1. Notes for a “New” Year

     

    Jon Reisman

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  2. Woodland Lady Dragons

     

    Jayna Smith
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    It was a good week on the court for the Woodland Dragons.  Coach Ben Maloney’s team picked up two more wins, one against Lee and another against Schenck, upping their record to 5-1.

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  3. Beautiful Eagle

     

    Kai Lamb of Machiasport captured this majestic eagle coming in for a landing in a spruce tree. Once an endangered species, there are now more breeding bald eagle pairs in Maine — roughly 800 —  than existed in the entire U.S. when they were first declared endangered in 1978. (Photo by Kai Lamb)

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  4. Pembroke Historical Society ZOOM History Program Series

    Risk & Reward off Cape Horn: The Story of Captain Jesse Thayer Carver, of Searsport, Maine, and the Wreck of the Maine-built Downeaster St. Mary

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  5. Calais Lady Blue Devils

     

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  6. Bold Coast Runners Celebrate the New Year

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    If you saw a group of runners in Pembroke on New Year's Day, it was likely the Bold Coast Runners hosting a group to celebrate 2022.  

    For the sixth year in a row, friends and club members joined together from Baileyville, Pembroke, Eastport, Addison, Lubec, Whiting, Perry and East Machias for a “No Fees, No Awards, No Aids, No Wimps” winter run.

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  7. Band and Cheerleaders are Back for CHS Games!

     

    The cheer squad and the band are back at select Calais High School basketball games.  For senior Tristan Seavey, that means double duty–on the sidelines as a cheerleader and on the balcony at half time as a member of the pep band.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  8. Perry Woman Makes Initial Appearance for Murder Charge

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon
     
    Danielle Wheeler of Perry has been charged in the murder of her ex-boyfriend, 50-year-old Jason “Cowboy” Aubuchon of Eastport, who died by gunshot on Sunday, Dec. 26, just before 9 p.m., according to Maine State Police.

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  9. Machias Savings Bank Fulfills Assisted Living Facility Residents’ Wish Lists

     

    Jayna Smith
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    When some think of giving at Christmastime, children often come to mind as recipients.  For staff and customers of Machias Savings Bank, however, older adults were thought of for the local branch’s giving tree this year.  

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  10. 2022 Stories I’ll be Warily Watching

     

    Jon Reisman

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  11. First Sunrise of 2021

     

    The first sunrise of 2021 off the coast of Lubec by West Quoddy Head Light. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  12. Sewall Memorial Congregational Church

     

    Bonnie Lyons

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  13. Eastport Readies for Annual Great Sardine and Maple Leaf Drops

     

    Natalie Boomer
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  14. Keeping a Culture Alive, One Drumbeat at a Time

     

    Barbara A. Walsh,
    Maine Monitor

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  15. ‘Almost, Maine’ Cast to Perform for New Year’s Weekend

     

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  16. Dragons Claim Victory Over Blue Devils

     

    Jayna Smith
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    At Calais on December 22, Coach Ben Maloney’s Dragons came through with a 58-51 win over Coach Dean Preston’s Blue Devils.
    Stats provided by the Dragon coaching staff showed Ethan Monk led the winners with 23 points, while Wyatt MacArthur chipped in with 21.  MacArthur also pulled down 11 rebounds.  
    Brogan Brown added another 7, while Shain McIver and Reece Sabattus had 3 each.

     

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  17. Downeast Day on the Ice to Bring Many Winter Activities

     

    Natalie Boomer
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  18. Resolutions and Forlorn Hopes

     

    Jon Reisman

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  19. Merry Christmas!

    From all of us here at The Calais Advertiser, we wish
    you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  20. Calais Resident Says ‘DITTO’ to Neighbors’ Elaborate Christmas Display

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Calais resident Stacy Crosby, who resides on Palmer Street, could not keep up with the elaborate Christmas display of her neighbors Bob and Gayle Greenlaw.  

    Over the weekend, rather than attempt to upstage the dazzling show next door, Crosby affectionately gave tribute to the Greenlaw’s hard work by displaying her own type of clever show, the word “DITTO,” lit up brightly for all to see.

