Town News

Cassie Oakes


Christmas is coming and so is winter break from school.  If you have any visitors, family celebrations or perhaps you go on a trip, please let me know.  All the articles are being saved in several places like ACHS (Alexander Crawford Historical Society) and the History Dome on Barrows Lake for future generations to see how we lived and what we did. Just think someday your great great great grandchild may do some research and find out a little bit about you and yours. And I want to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and for my Jewish family and friends, Happy Hanukah! 

Sandy Lion, of Cooper will have a visitor as her Brother and Trevor Flood’s Uncle, Eric Flood is coming from New Mexico to spend Christmas with his Maine Family.  Eric will be at Ralph and Arlene Flood’s House for a week, if anyone wants to contact him while he is there.

Ava Croman, Daughter of Jason Croman and Erica Pike, of Alexander, is selling tickets on a sled full of goodies for “Purposeful Pennies”.  “Purposeful Pennies” is a non-profit organization, created by Ava to help others.  This is part of her involvement in the St. Croix Valley Crown Cares Pageants.  Tickets are $.50 each and the lucky winner will be picked on December 22nd.  They are available from Ava and at AES.

The Church of the Open Bible on Route 9 in Alexander will be having a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 p.m. and a Worship Service on Christmas morning at 10 a.m.  

There is also going to be a Christmas Eve Service at People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville at 7:00 p.m. and a Christmas Day Service at 11:00 a.m.  Also there will be no Sunday School at PUMC for the next two weeks and will resume again on January 8th.  Bible Study is also canceled and will regroup in January.

The next official meeting of the Grange will be on March 15th.  If the Grange is snowed in, an alternate meeting place will be announced. To keep up with what might be happening, like the Alexander Grange #304 on Facebook.

Time is running out, Alexander Property Taxes are due December 23rd. After the 23rd the town will start charging interest.  Also all Alexander dogs need to be licensed by January 31st. After that a late fee will be applied 

Mark your calendars folks. There is going to be an Alumni Basketball Game taking place on Monday, December 26th in the Alexander Elementary School Gymnasium with the Women’s game beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the men’s at noon. This event is for past Alexander students, so come enjoy a good time! There is only a $1 entrance fee and concessions will be available.  All funds raised will go towards the Alexander Crawford Scholarship Fund.  For more information contact Jordan Ayers.

Congratulations to Gerard and Stephanie (Calder) Berry on the birth of their new Daughter Brooklyn Jean Louise Berry, born on December 10th.  Gerard currently lives in Baileyville but grew up right here in Alexander and attended AES.  Proud Grammy is Brenda Frost McPhail of Alexander.

Mike McKeown has recently moved back to Crawford Maine after having been gone for many years.  Mike is the son of the late Luther Thornton and Jolene Thornton who now resides in Calais.  Mike is also the brother of Susan Wallace who resides in Crawford.

Good thoughts are being sent out, John Harvey, Charlie White, 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, Dottie Johnson, Dawn Winchester, Karen Moraisey, and Linda Bohanon.  Who is missing from this list? Please let me know.  

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Phil Flood, Jamie Bohanon, Lori Croman, Jason Manza, Chris Wallace, Wanda Cox, Amanda Holmes, Gert Newman, Shane Brown and Hudson DePriest.

I would like to send my Cousin Melissa Stainton in Florida and my Uncle James Randall very happy upcoming birthdays.  They share the same day, Christmas Eve.  I hope you both have a great day!

Upcoming anniversary wishes this week go out to Josh and Courtney Kinney and Butch and Dedi Greenlaw.

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

Monday was no program, due to a snowstorm, so I stayed home with Mom and we got ready for Christmas.  Tuesday-Friday I attended the Beckett Center and I did some holiday shopping and shopped for my team meal, which was sloppy Joe’s and chips. I played a variety of games, including UNO.  Then of course there was another big snow storm on Saturday and I stayed safe and warm at home with mom.  Sunday the roads were a little iffy and we were concerned about how the parking lot at church might be so I stayed home.  Unfortunately that meant I missed the Childrens’ Pageant at the People’s United Methodist Church, but by all accounts and from the pictures I saw posted on Facebook it was a great event.

If you have any news:, message me on Facebook, 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.