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Town News


Sharon Frost



A heritage service to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday was held on Sunday at the Presbyterian Church in St. George It is the oldest Church building in Canada.

Music on the Green Concert for July 11th is Averill Lovely - Acoustic Americana, at 6:30 p.m.

Had another Uncle pass last week, sure has been a stretch of deaths this year.

July 7th Piano recital at The Eastport Arts Center Gregory Biss.

A few tidbits on July 26th we celebrate the Festival of St. Anne’s with a market craft table, flowers, homemade baked goods, sweets, candies, pies and much more. Will keep you updated.

I enjoyed a beautiful Sunday. Dayton, Eunice and I drove to McAdam to tour the train station. The village was packed with people, there were train rides, free coffee, tours and a lovely supper served at the Legion Hall. Wayne, Dana Trafton, daughter Krista and her son were there, they were going to visit Dana’s brother and family for a cookout. The people are so kind and love to talk. We had lunch in St. Stephen on our way home, that road to McAdam leaves a lot to be desired. It is rough!

They celebrated from Thursday to Sunday. Street dance, country jamboree, parade, fishing derby, fireworks on twon nights, a booming weekend for such a small village, everyone gets involved.




Sally Doten



Well, as far as I can figure, Baring has been very quiet this past week. I see several cars here on the corner of Center and Honey but don’t know where they’re going or where they’ve been.

Jim is feeling better after his trip to the ER last week but still has some of the rash leftover. Hopefully, it will clear up in a few days. Husbands are not the best patients in the world!

I do want to recognize some of our young men in town who have been playing and succeeding in the baseball season. Matt Perkins and Jacob Hornbrook are playing at the high school level. Jacob was recognized for his skills in the game. Playing in the junior league is Ryley Case, son of Morgan Wescott and Ryan Case, and Kobe Saunders, son of Larry Saunders and Jayna Smith. All the boys have had many practices and traveled many miles to compete. Keep up the good work, guys, we are proud of you.

Gene & Kaloua Cookson have returned from Boston where Kaloua had medical appointments. She is on the list for a double lung transplant. sincerely hope prayers will be answered in this situation. Stay strong, Kaloua.

With all the recent talk about Calais Regional Hospital and cutting of programs, I found the following except from Clifford G. Chase written in 1956. Cliff was a prominent citizen here in Baring and a member of the state legislature. This paragraph comes from a letter he wrote to his nieces :

 “We are gradually getting the Chase Room in the Calais Regional Hospital in a presentable condition. We moved from the old building on January 14th. It was a terrific job to move patients and equipment in one day and, of course, there was a lot of confusion. Furniture belonging to one room was put in another and so on. I was down yesterday and found that our room is gradually taking shape although some of the things I have ordered have not yet arrived. It is a double room and has had two patients in it since the first day and that has made it harder to get the room straightened up. It is a cleverly designed building of thirty-six bed and a ten-bed maternity ward. It is on one floor with wings running out from the administration offices somewhat in the shape of a four-leaf clover.”

I thought the 10 bed maternity ward was interesting since that’s what is closing now in the newest hospital. These bits of history about the people of Baring have really peaked my interest of how things were so long ago. The Chase family  played a big part in this community. They owned and operated 4 mills on the St. Croix River in the 1800s. So much to learn and absorb in my little brain. I hope you enjoy looking back as much as I do.

Have a great week. I will see you in the Advertiser.



Sandra Smith


Monday, was the first week of the “Let’s Talk About It” reading series at the Princeton Library. Facilitator, Dr. Colin Windhorst channeled the discussion about how village centers went from a town pasture to a town common as well as what is a “Yankee”. The next meeting is on Monday, July 10.

On Wednesday, the library’s new summer program from the University of Maine 4-H Summer Science Series started and was taught by Sandra Copel-Parsons from the Community Education Division. The first activity was “The Language of Engineering Drawings”. The seven youngsters were completely captivated and very enthusiastic. They made drawings of a wheeled wind vehicle, crafted it, and tested it. It was rewarding to see how inspired and creative the children were for the entire time. The project for this coming week is based on detecting finger prints.

Additionally the new summer reading program for our young patrons in under way. For every book they read they will get a ticket for a drawing. Already, there are quite a few tickets in the bowl. Its great to see so many taking out books and reading this summer.

The Princeton Farmers and Artisans Market was busy on Thursday. Some of the Princeton Fire Station crew cooked hot dogs with whoopie pies for dessert and sold raffle tickets for their fund raiser of a kayak which will be drawn on July 24. Also the 4-H Club with fresh-squeezed lemonade was there along with our vendors this week who had strawberries, great salad greens, fresh eggs, bread; and wood, quilt, lace, and lotion products. The gardens are starting to produce which is important but also we have some wonderful artisans.

