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Town News


Sharon Frost



April Flower: Sweet Pea

Birthstone: Diamond

Don’t tax yourself by vacuuming on NO Housework Day, which happens thankfully on April 7th.

In many countries around the world, Easter signifies the birth of Spring. Palm Sunday is April 9th.

The Singspiration at Baring Baptist Church was well attended last Sunday. Second Baptist Church provided great music. Pastor Matt sang a beautiful hymn. Mr. Putnum shared some scriptures. Susan Casey sang a lovely hymn. Enjoyed by all.

Friday, April 7th, doors open at 5:30 U.S. at Garcelon Civic Center entertainment by Brian Godsoe.

Larry Merrill’s March BDN letter to the editor suggesting we change the time by half an hour and make it permanent. Great idea. I’m for any change.

Easter breakfast will be April 16th before the service at Baring Baptist Church at 9:00 a.m.

Hank Smith became so ill, so his wife took him to the doctor. When Hank heard the doctor enter the house, he closed his eyes and didn’t move. The doctor looked him over and declared in a loud voice, “Why, this man is dead!” At that, Hank’s eyes flew open and he yelled at the doctor, “I ain’t dead!” “Now Hank, you just hush up”, Lizzie scolded, “Doc knows a lot more about that than you do.”

ECW will be at Patsy Beckett’s on April 11th. Meeting and pot luck at 5:30. Raffle tickets are being sold on an Easter basket. It is filled to the brim.

Thursday, April 6th there will be a VFW meeting at 6:00 p.m.  at the St. Anne’s Parish Hall.

Lots of Easter candy and decorations to choose from while shopping. Lovely cards, good prices, exciting time for the younger.

I rode to Eastport on Thursday and only saw two deer. Where are they? Maybe swimming across to St. Andrews. The rough waves would take them in.

Welcome Robbinston’s new Town Clerk, Martha Brickett.

April 8th Grampy Bill’s Free Easter Ham Dinner will be held at Second Baptist Church from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Delivery and take-outs are available.

Sorry to hear of Harold Scholl’s passing. What a wonderful, busy life he enjoyed. He was always smiling, and taking time out for a chat. I will miss his summer visits.

Also on April 8th, the Second Annual International Spayghetti Dinner will be served at the Congregational Church at 5:00 p.m. Proceeds to care for animals at CCSPCA and PAWS.

It’s a busy two weeks coming up! Cantatas, Easter egg hunt for the kiddies, lunches, suppers, new Easter clothing for church, and meetings. 

Mercier’s Salon is fabulously decorated. Ralph, you should be an interior decorator right here in the area.

Sweeties Downeast is always so beautifully decorated as well.

The Baring Baptist Church had a children’s Easter egg hunt after church on Sunday. Hundreds of colored eggs were spread around and there  were pails to collect them in. A lunch followed the egg hunt.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 14th, 15th, and 16th. Our Risen Savior - An engaging evening of drama and live music at the Gateway Cathedral, 18 West St., St. Stephen.

Make Marbled Easter Eggs: Dye eggs a color. Let dry for 15 minutes. Prep another batch of dye in a darker or different shade, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Run a fork through the mixture, creating swirls of oil. Place a dyed egg in the oil mixture, roll it around to pick up oil streaks. Remove and blot gently with a paper towel. Pretty in a decorated dish.

Happy Birthday to:  Lisa Trafton, Barbara Stanhope, Trudy Gillespie, Pam Beckett, Karen Davis, Marty Colson, Sheridan Smith, Jean Woodside, Kathy Smith, Sean Look, Heather Sprague, Stella Kneeland, Ruth Lyons, Sandra Sherrard, Patsy Hill, John Benner, David Johnson, Brenda Frost.


I received the Dan Schall newsletter. They are keeping busy. I will be heading up there in the summer.



Linda Baniszeski 


The first order of business this week is to apologize to Debbie and Carl Gordon for mis-identifying which of their dogs recently passed away. Annie is now gone from us, but Remy is still with them. I am very sorry for this error on my part.

Secondly, the April 8 concert at 2nd Baptist Church has been cancelled. James and Starla Dean will not be able to perform. These groups from the Southern states generally perform in Calais between other higher paying venues. Unfortunately, the other venue which would have made it profitable to travel here from Tennessee has been cancelled.

