1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Headlines in My Dreams

     

    Jon Reisman

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  23. ‘Very Good Day’ for Dogs and Cats at PAWS, Thanks to WES Students

     

    Evan Guire, grade 6 class vice president and Ian Laplant, grade 6 class president
     
    Some people might say that we are heroes, but I say we are just sixth grade students. It was a very simple thing to do, but to those dogs and cats, it was a lot more than that. The Woodland Elementary School brought in a little over four hundred items just for PAWS! Four hundred is a big number, especially to those animals. With a little bit of our help, the dogs and cats probably had a very good day and will keep having very good days.

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  24. Local Boys Begin Tradition of ‘Reverse Advent Calendars’ to Help Less Fortunate

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Many children enjoy the traditional Advent calendars leading up to Christmas Day.  Each day during Advent, these children open a small numbered flap on their calendars.  Behind each flap is typically a small piece of candy or other fun trinket.  For two brothers, however, the Advent calendar this past Christmas season was very different.

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  25. Fitzgerald’s Tavern Makes Donation to Calais Veterans Center

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Fitzgerald’s Tavern opened its doors for business at the end of last month.  Owner Tim Krug was sure to show his patriotism and support of veterans in his decor, specifically with his service flags displayed in the bar room, along with a large American flag.  

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  26. Calais High School Inducts Nine to National Honor Society

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Last Thursday evening, Calais High School held its annual National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony with nine new members welcomed into the organization.

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  27. Dump Days

     

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  28. Snowy Owl Rescued Locally Released After Recovery

     

    Jayna Smith
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    After nearly eight weeks of rehabilitation, a snowy owl captured in Baileyville back in November has been released back into the wild.  Snowy owls are native to the Arctic regions.

    On November 22, the owl had been captured in Baileyville by local Game Warden Brad Richard.  The capture came after Richard noticed the bird “could fly only short distances with minimal altitude.”

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  29. The Washington County Community is Nova Strong

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    Our community has joined together to help three-year-old GFPD warrior Nova Downing.  

    Nova was diagnosed with Peroxisomal Acyl-CoA Oxidase Deficiency in June 2020. This disorder causes deterioration of nervous system function, or neurodegeneration, beginning in infancy.  Babies with Peroxisomal Acyl-CoA Oxidase Deficiency tend to have weak muscle tone, seizures, and other medical complications.

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  30. Virtue Signaling Follies

     

    Jon Reisman

    A great deal of resources, freedom and integrity are sacrificed daily in support of policies that advertise moral superiority but accomplish little or nothing promoting their supposed goals and, in fact, are often counterproductive. Climate change, Covid and assorted Diversity, Equity and Inclusion mandates all offer excellent examples of authoritarian moral preening that damages the country without actually averting any global warming, infections, or racial animus.

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  31. Down East Hospice Quilt Winners

     

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  32. Scalloping in the Sea Smoke

     

    Machias photographer, carpenter, and sternman Jamie Moore captured this lovely photo of fishing boats in the sea smoke near Cobscook Bay State Park this month. Freezing cold temperatures and winter storms mean Maine’s scalloping season, now underway, is not for the faint of heart. Moore works with Machiasport Captain Ben Crocker Jr. aboard F/V Dawn Marie, Bucks Harbor. (Photo by Jamie Moore)

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  33. Lubec Man Accused of Killing his Girlfriend Arrested in Virginia

    On Monday, January 10, 2022, Washington County Sherriff’s Deputies received information about an altercation that happened at a home at 69 Jim’s Head Road in Lubec.

    When deputies arrived at the residence, they discovered evidence outside the home that led investigators to believe something suspicious happened at the residence, and the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit was called in to investigate.

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  34. Pratt Donation-Match Campaign Brings in Nearly $20,000 for Local Food Pantries

    Jayna Smith
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    For about ten years, Ian Pratt of the Pratt dealership has held a donation-match campaign throughout the month of November, all to benefit local food pantries.  Through this program, Pratt has always committed to matching up to $5,000 of donations received.  

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  35. High School Students Enjoy Theater Outreach Visits

     

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  36. Democrat John Glowa Challenging Mills in 2022 Governor’s Race

     

    Nancy Beal

    Retired state employee John Glowa recently visited the Washington County Democratic Committee to introduce himself and explain why he is challenging Gov. Janet Mills in the race for the Democratic candidacy in next November’s gubernatorial election.

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  37. Sunday Series Continues with Diverse Presentations

     

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  38. Muppets for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

     

    Jon Reisman

    Sesame Street is now a property of HBO, which has made the Muppets even more woke and insufferable then they were on PBS.  There are now specific BIPOC and LGBTQ Muppets, and Sesame Street has apologized for earlier incarnations, which apparently promoted systemic racism, implicit bias and white supremacy. I was a big fan of the Muppet Show back in the day, and I wondered how some of my favorite iconic characters would fare in wokeville.

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  39. Brendan Leddy Scholarship Continues for the Second Year

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    With dropping temperatures and about a foot of snow on the ground, it can be a little hard to picture warmer temperatures and a lot clear enough in which to skateboard, but those affiliated with the Calais Skatepark are so excited to get summer rolling with a big announcement. For the second year in a row, the skatepark committee is excited to be able to offer the scholarship for a free week of skateboarding at Camp Woodward.

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  40. St. Croix No. 1 Receives Much-Needed Donation After Pandemic Halted Fundraising

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The global coronavirus pandemic has halted many events throughout its near-two years, including all fundraising for the nonprofit St. Croix #1 Fire House Restoration Committee.  Thankfully, a welcomed–and much needed–donation was received last week.

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  41. Small Church Bake Sale Results in Big Outcome for Food Pantry

    Jayna Smith
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    During mass last Sunday, the children at Immaculate Conception Church presented a check for $555.40 to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.

    The money came from a bake sale the children held at the church after a mass in November.  

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  42. Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Fitzgerald’s Tavern to Downtown

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Fitzgerald’s Tavern is now officially open for business.  Owner Tim Krug opened his doors on December 22, 2021, and ever since, he said, the support from locals has been overwhelming.

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  43. Local Shares Wreaths Across America Experience

     

    Jayna Smith
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    In 1992, the Worcester Wreath company in Harrington first sent wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery.  Those wreaths were placed in one of the older sections of the cemetery that had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year.

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  44. Meddybemps and Charlotte Firefighter Refurbishes Cold Water Rescue Sled

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    Lieutenant and board member Peter Frost of the Meddybemps and Charlotte Volunteer Fire Departments has brought a vision of his to life.

    After scoring a Bob Sked at a yard sale, Frost has transformed it into a cold water rescue sled.

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  45. UMM Students to Return to In-Person Learning This Month

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    University of Maine at Machias students will return to in-person classes on Tuesday, Jan. 18, according to a Jan. 4 press release from the UMaine system.

    Though UMM has held in-person classes since September 2021, the announcement ends weeks of speculation following news that many New England schools, such as Harvard, have already announced students will return from winter break via remote learning due to the nationwide upsurge in COVID-19 cases.

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