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Cassie Oakes

Cassie Oakes Gold Medal Winner for Wheelchair Racing at the Summer Special Olympics in Orono 6/7/2014.

Tons of news has been pouring in and I love it!  Thanks to everyone who has given news items to my article so far and a kind and encouraging word!

I received a note from John Dudley wanting everyone to know that the July Issue of “Memories of Maine” magazine will be out soon, if not already.  The cover will have a scene of Alexander done by an Alexander artist.  It will also include an article about our town.  So pick up your copy before they are all gone.

Another tidbit John gave me was that in 1914 the Alexander Grange was assessed at $700 and a tax of $22.40 was paid to Delmont Dwelley, who was the Tax Collector.  I don’t know much about this kind of stuff, but Mom thought it was very interesting and compared to now-a-days a low tax bill.

The Alexander Crawford Scholarship Committee would like to announce, the 2014 Scholarship has been awarded to Calais High School Senior, Logan Lord, the son of Diane and Larry Lord and Woodland High School Senior Galen McDonough, the son of Kelly and Brenda McDonough. Both boys attended AES and grew up in Alexander.

For those of you who may not know this scholarship came to be when both Crawford and Alexander taxpayers were canvassed for donations.  All the monies received were put in an interest baring account.  The interest only of that account is used to award the scholarship.  To be awarded this scholarship a graduating senior must live in Alexander or Crawford. They fill out applications, but this scholarship is not just based on grades. Other things are looked at like school and community involvement and input for the schools attended may be used.  A five person committee reviews the applications and then picks a deserving student.  The committee includes Susan Wallace, Rhonda Oakes, Jayne Brewer, Elizabeth McVicar and Diane McAlpine.  Upon completion of their first semester at college the monies are awarded directly to the student’s college.  Donations are still accepted for this scholarship at any time and they are tax deductible.  They can be sent to either Susan Wallace of Crawford, Rhonda Oakes of Alexander or even sent directly to the Downeast Credit Union clearly marked for the Alexander-Crawford Scholarship Trust Fund.

FOG (Friends of the Generations) met at the Alexander Elementary School on Tuesday, June 3rd to plan the next community event, “Hometown Jubilee”, which will be held on Saturday, July 12th at the Alexander Grange Hall. Included during the day will be free games for kids, grab bags and the annual parade.  There will also be concessions and a cake walk available.  For anyone wishing to set up informational booths or wanting to sell  crafts, food, garden or produce, you are invited to come join the fun.  There is no charge for the space but you must supply your own table.  If you would like information about the Parade call Susan Wallace at 454-8639, the Cake Walk contact person is Elizabeth McVicar at 454-2838, for games call Lenny and Debbie Hanson at  454-8733, or to reserve a table space Rhonda Oakes, 454-2344.  The next FOG meeting will be Tuesday, June 24th at 12:30 pm at the Alexander Elementary School.  Anyone who is interested in helping with these events or has any ideas to add to the fun is welcomed to attend.  Hopefully more groups and organizations will join this fun, old fashioned, down home event. 

The Alexander Grange met on June 5th at 7 pm at the Grange Hall.  There were eleven members and one guest in attendance. Discussions of the evening included some of the activities people enjoy, such as starting gardens, Special Olympics, summer camps and going on vacations.  There was a big welcome and congratulations to the new members, Ashleigh Pyles, Willow Newman and Kayla Pyles.  During the Lecturer’s Program a couple attendees told funny jokes, stories and some fun songs were sung.  Next on the agenda was discussing and making plans for the Home-Town Jubilee, which is scheduled for July 12th at the Grange Hall.  The Grange will be doing the concessions, a Cake Walk and the Parade, so hopefully everyone can come and enjoy all the festivities!

Hans and Grazyna Kirsch are becoming avid bee keepers. Hans and Grazyna would like everyone to know that if they happen to see a swarm of bees to contact them.  They will come retrieve them.  You may contact them at 454-9327, or 217-4229.  By the sounds of the news the bees can use all the help they can get colonizing, so please give Hans and Grazyna a call if you see a swarm. 

June 3rd was an exciting day for me, while attending the Beckett Center, I went fishing with my friends at the Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge and I caught my first fish, it looked like a cat fish, but is really a horn pout, so now all my friends call me Cat Fish Cassie!

I also received a message from our home town girl Carlene Perkins Thornton letting me know, that she along with her band, “Juke Rockets Blues Band” will be playing at the Spednic Club on June 13th.  Carlene has very strong ties to Alexander and Crawford. She is the daughter of Carl Perkins and the daughter-in-law of Jolene Thornton.  

Pat (Mooreshead) Stephens, who now resides in North Carolina, has been in the area this past week trying to fit in as many visits with people as she can in a short period of time.  For those of you who may remember Pat, she tended the Alexander Town Dump and then was a secretary at the Alexander Elementary School for many years.  While in the area a mini reunion was held at the home of Dr. May Bouchard, (former Principal of AES). Some of those able to make the trip were Lana and Maynard Vining along with their daughter and grandchildren, Stephanie Strongin and her husband.  Susan and Randy Wallace were also able to make the trip to the mini reunion.

Shawna McDonough is the daughter of Kelly and Brenda McDonough from Alexander.  She is a sophomore at the University of Maine in Presque Isle and recently was awarded the 2013 USCAA Cross Country National All-Academic Team. Congratulations Shawna on a job well done.

I along with my mom attended the Special Olympics at the University of Maine in Orono from June 6th -8th with the Frank Beckett Center and had a blast! I reconnected with some friends from Pine Tree Camp and made new ones as well.  The food was wonderful and everyone was so polite.  For my events I received two first medals in wheelchair racing for the thirty meter slalom and 25 meter straight race and a fourth place ribbon in softball throw. The festivities began with a parade and ended with a fun dance.  I can’t wait to attend the Summer Olympics next year!

Alexander Elementary School News this week comes from their Friday Announcements for June 6th.

The last student day before summer break will be Friday, June 20th. Students will be dismissed at 11:15.  The 8th grade Celebration will take place on Thursday, June 19th at 6:00 p.m.  There are end of the year finance issues that need to be taken care of. Please use any lunch credits or pay any outstanding lunch balances owed.  Please make sure that any outstanding After School Program bills owed are paid. And finally the AES Library is closed for the school year.  All books are due.  Get them back before you get a bill for those.

Congratulations to John Knowles Jr., formerly of Alexander and his wife Krista on the birth of their new baby boy, Cayson on June 3rd.  

Margie Wallace gave her family a scare when she recently spent some time in the Calais and Bangor Hospitals.  Hopefully things are well under control and she is feeling much better.

It is that time of year for the Alexander Annual Town Meeting, which is usually scheduled for the end of June.  I received a message from Dedi Greenlaw that a notice will be in the Advertiser soon and the Warrant will be posted the week before the meeting.  This is the meeting when most of the financial budgets, from roads, schools and administrations will be voted on. 

Don’t forget the Alexander Relay for a Life which will be happening this coming weekend at WCCC, Alexander-4-a-Cure is still accepting donations.  Some of the team members are B.J. Wallace, Brenda McDonough, Shawna McDonough, Amanda McDonough, Emma Hill and  myself. There is still time to get those donations in.

Good thoughts are being sent to Lynn Hill.

The Lucky Loser this week at Randy’s Variety was Anne Donahue.

Again don’t forget this column is only as good as the news I get. So if you have a tidbit for me please get them to me by email at, contact me on my facebook page, by phone 454-2344 (if 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. Until next time, stay safe.