1. Town of Alexander Loses $40,000 in Payroll Checks

    By Jayna Smith

    Last Thursday, October 3, the Town of Alexander select board meeting took place at Alexander Elementary School.  Selectmen Patrick Cormier, Foster Carlow, John Knowles, and David Davis were in attendance.  

    From the audience, it was asked if any movement on Ed Burgess’s recent resignation from the position of selectman was going to take place at this meeting.  Chair of the board Foster Carlow explained that Burgess’s resignation was tabled. “We didn’t accept it...We tabled it indefinitely,” he stated. 

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  2. Calais Celtic Concerts to Present The Trials of Cato

     

    Calais Celtic Concerts will present the hottest group in folk music out of Wales this year, “The Trials of Cato” at a special show on Sunday, October 6 at 7 p.m. at Calais High School. The group has won the 2019 Best Emerging Artist Award at the Wales Folk Award ceremony this year and are up for two more BBC Awards this November. They are only in the states for a short, two-week stint as they continue with their world tour. We are extremely lucky to be one of their stops!

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  3. Woodland Lady Dragon Soccer Team

    Pictured is the Woodland Lady Dragon soccer team. Members include front l-r: Alexis Pilotte, Alyssa Stevens, Sierra Bryant, Keyairah Pellerin, Amy Cox, Bianca Pellerin, and Cheyenne Hobbs. Back l-r: Coach Kris Siering, Joanna Korasadowicz, Abby Walker, Gabrielle Dubay, Dillanne Hampton, Jayden Smith, and Hannah Lockenwitz. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  4. St. Anne’s Applefest

    Applefest takes place inside and outside. The thrift shop sets up outside the church and has a little bit of something for everyone. (Photo by Pierre Little)

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  5. World Relay Starts US Leg in Calais

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    When most people think of bikers, people who ride motorcycles, they think of middle-aged white men, but while that may be the perception it is not in fact the reality. For years the number of women riders has been steadily growing but motorcycle companies have yet to catch up with the shifting trends.

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  6. Fall-Themed Virtual 5K Offered Throughout Maine

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    The Great Pumpkin Run will take place on Sunday, October 6th at 1 p.m., starting at the Calais Motor Inn. Although there is a scheduled date for this event, there is a catch. You can participate in this virtual 5K anywhere at any time. 

    Tina Seelye of Get Fit With Tina, will be running with her crew through downtown Calais, but others who want to participate can run the 3.1 miles anywhere they’d like. 

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  7. Nutrition Club to Open in Calais

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Unleashed Nutrition will be open to the public this Saturday, the 5th. It will be open weekly from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The nutrition club will offer healthy smoothies, protein shakes, energy boosting teas, wellness profiles, meal planning, recipes, and body transformation challenges. 

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  8. WES Teacher Finds Sponsors to Donate Books to Students

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Gena Maloney, a 4th-grade teacher at Woodland Elementary School, made it possible for every child in the school to receive a book each month during the school year last year. This year she would like to do the same. 

    Scholastic Book Clubs offer a book each month for students for $1, or $9 for a book each month for the entire school year.

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  9. Kitten Killed by Dog-at-Large, Charges Pending for Owner

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Last week, the family kitten of Baileyville resident Sherri Neddeau was viciously killed by a dog-at-large.  According to Neddeau, the 19-week old kitten named Taz was underneath the porch of her home when the dog went under after it.  

    Neddeau took to social media to find out who owned the dog.  It did not take long for her post to receive over 250 comments, many of which offered condolences on the loss of Taz, while others were opinions on what should happen to the dog and/or its owner(s).  

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  10. Local Girl Scout Completes Silver Award

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Girl Scouts is about much more than selling cookies every winter, it is about learning about yourself and finding a way to give back to your community. Many Girl Scouts find ways to help in their community by doing service projects and volunteering with local organizations. For local Cadet Scout Bailey O’Rourke, she took on the challenge of completing the second-highest award a girl scout can earn, the Silver Award.

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  11. New DHHS Office on North Street to Open October 15

     

    By Dominic Gayton

    dominic@calais.news

    The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is scheduled to reopen its Calais office on October 15, 2019, at the newly renovated building at 338 North Street, the former location of Family Dollar.

