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Calais

Sharon Frost

454-3339

 

The hospital auxiliary held their monthly meeting Monday evening. The meeting was called to order, prayer was read, minutes of the last meeting were read. Reports were given and approved. Fun Fund was discussed for some ideas to make extra money.  Donation Day has been changed to the 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the hospital lobby.  A 50/50 draw was won by Helen Taylor.  The next meeting will be April 3rd at 6:00 p.m. Don’t forget an item weighing 1 lb. for our auction. A lovely lunch was enjoyed following the meeting.

As always, a lovely concert was given by the Valley Gospel Singers on Saturday evening at the Second Baptist Church. As cold a night as it was, there was good attendance. The only gripe I had, it was not long enough. A lunch followed. The next concert will be on April 8th with James and Starla Dean.

Pat Fellers is still at Ross Manor from surgery. She should be home in a few days.

Ritchie Clark is finally getting out for coffee after his knee surgery.

The 47th Annual Bangor Home Show is March 31st through April 2nd.

St. Paddy’s Public Supper will be held at St. Anne’s Church on the 17th. at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $7.00. 

Joyce Parks, sister of Irene Moreside passed away. The service was held in St. George Funeral Home last Thursday. I knew the whole family growing up. It was a large family.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration will be on Thursday the 16th at 37 Palmer Street from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be refreshments, popcorn, photo booth, balloons and story time.

St. Paddy Day Extravaganza will be at St. Andrews All Saints Hall at 6:30 p.m. There will be live music, desserts, raffles and can penny sale.

St. Andrews was named as one of nine charming, historic towns. It is a beautiful place especially in the summer.

The eighth Annual Jerry Burns Memorial Cup Candle-pin Challenge was held at the Spednic Club in Baileyville. High single was bowled by Roger Seeley. Good Going Roger. Miss Jerry’s presence. He was a great guy.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick was a missionary bishop sent to Ireland in 432 AD. Many stories are based only on legend.

The first day of spring is on Monday the 20th. Warm weather is on the way. Time for baby birds, budding trees. I have some greenery coming up already under the leaves and snow.

 

Baring

Sally Doten

454-2625

 

Don’t forget the Baring Town Meeting at Baileyville Council Chambers on Thursday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.

Oh, no, I lost my rabbit!!! These winds have been terrible and it doesn’t seem like spring but I still thought I should start doing something “springy.” Since Lent has started, I thought Easter. I went to WalMart and got a cute wooden bunny that said “Happy Easter” and hung him on the hook on the porch next to my front door. After a night of high winds, the poor thing disappeared. The hook and rabbit are both missing. Poor bunny. So as the wind whips around the corners of your home and a strange object is flying with them, please watch out; it might be my rabbit.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Ethel Moreshead Fitzpatrick. Aunt Ethel was born in Baring over 101 years ago, one of the original families to settle here. She is survived by her brother George Moreshead of Calais.  Aunt Ethel was a great storyteller of the Scriptures. She knew her Bible from Genesis through Revelations and never skipped a line. I will always remember her writings from when she shared at lady Bible studies. This gracious lady is now one of God’s heavenly angels. 

Recent guests of Eddie and Evelyn Noddin have been Ruth Alexander and her daughter, Gail from Bridgewater, Mass. They couldn’t have chosen a colder weekend to make the trip.

Oliva Smith, daughter of Greg and Justis, is playing softball at Husson University.  According to what I’ve read in the paper, the team is traveling in the southern states getting in their spring practice. One thing for sure is you can’t play softball in Bangor yet. On Wednesday they will have to plow the baselines. Good luck, Olivia, and have a great season with the team.

Sandra Sherrard is now at Ross Manor in Bangor for rehabilitation after heart surgery. We are all hoping you get home soon, Sandra.

Have a wonderful rest of the week. I don’t want to read your name in the court news.


