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Town News



Kathy Mekelburg


Last Tuesday evening, members of the Robbinston Historical Society met at the Visitors Center. In an open session, Sarah Strickland spoke of getting the community input on what activities should be in the community center or the Grace Chapel. She noted that the Grace Chapel is 135 years old this year. It was suggested that the pastors of the Sewall Congregational Church could conduct such a service. Also suggested is that the Grace Chapel and Community Center be open Saturday mornings and Sarah asked for volunteers willing to answer questions about the history of the church and the Historical Society. In the fall, a Hunters’ Breakfast was suggested and a Halloween event. A family picnic night on Sundays where histories of the different families could be presented such as July 23rd and August 20th. In December, a Santa’s Café would brighten the holidays.

Speakers could be invited to give presentations such as Donald Soctomah who can present the activities of the folks at Pleasant Point. A St. Croix Island representative could speak on the history of the island. It was suggested that we ask Ken and Jane Brooks to perform for the town, since both came from Robbinston. The final idea, the Christmas caroling for people in town who have difficulty getting out.


If you have any other suggestions or ideas, call MaryAnn Duvall at 454-2628 from 9:00 to 1:00. There will also be a bake sale. No clothing please. If ou wish to donate items, call 454-3455. Thanks



Linda Baniszeski 


Greetings from the Atlantic Northeast Rainforest.  Not officially, but at this rate, we’ll be right up there with the Pacific Northwest.  Good weather is allegedly on the way.  Who can believe meteorologists.  By the time this issue of the Calais Advertiser is out, it is forecast to be 84 degrees and sunny.  Seeing will be believing.

The lake level was down 4” before the heavy rains of last weekend through Monday.  Oh no!  Hopefully, the reason is not that the dam gates are malfunctioning, as some have feared.  Research will be done and an update reported next week in this column.  Otherwise the signs of Spring are all around us.  Fiddlehead ferns are now unfurling from their tight curls of about 10 days ago.

A sure sign of summer weather in the not too distant future is that Terry Reynolds has put the yellow swim platform/raft back out in the cove in front of his property.  A crane was perched on it Monday morning.  Terry also has a nifty new, blue Polaris side-by-side ATV sitting in front of his garage.  Terry’s pontoon boat is also in the water at his dock ready for better weather.  He sure knows how to have fun.

A pair of purple finches arrived at our feeder for the first time this year.  We’ve had the thistle feeder out for a few weeks, to no avail.  Maybe this pair will spread the word.  

Speaking of wildlife, Calais Advertiser is requesting wildlife photos for the paper.  I know we have many superb photographers in our community and hope to see some of your work published real soon.

Mindy and Chris Brown were visiting from Milford, Maine this weekend with her mother Tammi Smith to attend Mindy’s grandfather, Ed Arbo’s 96th birthday party.  Chris and Mindy’s pug and puggle, Yodi and Mia, respectively, came along for the festivities.  Quite a nice sized group gathered to celebrate this milestone in Ed Arbo’s life.  

Bob and Linda Gordon are back from Florida for the summer, along with her brother.  The Gordons are having a new full-size trailer home placed on their property along Route 191.  After the two previous summers here, Bob and Linda realized their park size travel trailer was a bit too small for full seasonal living.  Danny Wallace is getting the site ready and putting in a concrete slab.  They greatly enjoy being Florida snow birds over the winter, and equally enjoy summers back in Maine with family and friends.

Marc Reynolds and Corey McCrea were at their respective camps doing some Spring clean-up last week.  The chipmunks have come out of hibernation.  One in particular has been driving Scuffy crazy as it appears to taunt her, and then quickly leads her on a wild chippie chase.  It’s too fast for Scuffy, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to catch it.  We have no idea what she’d do if she ever actually got ahold of it.

Scuffy also had a play date with her friend, Vinnie, a Bug (Boston Terrier and Pug mix) at Jessica Brown’s college graduation party in Orrington last Saturday.  Vinnie is a little old man at 12+ years old. He and Scuffy visited while laying down next to each other.  Scuffy seems to sense that Vinnie doesn’t have his old zip anymore.  Jessica is Jeff Brown’s wife.  She earned her B.S. from the University of Maine (Orono) in Social Work.  She already began on-line courses for her Masters Degree the Monday following graduation.  Jeff was at his home here for about a week getting things ready for the summer season.  

