1. Scene Around Town: Ghosts, Ghouls, and More

     

    At Jose and Barbara Lara’s Calais Avenue home, something spooky is going on!  Take a drive by to see the various Halloween displays, including this one. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  2. The Calais Advertiser Receives 24 Awards from Maine Press Association

     

    At its annual state conference, held at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center in Bar Harbor on October 22, the Maine Press Association recognized The Calais Advertiser for its exceptional journalism work, presenting it with 24 awards.  Its sister paper Machias Valley News Observer won 18 awards, for a total of 42 awards combined between the two Washington County publications.  

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  3. Calais School Committee: One Candidate for One 2-Year Seat, Four for Two 3-Year Term Seats

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais’ municipal election is slated for Tuesday, November 8, 2022.  Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Calais Recreation Center on Academy Street.  Street parking is available in front of the building, or in the parking lot off Lincoln Street.

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  4. City of Calais Mayor’s Seat up for Grabs

     

    Jayna Smith
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  5. WCCC Sees Highest Student Enrollment in Previous 5 Years

     

    Washington County Community College (WCCC) is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever as student enrollment numbers are up 25 percent compared to this time last year and higher than any time over the previous five-year period.  

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  6. Main Street Project Nearly Completed for the Season and More from City Council

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais City Council met for its regular meeting on Thursday, October 13, with Councilors Mike Sherrard, Elery Beale, James Macdonald, Marcia Rogers, and Bill Quinn present.  Mayor Billy Howard and Councilor Mark Carr were absent.  

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  7. Calais Skatepark Committee Most Stoked Jam

     

    The Brendan Leddy Memorial Fund and Calais Skatepark Committee (CSC) had an excellent day at the park on Saturday for the Harvest Fest - Most Stoked Jam.

    Participating were lots of young riders and some other middle-aged riders, and plans are underway to have many more events with very young and introductory-level riders for a couple years, until a core base of riders is established where they can push each other.

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  8. A Matter of Trust- Billy Joel and the Voters on Nov. 8

     

    Jon Reisman

    The legislative candidates who hope to represent Cooper were invited to a forum at the Cooper Community Center (formerly the Grange) by the Select Board. On a rainy Tuesday evening, House District 10 Candidates Kenneth “Bucket”Davis (R-East Machias) and Melissa Hinerman (U-Machiasport) were joined by Senator Marianne Moore (R-Calais). Jonathan Goble (D-Cherryfield) did not respond to the invitation.

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  9. ‘Tis the Season to be Spooky

     

    Spooks of all variety can be seen across town in preparation for Halloween, like this lawn mowing skeleton at International Motel.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  10. CDRC’s Touch-a-Truck Event Well Attended

     

    The kids not only loved seeing the trucks from Lyons Towing, but also loved the special “lyon” that accompanied.  The well-attended event was hosted by CDRC as part of the annual Harvest Festival. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  11. Despite Rescheduling of Events, Harvest Festival Proves Fun for All

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The annual Harvest Festival, an event organized by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC), took place over the weekend, kicking off with the first annual Pub Crawl on Friday night.

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  12. CHS Senior Recognition Golf

     

    Seniors on the golf team are Jace Cook, Emil Paullson, Andrew Barnard, and Josh Calder.  (Photo courtesy of Brenda Batson)

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  13. CHS Senior Recognition Volleyball

     

    Seniors on the volleyball team are Jordan Yarnes, Tia Murphy, Danielle White, Anneleise Rollins, Chiara D'Ercole, Brooklyn McCarthy, Madison Stanley, Piper Donovan, Lainey Johnson, Sierra Jones, Kassidi Porter, and Nevaeh Thomas. (Photo by Brenda Batson)

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  14. WHS Senior Recognition Girls’ Soccer

     

    Seniors on the girls’ soccer team were recently recognized.  Shown are Coach Siering, Amy Cox, Nicole Cox, Hannah Lockenwitz, Asst. Coach Gary Bryant, and manager Alyssa Stevens. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Monk)

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  15. CHS Senior Recognition Girls’ Soccer

     

    Seniors on the girls’ soccer team are Mercedes Owen and Skylar Smith. (Photo by Brenda Batson)

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  16. CHS Senior Recognition Boys’ Soccer

     

    Seniors on the boys’ soccer team are Wyatt Jamieson, Alex Richard, and Raphael Antonelle. (Photo by Brenda Batson)

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  17. Calais Native Joins LifeFlight Crew

     

