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Town News


Sharon Frost



Turn your clocks ahead Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 am

Jeff Chick, a respected guy, with 20 years of radio basketball broadcasting is now retiring. You’ve done your duty. 

Sorry to hear of Sandra Sherrard’s surgery. Hope she’s on the mend.

Ash Wednesday - Lent began on March 1st. There are two study groups at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday 10 am and also on Wednesday at 5:30 pm. This includes a soup supper and Eucharist around the dinner table.

Yoga on Monday at 10:00 a.m in the parish hall.

Zumba on Wednesday at 9 am.

ECW at Patsy Beckett’s home on March 14th at 5:30 p.m.

There will be a public supper on St. Paddy’s Day, March 17th, at St. Anne’s Parish Hall. Baked beans, cole slaw, macaroni/cheese, rolls, etc. I have tickets. 

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 am on March 12th, also full Worm Moon. Add compost to your soil to invite earthworms into your garden.

March 6 through 10. Frost Fest at Garcelon Civic Center on Friday, March 17th. Jonathon Roy  singer/songwriter will perform.

Extinct dog: The Alpine Spaniel is a breed of dog that became extinct in the mid-1800s due to disease. These dogs were large and intelligent, with thick, curly coats. They were used in mountain rescues in the alps.

Sharon LeConte had shoulder surgery and has to go in later for her other one. Her mom passed away a few weeks ago. She and hubby Chris now reside in Rockwood, Maine. 

Time To Cut The Cake:

Patty Gagner, Judy Antonello, Lucinda Pike, Judy Thornton, Dr. Brazier (our sweetheart), Tammy Davis, Dr. Hayward, Vi Gaddis, Patsy Beckett, Sharon Bailey, Fran Walker, Falon Eales, Shelby Lozier.

The Hospital Auxiliary Donation Day is on Thursday, March 16th from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Don’t forget the Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration on Thursday, March 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 37 Palmer Street. There will be  birthday cupcakes, face painting, popcorn, photo booth, story time and balloons. Sounds like a fun time.



Laurie Pike


The Cooper Town Office hours for the month of March have been changed because I am unavailable during the normal hours.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause anyone, but due to a temporary commitment on Thursday Evenings until the end of March, I am changing my upcoming office hours with permission from the Cooper Select Board members.  Upcoming Office hours in the Town of Cooper will be held on Tuesday Evening on 3/7, and 3/21/17 from 4:30-6:30 pm.  This is a temporary change, and in the month of April my office hours will return to the first and third Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30 pm.  I will also try to be available by appointment for those who are unable to come to the town office during the new temporary hours.  Please call me at 207-214-7335 if you need to make alternative arrangements.

The next select board meeting will be held on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am at the Cooper Town Office.  The next planning board meeting will be held on Saturday, March 4th at 9:00 am at the Cooper Town Office.  Don’t forget to move your clocks forward when you get up Sunday morning, 3/12/17 because daylight savings time begins at 2:00 am Eastern time.

If you have a balance on your 2016 taxes please contact me at 207-214-7335 for exact amounts as interest is being applied per day until taxes are paid in full.  Please contact me rather than trying to figure interest yourself because I am getting checks that are way off the mark and my computer system gives me the exact amount owed quickly.  If you have a tractor, your tractor excise was due with your property tax bills.  Tractor excise will be $50.00 for tractors that are 1-5 years old; $25.00 for tractors that are 5-10 years old; and $15.00 for tractors that are over 10 years old.  You can pay tractor excise during office hours or by mail by sending to Laurie Pike, Tax Collector at 152 N. Union Road, Cooper, Maine, 04657.

During the month of February for four consecutive days, bird watchers all over the world participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count/GBBC.  This year 214,018 people from countries on the Earth’s continents counted 5,940 species of birds and completed 173,826 checklists.  Maine birders sent in 1,072 checklists and documented 116 species.  Forty-four species were documented in Washington County, Maine.  Our very own Karen Holmes of Cooper is a participant of this count.  She documented that she saw chickadees, juncos, tree sparrows, blue jays, ravens, crows, evening grosbeaks, starlings, red-breasted nuthatches, mourning doves, goldfinches, and hairy, downy, and pileated woodpeckers.  This is a low number of species from her prospective from prior years of counting.  The Great Bird Count allows people to become citizen scientists and analyze what is happening to our bird populations worldwide.  The next volunteer birders count is scheduled for May 13, 2017 for Global Big Day Count.  I am sure Karen Holmes will be ready to update us with new information about our local birds at that time.