Princeton

Sandra Smith

 

The Princeton Library Committee had their meeting on Wednesday. Librarian Heidi has been working on registering books into the new inventory program as well as adding the donated books to the shelves. Also, she will be ordering some new books. If anyone has any suggestions, stop in and let her know. Once we get warmer weather, the ceiling will be patched and painted, the old cement ramp removed and new signs set up. Also we will be looking into getting a new air conditioner and new shades and curtains. This Wednesday from 4:00 - 5:00 is the story hour. A story will be read. Afterwards supplies for a craft project and special snacks will be provided for all.

The Princeton Rod & Gun Club is having their annual Warden’s Appreciation Supper this Thursday, March 16 starting at 5:30. The roast beef dinner is $10 per person and open to the public. However, all Maine Game Wardens and immediate family eat for free. This is a great opportunity to show appreciation and hear some “real” stories from our Maine State Game Wardens. This is always a very special event and a fun time is had by all.

The Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market 2017 first meeting this season is coming up on Sunday, March 26 at the Princeton Town Office Conference Room at noon. The agenda includes: new management staff; planning of opening dates and events; and attracting new vendors. This is one of three meetings before the opening of the market. If you have any questions call 214-9094 or 214-9095.

On Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m., there will be a public hearing at the Princeton Town Office to discuss the pending application for a Junkyard Permit by Jerry Brown for his place on West Street. If you have any questions, call 796-2744.

Another public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Princeton Town Office. The purpose of this hearing is an application for a proposed telecommunications facility that will be located on property tax map #05, Lot #01 off Route 1 (733 Main Street) and described as a 190 foot self-supported lattice tower and associated antennas and an equipment shelter located within a 75 foot x 75 foot fenced-in area. Wireless Partners II intends to construct this facility to improve cellular telephone coverage in the area of the Town of Princeton.

Also the town is seeking bids for needed repairs at the Princeton Transfer Station. Contact the town office for more information. Bids need to be at the town office no later than 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 31.

Upcoming Activities

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

March 16 - Annual Warden’s Appreciation Supper - Princeton Rod & Gun Club starting at 5:30 p.m.

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

March 21 - Princeton Public Hearing: Pending Application for Junkyard Permit - Princeton Town Office Conference Room 6:00 p.m.

March 26 - Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market Meeting - Princeton Town Office Conference Room - noon

March 28 - Princeton Budget Committee - Princeton Town Office at 6:00 p.m.

March 30 - Princeton Public Hearing: Application of Proposed Telecommuncations Facility by Wireless Partners II, LLC - Princeton Town Office Conference Room - 5:30 p.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 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.

 

Princeton Elementary School

 

Sandra Smith 

 

On Monday, March 6 PES celebrated the Kick Off to the Reading Rocks Program with Camp-Read-A-Lot. Students participated in reading activities in the gym, and Mrs. Andrews, Mrs. Cilley, and Mrs. Toni Williams made sure kids had the “camping” treats! We also sat around the “campfire” and sang along with the playing of the guitar by Christy and Torin Edgell. The older kids worked well with their bus buddies! Mrs. Deacon has organized the book fair per usual, and it can be found in the science lab. (Last month students brought in their pennies and contributed to a fund so that all kids in the school will be able to buy a book!) The schedule for when the book fair is open is located on the PES homepage. Clifford the Big Red Dog even made a special appearance.

Tuesday, March 7th a “fair” was held. Farm animals: goats and a pig made an appearance. Huge thanks to Hope Carle and Mrs. Walker for that entertainment. Mrs. Andrews, Miss Williams, and Mr. Hikel made sure all students had some cotton candy. Mrs. Williams ended the assembly with the reading of the first chapter of Charlotte’s Web.

