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


Sharon Frost



Cherryfield Days will take place Saturday, June 24th. The theme is Disney on Display.

Congratulations to Harland Hitchings who was awarded the The Boston Post Cane by the Princeton Board of Selectmen last Wednesday. Cake and coffee was served.

A wonderful public supper was held last Friday evening at St. Anne’s. Every casserole was perfect and a delightful dessert was served.

The Calais Cemetery is looking great. The flags are flying, gravesites are decorated, everything is in order. Thanks to all the workers.

Vacation Bible School at the Baring Baptist Church is from June 26th to 30th from 5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Eastport 4th of July and Old Home Week is almost here. Lots of entertainment, cake walk, motorcycle show, craft fairs, vendors, old fashioned barbecue, dance, watermelon contest, strawberry shortcake sale, firemens’ muster, blueberry breakfast and ribbon cutting on the breakwater. The navy ship is coming, USS Nassau.

St. Andrews Farmers’ Market every Thursday 7:30 a.m. to noon through September.

Downeast Boys will be performing at the Second Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m.

A memorial service for Judith Putnam will be Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m.

If anyone is interested in sending a sympathy card to David Libby on the loss of his father, Eldon, here is his address: 133 Prince Street, Needham, MA 02492. I am sure he would appreciate it.

Cut the cake: Wayne Trafton.

Music on the Green, Triangle Park, downtown Calais Tuesdays at 6:30. June 27: Pitch Black Ribbons will be performing.


Call me with news on visitors and family who are in the area for July 4. Our readers throughout the state would love to know who is in the area.

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


Walking the streets and talking with folks there is an excitement in the air with summer officially arriving. Summer guests and family arrive from all over the world to visit with friends in a “Premier Outdoor Place in Maine.” Many travel for the great fishing, hiking, boating, ATVing as well as to enjoy the special events such as the July 4th celebration, the Annual Folk Arts Festival, the Flat water races, annual Downeast Lakes Land Trust meeting and the many educational events they sponsor. For details you can go to the web or Facebook pages of each of these organizations.

G.L.S Pine Tree Store just wanted everyone to know Wade is all done as of the end of June. Our little man has grown up and has been with us from the beginning. He is off to college to begin his new adventure in life! Les and I are very proud of him! He is moving away and getting his first apartment so if you stop and say hi bring a dishcloth or a towel, any thing to help him out. It’s going to be expensive and we all know what it’s like to start out... ! Thanks for sharing this Brinda.

Each year I get a call shortly after the drawing for the moose permits are announced from a son who asks the same question: “Did you file for a permit this year, Dad”? If you don’t file you can’t win. Oh but the truth of the statement. As an outdoors person I believe herds of wild animals need to be thinned from time to time in a planned manner. Best of luck to all the lucky drawers.

With the annual July 4th celebration just around the corner be sure and send to the column who your guests are and the adventures they enjoyed while visiting.


Dave McCullough 207-712-8294 or 


Sandra Smith


On Monday, the Parks and Recreation Committee had their meeting at the Princeton Fire Station. The group is finalizing their plans for the upcoming Fresh Water Festival starting with a dance on Friday and a full day of activities on Saturday. These young woman: Jan Campbell (214-5056), Meredith McLaughlin (214-3556), Monica Laney, Whitney Farrell with help from Tiffany and Fire Chief, Tony Ramsdell, are working hard to bring back the festival of 1994 that they remember when they were youngsters. The new events for this year are a parade with floats, (it is not too late to think of making one) and a cribbage tournament. Also vendor spaces are available. Flyers are available around town, an ad in this paper, and on the If anyone would like to help out with the activities, please give one of them a call.

On Wednesday, a busy day. First, with the Princeton Parks and Recreation Slip’n Slide activity at 12:30 at Brewer Andrews Ball Field. About 40 children participated and truly enjoyed the event. Then at 2:00 p.m. was the Harland Hitchings celebration of receiving the Boston Post Cane (see feature story).

And at 5:00 p.m., the Princeton Library Committee held their monthly meeting. Attending were: Librarian Heidi Potter, Doreen Wallace, Nancy Davies, Denise Hill and myself. We are making progress on the remaining renovation projects. On Friday, a new air conditioning system was installed. We will be installing a new book drop box on the front porch within the next month and once the ground is not so soft remove the old handicapped ramp. Heidi reported we have a number of new books for children that are now available as well as donations of two dozen books from two generous patrons, some of which have already been taken out. Furthermore, Heidi has instituted a new summer reading program for our young patrons. For every book they read this summer, they will put a ticket in the fish bowl. At the end of the summer, there will be a drawing for a tablet.

