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Calais American Legion

Michael McLean



Troy Ramsdell and I will be the Color Guard for this years “Breathe The Air,” “Riding For A Voice” motorcycle ride this Saturday at the Calais Motor Inn. This is a great cause supporting stopping sexual abuse. 

We will have a table for our lapel pins and we have new Calais American Legion license plates. Stop by and support our veterans!  2018 Legion membership is approximately 40. I’m still sending out cards. 


Any correspondence: 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.   



Linda Baniszeski 


 Once again, the Terry Reynolds property was overflowing with a few generations of family and friends celebrating with a party for his mother, Jean Campbell’s 85th birthday.  She is looking great and enjoyed all who gathered for this momentous occasion. Other birthday wishes this week include Dawn Winchester and Mindy Smith Brown on July 24, and Arnold Corning on the 26th.  

In sad news, we have learned that Mary Gordon, long time resident and friend of Meddybemps passed away last week. Our sympathy and prayers go to husband, Bill, sons Bob and Carl and their families.  It is difficult to realize that many long time residents have gone from our presence this year.  

There have been a number of speeding vehicles with sirens making their way through our little hamlet this week.  We have not learned if they were police chases after some desperados, or firemen on the way to assist with a fire in an outlying location.   Whatever, we thank those who protect us for being on the job.

Meddybemps Historical Society has a great collection of fascinating photos posted on its Facebook page, of town scenes and people taken over many decades.  Check it out for a walk through the past.

Various wildlife continue to wander through our properties.  Terry Rier had a porcupine on her porch one night last week.  Occasionally our motion light goes on in the middle of the night, indicating something is around.  By the time we get up to investigate, whatever it was (man or beast) seems to have been chased away by the light.

Flower and vegetable gardens are growing like crazy due to the intermittent rains between lots of warm weather and sunshine.   Tammi Smith’s garden is lush and overflowing with new growth.  We also have quite a few cucumbers, tomatoes and green peppers hanging on our plants.  In about two weeks, we expect to start gathering produce -- along with many others for sure. 


Please send your news to or phone 454-3719.

Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


The first Community Pot Luck Dinner was held at the Farm Cove Dam with 17 in attendance on a beautiful summer evening. The food and good conversation kept the mosquitoes at bay. We will meet  again at Farm Cove Dam for the next Wednesday picnic at 5:00 pm on the 19th. Bring something to share, your favorite beverage, plate, utensils and cup. Don’t forget your chair.

If you have guests or family visiting please feel free to invite them: Everyone is invited to be part of this great community mixer. Weather permitting in two weeks on the 26th we hope to plan the picnic at a beach somewhere on West Grand Lake.

The 5K race is a popular event at the July 4th activities and this past week several contestants asked to have the top placed runners information provided this week.  Here it is!

Age Group: Youth:

1) Ben Arsenault27:04

2) Nolan McCullough27:13

3) Cole Arsenault37:50

Age Group: 16 to 30:

1) Eric Mauricette18:00

2) Abby Weeks            27:41

3) Kelsey O’Neill37:07

Age Group: 31 to 50

1) Clayton Sockabasin   23:00

2) Tricia Brown23:48

3) Jamie Romano26:52

Age Group 51 to 70

1) Brett Ross24:42

2) Glenn Millner31:31

3) Lori Millner            32:11


Evan Romano, Sophie Romano, Ali Wheaton, Blaine Harsh, George Harsh and Eliot Tankel

A special thanks to the Land Trust for sponsoring this very popular event!

Recently I asked Randy Spencer for an update on his books and he shared the following. “My publisher, Skyhorse, NY, released “Wide and Deep” in paperback last week. On the covers are the three awards it won:  The New England Society, New England Outdoor Writers Association, and Outdoor Writers Association of America- -all Book of the Year Awards. It is available through Amazon, Skyhorse, NY, and local booksellers. Thanks for your interest Dave”. 

