March 19, 2018
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Four new police officers hired in Machias

MACHIAS, Maine — Police Chief Grady Dwelley has hired four police officers, one full-timer and three reserves.

They are David Calroni, a 12-year veteran of the Calais Police Department, who was hired on a temporary full-time basis; Reserve Officer Evan Ackley, shellfish warden and animal control officer for the unorganized townships; Corin Dowling, who has extensive military training in weapons; and Ryan Murray, a full-time dispatcher with the Washington County Regional Communications Center who previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

All the new officers began training Monday, Dwelley said.

Trades event highlights alternative careers for women

CALAIS, Maine — Totally Trades, a daylong event designed to encourage young women to consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men, will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Washington County Community College.

The conference will feature sessions ranging from carpentry and automotive repair to heavy equipment operation and bridge building.

Registration will be held in the lobby of St. Croix Hall for girls from Steuben to Danforth who are in grades eight through 12. Pre-registration is required. Interested students need to register through their school guidance counselor.

The conference is a free, one-day event and in the past has introduced girls to alternative forms of employment and the comparatively high salaries they offer.

Helping with this year’s event is Lib Jamison of Women Unlimited, Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau of Women, Work and Community, Michelle Lynds of the Department of Labor Career Center, and Victoria Rees, director of WCCC’s TRIO program.

Officer Deb Mitchell of the University of Maine (Orono) Police Department will provide the keynote address and Women Unlimited will lead a group event with the Marshmallow Olympics. A women’s self-defense session will be taught by Carl Bailey.

This year’s major sponsors are the Maine Department of Transportation/The Federal Highway Administration, the Maine Department of Education, Washington County Community College, Lane Construction and Time Warner of Maine.

Celtic music coming to Calais

CALAIS, Maine — The Calais Knights of Columbus will present Scott MacMillan and Brian Doyle as part of its new Celtic music series. The concert will be held 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.

Fresh from Celtic Colours in Cape Breton, the duo will perform selections from their latest album, “Live off the Floor.”

The new series was initiated after a chance meeting earlier this year between Tom MacDonald, program director for the Knights, and Phill McIntyre, director of the New England Celtic Arts Center, at the Maine Highland Games in Topsham.

“Phill books various acts from Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland and the Maritimes at different venues around Maine and New Hampshire,” MacDonald said. The two agreed to work Calais into the programs.

“This means that different professional world class acts will be coming to Calais to play Celtic music, which is popular, but not heard much in this area. Celtic fiddle, bagpipes, uiliann pipes, tin whistles, bodhrans, guitars, bodzukis and piano soon will be playing at the Knights Hall in Calais,” MacDonald said.

The Knights of Columbus Hall is located across from City Hall on the corner of Church and Park Street. The ticket price is $15 at the door. Funds will benefit the Knights’ scholarships, charities and building funds.

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