The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced the need to get ice shacks off the ice on lakes this past weekend.  I hope everyone has gotten their ice shack off the ice because some ice shacks have started breaking through and may end up on the bottom of the lake this week with pending warm temperatures.  I have noticed some very thin ice or even open areas of water on our local lakes,  sure signs that spring will soon be here and the hope that old man winter is on his way out!  I would really like to see an early, sunny, and warm spring that stays instead of these intermittent teasing warm days that do not last.  This past weekend was brutally cold and windy! 

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


The spaghetti dinner held on the 4th was a great success with serving an estimated 75 people. Besides the great companionship the evening was enriched by The Strumming Wildcats Ukulele band, a pie auction and a silent auctions plus bingo!! It is of special note and thanks to Andrea Swift for her leadership as her name is added to the Presidents Snowmobile Trail. Andrea has asked that thanks go to all those who helped the club this year and highlighted the Trail Master, Les Severance and assistant Eric Mauricette and the behind the scenes man Kenny Sprague. As people came into town many compliments were extended on the fine condition of ITS84 and Extension 103. The next two meetings of the Snowmobile Club will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month.

This weekend, March 10-12, the Penobscot County Conservation Association is hosting the 79th Annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show at the New Balance Field House in Orono.  Downeast Lakes Land Trust will have a booth at this excellent family festival, and children under 12 are free.  Please stop by the DLLT booth and see what’s happening in Grand Lake Stream! More details to come on Maple Sugar Sunday Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

Thoughts from our Hermit:  So many of our conversations be it with friends or strangers begin with the subject of the weather.  We predict, argue, cuss, dream and enjoy it.  It’s an important part of our lives.  It is impossible to imagine a year without a summer.  Those hardy souls that lived in Maine in 1816 experienced just that.  In the Indian Ocean near Java lies the Island of Sumbawa crowned with a giant volcano called Tambora.  On April 8, 1815 it was 13,500 feet high and on the 10th it was 8,000 feet.  The 4,500 foot top had blown off hurling 30 cubic meters  of dust and ash  into the atmosphere.  For the next 2 years the sun in the Northern Hemisphere dimmed creating a planetary disaster.  In Maine the first signs of trouble came in April of 1816 when the snowstorms continued with no melting.  Farmers had seen this before and were not concerned.  However, in May the fields were still snow-covered and frozen.  Sheep were found frozen to death.  A family’s survival depended on their hay, grain and garden crops.  June pond ice still supported a man while killing frosts rotted seeds and destroyed seedlings.  Several people caught in a June snowstorm froze to death.  All summer the sun rose blood red.  There was talk of Armageddon.  August over-night temps were in the 20s and in the fall three months of drought began.  In the late fall farmers drove wagons south in search of hay.  Most all garden crops failed.  Most everyone went hungry but no one starved.  Neighbors shared mega food supplies with no reservation.  Later, the years of 1816-1817 were known as “The Year of the Mackerel” as it was the only protein available. Thousands of Mainers left everything and went west.  Europe suffered famine and thousands died.  Today we will realize that isolated natural events can impact the whole earth.  The Pacific Rim from California to Asia is called the Rim of Fire and contains many active volcanoes.

I just talked with Arron Smith regarding the status of the Coyote Contest this year. Here is the latest: Overall total of 65 coyotes tagged; 36 males and 29 females. Whitney’s has tagged 8, 5 males and 3 females: Pine Tree Store has tagged 19 with 11 males and 8 females: Two Rivers has tagged 1 female: Partridge has tagged 4 males and Smith’s General Store has tagged 33, 16 males and 17 females. The total purse is $1800 so the total value after prizes is $18.77 per coyote. The largest males tagged were brought in by Tim Jipson and the largest females were tagged by Paul Laney.

