1. Whats Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Congratulations to Eastern Maine Appliances and the Smith family, celebrating 50 years in business this month!  

    The Milltown skating rink has already had a good amount of use since being set up recently.  Thanks to Craig at the Calais Rec. Department for making this happen each year.

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  2. National Popular Vote Hearing

     

    Jon Reisman

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  3. VFW Awards Essay Competition Winner

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Pastor Bobby Oliver of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9779 has announced that Jonna Travis is this year’s winner of the local Voice of Democracy competition. 

    Every year, local students take part in the VFW-sponsored VOD youth essay competitions, an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9 through 12, and Patriot’s Pen for students in grades 6, 7, and 8.  

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  4. Princeton Parks & Recreation Playground Committee Receives Grant

     

    Sandra Smith

    The Princeton Playground Committee of Princeton Parks & Recreation recently was awarded a significant grant of $5,500 from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation. The playground committee was one of 22 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant. 

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  5. Tensions Flare Between Nurses Union, Hospital as Contract Negotiations Continue

     

    Will Tuell

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  6. Blue Devils Showcase Dominance in Saturday Win

     

    Sophomore Frank Miliano elevates for a jumper in the Blue Devils’ win over the Mattanawcook Lynx on Saturday.  Miliano contributed 12 points in the 53-47 win.  He also grabbed eight rebounds and three steals.  The Blue Devils ended the week 6-2 on the season.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)  

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  7. Lady Dragons Stun Undefeated Bulldogs with 59-46 Victory

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Lady Dragons basketball team of Woodland High School experienced a mixed week on the court, with a defeat and a victory highlighting their recent performances.

    At Lincoln on Wednesday, January 3, facing the Mattanawcook Lynx, Woodland was handed their fourth loss of the season, succumbing to the height-advantaged Lynx team, 41-90.

    Sophomore Karleigh Smith led the Dragons with 16 points, while senior Brooke Smith contributed 10.

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  8. Kate McPhee Notches Double-Double in Victory

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Wednesday, January 3, Coach Brian Moreau’s Calais Blue Devils hosted the Royalettes of Jonesport-Beals and earned themselves their third win of the season, 49-34.

    Junior Kate McPhee led the Blue Devils in scoring with 12 points.  She also had 13 rebounds.

    Freshman Olivia Turner added nine points, and junior Kayleigh Scott added another eight.  

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  9. St. Stephen Business Improvement Area Awarded Funding for Downtown Enhancement Projects

     

    Jayna Smith

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    New Brunswick Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) have secured funding from the Provincial Department of Environment and Local Government through the Downtown New Brunswick fund, specifically the Investment Initiative for Business Improvement Areas.

    Administered by the Downtown New Brunswick Association, this initiative allocates grants for collaborative projects co-funded by the BIAs in the Province of New Brunswick.

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  10. Tom’s Portrait - Drawing by Paul Redding

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  11. Entropy, Equality, and Equity

     

    Jon Reisman

    More than a century ago, William Butler Yeats penned this first stanza of The Second Coming:

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre

    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst

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  12. Pratt Dealership’s Annual Donation-Match Campaign Raises Over $18,000 for Washington County Food Pantries

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In a great display of community spirit, the Pratt dealership in Calais recently concluded its annual donation-match campaign to support food pantries in Washington County.  Owner Ian Pratt, recognizing the increasing challenges faced by local food pantries, generously raised the stakes by offering to match all donations up to $10,000, a significant increase from last year’s cap of $7,500.

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  13. Dribbling Dragons (pre-k and kindergarten)

     

    The kindergarten and pre-K kids who took part in the Dribbling Dragons program, shown here with their coaches from the girls’ varsity team, showed off their skills during halftime of the women’s alumni game last week.  (WHS photo)

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  14. Dribbling Dragons (1st and 2nd grade)

     

    The first and second graders who took part in the Dribbling Dragons program, shown here with their coaches from the boys’ varsity team, showed off their skills during halftime of the men’s alumni game last week. (WHS photo)

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  15. Blue Devil Freshman Sarah Wentworth Seals Victory with Buzzer Beater

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Wednesday, December 27, the Lady Blue Devils staged an exciting comeback against the Sumner Tigers, securing a win in the final seconds of the game.

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  16. Hamilton Leads Woodland to Fourth Win

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Coach Kieve Leeman’s Woodland Lady Dragons secured their fourth victory of the season on Wednesday, December 27, dominating George Stevens Academy with a commanding 25-15 performance in the second half, ultimately clinching a 50-37 win.

    Woodland had three players reaching double figures.  Sophomore Kaylin Hamilton led the charge with 14 points, complemented by eight rebounds, five steals, and one block.

