1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Alexander Hometown Jubilee - July 6

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Man Kayaks the Great Loop for Charity

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Princeton’s Fourth Annual Fresh Water Festival

     

    By Sandra Smith

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  18. 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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  19. Alexander Elementary School Contacts the World

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Flag Retirement Ceremony

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  25. Calais High School Students Built Fishing Boats

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Rededication of Passamaquoddy Indian Memorial

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. ‘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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  36. 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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  37. The Calais High School Graduating Class of 2019

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  38. 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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  39. Greenland Point Launches 4-H Camp

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  40. Community Market Opens in Calais

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. Flea Market Open in Eastport

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  44. 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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  45. 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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