1. Lady Devils Can’t Hold on in Overtime at WA

     

    Jayna Smith

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    At Washington Academy on Friday, December 30, the Lady Blue Devils fell to the Raiders, 65-54.

    Calais was led by sophomore Kate McPhee with 14 and senior Nevaeh Thomas with 13 points in the overtime loss to WA. 

    According to Coach Sean Cavanaugh, “Calais struggled with foul trouble, having three out of the starting five fouling out in the fourth and overtime quarters.”

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  2. McPhee and Thomas Propel Calais over Woodland in Girls’ Basketball Action

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Tuesday, December 27, Calais Lady Blue Devil sophomore Kate McPhee had a game high 24 points, along with 15 rebounds, to lead her team to victory, 71-61, at a game hosted by the Woodland Dragons.  

    Senior Neveah Thomas contributed 20 points, with six shots made from behind the three-point line.  

    Also in the points column was sophomore Kayleigh Scott with 13 and senior Mercedes Owen with 11.  Junior Brenna Critchley added three.

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  3. DECH Welcomes New Year Baby 2023

     

    Down East Community Hospital welcomes its first baby of 2023!  Sontee Edwards and Matthew Minoty’s daughter, Jordyn Taylor Minoty, was born at Down East Community Hospital on January 2 at 2:36 a.m.  Jordyn weighed in at 8 pounds and 9 ounces and was 22” long.  

    DECH presented the family with a gift basket full of items for Jordyn.  The basket also contained several gift certificates for her parents.

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  4. DA Granger, Sheriff Curtis Sworn In

     

    Will Tuell

    Newly-elected District Attorney Bob Granger and three-term Sheriff Barry Curtis were formally sworn in before an audience of county employees, legislators, and members of the public on New Year’s Day. The pair were sworn in by longtime county jail administrator Paula Johnson-Rolfe, who also serves as a notary public.

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  5. All a Twitter

     

    Jon Reisman

    “Something is rotten in the State of Denmark”- Marcellus in Hamlet, Act I, Scene IV, William Shakespeare

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  6. Calais High School’s Zoo Crew

     

    The fans sitting in the Zoo Crew section were loud and proud at the Calais-Woodland game last week.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  7. Paperboys Deliver Holiday Cheer

     

    Valued reader of The Calais Advertiser Sandra Kowalski holds a handmade ornament she received from her paperboy Bradley Walton last week.  Bradley has been delivering the paper for nearly four years, and now his brother Parker also has a route.  The boys each created the ornaments themselves and made sure each of their customers received one.  (Photo courtesy of Teresa Kowalski)

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  8. Five-year-old Gives Great Display of Respect for America

     

    Honoring the nation’s flag is 5-year-old Mihku Sabattus, who did not hesitate to rise and place his hand on his heart when “The Star Spangled Banner” played at a recent basketball game in Woodland.  His great display of patriotism and respect came without any prompting.  Young Mihku was in attendance to cheer on his cousin Reece.  (Submitted photo)

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  9. Calais City Council

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Calais City Council held its only meeting of the month on December 15, 2022.  

    A Special Amusement Permit for Crumbs Cafe & Coffee Bar was approved, with Councilor Kevin Niles abstaining from the vote.  Also approved was an application for a medical marijuana license for The Higher Class and an application for a medical marijuana license for Smoke on the Water.  There was no public comment on any of the three.

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  10. Undefeated Defending State Champs too Strong for Lady Blue Devils

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Calais girls’ basketball team hosted the defending Class D State Champion team Southern Aroostook last week, Thursday, December 22.

    The Warriors, coached by Cliff Urquart, have appeared in the last four state championship games, claiming the gold ball at three of them.

    Coach Sean Cavanaugh said, “Southern Aroostook showed they are still a force and gave Calais their second loss.”  The final score of the game was 73-23.

