November 2013

Maine Books for Maine Kids

Caitlin Burchill (far right), reporter for WABI Channel 5, came to the Woodland Public Library last week to interview Brianna (far left) and her sister Eliza about their Maine Books for Maine Kids project and the story time they do each week at the library. Both girls love to read and want to help other children have the opportunity to have books in their lives. (Submitted photo).

Reintroducing The V.F.W.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a national association of men and women who as soldiers, sailers, marines, and airmen served this nation in wars, campaigns, and expeditions on foreign soil or in hostile waters. It is a federally chartered corporation known as the V.F.W.

To The Editor

To The Editor:

To Miss Ellis and the AP English class and to anyone and everyone who took part in supporting our schools in the presentation of the “Salute to Veterans” at Calais High School on November 8.

Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra Performs in Calais

By Lura Jackson

The Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra gave its premier performance in Calais on November 17th at the First Congregational Church. The internationally esteemed conductor and violinist Trond Saeverud guided the ensemble of exceptional local talent through a series of complex pieces, highlighted by the guest appearance of Japanese pianist Mai Goto. 

“Shop Small” and Support Small Businesses on November 30th

Small businesses are the cornerstone of any community, creating jobs, spurring local economic growth, and giving back to society. In recent years, small businesses have been overshadowed by the holiday hype of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” which tend to emphasis major retailers. But small businesses have much to offer for holiday shoppers!

Free Permits Available for “Cut-Your-Own” Evergreen Trees at Moosehorn NWR

William Kolodnicki, Manager of the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, invites families in the area to cut their seasonal evergreen trees this year on the Baring or Edmunds Division of the Refuge. Each family may cut two evergreen trees for personal use. This activity will remove trees that are normally cut for road maintenance. 

Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative, Inc. to Receive $5.9 Million from USDA Rural Development

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for rural electric utility system improvements that will benefit residential and business customers in 23 states.  The projects include more than $14.3 million to implement smart grid technology and nearly $11 million to improve electric service for Native Americans. 

The Great Kitten Escape!!

PAWS Brave Hearts still has close to twenty kittens waiting to bust out of their digs at the earliest opportunity.  Don’t worry, most are in loving foster homes where they can run, climb, tumble and bat their eyes for attention.  We all know it doesn’t take much to get attention when you are confident for no good reason and too cute for words!

December Pops Concert

December is starting off right this year with the Calais Middle/High School December Pops Concert.  On December 4th at  p.m. the jazz combo, chorus, and concert band will take the stage to perform an eclectic mix of holiday music.  Not only will the band be performing, Mrs. Loper’s art students will be creating fantastic decorations for the stage.

Preventive Dental Services Available at Blue Devil Health Center!

The Blue Devil School-Based Health Center is hosting its bi-annual dental clinic on December 6, 2013 at the Calais Middle/High School. Screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants will be performed in the Health Center clinic by a registered dental hygienist from Downeast Health Services/ Maine Coast Community Dental Clinic. 

VIP Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Representatives from VIP Auto, O’Reilly Automotive and the City of Calais participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the newly expanded store in Calais. O’Reilly is a national chain headquartered in Springfield, MO, which recently has taken over the auto parts section of VIP (based in Lewiston, ME). VIP maintains ownership of its Tire and Service Business.

Calais District Court

Jacqueline Arseneault of St. George. Theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. Fine $300. restitution $74.12. Theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. Dismissed.

Logan R. Bakker of Ebenezer. Rule violation, operation with false duty. Fine $750.


CAPE ELIZABETH – Joyce C. Beecher, 85, formerly of the Village Crossing and 4 Windmill Lane, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Joyce was born on Nov. 22, 1927 in Calais, to  Francis J. and  Ferne Flemming McNamara. She grew up in Calais, attended local schools, graduating from Ellsworth High School in 1946.


CALAIS – H. Douglas Johnson, 60, passed away on November 17, 2013 at a Bangor hospital with his family by his side.  Douglas was born to Calvin and Elaine (Thompson) Johnson on February 1, 1953 in St. Stephen, NB.  He grew up in Calais where he graduated from Calais Memorial High School, class of 1973.


Gary A. LeSuer, 70, of Derry, NH died November 8, 2013 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill, MA. Gary was born in Calais, ME on April 24, 1943, a son of the late Walter and Ada (Benner) LeSuer. A resident of Derry, NH for the last 22 years, he had received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono.


COOPER – Elizabeth Catherine Krider, 70, passed away at her home on November 17, 2013.  Betty was born to Louis and Antoinette (Carito) DiStefano on January 13, 1943 in Worcester, MA where she grew up and graduated from Commerce High School, class of 1961.  It was in Worcester where she met William Krider with whom she later married on October 17, 1964.