Happy Birthday wishes to Danny Wallace on April 11. We’ve known him since he was about 3 years old. It’s great to see that he has grown into such a fine young man and successful business operator.  

Get well wishes and prayers for Bert Johnson and Kenny Gibson. Kenny is in the hospital in Boston.

Meddybemps Annual Meeting was held last Monday evening at the Community Center. Thirteen residents attended. Events of the meeting are as follows:

Dawn Smith was elected moderator, sworn in by Tammi J. Smith, Town Clerk (no relation to Dawn).

Selectman elected for three year term is Carl Gordon. Assessor elected for 3 year term - Carl Gordon. Elected Dawn Smith for school board 3 year term $100 annually; Patty Reynolds elected for Planning Board $50 annually - 5 year term. Affixed town salaries : Selectmen $2,000 divided among three of them. Planning Board - $125 each member.  

Town changed to 7% as maximum legal rate of interest on unpaid/late taxes (as established by the State of Maine 12/31).  Approved Selectmen to dispose of tax lien acquired property for use of town, reserving right of former owner to redeem such property upon payment of outstanding taxes and related expenses. Voted to allow Selectmen to accept, on behalf of the town, federal and/or state funds which may be received periodically, in the form of grants and other funds. Approved costs of operation and administration of Community Center recommended by Selectmen at $6,000 from postal revenue, and raise $1,000. Approved solid waste disposal cost of $22,800 annually. Approved to raise and appropriate for Administration -- selectmen recommended $35,000 from excise tax and raise $1,000. Approved to raise and appropriate $36,000 from surplus and raise $30,000 for total of $66,000 annually. Approved Meddybemps Fire Department administration to receive $7,500 – same as 2016.

Approved town appropriating $2,700 for town cemetery. Terry Reynolds commented that he would like to see work done on the road to the cemetery as it was nearly impassable for a recent funeral. Selectmen assured citizens that work will be done.  

Approved to appropriate General and Emergency Assistance at $700 from Surplus and raise $300 for total of $1,000 -- same as 2016.  Approved to transfer money reimbursement by the State of Maine from Snowmobile registration to the Breakneck Mountain Sno-Riders Snowmobile Club for local trail maintenance.

Approved appropriating and increase of $500 for Revaluation, Mapping and Planning escrow account. Selectmen advised this needs to be down. Town Maps need to be redrawn according to aerial and GPS mapping, required by State Regulation. Updated sets done 10-12 years ago. Estimated cost is $6,000 to $20,000. Approved $1500 raise.

Approved to appropriate $1,000 from surplus for town roads, grading, etc. Approved $2,500 from surplus for general legal counsel. Approved $1,500 raise for Code Enforcement Officer. Approved raise $1000 for animal control officer (if unused goes back into surplus).  

Approved to appropriate to support Enhanced 911 program at $2,000 from Surplus. Terry Reynolds questioned when this work will be done, since some roads are misnamed and misidentified or non-existent on current 911 map. Selectmen assured work is being planned.  

Stipend of $5,201 approved for Washington Counnty Emergency Medical Services Authority for future ambulance service (same as past three years). $2,500 approved for appropriation for Escrow Account for Meddybemps Community Center maintenance. Approved $1,000 for Meddybemps Fire Department Escrow Account. Approved to authorize expenditures beyond the end of the fiscal year, to the next Annual Town Meeting.  Approved Town ratifying overdraft, year ending 2/28/17, of $75 from surplus funds to cover curb-side pickup overdraft.

Approved that Alewife River Herring fishing in all waters in the Town of Meddybemps shall be operated by the Town, with Selectmen providing and governing regulations for the time and manner in which alewives shall be taken. The Selectmen shall handle the business for the Town or appoint a committee to handle for them and to issue permits. Maine Game Wardens police this program.

Not approved was an article to raise and appropriate for the clean-up Escrow Account for the Batron property, recommended by Selectmen at $3,000. Public comment included questions as to why the townspeople should pay for the clean-up of someone else’s private property; that the town has no legal authority over private property; that this property had previously been cleaned up at state expense and owners went back to making it into a dump.  Since the town has no authority, the money is left in escrow.

