1. Cheer Coach Reflects on Successful Season Despite Pandemic Challenges

     

    Jayna Smith

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    With the pandemic impacting sports across the nation, cheerleading was no exception.  At Calais High School, the squad was missed on the sidelines during this year’s basketball season, but with many rules in place, the group was able to take part in competitions – virtual competitions, that is.

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  2. Downeast Coastal Conservancy Chosen as Host Site for The Big Night to Help with Amphibian Migration

     

    Natalie Boomer 

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    Downeast Coastal Conservancy has been chosen as a host site for The Big Night. 

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  3. CHS Receives Donation from First Hoop

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Even though area high schools had to hold basketball games without any fans present, First National Bank kept its First Hoop campaign alive for another season.  Last week, the Calais branch made a donation of $2,500 to Calais High School for the school’s athletics program.

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  4. Charts and Tables Across My Desk

     

    Jon Reisman

    I get quite a bit of information and political agitprop across my desk. 

    Pictures Speak a 1000 words

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  5. The Border Closure: One Year Later and No Plans for Reopening

     

    Jayna Smith

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    March 20 marked one year since the closure of the U.S./Canada border in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and the order has been extended every month since.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested in a news conference last week a reopening date is not in sight.

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  6. First Tribal Member Appointed to Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees

     

    Jayna Smith

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    For the first time in its history, a Wabanaki tribal member fills a seat on the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees.  Matthew Dana, a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, was nominated by Indian Township Chief William Nicholas.  

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  7. Local Boys Selected to Former NE Patriot Matt Light’s Leadership Camp

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Four local boys have been chosen to attend Camp Vohokase, a summer camp established as part of three-time Super Bowl Champion Matt Light’s The Light Foundation.  Those boys, all eighth graders at Indian Township School, are Xavier Newell, Isaiah Nicholas, Dalton Neptune, and Daniel LaCoote.

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  8. Free Craft-along Series Teaches Collage

     

    Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program, which launched a video series in October, continues with ‘Craft-along: Collage a Scene,’ set for a March 19 release. KinderArts video instructor Nia Aretakis will demonstrate a technique for creating a landscape collage scene using basic materials: fabric scraps, patterned paper, tissue paper and craft glue. Free materials kits available from EAC include sufficient supplies for the participant to both follow along with Nia’s instruction.

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  9. Local Knights of Columbus Donate Funds from their Tootsie Roll Drive

     

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  10. Calais American Legion News

     

    Michael McLean

    454-3435

    The Calais American Legion Support Fund St. Patrick’s Day Food Basket was won by Jim Meyers. 2nd drawing: Beth Lane 3rd drawing Amy Smith.

     The next drawing will be the Easter Food Basket with ham and a $50 gift card. Also two drawings for a $25 gift card. $10 per entry. Drawing takes place on April 2 at noon.

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  11. High School Volleyball Back in Action

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Typically a fall sport for local high schools, volleyball was cut on Sept. 1 by the state’s health, education, and athletic leaders.  This decision came out of concerns of the indoor sport causing an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission, leaving volleyball sidelined until later in the school year.  

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  12. Three Compete for Two Open Seats on Baileyville School Board

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Polls will be open at the Baileyville Town Office, 63 Broadway Street, for the town’s municipal election this Monday, March 22.  Voters will cast their ballots in the fire department bay from 12 to 6 p.m.  

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  13. Maine Indian Education Welcomes New Superintendent

     

    Maine Indian Education has welcomed new superintendent Dr. Reza Namin. He is a 2019 Harvard University Graduate School of Education Fellow and has extensive experience as Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts and in Maine. Those experiences have helped him gain the knowledge, background, and vision required to serve as an effective superintendent of schools. 

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  14. CHS Alumnus, Air Force Member Makes History with All-Female Flight

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Last week, a Calais native and some fellow servicemembers – all females – made history.  Staff Sgt. Courtney Beaton, a 2007 Calais High School graduate, and a group of women from the 55th Electronic Combat Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Tuscan, Arizona), took its first all-female flight.  

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  15. Legion Honors Veteran for 50 Years of Membership

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Local veteran George Blaney has been recognized by the highest levels of The American Legion for his 50 years of continuous service to the organization.  Blaney served in the U.S. Army, followed by time in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  He is a member of William T. Wren Post 23 in Baileyville.

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  16. Calais Girls Claim DAC Championship

     

    In a typical season, ending the basketball season with a win would mean a state championship title.  This year, however, with no fans, the elimination of the game-start jump ball, and all players masked up, the final win in Washington County means the Downeast Athletic Conference Championship.

