1. State Rep Demands Vanceboro Border Crossing Remain Open 24/7

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  2. Medals Galore Brought Back from Special Olympics

     

    Jayna Smith
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    After the global pandemic prevented the annual Special Olympics from being held, nearly 450 athletes from across the state finally got to compete for the first time since 2019.  

    This year’s summer event was a full day of competitions, including softball throwing, Bocce, 100-meter dash, long jump, and more, all held on the campus of Orono’s University of Maine.

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  3. The Hokey Pokey Fair: What Is It Really All About?

     

    Jayna Smith
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    For over 40 years, the Hokey Pokey Fair has been synonymous with the end of the school year and start of summer for students at Calais Elementary School.  

    It all began back in 1979 when the Hokey Pokey Fair was first held to raise funds to upgrade the playground equipment.  Over the years, the monies raised by the fair were used for the school's library and the computer lab, among other school needs.  

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  4. Fire Fund Committee Established to Assist Displaced Residents

     

    Jayna Smith
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    After a fire destroyed a downtown business last month, 20 people were left needing to find new homes, and many of their personal belongings were too heavily smoke damaged to keep.

    The blaze occurred inside The Roost Pub at 445 Main Street.  The business was closed, and no one was inside.  

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  5. Calais Rotary Takes on Roadside Beautification Project

     

    Calais Rotary held a roadside trash pickup on Saturday, June 4th along Route 1 from Milltown to Baring.  The dedicated Rotarians were joined by staff and interns from Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and other local community members for the cleanup project.

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  6. CHS Tennis - Senior Recognition

     

    Senior players on Calais High School’s tennis team were recently recognized for their efforts and outstanding play during their high school years.  Shown with parents are Kati Bitar, Nate Pesce, Francesca Lombardo, Emma Saunders, Jerry Harmon, Isiah Mitchell, Cassidy Carr, and Lexi Doten.  (Submitted photo)

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  7. Calais Eighth Grade Baseball Team

     

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  8. Dragons Softball Falls in Semi-Final Action

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Woodland Dragons softball team ended their regular season of play with an impressive 11-3 record and a second-place rank in Northern Maine Class D.  This earned them a bye in the first round of tournament action.

    On Friday, June 11, the girls, under first-year coach Kieve Leeman, beat number 7-ranked Katahdin 7-6 in an exciting ten innings in quarter final action on their home field.  

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  9. Middle School Group Hosts Diversity, Equity, Ally Workshops

     

    The Calais Middle School Teen Advocacy Group (TAG) hosted Middle School Pride Day on June 3.
    The assembly and workshops were designed by the TAG students to increase awareness and promote respectful behavior around LGBTQ issues.
    CHS alumni, students and Equality Maine staff led presentations on gender, diversity, equity and being an ally. Techniques for addressing bullying behaviors were also presented.
    Gia Drew and Nem Knight from Equality Maine later met with the Health Center Advisory Board to discuss student support services.

     

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  10. New Members Inducted, Lion of the Year Announced at Lions’ 82nd Charter Night

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Calais Lions Club held its 82nd Charter Night last week, with many members and spouses in attendance for the evening’s dinner, induction of new members, installation of new officers, and announcement of Lion of the Year.  

    Four new members were inducted into the club.  They included Colin Brown, Colby Ryan, Brian Nicholas, and Houston Ross.  

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  11. Down East National Heritage Initiative: Serfdom Beckons

     

    Jon Reisman

    The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.”- Ronald Reagan

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  12. CHS Senior Prom

     

    Calais High School’s Senior Prom was held last Friday night at the St. Croix Country Club.  Pictured are senior Bernie Yost, accompanied by Kate McPhee; senior Kobe Saunders, accompanied by Brenna Critchely; senior Zachary Wentworth, accompanied by Nevaeh Thomas; and senior Tristan Seavey, accompanied by senior Emma Saunders.  See more photos on page 24 of this week's The Calais Advertiser.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  13. Irene Moreside Chosen as Lioness of the Year

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Lioness Club of Calais held its final regular meeting before breaking for the summer.  A major topic of discussion at the meeting was the annual Super Draw, the club’s largest fundraiser.

    Once again, the ladies of the club will soon be soliciting donations to the Super Draw.  The giant Chinese auction is slated for Saturday, August 6, as part of the International Homecoming Festival street fair.  

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  14. Woodland High School Hosts Graduation Ceremony for Class of 2022

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Woodland High School held its graduation on Saturday, June 4, 2022 with 31 students receiving diplomas.  

    Following the processional and salute to the flag, second honor essayist Keagan Wormell and first honor essayist Joanna Korasadowicz addressed those in attendance.

    After Principal Joseph Swain’s presentation, Salutatorian Sierra Bryant and Valedictorian Justin Carney each provided their addresses.  

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  15. Calais High School Celebrates Graduates at 2022 Commencement

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais High School held its commencement exercises on Sunday, June 5, 2022, with 55 students graduating.

