1. Calais Regional Hospital Announces New Director of Radiology

    James (Jack) Braley Jr. joined Calais Regional Hospital in February as Director of Radiology.  James recently relocated from Florida, however, this is his second return to his roots, having been born in Calais and raised in Baileyville. He was also the acting Director of Radiology for CRH in 2000-2001. He brings his previous CRH experience to include 35 years as a Registered Technical Radiographer with 27 years of that in Radiology Management.   

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  2. Calais Girl Scout Cookie Drive

    Girl Scouts Troop #2253 Calais at their Cookie Drive at Calais IGA. Pictured left to right are Commander Mike McLean, Addison Ellsmore, Madeline DelMonaco, and Mackenna Homes. (Submitted photo)

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  3. Local 4-H Club Adopts Furry Friends Food Bank

    The Furry Friends Food Bank has been adopted by a University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H club in Washington County. Cobscook Currents 4-H club members, committed to making a positive difference in their community, chose the food bank for pets as a community service project. 

     Club members have installed a pet food collection box for public donations at the Whiting General Store, 136 U.S. Route 1, Whiting. Furry Friends Food Bank is an Eastern Area Agency on Aging program designed to help seniors feed and support their four-legged companions.

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  4. WHS Students Experience Ice Fishing for PE Class

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Eleven students from Woodland Junior-Senior High School went ice fishing as part of their physical education class on Tuesday, March 3rd. 

    WHS teacher Keith Moody had the idea, but it took help from many others to make his plan come to life. 

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  5. CHS Graduate is Calais’ Newest Police Officer

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Police Department recently welcomed a new addition to its force.  Officer James Barnard, a 2001 Calais High School graduate, came on board in January.

    Prior to working for Calais Police Department, Officer Barnard received gainful experience while employed at Indian Township Police Department.  He was employed there for nearly five years and held the position of sergeant.  

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  6. Community Potluck, Music, Fun Slated to Celebrate Maine’s 200th, Robbinston’s 209th Birthday

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    This Sunday, lots of fun and entertainment, as well as some delicious shared dishes, will be part of a community potluck in Robbinston.  The event will take place at the Robbinston Community Center, the former school.  

    “We chose March 15th to coincide with the state-wide launch of Maine’s Bicentennial celebration,” said Sarah Strickland of the Robbinston Historical Society.  “Robbinston will also be 209.”

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  7. The Summit Project - Honoring Heroes of Maine

     

    Honor Case on Display in Calais

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

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  8. Calais Rec. Basketball Champions

    The grades 5/6 championship team includes (front) Sarah Wentworth, Shawn Cushing, Ben Harvey, Lane Brown, (back) Bradley Walton, Luke Morrell, Colby Moholland, Jack Downing, Noah White, and Coach Dana Redding.  (Submitted photo) See this week's paper for the grade 3/4 team.

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  9. EAC Performers at Washington Place

    Eastport Arts Center’s flautists June Gregory and Nancy Asante from the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra delighted residents at Washington Place Assisted Living on a gray late-February day. Classical duets and a finale song about winter sunshine and the sunshine within each of us brought smiles to the residents' faces. (Submitted photo)

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  10. Assistance Available to Pay Little League Registration Fees

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Despite ball fields still covered by snow, plans are underway for the opening day of the 2020 Calais Little League season.   

    League board member Krista Collins has reported that online registration for the upcoming season is now open.  Parents and guardians can access the registration link on the league’s website, www.calaislittleleague.org.  

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  11. St. Stephen’s University Hosts Public Lecture About Children’s Rights

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    On Thursday, March 19th, Dr. J.C. Blokhuis will be giving a public lecture at St. Stephen’s University in New Brunswick discussing children and the law. Can they opt-out of lifesaving medical treatment?

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  12. Calais Callbacks Prepare for State Competition

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Since their comeback a few years ago, the Calais High School Drama Program, the Calais Callbacks, have been steadily working to create and grow a program that had been absent from the school for over five years. Under the direction of advisor Kati Grass, the program has grown and seen a large number of students eager to participate both on and off stage.

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  13. Downtown Gallery Reopens for Season

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Local artist Paul Redding has re-opened his downtown art studio at 315 Main Street.  Now called “Charcoal City,” Redding’s gallery has a great showing of his own work for people to simply view, to purchase, or to see ideas for their own custom order.

    A self-taught artist, Redding began painting with oils in 1956.  Today, however, his medium of choice is charcoal.  

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  14. First Responders Day Signed into Law

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.new

    On Tuesday, Feb. 25th, Gov. Mills signed into law LD 1908, An Act to Establish First Responders Day on September 11th.  First Responders Day will recognize the daily contributions made by all first responders.