Terry Connelley from the New England Office of the U. S. Department of Environmental Protection attended the meeting and gave us an update on the Eastern Surplus Site superfund clean-up property.  He advised that future ownership of the site will be put up for bid.  Because the site has a few more environmental reviews to be completed, this will not occur anytime soon.   One has to wonder who would actually “buy” a toxic waste clean up site.  Stay posted.  More news to come as it unfolds.

Pete Trouant announced that Selectmen meetings will now be held the first and third Monday of each month at the Community Center.  Annual Meeting was adjourned.

As to the weather. Don’t ask. We dodged a snow storm on April 1 but did not escape more to come throughout this week. Let’s hope we have a fabulous summer of warmth and sunshine.  


Ssend your news to or phone 454-3719. Blessings to all!

Alexander/Crawford History


By John Dudley 

& Cassie Oakes


Do you remember when and where World One started?  It was on June 28, 1914 when Archduke Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in Sarajero, Serbia.  This was the straw that broke the camel’s back and sent many of the countries of the world into war, fighting one another in “the war to end all wars”.  Did it?

Less than three years later the United States entered the War.  That was on April 6, 1917.  In Maine the Legislature appropriated $1,000,000 for war effort, and at the Kittery Shipyard the first Navy built submarine was launched.

Twenty-four men with Alexander and Crawford connections would go off to war.  Who were those men?  How old were they when they marched off to war?

Charles Aylward was 20 in 1917.  After the war he married Evelyn Findley, moved to Alexander where he had a store at the Four Corners.  Both buried in the here.  Wallace S. Brown was 22 and from Woodland.  His parents, Harry and Eda had moved there from Alexander before 1910.  Grandfather of Carleton Brown of Woodland.  Verne L. Carlow, known as Llewellyn, was 20 when he left his parents home on the Pokey Rd.  He returned home. Married, had a child. Both died in 1922.  William L. Carter NFL Clarence Cousins, neighbor of the Carlows, was 25 when he joined the Infantry.  He returned, married Etta Flood, and lived in Cooper until his early death at age 47.  Norton A. Crafts (1895-1983) lived in Woodland.  He was born son of William and Phebe (Flood) at home on the Arm Road.  William C. Cushing of Crawford was adopted by George and Nolia (Fenlason) Cushing.  Bill married Bessie Wallace and was in the blueberry business.

George A. Dill came from central Maine and was connected by marriage to the Hunnewell and Frost families.  NFL Harold L. Fickett (1894) and his brother Seth M. Fickett (1896) were sons of William and Mary (King) Fickett.  On the 1900 census, they were living on the Robb Hill Road.  Floyd E. Frost (1897-1955) was a son of Thomas Edward and Dora (McGraw) Frost of Lanes Hill in Alexander.  Forest H. Frost, NFL Myron C. Frost (1895-1922) married Mabel Dill.  He was a son of Stephen Frost.  Myron is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Gardner, Maine. Morey L. Hunnewell, son of Charles Sidney was 23 when he went in the Navy.  He married Marjorie James of Princeton and they lived for years on the South Princeton Road.  Roy Lemont Hunnewell (1896-1954), brother of Morey, married Lima Carlow in 1917 and later they moved to Woodland.  John Linwood Miner married Leota Perkins up on Gooch Hill.  He served in the Navy and in 1926 drowned in Meddybemps Lake while hunting.  Buried Alexander Cemetery.

Burleigh C. Perkins was born in 1891, only son of George.  He married Edna Flood and they resided in Woodlland.  He died in 1963.  Edgar Perkins was raised in Crawford, a son of James & Clara (Morrisey) and lived in Alexander at 2081 Airline Road where he married his brother’s widow, Lenora Carlow.  Everett C. Perkins was 23 in 1917.  His parents Alfred and Carrie lived on the Alexander side of the Robb Hill Road.  Everett lived in Baileyville after the war; father of Leo.  Ralph E. Seamans NFL Roy L. Seamans was nineteen in 1917, son of George & Georgie Seamans and lived at Airline Road where David Goodine has his mill today.  Lester H. Seavey of Crawford grew up on the Airline about halfway between the Crawford Arm Road and Sally’s Corner.  He married Lyre F. Thistlewood of E. Machias in 1924.  Jonathan C. Wallace of Crawford Oscar West was born in Maine in 1881.  He was a hired man at Earl Varnum’s farm.

