1. A Way to Beat Those Pandemic Pounds!

     

    Dora Anne Mills, 

    MD, MPH, FAAP

    When I open up social media these days, I often see references to “pandemic pounds” and “quarantine couch calories,” among photos of banana bread and homemade mac and cheese. They reassure me that I’m not the only one struggling to eat healthy and exercise safely these last few months! 

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  2. Local Flower Shop Closes After 24 Years

     

    Kaileigh Deacon

    For those in the Calais area, there has been a go-to place for flowers for a number of years. Flowers by Janie has been a staple in the Calais community for many special occasions. After a busy 24 years, the little flower shop on the corner of North and Garfield Streets is closing its doors for good. 

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  3. Music on the Green

    The Economy Studs were last Tuesday’s Music on the Green concert. The foursome played a number of familiar favorites that had those in the audience singing and tapping along. Members are Jenny Penny, Alan Cook, Jim O’Neil and John Viselli. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  4. Obituary - CLIV DORE

     

    CLIV DORE

    Perry – Cliv Dore, 78, passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2020 while at his camp on Dobsie Lake. Cliv was born in Pleasant Point on July 12, 1942, the oldest of twelve children born to Stafford and Dorothy (Altvater) Dore.

    Cliv was the patriarch of his family, the mentor and the storyteller.

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  5. Arts Awards Presented to High School Seniors

     

    Each year during the graduation ceremonies at area high schools, Eastport Arts Center honors seniors who have excelled in music, theater or the visual arts.  Nominated by their dedicated teachers, the students have been chosen based on their commitment and contribution to the fine arts at their school and community.  

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  6. All Together Community BBQ Photos

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  7. Local Library Granted Barriers for Communities Protection

     

    Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    In the midst of a pandemic, it may be worrisome to go out and do things that you would ordinarily do in your day-to-day lives. The Peavey Memorial Library in Eastport has taken a step to bring back some normalcy to those who enjoy visiting. New barriers have been placed in the library to protect guests and staff and to ensure social distancing.

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  8. Certified Paving & Sealcoating Paves at The Calais Advertiser

    Newspaper Publisher/Owners Pierre and Wendy Little are very pleased with the excellent paving job done by Certified Paving & Sealcoating at the office at 23 Church Street in Calais.  It was long overdue. They were pleased to be able to support a local business and want to thank the crew of Certified Paving and Sealcoating for their excellent work. (Photos by Wendy Little)

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  9. Music on the Green

    August 4 Music on the Green was local favorite Alan Cook. Cook played a variety of music by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and even took a number of requests from the audience for “Goodby Little Susie” and “Hit the Road Jack.” (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  10. Downeast Storm Finishes Season Strong

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    High school-aged summer baseball made it’s return to the Calais area this year, with the Downeast Storm team.  Storm finished the regular season in an impressive fourth place in the north division and earned a home playoff game against the fifth-placed Mid Coast (Belfast/Searsport) team.

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  11. A Midsummer Nightmare

     

    By Jonathan Reisman

    August rolled in, and although the garden looks good, I cannot say the same for Maine, the Republic, or freedom.

    A midsummer nightmare

    The garden

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  12. POTUS Endorses Dale Crafts for Congress

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Dale Crafts, Maine 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate on a quest to unseat incumbent Jared Golden, recently gained support from President Donald Trump.  In a tweet, the POTUS said, “Dale Crafts will be a tremendous Congressman for Maine!”  He went on further to share that Crafts is “an experienced businessman” who “knows how to create jobs,” loves our veterans and military, and “will always defend your Second Amendment” rights.  

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  13. BBQ Brings Community Together

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    What would have been the big “parade day” of the 47th International Homecoming Festival instead was the All Together Community BBQ.  The one-day event brought many to different areas of the town last Saturday for an array of fun events for all ages.

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  14. ‘The Chosen’ Follows Life of Jesus

     

    Jordan Donovan

    The Chosen is a first-of-its-kind, multi-season television drama following the life of Jesus depicted through the eyes of his followers and those with whom he interacted. Fabricated, directed and co-written by American filmmaker Dallas Jenkins, it broke the all-time crowdfunding record for a media project, reaching  $10 million from over 16,000 investors for the first season alone. The second season that is still in production has fundraised over $7 million from more than 365,000 investors. 

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  15. Lioness Club Receives Donation of Masks from S&M Designs

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Since its inception in 1985, the Calais Lioness Club has been a vital part of the community with its members working to enhance the area and assist others in need.  The members of the club work hard at their various fundraisers and, in total, nearly $10,000 is donated annually to local individuals.  And, just last weekend, the ladies were out selling 50/50 tickets at the All Together Community BBQ.

