1. Clean Up of Parks a Priority for Public Works

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Last week, The Calais Advertiser received a photo from a concerned reader.  The photo, which the reader said was a recent one, showed debris dumped on the waterfront walkway.  The trash included an automobile tire and a tricycle. 

     As a result of the photo, The Calais Advertiser followed up with City Manager Mike Ellis. Ellis received an update from the city’s public works department about the area where the trash was found.  He assures residents that areas such as this one will be cleaned up soon.

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  2. Class Trip Donation with a Catch—Students Must Volunteer in Return

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Eighth graders from Calais Middle/High School will soon be going on their end-of-year class trip.  The fun trip is a tradition at CMHS and requires a lot of effort in planning from both the students and the parents.

    Fundraising began at the beginning of the school year.  From raffles of various sorts to the sale of Christmas wreaths, among other things, raising the funds necessary for the three-day trip to Massachusetts takes the work of many.

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  3. Pembroke Crash Claims Life of One, Sends Another to Hospital

     

    By Jayna Smith

    A single-vehicle accident last Wednesday morning, May 1st, claimed the life of an Edmunds man and sent another to the hospital.  The accident occurred at approximately 9:45 a.m. on Route 214 in Pembroke, about a mile and a half from the intersection of Route 1. 

     Stephen McCausland, spokesperson for the Maine State Police, said 35-year-old Michael Kilby of Edmunds was driving a 2008 Chevrolet K3500 pickup truck, towing a trailer with a load of scrap.  The truck lost control and went off the road, striking a tree. 

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    • Perry Couple with Two Young Children Loses Everything in Fire
    • Perry Couple with Two Young Children Loses Everything in Fire

    Perry Couple with Two Young Children Loses Everything in Fire

     

    By Jayna Smith

    A fire at 848 South Meadow Road in Perry last Tuesday resulted in the total loss of a home and “at least two vehicles,” Perry Fire Chief Paula Frost said.

    Frost said the fire was started in the garage where the homeowner was working on a vehicle.  It is believed that a spark went into some combustibles, causing them to ignite.

    By her count, Frost said, there were 16 “apparatuses pumping and bringing water” to the scene, along with 40 firefighters.    

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  4. Pembroke Accident Update

    Troopers said the large pickup truck overturned and struck a tree.   Both men were not wearing seat belts and they were hauling a load of scrap metal on the trailer.  The crash took place about a mile and a half from the Route 1 intersection.

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  5. Richard Auletta of Calais Has Collected Over 300,000 Books

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  6. Calais Woman Off to Ms. World Competition

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Pageants mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people; for some, it is a fun, exciting adventure and others it’s not something they want to have anything to do with. For Sherry Sivret, pageants have been something she has been participating in since high school and something she has found to be a meaningful part of her life. “It pushes me out of my comfort zone and pushes me to be a better person,” Sherry said.

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  7. Woodland Student Accepted into Princeton University

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    A student from Woodland Jr-Sr High School has been accepted into Princeton University. Senior Charles Newman will be a part of Princeton University’s Class of 2023. “I will be following a pre-health track, but haven’t decided on a major yet. Current major prospects are applied mathematics, computer science, economics, and operations research and financial engineering,” said Newman. 

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  8. Good Friday Passamaquoddy Tradition

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  9. CHS Hunger Games Helps Curb Hunger

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For seven years the students at Calais High School have made it their mission to raise awareness about food insecurity in Washington County and have sought to support the food pantry in feeding families. 

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  10. Calais PD Reminds People of Drop-Off Box for Unused Prescriptions

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Many understand that keeping unused or expired prescription medications that are no longer being used is a safety issue.  Accidental poisoning, misuse and even overdose can result when these medications get into the wrong hands. 

     Last Saturday was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  According to its website (www.takebackday.dea.gov), the day addresses an important public safety and public health issue. 

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  11. Community Support of St. Croix No. 1 Fire House Continues

     

    By Jayna Smith

    It’s been 16 years since a small group of dedicated folks joined together to bring life back into St. Croix No. 1 Fire House, all in an effort to preserve the building’s rich history.  Through hundreds of fundraisers, including bake sales and raffles; thousands of dollars in donations from area merchants; many grants written; and too many hours to count put in by volunteers; the major project of restoring the fire house--built in 1874--is near completion of phase one.

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  12. Future Uncertain for Former Chinese Restaurant Building

     

    By Jayna Smith

    After our story regarding the health inspector’s findings at Chen Garden was first published in the April 18, 2019 edition, we received many comments regarding concerns with the other Chinese restaurant in town.  We made several attempts to obtain copies of and information from inspections of that location but received no response from Emily Spencer, Public Information Officer of Maine’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or from Lisa Silva, Program Manager of that state department.

