1. Suicide Intervention Training to be Offered in Calais

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Recognizing the importance of suicide prevention training and education and that anyone can make a difference, Johnny Chambers, Pastor of Common Ground Church, has organized an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid presented by the non-profit LivingWorks.  The ASIST program is the world’s leading suicide intervention training program.

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  2. NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE

     

    AIR EMISSIONS, NATURAL RESOURCES PROTECTION and SITE LOCATION

     PERMIT APPLICATIONS

     

    Please take note that:

    Gartley & Dorsky Engineering & Surveying

    59 Union St. Unit #1

    Camden, ME 04843

    (207) 236-4365

     

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  3. 2021 DAR Good Citizens announced

     

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  4. Blue Devils Basketball Varsity Team

     

    Varsity boys’ basketball:  (front) Jiggs Mitchell, Tyler Furtek, Jace Cook, JD Turner, Reece Sabattus, Alex Richard, Kaden Small, (back) Coach Darrin Constant, Matt Dana, Tony Dana, Cameron Kelley, Mason Ritchie, Luke Furtek, Jeremy Turner, manager Kobe Saunders, assistant coach Marty Cushing.

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  5. Blue Devils Cheerleaders

     

    Blue Devils Cheerleaders:  (front) Taylor Carter, Shaylee Moores, Haylie Prickett, Emma Saunders, Madyson Parks, Alyssa Johnson, Sarah Kreft, Sierra Jones, (back) Kassidi Porter, Jordan Yarnes, Alexis Doten, Tristan Seavey, Aryana McConnico, Cadence Braughton, Lainey Johnson, Bailey O’Rourke.  (Photo by Coach Heidi Ryan-Braughton)

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  6. Lady Blue Devils Basketball Team

     

    Lady Blue Devils Basketball:  (front) Mercedes Owen, Serina Fredette, Nedra Bassett, Sophia McVicar, Trinity Jones, (back) varsity coach Bill McVicar, Nevaeh Thomas, Sage Phillips, Carlotta Cavazzini, Alexis Donahue, Megan Mitchell, Brenna Critchley, Chloe Farrar, junior varsity coach John Cowell.

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  7. McVicar Selected as Miss Maine Basketball Finalist, McDonald’s All-Star

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais High School's Sophia McVicar has been selected as a 2021 Maine McDonald's High School All-Star.  She is one of only 12 girls representing the girls C/D North division.  

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  8. Heavens to Murgatroyd!

     

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  9. While Schools Begin Reopening, Teachers Wait for Vaccinations

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Experts are reporting that positive COVID-19 cases are dropping, due in part by the end of the post-holiday upswing, increased preventive measures like masks and distancing and the millions of previously infected people who now have a level of natural immunity.

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  10. Woodland Recreation Unveils New Website for Ease of Signups and Updates

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Woodland Parks and Recreation Department, under leadership of new director Ryan Lincoln, has made signing up for programs easier than ever before.  On Monday, Lincoln unveiled his department’s new, upgraded website, baileyvilleme.myrec.com.

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  11. National Hug a GI Day

     

    Happy Birthday to the Navy Reserve on March 3rd. It was formed in 1915 as a response to the outbreak of World War I and the Navy Reserve  made up almost 84 percent of the Navy's fighting force during the war. Among its ranks were five future U.S. Presidents and 15 recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Navy Reserve has since had reservists serve in every major war in which the United States has fought.

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  12. Legion Honors Veteran for 50 Years of Continuous Membership

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Dedicating 50 years to a single thing is rarely an easy task, but for one local veteran, he has done just that.  U.S. Marine Corps veteran Gerry Bartlett was recently recognized by the highest levels of the national veteran organization for his half-century service to The American Legion Post 3.

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  13. Oh, Deer, More Snow!

     

    This group of deer was unphased by the messy mix that fell, blanketing their backs, Tuesday, Feb. 16.  (Photo by Jayna Smith) See more great wildlife photo submissions on page 17 of this week's paper!

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  14. Downeast Lakes Land Trust Annual Photo Contest has Begun

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Planning on venturing out into the Downeast Lakes region in the near future? Or maybe that’s in your very own backyard! Next time you’re outside, snap a few photos.

     These images of beautiful landscapes, plentiful wildlife, or traditions happening throughout the community can be entered in the Downeast Lakes Land Trust Photo Contest. 

    This annual contest is designed to bring out the best photos of the area.

