1. Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds May Not Be Sufficient for CRH

     

    Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) has lost over 40% of its patient volumes while also assuming additional costs to prepare for a potential influx of COVID-19 patients.    With regular operations coming to an almost halt, there is little revenue projected to cover costs in the coming weeks.   This is a never before seen financial crisis for many hospitals like CRH, that threatens the ability of the organization to provide care and maintain its presence as an economic engine in our community.  

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  2. IGA Recognizes Local First Responders

    Calais IGA owners David Pike and Bob Craft recognized local first responders last week by providing items for an Easter dinner, includng a cake that read, “Thank You To Our Dedicated First Responders.”  Pictured are Craft and Fire Chief Ken Clark.  (Facebook photo)

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  3. Easter Bunny Lends a Hand

    Lunches were delivered to some Methodist Home residents last week by the Easter Bunny!  Pictured are Sue Holmes, Bunny, and Cindy Delmonaco.  Absent from photo, but also helping with deliveries, was Cindy Wartman.  (Submitted photo) 

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  4. Homeowner Hopes to Boost Spirits with Window Display

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    In trying times, the good in the people of the greater Calais area certainly shines through.  From area residents coming together to create “bear hunts” for children, to community members donating money to provide meals to be delivered to senior citizens, among numerous other kind gestures, many are doing whatever they can to put a smile on someone else’s face.

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  5. Sewing Circle Churns out Face Masks Using Distance-Friendly Assembly Line

    By Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Bags of fabric are crisscrossing Washington County along a virtual assembly line so precisely orchestrated the people working on it never see each other. Working remotely, the Washington County Covid-19 Mask Sewing Circle has already delivered more than 500 cloth face masks, and taken orders for 1,200 more. 

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  6. Wildlife Photos

    Squirrel-proof bird feeders are not deer proof, as indicative of the feasting deer and the near-empty feeder.

    The black capped chickadee is the state bird of both Maine and Massachusetts. 

    (Photos by Jayna Smith)

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  7. First Class of Unobskey Scholars is Announced

     

    The Unobskey Scholars Program is proud to announce its 2020 class, selected from ninth graders attending nine different public high schools in Washington County, Maine, and Charlotte County, New Brunswick.

    The Maine Unobskey Scholars are:  Lydia DeSchiffart, Emmalee Donahue-Ripley, and Matthew Haire from Narraguagus High School in Harrington; Jacey Barabe and Jaida Case from Machias Memorial High School in Machias; and Hope McGlaughlin from Calais High School.

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  8. Local Art Teacher Brings Art Class to Facebook

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    School buildings may be closed, but school is still in session. Teachers have been sending out assignments to their students, video chatting with them, reading to them through Facebook live videos, emailing them, and more. One teacher, in particular, wanted to bring her students together to have fun and get creative.

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  9. Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles Find Shelter in Many Homes

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Many of us have noticed ladybugs in our homes recently. These bugs are actually a specific type of ladybug known as the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, and they become more common in New England homes during times of cold weather.

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  10. New Cell Tower to Host First Responder Network, AT&T Subscribers

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Many have noticed the new hard-to-miss tower in town, sitting right next to Calais Recreation Center.  

    The tower is part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a network proposed by the federal 9/11 Commission and endorsed by Congress in 2012.   AT&T has been selected to build and manage this first high-speed broadband wireless network dedicated to police, firefighters, and emergency medical services.  

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  11. Community Comes Together to Provide Children with Easter Egg Hunt

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Schools, parks, and after school activities are still canceled and parents and teachers are starting to come up with creative ways to entertain children.

    Throughout the past few weeks, people of Washington County have been placing teddy bears in their windows for children to spot while on “bear hunts.” As Easter approaches, the Calais PTO has introduced the idea of replacing the bears with Easter eggs.

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  12. In Challenging Times, Community Steps Up to Help Girl Scouts

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Girl Scouts at every level—from kindergarten-age Daisies to 12th-grade Ambassadors—recently participated in selling Girl Scout Cookies, a tradition that started in 1917.

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  13. Homeowners' Decorations Spread Love and Smiles

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The home of Jose and Barbara Lara on Calais Avenue always brings smiles to the faces of those who drive or walk by when decorated for the holidays.  

    The couple recently decorated for spring.  The décor includes colorful inflatable eggs and bunnies and lots of lights, as well as some giant teddy bears for all to see on their bear hunts.  

