1. Pembroke's Dean Preston Promoted to Brigadier General

     

    Brig. Gen. Dean Preston was promoted from colonel to his current rank Jan. 5 in a 1 p.m. ceremony at the 240th Regional Training Institute in front of an audience of family, friends and National Guard members.

    In his new role as land component commander, Preston will be responsible for all training, manning and equipping of Maine Army National Guard forces and ensuring operational readiness requirements are properly met.

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  2. Congressional Candidate Dale Crafts Visits Calais

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    The honorable David Burns, former Republican State Senator for Maine’s 29th District, is endorsing Dale Crafts for the 2nd Congressional District.  

    Burns traveled with Crafts on Tuesday, Jan. 14th for meet and greet events at three different locations in Washington County:  Worcester Resources in Columbia, Helen’s Restaurant in Machias, and Wickachee Restaurant in Calais.  

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  3. Work Underway to Restore Salmon Population

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    In an effort to restore the population of Atlantic salmon, the removal of the old power plant in Meddybemps began phase one of a project by Downeast Salmon Federation.  Atlantic salmon are considered endangered in the U.S. by the federal government.

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  4. Indian Township Awarded School of the Year

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Indian Township School has been selected as the 2019 School of the Year by the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA).  

    The award comes after the school’s demonstrated commitment to creating authentic learning opportunities for its students and engaging them in food systems education.  Additionally noted was the school’s dedication to involving the community.

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  5. Washington Place Resident Celebrates 103rd Birthday

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For some, birthdays are just another cake and the addition of another candle on top. But for lifelong Calais resident Verna MacKechnie, this year marks a total of 103 candles on top of her cake.

    Verna was born in Calais area on January 9, 1917, and has made Calais her home ever since. In addition to raising a family, Verna held a number of jobs over the years and was always known for her hard work and got get ‘em work ethic.

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  6. DECH Welcomes the First Downeast Baby of 2020

     

    Down East Community Hospital welcomes its first baby of 2020!  Alison Furman, of Princeton, gave birth to Chase Alexander Furman at 9:14 a.m. on January 3.  Chase, who is cuddly and very sweet, weighed in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces.

    Alison was happy to be presented with the New Year’s baby basket that overflowed with gifts from Down East Community Hospital and area businesses.

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  7. Calais Food Pantry Donation

    The Immaculate Conception Church Faith Formation children, grades kindergarten through eighth, recently held a bake sale which raised $384.01. They donated the entire amount to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry in Calais.

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  8. Woodland Ice Skating Rink Open for the Season

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    The ice skating rink in Woodland is open for those who want to skate at their own risk.

    “Kids have been skating there. The big thing is ice and weather conditions permitting. With the weather fluctuating the way it is, it’s basically a day-to-day basis,” said Michael Boies, Parks and Recreation Director for the town of Baileyville. “Because it’s an outdoor rink, we’re at the mercy of the weather.” 

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  9. Calais Recreation JHS Basketball Team

    Pictured is the Calais Recreation JHS basketball team. Members include front l-r: Citaly Tinker, Avva Cassidy, Megan Mitchell, Brooklyn McCarthy, and Shayna Cook. Back l-r: Coach Nathan Farrar, Kayleigh Scott, Chloe Farrar, Brenna Critchley, Alexis Seavey, and Kate McPhee. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  10. What’s Next for Former Animal Control Officer?

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Those who are fortunate enough to know Ronda Cobb know her passion for helping animals.  A true animal lover by nature, Ronda and her husband Terry own Water’s Edge Farm in South Princeton.

    Water’s Edge Farm is home to a variety of animals.  Among them are horses, goats, ducks, chickens, and cows.  Ronda works full time on her farm, as well as a farrier and pet sitter.

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  11. Girl Scout Cookie Sales Have Begun

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Area Girl Scouts have begun their annual cookie sales campaign.  The girls are ready to demonstrate goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics--the “5 Skills" each Girl Scout learns through the cookie program.

