Alexander/Crawford News

Town News

Cassie Oakes


I received a nice message from David DeWald, the son of Pauline Dewald.  Pauline grew up here in Alexander and now resides in New York.  She is related to the Holst clan through their mom and her sister Mildred.  Pauline is home now and fully recovered from a recent illness and hospital stay.  She wanted to say “Thank you for all the get well cards and any and all remembrances from the wonderful people in Alexander.  I am doing better each day and will continue to find ways to help keep the Grange and Church active for you wonderful people in Alexander”.  Pauline we are all so glad to hear you are doing much better.

And the Alexander Tax Map work continues. 

David Davis stopped by John Dudley’s house on Sunday.  They proved that two heads are better than one.  But to prove their solution is right, David will need to measure in the woods.  On Wednesday morning Allan McLellan came by John’s house.  They did four GPS readings and finished Sheet 5.  Thanks Allan for letting John Dudley sit in the car while you got out to get the GPS readings and for volunteering.

Travis Howard, Alexander resident and forester for Wagner and Paul Swett, also of Wagner, came by.  John described the changes on the old maps along the Cooper line and on the northwest corner of Alexander.  Both changes resulted from deed and map studies. Both changes concern Wagner land and both are too far into the woods for John to walk.  Paul will do some GPS work that hopefully will prove John is right.

The Alexander Town Office was closed unexpectedly last week due to illness. Both the Town Clerk, Karen Poor and her deputy Stephanie Austin were sick at the same time.  They would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and as soon as they are well, one of them will have the office up and running once again.

This week’s in-home business features Jen Sanford of Alexander. Jen has a business called Sanford Soap and Candle Cooperation.  She has suffered from eczema all her life and soon became interested in the process of soap making to see if that might help her and her children with dry skin.  Jen quickly became hooked on soap making as her mind filled with all sorts of creative ideas for different kinds of soap.  Jen continues to learn more every day as she experiments, reads and researches all about different plant ingredients that are beneficial for the skin. Jen has developed several products she has used on a regular basis that has kept her eczema at bay and has significantly helped her children as well.  Jen finds it incredibly interesting and rewarding to be able to help her family and others to make products that are beautiful and beneficial.  She uses many locally sourced ingredients and accepts custom orders and special requests.  Because Jen is a mother of 7, she has purposely kept her business small, but she does sell her products online as well as locally.  She has an Instagram page: sanfordsoapandcandle where you can see many of her soaps and other products and orders can be emailed to

Mark you calendars for the famous and delicious roast pork dinner with all the fixings taking place at People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville on March 1st beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Alyssa Cadett, Joline Thornton, Stephanie Knowles, Jason Goodine, David Porter, Aubrey Fossett and Eva Rose Fairbrother.

I would like to send my dad Carl Oakes a very special upcoming happy birthday wish.  Love you and hope you have a great day.  Mom and I will try to go easy on you for chores.

Upcoming anniversary wishes go to Mike and Mickey White.  

Special thoughts are being sent out to Lynn Hill, Diane Quigley, Greg Holst, Dotty Johnson, Elwin Daley, Avis McIntyre, Ralph Flood and Carl Perkins. 

Lucky Loser this week at Randy’s Variety was Dawn McClure.  

Monday I attended the Beckett Center.  While there we had basketball and skill drills practice at WCCC for the March Special Olympics.  Tuesday I headed to the AES library to help out my mom. We only saw a few kids due to the winter carnival.  When we got home from the library, believe it or not my wheelchair started acting up once again and then quit on me completely.  Dad now thinks it needs new struts, but you know how that goes, we are back playing phone tag trying to get things straightened out and I am back in a not so comfortable spare chair.  Wednesday I headed to program feeling well but I came home with the sniffles and by Thursday morning it was a full blown cold.  So mostly the end of the week and the weekend was pretty laid back for me, as I sniffled and coughed and sneezed.  Hopefully by Wednesday I’ll be up and running once again.

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.