Town News for Calais, Baring, Meddybemps, Alexander School, Princeton, Grand Lake Stream, Alexander/Crawford

Calais

Sharon Frost

454-3339

 

George Washington was the first president of the United States. Washington was born in Virginia on February 22nd, 1732. He is considered the father of our country.

February 23rd, 1991 - Desert Storm Ground War begins.

February 28th, Mardi Gras (Ala, La: Choose purple and yellow flowers with lush green leaves for a colorful Mardi Gras centerpiece. Purple choices include hyacinths, iris and violets. Yellow selections include daffodils, carnations and roses.

St. Andrews is still discussing the deer problem creating a safety hazard. They already held a public meeting in January. 

Great idea: Bangor airport is discussing building a long-term parking facility. Sure sounds like a splendid idea. Hope they follow through with it.

Thanks to the guys a week or so ago for helping an older lady out of a snow bank. It was greatly appreciated to know there are still kind people out there willing to help others when they need it.

Stop in Joyce’s Friday Soup Kitchen in Trinity Hall Anglican Church, Prince William Street every Friday for conversation and good food. Doors will open 10:30 (Canadian). Open to the public.

Winter Warm Up Public Supper at St. Patrick’s Hall on Thursday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. (Canadian). Have scallops, dessert. Sounds delicious.

The Sunday school teacher asked her class how many of them would like to go to heaven. Everyone raised a hand except one little boy. “Danny”, the teacher asked, “don’t you want to go to heaven?” “I can’t teacher” Danny replied. “ My mother told me to come straight home after Sunday school.”

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church on February 28th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 pm.

Pat Fellars has gone to Bangor to have her shoulder repaired from a fall a week ago.

My uncle Carman Eldridge of St. Andrews is still in the hospital in St. Stephen. He is improving slowly.

Prayers are with Jimmy Lunn as he recuperates.

Our pastor Sara is on the sick list. Wish her a speedy recovery.

Sorry to hear about the passing of Ed DelMonaco. A great guy and very knowledgeable. I enjoyed his tea.

Fran Mulcahy and I rode to Bangor on Saturday. Not a lot of traffic. It was a good clear day. We both had errands to do and enjoyed lunch at Applebees. It was packed due to the tournaments.

 

Baring

Sally Doten

454-2625

Two feet of snow has been removed from the roof, the 3-4 feet that dropped into the yard has been forced into 8 foot snowbanks, the mailbox has been uncovered, and we finally found the chicken coop. So goes the life of this senior couple in town. None of this was done without the help of neighbors. We are most grateful for the men that come forward to assist us.

All the complaining of the snow has turned into smiles for the warm weather we are now experiencing. On this Sunday evening it is a “mild” 25 degrees outside my window. That 8 foot snowbank will soon shrink and a small river will be running through the driveway. And such is the life of winters in Maine.

So glad to report that Shelly Bodkin is home after being life-flighted to Bangor with a brain bleed.  I think Shelly is our “miracle” as she has returned to good health within 10 days of her stroke. She is definitely proof of the power of prayer.

A recent guest here at the Doten residence was Charlie McPhee. He was home from Florida for his annual ice fishing expedition at East Grand Lake. Great to see you, Charlie.

Good thoughts are going out to Kaloua Cookson. She was recently put on the lung transplant list and everyone is wishing the very best for her. Hopefully this will happen sooner than later.

Congratulations to all the Washington County basketball teams that will be making their way to Bangor this week.

Sending out big birthday wishes to my great aunt Ethel Fitzpatrick. Ethel is a resident at Marshall Healthcare in Machias and celebrated her 101st birthday today, Feb. 19. I can only imagine the changes she has seen in this world after all these years.

Thank you to Kylee Pelletier for bringing our dog home. After our first snow storm, Sammy escaped when I opened the door. He always runs across the lawn and down Honey Street every chance he gets. I think this time the snow bank was a little deeper than he estimated. Sammy made his usual leap toward the street and “kerplunk” there was the dog, stuck! A good thing that Kylee was there to help. Thanks again.

Thinking of you and sending positive vibes:  Issie Gibson,  Bruce & Sharon Bailey, Billy Gibson, and Flo Russell.

Don’t forget the Town Meeting on Feb. 28.

Hope to see you next week. Be safe; be well; be happy.

 

sdoten@roadrunner.com

 

Meddybemps

Linda Baniszeski 

 

Here we are, the last full week of February. Where does the time go.  