Barry and another resident are on Jury Duty this month in Machias.  They are doing their civic duty.  The only time I was called was when I had to go to Philadelphia for medical follow-up tests and appointments and thereby excused.  They haven’t called me since.  


News? or phone 454-3719.  All input is great encouraged and appreciated.


Sally Doten



Looking out my window on this Mother’s Day I see green grass that needs to be mowed and a pouring rain that prevents that. The weather report looks promising for next week but I will take that information and judge it daily. And, just a side note, my little pool out front never did go away completely and today it is growing again.

I hope all the mothers enjoyed a special day. My girls are treating me to a hair cut and manicure. There is nothing nicer than being pampered or having a spa day. Whether your family is far or near I hope you felt the love of each one.

Chris Drew and I took a tour of Baring on Saturday. We started at the cemetery and traveled out Rt. 191, down Haywood Lane, and made the loop around Center and Front Streets.  Chris is interested in some of the history of Baring and the former residents. I didn’t do a great job with all the details this week but we will do it again and get down to the nitty-gritty.

Now on to this flag thing I would like to see.... I would like to see a flag in front of every residence in town. What will it take to manage that? 1) You purchase a 3x5 flag with pole & holder; 2) Either bring it to me or call and tell me you have one or more to be put up; 3) Ray Faulkner will place the flags on the poles. So, I need you to call me with your name or bring the flag(s) to me. That’s it!! Let’s show America and our veterans that they still have our respect. Thank you for helping. I will be waiting to hear from YOU.

The memorial for Edmund Cassidy was held Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Calais. A beautiful service for this highly respected man. The honor guard was impeccable and the other Customs/ Immigration officers represented the service so well. It seems now I meet so many friends at funerals; a sad time but it was wonderful to see so many of “the kids” I had from school. I got the greatest hugs from Sherrie Mylen Doyon and Susan Smythe; I loved it. My love and heart goes out to Teresa and her family.

This is a special message to Ted Clark (son of Eleanor and brother to Kenny, Ricky, and Benny). Ted, what was the name of my aunt who visited with your grandparents, Harley & Lizzie? She lived in Calais at the time and I was with her on many of those visits. I got to know your uncles and Aunt Joyce through her. This is your quiz for the week. You will probably be able to get mom to answer for you. It was great to see you and meet your wife this weekend.

Well, I made my visit to the cemetery this weekend. Many little projects need to be done. There is a huge oak? maple? tree that needs to come down. I noticed a pile of branches in the old cemetery that needs to be hauled off. Off course there are still stones that need to be put back on the bases or dug out of the ground. Some of the older stones are huge and need someone with experience to right them. If anyone has any idea who can do this, please let me know.  And, of course, last but not least, I need the financing to do this.  Just in case no one has ever noticed, this cemetery is my passion. I want the history to be preserved. I will be so appreciative of any financial  help you can give.

I was so sorry to read the Dottie Johnson has given up writing her columns for this paper. Dottie will be missed. I wonder if we whine long enough if she will change her mind. I hope she enjoys her break from writing but will reconsider and come back with bigger and better stories about the farm and her life with Lulu.


Another week has passed. I hope your wishes were granted and that love was shared.


Alexander School

Cassie Oakes


On Friday, May 19th the 8th Grade will be going to Woodland High School for Step-Up Day.  The bus will be leaving AES at 8:30 and return by noon.  

Students who have a lunch balance that is over two weeks will not have the hot choice for lunch.

The winner of the Lularoe Drawing for the Alexander 4-A Cure Relay for Life Team was Ava Croman.  

Softball Update:There will be a home game on Wednesday May 17th AES vs. East Range and on May 19th AES vs. Indian Township.  Both games begin at 4:00 p.m. and are open to the public.  On May 24th there will be an away game at East Range beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Practices will take place on May 18th, and May 23rd from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

May 22nd band and chorus will be taking a trip to the Symphony Orchestra in Orono.  AES has a limited number of extra tickets for anyone wishing to go.  

