1. Stuff the Bus

    Despite the cold, wet, and windy day, the fifth annual Stuff the Bus event on Saturday was a successful one.  Calais Police Sgt. Matt Vinson, U.S. Border Patrol Officer-in-Charge Todd Smith, Woodland High School Principal Dan Ross, Linda Fitzsimmons and Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons, and Indian Township Tribal Chief Billy Nicholas volunteered at the Stuff the Bus campaign at the Walmart location.  Jamie Bohanon and Indian Township Police Officer Jessica McCook volunteered at the Marden’s location. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  2. Santa Claus Visits Woodland Library

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    Natalie@calais.news

    The Woodland Public Library, along with the Woodland Recreation Department, hosted their annual Christmas party on Wednesday, December 11th. 

    The library welcomed all to come to visit with Santa Claus from 3 to 4:30 p.m. 

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  3. Tammaro Adds Holiday Spirit with Donation of Town’s Christmas Wreaths

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Christmas is, of course, a time of merriment, gift-giving, and decorations.  In Baileyville, the town shows just some of the festivity through the wreaths hung along Main Street.

    These wreaths, between 45 or 50 of them, are donated every year by Mike Tammaro, owner of V.L. Tammaro Oil.  

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  4. 3rd Annual International Feztival of Trees

    The Feztival of Trees is a chance for businesses and individuals to give back and have some fun doing it. Each business decorates a tree with whatever theme they choose. Pictured is the Washington County Community College tree. Their tree was centered around games for the family. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  5. Boyd Smith Mitchell Veterans of Foreign Wars

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

    The Post Christmas party was held after the December meeting at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church with a feast of ham, brisket, mashed potatoes and many sides and desserts.  After the meal, a Yankee swap was held with a healthy exchange of gifts including a shelf Santa, a watch and travel mugs with handles.  Post Commander David Sivret was a right jolly ole elf calling the names and helping with the exchange of gifts. 

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  6. HART Ceremony at Calais/St. Stephen Bridge Remembers Fallen

    Full Ceremony Video with three-volley gun salute can be viewed online here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/BPONnYeVf-c

    By Jayna Smith

    On Saturday, Dec. 7th, Wreaths Across America held its annual HART (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together) Ceremony at Ferry Point Bridge in Calais.  This moving event honored the service and sacrifice of military veterans from the United States and Canada with a wreath exchange.  

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  7. Calais Local, Wayne Sowers, Places at Weight Lifting World Championships

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    Washington County’s very own Wayne Sowers has just competed in the Weight Lifting World Championships in Las Vagas, Nevada.

    This five-day event went on from November 12th through the 17th.

    Sowers won three medals from the NABDL, National Association of Benchers and Deadlifters. He received a third-place medal in the bench press, a fourth place in the push-pull, and a fifth in the deadlift.

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  8. Christmas Family Fun at Mingo’s

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Every year for Christmas, families gather together and participate in family traditions that span across decades, and some create new practices as lives change and families grow. For one Calais family business, the Christmas tradition is helping other families complete their customs by providing wreaths, Christmas trees, and other products.

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  9. Indian Township School Garden Recognized Nationally 

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Mr. Brian Giles has a few different roles at Indian Township School.  Not only does he teach special education, but he is also the food corps supervisor and a member of the orchard and garden planning committee.  Giles’ goal is to have a self-sustaining cafeteria at Indian Township School and to provide food for the local community.  He has received support from the school board and administration, tribal council and Chief, and local businesses. 

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  10. Lioness Christmas Parade Draws Hundreds to Downtown

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Calais Lioness Club executed another successful Christmas Parade last Friday night.  The annual parade--this year the 22nd--is always held on the first Friday of December

    Led by the Lioness elves and Mrs. Claus, the parade included Grand Marshals John Mitchell and Al Churchill, two recently retired attorneys, who have provided many hours of volunteer work within the city.  

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  11. Adventures in the CES Halls

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    What’s better than a story that jumps off the page or the screen and makes you a part of it? For the last few years, that’s exactly the opportunity that the teachers and staff at the Calais Elementary School have been giving area kids.

