Town News

Cassie Oakes

Attention everyone, the Community Christmas Tree is up and lit up at the Alexander Fire Station/Town Office for everyone to enjoy.  Alden Mingo from Mingo Evergreen donated a tree to the Alexander Volunteer Fire Fighters.  Thank you Alden!

Congratulations to Ava Croman, who recently won Miss Holly Princess at the Miss Holly Pageant at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunk Port, Maine.  Ava is the Daughter of Jason Croman and Erica Pike and Sister to Conner Croman.  The family resides in Alexander and Ava is in Kindergarten at AES.

Freddy and Linda Wallace of Crawford Lake spent the 7th of November at Tanya and Joe’s Annual Harvest Dinner in Waterville.  It was a smaller crowd this year, but such a wonderful time for family and friends.

Linda says she, Tracey and Jameyson attended the amazing Festival of Trees at the Anah Temple Shrine’s beautiful new facility on Broadway in Bangor.  A huge crowd was in attendance on Saturday.  Eighty trees were viewed and voted on.  It was such a wonderful, well organized event.  Then they continued on to the Waterville Senior High School for the amazing performance of the Musical, “Wizard of Oz”.  It was such a professional performance.  Granddaughter Aubrey (Tanya and Joe Fossett’s oldest daughter played her French Horn in the Pit Orchestra. She and all the other students did an amazing job performing.  Mike and Mickey White, of Alexander had a Lovely Thanksgiving spent with their daughter Jamie Ferris, grandson Michael, granddaughter Sydney and Mike’s Dad, Calvin White.  They had a wonderful day spent with their loved ones!  Mickey says they will also be with them for Christmas, along with Grandchildren Nicole, Fabio, Marcus and Lauren! Mickey can hardly wait.

Home from college over Thanksgiving were several students.  Shawna McDonough was home in Alexander from University of Maine in Presque Isle visiting with her parents Kelly and Brenda McDonough.  While Shawna was home she stopped by AES and even visited the library, looking for some children’s literature for her children’s literature class. Librarian Rhonda Oakes was very happy to see her.

Kayla Pyles was able to come home to Crawford and spend time with her family.  Kayla’s parents are Michelle and David McVicar and grandparents David and Elizabeth McVicar.  Unfortunately Kayla spent part of her vacation feeling ill, but at least she had the comfort of home during that time.  Kayla attends Bay Path University in Longmeadow Massachusetts.

Also seen out and about town home visiting were John Knowles, Josh Hunnewell and Josie Wallace.  Who else was home visiting over Thanksgiving Break I wonder?

Those Grangers and FoG members have been hard at it with lots of community members stepping in and helping out.  On Friday, November 27th folks gathered at the Grange to help move Christmas trees, and decorations to AES.  Men with muscles and trucks came in very handy.  Thank you, David Davis, Carl Oakes, Lenny Hanson, Kyle Pyles, David McVicar, Gerald Cooper, Kayla Pyles, Michelle Pyles, Elizabeth McVicar, Sharon Cooper and Rhonda Oakes for lugging, tugging and setting up trees.

On Saturday a group of folks were at AES bright and early decorating not one, or two or even three but five Christmas trees and as soon as the trees were decorated they gathered in the gym to assemble gift bags assembly line.A big thank you for a great crew, Susan Wallace, Diane McAlpine Emma Hill, Debby Hanson, Tyler Provencher, Ellie Sanford, Elizabeth McVicar and Rhonda Oakes, many hands make for light work.  A very special Thank You goes out to Ellie Sanford who made some beautiful curtains that can be used again and again for a backdrop for Santa’s area.  This is such a time saver of not having to tape the windows for the camera flash back.  Thank you Ellie, you did a great job.

Still time to help out with the party on Friday (12/4) a group will be gathering at the Grange to hall up supplies and tables to AES at about 1:30 and then at about 2:30 the transformation of the gym will begin. Please feel free to join the fun.

Saturday is the Big Event! The 2015 Community Christmas Party will begin at 4:00 p.m. with Santa, refreshments and entertainment.  This is open to the entire community; come visit with your neighbor, have a snack enjoy the music and the AES student’s displays in the hall.  The party is free due to the donations of our local businesses, and community members.  They will be accepting donations of non-perishable foods for the local food pantry and encourage folks to bring something to share on the food tables. The menu includes sandwiches, crock pots and sweets.  Oh and please remember, all children must be accompanied by and adult.

Birthday wishes this upcoming week go out to Alicia Perkins, Laura Jean Lord, Lynn Silk, Chris Gillespie, Linda McArthur, Pat Stephens, Shantelle Buchanan, Joey Wallace, David Tozier, Noah Southard, Julie Richard, Lisa Lord, Rebecca Colson and Genie Daley. 

Good thoughts are being sent out to the following folks; Mathew Sullivan, Rhoda Leavitt, Lynn Hill Avis McIntyre, Chris Landry, John Harvey, Eleanor Dean, Billy Lawless, Trudy James, Trudy Poole, Michelle Gallant, Elwin Daley, John Haley, Mike and Marilyn Trafton, Betty Fountain and Steve Johnson.

I would also like to send good thoughts and get well wishes to Pastor Randy Cretien’s wife Carolyn, who had a recent fall and broke her shoulder.  I hope you have a speedy recovery!

Lucky Loser the past week at Randy’s Variety was Tom Dwelley.
I had a very short week at the Frank Beckett Center this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. We had Thursday and Friday off giving folks a chance to spend time with their family and go shopping on Black Friday if they felt the need.  We had a fairly quiet Thanksgiving weekend at my house.  We kept the store open for the morning closing at noon and then we headed to the People’s United Methodist Church’s Thanksgiving Dinner.  What a crowd it was, lots of folks there working hard and even more folks enjoying the meal.  There was plenty of food and it was delicious.  We were able to enjoy our meal with local ladies, Lois Faloon and Fern Garner, they were great dinner companions.  We also saw other folks from town there also enjoying the fellowship, Marion Hunnewell, Fred Olsen, Linda Richardson, Diane and Ron McAlpine.  Thank you to all the folks that helped put on such a great meal.


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