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Laurie Pike


The next Cooper Town Office hours will be held on Thursday, May 4th and Thursday, May 18th from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Office hours are the first and third Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:30 pm and by appointment as needed.  The next select board meetings will be held at the Cooper Town Office on Saturday, May 6th and Saturday, May 20th from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  The next monthly planning board meeting will be held on Saturday, May 6th 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 to send so please contact me rather than trying to figure interest yourself to alleviate the need to send a second check with proper balance.  Any unpaid taxes not received by the end of May will be listed in the town report being prepared for the annual town meeting.  

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 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 some refreshments for the meeting and following the meeting, John Viselli will provide some music while we socialize with our friends and neighbors.  If you own property in Cooper, you are welcome to attend to listen but only residents will be able to participate and vote in town business.

The Washington County Council of Governments is holding a Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the County Parking Lot on Cooper Street in Machias.  This recycling day is free to all and will be held rain or shine.  TV’s, computers including parts, printers, scanners, fax machines, cell phones, cameras, cable boxes, and many other items accepted.  Washers and dryers and refrigerators will not be accepted. Kathleen Hull of the Cathance Friends Group has offered to help with drop off for people living in Cooper.  If you have items and need help getting them to Machias, please give Kathleen a call or email her at

Now that the snow has finally gone and spring cleaning is in progress, people may be interested in getting burn permits.  In the town of Cooper, burn permits are issued by Justin Day or Norm.  The Maine Burn Permit System also allows people to purchase a burn permit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Permits are $7 each and are only valid for 48 hours from the time of purchase and cannot be purchased in advance.  Burning times are after 5:00 pm and before 9:00 am in most towns.  The exception to the default “after 5:00 pm” restriction is when there is steady rain.  Please read your permit carefully and only burn during the times listed.  This system is for brush piles, wood debris, and agricultural burns only.  The Maine Forest Service website lists a daily wildfire danger report by geographic area.  You can sign up for a daily email or text message to notify you of the daily wildfire danger levels.  This is the website where you can request a burn permit:


Indian Township

Donna Meader-York


April vacation has come and gone. It’s downhill to summer vacation from here. We have so much to do, and so little time; time that will fly by in the blink of an eagle’s eye.

Before April break, Indian Township School held its annual Jump Rope for Heart event, as is now tradition here. A whole afternoon is devoted to jumping rope. Prior to the event, students collected sponsors to donate to the cause, which is the American Heart Association. The student who collected the most money was Simiah Lozada from grade 4, with $250.00. Congratulations Simiah! The students who jumped rope the longest without stopping for anything other than a drink of water were: 

3rd place – A tie! 

Tyeisha Francis and Genesis Sabattis

2nd place: Nico Storey

1st place – A tie! 

Sylvia Brown and Roger (Rez) Sockabasin

Congratulations to all winners, and also to all those who collected money and jumped rope. Our kids are so good at giving back.

We finished up a successful Book Fair before the break as well. During our Parent Teacher Conferences, we held a Book Fair Grand Opening. The Door Prize winners were: Stephanie Bones, who won the family picture frame, and Lena Mitchell who won a bundle of books. Thank you for supporting our Book Fair, and congratulations Stephanie and Lena!

That’s all the news for this week. Until next time, take care, and keep learning!



Sandra Smith


The Princeton Library had its story hour from 4:00 - 5:00 on Wednesday. Heidi, the librarian, read two special spring stories about ducks and provided materials for a duck craft project. Also she made cookies that looked like a duck’s nest. Next months story hour will be on Wednesday, May 15th about gardens. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee had their meeting on Monday, April 17. First there was a review of the Easter Egg Hunt. Everyone agreed that it was a good turnout and a fun event and will plan to do it again next year. A general discussion of the Fresh Water Festival plans followed concentrating on the games to be offered. The committee then reviewed choices and ordered prizes for the games. The next meeting will be Monday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Princeton 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 had an organizational meeting. John Dudley, from the Alexander Historical Society, was our speaker and was very helpful with information on how to organize, and obtain possible grants. Steven Cilley gave an estimate of the cost of a shell building for between $11,000 - $12,000. Sandra explained that she had been in contact with Washington County Council of Government’s Judy East regarding a grant that could be available for $10,000 to help finish the interior of the building. The group was positive after this meeting and another meeting is scheduled for May 4. Anyone who has an interest in having a group and a place to preserve Princeton’s history is welcome to come to this meeting. If you have any questions, please do call me at 796-2261.

