1. ‘Beyond Acadia’ Charts Beauty of Washington County’s Bold Coast

     

    By Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Becky Bard used to attend the Margaretta Days Festival each year with her small children, but this year she’ll be at the festival tending something altogether different — her husband’s first book, which is also the very first guide book ever written exclusively about Washington County.

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  2. Transportation Service One of Many Offered by Downeast Community Partners

     

    By Jayna Smith

    In last week’s The Calais Advertiser, we shared a story on Charlotte Dial-a-Ride, a program that offers access to transportation to residents of Charlotte County, NB.  This week we share information on Downeast Community Partners (DCP), an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in Downeast communities.  One way DCP does this is through its transportation service.

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  3. The Calais High School Graduating Class of 2019

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  4. Jam-Packed Day Planned for Princeton Fresh Water Festival

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Town of Princeton will be buzzing with excitement on Saturday, June 22nd for its annual Fresh Water Festival.  

    This is the fourth year Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee (PPRC) has organized the activities, but PPRC President Jan Campbell said that for many years the Fresh Water Festival “was a huge weekend-long event.”  

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  5. Greenland Point Launches 4-H Camp

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  6. Community Market Opens in Calais

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  7. McDonald’s Manager Quashes Rumor that Restaurant Will Close for Renovations

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The manager of the Calais McDonald’s has quashed a rumor that the fast-food restaurant will be closing for renovations.

    It was recently reported by some residents that the restaurant at 191 North Street would be temporarily closing for three to six months while it underwent a complete overhaul.  Dan Barnard, manager at the restaurant, said this is untrue.

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  8. St. Croix No. 1 Honors Smith Family of Border Electric

     

    By Jayna Smith

    At a luncheon last Thursday, June 6th, a group of members from the St. Croix No. 1 Fire House Association, along with City Manager Mike Ellis, recognized Jack Smith and his sons, John and Sheridan, from Border Electric with a plaque of appreciation.

    “Fifteen years ago, Jack made a commitment to rewire the firehouse as a donation and as of May 20th, 2019, Jack, his boys and his crews have honored that commitment,” Dick Barnard, President of the Association, stated to the group.

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  9. Flea Market Open in Eastport

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  10. Bear with Cubs Spotted on Riverfront Walkway

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Walking the Calais Riverfront Walkway is a great way to get some exercise.  It’s also great for a simple nature walk, with birds and deer frequently seen.  What one mom did not expect her children and their father to see, however, was a mother bear and her two cubs.

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  11. Pratt Looks to Field a Calais-Woodland-Shead Football Team

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The once Silverados football team, made up of students from both Calais and Woodland High Schools, proved to be successful during its four seasons of varsity-level play.  One of its players, Cam Shorey, was even offered a full scholarship to play football at UNH, a division 1 school.  The team, coached by Ian Pratt and funded by the Pratt auto dealership, however, dissolved in 2012 after difficulties attracting interested kids to play.  

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  12. ARTrageous Event at Kingsbrae Garden

     

    By Jayna Smith

    On Saturday, June 8th, Kingsbrae Garden, located at 220 King Street in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, is hosting ARTrageous, a special event like none other. 

     From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. US time, visitors can enjoy a fantastic family day at Kingsbrae Garden with free admission, music and art, and many fun activities. 

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  13. 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 45th annual National EMS Week was held May 19th through May 25, 2019.

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  14. Local Schools See Troubling Trend of E-Cigarettes

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, vape pens and mods, are battery-operated devices used to inhale--or “vape”--an aerosol, which typically contains nicotine, flavorings and other harmful chemicals.  Many may have heard the term “Juul,” a brand-name e-cigarette, or the term “juuling,” which is another word for vaping.  

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  15. Lest We Forget D-Day, June 6, 1944

     

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  16. CRH Management and Union Rep Response to Proposal Inquiry

     

    By Jayna Smith

    With union member nurses of Calais Regional Hospital and management at Calais Regional Hospital still unable to agree on contract terms, The Calais Advertiser reviewed the documents recently put online on Calais Regional Hospital’s website.  

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  17. Fire Marshal Investigating Union Street Fire

     

    By Jayna Smith

    On Friday afternoon, May 24th, Calais Fire-EMS responded to a structure fire at 180 Union Street.  

