1. Knights of Columbus Hold 4th Degree Ceremony in Calais

     

    On Saturday, June 8, the State Degree Team visited Calais to conduct a special 4th Degree Exemplification for the 4th Degree Assembly, which comprises members from both Calais, and Machias. The Honoree for this Degree was Father Roland Berngeh, Pastor at The Immaculate Conception in Calais.

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  2. Celebration of Growth at Calais Middle School

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  3. Rallying for Recess: Calais Elementary Sets Sight on Safer, More Engaging Playground

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Calais Elementary School is on a mission to revamp its playground, and Principal Sue Carter is leading the charge.  

    Carter recently shared the pressing need for a safer and more engaging outdoor space for students.  With the current playground showing signs of wear and age, the school is embarking on a fundraising drive to secure the necessary funds for a much-needed upgrade.

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  4. CES Swing Set Raffle Brings in Money for New Playground

     

    As part of their commitment to upgrade the playground, Calais Elementary School organized a fundraising initiative by selling raffle tickets on a new Appleton swing set.  Principal Sue Carter revealed the winning ticket on Monday, June 10, announcing Linda Preston as the lucky winner.  Nearly $1,700 was raised by the raffle, and students and staff thank all who purchased and sold tickets.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  5. Little Scholars Shine at Woodland Elementary’s Pre-K Graduation

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The gymnasium of Woodland Elementary School was filled for its pre-kindergarten graduation ceremony on Monday afternoon, June 10.  Seventeen eager students, set to enter kindergarten in the fall, celebrated the end of their pre-k year with enthusiasm and pride.

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  6. Whats Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Congratulations on the retirement of Brenda Batson and Therese McCormick, dedicated educators at Calais Elementary School, who have positively impacted countless students over the years.  Wishing them a joyful and fulfilling retirement after their years of service.

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  7. Local Ham Radio Operators On the Air for Nationwide Event

     

    Ham radio operators from the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club in the Washington and Charlotte County area will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, until mid-morning on Sunday, June 23. The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States.

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  8. Calais Lions Club Celebrates 84th Annual Installation Night

     

    On Wednesday, June 5th, the Calais Lions Club hosted its 84th Annual Installation Night.  Founded in 1940, the club has upheld this tradition to install new members and officers and to honor a standout member with the Lion of the Year Award.

    This year's event was particularly significant, marking the first time the Calais Lions have installed female members.  Following a change in the bylaws by Lions International, the Calais chapter welcomed three local women. Their contributions have already been invaluable to the club's mission.

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  9. Princeton Selectboard Meeting

     

    Sandra Smith 

    At last Tuesday’s Princeton Board of Selectmen's meeting was the dedication of Princeton’s Annual Report. The selection is kept secret until the award is presented. This has been a special honor and tradition since 1976-77. The first award was given to Ruth J. Shaw, who was the town treasurer for 38 years, a registered nurse, a school teacher, and had over 20 years with the post office, as well as being active in the church and Princeton Women’s Club. 

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  10. Bright Colors and Big Smiles: Calais Softball Team’s Color Run Recap

     

    The Calais High School varsity softball team held a successful color run on Saturday, June 8. According to Coach Honor Wilkinson, the event was a huge success and an explosion of fun!

    Winners were as follows:

    Boys, 12 & Under:

    1st Place: Gabriel Olsson

    2nd Place: Jackson Ellis

    3rd Place: Parker Walton

    Girls, 12 & Under:

    1st Place: Aurora Olsson

    2nd Place: Maddy Gardner

    3rd Place: Aubrey Beers-Demolet

    Boys, Aged 13-18:

    1st Place: Brock Collins

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  11. Downeast Athletic Conference Recognition

     

    Congratulations to four members of the 2024 Calais High School varsity softball team for their DAC achievements: Taylor Carter, senior, DAC All Academic Award; Kayleigh Scott, junior, DAC Softball All Star; Brenna Critchley, senior, DAC Softball All Star and DAC All Academic Award; and Aurora Francis-Bassett, senior, DAC All Academic Award.