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  14. Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry

    The food pantry volunteers continue their regular hours for clients, with strict measures in place to ensure social distancing is practiced.  Volunteers are also ensuring senior clients--those who are most vulnerable during this pandemic--who are in need receive food via delivery.  Seniors may call 207-214-4487 with name, address, phone number, and the number of people in the household.  Calls will be returned the next business day.  One can follow Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry on Facebook for information and updates.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  15. Fun Wildlife Photo!

     

    Please send us your wildlife photos to editor@calais.news

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  16. Man From Grand Lake Stream Keeps Memories Alive

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Although St. Croix Video of Woodland is no longer open for business, owner Maurice Brown has been staying busy by sharing some of the memories he has captured in the past with others through his business Facebook page. 

    Brown was raised in Grand Lake Stream and attended his early school years there, and then migrated to Baileyville to attend Woodland High School. 

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  17. Pink Wednesdays in the Lab

     

    Consistent with the ongoing efforts to protect patients, staff, and the community, Calais Regional Hospital Visitors Policy will be restricted beginning Saturday, March 28 as indicated: 

    -ONE designated visitor per patient 

    -NO visitors with flu-like symptoms 

    -NO visitors under the age of 12 

    -ALL visitors will be screened 

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  18. A Hidden Calais Treasure

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Did you know that right in the middle of Calais is a National Historic Site? On the corner of Lincoln and North Streets is a little known spot called Meridian Park. Most would think it was part of the drive to get to the back parking lot of the recreation center or just a rocky hillside in the middle of town, but few know the location’s historic significance.

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  19. Shining a Light on Autism

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, with boys four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.  

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  20. Moosehorn Offers Over 50 Miles of Hiking Trails to the Public

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Spring weather is approaching us here in Washington County making many of us anxious to partake in outdoor activities. 

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  21. Officer Bishop Adds Experience to Calais Police Department

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Officer Jeff Bishop joined Calais Police Department last May when he came on part-time.  By September, Officer Bishop began full-time and said recently that Calais Police Department is by far the busiest one he has worked for.  

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  22. Kids Enjoying Local “Bear Hunts”

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Inspired by the fun 1989 children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, many in the community have sparked a creative idea for kids and their families to stay active, all while having fun and practicing social distancing.

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  23. Local Schools’ Teachers Host Car Parades to Safely See Students

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Spectators that included many more than just students took to their driveways in Indian Township on Wednesday, March 25 to watch a “Teacher Love Train.”  

    Organized by third grade teacher Diane Roussel, the Love Train was made up of teachers and staff of Indian Township School who paraded through the community, all because they missed seeing their students.

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  24. Great Wildlife Photos

    The photo on the left is by Donna Melanson and the other is by Ruth Curtis. The Calais Advertiser encourages everyone to submit their wildlife photos to us via email: editor@calais.news

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  25. Calais Recreation 5th/6th Grade Girls’ Runner-Up Travel Team

    Pictured is the Calais Recreation 5th/6th grade girls’ runner-up travel team. Members include, front l-r: Mackenzie Johnson, Mackenzie Smith, Sarah Wentworth, and Hannah Shannon. Back l-r: Coach Melissa Small, Addison Ellsmore, Kaci Small, Mishun Cornelius,  Olivia Turner, and Coach Mindy Smith. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  26. Pickleball to be Taught at Local Schools

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    St. Croix Valley Pickleball group has been taking Washington County by storm with all of its pickup games and tournaments happening over the past year. Although some children have joined in on the fun, Keith Ramos of the group believes that all kids should get the chance to play the game. Pickleball is a paddle ball sport combining components of table tennis, tennis, and badminton. 

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  27. EAC to Host Virtual Art Gallery

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    This year would have been the 6th Annual Youth Art Month Exhibition Opening Reception at the Eastport Arts Center (EAC). Although the physical gathering has been canceled due to state quarantine regulations, students will still be able to show off their works of art to their family and friends.

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  28. Man on Mission to Provide Paper Goods to Seniors

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    “Wright Family Films, Wright Christian Broadcasting, and Wright Music Group are on patrol!” CEO David Wright said last week.  “We are taking film sales and donations from our supporters worldwide to provide the elderly in the area with needed paper products during this time.”