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  15. Plans for Dog Park Underway in Memory of Canine-Loving Calais Man

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    According to Maine law 7 MRS §3911, “It is unlawful for any dog, licensed or unlicensed, to be at large, except when used for hunting.”  This law defines “at large” to be “off the premises of the owner and not under the control of any person whose personal presence and attention would reasonably control the conduct of the animal.”  

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  16. WCCC Polar Dip Celebrates 20 Years

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Some traditions are unique and might cause people to raise an eyebrow, but the annual Washington County Community College Polar Dip has people donning their bathing suits and jumping into the freezing water at Sipyak Point.

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  17. Lady Blue Devils Finish A Fantastic 19-1 Season

    Drop Semi-Final To The Top-Rated Stearns Minutemen

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  18. Irish HighTime to Play Calais Celtic Concerts Feb. 29

     

    Calais Celtic Concerts is very excited to bring back the multi-award winning new group, from Connemara Ireland, HighTime, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Park St., Calais, on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m. US/ 7 p.m. Canadian time. The doors will open at 5 p.m. EST.

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  19. St. Croix Regional Family Health Center Heart Healthy Drawing Winner

    We have a winner in our Heart Healthy Weekly Drawing! Office manager Denise Harriman presented Cindy with her winnings: a scarf and pedometer. Her Healthy Habit is reducing her caloric intake and increasing her physical activity. Congratulations, Cindy! (Facebook photo)

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  20. Woodland Cheering Coach Steps Down After 25 Years

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For most, coaching would seem a daunting task that was more of a hassle than it was worth. But for Woodland High School Coach Missy Campbell, coaching has been a way of life for the last 25 years.  

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  21. New Leader of Abbe Museum is Tribe Member, CHS Alumnus

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    1992 Calais High School graduate and Passamaquoddy member Christopher Newell has been chosen to lead Bar Harbor’s Abbe Museum as executive director and senior partner with Wabanaki Nations.  The museum was founded in 1926 and documents Wabanaki culture, history, and art.  

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  22. Baileyville Thrift Store Changes Hands

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Thrift shops have been gaining in popularity, not only because of the extensive array of great items that can be found for cheap but because they allow buyers an opportunity to repurpose items, slowing down waste and keeping items out of landfills.  

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  23. Listening for Right Whales in the Gulf of Maine

     

    Two passive acoustic data collection efforts are underway in the Gulf of Maine to gather information on North Atlantic right whales. One will deploy fixed archival-acoustic recorders mounted on the ocean bottom for a specific period of time. The other will use autonomous underwater vehicles called gliders, equipped to record acoustic information and report it back in near real-time.

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  24. Bear, Coyote, Raven Reading Coming to Machias

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Poet Jason Grundstrom-Whitney will be reading from his book, “Bear, Coyote, Raven”, at the University of Maine at Machias on Thursday, March 12th at 4 p.m.

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  25. Charting a Path Forward for Arts Education in Maine Rural Public Schools

     

    ArtsEngageME, in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission, is working with six Washington County school districts to learn more about their current arts education programs and to prepare Arts Education Plans to increase student access to the arts over the next few years.  Input from parents and the greater community is also a key component.  

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  26. Calais High School Winter Carnival

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For anyone that has attended Calais High School in the last 40 years, they are more than likely familiar with the week before February vacation, known as Winter Carnival. Since its inception, Winter Carnival has been a way to bring the school together and celebrate the upcoming vacation.

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  27. VL Tammaro Delivers Extra Warmth & Savings on Valentine’s Day

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Some unsuspecting VL Tammaro Oil customers received a nice treat on Valentine’s Day when Mike Tammaro and his drivers showed up.  Their visit did not only bring the traditional Valentine’s Day treat of chocolate but also brought 100 gallons of fuel free of charge.  

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  28. Area Teens Study Physical Comedy

     

    Mark Macey, Eastport Arts Center and Stage East’s Island Institute Fellow, is presenting a series of workshops for high school drama clubs, focusing on physical comedy, a performance mode where movement is the primary method of storytelling. Calais High School and Shead High School groups’ workshops were held in January. Washington Academy and Cobscook Institute sessions are planned.

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  29. Tigerettes Win Quarter-Final Opener In Bangor

     

    Defeat Wisdom In A 39-34 Thriller

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  30. Celebrating 71 Years of Marriage!

