December 2013

Washington County: One Community

This past spring, 868 Washington County high school students took the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS), an evaluation tool aimed at capturing a snap shot of Maine students’ health and well-being.  The data garnered from this survey drives the work of public health agencies throughout the state, as well as the work of state program creators.

Barbara’s School Of Dance Christmas Recital

The first performance in Barbara’s School Of Dance Christmas Recital had been previously postponed from December 15 due to inclement weather to December 20 evening. Thirty three performances were enjoyed by attendees at the Calais High School cafetorium. All forms of dance were exhibited and students were visited by Santa himself at the end of the recital.

W.H.S. Fine Arts Program

By Dorothy Johnson

Band students Sara Boies, Hope Hayward and Hannah Metta wait for their turn to turn their instruments befor ethe Winter Concert at WHS last Friday. As you can see, they are ready for Christmas and happy to share their music. (Photo by Dorothy Johnson).

Students Donate Gifts

Calais High School’s Student Council and National Honor Society recently joined forces to raise money and purchase gifts for students at the Calais Day Treatment Program.  Having raised approximately $1600 through their recent rock-a-thon, the students also wrapped and delivered the gifts.  Shown working on the project are Josh Carr, Nikki Scott, and Joey Harding. (Photo by Jayna Smith).

Community Calendar

JANUARY 1:  Community skate and cook-out at Green Law Chopping on  Big Lake. on Water St., in Grand Lake Stream. This program may be rescheduled depending on weather. Contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust at 207-796-2100.

JANUARY 4: Bottle drive to support the Calais High School Band. Thank you any support you can give.

High School Basketball Action

Tuesday the Woodland boys hosted the Machias Bulldogs and jumped to a 20-13 advantage after one frame. Toby Tomah and  Damon Lincoln at each hit 8-points in that opening period. The Dragons gained 3-more in the 2ND and closed the half out at 31-21. Machias made a run in the third but were never able to close the gap, ending 24-minutes of action 38-37.


Sharon Frost


Birthstone - Garnet

Flower - Carnation

January 1st, New Year’s day and new moon

January 5th - Dwarf Azaleas, gerbera daisies and tulips help remove pollutants from indoor air.

January 6th - Epiphany


Indian Township – Mary Loretta Jillson, 84, passed away Friday, December 20, 2013 at her home in Indian Township.  Mary was born in Pleasant Point on November 29, 1929, daughter of the late David and Loretta (Francis) Sopiel.  She attended school in Pleasant Point and then moved to Connecticut where she worked as a hostess.




We miss your long phone calls, your knitted mittens, and your now silent piano. We especially miss your guidance in life and spiritualality. We know that you are in heaven. That is where someone like you obviously belongs. We love and miss you.



12/28/84 - 11/6/10

Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday


Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Chaddy, I love and miss you so much with each passing day and each passing year,

As I sit here in the early morn sipping my coffee and thinking of all the things I want to tell you, I struggle to hold back the tears.

Woodland Rec.Calendar

WED. DEC. 25




SUN. DEC. 29

2:30 pm: COED GR. 6 / 8 BB, LAKERS, WHS GYM

2:30 pm: COED GR. 6 / 8 BB, BULLS, WHS GYM

3:30 pm: COED GR. 6 / 8 BB, CELTICS, WHS GYM


Energy Drink Discussion

Newell Augur, executive director of the Maine Beverage Association, was part of the discussion “Energy Drinks and Our Teenagers” on December 8. He traded points with mother-daughter Ree Anna Bridges and Taylor Bridges of Machiasport. Ree Anna teaches 7th-8th-grade science at Rose Gaffney School in Machias, where Taylor is a sixth-grader.

Eastport’s Lively New Brand Showcased in Brochure and Playing Cards

A new branding initiative for the city of Eastport has resulted in a brochure, poster, and playing cards. Called “Easptort: On the Creative Edge,” the project highlights the wide range of creative energies at play in the Eastport community—from new tidal energy development and renewed shipping efforts to a revitalized downtown, expanding arts scene and local foods movement.


 Calais – Mary Elizabeth Porter, 85, passed away Friday, December 06, 2013 in Machias with her daughter by her side.  Mary was born in Calais on May 24, 1928, daughter of the late Wallace and Zeltha (Smith) McLean.  She attended Calais Academy and worked various jobs until marrying Frank Howard Porter on August 25, 1955.


Margaret Noyes, 92, from Waite and Princeton Maine passed into the Lords hands on December 6th 2013 at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.  Margaret was born in Crawford, Maine, on Sept. 25th 1921, the youngest child of Stanley and Laura Jeffery.  On May 29th, 1948 she married Hubert Noyes and they went on to raise 3 children.

Calais Police Department

Calais Police Department responded to 35 incidents and 4 motor vehicle accidents. 

On Monday, December 2nd 2013, Officers responded to a disturbance on Union St..  As a result, Juanita Day, 37, of Calais was arrested for domestic assault.  Ms. Day was transported to Washington County Jail.

WCCC Book Donation

A group of WCCC students in Rhonda French’s Supervisory Management class recently held three bake sales on campus.  Over $450 was raised and donated equally to WCCC’s library and the St. Croix Early Care and Education Center to purchase new children’s books.