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Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough 

Grand Lake Stream Folk Arts Festival July 29 and 30th

”Our little festival brings together artists, artisans, and craftsmen to display and demonstrate their works, musicians to perform and entertain, and families and friends from near and far to enjoy all of this in a magical setting just off the beaten path. We hope you’re planning to join us in this celebration of Grand Lake Stream’s natural beauty and unique cultural heritage. We promise you won’t be disappointed!!”

The Maine Professional Guides Association won a $10,000 grant from the Maine Office of Tourism to create a member directory to distribute out of state. For more details go to the The Maine Guides Association website.

The community picnic  this week will be held at the Whitely Camp on Bonny Brook Road. You can get there by cart or ATV or by boat. A beautiful spot and sunsets that just require taking of pictures.

THREE MILES DOWN ON THE LEFT.  LOOK FOR CARS AND A FLAG. Gather at 5:00 or after. Bring a dish to contribute. Everyone is invited to attend. This event is a great community mixer.

This week’s “Serious Skills” program on July 27th is Fly Fishing on Grand Lake Stream.  Join Registered Maine Guide Todd Cushing for a half day fly fishing experience on the famous Grand Lake Stream!  Next week’s “Explorations & Adventures” program will be on Tuesday, August 1st.  Join DLLT Education and Outreach Manager Colin Brown for a hike along the Tower Hill Trail – DLLT’s newest trail!  These programs meet every Tuesday and Thursday at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 9:30 am.

Also, be sure to visit DLLT’s booth at this year’s Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival.  Check out everything that the Downeast Lakes Community Forest has to offer!

Be sure and send in your news to share with the column readers! 

Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-796-2286 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com.

Alexander/Crawford

Cassie Oakes

 

Karen Poor, the Town Clerk and Tax Collector for the Town of Alexander has posted that the Town Office will be closed July 28th, for a personal day.

On August 1st, 8th and the 15th there will be a Hunter’s Safety Course at the Alexander School, from noon until four (immediately following the AES Summer Library Program.  For more information or to register please contact Lenny Hanson at 454-8733.

While we are on the topic of the summer library, last week 21 children and 10 adults attended the program.  Lots of fun was had while coffee filter butterflies and bug houses were made.  Kids enjoyed signing out books, and the opportunity to play in the rice table, and the sand table.  They also enjoyed a picnic lunchtogether and watermelon provided by Cortney Kinney.   There is still time to join the fun; Summer Library meets every Tuesday from 10 until noon, come for a few minutes or for the whole time it is up to you.  The only stipulation is to come ready for fun.  This program is run completely by volunteers so all children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. 

The Alexander Grange met on Wednesday, July 19th for their regularly scheduled meeting.  For the lecturer’s program, Elizabeth McVicar shared several pieces of Grange history with the group including programs from the 60’s and several newspaper clippings.  Grange members in attendance enjoyed seeing folks that are gone now in the photos, including family members.  Discussion during the evening included several up coming events; the first on the agenda will be on Saturday, August 5th when they will be having an Artisan/Craft Fair taking place at the Grange Hall from 9-2.  There is limited inside space so the Grangers are offering space for free outside, bring a table and awning/tents and set up for the day for no fee. There will be no admission and light concessions will be served.   For more information call Deb Hanson at 454-8733, Liz McVicar at 454-2838 or Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344.

Also coming in August to the Grange will be a Brunch and Brush with Rosa Subialdea, stay tuned for more information or check out the Alexander Grange #304 facebook page.   And in October here is a little teaser for another Grange activity. “Make a Family Dinner and join the “Dons” for a wonderful evening of great food and conversation.

The Grange meeting ended with a little going away party for Carlos Oakes Jr.  as it was his last meeting before heading back to Florida.  He was surprised and entertained by a song he had never heard before sung to him “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Charlie White, Jolene Thornton, 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 Brandon Niles, Barbara McArthur, Dan Snyder, Ellie Sanford, Dean Beauchamp, Tamey Holmes, Fabio Napoleoni, Mike Howell, Dana Niles III, Seth Edgerly, Weibly Dean, Kerry Holmes and Sherry Roussell.

Upcoming Anniversary wishes go out to Jimmy and Deneikia Greenlaw Jancki, Kerry and Tamey Holmes and Chad and Abby Davis. 

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

This week has been a quiet week at FBC where I chilled with friends and went to McDonald’s for lunch on Friday.  I did take Thursday off and traveled to Bangor to take my nephew Carlos Jr. to the airport to meet his mom and then he headed out to spend a week with the other side of his family before heading back to Florida.  I will tell you one thing for sure; our house is certainly quiet and a bit boring with out him.  On Sunday I was blessed to be able to attend the Methodist Church in Woodland and here the folks from ARISE (a faith based addiction recovery program) share about their program, how it came to be and the work that they do along with the testimonies for some of the participants.  Let me tell you if you get the chance to hear about this program, do.  It was a very interesting, heart warming and moving morning.

