1. 3 killed in Machias, Jonesboro shooting rampage

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Three people were killed and a fourth injured in a shooting rampage that took place at three locations in Machias and Jonesboro on the morning of Monday, Feb. 3. 

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  2. Woodland JHS Basketball Team

    Pictured is the Woodland JHS basketball team. Members include front l-r: Sheayn Ferreira, Ethan Coleman, Jaiden Wormell, Wyatt Cropley, and Lee Phelps. Back l-r: Coach Brad Richardson, James Noyes, Evan McArthur, Brogan Brown, Garrett Clark, and Gabe Cropley. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  3. Calais Regional Medical Services Welcomes James Eshleman, D.O.

     

    Calais Regional Medical Services is pleased to announce that Dr. James Eshleman has joined the Family Medicine office.   He will be seeing patients at the CRMS practice on a part-time basis 2-3 days per week.   Dr. Eshleman spent over four decades at his family practice office in Norway, Maine.  Following retirement he was able to spend more time at his vacation camp in West Grand Lake.   However, after three weeks he decided full retirement was not for him and reached out to Calais Regional Hospital to offer his services.   

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  4. Sewall Memorial Congregational Church

     

    Submitted by 

    Ann Montgomery

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  5. Pink Game At Calais High School

     

    The Calais Lady Blue Devils hosted the eighth annual Pink Zone game against the Woodland Lady Dragons on Wednesday, January 22, sponsored by Calais Regional Hospital to raise awareness about breast cancer. For this one evening, fans were asked to drop their team colors and unite together by wearing pink to the game. As in years past, the Pink Zone had additional Supporters: PCT Communications and V.L. Tammaro Oil Co. Breast Cancer Awareness information and promotional items were available at the game. 

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  6. Knights of Columbus Earn Fifth Place in Annual Tootsie Roll Drive

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    Natalie@calais.news

    Every year members of the Knights of Columbus Council #149 join together for the annual Tootsie Roll Drive. 

    Volunteers stand out in front of local businesses and other busy spots around town and offer Tootsie Rolls in exchange for donations. The donations go to people in Maine who live with mental or physical disabilities. 

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  7. Concerts Benefit Scholarships

    At a special dinner ceremony at the St. Croix Knights of Columbus Hall on Sunday night, Calais Celtic Concert Director Tom MacDonald presented a check for $1,000 to the officers of the council for their High School Scholarship Fund. Each year the Knights of Columbus give out high school scholarships to both Woodland and Calais High Schools. For the past few years the scholarships have been funded by the Calais Celtic Concert Series. Left to right: Grand Knight George McLaughlin accepting the check from Calais Celtic concerts Director Tom MacDonald. (Submitted photo)

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  8. Historic Stained-Glass Windows to be Removed from Closed Pleasant Point Church

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The 19 historic stained-glass windows at Pleasant Point’s St. Ann Church will be removed and placed in storage, according to a press release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.  The windows depict saints, along with Native American symbols and figures on some.

    An agreement for the removal and preservation of the windows was signed by Bishop Robert P. Deeley, of the Maine diocese, and tribal Chief Marla Dana.  

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  9. Cole Recognized for Time and Dedication to Community Youth

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Parks and Recreation Director Craig Morrison made the annual presentation of the Michael McPherson Award last Saturday.  The award, Morrison told those in attendance, began in 2000 and recognizes a community member who is a vital volunteer at the Calais Recreation Department. 

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  10. Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship

    The St. Croix Knights of Columbus Council #149 held its Free Throw Championship last Saturday.  This annual event is open to area boys and girls ages 9 to 14, and winners in each division now move on to the state championship.  

    All ten winners were named Council Champions of the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the state level. The St. Croix Council #149 in Calais sponsored the local competition at Calais Elementary School. All kids age 9 to 14 were eligible to participate.

    9-year-old champions

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  11. Bouncing Dragons Perform

    This large group of young athletes has had the winter at WES to practice basketball skills under the direction of Gena Maloney and Woodland High School athletes. They performed at a Dragon basketball game this past week. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  12. Princeton Elem. Spelling Bee

    On Friday, January 17, 2020, Princeton Elementary School held its annual spelling bee. It took nearly an hour and 24 rounds for seventh-grader, Rain Dee, to out spell eighth-grader, Erik Beane. Tristan Crowe, a sixth-grader, finished third. Front: Lucian McLean, Baylee Fields, Autumn Mann. Back: Rain Dee, Tristan Crowe, Mykalah Howard, Luis Mendoza and Erik Beane. (Submitted photo)

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  13. ITS Cheerleaders Host Fundraiser for Equipment

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news 

    The Indian Township cheerleading team is hosting a spaghetti dinner, auction and bake sale to fundraise for costs of travel to competitions, floor mats and other equipment. 

