1. Local High School Softball Preview

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    High school softball teams are back on the diamond after the Maine Principals’ Association canceled the season in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic last year.  Teams at Calais, Woodland, and Shead Memorial High Schools have been practicing for nearly a month in anticipation of this year’s regular season.

    Calais High School

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  2. Local High School Baseball Preview

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The coronavirus forced the cancelation of the 2020 baseball season, but after 21 long months, the area high school coaches and players are preparing for a full season.

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  3. CHS Senior Volleyball Recognition

     

    Senior recognition took place at the last regular season games of Calais High School’s volleyball teams, with family members presenting each senior with flowers, a stuffed animal, and a balloon.  Seniors are pictured with their parents and include (l to r) Alexis Polches, Haley Ann Way, Elaine Perkins, Carlotta Cavazzini, Hannah Gadway, Alyssa Johnson, and Elizabeth Trainor.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  4. Calais Little League Prepares to Play Ball this Summer

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Plans are underway for Opening Day 2021 of Calais Little League.  Those guidelines that all have come to expect will be in place, including mask wearing by all.  

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  5. Grange Celebrates 154 Years of Community Impact

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    April is Grange Month, with National Grange now celebrating its 154th year.  Founded in 1867, Grange was a way to bring farmers together and provide support on a national level.  Today, members do not have to be farmers to be part of Grange. 

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  6. Autism Awareness Month: Highlighting Understanding and Acceptance

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2016 data, with 1 in 34 boys identified with autism and 1 in 144 girls identified with autism.  The CDC defines autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder: ASD) as “…a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.”

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  7. Fiddlehead Season is Upon Us

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Fiddleheads, the young coiled fronds of the ostrich fern, are a springtime delicacy in Maine and New Brunswick, and in other Northeastern states and Maritime provinces.  According to University of Maine Cooperative Extension, nearly all ferns have fiddleheads, but not all fiddleheads are edible.  

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  8. Perry Fire Chief Paula Frost Retires After Many Years of Service

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    On Tuesday, April 6th Paula Frost stepped down from her position as Chief of the Perry Volunteer Fire Department.

    After leading the department as chief for the past 25 years, she has decided to hang up her airpack for the last time.

    “I joined the Perry Fire Department in 1988,” said Frost. “In the early days, women were not allowed to be on some departments. I was always interested in a challenge.” 

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  9. Dead River Bike Drawing Winner

     

    Parker Cole, pictured center with his dad Toby and Dead River Branch Manager Stacy Crosby, shows off the bike he recently won from Dead River.  As part of the Calais Community Easter Egg Hunt, not only could kids grab a treat-filled egg from the oil company, each could also sign up to win a chance at a new bike.  (Dead River photo)

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  10. Rare Bird Sighting in Washington County

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    A rare bird has been sighted right here in Washington County by a few locals. 

    Sandhill cranes have been spotted multiple times in the past month. 

    Although they have not been seen on the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge yet, rangers and other employees hope to see some soon. 

    “I have never seen sandhill cranes on the refuge, and neither has any current refuge employee,” said Refuge Wildlife Biologist, Ray Brown. 

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  11. Random Observations

     

    Jon Reisman

    • The ice went out on Cathance Lake on April 1st, two to three weeks before “normal.” Clearly, a sign of the climate change apocalypse that Governor Mills and her fellow climate alarmists have been mewling about and demanding we stop using fossil fuels (only the basis of our civilization). The carbon warming apocalypse has so far meant earlier planting times, a longer growing season, record crop outputs (carbon dioxide is also known as plant food) and steady employment for climate alarmists. It must be stopped.

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  12. Woodland High School Volleyball - DAC Champions!

     

    Congratulations to Woodland High School's volleyball team, DAC Champions!  They ended their regular season with a record of 10-2.  Team members include (front, l to r) Courtney Leighton, Emily McArthur, Belle Moody, Emily Curtis, Maya Gallant, Emily Erskine, (back, l to r) Coach Michelle Ripley, Aaliyah Dana, Jaz Bohanon, Myra Miller, Kris Curtis, Jayden O'Neill, Chey Hobbs, and Asst. Coach Michealene Spencer.  (Photo by John Rogers)

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  13. Calais Junior High Volleyball

     

    The Calais Junior High volleyball team ended their season last week, with eighth graders being recognized.  Pictured are Coach Mayez Travis, Kate McPhee, Kayleigh Scott, Lexie Seavey, Casey McLellan, Avva Cassidy, Cameron Dubay, and Coach Peighton Ahlberg.  (Submitted photo)

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  14. Get Your Ribbon Fries Fix, Little Red Snack Shack Set to Reopen in Calais

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    In a typical Maine summer, food vendors travel all over the state to feed those hungry fair and festival goers.  Last year’s plans, however, were rerouted due to pandemic cancellations, and for those events not yet cancelled this year, there is still great uncertainty.  