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  13. Fire Sends Two Firefighters to Hospital, Causes Substantial Damage

    Full video coverage of the fire can be viewed on our Facebook page at facebook.com/TheCalaisAdvertiser. Scroll down to April 27. (Photo by Wendy Little)

    By Jayna Smith

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  14. Sister Publication, Machias Valley News Observer Awarded 2019 Business of the Year Award

     

    The Machias Valley News Observer was honored with the 2019 Business of the Year Award at the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce Auction and Dinner held Friday, April 26. Angela Fochesato of Healthy Acadia announced the award.

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  15. The Left’s Strange Morality and The Problem of Scientism

     

    By Karl Notturno

    Even in a time of unbounded technology, feel-good utilitarianism has its limits.

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  16. Fire at 38 North Street in Calais

     

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  17. City to Put Leash on Irresponsible Dog Owners

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Calais Cemetery is a popular location for folks to get a brisk walk in for exercise. It’s also common for dog owners to bring their four-legged friends along. 

    Signs at the cemetery instruct visitors to “keep dogs on a leash” and “scoop the poop,” but at last week’s council meeting, City Manager Mike Ellis said these notices are not being followed by everyone. 

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  18. Council Looks at City Wide Improvements

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    As spring seems to have finally arrived, the City of Calais Council is starting to look at improvements that can be done around town to help Calais grow and become a better place for citizens and visitors alike. 

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  19. Resistant Fungus Infection Sparks Concerns at the CDC

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

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  20. St. Stephen Kiwanis Trade Show Set to Host Over 60 Vendors

     

    By Jayna Smith

    The Garcelon Civic Center in St. Stephen will again be the setting for the annual Kiwanis Trade Show.  The event, now in its sixth year, takes place the first weekend of May, this year, Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th.

     As indicative in its title—St. Stephen Kiwanis Trade Show—the event is a major fundraiser for the local Kiwanis.  Vending fees go straight to the organization, directly impacting the club’s ability to fund youth activities in the St. Stephen area.  

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  21. Annual Amphibian Walk at Moosehorn

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    This Saturday the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting their Annual Amphibian Walk. The walk will begin at 8 p.m. and last until about 10 p.m. Frederick Gralenski, a group member and longtime friend of the Moosehorn, will be guiding the walk along with Ray Brown of the Refuge. 

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  22. Calais Girls Serve as Honorary Pages in Maine Senate

     

    Maggie and Bailey O’Rourke of Calais served as honorary pages in the Maine Senate on Tuesday, April 16. During their visit they met their state senator, Marianne Moore (R-Washington), and participated in Scout Day at the State House. The girls were accompanied by Cheryl Ingersoll and Chrissy O’Rourke.

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  23. Progress Being Realized with Downeast Broadband Utility

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Downeast Broadband Utility has been actively moving forward to bring high-speed broadband internet to businesses and households in Calais and Baileyville. 

     In recent weeks, the cable placer vehicle has been seen in Calais, and blue markers have been placed on some poles, an indication that fiber is on those poles. 

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  24. Community Rallies to Support Local Family

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    On May 4 the East Range II School in Topsfield will host a Benefit Spaghetti Supper and Chinese Auction for a brave little girl and her family who are having a tough time. The benefit is for four-year-old Pheobe Lloyd who is battling a medical condition. Pheobe will require several hospital trips, surgery and hospital stays while she fights to get better. 

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  25. Downtown’s Home to New Hydroponic Grow Facility

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Many do not have the time, space, or know-how required to grow their own fruits and vegetables.  For them, tasting fresh produce harvested only hours before is a rare experience.  

    Within the next couple of weeks, however, people will be able to purchase fresh, locally grown produce right from downtown Calais at 283 Main Street, the former location of the candy store.  This is thanks to the knowledge of Mike Lawson, owner of Wicked Green Farm.  What’s more, Lawson’s fresh produce will be available year-round.  

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  26. Dunkin’ Donuts Hosts Easter Egg Hunt

     

    By Natalie Boomer

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  27. Woodland Jr/Sr High School Hosts College Night

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    Last Wednesday, the Woodland Jr/Sr High School hosted a college night for the seniors who had questions about their upcoming days as college freshmen. Student teacher Josie Wallace, teacher Carl Ripley, and Mike Boies were there to discuss college life to the students as well as to their parents. 

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  28. Historical Society Releases New Book

     

    By Jayna Smith

    A new book is available highlighting the 100th year celebration of Calais. 

     In the book Calais Centennial:  July 31st, 1909, compiled by the St. Croix Historical Society, readers will enjoy viewing over 80 photographs from the era and of the event itself.  Also included are articles from the time period that were originally published in The Calais Advertiser. 

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  29. Popular Weed Killer Harms Bees

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    The popular weed killer known as Roundup may be harming the honey bee population. Glyphosate is a herbicide and the active ingredient in Roundup. This can cause bees to be more susceptible to infection or even death. This is the same chemical accused of causing cancer in humans.

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  30. Calais Elementary Celebrates 35,000 Reading Minutes

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    On Friday morning, the Calais Elementary School held its annual Readathon parade and award ceremony. The Readathon is a fundraiser that raises money for educational assemblies for the students. 