    The dinner will be on Sunday, February 3rd at the Tribal Youth Center in Princeton. 

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  14. Skills USA to Raise Money for State Competition

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon 

    When most think of education, the image that comes to mind is a group of students sitting in chairs at tables or desks listening to teachers at the front of the room as they instruct. For students at Calais, Shead and Woodland High Schools, this is not the only form of education they have the opportunity to enjoy thanks to the programs at the St. Croix Regional Technical Center.

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  15. Friends Team Up to Help Others Improve Physical and Mental Wellness

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Two women are promoting wholeness and wellness and have worked to create a stress-free zone, a place where one can be relieved of both physical and mental stress.  Located on lower Barker Street, Sarah Marsanskis brings her experience in deep tissue massage therapy, while Kevin Sample brings her experience in counseling with her practice RiverLight Counseling.

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  16. Treating Customers Like Family, Only Better, for 28 Years

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Clark Insurance Agency has been part of the community for nearly 30 years, and today, it is one of only two locally-owned insurance agencies in Calais.  Originally located on Germain Street, owners Harold and Dawn-Ann Clark have recently relocated their office just a few feet off Main Street.

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  17. National Honor Society Inducts Five New Members

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    On Wednesday night a small group of Calais High School students gathered in the school’s cafeteria with their friends, family, and school faculty to induct five new members into the National Honor Society.

    The National Honor Society is an extracurricular organization that focuses on service to the school and its community. Over the course of the year, the group works both independently and with other groups to help their communities when needs arise.

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  18. World’s Largest Jetliner Diverted to Bangor

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    On Monday, Jan. 13, the largest passenger plane in the world made an unscheduled stop at Bangor International Airport.  Officials said a medical emergency involving a passenger resulted in the landing.  

    The fire department used its aerial ladder to retrieve the passenger from the second level of the double-decker A380.

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  19. Downeast Wind TIF Hearing Draws Crowds to County Courthouse

     

    By Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Washington County Commissioner Chris Gardner opened a public hearing last week explaining what the hearing was — and was not — for.

    “I understand the large number of people in this room tonight is because there are some strong feelings on this subject. I want to make it clear that the commissioners are not the committee of jurisdiction for approving or disapproving this project,” said Gardner. “It’s approved or disapproved by the DEP and the LUPC.”

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  20. DAC Cheerleading Champions!

    Pictured is the Sumner Tiger Cheerleading squad that won the 2020 DAC Cheerleading Championship Saturday evening at Woodland High School. Members include front l-r: Manager Josie Temple, Madlyn Warren, Robin Faulkingham, Sage Soule, Nataly Battis, Ainsley Alley and Marissa Colby. Back l-r: Coach Jessica Snowdeal, Scarlet Capitano, Autumn Mowery, Abigail Bell, Captain Devin Moshier, Captain Rhiannon Alley, Emaly Rider, Emilee Hutchins, Skylar Soule, and Coach Monica Pettegrow. Good luck at Regionals! (Photo by John Rogers)

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  21. Pembroke's Dean Preston Promoted to Brigadier General

     

    Brig. Gen. Dean Preston was promoted from colonel to his current rank Jan. 5 in a 1 p.m. ceremony at the 240th Regional Training Institute in front of an audience of family, friends and National Guard members.

    In his new role as land component commander, Preston will be responsible for all training, manning and equipping of Maine Army National Guard forces and ensuring operational readiness requirements are properly met.

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  22. Congressional Candidate Dale Crafts Visits Calais

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    The honorable David Burns, former Republican State Senator for Maine’s 29th District, is endorsing Dale Crafts for the 2nd Congressional District.  

    Burns traveled with Crafts on Tuesday, Jan. 14th for meet and greet events at three different locations in Washington County:  Worcester Resources in Columbia, Helen’s Restaurant in Machias, and Wickachee Restaurant in Calais.  

