1. Renowned Ukrainian Violinist to Perform at UMaine on March 26

    Renowned Ukrainian violinist Solomia Soroka will perform in a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. March 26 in Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine.
    Soroka’s performance, hosted by the UMaine School of Performing Arts, will feature music faculty members Phillip Silver, professor of piano and musicology, and Noreen Silver, instructor of cello and chamber music. The program will include works by Ukrainian composers Mykola Lysenko, Yevhen Stankovych and Vasyl Barvinsky as a tribute to the nation of Soroka’s birth.

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  2. School Board Votes to Close Wesley Elementary

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    On Tuesday, March 1, the school committee voted to close Wesley Elementary School due to low enrollment.

    Some community members did vote to keep the school open, but not enough to avert the school board from its decision.

    The small town of around 114 people usually has five to ten students in kindergarten through eighth grade. This year it was even fewer.

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  3. Media Malpractice

     

    Jon Reisman

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  4. DAR Announces 2022 Good Citizen Award Recipients

     

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  5. Blood Drives Scheduled for Calais

     

    Jayna Smith
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    There is a national blood crisis, and the Red Cross is urging people to donate.  

    According to Tom Hinman of the American Red Cross, the national blood inventory is at an all-time low. “The Red Cross and other blood banks across the country are trying to rebuild the inventory.”

    He said that in ideal conditions, hospitals would have a four to five day supply of blood on hand, but currently, most have less than a one-day supply on their shelves.  

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  6. Young Calais, Woodland Cheer Squads Win at States

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The 25th annual Maine State Junior High School and Elementary Cheering Championships took place on Sunday, March 6, at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center.  The event is organized and directed each year by the Calais Recreation Department.

    After the global pandemic prevented the competition for the last two years, it was back with 43 teams participating.  The teams were made up of cheerleaders in grades kindergarten through eight.

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  7. Townspeople Hope to Restore Waite-Talmadge Congregational Church

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    Twenty-two individuals have come together in hopes of restoring the Waite-Talmadge Congregational Church.

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  8. Local Woman to Hold Bake Sale to Benefit Ukraine

    Jayna Smith
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    Concerns for civilians and families in the Ukraine have grown significantly as the Russian invasion has threatened more lives, and many across the world are helping those in need with food, water, shelter, and other types of aid.

    Locally, one woman is organizing an event that will provide financial assistance through the International Committee of the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Fund.  

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  9. Baileyville School Committee Votes to End Mask Mandate

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    The Baileyville School Committee voted in favor last week of ending the masking mandate.
    Community members gathered at the Woodland Jr./Sr. High School on Tuesday, March 1st at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the matter.

    When all five of the school board members voted to end the mask mandate, everyone began to cheer, including some high school students who were in attendance.

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  10. Pat’s Pizza, Healthy Acadia Partner to Curb Underage Drinking

     

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  11. State of the Union: Discontent

     

    Jon Reisman

    President Brandon’s State of the Union address left me in a state of discontent and anger, which is probably appropriate, since that is what 14 months of Brandon has done to the nation as a whole.

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  12. Down East Invitational Cheer Competition

     

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  13. McDonald’s All-Stars Selected

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Five Washington County student-athletes were selected as 2022 Maine McDonald’s High School All-Stars:  Sage Phillips, Calais High School; Lauren Beal, Jonesport-Beals High School; Wyatt MacArthur, Woodland High School; and Kashman Feeney and Kyle Anderson, Machias High School.

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  14. City Reacts to Machias Veterans Home Closure

    Kaileigh Deacon

    With the challenges facing many lately, the thought of losing your home is one too terrifying to consider, but for those at the Machias Veterans Home, that is what is happening. As the only veterans’ home in Washington County, the loss of the home impacts not only the veterans living there but those in the community. During the Calais City Council meeting last Thursday, City Manager Mike Ellis told the council about the closure and what it could mean for the Washington County community.

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  15. Canada Eases Entry Requirements for Fully-Vaccinated

    Jayna Smith
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    As of last Monday, February 28, those wishing to enter Canada may do so with fewer restrictions.  

    Now, for those fully-vaccinated, a negative result from a rapid test will be accepted for entry, pending that test was administered by a health care entity, laboratory, or telehealth service.  At-home test results will not be accepted.

    Molecular tests, commonly known as PCR tests, will still be accepted as they have been, when taken within 72 hours of arrival.

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  16. County, State and Congress Apply Pressure to Keep Caribou and Machias Vets’ Homes Open

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    News that veteran homes in Machias and Caribou will close later this spring has drawn criticism and pressure from Washington County to Augusta to Washington D.C.

    The official announcement that Maine Veterans’ Homes Machias would close on April 15 and Caribou on May 1 came Thursday, Feb. 24, but the news broke unofficially the day before after employees and families spread the word of the closures on social media.

    The Machias home currently cares for 23 residents and employs 49 staff members.

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  17. EAC to Offer Dance Classes for Youth and Adults

     

    Eastport Arts Center’s intern L. Elwood will offer sessions of four types of dance this winter. There will be two classes geared for children, and two for older teens and adults. Classes will be held on a drop-in basis, with a suggested sliding scale donation. No previous dance experience is needed and no dress code is required. “Wear what you can move in,” says Elwood.