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  21. Santa Visits Children of Woodland

     

    Santa Claus makes his way through the Village of Woodland to visit local children with the help of the Baileyville Fire Department. (Photo by Natalie Boomer)

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  22. Santa Claus Makes Early Visit to Local Children

     

    Natalie Boomer
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    The man in the red suit came to town a week early.  Santa Claus visited the children of Baileyville and Baring on Sunday, December 19th.

    With the help of Ray Faulkner and the Baileyville Fire Department, Santa made his rounds by fire engine, instead of sleigh.

    In the meantime, local children dropped off their letters to Santa at the Woodland IGA, where a special mailbox was placed just for this occasion.

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  23. Calais Parish Spreads Christmas Cheer

     

    A year after creating personalized Christmas cards for the residents of Washington Place Assisted Living in Calais, the faith formation students at Immaculate Conception Church, also in Calais, decided that this year, they would go even further to ensure smiles and a brighter day for those in need.

    “Last year, the cards went over great. They loved them!” said Marc Podschlne, director of faith formation at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish of which Immaculate Conception Church is a part. “This year, all of my faith formation classes made cards again.”

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  24. Lights Tie Lubec and Campobello Together for Christmas

     

    Sarah Craighead Dedmon
     
    It all began with a question.

    “I was wondering if it might be possible to decorate the bridge for Christmas?” asked Joel Ross of Lubec, posting Nov. 29 on Facebook. Readers enthusiastically applauded his idea, and this week for the first time ever, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Bridge —  and the saltwater beneath it —  shine with Christmas lights.

    The bridge connects Lubec, the easternmost town in the nation, with Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.

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  25. Trinity Jones Leads Lady Blue Devils to Three Wins

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The Lady Blue Devils, under Coach Sean Cavanaugh, were successful in picking up two wins in their first full week of play, upping their record 3-0.

    On Monday, December 13, the Calais girls’ hosted Machias in a 72-41 downeast match up.

    Trinity Jones led the team with 15 points, while Mercedes Owen contributed 11 and Kendra Stevens and Nevaeh Thoms each dropped in 10.  Brenna Critchley added 8 for the winners.

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  26. PBSO Trio Performs for Seniors

     

    Residents of Eastport Nursing Home and Washington Place in Calais were treated to a musical visit by three Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra members on Tuesday, December 14. The program of holiday tunes was performed by the talented trio of Ann Simmons, violin, June Gregory, flute and Ellen Krajewski, cello.

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  27. Spednic Club Members Continue to Spread Goodwill and Cheer

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Just recently, The Calais Advertiser shared news about Spednic Club members raising funds for the Stuff the Bus campaign, one of many ways the members contribute to the community.  Now, members there have once again stepped up to help others.

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  28. Pratt Donation-Match Campaign Brings in Nearly $10,000 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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  29. Race Grifter Enablers

     

    Jon Reisman

    Because the racist “anti-racists” will work to erase the Jussie Smollett guilty verdict memory as quickly as possible, the idiotic credulity and evil complicity of the following race grafter tweets should be regularly remembered:

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  30. Downeast Boys’ Basketball Preview: Key Players, What to Expect, and More

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Boys’ basketball is back and closer to normal this year, with fans permitted in most schools, full schedules lined up, and plans underway for a state tournament.  Area coaches recently shared what their respective teams will bring to the court this season.  
     

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  31. Downeast Girls’ Basketball Preview: Key Players, What to Expect, and More

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Players and fans throughout Washington County have welcomed back basketball after last year brought an abbreviated season with no tournaments and no spectators, all due to the coronavirus pandemic.  This season is looking closer to normal, with full schedules, tournaments planned, and spectators–although masked–permitted in most schools.
    Recently, area coaches shared what can be expected from their respective teams this season.

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  32. International Feztival of Trees Glows with Christmas Spirit

     

    Jayna Smith
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    Since 2016, with the exception of last year due to COVID-19, the International Feztival of Trees has brought hundreds out to view spectacular Christmas trees, all well decorated and complete with gifts underneath.  The event is a fundraiser for the two sponsoring clubs, Schoodic Shrine Club, which covers northern Washington County, and Washington County Shrine Club, which covers the southern part of the county.

