1. Community Scavenger Hunt Brings Community Together

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    It isn’t until times seem the most strange and dark that the color of a person and community truly shine through. With a strange new way to go to school, work, and even enjoy times with family, it has been a period of constant change for many and led to many getting a sense of cabin fever, just as the weather is getting nicer.

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  2. Pandemic Derails Occurrence of 47th Annual International Festival

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Since 1974, the International Homecoming Festival has been a significant event for the City of Calais and Town of St. Stephen.  Celebrating the long-standing friendship between the two communities, the festival brings many to the area to celebrate events on both sides of the border and always gives the local economy a boost. This year, however, International Homecoming Festival joins the long list of canceled summer 2020 events.  

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  3. Roundtable Discussion Highlights Need for Federal Funding of Rural Hospitals

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    On Thursday, April 30th, U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with local healthcare leaders and city officials. The group discussed the many challenges facing rural hospitals, especially during the current pandemic, with Gideon describing the current status of rural healthcare as a “crisis situation.”  

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  4. Fun Wildlife Photos

    A Harp Seal on the beach in Lubec, taken on Earth Day! (Photo by Angie Cummings)

    A chipmunk. (Photo by Donna Melanson)

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  5. Citing Coronavirus Effects, Hospital Announces Reduction in Staff

     

    Service Lines Remain Available for Patient Care

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Regional Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last September, citing a decrease in paying and insured patients, inadequate reimbursement from MaineCare, and greater regulatory requirements, among other factors.  

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  6. Lions Club Facing Fundraising Challenges, Donations of Returnables Can Help

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Lions Club has been part of the community since it was chartered in 1940, making it one of the city’s longest-running civic organizations.  Although a small group of men, the organization contributes approximately $20,000 annually to local charities.  

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  7. Raye’s Mustard Hosts Online Contest

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Karen Raye, of Raye’s Mustard in Eastport, has come up with an exciting way to pass the time while community members are stuck at home due to the COVID-19 self-isolation order. 

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  8. The Hunt is On for Painted Rocks!

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Calais Waterfront Walkway has seen lots of foot traffic in recent weeks.  Many people are taking advantage of the weather to begin some physical exercise, while others are playing a fun game of hide and seek.  This particular hide-and-seek game, however, is not your traditional one.  It is played by kids–and kids at heart–wishing to brighten up the route.

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  9. Dog Missing For Months Found and Safe

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Since November of last year, members of the Washington County community have been reporting sightings of a lost dog who had been roaming around the Calais area. 

    On Wednesday, April 22nd, the dog was finally captured by David Townsend, an animal control officer, at 10 p.m. 

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  10. Food Pantry Volunteers Provide Curbside Pick Up

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last Thursday and Friday, volunteers at Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry kept busy providing curbside pickups of food boxes.  

    The boxes, according to food pantry director Fr. David Sivret, included a mixture of cereals and canned goods.  Also available were apples, potatoes, chicken, fish sticks, sliced ham, and pork patties, among other items.  The goods were supplied from USDA/Good Shepherd Food Bank.  

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  11. The former Chen Garden Restaurant being demolished

    The former Chen Garden Restaurant location at 43 North Street is being torn down today.  The building was acquired by the city in 2015 due to unpaid taxes, however, the restaurant still operated until a year ago.  At that time, it was ordered closed by state health inspectors, and in May.  

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  12. Locals Donate Masks to PAWS

    What a wonderful surprise! Meg & Moxie Rothberg (PAWS adopter and ME Coon alum) made hand crafted masks for our staff! These colorful animal prints have really brought cheer and hope to everyone, including the kitties who couldn’t understand a word we were saying through our folded bandanas! We can’t thank you enough! (Facebook photo)

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  13. Cobscook Institute’s Monday Night Music Brings Connection & Medicine

     

    At a recent Monday Night Music Circle, Dwayne Tomah, who was participating over the phone, shared some thoughts with the rest of the attendees: “Music is healing…music is medicine.” This resonated with the group that gathers Monday evenings over Zoom to share music, connect, and usher a bit of joy into the world.

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  14. UMaine Cooperative Extension Offers Tick Testing

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    With warmer weather now upon us, many will be spending more time outdoors.  This means it’s an especially good time to get into the habit of checking for ticks, small bloodsucking parasites,  many of which transmit diseases to animals and people.

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  15. Finn’s Fight Against Leukemia

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Finnegan Walters was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer of the blood, at the young age of three. His family has been stationed in Guam, due to his father being in the military, but he has recently been transferred to a hospital in Hawaii and will be hospitalized for at least 30 days to receive treatment throughout this COVID-19 quarantine.