By the Armistice on November 11, 1918, 63 million had been in uniform, eight and a half million were killed, another seven and a half million in prisons or missing, and 21 million had been wounded.  On top of all that misery, nearly 22 million would die world wide from the influenza.  This invisible killer, also known as the Spanish flu killed more then all the bullets and poisonous gasses.


Family information not found for William L. Carter, Forest H. Frost & Ralph E. Seamans of Alexander and Jonathan C. Wallace of Crawford.

Princeton Elem. School

Sandra Smith 


On Saturday, March 25 the PES 8th grade had their week from Monday - Wednesday, Island Readers and Writers. A non-profit from Southwest Harbor, is sponsoring a writing workshop for Grades 7 and 8. Maine author Genevieve Morgan, over three days, will give students the opportunity to develop their own unique story by working together as a large group, in small groups, and on their own. Through this workshop students will discover the importance of journeys; venture into the art and craft of building a story; find their own storyteller’s voice, explore their own world through both the familiar and extraordinary and get to be mentored by Morgan, who is a published author. She will be donating her latest series, The Five Stones Trilogy, to the school library. The series is available through Islandport Press and is described as the first in the series as follows: “plumbs the rich territory between realism and fantasy by immersing the reader in an imaginative world that is also natural and recognizable. Powerful, gripping and―above all―compelling, /The Fog of Forgetting/ brings together captivating characters, integrated narrative, myth, and mystery for the delight of all, be they a sophisticated ten-year-old boy or a fifty-year-old reader who still remembers what it’s like to be young with the long days of summer ahead.”

April 7 - Glow Dance and Report Cards go home

April 10 - Spring Fling week

April 12 - PTO meeting - 4:00 p.m.

April 17-21 April Vacation

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

Alexander School

Cassie Oakes


Mrs. Hill and her 2nd and 3rd grade celebrated National Crayon Day on March 31st.  The day before they made their best 2 guesses as to which crayon would be retired.  While everyone made some great guesses, no one got it.  The class watched the live announcement.  Dandelion yellow told some of his adventures in the crayon box and told how he was looking forward to retirement.  As he flew off hanging onto the ladder of a helicopter he said to stay tuned for his new adventures!  This left the class wondering what might happen next.

Mr. McCutcheon and Mr. Flood’s classes, grades 4-8, went on a field trip to WCCC for team building exercises and the climbing wall.  After they talked with students to find out about college life they asked questions to know what their program was about.  The college provided a tour of the campus, including dorm life.  The students were able to visit all program departments and meet instructors who supported their programs with a talk about successful college participation.  The kids were pumped and received t-shirts from the college. What a great time!

The 8th grade will be doing a bottle drive on Saturday, April 8th around Alexander.  If you would like to have bottles picked up contact any 8th grader or leave a message with Brenda McDonough at the AES office

Basketball season may be over but if you would like to show your Panther Pride there are still school T-Shirts available.  Anyone interested can call Brenda at 454-2623.

Summer Library planning has already begun. This year there will be a free ATV Safety course in July and a Free 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.

A date has been set for the Babysitting Course offering  this summer at the Grange Hall on June 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Stay tuned for more information.

Please keep in mind when you are spring cleaning that the Alexander Relay 4 Life Team will be having their Annual Yard Sale April 15th from 8-2.  AES will start collecting things now that basketball season is done.  You can drop it off at school or contact one of the team members B.J. Wallace 214-2194, Brenda McDonough 214-8879, or Emma Hill 454-3751.

The lunch program will be emailing you bills from now on.  If you would rather not have this done, please contact B.J. Wallace at 454-3751.

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. 

There was great fun this week as the students of AES helped custodian Tim Sanford celebrate his 83rd Birthday.  Mr. McCutcheon’s room made a giant banner with a bow and had all the students sign it and then hung it on Mr. Sanford’s door as a surprise.  Happy Birthday Tim for all you do to keep AES running in tip top shape.  