We survived the huge storm of February 13; and the next one a few days later.  The snow and drifts are above our window sills.  Roofs required shoveling to ease some of the weight, especially in advance of the next snows.   Mountains of plowed snow fill the landscape and parking lots, the makings of great snow forts.  Scuffy is completely intimidated by the huge snow tunnels she must travel through to get where she needs to go.  

Prior to the storm, our wildlife was earnestly feeding in advance, a sure sign that a big one was on the way,  much more reliable than many weather reports.  A very sad sight was a young eagle on the lake surface feeding on a dove.  Since then, we’ve seen three doves staying together.  Perhaps the lone one’s partner is the one the eagle caught.   

We are grateful for Danny Wallace, Bill Doten, Jr., my Barry and Wally Lyons for snow removal on our lanes.  Wally always takes care of keeping the area around the dumpster open for our access and trash removal.  Our good neighbors have a great system of taking care of things around here.  Everyone helps someone else.  

Happy birthday wishes this week to summer resident Ingrid Bloomhardt Hews, celebrating February 26. 

Mark your records for the next concert at Second Baptist Church, Calais when the Valley Gospel Singers perform on March 11 at 6:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent is March 1. Shrove Tuesday is February 28 this year, the day before Ash Wednesday. This day before the beginning of Lent is one when a lot of people fill up on goodies they will abstain from during the Lenten season prior to Easter Sunday.

In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Germans (PA Deutsch) make Faustnachts for Shrove Tuesday. It is a kind of sweet donut made with potato dough and deep fried to a golden brown. We always poked a hole in the center and poured in molasses. One time when I made them, I did not realize how large the batch was until I got to the part of the recipe that instructed “add 12 cups of flour.” Unknowingly, I was using my grandmother’s 12 dozen recipe used for the annual church fundraiser sale. We gave away many donuts that year. When Barry came home from work and saw donuts cooling on every kitchen and dining room surface, he said, “Who are you cooking for, woman?” We laughed at my dilemna.  No two people could have eaten so many. Some went into the freezer, the rest were given away.

February 28 is also the day of Mardi Gras, most notably celebrated in New Orleans with less than family oriented parades and revelry. It is glitzy, loud and entertaining for many people. 

 

Please send your personal, organization, town and wildlife news to LBaniszeski@myfairpoint.net

 

 

Alexander School

Cassie Oakes

 

It was another stormy week at AES, so there was no school on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. The library schedule was condensed into one day, Wednesday.  On Wednesday the library opened up with pre-k students coming in excited about the snow and the afternoon’s Valentine’s Day party.  To stay with the theme of the day after checking out books they heard the story “Valentine Mice” written by Bethany Roberts and then made Valentine cards with stickers galore.  They helped to clean up after themselves and played a game of Statues.  In the afternoon the kindergarten and first graders came in to check out books before their party and heard two stories “Valentine Mice” and “Will You Be My Valentine” by Teresa Bateman.  After hearing both stories they filled out a slip for each book for the Reading for Bike’s Program.  They also played a game of Statues before heading back to class to exchange Valentines and have some delicious snacks.  The rest of the school was invited to come to the library and to check out books during the day as time permitted due to the possibility of a storm Thursday.  Volunteer librarians Rhonda Oakes and Ellie Sanford with the help of Jr. Librarian Rylee Kinney wanted to make sure that they had books to read over the upcoming February vacation.

If there is no school on a day that has a basketball game scheduled, there will be no games.

Due to so many storm days during the past week Winter Carnival 2017 has been postponed until after February vacation.  Winter Carnival will take place the week of February 27th- March 3rd.

Themes for the day will be as follows:

Monday-Wacky Hair or Hat Day

Tuesday-Favorite Sports Team Day

Wednesday-Favorite Book or Favorite Movie Character Day

Thursday-Pajama Day or Mismatch Day (Please have an extra set of clothes for this day)

Friday-School Spirit Day (Black and Yellow)

Sports pictures will be taken after the vacation on Tuesday, February 28th.  Please make sure your student has their uniform at school that day.

Monday, February 27th will be a home game.  Girl’s Game will start at 5:30, with the boys to follow at 6:30.  Cheerleaders will meet in Mrs. Hill’s room during the girl’s game.

On Tuesday, February 28th the Alexander basketball teams will be travelling to Perry.  Bus will leave at 4:00.  Please be at the school 15 minutes before the bus leaves.

If you are able to help at concession, door, clock, or books, please contact Brenda at panthers1430@gmail.com over the break.  Your help keeps the program funded.

On Friday, March 3rd the Alexander basketball teams will travel to Lubec.  Bus will be leaving AES at 3:15.  Please make sure to be there 15 minutes before the bus leaves.