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  17. Maine Sees Surge in COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations on the Rise

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In a recent update, data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed a notable increase in COVID-19 cases within the state.

    A late-last month report showed 96 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19, marking an uptick from 85 hospitalizations in mid-December and 65 in mid-November.  Of those cases, 14 were classified as critical, and four required ventilator support.

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  18. Sen. Collins Calls for Bipartisan Solutions to Address Border Security Crisis

     

    Jayna Smith

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  19. Davis to Retire from Legislature, Supports Veteran Lawmaker Will Tuell

     

    Paul Sylvain

    It’s one-and-done for first-term District 10 Rep. Kenneth “Bucket” Davis (R-East Machias), as he announced last week that he is not seeking re-election in 2024. Instead, Davis is endorsing former state Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias), whom Davis replaced two years ago. 

    Davis, who was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2022, replaced Tuell, who termed out after serving from 2015 to 2022.

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  20. Community and 4-H Club Spread Christmas Cheer

     

    Daisy Ratzlaff -- UMaine Cooperative Extension 

    The Cobscook Current 4-H Club and community members spread joy and seasonal cheer as they helped assemble dozens of gift bags and hand-delivered them to brighten the holidays for several elderly residents in the Edmunds area. 

    The heartwarming community service project, organized by Debbie Leighton for the past 33 years, has become an annual tradition anticipated by the volunteers and the seniors.

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  21. Local Young Jiu-Jitsu Talents Shine at Good-Fight Sub-Only World Championship

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Local young talents, eight-year-old RJ Kendall and ten-year-old Connor Grass, recently showcased their skills at the Good-Fight Sub-Only World Championship in Manheim, PA, a prestigious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition.

    At the world championship held last month, RJ secured silver in the no-gi category.  Connor earned bronze in both gi and no-gi divisions.  

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  22. False 911 Call Leads to Drug Bust of New York Man

     

    Will Tuell

    A false 911 call from a home in Addison led to the arrest of Andres Rivera of Lynbrook, New York on drug charges, the Maine Department of Public Safety said in a press release following the incident last week. 

    Authorities say they received a call at approximately 8 p.m. on the evening of Dec. 27, claiming that shots were being fired at an East Side Road residence. 

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  23. 2024 Dreams and Nightmares II

     

    Jon Reisman

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  24. Local Veterans Honor Fallen Heroes in Wreaths Across America Ceremonies

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Wreaths Across America, a tribute to honor and remember veterans, took place on December 16 at Jonesboro’s Acadia National Cemetery and on December 17 at Baring Cemetery.  The events were led by Sgt. Bobby Oliver, Commander of VFW Post #9779.

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  25. Princeton Parks & Recreation Home Decorating Contest Winners

     

    1st place went to Cynthia Polk. See page 2 of this week's paper to see more photos!

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  26. CHS Alumnus Graduates from Maine Criminal Justice Academy

     

    Submitted by Mary McFadden

    Fort Fairfield Police Officer Cody Fenderson, a Charlotte native and 2007 Calais High School graduate, has graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

    Fenderson, the son of Alan and Valerie Fenderson, was a member of the 44th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program class.  He was pinned at the December 15th graduation by his sister Caela, who graduated in the 42nd Basic Law Enforcement Training Program class and who works for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 

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  27. Wind’s Fury Evident Across Maine and New Brunswick; Governor Declares State of Emergency

     

    Jayna Smith

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  28. Merry Christmas from the Zoo Crew

     

    At the final CHS boys’ game before Christmas break, the Zoo Crew got festive in their attire, while cheering on their Blue Devils.  (Photo by Jayna Smith) 

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  29. Barbara’s School of Dance Santa’s Helper Toys

    This photo shows the huge assortment of toys acquired by Barbara’s International School of Dance from proceeds of the December 17th Christmas Santa’s Helper Program.  Behind the toys are Calais Elementary School representative Betsy Barnard, Felice Story, Barbara Lara, and Jose Lara.  (Submitted photo)

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  30. Lady Dragons Split Pair of Games Last Week

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Sophomore Karleigh Smith showcased her scoring ability by netting 18 points, leading Woodland to a 30-17 victory over Calais on Friday, December 22.  Smith's performance also included contributions of six rebounds, three steals, and two assists.

    Freshman Mishun Cornelius made her presence felt with six points and an impressive 12 rebounds for the Lady Dragons.

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  31. Local Powerlifter Clinches Gold, Set State Record

     

    Wayne Sowers, of Baring Plantation, recently competed at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters World Champions in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he received a gold medal for the bench press (338 lbs.) and two silver medals, 407 lbs. for the deadlift and 745 lbs. for the push/pull (total).  Sowers competed in the 242 lb. class for the 68-74 age group. He also set three Maine state records for these lifts. For the third year in a row, Sowers is the reigning World Champion in the Bench Press.

