1. Trunk or Treats Set for Area Towns Leading up to Halloween

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Trunk or Treats have been gaining in popularity in recent years. They are fun events for kids to dress up in costumes and collect candy from vehicles.  Those participating vehicles park in designated areas and are typically “dressed up” with decorations.  

    On Friday, October 18th, the Calais PTO executed a successful Trunk or Treat at Calais Elementary School (see photo above) in conjunction with its Halloween dance inside.  

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  2. Biggest Scarecrow Fest Yet Slated for the Weekend

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Scarecrow Fest, an annual event put forth by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC), will have its biggest fall celebration yet, and it’s set for this weekend.  

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  3. The City’s First EV Charge Station is Ready for Use

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Those with electric vehicles (EV) are now able to charge up in Calais, with the city’s first EV charge station.  The ClipperCreek brand, a high-power charger, is located behind the library at the waterfront, just in time for the anticipated increase of electric vehicles in the foreseeable future. 

    According to City Manager Mike Ellis, the EV station, with two charging units on one pole, is ready for use, “but proper signage and parking space designation is happening in the next few days.” 

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  4. Caught Being Good at CES

    The teachers and staff at Calais Elementary School have been asked to catch students doing a kind gesture throughout the week and recognize those students by rewarding them with a “caught being good” certificate. Over the last two weeks these students at CES have been “caught being good.” Noah Gillespie, Mackenzie Roberts, Molleigh Cox, Ben Harvey, Lainey Ellsmore, Hayden Sabattus and Sadye Cottrell. (Submitted photo)

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  5. Canada’s Chocolate Town Just Got Sweeter

    By Jayna Smith

    St. Stephen, N.B., known as Canada’s chocolate town for its claim of creating the world’s first chocolate bar, just got sweeter, thanks to a new downtown candy store.  Candy Creations opened this week at 184 Milltown Boulevard.

    Owner Cathy Cairns said she started making candy about 35 years ago.  “I went into a bulk food store and these beautiful candy Christmas trees were sitting on the shelf.  I asked the owner to explain to me how she made them and that’s where my journey began making candy.”

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  6. It’s the Great Pumpkin!

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Pumpkins come in many shapes--like round, oval, tall, and squat--and all sizes, but one man’s pumpkin at last week’s Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta topped them all in size, weighing in at 1,832 pounds.

    Edwin Pierpont of Jefferson was declared the winner of the biggest pumpkin, setting a new state record.  What may be surprising to some is that he actually beat his own state record, one he set in 2010 when his pumpkin weighed in at 1,471 pounds.

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  7. Baileyville’s Octoberfest!

    Although some changes had to be made to a few of the Octoberfest plans, it did not stop people from coming out and enjoying the day.  The craft fair, moved from outside to inside the WHS gym, saw over 35 vendors with everything from crafts, baked and canned goods, and various direct sales consultants.  Fundraisers also took place from organizations such as St. Croix No.

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  8. Calais Fire-EMS Makes Fire Safety a Hot Topic at CES

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Calais Fire-EMS has earned a great reputation for providing area children with fun and entertainment, from the association’s upcoming haunted house, 4th of July games, and Easter egg hunt fun, just to name a few.  

    Now, to recognize Fire Prevention Week, members of the department, including Sparky the Fire Dog, visited Calais Elementary School to spread awareness and safety tips.  In true Calais Fire-EMS fashion, however, they did it in a very entertaining way.

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  9. Bohanon’s Recognized for 50 Years

     

    By Jayna Smith

    This past August, a Baileyville business reached an impressive milestone:  Bohanon’s, Inc. turned 50 years old.  

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  10. Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Celebrates 60 Years

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    On Friday, October 11th, a 60th anniversary party was thrown for the Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. 

    Completely free to the public, refreshments were offered throughout the night, a raffle took place with auctioneer Tom Sawyer, and three live bands played. Dave Wilder Co., Keltic Schmeltic, and Bob Sawyer and New Start all took turns performing.

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  11. Knights of Columbus Hold Annual Tootsie Roll Drive

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Over the weekend, the Knights of Columbus held their annual Tootsie Roll Drive.

    This drive has been going on since 1979 all throughout the state of Maine. There are 90 individual Knights of Columbus Councils from Calais to Rumford, and from Kittery to Fort Kent. Each council conducts its own drive and donates all of the money collected. 

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  12. WQDY Recognized for 60 Year Anniversary

     

    By Jayna Smith

    WQDY Classic Hits 92.7 FM launched 60 years ago.  To recognize the 60 year anniversary of the station, Sen. Marianne Moore and Rep. Anne Perry recently met with WQDY, Inc. President Bill McVicar to present him with a Legislative Sentiment.  

    “Anne and I wanted to present WQDY with a sentiment to congratulate WQDY on achieving that kind of a milestone,” Sen. Moore stated.  “We extend our congratulations and best wishes.”

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  13. Turkey-a-Thon Collects Largest Amount in its 15 Year History

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Classic Hits Turkey-a-Thon was held last Friday, and it once again proved a successful event, bringing in nearly $35,000, the largest amount in the program’s 15 years.  