Winner of the 8th grade Valentine Basket was Joanna Korasdowictz.  Thanks to all who contributed to the basket and candy grams!

 

 

 

 

Princeton

Sandra Smith

 

Many activities and meetings were cancelled because of the snow storms. The Parks and Recreation Committee had to cancel their meeting last week and this Monday was a holiday. The next meeting will be Monday, February 27 in the conference room of the town office at 6:00 p.m.

The PPRC has become an important group in the community even though it only was started in September of 2015 by Jessica Cilley, Tina Laney and Robin Smith. The committee’s mission is to provide recreational activities and raise funds for improving and building recreational facilities for the youth of Princeton, Maine and revive the Fresh Water Festival. In 2016 they offered many events: February-Family Night at Princeton Elementary School; March-Easter Egg Hunt at Fire Station; July-Pokeman Go Station at the Library, Crafts at Princeton Farmer’s Market Grand Opening, A Slip n’ Slide Event at Brewer Andrews Field, Kickball Game Challenge and Hot Dogs with Woodland. August was another busy month: Stroudwater Christian Church of Portland worked with a group who refurbished fence and basketball court, built 2 picnic tables, and built a bike rack; Snapshot/Kid’s Day Seed Planting at Princeton Farmer’s Market; Slip N’ Slide Kickball with Friends of Princeton Providing Pizza. Then in September-Pizza Party at Fire Station and October-Haunted House at Princeton Elementary School and at Princeton Town Office. In November-Turkey Dinner Raffle and December-Decorate Santa Claus Area at Princeton Christmas Tree Lighting and donated $25 for third prize and helped judge Princeton Home Decorating Contest. Also there was an ongoing activity of kickball games at the Princeton Farmer’s Market from June to September.

However PPRC’s major event was First Revival of Fresh Water Festival in June. It started with a kick ball game on Friday and had a full day of activities on Saturday that included The Lewey Lodge Community Breakfast, the Rod & Gun Club Public Supper; a shirt tail parade, 5 K marathon, ATV Poker run; and at Brewer Andrews Field a day of activities for children and adults, which included demonstrations, exhibits and great food. The committee is hoping to make this years festival bigger and better. The date is June 24. It takes many helpers to do this very special event and the plans are being formulated. So, those who would like to help will be truly welcome at the next PPRC meeting,

Wednesday, February 22nd was the deadline to register for the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament. Please call Tara at 255-3345 or email tara.a.wood@maine.edu with the following information: Name, 4-H age, title of their 4-H demonstration or illustrated talk, and whether it will be an individual or team presentation.

The library had to reschedule the story hour to Wednesday, March 15 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Paul Beane from Talmadge will read a story about moose. Heidi has scheduled a moose craft project and some special moose cookies. Heidi has also been busy processing the many donations. Some of the books new to the library are: Apple Turnover Murder and Devil’s Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke (these are fun books and incorporate recipes and also are a Canadian movie series); The King’s Deception by Steve Berry (He has written many mystery books and is personally a history buff); A Thin Dark Line by Tami Hoag (mystery-TV reporter returns home); Fade Away by Harlan Coben (mystery about basketball); Inca Gold by Clive Cussler (A Dirk Pitt Mystery); The Target by Catherine Coulter (Mystery/Romance/FBI); The Letters by Luane Rice and Joseph Monninger; (A couple-one in Maine and one in Alaska exchange letters) For one More Day by Mitch Albom (Also wrote Tuesdays with Morrie).

On Saturday, February 25 from noon to 4:30 PM, the Princeton Rod and Gun Club and Doweast Lakes Land Trust will be hosting a FAMILY ICE FISHING DAY on West Grand Lake. Members of the rod and gun club will provide instruction and gear to anyone who needs help. Everyone will gather at the lake trust building in Grand Lake Stream and then will caravan out to the lake. Hot drinks and a warming fire on the shore will be set up but it is advised to dress warmly. For more information contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust at 207-796-2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org

Upcoming Activities

Princeton Pathfinders - Workdays every Sunday at noon at Isaac Cilley’s home in Princeton, then on to the trails.

Family Ice Fishing Day - Saturday, February 25 from 12:00 noon - 4:30 PM West Grand Lake

Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee - Monday, February 28 at 6:00 PM Town Office Conference Room

Town of Princeton Selectmens’ Meetings-First and Third Tuesday each month at 6:30 PM in the Conference Room

To send me news, just drop me a note princetonnews@outlook.com or give me a call after 10:00 a.m. at 796-2261. My deadline to submit the column is 4:00 p.m. on Monday, I need any news no later than early Monday morning.