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  18. Washington County Teens Shine at National Leadership Forum

     

    A group of local teens made their voices heard at the national level earlier this month. Eight high school students from Washington County were chosen to present at the 2022 CADCA National Leadership Forum, a four-day workshop that connects a nationwide network of youth leaders and allies from across the U.S.

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  19. World’s Largest Cargo Plane, Seen in Bangor in 2020, Destroyed in Russian Attack

     

    Jayna Smith
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    One and a half years ago, in the August 5, 2020 edition of The Calais Advertiser, we shared details of the world’s largest plane–the Antonov An-225–that had landed at Bangor International Airport (BIA).  

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  20. Freedom Quotes and Notes

     

    Jon Reisman

    Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose – Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee
    Freedom, oh Freedom…that’s just some people talking – Glenn Frey, Desperado
    Freedom is Slavery – George Orwell, 1984

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  21. PTO Awards Students in Valentine ♥ Essay Contest

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Students at Calais Elementary School recently had the chance to win a gift certificate to their favorite area restaurant, thanks to a competition held by the Calais PTO.  

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  22. Winter Carnival Fun at CMHS

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The annual winter carnival at Calais Middle/High School was held last week with many fun events for the students and staff.  

    Student Council hosted a bonfire with free hotdogs and burgers on Monday night to kick off the week of exciting competitions among grades.  Calais Fire-EMS was on-site, helping to keep all safe.

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  23. Woodland Rec.’s Elite Travel Teams Prove Tough

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Woodland Parks and Recreation had a girls’ grades 7 and 8 travel basketball team this year, as well as a boys.’  The two teams played as part of the Eastern Maine Basketball League.

    The Eastern Elite girls team, made up of a group of girls from various local schools, proved they can keep up with the larger-area teams, playing against teams from Orono, Ellsworth, and others.

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  24. Calais Girls’ Basketball Named Downeast Junior High Runners-up

     

    The Calais girls’ team, coached by Marc Rohde, was named runners-up in the Downeast Junior High Championships. Team members include Sarah Wentworth, Mackenzie Johnson, Hannah Shannon, Shaylynn Fenderson, Sadie McPhee, Mackenzie Smith, Meadow Rohde, Addison Ellsmore, Kaci Small, and Olivia Turner.  (Photo courtesy of Patty Wentworth)

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  25. Woodland Girls’ Basketball Named Downeast Junior High Champions

     

    The Woodland Junior High girls’ basketball team, coached by Kieve Leeman, won the Downeast Junior High Championship last week in a game against Calais held at Washington Academy.  The Dragons ended their season with a perfect 8-0 record.  Team members include Grace Howard, Cadence Roussel, Karleigh Smith, Kaylin Hamilton, Maddison Coleman, Mishun Cornelius, Baylee Fields, Audrina Moore, and Payton Walker.  (Photo courtesy of Chip Smith)

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  26. Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive

     

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  27. Community Enjoys Family Fun Day in Charlotte

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    On Saturday, February 19th, the Dennysville Snowmobile and ATV Club hosted their Free Annual Family Fun Day.
    Community members gathered at the Calais Rod and Gun Club in Charlotte at 9 a.m. to participate in some fun winter activities.

    A fishing derby took place along with a joker run on the lake, trucker rides, hill sliding, and an ice fishing package was raffled off.

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  28. Maine DOT Hard Hat Discovered on Beach in Northern Europe

    Jayna Smith
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    Beachcombing can yield neat and interesting items of all kinds, but for one man about 3,300 miles away, his beach find originated from the great State of Maine.

    Back in August, Sigbjørn Eide, who resides in the Nordic country of Norway in Northern Europe, was working his first day as a beach cleaner.  On the beach, he discovered a hard hat with markings indicating it belonged to the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT).

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  29. County Commissioners Support ‘Sheriff’s Garden,’ Wage Increases

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Healthy Acadia’s Food Program Manager Regina Grabrovac was the first to present at this month’s meeting of the Washington County Commissioners, held Thursday, Feb. 10, at the county courthouse in Machias.

    Grabrovac, who is well known throughout the county for her work on behalf of food security and Downeast farmers, attended the meeting to deliver a Healthy Acadia proposal that would create a community gardening project on county land.

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  30. Expensive, Unreliable Energy: Thank you Climate Alarmists and President Brandon

     

    Jon Reisman

    Over the last year, the price of gasoline and crude oil have increased by more than 40%, the price of natural gas has increased by more than 50%  and the price of electrical energy for Versant and CMP customers (about ½ the bill) has increased by more than 80% (thus increasing electrical bills by 40% or more).

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  31. Lady Devils Defeat Dragons

     

    Calais played Woodland at Woodland in their last regular season game last week.  The Lady Devils claimed the victory with a score of 57-48.

    Calais was led by Nevaeh Thomas with 15 points and Alexis Donahue with 14.

    Brenna Critchley and Sage Phillips each added 11, while Kendra Stevens and Mercedes Owen each added 3.

    Calais finished the season in second place for class C North.

