1. Princeton FD Receives Donation of Boat and Trailer

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Princeton Fire Department has received gifts that will further help them in their rescue efforts: a new-to-them boat, motor, and trailer. 

    According to Fire Chief Tony Ramsdell, these items will help the department in incidents such as remote fires, cold water rescues, and missing vessel searches.  Additionally, the equipment will even come in handy for fundraising events, such as rubber ducky races.

    Read More
  2. Local Businesses Step Up to Help Lioness Club

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Since its inception in 1985, the Calais Lioness Club has been a vital part of the community with its members’ work to enhance the area and assist others in need.  The members of the club work hard at their various fundraisers, and in total, nearly $10,000 is donated annually to local individuals.  

    Read More
  3. ATV Joker Run to Benefit Octoberfest

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    According to organizer Jamie Bohanon, Baileyville’s Octoberfest is being planned, just like any other year, with its date slated for Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend, the big day will be Saturday, October 10th.  To help raise necessary funds, an ATV Joker Run fundraiser is happening on Saturday, July 18th.

    Read More
  4. Community Garden Blooms on Main Street

    The beautification effort of several volunteers has paid off.  Stop and smell the flowers, read a book, or relax for a moment in the colorful Main Street community garden.  The garden shares space with a new fountain, red granite benches, and a wonderful view of the St. Croix River and Canada. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

    Read More
  5. July 4th Red, White, and Blue Parade

    The July 4th Red, White, and Blue Parade rolled through Calais on Saturday afternoon, after making its way from Stueben, through Machias, Pembroke, and all points in between, before hitting its final destination of Indian Township.  Spearheaded by Rep. Will Tuell, with a great organizational effort by Baileyille Fire Chief John McPhee, the parade honored Washington County first responders. 

    Read More
  6. 2nd CD, RCV and Me

     

    Read More
  7. Downeast Storm Baseball

    A Motor City runner unsuccessfully tries to avoid the tag of Downeast Storm catcher Kobe Saunders. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

    Read More
  8. Calais Woods Fire Burns Four Acres

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26th, Calais Fire-EMS was notified by a St. Stephen resident of a possible fire near the Carson Road in Calais.  The resident noticed smoke from across the river.  According to Chief Ken Clark, Captain Bill Lee responded to the area where he discovered a woods fire.

    Chief Clark said just over four acres “of mixed growth forest land” burned.  The property is owned by Calvin Walker.

    Read More
  9. Countywide Fourth of July Parade to Honor First Responders

     

    By Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A series of Independence Day cancellations led Rep. Will Tuell to wonder if, despite coronavirus restrictions, there might a creative way for Washington County to celebrate the Fourth of July together. The result will be an unprecedented parade that will begin in Steuben and follow Route 1 all the way to Indian Township.

    Read More
  10. Grand Lake Stream Flags

    Blaine Hardh and Nolan McCullough have volunteered to freshen up the flags along the Milford Road In Grand Lake Stream. (Submitted photo)

    Read More
  11. Princeton Annual Report Dedicated to Doreen Wallace

     

    Submitted by Sandra Smith

    Read More
  12. Sweetie’s Chalk Day

    Sweeties Downeast Candy Store in Eastport hosted a Chalk Art Day which had local chalk artist Kylie Cooke on hand for help. The event was open to artists of all ages and abilities with no limitation on creativity. Sunday was the perfect day for making art and celebrating the start of Old Home Week in Eastport. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

    Read More
  13. Memory of Tony Tammaro Kept Alive with Baseball Tourney

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Tony Tammaro Memorial Baseball Tournament will once again take place this summer, according to one of the organizers, Ryan Lincoln.  As in prior years, this year’s event will take place at Calais’ Dicenzo Athletic Complex and is slated for August 8th and 9th.

    Read More
  14. Calais Regional Hospital Expands Access to COVID-19 Testing

     

    Calais Regional Hospital is providing additional access for COVID-19 testing each weekday morning via the State’s DHHS Standing Order beginning Monday, July 6 at 8 a.m. The hospital has provided testing services for COVID-19 since the pandemic began; however, patients were required to have a provider’s order. 

    Read More
  15. Lightning Cause of Alexander Fire

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    On Saturday, June 27th, Alexander Fire Department responded to a woods fire.  According to Fire Chief Eddie Burgess, about four acres of land burned. 

    Chief Burgess said the cause of the fire was a lightning strike to a tree.  

    His department was assisted by Calais Fire-EMS, Baileyville Fire Department, and Princeton Fire Department.  

