Dunkin Donuts Donates to Food Pantries

 

Kaileigh Deacon

As Thanksgiving ends and December begins our thoughts turn to the holidays and Christmas. Not everyone has the same opportunities at Christmas and some families don’t have the means to give their loved ones all they feel they deserve.

It’s times like these that living in a small community is a wonderful thing. Because coming together is what they do best. For three years Dunkin Donuts has been only one of the groups around our area working hard to make sure that kids get something to open on Christmas morning. 

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Stuff the Bus Returns this Saturday

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Stuff the Bus, a Christmas gift collection program spearheaded by Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons, will kick off its fifth year this Saturday.  He and other volunteers will be at Walmart and at Marden’s collecting items for kids of all ages. 

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Walgreens Offers Rapid COVID-19 Testing

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recently partnered with some Walgreens locations across the state to offer free drive-through rapid COVID-19 antigen testing.  This includes the Calais and Machias Walgreens locations.  

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Wreaths for Hope

 

Kaileigh Deacon

If there’s one thing we’ve learned since 2020 started is that we could all use some more hope. The idea of giving hope to people who need it, isn’t new to Wreaths for Hope. In fact, it’s in their name. Christmas may look a little different this year but the message it brings of hope, joy, and peace remains the same and so does the mission of Wreaths for Hope. 

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Business Owners Challenge Others to Donate to Santa’s Helpers

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Santa’s Helpers, the longest-running Christmas assistance program in the county, is put forth annually by the Calais Lions Club.  The program depends on donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals to help local families in need have a merrier Christmas.

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Calais Free Library Finds Way to Keep Children Reading Throughout Pandemic

 

Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

Although Calais Free Library is not open to children at this time, librarians there have been brainstorming ways to keep them involved in reading throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Tom, the Office Cat

 

Tom was excited to see the decorations and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas!

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Lioness Christmas Parade Brought Much Needed Holiday Cheer

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

With other events cancelled throughout the year due to coronavirus concerns, the 23rd annual Lioness Christmas Parade went on as planned, but not without having to make some adjustments from prior years.

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Stuff the Bus Program Brings True Christmas Joy to All Involved

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Santa’s elves are usually seen clad in green and red, but most of the “elves” who volunteered at Saturday’s Stuff the Bus event wore uniforms from various local law enforcement agencies.  That’s because the Stuff the Bus program is one created by Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons.

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International Friendship Prevails

On Friday, the Town of St. Stephen posted to its Facebook page a photo of a Canadian/U.S. flag that had been hung on the downtown wharf’s lighthouse.  Included in the post was the following sentiment directed to the town’s U.S. neighbors:  “We miss our neighbours in Calais, and wish you all a safe and merry Christmas parade this evening.  While we may not be able to be there in person, we have placed this flag on the Calais-facing side of our lighthouse so that we are with you in spirit today!”  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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DLLT to Host Annual Christmas Bird Count

 

Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

Every year Downeast Lakes Land Trust hosts a Christmas Bird Count. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, there will be some modifications to the event. 

On the morning of December 14th, community members are welcome to venture out into the Grand Lake Stream area to record what birds they see. 

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Calais Middle/High School Sees Increase in Remote Learners

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Calais schools recently reopened for those students opting for in-person learning.  The 2020-21 school year began back in mid-September, with parents having the choice to send their students for in-person learning every other day, using the hybrid model, or keep them home full-time to work remotely.  

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Take a Book, Share a Book at Lana’s Free Little Library

 

Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

Local Lana Faulkner has created a little library in a tiny building.  It sits in front of her Baring home with a purpose to share her passion of reading with community members. 

 “I started chartering mine about three years ago. It started out as a small structure that housed a good selection of books, to an actual building that you can go into and browse the fully-stocked book shelves,” said Faulkner. 

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A New Kind of Rock

 

Kaileigh Deacon

How much money would you pay someone to rock in a rocking chair? You read that right! Pay someone to rock in a rocking chair! Well, the students of the Calais High School Student Council and National Honor Society have made one of their biggest fundraisers and charity events the Annual Rock-a-thon. 

Each year the students of the Student Council and National Honor Society work to gather funds for their Rock-a-thon event which goes towards giving students gifts who might not otherwise receive at Christmas time.

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Pandemic Adds Challenges for Local Scouts

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Boy Scouting in the area has been a longstanding tradition, but this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, fundraising events have had to be cancelled and meetings and activities modified.  Still, it is not stopping kids from enjoying the scouting experience. 