 

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough

 

Les has taken out the Clubs Snow Rabbit professional groomer several times and from all reports the trails groomed are perfect. Remember that the Pine Tree Store is open 7:00 to 7:00, everyday and has a wide menu, supplies, equipment, trail maps, gifts and plenty of gasoline. They can also find you help if needed. Call 796-5027.  Brittany and Josh are in charge of our Club website, www.grandlakesnowmobileclub.com. All our latest news, a trail map, and 75 miles of trail conditions will be on it. It is updated weekly. The SnoMo Café is open on Saturdays, 11:00 to 2:00. Planned specials, baked goods, and hot beverages. A bathroom is available.

I just talked with Eric and he and several others have been dragging the trails with Club super wide track snowmobiles. Thanks to Dave and Andrea Swift and Kenny Sprague for rounding out the team to take care of the trails.

Come and enjoy our trails and make our friendly little town a stop on your snowmobile travels. If you have additional news or comments contact mikeremillard@mgemaine.com

Grand Lake Snowmobile Club is having a Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser, March 4, 5:00, $10, at the School House. We will also have a Silent Auction, Bingo, and music by the Strumming Wild Cat Ukulele Band. I’ve been before. Food is great and the activities are fun. Hope to see everyone there. Mike

Speaking of well-attended the February 14th Valentine gathering was a festive time with lots of laughter and fun and great pot luck food.  The desert was the famous Linda Curtis strawberry shortcake! Yum, yum. Thanks to the Women to Women for sponsoring this event.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM  is the time if you are  interested in ice fishing, but not quite sure where to begin?  Downeast Lakes Land Trust and Princeton Rod & Gun Club are thrilled to be hosting a “Family Ice Fishing Day” on Saturday, February 25th on West Grand Lake.  Whether you are a seasoned pro or need a basic introduction to the sport, there will be something for all ages.  Members of Princeton Rod & Gun Club will provide instruction and gear to anyone who needs help.  Interested participants should dress warmly and meet at the Downeast Lakes Land Trust office at 12 pm to caravan out to the lake, where there will be hot drinks and a warming fire on shore.  For more information or to register, please contact Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796 – 2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org.  

Just received an update from Arron Smith regarding the annual coyote hunt program. The current total is 43 tagged of which 23 are males and 20 are females. Tim Jipson had the largest male at 48.83 pounds and Earl Smith with the largest female at 35.26 pounds. The total tagged by store is: Smith’s General  has recorded 14 males and 14 females; Partridge 2 males, Two Rivers has recorded 1 male, Pine Tree Store has recorded 5 males and 3 females while Whitney’s has recorded 2 males and 2 females. The Total purse available is $1760.00 with the value of each coyote $26.98.

A simple way to help conservation of Maine’s Wildlife population: Over the years, the Chickadee Check-off has helped projects directed at conserving a number of species, including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, piping plovers, great blue herons, Canada lynx, several species of bats, New England cottontail, Blanding’s turtles and several rare freshwater mussels. Funds from the Check-Off have also aided citizen science projects like the Maine Butterfly Survey, Maine’s Bumble Bee Atlas and the Maine Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project. 

Federal funding for research and recovery efforts is only accessible to Maine with matching state money. These state dollars typically come from voluntary sources such as the Loon conservation license plate and the Chickadee Check-off on this state income-tax form. These funds can double or triple the amount of money available for the conservation of these species.

You can also help out Maine’s threatened and endangered wildlife by purchasing the department’s newest endangered species poster, with all proceeds going to the Endangered and Nongame Wildlife Fund for endangered and threatened species (E/T) recovery in Maine.

This beautiful new poster depicts the 51 native fish and wildlife species endangered or threatened in Maine. There is identification key, plus additional habitat and background information about each species on the back of the poster. 

You can purchase this poster for only $4.00, or you can get a 15-ounce ceramic mug of the poster for $6.00, or a  4.5” X 7.5” heavy-duty magnet for $2.00. 

Your support by purchasing a poster, mug, or magnet, or contributing to the Chickadee Checkoff goes even further, as it generates between $2.00 and $9.00 of additional federal matching funds.

This tax season, make your mark in helping Maine’s threatened and endangered wildlife by purchasing a poster or mug, or by using the Chickadee Checkoff on Schedule CP of your tax form. 

 

Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough, 207-839-4205 (cell 207-712-8294) or dmccull1@maine.rr.com.


