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Calais

Sharon Frost

454-3339

 

The hospital auxiliary met in the classroom on Monday evening. Opened with prayer, minutes of the last meeting and treasurer’s reports were read. Donation Day was very successful as was the raffle. We discussed the Vein Finder machine that we purchased. Gladys Greenlaw won the 50/50 draw. We enjoyed a luncheon following the meeting. We had a brown bag auction with lots of surprises inside each one. Meeting adjourned. Tickets are on sale for the Easter Basket full of goodies and also a 50/50 drawing.

This weekend is Easter. Growing up, it meant a new Easter outfit, Sunday school, and a big chocolate bunny, sometimes egg coloring. Very exciting memories

On Saturday, Pat Yardley and I attended the delightful ham dinner at the Second Baptist Church. The tables were set up for dozens of people. There were cold and hot drinks, fancy Easter napkins, plates to get your dinner served on, tasty rolls. We left very full. Cindy Wartman helped us with our drinks, etc. Very nice Bill and Arlene.

I attended my uncle’s funeral in St. Andrews on Thursday. It was a cold, rainy day. The church was full. Poppies were available to pin on your coat thanks to the Royal Canadian Legion, each placing a poppy on Carm’s hat. A wonderful ceremony. Last Post...Silence...Reveille... and closing hymn of The White Cliffs of Dover. a reception, hosted by the ladies of All Saints Church in the Parish Hall. Interment will take place at a later date.

Friday, April 14th, Special Easter Concert at Kirk McCall United Church, St. Stephen on Good Friday at 7:00 p.m. (AT). Choir, soloists, duets, guest singers and much more. Free will offering. Coffee, tea and treats will follow the performance.

Gospel music concert at the Upper Mills Church on Saturday, April 22nd from 5 - 7 (US). That is a great evening of entertainment.

The History of Easter Seals: Elyria, Ohio businessman, Edgar Allen founded the National Society for Crippled Children in 1919, the first organization of its kind. He dedicated his life to improving access to health care for children with disabilities. The symbol of the Lily, spring and new life, was incorporated as the logo in 1952. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against anyone who has a mental or physical disability. Easter Seals began raising public awareness and how they can find help, hope and answers at Easter Seals 2007. In the spring of 1934, the National Society for Crippled Children launched its first Easter Seal fundraising campaign. In 2004, Easter Seals go global. Today there are more than 1,000  service sites in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia. Easter Seals today is one of the largest providers of disability services in the world.

T. Anne’s Baked Bean supper is being held on April 21st at 5:30. Cost $7.00. The yard sale on April 28th and 29th at the parish hall. If you have any spring cleaning items, please drop them off.

Easter breakfast on April 16th at 9 am at Baring Baptist Church.

Palm Sunday at St. Anne’s, walking with palm leaves outside into the church.  The Passion Gospel was read by the different church members. It was very interesting.

Monday, April 17th at 6 pm, the American Legion meeting at the parish hall at St. Anne’s.

On Sunday afternoon at the Pizza Delite in St. Stephen, a lovely birthday party was held for Kay McKnight (my cousin). Twenty-seven or so of her close friends attended. Lots of chit-chat. Kay passed out pictures for everyone of herself. A fancy decorated birthday cake was served. Pictures were taken, also homemade fudge by Kay was passed around. 

Cut the Cake: Camela Griffin, Pam Reynolds, Phyllis Leidy, John Benner, Jim Doten, Jennifer Ramsey, Marie Johnson, Sandra Ramsey, John Nixon, Wayne Sammer, Suzette Scott, Tracey Ramsey, Cody Stow, Sharon Diffin, Missi Sears, Andrea Curtis, Handsome Dr. Brazier. Hope Howard, Rick Sears, Deanne Jackson.


Princeton

Sandra Smith

 

The first meeting of this year’s budget committee was held on Monday, April 3. All members were able to attend. Jim Davies, Terry Diffin, Troy Cilley and myself were given an overview of last year’s expenses and projected expenses for fiscal year 2017-18 by Princeton Town Clerk, Donna Worden.