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  12. Free Thin Line Offer for First Responders

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Many are familiar with the “thin blue line” and the “thin red line” references, said often in support of law enforcement and firefighters respectively.  One man honoring the thin blue and red lines, as well as all first responders and military personnel, is Robert Rice, of Pembroke, Massachusetts.

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  13. 105-Year-Old Says Secret to Longevity is to Follow Doctor’s Orders

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Ruth Muller just celebrated her 105th birthday.  This likely makes her the oldest person in the City of Calais, possibly even in the state.  

    Born in Germany on January 3, 1915, Ms. Muller immigrated to the United States with her parents and two sisters through Ellis Island.  Like others at that time, her parents were in search of a better life for her family.  Ms. Muller was eight years old and did not speak a word of English.

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  14. Bald Eagles Dying from Lead Bullets – Without Having Been Shot

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Avian Haven (avianhaven.org), located in Freedom, Maine, is a rehabilitation center dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds to their natural roles in the wild.  Last week, the center admitted two bald eagles from two separate areas, each experiencing symptoms due to lead poisoning.  Unfortunately, one of the birds did not survive.

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  15. Getting Active in the New Year

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Common resolutions for the new year include losing weight, getting in better shape, and simply living a healthier lifestyle.  These goals don’t have to be difficult to attain, even after the season of sweets and merrymaking.  In Calais, there are many opportunities to accomplish these goals in 2020.

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  16. Remembrance Wreaths

     

    From Cassie Oakes town news column

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  17. WHS Alumni Game - Boys Team

    Pictured front l-r are members of the WHS varsity: Cyrus Sewell, Justin Overlock, Jaidyn Williams, Austin Murphy, Devon Wilder, Ian Howland, Chris Plissey, Ethan Monk, and Wyatt MacArthur. On the men’s alumni team back l-r: Todd Wormell, Chad James, Weston Kochendoerfer, Mark Seavey, Bill Smith, Chris Moreside, Sabre Phelps, Justin Worden, Bob Ferry Sr., Bobby Ferry Jr, John Kesel, and Frank Morrison. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  18. WHS Alumni Game - Girls Team

    Pictured front l-r are members of the WHS varsity: Emily Erskine, Joanna Korasadowicz, Summer Woodruff, Emily Curtis, Abby Walker, Alyssa Stevens, Emma Hiland, Nicole Cox, Amy Cox, Sierra Bryant, and Hannah Lockenwitz. Back l-r are Lady Dragon alumni players: Katie Erskine, Sadie Smith, Jennie Cox, Shawna Monk, Lauren Molton, Gena Maloney, Michealene Spencer, Phylicia Bonavida, Shaye Beers, Kaitlyn Leeman-Kenyon, Ann Dolan, Lauren Cook. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  19. COIG, Celtic Group Donates to Food Pantry

    Calais Celtic Concerts, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #149, collected $375 for the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry at its Dec. 21st Celtic Christmas show at Calais High School that featured Coig from Cape Breton, N.S.  At each of their stops, Coig donated food and money for food pantries and fuel assistance programs. At their Farmington concert, the fuel collection qualified for a $5,000 matching grant.

    Calais Celtic Concerts wishes to thank its loyal audience members and Coig for their generosity this Christmas season.

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  20. Princeton Gains New Animal Control Officer

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    On December 11th, the Town of Princeton made a public announcement on its Facebook page. The town needed an animal control officer immediately. While the search was going on, it was asked that any Princeton resident who was having an issue with a dog or cat call the town office.

    Shortly after, on December 17th, Stephen Seavey was voted Princeton’s new animal control officer.

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  21. First Responders, Road Crews Kept Busy with Friday’s Precipitation

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Much of the state saw mixed precipitation last Friday, which consisted of rain, snow, and sleet, along with temperatures hovering around freezing.  Road conditions were extra slippery, with numerous motor vehicle accidents reported.

    In Calais, around 11 a.m., police responded to a single-vehicle accident on River Road.  

