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Cassie Oakes


The Breakneck Mountain ATV Club had another successful, fun and festive Landowner Appreciation Dinner last Saturday, November 18th at the clubhouse with a spaghetti dinner for 30 people and door prizes for all.  They are so grateful for permission to ride trails that run through the landowners’ property. It is the best, most beautiful trail system in Washington County.

The Alexander Volunteer Fire Department along with the rest of our community would like to send out a big thank you to Mingo’s for their donation of the Alexander Community Christmas Tree that stands outside of our Alexander Town Office and Fire Department. 

Santa has sent his gifts for the Community Christmas Party to Alexander and on Saturday, November 25th, some of his helpers joined together to help get the packages ready for Santa’s trip down from the North Pole to visit with all the good girls and boys from Alexander, Crawford and Cooper.  Santa wants to thank his helpers Ron and Diane McAlpine, Susan Wallace, Emma Hill, Elizabeth and Shawn McVicar and Rhonda Oakes.

December 2nd is right around the corner and that evening the Community Christmas Party at the Alexander Elementary School will be in full swing.  The doors open at 4:00 p.m. and Santa will be on site until 6:00 p.m.  There will be entertainment, food, activities, and a time to chat with neighbors and friends and door prizes. Refreshments are Pot Luck so please bring something to share, perhaps a Christmas favorite of your family, sandwiches, sweets and crock-pots of yumminess are on the menu.  This party is sponsored by the Alexander Grange and FoG (Friends of the Generations) and is free for the community due to the generous donations of Alexander and Crawford’s local businesses and our neighbors and friends.  Funds are still coming in to help pay for this event. If you would like to support the event financially contact Rhonda Oakes.

There will be boxes available at the event for non-perishable items and paper products, which will be distributed to the local food pantries.  This truly is a community event and is multi-generational so please remember all children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult and will not be allowed outside during the festivities.  

The Alexander Grange will hold its last meeting of 2017 on December 6th.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include a Christmas Party. There will be a Yankee Swap so anyone in attendance is asked to bring a gift worth approximately $5 and something festive to share for refreshments.  Prospective members are invited to attend.

Now for some Thanksgiving Updates!

Emma Kneeland of Alexander celebrated Thanksgiving at her house with daughter Kim, son-in law John, son Michael and grandson, Jesse and of course Kim’s dog Pocket.  They had lasagna and had a wonderful day just being together.

Elizabeth McVicar of Cooper celebrated Thanksgiving with family far and near, even some from Canada. Elizabeth’s granddaughter Kayla Pyles was home from college in Massachusetts and son Shawn McVicar traveled from Bangor.  Also her family from all the way down the driveway, (Michelle, David and their crew).  Amie Newman and Angie Cummings, from Marion and Kayla’s future mother-in-law were also in attendance.  

Tanya Fossett and daughters Aubrey and Peyton of Waterville were recent visitors at the home of her parents Linda and Freddie Wallace of Crawford.  

Tracey Braiser and son Jameyson of Eddington also visited. While visiting they got together with brother and sister-in law Joey and B.J. at King China in Calais.  They all enjoyed the area craft fairs.

Linda Wallace, daughter Tracey and grandson Jameyson all traveled to Waterville to attend the play “Once upon a Mattress.” Granddaughter Susie Fossett performed in the show while granddaughter Aubrey performed in the orchestra.  Everyone did a great job.  Costumes were great as were the set designs, choreography and orchestra musicians. Afterwards they all went to Applebee’s for a really late night meal.  

While in Waterville last weekend, Linda reported that they went to the Festival of Trees at the Hathaway Building.  There were about 70 beautifully decorated trees with so many prizes.  Linda is hoping some of the family members might win a tree with prizes.  As luck would have it, Linda said she won two prizes on a cash calendar that Lawrence High School Marching Band was selling. Linda won two tickets to “Annie” at Waterville Opera House in December and also a $25 Governor’s Restaurant Gift Card.  

Linda has certainly been enjoying her family. On Sunday, November 19th, Linda went with Tracey, Eric and Jameyson Brasier to the Penobscot Ice Arena in Brewer.  They watched Jameyson while he was having his hockey training session.  Linda really enjoyed watching him and was glad she dressed in warm clothes.  

Linda and Freddie Wallace of Crawford spent Thanksgiving in Eddington at Tracey, Eric and Jameyson Brasier’s home.  There were twelve in attendance who enjoyed this awesome meal.  Attending besides Linda and Freddie were oldest son Jeff Wallace and his girlfriend Jeane from Phippsburg, oldest granddaughter Amanda Wallace and her twin sons Zander and Goddrick of Bangor and also Tracey’s neighbors and good friends Laurie and Brian.  Also stopping in was Jeane’s two daughters Jasmine and Lily.  It was an awesome day.  They missed the other half of their family.  They all had great Thanksgiving meals.

John Dudley reports on the continuing updating property map project for Alexander.

Some will ask why we need these property maps or tax maps.  In 1914 we had 108 landowners here and 72 families.  The assessors were Gorham P. Flood, George B. Berry and Frank E. Flood, farmers who knew everyone in town.  In 2017 we have 714 tax bills for a population of about 500.  Our three assessors who all work full-time jobs in Woodland are John Knowles and Josh Kinney at the mill and Eddie Moreside is with Downeast Emergency Medical Services (our ambulance service).  Why?  Too many tax accounts, too many people to know.  Things change!

On Tuesday John Dudley asked the selectmen for help getting transfer deeds filed into the assessors files.  John Knowles offered to work with him on a weekend.  John’s role was to teach a process.  Then John and John Dudley worked together filing about half of the deeds.  Josh worked on another assessor job.  The assessors’ jobs are not easy!

Another problem concerning our town boundary has come up.  Lot 26 is on the north west edge of the town.  It was purchased in 1835 as a three hundred 20-acre lot.  For years it has been called the Little Goodhue Lot named for that buyer, Stephen Goodhue of Lowell, Massachusetts.  Its east bound is Lot 27 called the Big Goodhue Lot, having been purchased the same day by the same man but being 1,280 acres.

This information appears on the older maps including the one used by Carleton E. Davis in creating the tax map of 1991.  The topographical map shows Lot 26 being 640 acres.  Which map is right and in what township are those 320 acres in question?  Does anyone have a copy of the 1808 survey done by Benjamin R. Jones?

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. Let’s not forget about those caretakers who make sure their loved ones have all they need.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Emma Hill, Carla Jundt, Tom Dwelley, Alicia Perkins, Laura Jean Lord, Lynn Silk, Christine Gillespie, Linda McArthur, Pat Stephens, Shantelle Buchanan, Joey Wallace, David Tozier and Noah Southard.

If you would you like your birthday or anniversary to be listed, please contact me, my info is at the bottom of this column.

Upcoming anniversary wishes go to Neil and Shirley Seavey.  

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

With a long weekend, my week at the center seemed quite short.  I was able to participate in my basketball skill drills at WCCC on Monday.  Tuesday we had a Turkey Dinner with all the fixings and Wednesday played cards.  The rest of the week was spent at home relaxing with Mom and Dad. A quiet Thanksgiving, the Christmas tree is up and a trip to church were all part of my week.  I started a new medication and am still waiting to hear when I will be getting a referral to a doctor in Bangor about my burping and other things.

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.