1. Passamaquoddy Days Celebration

     

    The 57th Annual Passamaquoddy Days was held Aug. 10-14, 2023, at Sipayik Indian Reservation, Split Rock, Perry.  Many activities took place, including the traditional native drumming, smudging, and more.  (Photo by Anura Gurugé) 

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  2. 3rd Annual Robbinston Days

     

    Marianne Moore joined in on the fun during the Robbinston Days parade on August 12. There was also a free meal, music, bake sale, historical display, cornhole, nature walk, bounce house and more all organized by the Robbinston Historical Society. (Photo by John Bouchard)

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  3. IHF Kids’ Day Tennis

     

    During the International Homecoming Festival and Chocolate Festival, several Calais youth enjoyed being introduced to tennis by participating in the IHF Kids’ Day at the Garcelon Civic Center and signing up for the Sweet Spot Tennis Challenge at the Milltown Memorial Tennis Courts. Shown is Joseph McGivery, of Calais.  (Submitted photo)

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  4. Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s Paws for a Cause Campaign Seeks Donations

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Eastern Area Agency of Aging is hosting a fundraiser this month to benefit its Furry Friends program.

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  5. American Bald Eagle

     

    Karen Michaud took this beautiful eagle photo and we are glad she sent it in to us!

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  6. New Physician at CCH

     

    Calais Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Family Medicine Physician Dr. Jacqueline Russell to Calais Community Provider Practices.  Dr. Russell earned her medical degree from the University of New England Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME. She completed a transitional intern year at St Barnabus NMM Residency in Bronx, NY and a Family Medicine Residency at Eastern Connecticut Health Network in Manchester, CT.  Most recently, Dr. Russell has been practicing primary care in Belfast, ME.

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  7. State Police ‘Pull Out’ of Statutorily Mandated Patrols in Rural Maine

     

    By Paul Sylvain

    Chances are you won’t find a state trooper patrolling Washington County these days. The same is also true in at least six other rural Maine counties. As a result, county sheriff’s departments have had to step in to fill the void.

    Washington County Commissioner Chris Gardner explained at the Aug. 10 county commissioners session that he’d just attended the Maine County Commissioners Association (MCCA) meeting at which the lack of rural patrols by Maine State Police took center stage.

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  8. Commissioner Cautions Against Censoring Blueberry Fest Vendors

     

    Paul Sylvain

    Referring to an incident involving obscene T-shirts sold by a vendor at last year’s Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, Washington County Commissioner Chris Gardner cautioned festival organizers against censorship at this year’s festival.

    The discussion arose at the Aug. 10 Washington County Commissioners meeting in Machias and was initiated as an agenda item by Gardner.

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  9. Climate Con Continues

     

    Jon Reisman

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  10. Opening Ceremony of 50th International Homecoming Festival

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The 50th anniversary of International Homecoming Festival was hailed a success by its organizers, a small group of volunteers who join forces with a group from St. Stephen each year to execute events for all ages.

    The celebration kicked off on Wednesday, August 2, with the Opening Ceremony on Ferry Point Bridge.

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  11. 50th Annual International Homecoming Festival Parade

    Addison Brown, Junior Miss International; Klaire Olsson, Little Miss International Princess; and Aurora Olsson, Young Miss International had fun riding in the parade.  (Photo courtesy of Jessica Olsson)

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  12. CMHS Class of 1958 Celebrates 65 Year Reunion

     

    During the International Homecoming Festival, on Friday, August 4, 2023, Calais Memorial High School Class of 1958 gathered at Louis Bernardini’s cottage on the St. Croix River to celebrate 65 years they have experienced since graduation.

    The celebration included a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, corn, salads, cole slaw, pies and ice cream, all provided by Louis’s family and the classmates who attended.

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  13. Street Fair Draws Hundreds to Downtown

     

    Veterans of Foreign Wars representatives were outside the Calais Veterans Center during the street fair selling tickets on an oil giveaway, among other things.  The oil raffle was for 100 gallons donated by VL Tammaro Oil.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  14. CDRC’s Chair Affair

     

    The Chair Affair auction, an event hosted by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition, took place last Thursday evening with 14 locally-crafted Adirondack chairs up for bid.  Calais Community Hospital’s “tiki time” chair, created by CCH staff members Tabitha Stanley and Crystal Donovan, raked in the most money for the CDRC fundraiser.  Shown with the chair is auctioneer-extraordinaire Jeff Demmons.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  15. Puppet Show Wows Attendees

     

    The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers put on a packed-house show during this year’s International Homecoming Festival.  Back by popular demand after an impressive show last year, the puppet show was free for all to attend.  A big thanks goes to State Cinemas for proving popcorn for the attendees and to Wabanaki Culture Center for use of their multi-purpose room.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  16. Tyler Healy Band Rocks Flat Iron Park

     

    Leading up to the fireworks Saturday night of International Homecoming Festival was a concert at Flat Iron Park by The Tyler Healy Band.  The concert was made possible thanks to the generous donations from Jo’s Diner & Pizzeria and Riverside Electric.  One can learn more about The Tyler Healy Band on its Facebook page or by visiting tylerhealyband.com.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  17. Calais PTO’s Peanut Fair