    The annual Polar Express event took place at Calais Elementary School last Thursday evening. This yearly event has grown a little more every year and gets kids a little more into the Christmas spirit. 

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  12. Pratt Donation Campaign Brings in $16,000 for Washington County Food Pantries

     

    By Jayna Smith

    For the past several years, after realizing how great the need is for the food pantries in Washington County and in an effort to decrease food insecurity locally, businessman Ian Pratt has matched donations to local food pantries.  Anyone taking part in his matching donation campaign could simply bring his or her donation to the Pratt car dealership throughout the month of November, where all donations would be matched, up to $3,000.  This year, however, Pratt was able to increase his match to $5,000.  

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  13. Keeping Jesus in Christmas

     

    Guest Voice

    By Vinton Cassidy

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  14. Gold Star Families Event at the Calais and Saint Stephen border

    By Jayna Smith

    On Saturday, Dec. 7th, Wreaths Across America held its annual HART (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together) Ceremony at Ferry Point Bridge in Calais.  This moving event honored the service and sacrifice of military veterans from the United States and Canada with a wreath exchange.  

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  15. Annual 2019 Christmas Nativity Lighting

    Knights of Columbus council 149 Annual Nativity Lighting.

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  16. Tom, the Office Cat

    Tom is getting into the Christmas spirit!

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  17. Boyd Mitchell Smith Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9779

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

    Our Annual Christmas gathering is December 5th at 6 p.m.  The post will provide the main course with members bringing salads and desserts to share.  Don’t forget your $10 and a Yankee Swap gift that can go to either a male or female.  Members please invite a guest to this enjoyable evening!  If you have been or are an auxiliary member please come and join us too!

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  18. Calais Students Chosen for State Art Show

    The Maine Arts Commission sponsors the Winter Maine Excellence in Arts Education Exhibit each year.  This year the artwork of Willow Horch and Violet Dineen of Calais Schools have been chosen for the show.  Willow Horch is in grade 9 and her art piece is a colored marker drawing called, “Girl in a Flower Dress.” Violet’s artwork is also a marker drawing; it’s of a scary creature.  Violet is in grade 4.  Both student artists will have their work displayed in the State House Complex in Augusta.  They will be honored with a reception there in March.  The show will be on display from Dec.

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  19. Wreaths Across America Kicks Off this Saturday

     

    By Jayna Smith

    This Saturday, Wreaths Across America (WAA) will hold its annual HART (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together) Ceremony at Ferry Point Bridge.

    According to Amber Caron, of WAA, “The HART ceremony is the second event of the day, the first being the Sunrise Service in Lubec.”  The Sunrise Service is set to begin at 6:52 a.m. at West Quoddy Headlight.  

    Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the HART Ceremony will honor the service and sacrifice of military veterans from the United States and Canada with a wreath exchange.  

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  20. Spirit of Giving Shines Through with Stuff the Bus Event

     

    By Jayna Smith

    With cold temperatures now here, people are struggling to pay for home heating fuel, in addition to keeping their lights on and their families warmly clothed and fed.  That’s why Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons was inclined to start the “Stuff the Bus” campaign in 2016.  

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  21. New Restaurant and Tavern will Energize Downtown in Spring, 2020

     

    By Jayna Smith

    With the new year on the horizon, folks can expect to see lots of changes to one downtown building, with a new tavern set to open in May and a restaurant soon to follow.

    The former Townhouse Restaurant and Lounge on Main Street has been purchased from the City of Calais by long-time resident Tim Krug.  Krug, a paramedic and firefighter for nearly 30 years, is also a contractor and is completely renovating the building.  

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  22. Grampie Bill’s 7th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    Natalie@calais.news

    Grampie Bill’s 7th annual Thanksgiving dinner took place at the Second Baptist Church in Calais on Thursday, Thanksgiving day. 

    “Bill and I wanted to thank everyone for their help in pulling off another great Thanksgiving meal. We couldn’t do it without all of you. We served 780 meals and the donation for the food pantry was over $1,200,” said Arlene Gibson.

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  23. Christmas Cheer Delivered to Our Older Citizens

     

    By Jayna Smith

    A local couple is on a mission to make Christmas a little merrier for some older residents in the Calais area.

