Alexander/Crawford News

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Cassie Oakes


Linda Wallace, husband Freddie of Crawford and both their daughters Tanya Wallace Fossett of Waterville and Tracey Wallace-Brasier of Eddington recently returned from a week long vacation.  It was a combination birthday celebration for Linda and belated 50th wedding anniversary trip for Freddie and Linda. Tanya and Tracey did all the driving (a total of 1,500 miles). The trip started out as they traveled through Vermont and they stopped at Hogback Mountain, a beautiful viewing area.

They traveled on to Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada and they stayed there for 3 nights. While there they also visited the American side of the falls.   Their stay included a trip on the Maid of the Mist which was very exciting.  This boat goes down under the falls.  Also included was the Cave of the Winds Adventure and a narrated tour which took them to 17 other places.

There were the most beautiful flower displays everywhere which became beautiful backgrounds for all the photos taken and there were many.

While there they went up to the 775’ Skylon Tower.  They ate in one of the two restaurants.  They really enjoyed the beautiful views, especially after it was dark out.  One restaurant revolves every 30 minutes.  The entire group went up to the top of the Observation Deck.  Linda, Tanya and Tracey went up in the Sky Wheel. They visited the Niagra Falls Floral Clock which is made up of 24,000 plants and is absolutely gorgeous.  It is 40’ in diameter.  Flower displays were everywhere.  

The last day they were in Ontario. They toured the Bird Kingdom which had all kinds of beautiful birds.  There were also some bats.  That wasn’t very interesting to Linda and she couldn’t quite figure out why they would have two of her favorite (NOT) critters.  She wasn’t interested in the skunks either.

On the way home they traveled through Albany and then to Burlington, Vermont.  They toured the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury.  “It was delicious”, says Linda.  Then they traveled through New Hampshire and home to Maine. What a wonderful trip they all had.  Fred and Linda are so grateful to both their girls for making this vacation happen for them.  They never could have made this trip without their assistance with everything.

Brenda McDonough of Alexander went on a trip to Motor Speedway in New Hampshire with her daughter Amanda, son Galen and husband Kelly.  Amanda finally got to meet Kasey Kahne, her favorite driver, after 14 years and 15 races.  Brenda got to spend Sunday with Amanda before the race with the 20 Team.  It was a great experience to go through inspection with the Carl Team.  Brenda was also lucky to meet  driver Matt Kenseth and take pictures and chat.  It was a hot day, but they enjoyed it all.  This will be their last trip to the Motor Speedway as the fall races there are being discontinued. But Brenda says don’t count her out yet as she is thinking another race may just be their next destination come 2018.

Brylea Newman of Alexander, along with her aunt Abbie and her mom Gert Newman, were off to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to attend the wedding of Gert and Abbie’s great niece.  Brylea was very excited to be the flower girl at the very large wedding.  

Last Saturday Emma Kneeland of Alexander went to Levant to see the Timber Tina Lumberjack show with her sisters Ann McAllister and Else Boone.  They had a great visit and lunch out.  

Emma’s daughter, Kim (Turner) Pottle participated in the Pembroke Horse Show last Saturday.  She and her horse, Hunters Sensation, better known as Indy, came home with a total of ten ribbons, two of them were blue.  Indy got the nickname because he came from Indiana as a young horse to be loved and trained by Kim.  Great job Kim on all your hard work.

Please take notice at the intersection of the Cooper and Arm Road.  The intersection has been changed to a regular intersection; the Island has been taken out.  You need to come to a complete stop coming off the Arm Road before proceeding onto the Cooper Road.

A new bridge has been installed on the Spearing Road.  This was done to stop the flooding of the road during big storms.  Also, this is a bottomless bridge making it easier for the fish to get through.

If you live on a back road or down one of the lake roads and miss seeing the little ghouls and goblins, there are two alternatives for you this year.  The Alexander Town Office will be having a Trunk or Treat on Halloween Night.  Anyone wishing to decorate their vehicle and hand out candy please give Karen Poor a call at the Town Office, 454-3011, so she can plan on space.  Or if outside is not your kind of thing the Alexander Grange Hall will be opening its doors for handing out treats.  The Grange will supply heat, tables, tablecloths and chairs. All you need to do is bring the treats and feel free to embellish you table space if you wish.  For more information or to reserve a space contact Deb Hanson at 454-8733

On October 9 the Grange will be holding the first of two Harvest Lunches from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Hope to see you there.

The Grange is also in the planning stages for a Spaghetti Supper to be held on October 21 at AES along with a Chinese Auction.  If you would like more information or would like to make a donation contact Rhonda Oakes 454-2344, Deb Hanson 454-8733 or any other Grange member.

There will be a Free Family Movie Night at the Methodist Church in Baileyville on Friday, October 13th, the movie to be determined so stay tuned.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the upcoming Turkey Supper at the Baileyville Methodist Church on October 5th.  

Good thoughts are being sent out to Barbara Haley, 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 David Randall, Betty Wittig, Nathan Ingersoll, Mike White, Diane Lord, Brenda Donovan, Joe Manza, Gary Howland, Jan Poole, Darren Morrell, Nina Crossman, Jake Randall, Marie Dudley and Shannon Daley.

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go to Lee and Vicki Cummings and Pat and Teresa Holst Eliason. 

This week at Randy’s the Lucky Loser was Tom Dwelley.   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.

This week started out fairly normal with the regular happenings at the Beckett Center.  Friday started out hopeful as Dad was taking our van to have the lift looked at and hopefully fixed.  But then things took a crazy turn when the mini van came to get me to take me to the Center. After I got loaded the door was stuck, wouldn’t open or close completely and the Davis brothers (Carlty and David) came to the rescue and got it unstuck.  Then it was decided I was staying home, because it wouldn’t be safe if it happened again when I got to Calais or heaven forbid we have an accident.  Then Dad arrived home later in the day with our van lift still not fixed, though a part has been ordered and another trip to Bangor is in Dad’s future.

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.