Town News

Cassie Oakes

Let’s start this week’s column with a family celebration.

The 23rd Annual Sprague-Call-Williams Family Reunion was held on Saturday, July 26th at the Crawford Lake home of Freddie and Linda (Sprague) Wallace. There were 44 people in attendance, the youngest being 8 weeks old, little Laurel Sprague, the youngest daughter of Amanda and Todd Sprague.  Todd is the son of Linda’s cousin Philip and Linda Sprague.  The oldest attending family members were Mike and Marilyn (Call) Trafton from Baileyville.  Traveling the farthest was another one of Linda’s cousins, Cindy Williams Regan and her daughters Debi and Bonnie; they traveled from Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Tanya Wallace Fossett, daughter of Fred and Linda Wallace, had a photo booth with photo props set up and it was a big hit.  There were games available and a Piñata for the children, along with lots of fun activities, like boating, swimming and tubing. Tons of great music was listened to and enjoyed, thanks to Fred and Linda’s son, Joey Wallace, who played his guitar and sang songs, along with son-in-law Joey Fossett, who played the drums. Granddaughter Aubrey Fossett played the ukulele, Lizzy Sprague played the violin and keyboard and granddaughter Payton Fossett, grandson Jameyson Braiser and daughter Tracey Wallace were all singing.  A beautiful Pot Luck dinner at 1:00 pm was enjoyed by all.  The weather was perfect and couldn’t have been any better if it had been ordered.  The family really missed those who were unable to attend this year and hope that they can make the trip next year. Magical memories were made again this year, for the young and the young at heart.  Fred and Linda had lots of help from their family getting their place ready for this reunion.  They are most appreciative of this. This family reunion tradition actually began years ago when Linda was growing up and spending summers at her Parent’s (Jan and Norm Sprague’s) summer cottage at Meddybemps.  There were many wonderful reunions and Freddie and Linda continued the tradition at their Crawford Lake home.

Linda and Fred Wallace’s Granddaughter Aubrey Grace Fossett, daughter of Tanya and Joe Fossett, of Waterville, has been attending summer camp this week at MSSM in Limestone. She has been having a fun week, learning lots and making new friends.  

The Crawford-Pocomoonshine Watershed Association held their annual meeting on Friday, July 25th at the camp of Coburn Wallace on Crawford Lake. There were 28 members and 4 guests in attendance for the meeting. Also in attendance there were several people from the Down-East Salmon Federation.  The folks from the Down-East Salmon Federation spoke on the continuing work being done on a new fish-way at the dam.  The project was supposed to be completed in 2013, but due to the weather issues it had to be continued this year. Hopefully the weather will corporate, so the dam project can be completed soon. Elections of officers for the Association were held those elected were, President: Coburn Wallace, Vice President: Lawrence Lord, Secretary: Susan Wallace and Treasurer: Norma Wallace.  The Board of Director’s include John Dudley, George Gee and Ronald McAlpine.  Discussions were held on the invasive plant Milfoil in the lake and the use of lead sinkers from the fishermen.  Also discussed was an Eagle Scout project done on Ledge Island Campsite, where an outhouse is being built. The Loon Count was completed on Crawford and Pocomoonshine Lakes, there were only a total of 7 loons and no chicks counted.  Many sections were not counted, or if there were they had not been reported to the Association.  The Maine Audubon Society will have the complete information about the Loon Count on their website around the first of August.

If you get a chance, please check out Home Town Girl, Carlene Perkins Thornton and her Band, Juke Rocket Blues during International Festival. They will be playing both Friday and Saturday night at Calais’s South of the Border.

On Tuesday, July 29th, the AES summer Library had 16 children and 9 adults in attendance. Those folks were able to enjoy the last free lunch of the summer.  Everyone enjoyed checking out new books for the week, then the grown-ups got a chance to catch up while the kids played outside, some of them in the rain shower that came by.  The group started working on a special Art Trail Project.  They received a hint about this project when they listened to the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. For the next two weeks, the children will be painting, so please make sure they wear appropriate clothing.  The Art Project of the day was to make a plan for next week’s work and a fun filled, sticker filled make your own garden paper.

I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Hilda Lord, a very sweet and kind lady.  Hilda really loved her family and when I wrote this column in the past Hilda would occasionally give me information about her family and family celebrations.  I am sure Hilda will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.  My deepest sympathies go out to the entire Lord family.

I also would like to send out my condolences to Linda Richardson (who formerly wrote this column) on the passing of her brother-in-law Henry White.

When Audrey (Frost) Rood is not driving the Alexander school bus, she can be found at Lil Bit Aud Farm where Audrey has been offering Horse Camp for most of the summer, two mornings a week. The kids have enjoyed learning about the horse’s needs, and how to care for them, along with the chance to ride.  The added benefits have included feeling strong, confident and brave, along with making life-long friendships with other campers. Some of those attending have been Dylan Howell, Carlos Oakes, Cali Berry, Isaac and Angel Sanford, Jaxson Whitehead, Shannon Rood, Dana Howland and Gabe Cropley. Later this summer, Greenland Point will spend a week traveling to Lil Bit Aud Farm to learn all about horses. One of the camper’s, describes his experience at Horse Camp as “the best part of my summer vacation”. For more information on this, please contact Audrey.

If you have news for the column you can get them to me by email at, contact me on my facebook page, by phone at 454-2344 (if I’m not home please leave a message), or dropping off a note at Randy’s Variety for me and Dad will make sure I get them.  Of course you always have the option of snail mail, 1328 Airline Road, Alexander, Maine 04694. Until next time, stay safe.