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Town News


Sharon Frost



Father’s Day on Sunday June 18th First celebrated in the US in 1910. People in many either countries celebrate the holiday also. Spending time with your father is special any day. Tell your Dad how much you love him and do something special with him

The Calais Hospital Auxiliary met last Monday evening with a pot luck with lots of good food and sweets. Following supper, reports were given. We have thirty-two paid up members. On the Scholarship committee was Joan Tracy, Sharon Frost, Heather Ross,  and Katelyn Cavanaugh. Jordan Olsson was selected as recipient.

Clothing Line Sale at the Hospital on June 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Winner of the 50/50 was Heather Ross. She donated it back to Fun Fund. Next meeting will be October 2 at 5:30 p.m. A Pizza Party. 

Pat Yardly and Doreen Hill attended graduation open house for their granddaughter in Bangor, Also attending was Derik and Lisa Howard of Princeton and her sister Lynn.

Thursday June 22 there will be a concert at the Second Baptist Church with the Downeast Boys 6:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Conner Craig of St. George who is heading to Kenya to work with children affected with Aids and HIV. Through this it will help him decide what he really wants to do. Prayers with you Connor. My grandsons did the same helping them to build homes and setting up basketball courts and much more. They really enjoyed it. Pictures they took told the story.

Jean Woodside is on the mend and hopes to be back in the area soon

June 16th at St. Anne’s there will be a public supper at 5:30 p.m.

There will be a wedding shower for Hannah Sivret on June 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anne’s Parish Hall.

The Sunday Wickachee breakfast group celebrated the birthdays of Duncan McGeachy, Suer Crawford and Barry Burns. A special cake was made by Joy Miller cards were presented to each of them.

Cherryfield Days will take place on Saturday June 24th. This year’s theme is Disney on Display.

I received a note from Deane Jackson, she is doing well


Cut the cake: Mary Hazlwood, Pam Ivy, Hollye Lord, Melissa Royer, Angela Clark, Sherri Reynolds, John Wentworth, Alan Dwelley, Donna Hennequinn, Toni Nelso, Theresa Brown, Michael Cyr, April Free, Brittney Seavey, Alice Dodge, Joyce Maker, Donna Hossach.



Kathy Mekelburg



Today, Sunday, is a scorcher. I don’t mind the heat, but the humidity is draining. Thank God for air conditioners. It’s also a bad year for allergies.

Celebrating birthdays this month are John Davis - 1st, John Cashore - 6th, Mitchell Mingo - 7th, Joan Ross - 19th, Meghan Clark - 23rd.

Pomona Grange met in Alexander for their June meeting. A delicious pot luck supper was enjoyed. Nate Pennell, State Deputy for Washington County attended. Helen Brooks conducted the meeting. Two dozen eggs were donated and I won one of them. Liz McVicar gave a fun lecturers program. Guest included Charles Bennett. When we left to go home there was a glorious sunset. The next meeting is at Alexander on July 11th. This will be election of officers.

I’ve been asked for an update on my 3 puppies. The Pomeranians are not puppies anymore, but adolescents. Keegan, the Keshound is 10 months old and full of energy. My oldest dogs were upset when we first brought the puppies home but now play with them. They have their adult teeth and rarely chew on forbidden objects. They love to run in the forest.


Linda Baniszeski 


More summer-like weather has finally arrived in our part of Maine.  Almost everyone’s boats have been launched, flowers and vegetable gardens planted, and grills and outdoor patios and decks prepared for outside fun and activities.    

In old news, Pete Trouant provided additional information about the Meddybemps dam after the last update was published in this column.  Pete said, “With my apologies, I’ll try to clarify that the “no problem” with the Meddybemps dam is a little misleading. The dam is fully functional as evidenced with all the openings and closings it gets when needed. However, “no problem” does not mean the dam, as it ages, doesn’t need maintenance and repairs as it surely does. All the operations and upkeep of the dam are under the watchful eye of the Department of Marine Resources.”

I neglected to honor our World War II D-Day veterans in last week’s news since D-Day was June 6.  Our former neighbor the late Nin Hanson was a D-Day survivor. 

The fish are jumping and dragon flies are swarming.  We especially like that the dragon flies are here because they eat the pesky mosquitos and black flies.

