1. [Breaking News] Missing woman’s body found 6.6 miles down river from Calais at Todd Point

    On Sunday, July 14, The Calais Advertiser received confirmation from NB RCMP Central Dispatch that the body of 68-year old Edith Lorraine Williams had been discovered along the shore of the St. Croix River at Todd's Point.  The location of where the body was discovered shows the body traveled a considerable distance before being discovered.

    Williams, of St. Stephen, was last seen around 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.  She was reported missing on Monday, July 8, just after midnight.  

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  2. Music on the Green Concert

    Last Tuesday’s Music on the Green was Alan Cook sponsored by Calais and Machias H&R Block. Cook is a seasoned Music on the Green performer who plays something for everyone. Last Tuesday’s showers brought smaller than normal crowds to the concert but Cook was still able to get the crowd going with familiar songs and some requests from the crowd. Cook will be back again this summer as part of the Economy Studs.  (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  3. Quilts From The Heart For Hospice

     

    Submitted by Lynda Duplissea

    At their June business meeting, St. Croix International Quilters presented over 40 quilts to the representatives of the area’s Hospice Care providers. Barbara Barnett and Cathy Jackson were on hand to accept the gifts of comfort.

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  4. St. Croix Country Club Tourney Results

     

    Passamaquoddy Youth Conservation 4-Person Scramble

    Congratulations to James Macdonald, Josh Porter, Jason Redding, and Corey Sullivan for shooting a fine 57 on the par 70 St. Croix Country Club under extremely tough conditions! Thanks are extended to Les Nicholas for this fun second annual event that raises funds for youth access to summer camps. 

    Division #1 (Gross)

    1st 57 Jason Redding, James Macdonald, Josh Porter, Corey Sullivan

    2nd 58 Mike Chambers. Sam Bell, Steve Leighton, Beau Scott

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  5. Single Mother Evicted from Home and Offered a Tent and Camping Gear

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    A single mother has been evicted from her apartment in Belfast after missing a few months rent. She turned to the city for help and they offered her a tent and camping gear to house her and her two children until she could get back on her feet. Although Belfast city officials were quick to help her, Jodie Stout, Belfast General Assistance Administrator told the Bangor Daily News that the city will not be able to offer temporary housing or a hotel room when the weather is nice in the summertime. 

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  6. Calais Fire Association’s 4th of July Kids’ Games

    Slow and steady, with a little support from the thumb, seemed to be the strategy for these three in the egg and spoon race, one of the many events at the Calais Fire Association's 4th of July kids’ games.  As usual, there was an abundance of fun for everyone at this annual tradition.  More photos of the event can be found on The Calais Advertiser's Facebook. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  7. Elvis Detained at Border

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Mike Bravener, an Elvis impersonator, says he has performed at Eastport’s Fourth of July celebration for the last 15 years, traveling from his Fredericton home through Calais for the festivities each year.  Last week, however, Bravener was unable to make his scheduled performance due to issues at the border.

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  8. Mills Signs Bills to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  9. Laughing Lions Club Extravaganza

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Calais Lions Club has been busy planning one of the biggest events of the summer, the first annual Laughing Lions Club Extravaganza.  The event is being held to raise money for park improvements.  

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  10. Holmes Cottage and Museum Now Open for the Season

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Holmes Cottage and Museum, located on Main Street near the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry, is definitely a must-see and a unique asset to the community.  A step inside the city’s oldest structure brings you back to life in the 1800s.  

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  11. The Hero Behind the USS Jason Dunham

     

    By Jayna Smith

    One of the highlights of the Eastport’s Fourth of July festivities is the Navy ship that arrives just in time for the celebration, a time-honored Eastport tradition dating back to 1905. This year there almost wasn’t a ship, but some last-minute finagling led to the timely arrival of the USS Jason Dunham, an Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer in the United States Navy.

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  12. Non-visible Crosswalks will be Painted Soon

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Crosswalks are marked areas where pedestrians can safely cross a roadway.  By law in the State of Maine (Title 29A Subsection 2056,4), motorists must stop for pedestrians who are waiting in marked crosswalks.  This does not mean waiting near a crosswalk, such as, for instance, standing back on the sidewalk.  

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  13. West Quoddy Head Celebration Slated for this Saturday

     

    By Jayna Smith

    West Quoddy Head, in Quoddy Head State Park, is the easternmost point in the United States.  The lighthouse there was originally built in 1808, and it, along with its visitors’ center, opened for the 2019 season on Memorial Day and will remain open through October. 

    West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association reported that on its first day open this year, 169 visitors signed the guest log.  Visitors came from 29 different states, the District of Columbia, and four different countries. 

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  14. City Finalizes Budgets

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    As summer gets into full swing, the fiscal year for the City of Calais comes to a close and a new one starts. The fiscal year for the city closed June 30 with the new one starting on July first. This meant at their last meeting in June the City Council had to take action on the budgets for the upcoming year. The four budgets needing action by the city were held for public hearing on June 27 at 6 p.m.

