1. CBP Confirms Reduction of Hours at Vanceboro Port

    Ricky Cleghorn

    The hours of operation for the Vanceboro, Maine Port of Entry will be reduced from 24 hours a day to only 12 hours a day–from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.--beginning September 11, 2022, per a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    According to a CBP spokesperson, the change to operational hours comes as an attempt to better allocate resources during peak travel periods within the Calais area of operations.

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  2. CPD Remind Motorists to Travel with Caution as School Has Reopened

     

    Jayna Smith
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    School-aged children returned to classes this week, and Calais Police Department is reminding motorists to be extra cautious.

    The presence of the department will be noticed in the areas where kids are going to and from the schools whenever officers are available. “We do plan to have the day shifts filled to make sure there is someone on during the day as much as possible when school is in session,” Calais Police Chief Dave Randall said.   

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  3. Calais School Department Free/Reduced Lunch

     

    School Year 2023 free and reduced-price meal benefit applications are available for families with students enrolled in Calais School Department which is participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Meals will be provided to enrolled students at no charge in Maine public schools participating in the National School Lunch Program due to State of Maine Legislation.   

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  4. DEP Says Worcester Built Flagpole View Cabins Without Permits

     

    David Dahl, Maine Monitor

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  5. Green McCarthyism

     

    Jon Reisman

    Gina McCarthy is the first White House National Climate Advisor under President Biden. Before that, she was the EPA administrator under President Obama, where she trail blazed the practice of using an e-mail alias to avoid transparency and pesky freedom of information requests from deplorable non-believers and “deniers.”

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  6. Calais Celtic Concerts Only Summer Show!

     

    Calais Celtic Concerts will present the multi-award winning and Irish step champions “The Gothard Sisters” at Calais High School on Saturday, August 27.  Doors will open for the show at 6 p.m. with curtain time at 7 p.m.  This will be the only show for the Celtic concerts this summer.

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  7. Kids at the Grange

     

    From the Alexander news column by Cassie Oakes: The Alexander Grange Hall was a busy place this past week. It all began on Tuesday the 16th when Kids at the Grange met with guest speaker and Granger Lenny Hanson. The topic of the day was safe hiking. The kids then decorated backpacks and filled them with some items that would be helpful during a hike. Of course, there is always some unplanned fun when the kids found some mushrooms and quizzed herbalist and Granger Esther Tozer about them.

     

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  8. Woodland High School Class of 1971 51st Reunion

     

    Woodland High School Class of 1971 celebrated its 51st year graduation reunion on August 12. Classmates came from the local area, Orono, Bangor, Ellsworth, Augusta, and as far away as North Carolina and Georgia.  Activities started with a guided tour of the High School by Administrative Assistant Holly Mercer-Ward (WHS97) where we visited the new cafeteria, old classrooms and the Dragon Den, remembering when it was brand new!  After the tour the class gathered at the Spednic Club and enjoyed several hours of catching up and re-connecting with old friends.

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  9. Washington County 1 of 3 Experiencing Population Decline

     

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  10. Youth Conservation Corps at the Moosehorn

     

    Last week was the final week for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge.  The YCC crew accomplished many projects, including completing a bridge over a washed-out culvert on the Conic Trail in the Baring Wilderness Area.  The crew designed and constructed the bridge, cutting all of the wood for it in the woodshop, carrying the lumber into the wilderness on their backs, and constructing the bridge using only hand tools.  (USFWS photo)

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  11. Harvest Fest to Return to Calais this October

    Jayna Smith
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    With summer fun and festivals nearly behind us, Calais will once again see the return of the Harvest Festival this October.

    This annual event is organized and executed by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) and will bring music, fun, and more to downtown.

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  12. Veterans Remembrance Tree Program

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

    Wreaths Across America established the Veterans Remembrance Tree Program as a way to remember and honor our veterans. It began when Gold Star families visited the land in Columbia Falls, Maine where they felt peace and tranquility from the land.  