On Sunday, April 23 at noon was the second meeting for this season of the Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market. Wayne reported that the Princeton Market will still be taking WIC and EBT funds and the group is trying to stay positive. However, there are only two full-time vendors signed up. Meredith offered to send notices home with students about needing vendors for the market along with the kickball schedule for the children in order to try to get some help. Our next meeting is Sunday, May 7 at noon at the Princeton Town Office Conference Room. If you have any interest in being a vendor or investing time in the market, please come to this meeting for more information. Otherwise at this point the market may not happen. It would be a shame to lose this town activity due to lack of participation.

A reminder that on Saturday, April 29 is the North Woods 4-H Club Pancake Breakfast and Raffle. It all starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Lewey’s Island Masonic Lodge. They have had some good donations for the raffle and it is always fun to join in a pancake breakfast. Contact Tammy Carle for more information and to make donations at 207-796-0796.

April 29 - North Woods 4-H Club Pancake Breakfast and Raffle - 8:00 a.m. at the Lewey’s Island Masonic Lodge. Contact Tammy Carle for more information and to make donations at 207-796-0796

May 4 - Princeton Historical Group Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Princeton Town Office Conference Room

May 7 - Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market Meeting - noon at the Princeton Town Office Conference Room

May 10 - Princeton Library Committee Meeting 5:00 p.m. Princeton Library

May 15 - Princeton Library Story House - 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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 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.

Calais American Legion

Michael McLean



I have been steadily working on Project Patriotism Flags! I’ll be starting in the Milltown area next week. 

Project Veterans Placemats is completed and I am distributing to our local eateries. I have been going around and taking pictures with management thanking them for their support as well.

Memorial Day Weekend Activities are my major priorities. Any suggestions or volunteers will be greatly appreciated! 

I want to thank our community for all of the support and donations for the Calais American Legion. 


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

We Served--We Deserve! 



Cassie Oakes


I have some wonderful news to start the column with this week.  On Friday, April 14th the adoption was final for Joe and Tanya (Wallace) Fossett’s new daughter Susan Marie Fossett.  Aubrey and Peyton now have a new sister and Linda and Freddie Wallace of Crawford Maine have a new granddaughter.  It’s a very special time in the family’s lives.  Susie has been welcomed into their family by everybody.  A Celebration for Susie was held after the adoption at the family home in Waterville.  Many friends and family attended.  Congratulations to the entire family.  I have very special feelings about adoption as I too am adopted.  I am so happy that Susie found her forever family.

Meanwhile Tanya, Joe and the girls made a trip to Crawford Maine to visit with their Down East family.  While in Crawford the family was able to celebrate Joe’s 45th birthday with a dinner.

Fred and Linda Wallace’s home has been a buzz of activity.  Also visiting Linda and Freddie Wallace recently was youngest daughter Tracey and Jameyson Braiser from Eddington.

And the family has been full of celebrations the past few weeks. A happy belated 44th Birthday to Linda and Freddie’s son-in-law Eric Brasier on the 17th and Happy 15th Anniversary to Tracey and Eric on the 20th.  They were able to celebrate at Olive Garden.  Fred and Linda also celebrated 51 years of marriage on April 23rd.

And don’t forget Easter Weekend, Fred and Linda had a house full when daughter Tanya and her family returned to celebrate. 

A quick update on the Alexander 4-a-Cure Relay for Life Annual Yard Sale and Pancake Breakfast. They made $700.00 for the cause and wish to thank everyone who donated, came for breakfast and shopped.

Alexander/Crawford High School Seniors if you are applying for the Alexander Crawford Scholarship remember it has to be turned in by May 1st.  You can drop them off at Randy’s Variety with Rhonda Oakes or Susan Wallace. 

The Alexander Grange met on Wednesday, April 19th for a very special evening.  The evening began with a Pot Luck Supper for Grange members and invited friends.  There was an array of delicious food: baked beans, goulash, macaroni and cheese, ham, hot dogs, corn and potato scallop, along with two types of coleslaw and potato salad, rolls and homemade pickles.  Then it was upstairs for a regular Grange Meeting which was open to the public.  It was wonderful to see Grangers who hadn’t been to Grange for a while and so many friends there also.  The Lecturer’s Program was an overview of National, State and then Alexander Grange History giving by Guest Speaker and Local Historian John Dudley.  John did a wonderful job, both entertaining and informative.  When the Grange Meeting was over everyone headed down stairs for dessert, coffee and more conversation.  It was an enjoyable evening and wonderful to see so many faces in the old hall.  The Alexander Grange is planning several more events so stay tuned to see what they are up to.  The Grange has started a new fund raiser, a raffle for a free standing basketball hoop and basketball tickets are available from any Grange member and at Randy’s Variety.  You can always check what they are up to on their facebook page too, “Alexander Grange #304.

