Town News


Linda Baniszeski 


 This past week in Meddybemps, we experienced beautiful weather, thunder storms, visitors from away, a class reunion, parties, wildlife sightings, an EPA Meeting, and lots of people enjoying the lake.  We also learned of the passing of a lifetime town resident.  

Birthdays in the coming week include Jeff Brown on August 17, Maxine Palmeter (20); Richard Skinner, Jr., and Charlene Decker (21); Vince Dineen, Rob Gordon and Barbara Hansen (22); and Janice Frost and Virginia Moffatt (23).  Best wishes to each for a great day and many years to follow.

Deepest sympathy to Florence “Boots” Johnson and the extended Smith family upon the passing of Harry J. Smith, Jr. after a lengthy illness.  

The Class of 1972 Calais High School Reunion was held at Terry Reynold’s home last Saturday.  It’s the perfect place for large gatherings with plenty of indoor and outdoor space for getting together, and many activities to share.  It concluded with an early evening pontoon boat ride for those who stayed until the end.  There was also a family gathering at Terry’s place on Sunday.  Could it have been a birthday celebration for Bill Doten, Jr.?

The EPA and Maine DEP hosted an informational meeting at Meddybemps Community Center last Wednesday evening, August 9.  Fourteen Meddybemps residents attended.  Terry Connelley with Fed. EPA presented the latest findings as to removal of toxins from the Eastern Surplus Super Fund Site.  Recent testing indicates that toxic plumes have extended into the bedrock.  A new kind of remediation has been found to be successful using natural/biologic methods to remove pollution by injecting some sort of bugs in the wells.  The food provided to the bugs makes them emit some substance that absorbs and removes toxins.  Don’t ask me how it works; but they say it does.  It works so good, in fact, that the rest of the test wells will be treated accordingly.  Perhaps will have more details about the biologic method discussed at the meeting. Public comment on this subject will be accepted and considered until late September in order to become part of the final annual report by DEP and EPA representatives.

Information from the aforementioned meeting will become part of the Administrative Record for the Eastern Surplus Company Superfund Site and will be available for public review in the site repositories located at the EPA Region 1 Record Center, 5 Post Office Square in Boston, Massachusetts and at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection BRWM File Room, Ray Building, 28 Tyson Drive, Augusta, Maine or may be accessed online at  For additional comment or information please contact: Terrence Connelly, EPA Project Manager at 617 918-1373 Toll fee: 1-888-372-7341 ext. 8-1373 Email or Sarah White, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator at 617-918-1026 Toll free: 1-888-372-7341 ext. 8-1026.

This latest information regarding remediation methods should not impair the purchasing of the site by an interested party, whereas the purchase agreement will require access to the site by EPA and Maine DEP into perpetuity -- EPA 90%, Maine DePP 10%.  After two years Maine DEP is contracturally committed to measuring and remediation into perpetuity.  Mr. Connelley concluded his presentation by saying, “present remediation and test reports are good, and no new problems have arisen.”

Visitors to the lake this week included Jeff Brown, his parents, sister and nephews from Nova Scotia.  His nephew, Evan, played with his Nova Scotia ice hockey team as it competed in the ice hockey tournament  last week in Lewiston.  The last we heard, they were moving into the final rounds on Sunday.  Evan, with his mother and brother, stayed at Jeff’s place on their way to Boston and Lewiston.  While at Jeff’s, one of the boys saw a small bear nearing access to the deck outside the kitchen door.  They left it alone and it went away on its own accord.  Later, they were out for a walk and again saw the bear cub, but this time with its mother.  Naturally, they slowly moved away before they met the bear and cub face-to-face.  

Due to the hot days and abundant sunshine, area gardens are flourishing.  We have harvested many cucumbers, and now have our first tomatoes ripened on the vine.  We haven’t had fresh tomatoes from the vine in decades.  It is sad to realize that some people will never know what it’s like to taste fresh out-of-the-garden tomatoes, fresh-picked corn or other vegetables.  We consider ourselves blessed.

Staying at the Gilbert camp this week are Karen Gilbert’s son, Scott, his wife Patty and son Ryan.  Ryan always celebrates his birthday here.  He feels coming to Maine is among his best gifts.   

Our duck families are nearly grown.  It’s hard to tell the ducklings from their parents anymore.  The ducks no longer fear Scuffy as much.  She certainly has been quacked at a lot over the summer.  The Canada Geese keep their distance from our place.  Although Jeff Brown tells us the fake coyotes in his yard no longer deter them.  In other areas, residents blow those horribly loud air horns at the geese to chase them away.   Most waterfront properties and communities are confronted with the mess that the geese leave behind.  It’s just best for the geese, and everyone else concerned, when they leave their debris on deserted islands and shore properties and on the wildlife preserve property that is there just for them.  

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