1. Area Crews Battle Early Morning Blaze on Tuesday

    Jayna Smith

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  2. ‘Please don’t come any closer, Santa. I’m only here for the candy.’

     

    Three-year-old Asher got his first visit of the season with Santa on Saturday when he attended the Holiday Bazaar at Calais Middle/High School.  Asher kept a close watch on the bearded man, and instead of a traditional visit, opted only for a candy cane.  Learn more about the Holiday Bazaar and see more photos on page 14 of this week's The Calais Advertiser.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  3. Holiday Shopping Kicks Off at Bazaar

     

    Jayna Smith
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    As expected, the Holiday Bazaar held at Calais Middle/High School last Saturday drew many to kick off their holiday shopping.

    The event was a first one at the school, all to raise funds for the middle school’s trip to Washington, D.C.  The educational experience is set for April, and to help alleviate some of the financial burden on parents, fundraisers, such as the bazaar, are being held to help offset the associated costs.

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  4. Chamber of Commerce Names O’Brien’s as Business of the Year

     

    Jayna Smith
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    It was a packed house last Thursday, November 17, 2022, for the annual meeting and awards banquet of St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Held at Calais Motor Inn, tickets to the event, which also included dinner and a comedy act, were sold out earlier in the week, with 100 people in attendance.  

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  5. Lioness Announce Wreaths for Hope Founder Artie Mingo as Parade Grand Marshal

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Calais Lioness Club is always working on some type of great event, all to raise funds for those in need in the greater Calais area.  For the last couple of weeks, however, the focus of the club has been on the 25th Annual Lioness Christmas Parade.  This one event draws hundreds to downtown Calais on the first Friday of each December, this year, December 2.

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  6. Nova Night Slated for Wednesday at WHS

    Jayna Smith
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    It’s no secret that basketball is big in Downeast Maine, but what’s even bigger is the number of community members who step up to help when others are in need.

    The varsity basketball teams at Woodland High School, along with the senior class, are doing just that with a pre-season game event next week.

    According to boys’ Coach Ryan Lincoln, the boys’ and girls’ teams will each host Deer-Isle Stonington for some pre-season action this Wednesday, November 30.

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  7. Calais to Celebrate Shop Small, Community Tree Lighting this Saturday

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The community is invited to Calais’s tree lighting event this Saturday evening, Nov. 26.

    As a new event hosted by the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce, all are welcome to gather downtown at the triangle park beginning at 4:30.  

    At that time, Calais Visitor Information Center will be offering free hot chocolate and cider, while the ladies of the Lioness Club will provide goodies and sweets.  

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  8. Calais High School Inducts Six to National Honor Society

     

    Last Thursday evening, Calais High School held its annual National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony with six new members welcomed into the organization.  Those students inducted were Kaitlin Morrell, Bailey O'Rourke, Tia Murphy, Cadence Braughton, Noah Hart, and Keegan Trainor.  (CHS photo)

     

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  9. WCCC Students Construct LED Sign

     

    Students from Washington County Community College’s Residential & Commercial Electricity class recently completed a project to acknowledge a Maine National Guard Troop recently deployed to Poland.

    The students worked as a group and used their newly-acquired electrical skills to construct an LED-lighted WCCC sign. A picture and a short video message were sent to Sgt. Alex Clifford and his National Guard Troops.  Clifford was Academic Dean at WCCC for several years before moving to another college.

     

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  10. Chili Cook Off Proves Successful for American Legion Post #3

     

    Jayna Smith
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    American Legion Post #3 held its first-ever Chili Cook Off on Sunday, November 20 at the Veterans Center, 255 Main Street, Calais.

    Organized by Commander Jim Myers, the cook off brought the best chilis from local chefs, just for fun, but more importantly, all in an effort to raise funds for veterans.

