Town News

Cassie Oakes


Marie and John Dudley were honored on Sunday afternoon by about 40 family members and old friends from the sixties.  This gathering at the Nook and Cranny was for Marie’s recent 80th birthday and John and Marie’s up-coming 50th anniversary.  Snacks and conversations were enjoyed.  A number of guests left checks made out to the Alexander-Crawford Scholarship and the Crosby Scholarship honoring the two occasions.

On Monday, after their guests had headed southwest, Marie and John went to the Grange Hall for the Harvest Lunch.  They enjoyed lunch and visiting with Linda and Fred Wallace.  Fred and John talked about Alexander fifty years ago when our population was well under 200 and up to one hundred would show up at the Grange for lunch or supper.

Only 27 were there on Monday, but the good news is that four young women and their children were there.  Nearly 27 dishes and desserts were offered by the Grange workers.  Our support of these events allows the Grange members and their friends to sponsor the Community Christmas Party and Alexander Days in July.

On Tuesday evening Marie and John attended the Selectmen’s meeting where needed corrections and updates to our 2011 tax map were discussed.  The Selectmen agreed to place this issue on the March Annual Meeting Warrant for voter action.

It is planned that a volunteer committee will gather information from deeds, old maps, GPS and “on the ground” study to correct any errors.  Give Foster Carlow a call at 454-2600 if you wish to be part of solving this problem.  News of the committee will appear in future issues of this column.

Do you know anyone who helps to make our community better by volunteering their services? Please let me know. Send me the information and I’ll try to feature them in an upcoming column.

Have you marked your calendars for some of the upcoming events in Alexander?  There will be a Free Firearms Hunter’s Safety Course on October 19th from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and October 29th from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Alexander Grange Hall on the Cooper Road.  Contact Len Hanson at (207) 454-8733 for more information.

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.  If you would rather be warm and inside 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 decorate your table space.  For more information or to reserve a space contact Deb Hanson at 454-8733.  Some folks that won’t be in the area that evening are opting for dropping off treats with a Granger to give out, so there is another option for you.  

Don’t forget about the Spaghetti Supper to be held on October 21st at AES along with a Chinese Auction.  This event is being sponsored by the Grange and   part of the Funds from this event will go to the newly formed Building Fund for repairs and improvements.  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.

The Breakneck Mountain ATV meeting will be on October 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Club House on the Cooper Road in Alexander.

Don’t forget about the AES Annual Craft Fair to be held on October 28th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for more information you can contact the school at 454-2623.

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 Donalda Allen, Doug Poor, Gary Howland Jr., Judy McGinley, Kim Perkins and Lew Dwelley.

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go to Steve and Tami Clark.  I wish you both many more years of wedded bliss!

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

I have had a great week attending FBC.  Not so great was when I went to Princeton with mom and got my flu shot at the doctor’s office. It certainly was a busy week. Thursday night mom and I attended Kids’ Club and Friday night attended the free family movie night at PUMC and saw Hotel Transylvania 2.  There were 77 children and adults in attendance.  I was thrilled when my BFF Krystal Smith and her family came as well, which made it even more special for me, and of course there was church on Sunday.  It sure is great to have the lift on the family van working again.

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.