Hayward Picture Show

 

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New Ramp at Skatepark Proves to be Great Addition

 

Jayna Smith
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Volunteers at the Calais Skatepark worked diligently this past weekend to construct a new mini ramp, all made possible through the Brendan Leddy Memorial Fund.

The park already included several q-pipes, along with starter ramps and others.  The addition of this new ramp is the first mini ramp for the park.  

“This provides entry-level riders a place to progress at a much faster rate,” said skatepark committee member Spencer McCormick.

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Maine’s Next Game Wardens Attend Training Downeast

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The road to becoming a Maine Game Warden drives new recruits through 14 weeks of training and into five regions of Maine, too, including Machias where last month trainees practiced crime scene management during a storm that dropped five inches of rain in a single day.

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Sense of Celebration at DCF Ribbon Cutting

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Spirits were high Friday, April 22, as local, county, and state officials joined members of the wider Washington County community to celebrate the reopening of the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) in Bucks Harbor, Machiasport.

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Community Forums by DBU Spotlight Broadband

 

Jayna Smith
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Access to broadband internet has been a hot topic nationwide, especially in rural areas, for a few years, however, the City of Calais and the Town of Baileyville–and now some surrounding towns–are ahead of the game with Downeast Broadband Utility (DBU).  

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At Weekend Rally, LePage Echoes Issues Shared at Last Fall’s Downeast Visit

 

Jayna Smith
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At a Republican convention in Augusta this past weekend, former Gov. Paul LePage told the crowd he would “fix the broken budget” if he wins the election in November.

LePage is rallying for his third term as governor.

If he does win the bid for governor, it would be the first time since 1966 that an incumbent governor was ousted.  

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Fire Destroys Downtown Business, Displaces 20

 

Jayna Smith
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Emergency crews from Calais and surrounding towns battled a structure fire Sunday night that destroyed a downtown business.  
The call for the fire at The Roost Pub, 445 Main Street, Calais came in just before 9 p.m., Calais Fire Chief Ken Clark said.

According to owner Carl Bailey, eight apartments in the three-story building were occupied by tenants.  Some were not home when the fire broke out, and those who were escaped without injury.  

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WCCC’s Outdoor Leadership Degree Program

 

On April 14 students from WCCC’s Outdoor Leadership degree program traveled to Portland to attend the Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism where they learned about the importance of outdoor recreation and other types of tourism to Maine’s economy.  The trip was part of their Capstone course, a project in which students create an outdoor recreation-based business and apply the outdoor leadership skills they’ve learned in a business setting. The conference allowed students to meet and hear first-hand from industry leaders and included an address from Governor Janet Mills.

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New Garden Decor and Gift Store Fills Vacant Downtown Space

 

Jayna Smith
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A new store has filled a space downtown, and its owners say they are looking forward to serving the community.  

The White Birch Exchange, at 345 Main Street in the former Urban Moose building, opened its doors last week.  

Owners Craig Bruce and Michael Novack are no strangers to border-town business, having recently moved from Windsor, Ontario, directly across the river from Detroit, Michigan where their online business was based.  

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Mistress of Truth

 

Jon Reisman

Almost immediately after rogue oligarch Elon Musk took Twitter away from the conservative censoring wokerati, thereby causing a panic attack amongst the free speech hating left that they might not be able to control the narrative and what people think, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas announced amidst a Congressional grilling that a new Government Disinformation Board, promptly dubbed the Ministry of Truth, would be established, headed by noted musical theatre songstress and lyricist Nina Jancowicz.

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Washington County Children’s Chorus to Resume Rehearsals

 

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Washington County Children’s Chorus will resume rehearsals from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias.

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Fiddleheads, a Maine Delicacy

 

Jayna Smith
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Fiddleheads are a springtime delicacy across Maine and New Brunswick, and in the downeast area, are nearly ready to be harvested.
The ostrich fern fiddleheads can be identified by the brown, papery scale-like covering on the uncoiled fern.  Because they are perennial, they come back year after year, and according to University of Maine Cooperative Extension, nearly all ferns have fiddleheads, but not all fiddleheads are edible.

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Grampie Bill’s Place to Offer Belated Easter Dinner

Natalie Boomer
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Bill and Arlene Gibson of Grampie Bill’s Place hosted what they thought would be their last free Easter dinner in 2021. They want the entire community to know that they are back for one last time!

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Machias, Jonesboro Triple Homicide Trial to Begin this Month in Belfast

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Jury selection for the trial of Thomas Bonfanti of Northfield is set to begin May 23 in Belfast.