Tuesday, May 30th grades k-8 will be going to the Cole Transportation Museum.  There will be no 4-year-olds this day.

May 31st (this is a Wednesday folks) will be a regular Band and Chorus Day.

June 1st will be the Spring Music Concert at 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome.

June 6th the 4th through 8th Grade will be travelling to Eastport for a field trip.

June 8th will be a school-wide Science Fair at from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

June 12th at 10:00 will be the End of Year Awards Assembly to recognize Academic and Athletic Student Achievements. Family and friends are invited to attend.

June 12th at 6:00 p.m. there will be the 8th Grade Celebration/Graduation.

June 13th AES will hold their Annual Field Day during school hours.


June 14th is the last day. Students will be dismissed at 11:15.

Princeton School

Sandra Smith 


The school reports that The Wizard of Oz play was a huge success. A DVD will be created and distributed by MCB as soon as she gets a chance. Paige Fitch was selected for the $100 scholarship from the Munchkin Drama Club.

Staff at the school were given a staff appreciation day. The student council bought subs, the Sunrise Church made a turkey dinner (turkeys donated by the Princeton Foodmart) and Miss Williams brought in Dunkin Donuts. Miss Zoey made cupcakes and Mr. Comeau made peanut butter fudge. Mrs. Netzer, Mrs. Andrews, Mrs. Sewell, Mrs. N. Bailey, and Debbie Wright were winners of the gift cards.

The 8th grade class is selling 50/50 tickets this week for help with their trip.

The PTO has purchased bikes for Bikes for Books Program, and the winners will be drawn on May 19.

Softball is in full swing but games have been cancelled. Upcoming games: Lubec@Princeton-Friday, May 19; Princeton@Charlotte-Tuesday, May 23. Games start at 3:30.

May 19 - Drawing for the 8th Grade Class Trip 50/50 raffle

May 19 - Bikes for Books Award Assembly

May 24 - Spring Concert and Arts Show

May 26-28 - 8th Grade Class Trip

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

June 6 - grades 6-8 college trip to Orono

June 13 - Grade 8 graduation at 6:00 p.m.


June 14 - Last day of school

Indian Township

Donna Meader-York


Rain, Rain, go away! Indian Township School After School Program wants to start its school garden.  After receiving a mini-grant from the National Farm to School Network, our After School Program has plans to build a traditional Three Sisters garden. The Three Sisters is a Native American Legend told in different variations depending on the tribe telling the tale. The Three Sisters are Corn, Beans, and Squash, and each plant helps the other grow stronger in some way. Our students are learning the science behind this legend by planting the garden in this way.  The garden will be planted in a circle, as everything in life is a circle, and traditionally, fish is used as a fertilizer, so the kids will get to go fishing before we plant.  It is also our hope that the children will see the value in growing their own food, and being self-sustaining.  Our bounty at the end of the season will hopefully be eaten in our own cafeteria!

The school garden can be integrated into so many subject curriculum, and it is our hope that the regular school day classrooms will use it for teaching, and share the work in the garden as well. Without the mini grant from the National Farm to School Network, we wouldn’t have this opportunity. Some of the grant will help with repairs to our greenhouse as well, and we couldn’t be more grateful to this organization.

On May 24, our pre-k class will take a ride out to the farm on West Street with our Passamaquoddy Language teachers. This field trip will teach the kids about planting, and also some farming and vegetable terms in our language. 

On May 26, at 5:00 pm, there will be a fundraiser held at the school for community members who lost their home and all their belongings in a fire. It’s a spaghetti dinner and Chinese Auction for Rob and Bubz and their family. This family must start their home over from nothing, so we hope you can come and show your support.


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


Cassie Oakes


The Alexander Breakneck Mountain ATV Club wants folks to know that even though it’s been a wet spring so far, the trails are now open.  They would like to remind riders to be respectful of landowner’s property and try not to create ruts, break any laws for speed and safety requirements, and definitely not litter. Leave only tracks, take only photographs, and carry out what you carry in. The Breakneck Mountain ATV Club has meetings the last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the clubhouse on the Cooper Road in Alexander.  The next meeting will be May 31st. All are welcome!