    Each year, balsam tips are harvested to make the wreaths that are placed on veteran’s graves.  The Remembrance Tree Program provides a living memorial to loved ones.  

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  13. ‘Swarm’ of Earthquakes Felt in Central Washington County

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Five more small earthquakes have been reported in central Washington County, bringing August’s total to 13, which constitutes a “swarm,” according to Maine Geological Survey’s Henry Berry. [See previous earthquake story in the Aug. 18 edition of The Calais Advertiser]

    Local lore says the earthquakes are caused by a fault line running under Centerville, but that’s only partially true, says Berry.  

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  14. Won’t Get Fooled Again?

     

    Jon Reisman

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  15. 56th Annual Passamaquoddy Days Celebration

     

    The 56th Peskotomuhkat Ceremonial Dances took place on Sunday, August 14th at the 56th Annual Passamaquoddy Days Celebration at Sipayik Indian Reservation at Split Rock in Perry. (Photo by Natalie Boomer)

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  16. Six Small Earthquakes Rattle Washington County Towns

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Many residents of central Washington County reported feeling an earthquake on Thursday, Aug. 11, and it was only one of six earthquakes recorded here last week.

    “To me, the earthquake sounded like a distant muffled explosion followed quickly by my house shaking,” says Charlie Foster of Columbia Falls. “My stone foundation couldn't take many of those!”

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  17. Fun Had, Awareness Raised at Skatepark Event

     

    Jayna Smith
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    A popular event of International Homecoming Festival is one held at the skatepark, the Skate4Life event.  This was the second year the important event took place, all in an effort to not only have fun, but to also raise awareness of and provide resources on mental health and suicide prevention.

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  18. Stuff the Bus with School Supplies this Saturday

    Jayna Smith
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    Studies have proven that when students have basic school supplies, their grades improve, and in turn, as does their confidence.  One way to ensure Calais students have all they need to be successful in the classroom is through the annual Stuff the Bus event.

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  19. Tire Disposal, Bus Maintenance, Return of Hockey to St. Stephen Among Council Topics

    Jayna Smith
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    On Thursday, August 11, Calais City Council met for its regular meeting.  Present were Mayor Billy Howard and Councilors Mike Sherrard, Marcia Rogers, Mark Carr, James Macdonald, and Elery Beale.

    The council approved the minutes of the previous meeting, along with departmental reports and treasurer’s warrants.

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  20. Machias Wild Blueberry Festival Fun Back in a Big Way

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    There are days when Machias feels like a bustling small town, days when Machias feels like a sleepy small town, and then there are the three days of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, when Machias feels like the center of the summer fun universe. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, festival organizers say people are ready to celebrate. This year’s festival kicks off this Friday, Aug. 19, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 21.  

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  21. Kids at the Grange

     

    From Cassie Oakes Alexander news column: The Alexander Grange Hall was hopping on August 9th when the Kids at the Grange arrived for a day of fun. The weather did not cooperate, so their plans of visiting the Alexander Art Trail got washed away with the rain. But never fear, there were back up plans that included learning a little bit about the Grange, sharing some fun facts about butterflies, designing personal jigsaw puzzle, and playing BINGO (with everyone going home with two prizes). The day ended with some singing and dancing thanks to Jen Sanford’s piano skills

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  22. Johnson’s 5K and Kids’ Fun Run Winners

     

    Jayna Smith
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  23. Trump Raid Tea Leaves

     

    Jon Reisman

    The unprecedented August 8th raid on former President Trump’s Florida home has loosed the whirlwind (to reference Senator Schumer’s public threats to Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Coney Barrett) Like Fort Sumter, it will be noted in history as the action signifying the formal start of the second American Civil War, although the roots and divisions go back many years. They just cannot be papered over any more, even though the legacy media and our own Bangor Daily News will do their best (see the August 10 editorial).

