1. Calais Junior High Basketball Earns Washington County Championship Win

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Calais Blue Devils' junior high girls team, under the expert guidance of coaches Ed Leeman, Maddy McVicar, and Joey Craig, concluded a remarkable regular season, boasting an impressive record of nine wins and just one loss.

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  2. City Looks to Pay Tribute to First Indigenous Recordings

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Flat Iron Park in downtown Calais is poised to see a significant addition: an exhibit of sorts to recognize its historical importance as the site where Passamaquoddy Tribal members were recorded in 1890.  What’s most significant is that the recordings mark the first recording of any indigenous people in the world.

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  3. Chamber Announces Loyal to Local Cash Prize Winner

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Starting with Small Business Saturday in November and through the first week of January, all were encouraged to shop locally for a chance to win a cash prize with the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Loyal to Local program.

    In its second year, the Chamber’s initiative witnessed great success, with widespread community engagement and enthusiastic participation from local businesses.

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  4. New Rules to Change How Lobstermen Measure Catch

     

    Fishermen Skeptical of ‘Ropeless Gear’ Study at Zone A Council Meeting

    Will Tuell

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  5. Woodland Lady Dragons Triumph with a Team of Six

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In a match held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Woodland Lady Dragons, with a team of just six players and a first-year varsity coach–Kieve Leeman, secured a 42-25 win against the visiting Shead Tigerettes.

    Sophomore Kaylin Hamilton led all with 12 points, coupled with a tally of eight rebounds.

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  6. What's Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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    It’s a fun week for the local schools as they are leading up to February vacation.  The Blizzard Bash is taking place all week at CES, with fun and activities planned, including various dress-up days.  At CMHS, the students are in the midst of Winter Carnival with contests among the grades. 

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  7. Calais Blue Devils End Regular Season Ranked No. 1

     

    Calais Blue Devils junior Kaeson Dana and senior Kaden Small apply pressure on a Woodland Dragon at their last regular season game on Tuesday, Feb. 6.  The Blue Devils secured a decisive victory with a final score of 91-54, upping their record to 15-3 and claiming the top spot in Class C North. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  8. February Follies

     

    Jon Reisman

    To paraphrase Don McLean in American Pie, “February makes me shiver.” February has Groundhog Day (the rodent predicted at least six more years of relentless climate catastrophe propaganda following every storm), Valentine’s Day (the legacy media is embarrassing itself with its slobbering embrace and protection of Joe Biden), and President’s Day, (which will probably be celebrating mandated electric vehicle sales).

    Here are a few other items that are giving me chills:

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  9. PES Spelling Bee

     

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  10. Moores Receives 32-Year Sentence for the 2022 Shooting Death of Pembroke Woman

     

    Paul Sylvain

    Rebecca Moores, the 43-year-old Robbinston woman who in December pled guilty to murdering her former lover and principal drug supplier in 2022, was sentenced Monday in Washington County Superior Court in Machias to serve 32 years in prison.

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  11. Beth C. Wright Center, Baileyville Community Connections Expand Resources for Area Residents

     

    Learn More about Services and Resources at Upcoming Open House Event

    Jayna Smith

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  12. Calais Lady Blue Devils End Week with a Win

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Calais Lady Blue Devils traveled to Machias to take on the Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday, Jan. 31, only to suffer a setback with a score of 50-36.  

    Junior Kate McPhee emerged as a standout for Calais, leading the charge with an impressive 13 points and securing 15 rebounds. 

    Senior Brenna Critchley also made her mark with 10 points, while freshman Kaci Small contributed eight points to the effort.

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  13. Calais, Woodland Make State Cheering Competition

     

    Will Tuell

    While many local high school sports fans are focused on basketball this time of year, it is also crunch time -- pun intended -- coaches, players, parents, and fans of the area’s high school cheering squads. 

    And on Feb. 3, two Downeast cheerleading teams -- Woodland and Calais -- qualified for the state championship meet in Augusta this weekend. . 

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  14. MSP Investigating Tractor Trailer Rollover in Brewer that Injured Sheriff’s Deputy

     

    On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at approximately 8 a.m., a tractor-trailer unit driven by 41-year-old Kristofer Higgins of Baileyville was traveling on the westbound on-ramp of I-395 in Brewer when Higgins failed to negotiate the turn. 

    His vehicle rolled over, taking out the center portion of the guardrail and striking a Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office cruiser, which was traveling eastbound at the time. 

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  15. Early Spring Forecasted by Punxsutawney Phil

     

    Jayna Smith

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    February 2 marks a significant day for Punxsutawney Phil, the renowned “meteorologist” of the animal kingdom. Since 1887, this groundhog has been making weather predictions, with only ten years missing from the records. In the near-140 years of his tenure, Phil has seen his shadow just over 100 times, indicating six more weeks of winter.