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  16. Downeast Storm Baseball Team

    Downeast Storm baseball, made up of players from Shead, Calais, and Woodland High Schools, includes (front, l to r) Braden Barrett, Brogan Brown, Josh Jordan, Jacob Cook, Ti Bennett, Evan Curtis, Jesse Cook, Cyrus Sewell, (back, l to r) Coach Matt Dana, Head Coach John Sewell, Ryland Sabattus, Tony Dana, Matt Dana, Kobe Saunders, Dylan Damon, Coach Shane Curtis, and Coach Matt Vinson.  The boys finished their regular season play ranked fourth in the northern division of the Maine Independent Baseball League.  They play their quarterfinal game against #5 Mid Coast on Thursday, Aug.

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  17. Meet Calais Regional Hospital's New Provider

     

    Calais Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Physician Assistant Chandan Singh.   Chandan will be working as a Hospitalist on the Inpatient Care Unit.   He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Park University in Parkville, MO.  Chandan served in the US Army as a Healthcare specialist (68W).  Upon the conclusion of his military service he completed his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at CUNY School of Medicine in New York, NY.    Outside of emergency and inpatient care experience, Chandan has also worked as a Trauma Surgery Physician Assistant.

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  18. Calais High School Graduation

    It was certainly an unusual graduation ceremony and not what any of these seniors expected when they started their senior year Last fall. But despite the challenges and changes they have faced over the  course of this year these students handled the changes well and were able to get a ceremony they deserved. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon) See more photos in this week's paper on the back page!

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  19. WHS Hosts Graduation Ceremony

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    The Woodland High School class of 2020 walked across the stage to receive their diplomas on Saturday, August 1st. 

    The ceremony took place at 9 a.m. on the Spednic Club field, across the street from Woodland Elementary School. 

    Parents, friends, and family gathered in their vehicles on the field. Those who wished to get out of their cars were asked to wear masks and social distance from each other. 

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  20. Korean War Veteran up for Canonization

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    When many think of saints, the immediate image conjured up is those representations in stained glass portraits hanging in churches or their marble statue counterparts. The idea of a saint seems to be that it was someone who lived so long ago that no one alive would remember them or the reasons they were made saints in the first place; however, that is not the case. The Catholic Church continues to look at candidates for sainthood, or canonization, even today. 

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  21. 2020 Calais Little League Champions

    Calais Little League held its championship game last Saturday, with the Pirates earning the win,  3-2, over the Orioles.  Team members are (front row, l-r) Michael Barnard, Eric Barnard, Isaac Downing, Nolan Sewell, Jacob Footer, Kayden Takach, Silas Socobasin, (back row, l-r) Coach Michael Barnard, Daniel Boyle, Jack Downing, Frank Miliano, Ikey Soucy, Shawn Lyons, Coach Jack Downing, and Coach John Sewell.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)

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  22. World’s Largest Cargo Plane Makes Stop in Bangor

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    For those with a desire to see the world’s largest plane, the chance was there in Bangor on Friday as the Antonov An-225 landed at Bangor International Airport (BIA) just after 1 p.m. 

    One young man, four-year-old Gabe Youngblood, grandson to Teresa Kowalski and great-grandson to Sandra Kowalski, both of Calais, got the chance to see the massive plane as it landed. 

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  23. Kids, Get Ready to Get Creative this Weekend

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    With the All Together Community BBQ happening this Saturday, there are events for all ages to enjoy, and for kids, and kids at heart, among the fun are some events allowing for a show of great creativity, and they are all offered for free.

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  24. Horse Show Coming to Pembroke Fairgrounds

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    The Down East Border Riders Saddle Club will be hosting a pleasure show on Saturday, August 15th. 

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  25. Music on the Green

    The Music on the Green Concert Series had people spread out through Triangle Park on Main Street. Last Tuesday’s concert was Patty Corms & the Fullertims. The concert was an evening of original music with some tunes that had attendees picturing Calais of the past with imagery in the lyrics. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

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  26. The Summer of Our Discontent

     

    By Jonathan Reisman

    This is the summer of our discontent in the annus horribilis of 2020:

    * Rioters and arsonists are described as “mostly peaceful protesters.”

    * The legacy media is an open and unapologetic arm and mouthpiece of the Democratic Party.

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  27. Freedom Studies - School Daze

     

    By Jonathan Reisman

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  28. Christmas in July at the Pembroke American Legion

    Here came Santa Claus who had gifts for all the kids, including hula hoops that were shared even with some not-so-young “kids.” Everyone enjoyed themselves. Not shown are folks scattered around with chairs and tables, seeking shade. Lovely coolness from the nearby river. Good to do things together, but safely! (Photo submitted by Ann Montgomery)

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  29. Saunders, Dana Crush Homers in Downeast Storm Doubleheader Sweep

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Downeast Storm closed out the regular season with wins over the River Hawks of Hampden and Sebasticook at the Dicenzo Athletic Complex on Sunday.   Sebasticook earned a win over Hampden in the middle game of the day. 

