1. First Responders Day Signed into Law

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.new

    On Tuesday, Feb. 25th, Gov. Mills signed into law LD 1908, An Act to Establish First Responders Day on September 11th.  First Responders Day will recognize the daily contributions made by all first responders.

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  2. Plans for Dog Park Underway in Memory of Canine-Loving Calais Man

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    According to Maine law 7 MRS §3911, “It is unlawful for any dog, licensed or unlicensed, to be at large, except when used for hunting.”  This law defines “at large” to be “off the premises of the owner and not under the control of any person whose personal presence and attention would reasonably control the conduct of the animal.”  

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  3. WCCC Polar Dip Celebrates 20 Years

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Some traditions are unique and might cause people to raise an eyebrow, but the annual Washington County Community College Polar Dip has people donning their bathing suits and jumping into the freezing water at Sipyak Point.

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  4. Lady Blue Devils Finish A Fantastic 19-1 Season

    Drop Semi-Final To The Top-Rated Stearns Minutemen

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  5. Irish HighTime to Play Calais Celtic Concerts Feb. 29

     

    Calais Celtic Concerts is very excited to bring back the multi-award winning new group, from Connemara Ireland, HighTime, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Park St., Calais, on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m. US/ 7 p.m. Canadian time. The doors will open at 5 p.m. EST.

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  6. St. Croix Regional Family Health Center Heart Healthy Drawing Winner

    We have a winner in our Heart Healthy Weekly Drawing! Office manager Denise Harriman presented Cindy with her winnings: a scarf and pedometer. Her Healthy Habit is reducing her caloric intake and increasing her physical activity. Congratulations, Cindy! (Facebook photo)

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  7. Woodland Cheering Coach Steps Down After 25 Years

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For most, coaching would seem a daunting task that was more of a hassle than it was worth. But for Woodland High School Coach Missy Campbell, coaching has been a way of life for the last 25 years.  

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  8. New Leader of Abbe Museum is Tribe Member, CHS Alumnus

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    1992 Calais High School graduate and Passamaquoddy member Christopher Newell has been chosen to lead Bar Harbor’s Abbe Museum as executive director and senior partner with Wabanaki Nations.  The museum was founded in 1926 and documents Wabanaki culture, history, and art.  

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  9. Baileyville Thrift Store Changes Hands

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Thrift shops have been gaining in popularity, not only because of the extensive array of great items that can be found for cheap but because they allow buyers an opportunity to repurpose items, slowing down waste and keeping items out of landfills.  

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  10. Listening for Right Whales in the Gulf of Maine

     

    Two passive acoustic data collection efforts are underway in the Gulf of Maine to gather information on North Atlantic right whales. One will deploy fixed archival-acoustic recorders mounted on the ocean bottom for a specific period of time. The other will use autonomous underwater vehicles called gliders, equipped to record acoustic information and report it back in near real-time.

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  11. Bear, Coyote, Raven Reading Coming to Machias

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Poet Jason Grundstrom-Whitney will be reading from his book, “Bear, Coyote, Raven”, at the University of Maine at Machias on Thursday, March 12th at 4 p.m.

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  12. Charting a Path Forward for Arts Education in Maine Rural Public Schools

     

    ArtsEngageME, in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission, is working with six Washington County school districts to learn more about their current arts education programs and to prepare Arts Education Plans to increase student access to the arts over the next few years.  Input from parents and the greater community is also a key component.  

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  13. Calais High School Winter Carnival

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For anyone that has attended Calais High School in the last 40 years, they are more than likely familiar with the week before February vacation, known as Winter Carnival. Since its inception, Winter Carnival has been a way to bring the school together and celebrate the upcoming vacation.

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  14. VL Tammaro Delivers Extra Warmth & Savings on Valentine’s Day

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Some unsuspecting VL Tammaro Oil customers received a nice treat on Valentine’s Day when Mike Tammaro and his drivers showed up.  Their visit did not only bring the traditional Valentine’s Day treat of chocolate but also brought 100 gallons of fuel free of charge.  

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  15. Area Teens Study Physical Comedy

     

    Mark Macey, Eastport Arts Center and Stage East’s Island Institute Fellow, is presenting a series of workshops for high school drama clubs, focusing on physical comedy, a performance mode where movement is the primary method of storytelling. Calais High School and Shead High School groups’ workshops were held in January. Washington Academy and Cobscook Institute sessions are planned.

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  16. Tigerettes Win Quarter-Final Opener In Bangor

     

    Defeat Wisdom In A 39-34 Thriller

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  17. Celebrating 71 Years of Marriage!