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  12. Katahdin Baseball Falls to Woodland, Dragons Advance to Regional Finals

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The top-ranked Katahdin High School Cougars, of Stacyville, who reached the Northern Maine Class D Championship last year before falling to Bangor Christian, faced off against the Woodland Dragons in a Northern Maine semi-final baseball game on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

    After a lengthy rain delay, Woodland surged ahead with an 8-0 lead by the fourth inning and ultimately secured an 8-3 victory.

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  13. Freedom Studies - Primary Follies

     

    Jon Reisman

    This column is being written on Friday, June 7th, but will come out late on or after Election Day. It represents both my analysis and hopes.

    2nd Congressional District GOP primary- Soboleski vs. Theriault

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  14. Calais High School Sends off 50 at Graduation

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Calais High School celebrated the graduation of 50 students on Sunday, June 2, 2024, in front of a standing-room-only crowd in the school’s gymnasium. The commencement ceremony began with the traditional processional, followed by a performance from the Sipayik Women’s Hand Drum Group, Cipelahq Ehpicik Thunder Women.

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  15. Woodland High School Celebrates Graduation for 28 Seniors

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Woodland High School honored its Class of 2024 with a graduation ceremony on Saturday morning, June 1, in a full gymnasium.  The 28 graduates, led by Class President Jaiden Wormell, marched to their seats to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” in front of faculty, staff, friends, family, and community members.

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  16. Honoring Young Musicians’ Dedication

     

    A heartfelt shoutout is extended to this group of Calais High School students and alumni who demonstrated extraordinary community spirit and dedication on Memorial Day.  Despite their school band no longer being active, these talented young musicians came together to volunteer their time and skills, providing a musical tribute at the Memorial Day ceremony. Participating were alumnus Josh Cline, junior Jaida Jamieson, senior Bailey O’Rourke, alumnus Taj Colpitts, senior Josh Sivret, and senior Keegan Trainor.

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  17. Howard Challenges Veteran County Commissioner Cassidy in GOP Primary

     

    Jayna Smith

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    William “Billy” W. Howard III and Vinton E. Cassidy, both of Calais, are running in the Republican primary on June 11, 2024, for Washington County Commissioner District 1.  David Burns, of Whiting, is running unopposed in the Republican primary for Washington County Commissioner District 2.

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  18. Ethan Barnard Named SCRTC Student of the Year

     

    St. Croix Regional Technical Center has announced the Student of the Year for 2024, Ethan Barnard. 

    Ethan exemplifies the ideals of CTE through his dedication to his trade, his school, and his community. He started at St. Croix in the 8th grade exploratory program. From this, he planned his high school career to maximize his time at the tech center. 

    Ethan took Automotive Technology during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He even managed to add two periods of welding during his senior year. 

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  19. What's Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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    There are some very deserving big thank yous this week, the first to our public works department for getting all the senior banners hung, followed by the beautiful flowers.  Also, thank you to Anne Nixon, who beautified Flat Iron Park with the barrels of flowers and also arranged for the hanging baskets. 

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  20. Lest We Forget D-Day, June 6, 1944

     

    Some time before his passing, Bob Treworgy submitted the following to this publication  which appeared in the June 5, 2014 edition. 

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  21. The Disunited Banana Republic

     

    Jon Reisman

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  22. Veterans Honored, Remembered During Calais Memorial Day Events

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  23. Veterans Honored, Remembered During Calais Memorial Day

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Calais paid tribute to fallen heroes on Memorial Day with a series of solemn ceremonies, beginning at Ferry Point Bridge.

    A small crowd, including active duty service members, veterans, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, and Calais Fire-EMS personnel, gathered downtown at the international bridge for the annual wreath-laying event.

