March 2013

Sarah Smith Receives MPA Principal’s Award

(Calais)—Sarah Smith of Calais, Maine a senior at Calais Middle/High School, has been selected to receive the 2013 Principal’s Award, Principal Cohnstaedt announced today. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.

The Dragon’s Den

Camille Howard


Welcome, readers, to the Dragon’s Den. This week, students were pleased to have only four days with school in session. Despite the short amount of days, we still have a substantial amount of news. So get out your limbo sticks, because you’re about to get the low-down on this week’s news!


Dorothy Johnson


Let’s dispense with the weather report this week and just say that this has been a typical March week in Maine.  Those who are holding on to winter enjoy the cold wind; those who are looking toward spring enjoy the warmth of the sun.  This past week everyone was happy.


Linda Richardson 



What a wonderful weekend we just had, now we are faced with the possibility of snow. The bottom line is that Mother Nature will give us spring when she is darned good and ready and not one day before I suppose, although I do wish and hope.

DECH Births

CORRECTION - To Whitney Polk and Eric McCaslin of Baileyville, Maine. A girl, Aubree Rose McCaslin, born on March 7, 2013 weighing 8lbs, 7oz., 20 3/4 inches long.

To Shaina Tibbetts of East Machias. A girl, Seveah Rayne born on March 12, 2013 weighing 7lbs., 11oz., 201/4 inches long.

The Newfoundland, Bubba, The Gentle Giant

I met Bubba, all 160 pounds of him, on Monday at his home on Chandler Street. He is just a bit over two years old and still growing. His owner, Gina Pavone, predicts that he will weigh between 170 and 180 pounds when he stops growing at age three. Some Newfoundlands have been known to top 200 pounds but Gina is hoping Bubba will be a “small” dog.

Michaud Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Economic Development Work

Representative Mike Michaud accepted the National Association of Development Organizations’ (NADO) Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob Clark, the Executive Director of the Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC), presented the award to Michaud for his leadership in promoting federal economic development programs.


Calais – Roland Kenzie Beek Sr., 82, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 at his home.  Roland was born in St. Stephen, NB, son of the late Borden Beek and Louise (Young) Wood.  He left school at an early age to assist his family on the family farm as well as working in the woods.  At the age of 13 they moved to the United States.


Linda Baniszeski



Is it spring yet?  According to the calendar, it is officially spring as of this week. Someone needs to instruct the weather accordingly.

Happy birthday wishes to Charles “Chick” McCoubrey on March 23.

Food Drive at Machias Dental

The National Nutrition Month food drive being held by Machias Dental continues throughout the month of March.  With the Easter holiday being celebrated on the last day of this month, community members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the dental office for distribution to local food pantries on Friday, March 29th.

East Grand Adventure Race

8th Annual East Grand Adventure Race, Danforth Maine will be May 11. It is a 20 mile triathlon includes a 1.5+ mile off trail compass run, 9+ mile Mt. biking, 7+ miles of canoeing climbing wall challenge and extra challenges in the field (last year’s was the Tomahawk Throw & Gravel Pit Challenge).

Community Calendar

MARCH 27: Seniority Breakfast Club will meet at Wickachee Restaurant at 7:00 a.m.

MARCH 27: Benefit dinner, The Hunger Games at 6:00 p.m. at Calais High School. Proceeds benefit the food pantry.

MARCH 28: Maundy Thursday communion service at Meddybemps Christian Church with Pastor Joe McAdams. Pot luck Seder supper to follow at Meddybemps Community Center.