    “The Readathon is the only fundraiser the PTO does. The kids are encouraged, for two weeks, to record all of their minutes reading and ask for pledges. We have all kinds of goals set in function of that,” said Margo Puma of the PTO.

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  31. Alumni Game Supports Graduating Student

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    As the end of the school year winds down and graduating senior start to look at what will come after high school, one thing they have to consider is how they are going to pay for any education that follows. For many that planning includes the help of scholarships they receive in high school. 

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  32. Four Locals Arrested in MA for Illegal Possession of Elvers, Drugs

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Four local residents were arrested for illegally harvesting eels in Wareham, Massachusetts Saturday night, April 6th.  They also drew additional charges for possessing crack and heroin, as well as for having ammunition for a .45 caliber handgun without proper licensing, according to Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) spokesperson Katie Gronendyke.

     Gronendyke said the vehicle the group was in was spotted in an area known for the illegal harvesting of elvers that night around 11:30 p.m.   

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  33. Should We Be Concerned with the City’s Deer Population?

     

    By Jayna Smith

    A trip around Calais on just about any given day will likely lead to deer sightings.  They can be seen in backyards, behind stores, in fields, and sometimes, roaming the streets.

     It may appear to some that Calais has a considerable number of deer within city limits.  With destruction of gardens, motor vehicle accidents, and ticks and Lyme disease, it does raise the question—should we be concerned about the deer population in Calais? 

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  34. Restaurant Not Reopening After Failed Inspection

     

    By Jayna Smith

    On Thursday, March 7th, Chen Family Garden Restaurant was ordered closed by a state public health inspector until further notice.  According to Emily Spencer, Public Information Officer of Maine’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an “imminent health hazard” (IHH) was found.

    The public health inspector who served the IHH notice indicated on the form that the health hazard was “rodents on premise and unable to operate in a sanitary manner.”

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  35. Second Baptist Church Hosts Free Easter Dinner

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    The Second Baptist Church in Calais held an early Easter dinner on the 13th. The dinner was free for all who attended. The dinner was hosted by members of the church and by Grampie Bill’s Place. 

    “We welcome everybody and anyone to please come. Both sides of the border, or wherever you’re from,” said Bill Gibson of the church. “We hope and pray everybody comes.” 

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  36. Home Destroyed by Fire, Baileyville Family With an Autistic Son Struggle to Recover

     

    On April 4th, a family in Baileyville suffered the loss of their home and nearly all of their belongings.  The home, at 648 Houlton Road, was occupied by residents Brian Seavey, Tasha Jordan, and their children Joshua, age 13, and Conor, age 12, who has autism.  They did not have fire insurance.  

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  37. Autism Awareness at Woodland Jr./Sr. High

     

    Staff at Woodland Jr./Sr. High School recognized Autism Awareness Month last week by wearing shirts with the quote "In a world where you can be anything, be kind," a good reminder to live by every day. 

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  38. Cub Scouts Aim to Earn Badge for Attending Art Exhibit

     

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  39. Princeton Childcare Hosts Art Auction

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    Lots of Tots Child Care in Princeton is hosting an online art auction. All of the proceeds of the auction will go to Nick Gagner and his family to help with his battle against kidney disease. Each child at Lots of Tots will create two paintings to auction off on the Facebook event page. 

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  40. Maine Country Music Hall of Fame Inducts Jane Brooks

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    The Maine Country Music Hall of Fame will induct Jane Brooks and five others on May 19th. 

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  41. Eastport Arts Center High School Jazz Night

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Eastport Arts Center welcomed over 30 talented jazz musicians last week for its annual High School Jazz Night.  The concert showcased bands from Calais Middle/High School, Washington Academy, and Shead High School.

    The evening allowed for each band to perform in front of a packed house, including in front of the peers from the other schools.  None of the bands disappointed, impressing the audience with their great sounding performances.

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  42. Baileyville Home a Complete Loss After Fire

     

    By Jayna Smith

    A structure fire last Thursday, April 4th, resulted in a complete loss of the home of Brian Seavey and family.  The fire was at 648 Houlton Road in Baileyville, across from the garage of VL Tammaro.

    According to Baileyville Fire Chief John McPhee, his department was called out at about 2:20 p.m.  He said, “The house is still standing, but is a complete loss.” Chief McPhee said the windy conditions that day made things even more difficult for the firefighters.

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  43. Bill Will End Use of Indigenous Mascots in Public Schools

     

    By Jayna Smith

    Maine could soon be the first state in the nation to make it illegal for public schools to use Native American mascots.

    School Administrative District 54, which includes Skowhegan, recently voted 14-9 to stop its use of the “Indian” nickname and mascot for all schools in the district.  This came after a year-long debate over the use of the name for the Skowhegan Area High School teams.

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  44. Three US Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Last Week

     

    CNN reported that three US service members were killed by an improvised explosive device near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday, April 8th, according to the US military. Three other US service members were wounded.

    The Taliban claimed credit for the attack, which involved a car bomb targeting a US military convoy near one of America's largest military facilities in Afghanistan.

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