Town News

Cassie Oakes

The Washington County Pomona Grange met at the Alexander Grange on Tuesday, December 1st.  The evening began with a delicious Pot Luck Supper with fifteen diners in attendance.  Alexander Grangers provided rolls, roasted turkey, desert and beverages.  The other Grangers brought along an array of delicious vegetable dishes, condiments and of course more desert. After the meal the Grangers went upstairs to see the beautiful historic village set up and lit.  Next it was time for the meeting and Christmas present exchange.  A very merry time was had by all.

The Alexander Grange has discontinued their meetings for the winter months to save on fuel, electricity and plowing with the hopes to begin meeting again in the spring.

The Community Christmas Party is in the books for 2015.  The feedback on the party by many of the Party goers has been positive. There is always room for improvement and change and discussions have begun on how to better this event already.  If you have any ideas please talk to one of the Grangers or FoG members.

The party was well attended and 85 children visited the star of the evening, Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The kids went away with a goodie bag filled with books, trinkets and other goodies.  There was an abundance of delicious food to enjoy, beverages to sip on, conversations to be had and music to listen to. 

Those folks who plan and then implement the party did a great job and it does not go unnoticed.  Thank you for all you do.  Thank you to the musicians who shared their talent.  A highlight this year was a beautiful train made by Karen Poor, Alexander’s Town Clerk.  The Alexander Express was a huge hit.  

This party is sponsored by the Grange and funds come in from our local business, communities and individuals.  Thank you all so much for your generosity because with out you this couldn’t happen. If you would like to join this group of folks trying to do things for and in our community give someone a call.  As soon as know when they will be meeting again, I will let you know.

The Alexander Crawford Historical Society is still collecting 2015 news and stories from the past.  Of course, they supply information for the history column in this paper.  They also pass on local history in person.

A group of history students at the Senior College at WCCC visited Crawford and Alexander on December first.  They along with their teacher Collin Windhorst and John and Marie Dudley viewed Crawford Lake where on August 1, 1777 128 canoes carrying about 500 Wabanaki were seen traveling south toward Hadley Lake where they would camp for the duration of the Revolutionary War.

The group then visited Sally’s Corner where the roads to Cooper, Machias, Wesley and Alexander intersect.  Communities grew-up around intersections and this was the second center of population for Crawford.  They then stopped by George Magoon’s five bay center chimney cape. What stories that place has witnessed.

After a brief stop at the ACHS archives, the group met in the AVFD training room where they discussed how the changing game laws deprived local farmers like George Magoon of a cash crop and of food for their family.  Next the crew talked about the events and conditions leading to the settlement of rural interior Washington County.  Their last stop was at the Big Stop where they partook in a 21st century lunch and more chatter.  Great day!

Home from University of Maine in Farmington over Thanksgiving was Tyler Provencher.  Tyler spent time with his Mom Debbie Hanson, of Crawford and his Sister Marie and her husband Jay and their children, Cadence, Nora, Joseph and Blake, of Baileyville.

Also spending time with Debbie and Lenny for two weeks was Debbie’s Dad.

This past weekend Hillary Provencher was in Crawford visiting her Mom, Debbie and Lenny Hanson.  Hillary traveled from Concord, New Hampshire and was able to enjoy the Community Christmas Party.  Hillary made her mom’s life a bit easier by being able to take her grandfather home after a two week long visit. 

Others in town this past weekend stopping in and visiting at the Community Christmas Party were Michelle Perkins Howell and her son Braydon, Michelle is the daughter of Ed and Janet Perkins of Alexander and Tracey Wallace Brasier and her son Jameyson, Tracey is the daughter of Fred and Linda Wallace of Crawford.  Both girls gave the Christmas Party rave reviews!

Birthday wishes this upcoming week go out to Madison Davis, Jakoby Whitehead, David Goodine, Keith Turner, Dick Preston, Jennifer Sanford, Fred Olsen and Ciara Norton.

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, and Steve Johnson.

I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the family of Betty Fountain of Baileyville, Maine.  I know Betty from attending the Methodist Church in Baileyville.  Betty was a very nice lady and will be sadly missed by many. 

Lucky Loser the past week at Randy’s Variety was Clayton Blake.  If you would like a chance at being a Lucky Loser, buy an Online Lottery Ticket at Randy’s and if it doesn’t win put in the jar for a second chance at receiving $5 worth of Online Tickets.  Drawings are done weekly.

My week was much the same as any other week; I attended the Frank Beckett Center, visited with friends, made crafts, ate a delicious meal on Friday of spaghetti and danced!  On Saturday I of course attended the Community Christmas Party at AES and had a great time seeing folks I hadn’t seen in awhile and watching the little ones full of Christmas excitement and wonder was a blast!


If you have news for the Column you can get it 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.