Town News

Cassie Oakes


Kayla Pyles, the daughter of Michelle and David McVicar, of Cooper, was home from Bay Path University in Massachusetts during Thanksgiving week.  She has returned to school for two weeks of finals and will be back home to celebrate Christmas with the family.

During the holiday Michelle and David heard from son, Kyle Pyles.  He was busy helping his family in Ohio make Thanksgiving dinner.  He is doing well there and is enjoying being close to his paternal family.  Kyle and Kayla are also the grandchildren of Elizabeth McVicar of Alexander.

Thanksgiving was a busy day for the McVicar Family.  Thirty-one people attended Thanksgiving dinner at the Alexander Grange hall coming from Maine and New Brunswick.  For some, it was the first time they had attended an American Thanksgiving.  They enjoyed ham, roast pork and turkey, of course, along with many side dishes.  Elizabeth says of the meal “It was so much fun having all the families together.”  Elizabeth’s son, Shawn McVicar, came home from Bangor for the feast.  As it once was stated years ago, “A great time had by all.”

This past week Alexander was a flurry of activity as folks put the finishing touches on the community Christmas party.  On Friday at 1:30 Sharon and Gerald Cooper, Lenny and Debbie Hanson and Carl and Rhonda Oakes landed at the Alexander Grange Hall to bring supplies to AES for the community Christmas party.  They loaded pick-up trucks and vans with tables and supplies for the party.  Then the fun began at the school, the same folks unloading all the vehicles and then with the help of Diane McAlpine, Susan Wallace, Brenda Frost McPhail, Elizabeth McVicar, Ashleigh Pyles and Emma Hill the school’s gym, the halls, and atrium were transformed into Party Central.  There was a place for gathering and eating, a spot for chatting with Santa, a coloring station and letter writing area, along with new photo op with props activity.  Folks left the school late Friday afternoon tired, but pleased with the outcome and looking forward to Saturday’s Christmas party.

By noon the school was a buzz again as Rhonda Oakes helped Karen Poor install the “Minion” decorations on the stage along with the support of Karen’s granddaughters, Kiyanna and Keleigha.  Karen, with the help of her daughter Shantelle Buchanan outdid themselves with the decorations.  By 3:00 p.m. most of the working crowd was there prepping food tables and adding finishing touches.

Music makers arrived as did party goers and the old gym, lovingly called by many of the Alumni the “Panther Dome” was hopping!  This year the Children’s Choir of the Church of the Open Bible in Alexander entertained the crowd and received rave reviews.  Oh, and the food was sandwiches, condiments, chips, sweets and lots of crock pots full of yummy soups, stews, and other tasty morsels. Then there was Santa who stayed busy most of the evening.  Ninety-five gift bags from Santa were given out this year, the most ever!!  After Santa had left door prizes were drawn.  The centerpieces consisting of a cup, hot chocolate, marshmallows and candy canes were given along with puzzles, Santa centerpiece, a moose decoration, a blanket and a stuffed animal with a book.  Many folks stayed after the party to tear the tables down and put chairs away, and their help was immeasurable.  That made Sunday’s pick up much easier.

On Sunday folks again gathered at AES to load and haul many things back to the Grange Hall. Those folks included Emma Hill, Rhonda Oakes, Lenny and Debby Hanson, Sharon and Gerald Cooper, John and Marie Dudley, Dale Holst and Foster Carlow.  Thank you all, you made the work a bit easier and a lot faster!  While at the Grange Hall they made sure everything was set up for Grange meetings that would be happening in just a few days.  The folks from the Alexander Grange and FoG (Friends of the Generations) want to thank everyone who helped in any way, financially, with food, and or with time.  This is truly a community event.  They hope you all had a good time and hoped to see you all again next year.

There will be more fun at AES on December 20th when the school will be having their Christmas concert beginning at 6:00 p.m.  This is open to the entire community.  It is a great chance to see the AES Band and hear the AES chorus.

Alexander isn’t partied out yet. 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” which is geared for children ages 5-12.  There will be Bible stories, songs, games, and snacks.  For more information call 454-3025.

Also on December 10th will be a Christmas ornament decorating party at People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville 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.  There will also be a potluck lunch.  Food does not have to be fancy, sandwiches, veggies, fruit, whatever you would like to bring and share, is appreciated. Beverages will be provided.

Don’t forget that December 10th the Alexander Tax Assessors will be at the town office at 10:00 a.m. if you would like to meet with them.  Alexander dogs need to be licensed by January 31st to escape late fees, and property taxes are due December 23rd. After the 23rd, the town will start charging interest.  Also at the Alexander Town Office is a box for donating gently used clothing for folks in need.  Thank you, Karen, for heading up this new project.

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

Upcoming Birthday wishes to go out to Rebecca Colson, Genie Daley, Madison Davis, Jacoby Whitehead, David Goodine, Keith Turner, Dick Preston, Jennifer Sanford and Gabriel Curtis.

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

Well, this has been one very fun and busy week. I have participated in fun activities with the Beckett Center, such as playing UNO, going for pizza at Linda’s Restaurant in Baileyville, doing stretches for basketball practice, and ordering my lunch out on Friday.

On Saturday, Mom and I attended the Community Christmas Party at the Alexander Elementary School.  There were a large number of children and adults in attendance.  It was a very fun time.  Santa and Mrs. Claus were there and visited with all the kiddos and gave each of them goody bags.  Oh and the food, Yum!  I would like to thank Lori Gard for giving me some of her delicious homemade carrot soup to take home.  There was lots of entertainment and lots of conversations. I also got to meet my newest and youngest neighbor Madeline Giles.

Sunday I headed to church where I took part in the Worship Service as a reader, during this the second week of Advent.

If you have any news: 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