1. Masons Donate to Food Pantry

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Times have been trying as the effects of COVID-19 are felt as far Downeast as Washington County. Recommended closures of businesses created a challenge for some families as to how food would be put on the table while they were out of work. The already large number of families in Washington County facing food insecurity grew as the effects of the virus and its precautions spread. 

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  2. Perry Celebrates Bicentennial with Book

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    To celebrate 200 years is truly something special and not something that happens often. Earlier this year, the State of Maine celebrated 200 years of statehood. But two years prior to this, just a short drive up Route 1, the small town of Perry celebrated its bicentennial in 2018. 

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  3. Just CAZ

     

    (Critter Autonomous Zone)

    Seattle might have its neo-anarchist/hipster/summer of love/ Capitol Hill Occupy Protest (CHOP), but it pales in police-free borderless entertainment value to the Critter Autonomous Zone in Cooper and Cathance Township.

    The Raven Raucous Caucus

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  4. Bears are Searching for Food, May Visit Your Backyard

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    There have been several social media reports in the last couple of weeks of bear sightings in different areas of the city, including Union Street, Garfield Street, South Street, and more.  

    According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), Maine is home to the largest population of black bears in all of the lower 48 states.  Bears in the state are most active between April 1 and November 1.

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  5. Opening Day at the Farmers’ Market

     

    The Calais Farmers’ Market began its season downtown this week.  It will continue each Tuesday at the downtown triangle park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  6. Eastport Could Soon See a Second Cruiseline Berth for an Extended Stay

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    On Sunday, June 14th, Eastport saw the arrival of the 785-foot Oceania Cruises vessel Riviera.  The ship, like all other cruise ships, was halted from sailing effective back in March after many cruise lines saw outbreaks of COVID-19.  

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  7. Truth, systemic racism, and black flies

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    As the nation writhes under a leftist/media assault charging white privilege and systemic racism and advocating for defunding the police, silencing/deplatforming/canceling anyone who dares to disagree and demanding they kneel and apologize for voting for Trump and more, I’ve watched in horror as a woke leftist Jacobin mob has decided that we need to destroy the village in order to save it.

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  8. Beautiful Wildlife Photos

    Great wildlife photos in the June 18, 2020 edition. We appreciate everyone sending them in. Be sure to check them out every week!

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  9. Town of Pembroke Plans to Host 4th of July Celebration

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    The annual 4th of July celebration in Pembroke will still be taking place this year.

    The parade will be held at 9 a.m. on the morning of the 4th of July. Floats, ATVs, bikes and more are all welcome to meet at the town office in Pembroke at 8:30 a.m. to participate. There will not be any prizes given this year, as the parade will be just for fun. 

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  10. Flag Retirement in Alexander

    Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day sponsored by the Alexander Grange at the Alexander Grange. (Submitted photo)

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  11. Princeton Elementary Graduation

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

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  12. Lubec Readies for Independence Day Celebration

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Lubec, America, known for its welcoming people, great eateries, wonderful views, and being the easternmost town in the U.S.A., among other things, has released its Fourth of July Celebration schedule, and it certainly does not disappoint.

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  13. Perry School Ends Year with Teacher Parade

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The 92 students who attend Perry Elementary School got to say good-bye for the summer to their teachers in a very unique way, all to end the very unique school year.  Last Friday, students got to watch a teacher parade that covered all of the roads and routes throughout the town and by the homes of the students.

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  14. Calais, St. Stephen Fire Departments Unaffected by Border Restrictions

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The strong relationship between the fire departments in Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick has been long-standing, but it is not unique in that many departments, especially those in rural areas, rely heavily on mutual aid.  What does make the relationship between the two unique is that the mutual aid provided to one town from the other comes internationally.  

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  15. Lioness Club Celebrates 35 Years of Serving the Greater Calais Area

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Lioness Club recently celebrated its 35th annual Charter Night, an event that welcomes new members to the group.  It also pays tribute to the 43 ladies who joined together with the shared purpose of helping their community and its residents back in 1985.

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  16. Farmers’ Market Set to Open in Calais

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Beet greens, kale, lettuce, green onions, and more are expected to be ready by Tuesday, June 23rd when the Calais Farmers’ Market is open for business!

