1. Calais Rec. Summer Basketball Camp

     

    Calais Recreation Department held a summer basketball camp in August, thanks to counselors Chris Taylor and Maddie McVicar.  Chris currently works for the Indiana Pacers program and Maddie plays D1 basketball for UMaine.  Both are Calais High School graduates.  

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  2. Dennysville

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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  3. POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony

     

    Submitted by Sherry Sivret

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  4. St. Croix Bowling Club Opens to Old and New Members

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    The St. Croix Bowling Club in Calais started its men’s and women’s leagues on September 8 and is still welcoming new members. 

    “It’s a private bowling club that was established in 1896. We have men’s leagues, women’s leagues, and a fun league, which is a couples league,” said Rick Lord, treasurer and past president of the St. Croix Bowling Club. 

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  5. Closed Church Provides Lasting Legacy

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    For nearly 200 years, the First Congregational Church of Calais served the people of Calais and surrounding areas.  On May 31 of this year, the church, however, held its last service.  

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  6. Community Comes Together to Honor 9/11 Victims

     

    Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    Last week, a 25x40 foot  American flag was hung across a building at St. Croix Tissue and Woodland Pulp LLC. 

    As September 11th approached, Baileyville Chief of Police Bob Fitzsimmons asked the community to stop by and take a photo with the flag hanging in the background and share it to his personal Facebook wall for all to see. 

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  7. Robbinston Woman Receives Boston Post Cane

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Alice Ingersoll, of Robbinston, was recently honored with the Boston Post Cane.  The cane is a symbol of respect, commemorating the oldest living resident of a town.  

    Ms. Ingersoll, whose friends describe her as very spry for 90 years young, is mother to son John and daughters Lynn and Susan and grandmother to many grandchildren.

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  8. Patricia Metta Takes Position as New Superintendent of AOS 90 Schools

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    As Bill Braun takes a step back from his role as Superintendent of the AOS 90 school district, Patricia Metta has taken over the position with a full heart and a vision of the future. 

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  9. The Systemic Racism Racket Gets Trumped

     

    Jonathan Reisman

    The Systemic Racism Industry has had its sweet multimillion consulting racket exposed and trumped. The President has used his “pen and phone” to order the critical race theory hustle out of the federal bureaucracy. The shrieks and howls from the incredibly undiverse set of pricey diversity “consultants” kicked off the taxpayer dime can be heard in HR departments and Democratic covens across the country.

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  10. School Choice

     

    Jonathan Reisman

    “In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.”

    ― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

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  11. Calais Schools to Provide Childcare Options

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    With the changes to the upcoming school year at Calais schools, a lot of parents are having to figure out what they are going to do with their kids at the times they aren’t in school. When making the plans for the new school year, administrators took these concerns into consideration and tried to find a way to help parents out. 

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  12. In Memory: Jacob’s Bench

     

    Kaileigh Deacon 

    Community, especially a small community, brings people together in ways and with bonds tighter than most people would be able to understand. It doesn’t always take a long time for someone to feel like a part of a community and as if they were always a part of the community. While people aren’t always born in the places they make their home, they find their homes in the towns and people they find along their journey. 

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  13. Pembroke 4th of July Committee BBQ

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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  14. Addison Coty Race T-shirt Design Winners Announced

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Those involved with the Addison Coty Memorial Scholarship Fund have announced the winners of this year’s t-shirt design contests.  The contests are a new addition to the third annual 5K race and one-mile fun run that remember the 2018 Calais High School graduate while raising funds to provide scholarships in his name to graduating seniors.    

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  15. Lioness of the Year Announced, New President Holding the Reins

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The ladies of the charitable group Calais Lioness Club met last week after their summer hiatus with newly-elected president Theresa Porter at the helm.

    Other appointed officers include Mary Jean Redding as vice-president, Laurel Perkins as treasurer, Jayna Smith as secretary, Irene Moreside as tail twister, and Martha Apkarian as tamer.

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  16. Community Harvest Dinner to be a Highlight of Scarecrow Festival

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Calais Downeast Revitalization Coalition (CDRC) has a big day planned for this year’s highly-anticipated Scarecrow Festival, and it’s all set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 26.

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  17. Donation Match Campaign Brings in $1,500 for Calais Rec. Department

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A few weeks ago, local man Ken Holmes decided to make a donation to the Calais Recreation Department.  Holmes’ generosity stemmed from wanting to help ensure children did not lose out on the positive experiences offered through the department’s programs because of any possible financial burden on the families.