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  11. Blue Devils Upset Dragons in High School Basketball Action

     

    Calais’ Jace Cook goes up for a shot while Woodland’s Cyrus Sewell defends.  The Calais Blue Devils upped their season record to 3-0 with a 97-70 win over the Woodland Dragons on Wednesday, December 21.  The next game for the Blue Devils is scheduled for Wednesday, December 28 when they host Schenck, followed by hosting Machias on Friday, December 30.  The Woodland Dragons, now 2-3, travel to Harrington on Thursday, December 29 to face the Narraguagus Knights.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  12. Twas the Week Before Christmas

     

    Jon Reisman

    With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore and any non-cynics left

    'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the House

    The lame ducks were plotting, preparing to pounce;

    The earmarks were hung on the omnibus with care,

    In hopes that Pelosi and Shumer would share;

    Angus and Susan nestled snug on the Floor,

    With visions of earmarks hung on the door;

    And Chellie in her Pingree, and Jared in his flannel,

    Had just settled down for a lobster regs panel.

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  13. Dead River’s Heating Oil Giveaway Brings Joy to Ten Locals

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Calais branch of Dead River Company recently held its first “A Tank Full of Thankful” contest.  The contest took in over 1,100 entries, all hoping to win one of ten $500 gift certificates to use to help heat their homes.  

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  14. Dragons Baseball Team Mourns Loss of Coach

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Woodland High School baseball coach Kenny Murphy passed away unexpectedly on December 12, 2022, and on Saturday, December 17, 2022, a Celebration of his Life was held at Calais High School.

    On one side of the gymnasium at the front was a sight that could not be missed:  a sea of black, purple, and gold caps and jerseys, all donned by members of Murphy’s baseball team.  

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  15. $20,000 Brought in for Local Food Pantries by Annual Pratt Campaign

     

    Jayna Smith

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    For over ten years, Ian Pratt at Pratt Cars has held a donation-match campaign throughout the month of November that helps bring in needed funds to area food pantries.  His idea came to fruition after realizing how great the needs are for the pantries in Washington County.  

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  16. WCCC Criminal Justice Students Attend Conference

     

    Four Criminal Justice students from Washington County Community College were chosen to attend the 28th Annual NEDIAI, or the New England Division of the International Association of Identification. 

    Taylor LeBlanc, Rose Adams, Mackenzie Hewitt, and Connor Cook were chosen by Criminal Justice and Conservation Law Instructor Wayde Carter and Jason Fowler of the Maine State Police and adjunct professor at WCCC. The two came together to choose these four students based on their academic performance and professionalism.

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  17. Remember, Honor, Teach: Wreaths Across America Honors Fallen Veterans

     

    Submitted by the Sivret Family 

    The mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 3,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. The annual placement of wreaths took place on Saturday around the world, however, because of the weather on December 18, volunteers gathered at Acadia National Cemetery in Jonesboro for National Wreaths Across America Day. Currently, 48 soldiers and spouses are laid to rest at Acadia.  

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  18. Dedication and Blessing of the Downtown Calais Manger Scene

     

    For the fifth straight year, Knights of Columbus has placed a nativity Manger in the downtown area of Calais to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. Pictured are (left to right) Knights Aaron Morris, Tom MacDonald, Michael Boies, Father Brad Morin, Marc Podschlne, Pierre Little, Ed Stover, and Gary Madore. (Photo by Wendy Little)

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  19. Need a New Smoke Detector? Calais Fire-EMS can Help

    Jayna Smith

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    Calais Fire-EMS, thanks to the Red Cross, has new smoke detectors available for locals.  Red Cross Disaster Program Manager David Brown made the delivery on Monday.

    According to Calais Fire Chief Bill Lee, Lt. Kevin Ingersoll reached out to the Red Cross regarding its Sound the Alarm program.  Through this program, the Red Cross provided the fire department with the new smoke detectors, available to anyone who needs one.

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  20. Eastport City Council Gives Unanimous Approval For Airport Expansion

     

    At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, December 16, 2022, Airport Committee members Ron DeFilippo and Colleen Dana-Cummings presented a proposal to the City Council titled “An Opportunity For All of Eastport.”

