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Town News


Sharon Frost



March Flower: Jonquil. Birthstone: Aquamarine

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. He is a famous author who has written many books for children. His books are special as they contain many rhyming words.

March 12 - Full Worm Moon: If gnats fly in large numbers, the weather will be fine. Add compost to your soil to invite beneficial earthworms into your garden.

Isabel Libby, granddaughter of Miriam and Eldon Libby, will celebrate her 20th on March 8th. She enjoys receiving cards and will be at home for spring break from Sacred Hart University, Fairfield, CT. Her address at home is 133 Prince St., Needham, MA 02492. She’ll be waiting for the mail.

Frost Fest at Garcelon Civic Center from March 6 to 10.

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship, as experience shows, there the callosity formed round a broken home makes it stronger than before.

A wonderful birthday party was held on Saturday at the beautiful home of Pat Townsend for Lisa Fox and myself. Joni Miller helped with the luncheon. Ten of us gathered around the decorated table enjoying finger foods. A great time! Cards and gifts were presented to us. The cake was made by Pat and was greatly enjoyed. Heartfelt thanks to all of you.

Cut the Cake: Pat Yardley, Vi Gaddis, Earl Hill, Pam Bridges, Wendy Putnam, Nick Thomas, Emily Ginn, Heidi Fitch, Laura Chadwick, Bonny Beausoleil, Mary Jo Burgess.

To the family of David Libby. You traveled the world over and I met so many wonderful friends. You were are an asset to the community in many ways. Thanks for being my friend. Rest in peace. Sharon Frost.

We miss our dear friend Ed DelMonaco. He worked hard all his life, very knowledgeable, fun to talk with. Now at peace.

St. Anne’s Public Supper of baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, rolls and cake. Tickets $7.00. I have some if interested to sell.

Pat Fellers is a patient at Ross Manor in Bangor, room 105A. She will probably be there another two weeks of recovery for therapy.

VFW meeting on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at St. Anne’s Parish Hall.

There will be a craft fair at the Pembroke Elementary School on Saturday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

There will be a boiled dinner on Saturday, March 18th at 5:00 p.m. at the Dennysville Congregational Parish Hall.

Also at the Parish Hall in Dennysville on Saturday the 4th from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. will also be a breakfast, pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee, tea, etc.

The Valley Gospel Singers will be in concert at the Second Baptist Church at 6:30 pm on Sunday, March 11th. Followed by food and fellowship. I love this group.

Still searching for last, oldest individual to receive Boston Post Cane in the community. It was a tradition of the small towns of New England to pass on after their farewell. If the family should have it in their care, perhaps call me or Fred Becker. Thank you.

Prayers and thoughts are with you Shelly Bodkin.

Sister Judy was down from Moncton on the weekend visiting her sister Pat Yardley.

Grand Lake Stream


Dave McCullough


Noland and Andrew and a group of friends went fishing in Farm Cove this past weekend and had great success. They enjoyed the many amenities Grand Lake Stream has to offer including taking with folks, food, supplies and gas at the Pine Tree Store. The trails were groomed and enjoyable to ride on. Danny plowed out the parking area at camp so vehicles were easily parked. Canal Side Cabins had plenty of bait. Six of those in the party were middle school or high school students. Great memories are made on these adventures.   A reminder to take young people out into the great Maine outdoors.  It seems sometimes there is too much computer face time with school youth. When in the Maine outdoors it reminds everyone about the real world.

In reviewing Facebook entries from the recent school vacation it is great to see so many Grand Lake residents having grand children and other young people outside enjoying Maine’s Great Outdoors!

Why an Apple a Day Could be bad for a Barred Owl. (Excerpts from an IF&W article) Have you ever thrown an apple core out the car window and thought it was a harmless action, or maybe even a nice snack for a little critter?  Tossing out edible tidbits while driving can threaten wildlife, particularly raptors such as hawks and owls.  These birds are attracted to roadways as they provide convenient perches on power lines with clear views of their prey.  Vegetation is cut short, and in winter roadsides make for easy hunting grounds as there is less snow.  Adding food scraps increases the number of rodents and the chance of crossing paths with a car while swooping across the roadway.  Because this roadside hunting approach is easier than dodging through a field or forest after a meal, younger, inexperienced birds are often more susceptible to vehicle collisions.  One raptor that seems to be in this predicament often is the Barred Owl.  Avian Haven, a bird rehabilitator located in Freedom Maine, admitted 80 Barred Owls in 2015!