    LifeFlight welcomes Calais native, pilot Mike McGovern to its crew. Mike has decades of experience flying both planes and helicopters. He has worked as a flight instructor, a commercial pilot, and as a full-time pilot with the Army National Guard since 2007. Mike has deployed to Bosnia, Afghanistan twice, and Iraq. He wanted to work for LifeFlight because he loved his time working as a Medevac pilot in the Guard, and he enjoys flying King Air planes. He and his family live in Glenburn. (LifeFlight of Maine photo)

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  18. Turkey-A-Thon Raises Over $39,000 for Local Food Pantries

     

    Thanks to the incredible generosity of community members across Washington County, this year’s Annual Turkey-A-Thon was another huge success. At the close of the daylong event last Friday, donations totaled $39,130 - exceeding the partner's fundraising goal of $36,000 - and with donations still coming in, the countywide fundraising event is shaping up to have its biggest year ever.

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  19. Halloween Fun at Eastport Arts Center

     

    Students from Calais, Edmunds, Eastport, Pembroke, Robbinston, and Whiting enjoyed a Halloween Houses workshop on Oct. 4 at Eastport Arts Center. Instructor Sara Myrick provided inspiration, guidance, and a wow factor array of materials for the constructions. (Photo by Lauren Koss)

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  20. Alexander Grange Road Trip

     

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  21. Goodbye Columbus

     

    Jon Reisman

    With Indigenous Peoples Day replacing Columbus Day, Goodbye, Columbus seemed a natural, but I realized that most folks under 50 would not get the reference. Goodbye, Columbus is a 1959 novella by Phillip Roth that was made into a 1969 movie starring Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw. It was Macgraw’s debut just before Love Story in 1970 rocketed her to fame. Goodbye Columbus is also the desired woke outcome of Indigenous Peoples Day.

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  22. Jeff Demmons Honored at Retirement

    Jayna Smith
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    Many from the community came out for a surprise retirement party last Friday night for local radio personality Jeff Demmons.  Demmons has worked for WQDY for the last 25 years.  

    The event, which had been secretly planned for the last two months, was led by Bill Cassidy as the master of ceremonies, while many community leaders spoke to express their gratitude to Demmons.  

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  23. CDRC’S Harvest Festival Schedule of Events

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  24. Jace Cook is DAC Golf Champion

     

    Jayna Smith
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    After taking part in the Penobscot Valley Conference regional qualifying tournament last month at Lincoln’s JATO Highlands Golf Course, Calais senior golfer Jace Cook earned the right to compete at the Maine Principals’ Association State Golf Tournament.

    The state competition was held last week on October 8 at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.  Cook was among nearly 80 golfers competing in the Class C

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  25. Welcome, New Paperboy Parker!

     

    Parker joins his brother Bradley as a Calais Advertiser paperboy! (Photo by Andrea Walton)

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  26. Helen Brooks Recognized

     

    Helen Brooks was recently recognized for her 50-year membership in Grange.  She is shown with her daughters Mary Crossman, Sherry Sivret, Linda Brooks, and Martha Cox. (Submitted photo)

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  27. UScellular Enhances Wireless Network Coverage in Washington County

     

    UScellular continues to invest in its fast, high-quality network with the addition of 5G service to five cell sites in Washington County, including the towns of Alexander, Calais, Milltown, South Trescott and Steuben. The sites enhance UScellular’s network in the towns and are among the more than 420 sites the wireless carrier has across the state. 5G service provides faster data speeds, seamless video chatting and a more responsive mobile experience.

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  28. Fall Foliage in Full Swing

     

    After the Indigenous People’s Day holiday weekend, our fall foliage colors Downeast will be approaching high color, which state experts define as 50-70 percent of leaves changed with low leaf drop. Northern Maine, from west to east, is now enjoying peak color. It won’t be long before we see the same intense foliage in Washington County. (Photo courtesy Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry)

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  29. Youth Theater Group to Write Original Mystery

     

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  30. Apple & Arts Day Returns to Cobscook

     

    Cobscook Institute is excited to announce the return of Apple & Arts Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Originally launched in 2019, this free arts, heritage food, and harvest-focused family event will take place rain or shine on Cobscook Institute’s charming  Trescott campus. Highlights of the day include live music featuring four local acts, as well as all-ages arts workshops with the Tides Institute and Museum of Art.  

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  31. Heritage Perfidy

     

    Jon Reisman

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  32. Princeton Rod and Gun Club Host Maine Youth Field Day

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    The Princeton Rod and Gun Club and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries hosted a Youth Field Day on Saturday, September 24th.
    Boys and girls ages 8 to 15 gathered at the Princeton Rod and Gun Club to learn about all sorts of outdoors activities.

