1. Healthy Acadia Serves up Fresh-Pressed Cider at Food Pantry

     

    Jayna Smith
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    On Monday, November 1, patrons at Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry in Calais had the opportunity to receive fresh-pressed apple cider, thanks to Healthy Acadia.

    Rae Rowell, AmeriCorps volunteer with Healthy Acadia, was onsite pressing locally-grown apples into fresh, tangy-sweet cider.  “The initiative I am working on is Ending Hunger in Maine by 2030, and so my job is to help Healthy Acadia meet some of the goals that are in that initiative.”

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  2. WCCC Students and Staff Take to Waterfront Walkway for Clean-up Event

     

    Jayna Smith
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    National Civics Day is an opportunity to celebrate civics in a number of ways, one being through community projects.  Students and staff from Washington County Community College recently did just that when they took to the Calais Waterfront Walkway for a clean-up project.

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  3. Book Drive Renamed to Honor Former Educator Jean Wood

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Many are familiar with The Blue Devil Fund, a not-for-profit organization started by Calais High School alumnus Chris Taylor.  Since its inception in 2010, The Blue Devil Fund has raised well over $10,000 for local charities.

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  4. School Committee Recognizes MacDonald's Service

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

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  5. Outrage Update II

     

    Jon Reisman

    King Responds
    Senator Angus King voted to confirm eco-terrorist and tree spiking apologist Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the Bureau of Land Management, where the former Earth Firster will oversee the stewardship of millions of acres of public land. King also chose to vigorously defend Ms. Manning in committee, and to belittle the concerns of those who opposed her.  On Oct 1, I wrote the following the Senator King:

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  6. Three Candidates on the Ballot for Two School Board Seats

     

    Jayna Smith
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  7. Three Compete for Two Open Seats on Calais City Council

     

    Jayna Smith
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  8. Pratt Recognized for 25 Years in Business

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Last week, congratulations and best wishes were extended in a Legislative sentiment to Ian and Erika Pratt and the Pratt dealership.  The recognition was sponsored by Senator Marianne Moore and cosponsored by Representative Anne Perry in honor of Pratt’s 25 years in business.

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  9. Season Wraps Up for Local High School Soccer

     

    Calais Girls Named DAC Champions

    Jayna Smith
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    At Calais on Saturday, Coach Tom Parks’ 8th-ranked girls faced the Riots of Orono in class C North soccer prelim action.  Despite a great effort by the Blue Devils, the 9th-ranked Riots secured the victory.

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  10. CHS Volleyball Senior Recognition

     

    Calais High School’s senior volleyball members were recognized last week for their outstanding contributions to the team.  They include Alexis Doten, daughter of Joni Doten and Troy Doten; Franscesca Lombardo, host daughter of David Sivret; Emma Saunders, daughter of Johnna Fleming and Allen Saunders; and Kendra Stevens, daughter of Katrina Murphy and Ian Stevens.  (Photo courtesy of Brenda Batson)

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  11. Pinched Electrical Wire Results in Home Fire

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais Fire-EMS responded to a structure fire at 98 Lafayette Street on Saturday afternoon.
    According to Fire Chief Ken Clark, the homeowner called the fire department directly to report the fire.  “We would like to remind people to please call 911 in the event of an emergency,” Clark mentioned.

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  12. Need a Reason to Celebrate? Get Batty for Bats this Month

    Jayna Smith
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    Bats are often thought of as part of Halloween scares, but they are much more than an image representing the eerie night.  Each October, bats are recognized as part of Bat Appreciation Month.  

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  13. Locals Enjoy Foliage and Challenge

    Kaileigh Deacon

    What better time to get out and enjoy the great outdoor offerings Maine has in the fall. There are few things in the world that can compete with the beauty of Maine in the fall. The colors and the crispness in the air is like nothing else and for a lot of people finding ways to get out and enjoy it isn’t always easy.

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  14. Florida Woman Seeks Answers to Family Mystery

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Kelly Bartlett grew up believing her grandparents Herbert and Olive (McLean) Bacon of the Calais area had been shot and killed on October 31, 1947.  The alleged incident occurred in Kellyland, near Baileyville.  Bartlett’s mother Jean, daughter of Herbert and Olive, was only six years old at the time of their unfortunate deaths.

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  15. Outrage Update

     

    Jon Reisman

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  16. CDRC Announces Winners of Downtown Scarecrow Decorating

     

    Jayna Smith
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    CDRC (Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition) works hard to promote downtown, bringing beautification projects, such as the gardens and hanging flowers, as well as bringing the community together, such as through the summer concert series and other events.  One recent event made possible by CDRC was the annual Harvest Festival.

