Familiar Buildings Depicted in Art Piece

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

A local woman has created some very intricate depictions of familiar Calais buildings, and she’s put them all together and made them available for purchase in the form of notecards.

Nell Walton has never taken an art course, but one would be very surprised after seeing her work.  Her first love was pen and ink, and she had never painted with watercolors until just last October.  

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See You in September?

 

Jonathan Reisman

This week marks the beginning of my 37th year at UMM and my 47th consecutive September on a New England college campus. The times, they are a-changing.

American higher education is on the cusp of a financial, cultural and political reckoning that will leave it smaller, poorer, less popular, less powerful and decidedly diminished. Those changes, as deserved as they may well be, will probably not be accompanied by any recognizable change in attitude, humility, leftist indoctrination practices or self-regard and esteem.

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Recovery Center Commemorates Lives Lost to Addiction

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Many community members came together Monday night to remember those lost to addiction, as well as to show support to those affected by drug use and to share stories of recovery, all in honor of National Overdose Awareness Day.

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Alexander Votes Overwhelmingly to Join Downeast Broadband Utility

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

The Town of Alexander will soon be the first to join Calais and Baileyville as part of Downeast Broadband Utility (DBU), a utility organization formed by the Town of Baileyville and the City of Calais.  

According to Ted Carter, Alexander resident and broadband liaison for the town, the town held its meeting on Monday, August 24th with the one-issue warrant.  Of the votes, 60 were in favor of joining DBU, while only 11 were opposed.

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CPD Reminds Motorists to Travel with Caution as School Sets to Reopen

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

With schools resuming soon, Calais Police Chief Dave Randall reminds motorists to be cautious.  

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Fall Sports Get the Green Light from the MPA

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) on Thursday unanimously gave the go-ahead for high school fall sports.  Now the final decision rests with the state and local school districts.  

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Ken & Jane Brooks at the Perry Congregational Church

 

Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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Acadia National Cemetery Dedicated in Reverential Weekend Ceremony

 

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Heavy rains held off just long enough to allow a solemn ceremony dedicating Acadia National Cemetery, which took place on Saturday, Aug. 30. In keeping with coronavirus restrictions, a small group was invited to hear remarks from Sen. Susan Collins, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves, and Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie. Music was provided by Maine National Guard’s 195th Army Band. 

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Food for Veterans

222cares - Food For Veterans in the Calais Food Pantry parking lot. Pictured are Rob Jones President, Maj. Chaplain, VFW Commander David Sivret and Commander Michael McLean. (Submitted photo)

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Grampie Bill’s Farewell Dinner

 

Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

For years Bill and Arlene Gibson of Grampie Bill’s in Calais have served the public with free Easter and Thanksgiving meals out of the kindness of their own hearts.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two were not able to host an Easter dinner for the 2020 year. Although they had to cancel, they knew they would still find a way to help out the community. 

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Community BBQ Brings in Donations for Three Local Organizations

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Last month’s All Together Community BBQ was a one-day event full of fun for all ages.  The idea for the barbecue came from John Cowell, who felt it was a good time to bring the community together, especially since the annual International Homecoming Festival had to be canceled due to COVID-19.  

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Donation Match Campaign Brings in $1,500 for Calais Rec. Department

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

A few weeks ago, local man Ken Holmes decided to make a donation to the Calais Recreation Department.  Holmes’ generosity stemmed from wanting to help ensure children did not lose out on the positive experiences offered through the department’s programs because of any possible financial burden on the families.

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Community Harvest Dinner to be a Highlight of Scarecrow Festival

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Calais Downeast Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) has a big day planned for this year’s highly-anticipated Scarecrow Festival, and it’s all set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 26.

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Lioness of the Year Announced, New President Holding the Reins

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

The ladies of the charitable group Calais Lioness Club met last week after their summer hiatus with newly-elected president Theresa Porter at the helm.

Other appointed officers include Mary Jean Redding as vice-president, Laurel Perkins as treasurer, Jayna Smith as secretary, Irene Moreside as tail twister, and Martha Apkarian as tamer.

