Town News

Cassie Oakes

Some sad news to report this week is the passing of Bud Wittig.  Many folks have gotten to know Bud and his wife Betty over the years.  They started to come to Alexander as visitors years ago and then retired here on Pleasant Lake.  Bud was a very friendly man who loved fishing and hunting.  We will remember him stopping by the store to share a story and a cup of coffee with the guys.

I wish I had more details but I understand that the Remembering Daniel Memorial held at AES on February 7th was well attended and considered by family and friends as a success.  Just another example of folks coming together to help neighbors and friends in a time of need. 

Congratulations are in order for Shawna McDonough.  She made the Deans List for the fall semester.  Shawna attends the University of Maine in Presque Isle and they call it the Highest Honors Deans List.  Shawna is the daughter of Kelly and Brenda McDonough of Alexander.

Members of FoG, Friends of the Generations, met on February 4th at the Alexander Elementary School with the following present: Rhonda Oakes, Deb Hanson, Elizabeth McVicar, Sharon Cooper, Emma Hill and Diane McAlpine.

A recap of the 2014 Community Christmas Party included comments regarding the event, plus plans in the works for improvements and additions for the 2015 gathering. If you are a person who likes to plan ahead, Saturday, December 5th is the date for the 2015 Community Christmas Party.

A decision was made to forgo the Loopy Leprechaun event, due to weather and parking considerations.

Hometown Jubilee is scheduled for July 11th; details will be discussed at a future meeting.  

Plans for summer library are still in the works.  Community lunches at the Alexander Grange in the fall are being considered.  Along with possibly an Old Fashion Bean Supper to be held at the Grange this spring, Family Style.

Several of our AES students have been playing ball in Woodland this year.  Faith Johnson, the daughter of Paula and Mark Johnson, Dana Howland the daughter of Gary and Beth Howland and Danielle Poole the daughter of Burton and Cheryl Poole have all been playing for the Jr. High team.  Kyle Richard the son of Marty and Julie Richard plays for the Boys Jr. High Team.  All of those AES students mentioned reside in Alexander.

On February 7th and 8th, at the Alexander Elementary School, Lenny Hanson, Nate Hammick and Jon Southern instructed a Hunter’s Safety class with about 16 people in attendance.  They learned about firearms safety and handling, map reading and compass, Ethics, landowner relations, first aid and survival.  The class was informative and enjoyable.  The Instructors hope to be able to offer more classes as the need arises.  

Now for the AES School News from the Friday Announcements.

Basketball season at AES is upon us so please remember to be prompt when picking your children up after games.  If you plan to take your child with you from an away game, please have a note signed to give to the coach.  This week the boys will have basketball practice on Thursday and Friday, from 2:30-4:00.  The girls will have practice on Thursday, from 4:15-5:30.

There are still a few students who need to have an updated physical to be eligible to play sports; they need to turn them in at the office as soon as possible.

Winter Carnival is taking place at AES from February 9th thru the 13th. Due to the fact that the paper comes out on Wednesday, I can only inform you that Thursday’s AES Winter Carnival Theme on Thursday will be Mismatch Day and Friday’s will be School Spirit Day.  All students will be taking part in the outdoor activities so please make sure that they come dressed appropriately.

Winners for the PTG Money/Gift Calendars for the week were Monday: Lauren Wilcox, Tuesday: Galen McDonough, Wednesday: Lexus Renaud, Thursday: Kyle Pyles and Friday: Dale Holst.  There are still 15 chances to win if you would like to purchase a chance, see Brenda in the office.

Talk about lucky, Kyle Pyles is on a streak not only did he win on the AES Calendar Raffle he won the Tablet raffled off at the WHS Pink Game.  

Several activities are coming up this week worth mentioning.  There will be a Benefit Spaghetti Supper for my Aunt Muriel McPhee at the Spednic Club on Friday, February 13th. It starts at 6:00 p.m. there will also be an Auction. 

Got the news on Sunday evening that due to the ice conditions and the amount of water sitting on the lake the Family Ice Fishing Day in Baileyville at Pocomoonshine Lake called Hook Your Honey has been postponed, but Chief Bob Fitzsimmons says stay tuned for a new date or other fun events to be announced.

Due to the snowstorms this week, I was unable to attend the Beckett Center for a few days.  The days I did make it in, I played games and hung out with my friends. I’m hoping I will go to program all next week, with no bad weather in sight as I really am becoming a little stir crazy.  

I am again collecting birthdays and anniversaries to publish in this column.  Birthday wishes this upcoming week go to Marguerite White, Betty Niles, Christine Henry, Katherine Mercier, Julian Owen, Barbara Webber, Audrey Rood, David McVicar, Sr., Bogumila Korasdadowicz, Mike Oakes, Devin Howland, Michelle McVicar, Casey Eliason, Dylan Lord and Norman Davis.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Dennis Perkins, Vivian Perkins, Chris Landry, Rhoda Leavitt, Cheryl Ingersoll, John Harvey, Lynn and George Hill, Judy and Stanley Clark and Michelle Gallant. 

Luck loser this week at Randy’s Variety was Susan Wallace.


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. Until next time, stay safe.