Linda and Fred Wallace of Crawford Lake in Crawford, Maine had visitors last week.  It was her sister Jeannie and husband John Fennell from England.  They’ve also spent time with niece Tracey and Eric Braiser and son Jameyson in Eddington.  While in Eddington they watched one of Jameyson’s baseball games.  While they are in Maine they are spending a few days in Berlington where John had been a pastor a few years ago.  They will return to England the 19th of May.  While they have been state side they have been having a great time trying to fit in seeing as many folks as they can.  While here, the family was able to have a special family dinner for them at the Wichachee.  As always their visits are to short and the family is already looking forward to their return.

Linda Wallace just returned from a “girls weekend” in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  Others on the trip were Linda’s two sisters, Joyce from Union, Maine and Jeannie Fennell from England and her two daughters Tanya Wallace Fossett from Waterville and Tracey Wallace Braiser from Eddington.  They attended the wedding of their cousin Cindy Regan’s daughter Bonnie to Matt Hirono.  Linda says it was a beautiful ceremony.  It had rained all day, but about an hour before the wedding, the sun came out.  While in Massachusetts, they also visited in Salem with their Mother’s second cousin Sandy Millen.  They took her out to eat at the Cheesecake Factory.  It was a wonderful place to eat. While away they were able to squeeze in a bit of shopping at a few malls.  On their return to Maine, they stopped and ate at the amazing Red Barn restaurant in Augusta.  Linda Wallace highly recommends that restaurant.  A good time was had by all!

On Mother’s Day, May 14th family and friends gathered together at the Methodist Church in Baileyville to celebrate Lynn Hill’s 90th Birthday.  Instead of gifts Lynn asked for folks to bring donations for the local food pantry.  A delicious lunch and birthday cake was shared by all. There was a time of sharing where folks were able to tell Lynn how much she meant to them.  Lynn was presented with many beautiful cards, a birthday sash, and a Past President Pin from the United Methodist Women.

Alexander’s very own BJ Wallace will be sitting on the roof top of Randy’s Variety on Friday, May 26th beginning at 10:00 a.m.  to benefit Alexander-4-a Cure Relay for Life.  So stop by Randy’s to cheer her on, or make a donation, or perhaps take a picture.  Rumor has it there will be hot dogs to buy to help support the cause.

The Alexander Grange is going to have a cleaning party on Saturday, May 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  On the agenda for the day is raking the lawn and readying it for mowing, hopefully cutting a few bushes, painting posts, and doing some inside cleaning.  If you have a few hours to spare you are welcome to come and join the fun and camaraderie.  If you have a spare paint brush, rake, chainsaw, gloves or mop and bucket, I am sure they will find something for you to do.

On Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14th there will be a Flag Ceremony where damaged flags will be retired at the Alexander Grange Hall.  The ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be led by John Dudley.  All are welcome and if you have a U.S. Flag in disrepair you may bring it with you.  If you would like more information please contact any Grange member.

Another activity at the Grange will take place on Saturday, June 17th starting at 6:00 p.m.  Kids from ages 1 to 101 are welcome to attend.  Bring your favorite board game or play those that are there.  Bring a snack to share as well.  This is sure to be a fun evening the whole family can enjoy!  For more information contact Lenny at 454-8733.  

There will be an AES 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, Jolene Thornton, Linda Bohanon, Eldon and Miriam Libby, 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 Esther Tozier, Allen Greenlaw Sr., Danielle Poole, Terry Holst, Russell Buker, David Siveret, Jim Davis, Rebecca Blake Kendall, Janice Marshall, Mary Kay Bramble, Josie Wallace, Caelum Janski, Belinda Burgess, Isabella Viselli, Barbara Landry, Laurie Pike Hunnewell, Jessica Niles, Adam Hunnewell and Melissa Marshall.