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Calais Gets Green Light for Winter Sports Season

 

Kaileigh Deacon

The question on everyone’s minds lately has been, “What will the future hold?” For students all around the state and many here in the Calais area, the question has been asked a lot. With winter sports, especially basketball, being such a big part of people’s lives, the question of whether or not athletes would be able to play has been a big one. 

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Christmas Parade Lights Up Baileyville

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

After inclement weather resulted in Baileyville’s Holiday Committee needing to postpone the town’s annual Christmas Parade from Saturday, Dec. 5 to Friday, Dec. 11, it went off without a hitch and no one was disappointed.

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Princeton, Woodland Schools Move Back to Remote Learning

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Superintendent of Schools Pat Metta informed parents, students, and staff on Sunday, Dec. 13 that Woodland Elementary and Jr./Sr. High Schools would be closed the following day and students of both would be moving back to remote learning effective Tuesday, Dec. 15.  

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Small Businesses Make Shopping Locally Easier than Ever

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Shopping locally has never been easier, with most businesses in Calais offering curbside pick up and some even scheduling private shopping experiences.  Such is the case at two downtown businesses, Rachel Ashley Jewelers, at 293 Main Street, and Artemis’s Attic, at 297 Main Street.  

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Senator Marianne Moore Takes Her Seat

 

Senator Marianne Moore at her seat during “Swearing-In Day” for the Maine State Senate at the Augusta Civic Center on December 2. Now that the 130th Maine Senate has convened, committees will begin their legislative work in January. Senator Moore was reelected in November to represent Senate District 6 which includes the municipalities of Gouldsboro, Sullivan, Winter Harbor and part of East Hancock Unorganized Territory in Hancock County and all municipalities and unorganized territories in Washington County. (Submitted photo)

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Princeton’s MSB Provides Winter Accessories to Community Members in Need

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Machias Savings Bank in Princeton has its own version of a giving tree, set up outside the branch to help anyone in need of winter accessories.  Among the items available are socks, hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens.

According to branch manager Eryn Meeker, all are welcome to simply drive up and choose their needed accessory or accessories.  There is no charge for any of the items.

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Children in Calais Parish Send Christmas Cards to Residents of Assisted Living Home

 

“God can move mountains with the smallest gesture of kindness!”

The words of Marc Podschlne, the director of faith formation of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, are an absolute truth embraced by the children of Immaculate Conception Church in Calais and St. James the Greater Church in Baileyville.

“Last week, they colored, drew pictures on, and personalized Christmas cards for the residents of Washington Place, an assisted living home in Calais,” said Podschlne.

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Joy in Grand Lake Stream

 

Located on the dam, a photo of the season of “JOY.” (Photo by Steve Schaefer of GLS)

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Earthquake Rattles Robbinston and Beyond

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

On the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 9, social media reports from many in the area noted “rattles” and “rumbles.” According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 3 earthquake occurred around 7:30 a.m.  It had a depth of roughly 4.784 miles.

The epicenter of the quake was at Trimble Mountain, and its effects were felt as far away as Baileyville.  No damage was reported.

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Have Your Christmas Tree Picked Up After the Holiday Season for Only $5

 

Natalie Boomer 

natalie@calais.news

When the holiday season comes to an end and you’re ready to start the new year, call Calais High School Student Council and Jobs for Maine’s Graduates to come collect your Christmas tree!

“For the cost of $5 students from these organizations are willing to gather discarded Christmas trees over the holiday break, Dec. 26 to Jan. 8,” said Lori Ellis, student council adviser.

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Woman Starts Gift Card Drive to Show Appreciation of Local Law Enforcement Officers

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

In an effort to spread some holiday cheer and show some appreciation for law enforcement officers, a local woman teamed up with others to purchase gift cards for each officer of Baileyville Police Department.

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Police Warn of Fines for Windshields Not Clear of Ice and Snow

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

When the temperatures fall and one wants to reach his or her destination as quickly as possible, hurrying to the car and driving off without much thought seems like a common thing to do.  Those not taking the few minutes necessary to brush off the snow and ice before hitting the road, however, pose a threat with the increased likelihood of an accident due to an obstruction of view--and police will take notice.  

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Sen. Marianne Moore Reappointed as Lead Republican on HHS Committee

 

Senator Marianne Moore has been reappointed to serve as the lead Republican senator on the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. This will be her second term on the committee. At a time when a global pandemic dominates the news the work of this committee will be more important than ever, and Sen. Moore will be certain that the voices of Washington County and the Hancock County towns in her district will be heard in Augusta.