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  32. Princeton Votes Unanimously to Join DBU

     

    Jayna Smith
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    At a town meeting on Tuesday, February 8, Princeton residents came out and proved in support of the town joining Downeast Broadband Utility (DBU) with a unanimous vote, 36-0.

    DBU is the first of its kind, non-profit, open-access fiber optic municipal utility network in the state.  It provides high speed internet, phone, and TV through a dark fiber network to businesses and residences in towns which are members.

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  33. Calais High School Cheerleaders Wows Crowd with Halftime Performance

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Calais High School cheerleaders, coached by Heidi Braughton, have been back on the sidelines this year after COVID-19 halted them last season.  With the enthusiasm and cheers they bring, they have not disappointed the Blue Devils fans.

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  34. Calais Rec. 5/6 Championship

     

    The Syracuse team, coached by Jason Redding, won the championship game with a score of 35-34.  The team includes Reese Ellsmore, Brock Collins, Isaac Downing, Tegan Rogers, Turner Redding, Lilliana Tomah, Dylan Smith, Quinn Rollins, Silas Socobasin, and Jamison Brown.  (Submitted photo)

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  35. L♥ve at Any Age

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    Some may think that there is a deadline on finding love and movies on television and in theaters often reinforce this idea. But just across town on South Street, two residents at the assisted living facility learned that love is more than just the numbers that follow your birthday.

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  36. Beckett Center Bombers

     

    The Beckett Bombers, the Beckett Center’s Special Olympics team, did not participate in any games this year.  Still, the group practiced hard and even got to show off their skills during halftime of the Woodland/Calais girls’ game last week.  As well, at that game, the Bombers joined the Lady Dragons in the lineup as the starters were announced.  Team members include Kim, Denise, Annie, Anne Marie, Linda, Bob, Bo, Matt, and Cassie.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  37. Calais School Committee Considers Masking Changes

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    In sight for schools is the end of another academic year, as the most normal of the last three years has almost come to a close.  The question that many schools are now starting to ask is when will it be time to remove the masks?

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  38. Idle February Dreams

     

    Jon Reisman

    February is dream-planting season- planting some garden seeds in the sunroom, dreaming of spring, and planting some political dreams in candidates in boxes, as they collect signatures and plead for campaign donations. Both operations are rooted in optimism, but both are leavened by years of disappointment. Sometimes the promising seedlings get a bit too leggy, or are damaged when exposed to the sun and elements after a swaddled infancy in the warm and protected sunroom. The same can happen to candidates.

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  39. Blue Devils Hold Off Dragons in High School Basketball Action

     

    Jayna Smith
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    At Woodland on Thursday, February 3, Coach Dean Preston’s Blue Devils were quite possibly considered the underdogs going into the contest, but Calais took the win over the Dragons, 55-39.  

    Skinny Dana led all, dropping in 18 points to go along with his 15 rebounds for Calais.

    Jace Cook added another 16 points and Jacob Sockabasin 12.  Sockabasin also grabbed 20 rebounds.  

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  40. Community Support Brings Continued Success to Thrift Store

    Jayna Smith
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    One of the busiest shops on Main Street is the Calais Community Thrift Shop, located next to the movie theater.  Its success, according to volunteer Linda Howe, is because of the continued support it receives from those in the community.

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  41. Demmons and Ellis Recognized for Over 20 Years of Game Announcing

    Jayna Smith
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    On Saturday, February 5, just before the start of the final regular-season home games at Calais High School, athletic director Randy Morrison made a special presentation.  This presentation recognized Jeff Demmons and Mike Ellis, both of whom have been announcing Calais basketball games for more than 20 years on WQDY and who each recently announced their retirements from doing so.

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  42. Farrar Recognized for Time and Dedication Given to Community Youth

     

    Jayna Smith
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    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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  43. Knights of Columbus Crown Free Throw Champions

     

    Ten winners from the St. Croix Valley area were named local champions of the 2022 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  All five boys and five girls have now earned the right to compete at the state level in March.

    St. Croix Council #149 in Calais sponsored the local competition at Calais Elementary School last Saturday, February 5.  All youngsters ages 9 to 14 were eligible to participate.  

    Each was allowed 25 free throw attempts in the contest.  High score for the day was 18 shots made out of 25 attempts.  

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  44. Calais Rec. Grades 7/8 Celtics Team Earns Championship

     

    Coach Jack Downing’s championship Celtics team includes Isaac Downing, Ben Harvey, Peter Morrell, Jordan  Barnard, Wyatt Short, Jack Downing, John Bassett, and Noah White.  Absent from photo is Colby Moholland and Lucas Morrell.

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  45. Lady Blue Devils Move up to Second in Northern Maine Class C

     

    The Calais girls basketball team traveled to Machias last week and found another victory against the Bulldogs with a score of 65-42.
    Calais was led by Sage Phillips with 18 points and Nevaeh Thomas with 14.

    Kendra Stevens scored another 10 points for the winners, while Trinity Jones and Alexis Donahue each had 8, Kayleigh Scott had 3, and Brenna Critchley and Kate McPhee both added a basket for the Blue Devils victory.

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