    Coach Bill McVicar’s Lady Blue Devils earned that DAC Championship title last week as the grand finale to the 2021 basketball season.  After cruising by the Shead Tigerettes in the semi-finals on Wednesday, the girls faced the Lady Knights of Narraguagus on Friday.  

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  17. A Shot in the Arm for the Ides of March

     

    Jon Reisman

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  18. Community Members Look to Form Local NAMI Maine Affiliate

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Last week, Nancy Audet from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Maine announced that plans are underway for a Washington County affiliate of NAMI Maine. 

    NAMI Maine is the state affiliate of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI Maine supports seven local affiliates throughout the state to provide peer support to both individuals and families.

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  19. Help Children Learn About Nutrition Through Food, Fun, and Reading

     

    Natalie Boomer 

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    The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is hosting “Food, Fun, and Reading,” a weekly, food-themed virtual read aloud group.

    Beginning March 9th, and then every Tuesday for six weeks, a librarian or volunteer from different libraries in Washington County will record themselves reading a picture book for children in the area at 3:30 p.m.

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  20. Emily Curtis Selected as McDonald’s All-Star

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Woodland High School’s Emily Curtis has been selected as a 2021 Maine McDonald’s High School All-Star.  She is one of only 12 girls chosen to represent the girls C/D North division.  

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  21. Calais Students Place at VFW State-Level Essay Competitions

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Every year, local students take part in the VFW-sponsored youth essay competitions – Voice of Democracy (VOD), an audio-essay contest, for high school students in grades 9 through 12, and Patriot’s Pen, for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. 

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  22. Poking the Green Hornets’ Nest

     

    Jon Reisman

    Last week I poked the green hornets’ nest by testifying in support of LD 324, An Act to Limit Public Land Ownership in Maine. The environmental left was outraged that any such sentiment would even be considered, and suggested that the legislation was unneeded, counterproductive, overly broad, a burden on democracy, local governance and efforts to confront the climate apocalypse.

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  23. McVicar Scores 1,000 Points

     

    The first shot of Saturday’s Lady Blue Devils basketball game against the Jonesport-Beals Royalettes was a three-pointer put up by Sophia McVicar.  McVicar made the basket just 12 seconds into the game to earn her 1,000th high school career point.  

    McVicar, a senior, went on to drop a game-high 21 points as the Lady Blue Devils cruised by the Royalettes in a 70-35 victory.  The game was the final game of regular season play.   

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  24. Town of Princeton the Newest Second Amendment Sanctuary in the State

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Town of Princeton has declared itself to be a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

    The Board of Selectmen voted in favor of the resolution last week, joining the Town of Paris and the Town of Fort Fairfield as possibly the only three self-declared gun rights sanctuaries in the state. 

    The decision comes under the shadow of new gun control laws being drafted in Congress, all related to ammunition and background checks.

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  25. Local Student Creates ‘Your Life Matters’ Kits for School Community

     

    Jayna Smith

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    After being impacted by the loss of a friend and classmate to suicide, Woodland High School freshman Victoria Siering felt the need to keep the discussion around suicide prevention at the forefront.  To do this, she created “Your Life Matters” kits for all of the students, staff, and faculty at Woodland Jr./Sr. High School.

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  26. Suicide Intervention Training to be Offered in Calais

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Recognizing the importance of suicide prevention training and education and that anyone can make a difference, Johnny Chambers, Pastor of Common Ground Church, has organized an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid presented by the non-profit LivingWorks.  The ASIST program is the world’s leading suicide intervention training program.

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  28. 2021 DAR Good Citizens announced

     

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  29. Blue Devils Basketball Varsity Team

     

    Varsity boys’ basketball:  (front) Jiggs Mitchell, Tyler Furtek, Jace Cook, JD Turner, Reece Sabattus, Alex Richard, Kaden Small, (back) Coach Darrin Constant, Matt Dana, Tony Dana, Cameron Kelley, Mason Ritchie, Luke Furtek, Jeremy Turner, manager Kobe Saunders, assistant coach Marty Cushing.

