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Town News



Sharon Frost



Spring began on Monday. Warm weather on the way. It’s time for flowers, baby birds and budding trees.

When harvesting sour cherries, cut them from the tree rather than risk damage by pulling the stems.

Sorry to hear Eldon Libby had a slight stroke, using a walker. Miriam is taking great care of him. Friends and neighbors keep in touch and offer them help.

Our Hospital Auxiliary Donation Day is being held on Thursday 23rd, 9 am to 1 pm. Drop by with your donation for a free pie drawing.

Jeanne Katkavich, Pat Townsend and I had a wonderful St. Paddy’s dinner on Friday at Fran Mulcahy’s. The table was beautifully decorated with St. Patrick’s table cloth, flowers, and green jewelry to wear. Cards were passed around. Dinner was served, casseroles, vegetables, corn beef. It was delicious. We talked and ate dessert. Cheesecake was served thanks to Jeanne, also St. Patrick shamrock cookies. We left happy and full. I dropped off Pat, shoveled in front of her garage so she could get her car out. Then it was on to St. Anne’s public supper with homemade beans, mac/cheese, corn scallops, hot dogs, rolls, coleslaw and a delightful green cake with whipped cream, tea and coffee. 4 pkgs of homemade rolls were raffled off, thanks to our chef Patsy.

The St. Croix Theater Company will be holding “Speakeasy” Casino Night at the Garcelon Civic Center on Saturday, March 25th. Tickets are $25 available at Scotia Bank.

There will be a yard sale on April 1st at the Kirk McCall United Church, St. Stephen 9 - 1 (Canadian). So if you’re thinking of spring cleaning early, I’m sure they would appreciate your donations.

What a lovely, bright, sunny day on Saturday. I cleaned my van, put in windshield washer, did a couple errands and enjoyed the rest of the day.

70 out of 100 major crops are pollinated by bees, everything from apples, blueberries and cherries to Watermelon and zucchini. One out of every three bites of food we take relies on bees for pollination.

My neighbor Pat Fellers is home from Ross Manor having smashed up her shoulder from a fall. She is doing therapy a few days a week.

Candy for Easter is needed at St. Anne’s.  You can leave it at the parish hall. Also, Easter items for a Easter basket raffle.

Zumba is on  Monday at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday 8:30 a.m. at St. Anne’s parish hall. .

Pat Yardley and I dropped over to Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration on Thursday. There were lots of little ones and helpers. Cookies, cupcakes, popcorn, face painting, balloons, music, pictures taken,  and much more. I enjoyed watching them chit chatting and eating. A great time they all had.

CRH Breakfast Club will meet at the Wickachee on March 29th at 7 am. Drop by.

The 17th Annual Home Show in Bangor Civic Center March 31st - April 2nd.

March 26th Singspiration will be at Baring Baptist Church at 6:00 pm. The Childrens’ Easter Egg Hunt follows the service on April 2nd.

A disgruntled school teacher handed in her resignation with the following comment, “In our public schools today, the teachers are afraid of the principals, the principals are afraid of the superintendent and superintendent are afraid of the board members, the board members are afraid of the the children and the children are afraid of nobody.”

I had a welcome call from a friend, originally from Calais, who now lives in Virginia, Charlotte Seamans and her son David, granddaughter and grandchildren. They had moved. I never knew her new address or phone number, so now I have no excuse not to make contact.

Bishop Stephen Lane will be visiting St. Anne’s Saturday evening March 25th. Pot luck supper begins at 5:30 followed by evening prayer at 6:30 p.m.

Lenten Study: Tuesday morning at 10 am.



Sandra Smith


A busy week in the Princeton Community. On Monday, the Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee held their meeting at the town office conference room. The first concern was lack of members. To have a successful Fresh Water Festival, volunteers are needed. In 1994, the festival was a three day event. The Committee is looking to expand the parade and events which are on Saturday, June 24 but they need some help. The next meeting will be again at the town office conference room at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27. Everyone is welcome to give ideas and maybe help out.