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  21. Barbara’s School of Dance Toy Drive

     

    Calais Elementary School Principal Sue Carter (left) and secretary Betsy Barnard (far right) accept from Barbara Lara and Felice Storey the many toys purchased from proceeds of Barbara's International School of Dance Christmas Recital held on December 11.  (Submitted photo)

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  22. Yiddish Wisdom for Augusta: Chutzpah, Mensch, Putz, Schmuck and Kochleffel

     

    Jon Reisman

    My maternal Grandfather was born in 1898 in Brooklyn, New York and named Abraham Lincoln Plaut by his German –Jewish immigrant parents. His father was a kosher butcher and he became an entrepreneur, author, English teacher and baseball coach. He idolized Woodrow Wilson, but nobody is perfect. He taught me pinochle, bridge, baseball and how to read a financial statement. His best gift was Yiddish, which linked me to my ethnic immigrant past and gave me a rich lexicon of expressions still serving me all these years later.

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  23. Spencer McCormick Receives Giraffe Award

     

    Each year, the Maine Children’s Alliance hosts the Champions for Children event to celebrate Mainers making a difference in the lives of Maine youth. This year, Spencer McCormick was one of six recipients of the Giraffe Award, which recognizes and celebrates the unsung heroes that “stick out their necks” for Maine kids. 

    McCormick was nominated for the Giraffe Award by Julie Redding, who recognized all he does for the community and its youth.  

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  24. Annual Christmas Parade Lights up Baileyville

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Village of Woodland was bustling last Friday night, December 9, as Santa made his way through as part of the town’s annual Christmas parade.

    According to Jamie Bohanon, one of the organizers of the event, parade entrants did not disappoint with their festive displays of brightly-colored lights and holiday decor.  

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  25. Barbara's International School of Dance Annual Christmas Show

     

    Jose and Barbara Lara joined dancers on the stage to perform a line dance as part of the annual Christmas show. (Photo by Natalie Boomer)

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  26. Sewall Memorial Congregational Church

     

    Bonnie Lyons

    There will be no church services on Sunday, December 18th or the 25th. We will have services on January 1, 2023, with Pastors Ron and Colin Windhorst.  Ann Carter makes singing easier with her piano playing.

    Mary Crossman does a great job with the children. Last week they decorated the tree and church and had help from their dog Spur. 

    We sent a thank you to Johnson's Tree Farm for their donation of the tree. 

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  27. Santa Claus Returns to Baileyville this Sunday for a Trek Around with BFD

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Santa has already made one stop in Baileyville when he visited for the town’s annual Christmas parade last Friday night, but now he is set to return once more before his big trip on Christmas morning.

    According to Baileyville Holiday Committee member Jamie Bohanon, Santa Claus will be taking a cruise around town with the fire department beginning at 11 a.m. this Sunday, December 18.

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  28. Calais Celtic Concerts Presents its Celtic Christmas Show

     

    Calais Celtic Concerts is pleased to present the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning, musical sister-duo of Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, who are no strangers to Celtic Christmas, Holiday Magic! 

    Part of a multigenerational musical dynasty, Christmas was always a time to gather near and sing boisterously, as in days of old. The doors were always open to company, and the New Year was just around the corner.

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  29. Woodland Pulp Workers Could Strike Next Week

     

    Jayna Smith

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    USW Local 27 members at Woodland Pulp in Baileyville have voted to reject the company’s recent contract offer and have authorized to strike.

    Voting among the union members took place on December 5 and 6, and according to USW Local 27 President Shawn Howland, 85 percent of the over 90 percent of members who voted showed approval of the strike.  

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  30. Stories for 2023

     

    Jon Reisman

    Several stories came across my laptop as 2022 wanes. They were not much mentioned by the legacy media, or they were spun as overwrought conservative conspiracy theories. 

    • Governor Mills seeks to regulate and muzzle the less than obedient press. 

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  31. Lioness Christmas Parade Lights up Downtown

     

    Calais Fire-EMS’s Lioness Christmas Parade entry displayed an important message, encouraging men and women to join their local fire department.  The float was just one of many in this year’s parade, the largest Christmas parade yet, which drew hundreds to downtown.  (Photo by Jayna Smith) See more photos in this week's The Calais Advertiser!