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  22. CHS National Honor Society Food Drive

    Over the first two weeks of December the Calais High School National Honor Society held a food drive at the school. The group collected over 900 nonperishable food items for the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry. The donation comes at a much needed time as families prepare for the Christmas holiday and food is needed. Pictured are Patrick Corbett, Ivy McLellan, Olivia Huckins, Emily Doten, and Libby Bitar. (Photo credit: Anne Scott, NHS Adviser)

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  23. Barbara’s International School of Dance Christmas Benefit Show

    Barbara’s International School of Dance recently held the Christmas Benefit Show at Calais High School. The proceeds were used to purchase the pictured toys and were donated to the Calais Elementary School to be distributed to children who would otherwise go without. This has been a tradition that has taken place every Christmas season for 56 years now. In the picture are José and Barbara Lara,  Sue Carter, Betsy Barnard and Felice Storey. (Submitted photo)

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  24. CHS Students Deliver Christmas

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    To so many, Christmas is a time to spend with loved ones and get the joy of seeing their expressions when they open that one special gift. For students at AMHC on Palmer Street in Calais, not all the students get to go home for the holidays. This is where the Calais High School Student Council and National Honor Society come in.

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  25. WHS NHS Spread Holiday Cheer

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    On Wednesday, December 18th, members of the National Honor Society from Woodland Jr-Sr High School spent time spreading holiday cheer.

    They started off their day by placing wreaths at Memorial Park, then baked cookies for the elderly in the area and delivered them all. 

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  26. McDonald’s Hosts Annual Christmas Party

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    Natalie@calais.news

    On Wednesday, December 18th, McDonald’s in Calais held a Christmas party for the local children of Washington County. Cookie decorating, coloring pages, games, hot chocolate, Christmas ornament decorating, and more were all available throughout the night. 

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  27. Stanhope Honored

    Lieutenant Earle Stanhope receiving a plaque from Chief Bob Merrill for 50 years of dedicated service with the Robbinston Volunteer Fire Department. (Submitted photo)

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  28. Blue Devil Fund Boosts Reading

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Christmas is a time for giving back. While the Blue Devil Fund’s generosity isn’t limited to one season, for students at Calais Elementary it was an extra special treat. Members of the Calais High School athletic teams helped the Blue Devil Fund board members pass out a very special gift.

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  29. Senior Housing in the Works for St. Croix Apartments

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Back in 2016, St. Croix Apartments on Main Street was declared unsafe and mandatorily vacated, and the Maine Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) refused to renew the building’s contract. The building provided housing for the elderly and the disabled, all of whom were then forced to find new residences.  

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  30. Chanukah Memories from Calais, Maine

     

    By Anav Silverman Peretz

    As a little girl, I can remember my family celebrating the Chanukah holiday in Calais, Maine, where ours was the only menorah lit on our snowy street. It was a special time of year filled with light and warmth. 

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  31. Calais Tradewinds Shop'n Save installs new Craft Beer Products Display

     

    Calais Tradewinds Shop'n Save Craft Beer Products. You must be 21 years old to purchase alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

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  32. Calais High School Carolers visit to our newspaper's office

    Calais High School students took to the streets of Calais today to bring the merry cheer of Christmas to downtown businesses. They sang carols at Calais Regional Hospital, Tradewinds, The First, Calais Fire Station, Calais Elementary School, Crumbs, Calais Library, Sunrise Eye Care, The Calais Advertiser's offices and Radio Station.

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  33. Calais Middle/High School Winter Holiday Concert

    The Calais Middle/High School Music Department, under direction of Ms. Christine Proefrock, presented an impressive holiday concert last Friday night. Pictured are Members of the middle/high school chorus who certainly did not disappoint with their incredible vocal ability. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  34. CES Christmas Concert

    Kindergarten performed two songs to open the first night of Christmas concerts at Calais Elementary School. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  35. Tom, the Office Cat

     

    Tom wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!