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Addison Coty Race T-shirt Design Winners Announced

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Those involved with the Addison Coty Memorial Scholarship Fund have announced the winners of this year’s t-shirt design contests.  The contests are a new addition to the third annual 5K race and one-mile fun run that remember the 2018 Calais High School graduate while raising funds to provide scholarships in his name to graduating seniors.    

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Pembroke 4th of July Committee BBQ

 

Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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In Memory: Jacob’s Bench

 

Kaileigh Deacon 

Community, especially a small community, brings people together in ways and with bonds tighter than most people would be able to understand. It doesn’t always take a long time for someone to feel like a part of a community and as if they were always a part of the community. While people aren’t always born in the places they make their home, they find their homes in the towns and people they find along their journey. 

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Calais Schools to Provide Childcare Options

 

Kaileigh Deacon 

With the changes to the upcoming school year at Calais schools, a lot of parents are having to figure out what they are going to do with their kids at the times they aren’t in school. When making the plans for the new school year, administrators took these concerns into consideration and tried to find a way to help parents out. 

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School Choice

 

Jonathan Reisman

“In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.”

― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

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The Systemic Racism Racket Gets Trumped

 

Jonathan Reisman

The Systemic Racism Industry has had its sweet multimillion consulting racket exposed and trumped. The President has used his “pen and phone” to order the critical race theory hustle out of the federal bureaucracy. The shrieks and howls from the incredibly undiverse set of pricey diversity “consultants” kicked off the taxpayer dime can be heard in HR departments and Democratic covens across the country.

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Patricia Metta Takes Position as New Superintendent of AOS 90 Schools

 

Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

As Bill Braun takes a step back from his role as Superintendent of the AOS 90 school district, Patricia Metta has taken over the position with a full heart and a vision of the future. 

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Robbinston Woman Receives Boston Post Cane

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Alice Ingersoll, of Robbinston, was recently honored with the Boston Post Cane.  The cane is a symbol of respect, commemorating the oldest living resident of a town.  

Ms. Ingersoll, whose friends describe her as very spry for 90 years young, is mother to son John and daughters Lynn and Susan and grandmother to many grandchildren.

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Community Comes Together to Honor 9/11 Victims

 

Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

Last week, a 25x40 foot  American flag was hung across a building at St. Croix Tissue and Woodland Pulp LLC. 

As September 11th approached, Baileyville Chief of Police Bob Fitzsimmons asked the community to stop by and take a photo with the flag hanging in the background and share it to his personal Facebook wall for all to see. 

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Closed Church Provides Lasting Legacy

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

For nearly 200 years, the First Congregational Church of Calais served the people of Calais and surrounding areas.  On May 31 of this year, the church, however, held its last service.  

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St. Croix Bowling Club Opens to Old and New Members

 

Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

The St. Croix Bowling Club in Calais started its men’s and women’s leagues on September 8 and is still welcoming new members. 

“It’s a private bowling club that was established in 1896. We have men’s leagues, women’s leagues, and a fun league, which is a couples league,” said Rick Lord, treasurer and past president of the St. Croix Bowling Club. 

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POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony

 

Submitted by Sherry Sivret

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Dennysville

 

Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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Calais Rec. Summer Basketball Camp

 

Calais Recreation Department held a summer basketball camp in August, thanks to counselors Chris Taylor and Maddie McVicar.  Chris currently works for the Indiana Pacers program and Maddie plays D1 basketball for UMaine.  Both are Calais High School graduates.  

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Fall Baseball Begins Amid Pandemic

 

Sunday was the first day of games for Calais-Area Fall Baseball.  This year, the program has four local teams:  Calais Blue Devils, ages 9-12, coached by Jack Downing; Calais Crushers, ages 9-12, coached by Nathan Farrar; St. Croix Lightning, ages 13-15, coached by Marc O’Neill; and the Calais-area high school-aged team, coached by Matt Vinson and assisted by Matt Dana and John Sewell.  

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