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  24. Ferry Point Bridge Flags

     

    A tradition of recent years marking the start of International Homecoming Festival is the displaying of the American and the Canadian flags at Ferry Point Bridge.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  25. International Homecoming Festival Called a Success

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Despite the missed international parade, this year’s International Homecoming Festival was hailed a success by its organizers, all in celebration of the friendship between Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

    U.S. chairperson Theresa Porter said the attendance at the numerous events was high.  “It’s always hard to judge what kind of crowds to expect, but in spite of 90 plus degree heat, there were still a lot of people around enjoying the events.”

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  26. Return of Chair Affair Proves Successful for CDRC

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) brought back its popular Chair Affair auction to this year's International Homecoming Festival.

    Around 20 locally-made Adirondack chairs were sponsored by local businesses and individuals, then put up for auction as a fundraiser for CDRC.  

    Jeff Demmons, auctioneer, kept the crowd in stitches as bids were placed among the attendees.

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  27. Calais Free Library Hosts First Annual Art Show for Youth

    Natalie Boomer
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    The Calais Free Library hosted its first ever Annual Art Show for Youth last week. Elementary, middle, and high school students were invited to bring their artwork to the library and put it on display on Thursday, August 4th, as part of an event for the International Homecoming Festival.

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  28. Overdose Awareness Community Vigil and Memorial Walk Set for this Month

     

    Jayna Smith
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    For the fourth consecutive year, Downeast Recovery Support Center at 311 Main Street will host an Overdose Awareness Day community vigil and memorial walk.  This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, August 31, beginning at 6 p.m.
    According to Amy Day of the center, photos of loved ones will be accepted right up until the event.  These will be displayed on the large windows of the center that face Main Street.  

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  29. C&E Feeds Celebrates 40 Years of Business With “Clyde’s Classic Car Show”

    What started as a small Blue Seal Feed outlet in 1982,  has now become a thriving family-owned farm supply business, the area’s largest Canadian package receiving hub, and a six-unit apartment complex. To celebrate the Eldridge family establishment, and to honor the muscle behind the business’ growth, the second “Clyde’s Classic Car Show” is being coordinated for September 11th.

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  30. O’Brien’s Celebrates 40 Year Milestone

     

    Jayna Smith
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    O’Brien’s Quality Autocare celebrated 40 years in business last week during International Homecoming Festival.

    Although the actual anniversary is not until September 1, owners Ron and Cindy O’Brien decided to celebrate the milestone during the festival, which drew many to their Main Street garage.  

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  31. Dancing in the Street - Downtown St. Stephen

     

    Last Friday, August 5, as part of the International Homecoming Festival, Dancing in the Street was in downtown St. Stephen. Hayden and Friends played from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Boundry Street Blues Band played from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Saving Sweet Polly played from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Pictured are Hayden and Friends. (Photos by Pierre Little)

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  32. 2022 Elaine Brown Scholarship Recipient

     

    From Dave McCullough's Grand Lake Stream news column: The Women to Women in Grand Lake Stream presented the 2022 Elaine Brown Scholarship to Delia Yates. Delia will be a sophomore at Husson University in Bangor.  She is majoring in Healthcare Administration and Public Health. She can often be found working at the Pine Tree Store in Grand Lake Stream.  Congratulations Delia!  She is seen in the photo with her proud parents, Angel and Scott Yates.

     

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  33. Dystopia

     

    Jon Reisman

    A Few Choice Orwell Quotes:
    “There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language.”
    “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
    “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

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  34. O’Brien Returns to Racing After 20 Years

     

    Jayna Smith
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    After leaving the racing scene two decades ago, Bobby O’Brien is back at the track, once again in the driver’s seat.  
    O’Brien debuted his number 7 street stock car last Saturday at Hermon’s Speedway 95.

    “I’ve missed it for a long time,” he said of the sport.  “I always thought it would be cool to get back into just a part-time gig when I retired.”

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  35. Life Skills Learned Through School Trip to Grocery Store

     

    Jayna Smith
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    A trip to the grocery store is not typically fun for most, but when summer school students from Woodland Elementary School recently visited Calais IGA for a field trip, a good time was had, all while learning valuable life skills.

