Town News

Cassie Oakes


Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Sandy Lyon wishes to thank all the people who donated, helped out, attended and made the Coffee House benefit that was held for her at the Meddybemps Community Center such a success.  Sandy reports it was an evening of fun, good music, great singing and wonderful conversations. Many happy folks went home with items from the exquisite auction. Sandy really appreciates the positive thoughts and prayers of friends, family, church family and neighbors! Sandy believes the support of those around her has helped her on her worst days.

I received a message from treasurer at the Breakneck Mountain Snow Riders, Deb Choate wanting me to invite folks to their first snowmobile meeting of the 2016/2017 season on Wednesday, December 7th, at 6:30 p.m.  It is all happening at the clubhouse on the Cooper Road in Alexander. So, please come join them and bring a friend.

The Alexander Grange met on November 16th for a regular meeting. Preceding the meeting was a delicious supper, including baked chicken, tossed salad, macaroni and cheese, corn scallop and homemade pickles. For a surprise ending to the meal, a birthday cake was presented to Pike Seavey, along with the traditional singing of the “Happy Birthday.” Lots of conversation was enjoyed by many and a little studying by one of our high school members. Thank you, Dale Holst and Elizabeth McVicar, for the study help and quizzing. During the meeting, the 3rd and 4th Degrees were given to Brenda Frost McPhail.  Plans were discussed for the upcoming 2016 community Christmas Party on December 3rd, the Pomona Grange Supper December 6th and the last Grange meeting of 2016 on December 7th.  Also discussed was that the water at the grange needs to be turned off so the pipes won’t freeze.

It certainly is the time of year for events and activities. There will be a free Thanksgiving dinner at the People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville on November 24th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or until they run out of food. So if you are looking for a little bit of companionship and conversation or just don’t want to home alone stop by and enjoy some turkey.

Coming right up is the 2016 Community Christmas Party that will be held on December 3rd. Last minute lists are being made and plans for setting up and entertainment is in the works.  This all takes place at the Alexander Elementary School, so mark your calendars! The party is free to the Alexander/Crawford/Cooper communities. Thanks to the generous donations of local businesses and organizations, the money has started to come in. There is a basic list of folks signing up to bring food, but refreshments are potluck, so feel free to bring something to share. If you feel so inclined there will be boxes at the entrance of the gym for non-perishable foods and paper products to be given to the local food pantry. Remember this is a community party and all children must be accompanied and supervised by and adult.  Also, children will not be allowed outside during the party due to insurance liability. 

There will be another Christmas party in Alexander on December 10th at the Church of the Open Bible from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The ultimate Christmas party is geared for children ages 5-12.  There will be Bible stories, songs, games, and snacks.  For more information call 454-3025.

Another fun event in the works is a Christmas ornament decorating party on December 10th from 10:30 a.m. until noon.  Ornaments and paint will be provided.  This is a multi-generational event.  Children are welcome to attend but MUST be accompanied by an adult.  At noon the group will break for a potluck lunch.  Food does not have to be fancy. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit, whatever you would like to bring and share. Beverages will be provided.

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to long-time Alexander grange member and Past Master Barbara Webber and her family on the recent passing of her husband Vance after a courageous battle with cancer.  Vance was a wonderful and kind man who loved his family deeply.  Vance was a regular at Randy’s Variety sharing a cup of coffee and a story.  He will be greatly missed by many.

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, Harry Smith, Dawn Winchester, Karen Moraisey, Lawrence Lord, Roger Look, Linda Bohanon and Diane Richendollar.   Who is missing from this list? Please let me know. Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Brett Holst, Beverly Holst, Steve Knowles, Jesse Benner, Tracey Wallace, Haley Richard, Becky Phelan and Carla Jundt.  A very special birthday wish to a very special friend, Mrs. Emma Hill.

Randy’s will be open for a few hours on Thanksgiving day in the morning and will be closing at 11:00 a.m. Lucky Loser at Randy’s Variety this week is Gerald Cooper.  If you want to know how to become the Lucky Loser, stop by Randy’s and ask for the details.

I attended the Beckett Center Monday and Tuesday but came home not feeling very well.  By Wednesday morning I was sick again and running a fever and had quite a stomachache so Wednesday and Thursday I stayed home.  Luckily I felt well enough Friday to head into the Center. I had my annual meeting with my mom and caseworker trying to make plans for the upcoming year. 

If you have any news please let me know.  You can email me at, message me on facebook, or snail mail me at 1328 Airline Road, Alexander, ME, 454-2344 or at Randy’s Variety.