Town News

Cassie Oakes

This has been a hard week getting news for the column.  Remember this column is only as good as the news you give me.  So if your group met, you attended an event or your had a family celebration or you kids (or you) won an award, you traveled or had company please let me know.

Diane and Ron McAlpine had visitors recently. Chad, Tina and Cassi of Newport, PA and Jason, Beth and Jake of Camp Hill visited on Aug. 12.  All eight piled into the McAlpine’s pontoon boat and cruised Crawford Lake and the Maine River. Everyone was excited when they spotted two eagles, nesting ducks and several beaver lodges which made for great photo opportunities for the visitors. Ron cooked red hot dogs on the grill, a crowd favorite, also served were fresh veggies, dip and chips. The company brought a huge whooppie pie for dessert. Diane taught the kids how to make three-dimensional stars to take home. Great weather, delicious food and fun conversation made for another fabulous day in Down East Maine!

On Tuesday, August 12th, 19 kids and 12 adults attended Alexander Elementary School’s summer library program. The kids took out books, finished up The Very Hungry Art Project and look forward to a special Art trip to take place next week.  The children in attendance also enjoyed a picnic lunch, playing in the sand box, a rice table, along with playing on the play ground.  This was the last week to sign out books.

I received word from Emma Hill that school will be starting on September 2nd at AES.  Teachers and staff have been working off and on all summer to get ready for the school year.  AES will be welcoming a new teacher this fall, Mrs. Brenda Donovan of Crawford. She will replacing Ms. Mary Kay Bramble who retired this spring.

Congratulations to AES 7th grader, Kyle Richard for placing 6th in the Johnson’s Annual Five Miler during International Festival, beating his Mom yet again.  Congratulations to you both on a job well done.

Former AES students, who played in the Calais Alumni game during International Festival, included Chris Wallace, Rebecca Blake and Adam Knowles.

Zumba classes have continued all summer at AES under the direction of Rosa Subialdea.  The ladies attending say they may not be experts at Zumba but they are having a wonderful time moving and grooving.  Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Several local folks participated in the Color ME Rad Run in Brunswick, ME on Saturday, August 16th.  Those taking part in the event were Alexander resident BJ Wallace and her daughters Josie Wallace and Lesliann Barnard.  From Crawford were Christine Donovan, and her daughters Stephanie Donovan and Brianna Donovan.  Also participating was Ryan Greenlaw, who is Butch and Dedi Greenlaw’s Son. 

Get well wishes go out to Ellie Sanford, who is home recuperating from hip surgery.  Along with good thoughts being sent out to Ed “Crash” Burgess, Maxine Seavey and Irene McKain.

Here is another historical tidbit from John Dudley.  Did you know that a road from Eastport to Alexander existed before 1821? A petition that year signed by Simon Porter and 5 others to the County Commissioners requested that the “road now traveled from Eastport Bridge to… Township 16 (now Alexander) to intersect with the road from Machias to Calais might be improved and straightened.”  The road ran through Perry to the “Lower Bridge on Pennymaquan Stream in Dennysville (now in village of Pembroke), followed the river up the Mount Tom Road and via 214 to the foot of MacDougal Hill (now Conant Hill) and then through the village of Gilman’s Mills (now Meddybemps).  Next the way followed the Green Hill Road over Green Hill and through the low lands to the Cooper/North Union Road near the Flood Cemetery at 856 Cooper Road in Alexander.  How many settlers traveled that road to Alexander? Have you ever traveled over parts of that original road? 

Lucky Loser for August 17th at Randy’s Variety was Frank Green.

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.