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  30. Eastport Chamber Creates Reusable Totes

     

    By Natalie Boomer

    natalie@calais.news

    The Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce has designed reusable shopping totes made from 100 percent recycled water bottles.

    “During the winter when Maine put into law that plastic bags would be banned starting April 1st, I thought the Chamber could design a bag that would promote Eastport using art that the Tides Institute commissioned for the Salmon Festival a few years back,” said Lisa Stephens, of Sweeties Downeast.

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  31. Comet Provides Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For many, the thought of a comet passing in the sky is exciting but not unexpected. After all, most of us grew up hearing about the famous Halley’s Comet as a commonplace idea and probably assume that comets are all discovered, and it’s just a matter of time before they come back around. However, like all of science, astronomy is developing as technology becomes more advanced, and our ability to explore the unknowns of space increases. New things are discovered all the time.  

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  32. Maine Baseball Academy to Host Youth Clinic in Calais

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

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  33. Fields at UMM to Remain Empty After Athletics Suspension

     

    By Jordan Donovan 

    Special Correspondent

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  34. Custom Jewelry and Repairs Now Available in Perry

     

    By Natalie Boomer 

    natalie@calais.news

    Lisa J Designs is now open for business!

    This shop, located on 1929 US Route 1 in Perry, offers handmade jewelry, some jewelry repairs, custom designs, special orders, watch batteries and links, and some non-jewelry related gift items.

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  35. “Gold Standard” for Internet Access Now Available in Calais, Baileyville

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Downeast Broadband Utility’s highly-anticipated fiber optic infrastructure is here, and many residents have been quick to sign on, with phone, internet and TV all now available on the world’s fastest network.  This fiber network not only vastly out-paces existing options, it does so at a far lower cost.  

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  36. Local Man Challenges Others to Donate Toward Youth Activities

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    For one local man, getting area kids active in sports and other activities, while helping to minimize any financial burden to that child’s family, is top priority.  That’s why Ken Holmes wanted to donate to the Calais Recreation Department and reached out to Ian Pratt to also get involved.  

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  37. WES New Playground Equipment

     

    Woodland Elementary School recently shared to its Facebook page some photos (one shown here) of the new playground equipment.  Although not quite ready for use, there are still two new basketball hoops and a climbing wall to be added.  (WES photo)

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  38. EAC’s First Digital Arts Camp Engaged Children in Painted Exploration

     

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  39. Mushroom Talk/Walk

     

    From the Alexander news column by Cassie Oakes:

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  40. Downeast Storm Baseball

     

    A throw from Storm’s Matt Dana beats the runner to the plate, allowing catcher Kobe Saunders to make the tag. (Photo by Jayna Smith) See more photos in this week's The Calais Advertiser on page 11.

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  41. Skatepark Receives Updates and Renovations

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    According to Spencer McCormick of the Calais Skatepark Committee, the skatepark has received some updates and needed renovations.  

    With “a recent resurgence of energy and involvement,” McCormick explained, the Calais Skatepark Committee hosted a week-long work session earlier this month “to improve the ramps to create a more advantageous environment for new and inexperienced skaters and BMX bike riders.”

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  42. Border Closure Extended Again

     

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Many saw it coming:  the extension of the U.S. and Canada border closure, now closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21st.  First closed in mid-March for 30 days, the restrictions have been extended every 30 days since.  

    It has been reported that most Canadians fear a reopening, with confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 in the United States the highest in the world.  Canada has flattened its epidemic curve.  

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  43. Calais Waterfront Sees Improvements

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    For anyone that has been down by the waterfront and pier in downtown Calais, they have seen a large amount of work being done. City crews have been working tirelessly to add yet another improvement to the waterfront - the installation of a freshwater line that will allow for water access for boaters and other visitors. 

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  44. Calais Walmart Raises $9,800 for Children’s Miracle Network

     

    By Kaileigh Deacon

    At certain times of the year when you go into Walmart, the cashiers will ask if customers would like to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network. All the money collected at the Calais Walmart for Children’s Miracle Network goes to Northern Light Hospital in Bangor to help with equipment, services, research, and more. 

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  45. Historic McGlashan-Nickerson House Still Offered for Lease

     

    Historic Contractor:  Well within the realms of being saved

    Jayna Smith

    jayna@calais.news

    Once considered for demolition by the National Park Service, the historic McGlashan-Nickerson House in Calais is still being offered for long-term lease of up to 60 years on favorable terms to someone who would rehabilitate and preserve it.

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