SPORTS: Our small schools’ basketball league has begun! A game schedule is posted on the PES Athletic Facebook page. You may also find the practice and game schedule on our PES homepage. Melanie Cochran is volunteering to oversee sideline cheering at the home basketball games. Mrs. Nicole Bailey is coaching our girls again this year, and Mr. Lane Plissey and Mr. Richardson are co-coaches for the boys’ team. Practice schedules are done on a week to week basis. Updates are done and posted on our school homepage. Notes are also posted on our Facebook PES Athletics page. Our grades 3+4 team will begin practicing March 20th with Mr. Richardson coaching. We are still looking for a little dribblers coach. This would involve students in grades K-2 and one day a week after school. Please contact AD, Nicole Bailey at baileyn@su107.org if you would like to enrich your life with elementary school children.

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 is an early release day on Thursday, March 23rd. Also on March 23rd, Princeton Elementary School BAKED BEAN SUPPER: Many teachers at Princeton Elementary School are leaders in technology instruction. They realize that our students are growing up in a digital world and enjoy learning with technological devices. Because we have seen how beneficial the use of iPads and laptops can be, it is our goal to acquire more devices to match our increasing enrollment. With this in mind, our staff is planning a baked bean fundraiser dinner and Chinese auction. The dinner is scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd, from 4:30-6:00 with the Chinese auction immediately following. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, you may contact Michele Cochran-Barnes at Princeton Elementary School via phone: 796-2253 or through email: mcbarnes@su107.org . We sure would appreciate your support!

On Saturday, March 25 the PES 8th grade will be holding a yard sale at the PES Gym from 9:00 - 1:00. Also lunch will be available. The funds raised from this event will go toward their class trip to Boston. Contact the school or an eighth-grade student if you would like to donate any items.

March 6-April 13 - Reading Rocks Program

March 7-15 - Book Fair

March 6-17 - Extra hour each day

March 17 - Susan Collins visiting PES

March 23 - Early Release

March 23 - Bean Supper and Chinese Auction 4:30-6:00

March 25 - 8th Grade Yard Sale at Princeton Elementary School Gym 9:00 to 1:00.


Alexander School

Cassie Oakes

 

On Thursday, March 16th the AES basketball boys and girls teams will be traveling to Pembroke.  Bus will leave AES at 4:00.

There is an added change to the basketball schedules.  Monday, March 20th girls basketball team will travel to Lubec.  Make-up games with Princeton at AES will take place on Monday, March 27th.

Grades 4-8 will be going on a field trip to WCCC on Thursday, March 16th.  Bus will leave AES at 8:30 a.m.  Parents please make sure to have your students at school on time and please remember to return both permission forms to the school.

Plans are in the works for summer library already and this year there will be a free ATV Safety course in July and a Free Fireman’s Hunter’s Safety Course in August at AES sponsored by the AES summer library.  Contact Len Hanson at 454-8733 for more information or to register for the Safety Courses.

Please keep in mind when you are spring cleaning that the Alexander Relay for Life Team will be having their annual Yard Sale in April.  AES will start collecting things after the basketball season is done at the end of March.

Reading Night on Thursday, March 9th was a great success!  Volunteer librarian Rhonda Oakes read “The Little Bug That Went Achoo” written by Rosetta Stone (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) to the kids in attendance.  The kids sat with Cat in the Hat, who was in attendance and enjoyed the book, with many giggles!  After the book all the kids had a chance to make a bug mask.  Some kids also made Horton ears to wear!  A group picture was taken with Cat in the Hat.  Mrs. Hill thinks the cat had as much fun, if not more than the kids did!  

The event gave parents a chance to meet with Mrs. Johnson and learn some reading tips.  It’s so important to read everyday to your children.  What most people/parents don’t realize is you don’t have to read a chapter book all the time.  Try reading a recipe together while you cook supper or read the advertiser or newspaper together.  The point is to read together.  Find a comfy spot and your favorite book, take turns reading.  Make sure you ask questions, like who did what in the story, etc.  If you don’t have enough books, come use the school library.  Parents can sign out books too!  A big thank-you to those that helped. Without your help things like this would not happen.  Watch for this event next year.  There are going to be more surprises!

