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Town News


Sharon Frost



July 1st Canada Day - The fragrant Alexander MacKenzie shrub rose, which offers raspberry red flowers was named for a famous Canadian Explorer  and bred to survive harsh Canadian winters.

July 3rd Dog Days begin. Crush a few basil leaves in your hand. The released oils will keep flies away.

A private burial service was held at Mays for David Seamans last Wednesday. His mother Charlotte Ann, daughter Cheryl and her children attended from Fairfax, VA. It has been a few years since I’ve seen Charlotte. Just like the rest of us, has a few problems.

Music on the Green on Wednesday, July 5th, will be Jenny and the Country Gentleman.

Eastport Farmers’ market is held on Washington St. next to the Eastport Post office, Saturday’s 10- noon until September.

Welcome home Jean Woodside!

On Saturday I attended a graveside service for Bob and Yvonne McIninch ay Old Ridge, N.B. cemetery. A wonderful service done by Anthony Giard. Some favorite hymns were played, roses passed out by family members who attended, many friends of Cindy’s also attended. A delightful outside table of food and barbeque were enjoyed at Buck & Cindy’s home following the burial a great afternoon as always.

Birthday Wishes: Angela Clark, Sherri Reynolds, April Free, Pam Ivey, Mary Hazelwood

The flags around town look so nice. Thanks to Mike McLean!

To Sandi Sawyer: congratulations on 47 years of service at Calais High School. You are a wonderful lady. May you enjoy everyday to the fullest.

I heard great reports on your write up on low testosterone that was in last week’s Advertiser, Dr. Wilkinson. Keep it coming!


Ed Hogan is a patient at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Thoughts and prayers are with him.



Sandra Smith


If anyone says they are bored living in Princeton, well they just need to read the paper. This week was full of so many activities I could hardly keep up with it all.

On Monday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. the Parks and Recreation Committee had their final planning meetings at the Princeton Town Office for the Fresh Water Festival. This is only the second year and they have been working on this since January. It has taken many volunteer hours and they succeeded in making it a terrific event (see story).

Also on Monday, was the Princeton Annual Town Meeting held at the Princeton Elementary School. Attendance was above last year, a bit over forty residents came out the take the opportunity to discuss the budget and vote. The first articles were on the school budget. There has been an increase in enrollment which is now at 139 students. All the articles were passed with the exception of the request for $13,000 for a building for a historical society. Also a vote was needed for the new Flood Plain Plan. That also was passed.

We are already into the fifth week of the Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market and our luck held out again with beautiful weather. Hopefully the gardens will start cooperating. All the vendors really appreciate community support of the market. They are planning the first special event on July 20 with a barbeque and live music.

The St. Croix Regional Family Health Center’s topic for this past Thursday was a discussion about medicare. This week June 29 from 1:30-2:30 Christine Morris, Behavioral Health Consultant, will provide pre-diabetes screenings and discuss diabetes prevention. Join them for light refreshments and time for catching up with old friends and new. Call 796-5503 for more information.

Wednesday, was Princeton Library’s Story Hour, Heidi, the librarian, read two stories: one about family camping and one about a dad and his children fishing. The snack was a campfire made from cheese, pretzels and grapes and the craft project a tent made from popsicle sticks on paper. The children really enjoyed the stories and loved the edible campfire!

The Princeton Library will be busy this week with the start of the “Let’s Talk About It” reading series. Previous participants have been looking forward to it and we have some new people this year as well. Then the library’s new summer program from the University of Maine 4-H Summer Science Series starts. The first activity (The Language of Engineering Drawings) will be on Wednesday, June 28 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Library. Also don’t forget the new summer reading program for our young patrons. Every book they read they will get a ticket. At the end of the summer, there will be a drawing for a tablet.