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  17. Local Students Receive Scholarship

    Nolan McCullough and Paige Sockabasin each received a scholarship, presented annually in honor of Michael Severance.  Les Severance, Michael’s father, decided this year to present it to two of the Pine Tree Store employees, both of whom are graduating.  The store is owned by Les Severance and Brinda Leighton.  Each year they have a dance to raise money for this scholarship to be given so that Michael will not be forgotten.  Nolan has been a summer resident of Grand Lake Stream since the age of two, spending his summers with his grandparents, David and Jenifer McCullough.  He will attend the

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  18. New Downtown Fountain

    A new fountain was installed at the downtown garden on Monday.  According to CDRC's Anne Nixon, many more plants will now be added this week to complete the landscaping of that area.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  19. Honoring First Responders

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Store Manager Drew Sansing and Assistant Manager Laura Donovan went all around Calais and even to Baileyville on Tuesday to thank first responders and those on the front lines during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As part of their Associates Week, which normally takes place in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart decided to spend this Associates Week giving back to their employees as well as the communities that serve them. 

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  20. Neighbors Helping Neighbors

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    When Baileyville Fire Chief John McPhee noticed his neighbor’s lawn hadn’t yet been mowed this year, he knew he could easily get help to complete that task and some other chores around the residence.  

    McPhee sent out a call to his fire department crew, asking for some able bodies to do some yard work for a very deserving couple, the McCrays.  In typical firefighter fashion, they were quick to respond. 

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  21. Community Members Come Together to Help Family after Motorcycle Crash

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    On May 30th, Sonya Lunn and Blaine McLaughlin were in a serious motorcycle accident on Route 9. 

    According to Lunn’s brother, Michael Curran, the two were hit by a drunk driver and were both rushed to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious injuries. 

    Lunn is on the road to recovery, but McLaughlin sadly passed at the hospital due to his injuries. 

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  22. Howard Fox Memorial Pool Open for the Season

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Howard Fox Memorial Pool has opened for the season and, according to Parks and Recreation Director Craig Morrison, new rules have been implemented under guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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  23. Work Continues on Downtown Restaurant and Tavern

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The former Townhouse Restaurant on Main Street has seen some drastic changes over the last few months.  The new owner of the property Tim Krug has been completely renovating the inside and will soon give the outside an overhaul as well.  He took on the project late last year after the property, which had been acquired by the city, was being considered for demolition.

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  24. Garden Adds Beauty to Downtown, Thanks to Volunteers

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Downtown Calais is looking beautiful, with American flags bellowing on some light poles, and banners honoring the high school graduates on others, all while the hanging baskets add bright coloring from their flowers.  

    The flower baskets that get hung every summer are all thanks to Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC), and another project brought to the city by that same group is the upkeep of the downtown garden.  

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  25. Community Thanks Hospital Staff with Parade

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    In a caravan led by Baileyville Chief Bob Fitzsimmons, community members of all ages made their way through the Calais medical buildings area on Wednesday, June 3, honking horns and waving signs with enthusiasm.

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  26. President Trump Tells Gov. Mills to Open up the State

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    President Donald Trump paid Maine a visit last Friday to see Puritan Medical Products in Guilford.  The company is one of only two major companies that manufacture medical swabs needed for coronavirus testing.  The other is in Italy.

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  27. We Salute Calais High School Class of 2020

     

    Calais High School Graduates Class of 2020:

    From Principal Spearin

    You and your peers have faced challenges at the end of your Senior year that never could have been predicted. Most would say you were robbed of experiences every senior should experience, and I agree. However, I am incredibly impressed with the way you and your peers have handled these challenges. 

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  28. Outdoor Activities, Including Pickleball, Begin to Make a Comeback

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    St. Croix Valley Pickleball games have been put on pause since the month of March due to COVID-19. Tennis courts have finally reopened, and the game can be played once again with new rules and regulations. 

    Games started back up again on Wednesday, May 27th at the Woodland Jr/Sr High School and the Calais tennis courts. 

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  29. Who’s that Waving Runner?

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    It’s not uncommon to drive into or out of Calais through Magurrewock and spot the man who waves at passing vehicles.  He is sometimes seen jogging, sometimes walking, sometimes riding his bike, sometimes with his canine friend Candy, but always waving at each and every passing vehicle. That man is Rick Roussel.

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  30. Road Toll Fundraisers Set to Begin this Month

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Road tolls in Calais are huge fundraisers for many organizations, ten of them to be exact.  Each year, groups can apply with the city to hold one, but only ten spots are allowed, per the city’s ordinance.  