Friday the weather cleared and approximately thirty-five people attended the Downeast Lakes Land Trust sponsored lecture by Bill Cobb, Director of the Maine Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA). Mr. Cobb’s talk included information about the GLS Fire Tower, other local towers, the Princeton Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (CCC was a public works program that put people to work and was active in Maine from 1933-1942 and built fire towers among other projects) and the Princeton Prisoner of War Camp. After, the group hiked the half mile up Indian Hill to the tower.

On this Saturday, July 8, the Princeton Rod & Gun Club is having a roast beef dinner (turkey also available) for Greenland Point and the Rod & Gun Club. This is a major event and one of the largest Chinese Auctions of the season. It starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Rod & Gun Club. This event is organized and prepared by volunteers and help is always needed/welcomed. Even if you just have a couple of hours to come and peel potatoes, it is appreciated. Also this is a good old-fashioned fun social evening for all. It is what small towns are about.

The Friends of Princeton is once again sponsoring their Flea Wheeling event on Saturday, July 15. This is a great opportunity to clean out your shed, barn, house and set up at Brewer Andrews Field. There is no charge and in some cases ends up with more swapping than selling.

Upcoming Activities Reminder

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

July 6 - Princeton Board of Selectmen Alternate Meeting Thursday, 6:30 at the Town Office

July 8 - Princeton Rod & Gun Club Dinner and Chinese Auction 5:30 p.m.

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

July 17 - Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting 6:00 p.m. Town Office

July 18 - Princeton Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting Tuesday, 6:30 at the Town Office

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

July 24-28 - Stroudwater Christian Church Mission Group - Special Projects for Princeton

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.


Sandra Copel-Parsons teaching 4-H Summer Science Series at Princeton Library.

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


There are many reasons to enjoy living in Grand Lake Stream and this past Saturday the spaghetti dinner fund raiser was an example. Outstanding leadership steps forth and makes good events happen! Here are the specifics of the joint fund raiser sponsored by the GLS ATV Club and the West Grand Snowmobile club. It was a big group effort, served 134 meals and 10 take out. This writer had a take out with strawberry shortcake desert and it was a delicious meal!

Sue and Al LaPlant organized work crews and Sue did all the advertising.  Bonnie Gagner headed up desserts, servers were Karen and Kenny Sprague, RJ and Audrey Ammerman, Laura Schaefer, flowers sent by John and Fran Betz, Nan Sprague delivered takeout meals,  John and Jill Reddington were our imported Italian waitstaff.  Les Severance was in charge of our new SnoRabbit groomer for display. Dayle Owen and Elaine Brown were ticket sellers. Linda Curtis was great kitchen help. Bob and Sandy Clark ran the bingo event.  Judy Miller decorated the gym. The Grand Lake Stream Strummin’ Wildcats provided the music. Members of both Clubs worked together to make this event fun and successful.

During the past few years there has been numerous community pot luck picnics which have focused good company and sharing a boat ride to  the wonderful spots on West Grand Lake to picnic. Anyone is invited, bring a guest, neighbors and friends. The first Wednesday night picnic this year will be held on July 12 starting at 5:00 on the Farm Cove Dam. You can get to the Farm Cove Dam by boat, car, ATV or shank’s mare. Andrea Swift can answer additional questions by calling her at 796-5007. Come and join the group for an enjoyable early evening.

Keep sending in your happenings to the column readers so we can share your events.

Your humble Correspondent Dave McCullough at 796-2286 or

Happenings at Greenland Point Center

Whew, what a week.   Our first week of camps for this season is under our belt and a busy one it was.  Feel free to check out all the pics on our Facebook page, by searching Greenland Point Center. Parents and staff were able to get some really great shots of children truly celebrating summer.  Oh, to be a kid again, without a care in the world!

The Cash Calendar Fundraiser began July 1, and has proven a great success.  Thanks to all who participated and to Board Members, Jamie Bohanon, Chris White and Dennis Sprowl who have become “ticket selling machines!”  By the time the paper is published, we will know who was the lucky winner of the $200.00 in honor of July 4th!! Good luck for the remainder of the month, and stay tuned for our next fundraiser.

Camp is not in session this week in order that our staff can spend the holiday with their loved ones.

