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Alexander/Crawford History

By John Dudley 

& Cassie Oakes

 

Did you get a letter from Citizens’ Committee for the Alexander-Crawford Scholarship Trust Fund?  That letter asked that you join our commitment to the future of our towns.  We believe that people are the most valued assets of our community and one way to support that asset would be to support our youth through this scholarship.

The members of that Citizens’ Committee were Susan Wallace, Joline Thornton, Jayne Smith, Rhonda Oakes, Pat Moreshead, Elizabeth McVicar, Marjorie McKeown, Marian Hunnewell, Mildred Holst, Beverly Holst, Deanne Greenlaw and John Dudley.

Don’t remember getting that letter?  John Dudley understands. It was mailed to all residents and seasonal residents in 1998!  One young man was too young in 1998 to get the letter, but he was awarded the Scholarship in 2013 and appreciated the encouragement and support of the community.  Jordan Ayers has added to the Trust Fund by organizing fun basketball games at the AES gymnasium during Christmas break for the past four years.  

A history of the Alexander-Crawford Community Scholarship may be found on the Alexander web page.  Also in a binder at the Alexander Town Office are recent (2015 &2016) recipients have been Josie Wallace, Carly Davis, Micheala Smith and Anna Jean McClurre. Also listed are two names of recent donors to the scholarship, Jayne Brewer and In Memory of David McVicar.

 

Partly as a result of that 1998 letter, Hilda Crosby wrote into her will arrangements for a scholarship to benefit young adults in Cooper and Alexander who attend WCCC.  The Crosby Scholarship will be available in the spring of 2018 and will be handled by the financial aid office of WCCC and by Maine Community Foundation.  Hilda is remembered by many as the bus driver who brought the Cooper students to Alexander School starting in 1956.  Additional funds may be sent to the Alexander-Crawford Community Scholarship  to Susan Wallace, 2252 Airline Road, Crawford ME 04694 or to Crosby Scholarship, Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth ME 04605.


Baring

Sally Doten

454-2625

 

Hello, I am back. Last week was quiet around town so I posted the minutes of the town meeting and then called it quits. Today is Sunday and the sun is shining brightly. The puddles are getting larger in the yard so I consider that a good sign; snow is melting. So many birds are at the feeders it is hard to keep them full. There must be buds forming on the tree branches as I am starting with my “drippy nose.” I really believe spring is trying to make an appearance here on Center Street. People are even out for walks!

Even with these thoughts of spring, the flu bug is still making his rounds. Eddie Noddin is a patient at Calais Regional Hospital and wife, Evelyn, is at home battling bronchitis.  Mark has arrived home from Corinth to lend a helping hand.  So far Jim and I have escaped this nastiness. Hope our luck continues to hold. And to those that are victims, get well soon.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Kenneth Flewelling who passed away very unexpectedly on Saturday. Kenny was the son-in-law of Sonny and Rita Stewart; married to their daughter Tracey. To add to the sadness, Rita has been a patient at Calais Regional Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center.  Hopefully, Rita will be home by the time you read this. Sending love and prayers to this family.

I was in Ellsworth last Tuesday to deliver Irene Gallway to the eye doctor. While there we enjoyed a nice lunch at Helen’s Restaurant with my granddaughter Jamie Wunder. We will be doing the same thing on Thursday. It’s great to travel with good company.

Sending good thoughts to: Sandra Sherrard, George Moreshead, Ann Brackett, Shelly Bodkin,  and Frances Johnson. Hope you feel “up to par” soon.

Have we had high winds this spring? On Wednesday night I was sure the house would be replanted on Route 1. Jim tied the bird feeders to the posts to keep them in yard, or at  least, on our property. The last wind whipped my poor bunny from its position on the porch. I felt so sorry for the little guy. I kept him inside. But, I did have two sweaters drying on the porch that Jim gathered from the lawn.  It was a nasty breeze.

I just had three of the prettiest girls in town come into my kitchen. To what did I owe this visit? They all “needed” a drink of water and candy. Love it when the kids visit like this. I promised them cookies tomorrow. Thanks for dropping by Casey, Kaylee, and Lexi.

“If you forgot to start the day with a smile, start practicing tomorrow.”

 

Have a great week!

