May 2013

Washington County Democrats to Hold Potluck

Washington County Democrats are hosting a potluck supper June 1 at the Berry Township home of Ellen Farnsworth and Don Green on Route 191. The setting is informal and all are welcome. Those interested in attending could bring a side dish or dessert, or just some ideas they wish to discuss. Maine House District 32 Rep. Katherine Cassidy will be present.

Bearce Lake and Vose Pond Open for Fishing

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge Manager Bill Kolodnicki encourages the public to visit Bearce Lake and Vose Pond to take advantage of the unique opportunities they offer for recreational fishing.  The gravel access road to Bearce Lake is located just south of the Baring – Meddybemps Town Line, on the east side of Route 191.

WCCC Commencement

Washington County Community College graduates moved their tassels to the opposite sides of their graduation hats symbolizing their transition from student to graduate. It all happened Friday during the 44th annual Commencement Exercises. (WCCC Photo)


Dorothy Johnson


This past week the weather was fairly typical for spring in Maine.  It was warm and cool and sunny and rainy.  The black flies are hungry and plentiful.  Several residents had their lawns mowed on Saturday and Sunday and the smell of the newly mown grass brings on the smell of summer to come.

Beckett Center News

On Monday May 7, most of the crew went bowling at the Spednic Club and then headed to Linda’s Pizza for a yummy pizza party. The choices were pepperoni and Hawaiian and everyone had three pieces. Also some played Arcade games, like Guitar Hero and Pool.  A fun time was had by all and the food was delicious.

Christina Martin Concerts in Lubec

Completing a month and a half of touring Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts, Canadian singer/songwriter Christina Martin will arrive in the Easternmost town in the United States on June 1 to end her international journey promoting “Sleeping With a Stranger,” her latest award-winning C


Indian Township – Rhonda Rose Sabattus, 31, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 18, 2013 at a Bangor hospital.  Rhonda was born in Calais on August 10, 1981.  She attended Indian Township schools and Lee Academy.  Rhonda enjoyed fishing, bingo, four-wheeling, being around friends; but above all, spending time with her children.

Cinder Conk Returns to Lubec on Memorial Weekend

“Cinder Conk plays music drawn from the Black Sea -- the wellspring of Europe’s deepest and most diverse musical traditions.  It is the sound of celebration and lament of those who have lived on its coast over thousands of years - Roma, Jews, peasants, and nationalists” says the web site. “Come with an open mind” says accordionist Matthew Schreiber.

Tenth Annual Down East Spring Birding Festival Accepting Registrations

The Down East Spring Birding Festival is still accepting registrations for its 10th annual event over Memorial Day weekend, May 24- 27, 2013. The festival features guided bird walks, boat tours, and presentations for advanced, intermediate, and beginning birders in eastern Washington County. 


Dawn Winchester


Hello everyone! Well it looks like this is going to be a rainy week, just what we need to get those gardens growing and to keep the fire danger down.


Sharon Norman


Sunrise Christian Church Pastor, Ernest Carle, assisted in Rhana Larkin’s committal service in Talmadge on Saturday. The family felt great support when so many came to attend the graveside service. 

The Dragon’s Den

Camille Howard


Hello again, readers, and welcome back to The Dragon’s Den! We had a very full week this week, so step on the diving board, because we’re about to dive right into the week’s news. 

Calais High School

Quinn Sluzenski


The lights!  The glamour!  The paparazzi!  Last Saturday Calais High School held their Hollywood-themed senior prom.  The gym was beautifully decorated with stars, film reels, and of course a red carpet.  The class of 2013 and their dates had a great time at the dance.

Robbinston Grade School

Kathy Mekelburg



On Friday, Gordon Corbit will be at the school to perform “Orbit with Corbit” which includes a fun-filled day of activities for the children. I didn’t get to the Spring Fling last Saturday and will have a report on it from the school next week.

Tri-M Music Honor Society

Tri-M, the National Music Honor Society, stands for Modern Music Masters.  These talented musicians were accepted into this honor society at their Spring Concert at Calais High School on Wednesday, May 8th.  The students were chosen for their musicianship along with high grades in all classes and  their demonstration of character strength in service, leadership and cooperation.

Calais District Court

Marjorie E. Baron of Eastport, ME. Minor consuming liquor. Adjudicated. Fine $200.
Kimberly M. Bishop of Calais, ME. Minor consuming liquor. Adjudicated. Fine $200.
Jeffrey C. Brown of Pembroke, ME. Operating unregistered snowmobile. Fine $200.
Janice Bubier of Calais, ME. Theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. Fine $150. Restitution $18.92.


Dorothy Johnson


The residents of the St. Croix Valley have enjoyed another beautiful spring week.  The night temperatures have left frost at dawn, but the sun quickly warms the air.  The birds are out early looking for that special worm and singing their songs.