Town News

Cassie Oakes

I want to thank all who contributed to this week’s column. Keep that news coming, folks! 

Alex Richard, son of Julie and Marty Richard of Alexander, competed in a karate tournament in Orrington on Saturday, March 5th.  He placed third in his age category in the sparring competition.   

Also on Saturday, March 5th, Grace Howard, daughter of Travis and Melanie Howard, and Ava Croman, daughter of Erica Pike and Jason Croman, all of Alexander, traveled to Bangor to participate in the state cheering competition with the Calais Recreation Department’s Calais Dolls.

Jakoby Whitehead, son of Tracy Berry and Jamie Whitehead, also of Alexander, placed third in the Little Eagles Wrestling Tournament in Ellsworth on Sunday, March 6th. 

Jesse Benner contacted me and wanted me to let my readers know there will be a meeting for parents with school-aged children to discuss community events with surrounding towns.  The goal is to get families away from electronics and bring them closer together.  Events will range from fundraising, outdoor activities, helping their neighbors, and park and roadside cleanup, to visiting retirement homes and assisted living facilities.  If you have any questions or ideas, please join them on March 20th at Alexander Elementary School at 4:00 p.m. 

The Breakneck Mountain Snowmobile Club money calendar winners this past week were Mike Whalen, Kierra Way, Lew Dwelley, Janet Leighton, Chris Taylor, James Greenlaw and Kathy Solomaa. Thank you all for supporting the club and congratulations to all winners!

Relay for Life is in full swing in Alexander with the team Alexander 4-A-Cure.  There is a yard sale being planned for April and you can contact team captain B.J. Wallace if you would like to donate. The team has several fundraisers in the works including a change jar at Randy’s Variety and the fact that you can donate directly to individual team members of which I am one.  I will try to get you a list of others soon.  

Easter is right around the corner, and on Easter Sunday, March 27th, there is going to be a breakfast taking place at 8:00 a.m. at the Church of the Open Bible on Route 9 in Alexander. There will be no Sunday School, but there will be an Easter Service at 11:00 am, so come enjoy a hearty breakfast and great fellowship.

While we are talking about Easter, People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville will be having a Maundy Thursday Service on March 24th at 7:00 p.m. They will have their First Service of Easter at 7:00 a.m. on March 27th, Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and Easter Worship at 11:00 a.m. Also PUMC will be hosting their monthly free Family Movie Night on March 18th at 6:00 p.m.  They will be showing “Good Dinosaur.” 

Don’t forget about the Alexander Annual Town Meeting taking place on Monday, March 28th at 6:30 pm. Karen Poor will be available a half hour prior to register voters.  Come let your voice be heard and be counted!

I am again collecting birthdays and anniversaries to publish in this column. If you have birthday or anniversary wishes to share with me, let me know.  My contact information is at the end of the column.  

Birthday wishes this upcoming week go out to Josh Goodine, Ryan Greenlaw, Peggy Bryant, Kayla Pottle, Jesse Pottle, Tammy Davis, Mark Johnson, John Foley, Hans Kirsch, Weibly Dean II, Crystal Roussel, Connor Cooper, Willow Newman, Erin Allen Mills and Stacy Spatcher. 

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, Madeline Perkins, David Carson, Charlie White, Elwin Daley, Pastor Randy, his wife Carolyn Chretien and sweet baby Cate Bohanon. 

Lucky Loser the past week at Randy’s Variety was Ricky Seeley. 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.

Sad news for my family when we got word that my nephew Carlos Jr. has unexpectedly moved to Florida with his mother.  We are going to miss him very much.  I hope he makes new friends and finds a great school.  We look forward to his phone calls and hopefully visits.

This week I was able to attend the basketball Special Olympics at the University of Maine, Orono, along with my friends from the Beckett Center.  I don’t play basketball but I compete in the skill drills and came home with a silver medal for my efforts.  

The Beckett Bombers have a basketball team and it also earned silver medals for the attempt.  One of our newest members on the team is Tracy Seavey, also from Alexander.  She and the rest of the team did a great job.  While in Orono, I got to reconnect with several friends I’ve made over the years at camp! Not only did we get to go to Orono for the Olympics, we were able to spend a night in a motel, go shopping, out to eat and see a movie.  I saw the movie “Risen.” It was very good.  It was a great time and I really appreciate the fact that I was able to go and want to thank the center for making that happen.

Finally my wheelchair is fixed!  Thursday, Dad took a quick trip with my chair to Bangor.  All is well now and I am very happy because now I’m not feeling tipsy which made me nervous.

And of course on Friday the sickness that has been going round the center caught up with me and I stayed home, drinking lots of fluids, taking Tylenol and resting.  Seems like we caught it early and only the weekend was ruined for me.  Off to the center Monday for a fresh start to a new week. 


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.