1. Woodland Elementary School Gets an Upgrade

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    As many already know, construction has been ongoing at Woodland Elementary School over the summer. “The construction at WES is on schedule to be completed by the students’ first day of school.  The roof has been reinforced and there is new roofing.  Two new boilers were installed and there are new blowers in each classroom,” said Principal Amanda Belanger.  

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  2. Ceaser’s Full Tilt Tournament

    Congratulations to Darren Libby and Steve Estey for winning the 2019 Ceaser’s Full Tilt Tournament sponsored by the Calais Motor Inn. The team shot a strong 103 over 27-holes of action that featured 9-holes each of best ball, alternate shot, and scramble.

    Division 1 Gross Net

    1st Darren Libby/Steve Estey 103 Bill Annas/Darin Hill 88

    2nd Robert Finn/Brayden Finn 105 Darrin Constant/Joe Footer 91

    3rd Mike Ellis/JR Gibson 106* Chris Nelson/Joel McGee 92

     

    Division 2 

    1st Mark Altvater/John Rogers 110* Tyler Morrison/Corey Sullivan 85

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  3. Santa Maria to Port in St. Andrews

     

    By Jayna Smith

    A replica of the Nao Santa María, one of the most famous ships in history, will be docking at the St. Andrews wharf from September 13th to 15th and will be open to visits before its next stop in Portland, Maine.  The visits are part of the ship’s North American tour and this is the ship’s first visit to Canada.

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  4. Music on the Green

    The 2019 Music on the Green Concert series ended last Tuesday with the Pitch Black Ribbons. The duo is a well liked performance and despite some mechanical difficulties still put on a great show. The group played a variety of rock, country, and original music. The final concert sponsor was Jo’s Diner and Pizzeria who also donated to $25 gift certificates to be drawn off with the St. Croix No. 1 firehouse 50/50 raffle.  (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  5. Princeton Elementary School Gets New Gym Floor

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Winter is beautiful in Maine but can also be troublesome come spring and summer when the effects of winter weather become more evident. This is what happened at Princeton Elementary School. After a winter of ice and snow, the school’s gym was water damaged.

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  6. Don’t Go Around that Parked Bus with Flashing Lights in the Schoolyard

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Schools are back in session after summer break, and Calais Police Chief Dave Randall reminds drivers to be cautious.  

    Officers will be back out heavily patrolling the school zones.  "Once again, we want to make it our goal to be in all school zones as much as possible," Chief Randall said.  "Unless there are emergencies that we are called to, we make sure we are on the road and in those areas where kids are going to and from."

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  7. Pizza Business is Family Business

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    In Perry along the Shore Road is a family run farm called Shofar Farms. For just over a year the Guiltner family has been running their farm and yurt campground after moving here from Idaho.        

    Shofar Farms has several different parts to their business. At their farm in Perry the Guiltner family has their yurt campground where visitors can spend the night or a week in a yurt getting a feel for a different kind of camping.

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  8. National September 11 Museum Photo

     

    By Deena Farrell, 9/11 Memorial Communications Intern

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  9. Raising Awareness for Cultural Tradition

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Even in an age of technology where our every moment almost seems to be preserved digitally, there are still many traditions and ways of life that are being lost because of a lack of practice. A local group is one of many fighting to combat this, the Wabanaki Confederacy Singers.

    This group, which is made from members of the Wabanaki Confederacy from Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, is working to raise awareness and preserve Wabanaki culture through its songs. 

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  10. Sipayik Indian Days Celebration Tournament

     

    Jason Redding and Darin Hill were tied at 74 each at the end of the 18-hole event. In the sudden death playoffs Jason secured the 2019 tournament victory.