    The set goal of this year’s Turkey-a-Thon, according to Healthy Acadia’s Food Programs Manager Regina Grabrovac, was 2,500 turkeys.  That number was the amount brought in in 2018.  With the cost to provide one turkey being $12, a total amount of $30,000 was hoped for.

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  14. Calais Fire Department and EMS present Fire Prevention program to Calais Elementary School Students

    By Jayna Smith

    Calais Fire-EMS has earned a great reputation for providing area children with fun and entertainment, from the association’s upcoming haunted house, 4th of July games, and Easter egg hunt fun, just to name a few.  

    Now, to recognize Fire Prevention Week, members of the department, including Sparky the Fire Dog, visited Calais Elementary School to spread awareness and safety tips.  In true Calais Fire-EMS fashion, however, they did it in a very entertaining way.

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  15. Artemis’s Attic Ready for Halloween

    Each fall, Artemis’s Attic on Main Street transforms into Emerald City.  Owner Shari Doten ensures the Wizard of Oz characters—even the flying monkeys—are out for all to enjoy, as part of the Scarecrow Festival decorating. (Photo by Pierre Little)

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  16. Lioness of the Year Announced, New President at the Helm

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The local charitable group Calais Lioness Club resumed its monthly meetings last month after its summer hiatus, with newly-elected president Theresa Brown at the helm.

    Serving as vice president is Theresa Porter, secretary is Jayna Smith, treasurer is Laurel Perkins, tamer is Martha Apkarian, and tail twister is Irene Moreside.

    In addition to the club’s new officers, a new board of directors has also been installed.  Members include Terri Smith, Norma Van Devander, Lorraine Mitchell, Becky Lacasse, and Cindy O’Brien.

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  17. Dennysville Pastor Publishes New Book

     

    The Rev Dr. Alan Andraeas of Holy Trinity Chapel, Dennysville, holds a new copy of Sacred House in his hands. “The feeling is hard to describe when you see something with your name on the cover,” he explains. “It has been a long time in the making and it’s so good to see it in its final version.”

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  18. Eastport Chowder House Hosts Benefit for Cancer Patients

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    On Friday, October 11th the Eastport Chowder House will be hosting a benefit for Sarah’s House. 

    A Chinese auction will take place at 2 p.m. and a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner will be served at 4 p.m. 

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  19. Calais Blue Devils Cross Country Team

    Pictured is the Calais Blue Devils Cross Country team. Team members include front l-r: Serena Ferdette, Libby Bitar, Lauren Cook, Sophia McVicar, Nedra Bassett, and Cecile Jugaunt. Back l-r: Coach Jerry James, Richard Seeley, Tyler Furtek, Ashton James, Keith Gehringer, Gavin Parks, Colton Sherrard, Luke Furtek, Matthew Dana, Kyle Richard, Tristan Seavey, Mason Ritchie, and JD Turner. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  20. Kingsbrae Garden’s Pumpkin Festival Slated for Saturday

     

    By Jayna Smith

    An afternoon of family fun will take place this Saturday at Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, N.B.  The theme, appropriate for the season, will be pumpkins, of course, for its fifth annual Charlotte County Pumpkin Festival.  

    According to Kingsbrae Garden’s director of operations Brad Henderson, approximately 1,100 people attended last year’s event, and that number is expected again this year.  According to Henderson, the Pumpkin Festival will take place rain or shine.  

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  21. Saturday is Jam-Packed with Events for Octoberfest

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Baileyville’s Octoberfest is in full swing, with this Saturday set as the big “parade day.”

    The parade line-up begins at 10 a.m., with its procession from the town office to Main Street at 11 a.m.  Octoberfest organizer Jamie Bohanon has been chosen by the committee to lead the parade as Grand Marshal.

    Bohanon said those wishing to participate in the parade can join the line-up with no pre-registration required.  There are cash prizes for best-decorated floats, ranging in amounts of $100 to $250.  

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  22. Nook & Cranny Restaurant Adding Baileyville’s Only Bar

     

    By Dominic Gayton

    The Nook & Cranny Restaurant is undergoing renovations, adding Baileyville’s only bar to the space formerly occupied by its kitchen.

    The bar has been up and running for about three weeks and features six beers on tap:  Allagash White, Michelob Ultra, Stella Artois, Lone Pine Portland Pale Ale, a Samuel Adams seasonal brew, and Bud Light. The bar itself was built by Micah Diffin using wood from a lumberyard in Perry.

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  23. Garriott Makes Donation to DV Shelters, Encourages Others to Do the Same

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Robbinston native Kayla Garriott, founder of the non-profit organization Breathe the A.I.R. (abuse, incest, rape), has dedicated much of her adult life to breaking the silence of sexual abuse, incest, and rape.  

    Kayla started Breathe the A.I.R. after turning her own very negative experience into a positive one.  She has worked tirelessly to provide support to victims and survivors, focusing on awareness and education, all with hopes that others will be inspired to speak out.  

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  24. Three Girl Scouts Complete Bronze Award

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For most preteens summer is spent hanging out with friends, going on trips, and just being kids, but for three local Girl Scouts, the summer had something more:  lots of hard work. Each level of Girls Scouts is met with new experiences and new challenges for each to face as they journey. It also comes with the opportunity to complete various awards of service that benefit the community, as well as the girls.       

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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