    The ceremony began with the Huntley Brooks Drummers of the Passamaquoddy Tribe providing an honorary song before class president and Salutatorian Zachary Wentworrth welcomed the students, families, faculty, and other guests in attendance.

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  16. Calais and Orono IGAs Awarded Five Star Honor

    The Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) recently announced that Orono IGA and Calais IGA, along with owners Bob Craft and David Pike, have been awarded the IGA Five Star honor for achievement in IGA’s Assessment Program. Five Star is the highest level of recognition possible under the Assessment Program’s rigorous standards.

    The IGA Assessment Program measures IGA store performance with a combination of unrevealed and revealed assessments focused on operations, merchandising, innovation, and customer service.

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  17. Calais Blue Devils Baseball

     

    Ti Bennett slides safely into second against Machias at Calais’ final regular season game of the season last week.  The number 12-ranked Blue Devils traveled to Houlton on Tuesday, June 7, to face the fifth-ranked Shires.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  18. Calais High School Honors Top 7 Seniors

     

    Jayna Smith
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    On the morning of Tuesday, May 31, 2022, family, friends, students, and faculty gathered at Calais High School to recognize a select group of students from this year’s graduating class.  This special assembly was started in 2005 by then-principal Mrs. Jeanne Bishop-Peacock and honors the top seven students in the class based on weighted-grade point average up until their senior year through the third quarter.

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  19. Local Ballers Headed to Boston

     

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  20. Waterfront Pier Deemed Unsafe

     

    Jayna Smith
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    A temporary barrier has been placed in the area that leads to the pier behind the Calais Library.
    According to Calais City Manager Mike Ellis, high tides over the years have flooded the area numerous times.  Due to this flooding, the waterfront pier has now been deemed unsafe.  

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  21. Local 6th Grader Spreads Kindness to Every School in America

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    A sixth grader at Princeton Elementary School has made it possible for every school in the United States to have free access to YouUplift School Kindness Wall, an online platform that students, teachers, and families can use to send positive messages to each other.

    Victoria Polk took it upon herself to write a letter to Doug Reavis, the creator of the YouUplift platform, just two days after the tragic school shooting in Texas.

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  22. The 2019 Project

     

    Jon Reisman

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  23. Memorial Day in Calais

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  24. Veterans Honored, Remembered During Calais Memorial Day Events

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Although no Memorial Day parade was held in Calais this year, other ceremonies to remember fallen heroes did occur, starting with the wreath laying ceremony at Ferry Point Bridge.

    A small group gathered downtown at the international bridge for the annual event with active duty service members, other veterans, and representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Calais Fire-EMS.

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  25. Artemis’s Attic to Celebrate 10 Years in Business

     

    Jayna Smith
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    This Saturday marks a major milestone for Shari Doten: ten years in business with her store Artemis’s Attic.

    Artemis’s Attic, located downtown at 297 Main Street, is a store in which one can find a gift for literally anyone and everyone.  From unique finds and antiques, to home decor and furniture, it is no wonder the shop has earned its tagline “the coolest shop in town.”

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  26. Morrison Recognized for Service to DAC Athletics

     

    Calais High School Athletic Director Randy Morrison was presented the Dick Gardner Award at the recent Downeast Athletic Conference All-Star banquet.  The award is presented to one who has provided considerable service to DAC athletics. See more photos from the banquet on pages 24 and 25 of this week's The Calais Advertiser. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  27. Official Signing Ceremony for Skutik River Statement of Cooperation

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    In 2013, the Wabanaki Tribes of Maine, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs made a commitment to restoring and preserving the Skutik/St. Croix River watershed.

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  28. Washington County Community College Holds First in Person Graduation Ceremony in Two Years 

    For the first time in two years, Washington County Community College graduates were presented their diplomas in person.

    The 2022 commencement ceremony took place on Friday, May 20th at 11a.m. outside overlooking the beautiful St. Croix River on the campus lawn.
    After the graduates marched into the sound of ceremonial bagpipes performed by Ernie Smith, the Passamaquoddy Drummers performed, and the National Anthems were sung by Anne Scott.

    President Susan Mingo then took the stage to begin the ceremony.

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  29. Calais Blue Devils Baseball

     

    The 2022 Calais Blue Devils baseball team is made up of Brandon Schaeffer, Ethan Barnard, Keegan Trainor, Ryley Case, Kaiden Sockabasin, Dylan Dow, (back) asst. coach Matt Vinson, Oliver Clark, Angel Rojo, Owen Brown, Kobe Saunders, Ti Bennett, Sean Look, Kaeson Dana, Muwin Dana, and coach Marc Rohde.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

     

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  30. Woodland Dragons Baseball

     

