Town News

Cassie Oakes


Thank you to those that shared a bit of your life with me and my readers this week.  I hear regularly that folks love to hear about the folks from Alexander and what is happening.  Especially folks that have moved away and still receive the Advertiser, keep that news coming!  Also remember all these columns are being saved in several places and have historical value for future generations.

Emily Sanford Runnels has returned to her hometown of Alexander with her family in tow.  Husband Micah, children, Daniel Phebe, John and Rachel have moved to the family homestead and are residing in the family stone house built by parents Tim and Ellie with much love. Welcome Home Emily and family! 

Linda and Freddie Wallace hosted the 25th Sprague Family Reunion at their place on Crawford Lake.  There were about 35 family and friends in attendance.  Linda reports that it was a wonderful time with lots of music, lots of food and lots of boating and tubing.  Memories were made with lots of new photos and great conversations and plenty of catching up was done. Thanks to Linda and Freddie’s family for all their help putting this together.  They couldn’t do it without their help.  Also visiting Linda and Freddie for the first time this year was Granddaughter Susie’s boyfriend Adam Lawler of Waterville.   Those not able to attend this year were very much missed whether it be due to illness of the logistics getting to Crawford Fred and Linda concluded a fun filled and busy weekend on Sunday with New England Lobster, Steamed Clams and Corn on the Cob for Dinner and Linda says it was delicious!  This was followed by a watermelon challenge.  Grandson Jameyson saw this on YouTube and decided this would be something fun to do.  Elastics wrapped around a watermelon until there was a watermelon explosion.  And it surely was a lot of fun.  

On Monday Linda, along with her daughter Tracey, and son in law Eric Brasier spent the day at Rogues Bluff, Jasper Beach and ended the day at Helen’s.  It was a wonderful long weekend filled with lots of fun.

Mike and Mickey White of Alexander had a wonderful visit with daughter Nikki Napoleoni and granddaughter Lauren for three weeks.  Son in law, Fabio and grandson Marcus were able to visit them for a week before they had to head to an Art Show in California taking Michael Ferris, Mike and Mickey’s other grandson with them.  Luckily everyone was present at the time of Mike and Mickey’s new baby great-grandson, Carter William’s birth!  He is such an added blessing to their family!  The crew had a very busy 3 weeks, a baby shower, their annual summer party at the lake, a 90th birthday party for Mike’s dad, (Calvin White).  Their last week was a little more relaxed, an afternoon and evening in Eastport with dinner at the Chowder House, quiet days and evenings at the camp, some time to just enjoy both daughters Nikki and Jamie (Ferris) and their families!  

On Saturday, August 5th the Alexander Grangers will be having an Artisan/Craft Fair taking place at the Grange Hall from 9-2.  There is space available on the lawn at no charge to the artisans (just need to bring your own table, awning what ever else you may think you need).  There will be no admission and light concessions will be served.  So what kind of art or crafting do you do you would like to show off, the sky is the limit.  For more information call Deb Hanson at 454-8733, Liz McVicar at 454-2838 or Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344.

On August 15th the Grange will open its doors to Rosa Subialdea, for a Brunch and Brush.  There is limited seating so if you would like to reserve a seat contact Deb Hanson at 454-8733 or Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344.  Rosa will be charging $22 for supplies and instruction, the Grange will be supplying a free brunch, thus the name Brunch and Brush.

And in October here is a little teaser for another Grange activity. “Make a Family Dinner and join the “Dons” for a wonderful evening of great food and conversation.

Do you want to keep up on all the doings of the Alexander Grange and you are on Facebook, check out their page, Alexander Grange #304.

The Alexander Summer Library was full of laughter and friends as 18 adults and 27 children gathered to check out books, made snakes and play.  At the end of the event kids were able to enjoy popsicles before heading out.  There is still time to join the fun.  Library days still left on the schedule August 8th and 5th where children will preparing for a Free Family Drive In Movie Night to be held at the Grange on August 19th.  Stay tuned for more details.

Condolences to the Leavitt family on the passing of their wife, mother and grandmother Rhoda, she will be missed by many.  Condolences also go out to Pedro Cejas who recently lost his beloved wife, Bonnie.  And another family missing a loved one is the McGouldrick family on the passing of their patriarch Donnie.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Charlie White, Jolene Thornton, Miriam Libby, Elwin Daley, Linda Richardson, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, David Carson, Avis McIntyre, Carl Perkins, Joan Dodge, Lois Faloon, Mike and Marilyn Trafton, Mary Ellen Naddeau, Pastor Randy and Carolyn Chretien, Wilma Dray and Ron McArthur.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Jullian Tozier, Karen Poor, David McVicar Jr., Micheala Smith, Phil Clark, Emma Kneeland, Jeanne Seavey, Justina Goodine, Charissa Ingersoll, Marie Provencher Spencer, Jolleen Podschline and Brenda Prout.

This week at Randy’s the Lucky Loser was Norman Davis. Do you want to know how to be a Lucky Loser?  Stop at Randy’s and check it out.

Monday-Wednesday I attended FBC where we played a variety of card games and hung outside with friends. But on Thursday I took a day off and went to Bangor with Mom and Dad to have my wheelchair looked at. It was adjusted to go better but we found out that it is about that time to start thinking about a new chair, so let the research begin.  It was a quick trip but we did make it over to Governor’s in Old Town for brunch. Thursday night it was Kids Club at Keys to Life in Calais.  We sang fun songs, worked on puzzles, listened to a Skit and had a great time.  If you have kids I highly recommend this program.  On Friday on my way home from the center the bus I ride on had a flat tire.  Lucky for me Mom was home and came to Calais to pick me up so I didn’t have to wait for another bus or repairs.  It sure was exciting at the time.

If you have news you can 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, stay safe.