Alexander/Crawford News

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Cassie Oakes


John Dudley had a quiet week concerning the property map work, but several members of the committee were hard at work.  Here is the latest update on what is going on.

On April 10, 1832 Godfrey Lydick acquired about 150 acres from Caleb Cary of East Machias.  This land was on lot 97 that Cary had purchased from the Heirs of Sylvester Gardner.  Specifically it was located on the west of Barrows Lake and to the south of Lots 90 and 91.

In 1858 Godfrey was living in Alexander on the 50-rod Gore between Lot 90 and Crawford.  Godfrey petitioned the Maine Legislature to set off his farm into Crawford.  No deed has been found connecting Lydick before the set-off.

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Robert Flood gave John a ride to the deeds’ office. There he found deeds showing what appears to be the Lydick Set-off from Alexander to Crawford.  Deeds from 1914 when Frank Magoon bought the land to deed 3767.211 (Ricky Seeley) show the set-off as 80 acres.  As John wrote before, the property map must fit the land AND be based on documents.

Ted Carter has offered to do the one sheet that was left over from the meeting on 12/09/17.  They will meet after Christmas to transfer the sheet and necessary instructions.  Thanks to Ted as well as other volunteers.

Local princesses from Alexander were at “Stuff the Bus” in Calais on December 10th to make a donation for the cause.  They were Miss Brylea Newman, daughter of Donny and Gert Newman, Ava Croman, daughter of Erika Pike and Jason Croman and Grace Howard, daughter of Melanie and Travis Howard.  Kudos to these girls for the community service!

Congratulations to the Lord and Campbell families here in Alexander.  Lawrence Lord and Phyllis and Steve Campbell share a great grandchild, Colton Williams who was born on December 12th in Bangor.

Woodland High School Junior and Alexander resident Dana Howland was inducted into the National Honor Society on December 15th.  Dana is an Alexander Elementary Alum and the daughter of Gary and Bethany Howland.  Also being inducted into the National Honor Society at Woodland High School was Seth Knowles.  Seth had deep connections to the town of Alexander for many generations and still has family residing in town.  His proud grandparents still reside here in town and are Ruth and Merle Knowles, along with aunts, uncles and cousins.

It has been a very busy and exciting week at the home of David and Michelle McVicar of Cooper, Maine.  First they celebrated the birthdays of their grandchildren, Sophie and Gabe.  Then college student daughters Ashleigh and Kayla Pyles arrived home for winter break.  And then daughter Willow Newman received not one but two acceptance letters to colleges, one from the University of Maine in Fort Kent and the other from Husson.  Willow, a senior at Woodland High School and a former AES student, plans on studying nursing.  Joining in on all the excitement of parties, returning granddaughters and acceptance letters was Mom/Grammy Elizabeth McVicar. 

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Church of the Open Bible in Alexander on December 24th at 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome.  They will also be holding their regular church service on Christmas Eve morning.

There will also be a Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve at People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville at 7:00 p.m. along with their regular Sunday Worship Service at 11:00 a.m.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Greg Holst, Elwin Daley, Linda Richardson, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, David Carson and John Haley.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Phil Flood, Jamie Bohanon, Lori Croman, Jason Manza, Chris Wallace, Wanda Cox, Amanda Holmes, Mary White and Gert Newman.

I would like to send special upcoming birthday wishes to my uncle James Randall and my cousin Melissa McGovern Stainton on December 24th. Love you both and hope you have a great day!

Upcoming anniversary wishes go to Butch and Dedi Greenlaw and Josh and Cortney Kinney.  I wish both couples many more years of wedded bliss! 

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. Randy’s Variety will be closing at 4:00 p.m. on December 24th and will be closed all day on December 25th in observation of the holiday.  When they re-open on December 26th they will be closing at 7:00 p.m. nightly.  

The final counts are in for the 2017 hunting season.  McLeod’s Variety in Crawford tagged 2 deer, 12 bears, and 3 turkeys.  Randy’s Variety in Alexander tagged 24 deer, 17 bears and 8 turkeys.  

This week I attended FBC with my loaner power wheelchair and let me tell you it is not what I am used to. It is not very good on the snow and ice that we just got, but it is a chair and no one has to push me so for that I am thankful.  Just hope we hear about my old chair soon.  While at the Center I participated in going to WCCC to practice basketball skill drills, shopping at the Dollar Store, working on crafts and enjoying some homemade corn chowder and biscuits.  

I would like wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas!  And I would like to thank those who continue to support me with news for the column.  You are what makes this column what it is.

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!  Until next time, stay safe.