If you are fortunate enough to see a mid-sized (20 inch) owl, you can bet it’s this one. The Barred Owl is one of Maine’s most common owl species. Their distinguishing features include dark brown eyes, brown and white striped feathers, and lack of ear tufts (Great Horned Owls have these).  Their hooting call sounds like “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?”  Pairs mate for life and during courtship the male and female call together.  They do not migrate and often reuse nests of other raptors, crows, and squirrels.   Cavities created by Pileated Woodpeckers make ideal locations for a Barred Owl nest.

In Maine, courtship begins in February. Two to four eggs are laid in April and hatch about a month later.  After some initial exploration on nearby branches the young owls are ready five weeks after hatching to fledge or fly from the nest.  They are still cared for by the parents and tend to hang out in the parents’ territory while learning to hunt.  In total, parents care for the owlets for at least four months.  The lifespan of a Barred Owl may be ten years or more, and they have been documented living up to 32 years in captivity.

Barred Owls typically hunt at dawn, dusk, or at night but will also search for food during the day.  Forests in spring, summer, and fall provide a variety of delectable meals such as chipmunks, mice, voles, salamanders, frogs, and invertebrates.  A fish in shallow water might even need to watch out for an adventurous wading Barred Owl.  In winter, while some of these creatures are inaccessible, Barred Owls switch their diet to rodents and home in on roadside hunting.  The number of owls you see can change annually based upon natural fluctuations in population abundances..  Barred Owls are plentiful and doing well, and according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey their populations increased 1.5% between 1966 and 2014.   While they are a very common species, and populations are not in danger, your actions can directly benefit these beautiful birds!

What you can do to help Barred Owls and all birds of prey, on the roadways and beyond:

•Avoid throwing food out your car window.

•Be an alert driver and keep a keen eye on your surroundings.

•Keep your distance if you see an owl. It’s always best to avoid disturbing any wildlife – a quick photo could mean the animal has to expend valuable energy distancing itself or missing a chance at a meal.

•Avoid using rat poison. Many raptors, including owls are killed by consuming poisoned rodents. Learn more by visiting

•Learn more about Barred Owls and other birds of prey by visiting the MDIFW web page or

Recent reports from folks ice fishing are saying the fishing is very good although there is some slush on the ice. We have waited all fall and early winter for ice fishing, so lets enjoy!

Here’s an old timer to add to your ice cream from Jenifer’s file –


3 square of Baker’s choc. (melt in the top of your double boiler)

Add 2 cups of conf. sugar (stir in as much as possible with fork)

Add 5 oz. evap. milk and hunk of butter and then 1 teaspoon of vanilla


Remember to mark your calendar for the Maple Sunday adventure on March 26 sponsored by the Land Trust!!

You’re “Humble” Correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-712-8294 or 


Sally Doten


Did anyone happen to notice that spring made an appearance this week? I’m sure that my thermometer read 52 degrees. First I thought I was reading backward but as soon as I stepped onto the deck, I knew it was spring. I almost dragged out my sandals, but the snow piles that were surrounding my yard changed my mind.

Congratulations to Shari Doten owner of Artemis Attic in Calais. Shari and her business partner Amy DiCenzo were awarded the “Golden Broom Award.” This award is given to a business that gives back to the community. These ladies have certainly added to the joy of shopping on Main St. Their store is tastefully decorated inside and out. The displays of homemade items and primitive furniture is delightful to walk through. Since the store is directly across the street from the water fountain and gardens, these ambitious gals decided it was time to plant flowers in the area and make it a more pleasant place. Congratulations, Shari and Amy, this was a well deserved recognition.

Dottie Johnson and I enjoyed lunch at the New Friendly Restaurant in Perry on Wednesday. After that Dottie was kind enough to show the interesting places through Perry and Robbinston. I had a guided tour around Boydon’s Lake and different landmarks were pointed out. Dottie introduced me to a quaint little bakery called “The Pie Ladies.” We sat and enjoyed coffee and dessert while there. Many items were available for purchase: pies, cookies, breads, and variety of homemade crafts. This is one place that I will return to soon.