On a personal note: Dave and Jenifer spent the last two weeks in Florida.  We were in an ARA Rental Trade Show in Orlando for several days and spent the rest of the time with Dave’s sister Lyn in Bradenton, Fla.  One night Lyn asked 10 of her friends over for dinner and this is where the adventure started.  She pulled out a recipe for Ozark Pudding that came from an old family cookbook.  “Try it, Jenifer”, she said, “while I work on the rest of the dinner menu.”  I had never made this dessert but starting cutting up the apples in small pieces.  We only needed ½ cup but we debated whether this would be enough. Eventually we decided to 4x the recipe. To tell the truth in between our conversations regarding our family and also how much pudding we should make I became a little nervous about the exact amounts of the ingredients I had put in the bowl. So, I took a chance and added a few dollops of this and that and we put it in the oven for 20 minutes at 325. We checked it at the correct time and it didn’t look like Lyn’s memories of the dish. We cooked it longer and it still didn’t meet the approval of the cooks.  We gave up and decided on ice cream for dessert.  Note:  Lyn tested her oven the next day and it was 100 degrees off.  However, we did enjoy the pudding for breakfast with crunchy apples!

Share some of your news with your many friends who read the column every week. Send a note or make a call to 207-839-4205 or cell 207-712-8294.


Your “Humble” Correspondent, Dave McCullough,

Princeton Elementary School


Sandra Smith 


Starting on March 6, the school day will end an hour later than usual. Princeton Elementary students will be dismissed for buses at 3:00. During the extra hour students in grades 6-8 will be preparing for the upcoming state testing. Students in kindergarten through grade five will be participating in Reading Rocks activities. Students in prekindergarten will have an extra recess and a sharing circle. This will go for two weeks, ending on March 17. These two weeks will make up two snow days. Our final school day will be June 14th if we have no more snow days.

Reading Rocks Program begins on March 6th and runs until April 13. The program is to encourage students to read and includes Bikes for Books which is sponsored by the PTO and the Lewey Lodge Masons. Students are encouraged to read books, fill out the book report form and then be able to enter in the drawing to win a bike. The Reading Campout Day will be Thursday, March 6. Activities will be planned by the teachers for that afternoon.

State Testing for students in third through eighth grade will begin on March 20th. Testing will take place on the computers in the computer lab. Students will be tested in Math, Reading, and Writing. You can help your student be prepared for the testing by making sure they eat breakfast and get enough sleep on the day of their test.

There an early release day on Thursday, March 23rd. Also on March 23rd, Princeton Elementary School will be having a Bean Supper to raise money for technology in our classrooms.

March 7-15 - Book Fair

March 23 - Early Release


March 23 - Bean Supper


Indian Township

Donna Meader-York


Indian Township Middle School has most of the news this week.  There are some new things happening and some dates you may want to take note of.

There is a new activity period being added to the schedule each week.  Students will have the choice of a physical activity or a quiet activity. Each activity period is meant to build community, cooperation, and most importantly, fun.

Student-led conferences will be held on Thursday, March 16 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM in the middle school building. The kids are excited to share a display of their best work this year so far, as well as reflect on their academic and personal goals.  We encourage parents to join us to share in their child’s academic growth. Of course, Parent/Teacher Conferences are available upon request. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to make an appointment.

Grades close for the second trimester at ITS on March 10. Report cards will be mailed home on March 17.

Sixth grade science class has been working with the Down East Land and Lakes Trust on Project DEER.  The students have had three field experiences with exposure and study of local conservation efforts and plan protection of the land. Their teacher, Mrs. Cox, has reported that the experience was highly valuable to the students, and quite a bit of fun as well.

The after-school program gets underway this week with something for everyone to enjoy. There is gardening, beading, building, and art! Every after school day (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) begins with homework help and a snack. Please encourage your child to attend!


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


Alexander School

Cassie Oakes


Due to missing three days of school before February vacation, Winter Carnival was postponed and celebrated this past week.  The week was full of fun themes and games.  The student body was split up into four teams.  The first event was to make a team poster.  The team had to pick a color and animal to make the team name, then came the banner making.  Each team had to work together to accomplish many fun tasks!  One event was a school scavenger hunt. Teams had to link arms as they moved from room to room, read the clues then enter the room, where they could unlink to look for the answers to the clues.  When they left they room they had to link arm to arm again.  There were many physical activities as well. A new one this year and a school-wide favorite was musical chairs.  This event was full of music, dancing and making sure you got a chair!  The week ended with trivia pursuit and an ice cream party on Friday afternoon.  A great time was had by all.  