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  16. PAWS Continues Adoptions

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For many, the only thing that gets them through their day is knowing that when they get home they have their families waiting there for them, especially the furry ones! With a number of businesses changing the way they do things or are forced to close until the gathering restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted, PAWS animal shelter in Calais is still open for business, though a bit modified.

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  17. Local Man Creates, Donates Ear Savers to Essential Workers

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Glowforge, an American-based company that makes 3D laser printers, has encouraged Glowforge owners across the country to make Ear Savers to provide to first responders and other essential workers.

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  18. Border Patrol Agents Make Donation to Food Pantry

    Local Border Patrol Agents recently donated 213 pounds of food, along with $150 in cash, to Irene Ecumenical Food Pantry, to assist during the pandemic with the increased number of people using the food pantry.  (Facebook photo)

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  19. Local Restaurants, Police Supported through Gift Certificate Purchase

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Police officers in Baileyville and in Calais each were treated to lunches through gift certificates donated by local business owner Mary Pelletier at S&M Designs.

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  20. Open Letter to Gov. Mills: Washington County Commissioners would like to open up the county as soon as possible

    The Washington County Commissioners yesterday delivered a letter to Governor Janet Mills stating that rural Maine occupies a unique position relative to the coronavirus pandemic, and asking the governor to include the three most rural counties in conversations about how to reopen the state for business. 

    The full text of the letter appears here:

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  21. Springtime Bouquets

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news 

    Jane Eaton, of Robbinston, is known for bouquets that she creates from her very own flower garden. Although it may seem like there are not a lot of flowers blooming during this spring in Maine, Jane explains that there are a few that just might surprise you. 

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  22. Students See Calais Regional Hospital’s Preparedness Through Video

    To share with students the various roles at Calais Regional Hospital, as well as how patients are taken care of and how staff uses personal protective equipment (PPE), Calais Elementary School nurse Mrs. Heather White created a video with some of the CRH staff.  Mrs. White, who also works at the hospital, shared the video to her Facebook page to give students a better understanding of how the hospital is ready to serve them if needed.  (Facebook photo)

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  23. Calais Fire-EMS Hosts Virtual Tour of Station

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Due to the statewide social distancing guidelines, the annual Easter Egg Hunt held by Calais Fire-EMS had to be canceled. 

    Captain Bill Lee of the fire department wanted to give children of the area something fun to do while they were stuck inside their homes, so he had the idea of a virtual tour of the fire station. 

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  24. Locals Donate Easter Dinner to Community Members in Need

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    The Old School Family Restaurant in Princeton delivered over 200 meals to elderly folks in the area on Saturday, April 11th. 

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  25. Easter Bunny Visits on a Fire Engine

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    On Saturday, April 11th, the Woodland Recreation Department and the Woodland Fire Department came together to spread some Easter cheer. 

    The Woodland Recreation Department usually has an annual Easter egg hunt along with a visit from the Easter Bunny for the children of the community, but that event was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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  26. Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds May Not Be Sufficient for CRH

     

    Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) has lost over 40% of its patient volumes while also assuming additional costs to prepare for a potential influx of COVID-19 patients.    With regular operations coming to an almost halt, there is little revenue projected to cover costs in the coming weeks.   This is a never before seen financial crisis for many hospitals like CRH, that threatens the ability of the organization to provide care and maintain its presence as an economic engine in our community.  

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  27. IGA Recognizes Local First Responders

    Calais IGA owners David Pike and Bob Craft recognized local first responders last week by providing items for an Easter dinner, includng a cake that read, “Thank You To Our Dedicated First Responders.”  Pictured are Craft and Fire Chief Ken Clark.  (Facebook photo)

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  28. Easter Bunny Lends a Hand

    Lunches were delivered to some Methodist Home residents last week by the Easter Bunny!  Pictured are Sue Holmes, Bunny, and Cindy Delmonaco.  Absent from photo, but also helping with deliveries, was Cindy Wartman.  (Submitted photo) 

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  29. Homeowner Hopes to Boost Spirits with Window Display

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    In trying times, the good in the people of the greater Calais area certainly shines through.  From area residents coming together to create “bear hunts” for children, to community members donating money to provide meals to be delivered to senior citizens, among numerous other kind gestures, many are doing whatever they can to put a smile on someone else’s face.

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  30. Sewing Circle Churns out Face Masks Using Distance-Friendly Assembly Line

    By Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Bags of fabric are crisscrossing Washington County along a virtual assembly line so precisely orchestrated the people working on it never see each other. Working remotely, the Washington County Covid-19 Mask Sewing Circle has already delivered more than 500 cloth face masks, and taken orders for 1,200 more. 

