Lady Dragons Win Class C State Volleyball Championship

 

Beat Calais Lady Blue Devils 

3-1 In 2019 Thriller

The two toughest teams in the state, Calais and Woodland High Schools, met Saturday at 1 at Hampden Academy for the 2019 Class C state volleyball championship after each team took playoff victories to earn the right to represent their communities in this exciting best of five-game match. 

Calais, the defending state champions for the past two seasons, opened the championship series by earning a 1-0 lead as they secured a 25-19 win in the opening game. 

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CRH Receives Donation from Pratt for Breast Cancer Screenings

 

By Jayna Smith

Many may have noticed recently on various social media platforms Chevrolet’s #IDriveFor campaign.  For nine years in a row, Chevrolet has partnered with the American Cancer Society to support its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.  With every #IDriveFor Twitter or Instagram post made during October, Chevrolet donated $5 to the American Cancer Society.

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Calais Callbacks Bring the Spooky Fun to CHS

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

What better way to celebrate the spookiest holiday than with a ghost story? This is certainly what the Calais High School Calais Callbacks thought when arranging for their fall show. The Callbacks performed their two fall shows just days after Halloween, “Honeymoon at Graveside Manor,” a play by Pat Cook.

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Community Comes Together for Elementary School Project

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

There are many challenges that schools face every day in many different forms. How to get the things needed for the classrooms in schools is a constant budget battle. Calais Elementary School has taken an alternative approach to filling their classrooms with the necessities. 

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November is Deer Collision Month

 

By Jayna Smith

With the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife estimating the deer population to be around 260,000 to 290,000, many in Maine get excited for November.   To them, it means hunting season.  According to the Maine Department of Transportation, however, November is also Deer Collision Month.  

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Trunk or Treat at Walmart

Bill White from the Sheriff's Office brought a cruiser out to the Trunk or Treat on Halloween Night. There was plenty of mischief and mayhem with the weather but Officer White kept all other mischief and mayhem at bay. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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Woodland Rec. Department Halloween Party

For over 30 years,  Woodland Recreation Director Mike Boies has headed up a Halloween party for area children.  The popular event saw over 200 kids who all enjoyed treats and games before they hit the streets for trick or treating. (Facebook photos)

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State Class C Volleyball Runners-up Calais Lady Blue Devils

Pictured are the State Class C Volleyball Runners-up Calais Lady Blue Devils. Members include front l-r: Coach Anne Scott, Sontee Edwards, Captain Emily Doten, Captain Olivia Huckins, Captain Twyla Smiley, Cecile Jugault, and Alessia Murgioni. Back l-r: Assistant Coach Nicki Scott, Assistant Coach Kati Grass, Alexis Polches, Cassidy Carr, Elaine Perkins, Nevaeh Thomas, Trinity Jones, Hannah Gadway, Lexi Doten, Aryana McConnico, Kendra Stevens. (Photo by John Rogers)

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Fire at the Woodland Pulp Mill in Baileyville

Ongoing fire reported at the Woodland Pulp Mill in Baileyville. Firefighters from multiple stations are involved inside the building. Pick up this week's newspaper for an update on the fire.

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CHS Students Pay Tribute with Veterans Day Ceremony

 

By Jayna Smith

Local military veterans were honored last Friday at a ceremony held at Calais Middle/High School.  The students who make up Mrs. Lori Ellis’ AP English class worked diligently organizing the annual event that always brings a standing-room-only crowd.

The Veterans Day Ceremony began with an exceptional performance of “This Is My Country” by the school’s band, followed by the Honor Guard’s posting of the colors, and then the band’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Local Pantries Could Receive up to $10,000 After Matched Donation from Pratt

 

By Jayna Smith

Looming cold temperatures always bring an increase in demand for the local food pantries.  With the added increase of the home heating bill, many are left with little discretionary money to spend on food.   

Recognizing how great the need is for the food pantries in Washington County and in an effort to decrease food insecurity locally, businessman Ian Pratt is once again matching donations of up to $5,000 to local food pantries.  He has done a matching donation campaign for several years.  

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Church Seeks Donations to Restore Broken Window

 

By Jayna Smith

As Ann Montgomery reported in the Oct. 24th edition of The Calais Advertiser, a window at the Sewall Memorial Congregational Church on Route 1 in Robbinston suffered severe damage recently. The broken stained glass window resulted from the Nor’easter that battered most of the state on Oct. 17th.  

The window, one of three south-facing windows, according to Montgomery, “was sucked out by the storm’s fierce winds.” Now, members of the congregation are seeking donations to help with the restoration and repair.