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  29. Spednic Club Makes Donation to Alzheimer’s Association Through Bowling Tourney

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Earlier this month, the Spednic Club in Baileyville held its 7th annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Bowling Tournament.  The event raises funds each year to be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association and is just one of many fundraisers the club hosts.

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  30. Papa’s Auto is Open for Business

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    D & G Automotive on Main Street in Calais has a new name.  Now Papa’s Auto Service, LLC, the business has been purchased and taken over by Bill Lee and his wife Jeannie. The two and their new team of mechanics will be offering auto detailing, rocker repair, cab corners, manifold replacement, vehicle pick up and drop off, and more.

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  31. New COVID-19 treatment study shows 100% of patients "virologically cured" with drug combination

    By Pierre Little

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  32. President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau Announce Border Closure to Non-Essential Travel

    By Jayna Smith

    On Wednesday, March 18, it was announced that the longest border between two countries--the US/Canadian border--would close for non-essential travel.  President Trump assured citizens that trade would not be affected.  

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explained that travelers would not be permitted to cross the border for recreation and tourism, and also stressed, however, that “essential travel” would not stop.  

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  33. All Public Masses in Maine Temporarily Suspended in Response to CDC Guidance on COVID-19  

    All Public Masses in Maine Temporarily Suspended in Response to CDC Guidance on COVID-19  

    March 18, 2020

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  34. Cook Makes First Team Selection

     

    By Phil Stuart

    Lauren Cook, of Calais, was the only school girl player from Washington County to make all-tourney this season. The senior guard scored over 1,500 career points for the Blue Devils and was named to this year's first team, along with Owen Osborne MVP winner Maci Beals, of Central Aroostook; Breanna Bradbury, of Central Aroostook;  Peyton Grant, of Dexter; and Katherine Alley, of Stearns.

    Annalys Robinson and Allison Alley, both of Stearns, and Libby Grass, of Central Aroostook, were named honorable mentions.  

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  35. Local Students Get Early Look at Options After High School

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Middle/High School hosted its fourth annual post-secondary fair last Wednesday, March 11th.  The event provided an opportunity for students to explore numerous options for after high school.

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  36. Smith Wins State Free Throw Competition

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Free throws--the shots in basketball that can win a game or lose a game.  For one local girl, sinking them is something she regularly practices, and for her, the effort paid off.

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  37. Actor of the Year Nominee Featured in Locally-Filmed Movies

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Back in December, The Calais Advertiser reported on a locally filmed Christmas movie--”The Christmas Doodle,” a Wright Family Film--that had recently been released and was available for purchase.  

    Now, CEO of the film company David Wright has learned that he is one of eight from around the world who has been nominated as Actor of the Year in a Worldwide Christian Film at the International Christian Film Festival.  

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  38. Washington County the Subject of New History Text

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The St. Croix Historical Society recently announced a new addition to its list of publications:  John Preston’s Washington County, Maine:  1700-1820.  

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  39. Screening Protocol in Place at CRH

     

    CRH Press Release

    As coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes more of a concern in our State, Calais Regional Hospital will institute visitor restrictions and illness screenings for those entering the facility as of March 18.  An alternate entrance for suspect coronavirus patients has also been established.  These proactive precautions are to protect our patients, staff and the communities we serve.  

    Temporary changes to our Visitors Policy are being implemented.  Restrictions include:

    • Visitors must be 12 years or older

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  40. Maine Maple Sunday Events Cancelled

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon 

    For years Mainers have celebrated the sugary, sweet treat maple syrup at sugaries all across the state on Maine Maple Sunday. The tasty event has become a tradition for many as they travel to local sugaries to sample the syrup and sweets made with maple syrup, learn about the process of making syrup, and tour the facilities. 

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  41. A Possible Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    By Jayna Smith

    Elon Musk has just tweeted this article.  It would seem that it is an effective treatment for Covid-19.

    Article with links to References

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  42. Washington County Coronavirus updates

    The Calais Advertiser will be regularly updating this page with information relating to coronavirus in Washington County, including closures, cancellations, and postponements. If you have any updates to include here, please email them to editor@calais.news

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  43. Evan Merchant of Beals is Awarded the Legislature’s Memorial Scholarship

     

    Evan Merchant of Beals, Maine is this year’s Washington County recipient of the Legislature’s $1,000 Memorial Scholarship. Evan majors in captive wildlife care and education at Unity College.

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  44. Dennysville News

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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