A thank you to Joanne Cannel for your note saying that you had seen MOXIE supplies at the Christmas Tree Shop for those who like to keep a Maine tradition alive and well! The last Moxie Fair I attended was held in Union and our family took teams of driving ponies to provide wagon rides for the event. Many fond memories were shared and the orange Moxie shirts were aplenty!

If you enjoy visiting Maine’s various fairs the first is this week, July 20 to 23 in Pittston which is held at the Pittston Fair Grounds.

Keep sending the lists of family reunions and camp visitors sharing your camps and homes this summer.

Remember the famous Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival is this coming week-end July 29th and 30th in GLS.


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



Sally Doten



Seems like it was a short week. Wasn’t I just sitting here writing all the excitement of Baring? I’m sure I was.

First on the agenda is to wish a speedy recovery to Olivia Smith. Liv was bitten by a tick and now has Lyme disease. She had a large rash that circled a smaller one and besides the itching of the area, she was sick to her stomach. Please be careful when you outside and used insect repellent. If you have a cat or dog, check them each time they come in from the outside. This summer has been a bad season for bites. Please be careful.

I need to welcome a “new” family to Baring. They have lived here five years but I was not aware of it until Friday when I was at Calais Regional Hospital for a brief “procedure.” My nurse in recovery was Elaine McLaughlin. She told me she lived in Baring with her husband. Well, my ears perked up with that information. “Where do you live?” Elaine and her husband Josh built a new home on Route 191. I was so happy to meet her and want to welcome her and Josh as official Baringites!

On Friday I was a 3 plus hours patient at Calais Regional Hospital. You don’t need details to why I was there. I just want to say thank you to the staff. Honestly, going into the hospital for any reason is unpleasant but the staff goes all out to make you comfortable. Thank you, staff, for making me feel so much “at home.” Comfy bed, warm blankets,  and all was a good.

Dean, Laurel, and Matt Perkins recently enjoyed the Red Sox game in Boston. I don’t know which team won but I’m sure they had a great time.

From what I can learn from all concerned, the Baring/Baileyville situation is put to rest. The fire and police in Baileyville are our official first responders. If you dial 911 for an emergency the dispatchers will call Baileyville. The town lines running through the Industrial Park have been changed and approved by the proper personnel. I would like to thank Chief Bob Fitzsimmons, Chief John McPhee, Manager Rick Bronson, Selectmen Mark Hornbrook, Ray Faulkner, and Tina Erskine all the hard work and hours they have put in to make this possible. They have put in many hours and meetings to finalize these changes. Calais Fire/EMS will remain as our ambulance service. The dispatchers in Machias at the WCRCC are aware of all changes.

I am happy to report that Ann Brackett is back home after having a knee replacement. Ann was a patient at St. Joseph Hospital and then was transferred to Ross Manor for rehab. So glad you’re feeling better, Ann.

There are still several telephone poles in town that don’t have flags. If you want to buy a 2x4 flag kit and deliver it to me, I will see that it gets put up near your home. Thank you.

I am happy to see Linda Beniszeski is back writing her Meddybemps column. I missed it the few weeks she didn’t write. Readers of the Advertiser enjoy reading about people in the area. Having local hometown news is the backbone of the paper. If you’re a Washington County native, you, no doubt, know most names you read and enjoy hearing about their latest adventures.

Thank you to all who have commented on my column. I get crazy every down and then and have to try to keep it out of the newspaper, but not always. I could tell you about swimming in the river when I was younger, or climbing over the limestone slabs that were piled by the trestle, or about playing under the old bridge that led to Upper Mills; but I won’t. All the times I did these things with other kids we never once gave a thought we were in danger, nor did we think our parents might not want us wherever we were. We simply went around doing “our thing” and managed to stay alive. It’s a miracle.


Stay well. See you in the Advertiser.



Kathy Mekelburg



On July 10th, only 17 voters showed up to vote on FERCA Flood Plan Management Ordinance. It was approved 13 to 4. This is important to those who own property on the waterside. Without this approval, it would have been difficult to obtain or retain flood insurance for those who live near the water.

