Town News for Calais, Cooper, Indian Township, Alexander School, Princeton, Alexander/Crawford


Sharon Frost



It has been a busy few weeks. The weather hasn’t helped any.

We sure miss Flo at our complex. She was so funny and friendly.

 I have been doing some cemetery work on some relatives stones and cutting some grass. Thoughts and prayers go out to Jean Woodside and Carol Donovan.

A lovely volunteer appreciation breakfast was held on Wednesday, May 10 at the Calais Hospital. It was well attended.

The cemetery was filled on Saturday with volunteers helping to place flags around.

The VFW meeting will be held June 1 at St. Anne’s Parish Hall.

Lumber River Quartet will be in concert on June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church in Calais.

I spent a few days with my daughter Lisa in Bangor as she underwent some tests.

There will be an indoor yard sale on June 3 at the Legion Hall in St. Stephen.

June 5 will be the Hospital Auxiliary Pot Luck meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Methodist Homes Rec. Hall.

A car show is going to be held on Saturday, June 10 at Blueberry Ford in Machias, as well as the 13th Annual Margaretta Days Festival on the campus of the University of Maine. There will be a pancake breakfast, parade, re-enactors, quilting, weavers, food stands, crafts, and the UMM Ukulele Band will play.

Want a reason to go to Campobello Island? Tea with Eleanor began May 27. Reserved Tea is $14 plus tax Monday to Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is also an Open Tea, tickets available at the Visitor Center. Seating is at 11:00 a.m.

I took a ride to Eastport on Sunday. It was a gorgeous day. Most of the deer were laying down in a field. It appears there are a lot of pregnant moms.

ECE will meet on June 7 at 5:30 p.m. with a pot luck and meeting.

My last grandchild, Kate, graduated from Coe Brown Northwood Academy last week. She will coach some basketball and work in the grocery store for the summers, then on to Teachers’ College in Massachusetts. Her brother, Liam, is home from Moody Bible, Chicago and brother Luke who is in the Air Force, is home on leave from Japan. And sister Breanna is back in New Hampshire working in the OR. Her mother is a dental hygienist and Dad is the pastor of Barring Evangelistic Church. A busy family to say the least.



Laurie Pike 


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.  

On June 13, 2017 A Special Referendum Election is scheduled throughout Maine.  Voting will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Cooper Community Center.  There is only one question being considered to vote upon in this Special Referendum Election.  This question, designated Question 1, asks the following:  “Do you favor a $50,000,000 bond issue to provide $45,000,000 in funds for investment in research, development and commercialization in the State to be used for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades that enable organizations to gain and hold market share, to increase revenues and to expand employment or preserve jobs for Maine people, to be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in a one-to-one ratio and $5,000,000 in funds to create jobs and economic growth by lending to or investing in small businesses with the potential for significant growth and strong job creation?”

If you have a balance on your 2016 taxes or prior 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 give property owners exact amounts owed prior to sending 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.  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.




Donna Meader-York


Last week, Spirit Week, ITS students had a blast! Crazy Hair Day, Pink Day, Crazy Hat Day, and Field Day to finish off the week on Friday. We knew the forecast was gloomy, so all of the activities were inside. Miss Brittany Mallet and her helpers did an awesome job planning the day. The day started off with a short but sweet assembly in the gym, where Miss Goldsmith received a handmade drum, hand painted by Martin Dana, as an appreciation gift for all of her years of service at Indian Township School.  Miss Gold, as everyone fondly calls her is retiring this year and asked that there not be a big fuss made about her leaving. We couldn’t let her go without a special gift, so Field Day was planned in her honor, and the drum was presented. I have a feeling that there is more to come so stay posted.

Mad Science Summer Camp is coming to Indian Township School! There will be 2 weeks of science camp. Week 1: June 19 – 23 is for students ENTERING 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade.

Week 2: June 26 – 30 is for students ENTERING 4th, 5th, and 6th.

Here is the important piece! There are only 20 slots in each week. Students will be registered on a first come basis. Spots are filling up so be sure to call Ms. Donna at 796-2362 to reserve a spot for your child(ren).

The After School Program Dance Committee will hold its last dance on Friday June 2, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Students from our school, grades 4 and up, are welcome. Admission is $3.00, and there will be snacks available to purchase. This dance is a Karaoke Dance! We will be breaking in our new Karaoke machine! We hope to see your 4th through 8th graders there! 


That’s all the news!

Alexander School

Cassie Oakes


June 1st will be the Spring Music Concert at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

June 2nd the students will be travelling to Charlotte Elementary School to watch a play.

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

June 8th will be the Science Fair from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

June 12th at 10:00 will be the End of Year Award Ceremony to recognize academic and athletic student achievements.  Parents are welcome to attend.

June 12th the 8th grade Celebration/Graduation will take place at 6:00 p.m.

June 13th will be a Field Day.

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

Softball Season has ended.  A great time was had, a lot was learned. Good job to all the players.

Yearbooks are now on sale for $10.00.  Get yours before they are gone.  See Mrs. McDonough in the office.

The library books are all due by June 1st.  Library for students is closed for the rest of the school year beginning on June 2nd.

All second and third graders: Please bring in Science Fair materials.

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 to allow for cleaning and resetting of the Library.  

Summer Library is in the works; look for their Event Page 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, but the folks running the program are hoping folks will consider donating snack items.  This is not an AES School Function and is run by volunteers.  For more information contact Emma Hill 454-3751, Rhonda Oakes 454-2344 or Debbie Hanson 454-8733.  