The Princeton Library had story hour on Wednesday from 4:00 - 5:00. Paul Beane from Talmadge volunteered to read stories about moose. Paul was an excellent story reader and kept the twelve children’s attention as well as us helpers. Heidi had a paper crafted moose project and made some very special moose cookies.

Thursday night, the Princeton Rod & Gun Club hosted their Wardens’ Appreciation Supper. Over one hundred people attended this terrific annual event. The wardens always are very appreciative of the club’s support and hosting this event. Volunteers work hard to make this a success, especially the kitchen staff and head chef, Paul Comeau.

On Saturday at the Princeton Town Office conference room, The Princeton North Wood’s 4-H Club hosted the Washington County 4-H Public Speaking Tournament. This project has always been an important part of the 4-H program. Many adults do not like to give a public speech and yet these four youngsters not only gave excellent presentations, they also had to do it in front of the three judges (Wendy Goodwin, Wesla Ranalli and myself) and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Representative, Sandra Copel-Parsons. The protocols include time limits, proper introduction and answers to questions, as well as visual aids, information and overall presentation. There were two members in the senior division (ages 14-18). Hope Carle from Princeton did her illustrated talk on “Bottle Babies” and Makaila Loughlin from Cherryfield did her talk “From Once Upon a Time to Happily Ever After” on the history of the authors of fairy tales. In the junior division (ages 9-13) was Maeryn Mercier from Princeton. She gave a demonstration on “How to Make a Power Outage Kit”. All three earned blue ribbons for their excellent presentations and have qualified for the Maine State Tournament which will be held on April 8 at the University of Maine in Orono. The last member to give an illustrated talk was Zoey Theriault as a Cloverbud (ages 5-8). Cloverbuds are not judged but are allowed to participate in order to gain the learning experience. This was Zoey’s first time and she did her very best for which she received a participation ribbon. After the awarding of ribbons, participants, their families, judges and the county representative went over to the Princeton Fire Station for a delicious pot luck luncheon provided by the host club.

A reminder that The Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market’s first meeting this season in 2017 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. If you have any questions call 214-9094 or 214-9095.

A 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.

The Town of Princeton is requesting bids for the demolition and removal of the former fire station located at 11 Depot Street. Bids need to be at the town office no later than 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017. Bids will be opened at the Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Selectmen’s meeting at 6:30. Any questions call the town office 207-796-2744.

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.

On Wednesday, April 19, at 1:00 p.m. at the Princeton Town Officer conference room, the proposed Princeton Historical Society will be having an organizational meeting. John Dudley, from the Alexander Historical Society, will be our speaker and give ideas on how to organize and possible grants available. Anyone who is interested in preserving Princeton’s history and finally having a place to store important artifacts and documents should attend this meeting. If you have any questions, please do call me at 796-2261.

Upcoming Activities

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

March 29 - Princeton Budget Committee - Princeton Town Office at 6:00 p.m.

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

April 19 - Princeton Historical Society Organizational Meeting. 1:00 p.m. town office conference room.

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

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.

Alexander School

Cassie Oakes


On Wednesday the entire school went to Woodland High School and enjoyed their band and chorus.  The theme this year was space with each piece played having to do with space.  There were pieces from Star Wars and ET.  It was very nice, well done Woodland!  The AES students had a toe tapping good time and would like to thank Woodland for the invite.

The fresh fruit and veggie lady, Ms. Sara, was at the Alexander School on Thursday.  She read “Marti and the Mango” by Daniel Morton to 2nd and 3rd grade.  The students were introduced to papaya and mangos.  There was a mix of likes and dislikes.  Ms. Sara went over the food plate, showing students how much of each item you needed a day.  She gave each student a laminated poster with the food plate on it, and on the back was all kinds of info on good foods to eat and how much you should have during the day.

