Town News for Calais, Baring, Meddybemps, Alexander School, Princeton, Grand Lake Stream, Alexander/Crawford

Photo: Above Darrin Patillo RN Nurse Manager at the Calais VA Clinic and Michael McLean during the 7th Annual WA2K Walk and Roll that took place on May 17 at the VA Clinic on Union Street in Calais. “Coming together for better health and helping homeless veterans.

Calais American Legion

Michael McLean

454-3435

 Last Wednesday I  participated on the VA 2K Walk and Roll! This event was coming together for better health and helping homeless veterans. I had the privilege to meet Darrin Patillo RN. Nurse Manager for the Calais VA Clinic. He is the coordinator between VA and our local clinic. We will be in touch concerning new policies and programs within the VA System. 

Sunday Troy Ramsdell and I attended the District 15 Legion meeting in Woodland. One of the main topics was recruitment of new membership within the American Legion. I’m continuing “Commander Mike on the Streets”! We need your support, so we can continue to provide assistance and administrative support to our veterans and their families. 

Memorial Day Weekend Events - Saturday 08:00 at the Calais Cemetery placing flags on our veterans graves. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Let’s beat last year’s turnout! This was our greatest turnout of participants. Please dress for weather conditions. Monday, Memorial Day Parade! Meet at the Post Office back parking lot at 09:00. Parade at 10:00. Darrin McLellan will be our Parade Coordinator. Representative Joyce Maker will be our guest speaker. 

Any correspondence: Commander Calais American Legion Sherman Brothers Post #3, 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.

 Princeton

Sandra Smith

 What makes the Town of Princeton so special is it’s volunteers. Without all their help, this town would not be as good as it is. First we have our Select Board which meets twice a month and then each member has a part of the town to oversee. Then there is the school PTO and the School Board. Sometimes we forget that our Fire Department is a volunteer one, yet we have people wanting to be part of it. Then there are the Planning Board, Budget Committee and Library Committee. Friends of Princeton was started in 2011 and works with the town as well as the new Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee. Also we have the Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market which has volunteers to help with their events.

This week volunteers Becky Fielder and her sister Jane have worked on Legacy Square. They turned over the soil and pulled weeds. Ruth Curtis has volunteered to plant the flowers. If you would like to help, please contact Donna at the town office. Also the plants in front of the town office need some help. Thank you all so much for helping to keep this notable place looking so nice. Friends, Sharon Norman, usually considers the square her favorite community service but she still is in Florida helping her husband Bob get well.

The Princeton Library’s story hour for last week, was Wednesday, May 15. Heidi, the librarian, read two new books about planting flower seeds. Materials were provided for planting zinnias and making a plant marker. The fun snack was gummy worms in dirt (chocolate). The children were very enthusiastic and enjoyed their time at the library. Also Heidi reported that the library was given a very nice donation of hardcopy books by a donor who wishes to be anonymous. Note that the library was closed on Monday and Tuesday due to the ceiling being painted. This is one of the final construction projects for the library renovation.

Soon, Tony Ramsdell and volunteers will put up the flags on Main Street. It is things like this that make the town of Princeton looks like it cares. We were one of the first towns in the area to put up the flags and now more of the towns are doing it.

Also plans are in place for some of the students from the Princeton Elementary School with teacher Mrs. Jane Andrews to help Friends of Princeton plant flowers in the barrels on Main Street. Friends member, Nancy Davies, will have the flowers, mulch and water available and she, Ruth Curtis and Mrs. Andrews will help the students. After, they will be welcomed at the historic Bellmard Inn for snacks and a tour. This project was started by Friends Sharon Norman and Bobbi Mather and the town has continued to benefit from this idea.

And then there are the other volunteer activities like the Lots of Tots’ Penny Drive. This was started by “Little Giggles” day care in Baileyville and Lots of Tots is participating with all donations going to “Challenge for the Cure”. As of Monday, 230.8 pounds of pennies have been collected/donated by the children. Their initial goal was 150 pounds but now they are reaching for 300 pounds by the end of May. The day care has made the project as part of their curriculum and every day pennies are weighed. Did you know that one pound of pennies is equal to approximately $1.45? However if the pennies were made after 1982 they weigh a bit less. Pennies can be dropped off at Lots of Tots and if you don’t have pennies you can drop off a donation, which the children will take to the bank and exchange for pennies. (as reported to me by Penni Theriault

On Saturday, the Stroudwater Mission Group from Portland was here to plan their Princeton projects for this summer. Meredith McLaughlin hosted the group and the Parks and Recreation Committee provided pizza for lunch. Last year they improved Brewer Andrews Field on West Street by repairing the fence, patching the courts, building two new picnic tables and a bicycle rack. Also they had a sports camp at the elementary school. We are so very fortunate to be helped by this group.