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  17. Calvary Chapel Moves to Main Street

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    Many might find a former auto parts store and garage an unlikely place for a church to be located, but Pastor Justin Harvey said that this location is actually perfect for them. He said that while not opposed to a more traditional style building, they didn’t need a steeple for their ministry.  Since its founding in the Calais area, the Calvary Chapel has had a number of locations, the most recent of which, was the building on the corner of Union Street and North Street that they shared with Ace Hardware.

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  18. Woodland Girls’ Soccer

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Woodland girls’ soccer team posted a 3-3 record over the last two weeks, according to Coach Kris Siering.  This brings the team’s record to 6-4-1 on the season.  

    Losses for the Dragons over those two weeks came from Penobscot Valley, Shead, and Bangor Christian High Schools.  Two wins were earned by the Dragons over Narraguagus and another over Lee Academy.  

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  19. CHS Senior Boys Recognition

     

    Calais boys’ soccer played their last home game of the season on Monday.  The three seniors were each recognized for their contributions to the team.  They include Bernie Yost, son of Bernie and Christy Yost; Jerry Harmon, son of Bill and Alicia Greenlaw; and Isiaih Mitchell, son of Mary Mitchell and John Deacon.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  20. CHS Senior Girls Recognition

     

    As their high school soccer careers come to an end, senior members of the Calais High School team were recognized last week.  They include Trinity Jones, daughter of Forrest and Heidi Beal;  Katie Bitar, daughter of Nick and Anne Bitar; Alexis Donahue, daughter of Chris and Peggy Donahue and David Beach and Sarah MacNichol, shown also with sister Kerrigan; and Sage Phillips, daughter of Louis and Tristan Phillips.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  21. Calais City Council Swears in New Councilor

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    Former Councilor Bill Cody announced at the end of the summer that he would be leaving the city council as he was relocating from Calais. Prior to his leaving, the council met with the prospective candidates to fill his seat, and after the executive session meeting, the council named William Quinn as Cody’s successor. Quinn ran for one of the two vacant seats at last year’s election, losing in votes to Cody and Mark Carr.

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  22. Maine Legislature Honors Down East Hospice Volunteers 40 Years of Compassionate Care

     

    On October 13, Representative Anne Perry and Senator Marianne Moore presented Down East Hospice Volunteers Executive Director Barb Barnett and Board President Paul Strickland with a Legislative Sentiment. This Sentiment is signed by President of the Senate Troy Jackson, Secretary of the Senate Darek Grant, Speaker of the House Ryan Fecteau and Clerk of the House Robert Hunt. It was introduced by Representative Perry and cosponsored by Senator Moore.

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  23. 77-year-old Man from Eastport Wins Boston Marathon in His Age Division

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    An Eastport man has won the 75 to 79 year age group in the 125th running of the Boston Marathon.
    On October 11th, Philip Krajewski completed the 26.2 mile course in 3 hours, 45 minutes, and 26 seconds - an 8.36 pace. This gave him the second fastest time of any runner, 77 or older, in the past 20 years.

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  24. Question One: None of the Above Please, and A Pox on All Your Houses

     

    Jon Reisman

    “Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?”- Question one on the November Ballot.

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  25. Charlotte Fire Department Hopes to Raise Money for Cold Water Rescue Gear

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue is hosting a special fundraiser this fall. A “Hills and Furrows” log cabin scrappy quilt is being raffled off in hopes to raise money for cold-water rescue gear.
    The firefighters would like to purchase gear, suits, equipment, trainings, and other needs to fulfill this service for the community.

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  26. Pop-up Drive-in Theater in Baileyville Proves Successful

    Jayna Smith
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    Drive-in theaters seem to be a thing of the past, with very few still in operation across the nation and only a handful throughout the state.  In Baileyville, however, the holiday committee has come up with a way to revive the concept with a pop-up drive-in movie theater of sorts.

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  27. New State Record Set at Pumpkinfest

     

    Jayna Smith
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    When most think of pumpkins, they think of round and orange, but pumpkins actually come in various shapes and colors.  They can be round, oval, tall, and squat and come grown with varying hues of orange.  As for size, one man’s pumpkin recently topped them all, setting a new state record.  

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  28. Dedication of the Military Women’s Memorial Grove at Wreaths Across America

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

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  29. CHS Cross Country Continues to Make Strides

     

    Coach Ryan Furtek

    On September 21, CHS cross country, with the help of athletic director Randy Morrison, Calais EMS, and Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge staged their home event.

    Shelby Cookson debuted in her first run for CHS and Bailey O'Rourke finished in fourth place out of 18 runners for the girls.   