On Thursday, March 9th there will be a Reading Night from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.  Parents will be able to talk with Mrs. Johnson to learn more about the importance of reading.  They will also get some fun reading tips.  While parents are with Mrs. Johnson, their children will be in the gym.  Children will be listening to a Dr. Seuss book read by the School Librarian, Rhonda Oakes.  After they listen to the book, they will do a fun craft to go with the book.  The cat in the hat will be there to help out!  Bring your camera. There will be time to take photos!  Each child to attend will receive a book and a fun project to do at home with their parents.

After receiving a letter from Coles Museum in Bangor letting schools know if they responded quickly to the letter, there was a chance of getting free kindles for their school.  Mrs. Hill acted quickly to the letter.  By answering a couple of questions and planning a field trip to the museum, the Alexander school received 25 free kindles!

Mrs. Hill’s 2nd and 3rd Grade would like to say a big thank-you to Norma Wallace!  Mrs. Wallace helps with collecting craft items throughout the year.  She goes above and beyond and she even delivers to the school.

Friday, March 10th will be an Early Release Day.  Students will be dismissed at 11:15 after lunch is served.

A make-up game with Princeton at AES will take place on Monday, March 27th.

The game scheduled with Lubec at AES on March 16 has been changed.  The AES Panthers will travel to Pembroke instead.  Bus will leave AES at 4:00 p.m.  

All AES basketball games are open to the public.  The cost of admission is adults $2.00 and children $1.00.  Our sports program would not be able to continue without volunteers.  AES 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.  

The AES library was up and running the week after vacation, but with a crazy scheduling due to Winter Carnival events.  On Tuesday all library classes were scrunched into the morning.  The 2nd and 3rd graders came in early to sign out books and due to the fact that Thursday was going to be Dr. Seuss’s Birthday they discussed Dr. Seuss’s real name, Theodore Giesel and his pen names, Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone.  Discussion of favorite books and Seuss characters took place and then the group made paper bag puppets of Thing One and Thing Two (their choice).  Several of the students from grades 4-8 came in and signed out books, many of the students stayed in class to get homework done since it was going to be an away basketball game that same evening.  


On Wednesday, the pre-k, kindergarten and 1st graders both had library in the morning to free up their afternoon for Winter Carnival Celebrations.  The kindergarteners and 1st graders signed out books, heard the story “My Many Colored Days” by Dr. Seuss, and colored hats. The pre-k also came to the Library and signed out books but also filled their time with learning a new song “One Little Three Little Fingers”.  They heard two books by Dr. Seuss, “My Many Colored Days” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” They too made a red and white pattern hat for the Cat in the Hat and then colored a plate of green eggs and ham.  



Sandra Smith


The Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee had their meeting on Monday, February 22 at the Town Office Conference Room from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. They were hoping to have an ice skating rink done but the weather has not cooperated. Plans for the Fresh Water Festival continue with hopes for a shirt tail parade with floats and fire engines this year. The next meeting will be Monday, March 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Office Conference Room. New members and helpers welcome!!

The Princeton Library had a donation of five boxes of books. Thank you to some folks from Charlotte. I helped out this week and it was busy with many patrons taking out books, audio books and movies as well as using the computers and wifi service. The access to Ancestry is set to go and works great. This week is the library committee meeting on Wednesday, and next Wednesday from 4:00 - 5:00 is the story hour.

Tammy Carle and her daughter Hope have been working very hard to reestablish a 4-H club in the community. They have their charter for their Northwoods 4-H Club and have had some meetings. 4-H has been a practical program for both boys and girls from ages 5-18 for over one hundred years. Actually 4-H was started by Albert Graham in Ohio. The first club was called “The Tomato Club” or the “Corn Growing Club.” In 1910 Jessie Field Shambaugh from Iowa and known as the “Mother of 4-H,” developed the clover pin with an H on each leaf and by 1912 they were called 4-H clubs. In 1914, 4-H became a national organization when the Congress created the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture by passage of the Smith-Lever Act. The focus of 4-H has been practical and hands-on learning, initially for rural youth to improve farming and farm-homemaking skills. However, by the 1970‘s the program expanded to cover a full range of youth activities.

4-H in Maine was started by the Cooperative Extension Service, the USDA and rural community members. Their goal was to offer 4-H agricultural programs to boys and girls and to encourage farming activities such as growing crops, raising dairy cows, beef, dogs, poultry, goats, horses, pigs, working steer, or sheep. These programs continue today and beyond local club meetings members can participate in local and state fairs and compete on the regional and national levels.

