marks its 50th year of helping local families in need have a happier Christmas.  

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Community Effort Brightens Downtown

 

Jayna Smith
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Downtown is looking brighter, thanks to Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) and a group of community volunteers.

Recently, CDRC co-chair Anne Nixon put out a call for help.  The organization had purchased new strings of lights for all the light poles, but needed assistance getting the old ones down and the new ones up.

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DBU President Provides Overview of First-of-its-Kind Fiber Network in the State

 

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Last week, Downeast Broadband Utility (DBU) president Dan Sullivan was a guest speaker at the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards presentation.  He provided those in attendance an overview of how the fiber network works and why joining the DBU is beneficial.

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Gift-Filled Shoeboxes Leave Calais Destined for Children Overseas

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Many recently completed the annual Operation Christmas Child campaign, a project committed to making life a little better for children of third world nations.  

Since 1993, more than 188 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Child Shoebox.  These gift-filled boxes are all distributed through the charity organization Samaritan's Purse.

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Chamber of Commerce Names The Calais Advertiser Business of the Year

At its annual meeting and awards presentation last Friday evening, St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce presented The Calais Advertiser with its distinguished Roscoe “Rocky” Johnson Business of the Year Award.

The award is named in honor of Rocky Johnson, who was a well-known, successful businessman in Calais, opening his first hardware store more than 60 years ago.  The award recognizes a business that has displayed solid leadership, integrity, professionalism, and vision.  

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Free Thanksgiving Dinner Take-Outs Offered by Second Baptist Church

Jayna Smith
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With this time of year bringing out the gratitude in many, allowing a celebration of sorts of all they have, it is also a reminder that others are not as fortunate.  To help alleviate some of the stress some experience, Second Baptist Church of Calais is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner.

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