The Princeton Parks and Recreation Meeting also was on Monday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m. at the town office conference room. First on the agenda was planning for the Easter Egg Hunt. Given the current weather conditions, it was decided to once again have the hunt at the Princeton Fire Station, which the Fire Chief, Tony Ramsdell had already approved. The event will be this coming Saturday from 10:00 - 11:30 am at the Fire Station. Children ages 12 and under need to be with an adult. Activities include: hunting for eggs, snacks and drinks, a bag a treats and a photo with the Easter Bunny. Next on the agenda was the continued planning for the Fresh Water Festival. A draft of activities and the program was reviewed. Everything is on track for a fun event this June.

Then on Friday, the Parks and Rec. Committee again met at the library from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. to finalize the Easter Egg hunt and stuff the treat bags.

Another reminder that 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.

On Saturday, April 2, parents and volunteers of the newly formed North Woods 4-H Club are having a Pancake Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. at the Lewey’s Island Masonic Lodge in Princeton. Also they will be having a Chinese Auction. Donations for the auction can be dropped off at Artemis’s Attic in Calais or Lots of Tots daycare in Princeton no later than April 28 or contact Tammy Carle for pickup at 207-956-0796. All funds raised will go to the North Woods 4-H to further the 4-H program and learning events for the 4-Hers of Washington County. This is a special event and opportunity to encourage the 4-Her’s as they try to “make the best better” right here in Princeton and Washington County.

A notice from Ellen Carle to let everyone know that Sunrise Christian Church in Big Lake Township will be having Easter Services this coming Sunday. At 6:30 a.m., we will have a Sunrise Service; 7:00 a.m. is Easter breakfast; 10:00 a.m. is Morning Worship Service with our Sunday School program of musical specials, bells, scripture reading, and an Easter Parade. All to celebrate our Risen Savior! Other specials will be performed as well as Pastor Carle sharing God’s Word. Everyone is welcome! Easter hats and bonnets are encouraged for the parade.

The Princeton Public Library has added some new books in response to some suggestions. A young patron will be happy with “The Bigfoot Book: Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti and Cryptid Primates” by Nick Redfern. Another suggestion was for a set of three books for very young children by New York Times Best Seller and Illustrator, M. Williams and includes “Waiting is Not Easy”, “We Are In A Book”, “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” For adults a new Nora Roberts series: “Starts of Fortune”, “Bay of Sighs” and “Island of Glass”.

Frodo the Corgi Update. As of April 6 he was 10 months old. He is starting to mello out a bit and is just the most lovable, funny character. He is interested in everything we do and even sleeps in sometimes. We have enjoyed him so much that when we saw that Hope Carle had another litter, born on March 6, we put in our bid for Mercedes. We went to see her and we love her already and can’t wait for her to be old enough to officially become Frodo’s little sister Pheobe.

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, 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.


Baring

Sally Doten

454-2625

 

Monday was a beautiful day in this neighborhood! A perfect spring day. I have had my sandals on Sunday and Monday so that means spring has really arrived. From now until October they will be my footwear of choice. Pray that we don’t get any more snow as I will look mighty foolish picking my way through snow in my bare feet.

Congratulations to two of my very dear friends: John Moody and Greg Smith. Both of these math teachers were recognized by the state VFW for their commitment to the student body and community. Now I am going to date myself. I was the school secretary when both of these men were hired which was over 30 years ago. John came on board first and Greg joined him 5 years later. I am sure they will both agree when I say, “those first few years were hard, very hard.” One even thought about giving up teaching, but he stayed with it and look at him now. If anyone was to pick out teachers that gave their all, these two fit the bill. I am so proud of them. 

Sympathy is extended to the family of Joanne Greenlaw Doten. Joanne passed away in Massachusetts after a long battle with ALS.  Joanne was the daughter of Alan & Hilda Greenlaw.

Eddie & Evelyn Noddin spent a few days in Corinth this week. Son Mark had 18 teeth removed and, I think, Momma just needed to take care of him. It doesn’t make any difference how old your kids are, when something happens to one of your children, you try to be there for their support. Mark, I hope you’re feeling better.

PUBLIC NOTICE: The AOS #77 Budget Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 26, at the Charlotte Elementary School. This includes the towns of Alexander, Baring, Charlotte, Crawford, Dennysville, Eastport, Lubec, Pembroke, and Perry. The meeting will start at 6pm and the public is invited to attend.