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  11. Thanksgiving

     

    Jon Reisman

    Bitter cynicism is a recipe for heartburn and despair. It is not a healthy state of being, and I have been struggling to find a more positive state of mind in the wake of a very disappointing election for Maine and the nation. It also makes it hard to write a Thanksgiving column, but here goes-

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  12. Mill Workers Prepare to Strike if Agreement Cannot be Reached, Union Says

     

    USW Local 27 members at Woodland Pulp are on the verge of a “strike vote,” according to a press release from a spokesperson at Maine AFL-CIO on Thursday, November 17. 

    The workers are “demanding that the company present a contract offer that provides high enough wage increases to keep up with the cost of living.”  

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  13. Arthur Mingo Sworn in as New Calais Mayor

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais City Council held a special organizational meeting last Thursday, November 10, 2022, where new Mayor Arthur Mingo took his oath to office.

    Mingo captured 745 of the mayoral votes at the municipal election held on November 8.  Billy Howard, who served the last two terms as the city’s mayor, received 327 votes, while newcomer Bryan Stevens took 144.

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  14. Veterans Day Flag Waving in Alexander

     

    Just a few of the kids that waved flags on Veterans Day thanking veterans for their service were Joseph Spencer, Blake Spencer, Stephen Seavey, Olga Brady, Ellah Seavey, and Carlos Oakes Jr. (Submitted photo)

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  15. Calais High School Students Pay Tribute with Veterans Ceremony

     

    Jayna Smith
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    For the first time since 2019, Mrs. Lori Ellis’ AP English class at Calais High School was able to host a Veterans Ceremony.  The event drew many, leaving standing room only in the school’s cafetorium on Thursday, November 10.    

    The ceremony began with the Color Guard presenting the flags, followed by a welcome speech, thanking and honoring all veterans, given by Danielle White.  

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  16. Dead River Hosting Big Heating Oil Giveaway for Calais-area Residents

     

    Jayna Smith
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    With home heating fuel prices having skyrocketed this season, many are feeling anxiety around how they will make it through the cold winter months.  Dead River Company in Calais wants to help.  

    Manager Stacy Crosby came up with a unique way to assist local folks with heating their homes.  As a thank you to those in the greater Calais community, a drawing will provide ten people with $500 each to use for fuel for their tanks.

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  17. As New DA, Granger Talks Priorities, including Record County Case Backlog

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Bob Granger is ready to catch his breath. He’s spent the past five months on the campaign trail while continuing his work with Acadia Law Group in Ellsworth. Those efforts paid off and Granger, an Independent, won the Nov. 8 election for District Attorney of Prosecutorial District  7, defeating two-term Republican incumbent Matt Foster with a 3-point lead.

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  18. Honey Beer for Hospice is a Successful Fund Raiser

     

    The Lubec Brewing Company in Lubec has created "Honey Beer for Hospice" for the last three years to benefit Down East Hospice Volunteers (DEHV), the only volunteer hospice program in Washington County. The honey is provided by Mark and Arlene Wren, of Robbinston, from their hard-working busy bees. The brew is created by Gale White and McGinley Jones, owners of the brewery.

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  19. Motorists Reminded of Move Over Law

     

    Jayna Smith
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    In light of Crash Responders Safety Week, November 14 through 18, all drivers are reminded to slow down and move over when encountering any emergency vehicle or public service vehicle stopped with flashing lights.  

    These types of vehicles include police cruisers, ambulances, fire trucks, tow trucks, wreckers, and highway safety vehicles, such as those used by DOT.  

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  20. Sheriff Asks for Four More Deputies; County Weighs Whether it Can Afford Them

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Responding to an increase in violent crime and a reduction in local state police coverage, Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis has asked the county to fund the hiring of four additional patrol deputies, a budget increase of almost $700,000, including equipment and cars.

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  21. Princeton Students Get Inspired by Island Readers & Writers Visit

    Natalie Boomer
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    On Tuesday, November 8th, The Island Readers & Writers visited Princeton Elementary School.
    The Island Readers & Writers work to inspire a passion for reading and learning among children on Maine’s coastal islands and in rural communities in Washington County.

