Town News

Cassie Oakes


Thank you to all my contributors this week. This column is not what I make it but what you make it by sharing your news.

Tom and Sandra Smith of Alexander drove to Bangor last Tuesday to pick up their son Kevin and granddaughter Brooke at the Airport.  Brooke hasn’t been to Maine since her 7th Birthday in 2010.  The temps had been brutal in Columbia, South Carolina so they really enjoyed the cool breezes at night as well as kayaking and swimming on Pleasant Lake.  They visited Rogue Bluffs, St. Croix Island, Gleason’s Cove, Eastport and most of their favorite eating places.  On their way back to the airport they drove by Stephen King’s home and were surprised to see him out in the yard.  After having a teenager in their home for a week, it was very quiet when Tom and Sandra arrived home!

Elizabeth McVicar, of Cooper, recently spent nine days visiting family in St. George, New Brunswick, Canada.  While there she had the pleasure of spending three days on Prince Edward Island.  The scenery was beautiful.  Elizabeth visited the Anne of Green Gables house and saw the resting place of Lucy Maude Montgomery.  On the way back to St. George Elizabeth stopped at Hope Well Rocks, a part of Fundy National Park, where Elizabeth and her late husband David spent their honeymoon 46 years ago.

Another interesting thing Elizabeth saw while on vacation was a pure black fox with a white-tipped tail.  It is not something you expect to see in a city.

Janelle Doten Randall was recently in the area with her husband Michael and their family.  They have just left Hawaii where Mike has been stationed for the last couple of years with the Army and are heading to Virginia for their next post.  While in the area the visited with family and friends and said their final good byes to Janelle’s mom, Ruth Doten.  Janelle grew up in Woodland and is the daughter of Bill and Ruth Doten.

Connor Croman, the son of Erica Pike and Jason Croman of Alexander, spent a week at Camp Roosevelt in Eddington, Maine.  Connor was there with the Calais Pack 132 of which he is a member. Connor was able to do all kinds of fun things including swimming, archery, hiking, exploring, crafting, playing fun games and enjoying campfires.  

The AES Summer Library last week had a group of 21 children and 12 adults in attendance.  The craft of the day was a beautiful butterfly mask and you could see butterflies fluttering around the playground and the school all morning.  After the picnic lunch, oranges and ice cold water were enjoyed by all on a very hot day.  Thank you to all the donators for making these little extra things possible.

The Alexander Grange met on Wednesday, August 2nd, for a regular meeting but with not enough members in attendance, they were unable to have a business meeting. Some ideas were tossed around for a Community Yard Sale on September 9th. Anyone in the community who would like to join them for free to sell their goodies will be invited to join the Grange.  There may have been no meeting but those in attendance were able to partake in a light supper of a make your own sandwich platter, chips and ice cold water and soda along with a few delicious sweets.  The Grangers at the meeting were very glad to see Pauline DeWald and had a great visit with her and her stories of her life.  Pauline is originally from Alexander, and now resides in Waterford, New York.  Pauline is a sister to Mildred Holst.  Pauline was in the area for the Seavey Family Reunion which she said was wonderfully attended this year.  She was personally so glad to see the younger generations.

On Saturday, August 5th, the Alexander Grange hosted an Artisan Craft Show for the first time ever. Inside the Grange there was a variety of things to see.  Mary Kay Bramble had her felting going on.  Jen Sanford had some wonderful homemade soaps, creams and natural scrubs for sale, Crystal McCaslin had homemade soap and beautiful jewelry available, Rosa Subialdea was there with her art work.  Greg Holst brought his art work and some of his wood burnings.  Pat Cormier had paintings on display and some fresh veggies and garlic ready for purchase.  The Grange had some beautiful wooden toys also for sale and ran a concession stand.  Upstairs were free books for the kids.  Folks stopped in all through the day and there was great support from some of the local folks, who not only shopped but stopped to chat with neighbors.  The Grange learned a lot during this event and plan to do it again next year.  

Oops, I mis-typed when I said the Brunch and Brush is August 15th when the correct date is Saturday, August 19th. Sorry for any inconvenience.  The Brunch and Brush will be held at the Grange and has limited seating, so if you would like to reserve a seat contact Deb Hanson at 454-8733 or Rhonda Oakes at 454-2344 by August 16th. Rosa will be charging for supplies and instruction. The Grange will be supplying the space and a free brunch, thus the name Brunch and Brush. Brunch is at 9:00 a.m and painting begins at 10:00 a.m.

The Grange is going to have a Free Family Drive In Movie Night to be held at the Grange on August 19th.  Folks are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets (and perhaps some of the cars that will be made during library time) to the Grange for a movie night.   If it rains the movie will move to the upstairs of the Grange Hall.  The time to be announced soon.

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, and Ron McArthur.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Pam Magoon, Wesley Comeau, Jen Brown, Fletcher Perkins, Anthony Myers, Crystal McCaslin, Steve Parks and Billie Jean Holst.

I would like to send my nephew Sebastian Oakes in Baltimore, Maryland a very happy 5th birthday!  

Upcoming anniversary wishes go out to Mike and Diana Howell and Josh and Tessa McArthur.  

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

What a busy week for me at the Beckett Center and getting ready to head out to camp on Sunday.  Tuesday night we had company at our house for dinner when my Uncle Michael Randall, Aunt Janelle Randall, cousins, Maverick and Sonya Randall, Zak Kelley and his girlfriend Mickena, Alison, Brent, Cate and Asher Bohanon, Uncle James Randall and Aunt Pam Allen all came.  It was great reconnecting and spending time together.  The kids have grown so much.  Thursday night, Mom and I went to Keys To Life for Kids Club.  There was a wonderful movie and snacks available.

If you have any 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 this column. Until next time, stay safe.