1. Get Batty for Bats this October

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    With October comes lots of spooky things, like monsters, witches, and of course, vampires and bats--or the mammals known as vampire bats.  But bats are much more than an image of Halloween, and they are celebrated this month during Bat Appreciation Month, with the last week of the month designated as Bat Week.  

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  2. The Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Campaign

     

    Each year since 1979, the Maine State Council Knights of Columbus has sponsored a fundraising drive to assist handicapped citizens in Maine. This program is known as the “Program for People with Disabilities, or the Tootsie Roll Program.

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  3. Cross Country Back on Course for Season

     

    Coach Ryan Furtek

    On Sept. 25th, the Calais High School Cross Country team boarded the bus to Naraguagus for one of the first high school sporting events in Washington County during “COVID times.”  Everyone seemed to take all the new social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines to heart and were eager to be in competition again.  

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  4. My Favorite Things Makes a Holiday Comeback

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

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  5. Freedom Studies - October

     

    Jonathan Reisman

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

     “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise”- Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors)

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  6. Calais Fire/EMS Kicks Off Fire Prevention Week in a New Way

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    During Fire Prevention Week, your friends from Calais Fire/EMS go to the local schools and teach children about fire safety. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, they were sadly not able to do so this year.

    This, however, did not stop the team from finding a way to deliver this important information to children everywhere. 

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  7. U.S. Senators Ask Trump to Ease Border Restrictions

     

    Canada Implements Changes to Allow for Reunifications

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Senators Collins and King of Maine and Senators Hassan and Shaheen of New Hampshire last week called on the Trump administration to ease travel restrictions on the Canadian border.  

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  8. Maine CDC Opens Formal Outbreak Investigation for Baileyville Mill

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    & Jayna Smith

    Eleven contractors who were working at Woodland Pulp LLC and St. Croix Tissue in Baileyville around the dates of September 21st through the 25th have tested positive for COVID-19.  As tests ensued through the end of the week, additional cases of COVID-19 linked to the mill were confirmed and a formal outbreak investigation was opened into those cases. 

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  9. City Approves Trick-Or-Treating

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    The uncertainty of what the upcoming holiday season holds has many wondering what will and won’t be allowed to happen due to safety concerns. At last Thursday’s city council meeting, City Manager Mike Ellis told the council that he had been receiving a number of calls from citizens wondering what would be permitted on Halloween. Adding it to the agenda took action first thing. 

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  10. Tom, the Office Cat

     

    Tom wishes everyone a safe and happy Fall!

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  11. Climb to Remember Honors Victims of 9/11

     

    Submitted by Nicholas Pease

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  12. Calais-Area Fall Baseball

     

    The high school-aged Calais-area fall baseball team fell short on Sunday against tough teams from Waldoboro and Messalonskee.  This Sunday they travel to Searsport to face both teams a second time.

    Also this Sunday, the Calais-area team St. Croix Lightning, made up of area boys ages 12-15, heads to Lincoln for matchups against Storm at 10 a.m. and Sluggers at noon.  Lightning is coached by Marc O’Neill.

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  13. Benefit to Help Injured 12-Year-Old

    Kaileigh Deacon

    If there’s one thing Washington County communities can be counted on to do, it’s to have each other’s back. This is the case for a Baileyville family who had the unimaginable happen when a horse accident left a 12-year-old-girl in the hospital. 

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  14. Wreath Sponsors Sought for Veterans’ Graves

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A local organization is prepping for the 2020 wreath-laying by beginning its campaign that seeks to place remembrance wreaths on graves of 138 veterans.

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  15. No Justice, No Peace

    Jonathan Reisman

    In a shameless act of cultural appropriation, this week’s column title takes the Black Lives Matter/Antifa/ mostly peaceful protesters/Biden voters mantra “No Justice, No Peace” and applies it to the current contretemps roiling the nation, the likely replacement of the notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) with the notoriously “dogmatic” (at least according to California Senior Senator Diane Feinstein) Catholic mother of seven, Amy Coney Barrett (ACB).  