    Division #1 

    (Gross) (Net)

    1st Jason Redding, 74** Darin Hill, 74**/62

    2nd John Marchese, 75 Mark Altvater, 67

    3rd Pat Ellis, 76* Dana Redding, 68*

    Division #2 

    1st Corey Sullivan, 77 John Sawyer, 64*

    2nd Beau Scott, 80 John Rogers, 64

    3rd Artie Hinton, 80 Tom Kneeland, 66

    Division #3 

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  11. Woodland High School Prepares for New School Year

     

    By Dominic Gayton

    From new teachers and staff members, to freshly painted walls and a new intercom system, many changes await students as they return to Woodland Jr.-Sr. High School on September 3rd and 4th.

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  12. Music on the Green

    Tuesday’s Music on the Green was the Economy Studs. The group played a variety of tunes that had people singing along and even dancing on the grass. This concert was sponsored by Britani Holloway, Berkshire Hathaway Realty. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  13. Becky Moholland Placed in the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

    Former Lady Blue Devil, a 1991-graduate, was honored this year by being placed in the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame, and at the past alumni contests at CHS Becky’s uniform was deservedly retired at Calais High School. Becky Moholland was a standout 5’ 11” forward who scored 1056-points while helping the Lady Blue Devils win over 80 percent of their games during her four year career. She was a three-time All-Tourney selection and a MVP during her senior year at CHS. In 1991 Becky was a third team All-State selection, All-Tourney, and a McDonald’s All-Star.

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  14. Annual Maine Youth and Field Day

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    The Princeton Rod and Gun Club is hosting Maine Youth Field Day on Saturday, September 14th. This event will be for boys and girls, ages 8 through 15. 

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  15. 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run Remembers Shead Classmate

     

    By Jayna Smith

    On your marks, get set…the Suddy 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Run is set to take place on Saturday, September 7th.  Having originated in Boston in 2005, the race is now entering its 10th year in Eastport and is always held during the Pirate Festival.  

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  16. Remembering Coast Guard Lieutenant William L. Foley of Milltown, Maine

     

    By Dominic Gayton

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  17. Maine Visitor Information Center in Calais Provides Information to Visitors and Locals Alike

     

    By Dominic Gayton

    The Maine Visitor Information Center in downtown Calais is a valuable resource for visitors to Maine and the Downeast region from all over the United States, Canada, and the world, but according to manager Vicki Farrell, locals are welcome as well to “learn about what is in their own backyard.”

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  18. Eastport’s Salmon Festival Slated for this Weekend

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The 32nd Annual Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival is set for this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, and attendees will not be disappointed with the jam-packed schedule of events.  

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  19. Community Members Concerned Over Horse Show Decision

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Fairs and festivals are the events of the summer for a lot of families, and this year the Washington County Fair made its comeback. Though there was excitement about the fair and the announcement that the horse show would be making its comeback as well, later there was some concern regarding a decision made to not allow young participants.

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  20. Make-A-Wish Foundation Comes to Calais

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    18-year-old Alex Newsome was granted his wish on Tuesday, August 20th. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Alex’s wish of having his very own hot tub. 

    While he was working as a camp counselor at the Calais public pool, a limousine pulled up filled with his family to surprise him, along with his friends and campers holding signs that said “Yay Alex” and “We love you”. He was handed a ‘Make-A-Wish’ T-shirt and a pin that said “Wish Kid” and they took him to see his wish come true. 

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  21. Pirates to Invade Lubec! Don’t Miss This Annual Attack

     

    By Heather Henry-Tenan

    Labor Day weekend is typically a stressful time for Lubeckers. It is when the locals’ “Ayuh” is replaced with a defensive Lubec “Arghhhh.”  Every year tourists and locals join forces to defend the tiny coastal community of Lubec, Maine, from northern Eastport  “pirates” invading by sea, land, and air.

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  22. Construction on Track for Waterfront Apartments in St. Stephen

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Beacon Waterfront Apartments in St. Stephen are on track in the construction process.  President of The Beacon Waterfront Apartments Tressa Bevington and her father Vice President Gerald Ingersoll have taken on the project that broke ground last February.  

