Cassie Oakes

I would personally like to thank John Dudley, local historian, for sending me little tidbits of History; folks have been telling me they have been enjoying them. 

A prison of war camp was established at CCC Camp near Indian Township. Prisoners cut wood. One place here in Alexander where POW’s cut was on the lot 58. Floyd Hunnewell trucked the pulp to Woodland and Charlie White was his striker.  The POWs were expected to cut only ¼ cord per day.  When our men came home from the war, they weren’t content to work on the farms and in the woods during the winter.  Machines like tractors, chainsaws and skidders meant fewer workers were needed.  Fewer jobs led to population decline.

John Dudley would also like everyone to know that The Memories of Maine Magazine will be available mid July at Randy’s Variety. It will have a painting of an Alexander home on the cover, plus an article will be between the covers about our town.  

Summer Library will begin for all ages on Tuesday July 1st, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.  Come for a few minutes or stay the entire two hours.  Sign out books, do an activity, play games and visit with friends and neighbors. This program is open to the Alexander, Crawford and Cooper Communities at no charge.  All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.  There will be a free lunch available for children during July, to receive a free lunch you must contact Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344 or Emma Hill at 454-3751 by Monday morning so they can get the order in.

The Alexander Grange met on Wednesday, June 18th at 7:00 pm.  There was election of officers done for the ensuing year.  Pamona will take place with a Pot Luck Supper on Thursday, July 1st at the Alexander Grange and a regular Grange meeting will be July 2nd to confer degrees of new members.  During the Lecturer’s Program, Elizabeth McVicar and Dale Holst shared with the group an interesting story about hearing a Whippoorwill recently, which is not heard often nowadays. My mom, Rhonda Oakes, taught everyone a new song, Give Me Oil in my Lamp.  The whole gang seemed to really enjoy the new tune.  Also included in the Program, Ashleigh Pyles gave a presentation on Recyclable Plastic.  She showed us her project she created for school in the form of an elephant, which was made out of recyclable plastic.  She did a wonderful job making it.  Tracy Stange won the Mystery March.  My nephew Carlos Jr. was quite the entertainment and sang a silly song called Grizzly Bear. 

Don’t forget about Alexander Town Meeting, it will be held on Monday, June 30th at the Alexander School.  

A new little person with connections to Alexander entered the world on June 20th, Rachel Ann Runnels.  Rachel is the daughter of the former Emily Sanford and Micah Runnels who reside in Oklahoma. 

Alexander Elementary School had a school wide field trip on Thursday, June 19th to Rogue’s Bluff. Students, faculty, and parents enjoyed a beautiful day of sun and surf. There were treasures to be found and castles to be built along with dipping their toes and sometimes more than their toes in the water.  

The AES 8th Grade Celebration took place on Thursday, June 19th, 6:00 pm at the Alexander Elementary School.The graduates were Willow Newman from Cooper, Jack Hanscom, Prue Maxwell, Deven Howland, Trinity White, Anna Johnson, all from Alexander and Josie Gard of Crawford.  Mr. Flood gave the welcome speech. The former 8th graders headed out the next morning for the Class Trip. Congratulations graduates of the AES class of 2014 and good luck in high school!

On May 18th Gary and Rosa Subialdea and their daughter, Ingrid and her friend Brooke traveled to Annapolis, Maryland for their son Ivan’s graduation. They had a lot of fun visiting places in Annapolis during that week until graduation day on the 23rd. Ivan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland after a four year program with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Computer Science. He will be serving as Deck Officer aboard the USS Carter Hall (LSD SO) and be based out of Little Creek, Virginia. Ivan was home in Alexander from May 26th until June 20th. 

Carlos Oakes Jr. (my nephew) is in Alexander for the summer visiting his grandparents Carl and Rhonda Oakes.  Carlos is seven and this is making for a very busy household.  Carlos lives in Auburn with his mom, Maria. 

I, along with some of my friends went to Campobello Island to visit President Roosevelt’s Cottages this past week.  While there we were able to view a video about his life and the way he grew up.  Next my friends and I walked into one of the cottages and had tour guides walk through all the rooms and explain how President Roosevelt spent his early childhood, into adulthood.

Mary Wallace had her Annual Summer Solstice Party on June 20th.  There were lots of folks there enjoying all kinds of delish food, enlightening conversation, and meeting new people.  Linda Richardson and Fred Olsen were a couple of the lucky attendees and said they had a wonderful time!

Marion Hunnewell along with a friend attended the Cirque Soleil, while it was performing in Bangor.

There was an election on Tuesday, June 17th at the Alexander Town Office for our Eastern Maine Elective Co-Operative Representative, Earl Hill was elected into that position and Ted Carter won the Door Prize.

Several folks from our town made the Dean’s list at Washington County Community College.  There names are Haley Andoscia and Tracy Berry.  On the President’s List at WCCC from Alexander were Kurt Carter, and Wendy Martin. It is nice to see folks from town doing so well.

There recently was a concert held in Alexander, and by the reports of many people attending, it was a good time and most folks there were awesome.  Unfortunately it only takes one or two to ruin a good time for others.  Both Randy’s Variety and Alexander Elementary had damage done to them that evening.  The folks running the concert were wonderful in assisting local law enforcement (that comes directly from the law enforcement) finding those doing the wrong things. Like I said it only takes one, lessons were learned and hopefully this won’t stop good folks from trying to do good things in our community in the future.  

The Lucky Loser at Randy’s Variety: Tom Bonner.

Please get news 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.  Until next time, stay safe.