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Kathy Mekelburg


Robbinston weather summary for April: April was the third warm month out of the last four. The monthly mean temperature of 43.4 degrees was 2.1 degrees above normal. This was the 2nd warmest April in 24 Aprils  of record beaten only by 46.1 degrees in 2010. Maximum temperature of 72 degrees occurred on the 16th and 29th, while the minimum of 25 degrees occurred on the 4th. There were 12 days with minimums 32 degrees or less. There were 644 heating degree days or 62 less than normal. Total since July stands at 6704 or 483 less than normal.

Total precipitation of 4.52 inches above normal. Total since January stands at 20.15 inches or 2.14 inches above normal. A severe nighttime thunderstorm dropped .67 inches in a single hour on the 7th. This is a new hourly April rainfall record beating .51 inches set April 23, 2012. Daily maximum was 1.02 inches on the 26th. There were 14 days with measurable precipitation. Total snowfall of 5.0 inches was 0.4 inches below normal. Total snowfall for the season stands at 121.3 inches or 24.4 inches above normal. This is the 5th snowiest winter in station  records. Maximum daily snowfall of 2.3 inches occurred on the 20th. This is the latest such snowfall amount since April, 2002 (15 years). Maximum snow depth was 11 inches on the 1st. Longest period with continuous snow cover of an inch or more came to 126 days (Dec. 4th - April 8th). This is just shy of the record 130 days set in the winter of 2007-2008.

Highest barometer was 30.68 inches on the 19th, while the lowest was 29.29 inches on the 7th. Mean relative humidity was 80.7 per cent. This is a new April record high beating 79.0 per cent in 2014. Lowest humidity of 20 per cent occurred on the 15th. Prevailing wind direction was South with an average speed of 3.2 miles per hour. Peak wind gust was 34/NNW. on the 29th. There were 3 clear days, 7 partly cloudy days, and 20 cloudy days. Daytime sky cover averaged 77 per cent. This is a new April high beating 75 percent set in April, 1996 and 2000. There were 3 days with dense fog. Thunderstorms occurred on the 7th (severe), 12th and 16th. Low April sunshine hour total of 141.1 hours beat 155.3 hours set in April 2007.


Laurie Pike


 I posted a notice on the door of the Cooper Town Office but I wanted to notify everyone in my town news article as well.  Due to a work conflict, I will be out of town for May 4th until quite late so the Cooper Town Office will be CLOSED on May 4th, but I will be available by appointment and I will also be present on Saturday, May 6th from 9:00-10:00 am or later if necessary.  If you need to schedule an appointment, please call me at 214-7335 and I will try to accommodate if possible.  The Cooper Town Office will be open again on Thursday, May 18th for normal business hours from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Normal office hours are the first and third Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:30 pm and by appointment as needed.  The ice is out and I have boat stickers for those who are itching to get out on the water.  Plan to come in and get your boat registered.  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 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.  Also when guessing your interest amounts incorrectly results in an overpayment, I end up with small credit amounts that I need to keep track of for the following tax year so I appreciate effort to make sure the exact amount is paid.  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 may 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

Anyone in Cooper interested in a burn permit may obtain one from Justin Day or Norman Howe.  You can also get a burn permit on line.  The Maine Burn Permit System 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:



Sandra Smith


On Saturday, April 29 was the North Woods 4-H Club Pancake Breakfast and Raffle which started at 8:00 a.m. at the Lewey’s Island Masonic Lodge. This was one of the first major fund raisers for the 4-H Club and was very successful. There were many who attended and said the pancakes were great! They raised over $500. Unfortunately, I came down with the cough/cold that has plagued everyone since last fall and was sorry to miss it.

On Thursday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. at the Princeton Town Office conference room, the proposed Princeton Historical Society is having their second organizational meeting. Anyone who has an interest in having a group and a place to preserve Princeton’s history and ideas is welcome to come to this meeting. If you have any questions, please do call me at 796-2261.

On Sunday, May 7 at noon at the Princeton Town Office conference room will be a meeting for this season of the Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market. The market group is trying to keep going but has been hit over the years with prime vendors moving as well as changes in the day-to-day lives. The market has become a positive activity in Princeton but it does need help. 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.