    Five years ago, Buck and Cindy Wartman used their own money to brighten up the holidays for two older people they knew.  “There seems to be a lot of benefits for the kids at Christmastime, but nothing for the elderly people,” Cindy said.  

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  24. Boyd Smith Mitchell Veterans of Foreign Wars 9779

     

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  25. Deputies Make Drug Arrests, K-9 Runa Treated for Suspected Heroin Exposure

     

    On Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 3:44 p.m. Deputies Matthew Carter and Toni Bridges of the Washington County Sheriff's Office were conducting a traffic stop on Water Street in Addison. The deputies requested the assistance of Deputy Ryan Allen and his K-9 Runa for a vehicle search. Runa is trained and certified to detect illegal drugs.

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  26. Calais Lions Club Kicks Off 48th Annual Santa’s Helper Program

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The longest running Christmas assistance program in the county is the Calais Lions Club’s Santa’s Helper Program, and every year for the past 47, the program has helped provide a happier Christmas for struggling area families.

    “We raise and distribute $12,000 to $14,000 every year,” said Lion John Mitchell.  This money comes from area businesses, organizations, and individuals who donate to the worthy program.

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  27. Pratt Matches Lions Donation to Food Pantry

    The Calais Lions Club provides quarterly donations to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.  This quarter, however, the club decided to take advantage of Pratt’s matching donation campaign and took their donation directly to the dealership.  Throughout the month of November, Pratt will match all donations to any Washington County food pantry, up to $5,000. Pictured are Lion Ben Knowles with Ian Pratt and Fr. David Sivret of the food pantry.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  28. Winter Coat Drive

    David Sivret from the Irene Ecumenical Food Pantry along with Rhianna Treadwell, Teen Crown of New England, braved the cold temperatures on Saturday to stand outside Calais Walmart and collect food and coats during their Annual Food and Coat Drive. The day was a success with plenty of food and coats, as well as cash donations, being collected. As winter starts to get into gear, the need for families grows. While food is most thought of, the need for coats is very important as well.

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  29. Advent Wreath Making Event Set for Calais

     

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  30. Lioness Announce Mitchell and Churchill as Parade Grand Marshals

     

    By Jayna Smith 

    The Calais Lioness Club is always busy working on some type of great event, all to raise funds to help those in need in the greater Calais area.  For the past month, the club's major project has been preparing for the 22nd Annual Lioness Christmas Parade.  This one event draws hundreds to downtown Calais on the first Friday of each December, and this year promises to be no different.

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  31. St. Croix Valley Chamber Honors Community Leaders

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Nearly 80 people attended the Annual Meeting and Awards Event for the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce held last Thursday evening.  Taking place at Calais Motor Inn, the event included dinner and guest speaker Scott Beal along with some regular business before awards and prizes.  

    Chamber chairperson DeeDee Travis, of Calais Regional Hospital, welcomed guests, and also recognized outgoing chairperson Mike Carmody.  

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  32. Local Historians Encouraged at Down East Heritage Day

     

    Submitted by Colin Windhorst 

    Over thirty local historians from across Washington and Charlotte Counties  participated in Down East Heritage Day on Saturday, November 2, hosted at Washington County Community College.

    Participants showcased their collections, celebrated their accomplishments, and shared recent projects, research, and publications.  As one commented, “It was very interesting to see a bigger range of organizations that I was aware of . . .  It is great to see people’s work and artifacts.”

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  33. Free Sundaes for IGA Shoppers Last Friday

    Many stopped by Calais IGA on Friday to snag a free sundae from Jim Bailey and his son Thomas.  The duo was giving the sweet treats away, topped with Bailey’s own sugar-free dessert toppings, as thanks to area folks.  Known as The Yankee Chef, Bailey is a chef, food columnist, and author, and his sugar-free toppings are available for purchase at the IGA.  Camera-ready is Thomas, who took a break for a photo, while his dad prepared sundaes for some local shoppers.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  34. New Scout Hall Celebrated with Open House

     

    By Jayna Smith

    This past Sunday, the Friends of Scouts 132 celebrated its open house at the newly constructed scout hall--and there was much to be celebrated.  Sponsors and community members were all invited to view the work and progress made. 

