1. Historic McGlashan-Nickerson House Still Offered for Lease

     

    Historic Contractor:  Well within the realms of being saved

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Once considered for demolition by the National Park Service, the historic McGlashan-Nickerson House in Calais is still being offered for long-term lease of up to 60 years on favorable terms to someone who would rehabilitate and preserve it.

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  2. Freedom Studies - Cancel Culture Karma

     

    By Jonathan Reisman

    As a long-time supporter of the First Amendment and the value of free and open inquiry, leftists cancel culture efforts to silence, deplatform, censor and otherwise stifle speakers and viewpoints they disagree with has angered and repelled me. As a young professor, I naively believed the academy shared those sentiments, but I have been disabused of that notion over the last 20 years.

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  3. Operation Home Front For School Supplies

     

    The Calais American Legion and the Calais Dollar Tree are once again supporting “Operation Home Front For School Supplies!” The Calais American Legion is also continuing “Project Backpacks.” We are accepting donations for this project. Pictured are Sarah Bayliss, Manager at Calais Dollar Tree and Michael McLean. (Submitted photo)

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  4. Eastport Resident Appointed to State Aeronautical Advisory Board

     

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  5. Dennysville Church News

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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  6. Downeast Storm Baseball

     

    Tony Dana beats the throw to home during Downeast Storm’s win over Hermon on Sunday. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  7. Pembroke Historical Society 4th of July

     

    Submitted by Stephen Sanfilippo

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  8. Music on the Green Returns

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    Summers for over ten years have meant that on Tuesday nights there would be music coming from the Triangle Park on Main Street. Music on the Green has  been a source of enjoyment and community every summer providing a little bit of something for everyone in terms of music. 

    This summer the restrictions for COVID-19 left the concert series up in the air. In late June it was announced that the concerts would continue following social distancing guidelines by asking attendees to maintain six feet between each group. 

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  9. Popular Lioness Super Draw to be Held in September

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    With the cancelation of International Homecoming Festival, it also meant the cancelation of the Calais Lioness Club’s largest fundraiser--well, almost.

    Super Draw has been held for several years during the festival and draws many to the street fair to purchase tickets on nearly 100 different items, all donated by local businesses and individuals in support of the Lioness.  

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  10. Pembroke 4th of July Festivities

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

    Pembroke proved that there could be a parade on the 4th, despite the present limitations of the times!!  They did a great job!!  No bands and no candy throwing, but fire trucks from Charlotte, Dennysville, Meddybemps, and, of course, Pembroke blew their horns and had lots of waving and cheery faces!  There were several floats and some old vehicles AND the Shriners’ little cars!!  My favorite float was one driven by Fred and Linda Gralenski for the Pembroke Library!

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  11. Downeast Storm Baseball

    Downeast Storm’s number 15 Jacob Cook beats the throw at first base.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  12. 4th of July Art Display

    Area kids helped decorate the downtown area with festive July Fourth-themed works of art.  The display was placed at Triangle Park for all to see over the weekend, with all participants entered into a chance for a cash prize donated by FA Peabody. (Photos by Jayna Smith)

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  13. Kayak or Canoe at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Did you know that you can kayak or canoe on the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge?

    Bearce Lake and Vose Pond are both bodies of water that are used for water recreation.

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  14. Freedom Studies - Imagine a Revolution

    In late March as the corona lockdowns and legislative abdications to “science” directed Democratic anti-Trump governors commenced, “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot organized a group of international left-wing celebrities to sing a socially-distanced cover of John Lennon’s 1971 “Imagine.” In Lennon’s socialist dream, utopian religion, countries, borders, war, private property, capitalism, greed, and hunger would all disappear.

    Imagine

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  15. 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.

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  16. 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.  

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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)

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  19. 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. 

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  20. 2nd CD, RCV and Me

     

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  21. Downeast Storm Baseball

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

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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.

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  24. 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)

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  25. Princeton Annual Report Dedicated to Doreen Wallace

     

    Submitted by Sandra Smith

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  26. 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)

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  27. 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.

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  28. 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. 

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  29. 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.  

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  30. 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.

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  31. 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.  

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  32. 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. 

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  33. 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 

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  34. 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.

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  35. 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. 

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  36. 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. 

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  37. 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

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  38. 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.

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  39. 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)

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  40. 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.  

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  41. 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.

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  42. 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!

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  43. 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. 

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  44. Flag Retirement in Alexander

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

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  45. Princeton Elementary Graduation

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

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