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  16. Braided Rug Class

     

    Instructor Arlene Wren, Lucy Zwigard, and Tammy Corn show their completed braided rugs.  Wren will be teaching another braided rug class at Cobscook Institute in Trescott on Saturday, March 2nd.  (Photo by Susan Bolles)

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  17. Good Grief

     

    Jon Reisman

    It has been a month since Ernie, blessed be her memory, passed. I am in a state of grief, a distressed state of mind. The sea of sad tasks invokes memories, reflection, love, and tears but also actions and interactions that my maternal grandfather would have called “mitzvahs”- good deeds. Good grief, or so it seems.

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  18. Northern Light Health Compromised by Hackers, Patient Data Secured

    By Will Tuell

    Northern Light Health announced on Feb. 2 that an unspecified number of its computer servers were compromised by hackers earlier in the day, adding that patient information is safe and that care would not be disrupted across Northern Light’s sprawling network of care providers. 

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  19. Princeton Fire Chief Tony Ramsdell Joins Elite Ranks of MFSI State Fire Instructors

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Maine Fire Service Institute, a department of Southern Maine Community College, recently held its fire instructor course.  Among those completing the course was Princeton Fire Chief Tony Ramsdell. 

    Ramsdell, along with six others from fire departments across the state, was introduced to program curriculums, skills testing processes, and training opportunities offered through MFSI and its service partners.  

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  20. DECH Nurses Rally Public Support for ‘Safe Staffing’ in Midst of Contract Talks

     

    Nurses Working Since October Without a Contract

    Paul Sylvain

    Bone-chilling cold on Jan. 27 failed to deter at least 22 nurses and techs employed at Down East Community Hospital in Machias from rallying on the Jeremiah O’Brien Bridge. The nurses have been working without a contract since October and are trying to leverage public support for what they call “safe staffing” levels as part of their new contract. 

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  21. Princeton Parks & Rec Welcomes Generous $5,000 Donation for Playground Project

     

    At the beginning of the regular Monday meeting of Princeton Parks & Recreation on January 15, special guests Tina and Rick Crowe presented their donation to the playground committee for $5,000. 

    The committee was extremely grateful for their support and generosity, and all exchanged hugs. 

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  22. Parking Blunder Results in Vehicle Colliding with Dunkin’ Building

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In an unfortunate incident at Dunkin’ last week, a 65-year-old female inadvertently caused minor chaos when her 2021 Ford Expedition rolled into the exterior wall of Dunkin’. The woman, parking in front of the building, exited her vehicle but forgot to secure her vehicle in park, Calais Police reported, leading to the unexpected collision.

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  23. Beyond the Court: Pink Zone Game Raises Awareness for Breast Cancer Detection

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Get ready for the annual Pink Zone Game, marking the final showdown between Woodland and Calais basketball teams this regular season.  Hosted by the Lady Dragons, the game is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6 p.m.

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  24. Dragons Secure Victory Over Tigerettes: Smith and Cornelius Lead Charge with 18 Points Each

     

    Jayna Smith

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    At Shead High School in Eastport on Wednesday night, Jan. 24, sophomore Karleigh Smith and freshman Mishun Cornelius propelled the Woodland Dragons team to a 54-41 victory over the Tigerettes. 

    Both girls dropped in 18 points for the winners.  Cornelius also dominated the boards with an impressive 24 rebounds

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  25. Downeast Wrestling Club Triumphs at The Battle of the Capital

     

    Jayna Smith

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    There was a remarkable display of talent displayed over the weekend in Augusta as members of the Downeast Wrestling Club grappled their way to victory at The Battle of the Capital this past Sunday, January 28.

    The squad was represented by ten dedicated athletes, who each showcased their athleticism on the mat, securing commendable placements in their respective categories.

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  26. North Atlantic Conference Names Fall 2023 All-Academic Team

     

    A total of 505 student-athletes from the 14 institutions of the North Atlantic Conference have been recognized with Fall 2023 NAC All-Academic Team honors.

    In order to be eligible for All-Academic honors, student-athletes must be participating members of their respective teams and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Member institutions are responsible for identifying eligible student-athletes.

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  27. Calais City Council

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Thursday, January 25, 2024, the Calais City Council met for its regular meeting, with Mayor Artie Mingo presiding over Councilors Kevin Niles, Mike Sherrard, Marcia Rogers, Elery Beale, and Bill Quinn.  Councilor James Macdonald was absent from the meeting.

    What follows is a brief summary of the meeting, with the full meeting available for viewing on the City of Calais’s Facebook page.

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  28. What's Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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    It’s Girl Scout Cookie time!  Through selling cookies, girls earn badges representing proficiency in skills ranging from financial management to business planning and more. They also learn the basic skills and acumen they need to be leaders in business and sales, manage their personal and family finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence handling money.  Be on the lookout for girls selling locally!

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  29. Trumped

     

    Jon Reisman

    With an eleven-point victory in the Granite State GOP primary over last woman standing, Nikki Haley, Donald Trump is the almost-certain-to-be Republican presidential nominee. I think he is a riskier choice than almost all the alternatives, especially Ron DeSantis. Riskier means potential variance in outcomes. 