Immediately following the Summer Library program this year there will be a Free ATV Safety Course on July 11th and 18th and a Free Hunter’s Safety Course on August 1st, 8th and 15th for more information or to sign up contact Lenny Hanson at 454-8733.

The pre-k butterflies have completed their life cycle in the classroom and were excited to be able to set them free. Their pollywogs and tadpoles are well on their way to becoming frogs and the students are excited to check on them daily. The kindergarten and 1st graders’ eggs have hatched and all the baby chicks have new homes.


Sandra Smith


This week Tony Ramsdell and volunteers put up the flags on Main Street. Thank you so much. It is so nice to see the flags up in time for Memorial Day.

On Wednesday, the Princeton Baptist Church held a supper for local law enforcement officers to show appreciation for all that they do for the community. Attending were three Maine State Game Wardens, one retired Maine Game Warden, three Maine State Troopers, two Passamaquoddy Officers and two Officers from Baileyville. Some came alone and some brought families. The lasagna and pies were delicious but the food paled in comparison to the outpouring of gratitude that everybody else in attendance showed the officers. Additionally, all of the officers were presented with a framed bible verse and the DVD “Courageous”. Members of the church have selected an officer and they pray for them and their families every day. It’s things like this that make one glad that they live here. Thank you to the Princeton Baptist Church family.

On Thursday the students from the Princeton Elementary School with teacher Mrs. Jane Andrews will 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 and Mrs. Andrews will help the students. After, they will be welcomed at the historic Bellmard Inn for snacks, a tour, a history booklet.

The first Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market for 2017 was on Thursday, May 25. Luckily there was no rain and a bit of a breeze. Vendors there were: Mustard Seed Farm from Talmage; Karen Harriman with machine stitched embroidery from Topsfield; Pamla Creations from Topsfield, Sea and Soil Organics from Calais; KW Family Farm; Phoenix Rising Farm from Waite; the booth for Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber, Princeton Activities and Princeton Library Book Sale; and the Princeton Rod & Gun Club with dynamites and whoopie pies. There was a good selection of vegetable seedlings, herb seedlings as well as fresh eggs, rhubarb, and greens. Also some chickens and rabbits and nice crafts from the artisans and organic repellents and creams. We really appreciated the support from the many that came to purchase items from the market. It was truly encouraging and the Rod and Gun sold out. More seedings will be available this coming week, more greens, eggs and come and see the excellent items from the artisans.

The Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee ill be continuing with their planning meeting for the Fresh Water Festival on Monday, June 5 from 6:00 p.m. at the Princeton Town Conference Room

Reminder that the Town of Princeton will hold a Public Hearing at the Princeton Town Office at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, 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

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

June 5 - Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting 6:00 p.m. Princeton Town Office

June 8 - Town of Princeton Public Hearing on Floodplain Ordinance

June 19 - Princeton Annual Town Meeting

June 23-24 - Princeton Fresh Water Festival

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.




Cassie Oakes


Even in the rain, Relay on the Roof was a great success.  B.J. Wallace was atop of Randy’s Variety’s roof on May 28th raising awareness for the Relay for Life’s fight against cancer and the team Alexander 4-a-Cure.  B.J. was up there from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Her daughter Lesliann Howard was there for moral support, talking to the on lookers and collecting donations.  B.J. also made Dynamites for the crowd, but not enough I would say as they sold out early.  B.J. would like to thank everyone that stopped by, said hello, tooted their horn, or made a donation, you made the day all worth while.

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

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.  Light refreshments will be available after.  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 Hanson at 454-8733. 

Don’t forget about the AES Summer Library on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until Noon beginning on June 27th (with the exception of July 4th).  There will be activities for the children and time to check out books for the young and the young at heart.  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.  If you are interested in the Safety Courses please contact Len Hanson at 454-8733.  If you have questions about the Summer Library Program, contact Emma Hill 454-3751, Rhonda Oakes 454-2344 or Debbie Hanson 454-8733.

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, Pastor Randy and Carolyn Chretien and Wilma Dray, 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 April Knowles, Melissa Martin, Jeremy Dwelley, Jordan Ayers, Ed Burgess, Kathy Devine, Janna Gilespie, Anessia Mailett, Dale Holst, Shirley McCall, Ron Lyford, Christopher Manza, Cayson Knowles, Noah Cadett, Nicole Hanson, Kyle Richard, Ruth Knowles, John Knowles, Joey Mersereau and Amy Day.

I would like to send my mom, Rhonda Oakes a very special Birthday.  Love you and hope you have a great day!

Upcoming Anniversary wishes go out to Ronnie and Tammy Davis.  I wish you both many more years of wedded bliss!

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

A sure sign of summer Randy’s Variety returned to closing at 9:00 p.m. every day.

This week I had a full week at the Beckett Center, chilled outside with friends, played Bingo, attended a Retirement Party for a Staff member with pizza, popcorn and cake and ice cream and had Chinese on Friday.  On Saturday Afternoon I had a surprise visitor at my house, when my best friend Krystal Smith and her family stopped by and gave me a wheelchair accessible planter that Krystal’s brother Creston built for me along with a gift certificate for some plants.  It was such a thoughtful gesture; the planter is beautiful and very well built.  They placed it behind my house, near the hose so I will have no trouble watering it.   I can’t wait to use it.  And the added surprise of seeing Krystal made the day even more special.  It was so good to see her again.  Krystal also invited me to a Family Fun Day in Calais at her church “Keys to Life” on Saturday June 3rd and I invited her to a Matt Linton Concert June 9th at the People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville.

If you have 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.