Headlines in My Dreams

 

Jon Reisman

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Calais Girls’ End Week Ranked Third in Class C North with 11-2 Record

 

Coach Sean Cavanaugh’s Lady Devils traveled to George Stevens Academy on January 21 and picked up a 58-14 victory.

Calais was led in scoring by Sage Phillips, who dropped in 13 points.

Trinity Jones and Nevaeh Thomas each added 8 and Brenna Critchley added 6.  

Other scorers for Calais were Kendra Stevens with 5, Kayleigh Scott with 4, Kate McPhee with 3, and Francesca Lombardo, Mercedes Owen, and Alexis Donahue each with 2.

Calais traveled to Washington Academy on January 24 and were able to get the victory with a score of 55-46.  

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Woodland’s MacArthur Hits Free Throw to Hold Off ‘Guagus

 

Jayna Smith
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Wyatt MacArthur hit his second of two free throws with no time left on the clock to give the Dragons a one-point win last Thursday night at Narraguagus.

According to Coach Ben Maloney, the Dragons were down six points with just 41 seconds left on the clock. They fought back to tie the game, and as time expired, senior MacArthur drew the foul.  He missed the first, but made the second, giving the Dragons the 66-65 win.

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Maine Army National Guard Welcomes Newest Member

 

The Maine Army National Guard welcomed their newest member last week, PV2 Christopher Plissey of Princeton. PV2 Plissey graduated Woodland High School in 2020, and has attended Washington Community College, Thomas College, and now attends Eastern Maine Community College. He will be joining the 1136th Transportation Company at a 88M (Motor Transport Operator) after he completes training.

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The Willing & ABLE Fitness Challenge

 

When ABLE Moving Services owner Dale Bailey learned that a new fitness business was coming to town, he wanted to do what he could to support the business.  ABLE Moving Services is a newly established (2019), Baileyville based-business that provides residential and commercial moving services statewide and the fitness business is Down 10 Fitness, LLC, owned and operated by Carl Ripley, also of Baileyville.

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Woodland Elementary School Chosen to Take Part in WinterKids Program

Jayna Smith
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WinterKids is a nonprofit organization in Maine dedicated to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families, while promoting healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity.  

This year, Woodland Elementary School was one of only 22 schools chosen in the state to take part in the competitive track of WinterKids.

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Calais Rec. Grades 4/5 Basketball Champions

 

Team members for the champion team Thomas, coached by Chip and Alicia Smith, are Ben Hallett, Aidan Barnard, Abigail Cilley, David Lawless, Stephen Prenier, Brayden Hamilton, Brock Smith, Logan Gilman, and Axl Shemat.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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Minor Changes to COVID-19 Testing Site at Calais Rec. Center

 

Jayna Smith
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COVID-19 testing continues at the Calais Recreation Center, only with minor changes.
Days of testing have been extended to include Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Testing is available each of those days from 7 a.m. until noon.  

The Maine CDC and Department of Health and Human Services are no longer running the testing site.  Now, the City of Calais has entered into an agreement with Curative Labs to provide the testing.  

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Shooting in Calais

Update from Maine State Police on last night's shooting in Calais:

On Sunday, February 6, 2022 at approximately 8:23 p.m. the Maine State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report about a male who had been shot. The information stated that a male identified as 32-year-old Adam Knowlton of Calais had been shot at a residence at 92 South Street in Calais. Knowlton was transported to a local hospital.

The incident is under investigation however Knowlton is refusing to cooperate at this time. Knowlton received non-life-threatening injuries.

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Lockdowns, Mandates and Misinformation: Oh My!

 

Jon Reisman

News/ Ministry of Truth/ “misinformation” items:

Johns Hopkins Study Showing Lockdowns had Miniscule Public Health Benefits Buried by Legacy Media

Cloth Masks offer little to no protection Against Omni variant

OK Boomers: Addled Karen Rockers Want Joe Rogan and “Misinformation” Muzzled

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Three Local Girls Seek Help from Community in Hopes to Travel to Horse Show

 

Natalie Boomer
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Three young girls from The Future Stars Horse Club at Little Oak Farm in Wesley are looking to their community for help in making their dreams a reality.
They have been busy selling raffle tickets to raise money for a very special trip.  These girls, and their beloved horses, would love to compete in the Morgan Youth Oklahoma Championship Show in October.

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Lady Blue Devils Move up to Second in Northern Maine Class C

 

The Calais girls basketball team traveled to Machias last week and found another victory against the Bulldogs with a score of 65-42.
Calais was led by Sage Phillips with 18 points and Nevaeh Thomas with 14.

