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Tina Erskine
Director of Human Resources, Training & Public Relations Officer
One College Drive
Calais, ME 04619
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Name:  WCCC Public Relations Department

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Phone: (207) 454-1002

Date Submitted:  October 9, 2014


CALAIS _ It has been named the “Ghost Run,” but the half marathon and relay that will be held at Washington County Community is not a Halloween joke.


The race will be held Sunday, Oct. 26. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.; the race will start at 9 a.m.


Runners will have an opportunity to travel the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge where autumn colors flora and fauna abound. The race starts at the YCC Building near the refuge headquarters and ends at the Calais Recreation Center.


Transportation will be provided for those who wish to park either at the refuge or at the Rec Center. “We will have a shuttle to take people back and forth to their vehicles,” Chris Woodside, director of the WCCC Outdoor Adventure Center said.


Individuals not interested in completing the entire half marathon themselves can put together a four-person relay team. Leg 1: will be 3.24 miles; Leg 2: will be 5 miles; Leg 3: 2.4 miles and Leg 4: 2.46 miles. “This is a great way to get friends out for a day of fun,” he said.


Woodside said that star runner Sarah Mulcahy of Baring is helping plan the event. “She is outstanding and we are really lucky to have her for this first race,” he said.


Mulcahy said she was pleased to be a part of the first ever WCCC race. “I am hoping for a good turnout because I think this is an awesome event for this area which promotes the beauty of the Moosehorn trails and encourages runners of all types to participate,” she said. “I am not planning to run myself; my plan is to help with the execution on race day particularly with timing.”


This year Mulcahy ran the 118th Boston Marathon while pregnant the Washington County native, who has been a competitive runner since 2009, was 6 ½ months pregnant at the time, but was still able to finish the 26.2 mile race in 4 hours, 8 minutes, 19 seconds. During the race she was noticed for her shirt which said “Running for Two.”


To test the course Mulcahy ran while Woodside biked more than nine miles. “We attempted the course until Chris’ tire popped. The first eight miles are all on Moosehorn trails and consist of varying hills and flat sections, the portion on Route 1 has its ups and downs as well, but then runners will experience the flat Calais waterfront walkway only to finish uphill going up Calais Avenue,” she said. “I think the course has a lot of scenery to offer runners with a good balance in elevation change and terrain.”


This is the first ever half marathon to be held at the college and money raised goes to the WCCC Outdoor Adventure Center and Student Scholarships. “The money is going for scholarships for those students enrolled in the WCCC Adventure Recreation and Tourism Program and to the OAC to help out youngsters who participate in the various programs here,” Woodside said.

Runners who wish to get into the spirit of Halloween can dress up for the run. Prizes will be awarded to those who show up in the funkiest Halloween costume.



T-shirts will be awarded to the first 50 registered entrants. “Ten people already have signed up,” Woodside said.


The pre-registration fee is $25 per individual and $50 for the relay team. Race day fees are $30 and $60 respectively.


Awards will be given to the top overall male and female runners and to the top two male and female runners in their various age categories.  Medals also will be awarded to the top two relay teams. There will be refreshments along the route for runners and food and drink at the end of the race. “We always are looking for volunteers to be at the various water stations, at the check points, or to help clean up, etc.,” he said. “Anything that goes into racing.”


Make checks payable to the WCCC. Entry forms and checks may be sent to the WCCC Outdoor Adventure Center at 1 College Drive, Calais 04619. For more information call Woodside at 454-1068.

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Date Submitted:  October 9, 2014


CALAIS _ Young and old alike, in costume or not, are invited to the third annual Trunk or Treat Halloween festivities sponsored by the Washington County Community College.

The fun is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 24 and will be held in the WCCC parking lot from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Calais High School JMG .

To join in the fun put on a Halloween costume and dress up your trunk, van or truck and show up with lots of candy. Or just show up, watch the fun and donate candy to those folks who got dressed up, said Chris Woodside, director of WCCC’s Outdoor Recreation Center.

