Blanche Monica Guptill

August 13, 1926 - January 5, 2022

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Melvin A. Davis Jr.

June 9, 1942 - January 8, 2022

Melvin “Tink” A Davis Jr. left this, his earthly home to enter his heavenly home, on Saturday, January 8, 2022, in Largo, Florida.  

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Jonesport couple seeks story behind balloon that reads 'I miss you' in Spanish

Joe and Nancy Bell were walking their dog and picking up trash at the Jonesport campground recently and found this balloon in a tree. Someone named Caroline had written "I miss you" in Spanish. They would like to learn the story behind the balloon. Anyone with information can email [email protected], or call the MVNO at 255-6561.

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Famous movie truck leaves Calais bound for England

by Jayna Smith

Those familiar with the 1986 movie Big Trouble in Little China, starring Kurt Russell, are likely familiar with “Pork Chop Express,” the 1985 Freightliner FLC-120 driven by Russell in the film.  What some may not know is that that truck made Calais its home in 2006.  

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Amid pandemic, cruise ship hopes to berth in Eastport

by Jayna Smith

Vigorous debate erupted last week after Eastport Port Authority Executive Director Chris Gardner announced the possible arrival of the 785-foot Oceania Cruises vessel, Riviera, in the coming days or weeks. If approved, the vessel would arrive in Eastport carrying only crewmembers and could stay docked there for many weeks.

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Washington County Coronavirus updates

The Machias Valley News Observer will be regularly updating this page with information relating to coronavirus in Washington County, including closures, cancellations, and postponements. If you have any updates to include here, please email them to [email protected].

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Irish group Realta to perform in Calais

Just in time to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Calais Celtic Concerts will present the award-winning group from the Ulster city of Belfast Ireland, Realta, at the Calais High School this Sunday, March 8 at 6 p.m. U.S./ 7 p.m. Canadian time. The doors will open at 5 p.m.

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Irish HighTime to play Calais Celtic Concerts Feb. 29

Calais Celtic Concerts is very excited to bring back the multi-award-winning new group, from Connemara Ireland, HighTime, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Park St., Calais, on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m. US/ 7 p.m. Canadian time. The doors will open at 5 p.m. EST.

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DECH CEO statement on Calais Regional Hospital bankruptcy filing

by Dominic Gayton

On September 17, Calais Regional Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a tumultuous period financially. Down East Community Hospital CEO Steve Lail made the following statement to The Calais Advertiser on the subject:

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Calais Mayor weighs in on Calais Hospital bankruptcy filing

by Dominic Gayton

Calais Regional Hospital announced on September 17, 2019, that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine. The hospital insists it will remain open and will continue to employ its 275 employees during the interim.

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