    Hollis Edward Beers, age 92, and Helen Marjorie (Short) Beers, age 90, married on February 16, 1949.  The couple live in Vanceboro and will be celebrating 71 years of happiness together!  Mr. and Mrs. Beers are parents to Linda Weymouth, David Beers, Danny Beers, and Michael Beers.  They also have six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Congratulations to them from everyone at The Calais Advertiser!  (Submitted photo)

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  18. The First Donates to CHS

    Calais High School Athletic Director Randy Morrison receiving a check in the amount of $2,200 from The First, monies donated by the local bank throughout the regular season for halftime foul shots made by local fans. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  19. 1,000th Career Point

    Senior Captain Lady Blue Devil veteran guard Olivia Huckins is pictured with mother Jennifer Huckins, sister Logan Huckins, and father Dallas Huckins after scoring her 1,000th-career point against the Lady Knights in the regular season finale. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  20. Wine ‘n Weave Workshop Helps Marine Environment

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium in St.  Andrews is hosting a unique event for anyone 19 and older.  On Thursday, Feb. 20th, a Wine ‘n Weave rope weaving workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Canadian time.

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  21. Machias Savings Donates to Quilters

     

    When Machias Savings Bank learned that the St. Croix International Quilters were struggling to keep their “Quilts for Hospice” program afloat, they were quick to reach out with a most generous donation of $500 so that the program could continue.

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  22. Love Everlasting: 56 Years of Happiness Together

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Some say marriage isn’t easy, but for one local couple, it seems to have been a walk in the park.

    Tom and Billie Parks, of Calais,  just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Dec. 9th.  They met as kids, and it was eight years after their first encounter when they had their first date.

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  23. Love Everlasting: 57 Years Married and Living Their Best Life

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    It was the fall of 1959 when 15-year-old Rick first laid eyes on 13-year-old Barbara.  He saw her at a dance he attended with a couple of friends.  “I saw her dancing, and I said, ‘Geesh, I’ve gotta dance with that girl,’ and so I did, and I told my buddy, ‘I gotta see if I can go out with her,’ and I just fell in love with her right from the get-go,” Rick Roussel said of his now-wife, Barbara.

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  24. Valentine Tea Held for Residents of Washington Place

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Since 2011, local pageant ladies have been hosting a Valentine Tea for residents of Washington Place.  The pageant queens and princesses are affiliated with the Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant, and this event is just one of many community service projects the queens and princesses take part in.

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  25. Police Officer Alleges WCCC President Denied Him His Education for Wearing Gun

     

    Claims he was told, “Once you take the uniform off, you’re not really a police officer anymore.”

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A local police officer has been told he’s not allowed to carry his department-issued handgun while attending classes at Washington County Community College (WCCC).

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  26. Dennysville News

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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  27. Calais Blue Devil basketball Team

    Pictured is the Calais Blue Devil basketball team. Members include front l-r: Alex Richard, Jace Cook, JD Turner, Reece Sabattus, Tyler Furtek, and Kyle Richard. Back l-r: Matthew Dana, Tony Dana, Mason Ritchie, Jacob Sockabasin, Cameron Kelley, Dawson Critchley, Ryland Sabattus, Luke Furtek, and Coach Darrin Constant. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  28. Local Boys Help Team Win Championship

    Colby Moholland, of Robbinston, and Noah White, of Calais, finished their travel basketball season on the undefeated Machias-based Downeast Pride team.  The two helped guide the team to the Eastern Maine Basketball Championship title in the 5/6 grade A division.  (Submitted photo)

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  29. Hospital CEO Rod Boula Provides More Details on CRH Since Bankruptcy Protection

     

    By Jayna Smith 

    and Pierre Little

    jayna@calais.news

    After a recent update to the city council, Calais Regional Hospital’s CEO Rod Boula sat down with The Calais Advertiser, providing more specifics on the current state of the hospital.  

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  30. CHS Honor Society Helps PAWS and Calais Library

    Calais High School National  Honor Society towel drive for PAWS brought in 145 rolls of paper towels and 75 old towels and small blankets during their Annual Winter Carnival drive. Their recent used book drive brought in over 600 books for the Calais Free Library’s Used Book Sale Room. (Submitted by Anne Scott)

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  31. Feeding Corn to Deer Could be Fatal

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    As the ground freezes and snow starts to fall, the appearance of animals becomes more of a rare sight, and when people get a chance to see them they get excited. Oftentimes that excitement leads to people leaving food out for the animals, feeling they are helping.

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  32. Coach Clark to be Inducted to Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

     

    ~Former Players Cochran and Torrey Speak of Beloved Coach~

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Seventeen inductees will join the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame this year, with one of those being Coach Arnie Clark, who is being honored posthumously.  He passed away in August 2018.

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  33. 3 killed in Machias, Jonesboro shooting rampage

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Three people were killed and a fourth injured in a shooting rampage that took place at three locations in Machias and Jonesboro on the morning of Monday, Feb. 3. 