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  24. Childhood Golf Phenom Paints Sobering Picture of Addiction, Crime, Redemption in Speech to Area Youth

     

    Will Tuell

    It isn’t every day one of the world’s best childhood golfers comes to Downeast Maine, but last week, junior high students from area elementary schools packed into gyms across Washington County as part of a speaker series organized by Down East and Calais Community hospitals to hear Kyle Quilausing tell of how a ten-year-old phenom battling Tiger Woods at the top of the world junior golf rankings spiraled out of control and became “a menace to his homeland.”

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  25. Family of Seven Displaced after Fire

     

    Jayna Smith

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    A structure fire that erupted on Monday afternoon, May 27, at a South Street residence in Calais has been deemed as accidental, according to State Fire Marshal officials, Calais Fire Chief Bill Lee reported.

    The blaze left a family of seven homeless.  “The house is not liveable currently,” Chief Lee stated.

    Tragically, the family, which includes five children, lost all their belongings and two cats in the fire.

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  26. Washington County Volunteers Receive Appreciation Pin from Girl Scouts of Maine

     

    Two dedicated volunteers – Teresa Huff, of Baileyville, and Tonia Griffin, of Pembroke – from the Downeast Service Unit, recently received the Appreciation Pin from the Girl Scouts of Maine (GSME). The Appreciation Pin is an award bestowed upon a volunteer or staff member who

    provides exemplary service in support of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) that has had a measurable impact on two or more troops in one or more geographic areas.

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  27. Colby Moholland Blasts WA Raiders Past Bucksport

     

    Will Tuell

    In the 150 years since Charley Jones thumped two homers in the same inning for the long-defunct Boston Red Stockings, 61 Major League Baseball players have achieved the same feat. Last week, Washington Academy first baseman Colby Moholland ripped a pair of fourth inning home runs to put the high-flying Raiders squarely in the driver’s seat against the Golden Bucks of Bucksport. 

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  28. A Day of Remembering in Alexander

     

    Alexander homeschoolers, student council, Grangers, and several residents gathered together on Monday, May 20th, to place flags on veterans’ graves at the cemetery in time for Memorial Day.  Each veteran was remembered as their flag was placed by their name being read out loud.  Students learned a little bit about each person, including where they served, the branch of service, and the two special dates engraved on each.  

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  29. Community Rallies to Aid Family of Accident Victim

     

    Jayna Smith

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    The tight-knit community of Perry rallied together in a time of tragedy, showcasing their strength and generosity after the tragic loss of one of their own.

    On Monday, May 20, Jeff Stanhope lost his life in a devastating accident on South Meadow Road.  His passing occurred as the town's road crew worked on replacing a culvert and a sudden ditch collapse took place.

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  30. Woodland High School Class of 2024

    Woodland High Recognizes Top 10 Graduates

    Jayna Smith

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    On May 9, 2024, Woodland High School celebrated its top 10 graduating seniors at an assembly attended by family and friends.

    Leading the class as valedictorian is Hudson DePriest, son of Jerry and Sonya DePriest. Hudson is set to embark on a journey studying civil engineering at University of Maine, Orono.

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  31. Climate Policy Emergency

     

    Jon Reisman

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  32. Pratt Donates to Annual Cobscook Bay Races, a Benefit for Down East Hospice

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Ian Pratt and his automobile dealerships support many local causes throughout the year.  Among his long-standing commitments, Down East Hospice Volunteers stands out as a cause close to his heart. 

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  33. CHS Students Launch Solar Boat Project Designed by Fellow Classmate

     

    Jayna Smith

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  34. What's Up, Calais?

     

    Jayna Smith

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    This Saturday, the Calais Motor Inn is the location of a benefit dinner for Skeet and Tina Seelye.  The event will feature a spaghetti dinner, available for dine-in or take-out, and priced at $10 per adult and $5 for children.  The doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for ticket sales of a Chinese auction, with dinner service starting at 5 p.m.

