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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Downeast Storm Baseball

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

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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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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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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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Pembroke Historical Society 4th of July

 

Submitted by Stephen Sanfilippo

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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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Dennysville Church News

 

Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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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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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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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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Calais Walmart Raises $9,800 for Children’s Miracle Network

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

At certain times of the year when you go into Walmart, the cashiers will ask if customers would like to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network. All the money collected at the Calais Walmart for Children’s Miracle Network goes to Northern Light Hospital in Bangor to help with equipment, services, research, and more. 

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Calais Waterfront Sees Improvements

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

For anyone that has been down by the waterfront and pier in downtown Calais, they have seen a large amount of work being done. City crews have been working tirelessly to add yet another improvement to the waterfront - the installation of a freshwater line that will allow for water access for boaters and other visitors. 

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Border Closure Extended Again

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Many saw it coming:  the extension of the U.S. and Canada border closure, now closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21st.  First closed in mid-March for 30 days, the restrictions have been extended every 30 days since.  

It has been reported that most Canadians fear a reopening, with confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 in the United States the highest in the world.  Canada has flattened its epidemic curve.  

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Skatepark Receives Updates and Renovations

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

According to Spencer McCormick of the Calais Skatepark Committee, the skatepark has received some updates and needed renovations.  

With “a recent resurgence of energy and involvement,” McCormick explained, the Calais Skatepark Committee hosted a week-long work session earlier this month “to improve the ramps to create a more advantageous environment for new and inexperienced skaters and BMX bike riders.”

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Downeast Storm Baseball

 

A throw from Storm’s Matt Dana beats the runner to the plate, allowing catcher Kobe Saunders to make the tag. (Photo by Jayna Smith) See more photos in this week's The Calais Advertiser on page 11.

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Mushroom Talk/Walk

 

From the Alexander news column by Cassie Oakes:

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WES New Playground Equipment

 

Woodland Elementary School recently shared to its Facebook page some photos (one shown here) of the new playground equipment.  Although not quite ready for use, there are still two new basketball hoops and a climbing wall to be added.  (WES photo)

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Local Man Challenges Others to Donate Toward Youth Activities

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

For one local man, getting area kids active in sports and other activities, while helping to minimize any financial burden to that child’s family, is top priority.  That’s why Ken Holmes wanted to donate to the Calais Recreation Department and reached out to Ian Pratt to also get involved.  

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“Gold Standard” for Internet Access Now Available in Calais, Baileyville

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Downeast Broadband Utility’s highly-anticipated fiber optic infrastructure is here, and many residents have been quick to sign on, with phone, internet and TV all now available on the world’s fastest network.  This fiber network not only vastly out-paces existing options, it does so at a far lower cost.  

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Custom Jewelry and Repairs Now Available in Perry

 

By Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

Lisa J Designs is now open for business!

This shop, located on 1929 US Route 1 in Perry, offers handmade jewelry, some jewelry repairs, custom designs, special orders, watch batteries and links, and some non-jewelry related gift items.

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Fields at UMM to Remain Empty After Athletics Suspension

 

By Jordan Donovan 

Special Correspondent

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Comet Provides Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

 

By Kaileigh Deacon

For many, the thought of a comet passing in the sky is exciting but not unexpected. After all, most of us grew up hearing about the famous Halley’s Comet as a commonplace idea and probably assume that comets are all discovered, and it’s just a matter of time before they come back around. However, like all of science, astronomy is developing as technology becomes more advanced, and our ability to explore the unknowns of space increases. New things are discovered all the time.  

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Eastport Chamber Creates Reusable Totes

 

By Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

The Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce has designed reusable shopping totes made from 100 percent recycled water bottles.

“During the winter when Maine put into law that plastic bags would be banned starting April 1st, I thought the Chamber could design a bag that would promote Eastport using art that the Tides Institute commissioned for the Salmon Festival a few years back,” said Lisa Stephens, of Sweeties Downeast.

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Saunders, Dana Crush Homers in Downeast Storm Doubleheader Sweep

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Downeast Storm closed out the regular season with wins over the River Hawks of Hampden and Sebasticook at the Dicenzo Athletic Complex on Sunday.   Sebasticook earned a win over Hampden in the middle game of the day. 

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Christmas in July at the Pembroke American Legion

Here came Santa Claus who had gifts for all the kids, including hula hoops that were shared even with some not-so-young “kids.” Everyone enjoyed themselves. Not shown are folks scattered around with chairs and tables, seeking shade. Lovely coolness from the nearby river. Good to do things together, but safely! (Photo submitted by Ann Montgomery)

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Freedom Studies - School Daze

 

By Jonathan Reisman

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