The flu bug paid a brief visit to our home this week. Jim had a long 24-hour something that had him laid low. They say it’s the “24 hour bug” but the day after isn’t  so good either.

I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Florence (Flo) Russell. Flo attended the 2nd Baptist Church and was a wonderful lady and friend. I visited with her on her 98th birthday in February and she could still tell stories about all her experiences growing up in Grand Manan, living in Georgia, and finally moving to Calais. The church community has lost a gracious lady; God has gained another angel and musician.

Well, this is the end of my knowledge for another week. I can’t think of another thing to tell you or talk about. And, I can’t find my glasses that I just got, so I can’t see the page I am typing. I paid $400 2 weeks ago for this new pair and I can’t find them in this house. I think the dog ate them. I might have to ask for charity for another pair....hopefully, tomorrow I will discover their hiding place.

 

Thank you for reading my column. I appreciate your comments. Have a wonderful week. 

 

Meddybemps

Linda Baniszeski 

 

It has been very dreary and wet here.  As of last Saturday, we had only 2 days of sunshine in a period of about 10 days.  With Easter Sunday approaching, it’s a good reminder that the Sun and “Son” are still shining above the clouds.  Happy Easter wishes to all.  Unfortunately, the wrong date was received for Grampie Bill’s Easter dinner at 2nd Baptist Church.  The date was changed and I didn’t get the news in time.  Hopefully, those who intended to go read the Events news in Calais Advertiser and made it to the meal on April 8.  

Meddybemps Community Church always has a nice Easter service.  For more information, please contact Sally Ketchen.  

Happy birthday wishes to Ruth Doten - April 13, and Dana Reynolds - 14.  Former resident Lauren Cook celebrates hers on the 16th.  Ruth and Bill Doten, Sr., are on their way back to Maine from wintering in Florida.  

In Lake Meddybemps Associations’ Spring newsletter Karen Putnam advises: “Sadly, the Meddybemps dam gate structure has experienced damage.  However we are fortunate that the town (Pete Trouant, Jeff Orchard and others) are actively talking with both the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and the Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF).  In brief, the dam gate had problems with rotting wood in the top logs. The remaining gate appears fine and they hope to get the logs replaced this summer.  According to Ernie Atkinson at DMR, “The way the gate is constructed is that there are several timbers stacked on top of each other with large metal dowels threaded through to hold them together. These are attached to the lifting mechanism. In its current state we can open the dam and close the dam without difficulty although the top timber is rotten and gets compressed when applying any great pressure while lowering.”  So at this point, they may get the dam open again; but closing it may prove difficult or impossible more than a couple of times.  For LMA it is good to know that there are capable, motivated people (Pete/Jeff, DMR and DSF) working on the situation and possible solutions.  We will discuss this further in August at the LMA Annual meeting.”

A photo of the lake taken from a high elevation by Jeff Orchard shows a large swath of open water mid-lake.  It was published in The Calais Advertiser.  Surfaces in our cove are taking on a gray tone.  We have areas of water along the shorline where ice has completely melted.  This generally indicates we will have ice out very soon.  The temperatures have been into the high 50’s the past few days.  It won’t be long now until open water appears.     

We have had pretty little Juncos here last week. They show up sporadically. Three of our black ducks are back, not so bashfully seeking Barry’s attention so he’ll put crushed corn in their usual trough.  It worked.  He has.  A large flock of Grackles, accompanied by a small flock of Red Winged Black Birds have been around our feeder and all over the lawn in the past few days.  A chickadee in a lilac bush outside my kitchen window appeared to be gathering small pieces of debris, making me wonder if it is building a nest.

Don’t forget to get tickets for the  Calais Regional Hospital’s 100th Anniversary Gala, held Friday April 28 at Calais Motor Inn.  Tickets are $35 per person or $60 for two, available at the Hospital Reception Desk right inside the front door.

 

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

 

Calais American Legion

Michael McLean

454-3435

 

TAPS: E. Harold Scholl passed away March 27, 2017! Mr. Scholl was a Life Member of the Calais American Legion Sherman Brothers Post #3, for 72 years. He was a True ICON for our veterans and our community. He will be sadly missed by family & friends. 