It was a quiet week in the AES library this week.  Tuesday morning consisted of the regular 4th through 8th grade crew coming in and returning and signing out books with a repeat on Thursday morning and then finishing up the Dr. Seuss quote project.  On Tuesday afternoon the 2nd and 3rd graders popped in for the opportunity to get new reading material.  They discussed what some Dr. Seuss quotes meant to them. They built a cootie catcher also known as a fortune teller, using those quotes and then made their own quote art project.  Wednesday the volunteer librarians weren’t able to attend AES but it was all okay as the pre-k, kindergarten and 1st graders had an important adventure to attend that day during library time. They attended a very special musical concert by the Woodland students at Woodland High School.

 

Meddybemps

Linda Baniszeski 

 

St. Patrick’s Day greetings from our little hamlet along the lake.  It is noteworthy that St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated throughout much of the world, even though it began as an Irish religious feast day for St. Patrick, the patron saint who brought Christianity to Ireland.  Today, it is an international festival of Irish culture celebrated with parades, dancing, special foods, the wearing of the green, and often too many refreshments.  

There have been inquiries to me about the status of future ownership of the former Eastern Surplus Site, the subject of last September’s special Town Meeting.  I contacted Terry Connelly at the EPA’s New England office.  His response was as follows:

 “Thank you for asking about the Eastern Surplus Site.  The short answer is that no decision has been made regarding ownership. As you recall, in the Special Town Meeting last September, community members expressed their views on the future ownership and potential uses and restrictions for the  property.  Broadly speaking, these restrictions were similar with those MEDEP and EPA presented as being necessary to protect people from coming into contact with the remaining contamination.  As to ownership, noting that there were several options, both agencies stated it was a decision best left to the community.

 “Following that meeting, MEDEP worked with ME DOT to conduct title research so that MEDEP could place restrictions on the property deed (ME DOT being the state agency that routinely does title research because of its road and bridge work).  The thought process was to first record the restrictions and then implement the appropriate procedure as required by State of Maine rules to transfer the property from MEDEP to another party.  Last December MEDEP and EPA worked together to write the deed restriction. With that completed the next step would have been to record the restrictions and then begin the transfer procedure.  However, it turns out that the title research discovered there are several liens on the property so the agencies are now trying to resolve that issue.  The goal remains to get the restrictions recorded and then start the transfer procedure this year.”

I have not learned if this issue will be up for discussion at the Annual Town Meeting on Monday, March 27.  Perhaps we will have to petition for a special Town Meeting later in the year to resolve ownership of the site, once the DEP and EPA findings are concluded.  Further information will be forthcoming as received.

Terry Reynolds continues to greatly improve after surgery and rehab in Bangor.  We are very happy to have him back home.  His cat Toby missed him terribly.  When we were visiting last Friday evening, every time someone related how Toby acted when Terry returned home, Toby appearing to be sleeping nearby would raise her head and meow, as if to add her opinion on the matter.  This amazing cat stays very close to Terry these days.  Also at Terry’s on Friday were Tammi Smith, Bill Doten, Jr., and Patty and Dana Reynolds.  Things are back to normal with Friday evenings at Terry’s.  Earlier in the week,  Ed Bell, Mike Reynolds and Barry Baniszeski stopped by Terry’s home to officially welcome him back.

All of the volatile weather has once again put our wildlife on the move.  Herds of deer are moving all around the Calais area and roads and fields adjoining Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge.  We had a flock of beautiful Evening Grosbeaks at our feeder, among my favorite birds.  

The power company has been doing a nice job clearing potentially troublesome trees.  The intent is to have a lesser chance of power outages due to broken limbs and falling trees during damaging storms.  It also provides a natural forest fire barrier to stop the spread of flames in the event of such a natural disaster.  The immediate aftermath is a bit messy but truly worth the benefits. This selective clearing also provides more sunlight into areas previously shaded by dense tree growth, enhacing the future growth of underbrush that provides small game cover and habitat.  We have a hare living under a pile of brush from a past year’s hurricane cleanup.  It is rare here to see rabbit tracks in the snow.  I don’t think we would have any rabbits left were it not for the safe and warm cover of the brush pile. 