    Read More
  16. Hot Dogs for a Good Cause

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    If there’s one thing that people in Calais know it’s that if you’re feeling hungry, drive by the parking lot on North Street and you’ll find a little blue truck and a man happy to feed you. For ten years Bill Gibson, “Grampie Bill”, has been making it his mission to feed as many people in the Calais area as he can through his food truck and community dinners.

    Read More
  17. EAC Presents Annual Fine Arts Awards to Graduating High School Seniors

     

    Each year, during the graduation ceremonies at area high schools, EAC honors seniors who have excelled in music, theater or the visual arts.  Nominated by their dedicated teachers, the students have been chosen based on their commitment and contribution to the fine arts at their school and community.  

    Read More
  18. Book on Calais History Released

     

    The story of Calais is being told through a fresh lens in the form of Images of America: Calais, a new publication released on June 22nd through Arcadia Publishing. The book marks the first time the St. Croix Historical Society has partnered with a major publisher to share the history of Calais. 

    Read More
  19. Calais Middle / High School 8th Grade Celebration

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For the Eighth Grade Class of 2024, nothing about the end of the 2019-2020 school year was normal, and that meant missing out on the end-of-the-year activities. Staff at the Calais Middle High School didn’t want the celebration of them moving to high school  to pass without acknowledging their hard work 

    Read More
  20. WES Celebrates Sixth Graders with Drive-Through Graduation

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Schools have been wrestling with how to preserve at least some hints of the traditional rites of passages, such as graduations, in what has been the most unusual year, and Woodland Elementary School was no different.  Thanks to Principal Ms. Amanda Belanger and staff, the 19 grade six students there were recognized at a unique “drive-through graduation” on Saturday, June 13th.

    Read More
  21. Masons Donate to Food Pantry

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Times have been trying as the effects of COVID-19 are felt as far Downeast as Washington County. Recommended closures of businesses created a challenge for some families as to how food would be put on the table while they were out of work. The already large number of families in Washington County facing food insecurity grew as the effects of the virus and its precautions spread. 

    Read More
  22. Perry Celebrates Bicentennial with Book

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    To celebrate 200 years is truly something special and not something that happens often. Earlier this year, the State of Maine celebrated 200 years of statehood. But two years prior to this, just a short drive up Route 1, the small town of Perry celebrated its bicentennial in 2018. 

    Read More
  23. Just CAZ

     

    (Critter Autonomous Zone)

    Seattle might have its neo-anarchist/hipster/summer of love/ Capitol Hill Occupy Protest (CHOP), but it pales in police-free borderless entertainment value to the Critter Autonomous Zone in Cooper and Cathance Township.

    The Raven Raucous Caucus

    Read More
  24. Bears are Searching for Food, May Visit Your Backyard

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    There have been several social media reports in the last couple of weeks of bear sightings in different areas of the city, including Union Street, Garfield Street, South Street, and more.  

    According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), Maine is home to the largest population of black bears in all of the lower 48 states.  Bears in the state are most active between April 1 and November 1.

    Read More
  25. Opening Day at the Farmers’ Market

     

    The Calais Farmers’ Market began its season downtown this week.  It will continue each Tuesday at the downtown triangle park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

    Read More
  26. Eastport Could Soon See a Second Cruiseline Berth for an Extended Stay

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    On Sunday, June 14th, Eastport saw the arrival of the 785-foot Oceania Cruises vessel Riviera.  The ship, like all other cruise ships, was halted from sailing effective back in March after many cruise lines saw outbreaks of COVID-19.  

    Read More
  27. Truth, systemic racism, and black flies

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    As the nation writhes under a leftist/media assault charging white privilege and systemic racism and advocating for defunding the police, silencing/deplatforming/canceling anyone who dares to disagree and demanding they kneel and apologize for voting for Trump and more, I’ve watched in horror as a woke leftist Jacobin mob has decided that we need to destroy the village in order to save it.

    Read More
  28. Beautiful Wildlife Photos

    Great wildlife photos in the June 18, 2020 edition. We appreciate everyone sending them in. Be sure to check them out every week!

    Read More
  29. Town of Pembroke Plans to Host 4th of July Celebration

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    The annual 4th of July celebration in Pembroke will still be taking place this year.

    The parade will be held at 9 a.m. on the morning of the 4th of July. Floats, ATVs, bikes and more are all welcome to meet at the town office in Pembroke at 8:30 a.m. to participate. There will not be any prizes given this year, as the parade will be just for fun. 

