1. Gavin Parks a 2020 Strater Scholarships Recipient

     

    The Maine Community Foundation has announced the 2020 recipients of the Strater Downeast Scholarship Fund. The fund provides renewable scholarship support to high school graduates in Washington County and graduates of Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan pursuing post-secondary education in a degree program at the University of Maine, the University of Maine at Machias, Maine Maritime Academy, or Washington County Community College. 

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  2. Veteran Spotlight - Jerald “Butch” Garriott

     

    Standing Guard While the Nation Mourned 

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    It was 57 years ago this month when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dallas, Texas.  The date was Friday, Nov. 22, 1963.  

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  3. November Food Pantry Donations to be Matched up to $5,000 at Pratt

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Ian Pratt at Pratt Chevrolet is again matching donations made to the local food pantries, a fundraising campaign he has done at the car dealership for many years, all to decrease food insecurity in the area.  Throughout November, all donations brought or mailed in to Pratt Chevrolet will be matched up to $5,000.  

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  4. Food Pantry Donations

    Until Nov. 22, the Calais Visitor Information Center at 39 Union Street is collecting non-perishables for the Irene Chadbourn Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Anyone making a donation will receive a free Maine map.  Items can be dropped off at the center inside the Wabanaki Culture Center seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and contactless dropoff can be coordinated by calling (207) 454-2211.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  5. Washington County Goes for Republicans, Mostly

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Only one other county (Somerset) supported President Trump more than Washington County, which tied with Aroostook, giving Trump 59.1 percent of its vote. Statewide, Vice President Joe Biden won 55.3 percent, or 428,232 votes to Trump’s 44.2 percent, or 356,673 votes.

    Congressional District 2 (CD2), Maine’s more rural district and where Washington County is located, supported Trump to the tune of 52.4 percent, delivering him one of the state’s four electoral college votes. 

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  6. Happy Birthday, Tom!

    Tom, our handsome office cat has turned 4-years-old. He was born around November in 2016 but because he is a rescue cat, PAWS of Calais didn’t have the exact birth date. He joined our office staff in July of 2018. Please join us in wishing him a very Happy Birthday! Tom requests that any birthday gifts should be directed to the other animals at PAWS in Calais by making gift donations in his name to PAWS, 368 South St., Calais or online at: https://paws-calais.com/donate

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  7. Living with Diabetes: Gabe’s Story

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    November marks National Diabetes Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over ten percent of the nation’s population has diabetes.  Five-year-old Gabe Youngblood makes up part of that number.

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  8. Calais Knights of Columbus Announces New Officers

     

    This is a special year for the local Knights of Columbus as it celebrates its 125th anniversary in the St. Croix Valley.  Last month at a special ceremony, St. Croix Knights of Columbus Council #149 announced its new officers for the 2020-2021 fraternal year.  The officers were formally installed into their positions by Knights of Columbus State Secretary Jon Harvey from Hermon.

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  9. Local Group Provides Free Concerts

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    October in Maine isn’t exactly known for its host of outdoor concerts, as the weather is unpredictable and snow could happen at any minute. But local rock group Old Skool didn’t let the cool October weather sway them from holding the second of two free concerts on the waterfront in Calais. 

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  10. The Show Must Go On for Local Pageants in the Virtual Age

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A stage, an emcee and an applauding audience are just some of the things common with a pageant, but of course, like nearly everything in 2020, things were very different for this year’s Miss St. Croix Valley and Miss Acadia pageants.  Both pageants were ultimately held virtually.  

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  11. Local AOS 90 Schools Move to Remote Learning

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    AOS 90 Superintendent Patricia Metta, who oversees schools in Baileyville, Princeton, and Topsfield, announced on Thursday, Oct. 29 that students in that district will move from in-person learning to remote learning throughout the month of November.

    “At this time, the schools have had no positive cases of COVID-19,” Metta said on Friday.  “Our school closure is precautionary in nature, given what is going on in the local communities.” 