A date has been set for the Babysitting Course offered being this summer; it will take place at the Grange Hall on June 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. stay tuned for more information.  This course is being sponsored by the Alexander Grange. 

Are you thinking about what you kids may want to do this summer? There will be Summer Library on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until noon on Tuesdays beginning on June 27th (with the exception of July 4th) In July there will also be a free ATV Safety and a Free Hunter’s Safety Course in July. Both programs are being sponsored by the AES Summer Library, FoG and Grange members.  They will happen directly after Library.  Contact Len Hanson at 454-8733 for more information or to register for the Safety Courses.

It is getting closer. What you ask?  The People’s United Methodist Church’s Spring Fling is this Saturday, April 29th an inside Yard Sale with a lunch and a Bake Sale. The sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.  There will be something for everyone. If you would like to donate items please contact Jo Ellen Gallant.  They are also in the beginning stages of planning another supper to be held on May 4th, stay tuned for more details.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Cathy Blake, Jolene Thornton, Ron McAlpine, Linda Bohanon, Eldon Libby, Judy Lincoln Murray, Elwin Daley, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, David Carson, Avis McIntyre, Carl Perkins, Joan Dodge, Mike and Marilyn Trafton, Linda and Ron McArthur.  

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 Brian Donovan, Kathy Hunnewell, Mark Knowles, Maya Mann, Suzette Moholland, Kathy Goodine, Evan Brown, Terry Lord and Lisa Clark Hinman.

I would like to send a very special Happy Birthday wish to my Cousin Beth Crosby in Wisconsin.  I love you and hope you have a great day and I can’t wait to see you next month when you come home for a visit.

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

I had a great week at the Center. I played card games, did Pictionary, had movie night at FBC where we watched Moana, had ham sandwiches for dinner, chips, soda and juice.  We also had popcorn and candy for a snack. You can’t beat that.  We also had our Friday meal, this week beans and hot dogs. Lots of folks at the Center have been feeling under the weather and I was hoping not to get it this time, but Saturday I was feeling not right and we were hoping it was my allergies but on Sunday I woke up feeling yucky.  Hoping I don’t have this too long because I hear spring weather is on its way.

If you have news you can e-mail me at, message me on Facebook, or 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.


Sally Doten



I saw the sun on Sunday afternoon and it was actually warm on the skin. What a treat after all the overcast days that shared snow, rain, and hail with each of us. Let’s hope the sun has finally found its way here and will stay for awhile.

This has been a difficult two weeks for me and many of my friends both in the church and outside. Florence Russell passed away at the Robbinston Bridge Home at the age of 98. This lady was the best dressed, fanciest, feistiest, and most lovable anyone could be. How many times she drove to St. John, went shopping at her favorite store, and had the clerks pick out her clothes and matched her shoes and jewelry are too many for me to count. I think she drove there after her 90th birthday. Usually she would have 3 friends in tow to keep her company. It was a merry and fun trip. They always stopped to eat and usually came home with pie for the next day. Flo will be missed by her family, especially her church family. A true lady every step of her way and the pilot of her own cabin cruiser. An amazing lady who knew and loved God each day of her life. Rest in peace, Flo.

And then this evening, Sunday at 8:22 p.m. my dear friend Issie Gibson passed through the gates of Heaven to meet her Savior. Issie had 8 kids who worshiped the ground she walked on. I can remember when we were a lot younger how excited she would be each time she was pregnant. Every baby was so loved. Each one of those babies and their spouses returned that love over and over again. As I sat in the hospital these last few days I watched that love in action. They never left her side. They cried, they laughed, and they told stories of Issie and of her love for them. Yes, it was hard for them. It was hard for friends; yet it was a time of rejoicing. This lady, Mrs. Isabella Susan (Libby) Gibson was the light of many lives. Twenty years ago she started a music ministry at Second Baptist Church and invited some “big time” gospel singers to come and sing (without pay) and they came! We met “The DownEast Boys”, “Kevin Spencer and Friends”, “Lumber River,” and local favorites, “The Ascensions.” Each one of the gospel singers became Issie’s personal friend. Kevin Spencer who called her his “Maine Mom.” Issie enjoyed gospel music every day of her life; her radio was never shut off. So many memories, so much love!! R.I.P. Issie. You are loved and will be missed by so many.

