Town News

Cassie Oakes

Are you wondering about the Democratic and Republican Caucuses for Alexander, Maine? If you would like to attend the Democratic Caucus you will need to head to Baileyville on Sunday, March 6th to the Baileyville Town Office at 4:30 p.m.  If you are interested in the Republican Caucus, head to the Elm Street School in East Machias on Saturday March 5th.  They will start at 2:00 p.m. for registration and voting begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts until 6:00 p.m.

Marie and John Dudley went to Machias on Thursday afternoon.  They enjoyed supper at Helen’s and then up on the hill for a meeting.  John has served as the historian for a group working on a plan for the Unorganized Territories of Washington County.  The group has direction from Judy East of the Washington County Council of Governments.  John has been researching history of these three plantations and 32 townships.  John said the history of the UT would eventually be on the web.

Hillary and Tyler Provencher were home this past weekend visiting with their mom, Debby Hanson and her husband Lenny of Crawford.   Hillary traveled from New Hampshire where she now resides and Tyler came from the University of Farmington.  Both came home to support their nieces Cadence and Nora Spencer who were in the cheering competition in Calais.  Both girls are part of the WES cheering squad.  Cadence and Nora reside in Baileyville with their mom and dad, Marie and Jay Spencer and siblings Joseph and Blake.  

Tyler Provencher had more good news to share while he was home.  He made the Dean’s List for the Fall of 2015 at the University of Maine in Farmington.  Way to go, Tyler. Keep up the good work.

Also cheering in Calais this weekend were Grace Howard and Ava Croman. They cheered for the Calais Blue Devils.  Both Ava and Grace attend AES and reside in Alexander. Grace is in 2nd grade and Ava is in kindergarten.  Grace is the daughter of Melanie and Travis Howard and Ava is the daughter of Erica Pike and Jason Croman.  

Congratulations are in order for Anna Jean McClure and Ashleigh Pyles.  Both girls were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at the Calais High School.  Anna Jean studies automotive and is a senior at CHS and the daughter of David and Dawn McClure of Alexander. Ashleigh is a former AES student and a junior at WHS who attends the culinary arts program in CHS Vo-Tech Program.  Ashleigh is the daughter of David and Michelle McVicar of Cooper and the granddaughter of David and Elizabeth McVicar of Alexander.  Great job girls.

There are more bragging rights for some Alexander folks.  Harley Adoscia made the Dean’s List this fall at Washington County Community College.  Come on folks, share the accomplishments of your loved ones and friends right here in this column!

The Alexander Snowmobile Club will be holding their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 9th. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the club house on the Cooper Road in Alexander.  The previously scheduled 5 Club Poker Run had to be canceled due to lack of snow and has been rescheduled for March 12th.  If there is more snow it will have to be canceled again, so snowmobilers and snow lovers. Think Snow!

Don’t forget that there will be another of those famous suppers at Peoples’ United Methodist Church.  This time it will be roast pork!  They are also in the midst of planning another Free Family Movie Night, tentatively scheduled for March 18th and will be showing the “Good Dinosaur.”

Birthday wishes this upcoming week go out to Ken Mercier, Kurt Carter, Earl Hill Jr., Koreen Dean, Sherry Sivret, Lois Faloon, Emily Sanford Runnels, Rob Gaudet and Hazen Kinney.

Good thoughts are being sent out to the following folks: Mathew Sullivan, Ed Cislak, Rhoda Leavitt, Lynn Hill, Avis McIntyre, Chris Landry, Carol Pollock, Dottie Johnson, Carol Pollock, Sue Johnson, John Harvey, Eleanor Dean, Trudy Poole, David Carson, Charlie White, Elwin Daley, Pastor Randy Chretien and sweet baby Cate Bohanon. 

This week there are several condolences I would like to share.  Sympathy to the friends of Doug Scruton who has been part of the Alexander scene for years. He built a house on the Spearin Road and retired here.  He will be greatly missed by many of the friends he made here in Alexander and those who knew him in Massachusetts.

Kay Church of Crawford recently passed away after a stay in a nursing home. I send my deepest sympathy to Kay’s family and friends.  

Condolences to Laurie Pike and Peter Hunnewell on the passing of their dad Richard McCartney.  Both Laurie and Peter grew up in Alexander. Their mom is Brenda Gove.

Lucky Loser the past week at Randy’s Variety was Gerald Cooper.  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 it in the jar for a second chance at receiving $5 worth of online tickets.  Drawings are done weekly.

Wednesday I stayed home from program due to transportation to and from the center being canceled.  I also ended up coming home early on Thursday due to more wheelchair problems.  The leg rest broke and fell off.  Of course the part is a specialty item so we may have to order it and it is part of an old wheelchair so not covered by insurance.  So even though my “new” chair makes me feel a little uncomfortable I am having to make do and go back to that chair.  On the upside, the parts have been approved and ordered so now we wait for them to arrive.

My nephew Carlos Jr. visited us for the past week as he was on his winter break from school.  He enjoyed reconnecting with folks at the store and church along with visiting AES and his friends there.  The week went by quickly and on Saturday, Mom and I ventured to Auburn to take Carlos Jr. to meet his mom so they could head back to New Hampshire. His vacation week has come to an end, but maybe he’ll be back for April vacation.


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