Alexander/Crawford News

Cassie Oakes


The old Grange Hall was full of delicious aromas of homemade goodness, soups, stews, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, beans and lasagna, something for everyone’s taste.  And dessert was an array of cakes, chocolate, pumpkin and shoo fly!  But even more amazing were the folks in attendance, visiting and catching up on the latest family news and reminiscing about days gone by.  There were several displays for folks to enjoy, some about past Alexander/Crawford veterans and some touching displays about those who served our country gone too soon, including the Summit Stone of Christopher Sullivan.  If you have never attended one of these lunches, you will need to check one out when they come around again in the fall of 2018.

The Alexander Grange members would like to thank all those that helped in any way to make their last Harvest Lunch of the season a success, from planning and set up, to cooking and serving, to clean up and all those that attended-you are all appreciated.

What is coming up next in our community? Well of course it is the 2017 Community Christmas Party scheduled for December 2nd at 4:00 p.m.  This event is free for the Alexander, Crawford and Cooper Communities and is sponsored by the Alexander Grange FOG (Friends of the Generations).  It is made possible by the generous donations of local businesses and community members.  Fund raising had begun in earnest and Santa Claus has confirmed that he and Mrs. Claus will be making the trip down from the North Pole.  For more information check out the Alexander Grange Facebook page.

Here is an update from John Dudley explaining more about the ongoing tax map revision process happening in Alexander.

In the last 40 years Alexander has had its records by seven Town Clerks, Judith McArthur (whose house and records burned), Christine Smith, Deanne Greenlaw (in two homes and a trailer and in the present Municipal Office with records stored in the attic before the safe storage was built in 2007), Mike Hunnewell, Shirley McCall, then Deanne again and most recently Karen Poor.  On top of that we have various volunteer or paid committees keeping records.  Is it any wonder that we can’t find records of all developments?

The assessors keep records.  All deeds registered of transfers of land in Alexander are sent from the deeds’ office in Machias to our assessors once a month.  Ideally these deeds are read to see if they describe the land transferred.  Next, if the deed divides a property, then that must be recorded on the tax map.  Then the deed is filed into a folder that is numbered to fit the tax map designation or if a subdivided property.  Our property taxes are based in part on these records.  Our three-legged stool for property taxes is the total value of the town, the budget voted at the town meeting and the value of our own property according to the records.  How many assessors have we elected over the past 40 years?

John Dudley’s goal in this process is to have a Property Map of Alexander that is right and useful for the assessors.  John does not point a finger in the past or present for the problems we face except at all of us who lacked the foresight to keep up with the times.  Next week a look way back.

Our community is what it is by the folks that live in and take part in its activities.  This was no more evident by the recent Harvest Lunch at the Alexander Grange Hall on November 10th.  This was not a mere fund raiser for the Grange, but a chance to thank our veterans by offering a free meal.  

Condolences are being sent out to the family and friends of Josh Rice.  Josh lived in Alexander several years ago and he will be missed by many.

Condolences also are being sent out to the family and friends of Gordon McArthur. Gordon’s ties in Alexander run deep.

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

I would like to send a very special thinking of you to my church and Beckett Center friend Dottie Pepin who recently passed away at a hospital in Indiana and to her caretaker Judy Murray who was there with her.  I love both these ladies dearly and they are in my thoughts and prayers.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Pike Seavey, Maygin Steadman, Jayda Pressley, Erica Jo Knowles, Janet Niles, Peter Hunnewell, Lenny Hanson II, Ernie Hugli, Wayne Ingersoll, David Carson, Lexus Renaud, Donna Harvey, Travis Wallace, Bob Moraisay, Sandra Smith, Keitha Smith, Lana Vining, Heather McCray and Roxy Whitaker.

Upcoming anniversary wishes go to David and Dana Porter and Charlie and Marguerite White.  

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

Monday I attended program in the morning, then mom took me home because I was extremely tired and still burping.  So I decided to take the rest of the week off.  Tuesday and Wednesday I went to the AES library and on Wednesday when we were done the van wouldn’t start, so Mom and I walked home.  David Frost and Dad came to the rescue and jump started it.  Thursday I went to get in the van to the hospital for a test and the van lift wouldn’t work. Dad came to the rescue and did some kind of wiring and it worked fine, but not before Sharon and Gerald came to the help with the use of their car. The test I took at Calais Hospital was pretty tricky and they wanted me to stand, which you know is hard for me to do.  But the staff of the Radiology Department went above and beyond helping me to get the test done.  Now we wait for the test results and hopefully I am off all the meds making me tired and I can return to life as normal at the Center.

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