Town News

Cassie Oakes

For those of you who are interested, I need to have news items before Monday, as I send my Column to the Advertiser Monday afternoon when I arrive home from the Beckett Center.  You can find all my contact information at the end of this column.

Father’s Day was this past Sunday.  I hope all the dads and granddads out there got treated extra special.  I have a great father who works hard for his family, keeps our vehicles and my wheelchair running.  We don’t know what we’d do without him.  I know some people are missing their dads on this Holiday.  One such person was Robin Wheaton Gagner, who asked me to mention her dad Barry Wheaton, who she misses terribly.

Oops I made a mistake and I’m only two weeks writing this column.   I received the wrong information of who received the Alexander/Crawford Scholarship at Calais High School.  The recipient was actually Jasmine Ross of Alexander. She is the daughter of Beth Johnson and Kevin Ross. Jasmine will be entering the University of Maine in the fall.

I have received information on several of the graduating seniors from our town.  Let’s begin with Austin Niles who graduated from Woodland High School and has been accepted into the Conservation Law Enforcement program at the Beal College, in Bangor. Austin’s plans for the future are to become a Game Warden, hopefully here in Down-East Maine.  Austin has received a Scholarship from the Woodland/Princeton IGA at graduation. Austin is the son of Tonya Johnson of Calais.  Austin resides in Alexander with his grandparents Dana and Betty Niles.  After graduation on Saturday friends and family gathered at the Niles residence in Alexander to celebrate.  A beautiful cake was made by his Mom, Tonya and enjoyed by all.

Next is another Austin, this time Austin Porter.  Austin graduated from Calais High School.  He lives here in Alexander with his parents David and Dana Porter. He also has grandparents, who reside in Alexander, Mike and Betty Smith. Austin plans on going to WCCC in the fall to study Automotive.

Anthony McClure also graduated from Calais High School this year.  He is the son of Dawn and David McClure, of Alexander.  Anthony has enlisted in the United States Navy and is now waiting on a departure date.

Galen McDonough, the son of Kelly and Brenda McDonough of Alexander, graduated from Woodland High School with Honors.  Galen will be attending Beals College come this fall, where he will study Conservation Law Enforcement.  Galen’s future plans are to become a Game Warden.  At graduation he received many Scholarships, including Princeton Rod and Gun Club Scholarship, Princeton/Woodland Foodmart Scholarships, Willard T. Howard Memorial Scholarship, 2014 NCFO Local 3 Brassil-Flanagan Scholarship (Local Firemen and Oilers Union), Alexander-Crawford Trust Fund Scholarship and the St. James Ladies Sodality, for Most Improved in English.

Wesley Comeau attended AES and also recently graduated from Calais High School.  Wes will be leaving for the Navy in September. His rate will be Master at Arms.  He hopes to branch into the Canine Unit. There was a small get together at his Mother, Kelli O’Toole’s house in Alexander after his graduation and a fun time was had by all. Kellie was very happy when she won the Crochet Game.  Anthony McClure who also graduated from CHS and his family also attended the Celebration. 

Logan Lord, the son of Diane Lord of Alexander and Larry Lord of Meddybemps, graduated from Calais High School.  Logan has two sets of grandparents that reside in Alexander; they are Mike and Betty Smith and Lawrence and Hilda Lord. Logan is going to Washington County Community College entering their Electrical Program late this summer. Diane is so proud to call him her son and feeling so lucky that he chose to stay close to home.  A party was held in Logan’s honor a few weekends before filled with food, family and fireworks on the lake.

Others graduating from Alexander were Courtney James and Megan James.  Both graduated from Woodland High School with High Honors and both girls will be attending Eastern Maine Community College.

Senior Celebrations continued when Austin Porter and Dylan Lord along with their families had a fun filled day of church on Sunday, June 8th in Meddybemps where Austin and Logan along with other local seniors were recognized graduating.  Both the boys went to Sunday school for 10 years. They were given a gift for all they have accomplished.

Congratulations go out to Melissa Martin, formerly of Alexander who now resides in Portland.  Melissa just recently graduated from Brooklyn Law School.  Double congratulations are in order, because Melissa has also become engaged to Hal Berman.  Melissa attended AES and is the daughter of Jim Martin of Crawford and Wendy Martin of Alexander.

AES Fourth grader, Lacey Porter, Dana and David Porter’s daughter recently visited PAWS where she learned some good information for her science project, which was about cats. What a huge heart Lacey has to do such a kind thing for animals in need.

Hey kids!  Summer is starting and the Church of the Open Bible has Vacation Bible School already planned with a Cowboy Theme, from June 23rd-27th beginning at 9 a.m. until High Noon. 

On Thursday, June 12th the ladies of the People’s United Methodist Church (UMW) met for an end of the year luncheon at the Old School House Restaurant in Princeton.  The women enjoyed a lovely lunch, dessert, devotions and planned the times and dates for their next meetings to plan the fall schedule.  

It is now time for the Friday announcements and the Alexander Elementary School news. The Summer Reading Program will start the first week of July.  Contact Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344 or Emma Hill at 454-3751 to sign up for lunch on Tuesday.  More information on this program to follow next week.  Thanks to all classes for participating in the cupcake purchases to support the Relay for Life.  Mrs. Pollock, Mrs. McVicar and Ms. Bramble’s class won the cupcake party.  

The 8th grade celebration will take place on Thursday, June 19th at 6:00 pm.  The last student day will be on Friday, June 20th.  This will be an early release and students will be dismissed at 11:15 am.  

Unfortunately the family fun movie night, scheduled for the end of July by FoG has to be postponed, due to cleaning and painting of the school and gym. 

Congratulations to Kyle Richard (an AES 6th Grader and the son of Marty and Julie Richard).  Kyle came in 5th over all in the Bay of Fundy 10k on June 15th and 1st in his age group.  Kyle ran the race in 43:51.  Great job Kyle!

The 8th graders had a very delicious and well-attended spaghetti supper on Saturday, June 14th.  Marie Johnson won the beautiful Hang Plant raffled off at the supper. 

I would like to welcome a new resident to the town of Alexander, Adrielle Knowles.  She is the daughter of Cherry and Merle Knowles III.

Another new little face connected to Alexander would be Cora Brown. Cora’s mom is the former Jen Holst of Alexander, her dad is Wally Brown. 

A few snowbirds have been sighted in the area recently.  They go by the names of Grazina Paegle, Willow Owen and Sandy and Dave Cummings.

This week’s birthday wishes go out to Nicole Napoleoni on June 21st.

Don’t forget this column only is as good as the news I get, so if you have a tidbit for me, a celebration, birthday or an anniversary, please get them to me by email at, contact me on my facebook page, by phone at 454-2344, or dropping off a note at Randy’s Variety for me and Dad will make sure I get them.  Until next time, stay safe.