This was a busy weekend for our local 4-H members as well. Friday-Sunday was the Northeast Livestock Youth Expo in Windsor Maine. Zoey Theriault won a first prize in the Agricultural Photo Project and in the Agricultural Humor Photo Project in the Peewee Division. She also won best poster overall. Then in the Showmanship Category, she was first in the Novice Division. However Zoey’s best reward was purchasing a baby Nubian Goat. She has four weeks until it arrives to get a little house built. Hope Carle also was first in the Agricultural Photo Project and in the Agricultural Humor Photo Project in the Senior Division. She came in second in Showmanship in the Senior Division. Maeryn Mercier earned a first prize for her Agricultural Photo Project in the Junior Division. (as reported to me by Tammy Carle-4-H Leader)

This week is the first Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market for 2017 on Thursday, May 25 from 3:00 - 5:00. Vendors will be selling vegetable and flower seedlings grown locally so take advantage of this opportunity to get your garden started. Also we expect some new artisan vendors and there will be books for sale from the library’s excess inventory. So come on out and support the market!

Note that the Princeton Town Office will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. Also the Town of Princeton will hold a Public Hearing at the Princeton Town Office at 6:00 P.M. on June 8, 2017, to discuss the Floodplain Management Ordinance that will be voted on at the annual meeting on June 19, 2017. The ordinance can be viewed at the Princeton Town Office Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 P.M. If you have any questions about your property being in the flood zone this is the time to check out the new plan.

Upcoming Activities

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

May 29 - Princeton Town Office Closed for Memorial Day

June 1 - Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market Seedling Sale continues - 3:00-5:00 p.m. West Street Ball field

June 8 - Town of Princeton Public Hearing on Floodplain Ordinance

June 19 - Princeton Annual Town Meeting

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.

 

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough

 Memorial Day Weekend coming right up and summer will have officially start. We are looking forward to spending time with friends next week. I have been enjoying seeing all the Facebook postings of happenings in and around Grand Lake Stream. Social media keep people informed!

Of special note to all people who use the GLS Recycle Center there has been a visit by DEP and the gate will now become closed and a new plan for disposal of stumps etc. will be developed. The regular hours to be open will continue. More details to follow.

The Fisherman’s and Friends and Family breakfast was another huge success with 80 or more people attending while enjoying the fine cooking of the people of Grand Lake Stream. Don Pelletier won the beautiful fish print and Scott Mason won the 50/50 and gave the proceeds back to the Historical Society. Elaine thanks all the helpers that made such an event possible!

On Saturday, June 3rd, join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and the Grand Lake Stream ATV Club will meet for the annual Community and Forest Clean-Up.  After a long winter, trash can build up along roadsides in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest and around the village of Grand Lake Stream. Environmental stewardship and the generosity of local residents are very important to small communities in the Downeast Lakes region.  Show your support and come out to help clean up the community!  Participants should meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 8:30 am to receive trash bags and get their area assignment.  After the clean-up, “pickers” will be treated to a hearty lunch. This event is fun for the whole family!

Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s summer education programs are now posted on their website.  To read more about all of the exciting events and kids activities, please visit www.downeastlakes.org! 

Hi all club members. This is a reminder that our first meeting of the year is next week on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Barry and I won’t be able to be there for it because Barry is getting radiation at Mass General, Boston on the 24th. I hope all members that are at GLS can attend.  The Club needs all your support. Patty Weeks. Secretary

Those darn, beautiful deer are munching on all our summer plants and bushes.  The Farmer’s Almanac gives some advice:  “Hang a smelly shoe on top of a stick in your garden; plant strongly flavored herbs (such as sage or parsley) and hairy-leaf plants; and/or play a radio in your garden at night”.  (Be sure to think of your neighbors when you select a station on your radio).

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE DECK AT HOLE IN THE WALL:

Our dogs:  Old saying, “We are always here, unless we are gone.”  When WE are here, “WE” is four of us which includes one French Brittany and one mini-schnauzer.  They are included in “Our Family”.  They are great companions with totally different personalities.