4-H also offers a diversity of programs such as a 4-H Tech Wizard Program for youths from eight to seventeen years of age as well as Robotics Expos Workshops. The 4-H Afterschool Academy has trained 380 after-school providers and reached 15,000 youths.

4-H has promoted citizenship as an important part of their programs. The 4-H Pledge was written by Otis Hall, Kansas State College of Agriculture and adopted in 1927 and its mission is still applicable today: I pledge my head to clearer thinking, My heart to greater loyalty, My hands to larger service, and My health to better living, for My club, my community, My country, and My world.

Young boys and girls have participated in 4-H programs in Maine over the past one hundred years. My dad was a member in Appleton, Maine with his steers and I was a member in sewing, cooking and citizenship as well as a leader. This is a very worthwhile group to join. For more information call Hope at 207-904-9989.

Upcoming Activities

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

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

April 22 - Spring Rabies Clinic - 8:30am-9:30am at the Princeton Town Office

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.



Kathy Mekelburg


February Weather Summary for Robbinston, Maine:

February was mild and wet. The monthly mean temperature of 24.9 degrees was 2.9 degrees above normal. Maximum temperature was a very spring-like 55 degrees on the 24th. However, this pales in comparison to the warmest February day historically. On Sunday, February 20th, 1994, the temperature soared to 65 degrees in Eastport and 68 degrees in Baileyville! This occurred less than two months before this station opened and followed a remarkable cold January. Minimum February temperature was minus 8 degrees on the 11th. There were 14 days with maximum temperatures 32 degrees or below, 26 days with minimums 32 degrees or below, and 3 days with minimums zero or below. There were 1119 heating degree days or 91 below normal. Total since July stands at 4880 or 539 below normal.

Total precipitation came to 5.42 inches or 1.21 inches above normal. Yearly total stands at 12.06 inches or 3.48 inches above normal. Maximum daily amount was 2.14 inches on the 13th. There were 15 days with measurable precipitation.

SNOWBLITZ of 2017: February will be long remembered for the 10 day snowblitz from the 7th to 16th of the month. In this period, 62.0 inches of snow fell! This is the greatest amount of snow to ever fall in such a short period (55.0 inches fell in a ten-day period in February, 2015). The daily snowfall of 26.2 inches on the 13th was an all-time record, beating 20.1 inches set February 15, 2015! Snowstorm total of 28.2 inches (12 - 13) also was an all-time record beating 28.0 inches set February 14th - 16th, 2015! A blizzard dropped 19.2 inches on the 9th with considerable drifting. However, the storm of the 12th - 13th was much more severe with a much higher water content and even higher drifts. Only front-end loaders could do a decent job of snow removal. Total February snowfall came to 65.5 inches or 42.5 inches above normal. This was the second snowiest month ever, beaten only by 77.7 inches in February 2015! Total snowfall since October stands at 98.1 inches or 25.6 inches above normal. What is amazing is that no snow fell after the 16th. There were 12 days with measurable snowfall. Maximum snow depth was 33 inches on the 13th, but this has been exceeded four times in station records. It in no way compares with the super depth of 53 inches set February 25, 2015. This is because there was only a thin cover before the snowblitz, while, 2015 already had over 30 inches on the ground at the beginning of the month after a very snowy January. February, 2015 was also much colder with little melting between storms.

Highest barometer was 30.48 inches on the 28th, while the lowest was 29.16 inches on the 16th (the third and final storm of the snowblitz). Mean monthly humidity was 80.6 percent. Prevailing winds were West. Peak gust was 53/NNW on the 13th. There were two days with peak gusts 40 mph or greater. There was one clear day, 7 partly cloudy days and 20 cloudy days. This was a very cloudy month with a daytime sky cover of 79 percent. This beat the old February record of 77 percent set in 1996. There were four days with dense fog.

Winter (December - February): Mean temperature 25.5 degrees (2.7 above normal degrees), precipitation 19.98 inches (4.91 inches above normal), snowfall 97.2 inches (29.1 inches above normal).



Cassie Oakes


Last reminder, 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.

