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Cassie Oakes


Congratulations are in order for AES Kindergarten student, Brylea Newman, who recently was crowned Miss New England Jr. Princess.  Brylea resides in Alexander and is the granddaughter of Donnie and Gert Newman.  Way to go Brylea!

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the upcoming Turkey Supper at the Methodist Church on October 5th.  Also Sunday School begins at the Methodist Church on October 1st.

The Alexander Grange met on Wednesday, September 20th for a celebration supper and joint installation of officers with Cathance Grange, Pembroke Grange and Pomona Grange.  It was a delicious pot luck supper with everyone bringing something to share and scrumptious desserts.  Conversation and laughter could be heard throughout the hall.  Folks joined in for a quick and fast cleanup before the Grange Meeting started and officers for the ensuing year were installed.  During the evening the Grange was gifted $100 from the Alexander Community Club to put towards their newly formed Building Fund account.  Next Alexander Grange Meeting will be held October 4th at 7:00 p.m.

The Alexander Grange has several activities coming up in the near future, so mark your calendars.  On Saturday, October 7th folks will gather at the Grange at 9:00 in the morning to learn how to make liquid detergent with Jenny Sanford.  This activity is open to the public and is free; if you bring a small container you will be able to take home a sample and the recipe.  October 10th will be the Grange’s first Harvest Lunch of the season at the Grange Hall and will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  On October 18th during a regular Grange Meeting there will be a presentation on Seed Saving by Pat Cormier.  On October 21st the Grange has plans for a Spaghetti Supper at the Alexander Elementary School along with a Chinese Auction.  If you would like to make a donation to the auction please contact any Grange member.

The Grange is very active in Community Service with members volunteering in their churches and other organizations including the local food pantry, sitting on boards and volunteering in the local school.  If you are interested in becoming a Grange member or want to know about the Grange, come to any activity and ask a Granger what they are all about.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Judy Lincoln Murray, Charlie White, Elwin Daley, Linda Richardson, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, David Carson, Avis McIntyre, Carl Perkins, Joan Dodge, Lois Faloon, Mike and Marilyn Trafton, and Ron McArthur.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Tianna Bacon, Pat Stawarz, Maya Gallant, Troy Wallace, Lawrence Lord, Debbie Dow, Pat Pease, Brian Rice and Leah Brown.

If you would like your birthday or anniversary to be listed, please contact me.

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go to Marty and Julie Richard and Dana and Angela Perkins Morrison.  

This week at Randy’s the Lucky Loser was Ken Moholland.  Do you want to know how to be a Lucky Loser?  Stop at Randy’s and check it out. Randy’s Variety has now tagged 13 bears this hunting season.

I have had a very busy week, I attended FBC with two highlights of the week, both including food.  We went to Linda’s Pizza for lunch on Thursday and on Friday I went to Chinese with some friends.  Saturday I attended Brunch and Brush at the Alexander Grange.  At 9:00 a.m. we had a smorgasbord of delicious food, and then painted pictures of pumpkins and chitchatted and shared tons of laughs. Even without an instructor we had a good time. It may not have been on a professional level but it was fun.  In attendance were Ellie Sanford, Diane McAlpine, Toby Ann Peoples, Jo-Ellen Gallant, my mom Rhonda Oakes and me.  During the activity we discussed the possibility of Ginger Bread House making with Ellie Sanford and perhaps another painting time.

My week ended with a bang and not a good bang either.  After church my mom and I went to get ready to leave and our van lift wouldn’t work.  So mom did the good mom thing and hand pumped me into the van.  When we got home I couldn’t get out so we got Dad to help. After playing with the lift a bit, Dad decided that he needs to take the lift to Bangor.  So for the time being I am without transportation at home.  Hopefully this will be a quick fix.

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 me and this column. Until next time, stay safe.