 Patty and I both love the water.  I think our French Brittany, Maddie, loves it more.  She will swim forever.  She also is a “fisher” dog.  You will find her on the rocks in front, the back of the pontoon boat or on the dock watching the small bass swimming around.  This past summer she leaped from the dock trying to catch a bass.  Maddie also has her own spinning rod equipped with a 4 inch styrofoam bobber.  We cast it out from shore and she will try to retrieve it.  Sometimes we let her catch it, but usually reel it in when she gets close to it.  She loves playing this game.  For her safety, we stop when she tires because she will swim forever.  

Our other dog, the mini-schnauzer, Harley, on the other hand, “hates” the water.  We can lead him to the shoreline; but, when toenails hit water, he digs in!  We have a “dog flotation device” (DFD) for him.  We carry him out 30 to 40 feet and place him in the water and he swims fine---straight to shore!  We think without the “DFD” he would drown.  He does have one unique trait.  When we thin the red squirrel population, if we don’t retrieve quickly he will devour the squirrel whole.  And they call him a “mini”?

A great friend once told us, “camp would not be as wonderful without our furry family members.”  He is exactly right.

 

Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough, dmccull1@maine.rr.com or 207-712-8294.

 Cooper

Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 I know everyone is looking forward to the upcoming three day holiday weekend to celebrate Memorial Day, but let us not forget the real meaning for the holiday is to remember the sacrifice of those who have lost their lives in service to this great nation.  Memorial Day is a holiday that originally came from the tradition called Decoration Day that came from the tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags.  Memorial Day is the day of remembrance for those who have died in service of our country.  The first Memorial Day celebration was held on May 30, 1968 to remember the sacrifices of the Civil War soldiers.  At this remembrance, James Garfield, former Union General and sitting Ohio Congressman made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery.  During his speech he stated, “We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke, but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens.  For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and make immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”  After this first celebration, five thousand people decorated the graves of over twenty thousand Union and Confederate Soldiers buried there.  This first Memorial Day inspired other observances and by the late 1800’s many states had declared it a legal holiday.  Following the First World War, Memorial Day became a recognized national holiday to honor those who died in all of America’s wars.  In 1971, the United States Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day would be celebrated on the last Monday of May annually.  Memorial Day is celebrated each year at Arlington National Cemetery with a small flag being placed on each grave and the President or Vice President of the United States places a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Cooper Town Office will be open on Thursday, 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 on that date.  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 whenever possible.  If you need to schedule an appointment, please call me at 207-214-7335.  The next select board meetings will be held at the Cooper Town Office on Saturday June 3rd and June 17th 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.  

 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.  Everyone is invited to join in following the meeting for refreshments and our musical social time beginning at approximately 7:00 pm.  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.

  

Alexander School

 Cassie Oakes

 Thursday, May 25: Basketball practice from 2:30-3:45.

On Friday, May 26: End of the Season Away Game at Indian Township at 3:30.

On Tuesday, May 30: Kindergarten through 8th grade will be going to the Cole Transportation Museum.  

Wednesday, May 31: Regular Band and Chorus Day.

Thursday, June 1: Spring Music Concert at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 6: 4th - 8th Grade will be traveling to Eastport for a field trip.

Thursday, June 8 will be the Science Fair from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Monday, June 12 at 10:00: End of Year Awards Ceremony to recognize Academic and Athletic Student Achievements.

Monday, June 12: 8th Grade Celebration will take place at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 13: Field Day.

Wednesday, June 14: Last student day. Dismissed at 11:15.

Don’t forget B.J. Wallace will be on the roof at Randy’s Variety on May 26th for Alexander for-A Cure Relay for Life Team. 

The last dates to check out books from the AES Library will be the week of June 22nd.  All books will be due back the week of June 29th.

 

Summer Library is in the works. Look  on Facebook “AES Summer Library” It will begin on June 27th from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  All children must be accompanied and supervised by and adult. This year there will be no free lunch. This is not an AES School Function and is run by volunteers.  FMI contact Emma Hill 454-3751, Rhonda Oakes 454-2344 or Debbie Hanson 454-8733.  

Indian Township

Donna Meader-York

 I write this on the first day of Indian Township School’s Spirit Week. It is Crazy Hair Day, and I have seen some amazingly crazy hair today! I, myself am sporting rainbow stripes in my hair, which is about as crazy as I get, but the kids love it when the adults play along. We have spirit too! On Tuesday we have Pink Day, Wednesday is Patriots / Red Sox Day, Thursday Crazy Hat Day / Make your own Crazy Hat, and Friday is Dress as Your Favorite Gym Teacher Day. Also on Friday, May 26, we will have a Field Day with relay races, kick ball, and Minute to Win It challenges. It sounds like an awesome day. I hope the weather cooperates!