Last year, 40 vehicles lined the parking lot and more than 200 youngsters in colorful costumes went from vehicle to vehicle filling their bags.  Woodside said he hopes there will be more cars this year and would love to double the number of young trick or treaters. “What makes this event special is people decorating their cars so we are hoping for more spruced up cars,” he said. “So people can dress up their car trunk or their truck and join in the fun.”

And this event is not just for Calais residents who like to get into the spirit of Halloween. The fun is open to anyone who shows up.  So think of a great theme, Baring or Machias residents, or come up with a colorful design Baileyville and Eastport folks, because you all are invited to participate in the fun. Woodside said they also have extended an invitation to the city’s neighbors across the border. Calais shares its border with St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

Reservations are not needed, just show up. Vehicles have to be on site by 4:30 p.m. and cannot leave until after the event ends at 6:30 p.m. Once everyone is parked, both entrances to the parking lot will be closed to protect the youngsters who are walking around.

And there are prizes.

Last year prizes were handed out for best costume as well as best decorated vehicle. Although it is a free event, the suggested entrance fee is a carved or decorated pumpkin. “You won’t leave with your jack-o-lantern, but you will leave with a jack-o-lantern. So it is like a jack-o-lantern swap,” he said.

There also will be music and games.  This year some WCCC students will be leading a pumpkin carving demonstration.  For more information call Woodside at 454-1068.


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Phone: (207) 454-1002

Date Submitted:  September 19, 2014



CALAIS _ Rock ‘n Roll tinged with some toe-tapping bluegrass music will be part of the 6th annual Ken and Jane Brooks and Friends Homecoming Concert on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Washington County Community College.


The show starts at 7 p.m. and will be held in the lecture hall.


Since their concert last year, it has been an amazing time for the couple who in 2012 received the Vocal Duo of the Year Award from the Maine Country Music Association. Also in 2012, Ken Brooks was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. This year the couple has been nominated as the 2014 Vocal Duo by the Maine Academy of Country Music.


Soon the musical duo will be back in Calais along with Eric Boothroyd. “Eric was with us last year and it went over so well we asked him to come back this year,” Ken Brooks said during a recent interview at the college.


According to Brooks, Boothroyd is an outstanding musician with years of experience who plays the acoustic guitar. “His initial background was in rock n’ roll, he later transitioned into bluegrass music,” Brooks said.  Boothroyd started out with a rock and roll band in Connecticut later moving to Maine where he joined the Misty Mountaineers Bluegrass band. Since then he has played with other Maine bluegrass bands. “He is truly an accomplished musician,” Brooks said. “Every time we’ve been here we have brought different people and they all have been well received, but Boothroyd is so entertaining he is really well liked.”


Although the program will consist of traditional bluegrass, country and folk music, Boothroyd and the Brooks also will play some vintage rock and roll.  “I think we are going to do a little more rock n’ roll than last year,” he said. “There will be some Simon and Garfunkel and other songs.”


Brooks, who is a true musical talent, began his career more than 45 years ago. He has played at clubs, fairs, concert halls and festivals throughout Canada and the U.S. including Nashville, Tennessee.


In 1965, he regularly performed at the Jonesport Opry House. From 1988 to 1996, Ken was the lead vocalist and guitarist for Bluegrass Supply Company, one of the most popular and best known Bluegrass bands in the Northeast. Since that time he has performed with other Maine bands including Union River Band, Bob and Grace French and the Rainbow Valley Folks and Fox Hollow. He also performed with Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. He is presently a member of the Katahdin Valley Boys, an award-winning bluegrass band.


He has recorded 10 albums and has appeared as a backup musician on others.


Besides his musical talent, Brooks also is a talented artist. He has painted everything from wall murals to pictures on the sides of trucks. He also does lettering and his graphic artistry is much sought after by motorcycle enthusiasts.


At the concert, music goers will have an opportunity to win a limited-edition print of a pencil drawing done by Ken Brooks.  The matting and framing was donated by School Street Picture Framing in Brewer. In addition to some of the proceeds from the concert, the proceeds from the picture raffle will go to the couples’ WCCC scholarship fund and to the Calais High School Band program.


