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Cassie Oakes


I wish to thank everyone who has contributed to this column, you help make it what it is and I couldn’t do it with out you.

Alexander resident, Jessica McCook, was in Missouri recently at Fort Leonard Wood for a military police investigator course.  The course lasted 2 months.  Jessica learned about Military Law, crime scene investigators, interview/interrogations, among other things.  Jessica says it was nice to be at Fort Leonard Wood.  The last time she was there was for basic training 8 years ago.  Jessica had a great time there, met new people and learned awesome training that she is sure she will be able to use in her civilian police officer job.  Jessica is a former classmate of mine from Alexander Elementary and Woodland High School and she sure makes me proud of all her accomplishments as I am sure the rest or our community is too.  Jess is the daughter of Kathy Hunnewell of Alexander.

There are lots of new royalty in Alexander after the Mr. and Miss St Croix Valley Pageant.  Miss Jordynn Whitehead was crowned Wee Miss.  Jordynn is the daughter of Tracy Berry and Jamie Whitehead with two very proud brothers Jaxson and Jakoby all of Alexander.  Jordynn’s cousin Adrienne Berry was crowned Runner-Up in her division (3-4 year olds) of the pageant.  Adrienne attends the Pre-K class at AES and is the daughter of Todd Berry and Clarissa Parker of Alexander.  We can’t forget to mention the proud Grammy of both these girls Brenda Frost McPhail!

Also crowned during the festivities was Gabriel Olsson also of Alexander.  Gabe is in the Pre-K Class at AES and his proud Mom is Jessica.

Also taking home a crown was Ava Croman who was crowned Princess and Grace Howard who was First Runner-Up.  There must be something in the water of Meddybemps Lake because both girls live on the Alexander Shore.  Ava is the daughter of Jason Croman and Erica Pike and Grace is the daughter of Melanie and Travis Howard. 

Congratulations to all the newly crowned Alexander Royalty.

The pageant is part of October Fest Celebration in Baileyville, Maine.  Big doings will be going on there Saturday with a parade and day long events on Maine Street.

I also want to send congratulations out to a former AES classmate, Shane Brown, and his new bride Caitlin Wright on their recent marriage.  Shane is the son of Dean and Michelle Brown.

We have some new drivers in town.  Both Deven Howland and Dylan Howell got their Driver’s Licenses.  Congratulations to you both!

I hope you marked your calendars for James and Starla Dean in Concert at the People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville on October 7th at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments after.  James and Starla sing Southern Gospel and it should be a fun evening with some great music.  I plan on being there, hope to see you there.

The AES-PTG is in the midst of planning a Craft Fair for October 22nd, if you are interested in reserving a space or would just like more information you can contact Emma Hill at 454-3751 or AES at 454-2623. 

It is time again for those famous Harvest Lunches at the Alexander Grange Hall; the first one of the season is scheduled on October 10th, Columbus Day, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  It will be a Crockpot Buffet, featuring rolls, desserts and beverages.  The cost will be $6 for adults and $4 for children.  This event will benefit Grange activities.  Not sure where the Grange Hall is, look for it on the Alexander Grange Hall on the Cooper Road. For more information, or to perhaps donate a crock-pot full of something yummy, contact Debby Hanson, Elizabeth McVicar, or Rhonda Oakes.  

Good thoughts are being sent out Sandy Lyon, Elwin Daley, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, Lenny Frost, David Carson, Avis McIntyre, Linda Richardson, Carolyn Chrietien, Joan Dodge, Vance Webber, Harry Smith, Dawn Winchester, Karen Moraisey, Lawrence Lord and Diane Richendollar.   Who is missing from this list, please let me know.  My contact information is at the end of the column.  

Condolences to the family of Betty Gibbs, who recently passed away.  Betty was a very nice lady who attended my church and was a friend of my mom.  Betty will be missed by many.

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Nathan Ingersoll, Mike White, Diane Lord, Joe Manza, Gary Howland, Jan Poole, Darren Morrell, Nina Crossman, Marie Dudley and Shannon Daley.

I would like to send a special Happy Birthday wish to my cousin Jake Randall.  I hope you have a great day!

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go out to Lee and Vicki Cummings and Pat and Teresa Holst Ingersoll.  

Lucky loser this week at Randy’s Variety is Ken Moholland.  If you want to know how to become the Lucky Loser, stop by Randy’s and ask for the details.

I stayed home from the Beckett Center all week, because I had a bad headache.  So my week was very dull and boring.  I even missed the special guests at church Sunday.  Arise was at the People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville sharing about their program and giving testimonies on overcoming drug addiction.  From all that I heard it was an informative and deeply moving service.


If you have any news for the column, family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, bragging rights, upcoming events or meetings please let me know.  You can email me at, message me on facebook, or snail mail me at 1328 Airline Road, Alexander, ME  04694.  You can also call me at 454-2344 or drop off news at Randy’s Variety!  Thank you to all of those who support me and this column. Until next time, stay safe