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  16. Classic Hits Turkey-a-Thon Right Around the Corner

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Organizers of the Classic Hits Turkey-a-Thon have been busy planning this year’s event, slated for Friday, October 9th.  According to Jeff Demmons of WQDY, Inc., this is the 16th year that Classic Hits 92.7/95.3 and The Border Country 102.9 have executed the event.  

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  17. Lioness Club Receives Donation from Machias Saving Bank

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Lioness Club of Calais was chartered in 1985, and since that time, the club has continuously been a vital part of the community.  Its members of around 25 ladies work to enhance the area and assist community members in need. Through many different fundraisers, the club is able to donate nearly $10,000 annually to local individuals.

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  18. CDRC’s Scarecrow Festival Hailed a Success

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) executed an impressive annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, and organizers Anne Nixon and Chris Niles, co-chairs of CDRC, credit a number of different groups and volunteers for making it all happen.

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  19. Baileyville Rec. Director Retires After 35 Years

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Michael Boies has decided to retire from his position as the Baileyville Parks and Recreation Director after over three decades. 

    “I’ve had this job for a little over 35 years. Almost 36. A long time. I’m on my third generation of participants in my programs,” said Boies. “I was a parks and recreation director up in the Milo/ Brownville area so I came in with some background and things like that back in ‘85.”

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  20. Peace and the Resistance

     

    By Jonathan Reisman

    “If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”- Moshe Dayan

    “You can only end a negotiation for peace if you begin it”- Benjamin Netanyahu

    “It’s a distraction”- Nancy Pelosi

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  21. Milltown, NB Fire Destroys Home

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Thick, black smoke could easily be seen from Milltown, Maine on Saturday, Sept. 12 from a fire in Milltown, New Brunswick.  The smoke was from a structure fire across the St. Croix River that resulted in crews from St. Stephen, Oak Bay, and Calais Fire Departments having to respond.  The call was received around 10:30 a.m. AST.  

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  22. Calais-Area Fall Baseball

    Calais-Area Fall Baseball faced a tough Motor City in a double header last Sunday.  The Calais team, made up of boys from both Calais and Woodland High Schools, fell short in both games.  Next Sunday, they travel to Searsport, where they will match up against central Maine teams Jaguars and Eagles.

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  23. West Coast Wildfire Smoke Changes Appearance of Maine’s Sky

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Many in the area may have noticed a difference in the look to the sky last week, specifically on Tuesday, as smoke from the California and Oregon wildfires blew across the country, leaving a haze up above.  

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  24. Five Generations Celebrate First Birthday

    Asher Kochendoerfer recently celebrated his first birthday with family and friends, including his great-aunt Melanie McShane, great-great-grandmother Shirley Seavey, mother Rachel Torrey, great-aunt Sherry Roussel, and great-grandmother Pat Mullen.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  25. Great View of Whitlocks Mill Lighthouse

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    After some much-needed upgrades to Pikewoods Rest Area on Route 1 in Calais, a fantastic view of Whitlocks Mill Lighthouse and the St. Croix River can be seen.  

    Whitlocks Mill Lighthouse is the northernmost lighthouse in Maine and was the last lighthouse to be built in the state.  According to lighthousefriends.com, the lighthouse was constructed to serve traffic bound to and from the port at Calais.  

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  26. POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

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  27. Community Walk Celebrates Those in Recovery

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

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  28. Congressional Candidate Dale Crafts Meets with Local Veterans

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

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  29. School Board Unanimously Approves Fall Sports

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news 

    Last Tuesday night, Sept. 15, the Baileyville School Board voted against allowing fall sports at Woodland High School.  This came to a shock to many, especially to the students, who had already begun practicing for the season.  