By now, the predicted major snow storm has come and gone (or not, depending on the forecasters’ accuracy).  We have had temperatures from -4 to the high 30’s over the past week.  While speaking with my sister who lives in South Carolina, she complained about the cold and rainy weather she was experiencing last Saturday.  I replied our temperatures were in the minuses and combined with wind chills went down to the -25 degree range.  She immediately said, “It is so warm and balmy here right now;” and we laughed at how relative the sense of comfortable weather is depending upon where we live.

Please send your news to LBaniszeski@myfairpoint.net or phone 454-3719.


Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough

 

As this column is being written the weather forecasters are predicting another “Nor-Easter.” After the last storm when Grand Lake Stream received 60” plus of snow it would seem that Mother Nature had done her thing for this winter season, but it appears that was not the case! Let’s all hope for a great April 1st opening day of fishing.

 Many of the small lakes in the area are still frozen but always be sure and check for safe ice! Think Spring!

The Land Trust continues to provide wonderful opportunities for folks near and far to enjoy the “Wonders of Nature”! Maple Sunday is just around the corner.  On Sunday, March 26th, join Downeast Lakes Land Trust staff for a group field trip to Chandler’s Sugar Shack, celebrating “Maine Maple Sunday.”  Interested participants should meet at the DLLT office in Grand Lake Stream at 12 pm to carpool up to Kossuth.  For more information, please contact Colin Brown at (207) 796 – 2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org.

Downeast Lakes Land Trust staff thanks everyone who came out to the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show this past weekend in Orono.  It was a family-fun event and the DLLT booth had a lot of visitors showing their support for community conservation in the Downeast Lakes region.

Thoughts from the Hermit:  “YEAR OF THE MOUSE”  The Chinese follow an ancient custom of naming each year.  They rotate 12 different animals over a 12 year cycle.  This year is the rooster and last year was the monkey.  Other less appealing choices include the rat, snake and pig.  If we employed a similar system I would suggest that last year was the year of the mouse.  The entire Farm Cove area was hit by a plague of house mice with the exception of the Norway rat.  This tiny rodent is the most destructive member of the tribe.  Using its buck- toothed  chisel  teeth it destroys home-interiors, stored clothing, bedding, books, papers, as well as all types of packaged foods.  Its droppings spread disease.  Other members of the clan include the white footed deer mouse, meadow, kangaroo, jumping pocket, golden and bog voles.  They have excellent eyesight, hearing, agility, swimming ability and some intelligence.  If it wasn’t that the mouse family was the primary food source for land and aerial predators, they would have long since eaten us out of house and home. The reproductive capacity of mice challenges comprehension.  One female or meadow mouse will breed up to 2 times a season from November – March.  Average litter size is 8.  Theoretically if all her off-spring survived and reproduced she alone would be responsible for 285,000 mice.  Density numbers actually recorded 17 per square yard, 82,000 per acre.  Last seen one neighbor trapped over 100 house mice.  Another neighbor left camp early due to hoards of mice.  Control measures haven’t worked well for me.   Most rodent control bait products contain warfarin, a blood thinner.  New types of traps appear routinely and you can seal holes larger  than ¼”.  A mean cat and a simple effective trap using a 5 gallon bucket, a gallon of water and a small board angled to the bucket top.  Curious mice run up and fall into the bucket — an animal population cycle.  Let’s hope the house mouse has reached the peak of theirs.

On a personal note Grandson Nolan had birthday #15 this month so we have had plenty of “cake.” Lots of friends young and old wishing him well!

What is happening in your life? Share it with your friends who read the column. Send a note or give a call. It is always special to include items of interest from the Column readers!

Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-712-8294 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com

Have a great week!


Alexander/Crawford

Cassie Oakes

 

What have I heard about this week, hmmmm.  Local Girl Scouts at WalMart selling cookies, Local Cub Scouts at a Pine Wood Derby, Family Celebrations.  Folks if you have information to share remember my contact info is at the end of this column. 