The Princeton Library will hold its story hour from 4:00 - 5:00 on Wednesday, May 15. Heidi, the librarian, is planning for books about gardens, a planting project and some of her very special snacks. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Upcoming Activities

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 8 - Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee - 6:00 p.m. Princeton Town Office Conference Room

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

May 15 - Princeton Library Story Hour - 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

Just drop me a note or give me a call after 10:00 a.m. at 796-2261. need any news no later than early Monday morning.






Sandra Smith 


May 1 - Princeton School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in school conference room (first Monday

of each month)

May 4 - Dental Van at 8:30 a.m. for Pre-K - Grades 4

May 5 - Play Wizard of Oz at 6:00 p.m. at the school

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

May 10 - Early Release Day and PTO Meeting at 4:00 p.m.

May 12 - Progress Reports Go Home

May 19 - Bikes for Books Award Assembly

May 24 - Spring Concert and Arts Show

May 26 - 8th Grade Class Trip

June 5 - Princeton School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in school conference room

Calais American Legion


Michael McLean



I attended the Calais City Council meeting on Thursday, for approval of the Memorial Day Weekend Activities! I briefed the council on our last three years of Calais American Legion Projects. Project Downtown Flags, the Triangle Park Flag Pole Project, Project Placemat, and presently Project Patriotism Flags! We have had so much support for all of these projects. 

I am sending out support requests for our Memorial Day Parade. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Our Parade Marshall will be Darrin McLellan and our guest speaker will be State Representative Joyce Maker! They both have been strong supporter’s of our veterans and the Calais American Legion. I’ll be posting updates within the next two weeks! 

Hopefully next week after all this rain, I’ll be continuing phase 3 of Project Patriotism Flags! 

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



Linda Baniszeski 


It was very sad coming home after 3 weeks away to learn of the passing of three great ladies.  I returned too late from South Carolina to pay tribute to Ruth Doten and Flo Russell at their memorials, which greatly distresses me.  I was able to attend the beautiful tribute to Issie Gibson at 2nd Baptist on Friday.  Each of these precious ladies will be terribly missed by family and friends.

In happier news, birthdays are being celebrated by Judy Ward Crosby and Terry Lord on May 5.  Here’s wishing them a great day and year ahead.

Mark your calendars for a free concert at 2nd Baptist Church, Saturday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. featuring Matt Linton.  All are invited to the concert and light meal afterward.

It is nice to see lake water splashing along the shore again.  It is also a relief to see the lake level quite high and normal for this time of the year based on previous years water levels.  When we left before Easter, the lake was still frozen in our cove.  Since then, ice is out all over the lake; but I don’t have the exact date.  Can someone tell me?  Terry Reynolds has his dock in the water, and launched his fishing boat on Sunday.  The sounds of boat motors on the lake is music to my ears.  Perhaps after this week of rain, we’ll finally get some truly Spring weather.  

Other signs of Spring are the Yellow Finches back at our feeder and daffodils coming up in the flower bed. Lots of Robins are in the yard.  No buds or flowers yet, but the stems are healthy and green.  The forsythia bushes have yellow buds and some flowers. I suspect once we get true warmth and sunshine, we will be able to see everything grow before our very eyes.  It was so delightfully sunny and warm this past Saturday that my delicate laundry could be air dried out on the line.  

As welcoming as these signs of Spring are to me, the Maine weather was a shock to my body after 8 days spent in South Carolina with my sister and brother-in-law where we had sunny days and temperatures in the 80’s to nearly 90 degrees.  Scuffy punished me for going away without her when she and Barry picked me up at the Bangor Airport.  This is the first time we’ve been separated in the 5-1/2 years we have her -- she has always traveled with me.  She would not come to me in the car, and hung her head down and would not look at me.  Her expression was as if she was saying, “how could you have done that to me?” and “you broke my heart.”  She was very frosty to me the next full day.  The second night at home she licked my hand during the night, so I knew she was warming up to true forgiveness.  By now, we are thankfully back to normal.  Perhaps because I promised her, if it’s at all possible, I will never go away without her again.  

The 100th Anniversary Calais Hospital Gala was successful and great fun last Friday evening.  There was a nice turnout; but it would have been even better if more people who rely on the hospital would have supported the event.  There are more special 100 Anniversary Hospital events for the community coming up throughout the year, which will be publicized in the Advertiser and around town at sponsoring businesses.  We’d be lost without our hospital.  Please participate as you are able.