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  32. Fire Association Hosts Annual Christmas Party with Santa

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Saturday morning, Santa made his annual visit to the Calais Fire Department.

    There, with some help from Calais Fire Association members, kids had the chance to not only meet with Santa, but also explore the fire trucks.

    Even more, each child got to decorate cookies to take home and each received a present from Santa.  

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  33. Spirit of Giving Proves Strong at Stuff the Bus Event

     

    Jayna Smith

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    What is a joyous time of year for some is also a time of great stress and anxiety for some as the temperatures fall, yet prices on nearly everything have risen.  This leaves many wondering how they will pay for home heating fuel and keep their lights on, all while ensuring their families are kept warmly clothed and fed, with Christmas quickly approaching on top of all of that.

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  34. Ranger News from East Range II School

     

    Last month, the day before Veterans Day, Topsfield’s East Range II students held a Veterans Day Luncheon to honor our local veterans from all branches of the military. We had a wonderful turnout and students sang songs, passed out homemade thank you cards, and helped serve lunch to our veterans. We appreciate all veterans and are grateful for your service!

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  35. Wesley Tree Festival Raises an Estimated $100,000 to Support Area Youth

     

    Will Tuell

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  36. Baileyille’s Christmas Parade Slated for This Friday

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The village of Woodland will be bustling on the evening of Friday, Dec. 9th with kids–and kids at heart–awaiting Santa’s early arrival as he makes his way in the town’s annual Christmas parade. 

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  37. Lioness and Santa Bring the Magic of Christmas

     

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  38. EAC to Offer Festive Fundraiser

     

    Organizers of Eastport Arts Center's 13th Annual Festival of Trees are thrilled to have received the names and themes of this year's trees, as follows. In addition to the ‘main event’ of lovingly decorated tabletop trees available by silent bid, the event will feature a ticket raffle of gift-worthy items donated by local individuals and groups, live music, and take-out snacks. The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, December 10, and is a key fundraiser for the Center’s year-round programming for all ages. 

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  39. Climate COP Out

     

    Jon Reisman

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  40. ‘Truly One of a Kind’: Community Mourns Unexpected Passing of Chaplain Major David Sivret

     

    Jayna Smith
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    “David always said that as a chaplain he needed to be a comedian, as laughter has great healing power,” Chaplain Major David Sivret’s family shared.  “He also was known to say that Jesus was a carpenter and fed the people both physically and spiritually and he worked hard to follow the example of Christ.”

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  41. St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce Kicks off Christmas Season in Calais

     

    Jayna Smith
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    St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce helped spread holiday spirit when it hosted its Community Tree Lighting and Gathering last Saturday night.  

    The event was a first for the Chamber and was well attended, with over 100 people braving the cold at Triangle Park for the occasion.  

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  42. Volunteers Light up Memorial Park Bandstand with Christmas Trees

     

    Jayna Smith
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    In true Calais-community fashion, some locals have come together to add some holiday spirit for all to enjoy.  

    Johnny Chambers and Lorraine Mitchell both took to Facebook recently asking if anyone might have an artificial Christmas tree to donate.  Any trees received would be used to light up the Main Street Memorial Park bandstand.  

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  43. Winter Parking Ban in Effect

     

    Jayna Smith
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    With the winter months comes parking ban enforcement, and Calais Police Department reminds motorists to be mindful…or risk getting towed.

    According to Sgt. Matt Vinson, the winter parking ban is now in effect.  This means that parking is prohibited on city streets or in city-owned parking lots between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.  

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  44. Lady Dragons Return Four Starters

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Woodland girls’ varsity basketball team, led by second-year coach Mark Hornbrook, has 13 players on its roster this year.

    Having lost just one player last season to graduation, Hornbrook said he is anticipating a more successful run this year with five seniors on the team and four returning starters.  

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  45. Expectations High for Blue Devils Basketball

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Calais boys, under second-year Blue Devil Coach Dean Preston, are anxious to get back on the court for regular season play this month.

    Having lost two players from last season to graduation, the Blue Devils are determined to build on the chemistry they ended with last season, Preston explained.  The Blue Devils finished last year with a 10-9 record.

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