    According to Fire Chief Ken Clark, fire was coming out the second floor window when his department arrived at the scene.  “The fire was contained to that room, but heat and smoke damage was throughout the building,” he said.

    Chief Clark said the cause of the fire “was deemed to have been caused by a human element, so the fire marshal’s office was called in to investigate.”  

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  18. Woodland Jr/Sr High School Graduation

     

    By Lynn Lawless

    A beautiful sunny day in Baileyville, Maine was the setting for 23 students facing the last milestone in their high school career.  Graduation day 2019 officially began at 9 a.m.

     Students marched in to the traditional Pomp & Circumstance by Sir Edward Elgar.  Erin Shirley led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and Superintendent William Braun made his opening remarks. 

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  19. Paws Matter Grooming Grand Opening

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  20. Calais School Committee Starts 2019-2020 Hiring

     

    By: Kaileigh Deacon

    While the current school year has yet to finish, the school committee is already looking ahead to make sure the schools are staffed for the start of the new school year in the fall. The school committee started the hiring process at last Wednesday’s meeting by reviewing the Probationary Contracts and First Year Continuing contracts.

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  21. Interconnection Emphasized at WCCC Graduation

     

    By midday on Friday, May 17th, 137 degrees and certificates were conveyed to the graduates of Washington County Community College during its annual ceremony. As important and valuable as said credentials are, both the graduates and those addressing them focused on a relationship fostered by the WCCC experience during the event: bettering the community through individual success.

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  22. Woodland High School Class of 2019

    Congratulations to the graduates of Woodland High School 2019!

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  23. Memorial Day at Round Pond Cemetery

    George and Jane Enman unveil the Veterans’ Memorial Monument at a ceremony at Round Pond Cemetery on Memorial Day. The monument is a gift to the Town of Charlotte from the Charlotte Historical Society. (Submitted photo)

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  24. JMG Holds End of Year Ceremony

     

    By: Kaileigh Deacon

    Each year the students at Calais High School and schools all across the state get the chance to take a class that helps them build skills that will help them far beyond high school. At the end of the year, the Jobs for Maine Graduates program holds an end-of-the-year ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the students over the course of the year.

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  25. Veteran Raises Awareness of PTSD by Biking Across America

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  26. Nurses’ Union Adds Pressure to Hospital Management with ‘Vigil for Patient Safety’

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Approximately 70 people gathered last Thursday night at the downtown triangle park for a “Vigil for Patient Safety.”  Organized by Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) members from Calais Regional Hospital (CRH), the purpose of the event, according to the MSNA members, was to draw attention to patient care conditions and employee treatment at the hospital.  Joining the nurses were other hospital staff and community members in support of their efforts.  

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  27. Heroes Remembered with Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The morning of Memorial Day in Calais is always much more than a simple day to kick-off summer and enjoy friends and barbecues.  The annual parade and wreath laying service help ensure that the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces are honored and remembered.  

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  28. Heroes Honored with Flag Placement at Calais Cemetery

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Memorial Day is a US federal holiday that remembers the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Last Saturday at Calais Cemetery, the over 500 Veterans and fallen soldiers buried there were remembered, thanks to the many local volunteers who dedicated themselves to placing flags on each grave. 

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  29. Search Continues for Former Princeton Resident

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Police in Massachusetts are searching for a former Princeton, Maine woman.  Jacqueline “Jackie” Coutinho, age 53, was last seen on the morning Wednesday, May 15th in Hinsdale, Massachusetts.  She had been spending time there with her sister for the last month.

    Coutinho is described as a white female, approximately 5’ 6”, 130 pounds, with blonde and gray hair.  She was last seen wearing a purple and red sweater, blue jeans, and white sneakers.

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  30. Democratic Party Controlled House and Senate Pass Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

     

    By Pravda Gladio 

    For the first time in Maine, on May 16, Democrats controlling both the House and Senate in Augusta have passed taxpayer-supported abortion services under LD 820.

    Many Mainers who objected to the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion attended the Committee Hearings in April and gave testimony.  Mainers testified that they did not want their tax dollars being used to fund abortion, which is an elective procedure 99% of the time.