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  15. Calais Rec. Day Camp Staff

    Pictured is the 2019 Calais Recreation Day Camp staff. Members pictured are l-r: Angela Demmons, Gavin Parks, Emma Seelye, Kendra Parks, Madyson Parks, Ivy McLellan, and Kylie Donovan (not pictured: Alex Newsome and Director Cameron Parr). (Photo by John Rogers)

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  16. Bridge Dedicated to Fallen Soldier

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Heroism is something found in stories and movies and often gets overlooked in everyday life because it isn’t flashy or fantastic. True heroism is done not out of desire for fame or recognition but because of a sense of duty and love. Many soldiers do what they do because of a sense of duty to their home and their families, as well as to the men and women with whom they serve.

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  17. Music on the Green Concert

    The second Music on the Green concert was held last Tuesday. The Minor Characters, sponsored by Calais Regional Hospital, provided the crowd with a mixture of gypsy jazz, Latin jazz, and fiddle music. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon) 

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  18. Alexander Hometown Jubilee - July 6

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  19. Lions Club Holds Installation Night, Hagar and Hanbury Recognized

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Calais Lions Club held its annual installation night and dinner last week with many members and spouses in attendance, as well as some Lioness members.  

    Before the induction of two new members, President Ben Knowles told those in attendance of the many great things the club has done in the last year.  This included mentions of the club’s fundraising efforts, including the 2018 Santa’s Helpers campaign, which brought in over $10,000 to assist local families.

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  20. On a Mission to Outrun Alzheimer’s

     

    By Jayna Smith

    In Maine, more than 29,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Maine chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. With that number comes over 69,000 family and friends who are providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. 

    One man working to raise awareness and funds for research of the disease is Fred Kilfoil of Portland, and to do this, he is running the entire length of Maine from Fort Kent to Kittery. 

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  21. Chair Affair is Back, Plus More Big Plans from CDRC

     

    By Jayna Smith

    When one thinks of Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC), the first thoughts for many are flowers and light posts.  It is, after all, CDRC that ensures the beautiful flowers are hung and cared for throughout the summer season, and it is also CDRC that acquired the donation for the white lights elegantly strung around the street light poles.  But, with newly elected co-chairs Anne Nixon and Chris Niles now at the helm, CDRC will soon be known for much more than that.

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  22. Condition is Improving, but “Bumpy Road Ahead” for Wyatte

     

    By Jayna Smith

    While most kids are enjoying all the fun that the summer months bring, little Wyatte Chandler is adjusting to his life at Shriners Hospital after sustaining serious injuries nearly three weeks ago.

    On June 12th, 1 ½ year old Wyatte Chandler was accidentally burned while sitting at his family’s backyard campfire.  After being flown from Calais Regional Hospital to Boston’s Mass General via LifeFlight, he was transferred to Shriners Hospital a few days later.  He has remained a patient there ever since.

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  23. Man Kayaks the Great Loop for Charity

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  24. PES Receives Fast Track Grant

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    School teaches students a lot of different things from academics to sports to leadership. There are times when funding has prevented students from getting more opportunities, but thanks to grants and other programs, teachers have alternate ways to provide new experiences and educational opportunities to their students. Mrs. Andrews’ fourth grade class at Princeton Elementary School received just such an opportunity when they received their Fast Track Grant.

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  25. First Music on the Green Concert

    The 2019 season opened with the Grand Lake Stream Strumming Wildcats. The group played a variety of ukulele tunes most of which the crowd could sing along with.  (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  26. Woodland’s Cal Ripken Team - Undefeated

    Woodland's Cal Ripken team went undefeated this year and recently claimed the championship title in a win against Eastport.  Pictured (front, L to R) are Logan DePriest, Gabe Walker, Brayden Dana, William McIver, Cameron Windsor, Nick Siering, Jakoby Berry, (back, left to right) Coach Chris Siering, Coach Barry Coleman, Jayshawn Monk, Ethann Coleman, Wyatt Cropley, Isaac Podschine, Sheayn Ferreira, Logan McArthur, Noeah Collins Corbett, Liam O'Neill, Coach Keith Ramos, Kaden Ramos, and Coach Mike Boies.  (Submitted photo)

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  27. 2019 Calais Little League Champions

    The Calais Little League Orioles team remained undefeated this season, finishing 13-0 with a win over the Red Sox.  Pictured are (front, L to R) Mike Barnard, Ben Harvey, Roscoe a.k.a. "Dugout Dog," Phillip Basset, Peter Morrell, Sebastian Bassett, Noah White, (back, L to R) Wyatt Cropley, Ethan Harvey, Colby Moholland, Kayden Ramos, Liam Travis, and Alex Counts.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  28. Princeton’s Fourth Annual Fresh Water Festival

     

    By Sandra Smith

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  29. S&M, Towns, and Smith’s Donate Jerseys to Woodland Softball

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Our area of the state may not be the richest in finances, but the people are rich in graciousness.  This was proved once again when a local youth team was in need of new jerseys.