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  15. Calais IGA and Calais America Legion Easter Food Basket Winner!

     

    Calais American Legion and IGA Easter Food Basket winner was Wayne Polk. Pictured, left to right, are Amy Craft, David Pike and Michael McLean. (Photo submitted by Michael McLean)

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  16. Hair I Am is Back

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Most are familiar with the former Hair I Am hair salon owned by Cindy Wartman.  Now, it’s back, but in a new location and some additional stylists and services.

    Wartman explained that since the building on the corner of Main and Monroe Streets sold, the location where she worked at Mercier’s, she decided to transform the former candy store next door into a new, welcoming space for Hair I Am.  

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  17. Inconvenient Questions and Politically Incorrect Answers

     

    Jon Reisman

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  18. Calais Skatepark Committee Creates Memorial Scholarship

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    For about 20 years, Calais Skate Park has been a fixture in town, seeing changes in popularity and use over the two decades. One thing that hasn’t changed is the dedication and devotion of the charter members and advisor Randy McCormick. The labor of love project began in the labs, classrooms, and hearts at Calais High School with a dedicated group of students and a supportive teacher designing and bringing the project from the drawing board to a physical manifestation. 

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  19. McDonald’s Construction Begins

     

    The only reminder of what was are the golden arches that were left standing after McDonald's at 191 North Street, constructed in 1973, was demolished on Monday.  A new McDonald's building will soon be erected, with completion anticipated for August.  (Photo by Pierre Little)

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  20. EGGcellent Day for All at the Calais Community Easter Egg Hunt

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Hundreds of kids from the greater-Calais area came out Saturday morning in pursuit of treat-filled Easter eggs.  About 75 residences and nearly 20 businesses and organizations participated by placing plastic-filled eggs around their homes, their businesses, their churches, or at parks.

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  21. Internet Outage? Not For Many in Calais and Baileyville

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    All Spectrum customers were without internet and tv service for part of the evening on Monday.  An outage occurred that lasted approximately three hours. Spectrum reported that the outage occurred to its customers nationwide as a result of two separate fiber breaks in its network.

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  22. Calais Children’s Librarian Brainstorms New COVID-Safe Activities for Kids

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    New children’s librarian Skye Green and director Joyce Garland have been hard at work thinking of new ways to get kids involved in activities at Calais Free Library, all while keeping them safe and healthy throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  23. News from Woodland Parks & Recreation

     

    Director Ryan Lincoln 

    Now accepting registrations for the spring baseball/softball programs.  T-Ball (ages 5-6, at least in kindergarten), Thursdays; Minor League (ages 7-8), Tuesdays/Thursdays; Little League (ages 9-12), throughout the week.  Get signed up today!  baileyvilleme.myrec.com

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  24. CHS Student to Serve as PR Coordinator on State National Honor Society Board

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais High School’s Cassidy Carr, a junior, was inducted into the school’s chapter of National Honor Society (NHS) earlier this year.  Now, Cassidy has been chosen to serve at the state level as Public Relations Coordinator of National Honor Society of Maine.

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  25. WHS Student Earns Seat on State National Honor Society Board

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A student at Woodland High School has been elected to the Maine National Honor Society executive board as its secretary.  That student, junior Sierra Bryant, was chosen at the state convention on Tuesday, March 16.

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  26. Filibusters and April Fool’s Folly

     

    Jon Reisman

    “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely”- Lord Acton

    “Power is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac”- Henry Kissinger

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  27. Pratt Donation to Annual Cobscook Bay Races Benefits Down East Hospice

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last week, Ian Pratt, of Pratt Family Dealership, presented a $500 donation to Barbara Barnett, Director of Volunteer Services at Down East Hospice Volunteers (DEHV).  The donation is for sponsorship of the Cobscook Bay Races - Challenge 2021.

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  28. Saint Kateri Parish Passion Journey

     

    On Palm Sunday,  March 28 at 2 p.m. men, women and children from Saint Kateri Parish met to re-enact our Lord’s ultimate sacrifice on Good Friday. (Photo by Pierre Little)

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  29. McDonald’s Construction to Start April 5

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    Almost a year after construction was initially set to begin, the McDonald’s in Calais has a definite date for the demolition of the current restaurant. Back in November 2019, the Calais Planning Board heard a proposal about the plans to demolish the current building and start construction on a new one, which they approved for an estimated construction date of April 2020. With restrictions due to COVID-19, construction was delayed with no new start date planned. 