They hope to sell 100 tickets at $5 each. They already have sold 60 tickets at past concerts.


As part of the WCCC scholarship program, one of their scholarships goes to a Maine Veteran.


Nearly six years ago, the Brooks and other musicians became involved with a musical effort of patriotic songs through Maine Highlands Honors The Fallen CD project. They raised money for veterans through the sale of the CD from that musical effort. In the past few years, proceeds have gone to a Maine veteran attending WCCC. Last year as a result of their concert, they gave out two scholarships, one to a Maine veteran and one to a non-veteran.


When the couple returns to Calais later this year, they also plan to hold a workshop at the high school with music students.  “One of the things that we are pleased about while doing these workshops is that many of the students tell us they plan to go to college,” he said. “Kids that study music are learning discipline and we love to work with them and try and perpetuate some of that responsibility in the students,” he said.


The couple attended Robbinston Grammar School and Calais Memorial High School.  Ken served four years in the US Air Force.


Jane found her bluegrass roots when she and Ken were married in 1987. Several years ago when Ken was not playing in a band, Jane decided to learn to play an instrument. She chose the bass. The couple has been performing as a duet act since 2004.  Jane Brooks has also performed as a member of Fox Hollow.


Anyone who would like to donate can make checks payable to the Ken and Jane Brooks Scholarship and send it to WCCC, One College Drive, Calais. All gifts to WCCC are tax deductible.  There also will be a donation box for those who wish to donate the night of the concert.


The concert is co-sponsored by Greystone Bed and Breakfast, the Wickachee Dining Room and WCCC 


Admission is $15 at the door, $12 advance sale and $10 for WCCC students with student ID, High School students and children.



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Phone: (207) 454-1002

Date Submitted:  September 23, 2014


CALAIS _ WCCC to offer classes at the Calais Methodist Homes


Washington County Community College is delighted to announce the offering of a new program for the area's older adults. The "Senior Arts” program is intended to provide an opportunity for our older residents to add life to their years by participating in new and novel learning activities.


In announcing the program, WCCC President Joseph Cassidy said, “At WCCC we believe in our obligation to serve all the people of our region. We especially value our senior citizens who have blessed us with their support over the years. We know from research that active minds are healthy minds and that participating in learning activities such as those we are developing can be highly beneficial to older adults. WCCC has been honored as one of the best community colleges in America, in part because we care about all the people we serve, young and old. We owe a great debt to our seniors and this is one small way of saying thanks."


The first class in the Senior Arts series is Awakening Your Inner Artist. Local Artist and Jewelry Designer Heather Perry is the creator and instructor of this course which is intended to help people raise their own unique talents or hobbies to a whole new level of artistry. No experience is required. All one needs is a positive attitude and a desire to learn new things. 


The class will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:00 until noon at the Methodist Homes Recreation Hall beginning on October 9th. An informational session will be held on October 2nd at 9:00 am in the same location. Heather Perry and WCCC Academic Dean David Sousa will be on hand to answer questions and to provide information about the program.


This program is offered free of charge to Maine residents 62 years and older. WCCC will provide tuition waivers and scholarship assistance to cover all program charges. For additional information or to register, please contact Donna Geel at 454-1013 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Enrollment is limited.

St Croix Tissue is building a new state-of-the-art automated facility

St Croix Tissue is building a new state-of-the-art automated facility co-located on the Woodland Pulp site in Baileyville, creating up to 80 new jobs beginning in May 2015. Washington County Community College and St Croix Tissue are partnering to offer a special FREE training program for potential new employees.


In addition to pulp and papermaking classes, the eight courses cover math, communications, basic computer skills and safety. The program will be offered in the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters at WCCC. Applicants to the program must be Maine residents, and submit official High School transcripts, GED or HiSET to be considered.


Students who successfully complete the St Croix Tissue Program at Washington County Community College will be well prepared to work in this type of environment and will be guaranteed an interview for one of the 80 new positions. This is a chance to get to the head of the line. And it’s FREE!

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Apply today. Space is limited. Application deadline September 5, 2014.

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