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



Cassie Oakes


Over the recent April school vacation Donny and Gert Newman, of Alexander took their grandchildren Brody, Brylea and Grady to North Conway, New Hampshire to the Red Jacket Inn Indoor Water Park, then back to Portland to swim and celebrate Grady’s 9th Birthday with Cousins Molly and Cameron the excursion then a sleepover at Grady’s.  While they were there, they also were able to visit with granddaughter, Darcy Newman, and her family of Bryce and adorable great grandson Nash. 

Rumor has it that many of our AES students took advantage of traveling during Spring Break, some to Washington DC, Ohio and Florida.  Sure would love to have some of the information to share.  Feel free to drop me a line, all my contact information is at the end of this column.

A big Welcome Home goes out to some of our snow birds who have begun to arrive home from their winter homes.  Ed and Janet Perkins have been home for a couple of weeks now and Lawrence Lord has arrived back in Alexander.  Who else has traveled a far for the winter and is now back?  

Maya Mann the daughter of Tracy and Troy Wallace and granddaughter of Coburn and Norma Wallace all of Crawford, Maine celebrated her 16th birthday with a party at the Alexander School on Saturday, April 29th with family and friends in attendance.  Rumor has it the school was decorated beautifully, the food was delicious a pretty and scrumptious cake and there was a very fun candy table.  Maya looked beautiful for the event and a wonderful time was had by all.  Happy Sweet 16 Maya!

Sending my deepest Condolences to all the family and friends of Richard Marx, who passed away recently.  Mr. Marx was instrumental in the education of many Alexander Students as he was the superintendant of school for many years in the Calais School District which at the time included Alexander.  Mr. Marx was the driving force behind the “New” Alexander Elementary School and the addition that followed.   

The Alexander Grange has been busy making plans for this spring and summer.  On May 17th the Grange will have a School of Instruction with District Deputy Nate Pennell and are inviting other Granges and their members to join them.  There will be a Pot Luck Supper at 6:00 p.m. (if you plan to attend please bring something to share) The Alexander Grange will be providing dessert and beverages.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. upstairs in the Grange Hall so that floor work can be done more easily.  

Unfortunately the Grange is canceling the Babysitting Classes at this time due to funding issues.  Hopefully they will be able to offer it at a later date.

Are you making summer plans? Well here is an item of interest. 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 on Tuesdays directly after Library.  Contact Len Hanson at 454-8733 for more information or to register for the Safety Courses.

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

Let’s always remember those 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 Evan Brown, Terry Lord, Lisa Clark Hinman, Shawna McDonough, Barbara Haley, Courtney Ayers, Larry Hill, Mary Beth Newman, Beth Howland, Ron McAlpine, Vicki McVicar, Ryan Howell, Janet Perkins, Cheryl Poole and Chip Howell.

I would like to send a special Happy Birthday wish to my best friend Krystal Smith.  Hope you have a great day! 

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

This has been a rough week for me, started not feeling well on Saturday the 22nd and by Sunday it was a full blown cough and headache.  I stayed home from Program all week and didn’t get to participate in anything fun.  Things aren’t really improving so hoping to go to the Dr. this week and see what is up.

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




Sally Doten



Another week, another column, another 30 cents in my pocket. It pays to be a writer.

Again it’s been another damp and rainy week. Won’t it be wonderful to see two complete days of sun? I wonder when that will happen? My front yard is still “soupy!”

Gene & Kaloua  Cookson have returned home from another doctor’s appointment to check on Kaloua’s breathing problems. Sending out positive thoughts that a solution will be found for her health issues.

Thank you for our town “dump picker.” Gilda McPhee and her dog Lucky walk through town on a regular basis. Gilda always has a bag with her to pick up wrappers, papers, etc. along the streets to make the town look just that little bit better. Thank you, Gilda, for helping. I and many more appreciate your efforts.

My family was here this week for the services of Issie Gibson. I had daughter Carol from Augusta, son Jeff with Stacey and Alex from Kennebunk, Beth Doten from right here, Kevin Small from Edmunds, granddaughters Shannon Vachon (Falmouth), Ashley Marden (Yarmouth) and a new one was added, Heidi Graceffa from Gray (or Grand Lake  Stream.) It was a sad week but having my family here after all that has happened was fun.