 

Meddybemps

Linda Baniszeski 

 

It’s snowing again, Monday March 27 as I write this.  One has to wonder if winter will ever end.  Of course the temperature was up to 50 degrees last Saturday.  It gave us false hope; and now snow again, a cruel trick of nature.  

Meddybemps Annual Town Meeting was held Monday evening. A complete report about it will be included in next week’s Meddy-news.  

Don’t miss the James & Starla Dean Concert at 2nd Baptist Church, Saturday April 8 at 6:30 p.m.  A free-will offering is taken; and light refreshments are served afterward.  The general public is invited to attend.

In talking to Carl Gordon about community news, he told me about his daughter Amanda.  She has just graduated from U. S. Air Force training as an airplane loadmaster.  She is now completing Advanced Load Master Training in Oklahoma, and will eventually be based in Dover, Delaware.  Her two husky dogs are staying with Carl and Debbie until her training is completed.   Congratulations Amanda!  Your family and townspeople are proud of you. I was also sorry to hear that the Gordon’s dear dog, Remy, passed away.  We always loved seeing him playing ball in the water and on the beach in the summer at “The Rim.”   He also always enjoyed his rides in the pontoon boat.   Our dear pets are easy to love and excruciatingly painful to lose.  RIP Remy.

A raccoon raided our bird feeder’s suspended suet holder last weekend.  Barry tracked it through our yard and out onto the lane toward Mike Johnson’s property.  He set a live trap the next night, but it didn’t return.  We just have to wonder if these critters also spy on us and our activities.  The racoon will be relocated to Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge if it comes back and goes for the suet in the trap.  

Flocks of blue jays and chickadees have been frequenting our feeders.  We also see different species of woodpeckers on the trees next to the feeders.  A huge piliated woodpecker was suspended in a tree above our woodpile.  The gentle doves are always around. They peacefully coexist with the little red squirrels who gather leftovers kicked to the ground under the feeder and just about anything else that doesn’t attack them. 

Two red squirrels have been acting very frisky of late.  We’re not sure if they are going through some kind of mating rituals or simply battling it out to see who gets to have a peaceful meal under the feeder.  

With Spring fast approaching, here is good advice regarding humming bird feeders.  Concerns about commercial red nectars’ effects on hummingbirds health have been shared on Facebook.   “Many bird lovers are unaware that a clear sugarwater nectar is not only a healthier alternative, but much less expensive than the red nectar they are buying in the store,” The Cornell Lab of Ornithology tells us.  It also advises, “there is absolutely no reason to add red dyes to hummingbird nectar.”  Other hummingbird research I found indicates that the “red dye in commercial foods often adheres to the intestinal walls of these tiny creatures and creates long-term health problems and shortens lives, as noted through urine that takes on an unnaturally reddish tint.” When humming birds ‘fuel up’ with large quantities of hummingbird food colored by artificial red dyes, their required intake puts four times the limit for the dye into their systems with each feeding.

Natural flower nectar is clear.  Regardless the color of the nectar inside, hummingbird feeders have colorful parts that attract them. Of course, there are several species of flowers and bushes that are also known to naturally attract hummingbirds.  A hanging basket of bright red flowers, red impatiens and geraniums on our deck during the summer always attract Hummingbirds enmasse.  

Recipe:  Boil 4 cups water for 3 minutes; Stir in 1 cup pure granulated sugar. Cool to room temperature. Store remaining mix in fridge for 7 to 10 days.  Do not use a sugar substitute. Do not add red nectar, red dye, honey or anything else.  Be sure the feeder is not in the direct sun as liquid food/nectar will become very hot and burn the tiny birds as they imbibe.

 

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


Princeton

Sandra Smith

 

The Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market’s first meeting this season was Sunday, March 26 at the Princeton Town Office Conference Room at noon. The agenda included: a review of last year; planning of opening dates and events; and attracting new vendors. The tentative date of the first seedling sale will be Thursday, May 25 with the same hours as last year of 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. New vendors are always welcomed and encouraged. This is a great opportunity for artisans to display and sell their items as well as for local area growers. Non-profit groups are invited to set up a booth to raise funds for their activities. There is no charge for non-profits. The next meeting is Sunday, April 23, at noon at the Princeton Town Office. If you have any questions call 214-9094 or 214-9095.

The Princeton Board of Selectmen had a full agenda last Tuesday.

