Alexander/Crawford News

Town News

Cassie Oakes


Here is the latest on the re-mapping of Alexander. Volunteers met at the Alexander Town Office from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 9. Those present were Jane Manza, David Davis, Jimmy Davis, Eddie Moreside, Roger Holst, Foster Carlow, Gerald Cooper, John Knowles, Allan McLellan, Joe Hanson and John Dudley.

GIS maps passed out the need to be corrected to what is on the land.  Appropriate copies of Carleton Davis Tax Maps of 1991 and a written list to help complete the process went to each.  The 2017 Tax Commitment Book (organized by name) and the Assessors File (by lot numbers) were discussed.  The group also talked about the need of GPS readings of known places and those places with errors.

These volunteers will be all around town making corrections to the map.  They are not assessing taxes, not changing lines on the ground.  They hope to finish this phase of the chore by Memorial Day and get all the material to the University of Maine in Machias-GHS in August 2018.  Hopefully the corrected Property Maps will be back in Alexander 2020.

Some of the volunteers might like some help.  And one more part of town needs attention.

The Alexander Grange members and guests met for the last meeting of 2017 on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall. The evening started with a quick meeting putting things to bed for the year and ended with a little Christmas Party with delicious food, including veggies, shrimp, dip, cheese trays and an array of sweets.  The evening ended with a gift exchange that was done with dice, pass left or right, across the table or steal.  Playing the game was as much fun as opening the presents.  After the 1st of the year the Grange members will gather together and start making plans for 2018, until then the Grange wishes everyone Happy Holidays!

Just a quick reminder that property taxes in Alexander are now due and should be paid in December to avoid having interest added.  Also all dogs need to be licensed by the end of December to avoid a late fee.  For more information please see Karen at the Town Office.

The 5th annual Alumni Basketball Game will be taking place on Saturday, December 23rd beginning at noon starting with the women’s game followed by the men’s game at the Alexander Elementary School. For more information contact Jordan Ayers.  This is sure to be a wonderful time!

Emma Kneeland, of Alexander, spent a few days in Ellsworth with her good friend Barbara Haley.  Many of you may remember Barbara as Miss Haley who taught at the old two room school house on the corner of the Arm Road and Cooper Road many years ago.  The ladies took in a little shopping, lots of eating out and even good conversation.  It was a great visit.

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. 

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Dick Preston, Jennifer Sanford, Gabriel Curtis, Fred Olsen, Ciara Norton, Sonja DePriest, Merle Knowles Jr., Melanie Howard, Sherry Carle, Tanya Wallace, Tracey Wallace Braiser, Mary Jean Landry, Lew Dwelley, Jr. and Joe Bailey.

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

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

On Monday Mom, Dad and I went to Bangor for my annual orthopedic doctor’s appointment and a wheelchair appointment.  My doctor’s appointment went well.  Not so much for my power chair.  We left it in Bangor hoping to get approval for parts and then getting it fixed.  So my choice is my old push chair or a loaner power chair.  Neither is comfortable and the power chair just doesn’t feel right to me.  Hope we get word soon about my old reliable.  The rest of the week I attended FBC playing games, listening to music or just hanging out.  On Friday, mom, my best friend Krystal Smith and I went to our friend Dottie Pepin’s Funeral at the Methodist Church in Baileyville.  It was a very nice service, I read the scriptures and took part in singing Dottie’s favorite song, “I Think You are Wonderful”  She was a good friend and I will miss her. 

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.