Happy birthday to Devon Fullerton on the 12th, Taylor Twombley on the 13th, Chase Lord and Devin Murray on the 22nd, Chad Allen on the 28th, Kyle Warren on the 29th, Nadine Stanhope on the 31st, Gregory Candelmo on August 4th, Barbara Barnes will celebrate her 90th birthday on the 6th, Anthony Dileo on the 7th. If you would like to send Barbara Barnes a birthday card her address is West Gate Manor Center, 750 Union Street, Bangor, ME 04401.


Get well wishes to Arlene McConnell and Nadine Stanhope.



Sandra Smith


Princeton Fire Chief Tony Ramsdell next to the generator the town acquired from New Hampshire. There was a concern over losing power for any extended period of time. (Submitted photo).


Monday, was the second meeting of the “Let’s Talk About It” reading series. Twelve attendees had a discussion about the book, “A New England Town” which was mostly a statistical analysis of the basic beginnings of early town governments in New England. Everyone agreed it was a “dry subject” but also worth learning about. The next book, “A New England Girlhood”, is by Lucy Larkin, an early Lowell Massachusetts mill worker.

On Wednesday, five youngsters, as part of the 4-H Science Series at the library, built air pressured rockets and had the experience of taking them outside and having them launched successfully. The children are truly loving this opportunity.

Also on Wednesday, the Princeton Library Committee held their monthly meeting. With the new drop box in place, there is no need to use the one on the side. The next project is to remove the cement ramp. The Committee is looking to offer classes this fall for Ancestry and computer basics. Please let Heidi know if anyone would be interested and especially what kind of computer training class.

For those with an interest in Princeton history, Nancy Marshall has written an extensive article in “Memories of Maine” magazine. Copies are available at the library. Nancy also produced the two excellent dvds about early Princeton, which are available at the library as well.

On Thursday, at the usual location and time, (Brewer Andrews Field from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.) the Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market will be having their extra special barbeque and music event. Many vendors will be on site to celebrate as well as serving hot dogs, burgers, salads and desserts. It has been a difficult time for the farmers with the cold spring. Everywhere in Maine gardens are reported to be two weeks behind their usual produce availability and our area closer to three weeks. So, have patience with our market produce vendors. We are lucky to have vendors willing to participate weekly in our market. It takes commitment to set aside an hour ahead to get here and set up and the same in breaking down. Additionally there is all the prep work ahead of the market. So please come and support our market vendors.

Recently Fire Chief Tony Ramsdell, learned from the Maine Fire Chiefs Association of a generator and drove to Rochester New Hampshire to get it. Tony was concerned about the town having a generator for emergencies when there is a long period of electrical outages. The 60 kw generator will be set up at the Princeton Elementary School which will be Princeton’s shelter in emergencies. (See photo).

Upcoming Activities Reminder

July 19 - 4-H Summer Science Series 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the library

July 19 - Story Hour - Christmas in July 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the library

July 20 - Princeton Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market Barbeque and Music 3:00-5:00 p.m.

July 22 - 23 - Indian Days at Indian Township

July 24 - Drawing for Fire Station Kayak

July 24 - “Let’s Talk About It” reading series at 7:00 at the library

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

July 29-30 - Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival


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.


Sharon Frost



Best wishes to Gilbert and Louise O’Brien on their 61st anniversary.

Jean Woodside has been moved to  the Brewer Home for extra care. Prayers are with her.

St. Anne’s will celebrate a Festival Market at 7:30 a.m. on July 26th. There will be a cafe, craft tables, flowers, plants, homemade baked goods, breads, muffins, scones, pies, and candies. Mark your calendar for a fun day.

Sorry to hear of the passing of Mary Gordon. She was a lovely lady.

Jeff Fellers and son James of Chandler, AZ are guests of their mother and grandmother this week. Fresh lobster, blueberry pancakes top the list of “must try” foods in Maine. They visited the Sea Salt Factory in Marshfield as well as Ganong’s in St. Stephen. I’m sure Pat enjoyed their company.