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  23. Work Underway to Restore Salmon Population

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    In an effort to restore the population of Atlantic salmon, the removal of the old power plant in Meddybemps began phase one of a project by Downeast Salmon Federation.  Atlantic salmon are considered endangered in the U.S. by the federal government.

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  24. Indian Township Awarded School of the Year

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Indian Township School has been selected as the 2019 School of the Year by the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA).  

    The award comes after the school’s demonstrated commitment to creating authentic learning opportunities for its students and engaging them in food systems education.  Additionally noted was the school’s dedication to involving the community.

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  25. Washington Place Resident Celebrates 103rd Birthday

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For some, birthdays are just another cake and the addition of another candle on top. But for lifelong Calais resident Verna MacKechnie, this year marks a total of 103 candles on top of her cake.

    Verna was born in Calais area on January 9, 1917, and has made Calais her home ever since. In addition to raising a family, Verna held a number of jobs over the years and was always known for her hard work and got get ‘em work ethic.

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  26. DECH Welcomes the First Downeast Baby of 2020

     

    Down East Community Hospital welcomes its first baby of 2020!  Alison Furman, of Princeton, gave birth to Chase Alexander Furman at 9:14 a.m. on January 3.  Chase, who is cuddly and very sweet, weighed in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces.

    Alison was happy to be presented with the New Year’s baby basket that overflowed with gifts from Down East Community Hospital and area businesses.

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  27. Calais Food Pantry Donation

    The Immaculate Conception Church Faith Formation children, grades kindergarten through eighth, recently held a bake sale which raised $384.01. They donated the entire amount to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry in Calais.

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  28. Woodland Ice Skating Rink Open for the Season

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    The ice skating rink in Woodland is open for those who want to skate at their own risk.

    “Kids have been skating there. The big thing is ice and weather conditions permitting. With the weather fluctuating the way it is, it’s basically a day-to-day basis,” said Michael Boies, Parks and Recreation Director for the town of Baileyville. “Because it’s an outdoor rink, we’re at the mercy of the weather.” 

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  29. Calais Recreation JHS Basketball Team

    Pictured is the Calais Recreation JHS basketball team. Members include front l-r: Citaly Tinker, Avva Cassidy, Megan Mitchell, Brooklyn McCarthy, and Shayna Cook. Back l-r: Coach Nathan Farrar, Kayleigh Scott, Chloe Farrar, Brenna Critchley, Alexis Seavey, and Kate McPhee. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  30. What’s Next for Former Animal Control Officer?

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Those who are fortunate enough to know Ronda Cobb know her passion for helping animals.  A true animal lover by nature, Ronda and her husband Terry own Water’s Edge Farm in South Princeton.

    Water’s Edge Farm is home to a variety of animals.  Among them are horses, goats, ducks, chickens, and cows.  Ronda works full time on her farm, as well as a farrier and pet sitter.

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  31. Girl Scout Cookie Sales Have Begun

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Area Girl Scouts have begun their annual cookie sales campaign.  The girls are ready to demonstrate goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics--the “5 Skills" each Girl Scout learns through the cookie program.

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  32. Free Thin Line Offer for First Responders

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Many are familiar with the “thin blue line” and the “thin red line” references, said often in support of law enforcement and firefighters respectively.  One man honoring the thin blue and red lines, as well as all first responders and military personnel, is Robert Rice, of Pembroke, Massachusetts.

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  33. 105-Year-Old Says Secret to Longevity is to Follow Doctor’s Orders

     

    By Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Ruth Muller just celebrated her 105th birthday.  This likely makes her the oldest person in the City of Calais, possibly even in the state.  

    Born in Germany on January 3, 1915, Ms. Muller immigrated to the United States with her parents and two sisters through Ellis Island.  Like others at that time, her parents were in search of a better life for her family.  Ms. Muller was eight years old and did not speak a word of English.

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  34. Bald Eagles Dying from Lead Bullets – Without Having Been Shot

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Avian Haven (avianhaven.org), located in Freedom, Maine, is a rehabilitation center dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds to their natural roles in the wild.  Last week, the center admitted two bald eagles from two separate areas, each experiencing symptoms due to lead poisoning.  Unfortunately, one of the birds did not survive.

