Town News

Cassie Oakes


Halloween is right around the corner, I’d like to remind folks out driving to be extra careful as there will be little ghouls and goblins out trick or treating.  Kids make sure you can see through your masks and don’t eat any candy that you haven’t shown Mom and Dad first.   

Karen Poor, the Alexander Town Clerk, is going to have Trunk or Treat at the town office on Halloween night.  You still have time to join Karen in the fun. Come out and decorate the trunk of your cars or bed of your pickups and pass out candy to the children.  Karen is planning for the Trunk or Treat to take place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  People can contact Karen at the Town Office for more information or if they wish to be involved.  Karen is hoping for a good turnout and hopefully the start of a new fun tradition. 

Since we are talking about Halloween, don’t forget to stop by Randy’s Variety where I will be for the evening handing out goodies to all the kids.

Another fun thing happening in Alexander, on October 31st, Halloween night, a Harvest Party at the Church of the Open Bible.  The party will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.  Lots of fun activities are planned, games, contests, scavenger hunt and lots of treats.  Costumes are encouraged, but please be kid friendly.

More Halloween celebrating, The People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville is gearing up for another Free Family Movie Night on October 28th.  This time it will be a double feature.  1st the “Great Pumpkin” followed by “Frankenweenie”.  The movies will start at 6:00 p.m. and popcorn and beverage are free.

The Alexander Grange has had a couple of busy weeks.  On October 10th they held their first “Harvest Lunch”.  Friends and neighbors gathered at the Grange Hall for a crock-pot buffet.  There were soups, chowders, chili and stews, beans and hot dogs on the menu, along with rolls, beverages and desert.  Cake with either lemon, blueberry or cherry sauce. One of the more interesting things on the menu was Bear Stew made by Deb Hanson.  If you missed out on that lunch have no fear there will be another on November 11th and at this one, veterans eat free.

The meeting of the Grange was on October 19th, during this meeting it was decided that Degree Work would be done at the next two meetings (November 2nd and 16th) both starting with a Pot Luck Supper at 6:00 p.m.

The FoG (Friends of the Generations) met on October 18th in the AES Library to discuss the upcoming 2016 Community Christmas Party. Mark your calendars, the date has been set for December 3rd, and Santa has been contacted and will be in attendance again this year.  Stay tuned as there are some new activities being added to the festivities.  If you are interested in helping in anyway please contact any FoG member, Rhonda Oakes, Susan Wallace, Diane McAlpine, Ellie Sanford, Elizabeth McVicar, Debbie Hanson, Emma Hill or Beverly Holst. 

A group headed by Judy East of the Washington County Council of Governments has been working on a plan to create opportunities in the Unorganized Territory of the county.  Prospective zoning would allow changes based on natural resources, roads, electricity, communications and emergency services.  One proposed new zone would be for Rural Business Development, especially based on recreation.

Since 1970 two thirds of the UT in this country have been zoned general management, which essentially is forestry and farming; that’s about 50,000 acres. The rest is grandfathered to prior use, houses, camps etc.  People who live in the GM zone or own land there have had to go through two steps to make other uses for their land, zone change and permitting.

The people of one township, Trescott, and two plantations, Baring and Grand Lake Stream appear willing to work toward these changes.  And three people from Alexander, an organized town, have involved in this process, Travis Howard and John & Marie Dudley.

Good thoughts are being sent out Sandy Lyon, Elwin Daley, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, Lenny Frost, David Carson, Avis McIntyre, Linda Richardson, Carolyn Chrietien, Randy Chrietien, Joan Dodge, Vance Webber, Harry Smith, Dawn Winchester, Karen Moraisey, Lawrence Lord and Diane Richendollar.  

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Eileen Thompson, Wendy Wheaton Wing, Tyler Niles, Kelly McDonough, Glenda Wood, Karyn Flood, Taylor Carter and Shawna McVicar.  A special birthday wish to my Aunt Wendy Randall Stone.

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go out to Lynn and Margie Wallace.  

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

This week with the Beckett Center was full of fun and quite busy.  I participated in games, like UNO and Yahtzee.  Also we played music on the computer and had dance class with our teacher Susan. My favorite dance to do this week was “Home”, I also enjoyed dancing to “All Shook Up”. I practiced my basketball skill drills, like bouncing the ball and throwing it back and forth.  The Beckett Bombers are planning to attend a Special Olympics Basketball Tournament in March.   

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