    For the second consecutive year, students visited Calais IGA as part of their learning.  The 17 students who took the trip to the grocery store also each earned a sweet reward at the end.

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  36. The State of Our Healthcare

    Ricky Cleghorn

    On Monday, August 1, Calais Community Hospital (CCH) staff and leadership held a meet-and-greet with CCH board members and local officials from the greater-Calais area. This meeting took place on the hospital’s campus within the Zimmer Biomet Mobile Learning Center (MLC), an education bus that provides information about orthopedic topics and treatment options, and boasts a large display of surgical instruments and exhibits.

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  37. Small Town, Big Celebration: Robbinston Days Promises Fun for All

    Jayna Smith
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    There’s nothing like a hometown celebration, and that’s just what the Town of Robbinston will be doing on Saturday, August 13, thanks to the Robbinston Historical Society (RHS).

    According to Jane Honeck, one of the organizers, Robbinston Days will be an annual event.  “Last year, we celebrated the 200th birthday for the State of Maine and The town of Robbinston.  Because it was such a huge success, we decided to make Robbinston Days an annual event.”

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  38. DECU Donates to Calais Legion

     

    Downeast Credit Union's director of consumer lending Joanne Cushing and customer lending representative Randy Bowen recently presented a check to the Calais American Legion.  Accepting are Commander Jim Myers (second from left) and past commander Mike McLean (far right).  (Submitted photo)

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  39. The Kids at the Grange

     

    Excerpt from the Alexander news column by Cassie Oakes

    The Kids at the Grange had a wonderful time at their last meeting on July 26th.  It was a busy day that included candle making, flower pressing, starting Christmas cards for the Troops Project, and learning old songs.  As always, there was perusing of the books that the Grange has on hand for the Free Little Library and popsicles to end the day.

     

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  40. Free Soccer Clinic for Area Youth

     

    Jayna Smith
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    A soccer camp held recently at Calais High School was a huge success, according to one of the coaches, Josh Smith.

    Smith and coaches from area schools joined together to lead the clinic, all to help local youth learn new skills and improve their play.

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  41. Healthy Acadia Launches Prosper Initiative for Mothers Living with Substance Use Disorder

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    “If you are or know a pregnant mother who uses substances that lives in Hancock or Washington county, the Prosper Initiative program through Healthy Acadia may be for you,” said Maine Recovery Core Intern Renee Mozeliak.

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  42. Climate Crapola II

     

    Jon Reisman

    One front of the climate alarmist war on fossil fuels, freedom and prosperity is the effort to force companies to state the financial “risks” the climate “crisis” presents. This mischief has taken place not in rulemaking at the Environmental Protection Agency, but rather at the Securities and Exchange Commission and in political lawsuits filed by virtue signaling leftist Democratic State Attorneys General (like Janet Mills she was running for Governor) and green partisan warriors like the Sierra Club and 350.org.

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  43. Former GOP Gov. LePage Makes Second Visit in 9 Months to Calais

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Former Maine Governor Paul LePage visited the Sunrise County on Thursday, July 21.  LePage hopes to oust Janet Mills in November to win back his old job steering the state.  

    His visit marked his second one to the area in just nine months, having visited last October.  

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  44. Street Fair Promises Something for Everyone

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Saturday of International Homecoming Festival each year brings hundreds to downtown Calais.  Typically, in addition to enjoying the many vendors of the street fair, all enjoy the grand parade.  This year, however, due to restrictions at the border crossing resulting from the global pandemic, there will be no international parade.  Instead, the highlight of the day will be the huge street fair, set to be bigger than ever in recent years.

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  45. Going Once, Going Twice … It’s the Return of the Chair Affair

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The return of the Chair Affair to the International Homecoming Festival will certainly be a draw to the downtown triangle park this year.  The once-annual “chair-ity” auction has been added to the lineup of events, after not being held for a few years.

    The Chair Affair is an event spearheaded by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) as a fundraiser for the non-profit group.

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