Other news around AES in the kindergarten and 1st grade classroom is very exciting.  Mrs. Pollock and her students are incubating some chicken eggs, donated by Ellie Sanford.  The students are taking turns turning the eggs, which are marked with x’s and 0’s so they can make sure they are turned and they are also keeping track of the humidity in the incubator.  That isn’t the only science experiments happening in that room. The class also had an amaryllis in bloom so they took a try at pollinating it.  The students think they may have been successful for they think they see some swelling and seeds perhaps forming.  We’ll have to stay tuned for the out coming. 





Kathy Mekelburg


Robbinston weather summary for March: The month of March was quite cold and a bit on the dry side with near average snowfall. The monthly mean temperature of 26.7 degrees made this the 4th coldest March in 23 years of record. It was beaten by 23.3 degrees in 2014, 24.9 degrees in 2015, and 26.6 degrees in 1997. The monthly maximum temperature of 49 degrees occurred on the 21st. This figure was less than the 55 degree maximum in February. Only 2008 had a March maximum lower than the February maximum besides this year. Minimum temperature was minus 2 degrees on the 11th and 12th. The lowest daily maximum temperature was only 13 degrees occurring on the 4th, then again on the 11th. This established a new March low beating 14 degrees set March 8, 2007! There were 11 days with maximums 32 degrees or below, 30 days with minimums 32 degrees or below, and 2 days with minimums zero or below. There were 1180 heating degree days or 118 above normal. Total since July stands at 6060 or 421 below normal.

Total precipitation came to 3.57 inches or 1.59 inches below normal. Total since January stands at 15.63 inches or 1.89 inches above normal. Maximum daily amount was 1.69 inches on the 14th. There were 13 days with measurable precipitation. Total snowfall was 18.2 inches or 0.8 inches below normal. Total since October stands at 116.3 inches or 24.8 inches above normal. Maximum daily amount was 11.5 inches in a blizzard on the 14th! Maximum depth for the month was 18 inches on the 14th.

Highest barometer was 30.63 inches on the 26th, while the lowest was 29.15 inches on the 2nd and 15th. Mean humidity was 71.9 percent.  Lowest humidity was 25 percent on the 26th. Prevailing wind direction was West. Peak gust was 58/E on the 14th causing excessive drifting snow and power outages! There were five days with peak gusts exceeding 40 mph and two days exceeding 50 mph. There were 10 clear days, 2 partly cloudy days and 19 cloudy days. Daytime sky cover averaged 64 percent. Dense fog occurred on the 1st and 2nd.


Cold Saturday of March 11th: The daily maximum temperature of 13 degrees occurred at 12:01 am. The daytime high was only 6 degrees at noontime! Temperatures continued to slump thereafter, reaching 1 degree by 4 pm with wind chills as low as minus 25 degrees! This is by far the coldest March afternoon in station records.


Cassie Oakes


The Alexander Annual March Town Meeting took place on a snowy evening as planned on March 27th at the Alexander School gym. The meeting began at 6:30 p.m. with approximately 50 folks in attendance.  The meeting opened with the election of Charlie Dix as Moderator, who was then sworn in by Karen Poor.  The Meeting was then opened to the public for questions of the Officer’s reports, which included a discussion of the Spearin Road bridge and the history of how Town Office hours were previously set and perhaps the need of a job description for the Town Clerk so that there would be no questions of the clerk’s responsibilities.  Articles 3 and 4 were swapped by consensus of those in attendance, as the feeling was who ever ran for Town Clerk/Tax Collector/Treasurer should know what the pay and benefits were before the election and accepting of the position.  Article 4 was passed by written ballot; this article was about pay and benefits for the Town Clerk/Tax Collector/Treasurer.  After failing the first vote it was set at $27,000 with 100% Health Insurance.  Article 3 came next and Karen Poor ran unopposed and was elected as the Alexander Town Clerk/Tax Collector/Treasurer for the next 3 years.  Karen then was sworn back into office by Charlie Dix so as to continue her duties for the rest of the meeting.  In Article 5 the Deputy Clerk’s wages for the Board of Selectman the Board of Assessors will receive $3,500, no salary for the Planning Board and the School Board will receive $500, all these salaries will be divided amongst the boards.  Other wages set were DOT scale for roads and cemetery workers $9.50 per hour or minimum wage whichever is higher for all others.  Next came the election of town officers, Ed “Crash” Burgess was elected as selectman for a three year term, the Selectman were elected as Overseers of the Poor and as Road Commissioners.  Eddie Moreside went back on as Assessor for a three year term.  Tracy Berry joined the School Board for a three year term.  Pat Cormier will continue as the Cemetery Supervisor for another year.  Ron Gardiner was re-elected to the Planning Board for a five year term.  It was decided by a show of hands to table the last article until the June Town Meeting when more information could be brought to the town.  This article pertained to the newly Revised Floodplain Management Ordinance, which can be seen at the Town Office or on line at