There will be an “Old Iron Car Show” at the Kent Building Supply parking lot in St. Stephen, 188 King St. on August 13th at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. U.S. time. All vehicles are welcome.

The Bangor airport is hoping to build a long-term parking facility due to new flights and increase of activity.

Saturday evening, July 22, a concert of bluegrass, country and gospel music will be  held at Perry Congregational Church at 7:00 p.m. by Frank Seger and Timber Creek Band. He is good.

Ron and Noel McPherson celebrated an anniversary this month.

Cut the Cake: Jack Smith, Martha Beckett, Cynthia Carter, Jeanne Murray, Ron McPherson, Alyce Butler.

The Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, July 20th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. U.S. “Emma and Noah” downtown at Ganong Chocolate Park.


A lovely baby shower was held on Sunday for Kerry Darter at the Wickachee banquet room. The tables were beautifully decorated.  A delightful luncheon was enjoyed. Kerry received many beautiful baby gifts. A great celebration!



Cassie Oakes


I received some information from Town Clerk, Karen Poor letting me know that all dump stickers have expired, but residents of Alexander can get new ones at the Town Office.  Also, the Town Office will be closed on July 28th for a personal day.

My Uncle James Randall, from Robbinston, who many of you may know as Mr. Randall at the Calais Jr. High, took a trip to Colorado for his son and my cousin Joshua Randall’s wedding to Stephanie Miller last Friday, July 9th.  While he was there he was able to celebrate his grandson Carter Joshua Randall’s 2nd birthday in Colorado Springs on July 11th.  Also while in Colorado Uncle James took part in his first ever Muck Run to fight MS.  

Little Miss Brylea Newman traveled to Boca Ranton, Florida this past week to participate in the USA National Miss Pageant.  She came away with several awards including the Presidential Award, a Volunteering Award.  Brylea was the 2nd Runner-Up Role Model Princess and the 1st Runner-Up Talent Princess.  Brylea attends Alexander Elementary School and will be entering Kindergarten this fall.  She is the granddaughter of Gert and Donnie Newman and little sister to Brody!  Great Job Brylea, Alexander is very proud of you.

Congratulations to Austin Niles and Josey Lee on their recent wedding.  Austin and Josey were married on July 1st at The Church of the Open Bible here in Alexander.  Here is to wishing the couple many years of health and happiness.  

The Alexander summer library had a great turn out last week, even with lots of folks on vacation.  Nineteen children and 10 adults took part in the program.  The craft of the day was decorating bags that they could take their books back and forth to library with.

The ATV Safety Course that followed Library was well attended with approximately 20 folks in attendance; some of the topics covered were First Aid and Survival.  Those in attendance learned a lot and enjoyed themselves also.

The free family game Night has come and gone with nine folks in attendance.  Delicious snacks were served with the buffalo chicken dip being a big hit.  Games were played including cribbage, Monopoly, Don’t Tip the Cows and Jenga.  Stories were shared of days gone by and card tricks were shown along with other brain teasers.  A small group but BIG fun was had.

Don’t forget about 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 interested in ATV riding are encouraged to attend.

The folks from ARISE will be the guest speakers at the Baileyville Methodist Church on July 23rd during the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service.  ARISE is a faith based program that helps those addicted to drugs.  Everyone is welcome to come.

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 Dawn McClure, Dick Frost, Anna Johnson, Joshua Hanson, Jordan Daley, Seth Knowles, Calvin White, Tom Tozier, Brodie Tozier and Pedro Cejas.

Upcoming Anniversary wishes go out to Annette and Richard Bailey. 

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

This week I seemed a little quiet here on the home front, just an average week at the Beckett Center; I was able to attend Kids’ Club at Keys to Life Church in Calais and attended Worship at the Methodist Church in Baileyville where Carleton Brown delivered the message.  Things are winding down for Carlos Jr.’s visit and at this time next week he’ll be visiting the other part of the state and his other grandparents. One day this week, mom did feel under the weather and Sharon and Gerald Cooper came to the rescue and helped the family out.  Thank you Sharon and Gerald for always being there for us.

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.