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

On Monday I attended program and came home exhausted. When I woke up Tuesday I was not feeling very well, but went to Program for some of the morning.  I wasn’t there anytime when Mom came to pick me up and took me back to the Dr.  I then went to the hospital for a chest x-Ray. To make a long story short I went back on another round of antibiotics and the spent the rest of the week home.  I think I am becoming a little stir crazy and am hoping that I will be back to the center full force this week!  

If you have news,, 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!  

Until next time, stay safe.



Sandra Smith


The Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee held their meeting on Monday, May 8. The committee continues to work on plans for the Fresh Water Festival. The dates are June 23 and 24. On Friday they are planning a dance with a DJ at the basketball courts. On Saturday morning breakfast by the Lewey Lodge, a 5K foot race and a parade. So everyone should start thinking about ideas for your floats. Then, the grounds at the West Street Brewer Andrews Field will be set up with vendors, crafters, displays, games, raffles and food. Also on the schedule are an ATV poker run, cribbage tournament and horseshoe tournament. Members are enthusiastic to improve this event every year but they do need volunteers to help. If you would like to help or get a form to be a vendor you can call Meredith at 214-3556. The next meeting is Monday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Princeton Town Office Conference Room.

Ruth Curtis has volunteered to plant the flowers at Legacy Square. If you would like to help, please contact Donna at the town office.

Friends of Princeton group is working on a date to plant the flowers in the barrels on Main Street with help from the elementary school students.

The Princeton Library Committee held their meeting on Wednesday, May 10 at the library. First on the agenda is that plans are under way to get the ceiling patched and painted next weekend. We have been waiting for good weather so the building can be aired out. Heidi ordered some new books and there is a nice selection for children and adults (westerns, and mysteries). There were slso some good donations of mysteries and a couple of westerns, and Anita Shreve’s latest novel “The Stars are Fire” about the Maine fires of 1947. We will be working on a summer reading program for children and once again we received the grant from the Maine Humanities Council for the “Let’s Talk About It” adult summer reading program. The series for this year is “Yankees and Strangers: The New England Town in Myth and Reality”. The first meeting will be at the library on Monday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. More information will be available at the library as well as a sign up sheet. The Humanities Council supplies all the books. So, there is no need to purchase the books.

The Princeton Library’s story hour this week is from 4:00 - 5:00 on Wednesday, May 15. Heidi, the librarian, will be reading two new books about planting flower seeds, providing materials for a planting project and bringing some of her very special snacks. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Upcoming Activities

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

May 22 - Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee - 6:00 p.m. Princeton Town Office

May 25 - Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market Seedling Sale - 3:00-5:00 p.m. West Street Ball Field

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.







Michael McLean



I had the honor to participate in the graveside funeral service for  Edmund Cassidy. On  behalf of the Calais American Legion, I presented  the family our Remembrance Memorial Flag. Thoughts and Prayers to family and friends! 

Two weeks from today will be our Memorial Day Parade! I am still coordinating with local organizations and businesses. I picked up 1008 flags. We will start  Saturday the 27th at  08:00, at the Calais Cemetery. Everyone is invited!  Let’s beat last years turnout! Please dress accordingly for weather conditions. Snacks and refreshments will  be available, donated by our local businesses. 

We are still accepting donations for Project Patriotism Flags. I had the privilege to meet Christine Proefrock, the Calais Music Director. We hope to finalize the music program this week. 

Any correspondence: 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.    


Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


The Canal Stream has been stocked this year for a “kid’s fishing experience”. To have future angler’s we must take the time to share with our youth and show them how much fun fishing can be. Bring a kid (s) along to try this great fishing opportunity! Hope to see you there. I saw some mighty enthusiastic parents and kids the other day!

An event not to miss!! The annual “Fishermen, Family and Friends Breakfast” is May 20th from 7- 10 am.  Beside the great food and company there will be a 50/50 raffle and Rose Fish Print Raffle.  Grand Lake Stream has many great cooks and the Fishermen’s Breakfast is a delicious time to sample all the goods. This event is sponsored by the Grand Lake Stream Historical Society and the proceeds are used to maintain our fine Museum and related activities!