1.) There was a public hearing for Brown’s Recycling’s at 307 West Street, request for a junkyard permit. Select Chair, Scott Carle noted that all his permits were in order. There were no comments and his permit was unanimously approved by the board.

2.) Meredith McLaughlin and myself presented a request for a program for children ages 8-14, on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 5:00 after library hours. We would like to offer an opportunity for the children to use the library computers as well as lend tablets to access educational computer games and do research for school projects. Meredith will lead the program and I would assist and as assistant librarian close the library. The board unanimously approved the program.

3.) Jan Campbell, head of the The Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee gave a report of planned activities. An Easter Egg hunt is being planned again this year. However, their main focus is the revived Fresh Water Festival which will be June 24. She asked about moving the parade to Main Street and the board and Fire Chief, Tony Ramsdell, didn’t think that there would be a problem. Also Tony is helping to procure someone for a canine demonstration.

4.) There was a concern about the Princeton Municipal Airport’s Advisory Committee. Dave Herrick offered his resignation effective immediately and Greg Monk will be resigning the end of April. Brad Richards and Jason Theriault will take their places on the committee.

5.) The contract for ambulance service is up for review. Representatives from Downeast Emergency Medical Services and Indian Township Ambulance Service in addition to their written bids answered questions regarding their services. The town pays a yearly stipend and subsequently fees are charged to individuals. The services need both these payments in order to maintain the service. Princeton averages 90 - 100 calls a year. After a thorough review, the board will make a decision.

6.) Brad Richards offered a review of concerns regarding the passing of the law that legalizes recreational use of marijuana in Maine. Small towns such as Princeton may not be ready to address the number of issues that this new law will bring about starting in January of 2018. Many are not aware that the current products have 18% (THC) potency vs. 3% of earlier products and edible’s the size of a small candy bar as much as 16%. Since Princeton does not have their own police department this issue needs to be studied. Select Board member Doreen Wallace said that she was scheduled to attend a conference on Friday that would inform municipalities in Maine of what they need to know.

7.) Tony Ramsdell, Fire Chief, explained that anyone applying to be a volunteer fire fighter has the same qualifying parameters as a full-time fire fighter and that they do need to have a driver’s license. Also he explained that gear is expensive and it is law that it has to be replaced after 10 years.

On Wednesday, March 29 is the first meeting of this year’s budget committee. Returning are Jim Davies, Terry Diffin, myself along with a new member Troy Cilley. We will be meeting at 6:00 with the town treasurer to do an initial overview.

Reminders: 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.

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.

On Wednesday, April 19, at 1:00 p.m. at the Princeton Town Office 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 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 12 - Library Committee - 5:00 p.m. Princeton Library

April 19 - Princeton Historical Society Organizational Meeting - 1:00 p.m. at the Princeton Town Office Conference Room

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

April 23 - Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market Meeting - noon at the Princeton Town Office Conference Room

Town of Princeton Selectmen’s Meetings-First and Third Tuesday of 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.


Alexander School

Cassie Oakes

 

Do you want to show your Panther pride?  AES still has t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale.  People could support their school by purchasing one.  Anyone interested can call Brenda at 454-2623.

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

Please be aware, 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 both programs are being sponsored by the AES Summer Library, FoG and Grange members.  Contact Len Hanson at 454-8733 for more information or to register for the Safety Courses.

Also in the works will be a babysitting course, so please stay tuned to this column for upcoming information.

If you are in the midst of spring cleaning and are so inclined, you could donate items to the Alexander 4-a-Cure Relay for Life Team. For more information for drop off, or to have items picked up contact, BJ Wallace or Brenda McDonough.  The inside Yard Sale will take place at AES during April vacation.

It will happen rain or shine and take place in the AES gym on April 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Keep those Box Tops for Education coming. It is an easy way for the school to make some extra money.  Just clip and save. Each one is worth 10 cents and some are bonus tops worth up to $.50 each. You can drop them off at the school during school hours or at Randy’s Variety. 