I had a busy weekend. I participated in the Summit Project Saturday in Eastport. I had the honor to carry the Stone of Army CPT. Daniel J. Tranchemontagne of Portland, Maine. We walked 2 1/2 miles, carrying stones of our fallen Maine Comrades. We carry their stone for a hike. We carry their story for a lifetime! 

Sunday I carried the American flag for the parade in St. Stephen of The Battle of VIMY Ridge! The Battle lasted from 09-12 April 1917, at the end of WWI. Approximately 50 Americans lost their lives while assigned to the Canadian Armed Forces!  

I’ve started mounting new flags in downtown Calais for Project Patriotism Flags. We are still accepting donations for this veterans project. 

Don’t forget, Veterans Meet & Greet is Monday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m, at Just South of the Border. Refreshments are pay as you go. Wings and appetizers are provided by the Calais American Legion and the VFW. Stop by and show your support for our veterans and their families!       

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

 

We Served-We Deserve! Commander Mike.     

 

Alexander/Crawford

Cassie Oakes

 

Alexander Grange held their first official meeting of 2017 on Wednesday, April 5th.  They opened the grange and worked on a calendar of events for the upcoming year.  Dates were set for Home Town Jubilee (July 8th), the Community Christmas Party (December 2nd) along with other activities, including Harvest Lunches, Public Suppers, a Babysitting Class, Artisans at the Grange, Drive In Movie Night and a Brunch and Brush, with more events in the planning stages.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and closer to each event.  April is National Grange Month so it is only fitting that the first event will happen at the next Grange meeting, which will be open to the public on April 19th.  The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. upstairs in the Grange Hall with a Guest Speaker, John Dudley, who will give an overview of the Alexander Grange’s History. Anyone interested is welcome.

On Saturday, April 8th several Grange members, Pike Seavey, Dale Holst, Lenny Hanson, Debbie Hanson, Elizabeth McVicar and Rhonda Oakes along with volunteer, Michelle McVicar spent the morning cleaning and setting the Grange in order for the upcoming April 19th meeting.  Of course before the day was over they found some time to brainstorm for some new and interesting things to bring to the Grange.  One thing run by the Executive Committee was some repairs and updates needed for the Grange, so a new Building Fund was agreed upon.  First fund raiser for the Building Fund will be a raffle on a donated Free Standing Basketball Hoop and Basketball to be drawn off at the Home Town Jubilee in July.  You will be able to purchase tickets from any Grange member.

Congratulations to Ashleigh Pyles on her recent accomplishments, she was acknowledged for her outstanding work in the Early Childhood Program at the St. Croix Regional Technical Center at the Calais High School.  Ashleigh has been having a lot of hands-on training with different programs and with different teachers and has been getting rave reviews from them all.  Recently she spent an afternoon at the Calais Elementary School talking about and reading Dr. Seuss stories to the children, but perhaps the highlight of the day was when she made green eggs and ham for the children.  Ashleigh is a former student of Alexander Elementary School. She will be graduating from Woodland High School this year and plans on attending WCCC to get a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Ashleigh is the daughter of Michelle and David McVicar and the granddaughter of Elizabeth McVicar, all of Cooper, Maine.

Congratulations are also in order for Sebastian Sanford for being inducted into the St. Croix Regional Technical Center at Calais High School’s, National Technical Honor Society on March 23rd.  Sebastian is the son of David and Jennifer Sanford and the grandson of Tim and Ellie Sanford all of Alexander.  Sebastian is a Senior at Woodland High School and plans to go in the Mission Field after graduation.

Linda and Freddie Wallace of Crawford Lake had a recent visitor, their oldest daughter Tanya Wallace Fossett from Waterville.  Tanya traveled home during Freddie’s recent hospitalization at the Calais Hospital.  Their youngest daughter, Tracey Wallace Braiser, from Eddington, was with them for a day last week as well visiting Linda and Freddie.  Freddie was in the hospital for a week with double pneumonia, the flu and bronchitis.   He is now back home and improving. Linda and Freddie wish to thank everyone for all your prayers, cards and visits.

Time is running out for graduating high school seniors to apply for the Alexander Crawford Scholarship.  Do you need a form?  Contact Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344. All completed applications need to be filled out and turned in by May 1st.

The Alexander 4-a-Cure, Relay for Life Team will be having a Rain or Shine Yard Sale in the Alexander School Gym on April 15th, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  This year they will be having a pancake breakfast.