Congratulations to Keitha Smith, of Alexander who was promoted to Bank Manager at Camden National Bank.  Keitha has 29 years of banking experience and is looking forward to assisting the community with their financial needs! Keitha your family, friends and neighbors are very proud of you!

Gert, Donny, Brylea and Brody Newman, of Alexander, recently took a trip to Portland to witness their Miss Brylea receive a Gold Medal and be recognized with the Young Maine Volunteers Roll of Honor award, along with her sister queens at a Red Claws basketball game.  While in Portland they visited with another granddaughter, Darcy Newman and her sweet family and Marybeth Newman. Marybeth’s son Grady spent the weekend with Gert and Donny and had a wonderful time visiting and swimming with Brody and Brylea.

Do you live in Alexander or Crawford? Are you a graduating High School Senior? It’s time to fill out the Alexander Crawford Scholarship form. For a form, contact Rhonda Oakes. You can call her at 454-2344 (feel free to leave a message if there is no answer) or contact her at Randy’s Variety. Time is a ticking. All scholarship applications need to be turned in by the May 1st.

This Thursday, April 6th is the People’s United Methodist Church’s famous turkey dinner. Supper will begin being served at 4:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.  

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 a Bake Sale.  If you would like to donate items please contact Jo Ellen Gallant.  

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.  

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Patsy Hill, Anthony McClure, Brenda Tozier, Karen Davis, Krystal Mann, Violet Folsom, Michelle Hopkins, Alan McLellan, Luann Durgin and Stephen Hopkins.

This week at Randy’s the Lucky Loser was Joey Wallace.  Do you want to know how to be a Lucky Loser?  Stop at Randy’s and check it out.

This week at FBC we continued to practice for the Special Olympic summer games and we had a Dance Class.  Friday’s meal was a little taste of summer, hot dogs and chips.

But the big event for me this week came on Saturday night when Mom, Dad, Sharon and Gerald Cooper took a road trip.  We had Dinner at Helen’s in Machias, and topped it off with some scrumptious pie. Next we ventured to Narraguagus High School for some wrestling!  There were almost 500 folks in attendance.  It was an exciting evening of wrestling and drama all for a good cause, helping those in need.  It was so exciting that when the fight came out of the ring it was almost in my lap and one of the wrestlers even kissed my hand after the match.  The evening was a little pre-birthday celebration for my friend Sharon Cooper.  A great time was had by all!

If you have anything you would like me to share in this column, 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.



Sandra Smith


On Thursday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Princeton Town Office a public hearing for an application for a proposed telecommunications facility was held. It was a short meeting and approved. The tower 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 first meeting of this year’s budget committee was postponed until Monday, April 3. Returning are Jim Davies, Terry Diffin, myself along with a new member Troy Cilley.

The Princeton Parks and Recreation Meeting was postponed until Monday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m. at the town office conference room.

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 obtain possible grants. This is an opportunity to have a group and a place to preserve Princeton’s history. If you have any questions, please do call me at 796-2261.

The Princeton Public Library has books new to the library available in addition to new books : Ranger’s Apprentice-/The Ruins of Gorlan/ by John Flanagan Young Adult Book one -Scifi/Fantasy; /Abbott’s Reach/-Ardeana Hamlin -Sequel to /Pink Chimneys/, a book set in nineteenth century Bangor Maine; /See Me/, Nicholas Sparks, a love story of a man just released from prison and the daughter of a Mexican immigrant with a law degree; /Delia’s Crossing/ by VC Andrews book one of a series; /Room/ by Emma Donoghue about a woman and her five-year old child held in a room for 7 years. New York Times Book of the Year and a movie.; Set of two books /Me Before You/ brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common, a heart breaking romantic novel about Louisa who takes a job for Will who is wheelchair bound and /After You/ a sequel to Me Before You six months later both by Jojo Moyes.