“We’re anticipating three to four days to pick a jury and up to two weeks for the trial,” said Bonfanti’s attorney Jeffry Toothaker, who was appointed to the case on April 8.

Bonfanti has entered a plea of not guilty, and earlier this year requested his trial be held in another county to avoid possible tainting of the jury pool by pre-trial publicity.

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Final Band Performance for Graduating Seniors

 

Kobe Saunders (percussion), Paige Wilson (percussion), Tristan Seavey (trumpets), and Zachary Wentworth (alto sax) participated in their final school band concert, the Calais Middle/High School Music Department’s Spring Concert, held last Tuesday evening under direction of Mr. Steven Gregory.  The four, along with fellow band member Cassidy Carr (flutes, absent from the event) will be graduating next month. The five seniors have been integral parts of the school band all four years of high school.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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Local Boys Raising Funds to Head to National Basketball Finals

Jayna Smith
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Since early March, three Calais Elementary School students–Turner Redding, Parker Cole, and Sebastian Bassett–have added their talents to the Maine Sting basketball team.  

Maine Sting is an AAU team based in Old Town.  Along with Redding, Cole, and Bassett, on their division’s team are five others, all from Mount Desert Island, Lincoln, Belfast, and Fairfield.

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Open Mic Offered May 14 in Eastport

 

EAC’s Open Mic series will conclude with an event from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, May 14. Spectators and performers of all ages are invited to the family-friendly event, which is held downstairs at EAC. All types of performances are welcome; the maximum time slot is 10 minutes, but shorter acts are also acceptable. EAC will provide a small sound system, and all interested in performing can sign up upon arrival at the event, or in advance by email.

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Pembroke Voters Pass the First Town Mining Ordinance Under 2017 Law

Editor’s note: The Friends of Cobscook Bay last week submitted the following press release. - SCD  Pembroke voters last week came out to pass a local metallic mining ordinance on May 4. Pembroke’s new ordinance is the first in Maine under the new state mining laws passed in 2017.

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University Truths

 

Jon Reisman

Several years ago I was at a Washington County Republican meeting, which has not been a particularly common occurrence. I introduced myself to another attendee, and when he heard that I was a University Professor, the look on his face was one of horror and suspicion. He might as well as reached for some garlic and a crucifix to protect himself. His assumption that I was likely a left wing socialist plant sent to study aliens was not accurate, but would have been for the overwhelming majority of University faculty.

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Raising Butterflies with the Calais Free Library

 

Natalie Boomer
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Calais Free Library has had some interesting visitors this month.  Painted Lady Butterflies have made their way to the children’s section!
“I am super excited to be raising butterflies again this year,” mentioned youth services librarian Skye Green-Hall. “This is our second year raising Painted Lady Butterflies at the Calais Free Library.

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Popular Plant Sale Returns to Again Benefit CDRC

 

Jayna Smith
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Before the closing of the congregational church, the women’s club there held an annual plant and pie sale.  That sale was always successful, with many coming for a healthy, happy plant and a sweet treat, all for a great cause.

Now, like last year, Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC), with lots of help from everyone’s favorite local gardener Jane Eaton, will host a plant sale on Saturday, June 4.

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Bargain Hunter’s Paradise at Upcoming Lioness Yard Sale

 

Jayna Smith
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The Calais Lioness Club is ready for its annual spring yard sale, taking place this Saturday, May 21.

The sale is always a popular one, with many finds for the bargain hunter.  

Everything from housewares and books to clothing and sporting goods–and of course more–will be available, all by a donation to the club.  

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Infant Formula Shortage Experienced Locally

Jayna Smith
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Over 40 percent of infant formula brands were sold out during the first week of May, according to a report by Datasembly.  That is up from 31 percent just three weeks prior.

Across the nation, and including in Maine, many major retailers have placed limits on the amount of formula shoppers can purchase.  
The shortage of baby formula can be attributed to the COVID-era supply chain issues, coupled with a top manufacturer’s recall in February.  

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Woodland Teacher Named County Teacher of the Year

 

Sixteen Maine teachers were announced last week as 2022 County Teachers of the Year. Governor Janet Mills joined Education Commissioner Pender Makin, Educate Maine Executive Director Jason Judd, State Board of Education Chair Fern Desjardins, 2022 Maine Teacher of the Year Kelsey Stoyanova, and Maine County and State Teachers of the Year Association Co-President Shana Goodall to announce the new class of County Teachers of the Year.

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