Town News

Cassie Oakes

Don’t forget that the Breakneck Mountain ATV Club will be having their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 24th at the Club House on the Cooper Road in Alexander.  The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome.

The Alexander Town Meeting will take place at the Alexander Elementary School on Monday, June 29th at 6:30 pm.  During the meeting, there will be 35 Articles talked about and voted on.  The Registrar of Voters will be there one half hour before the meeting to correct errors and accept new enrollment.  There is a Warrant posted with all articles at AES, the Town Office and Randy’s Variety.

Grangers and friends met at the Grange Hall in Alexander on June 13th.  They spent the morning doing minor maintenance, cleaning and scrubbing the hall preparing for the Old Fashion Grange Bean Supper, to be held on June 27th and the Hometown Jubilee, to be held on July 11th.  Windows were washed, kitchen cleaned and floors scrubbed.  Big thank you’s go out to Dale Holst, Lenny and Debbie Hanson, along with their granddaughter Cadence Spencer, Ashleigh and Kyle Pyles, Elizabeth McVicar, Rhonda Oakes and her grandson Carlos Jr.  Also thank you to Carl Oakes, who has been mowing the yard at the hall too.  Without folks like you pitching in on your days off, where would our community be?

Keith Turner, grandson of Emma Kneeland, and son of Mike Turner of Alexander and son of Mike and Sherri and Mike Emery, of Baileyville started Basic Training for the Army National Guard.  Keith will be there for 6 weeks in Fort Benning, Georgia. Good luck to him!

Ava Lynn Croman, the daughter of Erica Pike and Jason Croman celebrated her 5th birthday in style on Saturday, June 13th at AES with family and friends.  Ava’s birthday was frozen themed with a beautiful and delicious cake, pizza and goodies for everyone.  

On Tuesday, June 9th, The United Methodist Women from People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville met at the Old School House Restaurant in Princeton for their last meeting until fall.  They enjoyed a delicious meal, great conversations and fellowship.  Local ladies who attended were Diane McAlpine, from Crawford and from Alexander were Marion Hunnewell and Rhonda Oakes. 

I want to thank those that sent me more graduation information and it is never too late to send me some more.  Family and friends in different areas gathered to celebrate several local graduating seniors.  

Woodland High School graduate Josie Wallace, daughter of BJ and Joey Wallace of Alexander, had a family and friends gathering on Pleasant Lake to wish her well and shower her with gifts.

Kayla Pyles, also graduating from Woodland High School had a party at the home of her parents David and Michelle McVicar in Cooper with folks from as far away as Ohio and Canada.

Ryan Howell, son of Mike and Diana Howell, of Alexander graduated with Honors from Calais High School and his friends and family gathered at the home of his grandparents, Pastor Chip and Judy Howell in Alexander for a joint celebration with his cousin Tori who also recently graduated while living in Africa.  Tori is now in the states spending time with family. Ryan’s grandmother, (his mom Diana’s mom), Nancy, came from Florida for his graduation along with Ryan’s Grandmother Elaine and his Aunt Carol who drove up from Massachusetts’s for the festivities.  Congratulations Ryan and Tori and good luck in the future!

Justina and Mike Niles of Alexander would like to thank all of their family and friends, who came out to celebrate son Tyler’s Calais High Graduation at their residence on June 7th. There was a live DJ in attendance (Tyler’s sister Tanika), pumping of the crowd!  They had a blast and would also like to thank everyone, who has sent cards to Tyler and greatly appreciates it!  At Graduation, Tyler received the Principal Awards from CHS and recognition from State of Maine for 2014-2015 William C. Warner Most Valuable Player Award in Class C State Basketball Tournament.  Congratulations, Tyler, on all your academic and sports achievements and good luck in the future!

Keegan Newman, son of Mary-Beth and the late Joe Newman and the grandson of Gert and Donnie Newman of Alexander recently graduated from Calais High School.  Keegan received the Daughter’s of America Award and for Good Citizen.  Keegan also got the Eastport Health Care Dental Scholarship and the Jack and Sally Smith Scholarship.  He was Class President, NHS member and on the Student Council.  Keegan will be heading to the University of Southern Maine this fall and later University of New England to pursue Dentistry.  Keegan will mentor at UNE’s Dental Camp this summer.  Congratulations, Keegan, and good luck in the future.

Carly Davis the daughter of Jim and Karen Davis of Alexander also graduated from Calais High School with the great honor of being Valedictorian.

On Friday morning, June 12th Mr. Flood’s 7th and 8th graders of AES put on their yearly Product Fair.  These young CEO’s invent some very interesting products and had wonderful commercial and sales pitches! It is so fun to see this every year and see what new gadget or product their students can invent!  This is the school’s favorite Product and belonged to Andru Morrell.  Andru invented the Exo-bot.

Also on Friday, June 12th Mrs. Hill’s 2nd and 3rd grade at AES had a Teddy Bear Picnic.  The class ate lunch in the classroom and read to their favorite stuffed friend.  The afternoon ended with what else, but Teddy Grams and Ice Cream Cups to celebrate.  The 3rd graders had just finished reading “Charlotte’s Web”, so their stuffed friends also joined them while they watched a movie with the same name.

Alexander 4-a-Cure Relay for Life Team held their first ever Relay Bazaar at the Alexander School.  There were crafts, jewelry, art, purses, oils and a variety of foods available for lunch.  Lessons were learned and talk for another year has begun, hopefully bigger and better.  The Alexander 4-a Cure is hoping to add more crafters and yard sale tables next year. 

It is now time for the AES Friday Announcements for June 12, 2015. The last student day will be on Thursday, June 18th.  Students will be dismissed at 11:15.  No After School Day Care will be available.

Summer Reading starts on Tuesday, June 30th from 10:00-12:00.  Lunch will be provided the month of July for those that pre-order.  You can call Rhonda at 454-2344 to order lunch and she can answer any questions you have.  Students must be accompanied by an adult.

Yearbook’s are on sale for $5.00 each.

AES hopes all the students enjoy the bike helmets that were donated to the school.  

Good thoughts are being sent out to the following folks, Fred Wallace, Madeline Perkins, Lynn and George Hill, Rhoda Leavitt, Dennis Perkins, Mathew Sullivan, Mary Wallace, Michelle Gallant, John Harvey, Chris Landry, Elwin Daley and Joline Thornton 

Birthday wishes this upcoming week go out to Sam Perkins, Chelsea Owen, John Dudley, Mike Magoon, Brian Giles, Laura Cousins, Elwin Daley, Nicole Napeoloni, Alison Bohannon and Skip Poole.

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go out to Kelly and Brenda McDonough.  

Lucky Loser this week at Randy’s Variety is David Goodine.

On Thursday afternoon, my Nephew Carlos’s mom Maria said that he will be staying in Alexander the rest of the summer.  He will get to go four-wheeling, fishing, ride his bike and lots of other fun things.  He is understandably very excited.  On Friday morning, I started to not feel well, so mom and dad kept me home from Program so all and all I had a very quiet week.

There is still time to get me your donation in to me for the Relay for Life.  You can mail them to me at my contact information at the end of the article or drop them off at Randy’s Variety.  


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.