Town News

Cassie Oakes

I want to thank everyone that has been sending me tid bits for the column.  I appreciate it a great deal and so do my readers.   I am trying to compile a list of anniversaries and birthdays for the column so if you have any you would like to share my contact information is at the end of the column.  The storm on Thanksgiving Day kept Marie and John Dudley home shoveling and plowing.  They did not get to Waldo for the family visit and meal.  So on December 7th, they journeyed to Bangor to meet the family and enjoy a Mexican meal at Miguel’s.  Before the meal they all visited a display of 250 Nativity scenes from across the world and attended a concert of “Carols in the Round” presented by the Mount View Chamber Singers.  Mount View is a school in Thorndike, Maine and the singers were from its high school.  The concert, sung a-cappella by candlelight, featured a Huron carol written in 1642.Dawn, David and Anna McClure attended Anthony McClure’s graduation from Navy Boot Camp.  Proud Mom, Dawn said it was amazing and very heart warming.  There were over 1000 graduates in Anthony’s class and were 13 divisions in all.  Dawn reported it was wonderful to watch such a large group of women and men all able to work together in such a short period of time.   Anthony received a medal and a ribbon.   The medal was for joining the navy in a time of war and the ribbon was for his marksmanship.   Dawn, David and Anna are very proud of him.  Anthony will be starting “A” school on January 15th and will be there for 70 days or so.   When he is finished “A” school, he will be a Quarter Master, which has to do with navigation on a ship.   Anthony does not know yet where he will be stationed.  His family is very proud of how well he has done and is looking forward to him coming home for a visit over the Christmas holiday.

This past weekend, Anna Jean McClure was able to visit Washington DC, so she could help place wreaths on the graves at Arlington Cemetery.  She went with her Aunt Brenda and three of her friends.  While in DC they went to the Washington Mall and Mount Vernon, along with some sight seeing.  Anna had a fun trip, made memories and honored our soldiers all at the same time.  Congratulations go out to former AES students Josie Wallace and Nicole Hanson now WHS Seniors on being inducted into the National Honor Society.  Josie Wallace is the daughter of Joey and BJ Wallace and Nicole is the daughter of Joe and Angela Hanson.  Both families reside in Alexander.More Congratulations are in order, this time to Shawna McDonough.  Shawna along with her best friend Marissa McGovern (of Baileyville) was inducted in the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society at the University of Maine in Presque Isle this past Sunday, December 14th.  This is quite an honor and accomplishment.  Shawna is the daughter of Kelly and Brenda McDonough of Alexander. Another fun activity is going to be happening again this year here in Alexander over Christmas break.  The 2014 Alexander Alumni Basketball Games, which will take place on Saturday December 27th. The women’s game will be at 1:00 and the men’s game will be at 2:30. This is open for anyone who attended Alexander Elementary School. Those who do not want to play are encouraged to come and watch. Everyone had a great time at last year’s games and this year will be even better! So spread the word to anyone who might be interested in either playing or watching. This is a great time to catch up with some people from the community. Admission is only one dollar and goes to the Alexander Crawford Scholarship Fund. This game is being planned by Jordan Ayers with the assistance of FOG.  We hope to see you there! If you would to play contact Jordan Ayers or check out the Event Page on Facebook.It is now time for the AES Friday Announcements for December 12th.  Concerning Lunch Bills, a choice of hot lunch will not be available to any student with an outstanding lunch balance. This is Per Student Handbook.  

AES is in need of someone willing to volunteer to be the Girls Basketball Coach this coming season.  Please contact the school if you would be willing or able to do this.

The AES Parent Teacher Group is selling raffle tickets on a Christmas Basket.  They are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  Tickets are available at the school.

The money and gift calendar tickets are on sale for $10.00 each.   Drawings will be held Monday thru Friday for the month of February.

AES is also looking for a Cheering Coach.  Please call the school if interested.


On Friday, I attended an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party with my Beckett Center friends in Machias.  I had a blast reconnecting with friends from different area programs. We also enjoyed dancing and having our pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  It was a great time, had by all.  Unfortunately I came down with another cold this weekend, not fun!Keith Turner celebrated his 17th Birthday with family on December 13th.  His family is very proud of the young man he has become.  Keith is the grandson of Emma Kneeland, of Alexander and the son of Mike Turner, of Alexander and Sherri Emery, of Baileyville.Good thoughts  week goes out to Dennis Perkins, Maxine Seavey, Lynn and George Hill, Eldon Libby, Carl Oakes and lastly yours truly, Cassie Oakes.Lucky Loser at Randy’s was Jan Sullivan. 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.  You can also leave news for me at AES. Of course you always have the option of snail mail, 1328 Airline Road, Alexander, Maine 04694.