Two members of the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra, June Gregory and Tim Pence, visited AES on Thursday, March 16th.  This outreach opportunity provided by Eastport Arts Center taught the students about the flute and guitar, played songs called Balero, Vivare, Butterfly, a lullaby and more.  They were very impressed that Tim owns 12 guitars.  One student said, “That must be why you are so good!”

The duo showed the pre-k thru 3rd grade how to play the guitar, flute and piccolo.  They played several quick pieces to show the difference in sounds.  The students learned some things about the differences in bands and orchestras.

Please note that the Teacher Workshop Day scheduled on Friday, March 24th has been changed to an Early Release Day for students.  Students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. after lunch, and there will be no after school program.

Friday, March 24th will be a basketball home game with BRS.  Girls game starts at 5:30 p.m., with the boys to follow.  If anyone is able to help in the concession stand, please contact Brenda at 454-2623.  

Here are a few changes to the Basketball Schedule:

The AES team will be travelling to Princeton on Monday, March 27th.  Bus will leave AES at 4:45.

The last regular season game will be an away game with Eastport on Friday, March 31st.  Bus will leave AES at 4:00.

Plans are in the works for Summer Library 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 4-A-Cure 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.

The yard sale will happen rain or shine in the AES gym on April 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

As always keep saving box tops for education.  They are an easy way for the school to make some extra money.  Each one is worth 10 cents and some are bonus tops worth up to $.50 each. You can drop them off at the school or Randy’s Variety.  You can also send them to the Alexander School at this address: 1430 Airline Road, Alexander, ME 04694, C/0 Emma Hill.

Stormy, weather, early release and field trips wreaked havoc on the AES library schedule this past week.  Due to an impending storm, the afternoon and morning library classes got shrunk into a short morning full of breakfast, band and lunch before going home.  Grades 2 and 3 came by as they finished their math for the day to check out books, and before it was all said and done they started a giant game of dots.  Grades 4-8 took the opportunity to come in and renew or check out new titles before they headed home also.  Wednesday was a 2-hour delay, but that didn’t phase the pre-k class. They came down right after breakfast, checked out books, and listened to the story “The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever!” by Teddy Slater.  In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, they each made a Leprechaun hat.  They also heard the story “The Luckiest Leprechaun.”  They also worked on a color-by-number rainbow with of course a “Pot of Gold” at the end. 

Princeton Elementary School

Sandra Smith 


Senator Susan Collins visited the Princeton Elementary School on Friday. At an assembly at 1:00 p.m., she spoke to the students about reaching their future goals. Overall, the Senator was very impressed with Princeton’s beautiful school and amazing kids.

There is an early release day on Thursday, March 23rd. Also on March 23rd, Princeton Elementary School will have a baked bean supper from 4:30-6:00 with a Chinese auction immediately following. This is a fundraiser to acquire more iPads and laptops to help with technology instruction 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: . They 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. Lunch will be available. The funds raised will go toward their class trip to Boston. Contact the school or an eighth-grade student if you would like to donate any items.

April 12 is a PTO Meeting. Many may not know but the PTO supports all student activities at the Princeton Elementary School including fundraisers such as the Halloween Dance, Christmas basket raffle, and Snowball dance. The funds raised have paid for the Madscience book for all students K-6; bikes for winners of the “Bikes for Books”; 5&6th grade winners of the basket raffle contest (a pizza party, ice-cream sandwiches, a nerf gun war, and a movie); and in May, partially funding an art experience to design a mask with clay. Additionally the PTO has funded high school scholarships, teacher appreciation week, Dino Man, sleds and the pirate ship. This is another all volunteer group that works very hard for Princeton’s children.

March 6-April 13 - Reading Rocks Program

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

April 3-5 - Island Readers and Writers, Genevieve Morgan, writers’ workshop for grades 7-8.