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  35. Coat and Food Drive

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

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  36. Calais High School Groups Gear Up for Christmas Events

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Students get excited around the holidays for the upcoming vacation, as well as the thought of gifts waiting for them on Christmas morning. For a group of students at Calais High School, the holidays are also some of the busiest for them.

    Members of the Calais High School Student Council and National Honor Society gear up for this time of year with fundraising and projects. The group starts fundraising in November, not for a trip or a party, but in order to give a Christmas to kids who wouldn’t otherwise have one.

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  37. Man in Search of Meaning and History Behind Christmas Coin

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    A Washington County man is in search of the origin of a strange coin that he has found.

    Dana Ayers has been a coin collector for many years and is quite knowledgeable on various medals. When he came across this particular coin, he was puzzled.  

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  38. Addison Coty Memorial Turkey Trot

    The 2nd Annual Addison Coty Memorial 5K Turkey Trot was held last Saturday in Robbinston.  Addison, a 2018 graduate of Calais High School, lost his life in an automobile accident in July of 2018.  He was a great friend to many, and Addison was well-known for his athleticism, especially his ability as a cross country runner, having finished fifth in the state in Class C during his senior year.  The race, organized by Addison's mother Angela, raises funds to present as scholarships at Calais High School.

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  39. 17th Annual Coffee House

    The Calais High School Music Department held its 17th Annual Coffee House last Friday night.  Performers were students Cassidy Carr, Ben Goode, and Patrick Corbett, who each performed solos; the CHS Jazz Band; Anne Scott; Dr. Larry Newman; and Keltic Schmeltic.  

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  40. Pratt Matches Lioness Donation to Food Pantry

    The Calais Lioness Club provides an annual donation to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.  This year, however, the club decided to take advantage of Pratt’s matching donation campaign and took their donation directly to the dealership.  Throughout the month of November, Pratt will match all donations to any Washington County food pantry, up to $5,000.  Pictured are Lioness Lisa Smith, Lioness Lorraine Mitchell, Lioness Laurel Perkins, Ian Pratt, Fr. David Sivret of the food pantry, and Lioness Stacy Crosby.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  41. Fire call 39 Baring Street in Calais

    By Jayna Smith

    Calais Fire-EMS responded to a mobile home fire on Thursday, Nov. 14th, at 39 Baring Street.  The property is owned by Eric Clark, of Windham, and managed by Peggy and Terry Brownlee.  

    According to Fire Chief Ken Clark, the call for the fire was received at around 11:30 a.m.  He said no one lived in the trailer; however, it was used for “sewing crafts and woodworking.”

    Chief Clark said, “There was damage to [the Brownlee’s] equipment and the building is a total loss.”

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  42. Volleyball Game Raises Funds For Awareness of Mental Illness

     

    On Saturday, November 3rd, a group of Woodland High School alumni came together for a volleyball game to raise awareness to emotional and mental health, while also raising funds for The Yellow Tulip Project.  The mission of The Yellow Tulip Project is to smash the stigma of mental illness.  

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  43. Caught Being Good at CES

    Last week’s students at Calais Elementary school who were “caught being good” were Jennalynn Mahar, Damien Moody, Brock Collins, Haidyn Seavey, Abby Hallowell, Sophia Rogers, Sebastian Jamison and Max Kessler. Congratulations, boys and girls, and keep up the good work! (Submitted photo)

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  44. Wesley FD Seeks Votes to Win Fire Truck

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Economy Motors in Hermon is giving away a fire truck to one lucky Maine town.

    The truck was acquired by Economy Motors, and the family-owned business wanted to give back to one Maine town.  Those interested in having a chance of winning the truck for their town had to email a letter on department letterhead to be considered. 

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  45. Dressing Down Benefits Friends of Boy Scout #32

     

    Employees of First National Bank recently raised $854.97 for the Friends of Boy Scout #32 through its Casual for a Cause program. Employees make a contribution to a nominated non-profit organization in exchange for dressing casually on Fridays for one month.

    First National Bank is an independent community bank with 16 offices in Lincoln, Knox, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot Counties.  For more information about First National Bank, please call 1-800-564-3195 or visit www.thefirst.com.

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