Alexander/Crawford News

Town News

Cassie Oakes


Don’t forget about the crockpot buffet Harvest Lunch at the Alexander Grange Hall on Friday, November 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  In observance of Veteran’s Day, veterans will eat free.  Come out for some delicious food and conversation with your neighbors.

The Alexander Grange met on Wednesday, November 1st with not enough members in attendance to hold a meeting.  But those there enjoyed an evening full of conversation, reminiscing and some snacks.  Several topics discussed were the goodies at the Grange on Halloween which was well received.  There was free coffee for the adults along with cold drinks and Tim Bits, books for the taking and there were several tables of goodies for the trick or treaters.  It was a fun night for the young and the young at heart.  Also discussed and final plans were made for the upcoming Veteran’s Day Lunch on November 10th and the upcoming Community Christmas Party.  The next Grange meeting will be on November 15th.

It is hard to believe but the Grange and members of FOG have begun the process of getting ready for the 2017 Community Christmas Party to be held on December 2nd at the Alexander Elementary School.  Fundraising has begun and the North Pole has been contacted.  Please stay tuned for more information right here in this column or the Alexander Grange #304 Facebook page.

Here is a continuation from John Dudley concerning the on-going Alexander Tax Map project: There are sixteen sheets produced by the GIS Office at UMM in 2011.  These were based on information sent from Alexander in 2007.  These sheets make up Property Maps of Alexander but have some things missing, a few mistakes and much out-of-date information.  The job charge to a volunteer committee is to fix these problems. The better job we do, the more accurate the maps will be.  These property maps are commonly referred to as tax maps.  This 2011 imperfect work was paid for by a grant through the Comprehensive Plan done in 2011 by another volunteer committee.  $3,600 from that grant is available for the present job.  More may be needed and the Selectmen agreed to ask to raise this issue at the March town meeting.  

John Dudley selected SHEET 2 that represents his neighborhood and asked Allan McLellan to help specifically.  Allan and John have spent four sessions on the ground along Pine Tree Shore, connecting the maps to what is on the ground and getting GPS readings.  This process has been complicated because over the years different surveyors were employed using different numbers or letters for the lots.  For example lots 1 A and 2 sold in 1970 now is lot 5.  Another common problem has been deeds with no lot description, requiring the paper search of earlier deeds to find a description of the land.  Thus, “being the lot that Jasper Bailey sold to Nancy Cousins in 1892” requires research to find where the lot is on the land.

Next week we will look at record keeping problems found in small towns where elected officials change frequently.

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 Dave Cummings, Ashley Allen, Rosa Subialdea, Charlie White, Barbara McLellan, Jaxson Whitehead, Anna Jean McClure, Ken Seavey and Don Newman.

I would like to send a very special happy birthday wish to my brother Carlos Oakes Sr. who lives in southern Maine.  Love you, miss you and hope you have a great day!

Upcoming anniversary wishes go to Coburn and Norma Wallace and Lenny and Debbie Hanson.  

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

My week has been fairly uneventful due to me being housebound due to a bad case of burping.  Hopefully this will be taken care of soon and I can resume some of my favorite activities. I did get to visit the store on Halloween and we were able to give treats to 62 little and big ghosts and goblins.  We also heard that the Alexander Town Office and Fire Department had a great turn out for the Trunk or Treat along with goodies at the Grange. Both groups hope to make this a Halloween tradition.

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.  Call 454-2344 or drop off news at Randy’s Variety!  Until next time, stay safe.