1. What's Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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  2. Edmunds Couple Honored at State House for Lifetime of Service

     

    Will Tuell

    Wayne and Roberta Seeley of Edmunds have been synonymous with the Dennys River Ambulance service since the mid-70s and are widely credited with keeping one of the state’s last remaining volunteer EMS services running despite being in their late 70s. That commitment to the community did not go unnoticed as the Seeleys were honored with a “Spirit of America” award earlier this year and went to the State House to receive recognition for it on April 10. 

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  3. Plant Sale Invites Community Donations

     

    Jayna Smith

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    As April blooms, gardeners are faced with the annual task of deciding which plants to nurture and which to bid adieu.  Jane Eaton, renowned for her green thumb and breathtaking flora, suggests a novel solution for those parting ways with their greenery:  donate them to the upcoming plant sale hosted by the Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC).

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  4. Calais Lioness Club Commemorates Milestone Anniversary

     

    Members of the Calais Lioness Club were pleased to have these five original members at the 40th annual Charter Night celebrated last week.  From left to right are Mary Hazelwood, Norma Van Devander, Rita Stewart, Donna Madsen, and Ann Boyd.  (Calais Lioness Club photo)

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  5. Four Decades of Dedication: Calais Lioness Club Commemorates Milestone Anniversary

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In its 40th year, the Calais Lioness Club recently celebrated its milestone Charter Night, reflecting on four decades of unwavering commitment to community service. 

    Established in 1985 by 43 visionary women, this annual event not only welcomes new members but also pays homage to the club's founding members.

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  6. Advisory Council Sets Course for Future Use of Rail Corridor

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Calais Branch Railroad Corridor Rail Use Advisory Council (RUAC) has officially commenced, marking a significant step in the ongoing discussion surrounding the future use of the rail corridor that connects to the Sunrise Trail.  

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  7. Maine Learning Technology Initiative Visits WES

     

    MLTI Ambassador Donna Netzer visited Woodland Elementary School on April 3rd. She shared and facilitated a virtual “Maine Winter Classic” board game with students in Mrs. Westrack's grades 3-6 technology classes. Students enjoyed this opportunity to have fun moving and collecting game pieces online while learning about many aspects of Maine through virtual and unplugged STEAM activities. (Submitted photo)

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  8. Dennysville’s Lincoln Memorial Public Library is Growing

    ​National Library Week was celebrated at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville with a special Story Time to welcome and enjoy over 40 new titles by the famous Dr. Seuss, acquired during the month of March. The library, of course, already had some of the famed children’s author’s works, since he is credited with lifting literature for young readers from the Dick and Jane stories of a former generation, through the wonderful menagerie of creatures and memorable rhymes that became his trademark. 

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  9. St. Croix Regional Family Health Center Executive Director Retires

     

    St. Croix Regional Family Health Center announces the retirement of its long-term Executive Director Corinne LaPlant. LaPlant served SCRFHC for 21 years, the last 13 as executive director. 

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  10. To Washington County’s Shame, Rep. Anne Perry’s Legacy; a Sponsored Bill that Brings Havoc to Maine and to Maine Families by Subverting Parental Rights

     

    Johnny Chambers

    LD227 has caused Maine to become the most anti-child, anti-family State in the nation. LD227 is the child of LD1735 which is better known as the "trans-trafficking bill," brought you by Anne Perry Democrat, is pushing for "gender affirming care" and "reproductive health care" as legal rights, without considering the detrimental effects it may have on children, parents, and the overall well-being of the state.

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  11. Green New Deal Comes to the 2nd CD

     

    Jon Reisman

    Last week, I vented over Senator Collins proudly bequeathing $541,000 to the Sunrise County Economic Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI, aka “Didn’t Earn It”) indoctrination efforts. Not to be outdone, Senator King (I-Brunswick) and Representative Golden (D-ME-02) announced $7.1 million in Inflation Reduction Act investments (aka inflationary spending for the green new deal) in renewable (aka as intermittent and expensive) energy (subsidized solar arrays). Here is their March 29th joint press release:

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  12. Clear Skies and Mild Temps Set Stage for Memorable Eclipse Viewing Experience

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The highly-anticipated total eclipse of the Sun was witnessed across the state on Monday, April 8, 2024, an event that will not occur again until 2044. 

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  13. Perry Students View Eclipse in Houlton

     

    Grades 5-8 students from Perry Elementary School had to opportunity to travel to Houlton on Monday to view the total eclipse. (PES photo) 

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  14. Winter’s Last Stand: April Nor’Easter Wreaks Havoc Across Maine

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Spring's arrival and the flip of the calendar to April did little to deter the grasp of winter as heavy snowfall and fierce winds swept through the state late Wednesday, April 3, leaving Calais in its icy grip by dawn Thursday morning.

