Grand Lake Stream

Town News

Dave McCullough

I’d like to express my deep appreciation to friends, firefighters, and EMT’s of Grand Lake Stream, Indian Township, Princeton, and Baileyville.  You all went above and beyond the call of duty.  A special thanks to John Arcaro and Nicole Bailey for your immediate response and staying thru till the end.  Thank you to the Pine Tree Store, Brinda and Nicole for the pizza and drinks...and delivery. Thank you all: Sandra Bailey on behalf of my mother Amy Damon.

Town meetings in Maine represent the best of local input and control. So it is with Grand Lake Stream. One outcome of the 2015 town meeting is the effort to strengthen the fire department. I was fortunate to talk with Gary Santerre who is now the Fire Chief in Grand Lake Stream. Gary has been fire chief in two other communities and brings strong experience. The current fire department owns a 1976 fire truck that does not pass Maine standards. The first order of business is to purchase a truck that will meet these requirements. The Chief and 2 other members have traveled to a location in New York to examine a truck that is for sale and would be appropriate. With good equipment the training of the volunteer members can begin.  Training is the backbone to an effective department. Much of the training will take place “in-house” with certified instructors. Interdepartmental training will take place with Calais, Woodland and Princeton. Also in the plans is the formation of a Firemen’s Association. Town members will be asked to participate in this association. Also in the early stages of planning is the application for grants to upgrade the Department’s Building. Gary would like to extend thanks to the Board of Assessors for their support and a special thanks to the Town Clerk, Joanne Tobey for all her extra effort on behalf of the Fire Department. Plan to see the GLS Fire Department in area events such as the July 4th Celebration and the Folk Arts Festival.

BIG NEWS! We (The Folk Art Festival Leadership) were just notified by Yankee Magazine that the Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival is being recognized with their Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best of New England 2015. The festival was selected as the Best Family Art & Music Festival in the May/June 2015 issue.

The Grand Lake Stream Guides’ Association Spaghetti Dinner will be held at the old School House, on Friday, May 8. Please arrive at 5:30 to socialize with friends and officials. Between 6:00 and 6:30, Lee and his team will be ready to serve dinner. 

For invitations and details contact Mike at 796-2553 or Mike, 

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust in conjunction with the Grand Lake Stream Historical Society is pleased to welcome David Greenham, Program Director from the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine leading a talk on the POW Camp which existed in Indian Township during World War II. Developed from a New Deal Era Civilian Conservation Camp, the POW camp was fitted with 12 foot high electric fences, watchtowers and spotlights. Housing 250-500 German soldiers captured primarily in the Tunisian campaign, Greenham will discuss the prisoners’ lives in the Princeton area. Greenham will share stories and insights he has gathered through his research highlighting the prisoners’ work in the woods cutting pulpwood for the local paper mill as well as their interactions with the local people in Princeton and Indian Township.

This program is offered on April 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Princeton Town Office at 15 Depot Street. For further details about this program or other activities, contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust by calling 207-796-2100, or by emailing

Remember May 16th and the Fishermen’s breakfast which starts at 7:00 am. More details to follow!


Your “Humble” Correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-839-4205 or