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WHS Hosts Veterans’ Day Assembly

 

By Natalie Boomer

Natalie@calais.news

On Friday, November 8th, Woodland Jr-Sr High School held a Veterans Day Assembly for the students as well as the public. 

At 12:30 p.m. students were released from classes to honor those who have fought for our country. 

The assembly started off with an introduction by the class president, Drake Call. He followed by leading the National Anthem.

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DAC Soccer Champions

Congratulations to the Calais Lady Blue Devil soccer team for earning the 2019 DAC soccer championship with a victory over the Shead Tigerettes. Members pictured are front l-r: Abby Downing, Libby Biter, Lauren Cook, Ivy McLellan, Kelly Carter, and Marleen Ruesche. Back l-r: Alexis Donahue, Mercedes Owen, Madyson Parks, Annalisa Driskel, Serina Fredette, Nadra Bassett, Katie Bitar, Skylar Smith, Sage Phillips, Sophia McVicar, and Coach Courtney James. (Photo by John Rogers)

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Dressing Down Benefits Friends of Boy Scout #32

 

Employees of First National Bank recently raised $854.97 for the Friends of Boy Scout #32 through its Casual for a Cause program. Employees make a contribution to a nominated non-profit organization in exchange for dressing casually on Fridays for one month.

First National Bank is an independent community bank with 16 offices in Lincoln, Knox, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot Counties.  For more information about First National Bank, please call 1-800-564-3195 or visit www.thefirst.com.

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Wesley FD Seeks Votes to Win Fire Truck

 

By Jayna Smith

Economy Motors in Hermon is giving away a fire truck to one lucky Maine town.

The truck was acquired by Economy Motors, and the family-owned business wanted to give back to one Maine town.  Those interested in having a chance of winning the truck for their town had to email a letter on department letterhead to be considered. 

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Caught Being Good at CES

Last week’s students at Calais Elementary school who were “caught being good” were Jennalynn Mahar, Damien Moody, Brock Collins, Haidyn Seavey, Abby Hallowell, Sophia Rogers, Sebastian Jamison and Max Kessler. Congratulations, boys and girls, and keep up the good work! (Submitted photo)

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Volleyball Game Raises Funds For Awareness of Mental Illness

 

On Saturday, November 3rd, a group of Woodland High School alumni came together for a volleyball game to raise awareness to emotional and mental health, while also raising funds for The Yellow Tulip Project.  The mission of The Yellow Tulip Project is to smash the stigma of mental illness.  

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Fire call 39 Baring Street in Calais

By Jayna Smith

Calais Fire-EMS responded to a mobile home fire on Thursday, Nov. 14th, at 39 Baring Street.  The property is owned by Eric Clark, of Windham, and managed by Peggy and Terry Brownlee.  

According to Fire Chief Ken Clark, the call for the fire was received at around 11:30 a.m.  He said no one lived in the trailer; however, it was used for “sewing crafts and woodworking.”

Chief Clark said, “There was damage to [the Brownlee’s] equipment and the building is a total loss.”

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Pratt Matches Lioness Donation to Food Pantry

The Calais Lioness Club provides an annual donation to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.  This year, however, the club decided to take advantage of Pratt’s matching donation campaign and took their donation directly to the dealership.  Throughout the month of November, Pratt will match all donations to any Washington County food pantry, up to $5,000.  Pictured are Lioness Lisa Smith, Lioness Lorraine Mitchell, Lioness Laurel Perkins, Ian Pratt, Fr. David Sivret of the food pantry, and Lioness Stacy Crosby.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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17th Annual Coffee House

The Calais High School Music Department held its 17th Annual Coffee House last Friday night.  Performers were students Cassidy Carr, Ben Goode, and Patrick Corbett, who each performed solos; the CHS Jazz Band; Anne Scott; Dr. Larry Newman; and Keltic Schmeltic.  

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Addison Coty Memorial Turkey Trot

The 2nd Annual Addison Coty Memorial 5K Turkey Trot was held last Saturday in Robbinston.  Addison, a 2018 graduate of Calais High School, lost his life in an automobile accident in July of 2018.  He was a great friend to many, and Addison was well-known for his athleticism, especially his ability as a cross country runner, having finished fifth in the state in Class C during his senior year.  The race, organized by Addison's mother Angela, raises funds to present as scholarships at Calais High School.

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Man in Search of Meaning and History Behind Christmas Coin

 

By Natalie Boomer

Natalie@calais.news

A Washington County man is in search of the origin of a strange coin that he has found.