Another week has gone by in the AES Library.  The week started on Tuesday, with the older students grades 4-8 coming to get books, while some students opted to work on upcoming projects, a few to do some very silly basketball Mad Libs.  In the afternoon the 2nd and 3rd graders came in and the highlight of the week were science books of all types as they were trying to get a head start on Science Fair.  Projects have not been picked or assigned but these students want to be one step ahead of the plan by looking at and investigating different topics. Then they continued their Giant Dots and Squares game which is just beginning to take shape and will soon become a great game of strategy and concentration.  On Wednesday the pre-k came in the morning and the kindergarten and 1st graders popped in during the afternoon.  New titles were gotten.  In honor of the recent “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” on March 20th, they of course heard the story, “Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and they worked on a picture sequencing project.  Before leaving the Library the pre-k sang the song “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” with all the actions and giggles.  Thursday was another day for the older group of kids to come in and renew books, take out new titles and work on a puzzle if they had no work due in the classroom.

 

 

Cooper

Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 

The next Cooper Town Office hours will be held on the regular schedule of the first and third Thursday of each month on Thursday, April 2nd and Thursday, April 16th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  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 need to schedule an appointment, please contact me and I will try to accommodate if I’m available to do so.

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 at 152 N. Union Road, Cooper, Maine, 04657.

The first day of spring may have arrived, but we still have a lot of fluctuating weather with one day being really nice followed by very cold and nasty weather.  I can’t wait for May flowers to arrive with those warm days in the fifties so we can run around in short shirtsleeves.  It is time to start your seedlings inside in preparation for our summer gardens.  There are lots of flowers and vegetables that can be started inside to get a jump on your garden.    I have been taking a beginner bee keeping class, and I have ordered bees and will be trying my hand as a bee keeper on my property in Cooper.  I plan to expand my perennial gardens to feed the bees and my neighbors in close vicinity will benefit from my bees pollinating their gardens. If you live within three miles of me start planting and I’ll send the bees over to your garden to pollinate.  Another sign of warmer times is the opening of the Cooper Community Center and new monthly activities to participate in from the Cathance Cooper Friends group.  I am looking forward to what fun activities they will come up with.

 

The Annual Cooper Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 6:00pm at the Cooper Community Center.  The Cathance Cooper Friends will be providing refreshments and we hope to talk John Viselli into providing music for us to enjoy after the meeting so we can have a period of socializing with our friends and neighbors.  I will provide more information as it becomes available.


Alexander/Crawford

Cassie Oakes

 

Alexander and Crawford Seniors, time is a ticking; get those applications for the Alexander Crawford Scholarship in as soon as you can.  Do you need a form?  Contact Rhonda Oakes, 454-2344 (feel free to leave a message if there is no answer) or contact her at Randy’s Variety.

Emma Kneeland, of Alexander, wanted to make sure that plow guys keeping the Cooper Road maintained all winter long are much appreciated.  I am sure that all the residents and travelers of the Alexander roads would like to join Emma in thanking Joey Wallace and his crew.

A few Alexander Grange members had a very productive planning meeting on Saturday, March 25th for the upcoming 2017 Grange Year!  They are looking forward to sharing all the information as soon as plans are finalized.  The word is that some of the Grange members are getting a wee bit excited for upcoming activities!  Stay tuned for all the exciting plans, dates and times.  Also a big Thank You needs to go out to Debbie Hanson for hosting this meeting and supplying the coffee and coffee cake.  The first meeting of the Alexander Grange for 2017 will take place on Wednesday, April 5th beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Alexander Grange Hall on the Cooper Road.

Linda and Freddie Wallace of Crawford along with other family members met in Bangor at Pizza Hut on Broadway to celebrate oldest son Jeff’s 50th Birthday.  There were 14 folks that were able to attend the celebration.  Due to sickness and other reasons, not all the family was able to make it in person but were there in thought.  Happy Birthday Jeff Wallace from all you friends in the Alexander Crawford area in reaching this milestone, “Half a Century Old.” 

This will be the last time for a reminder not to forget about the fun and exciting fund raiser taking place at Narraguagus High School April 1st in Harrington.  This will be a benefit wrestling show for a Narraguagus Senior, Chad Perry, who is battling brain cancer and a teenage girl named Victoria Young with Rhett Syndrome.  Hope to see a great turnout for two wonderful, young individuals who need lots of love and support!  I’ll see you there!  

I hope you marked your calendar for the People’s United Methodist Church’s famous Turkey Dinner on Thursday, April 6th.  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 Methodist Church in Baileyville is located at the corner of Third and Summit.  

The folks at PUMC are also gearing and getting ready for their Spring Fling on Saturday, April 29th, an inside Yard Sale with a lunch and other goodies.  If you would like to donate items please contact Jo Ellen Gallant.  