We wish to extend our condolences to Audrey Rood and Lil’ Bit Aud Farm on the loss of their beloved horse, Skorran. Children from Greenland Point Center are guests at Lil’ Bit Aud Farm for our Equestrian Camp.  Shortly after the departure of our children this week, Skorran passed away.  We share in Audrey’s loss and send her and her family / staff our deepest sympathy.

Camp resumes next week with Leadership / Literacy Week.  This is a fascinating week combining Leadership, Literacy and Outdoor skills for grades 5-8.  Campers will enjoy participating in the National YELL (Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning) Program. Exciting speakers will address leadership qualities, community involvement, bullying and a unique way of experiencing literacy all connected with the Woods, Water, Land and People of Maine.  Applications are still being accepted for this camp and partial scholarships available.

Also commencing next week (7/9) is Conservation Camp, for children ages 10-15.  This is the time when all young hunters and fishing enthusiasts learn safety issues.  Included in the program are: canoeing and water safety, swimming, fly casting, rifle instruction and safe gun handling, animal and fish identification, safe boat handling, archery, wildlife management, sportsman ethics, woods survival, tracking wildlife, trapping, tree identification, forest and water conservation, map and compass reading.  Upon completion of the course, Hunter and Boater Safety Certification Certificates will be issued.

For applications or inquiries on any of our programs, please call 796-5186 or email

We look forward to meeting YOU at GREENLAND POINT CENTER, PRINCETON, ME.

Calais American Legion


Michael McLean



I had another busy week! I want to thank Eastern Maine Electric again for their assistance mounting flags down Hinckley Hill to the St. Croix Country Club. They are a really impressive as you enter Calais! 

The Calais American Legion made a donation to the St. Stephen Food Pantry. We are two countries with one mission, to support our veterans and our communities! I will be marching in the Eastport Parade on the 4th, with the Veterans’ Honor Guard! Will post pictures next week. I am still sending out 2018 membership cards. I just received the SAL cards today. 

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. “We Served--We Deserve”! Commander Mike. 

Donna Linton-Coordinator Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County Inc.      



Kathy Mekelburg



Weather Summary for June, 2017: June was quite warm. The monthly mean temperature of 62.0 degrees was 2.0 degrees above normal. This was the third warmest June in 24 years of record; only June, 1999 (64.0 degrees) and June, 2011 (63.0 degrees) were warmer. Maximum temperature was 89 degrees on the 11th, while minimum was 42 degrees on the 6th. There were 6 days with daily maximums 80 degrees or higher. Greatest daily temperature range was 39 degrees on the 8th and 11th (quite high). There were 129 heating degree days or 36 below normal. Final 2016 -17 total stands at 7252 or 514 below normal. There were 46 cooling degree days or 24 above normal.

The first heat wave of the summer season occurred from the 11th - 13th with high temperatures in the upper eighties with heat indexes as high as 90 degrees. This is the earliest seasonal occurrence of a heat wave (three consecutive days with maximum temperatures 85 degrees or higher) in station records! Historically, only the heat wave of May 21st - 23rd, 1992 occurred earlier.

Rainfall totalled 3.40 inches or .96 inches below normal. Total since January stands at 32.93 inches or 6.03 inches above normal (due mainly to the very wet month of May). Maximum daily amount was 1.13 inches on the 9th. There were 12 days with measurable rainfall.

Highest barometer was 30.23 inches on the 16th, while the lowest was 29.46 inches on the 9th and 24th. Mean relative humidity was 79.6 per cent. Prevailing winds were southwest. Average speed was 2.6 miles per hour. Peak gust was 30/ssw on the 11th. There were 3 clear days, 15 partly cloudy days, and 12 cloudy days. Daytime sky cover averaged 68 per cent. There were six days with dense fog. Thunder occurred on six days (3rd, 9th, 12th, 21st, 28th, 29th). 

Six Months ( Jan. - June) : The mean temperature for the period was 39.1 degrees which was 1.7 degrees above normal, but was 0.3 degrees lower than the same period last year. Warmest such period was 41.7 degrees in 2010. Precipitation for the period was 32.93 inches which was 6.03 inches above normal, and 9.54 inches higher than the same period last year.


Cassie Oakes


There was no column last week in the paper due to the fact that I was away at Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine.  This is a magnificent camp totally 100% handicapped accessible on the beautiful North Pond.  The weather was not the best but the rain didn’t dampen our spirits.  I participated in the Drama Program, where I was the narrator of the play, “Around The World With Dawn In Eight Different Places”.   I did arts and crafts, enjoyed fireworks, danced, cooked out over an open fire and just relaxed and chilled with my friends. It was a wonderful time and I am already looking forward to next year.