This Sunday night, Downeast Lakes Land Trust will be one of several Maine land trusts featured on “The Maine Outdoors,” a weekly radio show on 103.9 WVOM.  DLLT Education and Outreach Manager Colin Brown will join other land trust staff to discuss the many benefits of conservation and open access for public recreation.  Tune in, Sunday, May 21st, at 7 pm to hear all about the Downeast Lakes Community Forest!

An independent film that showcases Downeast Lakes Land Trust and Grand Lake Stream titled “Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture,” will soon be premiering on Maine Public Television.  The documentary was produced, filmed, and edited by Mark Ireland, of MI Media, and features the conservation work of Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Androscoggin Land Trust, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, and Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust.  The film will be premiering at the following dates and times:  Thursday, May 25 – 10 pm (EST) and Saturday, May 27 – 11 am (EST).  Mark your calendars and tell your friends!  Stay tuned for future screenings taking place around the state of Maine this coming fall and winter.

For those who keep track of the flow in the stream it is now registering 1630. 

LOBSTER LORE:  A tale from the Hermit. I love lobster, but this summer my love is on hold.  At $11 per pound it has nearly doubled last year’s price. Our Maine lobster, the world’s finest, is one of 30 species worldwide.  It ranges from Labrador to North Carolina with greater concentrations on the shoal waters of Maine and Canadian Maritimes.  It has now become a world-wide delicacy.  It takes 5 and one and a half pounds of lobster to make 1 lb. (16 oz.) of meat costing $3.70 per ounce.  Contrary to popular belief lobsters don’t prefer decayed material. Their diet staple is other lobsters plus clams, mussels, crabs, snails and worms.  

In 2016 there were 6,000 licensed lobstermen who harvested 130 million pounds valued at $616 million. They fished 3 million traps or 800 traps per fisherman.  Dragging is prohibited.  A fully equipped boat costs over $200,000. Wire traps including rope and a buoy cost $80.  They have one opening and a bio-degradable hole called a ghost hole.  Lost traps are a huge problem.  They keep on fishing.  The ghost hole eventually provides a release.  A legal catch must measure 3 ½ inches from the eye socket to the end of the shell or carapace.  Over 5” they are thrown back. Females embedded with eggs under the tail are also released.  Lobsters can self-amputate a claw or leg and regrow it.  In order to grow they must molt or shed.  Adult males shed once a year.  Females shed twice a year and are called soft shell or shedders at that time.

Lobsters prefer water temperatures between 50-59 degrees.  They are nocturnal – hidden by day and feeding at night.  They migrate inshore in the summer and deeper waters offshore in late fall and winter.  Tagged specimens have moved 150 miles.  The industry is facing serious challenges which are harvesting and population shift.

In the last 40 years (1968-2008) the population has moved 340 miles north.  Should this trend continue, 30 years hence most will reside in Canadian waters?  Whether its clams or crustaceans, ells or urchins, scallops or shrimp we exploited until it’s protected or lost.

Thought for the day:  The devil’s greatest feat has been to convince many he doesn’t exist.

Spring and the black flies, mosquitoes and finally the dragonflies are buzzing around.  But did you know that each eye of a dragonfly contains 30,000 lenses?  Let’s hope that they can spot those pests and keep the population down!

Have a great week!


Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough  207-712-8294 or




Annual Trustees’ Meeting of the Lincoln Memorial Library

The Annual Meeting of the Lincoln Memorial Library Association will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at the Library. The meeting will include a report on a recent meeting with the Dennysville selectmen and the town’s attorney, Dennis Mahar, concerning the town’s responsibilities for the upkeep and general maintenance of the library.  There also should be in place, by then, a new printer, capable of printing in color, as well as black and white, to replace the “deceased” previous printer.  All who are interested in the future of the library are encouraged to attend.


Gardening Video Sessions at the Lincoln Memorial Library

“Gardening in Maine,” a new video and discussion series, will begin at Dennysville’s Lincoln Memorial Library  on Friday, May 19th with the video, “Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman,” concerning growing vegetables throughout the year. Another video, on how to encourage butterflies around your home, “Audubon Butterflies: Essentials for Beginners and Gardeners,” will follow on other Fridays.  