Did you know there is going to be a wrestling show at Narraguagus High School April 1st in Harrington?  This will be a benefit show for a Narraguagus senior Chad Perry with brain cancer and a teenage girl named Victoria Young with Rhett Syndrome.  I love wrestling and am looking forward to attending this worthy cause.  Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 6:00 p.m.  I’m hoping for a great turnout!  If you would like more information there is a Facebook event page called “Fight in the Dome.”

The Alexander Grange is preparing to open 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 a calendar of events.  All Alexander Grange Members are welcome to come, with paper, pencil and ideas in hand.

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.  Several students have picked up applications already and we know there are more out there, so get yours now.

I wish to congratulate my cousin Ali Bohanon and her husband Brent, of Baileyville on the birth of their son.  Asher Crosby Bohanon was born on March 3rd at Calais Regional Hospital.  He was 7 pounds and 18.5 inches long, has a big sister named Caty Lin a.k.a  Bugga.  Asher is a Bohanon family name. The original Asher is Brent’s great grandfather and he resided right here in Alexander. Welcome to the family Asher.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Jolene, Thornton, Ron McAlpine, Linda Bohanon, Mary Cormier, 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 and Joan Dodge.  Who is missing from this list? Please let me know.

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Azalea Crosby, Becky Perkins, Eleanor Fisk, Jamie Martin, BJ Wallace, Pat Foley, Joan Dodge, David Moraisay, Dave Holst and April Webber.

Anniversary wishes this week go to Ron and Shirley Hill.

Lucky Loser this week at Randy’s Variety is Joe Wallace.  Do you want to know what all this is about? Stop at Randy’s and check it out.

This week has been busy-filled.  I have spent my week at FBC taking part in a number of activities, such as practicing for Special Olympics basketball in Orono, various card games, Wii bowling tournaments, having dance class and eating grilled cheese and tomato soup. I’ve written letters to nephews, finished one book and started another and attended church.

If you news: email me at, 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.  Thank you to all who support me and this column. Until next time, stay safe.





Linda Baniszeski 


In community news, it is appreciated that Pete Trouant announces that the Meddybemps Annual Town Meeting is March 27 at 6:00 PM at Meddybemps Community Center (always on the last Monday of March). The Selectmen will post the Warrant at the Community Center by March 20.  Town Reports should be available at the Community Center and Tammi Smith’s office by March 23rd. 

It is with great happiness to report that Terry Reynolds is back in his home.  He was in Bangor for surgery and physical therapy for nearly a month.   Continued get well wishes to Terry.  His cat, Toby, and of course all of his family and neighbors are grateful to have him back home.

It is so nice to be able to see out our sunporch windows again.  Before we went away for a bit, the snow was up to the top of the deck railing and drifted 3/4’s of the way up our sunporch windows, blocking our view to the lake.  Some warmer temperatures and heavy rains diminished the snow and improved the view.  Much of the snow on top of the frozen lake is also gone.  The frozen lake crust has taken on the look of the surface of the moon, especially at dusk.   The ever-changing landscape is never booring around here, as evidenced by the beautiful photo submissions by talented area photographers appearing in The Calais Advertiser.

Congratulations to our area sports teams and cheerleaders who are participating in the district and statewide tournaments. Our teams always make us proud.     

We were blessed to receive luscious German chocolate bars all the way from Germany from Beth (Teele) and Hans Haidiger, with a note of encouragement to get us through the rigors of snow removal.  Another proof that Meddybemps residents, seasonal and year round, are the most generous and caring in the world.   

Happy Birthday Wishes to Kenny Gibson on March 15.  

While traveling in February, we had a few hair-raising experiences.  Driving to Pennsylvania on 495 through Massachusetts, we were run off the road by a tractor trailer moving into the third lane without looking down at us in his mirror.   Thankfully, Barry is a skilled driver and eased us off the road and into a high snow bank from which we needed to be towed.  There are many “ifs” as to our safety that occurred to us afterward.  “If” we had been pushed into guard rails, snow frozen like rock or concrete walls, we would have been crushed. “If” we had been pulled under the rig’s wheels, well, you get the picture.  “If” we had been pulled toward the rig and spun around, we would have had 70 mph traffic coming head-on  at us and nowhere to go.  We truly thank God that we were so ably protected that day.  