Kendra Stevens scored another 10 points for the winners, while Trinity Jones and Alexis Donahue each had 8, Kayleigh Scott had 3, and Brenna Critchley and Kate McPhee both added a basket for the Blue Devils victory.

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Calais Rec. Grades 7/8 Celtics Team Earns Championship

 

Coach Jack Downing’s championship Celtics team includes Isaac Downing, Ben Harvey, Peter Morrell, Jordan  Barnard, Wyatt Short, Jack Downing, John Bassett, and Noah White.  Absent from photo is Colby Moholland and Lucas Morrell.

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Knights of Columbus Crown Free Throw Champions

 

Ten winners from the St. Croix Valley area were named local champions of the 2022 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.  All five boys and five girls have now earned the right to compete at the state level in March.

St. Croix Council #149 in Calais sponsored the local competition at Calais Elementary School last Saturday, February 5.  All youngsters ages 9 to 14 were eligible to participate.  

Each was allowed 25 free throw attempts in the contest.  High score for the day was 18 shots made out of 25 attempts.  

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Farrar Recognized for Time and Dedication Given to Community Youth

 

Jayna Smith
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Calais Parks and Recreation Director Craig Morrison made the annual presentation of the Michael McPherson Award last Saturday.  The award, Morrison told those in attendance, began in 2000 and recognizes a community member who is a vital volunteer at the Calais Recreation Department.

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Demmons and Ellis Recognized for Over 20 Years of Game Announcing

Jayna Smith
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On Saturday, February 5, just before the start of the final regular-season home games at Calais High School, athletic director Randy Morrison made a special presentation.  This presentation recognized Jeff Demmons and Mike Ellis, both of whom have been announcing Calais basketball games for more than 20 years on WQDY and who each recently announced their retirements from doing so.

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Community Support Brings Continued Success to Thrift Store

Jayna Smith
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One of the busiest shops on Main Street is the Calais Community Thrift Shop, located next to the movie theater.  Its success, according to volunteer Linda Howe, is because of the continued support it receives from those in the community.

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Blue Devils Hold Off Dragons in High School Basketball Action

 

Jayna Smith
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At Woodland on Thursday, February 3, Coach Dean Preston’s Blue Devils were quite possibly considered the underdogs going into the contest, but Calais took the win over the Dragons, 55-39.  

Skinny Dana led all, dropping in 18 points to go along with his 15 rebounds for Calais.

Jace Cook added another 16 points and Jacob Sockabasin 12.  Sockabasin also grabbed 20 rebounds.  

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Idle February Dreams

 

Jon Reisman

February is dream-planting season- planting some garden seeds in the sunroom, dreaming of spring, and planting some political dreams in candidates in boxes, as they collect signatures and plead for campaign donations. Both operations are rooted in optimism, but both are leavened by years of disappointment. Sometimes the promising seedlings get a bit too leggy, or are damaged when exposed to the sun and elements after a swaddled infancy in the warm and protected sunroom. The same can happen to candidates.

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Calais School Committee Considers Masking Changes

 

Kaileigh Deacon

In sight for schools is the end of another academic year, as the most normal of the last three years has almost come to a close.  The question that many schools are now starting to ask is when will it be time to remove the masks?

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Beckett Center Bombers

 

The Beckett Bombers, the Beckett Center’s Special Olympics team, did not participate in any games this year.  Still, the group practiced hard and even got to show off their skills during halftime of the Woodland/Calais girls’ game last week.  As well, at that game, the Bombers joined the Lady Dragons in the lineup as the starters were announced.  Team members include Kim, Denise, Annie, Anne Marie, Linda, Bob, Bo, Matt, and Cassie.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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L♥ve at Any Age

 

Kaileigh Deacon

Some may think that there is a deadline on finding love and movies on television and in theaters often reinforce this idea. But just across town on South Street, two residents at the assisted living facility learned that love is more than just the numbers that follow your birthday.

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Calais Rec. 5/6 Championship

 

The Syracuse team, coached by Jason Redding, won the championship game with a score of 35-34.  The team includes Reese Ellsmore, Brock Collins, Isaac Downing, Tegan Rogers, Turner Redding, Lilliana Tomah, Dylan Smith, Quinn Rollins, Silas Socobasin, and Jamison Brown.  (Submitted photo)

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Calais High School Cheerleaders Wows Crowd with Halftime Performance

 

Jayna Smith
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The Calais High School cheerleaders, coached by Heidi Braughton, have been back on the sidelines this year after COVID-19 halted them last season.  With the enthusiasm and cheers they bring, they have not disappointed the Blue Devils fans.