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  23. Baring Resident Competes at Regional Weightlifting Competition

     

    Wayne Sowers of Baring recently competed at WABDL (World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters) Northeast Regional weightlifting competition where he won 1st place in the bench press, deadlift, and push-pull events in the 61-67 age group and the 220-242 lb. weight class. 

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  24. Head Harbor Passage Boating Trip

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    On August 24th, Maine Audubon will be hosting their 3rd Annual Head Harbor Passage boat trip. The trip will begin in Eastport and follow into the waters of Head Harbor Passage where participants will be able to explore and look for wildlife.

    Maine Audubon is a group that works to conserve the wildlife and wildlife habitats of Maine. They try to achieve this by teaching and educating others about conservation and taking action.  

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  25. Indian Township School to Start Year with New School Bus

     

    By Dominic Gayton

    On Thursday, August 15, 2019, the Indian Township School took delivery of a new school bus just in time for the first day of school.

    The bus, a 2020 Thomas 77-passenger school bus, arrived around 1 p.m. on Thursday from W.C. Cressey & Son in Kennebunk, Maine. The bus features a state-of-the-art camera system, an electronically controlled diesel engine, and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) which is injected into the exhaust to reduce the emission of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOX).

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  26. Thrift Shop Seeks Volunteers

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Many may not realize it, but one of the busiest shops in downtown is the Calais Community Thrift Shop.  It’s so busy, in fact, that more volunteers are being sought to allow for an expansion of its current part-time hours of operation.  

    Right now, according to volunteer Linda Howe, the shop’s hours are limited to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday--“when we have staff,” she said.  Because the shop is run strictly by volunteers, the days and hours sometimes vary.  

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  27. Bohanon’s Garage in Baileyville to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

     

    By Dominic Gayton

    When I arrived at Bohanon’s Garage to interview co-owner Jamie Bohanon for this article on July 26, 2019, he and his uncle and fellow co-owner, Monte Bohanon, were diligently trying to diagnose a problem with a customer’s car. I waited in the office for Jamie to finish. When he finished helping the customer, he apologized for making me wait. There was nothing to apologize for. Taking care of the customer first is why Bohanon’s Inc. has been in business for 50 years.

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  28. St. Stephen Adds McDonald’s to its List of New Businesses

     

    By Jayna Smith

    McDonald’s in St. Stephen has officially opened, as of Monday, August 12th.  

    A soft opening for only a few hours as a “friends and family event” occurred the day prior to allow staff extra training before the big day, according to Ashley Wager, who, along with her husband Gary, is the franchise owner.

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  29. Calais Elementary School Works to Stuff the Bus

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Anyone driving by the Calais Walmart on Saturday would have seen a big yellow school bus parked in front of the store. This was all part of the back to school initiative that the Calais Elementary School has done for the last several years.

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  30. Music on the Green

    The Low Tide Trio entertained a good crowd last Tuesday evening during Music on the Green, Triangle Park, downtown Calais. The group was sponsored by The Calais Advertiser. The last concert takes place on Aug. 27 with Pitch Black Ribbons.  You can listen to the concert by visiting The Calais Advertiser Facebook page. (Photo by Pierre Little).

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  31. Peanut Fair

    Left: The crowned International Festival Princesses are kept busy during Festival week. Pictures is Carley Waycott Miss International Festival Grand Supreme Queen helping  out at Wednesday’s peanut fair.

    Right: The peanut fair is a great way to spend the first afternoon of festival. With games of all sorts there is something for everyone. Pictured are Sophia Rogers and Alizay Mitchell racing.

    (Photos by Kaileigh Deacon) 

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  32. Opening Ceremony - “Hands Across the Border”

    Michael McLean and David Sivret were the first to greet the Canadian group in the middle of Ferry Point Bridge on Wednesday. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  33. Celebrity Jamboree Art Exhibit

     

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  34. PCT Communications Celebrates 50 Years in Business

     

    By Jayna Smith

    For 50 years, PCT Communications has been serving the area with a variety of products and services.  For most of those years, the company has been family-owned and operated by Roger Holst, his wife Fran, his daughter Jennifer Brown, and his two brothers Dale and Brett.       