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  33. Knights of Columbus Raffle to Benefit Sarah’s House

    Jayna Smith
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    Knights of Columbus #149, part of a global Catholic fraternal service order dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, is raising money for Sarah’s House by raffling off a much needed commodity–home heating fuel.  

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  34. Moose on the Move

     

    It’s the middle of breeding season (rut) for moose, the official State Animal of Maine.  Moose can stand up to seven feet tall, with adult bulls weighing as much as 1,100 pounds.  According to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the largest bull ever harvested in Maine had a dressed weight of 1,330 pounds and means it would have weighed approximately 1,767 pounds!  This bull moose was spotted last week on the Stud Mill Road.  (Photo courtesy of Zachary Cox)

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  35. Kids at the Grange Make Wreaths

     

    Finished samples of Wreaths Across America’s Wreaths made by Kids at the Grange. (Submitted photo)

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  36. Canadian Cash No Longer Accepted at Walmart

     

    Ricky Cleghorn

    On October 10th, the Walmart stores located in Calais and Houlton will stop accepting Canadian dollar currency.

    The Walmart located in Presque Isle has already stopped accepting Canadian cash, effective October 1st.

    The changes of policy at these Walmarts are just the most recent implements of the company's new country-wide cash policy.  

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  37. WCCC Welcomes Instructor of Coastal Fisheries and Marine Technology Program

     

    Washington County Community College would like to welcome Troy Alley, the instructor of the new Coastal Fisheries and Marine Technology Program.

    “This is an exciting new program that industry has said is needed and supports. I'm looking forward to working with and developing relationships with the awesome faculty, staff, and students at WCCC,” said Alley.

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  38. Dragon Nicole Cox Nets 50th Goal

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Coach Kris Siering’s Lady Dragons soccer has added some more Ws to the book, with recent wins over Shead and Calais.

    Losses included games against Penobscot Valley and Penquis, with a 3-3 tie against Bangor Christian.

    Congratulations to Nicole Cox, who netted her 50th high school career goal at a recent game.

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  39. Calais Welcomes New Business

     

    St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce joined the new boutique Downtown Attire, located at the former Clark's Variety Store in Milltown. Shown are Stanley Sluzenski, of St Croix Regional Technical Center; Jessica Delmonaco, of Varney Insurance Agency; Kaileigh Deacon, of Downeast Credit Union; Jamie Mulholland, owner of Downtown Attire; Laurel Perkins, of Downeast Economic Development; and Senator Marianne Moore, who were in attendance last week for the ribbon cutting.  (St. Croix Valley Chamber photo)

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  40. Outdoor Adventure Play Training Hosted by WCCC

     

    With so much technology all around us, it can be easy to forget about all that nature has to offer.

    On Saturday, September 24th, Washington County Community College hosted its 3rd annual Learning and Growing from the Outside In event. This year’s theme was outdoor adventure play.

    This day-long training was intended for people who work in early childhood education including family childcare, center-based childcare, and early public-school teachers.

    The day consisted of various learning opportunities for educators.

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  41. Conservative Wrongthink

     

    Jon Reisman

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  42. Calais Welcomes Familiar Face as New Fire Chief

    Jayna Smith
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    A new fire chief for the City of Calais has been named.  At a city council meeting earlier this month, Calais Fire-EMS Captain Bill Lee’s appointment to Chief by City Manager Mike Ellis was confirmed by council.

    Lee is a 35-year veteran of the fire service, having begun his career in Calais back in 1987.  Over the years, he has worked himself through the ranks, including having done a five-year stint as Fire Chief for the Town of Lincoln.  

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  43. Girl Scouts Complete Service Projects

     

    Local Girl Scout Troop 2253 performed service projects at their last meeting, creating special birthday cards for a local 90-year-old, as well as picking up trash along the waterfront. (Submitted photos)

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  44. Out of the Darkness Walk

     

    Washington County community members gathered at Triangle Park in Calais on September 18th and marched in the rain for suicide awareness in the Out of the Darkness Walk. (Photo by Chad Woodruff)

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  45. ArriveCAN App May Have Held up Maine Crews Headed to Assist in NS after Fiona

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Hurricane Fiona made its way up the East Coast at the end of last week, before being downgraded on Friday to a post-tropical cyclone as it battered the province of Nova Scotia into Saturday.

    The winds, which reached up to 92 mph, according to news sources, knocked out electricity for about 80 percent of Nova Scotia Power customers, leaving downed trees, flooded homes, washed out roads, and other destruction.

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