Cassie Oakes


Don’t forget that this Sunday, November 6th it is time to change the clocks once again.   It is fall back time, so I guess some of us will lose an hour of sleep.  Then on November 8th it will be  Election Day. I have heard some folks know who they are voting for and some are torn as what to do.  But like my Dad says we should all be glad that we have the opportunity to vote, some countries don’t and we don’t have to be afraid of how we vote and don’t have to tell because in our country it is a secret ballot so we can’t be bullied or harassed.

Mike and Mickey White, of Alexander recently returned from Florida where they were able to  visit with daughter Nikki, son-in-law Fabio, and grandchildren Marcus and Lauren Napoleoni!  Mike and Mickey had a great time.  The weather was fantastic, just perfect, 80s, no humidity.  Mike and Mickey lounged by their pool, had breakfast and dinners out, went to see the Blue Man Group, (Mike’s birthday present from, Nikki, Fabio and the kids). They even stopped by The Pop Gallery, where Fabio has a lot of his art displayed.  Mickey’s sister Mary and her husband Rick spent an afternoon and night with Mike and Mickey, giving them time to catch up!  Mickey said it was nice to spend time with Marcus and Lauren.  Mickey can’t believe Marcus will be graduating High School in May.  It was a wonderful week full of laughter, fun and memories of a life time were made!  Mike and Mickey are hopeful they will see them again during the Christmas Holiday!

Congratulations to Anna Johnson of Alexander and former AES student for making Down East Athletic Conference High School All-Star in girl’s soccer. Anna is a Junior at the Woodland High School and is the daughter of Paula and Mark Johnson. Congratulations and a great job on this wonderful accomplishment.

Any more of our high school or college students out there doing something great, let me know.  My contact information is all at the end of my column. Let’s spread good news about our folks with Alexander/Crawford connections.

There is going to be a Harvest Lunch taking place on Veteran’s Day, November 11th from 11:00 am.-1:00 pm at the Alexander Grange on the Cooper Road in Alexander. On the menu will be crock pot buffet, rolls, beverages and desserts.  The cost is $6.00 per person and Veteran’s eat for free.  Children will be $4.00 and a Family rate will be available.  All proceeds will benefit Grange activities and programs.  This is a great time to meet your neighbors and friends for a meal and some conversation.  For more information about the lunch contact Deb Hanson, Rhonda Oakes, Barbara Webber, Elizabeth McVicar, or Dale Holst.

Mark your calendars, the date has been set for the 2016 Community Christmas Party.  And the folks from the Grange and from FoG (Friends of the Generations) have been working for several weeks already on getting things started.   Santa and Mrs. Clause have been contacted and will be in attendance again this year.  Elves have been in contact with members and orders are being put in for the goody bags.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.  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.  Many hands make for light work.

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, Roger Look, Jordyn Whitehead and Diane Richendollar.   Who is missing from this list, please let me know.  My contact information is at the end of the column.  And we mustn’t forget those caretakers who so lovingly take care of those they love.

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Kyle Pyles, Kayla Pyles, Grazina Paegle, Luke Knowles, David Davis, Frank Williams, Coburn Wallace, Joni Beauchamp, Carly Davis, Chad Davis and Dave Cummings.

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

This has been a very boring week for me, but it is a week that boring is good.  I came home from the center with a sore throat last Friday and from there things only got worse.  I came down with a really bad cold, headache, coughing sneezing and wheezing.  I even had a touch of laryngitis which I think my family may have enjoyed.  I missed eating out with friends on Thursday and had to stay home from my Halloween Party on Friday.  I even shared the bug with my mom. I started to feel better this weekend, but as it looks right now I will probably miss a day or two more before I can head back to the Center. 

If you have any news for the column, family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, bragging rights, upcoming events or meetings please let me know.  You can e-mail 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.