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  35. Getting Active in the New Year

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Common resolutions for the new year include losing weight, getting in better shape, and simply living a healthier lifestyle.  These goals don’t have to be difficult to attain, even after the season of sweets and merrymaking.  In Calais, there are many opportunities to accomplish these goals in 2020.

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  36. Remembrance Wreaths

     

    From Cassie Oakes town news column

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  37. WHS Alumni Game - Boys Team

    Pictured front l-r are members of the WHS varsity: Cyrus Sewell, Justin Overlock, Jaidyn Williams, Austin Murphy, Devon Wilder, Ian Howland, Chris Plissey, Ethan Monk, and Wyatt MacArthur. On the men’s alumni team back l-r: Todd Wormell, Chad James, Weston Kochendoerfer, Mark Seavey, Bill Smith, Chris Moreside, Sabre Phelps, Justin Worden, Bob Ferry Sr., Bobby Ferry Jr, John Kesel, and Frank Morrison. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  38. WHS Alumni Game - Girls Team

    Pictured front l-r are members of the WHS varsity: Emily Erskine, Joanna Korasadowicz, Summer Woodruff, Emily Curtis, Abby Walker, Alyssa Stevens, Emma Hiland, Nicole Cox, Amy Cox, Sierra Bryant, and Hannah Lockenwitz. Back l-r are Lady Dragon alumni players: Katie Erskine, Sadie Smith, Jennie Cox, Shawna Monk, Lauren Molton, Gena Maloney, Michealene Spencer, Phylicia Bonavida, Shaye Beers, Kaitlyn Leeman-Kenyon, Ann Dolan, Lauren Cook. (Photo by John Rogers)

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  39. COIG, Celtic Group Donates to Food Pantry

    Calais Celtic Concerts, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #149, collected $375 for the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry at its Dec. 21st Celtic Christmas show at Calais High School that featured Coig from Cape Breton, N.S.  At each of their stops, Coig donated food and money for food pantries and fuel assistance programs. At their Farmington concert, the fuel collection qualified for a $5,000 matching grant.

    Calais Celtic Concerts wishes to thank its loyal audience members and Coig for their generosity this Christmas season.

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  40. Princeton Gains New Animal Control Officer

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    On December 11th, the Town of Princeton made a public announcement on its Facebook page. The town needed an animal control officer immediately. While the search was going on, it was asked that any Princeton resident who was having an issue with a dog or cat call the town office.

    Shortly after, on December 17th, Stephen Seavey was voted Princeton’s new animal control officer.

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  41. First Responders, Road Crews Kept Busy with Friday’s Precipitation

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Jayna@calais.news

    Much of the state saw mixed precipitation last Friday, which consisted of rain, snow, and sleet, along with temperatures hovering around freezing.  Road conditions were extra slippery, with numerous motor vehicle accidents reported.

    In Calais, around 11 a.m., police responded to a single-vehicle accident on River Road.  

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  42. CHS National Honor Society Food Drive

    Over the first two weeks of December the Calais High School National Honor Society held a food drive at the school. The group collected over 900 nonperishable food items for the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry. The donation comes at a much needed time as families prepare for the Christmas holiday and food is needed. Pictured are Patrick Corbett, Ivy McLellan, Olivia Huckins, Emily Doten, and Libby Bitar. (Photo credit: Anne Scott, NHS Adviser)

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  43. Barbara’s International School of Dance Christmas Benefit Show

    Barbara’s International School of Dance recently held the Christmas Benefit Show at Calais High School. The proceeds were used to purchase the pictured toys and were donated to the Calais Elementary School to be distributed to children who would otherwise go without. This has been a tradition that has taken place every Christmas season for 56 years now. In the picture are José and Barbara Lara,  Sue Carter, Betsy Barnard and Felice Storey. (Submitted photo)

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  44. CHS Students Deliver Christmas

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    To so many, Christmas is a time to spend with loved ones and get the joy of seeing their expressions when they open that one special gift. For students at AMHC on Palmer Street in Calais, not all the students get to go home for the holidays. This is where the Calais High School Student Council and National Honor Society come in.

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  45. WHS NHS Spread Holiday Cheer

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Natalie@calais.news

    On Wednesday, December 18th, members of the National Honor Society from Woodland Jr-Sr High School spent time spreading holiday cheer.

    They started off their day by placing wreaths at Memorial Park, then baked cookies for the elderly in the area and delivered them all. 

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