Alexander/Crawford News

Town News

Cassie Oakes


I have heard through the grapevine about lots of birthday celebrations, skating parties and sleepovers but without folks sending me the details I can’t report on these events.  Please feel free to share with me!  Remember all articles are being saved in several places for generations to come who may just be doing research some day on their Alexander/Crawford families and how they lived.  How cool would it be to read about your great-great grandmother’s birthday party!

Lots of rain this past weekend with flooding throughout our county.  Several spots in Alexander needed repair and the town was out working diligently on those areas as early as Sunday morning.  The state crews were also out on Sunday and all those folks deserve a big thank you along with the electric company who were out getting power on for those in need.

While in Machias on Monday, John copied several old deeds documenting the size of lots 111 through 117.  On Tuesday the Dudleys, Mary Frances and David Crosby of Cooper motored to Augusta.  That afternoon they visited the Agriculture Trade Show view of all the latest tools and toys.  That evening the four taxied to a Mexican Place.

Up early on Wednesday, Marie and John spent all day at the Civic Center for the Maine Woodland Owners (MWO) annual meeting and programs.  While there they saw several Washington County neighbors, Joyce and Tom Pottle of Perry, Carol Bryan also of Perry, as are Vivian and Greg Black.  Richard Scott and Kyle Burdick of neighboring Pembroke were also seen.  Two former MF’s district foresters were there, Steve McDonald of Hancock and Patty Cormier who used to live next to the Grange Hall in West Princeton.  They also visited with many of their old tree farm friends.

The programs were of interest; Tree Growth Tax changes, knowledge for towns interested in land owner succession, invasive plants that cause economic impact (yes, we have some in Alexander) and tree identification by its bark.

Also part of the day were three presentations.  MWO was presented with the Austin Wilkins Award for its excellent education programs.  Russell Black from Wilton was presented with the Tree Farm of 2018 plaque.  He will have a field day in September; something like the Dudleys did in 2009.

The Chandler family settled in New Gloucester, Maine in the 1790s.  Three siblings were MWO guests and the older brother announced the gift of 2,500 acres of wood land to MWO.  The next generations of the family all live out of state and are not interested in caring for the land.  And the three owners want the land cared for as they have done.

Condolences to the family and friends of Everett Dean. He had deep connections to Alexander for years through his daughter Patti Demmons, her husband Gerry and children Jenny and Jason who all lived in Alexander for many years.

Condolences also go out to the family of Ron McArthur who recently passed away.  Ron was a very nice and kind man and will be missed by many.  He and his wife Linda have resided in Crawford for many years.  There will be a Celebration of Life for Ron at the Church of the Open Bible in Alexander on January 20th at 11:00 a.m.

The United Methodist Women of People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville have changed their meeting day and time. The meeting will be the third Tuesday of the month at noon.  So the next meeting will be on February 20th at noon in the Fellowship Hall.  They would love to see some new faces, so please join them.

Several folks here in town have started little businesses out of their homes.  Today I would like to tell you about Kristy Crawford and her LuLaRoe business.  Kristy has a boutique set up at her house, travels to local events and does private parties and fundraising events.  Kristy also likes to give back to the communities so every month she donates $3 of an item’s sales to a worthy cause.  Since August she has donated over $2,000.  Just a few of her charities have been the Washington County Children’s Program, Champion for the Cure, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Maine Breast Cancer and Epilepsy along with the Machias Veteran’s Home; right now she is supporting a friend, Nancy Curtis who was in a terrible car accident.  If you are a LuLaRoe fan like I am, I suggest you contact Kristy. You can find her on her Facebook page.

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

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Eric Barnard, Charlotte Southard, Hillary Provencher, yours truly Cassie Oakes, Payton Fossett, James Hood, Gerry Demmons, Paula Smith, Mathew Day and Debbie Seavey.

Anniversary wishes go to Ron and Diane McAlpine.

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

It has been a quiet week for me. I was under the weather all weekend and then on Monday and Tuesday I stayed home and then it was right back to program.  One thing about being under the weather there was plenty of time for TV and I have been able to take full advantage of one of my Christmas presents, the complete TV series of the Gilmore Girls.  I really have been enjoying that show.  The grandmother in the show really cracks me up. We are still waiting to hear if my wheelchair is going to be fixed soon, it has now been since the end of November and I can tell you I am tired of this loaner chair.

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.