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  35. Mercier Memorial Softball Tourney

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The annual Peter Mercier Memorial Co-ed Softball Tournament is quickly approaching, taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Calais’ Smith Field.  One of the many things Peter Mercier is remembered for is his support of area athletics, and that is what motivates tournament organizer Ryan Lincoln.  

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  36. Youth 1-Mile Road Race

    Pictured are the first and second place winners from Saturday’s 1-Mile Road Race sponsored by Johnson’s True Value Store and directed by the Calais Recreation Department. They include in second place front l-r: Ozzie King, Claire Cole, Turner Redding, Haley Richard, Conner Collins, and Sarah Wentworth. First place winners are back l-r: Joseph King, Ella Reardon, Marshall Smith, Elise King, Noah Smith, and Kayleigh Scott. Adults will be in the next week’s edition. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  37. Down East Hospice Volunteers Seeking Participants for Upcoming Volunteer Training

     

    By Dominic Gayton

    Being a hospice volunteer is not about being there for someone while they are dying so much as it is about helping someone make the most out of the end of their life. The taboo of death and dying is an obstacle Down East Hospice Volunteers hopes to overcome as it seeks new prospective volunteers to participate in its volunteer training this September.

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  38. Annual Passamaquoddy Ancestral Canoe Trip Marks Start of 54th Ceremonial Indian Day at Sipayik

     

    By Dominic Gayton

    On August 8, members of the Passamaquoddy tribe embarked on a two-day canoe trip from Indian Township to Pleasant Point to mark the beginning of the 54th Ceremonial Indian Day.

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  39. Memorial Park Playground Receives Major Upgrade

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The playground at Main Street’s Memorial Park has been revamped.  According to Parks and Recreation Director Craig Morrison, brand new playground equipment was installed last Wednesday, August 7th.  

    The cost of the new equipment with installation, Morrison said, was approximately $26,000.  The company from which it was purchased--American Parks Company--is the same company the previous equipment was from, the equipment that is believed to have  been at that park  since the early 1970s.

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  40. Festival Events Well-Attended, Police Kept Busy with Beer Tent Activity

     

    By Jayna Smith

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  41. Music on the Green

    Tuesday’s Music on the Green was a mix of guitar and banjo music. Averill Lovely played a collection of well-known songs as well as some original songs. Averill Lovely was sponsored by V.L. Tammaro. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  42. Fundy Talks North Atlantic Right Whales

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  43. Princeton High School Reunion

    Alumni from Princeton High School met at the Princeton Road and Gun Club on Saturday, August 3, 2019 to reminisce about old times.  Friends came from near and far to represent their class.  Princeton High School was open from 1873 until 1968.  Students attending the reunion graduated from 1948 through 1968. (Photo submitted by Lynn Lawless)

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  44. Lady Blue Devils Win Summer Basketball Playoffs

    Pictured in summer basketball are the Calais Lady Blue Devils. Shown front l-r: Nedra Bassett, Olivia Huckins, Lauren Cook, Libby Bitar, Serina Fredette, and Sophia McVicar. Back Row l-r:  Chloe Farrar, Trinity Jones, Sage Phillips, Mercedes Owen, Alexis Donahue, Nava Thomas, and Megan Mitchell. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  45. Giving Back is a Way of Life for Local Veteran

     

    By Jayna Smith

    There are some who give back to the community without ever being recognized.  Often, that’s because the person does things quietly, never relishing the spotlight.  One man who is the epitome of that is Ron Rice of Calais.   

    Rice takes very little credit for the many things he does to help others.  When asked why he devotes his time to giving to others, his response is a humble one:  “I don’t know,” which is a good indication he does it simply because it’s his nature.  

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