And in case you need something to do on Friday, this looks like a great opportunity to learn more about our area. “The Downeast Lakes Land Trust welcomes Bill Cobb, Director of the Maine Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA). FFLA is a national organization that is involved in research of current and former forest fire lookout sites, ground cabins and early forest fire detection methods, and promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of Lookouts. Starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Lake Stream School Building, Mr. Cobb will give a presentation about several historic fire towers in the Downeast region, including the much beloved Grand Lake Stream tower that sits atop Indian Hill. The GLS Tower was built in 1934, and is currently the oldest standing, enclosed wooden tower in Maine, and potentially New England. Following the presentation, they will take a group walk up to the GLS Tower to examine the site. For more information, please contact DLLT at (207) 796 - 2100 or email”

Finally, I was sent this story about a couple of young people reaching their goals and looking to do more. Emily Curtis is from Princeton and Sophie McVicar from Calais. They are members of an 8th grade girls Amateur Athletic Union basketball team from Central and Eastern Maine called the “Gilman Street Surge”. They have won the Zero Gravity Northern New England Championship as well as securing the title of 2017 Maine AAU State Champions. In July, they will be attending the AAU National Championships in Orlando Florida. Also they are looking for sponsors for help in attending this event. Call Sarah Curtis at 796-6310 for more information.

Reminders about the town schedules: The town office closes at noon on Friday, June 30 for end of year posting. The town office and library will be closed for the holiday on Tuesday, July 4. Roadside trash pickup on Wednesday, not Tuesday due to July 4 holiday. The Board of Selectmen’s meeting will be Thursday, July 6.

Upcoming Activities Reminder

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

June 29 - St. Croix Regional Family Health Center, Princeton Summer Series: Diabetes Screening and Prevention, Thursday 1:30-2:30.

July 5 - 4-H Science Stem Series, “Chromatography” for children Wednesday, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Princeton Library

July 10 - “Let’s Talk About It” reading series at 7:00 p.m. at the library

July 20 - Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market Barbeque and Music


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



Kids are enjoying Vacation Bible School this week at the Baring Baptist Church. I drove by just in time to see Wayne Ingersoll getting dunked. The theme of the week is “Submerged.” Grab your friends and spend some time with the crazy antics at VBS. All are invited. I hope to hear that Pastor Bob gets dunked before the week is over.

Eddie and Evelyn Noddin entertained at their home this week. Visitors were Eddie’s aunt Ruth Alexander and her daughter Gail from Bridgewater.  They all enjoyed a tour and lunch in St. Andrews. Also back for another visit were Jim and Maggie (Brooks) Payne.

On Sunday Jim had a trip to the ER at Calais Regional Hospital. He had an allergic reaction from the hairs of a gray moth worm. He suffered through four days of scratching before he finally gave in to see a doctor. Are all men so stubborn?

Sonny and Rita Stewart are spending a lot of time on Route 9. They both have had doctors’ appointments in Bangor. Hope you both are A-OK.

The bill to approve changing the town lines at the Baileyvllle Industrial Park has passed in this session of the State Legislature. Baring will give up parcels of land to Baileyville and in exchange we will receive police and fire coverage from our neighbors to the north. 

The following paragraph was taken from the book “A History of Baring” by Clifford Chase. It was written in 1925:

“Baring celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of her incorporation on July 4, 1925, although the exercise extended over a three day period. The festivities opened with a ‘Grand Ball’ in the Town Hall on the evening of Friday, July 3. The Hall was filled to capacity with townspeople and many ‘oldtimers’ who had returned for the celebration. The following day the parade was in the forenoon, while in the afternoon there was a ball game between Baring and Calais with a variety of sports on the ball diamond in the old ‘Railroad Field.’  The parade was, without a doubt, the largest and most colorful ever held in the town, featuring many floats depicting early events in the town’s history. The town was thronged with people, the largest crowd ever assembled in the streets of this quiet little village. A salmon dinner was served to several hundred people in the vestry of the Methodist Church in Upper Mills and a supper of ‘Bean-Hole’ beans and brownbread was served in the Baptist Vestry in Baring. On Sunday, July 5th, a program was carried out in the Baptist Church.”