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  12. Calais Lady Blue Devil Varsity Volleyball Squad

    Pictured is the Calais Lady Blue Devil varsity volleyball squad. Members include front l-r: Alessia Murgioni, Emily Doten, Twyla Smiley, Olivia Huckins, Cecile Jugault, and Sontee Edwards. Back l-r: Coach Anne Scott, Assistant Coach Kati Grass, Alexis Polches, Lexi Doten, Elaine Perkins, Nevaeh Thomas, Aryana McConnico, Kendra Stevens, Hannah Gadway, Trinity Jones,  Cassidy Carr, Alyssa Johnson, and Assistant Coach Nicki Scott. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  13. Move it or Lose it: Sittercize Helping Women Stay Fit

     

    By Jayna Smith

    It’s no secret that physical activity and exercise are good for you, with numerous studies proving the associated health benefits.  As we age, it becomes even more important.  This is why Sally Doten began offering free sittercise classes about one year ago to women over 60.  

    “I went over [to Calais Regional Hospital] and talked to Kris Mesman at physical therapy and asked what we could do.  She thought it would be good to just move,” Doten explained, adding, “After 60, you need to move.”

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  14. National POW/MIA Recognition Day

     

    September 20, 2019 proclaimed, by the President, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. 

    The Calais area Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Remembrance Ceremony was held Friday at the Calais Fire Station.  Prior to the ceremony, retired members of the military took turns standing Guard at the flag to remember all our POW/MIAs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.    

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  15. Holmestead’s Entryway Back to Original 1850 Condition

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Many today have probably never heard of Asher Bassford, a noted 1800s Calais-area architect.  Bassford designed and built many homes and other structures in the area, among them the old Calais Academy and some now long gone Main Street homes.  One of these structures still stands, however, and that is the Holmestead at 527 Main Street, built in 1850.

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  16. St. Croix Valley Pickleball Hosts First Tournament in Calais

     

    By Dominic Gayton

    dominic@calais.news

    The first St. Croix Valley Pickleball tournament was held on Saturday, September 21 at the Calais Tennis Courts. The tournament attracted 30 pickleball players, including many locals and many from away.

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  17. City of Calais Hires Coutinho as New Full-Time Office Assistant

     

    By Dominic Gayton 

    dominic@calais.news

    The City of Calais announced via Facebook on Friday, September 13 that it hired Haley Coutinho as the City Building’s new Office Assistant. Coutinho had previously filled this role on a part-time basis. In this role, she will be the city’s Deputy Clerk and Tax Collector. 

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  18. Over 100 Runners Compete in Cross Country Meet in Woodland

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    148 runners participated at the cross country meet at Woodland Jr-Sr High School on Wednesday the 17th. Five teams from the Eastern Washington County Elementary and Jr High Cross Country League took part in the meet.

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  19. School Reviews BARR Program Results

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Three years ago Calais High School began participation in the BARR program, Building Assets, Reducing Risks, which is designed to create ways for teachers to better connect to their students. The program at Calais focuses on the 9th-grade students and creating a way for the students to get acclimated to the high school setting as well as finding a support system for the coming years.

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  20. Premier Higgs Shares Economic Vision for N.B.

     

    By Jayna Smith

    On Friday, September 20th, the St. Stephen Area Chamber of Commerce hosted breakfast with Premier Blaine Higgs, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick, and his caucus.  

    The event, held at the Garcelon Civic Center, began with Premier  Higgs expressing condolences on the recent passing of the Hon. Greg Thompson.  Thompson served six terms as a Member of Parliament until his retirement in 2010. Thompson passed on September 10th.  

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  21. Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony

     

    On Wednesday September 18th, Veterans of Foreign War Post 9779 held its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony to honor the symbol of our American freedom, the American Flag, as they were retired from duty.  These flags are no longer serviceable but they have served us as a reminder of our nation and those who have defended our freedom.  

    Commander Sivret explained that The United States Flag Code states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

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  22. Calais Regional Hospital Files for Chapter 11 Protection

     

    By Pierre Little, Publisher and Managing Editor

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  23. Happy Birthday, Ginny Foss!

    Everyone at The Calais Advertiser would like to wish a very happy 100th birthday to Ginny Foss of Machias, who is currently living in Calais. Want to help her celebrate? Send cards to Virginia Foss, 40 Palmer Street, room 104a, Calais, ME, 04619. (Photo courtesy Washington Place)

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  24. Free Elder Abuse Workshop

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    An elder abuse workshop will be held at the Calais Congregational Church on Thursday, October 10th. Hosted by Elder Abuse Institute of Maine, Next Step Domestic Violence Project of Hancock and Washington Counties, and the Community Caring Collaboration, this workshop will be jam packed with information about elder abuse and violence.