On June 5th,   through the 9th, ITS 7th grade will be attending ICEE science camp at WCCC. I am told that the ICEE camp is a STEM aligned program, and the kids will love it. This is a thing 7th grade has done for the past several years. 

On June 7th, Grades 3, 4, and 5 will head to Roque Bluff for their end-of-year field trip. They will enjoy a picnic and a fun day at the sea side exploring, and playing games. 

Thursday, June 8th at 6 PM, our 8th grade graduation will commence. With special gifts, poems, and guest speaker, it is sure to be a memorable occasion for our students. Ice tea and cookies will be served following the graduation.

Sister Carol has been busy with our Title 1 Review and School Improvement. She depends a lot on the parents and community members of Indian Township to help her with surveys and committees to get this Review done.  Everyone who participated in this survey was entered into a drawing for several gift cards. The winners were: April Lola $50.00 Walmart gift card, Nora Deschaine, $50.00 gift card, Anastasia Socobasin $25.00 gift card, and James Perley $25.00 gift card.  Congratulations to all who won, and thank you to all who participated. Sister Carol truly appreciates your help.

I wanted to take a minute to congratulate our Indian Township students who attend Calais High school. I know the paper publicizes the Honor Roll, but one of our students was inadvertently left off, plus, we are super proud of them so, here goes the list;

CHS High Honors

Senior Wade Lola II

Junior Kelsey LaCoote

Honors

Sophomore Sydney Farrar

Sophomore Abei Frances

Freshman Twyla Smiley

Congratulations! You make us proud!

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


Alexander/Crawford

Cassie Oakes

 

With Memorial Day coming right up I have a Human Interest Story I would like to share with you about a young man with deep ties to Alexander and Cooper that go back generations.  Many of the folks in Alexander and Cooper will remember the Sullivan Family and the Sullivan Farm on the Green Hill Road.  Generations have lived there and many of the folks from town will remember Francis Sullivan and before him his father Thomas and before him his father John.

But today I want to write about Christopher Sullivan, the grandson of Francis Sullivan.  Chris was a Captain in the United States Army and served his country in many places including Germany, Kosovo, Iraq and Fallujah. Chris was a decorated soldier which included the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, GWOT Service and Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo’s Service Medal, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge and German Efficiency Badge in Gold.  Sadly Chris was killed by an IED in Baghdad Iraq on January 18th 2005 serving his country.  Chris’s family has now joined the ranks of other Gold Star Families, missing their son but proud of his service.  Chris’s family has chosen a stone for Chris and he will become part of the Baxter State Park Summit Project on May 28th.  Chris’s engraved stone will be carried up Mount Katahdin by a Gold Star Brother, Dylan Harris, who lost his brother, Dustin Harris, in Iraq. Chris is survived by his extremely proud parents James and Dorothy (Dolly) Sullivan, who have retired in Alexander, back to the family roots, his sisters Jennifer Orr of NH and Amy Lilley of Scarborough ME along with his son David William Sullivan.  

This is just one story of many about those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  Please join me this Memorial Day Weekend to remember those that have gone on before us, those like Captain Christopher J. Sullivan.  To all those that have served, to all those who are serving and for those that have paid the price…Thank You!  

This Friday, May 26th, Alexander’s very own BJ Wallace will be sitting on the roof top of Randy’s Variety beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Why is B.J. doing this you ask?  To bring awareness to Cancer and to benefit Alexander-4-a Cure Relay for Life Team.  So stop by Randy’s to cheer her on, or make a donation, or perhaps take a picture.  

The Breakneck Mountain ATV Club has meetings the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the clubhouse on the Cooper Road in Alexander.  Their next meeting will be May 31st.

There will be a Pomona Grange Meeting June 6th hosted by the Alexander Grange with a 6:00 p.m. supper and at 7:00 p.m. Meeting.  The next regular meeting of the Alexander Grange will be June 7th starting at 7:00 p.m.

A crew of Grangers met on Saturday, May 20th for a very special cleaning day.  Bushes were cut, brush was hauled, posts were painted (well the first coat of paint was put on), windows and floors were washed and beginning plans for building renovations were discussed along with ways to raise funds to pay for their plans.  Two very special young people came to help for the morning.  Miss Adrienne Berry the granddaughter of Granger Brenda McPhail, and Gabe Curtis the great grandson of Elizabeth McVicar.  Gabe was a great little trash collector and Adrienne helped every where and any where she could.  Future Grangers, Perhaps??? The morning included coffee and donuts for the workers and before they left hot dogs with fried onions were enjoyed!  As Master Dale Holst said, “Team work makes short work.”

On Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14th there will be a Flag Retirement 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.

On Saturday, June 17th starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be a Family Game Night at the Alexander Grange. 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!  This event is being sponsored by the Alexander Grange, for more information contact Lenny at 454-8733.  

If you want to keep up on all the Grange happenings and pictures of some of their events you can find them on Facebook, Alexander Grange #304.

Don’t forget about the 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 after library.  If you are interested in the safety courses please contact Len Hanson at 454-8733.  If you have questions about the Library contact Emma Hill 454-3751, Rhonda Oakes 454-2344 or Debbie Hanson 454-8733.

Many folks from town will remember Elaine Farrands, she has had some health issues and would love to hear from folks from “back home” Cards and letters can be sent to Elaine Farrands, 28 North Longyard Road, Southwick MA  01077. 

Good thoughts are being sent out to Charlie White, 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, Mary Ellen Naddeau, Linda and Ron McArthur. 

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Lori Jensen, Bogumil Korasadowictz, Justin Poor, Jesse Holmes, Nathan Maxwell, Dana Niles II, Becky Knowles, Ariel Myers, Mike Smith, Glenn Davis, Bob Fitzsimmons and Barbara Wheaton.

Upcoming Anniversary wishes go out to Joe and Tanya Fossett, Joseph and Rebecca Bennett and David and Michelle McVicar.  I wish all couples many more years of wedded bliss!

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

This week I finally felt well enough to attend the Beckett Center. We chilled outside, had a Movie Night and Dinner, where we had scrumptious BLT’s, chips, juice and soda.  We watched Secret Life of Pets and enjoyed chips and candy for a snack.  Also we played frizbee outside and had a Garage Sale and hot dogs and chips for a meal.  Also we had a variety of fruits, cheese and crackers in celebration of a friend’s Birthday. And on Friday I finally finished all my medication and had my first night in weeks that my mom didn’t have to wake me up.

 If you have anything news, email me at  ptcfan@hotmail.com, 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.


Baring

Sally Doten

454-2625

 Monday, I had a great afternoon having my manicure. I was treated by my girls and I enjoyed every minute of it. Mikki Preston gave me pretty pink and than drew a heart on one ring finger and the word “love” on the other. I was so excited with the artwork I actually yelled.  My very first manicure with drawings....now that’s exciting to me.

Hi, Reid Johnson!! Did you whine to Dottie Johnson this week? Hope you enjoy all read here. I will try to entertain you.

Recent guest at Eddie and Evelyn Noddins were Jim and Maggie Payne from Arkansas. The Payne’s have a cottage in Perry and spend their summers here. Also, being entertained at a joint birthday party were Evelyn’s brothers Lynn and Freddie Wallace. No, they’re not twins but celebrate just a few days apart.

I am having limited success with the flag project. I think I can count 8 right off quickly. I purchased all Ace Hardware had today. If you want one they cost $12 each and I have them here. Let me know. They will be put up this week as time allows. Thank you to Ray, Chris, and Nathan Faulkner for volunteering. I couldn’t pull this off without you.

Ok, I have one more request to make of you. I plan to place the flags on the Veterans’ grave Thursday afternoon about 3pm. Is there anyone out there to help me? Meet me there if you want to work. You will need a hammer and jack knife. Some of last year’s flags are broken off and the stick needs to be pulled out. I think a knife will do it. You will need the hammer to straighten some of the holders or place them more securely nearer to the headstones. I will be there; will you? Thank you ahead of time.

Jeff Doten of Kennebunk and Glenn Olsson of Arkansas are enjoying this week fishing in Rockwood along the river that runs into Moosehead Lake. Glen flew into Portland on Saturday to begin this big adventure. These two have been friends for most of their lives. Living across the street from one another as kids brings back great memories to me. There were so many kids in town when mine were growing up and have remained friends forever. it seems like most of the time my front lawn was their kickball field. The streets were the bikes tracks and the river was their swimming hole. Times have changed and not always for the best.

I was sorry to learn that Matt Poole is in a Boston hospital and been diagnosed with leukemia. Matt is the son of Butch and Christel James of Calais. Please keep this young man in your thoughts and prayers. It’s going to be a long road for him. Stay strong, Matt, and fight this!.