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  32. Motorists Reminded of Move Over Law

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In light of last week’s storm, with more than 2,000 people, including 1,400 line and tree crews, on the job working to restore power, Maine State Police issued a reminder of Maine’s “Move Over” Law, urging motorists to exercise caution when encountering emergency vehicles or public service vehicles displaying flashing lights.  

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  33. 2024 Dreams and Nightmares

     

    Jon Reisman

    I have bipolar dreams and nightmares about 2024. Many consequential issues and events are on the agenda, and there will undoubtedly be some surprises as well. I have been alternating between sweet dreams and terrifying nightmares.

    National Popular Vote

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  34. Lady Blue Devils Secure Victory in Home Opener

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In a game held on Wednesday, December 13, the Calais Lady Blue Devils emerged victorious against the Narraguagus Knights with a final score of 42-30.  The game marked the first home-court appearance for the Blue Devils this season.

    The team, led by three returning starters from the previous season, showcased their speed and agility on the court.  Junior standout Kate McPhee contributed 19 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks.

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  35. K. Smith Shines in Setback Against Machias; B. Smith Leads Comeback Win Over WA

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Monday, December 11, Woodland hosted the Machias Bulldogs and experienced a setback with a final score of 47-38.

    Dragon sophomore Karleigh Smith led all with 25 points.  She also contributed with seven rebounds and six steals.

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  36. Wreaths Across America Ceremony

     

    Lenny Hanson, Paul Woodman, Mike Smith, Dale Holst, Jeff Maker, Joyce Maker, Norman Gardner, Connor Cooper, and Kristy Crawford all laid wreaths during the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the Alexander Municipal Building on Saturday, December 16.

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  37. CES Hosts Annual Polar Express Night

     

    Claire, Haidyn, and Reagan took a minute away from the activities to pose at this year’s Polar Express.  (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Hanson) See more photos in this week's The Calais Advertiser.

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  38. Community Efforts Illuminate Memorial Park Bandstand

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In a great display of community spirit, what initially began this season as a modest initiative to illuminate the Memorial Park bandstand for the Christmas season has blossomed into a beautiful spectacle.

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  39. Three Men Arrested on Illegal Drug Trafficking Charges Following Raid in Machias

    Possibly Part of Larger Chinese-Owned Illegal Commercial Marijuana Growing Operations in Maine

    Paul Sylvain

    In the first drug raid of its kind in Washington County, Machias police, assisted by multiple county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, executed a search warrant on a suspected illegal commercial marijuana growing operation at 414 East Kennebec Rd. on Dec. 14. The raid, conducted at 9:30 a.m., resulted in the arrest of three men on illegal drug trafficking charges.

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  40. Calais Community Hospital’s 2023 Employees of the Year

     

    Calais Community Hospital recently announced its Employees of the Year.  Recipient of the non-clinical Employee of the Year is Donald Day, while Alison Perkins, RN, is the clinical Employee of the Year. 

    CCH staff nominated their peers for the awards.  Factors considered were dependability, initiative, attitude, teamwork, and how they conduct themselves as CCH staff.  

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  41. $36.6 Million Grant Brings Fiber Internet to Northern Maine

    Finally Connecting Communities to the High-Speed Digital World

    Staff Report

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  42. Campus Antisemitism Sources: DEI, CRT, Progressive Groupthink

     

    Jon Reisman

    The explosion of campus antisemitism and support for Jewish genocide (from the river to the sea) has shocked many Americans, but for this retired professor who spent 40 years on New England college campuses, it is no surprise at all. The sources of that antisemitism are relatively easy to identify.

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  43. Beyond the Call of Duty: Princeton Firefighters Embrace the Spirit of Giving

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In a departure from their usual firefighting duties, members of the Princeton Fire Department spent a bustling Sunday afternoon at Walmart, but not in response to an emergency.  Instead, they embarked on a generous shopping spree aimed at making the holiday season brighter for those less fortunate.

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  44. County’s Food Pantries Benefit from Pratt Dealership’s Record-Breaking Donation-Match Drive

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The charitable organization Calais Lioness Club, which is deeply involved in supporting members of the greater-Calais community during challenging times, has actively participated in the ongoing donation-match campaign initiated by Pratt dealerships to benefit local food pantries. 

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  45. Knights of Columbus Nativity Scene Dedication

     

    Little Nera Joerges seen here enjoying the Nativity Scene set up by the Calais Knights of Columbus for the greater Calais community.  The location of the Nativity is downtown in front of the water fountain. (Photo by Pierre Little)

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