The folks at the Methodist Church in Baileyville are also getting ready for their Spring Fling on Saturday, April 29th with an inside yard sale, lunch and a bake sale. The sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end and 2:00 p.m. 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 Laura Jamieson, Joe Fossett, Eric Brasier, Phil McArthur, Carol Pollock and Diana Howell.

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

I have had a very spontaneous and busy-filled week at the Beckett Center.  I enjoyed participating in various activities, such as card games, playing Wii Tournament, taking a leisurely walk to the park and having scrumptious taco salad. The big news for me this week was when I got to see two of my cousins I haven’t seen for years.  Chrissy McGovern Cummo traveled to Maine with her family from Tennessee and Melissa McGovern Stainton came all the way from Florida.  Both girls were here for their younger brother, Darren McGovern’s wedding in Bangor, but took time to travel to Washington County to see family and friends and show their children where they spent part of their childhood.  Chrissy has three beautiful children, Brooke, Parker and Quinn.  Melissa has three gorgeous daughters, Skylar, Ainsley and Zooey.  It was so wonderful to reconnect with them after all these years.  I also got to see their mom and my Aunt Debbie Barber.

News? E-mail me at  ptcfan@hotmail.com, Facebook, 1328 Airline Road, Alexander, ME  04694, 454-2344 or drop off news at Randy’s Variety!  Thank you to all of those who support me and this column.


Alexander School

 

Cassie Oakes

 

Are you thinking about what you kids may want to do this summer? Well there will be Summer Library on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until noon on Tuesdays beginning on June 27th. In July 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 offered this summer. It will take place at the Grange Hall on June 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  This course is being sponsored by the Alexander Grange.  

It is only a few days away, the Alexander Relay 4 Life Team, Alexander 4-A-Cure, will be having their Annual Yard Sale on Saturday, April 15th, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  If you have items you would like to donate you can drop them off at school or contact one of the team members: B.J. Wallace 214-2194, Brenda McDonough 214-8879, or Emma Hill 454-3751.  A new added attraction this year will be a pancake breakfast!

This week the library was all a-flutter with the 2nd graders finishing their study on butterflies and the pre-k, kindergarten and 1st graders joining in on the fun learning about the Butterfly Life Cycle from the book “Butterflies” by Melvin Berger.  

 

 

 

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough

 

Remember next week the town meeting is Thursday the 20th at 6 pm at the Schoolhouse.

Spring has arrived and so have the kids on bicycles. Please be reminded that speed limits from the Twp27 line on Water Street to Milford Rd is 20 miles an hour and from the intersection of Water Street and Milford to Bonney Brook Rd is 30 miles an hour.  To keep our children and animals safe please heed these speed limits. Would all Camp owners and Lodge owners please remind your guests as well, Thank you.  The Town Assessors

The following is a quote from Arron Smith regarding this year’s summary of the Coyote Contest.

”First off I would like to thank the GRAND LAKE STREAM GUIDES for their very generous donation for the current year and the up-coming  contests,  $500 for the 2016-2017 contest and $500 for the 2017-2018 contest.  With that donation it brought the total purse for this year to $4005.  This is a great support for our cause.  Contestants should be starting to see checks in their mailboxes next week.  I again have attached a complete summary of our contest totals from the first year of our contest until now because I really feel it’s very important to see the progress.  Growth in our deer tagging here at Smith’s General from 2009-2016 has more than doubled. Deer seasons in which we had snowfall to hunt found that the numbers had almost tripled!!  Argument may be held regarding snowfall severity on deer herds.  However the winter of 2013-2014 & 2014-2015 both were in the top ten for record snowfall with the coldest February on record in 2015.  Have cutting practices changed?  Not a lot in the past 7 years in our local area.  What has changed is the PREDATION on wintering deer.  We continue to reduce coyote numbers where they are doing the most damage.  There is a reason our STATE HAD a coyote snaring program because predation plays a big factor in deer herds.  We can whine and moan that the State needs to do this and that but it may never happen soon enough due to political reasons.  We as sportsman need to keep taking it among ourselves to do everything we can.  WHY? We are the EFFECTIVE ones!  Keep UP THE GREAT WORK and Thanks.”

