9th Annual “Take Back The Night” Walk

 

By Natalie Boomer

Members of Charlotte County will march from the Border Arena to St. Stephen University on September 20th to raise awareness of sexual assault, violence, and harassment. 

The 9th Annual “Take Back The Night” Walk began as a public protest that was organized for women by women. This walk gave women a chance to unite and voice their concerns and their fears of violence and abuse. 

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Golden Hosts Congressional Hearing on Rural Broadband

 

By Sarah Craighead-Dedmon

As the first week of school came to a close, something unusual took place in Machias. Two U.S. congressmen sat behind microphones in a University of Maine at Machias classroom. A television camera focused on the congressmen, one of them swung a gavel, and so began a formal U.S. congressional field hearing.

The subject? Rural high-speed internet, or lack thereof.

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Some Customers in Baileyville to Receive Broadband Access this Week

Related Article Golden Hosts Congressional Hearing on Rural Broadband

By Sarah Craighead-Dedmon

Some addresses in Baileyville have only days, not weeks, to wait for high-speed internet access, said Downeast Broadband Utility board member Chris Loughlin. 

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Downeast Credit Union Receives 2019 Best Places to Work in Maine Designation

 

Downeast Credit Union is pleased to have achieved recognition as one of Maine’s Best Places to Work for 2019. 

For the third year in a row, DECU is proud to have been selected as a premier place to work in Maine! This year, DECU is one of 48 employers to be honored in the mid-sized business category (50-249 employees), and one of 100 total organizations to be recognized across the state. Last year, DECU ranked 3rd overall in the mid-sized category and awaits their 2019 ranking which will be announced on October 2.

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New Recreational Courts for the Town of Woodland

 

By Natalie Boomer

The Woodland Recreation Department has had a very busy summer. The municipal courts across from the Woodland Jr-Sr High School have been completely transformed. 

“It used to be old courts with big cracks in them, foot-wide cracks,” said Michael Boise, Park and Recreation Director for the town of Baileyville. 

With the last renovations to the courts being in the 1970s, the area needed lots of work.

“The hot top had to be taken out. It was just bare ground. The fencing had to be all redone,” said Boise.

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Washington County Children’s Chorus Begins New Season

 

By Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Under the direction of music educator Christine Guy, the Washington County Children’s Chorus has resumed rehearsals for its 25th season. 

Students from all over Washington County are invited to participate in the group, which rehearses each Sunday afternoon from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in Machias at Centre Street Congregational Church.

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Premier Higgs Shares Economic Vision for N.B.

 

By Jayna Smith

On Friday, September 20th, the St. Stephen Area Chamber of Commerce hosted breakfast with Premier Blaine Higgs, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick, and his caucus.  

The event, held at the Garcelon Civic Center, began with Premier  Higgs expressing condolences on the recent passing of the Hon. Greg Thompson.  Thompson served six terms as a Member of Parliament until his retirement in 2010. Thompson passed on September 10th.  

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Over 100 Runners Compete in Cross Country Meet in Woodland

 

By Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

148 runners participated at the cross country meet at Woodland Jr-Sr High School on Wednesday the 17th. Five teams from the Eastern Washington County Elementary and Jr High Cross Country League took part in the meet.

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Kitten Killed by Dog-at-Large, Charges Pending for Owner

 

By Jayna Smith

Last week, the family kitten of Baileyville resident Sherri Neddeau was viciously killed by a dog-at-large.  According to Neddeau, the 19-week old kitten named Taz was underneath the porch of her home when the dog went under after it.  

Neddeau took to social media to find out who owned the dog.  It did not take long for her post to receive over 250 comments, many of which offered condolences on the loss of Taz, while others were opinions on what should happen to the dog and/or its owner(s).  

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WES Teacher Finds Sponsors to Donate Books to Students

 

By Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

Gena Maloney, a 4th-grade teacher at Woodland Elementary School, made it possible for every child in the school to receive a book each month during the school year last year. This year she would like to do the same. 

Scholastic Book Clubs offer a book each month for students for $1, or $9 for a book each month for the entire school year.

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