Students will delve into “A Hero’s Journey”

April 7 - Glow Dance and Report Cards go home

April 10 - Spring Fling week

April 12 - PTO meeting

April 24- May 5 - Science MEA for grades 5 and 8 only (on paper)

May 8-19 - MEA Writing grades 3-8 (digital)

May 24 - Spring Arts Concert

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


This Sunday (3/26) 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

The Princeton Elementary School is holding a yard sale on Saturday the 25th from 9:00 to 1:00 to raise funds for the 8th grade class trip to Boston this spring. Also a bean supper will be held Thursday the 23rd from 4:30 to 6 and a Chinese Auction will follow to help purchase additional electronics for students. Both activities will be held at the school.

A favorite posting in the column each year is the observations of Patty and Barry Weeks from their cottage on West Grand Lake. Here is this years “OBSERVATIONS FROM THE DECK AT HOLE IN THE WALL”

Jan, Feb and almost March are now behind us.  Our thoughts start turning toward spring and with spring one big thought lies with our golden eyes and tree swallows.  We maintain (clean, repair and disinfect) 17 nesting boxes including 2 duck boxes on West Grand Lake.  

While doing our fall maintenance, we found 2016 results disappointing.  We knew one duck box was successful because we saw a family of golden eyes leave the box.  What a treat that was.  The box had the broken shells in the wood shavings from the hatching babies.  To our disappointment, the other nesting box still had 6 unhatched eggs.  One can only imagine what must have happened to the female duck and this broken cycle.

We knew that 2016 tree swallow results were not going to be typical.  There was a very short blackfly season and the mosquitoes just weren’t there also.  On most years, all 15 tree swallow boxes are taken.  And we get such joy from observing them through their spring and summer rituals.    

Spring 2016 started off much the same.  The swallows showed up the beginning of May.  It takes them about a week or two to select their nesting boxes.  During that time, we watch the flights and antics of them feeding.  Then we notice them picking a territory to nest.  The next stage observed is picking up nesting material and filling their selected boxes.  They are paired up and both birds are working to make the nest comfortable for the new tenants.  And, then there is finally the mating.  Soon after this stage you only see one adult at a time out feeding.  One is always sitting on eggs.

But, something was different in June of 2016.  The swallows left without completing the cycle.  One can only guess it was the lack of bug activity.  So, when the boxes were cleaned, only 7 of 15 showed activity and none raised any young.

Our fear for the 2017 season is the non-return of our swallows.  Will the cycle be broken by Mother Nature?  No returning from last year’s young and normal attrition of adults?  We remain cautiously optimistic.  P & B – W

The English language can be very confusing especially to those trying to understand and learn our vocabulary In the U.S.  Ex.:  A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.  Or:  Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? Finally, people stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses!

Send in news of your family or events and share with the readers of the column!

Have A Great week!  Your Humble Correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-839-4205 or



Laurie Pike


The Cooper Town Office hours are returning to normal working hours beginning with April office hours because my prior commitment on Thursday evenings has come to an end.  The next office hours are scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd and Thursday, April 16th from 4:30-6:30 pm.  The next select board meetings will be held at the Cooper Town Office on Saturday, April 4th and Saturday, April 18th from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  The next monthly planning board meeting will be held on Saturday, April 4th at 9:00 am at the Cooper Town Office.  

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.  I will be happy to give property owners exact amounts owed  so please contact me rather than trying to figure interest yourself to alleviate the need to send a second check with proper balance.  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, 152 N. Union Road, Cooper, Maine, 04657.

     There has been an influenza outbreak over the past couple of weeks locally, and it can be really dangerous for our elder population, the very young, and those individuals with significant health problems.  Some of the local facilities have closed to outside visitors after confirming influenza patients in residence.  It is very important that you stay home if you have the flu and do not infect this high risk population because it can be life threatening for them. Take precautions to avoid getting the flu and wash your hands often.  It always seems worse to me when we get sick at the end of winter when the environment is making the slow transition to warmer days.  At least, it feels that way to me. This obviously isn’t an expert medical opinion but rather a personal observation that might be somewhat imagined. 