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  30. Blue Devils Cheerleaders

     

    Blue Devils Cheerleaders:  (front) Taylor Carter, Shaylee Moores, Haylie Prickett, Emma Saunders, Madyson Parks, Alyssa Johnson, Sarah Kreft, Sierra Jones, (back) Kassidi Porter, Jordan Yarnes, Alexis Doten, Tristan Seavey, Aryana McConnico, Cadence Braughton, Lainey Johnson, Bailey O’Rourke.  (Photo by Coach Heidi Ryan-Braughton)

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  31. Lady Blue Devils Basketball Team

     

    Lady Blue Devils Basketball:  (front) Mercedes Owen, Serina Fredette, Nedra Bassett, Sophia McVicar, Trinity Jones, (back) varsity coach Bill McVicar, Nevaeh Thomas, Sage Phillips, Carlotta Cavazzini, Alexis Donahue, Megan Mitchell, Brenna Critchley, Chloe Farrar, junior varsity coach John Cowell.

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  32. McVicar Selected as Miss Maine Basketball Finalist, McDonald’s All-Star

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Calais High School's Sophia McVicar has been selected as a 2021 Maine McDonald's High School All-Star.  She is one of only 12 girls representing the girls C/D North division.  

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  33. Heavens to Murgatroyd!

     

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  34. While Schools Begin Reopening, Teachers Wait for Vaccinations

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Experts are reporting that positive COVID-19 cases are dropping, due in part by the end of the post-holiday upswing, increased preventive measures like masks and distancing and the millions of previously infected people who now have a level of natural immunity.

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  35. Woodland Recreation Unveils New Website for Ease of Signups and Updates

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Woodland Parks and Recreation Department, under leadership of new director Ryan Lincoln, has made signing up for programs easier than ever before.  On Monday, Lincoln unveiled his department’s new, upgraded website, baileyvilleme.myrec.com.

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  36. National Hug a GI Day

     

    Happy Birthday to the Navy Reserve on March 3rd. It was formed in 1915 as a response to the outbreak of World War I and the Navy Reserve  made up almost 84 percent of the Navy's fighting force during the war. Among its ranks were five future U.S. Presidents and 15 recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Navy Reserve has since had reservists serve in every major war in which the United States has fought.

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  37. Legion Honors Veteran for 50 Years of Continuous Membership

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Dedicating 50 years to a single thing is rarely an easy task, but for one local veteran, he has done just that.  U.S. Marine Corps veteran Gerry Bartlett was recently recognized by the highest levels of the national veteran organization for his half-century service to The American Legion Post 3.

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  38. Oh, Deer, More Snow!

     

    This group of deer was unphased by the messy mix that fell, blanketing their backs, Tuesday, Feb. 16.  (Photo by Jayna Smith) See more great wildlife photo submissions on page 17 of this week's paper!

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  39. Downeast Lakes Land Trust Annual Photo Contest has Begun

     

    Natalie Boomer 

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    Planning on venturing out into the Downeast Lakes region in the near future? Or maybe that’s in your very own backyard! Next time you’re outside, snap a few photos.

     These images of beautiful landscapes, plentiful wildlife, or traditions happening throughout the community can be entered in the Downeast Lakes Land Trust Photo Contest. 

    This annual contest is designed to bring out the best photos of the area.

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  40. Covid Creations Exhibition Unveiled

     

    The much-anticipated online exhibition, Covid Creations, a project of Eastport Arts Center’s Washington Street Gallery, is now viewable via the EAC site. The show includes works by 45 artists both local and far-flung, but all with Eastport connections. Most images are accompanied by artist statements revealing how these artists have approached their work as the pandemic unfolds. 

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  41. Free Membership at St. Croix Country Club Offered to All Kids this Year

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Junior golfers – those ages 17 and under – will be able to play for free this year, thanks to a new initiative by St. Croix Country Club.

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  42. Behind the Scenes of Blue Devils Basketball: Two Students Bring the Games to the Fans

     

    Jayna Smith

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    When high school basketball teams have taken to the courts this season, it’s been in near-empty gyms under the shadow of the pandemic.  No fans have been permitted inside, leaving at Calais High School games, only teams and coaches, referees, a timekeeper, and, on the balcony overlooking the hardwood, members of the media.  

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  43. Do Black Lives Matter’s Lies Matter?

     

    Last month a controversy erupted in Hancock County, fueled by left-wing media and the wokerati whose operational motto is “Obey or be canceled.”

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  44. St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards Announced

     

    The St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce recently presented the annual awards for 2020, which are typically presented during the year end annual meeting.  Since there was no annual meeting due to the pandemic, chamber officers visited the businesses/individuals and presented each award.   

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  45. Food Pantry Recipient of Donation from Masonic Charitable Foundation

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry last week was the recipient of a $500 donation by the Calais St. Croix #6 Masonic Lodge.  That money, food pantry director Fr. David Sivret said, will go far.  

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