If you have anything you would like me to share in this column, celebrations, bragging rights or news you can email me at  ptcfan@hotmail.com, 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.

 

Princeton

 

Noelle and Pete Gould at Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. (Submitted photo).


Sandra Smith

 

On Tuesday, the St. Croix Regional Family Health Center had an open house. A very nice event (see separate story and photos).

Also on Tuesday, the Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee held their meeting. New officers were elected as follows: Meredith Carle, president; Jan Campbell, vice-president; Jason Theriault, treasurer and Monica Laney, secretary. Plans for the dance, mission group’s visit, slip’n slide, and kickball game with Baileyville were discussed. There was an unanimous vote for the winner of the kickball T-shirt design by Emma Hiland.

Wednesday was a very busy day at the library. First from 2-3:00 p.m. twelve youngsters took part in the 4-H Science Series and learned about air pressure through the eyes of an environmental engineer. Then from 4-5:00 p.m. seven children celebrated “Christmas in July” with two books read by Heidi, a melted snowman cookie treat, and craft project of a decorating a foam Christmas tree that could be used as a book mark.

On Thursday, at Brewer Andrews Field from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. the Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market held their extra special barbeque and music event. Joe and Wayne grilled hot dogs and burgers with sides dishes and desserts. Musicians Noelle & Pete Gould, long time market supporters, provided their fun repertoire of folks songs. Many vendors were on site to celebrate as well. The market will continue every Thursday from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, the Princeton Parks and Recreation Committee held a dance at the basketball courts at Brewer Andrews Field. In addition to music the Committee offered soda and water, popcorn, candy and cupcakes. Unfortunately the threat of rain kept the turnout someone less than expected. Their next planned event is a Slip’n Slide on August 4.

On Saturday and Sunday was the Indian Days Celebration on Indian Township. I was able to attend on Sunday and was there in time for the grand entry and blessing from the Passamaquoddy Spiritual Leader, Joan Dana. The tribute to veterans and then later to those who have died is always a time to contemplate the past for all of us. Three groups of drummers: one from the township, a second from Sipayik, and and third from Presque Isle added to the impressiveness of this celebration.

The Stroudwater Christian Church Mission Group is here in Princeton this week to work on some special projects for the Brewer Andrews Field and provide activities for the children. This is their seventh year coming to this area to help with emergency home repair and community building projects.

Finally don’t forget the neighboring Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

Upcoming Activities Reminder

July 26 - 4-H Science Series at the library Continues 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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

July 29-30 - Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival

August 1 - Princeton Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting 6:30 p.m. at the town office

August 2 - Last 4-H Science Series class at the library 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

August 4 - Slip’n Slide at Brewer Andrews Ball field at 6:00 p.m.

August 7 - “Let’s Talk About It” reading series at 7:00 at the library

August 9 - Princeton Library Committee Meeting

August 15 - Princeton Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting 6:30 at the town office

August 16 - Princeton Library Story Hour 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

August 18 - Princeton vs. Woodland Kickball Game at Woodland at 6:00 p.m.

 

To send me news, just drop me a note princetonnews@outlook.com 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.

 

Alexander/Crawford

Cassie Oakes

 

Karen Poor, the Town Clerk and Tax Collector for the Town of Alexander has posted that the Town Office will be closed July 28th, for a personal day.

On August 1st, 8th and the 15th there will be a Hunter’s Safety Course at the Alexander School, from noon until four (immediately following the AES Summer Library Program.  For more information or to register please contact Lenny Hanson at 454-8733.

While we are on the topic of the summer library, last week 21 children and 10 adults attended the program.  Lots of fun was had while coffee filter butterflies and bug houses were made.  Kids enjoyed signing out books, and the opportunity to play in the rice table, and the sand table.  They also enjoyed a picnic lunchtogether and watermelon provided by Cortney Kinney.   There is still time to join the fun; Summer Library meets every Tuesday from 10 until noon, come for a few minutes or for the whole time it is up to you.  The only stipulation is to come ready for fun.  This program is run completely by volunteers so all children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. 

The Alexander Grange met on Wednesday, July 19th for their regularly scheduled meeting.  For the lecturer’s program, Elizabeth McVicar shared several pieces of Grange history with the group including programs from the 60’s and several newspaper clippings.  Grange members in attendance enjoyed seeing folks that are gone now in the photos, including family members.  Discussion during the evening included several up coming events; the first on the agenda will be on Saturday, August 5th when they will be having an Artisan/Craft Fair taking place at the Grange Hall from 9-2.  There is limited inside space so the Grangers are offering space for free outside, bring a table and awning/tents and set up for the day for no fee. There will be no admission and light concessions will be served.   For more information call Deb Hanson at 454-8733, Liz McVicar at 454-2838 or Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344.