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  12. Second Baptist Church Pastor Responds to Outbreak

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last week, the Second Baptist Church of Calais made headlines across the state as 27 area people connected to the church tested positive for coronavirus.  According to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shaw, 18 of those cases were considered primary, or directly related to individuals involved at the church.  

    The remaining nine were considered secondary, or resulting from close contact of a primary case.   

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  13. Pratt Donates to CRH for Breast Cancer Screenings

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    For the tenth year in a row, Chevrolet has partnered with the American Cancer Society to support its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.  With every #IDriveFor Twitter or Instagram post made throughout the month of October, Chevrolet contributed $5 to the American Cancer Society.  

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  14. Jim O’Neill Recognized at Retirement for 30 Years of Service to the City

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Recognition took place last week to honor city employee Jim O’Neill at his retirement.  O’Neill has been a city employee for 30 years, having begun his employment with public works in 1990.

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  15. MaineAEYC Celebrates our 2020 Children’s Champions

     

    This week, in an online recognition ceremony, the Maine Association of the Education of Young Children (MaineAEYC) honored Representative Jay McCreight and Senator Marianne Moore with Children’s Champions Awards. The original celebration was going to take place at the State House in April during the “Week of the Young Child.” It was rescheduled to coincide with an early childhood education policy and advocacy webinar series that MaineAEYC has been hosting this month.

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  16. Local Hosts Croptoberfest for Scrapbooking Fun

     

    Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    A. Bitar Scrapbooking in Perry will be hosting Croptoberfest Weekend beginning Saturday, October 31 and going into Sunday, November 1. Participants will be able to create four traditional 12x12 scrapbook pages throughout the weekend. 

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  17. Local Woman to Give Tedx Talk

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    For many, it is hard to imagine the possibility of bringing what they do to the National level, but for Lanette Pottle, the seemingly improbable has become a reality. Lanette will be presenting at a TEDx talk on November 28 in Houston, Texas. 

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  18. Red Ribbon Week at CES

     

    Noah Gillespie, a kindergarten student at Calais Elementary School, shows off his Red Ribbon Week mask which reads “Be happy.  Be brave.  Be drug free.”  He is also donning his red attire for the themed day be RED-y to fight drug abuse.  Every year, the students and staff at the school celebrate Red Ribbon Week, the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the country.  One can learn more at redribbon.org.  (Submitted photo)

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  19. CDRC Announces Scarecrow Contest Winners

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Many businesses and organizations took part in this year’s Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) scarecrow contest, a just-for-fun event to help decorate the downtown.  Rules were simple:  choose a lamp post and create a scarecrow of your liking.

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  20. Ken Berry Honored for Years of Volunteer Work to Riverfront Walkway

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Many recognize the beauty of the Calais Riverfront Walkway, but few realize the countless hours one man has put into its upkeep.  That man, Ken Berry, was recognized on Monday for his dedication to the improvement of the trail.

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  21. Rotary Club Brings Municipal Candidates’ Forum

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    St. Croix Area - Calais Rotary Club held its first Candidates’ Night last week, held virtually and featuring all three candidates vying for the two vacant seats on Calais City Council and three of the four candidates vying for the two vacant seats on Calais School Board.  

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  22. Election Fears

     

    The emotion governing this election, for both the left and the right, is not hope but fear. There is some talk of hoping to unite the nation and end the divisiveness, but that is nonsense. The goals of the left (socialism, color-conscious “anti-racism”, and an ever-expanding nanny state) are directly in conflict with the goals of conservatives (capitalism, colorblind equal protection, freedom of speech and religion and limited government).

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  23. The Calais Advertiser Receives 17 Awards from Maine Press Association

    Wins MPA’s Highest Honor for Advertising Efforts

    At its annual state conference, held virtually on Oct. 24, the Maine Press Association recognized The Calais Advertiser for its exceptional journalism work, awarding it with 17 awards, including the MPA’s highest honor for member newspapers, the prestigious award for General Excellence in Advertising.  Its sister paper, Machias Valley News Observer, won 13 awards, for a total of 30 awards combined between the two Washington County publications.  