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  31. Wildlife Photos

    Squirrel-proof bird feeders are not deer proof, as indicative of the feasting deer and the near-empty feeder.

    The black capped chickadee is the state bird of both Maine and Massachusetts. 

    (Photos by Jayna Smith)

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  32. First Class of Unobskey Scholars is Announced

     

    The Unobskey Scholars Program is proud to announce its 2020 class, selected from ninth graders attending nine different public high schools in Washington County, Maine, and Charlotte County, New Brunswick.

    The Maine Unobskey Scholars are:  Lydia DeSchiffart, Emmalee Donahue-Ripley, and Matthew Haire from Narraguagus High School in Harrington; Jacey Barabe and Jaida Case from Machias Memorial High School in Machias; and Hope McGlaughlin from Calais High School.

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  33. Local Art Teacher Brings Art Class to Facebook

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    School buildings may be closed, but school is still in session. Teachers have been sending out assignments to their students, video chatting with them, reading to them through Facebook live videos, emailing them, and more. One teacher, in particular, wanted to bring her students together to have fun and get creative.

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  34. Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles Find Shelter in Many Homes

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Many of us have noticed ladybugs in our homes recently. These bugs are actually a specific type of ladybug known as the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, and they become more common in New England homes during times of cold weather.

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  35. New Cell Tower to Host First Responder Network, AT&T Subscribers

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Many have noticed the new hard-to-miss tower in town, sitting right next to Calais Recreation Center.  

    The tower is part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a network proposed by the federal 9/11 Commission and endorsed by Congress in 2012.   AT&T has been selected to build and manage this first high-speed broadband wireless network dedicated to police, firefighters, and emergency medical services.  

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  36. Community Comes Together to Provide Children with Easter Egg Hunt

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Schools, parks, and after school activities are still canceled and parents and teachers are starting to come up with creative ways to entertain children.

    Throughout the past few weeks, people of Washington County have been placing teddy bears in their windows for children to spot while on “bear hunts.” As Easter approaches, the Calais PTO has introduced the idea of replacing the bears with Easter eggs.

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  37. In Challenging Times, Community Steps Up to Help Girl Scouts

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Girl Scouts at every level—from kindergarten-age Daisies to 12th-grade Ambassadors—recently participated in selling Girl Scout Cookies, a tradition that started in 1917.

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  38. Homeowners' Decorations Spread Love and Smiles

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The home of Jose and Barbara Lara on Calais Avenue always brings smiles to the faces of those who drive or walk by when decorated for the holidays.  

    The couple recently decorated for spring.  The décor includes colorful inflatable eggs and bunnies and lots of lights, as well as some giant teddy bears for all to see on their bear hunts.  

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  39. Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry

    The food pantry volunteers continue their regular hours for clients, with strict measures in place to ensure social distancing is practiced.  Volunteers are also ensuring senior clients--those who are most vulnerable during this pandemic--who are in need receive food via delivery.  Seniors may call 207-214-4487 with name, address, phone number, and the number of people in the household.  Calls will be returned the next business day.  One can follow Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry on Facebook for information and updates.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  40. Fun Wildlife Photo!

     

    Please send us your wildlife photos to editor@calais.news

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  41. Man From Grand Lake Stream Keeps Memories Alive

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Although St. Croix Video of Woodland is no longer open for business, owner Maurice Brown has been staying busy by sharing some of the memories he has captured in the past with others through his business Facebook page. 

    Brown was raised in Grand Lake Stream and attended his early school years there, and then migrated to Baileyville to attend Woodland High School. 

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  42. Pink Wednesdays in the Lab

     

    Consistent with the ongoing efforts to protect patients, staff, and the community, Calais Regional Hospital Visitors Policy will be restricted beginning Saturday, March 28 as indicated: 

    -ONE designated visitor per patient 

    -NO visitors with flu-like symptoms 

    -NO visitors under the age of 12 

    -ALL visitors will be screened 

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  43. A Hidden Calais Treasure

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Did you know that right in the middle of Calais is a National Historic Site? On the corner of Lincoln and North Streets is a little known spot called Meridian Park. Most would think it was part of the drive to get to the back parking lot of the recreation center or just a rocky hillside in the middle of town, but few know the location’s historic significance.

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  44. Shining a Light on Autism

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, with boys four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.  

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  45. Moosehorn Offers Over 50 Miles of Hiking Trails to the Public

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Spring weather is approaching us here in Washington County making many of us anxious to partake in outdoor activities. 

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