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  18. Community BBQ Brings in Donations for Three Local Organizations

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last month’s All Together Community BBQ was a one-day event full of fun for all ages.  The idea for the barbecue came from John Cowell, who felt it was a good time to bring the community together, especially since the annual International Homecoming Festival had to be canceled due to COVID-19.  

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  19. Grampie Bill’s Farewell Dinner

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    For years Bill and Arlene Gibson of Grampie Bill’s in Calais have served the public with free Easter and Thanksgiving meals out of the kindness of their own hearts.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two were not able to host an Easter dinner for the 2020 year. Although they had to cancel, they knew they would still find a way to help out the community. 

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  20. Food for Veterans

    222cares - Food For Veterans in the Calais Food Pantry parking lot. Pictured are Rob Jones President, Maj. Chaplain, VFW Commander David Sivret and Commander Michael McLean. (Submitted photo)

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  21. Acadia National Cemetery Dedicated in Reverential Weekend Ceremony

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Heavy rains held off just long enough to allow a solemn ceremony dedicating Acadia National Cemetery, which took place on Saturday, Aug. 30. In keeping with coronavirus restrictions, a small group was invited to hear remarks from Sen. Susan Collins, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves, and Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie. Music was provided by Maine National Guard’s 195th Army Band. 

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  22. Celebration of Two Hundred Years of the Lubec Congregational Christian Church

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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  23. Ken & Jane Brooks at the Perry Congregational Church

     

    Submitted by Ann Montgomery

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  24. Fall Sports Get the Green Light from the MPA

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) on Thursday unanimously gave the go-ahead for high school fall sports.  Now the final decision rests with the state and local school districts.  

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  25. CPD Reminds Motorists to Travel with Caution as School Sets to Reopen

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    With schools resuming soon, Calais Police Chief Dave Randall reminds motorists to be cautious.  

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  26. Alexander Votes Overwhelmingly to Join Downeast Broadband Utility

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    The Town of Alexander will soon be the first to join Calais and Baileyville as part of Downeast Broadband Utility (DBU), a utility organization formed by the Town of Baileyville and the City of Calais.  

    According to Ted Carter, Alexander resident and broadband liaison for the town, the town held its meeting on Monday, August 24th with the one-issue warrant.  Of the votes, 60 were in favor of joining DBU, while only 11 were opposed.

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  27. Recovery Center Commemorates Lives Lost to Addiction

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Many community members came together Monday night to remember those lost to addiction, as well as to show support to those affected by drug use and to share stories of recovery, all in honor of National Overdose Awareness Day.

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  28. See You in September?

     

    Jonathan Reisman

    This week marks the beginning of my 37th year at UMM and my 47th consecutive September on a New England college campus. The times, they are a-changing.

    American higher education is on the cusp of a financial, cultural and political reckoning that will leave it smaller, poorer, less popular, less powerful and decidedly diminished. Those changes, as deserved as they may well be, will probably not be accompanied by any recognizable change in attitude, humility, leftist indoctrination practices or self-regard and esteem.

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  29. Familiar Buildings Depicted in Art Piece

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A local woman has created some very intricate depictions of familiar Calais buildings, and she’s put them all together and made them available for purchase in the form of notecards.

    Nell Walton has never taken an art course, but one would be very surprised after seeing her work.  Her first love was pen and ink, and she had never painted with watercolors until just last October.  

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  30. Absentee Ballots vs. Mail-in Ballots: What’s the Difference?

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last week, Maine’s online service to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 General Election opened, and requests surged.  As Maine’s government website states, voting is one of the fundamental rights citizens of the United States have, and today, casting a ballot at each election is easier than ever.  

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  31. Dam Visits Shed Light on Water Level Concerns

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Sen. Marianne Moore (R-Calais) and Rep. Kathy Javner (R-Chester) recently traveled to three eastern Washington County dams after hearing concerns from constituents on lake water levels. 

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  32. Batter Up! Nearly 50 Area Kids Ready to Take a Swing at Fall Baseball

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Nearly 50 area youth are signed up and ready for the fall baseball season.  Organizer Matt Vinson said this year the Calais area will have four teams entered in the Eastern Maine Fall Baseball League (EMFBL).  

    Vinson, who brings over 25 years of coaching experience, started the local fall baseball program in 2015 after learning of the EMFBL, a league that falls under the Old Town Recreation Department.  