The series will continue on the first and third Fridays of each month, taking more than just one session to view each video.  Jim Kovaleski, a local, small-scale, farmer-gardener will also be in attendance to lend his knowledge, experience, and understanding to the discussions following the videos.  He, along with Eliot Coleman, are members of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).  Jim has given several workshops during the Common Ground Fair that MOFGA sponsors every September in Unity, and he will be a great asset to the discussions, since he makes his living as a small-scale farmer-gardener and has many years of experience gardening in this area every summer.

These free  public programs begin at 7 p.m., and all are welcome.  For more information, please call 726-4750 during regular library hours on Monday evenings, 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Friday 1:30 to 4 p.m., or email 


Final Story Time at the Lincoln Memorial Library

Due to an absence of communication from the library, the Story Hour scheduled for May 10th didn’t occur, so on Wednesday, May 24 the children will meet for the final time in this school year to learn about some interesting weather patterns in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.  It is hoped that all library books will be returned by that date.  However, there is always the book drop box, and, of course, everyone is welcome to come into the library during the open hours (Mondays 4 - 7 p.m. & Tuesdays and Fridays 1:30 - 4 p.m.) during the summer as well.



Laurie Pike


The Cooper Town Office will be open on Thursday, May 18th and June 1st for normal business hours from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Due to a minor surgery on June 15th, I will be unavailable for regular office hours.  I am changing office hours from Thursday, June 15th to Monday June 12th from 4:30-6:30 pm.  I will post a notice on the door of the Cooper Town Office as well.  I also try to accommodate people wanting an appointment when I’m around because I know it can be difficult to wait for limited office hours when you want to get on your motorcycle or take the boat out when the sun starts shining.  If you need to schedule an appointment, please call me at 214-7335 and I will try to accommodate if possible.  The next select board meetings will be held at the Cooper Town Office on Saturday May 20th from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  The next monthly planning board meeting will be held on Saturday, June 3rdth 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.  The current tax year being paid is 2016 but a new tax bill will be out this summer for the 2017 tax year.  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.  We encourage you to come and join in for refreshments and our musical social time.  This year the Cooper Town Report will be dedicated to Ralph Flood.  It is really nice to see the town honor our elder residents in this way and it is a great historical read about them and their involvement in the Town of Cooper. 

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 e-mail or text message to notify you of the daily wildfire danger levels.  This is the website where you can request a burn permit:

Karen Holmes participated in the 2017 Global Big Day on May 13, 2017 to count bird species in our local area.  Maine has over 350 species of birds to see and hear.  Sightings are entered into Global Big Day website at www.ebird and there is a map online showing the location of sightings by teams and individuals.  Karen heard a total of 86 species of birds during the eight hour period of her birthday and the Global Big Day on May 13, 2017.  Because of clear skies the night before this event, many species of warblers finally arrived here in Down East Maine in great numbers.  This is called a “Warbler Wave”.  Other species Karen heard here in Cooper were: Nashville, northern parula, yellow, magnolia, Cape May, black-throated blue, yellow-rumped, black-throated green, blackburnian, pine, palm, black-and-white, American redstart, northern waterthrush, blue-headed and warbling vireos, rose-breasted grosbeaks, indigo buntings, Northern orioles, purple finches, American goldfinches, Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Baltimore oriole, Blue jays, ravens, crows, black-capped chickadees, robins, catbirds, mockingbirds, starlings, mourning doves, rock doves (pigeons) tree and barn swallows, Eastern phoebe, both species of nuthatches, seven sparrow species, five woodpecker species, and ten species of hawks.  After exhausting her search in Cooper, Karen went to Roque Bluffs and saw seven species of ducks, bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons, common loons and black guillemots  In Machias Karen saw cormorants, herring, great black-backed, ring-billed gulls, and one lesser Black-backed gull, red winged blackbirds, common grackles, brown-headed cowbirds, and American woodcock.  Karen completed this day back at home when a hen turkey make her daily appearance at Karen’s bird feeders which are close to where she has a nest nearby.  Sounds like Karen had a great birthday and a successful birding day for the Great Big Day!