    What elder abuse consists of, signs of elder abuse, resources who can help victims and families, and how to help someone in need will all be discussed throughout the four hour session.

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  25. Ceremony to Honor MIA and POW

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Every September on the third Friday all over the United States various groups take time out of their everyday routines to honor and remember those that entered the service and have never made it home. In 1970 the United States officially named the third Friday in September as POW/MIA Recognition Day. The day, while holding no ties to any conflict, reminds Americans of the sacrifice these service members made and the struggle their families are still facing.

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  26. Washington County Children’s Chorus Begins New Season

     

    By Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Under the direction of music educator Christine Guy, the Washington County Children’s Chorus has resumed rehearsals for its 25th season. 

    Students from all over Washington County are invited to participate in the group, which rehearses each Sunday afternoon from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in Machias at Centre Street Congregational Church.

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  27. Calais Lady Blue Devil JV Volleyball Squad

    Pictured is the Calais Lady Blue Devil JV Volleyball squad. Members include front l-r: Jocelyn Manza, Piper Donovan, Nevaeh Thomas, Sierra Jones, Lainey Johnson, Alessia Murgioni, Emma Saunders, Elizabeth Trainor, and Amelia Bernard. Back l-r: Coach Kati Grass, Kassidi Porter, Hailey Calder, Lexi Doten, Madison Stanley, Jordan Yarnes, Allison Yost, Emily Alley, Hailey Prickett, Haley Ann Way, Cecile Juguart, and Danielle White. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  28. New Recreational Courts for the Town of Woodland

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    The Woodland Recreation Department has had a very busy summer. The municipal courts across from the Woodland Jr-Sr High School have been completely transformed. 

    “It used to be old courts with big cracks in them, foot-wide cracks,” said Michael Boise, Park and Recreation Director for the town of Baileyville. 

    With the last renovations to the courts being in the 1970s, the area needed lots of work.

    “The hot top had to be taken out. It was just bare ground. The fencing had to be all redone,” said Boise.

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  29. Registration Open for Addison Coty Memorial Turkey Trot

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The date has been set for the second annual Addison Coty Memorial Turkey Trot.  The 5K race, along with a kids’ fun run, is set for Saturday, November 16th, and registration is now open.

    Addison, a 2018 graduate of Calais High School, lost his life in an automobile accident in July of 2018.  He was a great friend to many, and Addison was well-known for his athleticism, especially his ability as a cross country runner, having finished fifth in the state in Class C during his senior year.  

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  30. Local Woman Shares Bahamas Experience

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    The last year for Sherry Sivret has been one full of new challenges, places and people as she found herself on a journey with the Ms. Crown of Maine title. Each step of the journey has had a new and lasting impact on Mrs. Sivret including her most recent journey, a trip to Ms. World Pageant in the Bahamas.

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  31. Farmington Fire Captain Killed in Explosion

     

    Farmington Fire Captain Michael Bell, age 68, was killed in Monday's blast of a recently renovated and expanded facility that serves those with disabilities.  Bell was a 30-year member of the department.  Eight others were injured.  

    Fire crews were called to the building at 8:07 a.m. for a propane smell in the building.  Within minutes, the building exploded.  Vehicles and multiple homes in the area were reportedly damaged, and the powerful blast of the explosion was felt up to five miles away.  

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  32. Broken Pipe Releases Farmed Salmon Into Bay of Fundy

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), a Canadian organization whose mission is to conserve and restore wild Atlantic salmon and their ecosystems, announced last week that its researchers have removed 58 aquaculture-raised salmon attempting to enter the Magaguadavic River through the St. George, N.B. fishway. 

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  33. Some Customers in Baileyville to Receive Broadband Access this Week

    By Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Some addresses in Baileyville have only days, not weeks, to wait for high-speed internet access, said Downeast Broadband Utility board member Chris Loughlin. 

    “Some addresses in town are ready for service right now, other addresses it may be as late as October, November,” said Loughlin. “The further out you are, the later your connection.”

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  34. Downeast Credit Union Receives 2019 Best Places to Work in Maine Designation

     

    Downeast Credit Union is pleased to have achieved recognition as one of Maine’s Best Places to Work for 2019. 

    For the third year in a row, DECU is proud to have been selected as a premier place to work in Maine! This year, DECU is one of 48 employers to be honored in the mid-sized business category (50-249 employees), and one of 100 total organizations to be recognized across the state. Last year, DECU ranked 3rd overall in the mid-sized category and awaits their 2019 ranking which will be announced on October 2.