Dana Ayers has been a coin collector for many years and is quite knowledgeable on various medals. When he came across this particular coin, he was puzzled.  

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Calais High School Groups Gear Up for Christmas Events

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

Students get excited around the holidays for the upcoming vacation, as well as the thought of gifts waiting for them on Christmas morning. For a group of students at Calais High School, the holidays are also some of the busiest for them.

Members of the Calais High School Student Council and National Honor Society gear up for this time of year with fundraising and projects. The group starts fundraising in November, not for a trip or a party, but in order to give a Christmas to kids who wouldn’t otherwise have one.

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Coat and Food Drive

 

Submitted by Sherry Sivret

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New Scout Hall Celebrated with Open House

 

By Jayna Smith

This past Sunday, the Friends of Scouts 132 celebrated its open house at the newly constructed scout hall--and there was much to be celebrated.  Sponsors and community members were all invited to view the work and progress made. 

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Free Sundaes for IGA Shoppers Last Friday

Many stopped by Calais IGA on Friday to snag a free sundae from Jim Bailey and his son Thomas.  The duo was giving the sweet treats away, topped with Bailey’s own sugar-free dessert toppings, as thanks to area folks.  Known as The Yankee Chef, Bailey is a chef, food columnist, and author, and his sugar-free toppings are available for purchase at the IGA.  Camera-ready is Thomas, who took a break for a photo, while his dad prepared sundaes for some local shoppers.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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Local Historians Encouraged at Down East Heritage Day

 

Submitted by Colin Windhorst 

Over thirty local historians from across Washington and Charlotte Counties  participated in Down East Heritage Day on Saturday, November 2, hosted at Washington County Community College.

Participants showcased their collections, celebrated their accomplishments, and shared recent projects, research, and publications.  As one commented, “It was very interesting to see a bigger range of organizations that I was aware of . . .  It is great to see people’s work and artifacts.”

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St. Croix Valley Chamber Honors Community Leaders

 

By Jayna Smith

Nearly 80 people attended the Annual Meeting and Awards Event for the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce held last Thursday evening.  Taking place at Calais Motor Inn, the event included dinner and guest speaker Scott Beal along with some regular business before awards and prizes.  

Chamber chairperson DeeDee Travis, of Calais Regional Hospital, welcomed guests, and also recognized outgoing chairperson Mike Carmody.  

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Lioness Announce Mitchell and Churchill as Parade Grand Marshals

 

By Jayna Smith 

The Calais Lioness Club is always busy working on some type of great event, all to raise funds to help those in need in the greater Calais area.  For the past month, the club's major project has been preparing for the 22nd Annual Lioness Christmas Parade.  This one event draws hundreds to downtown Calais on the first Friday of each December, and this year promises to be no different.

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Winter Coat Drive

David Sivret from the Irene Ecumenical Food Pantry along with Rhianna Treadwell, Teen Crown of New England, braved the cold temperatures on Saturday to stand outside Calais Walmart and collect food and coats during their Annual Food and Coat Drive. The day was a success with plenty of food and coats, as well as cash donations, being collected. As winter starts to get into gear, the need for families grows. While food is most thought of, the need for coats is very important as well.

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Pratt Matches Lions Donation to Food Pantry

The Calais Lions Club provides quarterly donations to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.  This quarter, however, the club decided to take advantage of Pratt’s matching donation campaign and took their donation directly to the dealership.  Throughout the month of November, Pratt will match all donations to any Washington County food pantry, up to $5,000. Pictured are Lion Ben Knowles with Ian Pratt and Fr. David Sivret of the food pantry.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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Calais Lions Club Kicks Off 48th Annual Santa’s Helper Program

 

By Jayna Smith

The longest running Christmas assistance program in the county is the Calais Lions Club’s Santa’s Helper Program, and every year for the past 47, the program has helped provide a happier Christmas for struggling area families.

“We raise and distribute $12,000 to $14,000 every year,” said Lion John Mitchell.  This money comes from area businesses, organizations, and individuals who donate to the worthy program.

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Deputies Make Drug Arrests, K-9 Runa Treated for Suspected Heroin Exposure

 

On Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 3:44 p.m. Deputies Matthew Carter and Toni Bridges of the Washington County Sheriff's Office were conducting a traffic stop on Water Street in Addison. The deputies requested the assistance of Deputy Ryan Allen and his K-9 Runa for a vehicle search. Runa is trained and certified to detect illegal drugs.

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