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  33. Baileyville Christmas Parade

     

    Baileyville Public Works decorated a plow truck for the Baileyville Christmas Parade.  Its great display won first place among the entries. (Photos by Natalie Boomer)

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  34. Calais Lights Up for Christmas

     

    Homes all over town are well lit and well decorated for the holiday season.  These photos show just a couple of the many you can view on an evening trip around Calais. These homes are on Calais Avenue and Swan Street.

     

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  35. SCRTC Announces SkillsUSA Leaders

     

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  36. Calais Walmart Places Local Newspapers at Customer Service Desk

     

    Jayna Smith
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    After The Calais Advertiser shared last week the news of the Calais Walmart discontinuing the sale of this publication, without any information provided from the local store manager, the retail giant’s media relations contacted the newspaper.

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  37. Downeast Broadband Utility Continues to Expand

    Jayna smith
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    Downeast Broadband Utility (DBU), as most now know, is the first of its kind, non-profit, open-access fiber optic municipal utility network in the state.  The residents of Calais and Baileyville own DBU, which provides high-speed internet, phone, and TV through a dark fiber network to businesses and residences in both towns.  

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  38. Hoping, But Not Optimistic, That 2022 is an Improvement

     

    Jon Reisman

    I began 2021 channeling “1921” from the Who. I had no reason to be overly prophetic, but it turns out Roger Daltrey accurately foreshadowed the Delta variant, Afghanistan, the open Southern border, January 6, cackling Kamala, the Durham probe, the Rittenhouse and Smollett trials and the media lies and malpractice surrounding all of it:

    Got a feeling '21
    Is going to be a good year,
    Especially if you and me
    See it in together.

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  39. Calais IGA Welcomes Back Canadian Shoppers

     

    Jayna Smith
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    As of November 30, 2021, vaccinated Canadians can visit the United States for up to 72 hours without the need for a PCR test upon returning, per the Canadian government.  

    Calais IGA was ready for their Canadian customers on that day with a “Welcome Back” banner displayed at its entrance.  

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  40. Brothers Save Money to Buy Gifts for Other Kids

     

    Jayna Smith
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    The holidays bring out the giving spirit in most people, and such was the case for 12-year-old Bradley Walton and his 9-year old brother Parker.

    Bradley has been a paperboy at The Calais Advertiser for nearly three years.  He has been known to do very nice gestures for his customers, as an example, providing each with a rose last Valentine’s Day.  

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  41. Calais Walmart Removes Local Newspapers

    This story has since been updated since publication date: https://www.calais.news/calais-walmart-places-local-newspapers-customer-...

    Jayna Smith
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    After years of The Calais Advertiser available for purchase at Calais Walmart, the retail giant is now refusing to carry the local publication.

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  42. Hundreds Braved the Cold for 24th Annual Lioness Christmas Parade

    Full video www.tinyurl.com/calaischristmasparade

    Jayna Smith
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    On what some say was the coldest night for a parade in the history of the Lioness parade, the Calais Lioness Club executed a great community Christmas parade last Friday night.

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  43. Alexander Grange Members Lay Wreaths on Veterans Graves

     

    Excerpt from the Alexander news column by Cassie Oakes:

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  44. Calais Student Named Heisman State Scholarship Winner

    Kobe Saunders, a senior at Calais High School, has been named an overall state winner of the Heisman High School Scholarship by Acceptance Insurance.

    The opportunity to apply was open to all seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 or better, are proven leaders and role models in their school and community, and have participated in at least one recognized sport while in high school.

    Alexis Donahue and Saunders were named the female and male winners at the school level for Calais High School.  

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  45. A Celtic Christmas Dec. 10 with Members of COIG!

     

    After a 20-month shut down due the COVID-19, Calais Celtic Concerts returns, bringing three members of the popular Cape Breton Celtic super group COIG, namely Darren McMullen, Rachel Davis and Chrissy Crowley. They will be back to Calais, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, on Friday December 10 at 6 p.m. The doors will open at 5 p.m. Due to the smaller venue at the Knights Hall, it is suggested all arrive early for the best seats.

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