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  15. Dinoman Visits Perry Elementary

     

    Dinoman visited Perry Elementary School last week, and Perry invited Charlotte Elementary School to join in on the fun and educational experience. (PES photo)

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  16. Kristin Crowley Named WCCC Student of the Year

     

    Washington County Community College is proud to announce that Kristin Crowley, a student in the Human Services program, has been named the 2024 Student of the Year.

    “Kristin chose WCCC because she could take courses as a resident of Southern Maine Women’s Reentry Center through the Second Chance Pell program and wanted to earn a degree to help others who struggle with substance use disorder,” WCCC said in a press release last week. 

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  17. Wentworth One of Only Two County Students Inducted into Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

     

    The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, recently inducted Marc Michaud, of Machiasport, and Zachary Wentworth, of Calais, into its ranks. Michaud and Wentworth attend the University of Maine. 

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  18. Special Tribute to Feature Eastport Service Dog

     

    Eastport Arts Center’s Open Mic Night on Friday, April 12, will be dedicated to Sadi, the Eastport service dog, who is undergoing treatment for liver cancer. Sadi’s owner, Jeanne Katkavich, will bring Sadi for an appearance at the event and share the pair’s tale. Performers and event emcee Dave Grieco, a confirmed 'dog person,' are preparing to offer anecdotes and songs about canines they’ve known and loved.   

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  19. What's Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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  20. Calais Woman Named to All-Maine Academic Team

     

    Nineteen Maine community college students, including Calais’s Elizabeth Sivret and WCCC student Kayla Taylor, of Raymond, have been named to the All-Maine Academic Team in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and service, the Maine Community College System said in a media release April 2. 

    The 19 students will each receive the award and a $500 scholarship from the MCCS Board of Trustees.

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  21. Woke NGO gets $541K from Collins for DEI

     

    Jon Reisman

    I take my blood pressure medication every day. I exercise and watch my weight. I practice yoga and mindfulness. But there is no protecting my blood pressure from Senator Collins using her Senate Appropriations Vice-Chairmanship to earmark and proudly announce more than half a million dollars for a woke Down East Non-Government Organization (NGO) allegedly committed to job creation and economic development to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI, also stands for “Didn’t Earn It”).

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  22. Complete Overhaul of St. Croix Apartments Begins to Reopen Doors to Senior Living

     

    Jayna Smith

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    A significant transformation is in progress for the St. Croix Apartments building in Calais, heralding a resurgence in senior housing.  Tom Michaud, the executive director of Sunrise Opportunities, confirmed that upon completion, the building will accommodate 26 units exclusively for senior citizens.

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  23. St. Croix Christian Academy Offers New Educational Opportunity for Greater-Calais Area

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Families in the greater Calais area now have a new educational alternative for their children with the introduction of St. Croix Christian Academy.  In its inaugural year, the academy aims to provide parents with greater control over their child’s educational journey, offering an alternative to the public school system.

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  24. Washington County to Receive $50 Million in Federal Spending

     

    Will Tuell

    Washington County is in line for upwards of $50 million in federal spending, according to Maine’s Congressional delegation, following the passage of a second round of budget bills approved late last month. Earlier in March, the delegation had secured an estimated $20 million for Washington County projects, a figure which more than doubled with the most recent round of budget bills designed to avert a partial government shutdown. 

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  25. Five Generations

     

    Mrs. Helen Brooks stands flanked by her granddaughter Jessica Gower and great-grandson Zachary Gower.  Standing with them is her daughter Mary Crossman. Adding to the generational bond, Zachary holds Mrs. Brooks' great-great-granddaughter McKenna Gower.  (Submitted photo)

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  26. Shopping Spree Winner

     

    Sheila Huckins and family were this year's winner of the Dennysville Snowmobile & ATV Club’s $1,000 5-minute shopping spree.  Shown are WQDY's Jeremy Pottle, club representative Derick Brown, Sheila Huckins and family, and IGA owner Bob Craft.  

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  27. Calais Embraces Community Egg Hunt Tradition for Fourth Year Straight

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In an annual tradition that continues to captivate residents and businesses alike, Calais once again celebrated the joy of Easter egg hunts for the fourth consecutive year.  The city witnessed an array of treats scattered across lawns and nestled in baskets, eagerly awaiting the arrival of children on the hunt for these surprises.

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  28. Egg-cellent Time for All at Calais Fire’s Annual Easter Event

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Calais Fire Association continued its cherished tradition of hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the fire station on Saturday, March 30.

    Excited children eagerly took part in the fun, getting a chance to meet with the beloved Easter Bunny and participate in a unique egg hunt right within the station.

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  29. Young Actors Shine in Princeton Elementary’s The Lorax

     

    Under the direction of first-year director Mrs. Heather Bowles, the talented grades 4 through 8 students of Princeton Elementary School recently captivated audiences with their rendition of The Lorax. Continuing a cherished tradition, PES students have been delighting audiences with their theatrical performances for several years, and this year was no exception.  The much-anticipated production took place on March 22 and 24, showcasing the creativity and dedication of the young performers. (PES photo)

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  30. Flag Enthusiast to Feature Machias Seal Island in Upcoming Book

     

    Will Tuell

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  31. Calais City Council

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Thursday, March 14, 2024, the Calais City Council met for its regular meeting, with Mayor Artie Mingo presiding over Councilors Kevin Niles, Marcia Rogers, Elery Beale, Bill Quinn, and James Macdonald.  Councilor Mike Sherrard was absent from the meeting.