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  24. Man Finishes Marine Corps Marathon in his Hometown

     

    Natalie Boomer  

    natalie@calais.news

    On Sunday, October 18th, Louie Nicholas completed the Marine Corps Marathon virtual event. 

    He began his 26.2-mile journey at his camp located on Sysladobsis Lake near Dobsis Dam and declared the Princeton public boat landing his finish line. 

    Nicholas originally planned to participate in the Mount Desert Island Marathon, but when it got postponed he decided to sign up for the Marine Corps Marathon. 

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  25. No Deficiencies Found at CRH; Ombudsman’s Oversight Terminated

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last April, Calais Regional Hospital was court-ordered to have the involvement of an ombudsman to make sure patients are treated properly during its ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.  This came amid incidents at the hospital that resulted in Maine DHHS to become involved, specifically, when an emergency room doctor was unable to intubate a patient back in February.  The hospital did cut ties with that doctor.

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  26. Downeast Athletic Conference Champions

    The undefeated Calais High School golf team earned the DAC Championship title last week at Jonesboro’s Barren View.  Team members (left to right) are Coach John Moody, Josh Calder, Jace Cook, Shane Delmonaco, Kobe Saunders, Joseph Footer, Nate Pesce, Zachary Wentworth, and Andrew Barnard.  Three of the Calais team members who also earned individual DAC All-Star status are junior Kobe Saunders, who shot a 91; senior Shane Delmonaco, who shot a 97; and sophomore Jace Cook, who shot a 104.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

     

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  27. Calais Boys’ Cross Country Takes Top Spot in DACs

     

    Asst. Coach Ryan Furtek

    The Addison Coty Memorial Race for high school cross country was held at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, October 15th.  The kids had a sparkling fall day for the race, and the school took the opportunity to honor the three seniors on the team: Sophia McVicar, Luke Furtek, and Mason Ritchie.  

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  28. Calais Elementary to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    An annual tradition at Calais Elementary School is the celebration of Red Ribbon Week, this year slated for Oct. 23 - 31.  

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  29. Halloween Activities

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    With so much change and uncertainty lately, many in Calais and surrounding communities are doing whatever they can to keep things normal for the kids. While a complete return to normal isn’t in the cards for a lot of annual events, a lot of new events and creative ideas will still ensure that kids get to celebrate Halloween. 

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  30. Sunrise Eye Care Welcomes New Optometrists

     

    Sunrise Eye Care is pleased to announce that Dr. Lauren Shaffer and Dr. Trevor Bet have joined the Sunrise Eye Care team. 

    Dr. Shaffer and Dr. Bet both graduated in 2017 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.  They are looking forward to meeting their patients and exploring Maine. 

    Both doctors are currently seeing new and established patients at Sunrise Eye Care in Calais and Machias.  

    Sunrise Eye Care can be reached by calling 207-454-2277 for the Calais office or 207-255-4461 for the Machias office. 

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  31. Storefront Receives Extensive Damage After Being Struck by Car

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    On Saturday, Oct. 17, Calais Police Department responded to a single-vehicle accident at the Cigaret Shopper, 338 North Street.

    According to Sgt. Matt Vinson, around 2 p.m., John Gallupe, 54, of Baileyville, was attempting to park his 2009 Mazda 3.  Instead, he accidentally drove the vehicle up over the curb, striking the front of the building.  

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  32. Washington County Mainah’s for Trump Gather to Rally

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Locals have joined together for a second time to support President Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election.

    On Sunday, October 18th, three separate groups from Whiting, Baileyville, and Pembroke came together at 12:30 p.m. in Calais to parade through the town and rally.

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  33. The Sergeant Schultz Defense Won’t Hunt

     

    By Jonathan Reisman

    “I know nothing”- Sgt. Schultz on Hogan’s Heroes and the Biden Crime Family

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  34. Couple Gets Innovative with a COVID-Style, Cross-Border Wedding

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The coronavirus pandemic has halted many events this year, but for one Nova Scotia couple, it did not prevent them from holding their very unique wedding here in the St. Croix Valley.