I hope you enjoy going back in history with me. I love reading about the “good old days” and hope you do too.

See you next week. If you want more history, let me know. I’m sure I can find something. Stay well and smile.




Kathy Mekelburg



On June 13th there was a referendum to vote to approve or disapprove a bond issue concerning funding for a study to decide the roads and bridges and other infrastructure that need work. Only 27 voters turned out and the results were 13 yes and 14 no. Many voters were confused about what they were voting for. There should be a law that referendums be written in a way that everyone could understand. This Friday evening, there will be a special town meeting at 7 pm to discuss the new floodplain plan for Robbinston. It will take place at the former school. It is important that you attend because there will be a vote on the issue on Monday, July 10th at the fire station from 12:45 - 7:00 pm.

It was children’s Sunday at the Sewall Congregational Church last Sunday. Helen Brooks and her Kids’ Club conducted the service. Pastors Colin and Ron participated. Each child received a plant and a journal as they left. Everyone sang a hymn, then each child chose a rhythm instrument and marched around the church singing “Onward Christian Soldiers”. One boy played “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” on the trumpet and then one of the girls “Dance Before the Lord” on her violin. A boy sang “Jesus Loves Me”, 6 of the kids, helped by Pastor Ron played “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “Joy To The World”. The kids taught everyone the Swahili hymn “We Are Marching in the Light of God”. Then the kids played a version of musical chairs by standing and passing around an object while Helen played “For the Beauty of the Earth”. I had to  leave just before the end. Edward Browne from Machias attended to celebrate his 98th birthday.

I hope to see all of you at the town meeting on Friday.


Sincere sympathy to families of Cliff Brooks and Dale Wing.

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


For many people of all ages the Grand Lake Stream July 4th Celebration brings back all kinds of memories. Let’s do a quick memory check: What year did John Arcaro do that great paper mache of a Maine Guide? What year was there an assembled small band that played while riding in a boat?  What year was the beautiful paper mache eagle flapping its wings presented?  Two years later followed with the eagle and the eaglelet?? What year was it that the young guide ended up falling out of his tree stand and while being pestered by a black bear? Can you remember what year the GLS Historian Society entered the Society’s early fire pumper and who helped with the pushing of the unit? What instrument (non-electric)was played at the Guide’s Wharf service by the same musician? Think of the many parade marshalls over the years. The great family floats from several of the Grand Lake Stream families have always made a significant contribution to the parade. Plan your day to celebrate Grand Lake Stream America. More details available on the July 4th web page.

School is out for the season. Before long ball games will start in the park. The educational programs sponsored by the Land Trust start on July 4th and the joy of summer will be in full swing!

Please send in your news to be shared with the readers of the column.


Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough at 796-2286 or at


Calais American Legion

Michael McLean



Troy Ramsdell and I were the Honor Guard on Sunday for the graveside service for Larry Bailey. He will be sadly missed by family and friends. 

I’ve started sending out 2018 membership cards. Please remit $33.00. I’m challenging all veterans to continue your mission and join the VFW or the American Legion. We need your support, so we can continue to support our veterans and their families. 

I will be marching with the Veterans’ Honor Guard on the 4th  of July in Eastport. 

I want to thank Todd and Lisa Smith for donating the 3 flags for the Calais Triangle Park! We hope to have a ceremony one of the Tuesday’s before Music on the Green.

I want to thank management and these two linemen, Nick Hanson and Matt Carle from Eastern Main Electric for their support mounting approximately 16 flags up Hinckley Hill!  Our community really comes together for our veterans.

Any correspondence: 


Commander Calais American Legion Sherman Brothers Post #3, PO Box 311, Calais, Maine 04619. Email: Facebook: Calais American Legion. Tel: 207-214-4410(cell). Please leave message. We Served--We Deserve! Commander Mike.