    Hollis Edward Beers, age 92, and Helen Marjorie (Short) Beers, age 90, married on February 16, 1949.  The couple live in Vanceboro and will be celebrating 71 years of happiness together!  Mr. and Mrs. Beers are parents to Linda Weymouth, David Beers, Danny Beers, and Michael Beers.  They also have six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Congratulations to them from everyone at The Calais Advertiser!  (Submitted photo)

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  31. The First Donates to CHS

    Calais High School Athletic Director Randy Morrison receiving a check in the amount of $2,200 from The First, monies donated by the local bank throughout the regular season for halftime foul shots made by local fans. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  32. 1,000th Career Point

    Senior Captain Lady Blue Devil veteran guard Olivia Huckins is pictured with mother Jennifer Huckins, sister Logan Huckins, and father Dallas Huckins after scoring her 1,000th-career point against the Lady Knights in the regular season finale. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  33. Wine ‘n Weave Workshop Helps Marine Environment

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium in St.  Andrews is hosting a unique event for anyone 19 and older.  On Thursday, Feb. 20th, a Wine ‘n Weave rope weaving workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Canadian time.

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  34. Machias Savings Donates to Quilters

     

    When Machias Savings Bank learned that the St. Croix International Quilters were struggling to keep their “Quilts for Hospice” program afloat, they were quick to reach out with a most generous donation of $500 so that the program could continue.

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  35. Love Everlasting: 56 Years of Happiness Together

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Some say marriage isn’t easy, but for one local couple, it seems to have been a walk in the park.

    Tom and Billie Parks, of Calais,  just celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Dec. 9th.  They met as kids, and it was eight years after their first encounter when they had their first date.

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  36. Love Everlasting: 57 Years Married and Living Their Best Life

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    It was the fall of 1959 when 15-year-old Rick first laid eyes on 13-year-old Barbara.  He saw her at a dance he attended with a couple of friends.  “I saw her dancing, and I said, ‘Geesh, I’ve gotta dance with that girl,’ and so I did, and I told my buddy, ‘I gotta see if I can go out with her,’ and I just fell in love with her right from the get-go,” Rick Roussel said of his now-wife, Barbara.

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  37. Valentine Tea Held for Residents of Washington Place

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Since 2011, local pageant ladies have been hosting a Valentine Tea for residents of Washington Place.  The pageant queens and princesses are affiliated with the Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant, and this event is just one of many community service projects the queens and princesses take part in.

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  38. Police Officer Alleges WCCC President Denied Him His Education for Wearing Gun

     

    Claims he was told, “Once you take the uniform off, you’re not really a police officer anymore.”

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A local police officer has been told he’s not allowed to carry his department-issued handgun while attending classes at Washington County Community College (WCCC).

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  39. Dennysville News

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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  40. Calais Blue Devil basketball Team

    Pictured is the Calais Blue Devil basketball team. Members include front l-r: Alex Richard, Jace Cook, JD Turner, Reece Sabattus, Tyler Furtek, and Kyle Richard. Back l-r: Matthew Dana, Tony Dana, Mason Ritchie, Jacob Sockabasin, Cameron Kelley, Dawson Critchley, Ryland Sabattus, Luke Furtek, and Coach Darrin Constant. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  41. Local Boys Help Team Win Championship

    Colby Moholland, of Robbinston, and Noah White, of Calais, finished their travel basketball season on the undefeated Machias-based Downeast Pride team.  The two helped guide the team to the Eastern Maine Basketball Championship title in the 5/6 grade A division.  (Submitted photo)

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  42. Hospital CEO Rod Boula Provides More Details on CRH Since Bankruptcy Protection

     

    By Jayna Smith 

    and Pierre Little

    jayna@calais.news

    After a recent update to the city council, Calais Regional Hospital’s CEO Rod Boula sat down with The Calais Advertiser, providing more specifics on the current state of the hospital.  

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  43. CHS Honor Society Helps PAWS and Calais Library

    Calais High School National  Honor Society towel drive for PAWS brought in 145 rolls of paper towels and 75 old towels and small blankets during their Annual Winter Carnival drive. Their recent used book drive brought in over 600 books for the Calais Free Library’s Used Book Sale Room. (Submitted by Anne Scott)

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  44. Feeding Corn to Deer Could be Fatal

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    As the ground freezes and snow starts to fall, the appearance of animals becomes more of a rare sight, and when people get a chance to see them they get excited. Oftentimes that excitement leads to people leaving food out for the animals, feeling they are helping.

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  45. Coach Clark to be Inducted to Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

     

    ~Former Players Cochran and Torrey Speak of Beloved Coach~

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Seventeen inductees will join the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame this year, with one of those being Coach Arnie Clark, who is being honored posthumously.  He passed away in August 2018.

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