     The first day of spring arrived on March 20, 2017 and I am very thankful.  I am not sure how much more of the winter season and the “white stuff” I can handle.  I am ready for green grass, blue skies, bright sunshine, and as much vitamin D as I can soak up.  It is time to start planting seedlings inside for future transfer to your vegetable gardens and flower beds.  With April right around the corner, it is also spring cleaning time for our years and homes.  I can’t wait to get the windows washed and have nice warm days to throw open the windows and let the fresh air in to clean the stagnant air out of our home that has been closed up all winter.  I love the boost of energy the spring brings to us all, and I feel like I could really use the boost.  I have been in hibernation mode and have hardly been able to get out of my own way to accomplish anything for what seems like months.  There is nothing better than the first wonderful days of spring.  Hopefully there will be few cold weather snaps or snow days in our future to rain on my spring parade. 

Calais American Legion


Michael McLean



Well I didn’t avoid the cold bug that’s going around! It definitely is making it’s round in our communities. 

We are having great support for our Project Patriotism Flags! I want to thank all who have donated to this great cause. This is a ongoing project, as we are extending the route from the traffic circle in Milltown, through Calais and down to Hinckley Hill! I will be needing volunteers to help mount new brackets and assemble flags. Will keep everyone informed on status. April is going to be my Veterans Membership Recruitment Month! I will be having a Meet & Greet recruitment night. Date, time and place to be determined. We need your support!  

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



Linda Baniszeski 


Coming soon ... Spring in Meddybemps.  We hope.  It warmed to 45 on Monday.  The temperatures have been seasonally up and down since the beginning of March. We’ve had a combination of anything nature can throw at us.  Here’s hoping things will soon settle down and turn into the next season of warmth and new growth.

With warming temperatures, lake safety should be paramount  in everyone’s minds.  We are told that the ice is melted through in the area of the narrows.  Water depths are shallow in this area and others throughout the lake. Coupled with lake bottom springs bubbling up, warmer temperatures and more intense sunshine, it creates a dangerous set of circumstances for safety on the ice.  Be careful.  Rather safe than sorry.

Happy Birthday wishes to Charles “Chick” McCoubrey on March 23, and Dale Archer on March 29.  And here’s hoping everyone had an enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  We did with a number of good friends who gathered to celebrate.  It is the perfect time of year to choose something to be especially happy about.  Between Christmas and Easter, it is usually quite dreary weather-wise, and the winter seems to have dragged along much too long.  

Terry Reynolds continues to slowly but surely recover from the surgery and physical therapy he underwent last month.  It is always good to see him out and about his property more often with each passing day.  

Don’t miss the Meddybemps Annual Town Meeting on Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. at Meddybemps Community Center.  The Warrants are available at the Community Center and Tammi Smith’s Calais office after March 20.  

Calais Regional Hospital’s 100th Anniversary is being celebrated throughout 2017.  Watch for and participate in special events honoring this milepost in the hospital’s history.  Calais Regional Hospital has won many accolades and achieved prestigeous awards and recognition for its service to Calais and surrounding rural communities.  We are blessed to have this hospital in our area.

Please send your personal, community and organization news to or phone 454-3719.



Cassie Oakes


Don’t forget to mark your calendars. 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.  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.

A notice has been posted several places around town including the Town Office, Randy’s Variety and the Alexander Elementary School about a Public Hearing to be held at the Alexander Elementary School on March 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. before the Town Meeting.  This public hearing is to gather information, ask questions and make comments on Alexander’s Floodplain Management Ordinance.  This revised version of the present ordinance will be voted on at the Annual Town Meeting on March 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  The revised version of the Floodplain Management Ordinance is available for viewing at the Alexander Town Office and the town website at  Public attendance and comments are encouraged.

Don’t forget about the fun fund raiser taking place 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.  