Terry Reynolds hosted a 21st Birthday party for his niece Emily Reynolds.  Emily is Rob and Sherry Reynolds’ daughter.  

A new swingset is going up on the Bell property for little Isabella.  She is the daughter of residents Mike and Sarah (Bell) Thomas.  It is quite an elaborate model in cedar with a slide, ladder, upper platform with a little tent over it and, of course, the swings.  We will look forward to hearing the squeals of delight when Isabella discovers her new source of outdoor entertainment.

This is the last Meddybemps column I will be writing.  Past readers’ expressions of interest and kind thoughts have been heartwarming and mean a great deal to me.


The new guidelines leave me almost nothing to report.  Because there has been little to no regular input from community members or organizations, I am at a loss as to how to provide the formal content required by The Calais Advertiser.  I am no longer allowed to report about “summer people,” visiting and neighboring dogs and cats (including Scuffy’s antics), and general or community sponsored events.  Events must be sent to Calais Advertiser’s event section for announcement and/or inserted in the “paid” advertisement sections.  

Alexander School

 Cassie Oakes


The Alexander Elementary School Staff would like to wish all of the AES students a wonderful and safe summer break and look forward to seeing you in the fall ready to learn new and exciting things.

Don’t forget to continue to save those Box Tops for Education. If you don’t want to keep them until fall you can bring them to summer library or drop them off at Randy’s Variety.

Don’t forget about summer library starting on June 27th.  This program is for all ages, but children in attendance must be accompanied and supervised by and adult.  For more information contact Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344, Deb Hanson at 454-8733 or Emma Hill at 454-3751

Immediately following the library program during July and August there will be an ATV Safety and Hunters’ Safety Course.  For more information or to register contact Lenny Hanson at 454-8733,


Grand Lake Stream

 Dave McCullough

 Summer seems to have settled in at Grand Lake Stream. Foliage is fresh and green and part time and full time residence are out walking and enjoying this time of year. Gardens are starting to show green as various plants grow and frequently a rooster can be heard in the background. Having a home flock of chickens is a very popular activity now. Sunday morning The Village Church Bell is ringing and inviting all to start the week with spiritual blessings and guidance. 

Early mornings will find a line of pick-ups and Grand Lake canoes parked along Water Street waiting for the “sports” from all over the country to fish the waters of the area. A quick visit inside the Pine Tree Store shows everyone having breakfast and sharing their favorite fishing spots and plans for the day. Some of the many guides anticipating sports are master guides John Arcaro and Randy Spencer.

Last week I noticed RJ and Audrey Ammerman with John Betz and friends enjoying the outside deck at the Pine Tree Store. It was a Grand Lake Stream beautiful evening. A good time was had by all.

The Advertiser has asked the column writers to include more news about folks around town! This provides an excellent opportunity for the readers to become the major contributors to the Grand Lake Stream column. As the weeks continue please send in your latest activities to share with other column readers.


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


Sandra Smith

Princeton Board of Selectmen, Jason Theriault, Chair-Scott Carle, Doreen Wallace, John Leighton present annual report to Corinne LaPlant, Executive Director of The St. Croix Regional Family Health Center.

On Tuesday, at the regular meeting of the Princeton Board of Selectmen, The St. Croix Regional Family Health Center on Mill Street in Princeton was presented with a copy of the Town of Princeton Annual Report which this year is dedicated to the Center in celebration of their twenty-five years of serving the Town of Princeton. Excerpt from the town report: “Twenty-five years ago, a group of people, led by Princeton native, Harry Bailey, identified the need for affordable, quality primary care in our community and to serve surrounding communities. In 1991, as a result of their hard work and determination, the St. Croix Regional Health Center (SCRFHC) opened its doors in the former Princeton Elementary School located on Main Street. “Today, SCRFHC offers medical, behavioral health, oral health, podiatry, pediatric, and patient assistance services. It is recognized as a leader in quality, affordable healthcare services. It employs twenty-nine people, six full-time providers, two part-time providers and twenty-one support staff members. The health center services over 2000 patients. During 2016, its providers had over 12,000 encounters with patients that travel from south of Calais to as far as Houlton.” I would say mission more than accomplished!