Congratulations to Olivia Smith daughter of Greg and Justis. “Liv” was name Athlete of the Week at Husson University where she is a member of the softball team. The team has a winning record and some of those winning runs or hits were made by Olivia. Good plays, “Liv.” You had a great coach.

Welcome back from vacations to Mark and Brenda, Jacob Hornbrook and The Erskines: Fred, Tina, Katie, and Emily. I hope you all know that while You enjoyed sunshine, Mickey Mouse, and sandy beaches that your friends back in Maine were enjoying? Miserable weather and wishing we were with you. Just thought you would like to know.

Have a good week, everyone. Remember to hug the ones you love.

See ya later.

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


Nothing is better than time in Grand Lake Stream. Still a little snow around the edges especially in the spots where there is limited sun.  Fourth Lake and Little River roads require great caution or just stay off them for another couple weeks. I did drive to the end of the Bonny Brook Road which seemed in good condition for this time of year.   Speaking of the Bonney Brook Road remember dues are due shortly.

Just a reminder for folks on springtime road conditions for this week’s article: Downeast Lakes Land Trust is reminding everyone of springtime road conditions.  Currently, many of the main and side roads in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest are very soft and sensitive to vehicle traffic.  Please practice extra caution when traveling in the spring, and be mindful not to damage sensitive areas.  DLLT thanks everyone for their patience during “mud season,” and will begin improving the road conditions as soon as drier weather prevails.

Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day is Saturday, May 6! Greenhouses, nurseries and garden centers statewide will celebrate Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day on Saturday, May 6. Dozens of family-owned horticulture-related businesses will kick off the growing season with special events to highlight gardening in Maine.

It was great to see folks at the Pine Tree Store. They make a very tasty 5 star breakfast sandwich.  During our morning walk it was good to note all the cars at the Village Church on Sunday. An inspirational way to start the week!  The GLS Town Meeting was held last week and here are the four results that were of special interest to me as a part time resident.  1) The First Assessor is Elaine Brown, Second Assessor is Bonny Gagner and third assessor is Lindsay Wheaton (2) a committee was formed to take some action regarding the improvement of the tennis courts 3) a committee was formed to see about an open air pavilion in the ball park and 4) there will be signage along the Milford Road indicating “High Hit” areas for deer. The meeting progressed smoothly with the moderator skills of Lee Whitely.

 “As the weather warms, wild animals are on the move, especially bears who have been in hibernation all winter. They’re hungry and with few natural food sources available are looking for anything that looks or smells enticing. So I wanted to share some tips we got from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Bear Biologist Jen Vashon about how folks can protect their property and themselves.

Take Down Bird Feeders: Bird seed is a pretty yummy treat to a bear, so Vashon suggests taking down your bird feeders, especially at night. Rake up and dispose of any seed that falls on the ground and store any remaining seed indoors.

Take Care of Garbage: The smell of your garbage may disgust you, but it’s pretty tempting to a hungry bear. Vashon advises keeping your trash in tightly covered cans, and keeping those cans inside a garage or shed. And don’t put your trash on the curb the night before collection day.

Barbecue Grill: The smell of steaks, hamburgers, or anything that you cook on your grill will make a bear’s mouth water. So be sure to thoroughly clean your grill after use and, if possible, store it inside the garage or shed. Also remember to pick up any wrappers or containers and dispose of them inside.

 Pets and Livestock:  A dish of food for your animals will feel like a trip to a restaurant for a bear. Keep all pet and livestock food inside and cleanup any uneaten food. You’ll also want to keep small livestock behind a fence or in a secure building, especially at night.

Close Doors Tightly: You definitely don’t want to walk into your garage or shed and meet a bear. So Vashon says it’s important to keep those doors closed tightly, locking them, if possible. And keep dumpster lids closed and locked, as well. If you do see a bear in a confined space, she advises backing away slowly. And if it continues to show interest, make yourself look as big as possible and make a lot of noise to try and intimidate them. Never, ever corner a bear”!

Speaking of town meetings and the tax season, how about this one:  Robert B. Thomas was born in 1766 in Grafton, MA.  His parents moved to Shrewsbury when he was an infant.  In time he proceeded to reside officially in four incorporated towns, two parishes, and one precinct – yet never moved from the same farm.  The town officials/elders probably put that one on the back burner!

TIP FROM THE OLD-TIMERS:  Keep those rabbits out of your garden by sprinkling dried sulfur around the border. Anyone ever try this remedy?

Your humble correspondent: Dave McCullough, contact at 207-712-8294 or