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  30. Alexander Elementary School Contacts the World

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  31. Lioness Donate to Food Pantry

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Calais Lioness Club is one of the most visible clubs in the area and is very well-known for making things happen and getting things done.  From their annual Super Draw held during International Homecoming Festival, their road toll where they can be found adorning witch’s garb, along with yard sales, bake sales, and raffles, just to name a few of their events, the club works tirelessly raising funds, only to give back to people in need.  

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  32. St. Croix No. 1 Recognizes Wright Family

     

    By Jayna Smith

    On Monday, members of the St. Croix No. 1 Fire House Restoration Committee gathered to honor Kay Wright, daughter Laura Wright, and granddaughter Ammi Allen.  

    Through the Charles G. Wright Foundation, the Wright’s recently provided the committee with a donation of over $8,000.  This money is being used for all costs associated with purchasing and installing the carriage doors, a project that is expected to be completed this summer.

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  33. Early morning fire in Milltown, N.B.

     

    Early morning fire call in Milltown, N.B. at 15 Pleasant St in St. Stephen. The fire was concentrated in the attic of the building and Calais Fire Department aided their Canadian neighbors. Saint Stephen Fire along with Oak Bay Fire Department were on scene. No one was hurt.

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  34. St. Kateri Donates to Food Pantry

    Fr. Kevin Martin from St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish provided a $3,500 check to Fr. David Sivret, President of Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry. The money will be used to purchase and install a large upright freezer.  St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish applied for a grant from Catholic Charities Maine.  A $2,000 grant was approved from the “Matthew 25 Award.” The remainder was donated by a St. Kateri Parish family who wished to remain anonymous. (Photo by Pierre Little)

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  35. Flag Retirement Ceremony

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  36. Calais High School Students Built Fishing Boats

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  37. Gordie Mitchell 3-Person Scramble Winners

    Pictured are the 2019 Gordie Mitchell 3-person scramble tournament champions, as they shot a fine 11-under-par 59. Winners are Josh Porter, Toby Cole, and Russell McLean. More action shots next week. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  38. Music Series Celebrates Twelve Seasons

     

    By: Kaileigh Deacon

    With the beginning of summer also comes the start of music filling downtown Calais. For the last 12 years, every Tuesday night the Triangle Park on Main Street comes to life with music and people as the Music on the Green concert series welcomes local musicians and allows them to showcase their talent in an outdoor venue.

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  39. Rededication of Passamaquoddy Indian Memorial

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  40. City Looks to Install Electric Vehicle Chargers

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Every day brings advancements in technology that changes the way our days go and how our lives work. For a growing number of people, the change comes in the form of choosing an electric vehicle over the traditional fuel run models.

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  41. Downeast Broadband Utility Ahead of Schedule, Setting the Stage for Other Communities

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Nearly 70 people were in attendance for Downeast Broadband Utility’s Business After Hours presentation on Wednesday, June 12th.  The public meeting was held at Calais Motor Inn and presented by St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce with sponsorship by Downeast Broadband Utility, First National Bank, and Downeast Economic Development.

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  42. Nurses Hold Informational Picket

    Registered nurses and medical laboratory scientists at Calais Regional Hospital--joined by some community members--held an informational picket on Monday morning, June 17th.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  43. Benefit Planned for Toddler Burned Last Week

     

    By Jayna Smith 

    A young Calais boy sustained serious injuries late last Wednesday afternoon, June 12th while sitting at a backyard campfire, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

    Wyatte Chandler, age 1 ½, was sitting with his mother Courtnie Chandler when his father, Joshua Barnard, poured a flammable liquid over the fire.  The liquid pouring from the bottle ignited, at which time Barnard instinctively dropped the bottle, accidentally spilling some of the contents on Wyatte.  

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  44. Calais Student, Named May 2019 STAR Student of the Month By Maine Connections Academy

     

    Maine Connections Academy (MCA), the state’s first online public charter school, has selected Lana Wilson, an 8th grader from Calais, as its May 2019 STAR Student of the Month.   

    This is Lana’s second year at MCA after having first been a student in public school and being home-schooled. Once her parents discovered MCA, Lana tried it out and “I really loved it.” Her online course schedule includes classes in English, algebra, science, social studies art and physical education. Her favorite teacher is Mr. Hoskins, who teaches English. 

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  45. Hokey Pokey Fair at Calais Elementary School

    (left) It’s all fun and games until you get thrown in jail. One of the craziest things about the Hokey Pokey Fair is throwing your friends in jail for just a quarter, but a quarter will get you bailed out, too. 

    (right) The Hokey Pokey Fair is a fun way to celebrate the end of the school year with food and fun games that give all kids a chance to win something. 

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