There are many signs of spring in our area.  Robins begin to show up. We change the clocks, and it stays light a bit longer at night. We wear light jackets and Randy’s Variety changes their hours.  Beginning on Sunday, April 2nd they will be staying open until 8:00 p.m. once again.  This week at Randy’s the Lucky Loser was Norman Davis.  Do you want to know how to be a Lucky Loser?  Stop at Randy’s and check it out.

Please join me in sending condolences to all the members of the Hill Family, especially son Earl and his wife Patsy, Larry and his wife Emma,  and Ronald and his wife Shirley, all of Alexander, and Russell and Debbie of Calais on the passing of their mother, Susan Hill who resided in Alexander.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Cathy Blake, Jolene, Thornton, Ron McAlpine, Linda Bohanon, Eldon Libby, Judy Lincoln Murray, Allen Greenlaw, Sandy Lyon, Elwin Daley, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, Lenny Frost, David Carson, Avis McIntyre, Carl Perkins, Joan Dodge, Mike and Marilyn Trafton, Linda and Ron McArthur.  Let’s also keep Karen Moraisey who has finished her Chemo in thought and Sandy Lyons who is doing so well now she has been able to return to work. Who is missing from this list? Please let me know.

Please remember the caretakers who give up their time willingly and lovingly to care for their loved ones and send thanks out to those who offer to drive and send meals and cards to the shut ins.

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Sebastian Sanford, Ted Carter, Jeff Spatcher, Cathy Blake, Caredwen Foley, Ron Hill, Terry Holmes and Angie Poole.

I would to send a very special birthday wish to my special friend, Sharon Cooper, who celebrates her birthday on April 2nd.  Love you and hope you have a great day and I can’t wait to celebrate with you on Saturday!

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go out to Earle and Patsy Hill.  I wish you both many more years of wedded bliss!

This has been a busy and fun week for me at the Beckett Center.  I attended WCCC to begin practicing for the spring and summer Olympics.  My events include wheelchair racing and soft ball throw. I played Wii Bowling, went to Linda’s Pizza in Baileyville with friends on Thursday, and got to see several folks that I know who had the same idea.  It was so nice to see Mike and Marilyn there along with my friend Keyairah.  I then was able to cap off a wonderful week, had Chinese with some of my friends.  Yes another great week.

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

 

 

Robbinston 

Kathy Mekelburg

454-0654

The Robbinston Grange held a St. Patrick’s Day supper and everyone who attended enjoyed themselves. There were many raffle items and music to celebrate the day. The next meeting of the Grange will be on Tuesday, April 4th at 6 pm. For more  information, call me and I’ll fill you in.

There are two Soup and Sermon Mondays left in Lent. April 3rd, Pembroke Methodist Church, April 10th St. John’s in Catherine’s Hall. The Sewall Church will reopen on April 9th at 4 pm and Easter service will be at 7 am April 16th followed by a light breakfast.

Happy birthday to Darlene McConnell and Katlyn McCormick on April 2nd, Denny Sterner - 6th, Aiden Gray, Kelly and Chance Leighton - 7th Dawson Critchley - 8th, Kyle Sansoucie - 10th, Mary Ann Duvall - 11th, Michael Bodkin and Sharon Lucas - 21st, Helen Brooks and Jill Carousa - 23rd, Anthony Cookson - 25th.

 

My husband and I celebrate our anniversary on the 17th.

 

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough

 

April 1st is not only a day to play a trick on a friend but also the start of another season for fishing the waters of Grand Lake Stream and West Grand Lake. There are usually many stories of the first day of fishing and I look forward to reporting some of the adventures of April 1, 2017!

Recently I reached out to Guide Randy Spencer and asked how his various interests were going.  Here is his response:

“My publisher, Shyhorse of New York, has announced that the paperback edition of Wide and Deep will be out in July.  Up to now, the book has only been available in hardcover and electronically.  This winter, I’ve been working on my third book (it’s already up to 40 chapters!), and also doing narration for audiobooks via audible.com  As part of that work, I’m narrating my own book, Wide and Deep, so I hope to be able to announce someday soon that it will be available as an audio book.  Next month, I’ll be doing an Author-in-Residence at the Ames Free Library in Easton, MA.  There, I’ll be able to continue writing, and I’ll also be giving talks, fly tying lessons for beginners, and fly casting classes.  None of this compares to the biggest and best news of all:  A new grandson, Jude Standish Spencer, was born November 6.  He has stolen the spotlight in every way. After the Author-in-Residency, the ice will be out, and I think you know what happens then.” Thanks for the update Randy (grandchildren always take the spotlight)!