The Princeton Annual Report for Fiscal Year July 2016-June 2017 is available on Monday, June 12, at the Princeton Town Office. The report is a great reference for information about the town government and organizations. Also the entire budget is listed along with the twenty-five articles to be voted on at the Town Meeting, on Monday, June 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Elementary School. This is every resident of Princeton’s opportunity to vote on the town budget, which is how the tax rate is set. If you don’t attend and vote then don’t complain about tax increases.

The third Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market for 2017 was on Thursday, June 8. It was great weather and many came to support our vendors. There were still seedlings available as well as greens, asparagus, rhubarb, house plants and fresh eggs. Artisans brought organic lotions, quilted items, embroidery, fly fishing lures, and jewelry. Also there were baked goods such as whoopie pies, cookies, non-sugar pies and fresh squeezed lemonade by the 4-H club along with the booth for the Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber and activities. More seedings will be available this coming week, spring produce as well as new artisan items. At this market we have a great group of vendors who all work together to help set up and break down so that no one is left breaking down alone. Also Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee noted that there was a great turnout for their weekly kickball game at the market.

The Town of Princeton held 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. Six community members attended the meeting along with Selectmen Jason Theriault and Chair Scott Carle, Donna Worden, Tax Collector-Treasurer and Wendy Goodwin, Town Clerk. Unfortunately Code Enforcement Officer/Plumbing Inspector, James Slowe could not make the meeting in person but was available by phone to answer questions. 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, you can contact Jim at 788-3877. The final approval of the plan will be voted on at the annual town meeting.

On Friday, the Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee and Princeton Fire Department had a special party for the Princeton Elementary School 8th Grade Graduates. The students enjoyed pizza, drinks and cupcakes provided by the Old School House Restaurant.

A reminder that the Princeton Board of Selectmen will be awarding The Boston Post Cane to Harland Hitchings at the Princeton Town Office, Wednesday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. The Boston Post Cane is awarded to the oldest resident in Princeton. Everyone is invited and note that cake and coffee will be served.

The program for this week at The St. Croix Regional Family Health Center on Thursday from 1:30-2:30 will feature Nancy Marshall regarding the history of Princeton. A couple of years ago Nancy interviewed many of the town’s elders, some of who are now gone. Nancy incorporated these interviews and historic photos in two excellent dvds which are available at the Princeton Library.

June 19 - Princeton Annual Town Meeting

June 20 - Princeton Regular Selectmen’s Meeting 6:30 p.m. Princeton Town Office

June 21 - Princeton Library Story Hour - 4:00-5:00 p.m.; Book about summer, craft project and snacks


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.


Cassie Oakes


The Alexander annual town meeting will take place Monday, June 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the Alexander Elementary School.  This is the big fiscal budget meeting of the town and includes the school budget along with the town budget.  The Registrar of Voters will be there a half hour before the meeting to register voters and make changes to the voting lists.

Time to mark your calendar for the Church of the Open Bible will be holding their annual Vacation Bible School from June 26th-30th from 9 a.m.-12:00 noon.  The Theme is “Over the Moot” for ages 3 and up.  You can pre-register online for extra points.

AES Summer Library will be on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until noon beginning on June 27th (with the exception of July 4th).  Come for a few minutes or come for the entire time.  The library is open for all ages to sign out books. There will be activities for the children and access to the playground.  This program is put on by volunteers so ALL children in attendance must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. There will be no lunch program this year but if you want to bring a picnic lunch the group will be breaking around 11:30 for eating. If you have questions about the Summer Library Program, contact Emma Hill 454-3751, Rhonda Oakes 454-2344 or Debbie Hanson 454-8733.

Don’t forget about the ATV and Hunters’ Safety Courses that will be held in July and in August immediately following summer library.  If you would like more information or to register contact Lenny Hanson at 454-8733.

The Alexander Grange has been very busy. They hosted the Pomona Grange meeting on June 6th beginning with a Pot Luck Supper of baked beans, mac & cheese, hot dogs, salads and an array of desserts.  It was great to have District Deputy Nate Pennell in attendance along with approximately 15 others.  

On June 7th the Alexander Grange had their regular meeting with lots of things discussed.  Election of officers was held for the upcoming year.  The newly formed building committee gave an update on the building and listed a number of plans that they have.  First on the agenda is the updating of the fire escape at the back of the building along with discussion on how to pay for the endeavor.  