Additionally, we are excited to announce another summer program from the University of Maine 4-H Summer Science Series. This will be a series of six weeks of science activities for children ages 7-10. All materials will be provided. Some of the subjects include: Can You Catch the Water; Do Ptarmigans have Snowshoes?; Sugar Spill. This has a limited enrollment and to enroll please call Tara at 255-3345 or The first activity will be on Wednesday, June 28 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Princeton Library.

There is still time to sign up for the Maine Humanities Council in Partnership with the Maine State Library’s, “Let’s Talk About It” Series. A set of 5 books is available to borrow from the library for the program: Yankees and Strangers: The New England Town from 1636-1992. The first discussion of the first book will be Monday, June 26 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This is a good way to learn history and keep the mind working as well as just a fun social event.

The program for this week at The St. Croix Regional Family Health Center on from 1:30-2:30 featured Nancy Marshall regarding the history of Princeton. Everyone enjoyed the presentation and learned some of the less known stories about the town.

Also on Thursday, was the fourth week of the Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. Again, good weather and good attendance. Every week we have a diverse group of vendors, so be sure to check us out. Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee’s kickball game will be on every week. Join in the fun.

Saturday, I had the pleasure of being invited to celebrate Hope Carle’s graduation from high school party. As with any Princeton event, the food was better than a prized chef’s restaurant. There was barbeque style sloppy joes, salads, veggie platter, and farm themed cupcakes. I don’t want to embarrass Hope but she is an inspiration to her younger 4-H club members and has wonderful ambitions to keep growing her farm. Also she is a very conscientious dog breeder. We purchased our Corgi, Frodo, a year ago and he is a healthy, smart little guy thanks to her ongoing advice. Also this year we got Frodo a sister, Pheobe. Hope did say the females could be a bit head strong and she was so right. Poor Frodo.

Another 4-Her, Zoey, just got two goats-Hopscotch and Double Dutch. Many helpers were enlisted to help build a unique PINK barn for her.

A reminder that the Princeton Library Story Hour this week will be about summer camping, with a fun craft project and Heidi’s creative snacks. Bring the kids for this opportunity from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The St. Croix Regional Family Health Center’s topic for this Thursday from 1:30-2:30 is to help with any questions regarding your Medicare. This program can be very confusing. So, do not miss this opportunity to clarify your concerns. It is truly very important to learn the in’s and out’s of Medicare.

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

June 22 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center, Princeton Summer Series: Your Medicare Questions Answered

June 26 - Let’s Talk About It, Book Reading Series 7:00 p.m. at the Princeton Library

June 28 - 4-H Science Stem Series for children 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Princeton Library


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.




Sally Doten



I think Baring made history this week. Raise your hand if you have ever attended an outside town meeting. Raise you hand again if while you were attending that meeting you were sitting on the steps of a local church.  I don’t see any hands raised! The recent Baring Town Meeting was held on Thursday evening. One item was on the agenda - to increase the school budget by $30,000. Ten residents stood on the church steps and voted in favor of the proposal. It was a beautiful evening; the sun was setting,  the air was mosquito free,  and the meeting was adjourned 15 minutes after it started. And so goes the business of Baring.

Doug & Mary McLellan spent a few days in Casco visiting with daughter Laurie and family. Mary also had a medical appointment at Bridgton Memorial Hospital while there.

Another exciting event in town was the recent referendum vote. Per usual three people worked the polls from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. While I sat there at the Republican side of the table, nine people came through the doors to cast their ballots. At the end of the day we counted 12 votes. It was a long but interesting day. It was great to converse with those that appeared.

Sympathy is extended to the family of “Bud” Barnard. Bud passed away early Monday morning at a Machias nursing facility. Committal services will be held at the Baring Cemetery on June 29 at 2 p.m.

Recent guest in town visiting relatives were Larry and Sharon Lewis. Larry is the son of Carl and Eileen Lewis. Sharon was brought up by her grandparents (Otis and Mildred Preston)  who lived on Trott Street here in town. She and Larry have been married over 50 years. Larry is my first cousin; he was never a Moreshead, Moreside, or Doten. Not many people with origins here can claim that. It’s just another note in the complicated history of Baring.