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  30. Crumbs Set to Reopen this Week

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The popular eatery Crumbs is set to reopen at a new location, with a new look, and with a slight change to its name.  Crumbs Cafe & Bake Shoppe is now officially Crumbs Cafe & Coffee Bar and has moved to the other end of downtown, to 405 Main Street, right across from the triangle park.  The cafe will reopen at 7 a.m. on Thursday, April 1.

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  31. Downeast Athletic Conference All-Stars 2021

     

    Girls’ Basketball

    Player of the Year - Sophia McVicar, Calais High School

    Coach of the Year - Eric Beal, Narraguagus High School

    Sportsmanship - Calais High School

    DAC Champions - Calais High School

    All Stars:

    Calais - Nedra Bassett, Sophia McVicar, Sage Phillips

    Woodland - Emily Curtis, Brooke Smith

    Shead - Ryleigh Andrews

    Machias - Jaydin Anderson, Kristen Grant, Skyler Tinker

    Narraguagus - McKensi Mills, Laney Oliver, Anna Strout

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  32. “TikTok's Sea Shanties ZOOM into Maine” What Are Chanteys and Why Do They Matter?

     

    Featuring Two Long-Time Outstanding Sea Music Scholars & Performers: Bob Madison, formerly of U. S. Naval Academy 

    & Mystic Seaport and Jerry Bryant, sea music performer extraordinaire

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  33. Cheer Coach Reflects on Successful Season Despite Pandemic Challenges

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    With the pandemic impacting sports across the nation, cheerleading was no exception.  At Calais High School, the squad was missed on the sidelines during this year’s basketball season, but with many rules in place, the group was able to take part in competitions – virtual competitions, that is.

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  34. Downeast Coastal Conservancy Chosen as Host Site for The Big Night to Help with Amphibian Migration

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Downeast Coastal Conservancy has been chosen as a host site for The Big Night. 

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  35. CHS Receives Donation from First Hoop

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Even though area high schools had to hold basketball games without any fans present, First National Bank kept its First Hoop campaign alive for another season.  Last week, the Calais branch made a donation of $2,500 to Calais High School for the school’s athletics program.

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  36. Charts and Tables Across My Desk

     

    Jon Reisman

    I get quite a bit of information and political agitprop across my desk. 

    Pictures Speak a 1000 words

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  37. The Border Closure: One Year Later and No Plans for Reopening

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    March 20 marked one year since the closure of the U.S./Canada border in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and the order has been extended every month since.  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested in a news conference last week a reopening date is not in sight.

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  38. First Tribal Member Appointed to Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    For the first time in its history, a Wabanaki tribal member fills a seat on the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) Board of Trustees.  Matthew Dana, a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, was nominated by Indian Township Chief William Nicholas.  

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  39. Local Boys Selected to Former NE Patriot Matt Light’s Leadership Camp

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Four local boys have been chosen to attend Camp Vohokase, a summer camp established as part of three-time Super Bowl Champion Matt Light’s The Light Foundation.  Those boys, all eighth graders at Indian Township School, are Xavier Newell, Isaiah Nicholas, Dalton Neptune, and Daniel LaCoote.

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  40. Free Craft-along Series Teaches Collage

     

    Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program, which launched a video series in October, continues with ‘Craft-along: Collage a Scene,’ set for a March 19 release. KinderArts video instructor Nia Aretakis will demonstrate a technique for creating a landscape collage scene using basic materials: fabric scraps, patterned paper, tissue paper and craft glue. Free materials kits available from EAC include sufficient supplies for the participant to both follow along with Nia’s instruction.

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  41. Local Knights of Columbus Donate Funds from their Tootsie Roll Drive

     

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  42. Calais American Legion News

     

    Michael McLean

    454-3435

    The Calais American Legion Support Fund St. Patrick’s Day Food Basket was won by Jim Meyers. 2nd drawing: Beth Lane 3rd drawing Amy Smith.

     The next drawing will be the Easter Food Basket with ham and a $50 gift card. Also two drawings for a $25 gift card. $10 per entry. Drawing takes place on April 2 at noon.

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  43. High School Volleyball Back in Action

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Typically a fall sport for local high schools, volleyball was cut on Sept. 1 by the state’s health, education, and athletic leaders.  This decision came out of concerns of the indoor sport causing an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission, leaving volleyball sidelined until later in the school year.  

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  44. Three Compete for Two Open Seats on Baileyville School Board

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Polls will be open at the Baileyville Town Office, 63 Broadway Street, for the town’s municipal election this Monday, March 22.  Voters will cast their ballots in the fire department bay from 12 to 6 p.m.  

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  45. Maine Indian Education Welcomes New Superintendent

     

    Maine Indian Education has welcomed new superintendent Dr. Reza Namin. He is a 2019 Harvard University Graduate School of Education Fellow and has extensive experience as Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts and in Maine. Those experiences have helped him gain the knowledge, background, and vision required to serve as an effective superintendent of schools. 

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