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  22. Eclipse Election: Red Ripples and a Western Moonset

     

    Jon Reisman

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  23. International Feztival of Trees Back Next Month

    Jayna Smith
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    The International Feztival of Trees has been a highlight of the Christmas season since it began in Calais in 2016, with exception of 2020 when it was halted by the pandemic.  This year, it returns and promises to be an impressive event for all.

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  24. Food Pantry Donation Match at Pratt Returns Again throughout November

    Jayna Smith
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    It is that time of year again, when Pratt auto dealership matches food pantry donations, making November a great month to make a contribution to your local food pantry.

    Recognizing how great the need is for the pantries in Washington County and in an effort to decrease food insecurity locally, businessman Ian Pratt is again doing a donation-match campaign for the entire month, dollar for dollar, up to $7,500, an increase from prior years’ $5,000.  

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  25. CPD Sees Increased Number of Motorists Passing School Buses Illegally

     

    Jayna Smith
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    According to Calais Police Department Sgt. Matt Vinson, the number of motorists passing school buses when lights are flashing has increased in recent weeks.

    Passing school buses with lights flashing is a major safety concern, Vinson explained, and each year, many local drivers are issued summonses for driving around school buses parked in the schoolyard while the bus lights are flashing.  

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  26. American Legion Post #3 Heats Things up with Chili Cook Off

     

    Jayna Smith
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    It's the perfect time of year for chili, and American Legion Sherman Brothers Post #3 is heating things up with a chili cook off.
    On Sunday, November 20, all are invited to the Calais Veterans Center at 255 Main Street between noon and 3 p.m.  

    There, according to Commander Jim Myers, attendees can make a donation of one’s choosing to sample ten different chili recipes and then cast their votes for their favorite.  

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  27. WCCC Welcomes New Trio Director

     

    Washington County Community College would like to introduce Rob Schadt, the new Director of TRIO Student Support Services (SSS).

    TRIO SSS is an esteemed program that serves students who are working to achieve their academic and lifetime goals. TRIO SSS provides services like tutoring, academic advising transfer services, career counseling, financial literacy education, accessibility services, cultural events, college fairs, seminars, workshops, and more.

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  28. Poppy Day

     

    Pictured left: Local Girl Scouts and grandchildren provide support for local Poppy Day collection for VFW. All funds collected stay in the community to benefit veterans. Pictured right: VFW Commander David Sivret presents Poppy Buddy Volunteer pins. (Submitted photos)

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  29. Community Chorus to Present ‘A Harvest of Song’

     

    Quoddy Voices, our region's community chorus, once again takes the stage with a pair of concerts on Friday, November 18, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m., at Eastport Arts Center. The chorus’ program, ‘A Harvest of Song,’ celebrates the season of thanksgiving as well as the upcoming feast day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.

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  30. SCRFHC Director Receives General Excellence Award

     

    St. Croix Regional Family Health Center is pleased to announce that Executive Director Cori LaPlant has been recognized and awarded the 2022 General Excellence Award from the Maine Primary Care Association.

    The General Excellence Award is presented to an individual, clinician or care team member who models the highest standards of care for the underserved, reaches high standards of quality care, adopts and advances innovations as part of the primary care team, promotes

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  31. Polls, Press, Propaganda and Predictions

     

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  32. Students Working to Prepare Veterans Ceremony

    Jayna Smith
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    The tradition of celebrating veterans continues at Calais Middle/High School with its annual Veterans Ceremony, set for Thursday, November 10.  

    The ceremony is organized and executed by Mrs. Lori Ellis’s AP English class.  Because of the global pandemic, however, this will be the first year it has been held since 2019.

    Each student in the class has been assigned to specific tasks in preparation of the event.  

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  33. DOT Sign with Misspelling to be Replaced

     

    Jayna Smith
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    This sign, erected by the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) on Baring Street in Calais, indicates that downtown St. Stephens is just 3 miles away.  The town referenced on the sign, however, is actually spelled without an S on the end: St. Stephen.  