Also coming in August to the Grange will be a Brunch and Brush with Rosa Subialdea, stay tuned for more information or check out the Alexander Grange #304 facebook page.   And in October here is a little teaser for another Grange activity. “Make a Family Dinner and join the “Dons” for a wonderful evening of great food and conversation.

The Grange meeting ended with a little going away party for Carlos Oakes Jr.  as it was his last meeting before heading back to Florida.  He was surprised and entertained by a song he had never heard before sung to him “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Charlie White, Jolene Thornton, 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 Brandon Niles, Barbara McArthur, Dan Snyder, Ellie Sanford, Dean Beauchamp, Tamey Holmes, Fabio Napoleoni, Mike Howell, Dana Niles III, Seth Edgerly, Weibly Dean, Kerry Holmes and Sherry Roussell.

Upcoming Anniversary wishes go out to Jimmy and Deneikia Greenlaw Jancki, Kerry and Tamey Holmes and Chad and Abby Davis. 

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

This week has been a quiet week at FBC where I chilled with friends and went to McDonald’s for lunch on Friday.  I did take Thursday off and traveled to Bangor to take my nephew Carlos Jr. to the airport to meet his mom and then he headed out to spend a week with the other side of his family before heading back to Florida.  I will tell you one thing for sure; our house is certainly quiet and a bit boring with out him.  On Sunday I was blessed to be able to attend the Methodist Church in Woodland and here the folks from ARISE (a faith based addiction recovery program) share about their program, how it came to be and the work that they do along with the testimonies for some of the participants.  Let me tell you if you get the chance to hear about this program, do.  It was a very interesting, heart warming and moving morning.

If you have anything you would like me to share in this column, celebrations, bragging rights or news you can email me at  ptcfan@hotmail.com, 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

 

Kayla Garriott with Michael McLean during the 6th Annual Riding for A Voice event - an event that aimed to raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse.

 

Michael McLean

454-3435

 

Troy Ramsdell and I were the Color Guard for the Riding for a Voice event on Saturday. It was a great turnout of motorcycles and vehicles. We want to thank Kayla Garriott and all the volunteers and participants for showing so much support to our veterans and our community. 

Membership cards are still being sent out and a large amount of returns. Please do not let your Legion longevity elapse. 

 

Any correspondence: Calais American Legion Sherman Brothers Post #3, PO Box 311, Calais, Maine 04619. Email: calleg3@yahoo.com. Facebook: Calais American Legion. Tel: 207-214-4410(cell). Please leave message! We Served--We Deserve! Commander Mike.   

 

 

 

 

Meddybemps

Linda Baniszeski 

 

Big news around Meddybemps!  Use caution when travelling Route 191 during the process of repaving from Cooper through Meddybemps and hopefully into Baring.  It slows things down quite a bit while traveling to and from Machias and Calais -- but, well worth the inconvenience.  This activity seems to have spurred Terry Reynolds and Barry Baniszeski to seal their own blacktop driveways and parking areas.

Tiffany Townsend has once again done an outstanding job of planting and maintaining the flower bed in front of Meddybemps Community Center.  

Summer sun and heat has returned to Meddybemps, with a few intermittent storms.  The worst storm of the past week knocked out the electric for a couple of hours.  One summer resident reports that lightning struck a large tree next to their camp and it followed the roots into the house.  It blew a door off the hinges and left mattresses smoking and inhabitants quite shaken.  Thankfully, no one was hurt.

During the above storm and two others, we saw bolts of lightening that completely illuminated the sky, and mighty thunder that shook the house.  Scuffy spent the storms hiding and shivering in a closet.  We are anticipating beautiful weather with occasional showers throughout the coming week.  Good news for the many summer residents and visitors enjoying vacations here this week.

On our lane alone, we see license plates from Virginia, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, plus Maine visitors from other parts of the state.  Mindy Brown is here, and celebrated her birthday with the extended Reynolds and Smith families on Saturday night at Terry Reynolds’ home.   Also celebrating birthdays in the coming week are Kathy Bell (27), Dickey Bell (28), Florence “Boots” Johnson (30), Christine Dickey (31), and Jane Gillespie on August 1st.  

Jeff Brown was back in town for the weekend.  Arriving for vacations from Pennsylvania are Karen and Dennis Gilbert, their son, daughter-in-law and three grandsons; and Patti and Rich Lentz.  From South Carolina and Virginia, respectively, are my sister, Michele and her daughter Andrea, for their annual mother-daughter road trip.  