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  30. Princeton’s Virginia Newman Receives Boston Post Cane

     

    Sandra Smith

    The event in honor of Virginia Newman was held at the Princeton Town Office. The ever-busy town treasurer, Donna Worden, and town clerk, Sue Lawless, had set up tables for guests and decorated a serving table to display the cane and plaque, along with a cake commemorating her special day. The presentation of the cane and plaque was made by selectman Wayne Croman, and Princeton photographer Fred Knapp took the official photograph, which will be hung in the town office.

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  31. Calais Cheering Earns DAC Runner-Up

     

    Some of Calais High School cheerleaders performing at the DAC Championship held this past Saturday.  The team, coached by Heidi Ryan, earned second place at the competition, just behind Sumner High School.  See more cheering photos on page 12 and 13 of this week's Advertiser. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  32. WCCC Helping to Address Local Officer Shortage

     

    Will Tuell

    It’s a common refrain in law enforcement circles that the number of applicants for open police and corrections officer positions is dwindling while the demand for qualified officers continues to rise. Whether it’s the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, any one of Downeast Maine’s small-town police departments, or state law enforcement agencies, the demand for officers is high while interest is sagging. 

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  33. Princeton Rabies Clinic

     

    Sandra Smith

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  34. Woodland Dragons Cheering

     

    The Woodland cheerleading team, coached by Holly Mercier-Ward, was one of five teams that competed at the DAC Championship last Saturday at Calais High School.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  35. Local Woman Seeks Community Help to Save Beloved Boston Terrier

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Calais resident Christina Holloway is reaching out to the community for assistance in saving her two-year-old Boston Terrier Harlem.  Holloway, who has undergone four back surgeries and faces another one next month, is currently unable to walk or sit up.  Despite her challenges, Harlem remains a constant source of comfort and motivation for Holloway.

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  36. Washington County Hospitals Soon to Offer Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screenings

     

    Down East Community and Calais Community Hospitals are proud to announce that both facilities will begin offering low-dose lung cancer screenings in February.

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  37. Bordering on the Absurd

     

    Jon Reisman

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  38. Down East Hospice Volunteers Announce Quilt Raffle Winner

     

    Mary Ann O’Brien of Calais was the winner of the Ohio Star quilt raffle for 2023. The quilt was created and donated by Brenda Lang of Skowhegan. The finish quilting was done by Ginny Sirois of Norridgewock.  

    DEHV wishes to thank everyone who helped make the fundraising event successful. 

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  39. Maine Faces Back-to-Back Storm Fury: Record High Tide and 60 mph Winds Wreak Havoc

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In the aftermath of a potent storm that battered the Maine coast earlier in the week, the state faced another assault from heavy winds and rain on Saturday, January 13, 2023.

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  40. Brendan Leddy Memorial Fund Forges Partnership with Indiana Mad Ants for Charity Game Event

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Brendan Leddy Memorial Fund, a locally renowned tribute to the late Brendan Leddy, who passed away in 2021, is dedicated to honoring his memory through community contributions. Brendan, a passionate skateboarder, military veteran, and integral member of the Calais Skatepark Committee, left a lasting impact on many.

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  41. Brendan Leddy Memorial Fund Donates to Princeton Parks & Rec’s Playground Committee

     

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  42. DECH New Year’s Baby

     

    The first baby born at Downeast Community Hospital in 2024 arrived at 6:02 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14.  Pierce Pineo, third son of Colin and Karmen Pineo, of Jonesboro, weighed 9 pounds, one ounce and was 21 inches long.  Pierce is little brother to five-year-old Bently and two-year-old Kiegan.  The basket presented to the family was filled with items from the DECH Auxiliary Gift Shop, gift cards from local businesses, and a handmade blanket crocheted by Kay Richmond.  (DECH photo)

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  43. Calais Blue Devils Too Much for Young Woodland Dragons

     

    Woodland’s Evan Monk works to maneuver around Calais’s Noah White.  Both boys are freshmen.  The Dragons played host to the Blue Devils last Thursday night, Jan. 11, losing 84-40.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  44. Kaylin Hamilton's 34-Point Performance Powers Woodland to Victory

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In an exciting Friday night matchup last week in Woodland, sophomore Kaylin Hamilton’s impressive 34-point performance, combined with sophomore Karleigh Smith’s clutch three-pointer to force overtime, led Woodland to a 73-61 victory over Narraguagus.

    Coach Leeman’s Dragons staged a remarkable comeback in the final eight minutes of the game, scoring 27 points, with Smith’s deep three-pointer tying the game at 59 by the end of regulation. 

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  45. Calais City Council

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Thursday, January 11, 2024, the Calais City Council met for its regular meeting, with Mayor Artie Mingo presiding over Councilors Mike Sherrard, Marcia Rogers, Elery Beale, Bill Quinn, and James Macdonald.  Councilor Kevin Niles was absent from the meeting.

    What follows is a brief summary of the meeting, with the full meeting available for viewing on the City of Calais’s Facebook page.

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