     

    Many stepped up to help volunteer at this year’s Peanut Fair.  The fair is hosted each year by the Calais PTO, along with Calais Community Hospital.  Staff members from CCH, shown here, were also present for the Doll Hospital and Teddy Bear Clinic.  According to PTO member Tomi Ellsmore, big thanks also go to Calais Ace Homecenter, Calais IGA, Walmart, Tradewinds, Riverside Electric, and State Cinimas for donations made to the event.   (Calais PTO photo)

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  18. Barbara’s School of Dance Performs Downtown as Part of Festival

     

    Instructor Barbara Lara dances with some of her youngest students.  Lara always has a great performance by her students following the parade.  

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  19. Make My Day: The Biden-Trump Nightmare

     

    Jon Reisman

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  20. Parade, Music, and More Slated for Upcoming Robbinston Days Celebration

     

    Jayna Smith

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    For the third consecutive year, the Town of Robbinston is hosting its hometown celebration, Robbinston Days, this year slated for Saturday, August 12.

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  21. Something for All Promised at this Year’s Washington County Fair

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The Washington County Fair at the fairgrounds on Old County Road in Pembroke is promising to have something for everyone when it’s held on August 26 and 27.

    Organizers say there will be over 25 vendors on site, offering a variety of wares, including handcrafted items, quilts, photographs, jewelry, and much more.  

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  22. Royal Courts of International Homecoming Festival Crowned

     

    Six-year-old Addison Brown, of Calais, is this year’s Junior Miss International.  The pageant, sponsored by Riverview Restaurant & Lounge, was held at Flat Iron Park on Sunday, just in time for the royal courts to reign over the 50th anniversary celebration being held this week. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  23. Smithereen Farm Offers Chokecherry and Fireweed Harvest Aug. 11-13

     

    Smithereen Farm in Pembroke is hosting artist and educator Rachel Alexandrou from Aug. 11-13 for a series of workshops on chokeberry and fireweed harvesting.  Alexandrou is an interdisciplinary artist who uses her education in plant science, and collaborative practice, to create experiential work about food, flora, and innovating human relationships to the natural landscape. She was educated at the University of Maine and holds a B.S. in Horticulture.

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  24. Pink Flamingos Showing up on Area Lawns

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Flocks of pink flamingos–plastic yard decor pink flamingos–have been appearing on the lawns of many unsuspecting residents these last few weeks. 

    Members of Friends of Sarah’s House Flamingo Fundraiser, a group which can be found on Facebook, have been busy “flocking” residents, all to raise money for Sarah’s House of Maine.  

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  25. Man Discovers Valuables Missing During Move

     

    Jayna Smith

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    A Calais family is devastated after items went missing from their home during the packing and loading by a moving company on Sunday, July 23.

    Raymond Brown, a biologist at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, has accepted a new position in New Jersey with the National Wildlife Refuge.  The employer hired a moving company for Brown and his family.  

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  26. Summer Reading Program a Gift of Love

     

    This summer’s children’s reading program at the Lincoln Library in Dennysville is a gift of love in memory of Rachel S. Liell from her family in New York.  

    They recall, “She was such a voracious reader and so loved the library in Dennysville. She was so glad when she was able to get her own library card from the Dennysville Library. She would also be very proud that you mentioned her name in your publicity. We miss her dearly.”

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  27. Midsummer Night Memes

     

    Jon Reisman

    AI to save DEI?

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  28. Violist and Family to Present Themed Concert at EAC

     

    Anne Black’s “Celebration of Time and Place”, on Friday, August 11, 7 p.m. at Eastport Arts Center, will feature the first time she and her brother Alan and nephew Phillip, from Charlotte, N.C., share the concert stage together. EAC is thrilled for Anne’s return to The Concert Series. Her “Timely Adventure” program was a favorite last summer.

    Alan and Phillip will perform short pieces for cello and soprano/alto saxophones, written especially for the father-son duo by Charlotte composer Leonard Mark Lewis.

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  29. Eastport Health Care Debuts 10,000 sq. ft. Machias Facility

     

    Will Tuell

    Eastport Health Center (EHC) opened the doors to its newly retrofitted office space at 106 Dublin Street in Machias last week. The facility, which hosts primary, behavioral, and pediatric care providers serving rural Washington County patients, went from two significantly smaller offices in the area to one 10,000 square-foot facility on Dublin Street, according to CEO Ellen Krajewski and Medical Director Dr. John Gaddis. 