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Pratt Donation Campaign Brings in $6,000 for Local Food Pantries

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

For about the last ten years, Ian Pratt at Pratt Cars has held a donation-match campaign throughout the month of November that helps bring in needed funds to area food pantries.  His idea came to fruition after realizing how great the needs are for the pantries in Washington County.  

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Angel Tree Donations by Mill Employees Increase this Year

 

The Angel Trees at St. Croix Tissue and Woodland Pulp were both colorful and overflowing with wrapped gifts last week.  752 tags were picked off the Angel Trees around the mill and filled by employees for local children.  

That number was up almost 200 tags from last year.  Mill employees responded with additional generosity this year to the many unexpected financial struggles that have come with 2020.

The gifts will be delivered to students at schools in Baileyville, Princeton, and Topsfield in hopes of  helping those children have a merrier Christmas. 

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Alexander Grange Hosts Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony

 

Natalie Boomer

natalie@calais.news

Alexander Grange #304 held its annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony on Saturday, December 19th. 

At noon grangers, veterans, and community members gathered outside of the Alexander town office to take part in a wreath-laying ceremony.

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Blue Devil Fund Looks to Inspire Love of Reading

 

Kaileigh Deacon 

In a world of technology and instant access to information, it’s hard for some to imagine what the appeal of paper between two covers can be, but for many, it’s the pathway to the imagination as well as a life of learning and growing. For the local non-profit Blue Devil Fund, they understand the importance of reading and giving that gift to kids to build strong foundations. 

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Santa Takes a Ride Through Baileyville and Baring

 

On Sunday, Santa Claus visited every street in Baileyville and Baring, thanks to the fire department and holiday committee in the town.  The lights and sirens of the fire truck let children and their families know when to step outside to give Santa a big wave.  

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List of Lights Includes Over 100 Homes Decorated for Christmas

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Last month, in an effort to spread some much-needed cheer, residents were encouraged to decorate their home for the holidays, perhaps a bit earlier than usual.  Businesses and individuals were quick to offer up prizes for a contest, and well over 100 people requested to be put on the “List of Lights,” which allowed for folks to travel around town to enjoy the lights without missing any of the fantastic displays.

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CHS Senior Accepted to Harvard

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

A local student has been accepted to Harvard, a private Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the oldest institution of higher education in the country.  Calais High School’s Hannah Gadway is just one of 747 accepted to Harvard’s Class of 2025 from the 10,086 who applied through the early action program.  

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Gift Drive Provides Christmas Presents to Assisted Living Facilities

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

When people think of Christmas gifts, sometimes the older population is not the first to be thought of.  This was not the case this year for residents at area assisted living facilities, thanks to the generosity of local woman Tomi Ellsmore, along with some help from others, who made sure every resident received a gift.

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Happy New Year from your team at The Calais Advertiser!

 

In the past year, we have been living in extremely difficult times that stressed our community and we had struggles.  However, from these difficulties, our resolve has strengthened with a solid response to the pandemic.  We are saddened for those in the community that have passed away from the virus.  Our prayers are with their loved ones and for their recovery.  We are extremely grateful to our health care workers, Calais Regional Hospital and all first responders who are keeping us safe and healthy.

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A Christmas Celebration

 

Kaileigh Deacon

Below freezing temperatures and a bit of wind wouldn’t stop the youth at United Methodist Church in Calais from celebrating the meaning of the Christmas season. The group met outside the church at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and again on Wednesday to hold a live Nativity scene. 

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Sewall Memorial Congregational Church

 

Bonnie Lyons

454-3252

We will not be having church services again until Palm Sunday.

Helen Brooks is shining the front window of the church in memory of her husbands brother Charles Brooks. He was killed when his platoon landed in Italy on December 24, 1943. He was only 19 years old. See photo below.

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Santa and the Grinch Get a Tour of Calais, Thanks to Fire Association

 

Jayna Smith

jayna@calais.news

Members of the Calais Fire Association, in a normal, non-pandemic year, keep busy with many community events they host for the children.  Their annual Easter Bunny visit and egg hunt draws hundreds to the fire station every year, while their Fourth of July games at the athletic complex have been a community tradition for years.  Also a popular tradition is the annual visit with Santa, a highly-anticipated event at the fire station.  

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