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  34. Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

    Jayna Smith
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    Like the 1971 Five Man Electric Band song “Signs” (covered by Tesla in 1990) says, “Sign, sign | Everywhere a sign | Blocking’ out the scenery | Breakin’ my mind,” campaign signs are a common sight leading up to Election Day.  

    Nearly all candidates utilize this type of advertising, specifically for name recognition.  But regardless of whether or not these types of signs influence how one votes, there is plenty of regulation surrounding them.

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  35. Calais Free Library’s Halloween Parade

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  36. Holiday Bazaar Expected to Draw Hundreds

    Jayna Smith
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    The Holiday Bazaar at Calais Middle/High School will surely be one not to miss.  Slated for Saturday, November 19th, the event will allow all to get a headstart on their holiday shopping, while supporting the students in grades 7 and 8 with a trip of a lifetime.

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  37. CHS Runners Qualify for States

     

    At the recently-held regional cross country race in Belfast, Calais High School runners Bailey O’Rourke (left photo) and Phillip Bassett (shown right in right photo) both qualified for the state race held in Cumberland last weekend.  (Submitted photos)

     

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  38. Calais Junior High Soccer

     

    Calais 8th graders recently played their final soccer game before they move up to high school next season.  Those student-athletes are Sarah Wentworth, Mackenzie Smith, Mikah Smith, Liam Travis, Noah White, Kaci Small, Wyatt Short, Bradley Walton, and Parker Bailey. (Submitted photo)

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  39. Chambers Receives Endorsement from Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township

     

    Jake Chambers, Republican candidate for House District 9, recently met with Passamaquoddy Chief Billy Nicholas and was awarded full endorsement of the tribe, according to Chambers.  

    “We had great conversation, discussing everything from tribal issues, the economics of fuel oil, cost of gasoline, and the cost of food,” Chambers said of the meeting.  

    “We also discussed the drug epidemic and the loss of lives in this area,” he added, both topics on which Chambers has heavily focused throughout his campaign.  

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  40. K9 Memphis for the Win

     

    K9 Memphis of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was last week requested to assist the Penobscot Sheriff’s Office in Clifton, where K9 Memphis located over 300 grams of methamphetamine hidden inside a vehicle on Oct. 24. Memphis is handled by Deputy Toni Bridges and worked together with K9 Kia. Good job, K9 Memphis! (Photo courtesy Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

     

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  41. 2nd CD Riffs

     

    Jon Reisman

    Golden is running against former Congressmen Bruce Poliquin and Independent Tiffany Bond. I cannot bring myself to vote for any of them.
    We got an envelope and card from Ms. Bond last week, which was a refreshing break from the glossy mailers supporting or attacking Mills, LePage, Golden and Poliquin with assorted lies and half-truths. Ms. Bond invited me to e-mail her any questions I had. She responded pretty quickly:

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  42. Happy Halloween from Tom, the Office Cat!

    Happy Halloween!

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  43. Scene Around Town: Ghosts, Ghouls, and More

     

    At Jose and Barbara Lara’s Calais Avenue home, something spooky is going on!  Take a drive by to see the various Halloween displays, including this one. (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  44. The Calais Advertiser Receives 24 Awards from Maine Press Association

     

    At its annual state conference, held at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center in Bar Harbor on October 22, the Maine Press Association recognized The Calais Advertiser for its exceptional journalism work, presenting it with 24 awards.  Its sister paper Machias Valley News Observer won 18 awards, for a total of 42 awards combined between the two Washington County publications.  

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  45. Calais School Committee: One Candidate for One 2-Year Seat, Four for Two 3-Year Term Seats

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais’ municipal election is slated for Tuesday, November 8, 2022.  Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Calais Recreation Center on Academy Street.  Street parking is available in front of the building, or in the parking lot off Lincoln Street.

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