It was a sad surprise to learn of the passing of Judy Wardwell Putnam. Judy was well known in the area for her beautiful singing voice and great faith. She had fallen a few weeks ago and broke her ankle and then went to Marshall Manor in Machias for rehabilitation. Rest in Peace, Judy, you will be missed.

Were you as disappointed as I when it was nearly impossible to watch the high school basketball tournaments? Jim and I were able to watch the Eastport girls and Machias boys on Saturday morning but nothing in the afternoon. I hooked my laptop to the TV and we were set thanks to NSN sports. What happened to MPB? Have they run out of donations to show the games? If they were getting financial support from parents of high school athletes I can only assume this practice has come to a stop. There are so many that cannot travel to the game sites and not being unable to see the games was a disappointment to them. Shame on Maine Public Broadcasting! End of rant.

Congratulations to the Eastport girls and Machias boys on their recent wins. These teams will battle for the gold ball on Saturday. It was disappointing to know that Calais and Woodland didn’t advance.

Doug and Mary McLellan are in Boston to support Sandra Sherrard while she is a surgery patient there. Mary and Sandra are not only cousins but best friends and supporters of one another.

Sammy was returned home twice this past week. That dog loves to run, and if he can possibly sneak out when the door is opened, he is off to the races. It’s a good thing he likes Kaylee Pelletier and Casey McLellan because they are the ones that return him home time and time again.

Have I written enough to equal a column inch yet? I hope so because this is all I know and that 30 cents means so much to me. It really adds up in a month’s time. I wonder how much the columnists make that work for Bangor Daily News? Not that I’m going to try that venture, but it would be interesting to know. Oh, well, I do what I do and enjoy it; not trying to be the next millionaire.

You now have one week to smile, live, and laugh! When you complete that task, call me so I can write about it or you.


Indian Township

Donna Meader-York


After an unbelievably short school week due to back-to-back snow storms, followed by winter break, I noticed that both students and staff were happy to be back to school today.  However, before school vacation came upon us, something different happened at school.

Grades 1 and 2 invited parents into the classroom during the week before the blizzard for what they called “Read to Me”. Parents came in and their child read to them from a variety of books and stories. Popcorn and cookies were served as the children read to their parents. For a first time event, there were many parents there, supporting their children and their teachers. Thank you to those who came for their kids, and thanks to those who stood in for some parents who couldn’t make it. We will definitely do that again!

The After School Program will begin offering a Homework session with a healthy snack every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from dismissal to 3:00 followed by an activity on Mondays and Wednesdays, and homework only on Thursdays. Students will be sent home on the bus at 4:15 on Mondays and Wednesdays, and at 3:30 on Thursdays. Beginning on Monday March 6, students in grades 2 through 8 are welcome to join. Applications and schedules will be sent home this week.

That’s all the news for this week. Until next time, take care, and keep learning!


Alexander School

Cassie Oakes


There may have been no school at Alexander but there are a few things to keep you up to date.

There will be a basketball game 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 early.

There is another away game on March 6th when the Panthers will be playing in Edmunds.  A home game will take place on March 7th when the Alexander Panthers will take on Pembroke.   The girl’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the boys will start at 6:30.  

All games are open to the public so come on down to AES and support your Panthers.  The cost of admission is adults: $2.00 and children $1.00.  As always the school is looking for volunteers to take care of the door (admissions) work in the kitchen selling concessions and helping take care of books and the clock.  If you would like to do any of these jobs, or like to make a donation to Concessions please contact Brenda McDonough, the AES school secretary.  Our sports program would not be able to continue without these volunteers.

The AES cheerleaders only cheer at home games and will meet in Mrs. Hill’s classroom during the girl’s game at 5:30 p.m.

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

Don’t forget that Winter Carnival will be coming to its conclusion on March 2nd and 3rd.  On Thursday the 2nd there will be Pajama Day or Mismatch Day (Please have an extra set of clothes for this day) and on Friday the 3rd it will be School Spirit Day, (black and yellow).

Please make sure that your student has appropriate clothing for outside recess.  If your child wears boots to school, please make sure they have alternative footwear to wear in the building during the day

Don’t forget AES collects Box Tops for Education, empty ink cartridges and old cell phones for recycling.  You can drop them off at school during school hours or at Randy’s Variety.



