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Cassie Oakes


Congratulations to Grace Howard of Alexander on being crowned Miss Acadia Ambassador 2018 this past weekend.  Grace is the daughter of Melanie and Travis Howard.

The Alexander Grange met on Wednesday, October 18th for a regular meeting.  Guest speaker for the evening during the Lecturer’s Program was Patrick Cormier of Alexander and the topic of the evening was Seed Saving.  Pat gave a wonderful talk and demonstrated how to seed save and store seeds.  He also shared other gardening tips and discussed invasive species of weeds.  There were several guests in attendance and discussion was lively and full of questions and ideas.  Pat left the group wanting more.  It was decided by consensus that the group would like to see more of these workshops so stay tuned for perhaps a starting seeds in the late winter.  The evening ended with a time of conversation and refreshments.  The Grangers outdid themselves will all kinds of goodies, pies, cookies, brownies, veggies and sandwiches.  One thing for sure was no one left hungry.  The next regular Grange meeting will be on Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 21st the Alexander Grange sponsored a Spaghetti Supper and Auction at the Alexander Elementary School.  The funds raised for the evening went to Grange Programming like the Community Christmas Party and the Home Town Jubilee, along with their newly begun Building Fund.  The Grangers would like to thank all those that donated to the auction and all the shoppers.  They would also like to thank all the folks that cooked, set up, worked the supper and tore it down afterwards.  A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Ellie Sanford who mentored the group from start to finish on this endeavor.

On Halloween, October 31st, the Alexander Grange in conjunction with the Alexander Town Office will be celebrating Trick or Treating.  The Town Office will be having a Trunk or Treat and the Grange Hall will open its doors for those who prefer to sit under cover with heat readily available. So decorate your car trunk or come sit at one of the grange tables to see some of the youngsters on Halloween Night.  For more information contact Karen Poor at the Town Office for the Trunk or Treat or Elizabeth McVicar or Deb Hanson about Goodies at the Grange. Don’t forget to stop by Randy’s for a treat too.  

Also happening at the Grange will be a Hunter’s Lunch on November 10th where veterans will be able to dine for free.  It will be a Crock Pot Buffet of all kinds of goodies, so you are sure to find something delicious for lunch and no one goes away hungry.  Lunch is from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

When Rhonda Oakes asked John Dudley to make a display for the November 10th lunch at the Grange and John agreed, he did not realize that the weather would be so good for tree farm activities.  But age and early darkness has provided time to put together a display for the year 1917.  It will include images of seven young Alexander men all dressed up for examination by the Army.  Many of us are in their families.  The Veterans’ Book for Alexander will be part of the display; it should contain a complete list of all Alexander Veterans and will give a chance for additions and corrections.  Not only will this be a chance to eat a good meal cooked by someone else and a chance to visit one’s neighbors, but also a chance to learn a little about your community 100 years ago.

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.

A special get well wish is being sent out to Mary Hatfield, who is Emma Kneeland’s sister.  Mary is in St. Joseph’s Hospital recovering from pneumonia.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Joe Hanson, Eileen Thompson, Wendy Wheaton Wing, Tyler Niles, Kelly McDonough, Glenda Wood, Karyn Flood and Taylor Carter.

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go to Lynn and Margie Wallace.  

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

I took this past week off from the Beckett Center and enjoyed my time at home with family and friends and what a busy week it was.  I went to AES several times to help out in the library and see all the kids.  It was fun to meet the newest students and have them talk to me about my wheelchair.  I also attended my own home church on Sunday and was able to attend the Keys to Life Church in Calais on Thursday for a fun evening of songs, skits, crafts, and snack.  It was a Rockin’ Good Time.  I also attended the Public Spaghetti Supper that the Grange put on.  I had a lot of fun even though I didn’t win anything at the auction and it was great to see so many of our community members there and to spend time with my friends Sharon and Gerald Cooper and Fern Garner.  

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.