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Council Approves Economic Development Loan

By Kaileigh Deacon

At Thursday’s City Council meeting the council heard a presentation from Cal Jeanroy about his request for an Economic Development Loan in the amount of $60,000. The loan would go toward finishing a combined coffee shop, restaurant and brewery which he plans to open in the old J.D. Thomas building on Main Street. 

St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner


Roscoe “Rocky” Johnson Award: Joe Moses

“The Down East Team is proud of our President, Joseph Moses, who was honored to receive the Roscoe “Rocky” Johnson at the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on November 8.

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The publisher and staff of the Calais Advertiser congratulate Joe Moses for Down East Credit Union's dedication to serving their community,

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PES Gets Creative

By Kaileigh Deacon

On Wednesday, November 14, Princeton Elementary School partnered with Island Readers and Writers to bring author and illustrator Rebekah Raye to work with the students. This has become an annual event for the school with different authors and illustrators coming during the year. 

Sunrise Trail Riders


The Sunrise Trail Riders had a very successful outing in October to enjoy the fall foliage along the Robbinston trail. About 65 ATVs participated in the communal outing – more than double the previous year, Bob Lyons shares. (Facebook photo)

Calais Craft Fair


Skye Green was one of several vendors at the Calais Craft Fair on Saturday. Green sold original paintings and hand-painted ornaments. She was very excited to share her passion with others. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

Woodland Craft Fair


One of the biggest draws for the Woodland Craft Fair is to get a head start on holiday shopping while supporting local vendors. Many of the vendors offer handcrafted Christmas decorations. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

Calais Advertiser and Machias Valley News Observer Recognized by MPA

The Maine Press Association [MPA] has recognized two Washington County publications - The Calais Advertiser and the Machias Valley News Observer - for their exceptional journalism work between April 1st, 2017 and March 31st, 2018. The awards ceremony was held in Sunday River on October 20th. 

Referendum Roundup

By Lura Jackson

Voters will be presented with determining their approval for five separate questions in this referendum election. Most of the questions are bond issues; the first is a citizen initiative.