Alexander/Crawford

Cassie Oakes

 

The following two posts have been posted by the Alexander Town Office.  Selectman’s meeting will take place on February 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Alexander Town Office.

School Committee meeting scheduled for February 14th was canceled due to weather.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the Alexander School.

I mentioned in last week’s column Lois Faloon had fallen and broke her hip and was moved to Bangor for rehab.  If folks wish to send her a card, do so at this address:  East Side Health and Rehabilitation, 516 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME, 04401.  It sounds like Lois has a long road ahead of her.  A card or two should really brighten her day.

There is a new little person that has come into this world with connections to Alexander.  Little Miss Lyrix Faith Newman was born on February 15th.  Lyrix is the Daughter of Jayda Pressley and Daniel Newman.  Jayda lived in Alexander for several years and attended AES.  She is the granddaughter of Mike White, here in Alexander.  Congratulations
Jayda on a very beautiful baby girl.

Another little girl was born recently with connections to Alexander is Scarlett Rose Marie, born on February 14th to Victoria Malloch.  Victoria is the granddaughter of Debbie and Barry Malloch.  This would be Debbie and Barry’s first great grandchild residing in Alexander is Nina Crossman who is Scarlett Rose’s great-great grandmother.  

One more sweet baby to talk about with Alexander connections is Little Miss Ella Blake, a new granddaughter for Clayton and Cathy Blake of Alexander. Ella is the daughter of Caleb and Tara Blake.  Caleb and Tara live in the Bangor area.

Congratulations are in order for John Seavey and Stephanie Whitaker of Crawford on their recent marriage.  They were married on Saturday, February 18th with close family members in attendance.  John and Stephanie reside in Crawford on the beautiful Crawford Lake.  Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful and happy future.

On Sunday, February 12th Marguerite White turned 85. Her family helped celebrate her special occasion at the Nook and Cranny Restaurant.  A meal was shared along with lots of memories and love.  Doreen Wallace had a special song played as a tribute to her mom.  The song was “Angels” by Randy Travis.  Lots of happy tears were shed.  Those in attendance were  Charlie White, Donna Harvey, John Lily and Rachel Harvey, Doreen and Bob Wallace, Darlene Norman, Carrie Norman and Dustin Sullivan, B.J. Wallace, Lesliann, Mike, Michael and Eric Barnard, Vicki Grant and Rob and Amy Gaudet.  Marguerite received many gifts and a delicious cake was shared.  She also received many calls from friends and family.

Just a quick reminder that if there are any graduating high school seniors in Alexander and Crawford who would like to apply for the Alexander/Crawford Scholarship, please contact Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344 for an application.

Mark your calendars for a Roast Pork Supper to be held at the Methodist Church in Baileyville on March 2nd.

I would like to send condolences to Ron and Diane McAlpine of Crawford on the passing of Ron’s mother, Barbara McAlpine this past week.  Barbara was from Princeton, Maine, where she spent her childhood.  Her parents were Chester and Clara Fitch.  Barbara most recently resided in Pennsylvania.  My deepest sympathies to Ron, Diane and the rest of the family.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Allen Greenlaw, Fletcher Perkins, Charlie White, Sandy Lyon, Elwin Daley, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, Lenny Frost, David Carson, Avis McIntyre, Linda Richardson, Joan Dodge, Carl Perkins, Karen Moraisey, Shirley Hill, Ron McArthur, Joan Dodge and Linda Bohanon.  

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Joline Thornton, Stephanie Knowles, Kristy Crawford, Jason Goodine, Maria Oakes, David Porter, Aubrey Fossett, Eva Rose Fairbrother, Kylie McCutcheon and Jennie Cox.

Upcoming Anniversary wishes go to Mike and Mickey White.  I wish you both many more years of wedded bliss!

Lucky Loser this week at Randy’s Variety is Dawn McClure.  To be a lucky loser all you have to do is buy an online ticket at Randy’s and if it is a loser put your name and number on the back and put it in for a second chance winner.

Finally I felt better and the weather was good enough that I got to spend a couple of days at the center.  I played card games, such as UNO and 500 Rummy.  I also participated in a Wii Bowling Tournament, listened to music on the computer, had egg salad sandwiches on Friday for lunch and dreamt about spring.

If you have anything you would like me to share in this column you can email me at ptcfan@hotmail.com, message me on facebook, or snail mail me at 1328 Airline Road, Alexander, ME  04694.  You can also call me at 454-2344 or drop off news at Randy’s Variety!  Until next time, stay safe.