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  31. Famous Movie Truck Leaves Calais Bound for England

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Those familiar with the 1986 movie Big Trouble in Little China, starring Kurt Russell, are likely familiar with “Pork Chop Express,” the 1985 Freightliner FLC-120 driven by Russell in the film.  What some may not know is that that truck made Calais its home in 2006.  

    Owned by Wilfred O’Brien, the Freightliner was operated by him until just two years ago.  O’Brien drove the truck quite regularly, except during inclement weather.

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  32. Senior Banners on Display

    Each Calais High School Class of 2020 graduate’s photo is displayed on a banner that now hangs on the downtown light poles, thanks to Calais Public Works Department.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  33. Calais Banner Exhibit Brings Awareness of Domestic Violence

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

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  34. Your Package Might Be Late!

    Postmaster Debbie Dow recently shared to social media this photo of a postal plant.  She explained that many packages are sitting in plants because of staffing issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but gave assurance that postal and UPS workers are still hard at work, many actually doing the work of two or three people.  Dow added, "So when you think your package is going to arrive [at the Calais post office] at a certain time, please remember there is a pandemic and you might not receive it for a bit."  (Photo courtesy of Postmaster Debbie Dow)

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  35. Round Pond Memorial Day Service of Remembrance

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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  36. Flags Placed at Graves of Fallen Veterans

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last Saturday at Calais Cemetery, the Veterans buried there were remembered, thanks to the many local volunteers who dedicated themselves to placing flags on each grave.

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  37. Princeton Man Brings Interesting Hobby to the Area

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Bill Seavey, of Princeton, has always wanted to become a pilot, but went for the next best thing and started flying radio-controlled aircraft, and he hasn’t stopped for the last 20 years.

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  38. Border Closure Continues

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The United States and Canada recently reached an agreement to continue the closure of the border to all non-essential travel, at least until June 21st.  Border restrictions were first announced on March 18th.  

    The closure will continue the prohibition of non-essential traffic, allowing only for the flow of trade and commerce, such as truckers, as well as healthcare workers who live and work on opposite sides of the border.

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  39. Lioness Yard Sale Will be Hub for Community-Wide Yard Sales

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    With the recent quarantine, many friends and members of the Calais Lioness Club have used the time to thoroughly clean their garages, basements, attics, and closets, gathering all those items that no longer fit, have been collecting dust, or simply are no longer useful.  Many of those items will be ready at the bargain hunter’s paradise--the annual Calais Lioness Yard Sale.

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  40. Blue Knights MC Distributes Food to Pantries Across the State

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last Friday, the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry in Calais and the Woodland Community Food Pantry in Baileyville each received a visit from members of the Blue Knights motorcycle club.  Led by David and Sherri Wight, the club distributed to each pantry food packets from a University of Maine Honors College public service project.  

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  41. Firehouse Nears Completion

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    On Church Street, next to the city building, is the St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse, which has been a staple fixture in Calais for over 100 years. Though the operational days of the firehouse are long behind it, the building and its history are still very much a part of the Calais community. For hosting meetings and events, as well as the beloved community Christmas party, the Firehouse is an important part of moving forward while honoring the past.

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  42. Heroes Honored and Remembered on Memorial Day

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Events of Memorial Day 2020 may have been very different from prior years, especially with the exclusion of a parade and the always well-attended ceremony at Memorial Park; however, ceremonies, although modified, were still held in Calais to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. 

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  43. First National Bank Celebrates National EMS Week

     

    First National Bank recently announced it has made donations totaling $2,200 to eleven Emergency Medical Service organizations in the bank’s market area in response to National EMS Week.

    In 1974, President Gerald Ford proclaimed EMS Week to celebrate and recognize EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation. The 46th annual National EMS Week is held May 17th through May 23, 2020.

    Washington County recipients included: Calais Fire-EMS and Downeast EMS.

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  44. City Discusses Hospital Liaison Committee

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Last Thursday’s City Council meeting, held via Facebook Live, was focused on how Calais will continue to operate and move forward. Since Calais Regional Hospital is a big part of the City of Calais, City Manager Mike Ellis proposed that the council and the hospital form a liaison committee. This committee would act much the same way as the liaison committee with the school, which allows for discussion and concerns to be addressed without full boards or councils.

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  45. Trescott Drug Raid Nabs Three

     

    Maine Drug Enforcement says three men were arrested on drug charges in the Washington County Town of Trescott overnight that evolved into a police standoff.  As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies served a search warrant at the home of Mark Fields on County Road in Trescott Wednesday evening 

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