    The boys took four of the top ten spots, with Tristan Seavey in third place, followed by Tyler Furtek, Keegan Trainor, and Logan Griffith.  

    The team wishes to thank all who made this a successful event.  

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  30. 'Honey Beer for Hospice' Benefits Down East Hospice Volunteers of WC

     

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  31. Baileyville Welcomes Octoberfest Crowd

    Jayna Smith
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    Baileyville was bustling on Saturday with the town’s annual Octoberfest.  The line-up of  fun drew many with kids’ activities, a craft fair, a parade, a car show, and much more.

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  32. Community Spirit Proves Strong for 17th Annual Turkey-a-Thon

     

    Jayna Smith
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    In true Washington County-community fashion, hundreds came out last Friday, October 8, to donate to the annual Classic Hits Turkey-a-Thon.  The event helps lessen the burden associated with food insecurities during the holiday season.  

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  33. Former GOP Gov. LePage Rallies in Washington County for Third Term

     

    Jayna Smith
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  34. This Week’s Outrages

     

    Jon Reisman

    There are usually a couple of stories every week that raise my blood pressure and result in dark thoughts and angry mumbles. Here is a recent sampling:

    Angus King votes to confirm eco-terrorist and tree spiking apologist Tracy Stone-Manning as the director of the Bureau of Land Management, charged with the stewardship of millions of acres of public land. Ms. Manning was approved 50-45, with nary a Republican vote, including Senator Collins, who can usually be counted on to support the environmental left.

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  35. Calais Junior High Volleyball Off to Strong Start

     

    The Calais Junior High School volleyball team has played three games so far this season and has come away with three victories.

    On September 21, Woodland Junior High’s volleyball team traveled to Calais, where they were handed a loss by the strong Calais team.

    Calais traveled to Machiasport on September 24 and faced the team from Jonesboro.  Calais was again victorious.

    Then, on September 30, Calais traveled to Lubec for another win.  

    The team is coached by Jessica Holmes.

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  36. Harvest Festival Vendor Fair and Concert in the Park Draw Hundreds

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Hundreds flocked to triangle park throughout the day on Saturday to check out the many vendors onsite during CDRC’s Harvest Festival.
    Shoppers were not disappointed with the array of merchandise available.  Crafters and artisans showcased everything from hand-carved signs and other handcrafted decor to jewelry and clothing items, along with canned goods and preserves.

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  37. Harvest Festival Kicks Off with Road Races

    Jayna Smith
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    Thanks to Calais High School cross country coach Ryan Furtek, along with his team members, the inaugural Kids’ Scarecrow Shuffle One-Mile Fun Run and the Harvest Festival 5K were both successful events.

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  38. Kids Enjoy Free Fun at CDRC’s Harvest Festival

     

    Jayna Smith
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    There was plenty of fun for kids of all ages at this year’s Harvest Festival.  Kicking off the morning was a one-mile fun run, hosted by Calais High School’s cross country team.  At the waterfront, kids had fun touring a US Coast Guard boat, learning about marine science with Downeast Institute’s portable touch tank, and painting rocks at Calais Free Library.  

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  39. Skate Instruction During Harvest Festival

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  40. Baileyville Faith Formation Students Help Feed the Hungry

     

    The St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish’s faith formation program at St. James the Greater Church in Baileyville discovered that the most effective way to educate children on the corporal works of mercy is to live them out.

    On September 26, students of the program delivered the proceeds of a canned goods and food item collection to the Woodland Community Food Pantry on 55 Broadway in Baileyville.

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  41. Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Campaign

    A Program for the Handicapped

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  42. Richard, McIver Lead Calais Fall Baseball to the Win

     

    Jayna Smith
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    In game one of the day on Sunday, the undefeated Old Town Bombers were too strong for the Calais 17U team in Eastern Maine Fall Baseball League action.

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  43. Calais High School Golf Earns DAC Title

     

    Jayna Smith
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    At St. Croix Country Club last week, Calais High School golf earned the DAC Championship title for the second consecutive year.  The strong Calais team ended with a score of 403.  

    Machias High School reported a score of 480, followed by Narraguagus with 508.  
    Jace Cook shot an 88 for Calais, followed by Kobe Saunders with a 93, Zachary Wentworth 110, and Andrew Barnard 112.  

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  44. Harvest Dinner Provides Hometown Feel of Community

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Tickets to this year’s Community Harvest Dinner, a tradition of CDRC’s Harvest Festival, were limited to 100, and all were sold prior to Saturday’s event.  The dinner included a concert featuring musician Alan Cook.

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  45. Redistricting- The Gerry Meander

     

    Jon Reisman

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