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June 9, 2017
Calais Regional Hospital
A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL to save the Calais Regional Hospital’s obstetrics department, which is slated to close at the end of this year, was held on June 2 at Triangle Park in Calais. Local online business owner Lisa Dereszewski speaks to the hospital staff and community members at the vigil, warning of the economic implications for the city if the OB unit closes. (Robin Farrin photo)
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SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Jumping for joy, it’s a brand new world for lambs exploring their pasture. (Chessie Crowe photo)

Front Page Stories

Nonprofit eyes Calais site for nursing home
by Lura Jackson

A promising partner has come forward in Calais' quest for opening a new nursing home. Sunrise Opportunities, a nonprofit organization that provides residential facilities and community support services for children and adults in Washington County, spoke with the Calais Economic and Community Development Committee about the possibilities on Friday, June 2.


Hospital’s decision angers communities

Vigil held to support OB unit
by Susan Coopersmith

On June 2 at dusk, 40 nurses, hospital workers and community members gathered at Triangle Park in Calais for a candlelight vigil, signaling their disagreement with the Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) board of directors' recent decision to close the obstetrics unit on January 1, 2018.

Council: no confidence in board
by Lura Jackson

The Calais City Council unanimously passed a vote of "no confidence" in the board of Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) following the hospital's public announcement that it would be closing its obstetrics wing in January of 2018. The vote was passed at a city council meeting on May 25, during which members of the community also expressed their concerns.

Area squeezed for summer help
by Lora Whelan

Washington County hospitality businesses that rely on seasonal employees from other countries that use the J‑1 and/or H2B Visa program are finding that they are being squeezed hard this year. International students and employees aren't coming to the U.S. in the numbers of the past, and more populous coastal communities downstate are competing with higher wages for the scarce resource of J‑1 or H2B Visa holders and Maine employees.

Navy ship coming for Eastport Fourth
by Edward French

A U.S. Navy destroyer will be docking at the Eastport breakwater for this year's Fourth of July festivities, for the first time in three years. The USS Lassen, a 509-foot Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, is expected to be at the downtown pier from July 1 through July 5.

Downeast prison fate depends on budget decisions
by Lora Whelan

The fate of the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) is still in limbo. Rep. Will Tuell of East Machias explains that there are three versions of the state budget and each with its own variation of funding the Washington County-based prison.


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