Town News


Cassie Oakes


The Alexander Grange met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, November 15th.  During the meeting much discussion was held on the newly established Building Fund and prioritizing plans.  Also discussed during the evening was that December 6th would be the last regular meeting at the Grange until the spring of 2018, the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.  On December 6th there will be a Christmas Party for all members and prospective members.  There will be a Yankee Swap, the gift limit is $5.  Please bring something festive for the refreshment table.  Beverages will be provided.  And as always there will be a chance to give back with boxes available for non-perishable food products and paper products for the local food pantries. 

The Community Christmas Party is fast approaching.  This year it will be held on December 2nd at the Alexander School and is sponsored by the Alexander Grange and FOG (Friends of the Generations).  This event is free thanks to the donations of our local businesses and community members.  Donations have begun to come in. If you would like to make a donation, please send it to Rhonda Oakes.  This is truly a multigenerational event for the young and the young at heart for the Alexander, Crawford and Cooper communities. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult, and due to insurance issues, will not be allowed to be outside during the event.  Santa arrives at 4:00 p.m. and will be at AES until 6:00 p.m.  There will be photo op areas, a Santa letter writing station and entertainment.  Refreshments are pot luck, so please bring something to share, such as sweets, or sandwiches or perhaps a crock pot of something yummy.

Congratulations to Miss Prue Maxwell on her recent acceptance to the Nursing Program at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.  Prue is a senior at Calais High School and attended Alexander Elementary.  Prue is the daughter of Nathan and Melissa Maxwell of Alexander.  Do we have any other seniors in Alexander or Crawford or attended AES and have started to receive college acceptance letters.  Please let me know so we can give our young people a shout out of congratulations.

John Dudley reveals some of the historic problems facing the town in the ongoing tax map revision process.

We have a copy of Rufus Putnam’s 1786 plan of Alexander.  We know from deeds that Benjamin R. Jones surveyed the township in 1808 for Bingham heirs to make more and smaller lots (160 rods E-W and 160 rods N-S) to facilitate their sale.  Who has a copy of that map?  John Dudley has contacted in person or by phone the Maine State Museum, Maine State Library, Maine State Archives, Maine Historical Society, Osher Map Library, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, (John) Black Museum in Ellsworth, Special Collections at University of Maine (Orono), searched all organized files at the Alexander Town Office and all at the Court House. John also did a long web search at UMM.

John Dudley does know that in 1838 John K. Damon got the legislature to set off 100 acres of Cooper to Alexander.  That changed the south line of Alexander.  We know that Meddybemps was set off from Baring, Cooper and Charlotte in 1841.  This also affected the south line of Alexander.  That Damon set off was disputed in 1900 when the town line was perambulated, and the Maine Supreme Court ruled that the line was wrong and gave Alexander another 100 acres from Cooper.

We do know that most of the settlers’ lots of Alexander were square and of 100 acres but that lots 111, 112 and 113 on the south line are only half size.  What about the other lots on the south line, are they also 80 rods north to south?

We also know that a map of Alexander drawn in the 1870s and found in Colby’s 1881 Atlas of Washington County has the south line wrong and that the map as copied by Benjamin Gardner repeated that error and that map was used for the 1991 tax map!

Next week: Why do we need these tax maps?

Who is helping file the backlog of deeds at the town office?

On Saturday, November 11th Donna Harvey and family celebrated her dad Charlie White’s 85th Birthday at the Wichachee Restaurant.  There were 17 family members there.  They enjoyed sharing a meal and a birthday cake.  Charlie received much love, many cards and gifts. Happy Belated 85th Birthday Charlie.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Greg Holst, Elwin Daley, Linda Richardson, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, David Carson, Avis McIntyre, Carl Perkins, Joan Dodge, John Haley and Ron McArthur. 

I would like to send condolences to the family of Lois Faloon, who recently passed away, especially my good friends Sharon and Gerald Cooper and Fern Garner.  Sharon is Lois’s daughter and Fern is Lois’s sister. Lois was born and raised in Alexander and returned upon her retirement.

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Ashley McLaughlin, Josh Bouchard, Yvonne Corbett, Brett Holst, Beverly Holst, Steve Knowles, Tracy Wallace, Haley Richard, Becky Phelan and Sandra Smith.

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This week at Randy’s the Lucky Loser was Jan Sullivan.  Do you want to know how to be a Lucky Loser?  Stop at Randy’s and check it out.   Randy’s Variety will be closing at noon on Thanksgiving Day! 

This has been a quiet week, though I was able to get back into the routine of going to the Beckett Center.  I am still waiting to hear when my appointment with a specialist will be for my burping.  We do now know that I have a hiatal hernia and reflux.    I also received a wonderful surprise in the mail, a card and new LuLaRoe pants from a secret pal.  It was very special to get and I appreciate it very much.

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.