Donna Harvey, of Alexander and her granddaughter Rachel Harvey have been at daughter Amy Gaudett and son-in-law Rob’s home in Meddybemps house and cat sitting while they have been away on Vacation.  Even though the weather was not as nice as they had wanted it to be.  Donna and Rachel did manage to get a few swims in but best of all got to spend time together and make memories.

Debbie and Wayne Ayers, of Crawford, have a new granddaughter, Clair Elizabeth McGovern.  Proud parents are Brittany and Michael McGovern, of Connecticut.

Welcome Home to Barrows Lake Grazina Paegle and Paul. It is great to see you jumping right in to the community activities so soon upon arriving!

Many folks in the area know Calvin White who now resides in Alexander.  Calvin will soon be turning 90 years old and there will be the opportunity to help him celebrate on July 22nd at the Spednic Club in Baileyville from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  There will be a time to share memories. Birthday cake will be served at 2:30 p.m.  No gifts please, your presence is present enough.

Word has it that the Church of the Open Bible had a great week of Vacation Bible School last week with many kids from the area attending.  The theme this year was “Over the Moat” and the kids in attendance report that it was a fun time from the 1st day to the closing day.

Crawford/Pocomoonshine Lakes Watershed Meeting will be taking place on July 21st.  For more information contact Coburn Wallace.

The next Breakneck Mountain ATV Riders Club meeting will take place on July 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Club House on the Cooper Road in Alexander, Maine.  All are welcome!

The Alexander Grange met on June 21st for a regular meeting and put some finish touches to their up coming supper to be held on June 24th and started working the Home Town Jubilee to be held on July 8th.  Lots of activities are planned beginning with a Breakfast at the Breakneck Mountain ATV Club House, a Car Show at the Alexander Elementary School, at the Grange Hall. There will be a home town parade, Free games for the kids, concessions including, dynamites, hot dogs, and sausage, a cake walk and more.  For more information contact, Susan Wallace, Liz McVicar, Deb or Len Hanson, Dale Holst, Barbara Webber or Rhonda Oakes.  

The Alexander Grange had an Old Fashion Baked Bean Supper on June 24th. They had beans, hot dogs; casseroles, salads and assorted dessert, all served family style at the table.  The Grangers would like to thank all those that cooked, donated and worked the supper.  It was a fairly low turnout but perhaps another time more folks will take advantage of the event.

The next Alexander Grange meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 19th.

The first AES Summer Library time was a huge success with 26 children taking advantage of the library, activity and playground, along with 18 adults taking the time to check out books and visit with one another.  The next Summer Library date will be July 11th from 10:00 a.m. until noon.   Some of the participants are bringing a picnic lunch and breaking at about 11:30, and everyone is welcome to participate in this activity also.  This is totally volunteer run program, so all children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Don’t forget about the Free ATV Safety Class will take place on July 11th and 18th immediately following Library at noon.  If you would like more information about this class or would like to register contact Lenny Hanson at 454-8733.

The folks from the Baileyville Methodist Church will be having guest speakers from Arise Program, a faith based program that helps those addicted to drugs during their morning worship service on July 23rd at 11:00 a.m.  All are welcome!!!

Good thoughts are being sent out to Charlie White, Jolene Thornton, Linda Bohanon, Miriam Libby, Elwin Daley, Linda Richardson, 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, Wilma Dray and Ron McArthur. 

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Gordon Seavey, Dana Porter, Heather Tenan, Alice Lingley, Ed Cislak, Wendy Martin, Bruce Baker, Dylan Howell, Keegan Newman and Wanda Smith.

Upcoming anniversary wishes go out to Gerard and Stephanie Berry and my special friends Sharon and Gerald Cooper.  

This week at Randy’s the Lucky Loser was Beverley Lawless and last week’s Lucky Loser was Donna Tracy.  Do you want to know how to be a Lucky Loser?  Stop at Randy’s and check it out.

This week was jammed full of activity for me.  The day I arrived home from Pine Tree Camp we had company at our house.  My brother Carlos, his girlfriend Crystal and her kids Myah and Curtis came to visit us from the Bath area.  I haven’t seen my brother for about 4 years and it was great to reconnect again. And Carlos Jr. was thrilled to see his father.    

Speaking of Carlos Jr., he is been spending some of the summer with us.  He is certainly one very busy boy.

Also this week I attended Keys to Life’s Kids’ Club, in Calais this week.  It was a lot of fun, with great music, a fun skit and craft not to mention a yummy snack.  If you get the opportunity I highly recommend that you check it out, every Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  

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.