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  15. Covid Creations Exhibition Unveiled

     

    The much-anticipated online exhibition, Covid Creations, a project of Eastport Arts Center’s Washington Street Gallery, is now viewable via the EAC site. The show includes works by 45 artists both local and far-flung, but all with Eastport connections. Most images are accompanied by artist statements revealing how these artists have approached their work as the pandemic unfolds. 

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  16. Free Membership at St. Croix Country Club Offered to All Kids this Year

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Junior golfers – those ages 17 and under – will be able to play for free this year, thanks to a new initiative by St. Croix Country Club.

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  17. Behind the Scenes of Blue Devils Basketball: Two Students Bring the Games to the Fans

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    When high school basketball teams have taken to the courts this season, it’s been in near-empty gyms under the shadow of the pandemic.  No fans have been permitted inside, leaving at Calais High School games, only teams and coaches, referees, a timekeeper, and, on the balcony overlooking the hardwood, members of the media.  

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  18. Do Black Lives Matter’s Lies Matter?

     

    Last month a controversy erupted in Hancock County, fueled by left-wing media and the wokerati whose operational motto is “Obey or be canceled.”

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  19. St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards Announced

     

    The St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce recently presented the annual awards for 2020, which are typically presented during the year end annual meeting.  Since there was no annual meeting due to the pandemic, chamber officers visited the businesses/individuals and presented each award.   

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  20. Food Pantry Recipient of Donation from Masonic Charitable Foundation

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry last week was the recipient of a $500 donation by the Calais St. Croix #6 Masonic Lodge.  That money, food pantry director Fr. David Sivret said, will go far.  

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  21. Veterans to Get Local Support

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    For many veterans, when they return home and long after, they need support and a community that gives them a safe place to be. For years there has been a need in the Calais area for a support system for veterans and their families, and now there is something to fill that void. 

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  22. School Board Chair Responds to Meetings No Longer being Offered via Zoom

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    One convenience of the pandemic has been meetings taking place via Zoom and other internet-based video conferencing platforms.  Such has been the case with Calais School Board meetings, allowing for more people to watch without attending in person.  

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  23. Remember to Love

     

    The Town of St. Stephen recently shared to its Facebook page this photo and a post that read, “In a world full of chaos that this pandemic has brought on, we have raised this flag for Valentine’s Day weekend to remind everyone to love each other…love your neighbour…love that person you don’t know yet and always be kind.” (Town of St. Stephen photo)

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  24. February Fugue

     

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  25. A Piece of History Has Been Uncovered in Calais by Local Picker

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Local picker Brian Smith has found a literal piece of American history right in our small town of Calais, Maine. 

    He took a document that was a mystery to many and brought its history back to life. 

    According to Smith, a note he obtained has various signatures from confidential agents and personal friends of President George Washington who sold their land to him and the federal government to establish the nation’s capital.

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  26. Moosehorn Offers Winter Activities

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    Winter can be a challenging time to try and find the motivation to get out and do things when the comfort of a warm house is calling you but the beauty of living in Maine is that there are so many things to do even when the temperature dips below the freezing mark. In Washington County, we are fortunate to have a well maintained and looked after place to enjoy all the things the great outdoors has to offer. 

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  27. PTO Volunteers Make Students’ Valentine’s Day Deliveries

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais PTO organized a great Valentine exchange for students, despite Calais Elementary School being closed to in-person learning.

    According to PTO member Tomi Ellsmore, the group wanted to ensure the students still could celebrate the holiday, even away from classmates, especially since Valentine’s Day signifies friendship and kindness for so many of the youngsters.

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  28. Dead River Donates $20,000 to Keep ME Warm Campaign

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last month, News Center Maine hosted its annual Project Heat Telethon, a campaign established in 2012.  Through Project Heat, funds are raised to support Keep ME Warm, an emergency heating assistance program provided through a statewide partnership of Maine’s United Ways and Community Action Agencies.  

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  29. Family’s Service Project Through Ministry Provides Free Hats, Mittens, and Blankets

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Hats and mittens are certainly a necessity, and one family hopes all will take advantage of their free offering that will help keep hands and heads warm this winter season.

    Right in the dooryard of the Smith’s 1 Pleasant Street home, just off Union Street, a wooden frame – or “tree” of sorts – sits near the street, filled with new hats, mittens, and gloves.  All are free for the taking to anyone in need.