 Well, dear readers, this it for the week. I hope I haven’t disappointed you. I will try harder next week.

 

Meddybemps

Linda Baniszeski 

 Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 29.  The day originated to memorialize veterans who died in battle for our nation.  More recently, it has become a day to remember our loved ones as well.  

It is nice to report that there is no problem with the Meddybemps Lake dam.  Thanks to Pete Trouant for advising, “The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is keeping a close watch on the dam. They opened the dam to 2’ earlier last week, but by Thursday the water was going over the cement bulwarks. An unsafe situation so Friday or Saturday DMR fully opened the dam to 4’ to relieve the danger. In an email ... they said they’d be back. They were; and closed the dam to about 15”.  DMR is trying to maintain a full lake (about 5” freeboard on the cement) as long as possible and the full opening brought it down to 2” - 3” above that.”

Terry and Charlie Rier spent last weekend at their camp -- the first of the season.  

In other news, birthdays this week are Cheryl Zwingman Bagley on May 28, and mine is May 29.  The first days of June include Ken and Sue Bogden celebrating their birthdays and Janna Gillespie on June 2.  Happy birthday wishes to Cheryl, Ken, Sue and Janna.

Spring is actually normal for Maine these days.  One day it was 92 degrees and another in the 40’s overnight.  

Some purple finches finally found our thistle feeder.  For the first time this season, I heard the call of the loons late one night when I took Scuffy out before bedtime.  It was nice to hear the loons announcing they are officially back on the lake.  Flower gardens are taking on pretty colors.  Dandelions dot our yard with their little yellow faces glowing.  They are the first order of food for migrating bees.  Although considered weeds, they are important as a food source for bees.  Our tulips and daffodils look so pretty; and the new hydrangea Barry planted for me is blooming beautifully with a lilac/bluish tint to the flowers.  Wasps, bees and black flies are back, too.  

Not much else going on.  Please send your news to LBaniszeski@myfairpoint.net or phone 454-3719.

 

Dennysville

Correction - Funeral service for Sammy Seavey will be held at the Dennysville/Edmunds Congregational Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 27th, not on Sunday.The Congregational Church will be holding its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, the 24th, beginning with a Pot Luck supper at 6 p.m. and followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m.   All members are needed to prepare for the next year of service to the Lord through His Church at Dennysville.

The Annual Meeting of the Lincoln Memorial Library Association was held on Saturday, May 20th.  Much was covered and accomplished, including an introduction to the new web-based HP printer at the librarian’s desk.  Eventually, it will allow for scanning and faxing, as well as the usual printing and copying, with optional color capacity.  There will be a minimal charge for all services, to cover the regular costs of supplies. It was voted to change the name of the Library Association to the Lincoln Memorial Public Library.

During the meeting, the Coordinating Librarian, Ann Carter, was thanked by the Trustees for her service.   The job of keeping the library open regularly and functioning to serve the community, could never be accomplished without the able assistance of the other volunteers.  They include Jim Bergstrom (official clock-winder & newly elected secretary), Melinda Jaques (valued assistant for Story Time, checking books in and out), Philip Harvey (emergency, last minute substitute or “closed” sign post-er), Eileen Campbell (often available for Literacy assistance), as well as Amy Savage who cleans the library floors and shelves and often helps with the Story Time crafts and “yard duty.”  Their contribution is invaluable.

The library’s new video series began last Friday with Part I of the video “Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman,” followed by a discussion with Jim Kovaleski.  The second part of the video will be viewed on Friday, June 2nd, beginning at 7 p.m.  Further garndening programs are planned for subsequent Friday evenings in June.

The final Story Time will be held at the library on Wednesday, May 24th, during which Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs will challenge the imaginations of all!  It will most helpful to have any library books returned at that time.  However, there is always the “book drop” on the library porch, and, of course, the library will continue to be open during normal hours: Mondays 4 - 7 p.m. and Tuesdays & Fridays 1:30 - 4 p.m.  Children, as well as adults, are always most welcome and may borrow books at any time of the year.

Those who are interested in the future of the Library as a community resource are encouraged to attend an executive session with the Dennysville Selectmen on Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. 

The Dennys River Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 29, at the Academy/Vestry Museum in Dennysville, at 7 p.m.  There, members and guests will preview the new summer exhibition, “With Audubon to Labrador,” an account of nineteen year old Thomas Lincoln’s birding trip to Labrador with John James Audubon in 1833.  Everyone is welcome.