The last two books I had an opportunity to read. /The Life We Bury/ by Allen Askens was the winner of best debut mystery. It is based in Minnesota about a college student who has to write a story and interviews a dying Vietnam vet accused of murder. The book is a page turner and kept me going. I really enjoyed /A Man Called Ove/ by Fredrik Backman which is by a Swedish writer and set in Sweden. However, the story is universal and could be anywhere. The main character is perceived as a grumpy old man who is challenged by his new neighbors, new technology and a stray cat. This also has been made into a movie.

Also five new audio books: /The Man You’ll Marry/ by Debbie Macomber; /A Remarkable Mother/ by Jimmy Carter; /Private L.A./ by James Patterson; /Dogwood Hill/ by Sherry Woods; and /Long Lost/ by Harlan Coben

Upcoming Activities

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 19 - Princeton Library Story Hour - 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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

April 29 - North Woods 4-H Club Pancake Breakfast - 8:00 a.m. at the Lewey’s Island Masonic Lodge

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: 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.


Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


What a great way to start spring fishing in Grand Lake Stream! April 1st drew many anglers (estimated at 20+) with all sorts of flies and poles and gear to keep them warm and dry. Lots of good stories so go to the Pine Tree Store for refreshments and listen. One sport said that he had caught and released 40 salmon on the first day? Be sure and stay off the liar’s bench when you give your numbers!

The deadline to enter the annual “DLLT Photo Contest” is Saturday, April 15th.  Entries may be emailed to  Visit for more information. 

Downeast Lakes Land Trust is hosting a “Signs of Spring” hike for kids in grades 3 – 8 along the newly-created Tower Hill Trail in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest.  On Friday, April 21, join DLLT Education and Outreach Manager Colin Brown, on the search for early spring wildflowers, insects, animal tracks, and a visit to a historic fire tower!  Parents and guardians must register their children in advance.  Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, and bring water and a lunch.  Participants should meet at the West Grand Lake Dam parking lot at 10 am.  For more information or to register, please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100 or email

As of April 1st the coyote contest is as follows: Smith’s General Store 61 tagged 29 males and 32 females: Partridge has tagged 8 with 4 males and 4 females: Two Rivers has tagged 1 female. The Pine Tree Store has tagged 31, 19 males and 12 females: Whitney’s has tagged 16, 9 males and 7 females. The grand total is 118.  Craig Cilley won the Raffle Ticket this year. He is a lucky person as two years ago he also won!! Tim Jipson won the prize for the largest male ($200 prize)  and Earl Smith won for the largest female($200 prize). The cash value for each Coyote is approximately $24.83. The coyote contest helps many of the young deer born this spring attain adulthood.


Just a short column this week. Hope everyone has a great week! Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough, 207-712-8294 or

Indian Township

Donna Meader-York


Last Friday, the After School Program held its first dance. The dance was completely student planned, and they took ownership. From the theme to the cost, the student dance committee had a great learning experience. Next week they will review the results of the dance and make changes that are necessary to make the next one even better.

As soon as the snow is gone, we are looking forward to starting our school garden. Our plan is to plant a circular garden in the Three Sisters tradition, or as some call it, companion gardening. The three sisters are corn, beans and squash, and each one contributes something to help the other one grow. We are hopeful that repairs to our greenhouse are on the way so that seedlings can be started. 

Indian Township School alumni student, Julia Nicholas, is home from the Army, and the children are eager to see her. Before she left to serve, Julia worked with the students here as a substitute teacher and as an ASP activity leader. She is well loved and was greatly missed. Oh Miss Julia…the kiddos are asking for you to come visit…

Students in grades 4 through 8 had the privilege of going to Lee Academy Monday to watch the dress rehearsal of their next production, Annie. I am told that they loved it!  Thank you Lee Academy for the invite.

Our Book Fair had its Grand Opening on Tuesday during our Parent Conferences.  It is a BOGO fair, and there are door prizes to be won when you come in and buy a book for a child. The Book Fair will be open during the school day until April 10.

Until next time, take care, and don’t stop learning.