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  30. Local Trooper Wins Leadership Award

     

    Will Tuell

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  31. Welcome to Flat Iron Park

     

    A new sign is on display on the downtown stage.  Created and painted by Hannah Gadway, the sign welcomes all to Flat Iron Park.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  32. Kids Tour, Bring Donations to ICEFP

     

    Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry received a special visit last week.  Organized by Calais Free Library Librarian Skye Green-Hall, participants toured the pantry with Vice-President Bernadette Farrar to learn how it operates, ask questions, and most importantly, share care packages they had made to donate. ICEFP thanks them for the donation.  Pictured are (back) Lynn Muise with Kelci Muise, Jeff, Deb and Bob Stewart, Bernadette Farrar, Aurora Muise, and Skye Green-Hall, (front) Zoe Ingham, Nora Demmons, and Halle Demmons.  (Photo courtesy of Jessie Tompkins-Howard)

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  33. Downtown Business Owners Slam Calais, Wish “Good Luck” to City

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In a recent meeting of the Calais Economic Development Committee held on July 19, 2023, business owners of The White Birch Exchange Michael Novack and Craig Bruce expressed their concerns over what they feel is a lack of code enforcement of downtown buildings and challenges they face in their own leased location at 345 Main Street, the former Urban Moose building.

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  34. Princeton Parks & Recreation’s Community Yard Sale

     

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  35. Johnson’s and Border Electric Receive Plaques from Barbara’s School of Dance

     

    Barbara's International School of Dance recently presented appreciation plaques to Johnson’s True Value and to Border Electric, both of which have always provided trucks for the students and adults to ride on in many parades.  Shown left are Jose and Barbara Lara with David Johnson from Johnson's True Value. Shown right are Jose and Barbara Lara with Sheridan Smith from Border Electric. (Submitted photos)

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  36. Washington County Game Warden Wins International Honor

     

    By Will Tuell

    Maine Game Warden Joe McBrine got quite the shock recently when he was named Officer of the Year at the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEOA) annual conference in Provo, Utah. McBrine, who has served as a game warden for nearly thirty years – most of it here in Washington County -- said that he “choked up” when the 9,000-member organization of fish and game officers from the United States and Canada called his name July 10.

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  37. Police Warn of Fake Money

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Police are warning the public and local businesses about “fake” money that has been circulating in the community.

    According to Calais Police Department, it responded to a local business last week after the store had received prop/movie money.  

    Although the “money” was marked “Movie Prop Use Only,” it did appear very similar to real US currency, the police department noted.

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  38. Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival Slated for this Weekend

     

    The tents will soon be up and the ballfield will be bustling with activity in the Washington County village of Grand Lake Stream.  On Saturday and Sunday, July 29th and 30th, more than 50 of the finest folk artists and craftspeople in the northeast and an outstanding line-up of talented musicians will gather for the 27th Annual Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival.  

    Local organizers have once again put together a full weekend of activities for young and old, with wonderful music, folk art, food, and fun.  The festival runs each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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  39. City Council Updated at Liaison Committee Meeting

     

    Chloe Bernardini

    On Thursday, July 20th, Marcia Rogers, Mark Carr, James MacDonald, and Arthur Mingo of the Calais City Council met with Calais School Department Superintendent Mary Ann Spearin.

    The meeting was called to discuss matters such as the Calais Elementary School building project, the principal search for Calais Middle/High School, open teacher positions at the middle school, and Calais Rec. Department transportation.

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  40. Summer Reading Program in Dennysville

     

    Rebekah Guiltner is leading a reading program at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville on Tuesdays this summer in Dennysville.  Stories, crafts, snacks and other special activities are being presented to children going into grades K through 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the morning, and older children in grades 4 through 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon.  The program is free, and parents should call Rebekah Guiltner at 454-7932, or email [email protected]  from more information.

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  41. Count on Me

    Jon Reisman

    I first met Ernie in September of 1975 in the hallway of the Dana dormitory on the Colby College campus in Waterville Maine. It was not love at first sight or a meet cute moment. I was a junior visiting a friend and was introduced to a freshman woman. I don’t remember who introduced us, or what Ernie said. Four years later we were married and starting a life adventure together. Now I am the memory for both of us.

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  42. PAWS Visits Calais Free Library

     

    PAWS Brave Hearts staff member Gillian and resident kitty Orange Cakes recently participated in Calais Free Library’s summer reading program.  The children learned about how cats make it to PAWS and they had wonderful ideas about how to make them feel loved, safe and comfortable when they arrive. (PAWS Brave Hearts photo)

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  43. Applications for Street Fair Still being Accepted

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Saturday of International Homecoming Festival each year brings hundreds to downtown Calais to enjoy the offerings of the street vendors.  

    This year, according to St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce Director Kara Mitchell, Main Street will be closed from the corner of North and Main Streets to the vicinity of Jo’s Diner & Pizzeria for the annual International Street Fair happening on Saturday, August 5 beginning at 8 a.m.

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  44. All Invited to Opening Ceremony of International Homecoming Festival

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In the days leading up to the International Homecoming Festival, an American flag and a Canadian flag will be hung from Ferry Point Bridge, just in time for the Opening Ceremony that is set to take place on Wednesday, August 2.

    Marking the official start of the 50th Annual International Homecoming Festival, the Opening Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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  45. Calais-Native Named President of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

     

    Jayna Smith

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    In a recent announcement to the Saint Joseph’s College of Maine community, Jeff Moody, Chair of Board of Trustees, announced that Calais-native Joseph L. Cassidy, JD has been named the 15th President of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. 

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