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  34. Woodland JHS Basketball Team

    Pictured is the Woodland JHS basketball team. Members include front l-r: Sheayn Ferreira, Ethan Coleman, Jaiden Wormell, Wyatt Cropley, and Lee Phelps. Back l-r: Coach Brad Richardson, James Noyes, Evan McArthur, Brogan Brown, Garrett Clark, and Gabe Cropley. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  35. Calais Regional Medical Services Welcomes James Eshleman, D.O.

     

    Calais Regional Medical Services is pleased to announce that Dr. James Eshleman has joined the Family Medicine office.   He will be seeing patients at the CRMS practice on a part-time basis 2-3 days per week.   Dr. Eshleman spent over four decades at his family practice office in Norway, Maine.  Following retirement he was able to spend more time at his vacation camp in West Grand Lake.   However, after three weeks he decided full retirement was not for him and reached out to Calais Regional Hospital to offer his services.   

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  36. Sewall Memorial Congregational Church

     

    Submitted by 

    Ann Montgomery

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  37. Pink Game At Calais High School

     

    The Calais Lady Blue Devils hosted the eighth annual Pink Zone game against the Woodland Lady Dragons on Wednesday, January 22, sponsored by Calais Regional Hospital to raise awareness about breast cancer. For this one evening, fans were asked to drop their team colors and unite together by wearing pink to the game. As in years past, the Pink Zone had additional Supporters: PCT Communications and V.L. Tammaro Oil Co. Breast Cancer Awareness information and promotional items were available at the game. 

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  38. Knights of Columbus Earn Fifth Place in Annual Tootsie Roll Drive

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    Natalie@calais.news

    Every year members of the Knights of Columbus Council #149 join together for the annual Tootsie Roll Drive. 

    Volunteers stand out in front of local businesses and other busy spots around town and offer Tootsie Rolls in exchange for donations. The donations go to people in Maine who live with mental or physical disabilities. 

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  39. Concerts Benefit Scholarships

    At a special dinner ceremony at the St. Croix Knights of Columbus Hall on Sunday night, Calais Celtic Concert Director Tom MacDonald presented a check for $1,000 to the officers of the council for their High School Scholarship Fund. Each year the Knights of Columbus give out high school scholarships to both Woodland and Calais High Schools. For the past few years the scholarships have been funded by the Calais Celtic Concert Series. Left to right: Grand Knight George McLaughlin accepting the check from Calais Celtic concerts Director Tom MacDonald. (Submitted photo)

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  40. Historic Stained-Glass Windows to be Removed from Closed Pleasant Point Church

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The 19 historic stained-glass windows at Pleasant Point’s St. Ann Church will be removed and placed in storage, according to a press release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.  The windows depict saints, along with Native American symbols and figures on some.

    An agreement for the removal and preservation of the windows was signed by Bishop Robert P. Deeley, of the Maine diocese, and tribal Chief Marla Dana.  

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  41. Cole Recognized for Time and Dedication to Community Youth

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Parks and Recreation Director Craig Morrison made the annual presentation of the Michael McPherson Award last Saturday.  The award, Morrison told those in attendance, began in 2000 and recognizes a community member who is a vital volunteer at the Calais Recreation Department. 

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  42. Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship

    The St. Croix Knights of Columbus Council #149 held its Free Throw Championship last Saturday.  This annual event is open to area boys and girls ages 9 to 14, and winners in each division now move on to the state championship.  

    All ten winners were named Council Champions of the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the state level. The St. Croix Council #149 in Calais sponsored the local competition at Calais Elementary School. All kids age 9 to 14 were eligible to participate.

    9-year-old champions

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  43. Bouncing Dragons Perform

    This large group of young athletes has had the winter at WES to practice basketball skills under the direction of Gena Maloney and Woodland High School athletes. They performed at a Dragon basketball game this past week. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  44. Princeton Elem. Spelling Bee

    On Friday, January 17, 2020, Princeton Elementary School held its annual spelling bee. It took nearly an hour and 24 rounds for seventh-grader, Rain Dee, to out spell eighth-grader, Erik Beane. Tristan Crowe, a sixth-grader, finished third. Front: Lucian McLean, Baylee Fields, Autumn Mann. Back: Rain Dee, Tristan Crowe, Mykalah Howard, Luis Mendoza and Erik Beane. (Submitted photo)

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  45. ITS Cheerleaders Host Fundraiser for Equipment

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news 

    The Indian Township cheerleading team is hosting a spaghetti dinner, auction and bake sale to fundraise for costs of travel to competitions, floor mats and other equipment. 

    The dinner will be on Sunday, February 3rd at the Tribal Youth Center in Princeton. 

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