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  30. Woodland High School Students Rally to Play

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    Fall for many means a variety of things. For many students in high school, fall typically means getting into uniform and playing sports. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students who lost their spring sports season were dealt the blow that the Baileyville School Board voted 3-2 to not hold a fall sports season either.

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  31. The Coming Coup?

    An Essay 

    By Michael Anton

    Democrats are laying the groundwork for revolution right in front of our eyes.

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  32. Fall Baseball Begins Amid Pandemic

     

    Sunday was the first day of games for Calais-Area Fall Baseball.  This year, the program has four local teams:  Calais Blue Devils, ages 9-12, coached by Jack Downing; Calais Crushers, ages 9-12, coached by Nathan Farrar; St. Croix Lightning, ages 13-15, coached by Marc O’Neill; and the Calais-area high school-aged team, coached by Matt Vinson and assisted by Matt Dana and John Sewell.  

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  33. Calais Rec. Summer Basketball Camp

     

    Calais Recreation Department held a summer basketball camp in August, thanks to counselors Chris Taylor and Maddie McVicar.  Chris currently works for the Indiana Pacers program and Maddie plays D1 basketball for UMaine.  Both are Calais High School graduates.  

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  34. Dennysville

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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  35. POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

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  36. St. Croix Bowling Club Opens to Old and New Members

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    The St. Croix Bowling Club in Calais started its men’s and women’s leagues on September 8 and is still welcoming new members. 

    “It’s a private bowling club that was established in 1896. We have men’s leagues, women’s leagues, and a fun league, which is a couples league,” said Rick Lord, treasurer and past president of the St. Croix Bowling Club. 

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  37. Closed Church Provides Lasting Legacy

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    For nearly 200 years, the First Congregational Church of Calais served the people of Calais and surrounding areas.  On May 31 of this year, the church, however, held its last service.  

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  38. Community Comes Together to Honor 9/11 Victims

     

    Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Last week, a 25x40 foot  American flag was hung across a building at St. Croix Tissue and Woodland Pulp LLC. 

    As September 11th approached, Baileyville Chief of Police Bob Fitzsimmons asked the community to stop by and take a photo with the flag hanging in the background and share it to his personal Facebook wall for all to see. 

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  39. Robbinston Woman Receives Boston Post Cane

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Alice Ingersoll, of Robbinston, was recently honored with the Boston Post Cane.  The cane is a symbol of respect, commemorating the oldest living resident of a town.  

    Ms. Ingersoll, whose friends describe her as very spry for 90 years young, is mother to son John and daughters Lynn and Susan and grandmother to many grandchildren.

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  40. Patricia Metta Takes Position as New Superintendent of AOS 90 Schools

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    As Bill Braun takes a step back from his role as Superintendent of the AOS 90 school district, Patricia Metta has taken over the position with a full heart and a vision of the future. 

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  41. The Systemic Racism Racket Gets Trumped

     

    Jonathan Reisman

    The Systemic Racism Industry has had its sweet multimillion consulting racket exposed and trumped. The President has used his “pen and phone” to order the critical race theory hustle out of the federal bureaucracy. The shrieks and howls from the incredibly undiverse set of pricey diversity “consultants” kicked off the taxpayer dime can be heard in HR departments and Democratic covens across the country.

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  42. School Choice

     

    Jonathan Reisman

    “In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.”

    ― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

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  43. Calais Schools to Provide Childcare Options

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    With the changes to the upcoming school year at Calais schools, a lot of parents are having to figure out what they are going to do with their kids at the times they aren’t in school. When making the plans for the new school year, administrators took these concerns into consideration and tried to find a way to help parents out. 

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  44. In Memory: Jacob’s Bench

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    Community, especially a small community, brings people together in ways and with bonds tighter than most people would be able to understand. It doesn’t always take a long time for someone to feel like a part of a community and as if they were always a part of the community. While people aren’t always born in the places they make their home, they find their homes in the towns and people they find along their journey. 

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  45. Pembroke 4th of July Committee BBQ

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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