With Memorial Day at the end of this month, I am trying to do something different. I am going to place two American flags on the light poles at the front my house in respect and memory of my father Herbert Moreshead who served in WWII and my son Jeff who was in the Air Force for 6 years. I am trying to contact Commander Mike McLean of the American Legion to find exactly what is the required height and. too, also ask for his help. If anyone is interested in doing this, please let me know; I will be making a list of names. I am also going to check on the cost of each flag. Hopefully it can all be done through the Legion. Let me know what you think. Thank you.

Sending sympathy to the families and friends of: Issie Gibson, Ruthie Doten, Florence Russell,  and Edmund Cassidy.

In closing, I will tell you it’s Monday afternoon and it is raining hard outside my window. My front yard has turned into a small stream and I’m hoping trout might spawn at any moment. The weather doesn’t look much better for the rest of the week. I heard on the weather report this morning that we should expect 3 inches of rain toward the middle of the week from the tragic storms they are now having in the mid-west. Each day we complain about the weather because it’s the “normal” thing to do. I am thankful for these raindrops we receive because that’s all they are. We are lucky we don’t have to run for cover and tie everything down when the dark clouds appear. Sometimes Maine is the place to be!

See ya next week. Be well; be happy.



Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


Thanks to Gary Santerre for his leadership in support of the Grand Lake Stream Fire department! The following is an update on some of the winter activities. During the winter there were 3 fire department personal that went through FF1 & FF2 training in Calais. (Fire fighter 1 & 2) John Arcaro, Josh Kuersten and Charity Peavey spent 3 months every week and every other weekend all winter volunteering their time to receive this training. Grand Lake Stream is very proud of their commitment and accomplishments!

Training for the Fire Department has been held monthly with Princeton and Baileyville. All fire departments have been busy keeping up with state and federal standards along with making all three departments as one when called to duty in any of three towns. This is how we are trying to keep cost down for area fire departments.

GLS fire department is still working on different ways for keeping the fund raising going for a “MINI” pumper / brush- truck. The Down East Land Trust is working closely with us on this event. If anyone has some thoughts please give us a call. Our goal is to purchase a vehicle that will meet the needs of the community.  It has a high price tag but let’s makes sure this a onetime event and will last for years to come.

The GLS fire department is working on a new dry hydrant at the end of Shaw Street. Thanks to David Toby, Lee Whitely and the folks from Munson Island for their assistance. The opportunity is available for other dry hydrants to be installed and thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.

The fire department would like to thank the townspeople for their support knowing how much time the volunteer members put in for their community. 

An important part of the Downeast area is the influence of the Maine Warden Service. The Department just announced that ten new wardens graduated from their Academy.  The wardens will be assigned to the following areas: Masardis District, Rangeley District, Rockwood District, Chamberlain Lake District, Estcourt Station District, Blue Hill District, Fort Kent District, Mars Hill District, Jackman District and lastly the Clayton Lake District. Well wishes to all the graduates!

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.

Thoughts from the Hermit:  FISHING BY DIVE BOMBER!

The osprey or fish hawk is the world’s only bird that feeds exclusively on fish.  All raptors or birds of prey, with the exception of the eagle, steer clear of the osprey who rules its domain.  They often lead fishermen to schools of fish.  Built for the job their eyes are 6 times more powerful than our own, have powerful 4 to 6 foot wings, pulp hook talons, nostrils that close and tough oily feathers which cushion the 50 mile an hour diving shock.  This feathered dive bomber launches from 100-150 feet above the surface. Hitting the water like a rock it is successful about 1/3 of its attempts.  They can hoist a 2 pound fish with ease.  Stories that they will drown rather than release a catch are just that.  

Males are a 4 pound fishing machine. They need 6 pounds of fish per day.  They must supply their mate and 2-4 young.  They can be seen hovering helicopter-like searching for prey.  Easy to spot nests are rickety bed-sized 3 foot deep brush piles perched atop a dead tree or power pole that is used year after year.  

New England has the largest osprey population.  They return in April from wintering grounds from Florida to South America. Until the 1970s pesticides especially DDT caused egg fragility which threatened most wild bird populations including fish/hawks.  Thanks to Rachel Carson’s book SILENT SPRING the Federal Environmental Agency and State EPA were established. All birds of prey are now protected by laws.  Maine has a healthy raptor population.  Petit Manan Point-Steuben has a unique bird sanctuary.  The hiking trail is tough but beautiful and remote.

Can you answer this? Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?

Your Humble Correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-712-8294 or