Hazen Kinney recently celebrated his 5th birthday with family and friends at Linda’s Pizza in Baileyville.  Hazen is the son of Josh and Cortney Kinney here in Alexander.  By all reports and by the looks of the happy faces in the pictures that I saw Hazen and friends had a wonderful time.

Don’t forget the Alexander Town Meeting is coming right up and will take place on March 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Alexander Elementary School in the gym.  There will be a new Floodplain Management Ordinance voted on at the meeting and a Public Hearing on the Ordinance will be held before the town meeting at 6:00 p.m.  This is the meeting where we elect town officials and set salaries and benefits.  Some of the positions open are one Selectman for a 3-year term, one School Board member for a three-year term, one Assessor for a 3-year term, one Planning Board member for a 5-year term and Town Clerk for a 3-year term.

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 named 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 show beginning 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.”

Due to impending weather the Alexander Grange Planning Meeting scheduled March 15th was canceled.  The group plans on trying again on Wednesday March 22nd.  Still at Lenny and Debbie Hanson’s home in Crawford and still at 7:00 p.m. The plan is to start putting together a calendar of events for the upcoming year.  All Alexander Grange Members are welcome to come, with paper, pencil and ideas in hand.

People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville is getting ready for spring.  They are planning a Public Turkey Supper on Thursday, April 6th and gearing up for their Spring Fling on Saturday, April 29th.  Stay tuned for more information on both of these events.

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 Josh Goodine, Ryan Greenlaw, Peggy Bryant, Kayla Pottle, Jesse Pottle, Tammy Davis, Mark Johnson, Jason Demmons, John Foley, Hans Kirsch, Weibly Dean II, Crystal Roussell, Connor Cooper, Willow Newman, Erin Allen Mills, Stacy Spatcher and Janet Frost.

Anniversary wishes this week go to Sonya and Jerry DePriest.  

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

Well my week didn’t start out that great. I ended up spending Monday at the dentist and unfortunately have returned this next week. My one and only filling broke. But my week improved when on Tuesday I headed to Bangor with the Beckett Center, went shopping at the Dollar Tree and Christmas Tree Shop, had supper at Ground Round and went to the movies.  I saw “A Dog’s Purpose,” a good movie even though there were some sad spots.  We spent the night at the Quality Inn.  Wednesday we had breakfast at the hotel and ventured to the University of Maine Field House in Orono for Basketball Special Olympics. I participated in the skill drills which involves shooting, passing and dribbling.  I came home with a bronze medal for my efforts.  My team Beckett Bombers got their very first gold medal coming in first after a long and hard day of basketball.  I want to personally congratulate them for all their hard work over the last few months and practicing the day of the game.   On the way home, we stopped for lunch at Wendy’s, where I tried Baconater Fries and cheeseburger which I highly recommend.  Things are non-stop at the Beckett Center for Special Olympics. On Thursday we headed over to WCCC to begin practicing for the spring and summer games.  Friday it was my team’s turn to plan the meal and I helped prepare cheeseburgers, chips and a variety of trail mixes.

If you have anything you would like me to share in this column, email me at  ptcfan@hotmail.com, Facebook, 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.


Robbinston 

 

Kathy Mekelburg

454-0654

Super cold on March 11th; the daily maximum temperature was 13 degrees but this occurred at 12:02 a.m. However, it tied the record low March maximum established exactly a week earlier. Daytime temperatures on the 11th were the lowest ever seen in March. The noontime temperature was only 6 degrees and it continued to fall to zero degrees at sunset, then to minus 2 at 11 p.m.. At the lookout tower, it was even colder and windier. The 4:00 p.m. temperature was minus 6 degrees with a minus 35 windchill.

Birthdays in March are Joshua Stewart on the 3rd, Linda Murray on the 11th, Nathan Moffitt and Norma Galligan on the 12th, Monica Moffett on the 13th, Danny Galligan, Spensor McCormick and Daniel Stewart on the 17th, Shelly Bodkin on the 23rd, Nicole Nickerson on the 31st. 

