Ahoy! It’s the return of the Pirate Festival

by Jayna Smith

When the City of Eastport celebrates any event, they do so in a big way, and this year’s Pirate Festival is no exception. Now in its 14th year, the Eastport Pirate Festival gets underway this Friday and runs through Sunday, and there will be plenty to do for pirates of all ages.

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Make A Wish Foundation visits Calais

 

by Natalie Boomer

18-year-old Alex Newsome was granted his wish on Tuesday, Aug. 20 when the Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged for him to get  his very own hot tub.

While he was working as a camp counselor at the Calais public pool, a limousine pulled up filled with his family to surprise him, along with his friends and campers holding signs that said “Yay Alex” and “We love you.” He was handed a ‘Make A Wish’ T-shirt and a pin that said “Wish Kid” and they took him to see his wish come true.

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Santa Maria to port in St. Andrews

 

by Jayna Smith

A replica of the Nao Santa Maria, one of the most famous ships in history, will be docking at the St. Andrews wharf from Sept. 13-15 and will be open for visiting before its next stop in Portland, scheduled for Sept. 19-22. The visits are part of the ship’s North American tour and this is the ship’s first visit to Canada.

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Eastport’s Salmon Festival slated for this weekend

 

by Jayna Smith

The 32nd Annual Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival is set for this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, and attendees will not be disappointed with the jam-packed schedule of events.  

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1st Annual Campobello Island Seaglass Festival

 

by Natalie Boomer

The 1st Annual Campobello Island Seaglass Festival will take place on September 13-15. This mini festival will include beach walks, seaglass talks, crafters markets and more.

“This year is a trial run, a ‘soft opening’ to get ideas and feedback for a full festival in 2020,” said Stephanie Anthony of the Island Seaglass Festival. “It will be three days of beach walks and talks, Beachcomber's Bazaars, etc. but on a smaller scale, due to time constraints, than we have planned for future festivals.”

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Pirates to invade Lubec, Machias militia to the rescue!

 

by Heather Henry-Tenan

Labor Day weekend is typically a stressful time for Lubeckers. It is when the local’s “Ayuh” is replaced with a defensive Lubec “Arghhhh.” Every year tourists and locals join forces to defend the tiny coastal community of Lubec from northern Eastport  "pirates" invading by sea, land, and air.

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Eastport to host Maine State Chili Championship

 

by Jayna Smith

A chili cooking contest is planned for Saturday, August 10, in downtown Eastport. This won’t be just any chili contest, however; it is the CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) Maine State Chili Championship.

Competitive chili cook Jenny Windsor and her husband Jack, fairly new residents of Alexander, attended a small chili cookoff in Calais last fall. It was that event that inspired Jenny to organize this competition that raises funds for local charities.

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North America’s premier Celtic event with Tartan Terrors in Calais

Calais Celtic Concerts is very excited to present a show with plenty of bagpipes, kilts, step and Highland dancing, fiddles, singing, and high energy driving Celtic Music as we present the Tartan Terrors at the Calais High School, 34 Blue Devil Dr., Calais, ME., on Sunday July 14th. Showtime is at 7 p.m. EST, the doors will open at 6 p.m. EST. This isn't just a concert, it's a full-fledged show!

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Benefit planned for Calais toddler

 

by Jayna Smith

The State Fire Marshal's Office says an 18-month-old Calais boy was seriously burned Wednesday, June 12, when a flammable liquid was poured on a campfire.

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Bargaining stalled, but vigil draws crowd in support of Calais nurses

by Ruth Leubecker

Although over 100 turned out for a vigil in community support for Calais nurses and technicians, negotiations between employees and Calais Regional Hospital persist in a stalemate.

“There are dozens of openings at the hospital right now that management cannot fill,” said Alison Monaghan, RN, after the vigil. “If there aren’t enough employees, then this hospital cannot function properly, and that’s just not acceptable for our patients.”

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