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Princeton Votes Unanimously to Join DBU

 

Jayna Smith
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At a town meeting on Tuesday, February 8, Princeton residents came out and proved in support of the town joining Downeast Broadband Utility (DBU) with a unanimous vote, 36-0.

DBU is the first of its kind, non-profit, open-access fiber optic municipal utility network in the state.  It provides high speed internet, phone, and TV through a dark fiber network to businesses and residences in towns which are members.

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Lady Devils Defeat Dragons

 

Calais played Woodland at Woodland in their last regular season game last week.  The Lady Devils claimed the victory with a score of 57-48.

Calais was led by Nevaeh Thomas with 15 points and Alexis Donahue with 14.

Brenna Critchley and Sage Phillips each added 11, while Kendra Stevens and Mercedes Owen each added 3.

Calais finished the season in second place for class C North.

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Expensive, Unreliable Energy: Thank you Climate Alarmists and President Brandon

 

Jon Reisman

Over the last year, the price of gasoline and crude oil have increased by more than 40%, the price of natural gas has increased by more than 50%  and the price of electrical energy for Versant and CMP customers (about ½ the bill) has increased by more than 80% (thus increasing electrical bills by 40% or more).

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County Commissioners Support ‘Sheriff’s Garden,’ Wage Increases

 

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Healthy Acadia’s Food Program Manager Regina Grabrovac was the first to present at this month’s meeting of the Washington County Commissioners, held Thursday, Feb. 10, at the county courthouse in Machias.

Grabrovac, who is well known throughout the county for her work on behalf of food security and Downeast farmers, attended the meeting to deliver a Healthy Acadia proposal that would create a community gardening project on county land.

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Maine DOT Hard Hat Discovered on Beach in Northern Europe

Jayna Smith
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Beachcombing can yield neat and interesting items of all kinds, but for one man about 3,300 miles away, his beach find originated from the great State of Maine.

Back in August, Sigbjørn Eide, who resides in the Nordic country of Norway in Northern Europe, was working his first day as a beach cleaner.  On the beach, he discovered a hard hat with markings indicating it belonged to the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Community Enjoys Family Fun Day in Charlotte

 

Natalie Boomer
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On Saturday, February 19th, the Dennysville Snowmobile and ATV Club hosted their Free Annual Family Fun Day.
Community members gathered at the Calais Rod and Gun Club in Charlotte at 9 a.m. to participate in some fun winter activities.

A fishing derby took place along with a joker run on the lake, trucker rides, hill sliding, and an ice fishing package was raffled off.

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Woodland Girls’ Basketball Named Downeast Junior High Champions

 

The Woodland Junior High girls’ basketball team, coached by Kieve Leeman, won the Downeast Junior High Championship last week in a game against Calais held at Washington Academy.  The Dragons ended their season with a perfect 8-0 record.  Team members include Grace Howard, Cadence Roussel, Karleigh Smith, Kaylin Hamilton, Maddison Coleman, Mishun Cornelius, Baylee Fields, Audrina Moore, and Payton Walker.  (Photo courtesy of Chip Smith)

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Calais Girls’ Basketball Named Downeast Junior High Runners-up

 

The Calais girls’ team, coached by Marc Rohde, was named runners-up in the Downeast Junior High Championships. Team members include Sarah Wentworth, Mackenzie Johnson, Hannah Shannon, Shaylynn Fenderson, Sadie McPhee, Mackenzie Smith, Meadow Rohde, Addison Ellsmore, Kaci Small, and Olivia Turner.  (Photo courtesy of Patty Wentworth)

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Woodland Rec.’s Elite Travel Teams Prove Tough

 

Jayna Smith
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Woodland Parks and Recreation had a girls’ grades 7 and 8 travel basketball team this year, as well as a boys.’  The two teams played as part of the Eastern Maine Basketball League.

The Eastern Elite girls team, made up of a group of girls from various local schools, proved they can keep up with the larger-area teams, playing against teams from Orono, Ellsworth, and others.

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Winter Carnival Fun at CMHS

 

Jayna Smith
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The annual winter carnival at Calais Middle/High School was held last week with many fun events for the students and staff.  

Student Council hosted a bonfire with free hotdogs and burgers on Monday night to kick off the week of exciting competitions among grades.  Calais Fire-EMS was on-site, helping to keep all safe.

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PTO Awards Students in Valentine ♥ Essay Contest

 

Jayna Smith
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Students at Calais Elementary School recently had the chance to win a gift certificate to their favorite area restaurant, thanks to a competition held by the Calais PTO.  

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