Colin Brown from DLLT sent in the following:  “OPENING DAY APRIL 1ST – the long awaited day for many Mainers to start the fishing season!  Try your luck for landlocked salmon on the fly in GLS, or fish the numerous free-flowing streams of the 55,678 acres of Downeast Lakes Community Forest.  With spring here see what’s happening in the Forest at www.downeastlakes.org.

Jenifer and I had a chance to meet our favorite “Hermit” this last week for breakfast and he gave us his latest article “PEOPLE OF THE DAWN:  “Thirty-nine years ago in 1957, John Stevens a young ex-marine, just back from the Korean conflict, came home to the Indian Township.  He did not like what he saw —  poverty and unemployment.  The campaign Stevens launched culminated in the 1980s, 81.5 million dollar Maine Indian Land Claim Settlement.  It was the largest ever awarded any Native American Tribe– a stunning legal victory.  Basis for the verdict was clean, simple and correct.  In 1790 the first ever U.S. Congress declared that any transfer of Indian land to non-Indians had to be approved by Congress.  Between 1794 and 1833 title to most all Passamaquoddy and Penobscot lands passed to the State of Maine without such approval.  Therefore the courts determined that the 1790 Act was still valid and both Tribes still owned a large section of Maine.  Some estimates were 12.5 million acres worth 25 billion.  This was discovered by a lawyer working for the Passamaquoddy Tribe seeking to secure Federal Government service already granted other native tribes.  The Tribe and Penobscot Nation went into Federal Court and won the suit.  It also included that the State had no right to interfere with Tribal Government.  This included four years of intense negotiations involving the State and Federal Courts, the U.S. Justice Department and even the President stepping in.  Out of the unexplored legal jungle emerged  the 1980 Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement.  Some members were not happy with their chiefs but the majority voted to accept the Agreement.  Out of the 81.5 million, a settlement  fund of 27 million (13.5 million each for the 2 Tribes Nations for land acquisition),  a Houlton Band, the Maliseets received 900,000.  A special fund of 27 million- 13.6 for each tribe was held in a Trust by the U.S. Government. 

The annual interest tax-free was given to the Tribes to spend as they saw fit.  The Passamaquoddy have emerged from 200 years of welfare dependency, economic depredation and cultural suppression.  The Settlement wasn’t even a drop in the Federal Budget bucket but it was the trigger which has led to economic self-sufficiency and self-government rule”.

As of March 27th, the coyote contest continues with 88 tagged at this time. The totals are as follows: Smith’s General Store has tagged 24 males and 21 females: Partridge Farms has tagged 5 comprised of 4 males and 1 female: Two Rivers has tagged 1 female: The Pine Tree Store has tagged 24, 13 males and 11 females and Whitney’s has tagged 13 total comprising of 8 males and 5 females. Congratulations to the hunters. Still more time to tag your catches.

Our readers are having a great time sending in “play on words and facts to remember”.  How about:  “If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend about six months waiting for red lights”  OR “How come you chop a tree DOWN but cut it UP after”?” Thanks and keep them coming! 

Always keep in mind that the Pine Tree Store is open 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come and visit the “Best Place Around by a Damn Site”!

Send in the latest happenings in your life to share with the readers of the column!!

 

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


Calais American Legion

Michael McLean

454-3435

 

Spring is here, but mother winter still hangs on! 

I want to thank everyone for their donations for “Project Patriotism Flags”! I have been publishing all donations on our Calais American Legion Facebook page. I want to thank Johnson’s True Value for their support in obtaining the new flags and poles. Monday, April 19 at  6:00 p.m. will be our Meet & Greet at Just South of the Border! Everyone is welcome to share your military experiences with our fellow veterans. Refreshments and appetizers will be available. Show your support. We will also be discussing our Memorial Day weekend activities! 

April will be our Calais American Legion membership recruitment month. Continue your tour of duty and support our veteran organizations! 

 

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.