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  35. Calais High School Prom ‘24

     

    Friends and schoolmates senior Aenor Adam, senior Brenna Critchley, Kaci Small, senior Kaden Small, senior Jeremy Turner, Micah Smith, Kaeson Dana, senior Charlie Bitar, and Rafeal Antonelli.  (Photo courtesy of Melissa Critchley)

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  36. Calais High School Class of 2024

    Your future is beyond bright. 

    Congratulations on a 

    job well done!

    From all of us at The Calais Advertiser

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  37. Washington County’s Newest Officers Welcomed with Pomp, Pageantry

     

    Will Tuell

    Blue skies and a warm breeze greeted the 68 cadets -- soon to be law enforcement officers -- graduating from Maine’s Criminal Justice Academy on May 17. The graduates, with throngs of family and friends watching on, began their journey eighteen weeks ago in the dead of winter, leaving loved ones behind as they went through a rigorous training program designed to initiate them into the ranks of Maine’s law enforcement community. 

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  38. Cobscook Bay Races to Benefit Down East Hospice Volunteers

     

    Jayna Smith

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    On Sunday, June 2, 2024, Pembroke's Cobscook Bay will be the backdrop for a day of outdoor festivities at the 33rd Annual Cobscook Bay Road Races. 

    This event, featuring a 5k, 10k, and Kids Fun Run, promises to be a celebration of community spirit and charitable giving, all in support of the Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County.

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  39. Senior Softball Players Recognized

     

    Recognized for their contributions to the softball team, seniors Tayler Carter, Brenna Critchley, and Aurora Francis-Bassett were honored at a recent home game.  They are shown with family members.  (Photo by Kobe Saunders)

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  40. Senior Baseball Players Recognized

     

    As the high school baseball season nears its end, seniors Kaiden Sockabasin, Ryley Case, Sean Look, Ethan Barnard, and Keegan Trainor were honored at a recent home game.  Pictured with their families, they received recognition for their contributions to the team. (Photo by Kobe Saunders)

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  41. ABLE Moving Services Celebrates 5 Years in Washington County

     

    ABLE Moving Services, a local and long-distance moving business, is celebrating five years of continuous service in Washington County.  The business provides packing, moving, and storage services to residential and commercial customers statewide and was initially founded in Fort Kent in 2010 by Madawaska native Dale A. Bailey.

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  42. Freedom Studies - Adrift Amongst Internet Flotsam

     

    Jon Reisman

    5 a.m. trips to the garden (the black flies are not early/cool morning risers) sometimes clears the head and fuels the column, but when horticultural discipline fails to inspire, careful inspection of the inbox and assorted internet flotsam offers copious column fodder.

    Possible People’s Veto of National Popular Vote 

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  43. GOP’s 2nd District Hopeful Austin Theriault Makes Stop in Calais

     

    On Thursday, May 9, Austin Theriault, shown left, a Republican primary candidate in Maine's 2nd congressional district, visited Calais.  He was accompanied by City of Calais Mayor Artie Mingo, shown right, who is a candidate for Maine House of Representatives to represent District 9.

    A business owner and former NASCAR driver from Fort Kent, Theriault was elected to the Maine House of Representatives last year.  He hopes to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden in the November elections.

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  44. Honoring Our Heroes: Calais Prepares for Memorial Day

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Calais is gearing up once again to pay tribute to the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Memorial Day, on Monday, May 27, will be a day of remembrance and recognition for our fallen heroes.

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  45. Local Girl Scouts Assist USPS in Collecting over a Ton of Food Donations

     

    Jayna Smith

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    Every second Saturday in May marks the annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive, a nationwide event hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers.  

    Last weekend, this massive one-day food drive unfolded across the United States.  Over its three-decade history, the initiative has contributed over a billion pounds of food to local food pantries and shelters, making it the largest of its kind in the country.

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