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  36. The Sword Called Excalibur

     

    The classic tale of young King Arthur and the magic sword Excalibur came to the stage at WES on Friday, December 6, 2019 in the original adaptation of “The Sword Called Excalibur.” This play was made possible by a grant from the Fast Track Grant Program of the Maine Community Foundation at the recommendation of Dr. and Mrs. David Perloff.

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  37. Calais Wins 2019 Canadian Ganong & Rotary Basketball Tournament

    Congratulations to the Calais Lady Blue Devils for winning the 2019 Canadian Ganong & Rotary Basketball Tournament over this weekend in St. Stephen. Victorious members include front l-r: Lauren Cook, Trinity Jones, Olivia Huckins, Serina Fredette, and Sophie McVicar. Back l-r: Mercedes Owen, Alexis Donahue, Sage Phillips, Nedra Bassett, Nevaeh Thomas, Libby Bitar, Kendra Stevens, Manager Katie Bitar, and Coach Bill McVicar. Full tournament results in the next edition. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  38. Down East Hospice Raffle Winner

    Janie Morrell of Calais won the Down East Hospice Volunteers Christmas Basket Raffle.  Janie plans to share many of the gift items during the coming holidays.  Congratulations Janie! (Submitted photo)

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  39. Stuff the Bus

    Despite the cold, wet, and windy day, the fifth annual Stuff the Bus event on Saturday was a successful one.  Calais Police Sgt. Matt Vinson, U.S. Border Patrol Officer-in-Charge Todd Smith, Woodland High School Principal Dan Ross, Linda Fitzsimmons and Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons, and Indian Township Tribal Chief Billy Nicholas volunteered at the Stuff the Bus campaign at the Walmart location.  Jamie Bohanon and Indian Township Police Officer Jessica McCook volunteered at the Marden’s location. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  40. Santa Claus Visits Woodland Library

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    Natalie@calais.news

    The Woodland Public Library, along with the Woodland Recreation Department, hosted their annual Christmas party on Wednesday, December 11th. 

    The library welcomed all to come to visit with Santa Claus from 3 to 4:30 p.m. 

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  41. Tammaro Adds Holiday Spirit with Donation of Town’s Christmas Wreaths

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Christmas is, of course, a time of merriment, gift-giving, and decorations.  In Baileyville, the town shows just some of the festivity through the wreaths hung along Main Street.

    These wreaths, between 45 or 50 of them, are donated every year by Mike Tammaro, owner of V.L. Tammaro Oil.  

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  42. 3rd Annual International Feztival of Trees

    The Feztival of Trees is a chance for businesses and individuals to give back and have some fun doing it. Each business decorates a tree with whatever theme they choose. Pictured is the Washington County Community College tree. Their tree was centered around games for the family. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  43. Boyd Smith Mitchell Veterans of Foreign Wars

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

    The Post Christmas party was held after the December meeting at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church with a feast of ham, brisket, mashed potatoes and many sides and desserts.  After the meal, a Yankee swap was held with a healthy exchange of gifts including a shelf Santa, a watch and travel mugs with handles.  Post Commander David Sivret was a right jolly ole elf calling the names and helping with the exchange of gifts. 

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  44. HART Ceremony at Calais/St. Stephen Bridge Remembers Fallen

    Full Ceremony Video with three-volley gun salute can be viewed online here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/BPONnYeVf-c

    By Jayna Smith

    On Saturday, Dec. 7th, Wreaths Across America held its annual HART (Honoring Allies and Remembering Together) Ceremony at Ferry Point Bridge in Calais.  This moving event honored the service and sacrifice of military veterans from the United States and Canada with a wreath exchange.  

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  45. Calais Local, Wayne Sowers, Places at Weight Lifting World Championships

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    Washington County’s very own Wayne Sowers has just competed in the Weight Lifting World Championships in Las Vagas, Nevada.

    This five-day event went on from November 12th through the 17th.

    Sowers won three medals from the NABDL, National Association of Benchers and Deadlifters. He received a third-place medal in the bench press, a fourth place in the push-pull, and a fifth in the deadlift.

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