Cassie Oakes


It has been a very slow week of news for me.  I know that there have been birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, basketball competitions, cheering competitions, ski trips, sledding outings, scouting activities, snowmobiling, trips to Bangor and vacations to be had.  I just need folks to share with me so I can report on the goings on of our neighbors and friends.  Remember all the columns are being saved in a variety of places including the History Dome on Barrows Lake and the Alexander Crawford Archives to show future generations how we lived.  Just think someday your great great great grandchild can read their family history in this column.

The Alexander Town Office has posted that the next Alexander School Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the Alexander School.

The Alexander Grange is beginning to think about spring and opening its doors soon.  April 5th will be their first meeting of the season and begin at 7:00 p.m.  For now they are going to have a planning meeting on March 15th at Lenny and Debbie Hanson’s home in Crawford to start putting together some plans for the upcoming spring, summer and fall.  All Alexander Grange Members are welcome to come, with paper, pencil and ideas in hand.

Time is ticking away and many of the High School Seniors are beginning the process of figuring out how to pay for college. Any graduating Senior in Alexander and Crawford who would like to apply for the Alexander/Crawford Scholarship, please contact Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344 for an application.

This is the week of the Roast Pork Supper to be held at the Methodist Church in Baileyville.  Supper starts at 4:00 p.m.  It is always a great meal with good conversations to be had.  Hope to see you there.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Eldon Libby, Judy Lincoln Murray, 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.  Who is missing from this list? Let me know.

Lets not forget those caretakers who take time out of their lives to make sure that their loved ones and friends are taken care of with kindness and love.  

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Kelly Carter, Brittney Ayers, Melissa Maxwell, Ken Mercier, Kurt Carter, Earl Hill Jr., Koreen Dean, Brian Cartwright, Sherry Siveret, Lois Faloon, Emily Sanford Runnels, Rob Gaudet, Hazen Kinney and Tabitha Niles Smith.

Lucky Loser this week at Randy’s Variety is Joey Wallace.  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.

This was a short week for me at the Beckett Center as we took Presidents Day off.  The rest of the week I partook in fun activities, such as Rummy card game, UNO card game, BINGO, watched Calais and Woodland basketball games on TV, went to Linda’s Pizza in Baileyville and ordered scrumptious chicken fingers and fries from Joe’s.  A fun filled week for sure. 

If you have anything you would like me to share in this column you can e-mail me at, 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!  Thank you to all of those who support me and this column. Until next time, stay safe.



Sandra Smith


It is time to truly put together a Princeton Historical Society. We have a base group of myself, Warren Valentino, Marshall Crowe, Sharon Norman, Nancy Marshall and Stephen Cilley. We need to set a meeting date to initiate an organization and look toward having a building. There are opportunities available for grants to help and it is getting toward the better weather for fund raisers. This is a rare opportunity to have a permanent place to preserve Princeton’s history, documents and artifacts as well as making that history available to those doing research. Please give me a call at 796-2261 if you have any ideas or interest. Note that I have added two photos from a book of photographs given to me by the great-great grand daughter of the Flora and Daniel Belmore. Items like this are out there that would be of interest. I do not know where the landscape is or who are the four women.

The Princeton Library has many more new books, thanks to some wonderful donations. However, there is a problem with patrons not returning books and DVDs. The library does not charge a late fee or replacement fee so there is no reason to not return an item. On the other side, the librarian has to spend extra time and there is the cost to send out reminder cards and then make calls for overdue items. The library’s inventory is limited, and when an item is not returned it takes away from someone else being able to borrow it. There is the first book from a new series that was donated that has not been returned, three books from a children’s series, as well as other books and many DVD movies. Please, please, please return the items that have been borrowed from the library. Library Hours: Monday-Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Wednesday noon - 6:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. If you can’t make the library hours, there is a drop box at the side of the building. Also note that Ancestry is available to do genealogy research on line. Patrons are limited to obtaining research and they cannot make or add to their own family tree on line.

The Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market is planning an organizational meeting in March at the Princeton Town Office Conference Room. Check out the facebook page for information soon. New vendors or inquiries are always welcome. Also I will be sure to list it in this column.

The Town of Princeton is still looking for volunteers for the Board of Appeals and Budget Committee. Please consider helping out and call Donna at the Town Office at 796-2744 or email

Upcoming Activities

March 15 - Story Hour - Princeton Library from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

March 18 - 4-H Demonstrations and Illustrated Talk - Princeton Town Conference Room - 10:00 a.m.

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

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 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.