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  35. CHS Cross Country Continues Making Strides

     

    Asst. Coach Ryan Furtek

    On Saturday, Calais High School’s cross country team traveled to Eastport.  The 2.8 mile course, although mostly flat and run on the road, offered its own challenges, mainly the howling winds.  

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  36. Calais-Area Fall Baseball Ends Regular Season

     

    Calais-area fall baseball wrapped up its regular season of play on Sunday, splitting with the tough Reapers team from Bangor.  Calais dropped the first game 12-4, and then held off a Reapers charged to earn an 8-7 win.  Play-offs are set to begin this weekend. 

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  37. SCA-Rotary Club of Calais Candidate’s Night

     

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

    SCA-Calais Rotary is hosting a candidate’s night for Calais School Board and Calais City Council candidates. This virtual event will be moderated by local community leader and Rotarian Theresa Brown. 

    The virtual event will be streamed live to the FaceBook group “What’s Happening in Washington County” at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1778552792360444/ 

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  38. Senator Collins Participates in Eastport Airport Groundbreaking

     

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, delivered the keynote address at a groundbreaking ceremony at Eastport Municipal Airport on October 13.  Senator Collins secured a $5,806,900 grant for runway and lighting improvements, as well as for wastewater infrastructure.

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  39. St. Kateri Youth Group in Calais to Collect and Distribute Free Coats to Community

     

    Thanks to the youth group at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish (Immaculate Conception Church, Calais; St. Joseph Church, Eastport; St. James the Greater Church, Baileyville; St. John the Evangelist Church, Pembroke; St. Ann Church, Indian Township; St. Ann Church, Perry), many community members in need will receive warm clothing this winter.

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  40. Police Remind Public it’s a Crime to Steal Political Signs

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Political signs are a common sight with any election, but this year, with our Presidential election, such signs seem to be planted everywhere.

    According to Calais Police Department’s Sgt. Matt Vinson, it is a crime to unlawfully remove or deface any political sign.  “There are lots of stipulations regarding the placement of temporary signs, and just because you may not agree with what it displays, you can’t simply remove it,” he said.

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  41. McVicar Scores Her 100th Goal

    Calais High School senior Sophia McVicar scored four goals on Thursday to help the Blue Devils remain undefeated with an 8-1 win over the Woodland Dragons.  Those goals also got Sophie to her 100th high school career goal, a feat only reached by one other Blue Devils girls soccer player, Meaghan Cavanaugh, who graduated in 2013.  Sophia is pictured here with her parents Bill and Kim McVicar.  (Photo by Brenda Batson)

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  42. Preserve Your Photo Memories at Croptoberfest

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    There is a fun group of ladies who meets quite regularly, all sharing the hobby of scrapbooking.  Coming up at the end of the month, the group is inviting others to join in on the fun for an annual Croptoberfest.

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  43. Senator Collins Visits Calais

     

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins made a stop in Calais on Tuesday morning as part of her “All of Maine Bus Tour,” which is taking her to all 16 of Maine’s counties.  

      “I always enjoy visiting Calais and speaking with members of the community.  I had a great breakfast at Karen’s Diner this morning, which was the perfect way to begin a busy day in Washington County,” said Senator Collins.   

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  44. Even Amid Pandemic, Community Comes Through for Turkey-a-Thon

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The coronavirus pandemic brought some uncertainties for this year’s Classic Hits Turkey-a-Thon, specifically whether it would prevent people from coming out to make donations or whether donations would be as great as in prior years.  When the day ended on Friday, however, the 16th annual Turkey-a-Thon proved to be a huge success.

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  45. Coastal Conservancy Partners with Astronomers Club for Stargazing Event

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    This Saturday night, Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) will host the Reversing Falls Night Sky Tour at its preserve in Pembroke.  The event, with the presentation provided by Downeast Amateur Astronomers, will give attendees a view of constellations and will also provide on-the-spot imaging of deep sky objects, shown through a special type of telescope.  

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