Thank you, Billy Cassidy, for the “History of Baring” book. I appreciate the fact that you were thinking of me. It was a great surprise and your accompanying note was sweet. Again, thank you.

It is now Tuesday evening as I type away with all these headlines. I have to hit the “send” button by midnight. I hope I got everything in that I was responsible for and didn’t miss anything too important. Need to send out good thoughts to: Irene Gallway, Winnie Demmons, Bruce & Sharon Bailey, Judy Antoniello, and Barbara Baird.


Stay well and I will talk to you all later


Cassie Oakes


The next Breakneck Mountain ATV Club meets the last Wednesday of the month and they will be having their next meeting June 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Club house on the Cooper Road. All are welcome.  On the agenda for the meeting will be discussion of the July 8th breakfast.

Wednesday afternoon, June 14th there was a Flag Retirement Ceremony, hosted by the Alexander Grange.  There were approximately 25 folks several which were veterans. Thirty-six flags were retired with grace and dignity in a flag burning ceremony.  The afternoon started with local historian, John Dudley, giving an overview of how the flag came to be and was designed along with some history of Betsy Ross. Afterwards everyone was invited into the Grange for refreshments and conversation with their neighbors.

On Saturday night, June 17th the Alexander Grange sponsored a Free Family Game Night at the Grange Hall. There were 15 folks in attendance of all ages.  Many games were played, including Frozen, Beetle, LRC, Feed the Kitty, Monopoly, Guess Who and Cribbage just to name a few.

My apologies to the Alexander Grange, I made a mistake in last week’s column when I said the baked bean supper was July 24th.  The correct date is June 24th, this Saturday.

The next Alexander Grange Meeting will take place on July 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall on the Cooper Road in Alexander.  

The Alexander Annual Town Meeting will take place Monday, June 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the Alexander Elementary School.  At 6:00 p.m. before the meeting there will be a public meeting about the new Revised Flood Plan Ordinance 

The Church of the Open Bible in Alexander will be holding their annual Vacation Bible School from June 26th-30th from 9 a.m.-12:00 noon.  The Theme is “Over the Moat” for ages 3 and up.  

AES Summer Library is coming right up and will be on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until noon beginning on June 27th. Come for a few minutes or come for the entire time. 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 free 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.

Home Town Jubilee planning is up and running 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. 

Condolences are being sent out to the family of Eldon Libby.  Eldon passed away recently and was a kind and gentle soul and will be missed by all who knew him.  I have known Eldon for years through church and he was always so kind and pleasant.  Good thoughts are being sent out to his wife Miriam, son David and the rest of his family who are missing him terribly.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Charlie White, Jolene Thornton, Linda Bohanon, 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 Skip Poole, Katie Greenlaw, David Sanford, David Sanford, Leilani Lawless, Galen McDonough, Greg Holst and Beverly Holst.

I would like to send special birthday wishes out to my cousin Alison Bohanon who is a mom to two kids now and doing a fantastic job.  Happy Birthday Ali!

Also a special birthday wish goes out to my friend Gerald Cooper, who with out a doubt has been with me through many adventures. 

Upcoming anniversary wishes go out to John and Kristina Knowles and John and Pat Foley.  I wish both couples many more years of wedded bliss.

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.

This week was very eventful for me, I banged my knee and had to go to the hospital for an x-ray and luckily it was just bruised and not broken, but it did cause me to miss out on eating out this week with friends.  I am heading to camp for the next week so more than likely there will be no column in the Advertiser.  But please keep your information coming and I’ll get it in next week for you.

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.


Calais American Legion


Michael McLean



Troy Ramsdell and I attended the 99th State American Legion Convention over the weekend in Bangor. We received the Americanism Award for our commitment to Americanism programs which promote patriotism in our great country.  

I picked up the 2018 Legion Membership Cards. I will be sending them out next month with a memo to remit a $33.00 check. Please continue your longevity! The SAL cards were not available. They will be sending them out as they receive them. 

Any correspondence: Commander Calais American Legion Sherman Brothers Post #3, PO Box 311, Calais, Maine 04619. Email: Facebook: Calais American Legion. Tel: 207-214-4414(cell). Please leave message. We Served--We Deserve! Commander Mike.