The first fundraiser will be an old fashion family-style baked bean supper to be held on July 24th. Mark your calendar! 

Home Town Jubilee planning is in full force and will take place on July 8th.  The day will start with Breakfast with the Breakneck Mountain ATV Club at the Club House on the Cooper Road; there will be a parade, concessions with the famous dynamites along other treats.  Free games for the kids, grab bags a cake walk and more.  If you would like to put in a display or sell a craft, please contact Rhonda Oakes 454-2344 or Deb Hanson 454-8733. There will be no charge for space.  

The Grange also has a raffle going on for a portable basketball hoop and ball. See any Grange member or stop at Randy’s to pick yours up. 

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. 

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Sherry Parks, Sam Perkins, Chelsea Owen, John Dudley, Mike Magoon, Brian Giles and Laura Cousins.

Upcoming Anniversary wishes go out to Kelly and Brenda McDonough.  

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

This week I attended FBC and played card games and Yahtzee.  I also chilled outside and had Chinese with some friends Friday.

I certainly have had a fun filled week! 

If you have news you can email me at, Facebook, 1328 Airline Road, Alexander, ME  04694.  454-2344 or drop off news at Randy’s Variety!  



Indian Township

Donna Meader-York


Everyone seems to be walking a little straighter, smiling a little more, and I think it’s because of the pride we are feeling for all of our high school graduates and our 8th grade graduates. Allow me to brag a bit.

From Calais High School:

Kevin Bailey

Brooke Lola

Wade Lola II

Dylan Newell

Tarryn Newell

Kassidey Sockabasin

Laura Socobasin

Wade Lola II was awarded the prestigious George Mitchell Foundation scholarship! When I asked him how many students applied for that at his school, he told me he thought 27. So, out of 27 students that applied, Wade was awarded $9000.00. It couldn’t be any better deserved. Wade has worked hard throughout his high school career; receiving Honors or High Honors in every year.  We are so proud of Wade and all of our Calais High graduates. It was bittersweet to watch Superintendent of Calais School Department, Ron Jenkins, hand our kids their diplomas, when just 4 short years ago he was doing the same as our Superintendent, with the same students. 

From Lee Academy

Cheyenne Lewey

Courtney Theriault

Congratulations girls!

On Thursday evening, 6:00, Indian Township’s commencements began. Our 14 eighth graders, in their best clothing, strolled into the gym as students here for the last time. Chief Billy Nicholas spoke to the students about their futures, and gave each one a gift of an iPad to help them in their high school journey. Special guest speaker, Liz Neptune, whose last of 6 children graduated that night from Indian Township School, is the owner and president of her own company, Neptune Advantage, Inc. Liz is nationally known for her skills in directing health care programs, and child welfare systems at the tribal, state, and national level.  Liz spoke to the students about possibilities, asking for help when needed, and never giving up.  Paige Sockabasin received the Principal’s Award. Congratulations Paige! Nicole Nicholas received the Citizenship Award. Congratulations

There is still time to sign your child up for Mad Science Camp June 19 – 23 for students going into grades 1, 2, 3 June 26 – 30 for students going into 3, 4, and 5. Just call Ms. Donna at 796-2362. There are only 20 slots in each week! Students are guaranteed to have a blast.

The last day of school for students is June 15. Staff will be at the school until the 20th.


That’s all the news for this week. Until next week, take care, and don’t stop learning!



Calais American Legion

VA Clinic Open House! L-R Megan Stewart Service Representative to Angus King, Commander Mike, Brandi Leathers-Maine Staff Assistant to Bruce Poliquin, Michael Noyes-Staff Assistant to Susan Collins, & Harry Doughty  Career Center-VA Representative.   

Michael McLean



I had a busy week with the Veterans Honor Guard. We participated in two graveside services. Friday we were in Milltown, New Brunswick, Canada for the service for Max Baker. Saturday we participated in Robbinston for the service for Grant Seeley. Both veterans will be sadly missed by family and friends. 

We donated $100 to the Veterans Honor Guard from  your donations to Project Patriotism Flags to help support their administrative and purchases of essential items to honor our Veterans.