Happy anniversary to Robert and Jill Caruso on the 13th.

The Robbinton Grange is holding a St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dance this Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. See the ad on page 10 of this week’s paper.

 

Calais American Legion

 

Michael McLean

454-3435

 

I had a very productive week. I mounted a few flags in Milltown; trying nylon with a metal pole and also experimenting with the weather conditions. 

We are accepting donations for “Project Patriotism Flags.” By The end of May we want to have flags mounted from the traffic circle in Milltown down  Main Street to South Street! This project is in support of Calais beautification! 

Troy Ramsdell and I attended the 15th District American Legion Meeting yesterday at Post #9 in Machias. We want to thank Commander Ike Hubbard and all the volunteers for their hospitality and a delicious meal. I had the honor to present a Memorial Flag to the Department of Maine American Legion, State Commander Peter Johnson. We are looking forward to the State Legion Convention in Bangor in June. 

Any correspondence: Commander Calais American Legion Sherman Brothers Post #3, PO Box 311, Calais, Maine 04619. Email: calleg3@yahoo.com. Facebook: Calais American Legion. Tel: 207-214-4410(cell). Please leave message.  We Served--We Deserve. Commander Mike.

 

Alexander/Crawford History

By John Dudley 

& Cassie Oakes

 

What do you know about the place that we now call Meddybemps Shores?  Who lives today in those homes that line the two roads that are in that development?  Where did they come from and what ideas and customs did they bring with them?

We all know the land of Alexander was home to the Wabanaki.  Their culture did not use paper deeds to show ownerships of land.  They passed over the land gathering the necessities of life.

To John Dudley’s knowledge the first European-American to hold a deed of ownership was William Bingham who in 1793 acquired a million acres between the Penobscot and Schoodic rivers (St. Croix).  Alexander’s oldest property tax records are from 1875 to 1899.  In 1875 all of lots 73 (160 acres) and 74 (100 acres) were taxed to the Bailey Brothers, and lots 62 and 128 were taxed to Heirs of Bingham.  By 1899 Bailey Brothers had added lot 128 (140 acres) and the part of lot 62 (50 acres) south of the Country Road (Airline) to complete ownership of this forested lot.

Jacob Bailey (1829) and his brother Benjamin (1837) were Alexander born sons of Nathaniel (1802) and Jane (1806 Bridges) Bailey.  As adults they married Craft sisters, lived in Baileyville, just east of the town-line; Jacob on the south and Ben on the north, and they worked together as Bailey Brothers Lumber.  The brothers and families moved to Anson ca. 1903 and were owners of Carabassett Stock Farms, Inc, raising Jersey cattle.

Ernest Lowell Bailey, born May 13, 1880 in Baileyville, a son of Ben, was a graduate of Bates College, part of an investment business, and for years President of Maine Municipal Association.  He was likely part of Canadian Reality Company, an investment group in Calais that held a deed for the Bailey lot and then sold the land to The John MacGregor Corp in 1921.  Stowell-MacGregor had a birch spool-bar mill on Pokey Lake from 1933 to 1946 using white birch cut here on the Bailey Lot and elsewhere.

William Green of New York purchased the entire lot for $400 in 1948.  His sons sold it to William Carvelle and John Connor in 1974.  About 1990 they developed 38 house lots, and to pay the environmental debt for their plan set aside 304 acres of preserved land.  Who can tell the recent story of human occupation?

Very near the place where the town line between Baileyville and Alexander hits the shore of Meddybemps was a witness post with a tag #4013 for mineral rights under the water of Meddybemps Lake.  The claim was by James R. Dunn & Associates of NYC in January 1970.  We know that in Maine ownership of land includes what is under the surface.  In New Brunswick, the minerals, etc, under the surface belong to the Crown.  Since most land under lakes here belongs to the state, individuals may post a claim for minerals.