There is going to be a Public Turkey Supper on Thursday, April 6th at the People’s Methodist Church in Baileyville.  Supper will begin being served at 4:30, but feel free to come a bit early enjoy a cup of coffee and a bit of conversation.  The folks at PUMC are also gearing up for their Spring Fling on Saturday, April 29th, an inside Yard Sale with a lunch and other goodies.  

I would like to send condolences to Beverley Holst and Greg Holst of Alexander on the passing of Beverley’s Mother, Barbara Bruce.

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, Carl Perkins, Karen Moraisey, Shirley Hill, Ron McArthur and Joan Dodge.

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Erin Allen Mills, Stacey Spatcher, Janet Frost, Billy Lawless, Neil Seavey, Naomi Leighton and Tim Sanford.

Anniversary wishes this week go to Jesse and Robert Benner and Nicole and Fabio Napoleoni.

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

It sure has been an interesting week for me.  Monday morning I went to the dentist in Machias, had my tooth filled, or should I say refilled.  I have only ever had one cavity and the silly filling needed to be redone.  After the eventful morning I then headed to the Beckett Center and stayed all day, and when I say all day, I mean all day.  We stayed there for a delicious supper of tuna sandwiches, chicken noodle soup and chips and watched Trolls Movie with some yummy snacks. I recommend this movie highly. It is a very funny and cute movie with some great music.  Tuesday I came home from program at noon, because of the impending snowstorm we were getting.  And that was it for me for the week.  Wednesday I got my camp physical.  Yeah!  Then Thursday I woke up with a rotten cold and stayed home for the rest of the week and weekend.

If you have anything you would like me to share in this column, you can 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 of those who support me and this column. Until next time, stay safe.


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? Why weren’t blueberries a commercial agricultural crop in Alexander in 1895?  The answer is in this short article from the July 23, 1895 issue of The Machias Union that was reprinted in the newsletter of the Washington Historical Society.

“Washington County is far in the lead of any other county in the state in the blueberry canning industry.  There are seven companies quite extensively engaged in the business each season.

The Columbia Falls Packing Co,-7500 bushels

J.A. Coffin Columbia Falls-6000 bushels

William Underwood, Jonesport-4000 bushels

Burnham & Morrill, Jonesport-5000 bushels

J. & E.A. Wyman, Milbridge-8000 bushels

A.L. Stewart &Co., Cherryfield-4000 to 5000 bushels

“These goods are shipped all over the country.  The Columbia Falls Co. sends their products by team from the factories to Jonesport where they are shipped by boat to Boston.  The Columbia Falls Co. paid $85.00 insurance on one cargo of canned berries to Boston. Last year they sent some of the toothsome berries to Denver.

“The proposed Washington County Railroad will run near their works.  They are anxious to send their products by rail as they will be relieved from paying insurance in transit by water as now.”

The solution to the blueberry problem in 1895 has disappeared and been replaced by a strip of asphalt that runs through Alexander.  Changes from the past tell us that things will change in the future.  What is the future of that strip of asphalt (the Airline) and Alexander?

Will we see an increase in truck traffic when the connector is built near Brewer?  Will the new container cranes recently added to the Port of St. John increase traffic?  Will the opening of the Northwest Passage from Labrador to the Bering Strait affect the Airline?  Will the Airline become three lanes or four?  Will parts or all of Alexander be by-passed?  Will Cianbro build a private E-W highway?  Will the Airline become a Scenic and Historic Highway?  Will it go back to Dirt?  Will self-driving cars change Airline use?  Are you ready for the future?  Is our town resilient?

The RESILIENCE CENTER of Stockholm, Sweden, gives conditions that exist in sustainable rural communities.  1-Community leaders have access to information they need in order to solve problems. 2-Community economics are diverse and operate across multiple scales. 3-Communities embrace diversity. 4-The activities taking place in the community contribute to planetary health. 5-People in communities feel closely connected and even accountable for one another.  Are we sustainable?