May 2014

High School Baseball

The Woodland Dragons had their season opener last Friday at home against the Shead Tigers. John Cushing had a double in the opening frame to drive Will Urquhart home. Damon Lincoln scored in the bottom half to tie the contest. In the bottom of five a Cochran single was followed by a Boies rbi-single to take the 2-1 lead.

As I See It

My wife is an RN at Calais Regional Hospital (CRH). Additionally, I have many friends and acquaintances, some for as long as several decades or most of my life, who are employees.  

Candlelight Vigil for Patient Safety and Access to Services

 The Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to demand that the administration of Calais Regional Hospital restore recently cut services and staff hours so that patients in the community can continue to receive safe and accessible care.   

Eggs and Issues Garcelon Civic Center Update

Eggs and Issues for the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce was held at WCCC. 

The speaker, Richard Fulton, Chairman of the Charlotte County Civic Center Project in St. Stephen, gave attendees insight into how the project was progressing and what it will mean to the future of both St. Stephen and Calais areas. 

Some highlights: 

Meridian Park Clean-Up

Last Wednesday Calais High School students spent their morning beautifying the area, an appropriate way to recognize Earth Day.  Pictured are some members of National Honor Society, Jobs for Maine Graduates, and the middle school and high school's Student Council, along with Councilor Anne Nixon, Mayor Marianne Moore, school advisor Mrs. Lori Ellis, and Carleton Barnes.

CHS Clean-Up

Members of Calais High School's National Honor Society, Life Skills, Jobs for Maine Graduates, and both middle and high school Student Councils took part in beautifying the campus of the school last week on Earth Day.  Windows were washed, mulch was applied, flowers were planted, and parking lots were swept, among other things, all by the students.  Thanks to Mr.


Linda Baniszeski

Everyone seems to be enjoying the nice weather we’ve been having over the last week.  

Happy Birthday wishes to Ed Arbo on May 13, who I believe is celebrating his 93rd birthday this year.  Way to go, Ed!  Also enjoying birthdays this week are Debbie Demmons - 15,  Brenda Ward Shope - 17, and Helon Turmel - 18.  

East Grand Adventure Race

  The East Grand Adventure Race will be on May 10 in Danforth from 8am-3pm. It’s a 20 mile race including a 1.5 mile off trail compass run which may include a river traverse (depending upon water level and air temps that day), 10 miles  of mountain biking, 8 miles of paddling (canoe or kayak).

Putting Machias on the Map: Sharon Kiley Mack and the Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce

 By Ralph Ackley, Jr.

Sitting in her office on Main Street in Machias, Executive Director of The Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce, Sharon Kiley Mack, can't help but smile as she thinks of all of the new ideas that the chamber has been busy implementing in the area lately.  (Photo courtesy of Ralph Ackley)

Courage to Teach® Retreat in May

“Courage to Teach ®: A Retreat for Personal & Professional Renewal” will be offered by the University of Maine Extension in collaboration with the Cobscook Community Learning Center at the CCLC in Trescott, Maine, Saturday, May 17. This experiential gathering is open to all pre-K-12 and higher education teachers and school leaders.

Community Calendar

MAY 2: Wiggles and Giggles at the Calais Free Library 10:30 a.m. Babies, toddlers and caregivers are invited to this special story time.

MAY 2: Free Film Fridays at the Calais Free Library 6:30 p.m. FMI call 454-2758.