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  35. Some Customers in Baileyville to Receive Broadband Access this Week

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    By Sarah Craighead-Dedmon

    Some addresses in Baileyville have only days, not weeks, to wait for high-speed internet access, said Downeast Broadband Utility board member Chris Loughlin. 

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  36. Golden Hosts Congressional Hearing on Rural Broadband

     

    By Sarah Craighead-Dedmon

    As the first week of school came to a close, something unusual took place in Machias. Two U.S. congressmen sat behind microphones in a University of Maine at Machias classroom. A television camera focused on the congressmen, one of them swung a gavel, and so began a formal U.S. congressional field hearing.

    The subject? Rural high-speed internet, or lack thereof.

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  37. 9th Annual “Take Back The Night” Walk

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Members of Charlotte County will march from the Border Arena to St. Stephen University on September 20th to raise awareness of sexual assault, violence, and harassment. 

    The 9th Annual “Take Back The Night” Walk began as a public protest that was organized for women by women. This walk gave women a chance to unite and voice their concerns and their fears of violence and abuse. 

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  38. Local Veteran Receives Quilt of Valor

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Unless someone has been to war it is almost impossible to understand the feelings and events that each of the Veterans brings home with them. Each person that goes to fight for our protection and freedom brings home a piece of that experience and will carry it with them for the rest of their lives.

    For many, their service was their duty and their honor, but that does not ease the trouble they have seen and experienced. For those, the comfort of something meant that healing, not forgetting, but healing could start.

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  39. Consecration and Dedication of Holy Trinity Chapel in Dennysville

     

    On Saturday, September 21, at 11 a.m., the Right Reverend Richard Lipka will officiate at a public service for the consecration and dedication of Holy Trinity Chapel in Dennysville; a significant milestone in the life of this faith community. Bishop Lipka is the Suffragan Bishop for the Missionary Diocese of All Saints within the Anglican Church in North America.

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  40. Jim Bailey Book Signing at Calais IGA

    As mentioned in the previous issue of The Calais Advertiser, Jim Bailey hosted a book signing at the Calais IGA on Friday for his new book An Amazing Journey: A Wondrous Trek Through Time on his ancestor and Baileyville founder Nathaniel Bailey. Bailey also offered samples of his new line of fruit and berry toppings with no sugar added (Photo by Dominic Gayton)

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  41. Applefest at St. Anne’s Kicks Off Fall

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    As August rolls over to September the feel of fall starts to creep in and for everyone, the smells and start of fall mean different things. For some, it’s that first football game, the first pumpkin spice latte, or that first red leaf on the tree in their backyard. But for over twenty years, for the members of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, the start of fall has meant Applefest.

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  42. Plans are Underway for Baileyville’s Octoberfest

     

    By Jayna Smith 

    Another great Octoberfest in Baileyville is in the works, according to organizer Jamie Bohanon.  The week-long celebration is set for October 5th through October 13th and will include events for all ages. 

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  43. Calais City Council Property Committee Discusses Ongoing Efforts to Revamp Playgrounds

     

    By Dominic Gayton

    On Wednesday, September 4, the Property Committee of the Calais City Council met at the City Building to discuss the city’s ongoing efforts to install new playsets at all of Calais’s playgrounds. In particular, the committee discussed the fate of the current playset at the playground in the DiCenzo Athletic Complex, which is being replaced, and the future of the Milltown playground currently located on King Street. All committee members—Chair Eddie Moreside, Marcia Rogers, and Mark Carr—and City Manager Mike Ellis were present.

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  44. [BREAKING] CRH Nurses/Caregivers Vote to Authorize Strike

    After one year of contract negotiations, the unionized caregivers at Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) have authorized a strike for the first time in that hospital’s history, Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA)/National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) announced on Friday.

    No strike date has been set at this time, but should the bargaining team decide to move forward with a strike, nurses and the other caregivers will provide hospital management ten days’ advance notice so that CRH can make appropriate preparations.

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  45. DownEast Recovery Center Recognized Overdose Awareness Day

    DownEast Recovery Support Center (DRSC) in Calais recognized Overdose Awareness Day last Saturday evening.  The center's Machias location also recognized the day earlier in Machias.  In an effort to show support, raise awareness of overdose, and reduce the stigma of Substance Use Disorder, many came out to hear speakers share their stories, obtain information on substance use and treatment, and see memorial displays.  Pictured is DRSC's manager Amy Day and DRSC volunteer/member and advisory board member Chasity Tuell.  For more information on offerings at DownEast Recovery Support Center, o

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