    Read More
  30. Flag Retirement in Alexander

    Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day sponsored by the Alexander Grange at the Alexander Grange. (Submitted photo)

    Read More
  31. Princeton Elementary Graduation

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Read More
  32. Lubec Readies for Independence Day Celebration

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Lubec, America, known for its welcoming people, great eateries, wonderful views, and being the easternmost town in the U.S.A., among other things, has released its Fourth of July Celebration schedule, and it certainly does not disappoint.

    Read More
  33. Perry School Ends Year with Teacher Parade

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The 92 students who attend Perry Elementary School got to say good-bye for the summer to their teachers in a very unique way, all to end the very unique school year.  Last Friday, students got to watch a teacher parade that covered all of the roads and routes throughout the town and by the homes of the students.

    Read More
  34. Calais, St. Stephen Fire Departments Unaffected by Border Restrictions

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The strong relationship between the fire departments in Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick has been long-standing, but it is not unique in that many departments, especially those in rural areas, rely heavily on mutual aid.  What does make the relationship between the two unique is that the mutual aid provided to one town from the other comes internationally.  

    Read More
  35. Lioness Club Celebrates 35 Years of Serving the Greater Calais Area

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Lioness Club recently celebrated its 35th annual Charter Night, an event that welcomes new members to the group.  It also pays tribute to the 43 ladies who joined together with the shared purpose of helping their community and its residents back in 1985.

    Read More
  36. Farmers’ Market Set to Open in Calais

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Beet greens, kale, lettuce, green onions, and more are expected to be ready by Tuesday, June 23rd when the Calais Farmers’ Market is open for business!

    Read More
  37. Local Students Receive Scholarship

    Nolan McCullough and Paige Sockabasin each received a scholarship, presented annually in honor of Michael Severance.  Les Severance, Michael’s father, decided this year to present it to two of the Pine Tree Store employees, both of whom are graduating.  The store is owned by Les Severance and Brinda Leighton.  Each year they have a dance to raise money for this scholarship to be given so that Michael will not be forgotten.  Nolan has been a summer resident of Grand Lake Stream since the age of two, spending his summers with his grandparents, David and Jenifer McCullough.  He will attend the

    Read More
  38. New Downtown Fountain

    A new fountain was installed at the downtown garden on Monday.  According to CDRC's Anne Nixon, many more plants will now be added this week to complete the landscaping of that area.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

    Read More
  39. Honoring First Responders

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Store Manager Drew Sansing and Assistant Manager Laura Donovan went all around Calais and even to Baileyville on Tuesday to thank first responders and those on the front lines during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As part of their Associates Week, which normally takes place in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart decided to spend this Associates Week giving back to their employees as well as the communities that serve them. 

    Read More
  40. Neighbors Helping Neighbors

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    When Baileyville Fire Chief John McPhee noticed his neighbor’s lawn hadn’t yet been mowed this year, he knew he could easily get help to complete that task and some other chores around the residence.  

    McPhee sent out a call to his fire department crew, asking for some able bodies to do some yard work for a very deserving couple, the McCrays.  In typical firefighter fashion, they were quick to respond. 

    Read More
  41. Community Members Come Together to Help Family after Motorcycle Crash

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    On May 30th, Sonya Lunn and Blaine McLaughlin were in a serious motorcycle accident on Route 9. 

    According to Lunn’s brother, Michael Curran, the two were hit by a drunk driver and were both rushed to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with serious injuries. 

    Lunn is on the road to recovery, but McLaughlin sadly passed at the hospital due to his injuries. 

    Read More
  42. Howard Fox Memorial Pool Open for the Season

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Howard Fox Memorial Pool has opened for the season and, according to Parks and Recreation Director Craig Morrison, new rules have been implemented under guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Read More
  43. Work Continues on Downtown Restaurant and Tavern

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The former Townhouse Restaurant on Main Street has seen some drastic changes over the last few months.  The new owner of the property Tim Krug has been completely renovating the inside and will soon give the outside an overhaul as well.  He took on the project late last year after the property, which had been acquired by the city, was being considered for demolition.

    Read More
  44. Garden Adds Beauty to Downtown, Thanks to Volunteers

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Downtown Calais is looking beautiful, with American flags bellowing on some light poles, and banners honoring the high school graduates on others, all while the hanging baskets add bright coloring from their flowers.  

    The flower baskets that get hung every summer are all thanks to Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC), and another project brought to the city by that same group is the upkeep of the downtown garden.  

    Read More
  45. Community Thanks Hospital Staff with Parade

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    In a caravan led by Baileyville Chief Bob Fitzsimmons, community members of all ages made their way through the Calais medical buildings area on Wednesday, June 3, honking horns and waving signs with enthusiasm.

    Read More

Pages

Pages