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  30. Special Valentine Delivery

     

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  31. VL Tammaro Makes Special Valentine Deliveries

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    For the third consecutive year, some unsuspecting VL Tammaro Oil customers received a nice treat on the Friday before Valentine’s Day when Mike Tammaro and his drivers showed up.  Their visit did not only bring the traditional Valentine’s Day treat of chocolates and flowers, but also brought 100 gallons of fuel or propane free of charge.  

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  32. Happy Valentine’s Day from Tom!

     

    Happy Valentine's Day from Tom!!

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  33. Virtual Car Seat Safety Class to be Held by Maine Families of Washington County

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Maine Families of Washington County usually have car seat safety checks with inspections and installations each year. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they are unable to hold this event in person. 

    With car seat safety still being a priority, a virtual question and answer will take place on Wednesday, March 10th at 10 a.m. 

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  34. Washington County Students Advocate for Arts Education

     

    Arts students from two Washington County schools will head to Augusta—virtually—for an Arts Education Advocacy Day hosted by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education on February 17. The event kicks off a 10-day session in which high school-aged teams from all over the state—including Kali Wallander (freshman), Eastport, and Tristan Seavey (junior) and Hailey Calder (senior), Calais—will meet with state legislators to discuss the importance of arts in their schools, and how they’ve fared during this unusual year for arts education.

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  35. Easter Basket Staple Back this Month After Pandemic Halted Production

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Are you a lover of the marshmallow treat Peeps?  Those sugary treats that used to be found in stores leading up to Easter have made their way to shelves for every holiday in recent years, it seems, except throughout the pandemic.

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  36. Woodland High School Senior Recognition Day

     

    Left: Lady Dragon Emily Erskine is pictured with Dad Fred Erskine, Mom Tina Erskine, and sister Katie Erskine.

    Middle: Lady Dragon Emily Curtis is pictured with family members Ruth Curtis, Sarah Curtis, Maddie Jordan, Phil Curtis, and Amelia Curtis at the Woodland High School Senior Recognition Day.

    Right: Lady Dragon Abby Walker is pictured with family members Gabe Walker and Frankie Morrison at the Woodland High School Senior Recognition Day. (Photos by John Rogers)

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  38. Baileyville Mover Tapped for Relocation Work

     

    ABLE Moving Services, of Baileyville, recently learned it will be assisting with relocation work related to the construction of a new international bridge connecting Madawaska and Edmundston, New Brunswick.

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  39. Motorists Reminded of Move Over Law

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Enacted in 2007, Maine’s “Move Over” law requires motorists to slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit when encountering an emergency vehicle or public service vehicle stopped with flashing lights.  If possible, the law also requires drivers to move over at least one lane from the scene where the vehicle is working.  Drivers who fail to do so can face a fine of $326.

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  40. Former Calais Police Officer Arrested on Drug Charges

    On Monday, Maine State Police issued a press release indicating that Jeff Bishop, age 53, of Cherryfield, had been arrested by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA).  Bishop was charged with four counts of Aggravated Furnishing of Schedule Drugs (Hydrocodone and Fentanyl) and one count of Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs.  

    These charges, the press release said, are aggravated as a result of trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school and furnishing drugs to a minor.  

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  41. Nor'easter Brings Heavy Snow on Groundhog Day

     

    Calais wasn't spared from the fast-falling snow that began early Tuesday morning.  The Nor'easter slammed across New England, bringing strong winds and dumping heavy snow.  Ron O'Brien, of O'Brien's Quality Auto Care, did his best plowing his lot to stay ahead of it.  (Photo by Jayna Smith) 

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  42. Princeton Playground Closer to Reality with New Donation-Match Campaign

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Volunteer and community support is coming together in Princeton, pushing fundraising efforts for a new public playground, thanks to the work of a small group, along with Princeton Food Mart and The Hometown Foundation, Inc.

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  43. Flushing 1776 Down the Memory Hole

     

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  44. Six More Weeks of Winter Forecasted by Punxsutawney Phil

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    February 2 is always the big day for Punxsutawney Phil, the apparent famed meteorologist.  The groundhog has been making predictions since 1887, with just ten years missing from the record.  In that time, Phil has seen his shadow now 105 times, resulting in the claim that winter will last another six weeks.

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  45. Learning in a Pandemic Brings Even More Struggles to Students with Special Needs

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The adjustment to new models of learning throughout the pandemic has been a challenge for many students, from the need for reliable internet access and necessary electronic devices to working against at-home distractions and isolation from peers, among other things.  For children with special needs, however, they are often faced with their own set of challenges. 

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