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  33. Dressing Down Benefits Calais Recreation Department

     

    Employees of First National Bank recently raised $532.54 for the Calais Recreation Department through its Casual for a Cause program. Employees make a contribution to a nominated non-profit organization in exchange for dressing casually on Fridays for one month.

    The City of Calais Recreation Department offers team sports and fun individual and family activities indoors and outdoors year-round. 

    For more information visit www.calaismaine.org/parks-and-recreation/ or visit their Facebook page. 

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  34. Battling the Milfoil Found in Big Lake

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A concern from constituents recently heard by Sen. Marianne Moore and Rep. Kathy Javner is the variable-leaf milfoil found in Big Lake. The invasive plant was recently found there, the second largest lake in Washington County. It has been determined that the milfoil has infested much more extensively in the lake than originally thought.  

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  35. Community Vigil Planned to Recognize Overdose Awareness Day

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Last year in Maine, 380 lives were lost due to drugs, a 7 percent increase over 354 in 2018.  Of those 380, 84 percent were caused by opioids, nearly always in combination with other drugs or alcohol, according to the Office of the Maine Attorney General.  Although the numbers for each of the two years were a decrease from the 418 in 2017, the opioid crisis continues to be a public health epidemic.  

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  36. IGA Donates to Backpacks Program

    Bob Craft of Calais IGA donated 24 backpacks filled with food to Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry backpack program. Pictured are Bob Craft (left) and David Sivret. (Submitted photo)

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  37. Pandemic Brings an Innovative Fundraiser for Local Woman with Cancer

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A benefit to help one in need is a big undertaking to plan and execute, but doing so during a pandemic is even more difficult, considering restrictions on gatherings and many guidelines to follow.  For one local woman, recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, a friend has thought of an innovative way to host a benefit drive-up Chinese auction.

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  38. Lockdown Lowdown

     

    Jonathan Reisman

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  39. Miracle at Philadelphia

     

    Jonathan Reisman

    Growing up and attending public schools in Philadelphia in the 1960s, I got an up close and personal view of the American founding, race relations, diversity and its discontents.  The Pledge of Allegiance’s promise of “liberty and justice for all” would probably be termed white supremacist systemic racism by today’s mostly peaceful protesters, but in Philadelphia I was taught America was founded in freedom in 1776, not slavery in 1619.

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  40. IGA Donates to "Project Backpacks"

    Bob Craft of Calais IGA presenting Commander Mike a backpack donation to Calais American Legion Project Backpacks! (Photo submitted by Michael McLean)

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  41. Pugs Living Their Best Lives in Forever Home

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    A pug is a breed of dog recognizable to most by its short-muzzled, wrinkly face, curled tail, and big, beady black eyes.  This breed brings true friendship to owners through the unconditional love they demonstrate, and for one couple, John and Robin Bouchard, of Robbinston, pugs certainly complete their family.

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  42. Addison Coty Memorial 5K Includes T-Shirt Design Contest

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Plans are underway for the third annual Addison Coty Memorial Turkey Trot.  The 5K race, along with a kids’ fun run, will be held earlier in the year, slated for Saturday, October 10th, with the annual spaghetti dinner still scheduled for the eve of the race.  This year’s event will also feature a t-shirt design contest.

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  43. Bucks Harbor Pre-Release Center on Track for ‘21 Reconstruction

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Osprey circled above municipal and state officials gathered where Downeast Correctional Facility’s control center and dormitory number three once stood. Both buildings were demolished earlier this year to make way for the Bucks Harbor prison’s next act as a pre-release center, now on schedule to open in the summer of 2021.

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  44. Learn About Maine’s Salamanders and Snakes

     

    Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    The Downeast Coastal Conservancy is hosting a virtual presentation on Maine’s native salamanders and snakes on Tuesday, August 25th. 

    These tiny creatures may be seldom thought of, but provide a vital role in the stability of our natural resources as indicator species.  Even though many fear these amphibians, there are many good reasons to respect them and even show appreciation for them. 

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  45. Friends and Family Give Gibby O’Brien Impressive Send Off

     

    Gilbert O’Brien, known affectionately as Gibby, passed away last week, leaving behind his wonderful wife of 68 years, Louise, their son Bobby and his fiance Stephanie, and numerous friends and family members.  

    Gibby made his living driving trucks and was well-known and well-liked in the Calais area and beyond.  In recent years, it was common to see him and his wife Louise taking a trek around town in an antique vehicle, a daily routine for the couple.  

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