The Department of Maine American Legion Convention will be in Bangor Friday to Sunday at the spectacular event center. I’ll be picking up the 2018 Legion and SAL membership cards. 

Any correspondence: Commander Calais American Legion Sherman Brothers Post #3, P.O. Box 311, Calais, Maine 04619. Email: Facebook: Calais American Legion. Tel: 207-214-4410(cell). Due to issues with previous provider, we now have service with US Cellular. We purchased a new phone and are paying $25 per month! 


We Served--We Deserve! Commander Mike.   


Sally Doten



I’m back.....last week my computer and internet were down and out; no news could be forwarded to the Advertiser. They prefer the town news be forwarded by email so it can be easily transferred to the paper.  Okay, with that being said, here we go for the Baring news.

Congratulations to Greg Smith of Calais High School and Baring, Maine. Greg was awarded the state V.F.W. Maine Teacher of the Year for promoting citizenship education in the classroom. Mr. Smith has taught at the high school for 27 years and is respected by both staff and students.

Have you driven through town to see all that flags that were donated. Each flag represents a family member that has served in the military or law enforcement. Thank you for taking part in this display. It shows our love of country, town, and family.  If you still want a flag displayed by your home, you can bring it to me and I will see that it’s put up.

Sending out get well wishes to Judy Antoniello who is a patient at Calais Regional Hospital. Judy hasn’t been feeling well this week and decided it was time for a visit to the emergency room. After many tests and consultations she was admitted for observation.

Hey, Reed (Buddy) Johnson, guess your whining did the trick as I see Dottie Johnson has returned to write local news and treat us with her sense of humor from the farm.

On Thursday I drove to Bangor to deliver a friend to the doctor. After the appointment we enjoyed lunch at Applebees and an ice cream in Brewer.  I think we talked every mile of the way. I can’t imagine!

It is so good to see the clean up work that Peter Howland and Billy Howard have done with their properties on Route 1. It really looks so much better. Good work, guys.

More congratulations are going out to Don Barnes, my up-the-road neighbor, who is retiring this year from the Automotive Program at St. Croix Regional Vocational Center.  Don has taught there for over 20 years and now wants to relax and do more car racing. I’m not sure what races he participates in but I do know I can hear him revving up the engine when he loads the car on to the trailer. Good luck, Don, and enjoy all this free time.

How have you enjoyed the hot weather? All of a sudden summer has arrived. I must admit that I hate the heat and really enjoyed the cooler air of spring.

Jim and I recently had an overnight guest here. Do you remember Pastor Chris Stevens that was at the 2nd Baptist Church? He needed a place to “crash” as he put it and chose us. It was fun remembering the good times we had while he was in Calais. It was great reminiscing.

We have newly weds in town. Brent Gibson and Julie (don’t know her maiden name) were united in marriage on June 3. Best wishes to the happy couple.

I almost forgot to say another congratulations to Barbara McLean.  She was awarded “The Excellance Award 2017” from Calais Regional Hospital. Barbara is most deserving of the award. Her hard work and dedication to the job are unbeatable.

Welcome back to Baring, Mike and Angela Foggia. Did you bring this heat up from Florida? Nice to see you back for the summer.

Kind thoughts with tears go out to Gilda McPhee. Gilda and dog Lucky were just part of the natural scenery around here. They walked two or three times a day and always stopped and chatted with neighbors on their rounds. Lucky had been diagnosed with arthritis in his hips and did have some lameness. While out walking about two weeks ago, he became seriously lame and had to be carried home. After a quick visit to a local veterinarian cancer was discovered and Lucky passed over the Rainbow Bridge. My dog Sammy misses his daily visits. It is so hard to lose a beloved pet.

And before I close, I need to send out love and sympathy to the family of Vicki Lincoln. Vicki was a much loved paramedic with local ambulance services. She and I worked together at McGovern’s Ambulance Service a few years back. She will be missed by her family, friends,  and many co-workers. Rest in peace, Vicki.

So with all of the above, I think I have about covered the town. It took me awhile to remember all this!  Did I miss any thing? Are you keeping secrets from me? I will have a difficult time earning my 30 cents if you don’t share your life with me. Call me, email me, or message me on Facebook when you want to share events.

Hope to see you next week.