Then a few days before we returned to Maine from Pennsylvania, the home where we were staying was in the path of a very severe thunder storm and tornado.  Fallen trees surrounded the house, though only one tree fell directly toward and grazed the house.  All of the access roads in the area were impassable due to many fallen trees that blocked them.  “If” we had been on the road trying to get to the house, we could have easily traveled into huge falling trees or the tornado’s path.  We didn’t have power for about 14 hours. Once again we were kept safe; and once again, we thank the Lord.   It is a reminder that every day is a precious gift.   

Don’t forget that The Valley Gospel Singers’ concert is Saturday, March 11 at Second Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m.  All are invited.


Please send your news, comments and announcements to or phone 454-3719.


Alexander/Crawford History

By John Dudley 

& Cassie Oakes


Have you ever seen the turnpike described below?  Have you seen the flapper that keeps the Middle River free from salt water, but lets fresh water to flow into the Machias River?

“The proprietors of the Middle River Bridge and Turnpike Corporation in Machias are authorized by Act of the Legislature to open a road from the (west) shore of the Machias River near the house of Captain Jacob Longfellow northeast to intersect with the county road near Bonny Brook.  (Proprietors) Hatevil Hall, Joseph Shorey, Asa Farnsworth, Ichabol Farnsworth and William Longfellow all of Jonesborough pray that a committee be appointed to view the premises and assess the damage, if any, which this road may be to the land over which it is to be made.”

Moses Greenleaf in an 1820 survey for the new state government of saltwater marsh acreage gave the Scarborough Marsh at 1832 acres.  No wonder that area was settled so early and so heavily.  (Think of John Libby and his decendants).  In Washington County places with measured marshes were Addison (362 acres), Columbia (153), Harrington (256), Jonesboro (88), TWP 10 (Edmunds) (6), Dennysville (7), Perry (3) and Machias (441).  Remember these places carry the 1820 names and observe why Machias was settled first.

Most of these salt marshes had ditches to carry off the daily tides and soon had dikes with sluice gates to hold back the salt water and allow fresh water to drain out at low tide.

Salt marshes were used for pasturage and the hay for fodder, animal and human bedding, insulation and thatch for roofs.  Recently it has been used as a fuel for burning blueberry fields (its seeds don’t do well in dry soil).

Who were these men who built the bridge and turnpike?  How did people get from the village of West Machias to the village of East Machias before the dike?  Was the dike for the Middle River marshes built before the “turnpike” dike?  Is the dike that once carried the railroad down the Machias River behind the Schoppee Farm an old saltwater marsh dike?

Fresh water marshes such as Magurrewock and Barn meadows in Calais were equally important to inland farmers.  Rufus Putnam documented haycocks there in 1784.  Ditching, diking and burning were part of man’s work to make these marshlands useful.


This bit of our history started from an entry in the Washington County Commission ledger book:  Volume One, Page 316, March 1822.


Sally Doten


With the high winds on Saturday and Sunday I considered nailing the car to the tree so it wouldn’t be blown away. On Sunday I, for the first time in two years, donned my heavy winter coat. I was lucky that day to stop and pump gas on North Street in Calais.  I thought I was going to freeze. What was the wind chill factor?

Except for the Town Meeting there has not been much going on in this little hamlet. You will see the meeting report in another section of this paper. 

Girl Scout cookies have arrived! Four boxes came into my house and haven’t left yet. I am hoping they somehow disappear into the atmosphere as I don’t need the temptation. A look at my waistline next week will tell where they went. I love the girls and the cookies and never refuse to buy them but they sure make me dig down into deepest part of my being to not eat them. I haven’t taken them out of the delivery bag yet just so I don’t look at the box coverings. Tie my hands and shut my mouth.

Congratulations to cheerleading teams from Baileyville and Calais on their great showing at their recent competitions at the Cross Center in Bangor on Sunday. Casey McLellan and Kaylee Pelletier were part of the winning teams. Casey was on the Calais Minis and Kaylee on the grades 3-8 squad from Woodland schools. Over 3000 were in attendance to see 52 teams compete.  These two Baring girls did very well. 

Sandra Sherrard is a patient at Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston. She had surgery last Monday and is doing well. Hopefully, she will be transferred closer to home in the next few days.

Kaloua Cookson will be returning to Boston for medical appointments. Hope this works out well, Kaloua. Our prayers and good thoughts go with you.


Now it’s time to close these ramblings. I hope you have a wonderful week. I also hope it’s a lot warmer this coming week.