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  32. Freedom Studies - On My Plate

     

    Jon Reisman

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    The National Popular Vote Scooby-Doo Mystery continued last week. The House Advanced Calendar included possible votes to “untable” or take some unspecified action, but none materialized. Rep. Laurel Libby (R-Auburn) reported that Speaker Ross chose not to bring it up when a full rostrum of potential opponents was present, but the Democrats appear to have the votes to do what they want- it may be that they don’t quite agree on what they want- or don’t want.

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  33. Retired Soldier’s Mission to Honor Local WWII Veterans

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In a bid to uphold fading historical narratives, one man stands resolute in his mission to immortalize the past.  Peter Duston, a retired US Army veteran, volunteers as a researcher with the Stories Behind the Stars organization, dedicated to documenting wartime stories of veterans.  With a focus on individuals from Washington County, Duston tirelessly seeks information on those who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II.

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  34. Baileyville Man Takes on the Appalachian Challenge

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Christopher Carter from Baileyville has embarked on an extraordinary journey along the legendary Appalachian Trail.  Starting his odyssey on February 18th, 2024, at Amicalola State Park in Georgia, Carter, affectionately known as “Moxie” on the trails, aims to reach the trail’s northern terminus at Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park by mid-June.

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  35. Easter Bunny Makes Stop for JMG Event

     

    Despite the storm, the weekend’s Spring Festival – a huge Chinese auction-type raffle of various themed baskets – was able to be held. The second annual event was hosted by Calais High School’s JMG students. The Easter Bunny, shown with JMG instructor Lisa Brown, was also available for photo opportunities, along with a bake sale. All proceeds are benefiting the JMG students to help with their educational trips and apparel. (JMG photo)

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  36. EAAA Launches Community Cafe for Socialization and Nutrition

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA) has introduced a valuable opportunity for the older community in Calais to socialize and enjoy a nutritious meal every Tuesday at the Calais Methodist Church.  This initiative aims to foster social connections among aging individuals, complemented by a hearty lunch, board games, and puzzles.

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  37. Princeton Parks & Recreation Annual Easter Egg Hunt

     

    Sandra Smith

    Princeton Parks & Recreation was not to be deterred by having to initially change the date due to a spring snowstorm the day before, plus the conflicting events of a school play and Maple Sunday. They persevered and held their annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Princeton Fire Station. 

    Rec. members arrived at 1 p.m. to set up tables, take care of refreshments, and hide Easter eggs. The fire department had moved out a truck to make space and helped out. At 2 p.m., the happy youngsters and parents began to arrive. 

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  38. Volleyball Tournament Raises $4,000 For Faith-Based Rehab

     

    Will Tuell

    Final figures are in for the annual Rise Above volleyball tournament organized by Steven and Britannia Balyint, and the charitable event has raised over $4,000 for Arise Addiction Recovery in Machias. 

    The event was held the weekend of March 8-10 and featured some fourteen pick-up volleyball teams from Downeast and beyond. Arise merchandise, concessions, and sweets were available for purchase as well. 

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  39. Feds Designate 2 Million Acres for Offshore Wind, Spare Maine’s Prime Fishing Grounds

     

    Will Tuell

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  40. UMaine to Livestream Solar Eclipse from the Stratosphere

     

    When Noah Lambert of Bar Harbor enrolled at the University of Maine, launching a giant balloon 90,000 feet in the air to livestream a total solar eclipse wasn’t an activity he imagined being able to do during his college career. 

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  41. Calais Fire/EMS Attends Post-Secondary Fair at Calais High School

     

    Calais firefighters Lieutenant Brandon Ireland, Michael Perkins, and EMT Erin Lincoln, and student firefighter Shayna Cook, participated in the job fair held at Calais High School. Approximately 400 students attended from several schools. Students were provided with information on the emergency services and had the opportunity to view some of the department’s equipment. 

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  42. What's Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Congratulations to the students of Calais High School’s drama club.  Although I was not fortunate enough to attend their performance last week of Lafayette #1, they received stellar reviews!

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  43. NPV Tabled Amidst Some Confusion

     

    Jon Reisman

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  44. Yards to Get ‘Egged’ by Local Girl Scouts

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Contrary to the typical negative connotation associated with being "egged," Girl Scout Troop 1608 is flipping the script to raise funds for their adventures and community service endeavors.

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  45. Kids Invited to Hop into the Fire Station for Easter Bunny Meet & Greet

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Get ready for some egg-citing Easter festivities at Calais Fire-EMS.  On Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Easter Bunny will be hopping by the fire station for a special visit.

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