In reviewing Arron’s information here is a summary. Here are some of the totals for this year and for the past 7 years:  for the last seven years a total of 880 have been tagged. The largest male was tagged in at 49 pounds by Brock Worster and the largest female at 45 pounds by Hubert Oliver. For the 2016-2017 year Smith’s General Store tagged 62 of which 30 were males and 32 were females: Partridge Farms tagged a total of 8, 4 males and 4 females: Two Rivers tagged 13 of which 8 were males and 5 females: Pine Tree Store tagged 31 of which 19 were males and 12 females: Whitney’s tagged a total of 17 of which 10 were males and 7 females. Overall total for this year is 313. The payout for each coyote is $25.99. The payout for the largest males of $200 to Tim Jipson, the largest female $200 to Earl Smith and the $200 random drawing of $200 to Jamie Kaelin”. Thanks Arron for your leadership in this effort!!

 Youth Safety is always on adult’s minds as they watch their children and grandchildren use ATVs, power boats and other fun outdoor items.  With this in mind I went to the web site ATV Education Courses, www.state.me.us/ifw/education/safety/atv.htm  to locate communities or businesses that were offering ATV safety instruction. This website provided a wide variety of locations. Of special interest there were no courses offered in Cumberland County. The good news is that an ATV Club in the Kittery area did offer the safety program so Grandson Nolan attended with his Dad and received the certificate. A special benefit unfolded when during the lunch break a discussion with the instructor revealed that their ATV club is going to Grand Lake Stream this summer. The instructors’ description of the great trails to ride and the good food and scenery offered at various destinations has brought them back to Grand Lake Stream several times. Safety for everyone is important!  Have a great safety conscious season!

NOTICE FROM DLLT:  The deadline to enter the annual “DLLT Photo Contest” is this Saturday, April 15th.  Entries may be mailed to photo@downeastlsakes.org. Visit www.downeastlakes.org for more information.  Good luck! 

 Another date to remember is April 21st which is the school break and we will be hosting the “Signs of Spring” hike for kids in grades 3-8 along the newly created Tower Hill Trail in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest.  Education and Outreach Manager Colin Brown will take the group searching for early spring wildflowers, insects, animal tracks, and visit a historic fire tower!  Parents and guardians must pre-register their child(ren) in advance.  Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and bring water and a lunch.  Meet at the West Grand Lake Dam parking lot at 9am.  For more information or to register, please contact DDLT at (207) 796-2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org.

THE FISH THAT GOT AWAY BUT DIDN’T the latest tale from our Hermit: “It was a large rectangular plank box that had washed up on the rocks that lined the camp shore. For the next three seasons this beat up barge became my fishing boat.  No longer shore-bound, I was restricted to fishing on calm days.  My only means of propulsion was an oar and long pole for use in shallow water.  If it was windy I’d end up a mile down lake.  Although the shore was lined with camps there was little activity until after Memorial Day.  We were the exception and went to camp every week-end as soon as the road was navigable.  

One week-end in early May I was bait casting some distance from shore using my Grandfather’s split bamboo casting rod, Shakespeare level wind-reel with black nylon line and a Daredevil spool. Day-dreaming, flipping and cranking toward shore, suddenly the rod was nearly yanked from my hands.  Gramps said, “Keep the rod tip up-line tight and don’t horse the fish but play it”.  Finally I got sight of the fish, a huge pickerel.  Why would a pickerel be in the area? No vegetated cover whatever!  I brought the exhausted fish to the barge, but just as I hoisted the pickerel over the side, it flopped off the spoon and slid back into the lake and slowly swam away.  I grabbed the oar, raised it up and brought it down on the fish.  I missed but the blade twisted side-ways striking the pickerel which sank to the bottom 8 feet down.  I jumped over the side and after several dives I got hold of the fish.  I brought it up and dropped it over the side. The fish measured 30” (at that time Field and Stream Magazine listed the world record at 32”). No picture was taken because in those days fish were eaten not mounted.  That summer I caught a 3 pound small-mouthed black bass which my uncle traced on paper. Then we made a pine board cut-out which is proudly displayed on my camp wall seventy-two years later. Take a picture, make a cut-out and have it mounted but don’t wait for a trophy specimen to make some visual record of your catch. 

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Your Humble Correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-712-8294 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com.