    The 2022 Woodland Dragons baseball team is made up of (front) Brogan Brown, Liam O’Neill, Cyrus Sewell, Braden Richard, Evan MacArthur, Keagan Wormell, Josh Jordan, Gauge Howard, (back) coach Kenny Murphy, manager Kyrsten Stegman, asst. Coach Shane Curtis, Evan Curtis, Weston Bailey, Shain McIver, Braden Barrett, asst. coach Keith Moody, and asst. Coach John Sewell.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

     

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  31. Woodland Dragons Softball

     

    The 2022 Woodland Dragons softball team is made up of (front) Amy Cox, Grace Howard, Nicole Cox, Karleigh Smith, Kaylin Hamilton, Sheena Barnard, Victoria Siering, (back) asst. coach Sheridan Smith, Sierra Bryant, Maygin Leighton, Kristen Curtis, Emma Hiland, Hannah Lockenwicz, Brooke Smith, manager Phoebe Thrornton, and coach Kieve Leeman.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  32. Calais Blue Devils Softball

     

    The 2022 Calais Blue Devils softball team is made up of (front) Lainey Johnson, Nevaeh Thomas, Alexis Donahue, Trinity Jones, Sierra Jones, (back) Kaleigh Scott, Avva Cassidy, Jazlyn Rojo, Brenna Critchley, Cameron Dubay, Taylor Carter, and Natalie McDonald.  Missing from photo are Megan Mitchell and Mercedes Owen.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  33. Calais Baseball Ends Week at 7-7 on the Season

     

    Jayna Smith
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  34. Talking Baseball

     

    Jon Reisman

    “Baseball has been very good to me”- Roberto Clemente

    “Baseball has been berry, berry good to me”- Garett Morris as Chico Escuela on Saturday Night Live

    “Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.”- Yogi Berra

    “There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.” – Lou Gehrig.

    “Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.” – Leo Durocher

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  35. Calais Memorial Day Events Announced

     

    Jayna Smith
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    For the second consecutive year, there will be no Memorial Day parade in Calais, according to  American Legion Sherman Brothers Post No. 3 Commander Mike McLean.  Other traditional events to recognize and mourn the U.S. military personnel who have perished while serving in the armed forces are still slated for the federal holiday.

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  36. St. Croix No. 1 Association Disbands

     

    Various Uses for the Building Now Being Explored

    Jayna Smith
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    After nearly 20 years dedicated to restoring the St. Croix No. 1 Fire House, the group of citizens who make up the restoration committee has made the difficult decision to disband.  

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  37. Forest Management is for the Birds … Literally

     

    Upcoming Workshop to Focus on Improving Wildlife Habitat

    Jayna Smith
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    Logan Johnson, a Calais native, now Northeast Region Coordinator for the Forest Stewards Guild, will lead a group in a Forestry for Maine Birds workshop set to take place at Devil’s Head on June 11.   

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  38. We Salute Woodland High School Class of 2022

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  39. Woodland High School’s Top Ten Graduates Honored

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The top ten ranked graduating seniors at Woodland High School were honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 11.
    With parents, grandparents, friends, and others in attendance, guidance counselor Janice Rice welcomed all to the special event before each student was recognized by a teacher or staff member of their choice. 

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  40. Dragons Softball Leads in Class D North

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Woodland Dragons softball team, under first year Coach Kieve Leeman, sits in the top spot in Class D North, as of press time Monday.  
    The girls upped their record to 10-2, picking up three wins last week:  
    May 15, at Jonesport-Beals, 5-3.
    May 18, vs. Narraguagus, 6-0.
    May 20, at Calais, 6-2. 

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  41. Dragons Baseball Continues Winning Season

    Jayna Smith
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    The Woodland Dragons baseball team is having a successful season, currently with a record of 11-1.

    On May 16, Coach Kenny Murphy and his team traveled to Jonesport-Beals High School, where they picked up a 14-4 win, thanks in part to Evan Curtis, who drove in four runners, with a single in the first and a triple in the fifth.  

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  42. Calais Baseball Ends Week 7-5 on the Season

    Jayna Smith
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  43. 24th Annual Children’s Fishing Derby Coming Up

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    The Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Cobscook Bay State Park, and the Friends of the Moosehorn NWR invite children 16 and under, along with their families, to go fishing at Cobscook Bay State Park Headquarters Pond in Edmunds on Saturday, June 18.  The event marks the 24th annual fishing derby.

    “The State of Maine will stock brook trout into the pond just before the derby,” said Supervisory Wildlife Biologist Ray Brown.

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  44. Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry Receives Grant

     

    The Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry is honored to announce that it has received a $9,000 grant from the Washington County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The grant is made for general support. The Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry, formed in 1993, provides assistance to approximately 800 families in Washington County.

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  45. Refusing to be Buffaloed

     

    Jon Reisman

    When the news came in Sunday afternoon about the mass shooting in Buffalo, I had a sinking feeling. First, because I have a deep familiarity and connection with Buffalo, and second because I am all too familiar with how the left and their media cheerleaders use tragedy to attack their enemies and increase their power. Democratic politicians and the media confirmed my fears before night fell Sunday.

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