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  31. CHS Blue Devil Baseball Team

    Pictured is the Calais High School Blue Devil baseball team. Members include front l-r: Bernie Yost, Gavin Parks, Kobe Saunders, Tony Dana, Zach Bridges, Jarrod Mcdonald, and Ti Bennett. Back l-r: Coach Marc Rohde, Kyle Richard, Justice Bassett, John Socobasin, Blake Collins, Sebastian Moore, Alex Newsome, Dawson Critchley, David Damon, and Coach Matt Dana. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  32. Sipayik Elementary School Opening Soon

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  33. Calais 8th Grade Food Drive

     

    Members of the Calais 8th Grade Class braved the chilly spring temperatures on Saturday to stand outside Walmart to collect nonperishable items for the Irene Chadborune Ecumenical Food Pantry. This was part of their community service work to help fund their class trip. 

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  34. CRH Excellence Award 2019

     

    Mike Bodkin, RN, is the 2019 recipient of Calais Regional Hospital’s highest honor, the CRH Excellence Award.   Co-workers nominate individuals for this prestigious award given to an individual who exemplifies teamwork, respect for people, service to others, outstanding customer service & dedication to quality.  

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  35. Decrease in Number of Whales in the Gulf of Maine

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  36. CHS Students Get Outdoors

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

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  37. Anniversary Celebration Planned at Artemis’s Attic

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Dubbed the “coolest shop in town,” Artemis’s Attic is well-known for its vast selection of wares.  Included at “The Attic” is furniture, antiques, handmade items, artwork, jewelry, brand-name bags and purses, candles, and so much more.  With so many offerings, there is undoubtedly something for everyone.  “We have a lot of old, we have a lot of new,” owner Shari Doten said. 

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  38. Kids Show Off Home Run Skills at Local MLB Derby

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The local event of the MLB Jr. Home Run Derby was held in Calais last Sunday.  

    Winners in the 12U division were Daniel Gardner of East Machias, and Colby Moholland of Robbinston.  Winners in the 14U division were Maxwell Bottenfield of Pittsfield, and Lucas Cates of Cutler.  

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  39. Garden and Orchard Planted at Indian Township School

    Xaedyn Stevens, grade 7 and Dalton Neptune, grade 6, with Brian Giles, teacher and school garden coordinator, preparing the ground for planting.  They will be planting dozens of fruit and fruit shrubs in their School Garden and Orchard Project to implement a sustainable food program for the community and school cafeteria. (Photo by Pierre Little)

    By Natalie Boomer

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  40. Truck Stuck in Soft Shoulder Causes Temporary Closure of Route 191

     

    By Jayna Smith

    On Wednesday evening, May 8th, traffic on Route 191 in Cathance Township was at a standstill caused by a tractor trailer.  

    There were many reports on social media of an 18-wheeler involved in an accident.  According to Chief Deputy Michael Crabtree of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the truck had pulled to the side of the road.  When the wheels got into the soft shoulder, however, it caused the truck to get stuck.  No accident and no injuries occurred.  

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  41. City of Calais Looks at Leasing Space for a Cell Tower

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    At the council meeting on Thursday night, the Calais City Council heard a proposal from Wireless Partners regarding placement of a cell tower in the center of Calais. Todd Rich of Wireless Partners and Rising Tide Towers came before the council to present the proposal to build a cell tower in the Meridian Park on the hill by the recreation department parking lot.

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  42. Meet Millie, the Cat with No Eyes

     

    By Jayna Smith

    May is National Pet Month, a time to celebrate the benefits that pets bring to people’s lives--and vice versa.  One feline friend showing lots of love and affection to her owner is Millie, a cat who has never seen her owner, Greg Williams, because she has no eyes.

    About 12 years ago, Greg saw Millie’s picture in The Machias Valley News Observer.  Millie was the featured cat that week by The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield.  

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  43. CHS Lady Blue Devil Softball Team

     

    Pictured is the Calais High School Lady Blue Devil softball team. Members include front l-r: Sophie McVicar, Madyson Parks, Grace Duplisea, Kelsey LaCoote, Mackenzie LaPointe, Ivy McLellan, and Trinity Jones. Back l-r: Assistant Coach Kari Cole, Haley Calder, Brynne Lander, Hannah Gadway, Haley-Ann Way, Alexis Donahue, Sage Phillips, Allison Yost, and Coach Toby Cole. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  44. Marine Discovery at the Bay of Fundy

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  45. Paddlefest 2019

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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