Summer resident Meg Rotherberg was seen at the post office getting her mail.  John has been here and gone back to New Jersey, to possibly return later.  Meg is anticipating bringing her mother, Marcie, back to Maine in August for the annual time at camp.  Marcie is at a rehab center in New Jersey recovering from a recent fall.  Best wishes for her continued recovery and complete healing.   Last Friday night, we encountered Diane (Arbo) James and her husband Carey at The Chowder House in Eastport.  Diane is back and forth from Orrington throughout the year, helping to care for her parents, Ed and Maxine Arbo.  

On the wildlife front, the ‘grackle gang,’ aka a flock of grackles, visited our bird feeder en masse.  The duck families continue to relish the cracked corn in their trough in the woods adjacent to the lakeshore.  Clocks could be set based on the times they come and go for meals.  They do not completely rely on the corn, though; and the mother ducks are seen teaching the young ones how to dive for fish and eat insects on the lake surface.  Bullfrogs and loons eminating from the direction of Mike Johnson’s properties create dramatic night sounds

Snowshoe rabbits, red squirrels, chipmunks, and even house cats, continue to torment Scuffy, daring her to catch them if she can, from morning ‘til night.  While visiting at the Gilbert camp, a tricky chipmunk lured Scuffy onto shoreline rocks where she nearly tumbled down into the water, and then into the woods edge.  The chippy then doubled back and perched on an evergreen branch over the water.  One could practically hear the chippy snickering at its deceit.    

Come on Meddybempsters!  We know who the great resident photographers are.  Where are your photo submissions to The Calais Advertiser?  We want to see your wildlife shots in the news.

 

Please advise your news to LBaniszeski@myfairpoint.net or phone 454-3719.


Baring

Sally Doten

454-2625

 

Hello! The weeks go by so fast that I almost forget to write this wonderful column you all enjoy. I hope you got out and felt the sunshine of last week. The weather was great for all summer activities. I’m am sitting here on this Monday night watching raindrops come by the windows. The ground needs this water. The gardeners appreciate the drops and the lawns are drying up. This will help turn everything  lush green again. 

Please remember Kaloua Cookson as you say your prayers tonight. She is now a patient at Bridgham Women’s Hospital in Boston and the recipient of a double lung transplant.  From what I hear from the family she is doing well and possibly can be moved to ICU tomorrow. She will certainly have a long recovery period but this procedure is giving her another chance at life. Stay strong, Kaloua, we are all pulling for you.

Jim and I had a cook-out on the shores of the Dennys River on Sunday. A perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon. Thank you to Kevin and Beth for providing the meal. We had a great time.

Connor Cook has returned home from visiting his father and stepmother in Craig, Alaska. Craig is on the Prince of Wales island in southern Alaska. While on his 4-week trip he went fishing with his father and caught a 50 pound halibut that measured 56 inches long! What an exciting adventure for this young man. Connor is the son of Patty and Scott Ferguson here in Baring.

Fred and Tina Erskine have returned home after spending time in Boston with his mom, Kaloua. They plan on going back and forth several times while she is there.

Our grandson, Alex Doten, is here for a week. He is spending most of his time with Dennis & Rhonda Doten, but will be the guest of his Aunt Beth for lunch on Wednesday. He will be here to help me put up my porch lights before he heads back to Kennebunk.

Ann Brackett and I had breakfast at “The School House Restaurant” in Princeton on on Wednesday. I was Ann’s chauffeur as she had a doctor’s appointment at the St. Croix Medical Center. The breakfast and appointment were both good.

Sonny and Rita Stewart have returned home after attending a family reunion in the Augusta area. A good time was had by all.

Sending good thoughts out to Bertha Johnson and Ruth Johnson. I hope you’re both feeling well.

I was so sad to read that Shirley Tracey died this week. Shirley worked with me in the office at Calais Memorial High School and then moved to Brewer where she was employed by the Brewer School Department. She was a sweet, dear lady. My sympathy goes out to her two children, Garry and Kim.

Want to hear my tale of woe for the week? You don’t? That’s too bad because I’m going to tell you anyway. My washing machine decided it didn’t want to spin the clothes. It would fill up, wash, spin, fill up, and stop. And my printer refused to do anything at all. It wouldn’t even recognize me when I hit the “print” button. So, I called repair service for my washer. David Perkins, my favorite repairman, arrived and told me, “The whole board that tells the machine to what to do is gone. I will order one for you.” Oh, goody, that made my day. One good point, it is still under warrantee, no charge for the board. I have a two year guarantee on the washer. So if that is the case, if this new board “wears out” will it be covered for two years? No, the next one will have to be paid for no matter how long it lasts. Well, OK, I need the part, just fix it. In the meantime, I have to start the washer on one setting, let it wash, turn it to another setting to rinse, and another to spin.

The printer is working as of today. My former student and friend, Rick Lord, came when called. Spectrum had put a new WiFi thing in and didn’t set my printer to match. I should have called them and yelled but decided not to; I trusted Rick more. End of my woes. 

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

 

sdoten@roadrunner.com